Sunday, October 5, 2014

DIY Craft Series (Weekend One): A Favor Full of Fluff

Courtesy of Creator/  A Favor Full of Fluff
Weekend One/ Craft Series

Hello there!  Here's the DIY craft project I promised you I would post this weekend.  This is one of my very own creations and I'm sharing it with you!  There are 18 steps to making this table favor and about 13 items you will need, aside from the paint colors you choose.  Don't worry, you can create this.  Just take your time, follow the steps closely and you can always email me if you run into problems.  I will reply back to you as soon as I can. 

I've spelled out everything for you and you will absolutely love, love, love this favor after you are done!  I have made these favors for weddings and customized them with the names of the bride and groom.  I've made them for baby showers and added a plastic rattle in pink or blue.  Recently, I made them for a dinner party and placed one at each table setting, with the name of each guest.  I made them with white flowers, in white and gold metallic, sponge painted pots!  OMG, they were gorgeous and I strung them with gold ribbon and white scalloped guest tags.  For an added touch, I added a dab of vanilla bean floral oil in the Spanish moss of each pot and they smelled wonderful! 

*Remember, as always, if you use this idea, please be sure to give credit to for the originality & creativity and of course, you can take the credit for the hard work of making!   

Next weekend, we will tackle another craft project but for now, have fun with this one.  Embrace the challenge....I know you can do it!

You will need to purchase:  1 small clay pot, craft glue (Elmer's glue will work), 2 Styrofoam balls (1 small & 1 medium), 1 tulle pom-pom (by Celebrate It), raffia (optional), 1 small dowel stick, 1 foam brush, 1 small seaweed sponge and Spanish moss
You will need these household items:  an empty water bottle, a straw and a paper plate

Purchase 3 bottles of craft paint.  Choose colors you like.

First Step:  Take the medium Styrofoam ball and apply glue to the bottom of it and place it securely into the bottom of the clay pot.  It should fit well in the bottom. It will dry as you continue to work.

Second Step:  Apply glue to the tip of the dowel stick and insert into the center of the Styrofoam ball.

Third Step: After inserting the dowel stick, apply more glue outside the stick, near the Styrofoam ball. 
Fourth Step:  On the paper plate, pour the first two paints that you would like to blend together for the sponge paint technique we will use to paint the outside of the clay pot.  In this case, I am using white, pink and green paints.
Fifth Step:  Using the foam brush, begin painting your clay pot with the first paint color.  Paint the outside of the pot in its entirety.
Sixth Step:  Now, take your clay pot and place it upside down in the water bottle with the dowel stick completely inserted inside the bottle.  Helpful Tip: You may want to fill the bottle with sand first, as this will weight the bottle down to avoid it tipping over.  I am use to making this craft, so I rarely use sand in the bottle but its good to use for your first time trying this project out.  After you have the bottle balanced with the pot in it, begin the sponge painting technique with the second paint color.  Technique:  Sponge painting is very easy.  Dip your seaweed sponge in the paint (do not saturate) and lightly dab the sponge on the pot, in random areas.  There is no right or wrong way to sponge paint, just be sure to do it lightly and randomly cover the entire outside but not so much that you hide the first color.  Let it dry completely.  Should only take about 12 minutes.  Craft paint dries quickly.

Seventh Step:  This is how your clay pot should look after you have completed the sponge painting technique.  Great!  You are doing good!

Eighth Step:  Remove pot from water bottle and turn over, right side up.  Now, using foam brush, finish painting the interior of the pot with the first paint color.

Ninth Step:   Take the third paint color and paint your dowel stick.

Tenth Step:  Liberally cover the entire inside, the Styrofoam and the sides of the clay pot, with craft glue.

Eleventh Step:  Add the Spanish moss.

Twelfth Step:  Open up the tulle pom-pom.  Unwind the string as far as you can but do not remove it and do not take the knot out of it.

Thirteenth Step:  Begin to separate the tulle netting.  This will create your pom-pom effect.  The more you separate the netting from each other, the more your pom-pom will become visible.  It should begin to look similar to this picture.

Fourteenth Step:  Next, take the small Styrofoam ball and insert a hole in the center by placing it on top of the dowel stick, gently forcing it through, from one end to the other.  After creating the hole, remove the ball so that you can run one piece of the string from the pom-pom through one end of the hole and out through the other.  In order to do this easily, you will need to use the straw.

Fifteenth Step:  Tie one end of the string from the pom-pom to the end of the straw, leaving the tail of the string, hanging out.

Sixteenth Step:  Now insert the straw into the hole, holding the tail, to help assist you with getting the string through.

Seventeenth Step:  Now, once the string is through the hole, tie the two pieces of the string from the pom-pom, together, tightly, creating a knot.  The strings on the pom-pom are long, so you will have enough to tie them together.  This will hold your pom-pom in place, firmly, on top of the Styrofoam ball.

Eighteenth Step:  Lastly, puncture the Styrofoam ball again, with the top of the dowel stick.  This time, creating a new hole to place the finished pom-pom on top.  Remove ball and fill the hole with craft glue and place back on top of the dowel, to finish.  Let dry completely for 24 hours.
Finished project is below.  You can add raffia (see picture up top with raffia) or you can leave it as it is below, for an even softer appearance.  You did it...great job!!