Project of the Day and Giveaway: Martha Stewart Arabesque Home Accents

There are only a few days left of National Craft Month. We hope you’ve enjoyed viewing a new craft and giveaway each day this month! I know we’ve all had a great time sharing these fun projects and prizes with you. Before our month of crafty fun comes to a close, let’s check out a few more ideas. Today, our friends at Plaid have shared a special home decor craft with us. The Martha Stewart Arabesque Home Accents collection can help you imprint lovely, geometric designs on things such lamp shades and pillows. Customize the looks to match your home decor. With bright colors, lively shapes and your creative mind, there’s no telling what kinds of amazing things you’ll end up with!

As I mentioned before, to go along with this craft idea, we’re offering a special giveaway. All you have to do is answer the question found at the bottom of this post. Leave a comment in the comment section below and you’re automatically entered to win. It’s that simple! So, without further ado, let’s explore this cool project!

Martha Stewart Arabesque Home Accents

When you combine your creativity and these Martha Stewart craft materials, anything is possible! Choose your favorite pastel color and give a dark set pillow a bright geometric design to really liven up your couch. Or, choose an assortment of colored paints and give that old lamp shade a much need upgrade so the family room becomes your favorite spot in the house. Once you see how easy it is to use these awesome stencils and paints, you’ll be ready to transform your living space.


  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint – Wild Blueberry
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint – Mardis Gras Beads
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint – Raspberry Ice
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint – Yellowjacket
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint – Wedding Cake
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ 2oz Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint – Lake Fog
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ 6oz Tintable Fabric Medium
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Foam Pouncers Set – 6pc
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Utility Brush Set – 3pc
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Stencil Brush Set – 6pc
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Arabesque Laser-Cut Stencils
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Stencil Tape
  • Home accessories of your choice


How to Paint the Stencil

TIP: Practice your technique or check your color by first making a sample print on paper or scrap fabric.

  1. Place stencil on your surface and secure using tape. If using spray adhesive, spray stencil first, then place on surface.
  2. Pour a small amount of paint onto your palette. Load paint sparingly on a stencil brush or sponge and dab off excess. Lightly dab on a thin layer of paint; apply a second coat if necessary. Paint all areas of one color on the stencil before moving on to the next.
  3. While paint is still wet, carefully peel off stencil.
  4. Continue painting areas of the stencil according to your design. Let the paint dry completely before placing another stencil (or color) over it.

Note: Mix fabric medium with your paint before painting pillows, curtains, or other fabric accessories.

Clean Up

  1. Wash all stencils, brushes, and tools immediately after use before the paint dries. Use Martha Stewart Crafts Brush & Stencil Cleaner to remove dried paint.
  2. Repair torn stencils with transparent tape. Place tape on both sides of the tear and cut away the excess with a craft knife.


And since this special post is part of National Craft Month, now that we’ve shared the project of the day, we can tell you about the giveaway! Remember, all you have to do is leave a comment below and you’re entered to win:

If you’re named the winner, you’ll pick up:

  • A 5 color assortment of Martha Stewart Paint Basic Brush Set
  • Foam Pouncer set
  • Arabesque Laser – Cut Stencils
  • Basic Brush Set

Contest Rules:

  • Contest open to US and Canada residents 18+
  • One comment/entry per person.
  • Contest closes March 28, 2012 at 11:59p CST.
  • Please answer the question below in order to be entered.
  • Winners will be posted on this blog and notified by email.


What craft do you have in your home that always gets noticed? Is it something you created yourself or something you picked up at a craft show? What kind of feedback do you receive from it?




  1. Sharon says

    My instant coffee painting of a desert landscape is the newest item people are noticing. What a fun medium to use!

  2. Ce53 says

    The craft in my home which is most-commented on is a basket made many years ago by my grandmother. Most people comment on the fine detailing in the pattern.

  3. Linda Whaley says

    My favorite craft was given to me by a friend. Its a bundle of branches. I change out the flowers in it every season or special holiday, It hangs over a mirrow.

  4. Kimberly Canale says

    Usually my jewelry pieces that I make. But I rag rolled my kitchen and craft room walls and get a lot of compliments on them!

  5. Bethany Becker says

    The quilts my mom and grandma gave to me. I treasure them and everyone loves them.

  6. lena c. says

    so many crafted things mostly from other crafters from afghans to birds nests, glass tiles, pillows, pottery….

  7. joann says

    a quilt hanging made by a friend, everyone admires the quality, the design repetition and colors.

  8. Lorri M. Baranowski says

    My family and friends always comment on the various cards I’ve made. I try to make the card specifically for THAT person!

  9. Debra Bunker says

    First seen and most noticed is the framed magnetic bulletin board I made. Second, the granny square afghan on my couch that just begs to be used!

  10. Penny Taylor says

    My husband loves Dr. Who so for his birthday I crocheted him a Dalek. He thought it was really neat! It was once of the most challenging projects I have made so far. I have only been crocheting for about 2-3 years now, self taught using books and the internet.

  11. Beckie Boraten says

    I crocheted a set of doilies for the tables in the living room that get noticed. Most tell me they could not do it.

  12. says

    The crazy quilt pillow I made for my late MIL. I transfered photos of her kids when they were young on it. And it is heavily embelished with embroidery and buttons.

  13. MarciaW says

    The most noticed craft is before get to the front door – it’s on the porch – the matching stenciled benches on either side of the front door – and a large old-fashioned tool carrier that is also stenciled to match. My mother and father made these. So, would love to win and make something stenciled in fabrics.

  14. Tammy Hempel says

    We have a picture hanging in our house that people can not get over it is spray painted. By looking at this picture a person would believe that someone painted it with a brush but alas it was painted with spray paint. It was commissioned out but it is great!! We really enjoy it. The man that painted it is really talented.

  15. Gabriele Jolly says

    I have curtains and valance that I crocheted in my kitchen. Crocheted tablecloth on my dining-room table. Crocheted pillow covers on couches. A crocheted afghan on the back of my rocking chair.Crocheted runners on my coffee table and end tables. Crafted or crochet wreath or wall hangings on my entrance door according to season/ holiday even my tissue boxes have crocheted covers according to seasons/holidays. I love crocheting( filet and lacy designs) for decor and knitting for clothing. Some crochet designs are o.k for clothing, but knitting has a softer feel for wearing. Crochet works are quicker to complete for me anyways. Relatives and visitors always say “Where did you get this from ?” When I tell them I made it they say they wish they themselves had that kind of talent and wish they could do this. I tell them if you buy the materials I’d be glad to make them for you, I just can’t afford to buy all the yarn or thread to make the items.

  16. Virginia Bronner says

    I made two pillows for my bed using vintage handkerchiefs that had a little damage on them. I cut a piece of material two inches bigger than my pillow form and attached two handkerchiefs diagonally across the material. I sewed a piece of open lace along the diagonal and then ran ribbon through the lace to cover the diagonal seam of the two handkerchiefs. I cut another piece of material for the pillow back, sewed the sides up and inserted the pillow form. Some family and friends don’t think that I made them. They say they never thought I was that talented.

  17. Emma says

    I created an angler fish sculpture out of brightly colored plastic silverware. He looks so fearsome that he always gets noticed and then guests do a double take when they realize he has spoons for scales, knives for fins, and forks for teeth!

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