Monday, March 30, 2015

DIY Resin Easter Bunny House Craft Klatch Easter Series

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Easter is almost here!  I wanted to make a special project for Spring.  I broke out the gingerbread house mold and used it to create my Easter Bunny House!



You will need:
-  Silicone gingerbread house mold
-  Resin (I used Envirotex Lite, Easy Cast would also work)
-  Yellow acrylic paint
-  White acrylic paint
-  Pink acrylic paint
-  Blue acrylic paint
-  Purple acrylic paint
-  Orange acrylic paint
-  White resin pigment dye
-  Four round discs
-  Wood plaque
-  Easter eggs of various sizes
-  Small dowel rod
-  Green sand
-  Fine green glitter
-  Toothpick
-  Cardstock
-  Picket fence
-  Various picks and fake flowers
-  Chenille chicks
-  Hot glue
-  E6000
-  Pink felt
-  Wire
-  Thin pink ribbon
-  White glue
-  Four round wood discs
-  Fake candle
*When picking out your paints, be sure to think pastels!



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Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:

1.  Paint the mold.  I chose yellow for the walls and white for the trim and roof.  Using acrylic paint, paint your chosen colors.  This will take a minimum of two coats, but figure three, maybe four.  The paint does not want to adhere to the silicone and therefore it will take more coats.
2.  Once all the coats are dry, prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  I did six ounces at a time.  I mixed in white resin pigment dye to give it all a solid look.
3.  Pour the first six ounces in the mold.  That should cover all the side panels - be sure you don't over pour.  You want the resin to go into the window frames, but you do not want them to cover the windows, so take your time and do it slowly!
4.  Repeat and pour into the roof mold.
5.  Once the sides have cured, prepare six ounces of clear resin.  You want to pour that onto the panels that have windows.  This way, the windows will remain clear, like actual windows.
6.  Prepare more resin that you think you may need, if you want to fill in any of the panels and don't forget to pour the door.
7.  Once all are cured, you can remove them from the molds.
8.  Using a combination of E6000 glue and hot glue, I attached the panels to one another.  The E6000 gives it a strong bond, but the hot glue holds it in place, while the E6000 dries.
9.  Cut a dowel rod to fit where the roof meets.  Paint it pink (or whatever color you like).  Paint the sidewalk disks, while you are at it.
10.  Glue dowel rod into place.
11.  Place the house onto the wood plaque.  Take a pencil and trace around it.  Make sure it is where you want it permanently placed.
12.  Mix green sand, green glitter and white glue into a cup.  Mix it really well.  I do not have exact measurements.  You want to make sure the sand and glitter are all mixed and covered, but you don't want it too wet.
13.  Using gloved hands and your stir stick, begin spreading it around the plaque.  I left the area where the house will be sitting clean.  When you have the front lawn done, press the painted disc into place as the front walk.  Allow to dry.
14.  In the mean time, you can glue on small Easter eggs onto the front and back roof line.
15.  You can cut felt and add curtains if you want too.  I just taped them in.
16.  When the lawn has dried, it is time to add all the other elements.  I added picks for trees.  I made sure to drill a hole in the lawn and the wood plaque and added glue and places the picks in for trees.  I cut other fake flowers and turned them into bushes.  
17.  Glue the picket fence in place.  I used hot glue and made a little more grass mixture and covered up any hot glue that was showing.  I also added some around the base of the newly planted trees.
18.  I made a couple of small bunnies out of polymer clay and added some chenille chicks in the yard.
19.  Glue everything in place.  I also made a sign out of a printed Happy Easter on card stock and glued it to a toothpick.  
20.  I used a piece of wire and made a circle.  I used E6000 and hot glue to attach little Easter eggs and I added a think ribbon to finish off the wreath for the front door.

Let your imagination run wild with all the accessories!!  

That's it!  Now you have a great Easter decoration or centerpiece!!  


Here is the zombie house tutorial:




Gingerbread House Tutorial:






Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Friday, March 27, 2015

DIY Peeps Easter Coasters Another Coaster Friday

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After doing my Big Peep Plushie video, I was asked to do a Peeps coaster.  How could I resist!  I'll show you how to make these cute coasters!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work just as well)
-  Green confetti
-  Green glitter
-  Pictures of Peeps - I printed mine using a laser printer
-  Super Gloss Mod Podge


Here are some items available through Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:





Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in glitter and confetti.
3.  Pour into mold and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
4.  Print out pictures of Peeps.  I use a laser printer and cardstock.  Once I cut it out, I like to use a black permanent market and run it along the cut out edge.
5.  Brush the Mod Podge all over the coaster.  Brush onto the back of the picture.  Put the picture on the coaster and add another layer over the whole coaster.  Allow to dry between coats.  Add one or two more coats.
6.  When the Mod Podge has COMPLETELY dried, prepare more resin.  Pour over the coasters and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

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

Mona




Monday, March 23, 2015

DIY Big Peep Plushie! Craft Klatch

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I will show you how to sew a Big Peep Plushie!  It's an easy DIY craft for Easter!
It's huge, it's a giant, it's GODZILLA-SIZED PEEP!

You will need:
-  One yard of yellow fleece fabric
-  Yellow thread
-  Brown felt
-  Fabric glue
-  Paper
-  Needle
-  Scissors
-  Fiberfill

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Find a picture of a Peep and draw a pattern.  I took sheets of paper and made two ears, a head and the body.  Once I had the parts created, I taped them together to create the pattern.
2.  Have your fabric laid out double and trace the pattern onto the fabric.  
3.  Cut out fabric.  I left a small border outside of the line.  That way, I could sew right along the line I drew.
4.  Now it is time to sew.  If you have a sewing machine, go ahead and do that.  If not, do what I did and hand sew it.  I started on the bottom and worked my way around.  I made sure to leave a small opening at the bottom.
5.  Once I had it sewn, I was able to put my hand in and turn it inside out.
6.  I used stuffing to stuff it - making sure I went all the way into the ears first.
7.  Once stuffed, I sewed the small opening shut.
8.  I cut three small circles out of the brown felt.
9.  I glued them onto the face.

That is it!  Thank you for stopping by!  

Mona

Here's another Peep project:







Friday, March 20, 2015

Fossilized Shark Teeth Coaster - Another Coaster Friday DIY

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I found these shark teeth on vacation on the gulf coast of Florida.  I was so excited to find them and wanted to preserve them in resin.  They make a great home decor accessory and a conversation starter!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Sharks teeth
-  Resin - Easy Cast or Envirotex Lite will work

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




Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  I used two ounces.
2.  Place the shark teeth in the resin and mix until completely covered.
3.  Pour into coaster mold.
4.  With stir stick, spread out the teeth until you are happy with the placement.
5.  Allow bubbles to rise to the surface and then use a lighter to pop them. 
6.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

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

Mona



Monday, March 16, 2015

DIY Golf Ball Easter Bunny Recycling Craft - Craft Klatch

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Easter is coming and there is still plenty of time to create these fun and easy Easter Bunny Crafts.  You can make them with either a golf ball or a wood bead.  



You will need:

-  Golf ball - or wood bead
-  White acrylic paint
-  Black acrylic paint
-  Pink acrylic paint
-  Eyescrew
-  White craft foam
-  Glue (hot glue or other)
-  Paint brush or skewer stick
-  Thin pastel ribbon
-  Drill or rotary tool




Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Drill a hole into the golf ball.  Use a thin drill bit.  
2.  Screw the eye screw into the golf ball.
3.  Paint the golf ball and eye screw white.  It will take at least two coats.
4.  Once dry, use a skewer stick to paint on the features - I show you how to easily do it in the video above.
5.  Once dry, cut the white craft foam into the shape of bunny ears.  
6.  Use pink paint to paint on the inner ear.
7.  Once dry, glue them onto the head.
8.  Add a ribbon and that's it!

For the bead, you can skip drilling the hole and just thread the ribbon through the hole and tie two knots at the end and add a dab of glue to keep it in place.

That's it!  Thank you for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Friday, March 13, 2015

DIY Mother of Pearl Coaster - Another Coaster Friday - Craft Klatch

It’s time for Another Coaster Friday and this week I wanted to preserve some of my vacation beach finds!  I’m doing a Mother of Pearl Coaster!!


You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work too!
-  Mother of pearl - cleaned and dried

Here are some of the items available through Amazon, incase you want to give it a try!





Here is the video tutorial:






Directions;
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Pour a thin layer into the mold.  Let the bubbles rise to the top and then pop them with your lighter.
3.  One at a time, take a piece of mother of pearl and submerge it into your resin.  Using a pair of tweezers, gently place it into the mold.  Repeat until you have enough to cover the surface of your mold and arrange until you are happy with them.  
4.  Pop bubbles with your lighter and check back periodically incase more bubbles arise.
5.  Let it sit a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Now you have preserved a piece of your vacation and turned it into an awesome one of  a kind home decor accessory! 

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DIY Resin Butterfly Craft Klatch

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Create a custom resin butterfly.  You can customize the colors to fit your decor!



You will need:
-  Silicone butterfly mold
-  Acrylic paint
-  Black india ink
-  Pigment powder
-  Glue
-  Wire
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast)

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




Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Paint acrylic paint right on the mold.  It will take two to three coats.  You will notice the mold doesn't want to take the paint, but keep putting coats on it and it will work out fine.  I first did the indents and then did a Martha Stewart glass paint on the raised wings.  I wanted it to have a crackled look, so I made sure it didn't fully cover the mold.
2.  Once dry, I prepared my resin, according to the package directions.
3.  I mixed in black india ink and gray pigment powder.  I mixed it well and poured it into the mold.  I did three ounces, but I think two would have been enough.
4.  Allow to cure.
5.  Once cured, cut a piece of wire and twist it two to three times, to create a loop.
6.  Glue the loop onto the back of the butterfly.  Any glue will work.  Remember to position the loop part up and out of the next layer of resin.
7.   Once the glue dries, pour more resin - another two ounces should be enough.  You can leave it clear or color it.  
8.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Hang it on your wall!  Thanks for stopping by - stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Monday, March 9, 2015

DIY Resin Spring Flower Necklaces


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Bring a little Spring to your wardrobe with these cute flower necklaces!  They are easy to make and would be perfect as party favors!



You will need:
-  Silicone flower mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Resin dye
-  Acrylic paint
-  Small eye screws or bails
-  Glue (optional)
-  Rotary tool optional
-  Cording 


Here are some items available through Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:




Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Take your acrylic paint and paint in the centers of the flowers and allow to completely dry.
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
3.  Mix in the resin dye - mix well.
4.  Pour into mold and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before removing from mold.
5.  Remove from mold and you can either glue on a jewelry bail, or a less expensive version is to drill a small hole into the side of the flower, with a small drill bit.  
6.  Screw in an eye screw.
7.  Add a cord.

Now you have a necklace!!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Friday, March 6, 2015

Easter Egg Coaster - Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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I feel like Spring should have sprung already, but the snow on the ground says otherwise!



You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast - Envirotex Lite works as well)
-  Mini plastic Easter eggs - I found them at Hobby Lobby


Here are some items, which might be helpful, incase you want to make some of your own:





Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Pour mini Easter eggs into the resin and mix well.
3.  Pour into mold and move around as needed.  If bubbles come up, be sure to pop them with either a lighter, or by blowing on them with a straw.
4.  Allow to cure.  We are doing two pours on this coaster because the little eggs float.  It will give you an uneven surface for a glass to sit upon.  If we allow the first layer to cure, then you can add a second layer to even it all out, without worrying about the eggs floating.
5.  Once cured, prepare more resin and pour into mold.  
6.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Happy Spring and Happy Crafting!

Mona

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Silicone Coaster Mold GIVEAWAY!!!

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I have one more giveaway before we get back to crafting!  This time I'm giving away a COASTER MOLD!!


IMPORTANT INFO:
This is open internationally and if you are under the age of 18, you will need to get your parents' permission before entering.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.  The giveaway will end on March 10, 2015 at 12:00am.  I will announce the winner here and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back here and/or there.  I will also email the winner, with the email they provided when entering - make sure you provide the correct email and check it!  Once announced, the winner will have 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

You enter HERE:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you are wondering what you would do with the coaster mold, I'll show you here:


Good luck everyone!

Mona


If you want to buy your own coaster mold, you can find it at Amazon, right here:




Monday, March 2, 2015

Polymer Clay Bunny DIY

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It's awfully snowy here, but I'm trying to rise above and think Spring thoughts!



You will need:
-  White, black, orange and green polymer clay
-  Black acrylic paint
-  Pink acrylic paint
-  Glue

Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Take a piece of white clay and roll it into a ball.  Then create a pear shaped piece and this will create the body.
2.  Create a smaller piece, large enough to create the head.  Attach it to the body.
3.  Create two longer pieces for the legs and attach to the bottom of the body.  Indent an area for the foot, on each leg.
4.  Create two smaller pieces for arms and attach.
5.  Roll two very small balls for the area by the mouth/under the nose and attach.
6.  Create two ears and attach to the head.  I bent one a little for a little character.
7.  Roll two tiny black pieces for the eyes.  Use a pen or an embossing tool to press into the middle of the eyes.
8.  Add a smaller black piece for the nose.
9.  Add a piece for the tail.
10.  To create the carrot, shape a piece of orange and attach a piece of green.  I cut the green to make it look like the greens on the carrot.
11.  Bake everything according to your clay package directions.
12.  With light pink paint, paint the insides of the ears and add details to the bottoms of the feet and paws.  
13.  I used a skewer stick to add tiny dots on the areas under the nose.
14.  Glue the carrot in place and that's it!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Friday, February 27, 2015

Elvis Coaster DIY - Another Coaster Friday

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Happy Friday!  I'm All Shook Up!



You will need:
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Coaster mold
-  Picture of Elvis
-  Black permanent marker
-  Glitter - various blues
-  Super Gloss Mod Podge


Here are some items that might help you create your own:





Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix blue glitter into the resin - mix well and pour into coaster mold.
3.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours before moving onto the next step.
4.  Print a picture of Elvis, to fit the size of your coaster.  Cut out.  
5.  With a black permanent marker, color the edge of the cut out and allow to dry.
6.  Using Mod Podge, paint some onto the back of the head and then paint some onto the entire coaster.
7.  Carefully place the picture onto the coaster and add Mod Podge on the front of the picture and the surrounding coaster.  Make sure all of the coaster has Mod Podge on it.  Allow to completely dry and repeat two more times.
8.  Once it has COMPLETELY dried, prepare more resin and pour over coaster.  Allow to cure and then you can unmold it!!

That's it!  Don't be cruel!  Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona