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Monday, November 11, 2019

Dollar Tree Ornament Makeover #1: Rustic Snowman | Christmas Craft Ideas | Craft Klatch

I found this ornament at Dollar Tree, in fact I found four!  I decided I would style the ornament four different ways!  This is the first and I'm going for a Rustic Snowman Christmas Ornament DIY!  Dollar store crafts are a great way to decorate on a budget and customize your Christmas decorations to reflect your personal style and home decor ideas!



Materials:
The links below help support this channel,  as I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Some of the links are Dollar Tree, but sometimes you can only buy in bulk, so you might want to take a trip to the store.  If I found the same or similar on Amazon, I have those links listed as well.

Snowman ornament (Dollar Tree):  http://shrsl.com/1xsxy
Snowman ornament (Amazon):  https://amzn.to/32xKzmR
Ivory paint:  https://amzn.to/34NKGMK
Green paint:  https://amzn.to/2qG7Tlm
Crackle medium:  https://amzn.to/2NWjnZS
Berries (Dollar tree):  http://shrsl.com/1xsyi
Berries (Amazon):  https://amzn.to/2X2yeGg
Jingle bells:  https://amzn.to/2X2pqjy
Glue:  https://amzn.to/33EIRRZ
Hot glue:  https://amzn.to/2K8O1hs
Raffia (Amazon):  https://amzn.to/2KcznWF
Raffia (Dollar Tree):  http://shrsl.com/1xt0g

Wood ornament:  Check your local Dollar Tree or Hobby Lobby

Here is the video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made it:



Directions:

1.  I started with a blank ornament.


2.  I removed the string because I plan on reusing it later.

3.  I painted the ornament - front and back.  Tip:  You may notice that after you paint the first side, the wood will begin to bow.  When you paint the backside, it will straighten out.

4.  I painted on the crackle medium.  It goes on clear, so when you are applying it, hold the ornament at an angle, so you can see if you missed any spots.


5.  Once dry, paint on your contrasting color.  I used Christmas Green.  Tip:  When are painting on the top color, be sure not to over paint, or you will ruin the crackling.

The cracks start pretty quick!

6.  When dry, you will have beautiful cracks!  I wanted to seal the finish, so used a matte finish.  I painted it on front and back.  If you get too many brush strokes, you can add some water to your brush and paint over it.  It should take care of the brush strokes.


7.  If you painted the hole shut, you can use your craft knife to open it back up.

8.  Here is the ornament I used and I applied hot glue and white glue to the back, to attach it.  The hot glue holds it in place, while the white glue dries.


9.  I placed my little jingle bells all around the ornament and glued them on.


10.  I tied a bow with raffia.

11.  I glued it on.

12.  I trimmed the raffia.

Here it is so far!

13.  I had some white berries and painted them a complimentary color.

14.  I glued them on.

15.  I used a thin wire and added three little jingle bells and twisted the wire together.   

16.  I glued the bell cluster onto the raffia bow.


17.  I reattached the string.

Here it is!  

I hope you like it.  I have at least three additional versions coming up, so stay tuned!!!


Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona 
















Friday, November 8, 2019

Christmas Tree Button Coaster DIY | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch

It's time for Christmas crafting!  If you are looking for Christmas craft ideas, this is a holiday Christmas tree coaster!  It's an easy craft!





The links below help support this channel,  as I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Materials:
Wood tree:  https://amzn.to/2pSR2M1
Green paint:  https://amzn.to/2NSEImV
Green buttons:  https://amzn.to/2NVLRmj
Seed beads: https://amzn.to/2Nt7qvv
Green glitter:  https://amzn.to/2NQFgK9
Glue:  https://amzn.to/33v6yfG

Here is the video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made it:




Directions:

1.  I found this tree at the craft store.  It was in a kit, with little markers, which I did not need.  I found similar trees - MUCH CHEAPER - on Amazon and I listed them above.

2.  I painted it green, using acrylic paint.  I made sure to paint the edges and the back.

3.  Once the paint has dried, I painted on the glue.  Make sure not to go too thin!

4.  I added a red button to the top of the tree and layered it with two smaller buttons.  




5.  Then, I added green buttons, in a random pattern.  While you are doing this, realize that they are round and you will not be able to fully cover the tree.



6.  I added two brown buttons to the bottom, for the trunk.

7.  I pulled out my glass seed beads and pulled out green and red beads and a few brown.

8.  I added the seed beads between the buttons. I tried to have the sides up, so you see the colors.  They make a good filler in between and the red looks like little decorations.

9.  I added green glitter and let it dry.
  
Once dry, I tapped off the excess glitter and it is finished!

I think it makes a super cute coaster.  You can put silicone dots on the back, or you can add cork to the back.  


That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Friday, November 1, 2019

Color Shift Paint Resin Coasters Black Background | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch

If you are looking for resin craft ideas, here are easy coasters, where I experimented with color shift paint!  This time, I used a black background like you all suggested!


Materials:
The links below help support this channel, as I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Color shift paint: https://amzn.to/2MMEfU8 or
Pigment powders: https://amzn.to/2RL523A
Black pigment:  https://amzn.to/2WzInKd
Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
This is the resin I used for this project:
FX Poxy: http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F.

Here is a quick video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made them!


Directions:

1.  I brushed pigment powder into the molds.  Since we are doing a black background, I thought it would be cool if it had a tint of color.


2.  I mixed two ounces of resin and added black pigment and mixed it really well.


3.  I poured the resin into the mold cavities.

4.  I used a lighter to pop the bubbles and let it cure for 12 hours.

5.  Once cured, I removed them from the mold.

Here is the back of the purple.

Here are both.

6.  I painted the color shift paint onto the coasters.



7.  I let the paint completely dry.

8.  I mixed two ounces of resin and poured it onto the coasters.


9.  I used my stir stick to make sure the resin reached the edges.

10.  I used my lighter to pop the bubbles and let them cure a minimum of 12 hours before touching them.


Here they are all finished!  The colors are definitely bolder on the black background.

Here are last weeks coasters to compare them.

Here is last week's coaster:


That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona