Monday, July 28, 2014

Easy DIY Nail Polish and Seashells Hair Accessory

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Are you looking for a cute hair accessory that is inexpensive and easy?  Well, here it is!

If you enjoy collecting seashells on the beach, like I do, then you probably have a lot of shells that you don't know what to do with.  Turn it into a beautiful hair accessory!

You will need:
-  Hairband
-  Seashells
-  Glue
-  Nail polish

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Using your nail polish paint the seashells any color you like.
2.  Once dry, glue them onto the hairband.  I did the initial glue with hot glue and then followed up with a strong glue, such as Weldbond.
3.  Once the glue is dry, you have a beachy and fun hair accessory!


Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Friday, July 25, 2014

DIY Pink Camo Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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I have been asked, a number of times, to paint some pink camo.  I have never painted any type of camo, so this is the first time for me!  You can probably barely see it!




You will need:

-  Resin (I used Easy Cast www.eti-usa.com)
-  Coaster mold
-  Acrylic paint

Here is the resin and mold I use, incase you are interested:



Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Mix your resin, according the package directions.  I used two capfuls each of the hardener and the resin.  I just need enough to cover the bottom of the mold.
2.  Allow to harden.
3.  Take a light pink and paint the whole thing, twice.  Allow to dry.
4.  Take your other pinks, of varying shades and paint splotches.  They should overlap.
5.  Allow to dry.
6.  Pour another thin layer of resin over it.

Viola!  That's it!  Be careful, it can be hard to see!  :)

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DIY Colossal Resin Cupcake Lamp How To

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It's a pastry!   It's resin!  It's a LAMP!!!!  It's a cupcake lamp!  Think of all the perfect locations for this lamp.  It would be perfect as a nightlight in a kids room.  A perfect addition to your kitchen!  A playroom!  A dining room!  A bakery!  Anywhere!

You can go whimsical or sophisticated.  Customize it to your decor.  Make it fun!  You can make it a themed cupcake!  You can put a neutral base and make interchangeable tops for each holiday!

Here it is and you can see it all lit up in the video below!  It's hard to tell from the picture, but the cupcake is as big as my head!!


You will need:

-  Resin - on this particular project I used Envirotex Lite (www.eti-usa.com)
-  Silicone giant cupcake mold (www.wholeport.com)  
-  Stained glass paints
-  Wood plaque
-  Acrylic paint (green, blue and red)
-  Varnish or Triple Thick
-  Bugle beads (green and blue)
-  Wood bead
-  Wire 
-  Plastic bucket
-  Plastic bowl
-  Vaseline
-  Light kit 

Here are  some similar items from Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:






Here is the video tutorial.  You can see it lit up and I share tips on things I would do differently and things that went wrong.





Directions:

1.  Take your glass paints and paint the inside of the silicone mold.  The mold is silicone, so the paint won't want to stick and won't be solid initially.  It will take a few coats before it has even coverage.  Warning:  the paint looks lighter in the container, but dries very dark!  I bought a color that looked pink, but dried red.  Keep that in mind when selecting your colors!
2.  Once all your paint layers are dry, mix your resin.  I did 6 oz on my first pour.  You need enough to have a thin layer on the bottom of the bottom portion of the mold.  You need enough to fill a portion of the top of the mold - enough to raise up the bowl.  See video for a better explanation and demonstration.
3.  Once that layer has hardened, put a layer of Vaseline on the outside of the plastic bowl.  Do the same with the pail/bucket.  When choosing the bucket and bowl, make sure they are thin plastic and make sure are the right size to fit into the mold.  See video to see how they should fit in the molds.
4.  Place the bowl and bucket into the mold halves and weigh it down with rocks.
5.  Prepare more resin and pour into the molds (between the silicone and the bucket and bowl).
6.  Allow to harden.  Continue to add resin to the molds until they are full.  
7.  Once hardened, you can remove the inserts and the pieces from the molds.
8.  Wash out the Vaseline.
9.  Using glue, glue the bugle beads onto the top of the cupcake, to look like sprinkles.
10.  Paint the bead red, for the cherry.
11.  Once dry, glue the wire into the bead to make it look like a cherry stem.  Then glue onto the top of the cupcake.
12.  Drill a hole into the plaque - large enough to fit the light kit through.  
13.  Drill a hole into the bottom of the cupcake - large enough to fit the light kit through.
14.  Paint the plaque any color(s) you want.
15.  Paint the dowel caps.
16.  Varnish all of the pieces, I used Triple Thick.
17.  When everything is dry, glue the dowel caps onto the bottom of the plaque.
18.  Feed light kit through the bottom of the plaque and through the bottom of the cupcake.
19.  Clip into place.
20.  Add lightbulb.

You are done!  Enjoy your unique and one of a kind cupcake!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Rubber Duckie Stickers Coaster - Another Coaster Friday DIY

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I've had these stickers for a while and wanted to do a layer coaster.




You will need:

-  Resin (I used Easy Cast www.eti-usa.com)
-  Stickers
-  Coaster mold
-  Glitter confetti

Here is the resin and mold I use, incase you are interested:


 
 



Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Mix a small amount of resin - enough to cover the bottom of mold.  Mix in some confetti flecks before pouring it in the mold.  Allow to cure until hard.
2.  Add the swirly stickers and pour enough resin to cover stickers.  All to cure until hard.
3.  Add duck stickers.  Add more resin to cover stickers.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

Unmold and you have a super duper cute coaster!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What to Make with Leftover Resin.... A Crab Ring DIY

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I had some leftover resin after a project and didn't want it to go to waste.  I pulled out some Martha Stewart molds I had on hand and made some stuff.  I poured some flowers too, which can be seen in the video, but the outstanding piece was the crab.  I loved the way it turned out and immediately turned it into a ring!


You will need:
-  Resin - If you are working on a larger project and have some leftover, even better!  I used Easy Cast Resin.  For more information about the product and where it can be found internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com
-  Fine red glitter
-  Ring blank
-  Glue
-  Mold

Here are some similar the items to the ones I used, available through Amazon:



Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.  
2.  Mix in red glitter.
3.  Pour into crab mold.
4.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
5.  Unmold and glue on ring blank.  Allow to dry.

That's it!  Now you have a cute, beachy crab ring!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Monday, July 14, 2014

DIY Dream Wish Worry Box

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Have you ever heard of a worry doll?  They are little, tiny handmade dolls.  You are supposed to tell your worries to the dolls before bed and then place them under your pillow.  I'm not sure if they are supposed to alleviate your worries, or fix your problems, but I like the concept either way.  I think they are Guatemalan, but I could be wrong.  

A friend of mine brought some back to me from Egypt.  When my nephew was little, he was a thinker and worrier.  I had him use the worry dolls and they seemed to help.  I wanted to create a fun and easy craft that plays off of the same basic idea.  It can be made for a kid, a grown up, a best friend, someone going away to college, the possibilities are endless!


You will need:

-  A box
-  Acrylic paint (I used a light blue, purple and black)
-  Mod Podge
-  Paper with no bleed ink - I used a laser printer, but you could use a copy machine (inkjet won't work)
-  Satin varnish
-  Unfinished wood letters to spell out what you want.  I used a precut DREAM piece.
-  Rub and Buff silver 
-  Various embellishments - I used a key, metal birdcage, costume jewelry pin

Here are some fun embellishments, available through Amazon, which might work:




Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:

1.  Remove the hardware from the box.
2.  Paint box.  I did the inside purple and the outside a light blue.  It will take at least two coats.  
3.  Paint your letters black.  Allow to dry.  
4.  In the mean time, you can print out the poem for the front and the two other items for the inside.  
They are as follows:



Wishes and worries
Dreams do come true
May your wishes be granted
May your worries be few

Right before bed, put your worries
on this side.  May your worries 
be lifted and replaced with
peace and sweet dreams.


Put your wishes and dreams
on this side.  Each day you
come closer to your wishes 
and dreams coming true.




Or personalize it with your own words!

5.  I used a laser printer, so I didn't have to worry about the ink running when it got wet.  You can use a laser printer, or a copy machine, but inkjet ink won't work.  
6.  Fold the paper maybe a half an inch from the words.  Wet your finger and run it along the crease.  Tear the paper along the fold.  The water will help give it a rougher edge.  You can pick little pieces off to make the edge even rougher.   Crumple it and then straighten it out.
7.  Take a little coffee on a paint brush and brush the coffee on the paper.  Use a paper towel to gently blot it off.
8.  Use the back of your paint brush and make black dots along the side of the lid.
9.  Place all your items on the lid and see where you want them.  Once you like what you have, Mod Podge the poem to the front.  Mod Podge the other two items to the inside of the box.
10.  Allow everything to dry.  Then take the satin varnish and varnish the entire box at least twice.
11.  Allow to dry and then glue on all your embellishments.  Again, allow to dry.
12.  While the hardware is off and if you want to turn it silver, use Rub and Buff wax.  Put it on the hardware, let it dry and buff it.
13.  Reattach hardware.  

That's it!  Now you have a cool home decor item, or gift!  Make it your own or personalize it for the recipient.  Go traditional, or neutral or off the wall CRAZY!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona







Friday, July 11, 2014

DIY Ice Cream Coasters - Another Coaster Friday

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It's summer and I had some leftover glitter, so I made ice cream themed coasters.  


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Easy Cast Resin (for more info. go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Glitter
-  Ice cream stickers
-  Mod Podge (optional)


Here is the coaster mold and resin, from Amazon:






Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix your glitter into your resin and pour into the mold.  You want to make sure your have enough of a resin and glitter mixture to cover the bottom of the mold.
3.  Allow to cure.  Make sure it is hard enough, before putting on the stickers.
TIP:  If you stickers have paper cones, like mine did, you want to make sure you seal them first.  Put a couple of layers of Mod Podge on them.  I thought I had them covered well enough, but I must not have because they discolored.  If you can find stickers that are all plastic, use those instead!
4.  Prepare more resin and pour over the tops of the stickers.  Make sure you have enough resin to make it a level surface.
5.  Allow to cure for a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

The other coaster pictured is a leftover coaster.  Everytime I did a resin craft, I would scrap out the leftovers from the cup and drip it into the mold.  Then I put a clear coat on top and there is a coaster from what would normally have been thrown away!

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

Mona




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Neon Glitter Wine Coaster DIY

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Remember the wine coaster mold I made last week?  Well, I used it and here is what I made:


It has a very sherbet quality to it, which is P-E-R-F-E-C-T for summer!

You will need:

-  Wine coaster mold - CLICK HERE for the video on how I made it.
-  Glitter - I used rainbow colors from a package I bought at Hobby Lobby
-  Easy Cast Resin (for more info on where to find it internationally go to www.eti-usa.com)

Here is the video tutorial:










Here is the video tutorial on how to make the mold:








Here are some items, which are available through Amazon, which you might find helpful, if you want to give this project a try:

 


Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions. 
TIP:   I used three capfuls of the resin mixed with the three capfuls of the hardener for the first pour.  On all subsequent pours, I used two capfuls of each.  If I were to do it again, I would use two capfuls of each for all of the pours.
2.  Once you have your first batch of resin mixed, mix in your pink glitter.  You want a lot of glitter and you want it to be fairly thick.  Mix it well.
3.  I let it sit for a few minutes to let the bubbles rise to the top.  
4.  Peel back the edge and pour it into the mold.  Let it sit for a minimum of 1-2 hours before moving onto the next step.
5.  Repeat with orange glitter (2 capfuls of resin and 2 capfuls of hardener).
6.  Allow to sit for a minimum of 1-2 hours and repeat with yellow glitter.
7.  Allow to sit for a minimum of 1-2 hours and repeat with the green glitter.
8.  Allow to sit a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.
9.  When unmolding, carefully go around and pull the top flap back, to break the seal.  Then pull it out!
10.  Sand the bottom as needed.

Remember it takes a full 72 hours to fully cure.

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

Mona