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Pasta Prints

Monday, November 25th, 2013

DIY crafter Alison Caporimo recently released her first book, Instacraft, about fun and simple projects for adorable gifts and décor. We received permission to showcase four crafts from the book on Goodyblog. Come back each Monday (11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25) to see which creations we feature next.

 

Spaghetti-Stamped Tote Bag

“Growing up, Sundays meant pasta; Mondays, school and then pasta. And Tuesday: leftover pasta,” Alison says. “Here is the result of a lifetime of playing with food when I wasn’t supposed to and having far too much access to every kind of spaghetti and ravioli ever made.”

Materials:
Canvas tote bag
Rigatoni pasta
Fabric paint
Drop cloth (or newspaper)

Directions:
1. Lay out a drop cloth or newspaper on a flat surface and smooth the tote bag on your workspace.
2. Dip one open end of a rigatoni pasta into fabric paint and press firmly but evenly onto the canvas.
3. Repeat in any pattern you like (in a variety of colors!) and then allow to dry according to paint instructions.

 

Alison’s extra tips for Parents readers:

  • Swap it: Instead of tote bags, paint pillowcases, tee shirts, or canvas sneakers. Or, use acrylic paint to stamp card stock, wood plaques, or terra cotta pots.
  • Search for more unexpected stamps: Test out pretzels, clementine wedges, Cheerios or Froot Loops, flowers, corks, buttons, straws, and pencil erasers.
  • Need more ideas? Check out Parents fruit and veggie stamps.
  • Try it freehand: Draw small plus signs and scalloped petal patterns—then stay in the lines.
  • Challenge your kiddos: Ask them to name shapes, count pasta pieces, and mix paint colors.

 

For more ideas from Alison Caporimo, follow her on Twitter.

Text adapted from Instacraft, with permission from Ulysses Press. Copyright 2013. All images by Meera Lee Patel.

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Dip-Dye Design

Monday, November 18th, 2013

DIY crafter Alison Caporimo recently released her first book, Instacraft, about fun and simple projects for adorable gifts and décor. We received permission to showcase four crafts from the book on Goodyblog. Come back each Monday (11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25) to see which creations we feature next.

 

Berry Stationery

“Have left over blueberries in the fridge? Let’s make something of them!” Alison says.

Materials:
3 cups water
1 cup blueberries
Stockpot
Card stock

Directions:
1. Pour water into a pot and heat over a high flame until boiling.
2. Stir in blueberries and smash with a spoon or potato masher. Mix well and allow to cool slightly until lukewarm.
3. Dip card stock into dyed water and allow to dry completely before using. (Experiment with dipping times and angles.)

 

Alison’s extra tips for Parents readers:

  • Swap it: Instead of blueberries, try beets, blackberries, tea, or turmeric spice.
  • Challenge your kids to count and measure the ingredients before you get started.
  • Explore and investigate! The color of your dye is true to what it looks like in the pot, so experiment with your measurements to create different shades.
  • To let stationery dry without disturbing the dye, secure the card stock to a wire hanger with clothespins.

 

For more ideas from Alison Caporimo, follow her on Twitter.

Text adapted from Instacraft, with permission from Ulysses Press. Copyright 2013. All images by Meera Lee Patel.

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Punchy Placemats

Monday, November 11th, 2013

DIY crafter Alison Caporimo recently released her first book, Instacraft, about fun and simple projects for adorable gifts and décor. We received permission to showcase four crafts from the book on Goodyblog. Come back each Monday (11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25) to see which creations we feature next.

 

Pantone Placemat

“Create a color scheme that inspires you,” Alison says. “Lay it on the table. Have your hue and eat off of it, too.”

Materials:
Clear Con-Tact paper (found at Michaels and Amazon)
Scissors
Paint swatches

Directions:
1. Cut two identical rectangles from Con-Tact paper.
2. Peel one rectangle of Con-Tact paper from the adhesive backing and lay it sticky side up, taping the corners to your workstation surface.
3. Arrange and overlap paint swatches on the Con-Tact paper.
4. Apply a second layer of Con-Tact paper on top of the paint swatches and press along the surface to eliminate air bubbles.
5. Pull the placemat free from the tape and use scissors to cut around the paint swatches.

 

Alison’s Extra Tips for Parents readers:

  • Swap it: Instead of paint swatches, ask your child to create custom artwork, drawings, and paintings for the project.
  • Make meal-time fun: Press coloring pages between two sheets of Con-Tact paper and let kids decorate uniquely every time (with washable markers or paint, bits of cereal or fruit).
  • Customize placemats to suit the theme of your little one’s birthday—guests can take them to use at home!
  • If your child has outgrown placemats, preserve his memorabilia—like baseball cards, concert tickets, sports game flyers, or newspaper clippings—between Con-Tact paper sheets. Hang laminated memories on the fridge or in his room.

 

For more ideas from Alison Caporimo, follow her on Twitter.

Text adapted from Instacraft, with permission from Ulysses Press. Copyright 2013. All images by Meera Lee Patel.

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Cookie Cutter Craft

Monday, November 4th, 2013

DIY crafter Alison Caporimo recently released her first book, Instacraft, about fun and simple projects for adorable gifts and décor. We received permission to showcase four crafts from the book on Goodyblog. Come back each Monday (11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25) to see which creations we feature next.

 

Cookie Cutter Frames

“When I’m not baking cookies, I’m figuring out ways to put my most adorable confectionary cutters to work,” says Alison. “The result: a new way to display photographs.”

Materials:
Cookie cutters
Photos
Pencil
Scissors

Directions:
1. Place a cookie cutter (geometric shapes like stars and triangles work best) on top of a photograph.
2. Trace the outer edge of your cookie cutter with a pencil.
3. Cut the photograph along the traced edge.
4. Pop the cut-out photo into the back of the cookie cutter.
5. Attach double-sided tape to the backside of the cookie cutter to hang on a wall.

 

Alison’s Extra Tips for Parents readers:

  • If photos don’t fit perfectly into your cookie cutters, apply strips of washi tape (patterned Japanese tape—you can find it on Etsy or at craft stores) around the cutter’s back edge to secure the photo in its newfound frame.
  • Attach a magnet (instead of double-sided tape) to the backside of the cookie cutter for fun fridge frames.
  • Use finished frames as placeholders at holiday and birthday parties—or, send guests home with them as personalized favors!

 

For more ideas from Alison Caporimo, follow her on Twitter.

Text adapted from Instacraft, with permission from Ulysses Press. Copyright 2013. All images by Meera Lee Patel.

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