Friday, December 19, 2014

Crankin' Out Crafts -ep400 Bowmaking Tip

Watch as JFlo shares a simple and easy tip on how to tie the perfect bow every time.

Learn to create the perfect bow!

We're wrapping things up this week with our latest segment: Crankin' Out Crafts -ep400 Bowmaking Tip

ribbon (any type & size)

Thanks for joining us this week and have a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Crankin' Out Crafts -ep399 Acetate Bow

Bought all your presents for everyone on your Christmas list? Now, it's time to wrap! JFlo teaches you how to make a simple and beautiful bow with acetate ribbon.

Bowmaking with Acetate Ribbon

Watch how to make this project on our YouTube channel: Crankin' Out Crafts -ep399 Acetate Bow

Acetate ribbon (we used 1-1/2-in. width in video)

We have another bowmaking episode coming up, stay tuned!

Monday, December 15, 2014

How to make your own Christmas Cookie Ornaments with Polymer Clay

Christmas themed cookie cutter (label cutters for crafts only)
Sculpey III or Fimo Beige
Eye Screw (Optional)
Sizzle Nylon Thread (any color)
Translucent Liquid Sculpey (TLS)
Chalk Pastels (any color)
Chalk Pastel - Orange, Tan, Brown (for shading)
Paint Brush (soft)
Scratch Paper
Needle tool
Toothbrush (label for crafts only)
Roller (label for crafts only)

Step one: Condition your beige polymer clay with your fingers until soft.  Roll out clay with roller until you reach your desired thickness.  Cut out your design with your Christmas cookie cutter. (Please make sure you don't use these cookie cutters with food.)

Step two: Texture clay with toothbrush. (Please make sure you don't use toothbrush for teeth.) Just press onto clay with toothbrush.
Scrape orange, tan and brown chalk pastels on scratch piece of paper.

Take your paint brush and brush chalk pastel mixture onto clay to give it a cookie look.
Take your needle tool and poke a hole on the top (where you would want to add your thread) or add an eye screw.

Step three: Scrape chalk pastel (color of your choice for icing on the cookie) onto scratch paper. Squeeze TLS onto chalk pastel shavings and mix thoroughly with needle tool.
Pick icing up with your needle tool and spread across your clay until satisfied (make sure you don't cover the hole you made). 
Bake clay according to manufacturing on packaging (please have adult supervision if you are underage to use an oven or toaster oven) Once cooled add your thread to the top and your done!

Have a Craftastic Day!
Julie @ Enchanted Lakes

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 398 - Rope Paper Maché Cone

JFlo continues this week with embellishing paper mache cones. In this episode she uses rope to create a natural and industrial feel.

Paper Maché Cone decorated with rope

Paper Maché Cone 
Glue gun (low temp)

Optional: Thick Baker's Twine for embellishing

Friday, December 12, 2014

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 397 - Glitter Paper Maché Cone

JFlo gets glittery while decorating paper mache cones. Check out how easy it is to change this ordinary cone into a sparkly modern Christmas tree. 

Learn how to make the project here on your YouTube Channel: Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 397 - Glitter Paper Maché Cone

Paper Maché Cone
Decoupage Glue
Foam Brush
Scrap Paper

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 396 - Metallic Lustre Paper Maché Cone

JFlo shows how to create a simple and elegant Christmas decoration with Metallic Lustre and a paper maché cone.

DecoArt Metallic Lustre

Decorate Paper Maché Cones for Christmas!

Watch our newest how-to video here: Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 396 - Metallic Lustre Paper Maché Cone

Paper Maché Cone
Metallic Lustre by DecoArt
Paper Towel
Water in a small container

Be sure to watch the next videos for more ideas on how to decorate Paper Maché cones for the holidays!

Monday, December 8, 2014

How to create your own faux whipped cream/icing with air dry clay for crafting

Hearty clay (any color)
Aleena's tacky glue
Ziploc bag
Piping tip (any, mark for crafts only)

Step one: Grab your hearty clay, glue and ziploc bag.  Add hearty clay into the ziploc bag. Slowly add some glue into the bag (amount varies by you).

Step two:  Mix and Squeeze ziploc bag until you have a desired consistency (almost like marshmellow fluff).

Step three: Squeeze mixture to the bottom of the bag.  Cut a small triangle at the ziploc tip with scissors. Tape piping tip where you sliced the hole and you're ready to decorate boxes, mirrors, and much more. Great idea for a handmade gift.

Happy Crafting!
-Julie @ Enchanted Lakes