Plastic canvas is a material that can be used for many different things. It is used by many people to create decorations for their home that are both beautiful and functional. Some of the most popular patterns are tissue box cover, coasters and hanging mobiles.
Here is some more general information on plastic canvas crafts to help you understand where you can start on yours:
Plastic canvas comes in many different colors. Most plastic canvas is an opaque white that is slightly waxy to the touch. It can also come in many other colors that allow for more variety in the designs and patterns that can be made from it. Some are even possible to color in custom patterns. The canvas also has what is called a mesh count. This refers to the number of squares or lines that are in a linear inch of the plastic canvas. The most common numbers are 5, 7, 10 and 12 mesh count. The higher the mesh count of the plastic canvas, the more intricate the possible designs are. The canvas is also sold in various different shapes and sizes. It is often sold in sheets about the size of a sheet of paper. But it can also be found in larger sizes and smaller ones, especially when included as part of a kit. They can also come in circles and other geometric shapes that allow for more flexibility in the design. Most craft stores have everything that is needed to execute a creative plastic canvas craft.
Yarn and needles are other essential items for making a plastic canvas craft. They almost always are used to add color and texture to the canvas. Although it is possible to do a plastic canvas craft without yarn, most are done with yarn to be used as a fastening tool and for beauty. Different types of yarn, but regular yarn is the most common form and will provide the most consistent coverage for the pattern.
Many people associate plastic canvas crafts with the really ugly tissue box cover that is on the toilet at your grandmother’s house but there are many more options than there were 25 years ago. Patterns and kits available have also become more creative and more intricate allowing the plastic canvas craft to be more attractive and more useful at the same time. Now you can make a whole mural or presentation with buildings and figurines or just simple geometric designs. While the tissue box cover may be a thing of the past, even that design has been revitalized with new and vibrant colors of yarn and more flexibility with the mesh count of the plastic canvas.
Plastic canvas crafts can also be fun to make with your children. It can be a functional craft that can be made at home on a rainy day or just for fun. Coasters are a simple craft that can be made by the most novice plastic canvas crafter to the most advanced and intricate designs. They can be backed with cork to make them sit better on the table. Hanging mobiles can also be made from plastic canvas in all varieties. They can be small animals that will entertain a baby in a crib or can be a solar system used for a school project. The possibilities are endless for making plastic canvas crafts and you are only limited by your imagination. Creativity and planning will go a long way when you are making your plastic canvas crafts. It is essential that you plan well and execute well so that you don’t have to redo parts of the project or even the whole thing if you discover a mistake.
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