The Allure of Gemstones

Agate Geode
Agate Geode
Even in their raw forms, gemstones are so beautiful.

Throughout history, gemstones have been worn as jewelry, used for healing, and carried for protection. Some gemstones have been used as currency by many cultures, while others were ground into cosmetics, paints & dyes. It is believed Cleopatra used powdered gemstones as eyeshadows. (And you thought your makeup was expensive.)

Funerary Mask of King Tut
King Tut's Mask
This exquisite funerary mask includes gemstones, such as lapis lazuli and turquoise among others, embedded in the gold.

Fabergé Egg
Faberge Egg
Made as gifts for his wife, Russian Tsar Alexander III commissioned a series bejeweled works of art, known as the Fabergé Eggs. The one shown above is called the Renaissance Egg.

Sodalite & Clear Quartz Earrings
Sodalite & Clear Quartz
Fortunately, today, we don’t have to be royalty to enjoy gemstones. There are many resources for purchasing supplies, including craft stores, trade shows, and online suppliers. One of the best resources available is called Fire Mountain Gems & Beads. Their inventory is impressive, and they offer excellent customer service, great pricing, lots of how-to videos, and reliable information for all jewelry making needs.

Amethyst
Amethyst
Best known for its rich purple color, Amethyst is a very popular gemstone, but did you know amethyst also comes in green?

Unakite & Fluorite Beads
Unakite & Fluorite
Each type of gemstone can have a variety of shades and colors. Some are available in one particular color, but the shades vary from light to dark. Others come in a variety of colors, such as Fluorite, which includes purples, greens and clear stones. Unakite is typically a pink and green gemstone, however some stones are all green or all pink.

Blue Topaz
Blue Topaz
Blue Topaz can be found in a wide range of shades, from the lightest, Sky Blue, to the darkest, known as London Blue.

Tigerseye & Glass Necklace
Gllass & Tigerseye
Tiger’s Eye has an almost magical property – it changes color. This phenomenon is called chatoyancy, which is a French word meaning “Cat’s Eye.” It occurs when bright light reflects off fibers in the Tiger’s Eye stone, causing the color to appear to “change.”

Peridot
Peridot
Peridot has a very unique color, ranging from soft shades to brighter, more intense greens, just like those found in nature.

Black Onyx & Carnelian Necklace
Onyx & Carnelian
There are many industry standard treatments (eg. Chemicals, Heat) applied to gemstones to improve color, durability, etc. Before making a purchase, make sure you know if the gems are genuine stones natural from origin or if they have been lab created, and what if any treatments have been applied.

Citrine
Citrine
Like a little pieces of sunshine, Citrine brightens any day with its cheerful yellow colors.

Ruby Necklace
Rubies set in gold
Historically, Rubies are one of the four “precious” gemstones, along with diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires. Love the color but not the price tag? Garnets are a beautiful alternative.

Assorted Gemstones
Multi Gemstones
Exposure to heat or sunlight can fade or weaken some gemstones. Did you know air causes gold and silver to tarnish? Anti-tarnish strips will protect these precious metals. After wearing your jewelry, the best way to keep it clean is to gently wipe it with a soft cloth prior to putting it away. Avoid using chemicals, which can destroy or damage gemstones..By taking care of your gemstone jewelry, it will last for generations to come.

Interested in reading more about gemstones? Please read, “Gemstone Healing Traditions.”

Thanks for reading & Happy Crafting!

Clouds with Silver Linings

Silver Lining Clouds

Due to the Covid 19 virus, most of us have been in lockdown for months, only traveling for groceries or other absolute necessities.

Storm Damaged Tree

Last Wednesday a tornado wreaked havoc upon our town, knocking down trees that had stood for hundreds of years, and taking down power, internet and phone lines.

Hands Heart

I wanted to share some amazing moments, of love, generosity, and fellowship, I have witnessed over the last week:

Charging Cell Phone

Because most people were without power, one neighbor created a makeshift charging station in his front yard, complete with a table, folding chairs, and extension cords, along with an invitation to anyone in the community to charge their phones or laptops.

Grocery Store

Without refrigeration, food shopping has become a daily chore.  As you might imagine, ice can be hard to find in such a widespread blackout, but one man, who lives in a nearby town, delivered ice bags to several neighbors.

Picket Fence

The high winds tore down a section of fencing across the street.  A neighbor went right over to help the homeowner repair it in no time.  Tree trimming companies are completely overwhelmed.  While we wait, my next-door neighbor has been working in my yard for the last two evenings, clearing debris and uncovering plants buried under branches, pine needles and bark.  He is the “Energizer Bunny” of gardening and restoration would not be possible without him.

Shish Kebabs

People with propane gas grills cooked extra food for those in need.

Powerline Repairman

Electrical contractors from all over the country, as well as Canada, have shown up to restore power.  These storm chasers travel wherever and whenever they are needed, restoring power to millions of customers.

Thanks

I would like to thank everyone who has helped in any way to restore our lives: family, friends & neighbors, employees at grocery stores, gas stations, tree trimming companies, electrical, phone and cable companies, truck drivers, delivery services, essential workers, first responders, and good Samaritans everywhere.  

Wizard of Oz

We may not get the opportunity to say thank you in person, but we will remember you in our hearts!

Thank you so much!

Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crafting Day & Night

Eiffel Tower Day & Night

“As different as day and night” is a common expression. As we find our selves stuck inside, we’re often looking for ways to be entertained. For many, crafting is the answer. A little effort goes a long way, and everyone loves seeing “Before” and “After” photos. These crafts will surprise and hopefully inspire you to create a little crafting magic of your own.

Sledding Centerpiece

Before:  Wooden Sled Wall Art.   After:  Snowman & Friends Centerpiece.
(Click here for how to instructions)

Foxy Santa

Before:  Misfit Christmas Decoration.   After:  Foxy Santa with new hat and tail.
(Click here for how to instructions)

Seashell Plaque

Before:  Drab Wall Art Print.   After:  Seashells, Sea Urchin & Starfish Framed Art.
(Click here for how to instructions)

Piggy Before and After

Before:  Colorless Pig Statue.   After:  Pink Pig with lots of personality.
(Click here for how to instructions)

Before & After Pumpkins

Before:  Faded Lawn Decoration.   After:  Bold Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns
(Click here for how to instructions)

Headless Dog Before & After

Before:  Snowman with Headless Dog.   After:  Restored Dog.
(Click here for how to instructions)

Light House Before & After

Before:  Incomplete Candleholder.   After:  New Lighthouse Roof & “Light.”
(Click here for how to instructions)

Octopus Before & After

Before:  Monochromatic Candleholder.   After:  Blue Ringed Octopus Sculpture.
(Click here for how to instructions)

Sneak Peak of Upcoming Projects:

Candlestick Before & After

Before:  Difficult Candle Size.   After:  Candleholder for Taper Candles.
(Stay tuned for how to instructions in a future post)

Leaves Before & After

Before:  Dull, “Muddy” Wall Sconces.   After:  Vibrant Tropical Leaves & Candles.
(Stay tuned for how to instructions in a future post)

I hope you enjoyed these projects. Take a look around your home for any items that could use a little refreshing. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish. Good Luck!

Thanks for reading & Happy Crafting!

This Little Piggy Gets a Makeover

Flying Pig
We’ve all heard the expression, “when pigs fly,” implying impossibility. Well, the craft stores may be closed, but we won’t let that stop us from expressing our creativity!

Flying Pig Front
Sometimes you find your next art project in the most unlikely of places! I found this cute little winged pig at the local Rite Aid Pharmacy! Although it’s fine the way it is, I thought it would be nice to add some color. Break out your brushes and acrylic paints because we’re going to give this little piggy a makeover! In my excitement to get started, I had already painted the eyes when I realized I hadn’t taken a “Before” photo. In its original state, there was no color at all.

Flying Pig Back
Here’s a photo of the back. The wings are so cute.

Piglet
Before we get started, I found a photo of this piglet for inspiration. Please feel free to choose any colors you like. The mix of colors on the spotted pig featured at the top of this post would make a great color scheme as well.

Piggy Paints
To complete this project, you will need several acrylic paints and two paint brushes (1 large & 1 small). Clear spray paint is optional.

Painted Pig Details
Paint the details first, including the hooves, eyes, tongue, and the inside of each ear.

Closeup Facial Details
Here is a close up of his smiling little face. The eyes are painted brown, with black pupils and a dot of white in each eye to create a lively expression.

Pink Pig Front
Because the black hooves seemed to be too much contrast, I changed the color of the hooves to tan. In doing so, the eyes become the focal point. Mix white and fuchsia together to create the desired shade of pink, and use it to paint the entire body, except for the end of the snout, which is unpainted.

Pink Pig Back
Here is the back photo. The wings are also unpainted. If you like a challenge, you could come up with a unique scheme for the feathers, possibly using iridescent colors. To protect the acrylic paints, the entire statue was sprayed with clear spray paint.

Piggy Before and After
Before                                                             After

This fun and easy project is inexpensive and can be completed in a very short amount of time. All drug stores have a seasonal section, which is marked down after every holiday and at season’s end by as much as 50% -75% off. There are some great options for adults as well as kids.

Thanks for reading! Happy Crafts!

Creative Stress Relief III

Stressed Man
Stressful times help us focus upon the most important parts of our lives: family and friends. Together we will get through these difficult times. Each day, set aside a little time for yourself to relax and do something that brings you joy. Here are a few creative ideas:

Watch Making:
Watchmaking

Mask Making: – costume masks, wall art
Mardi Gras Mask
Purple & Gold Mask

Sewing: – clothing, home furnishings, costumes, stuffed animals & dolls
Clothing
Clothing

Home Furnishings
Home Furnishings

Quilting
Quilting

Costumes
Halloween Costumes

Stuffed Animals, Dolls & Accessories
Doll & Bear

Blacksmithing: – tools, weapons, fences, light fixtures, ornamental hardware, furniture
Tools & Weapons
Blacksmithing

Wrought Iron Railings, Gates & Fences
Wrought Iron Gate

Wrought Iron Furniture
Wrought Iron Table

Container Gardening: – decorative flower pots, planters, window boxes
Contemporary Glass with Rainbow Pebbles, Seashells or Sand
Glass Pots & Colorful Pebbles

Painted Rope-Wrapped Pot
Rope Wrapped Pot

Creative & Humorous Gardening & Art
His & Hers Garden Pots

Specialty Painting & Finishes: – egg painting, stenciling, Venetian plaster, tromp l’oeil, murals
Egg Painting
Egg Painting

Stenciling
Holly Stencil

Crackle Finish & Venetian Plaster
Crackle Finish and Faux Plaster

Tromp l’oeil
Mountain Path

Murals
Ocean-Themed Exterior Wall Mural

Basket Weaving:
Basket Weaving

Aromatherapy: – essential oils, body care, cosmetics
Perfumes & Diffusing Oils
Essential Oils, Air Freshener & Perfumes

Body Lotion, Scrubs, Cosmetics
Body Lotions & Scrubs

Massage Oils & Relaxing Sprays/Sachets/Balms
Lavender Massage Oil & Sachets

Last But Not Least:
Take a Nap
Cat Nap

When all else fails…take a nap! Stress relief is just one nap away. It’s also a great source of inspiration as well.

For more crafting opportunities, please read the first two parts in this series: “Creative Stress Relief” and “Creative Stress Relief II.”

Thanks for Reading & Happy Crafting!

Pineapple Dreams

Pineapple Beach
I’m sure we are all dreaming of fun in the sun, days at the beach, and the freedom to go wherever we choose. Until then, we can find ways to bring a little sunshine into our homes and maybe a smile or two along the way. This week’s project is a painted wooden pineapple. As usual, we’ll need a little inspiration courtesy of Mother Nature.

Pineapple Colors
It’s amazing how many colors can be found in the outer skin of a pineapple.

Pineapple Texture
The complex textures and geometric patterns are beautiful.

Golden Pineapple
Pineapples have long been a symbol for hospitality. What could be a better way to greet everyone to your home than displaying a bright welcoming pineapple?

How to Paint a Textured Wooden Pineapple:
Pineapple CloseUp
Pineapple has such wonderful texture that needs to be touched. By using fabric paints, you can create thick, 3-D effects with very little effort.

Raw Wood Pineapple
Raw Wood Pineapple
Thick wood has been cut out in the shape of a pineapple and has the advantage of strong, rectangular base. Both sides and all the edges will need to be painted. Due to the raw nature of the wood, it may require a little sanding, especially along the edges.

Supplies
Pineapple Supplies
Supplies:
Wooden Pineapple (11-3/8” high x 5” wide x 1/2” thick) (Base is 5” wide x 2” deep)
Acrylic Paints – brown, yellow, green, tan
5) Bottles Fabric Paint – dark green, yellow, white (not shown)
Paintbrushes
Sandpaper
Black Sharpie Marker or pencil

Paint Base Colors
Pineapple Ptd Base Colors
Using acrylic paints and a brush, paint the leaves green, the remainder of the pineapple yellow and the base brown.

Define the Leaves
Draw Pineapple Leaf Details
Draw the leaf details with a Sharpie marker or pencil.

Texture the Leaves
Pineapple 3D Leaves
Trace the leaves with green fabric paint, including the perimeter edges. Allow the paint to dry overnight. Depending upon how thick you want the texture to be, it may require a second coat.

Texture the Pineapple
Pineapple Texture1
Starting at the base of the leaves, paint two horizontal rows of irregularly shaped rectangles with yellow fabric paint.

Directional Texture
Pineapple Texture2
Continue painting the yellow texture, working on a diagonal as shown. I started in the upper right corner and staggered the shapes, which get larger as you work toward the bottom.

Completed Yellow Texture
Pineapple Completed Texture
This photo shows the completed yellow texture. Allow it to dry overnight. If you accidentally get yellow paint on the brown base, simply touch up the paint as needed. It’s now ready for a few finishing touches.

Little Details
Pineapple Texture Detail
To complete the look, make a dot in the center of each yellow “block” and create an upward stroke of paint, which narrows to a point. Repeat this step across the entire yellow pineapple surface. Allow drying time. For the last step, use a tiny brush to apply tan acrylic paint to the tip of each white point.

Finished Pineapple
Pineapple Finshing Details
This completes the textured pineapple project. I hope you enjoyed it.

Have you painted any wooden home décor items? Do you have any secrets to creating texture? Please share your ideas in the comments section.

Thanks for reading!

Happy Crafting!

Creative Stress Relief II

Stressed Woman
We all find ourselves in unfamiliar territory. The freedom to come and go as we please has been temporarily replaced by the need to stay at home to protect our families, our communities and ourselves. As we patiently wait for the danger to pass, it’s more important than ever to find enjoyable ways to spend our time and relieve the stress through creativity. Let’s take a look at a few crafts and hobbies for inspiration:

Fabric Painting: – hand painting, 3-D painting, tie dye, silk screening
Hand Painting
Fabric Painting

3-D Painted & Appliqued
3D Painted Fabric

Tie Die
Tie Dye TShirts

Craft Kits: – stepping stones, latch hooks, ornaments, suncatchers, soap, needlepoint
Stepping Stones
Stepping Stone Dragon Fly

Christmas Ornaments
Rainbow Sequin Ornament

Suncatchers
Suncatchers

Homemade Soap Bars
Soap Bars

DIY Holiday Decorations: – ornaments, wreaths, home décor, wall art, centerpieces
St. Patrick’s Day
Ceramic Irish Bear

Easter
Easter Duck & Bunny

Halloween
Finished Painted Pumpkins

Thanksgiving
Gourds Pumpkins Wreath

Christmas
Traditional Style Meets Contemporary Flair

Papier-mâché: – sculpture, figurines, masks, piñatas
Sculpture
Papier Mache Tiger

Piñatas
Dragon Pinata

Hair Accessories: – headbands, barrettes, floral crowns, scrunchies
Beaded Headbands
Beaded Headbands

Floral Crowns
Wild Flowers Crown

Photo display: – decorative frames, albums/scrapbooks, vision boards/collages, plaques
Decorative Picture Frame
Sea Shell Plaque

Photo Albums/Scrapbooks
Photo Album

Vision Board/Collage
Travel Collage

Decoupage Plaque
Finished Plaque

Still haven’t found the right craft for you?
Please read parts one and three in this series, “Creative Stress Relief,” and “Creative Stress Relief III.”

Thanks for reading & Happy Crafting!

Spring Wreath Making 101

Snow Daffodil
Ah, the first blooms of spring! It’s that time of year again when Old Man Winter steps aside to make way for an abundance of beautiful flowers. Our thoughts turn to backyard barbecues and fabulous days in the sun. Spring is a popular time for cleaning the house and updating our décor. Making a new wreath for the front door is a nice way to celebrate the warmer weather.

Pink & Fuchsia Floral Spring Wreath
Pink Spring Floral Wreath

Periwinkle Blue Floral Spring Wreath
Blue Floral Wreath

Pink & Blue Floral Spring Wreath
Pink Blue Wreath

Pink Berries Wreath
Pink Berry Wreath

Orange & Yellow Floral Wreath
Orange & Yellow Wreath

How To Make A Multi-Color Butterfly Spring Wreath:
Detail Butterfly Wreath
Butterflies are a hot trend this year, and you can easily incorporate their brilliant colors in many ways around your home on tablecloths, napkins, pillows, and floral arrangements. This wreath was not only fun and easy to make, but it was also inexpensive. Similar ready made wreaths sell for $60, and even when there is a sale or discount coupon, it can still cost $24 to $30. The project described below cost approximately $12, and it’s just as pretty as the more expensive versions.

Supplies:
Grapevine Wreath, 18” diameter
Floral Butterfly Garland, 6’ long
Scissors
Brown Twine

Grapevine Wreath
Grapevine Wreath

Choosing a base is the first step in wreath making. There are multiple options, including wreaths made from foam, standard or wispy grapevines, metal wire, and straw.

Butterfly Floral Garland – (sample)
Butterfly Floral Garland
In terms of ornamentation, you can use flowers, berries, seashells, or leaves. A flower garland with attached butterflies makes this project quick and easy to assemble.

Detail of Tying Garland
Detail Tying Garland
This garland has large plastic chain links. Choose a starting point on the front and tie the garland to the grapevine, arranging the flowers and hiding the ties with leaves as you go. Repeat this process until the entire grapevine base is covered. Stand back to look at the wreath, and then make any adjustments by shifting the garland and adding ties.

Back of the Wreath
Back of Wreath
As you can see from the above photo, only the ties are visible from the back, while all the flowers have been placed on the front of the wreath. This makes the most of your garland by creating thick layers of flowers where they will be most appreciated.

Finished Butterfly Spring Wreath
Finished Butterfly Wreath
A piece of twine or ribbon can be used to hang this wreath on the door. Compliments are sure to follow.

Tip: You could use a glue gun, in lieu of twine, but I would advise against it. Glue can be messy and stringy, which can create havoc with the vines. By using twine, there’s no mess, it is easily adjustable, and best of all, if you decide want to make something new, simply cut the ties, remove the garland and reuse the grapevine wreath. You could also reuse the garland for another project.

Even on a cloudy day, this finished wreath is a colorful way to welcome spring with pretty blooms and butterflies.

Welcome Spring & Happy Crafting!

Everything’s Better with Chocolate

Chocolate Strawberries
It’s that time of year again when stores are filled with mouth watering chocolate treats. With a few simple ingredients, you can make chocolate candy at home, including many of your favorites. Let’s take a look at the process and some of the options to get us started. Ready? Set. Let’s go!

Cacao
Cacao – Well, they don’t look like much in their raw form, but these cacao seeds are transformed into the mouth watering chocolate treats we have come to adore.

Chocolate Melts
Candy making is easy to do at home using small chocolate wafers called candy melts, which are available in milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and assorted flavors, such as peppermint and strawberry.

Melted Chocolate
When melted, they begin to resemble the chocolate we’ve been consuming since childhood, and the possibilities are endless.

Chocolate Molds
Chocolate molds are available in an extraordinary variety, including those for making solid chocolates, truffles, candy bars, and 2-piece chocolate boxes. Simply pour the liquefied chocolate into the mold and refrigerate per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Solid Chocolates
Most beginners start by making solid chocolates.

Marbled Chocolates
A marbleized effect is achieved by swirling two different kinds of chocolate together during the melting process.

Chocolate Egg Box
This chocolate egg box, perfect for any Easter basket, looks impressive and is easy to make with a two-piece mold. Be careful removing it from the mold to prevent breakage.

Chocolate Bonbons
Bon Bons, also known as truffles, are easy to make. Click here for instructions.

Chocolate Fillings
These truffles have a chocolate hazelnut filling.

Chocolate Cherry Filling
Cherry crème filling with a maraschino cherry is cloaked in chocolate and crushed nuts.

Peanut Butter Cups
Peanut butter and chocolate are a great combination. Coat the bottom and sides of the mold with chocolate. Add the peanut butter filling and top off with a layer of chocolate. Refrigerate and in a short time you will be enjoying homemade peanut butter cups.

Chocolate Krispy Caramel Bar
Have you ever eaten a 100Grand candy bar? It’s a delicious combination of crispy chocolate with a gooey caramel center. Click here for instructions.

Hand Dipped Chocolate
Chocolate dipping is fun for the whole family.

Kit Kat Bars
Are Kit Kat bars your favorite? Make your own version at home by chocolate covering vanilla sugar wafer cookies.

Chocolate Covered Cookies
Chocolate covered Oreos are a yummy treat. As an alternative, you could combine chocolate covered graham crackers with marshmallows to make S’mores.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Have you noticed how expensive chocolate covered pretzels can be? Make your own and finish with jimmies, crushed nuts, or rainbow sprinkles.

Chocolate Covered Bananas
Bananas and strawberries taste great dipped in chocolate.

Chocolate Covered Apples
Gourmet apples are very expensive. Melt some chocolate, place apples on sticks, and drizzle with icing or another type of chocolate. Set on a tray, and if desired add chocolate chips or shavings, or sprinkles.

Chocolate Salted Caramel
Chocolate covered caramels are sure to please. Melt caramels in a pan, and allow cooling time. When the caramel has hardened, cut into bars and dip in chocolate.

Chocolate Coconut
Chocolate covered coconut is a popular combo. Make coconut filling in a pan, cut into bars and dip in chocolate.

Finishing Touches
Presentation is everything. For a more professional look, use a cake-decorating bag, filled with chocolate or icing, to pipe on details, such as polka dots or stripes. You might also consider sprinkling the moist chocolate with coconut, cinnamon, or crushed nuts. A nice box or basket showcases your candy and is ready for gift giving.

For more chocolaty goodness, please read: “Chocolate – How Sweet It Is!”

Happy Candy Making and Happy Crafting!

At the Crossroads – Wall Art

Many people think the symbolic cross originated in Christianity, but the cross has been used for centuries by many ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Babylonians.

Ancient Egyptian Ankh
Ancient Egyptian Ankh
In ancient Egypt, the ankh represented “Life.”

Compass on Ancient Maps
Compass
Crosses have been found in prehistoric cave paintings, most likely indicating astronomical events as well as the cardinal directions, much like the compass shown on the map above.

Crosses can be found in very diverse places, such as cemeteries, churches, clothing, and even jewelry. Before designing a cross, let’s take a look at a few more examples:

Greek Cross
Greek Cross
The ancient Greek cross had equal length arms and resembled the letter “X,” while the more modern version has the typical upright design and the addition of three lobes at each end.

Celtic Cross
Celtic Cross
The cross tombstone in the photo above illustrates the intricately woven knots, which are an integral part of every Celtic design.

Ornate Sterling Silver & Turquoise Cross
Silver Turquoise Cross
Silver or gold, jewel encrusted crosses reflect light and dazzle the eye with ornate patterns and precious gemstones of all kinds.

Contemporary Stained Glass Cross
Stained Glass Contemporary Cross
Brilliant stained glass in a kaleidoscope pattern twinkles in the sunlight in this very contemporary window.

Maltese Cross
Maltese Cross
The Maltese cross has four V-shaped arms. It has a more subtle cross design, which in this case could be easily mistaken for a flower.

How to Design Painted Wood Crosses:
Three Painted Crosses
Instructions for 3) designs are presented below: Celtic, Jeweled Gold, and Jeweled Silver.

Raw Wood Cross
Raw Wood Cross
Each raw wood cross is sanded lightly, as needed. The supplies needed vary according to the design chosen. If you happen to have colored pencils or markers on hand, you might want to trace the cross onto sheets of paper and color a few samples to help narrow down your design choices.

Supplies
Supplies
Supplies:
Wooden Cross (8-1/4” high x 5-3/4” wide x 1/4” thick)
Acrylic Paints – black, metallic gold, metallic silver
5) Bottles Fabric Paint – dark green, medium green, blue, purple, & metallic gold
1) Package – 12mm round Jewel Tone Rhinestones
1) Package – 12mm round Pastel Rhinestones
1) Package – Clear Diamond-shaped Rhinestones
Paintbrushes
Sandpaper

Cross Painted Black
Cross with 2 Coats Black Paint
Each cross design in this project starts the same way, by applying 2 coats of acrylic black paint as a basecoat.

The Celtic Cross:
Celtic Knots & Infinity Symbols
Paint the perimeter details using medium green fabric paint for a 3-dimensional effect. Single lines and infinity symbols make up this pattern.

Celtic Cross Inner Details
Using the same fabric paint, paint the inner details including woven chains, and a large Celtic knot design in the center. Create pairs of large round “beads” of paint at each end (top, bottom, left and right).

Celtic Gold Accents Finished Cross
For a more 3-dimensional effect, carefully apply a second coat of fabric paint. After it has dried, add the gold details using metallic gold fabric paint.  This completes the Celtic Cross design.

Gold Jeweled Cross:
Painted Gold Accents
Your first decision is how much gold versus black you want to have in the design. Using metallic gold acrylic paint and a brush, I created a starburst at the center, which radiates outward to the ends. A studded detail was created using metallic gold fabric paint.

Gold Cross Jewel Layout
Experiment with different colors and placement of the rhinestones. Do not glue them down until a later step. After seeing this, I decided to increase the gold areas for a more opulent appearance and because the blue “sapphires” look better against the gold.

Gold Cross Enhanced Accents
Here you can see how the gold has been enhanced, leaving only a few key areas black. All the inside and outside edges have also been painted gold.

Gold Cross Jeweled Option 1
In this version, three colors of rhinestones, blue, green, and yellow, have been used.

Gold Cross Jeweled Option 2
Here the rhinestone colors were limited to blue and green.

Gold Cross Jeweled Option 3
This is the finished version with blue and yellow rhinestones. The deep yellow coordinates well with the rich metallic gold. Use Elmer’s glue to affix the gems. This completes the Gold Jeweled Cross Design.

Silver Jeweled Cross:
Silver Pastel Jeweled Cross
I had pastels in mind for this cross. I started out by testing different combinations of pastel colored rhinestones. I liked the light blue and purple with the green center.

Pastel Silver Accents
Metallic silver and black make a powerful combination with maximum contrast and reflectance. The rhinestone colors were carried into an alternating painted “gem” pattern created using dark green, blue and purple fabric paint in gemstone shapes.

Pastel Silver Enhanced Accents
The remaining inner portions, including the edges, are painted with acrylic metallic silver paint. Layout the rhinestones, but do not glue them down until a later step. Clear “diamond” rhinestones are glued in the center along with one round blue stone.

Pastel Silver Stripes Part 1
It felt like a little more silver was needed. I painted stripes at each end of the cross and then added more stripes along the outer edges.

Pastel Silver Stripes Part 2
Feeling good about the design, more stripes were added throughout the design. I have never been a big fan of stripes, so I’m not sure why I did this. The nice thing about paint is that you can easily change your mind and simply repaint.

Silver Pastel Jeweled Cross Finished
It took 2 coats of black to cover the stripes. Metallic silver was painted at the ends, and only those edges were painted silver, while the remainder was black. This completes the Silver Jeweled Cross design.

Finished Cross Designs:
Finished Crosses
Each of these crosses has its own unique style, but they barely touch the surface of design possibilities. Take a trip to the craft store to see what kinds of decorations appeal to you as well as the different styles of wood crosses available. In fact, you might have so much fun making the first one that you’ll have to go back to buy more.

Happy Easter & Happy Crafting!