Please welcome, Maura Madden, author of Crafternoon: A Guide to Getting Artsy and Crafty with Your Friends All Year Long ($16.95) as this week’s guest blogger.
Check out the cool idea she has for saucing up some skivvies!
By Maura Madden
Valentine’s Day is one of my all-time favorite crafting holidays. Yes, Christmas and Halloween definitely lend themselves to displays of serious craftiness, but Valentine’s Day is the perfect reason to get your supplies out and make your honeys some tokens of your love. And Valentine’s Day is especially close to my, ahem, heart because Crafternoon was born out of a Valentine’s making party some eight years ago. So even in a really busy year like this one, I make time to make valentines. Everybody wants to feel the love, and this day is a great excuse to show it.
I usually make paper valentines for most of my buds, but sometimes I like to go the extra mile and make a crafty pair of underwear for the besties. Nothing too racy, mind you, just something fun to show my love. I’ve got lots of suggestions in my book, Crafternoon, for hilarious sayings and witty observations to scrawl on your own pair of funderoos, but for this special Crafty Chica post, I kept it simple. Hearts and initials are all you really need to show your love, right? At least that’s what the trees have been led to believe.
Sentimental Skivvies Supply List:
Cookie cutters (optional)
Exacto knife (optional)
1. Identify the undergarment. Pick up some plain underwear in the right size for the intended recipient. Paint will show up better on a lighter color, so you white want to go with pre-Labor Day white. And though Sisqo may have been interested in seeing that thong, I do not recommend crafting on one. There just isn’t enough of a “canvas” to work with.
2. Create a panty plan. Do you want to use a stencil, or just paint freehand? Figure it out! Do you have a steady hand and a strong grasp of the heart shape? Then go freestyle! Want more guidance? Use a stencil to help you make your mark. (If you feel like freestyling, skip ahead to step four.)
3. Make a sweet stencil. I kept it simple by using a heart shaped cookie cutter to make my stencil. Just trace the shape of the cookie cutter on to a piece of cardboard or posterboard, and then cut out the shape with an exacto blade. (Parents: If you are making stencils, divide the labor by having kidlets do the tracing and then you can do the cutting. Exacto knives are very, very, very, very sharp, and the misuse of them is sure to ruin your Crafternoon).
4. Make yourself a masterpiece. With a brush and some fabric paint, paint on your image using either the stencil, or your mind, as your guide. You can do all sorts of things, but for Valentine’s Day, it’s hard to beat the beauty of a simple heart.
Whatever design ends up on the pantaloons, your recipient is sure to love them. After all, there are a few things that everyone needs in life, and two of them are love and underwear. Making valentine panties will make you a very popular person, and that’s a sure path to a mailbox full of valentines.
For more crafty tips on making valentines, mending hearts, and throwing your own Crafternoons, visit www.crafternoon.com.
Maura Madden is a writer, performer, producer and crafter working at Comedy Central in New York City. Maura was a member of the San Francisco comedy group Killing My Lobster from 1998-2002. She co-hosted Two for the Show, a monthly variety show at Mo Pitkin’s House of Satisfaction in NYC, from 2005-07. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Rufus, her Two for the Show co-host. They have a lovely dog named Lorenzo. Crafternoon is her first book.
Peace, love, and glitter!