I am so excited for Craft Lightning this month because it is all about Valentine's Day. AND, today happens to be my 10th/18th wedding anniversary. The slash, well that is a LONG story. I am not a big sappy Valentine's Day person so I decided that for Valentine's Day, I'd be sharing about how you can Treat Yo Self! The next few weeks, I'll be sharing some great ideas for Treatin' Yo Self here on the Just JP blog. You can make these goodies for someone you love, for a friend, or for yourself. You KNOW you are special, right?! These puffy paint doilies are just the funnest and I think they are a great way to decorate your office, home, or windows. They're easy to make, bright, colorful, and fun. This post contains affiliate links.
Use mandalas as patterns for making puffy paint doilies:
This month's Craft Lightning co-host is my good friend Jen Goode. She's an illustrator and I think these doilies are a fun way to get your draw on! A few months ago I was chatting with my friend Puffy Paint Pam about what kinds of projects would be fun to make with puffy paint. We decided to try doilies! I looked online for doily patterns and they were all way too intricate. Then I had the bright idea to use mandalas from coloring book pages. And well, that idea was pure genius! I created a trip of fun puffy paint doilies that can be used on a table top or as window clings. I'd show you more photos but Katie snagged for her room. Is that like a teenage stamp of approval?
Here are the three mandala patterns that I used to make these particular doilies. You can find your own mandala images online or pick up a mandala coloring book on Amazon or at the local book store. Look for patterns with closed internal patterns and with not a ton of lines. Everywhere there is a line, you'll be tracing that image with puffy paint so if there are a ton of lines and details then you might need to be tracing for hours.
Here are the supplies you'll need to make this project:
- Zip top freezer bags – you'll cut these apart into two pieces (front and back). You'll draw the doilies directly onto this plastic.
- Washi tape to tape the mandala patterns to the back of the freezer bags.
- Puffy paint
- Mandala coloring book or a mandala pattern printed from the internet. Or any coloring book page, like these Coloring Book Pages from Jen Goode of 100 Directions.
- Clover Wonderclips or clothespins to hang the bags when you are done using them.
How to make puffy paint doilies:
I made a handy dandy video to show you how to make these for yourself. It's so easy!! Next I want to try a rainbow doily.
Tip: after allowing the doily to dry for 24 hours, peel it from the backing and lay it upside down. Allow it to dry anther 24 hours. This way any moisture trapped on the back of the doily will also dry before you stick this on a table or window.
Don't these look oh so cute on the table!!!?? Can you see yourself making puffy paint doilies? You can make this project with any pattern or coloring book page, like these Coloring Book Pages from Jen Goode of 100 Directions:
Looking for more ways to use coloring book pages?
Check out this post I wrote about the best places to find free coloring book pages here: BEST Free Coloring Book Pages
Check out this post I wrote about how to get started with the coloring books for grownups trend: Coloring Books for Adults
Did you know that you can use coloring book pages as templates for making window clings too? Check out how I made puffy paint window clings by using coloring book pages: Puffy Paint Window Clings
Who do you make valentines gifts for?
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About the Author
Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.