Plush Club founder and crafting-force-to-be-reckoned-with, Allyson Lassiter is back today to share the results of a short-and-silly kids and humor card ideas workshop. Enjoy (and laugh a little, whydoncha)!
Here on the Kids and Humor teams, it’s pretty easy to reach for the old stand-by gags when creating a design for a card. We know our way around a pair of goggley eyes, that’s for sure!
So every once and a while, it’s a good idea for us to jump back and explore some new options for attachments—those little add-ons that can make a card extra funny. We decided to take a day away from our normal routine and spent some time playing with new materials that we could incorporate into our kids and humor designs.
Pulling from bits and pieces in our supply library, stuff we’ve been hoarding away at our desks, and little things we found out in the world, we each made a collection of ideas on our own style boards. When the day was over, we hung our boards near our planning rooms so we could walk by them every day and use the ideas we came up for future cards.
Admittedly, we’ve proven ourselves succulent enthusiasts on one or two occasions. Today, we’re taking it to a whole new level with three of our craftiest artists who are using a range of materials to create their own unique handmade cacti. We’re even sharing the details for how to create one of your own! (Ahem. And you may want to keep an eye on your local Hallmark Gold Crown store for a few of the others. Just sayin.)
Designer Leslie Seibert is a pro with felt. We love the high-contrast stitching and her sweet dotted pot!
Designer Hannah Carey has never met a craft she couldn’t tackle. These tiny felt treasures are “potted” in actual miniature terra cotta pots! A mini macramé hanger is icing on the cake. (If you missed it, we shared tips on creating your own macramé hanger just last week.)
We told you Hannah could do anything, didn’t we? She also created these perfectly plush crocheted cacti. (That and much more as a member of our internal “Plush Club”.)
Designer Allyson Lassiter is the type who can make something out of nothing. That’s why when she rounded up miscellaneous found materials like beads, sequins, sand and rocks, we knew she would turn them into little works of art!
Allyson also created a beautiful watercolor paper cacti that includes a DIY template for you to create one of your very own. We’d love to see your creations. Please tag us at @Think.Make.Share if you’re on Instagram. We’ll be sure to share our favorites! Download the template HERE.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? ARE YOU STILL INTO THE SUCCULENT TREND?
In April, Melissa taught us how to make pinch pots out of Crayola air-dry clay. We pictured some of the finished pots nested in macramé hangers…which you attentive crafters immediately asked how to make. So today our talented designer Jessica Deiter is walking us through the process.
Creating the macramé hangers is surprisingly easy! Start with eight strings cut long enough to hang at your desired length.
Next, knot them over a metal loop for hanging.
Go down the length of the string to where you’d like your plant to sit.
Start by combining the strings into groups of two and knot each group.
Go down 1 to 3 inches from your first knots. Split the knotted groups in half and combine each string with string next to it to knot again, forming a diamond.
To make the rest for your bowl or planter, go down another 1 to 3 inches and knot all of the strings together. Trim hanging strings as necessary.