Community posts tagged with 'Andrea Atwater'

Welcome Fall with a Festive Wreath

We've compiled a list of our favorite fall wreaths, just for you. If you feel inspired, just click on the picture, which will take you directly to the how-to instructions!




Summer Fun Week 5: Craft at the Beach!


This is a fun beach craft--great for recording something special like your little one's hand or footprint in the sand.

Project Steps:

1. Before leaving for the beach, measure out the appropriate amount of Plaster of Paris and put it into a resealable plastic bag. Check the directions on your plaster, but normally, the ratio of water to plaster is 1:1.5.

2. In your beach  bag, bring the bag of plaster, a measuring cup for water, and a pail to hold water.

3. Find a spot of clean, damp sand at the beach.

4. Press a hand or foot firmly down into the sand, then lift it straight back out. If your child is having trouble making a firm impression into the sand, till it up and smooth it back down to make it easier to shift. You may also need to press gently on their hand or foot to help.

6. Fill your pail with seawater and measure the appropriate amount to pour into the bag of plaster.

7. Knead and agitate the sealed plastic bag until the plaster is completely mixed. 

8. Open one end of the plastic bag, then pour the plaster to fill the hand or foot molds.

9. Pay attention to the directions from your plaster to determine how long to wait before unmolding the hand/foot print. 

10. Gently excavate the print, rinse in the ocean, and you're done!

Materials Used:

Plaster of Paris

Resealable plastic bag

Measuring cup

Watertight pail 


Summer Fun Week 4: Birdhouses Three Ways!


With a basic birdhouse base, you can take this project 3 different ways for a fun afternoon activity with the kids.

Project Steps:

Fabric Birdhouse - Cut your fabric into different sized strips. Affix them to the birdhouse with glue. Let the glue dry and then cover the whole birdhouse in Mod Podge.

Scrapbook Paper Birdhouse - Cut your paper into different sized strips. Affix them to the birdhouse with glue. Let the glue dry and then cover the whole birdhouse in Mod Podge.

Painted Birdhouse - Paint your birdhouse with acrylic paint in the color of your choice. Let the paint dry and then cover the whole birdhouse in Mod Podge.

Materials Used:


Fabric strips

Patterned papers

Acrylic paints

Mod Podge



Paint brush

Summer Fun Week 3: Crafting Mixed Media Masterpieces

Here is a perfect way to repurpose empty egg cartons. Andrea Atwater shows us how to create this Mod Podge Rocks project.

Project Steps:

1. Paint your canvas with several coats of a color of your choice.

2. Cut up your egg carton so each egg spot will be a flower bud. Cut down the middle of the carton and trim the excess areas. You can trim each egg carton spot (flower) to have petals. The rest of the egg carton can be used to hold the paint.

3. Paint the egg carton flowers with several coats of colors of your choice. Let dry.

4. Once the flowers are dry, coat with Sparkle Mod Podge. Extra coats will provide more sparkle.

5. Trim the pipe cleaners to the correct length for the stems. Tie them together and glue the "bouquet" to the canvas with craft glue.

6. Add a button to each flower to resemble a bud. Glue the flowers to the canvas. Let dry before hanging.


Materials Used:

9'' x 12'' Canvas

Egg carton (not foam)

Americana acrylic paint

Mod Podge Sparkle

Pipe cleaners (green)

Ribbon (coordinating color)

Buttons (white suggested)

Craft glue



Summer Fun Week 2: Lounge at the Beach with Crab Cups

Are you taking a beach vacation this summer? These crafty critters can take the journey down to the shore with you. Andrea Atwood shows us how.


Project Steps:

1. Prepare your cups by cutting off about an inch and a half off the top. Paint the outside of the cups (might require 2 coats).

2. Cut a beige colored pipe cleaner into 5 equal pieces for the crabs' eyes. Repeat with another pipe cleaner for a total of 10 pieces (enough for 5 crabs). Add a dab of white craft glue to the tip of each pipe cleaner piece to attach a googly eye. Set aside to dry.

3. For the crab forearm claws, cut a pipe cleaner in half. Bend one piece in half. Starting at the bend, twist the pipe cleaner together, leaving the last 3/4-inch open. Bend those two open pieces into a curve to create the claw. Repeat with the other pipe cleaner half. You will get 2 forearm claws from 1 pipe cleaner.

4. For the crab legs, cut 2 more pipe cleaners into 6 equal pieces. You will get 3 pieces from 1 pipe cleaner. Bend the pieces in three places (like the picture) into an S-shape.

5. Use a toothpick to poke 2 holes in the front of the cup and insert the forearm claws. Secure with white glue. Poke 3 more holes in each side of the cup. On each side you will insert the legs, one pointing forward, and the other two poining backward. Secure with white glue.

6. At the top of the cup, directly above the front claw arms, poke 2 holes for the eyes. Add a dab of glue atop the holes and insert the pipe cleaner eyes (with googly eyes on top).

7. Let everything dry before displaying.

Materials Used:

Styrofoam cups

Americana acrylic paints

Pipe cleaners (to match paint colors)

Googly eyes

White craft glue

Paint brushes



Summer Fun Week 1: Celebrate America with Patriotic Pinwheels

Here's a patriotic work of art to get your ready for our nation’s biggest holiday, the 4th of July. Andrea Atwater walks us through the steps.


Project Steps:

1.  Download this pattern template to print. Using card stock, print the blue grid on one side then flip the page over and print the red dots.

2.  Cut a small slit at a 45 degree angle at each corner like this:

3.  Carefully poke a hole in the top of the lollipop stick with a straight pin.

4.  Fold down every other corner of your pinwheel and hold it in place in the center.

5.  Poke a straight pin through the center, being sure to catch all the corners.

6.  Gently tap with the hammer until it is secure, but the pin isn’t going all the way through the lollipop stick.

7.  Glue in place, if you’d like.

Materials Used:

White cardstock for template (or you can use a double sided scrapbook sheet)

Small straight pins with glass heads

Lollipop sticks

Glue (optional)


You Won't Strike Out with These Father's Day Gifts

For the dad who loves sports, here's a fun way to customize baseballs with sayings or photos printed on Craft Attitude film. This application works great on new baseballs or used ones for a more antique look. 

Product steps:

  1. Print your image to size. It the image contains words, print it in reverse
  2. Apply plenty of glue with a gluestick to the ball and rub it in
  3. Place your image print side down and apply to the glue on the ball (you will need to pull the edges of the film since it’s a curved surface)
  4. Trim with a cutting knife
  5. Rub out any wrinkles

If you'd like to give Dad the ultimate compliment, download this free printable. You can add a child's name before printing in referse. 

You can use the same process to decorate a clipboard or nearly any other surface.

Mickey-Inspired Autograph Book

Are you headed to Disney or concerts this year? Kids will want a handy autograph book to get signatures from all of their favorites! Andrea Atwater shows us how to make this adorable keepsake they'll want to keep forever.

Project steps:

1) Use masking or painters tape to mask off just over a half of the bottom of the book cover. Wrap the tape around to the insides of the covers and go all the way around the book. Make sure the tape is stuck to the cover all the way in so there's no bleeding through or leaking in the spine area.


2) Use a foam brush to paint the bottom half of the book red. It will take many light coats, but the paint dries fast. I used a blow dryer a bit to speed up the process. You won't see the lines that show in the painting steps. Just make sure you are even spreading the paint.


3) Let the red paint dry enough to pull the tape off. Then make sure you give the red a lot more to dry time or let the hair dryer help this. You will need to put another strip of tape over the red, so if it's not dry, you will pull off chips of the paint.

4) If you are using a white book, paint the top of the cover black and let dry also. You may need to touch up and bleeding, so be sure to have a nice fine brush.


5) Hot glue the buttons right on the cover as you can see. 

Materials used: 

Small sketchbook with white cover (if you can find a black book, that's fine, but it takes more paint to cover).

Red acrylic paint

Black acrylic paint

White buttons


Masking tape

Clear sealer

Create a Fun, Retro Photo Display

Do you love the look of retro Polaroid-like photos? You can create the same look using Tech Attitude, a printable, stickable and repositionable product that you can truly personalize. Andrea Atwater takes us through the steps:

Project Steps:

  • Using Word, PowerPoint or photo editing softward, open your favorite images to the size you choose. Make sure you leave enough room to cut out the borders for the Polaroid look. My pictures here are approximately 2.25" x 3.25".
  • Print the images out using the Tech/Locker Attitude sheets. Choose best quality and photo style in the printer options.
  • Cut the images leaving the borders to look like a Polaroid.

  • Peel and stick on the refrigerator, walls, tables, mirrors, etc., without worrying about taking the paint or varnish off. The paper does not leave any residue, and you can move and re-stick to any location with ease.

You can also use this cool look for a Save the Date wedding invite for your guests to stick up for a reminder!

Materials Used:

Tech Attitude


Scissors/cutting board

Inkjet printer

Bring Out Spring Colors with a Cheerful Wreath

Andrea Atwater has created a beautiful Spring-inspired wreath that you can make at home, as well. Be sure to check out all the hanging options in our blog: 3 Ways to Hang a Wreath Without a Nail. You may also be interested in: 4 Tips for Keeping Your Artificial Flowers Looking Fresh.


Project How-to:

Step 1: Paint your styrafoam wreath yellow so you don't see the white styrafoam.

Step 2: After the wreath is dry, take the mesh ribbons and cut them into 6-inch lengths.

Step 3: Gather the ends around 1" up and twist the 3 colors together. Twist tie with the wire and make a stem.


Step 4: Start working your way around the wreath sticking the ribbon groups in until you think the wreath is full enough.

Step 5: Cut the silk flower stems to about 3-4". Stick them in the wreath as you design. Add as many flowers until you think it's full enough.


Step 6: Add a ribbon at the top for hanging.

Enjoy Spring!

Materials Needed

12-inch Styrofoam wreath

Yellow paint

4-inch Mesh ribbon

Coated wire

Spring Silk flowers

Satin ribbon (for hanging)