Sunday, November 23, 2014

Big Resin Snowman Decoration DIY

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I love using large cake molds to make large resin pieces to help decorate the house!  I happened across this silicone mold at Walmart and for $3.47, I couldn't resist!

I am using resin to make this, but you can certainly make it with plaster as well.  If you are looking for a holiday craft for the kids, this would be perfect.  You can make plaster versions ahead of time and then let them paint them and sign the back.  If you are doing plaster, you can embed a wire, so you can skip the drilling part.  I'll link a video at the end, where I show you how to do that!



You will need:

-  Silicone snowman cake mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work just as well
-  Acrylic paint - orange & black
-  White pigment dye 
-  Red beads
-  Two fake leaves


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:

1.  Paint right on the mold with your acrylic paint.  Make the nose orange and the mouth, eyes and hat black.  This will take multiple coats.  Allow to dry.  On the hat, I painted up the side a little bit, just to make sure the sides would be covered.
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  I used six ounces.
3.  Add white pigment dye (or you can use pigment powder if you would rather) and mix well.
4.  Pour into mold.  As the bubbles rise to the top, you can use a lighter or straw to pop the bubbles.  Let it cure.
5.  Once cured, unmold your snowman.
6.  Drill a hole in the hat, to be able to run a ribbon through it, to hang.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona





Here is the video where I show how to put the wire in the back of a plaster piece:





Friday, November 21, 2014

Birds Of A Feather Coasters - Another Coaster Friday

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I love these outline stickers!  I wanted to try it in a coaster this week and wanted to do the same sticker in two different ways.  I did an outline and a silhouette.  I think they turned out pretty cute!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Pigment powder (pearl white, gray & blue)
-  Resin (Easy Cast or Envirotex Lite work great)
-  Outline stickers (I used Starform stickers)
-  Black permanent marker
-  Super gloss Mod Podge

Here are some of the items I used from available from Amazon, incase you want to give it a shot:




I wasn't able to find the stickers on Amazon, but found them on Ebay HERE.




Here is the  video tutorial:







Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in white pigment powder.  Once well mixed, add a small amount of gray and a small amount of blue.  Mix a little at a time because you can always add more, but you can't remove it if you add too much color.
3.  Pour resin into mold.  Allow to set for at least 12 hours.
4.  Take your permanent marker and color the sticker, while it is still on the sheet.  Let it dry.
5.  Carefully remove the sticker from the sheet and apply it to your coaster.
6.  Carefully rub it down, but try not to leave any fingerprints.
7.  If you are doing the outline, leave it as it is.  If you are doing the silhouette, take your permanent marker and color in the stickers.  I used some other smaller bird stickers and added them to look like they were flying around, getting ready to land, on the silhouette coaster.
8.  Once the marker is dry, take Mod Podge super gloss and paint it over the whole coaster, not just where the stickers are.  Make sure it dried COMPLETELY!
9.  Once everything is totally dry, prepare more resin.
10.  Pour a layer of resin over the whole coaster and let it set a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Recycled Nail Polish Jewelry DIY

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It's time to do some more magic with our glass gems!  This time we are going to transform them using nail polish, markers and stickers!


Pull out that old nail polish you don't use anymore and let's recycle/reuse/repurpose it!

You will need:

-  Outline stickers - I brand I used is Starform.  They were recommended to me by one of my viewers.  As I understand it, they are available through scrapbook suppliers.  I did not find them at my local craft store.  You can order them through Amazon, but not all designs are available.  You might have to search around a little.  The specific design I used was sheet 1018.  However, they have TONS of different designs available, so let your imagination run wild!
-  Nail polish - clear coat and varying colors and the glitter ones are great too!
-  Permanent markers
-  Fine glitter
-  Jewelry bail
-  Glue - I recommend a Weldbond or Crafter's Ultimate
-  Glass gems - You can find them online, but they are available at craft stores and Dollar Tree!


Here are some of the items I used, available through Amazon, incase you want to give it a try - I could not find the exact stickers, but I put some other ones on there, so you know what to look for:







Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Clean the stones with a glass cleaner, or rubbing alcohol to make sure dirt and oils are not on the stones and the stickers and polish will adhere better.
2.  Remove the sticker from the sheet and put it on the back (flat side) of the stone.  We will be working ONLY on the back side of the stone.  You will be able to see the design through the domed side.
3.  Once you have the sticker placed on the stone, you want to make sure it is on there securely.  I used my bone folder to rub it down, or you can use a popsicle stick.  Just make sure to burnish it down carefully.
4.  Take clear nail polish or polish with glitter in it and apply it to the back of the stone, over the sticker.  You only need a thin layer, but you want to make sure you have it fully covered.  Allow to dry.
5.  Take markers and color in areas as you wish.  Allow to dry.
6.  Go over it with glitter polish if you want or move onto another color polish - even a white polish.  Allow to dry.
7.  In the video, I show how I made each of the ones in the picture above.  Just experiment and try different layers of different things!  When everything is dry, take a toothpick with a good glue and apply a generous amount to the bail or the ring blank.  I suggest working on wax paper or parchment paper, just so you don't accidentally get glue on your work surface.  Allow to dry.
8.  Slip it on your finger or put a chain through the bail and you have a necklace!

One of a kind jewelry!!  Perfect for gifts, sleepover or birthday activities, or just because!


You can turn them into Christmas ornaments, like I did last year!


Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona










Sunday, November 16, 2014

Easy Turkey Recycling Craft for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is coming and here's an easy craft for the kids to get involved in!  Picture a whole group of them on the Thanksgiving dinner table.  They can be used placards, or put little treat bags inside, or make them part of a whimsical centerpiece!



You will need:
-  Toilet paper roll
-  Construction paper - brown, red, yellow, orange, blue, green, purple
-  Googly eyes
-  Glue stick
-  Scissors

Here are some items I used, available through Amazon:





Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Roll the toilet paper roll in the brown construction paper.  Where the construction paper meets, make a mark - give yourself a little bit of overlap.  Cut at that mark.
2.  Roll it into the construction paper again and leave about a half an inch on either side of the tube.  Make a mark, unroll it and cut.
3.  Put some of your glue at one end of the construction paper and glue it onto the toilet paper roll.  Put glue at the other end of the construction paper and roll it tight onto the tube.  
4.  Cut strips on the ends of the tube, but don't cut into the tube.



5.  Put glue onto the end of each of the strips and fold them into the tube.  Repeat on the other end.
6.  Cut shapes of feathers in various colors.  
7.  Make sure the seam is on the back of the turkey and glue on the feathers.
8.  Glue on the eyes.
9.  Cut a small triangle out of yellow, for the beak.
10.  Cut a squiggle shape for the waddle and glue that on.

That's it!  Go decorate for Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mona



Friday, November 14, 2014

Military Coasters - Another Coaster Friday

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I was contacted by Holly, who is in the Marines and serving overseas.  She asked if I could make a coaster with a patch.  Seeing as it was Veteran's Day earlier this week, I thought it might just be the perfect time.  My husband, being a Navy veteran, ran out to an army surplus store and got me a patch.  I had some Navy stickers on hand and since the Marines and Navy are related, I knew what my coasters were going to be!  


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Patch 
-  Stickers
-  Fine red, white and blue glitter.
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work as well.
-  Satin Mod Podge
-  Glue

Here are some of the items I used used and some that might be of interest, incase you want to give it a try:





Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:

1.  I prepared approximately 2 ounces of resin, according to the package directions.
2.  I split it evenly, in three different cups.
3.  I mixed red glitter in one, blue in another and white in the remaining.
4.  I started with the white, in the middle.  TIP:  Depending on how runny your resin mixture is, you might want to work somewhat quickly, as the resin will spread.
5.  Then I added the blue and red on either side.
6.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
7.  Once cured, glue on the patch.  Be sure to use clear drying glue and let it dry completely before pouring more resin.
8.  Add stickers to the other coaster.
9.  Prepare more resin and pour over both.  You will have a lot of bubbles coming up from under the patch, just keep checking until they stop.  Use your lighter to pop them.

TIP:  If your glitter layer is too lumpy for your stickers, just add a thin layer of clear to even out the surface.  Once hardened, then you can add your stickers and put on the final layer.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Holiday Craft Challenge!

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It's time for another challenge!  

Craft Klatch vs. Suzy's Sitcom
Holiday Newspaper Challenge!



This time we only have two rules we must follow.  
1.  It MUST be a holiday craft.
2.  It MUST somehow, some way incorporate newspapers.

Remember to head over to Suzy's Sitcom to see what she's been busy creating, like these fun projects:






Incase you missed our last challenge, be sure to check the final projects out HERE,


and HERE!



Wish us luck!  I'm off in search of newspapers!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Golf Ball Resin Lamp DIY

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I've been thinking about this project for a while.  Well, I've been thinking about the lamp project for a while and the golf ball version is one that I have been thinking about, in addition to probably at least three other versions....so stay tuned!  This was my first shot at it and I think I did okay!  If you are looking for the perfect gift for a golfer, I think this is it!  It's one of a kind and you can make it with love!



You will need:

-  Silicone loaf mold (see link below)
-  Resin - I used Envirotex Lite for this one - you can where it is sold internationally at www.eti-usa.com
-  48 Golf balls - 49 if you want to add one on top
-  Two 4"x4" wood plaques 
-  Quarter round trim
-  Lamp kit 
-  Lamp harp
-  Black lamp shade 
-  Black ribbon
-  Four dowel heads or beads 
-  Chunky green glitter
-  Cherry stain
-  8 small "L" brackets
-  Screws
-  Glue - I used a combo of E6000 and hot glue
-  Golf tees
-  Red acrylic paint
-  Triple Thick


Here are some of the items I used, available through Amazon.  I added a couple of different lamp kits that might work too.






The absolute best way to see what I did is to check out the video tutorial!






Directions:
1.  Mix 7 ounces of resin, according to the package directions.  Mix in 1/4 cup of green glitter.  Mix well.
2.  Pour into the mold.  I poured from the middle of the mold because I didn't want any stray drips running down the sides.
3.  Take your golf balls and gently place them into the resin.
4.  You need to let it cure for a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.  The full cure takes 72 hours, but after 12, I remove it and place it on a flat surface, with parchment paper underneath.  
5.  Repeat that step three times.
6.  While working on the sides, you can prep your caps.  The caps are actually wood plaques purchased from the craft store.  Take a brush or sponge brush and brush the stain onto the plaques.  Let it sit for a minute before wiping any excess off with a paper towel.  Go with the grain and then repeat with the backside.
7.  Find the center of the plaques - I show you an easy way in the video - and drill a hole in the corresponding size to your lamp kit.
8.  Take small "L" brackets and drill a pilot hole (just a predrilled hole) into the resin and screw on the brackets.  You need two to attach each side.  I attached two of the sides together.  You cannot attach all four together, so I did two and two.  
9.  Standing the two newly joined pieces together, on the plaque, you will start to see it come together.  Center them on the plaque and use some hot glue to attach them to the plaque.  You just need enough to secure the pieces, so when you flip them over, they will not shift.
10.  When the glue has cooled, flip them over and drill screws into the bottom of the plaque.  You want to be careful when doing this because you want to make sure you are actually driving it into a golf ball, but also that you are far enough back.  You don't want to accidentally have it come through the outside of your lamp.  The bottom should now be secure.  I added four screws total to the bottom.
11.  Follow the directions on your lamp kit to put it together and run the wire through.  Get it all properly placed.  
12.  Cut four quarter round trim pieces, to the length of your sides.  You want them to fit well into the corners and between the base plaque and the top plaque.
13.  With watered down red paint, paint the quarter round pieces and wipe off almost immediately.  We are going for a wash, not a solid color.  Allow to dry.
14.  Do the same with the dowel caps/heads and once dry, seal all of the dowel caps and the quarter round pieces with Triple Thick.  Allow to dry.
15.  Take a combination of E6000 and hot glue and glue the quarter round pieces into the corners and the other pieces onto the bottom, for feet.
16.  Add some golf tees for additional decoration.
17.  Glue a thin black ribbon onto the bottom plaque for an accent color.  
18.  Add the lamp shade.
19.  For a fun and easy finial (thing at the top of the lamp), drill a partial hole into a golf ball and screw it onto the top of the harp.


That's it!!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!  

Mona


Here's another resin lamp I made:




Monday, November 10, 2014

Thrift Store Redo DIY!

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Are you ready for an EASY project?  I stopped at the Goodwill store last week and found a duck.  I liked the shape, but as it was I would never have put it out.  So, I decided on a simple redo!


You will need:
-  A ceramic or porcelain knick knack - in my case, it was a duck
-  Multi-surface acrylic paint - I used white birch
-  Red ribbon


This is the brand I used, available through Amazon, but you can find it at Hobby Lobby, I believe for less:



Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Clean up your piece.  I used a little rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to just clean any dust, grease or grime that might have been left on the duck.
2.  Once it dried, I just used the multi-surface paint, with a sponge brush and did 3-4 coats.  The beak and the feet needed a little more coverage than the rest of the body.
3.  Once it dried, I tied a simple red ribbon around its neck and VIOLA - that is something I would have sitting around my house!

That's it!  I told you it was easy! 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Beauty of Nature Coaster DIY - Another Coaster Friday

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I've made a few coasters in my day, but I think I created my most favorite coaster yet!  Incorporating nature into the resin, along with pigment powder and glitter, I was able to create a very different coaster!


I don't even think the picture even does it justice.  I just love it!

You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Twigs
-  Wood pieces
-  Dried leaves
-  Sticks or any natural materials you can find outside
-  Pigment powder
-  Fine copper glitter
-  Resin 
-  Sponge brush

You can find some of the items I used on Amazon, incase you want to give it a try.  The twigs and nature elements you will need to find yourself!!  :)





Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Throw in small pieces of wood, twigs, nut shells, crumpled dried leaves, etc. and mix well.  Add glitter as well.
3.  Separate some of the resin into two small cups.
4.  Mix in pigment powders.
5.  Put the resin covered twigs and leaves into the mold.  Pour the rest of the resin with the glitter into the mold as well.  
6.  Add the two resins with pigment powder.  
7.  Using a skewer stick, mix the resin around (in the mold) to make sure the pigment doesn't just stay on top.  The twigs and pieces can be sticking out of the mold.
8.  Allow to cure.
9.  Remove from mold.  
10.  I used an electric sander and started with a 60 grit sandpaper and smoothed everything down.  Then I followed up with a 220 grit to really smooth it nicely.
11.  Wipe any dust off of the coaster and place it on an overturned cup.
12.  Working over parchment paper or newspapers, mix more resin.  You only need a little.
13.  Gently brush the resin onto the coaster.  Make sure it is well covered, but it only needs to be a thin coat.  Watch for any drips.
14.  Pop bubbles with your lighter.  
15.  Allow to cure.

That's it!  Now you have a beautiful, one of a kind, coaster!  I like it so much I think I want to try it on a larger scale!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona