Friday, May 29, 2015

Fleur De Lis Coaster - Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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I figured it was time to do a classy coaster.  It's easy peasy!  I found a metal fleur de lis at Michaels and thought it would be perfect for a coaster!



You will need:
-  Resin
-  Glitter - fine copper, chunky black


Here are some items available through Amazon:



Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Mix your resin according to the package directions.  I used two ounces for the first layer, but I think you could get away with using only one.
2.  Add fine copper glitter, chunky black glitter and some copper pigment powder.  Mix well.
3.  Pour into the coaster mold.  Use a lighter to pop any bubbles.
4.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
5.  Mix more resin (1-2 ounces depending on how thick your fleur de lis is).
6.  Pour some of the resin into the mold.  Put the fleur de lis in the resin and make sure it is covered and then place it in the mold.
7.  Pour remaining resin into the mold.
8.  Use lighter to pop bubbles as needed.  
9.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

That's it!  When it is cured, then unmold it!  

Now you have a new classy coaster!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to pin it if you like it!

Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona



Thursday, May 28, 2015

5 Wall Art Projects You Can Do With Your Kids by Danielle Hegedus (Guest Post)

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School is out or almost out for the summer and you are going to need to find some activities to keep the kids busy.  Have them create some original artwork to liven up your home decor!  I have a fun guest post for you today.  Danielle Hegedus, from Modernize.comscoured the internet and here is what she found:

5 Wall Art Projects You Can Do With Your Kids





















There’s no need to spend a fortune on art for your home when there are so many fun DIY projects that you can do as a family. Making your own artwork will give you the opportunity to spend great quality time with your children, save money, and decorate your home with artwork that is stylish and very sentimental to you. Here are five wall art projects that look great and are a ton of fun to work on with your kids. 

Discover the Joys of Modge Podge 
You can modge podge almost anything onto a canvas. I’ve also used it on wood and beat-up furniture that I wanted to give a fresh look. For this project, work with your family to cut out letters from old magazines to spell out a message that resonates with your family. In this case, they spelled out, “I love you,” and created a cool, modern look. If you don’t have experience with modge podge, use it liberally--it looks like glue, but dries clear. 





I also hang onto every birthday or holiday card that my family ever receives from friends and family members. All of those cards really start to add up though and storage can be a challenge. I recently cut up images and messages from those cards and used modge podge to create a collage out of the cards for our living room. I love walking by and seeing my mother’s handwriting and loving messages. 

If you  have younger children, here is another fun one that you can make with the alphabet. Go on a letter hunt throughout your neighborhood, and take pictures of all the letters you can find. Print out photos and use modge podge to adhere to a canvas or board. 






























Make a Bold, Interesting Wreath While Decluttering Your House
Have you ever tried to throw away a random toy (or piece of a toy) that your child doesn’t play with anymore? If so, you know that situation can turn ugly. Help clear out the toy box (and the risk to your bare feet) by working with your child to bring all of their miscellaneous toys into one eclectic art piece. Cut a wreath shape out of foam core board and then use a hot glue gun to place all of your children’s treasured items into place. I guarantee, wherever you choose to hang your wreath, it will cause guests to linger and smile as they explore all of the collected treasures. 




























Via Pinterest 


Make Your Artwork Multi-Functional
I love the color that this piece brings into the room--a great solution for renters who aren’t allowed to paint--and it also creates the illusion of a headboard to help tie the entire room together. You’ll need a yardstick (or something similar to form the base), scrapbook or colorful paper, a die cut or circle patterns, and glue and tape. Here is a tutorial to assist you. 































Choose an Unexpected Canvas
Pegboard gives your children a versatile canvas on which they can continually be creating. You can paint the pegboard any color to make it really pop and work with the decor in your child’s room, the dining room, or wherever you choose to place this ever-changing artwork. Pencils work as simple anchors for designs created with yarn or rubberbands. Start with simple shapes and then move into more complicated designs to help your children build spacial awareness.  



Gallery Walls Work for Children’s Art, Too! 
What better way to build the confidence of your burgeoning young artist than by prominently displaying their masterpieces! This clipboard gallery wall is a nice change of pace from frames, and gives you the flexibility to easily change out pieces as your child creates new artwork. 






















You can also create a gallery wall that is informal and easy to update using washi tape. 






























I hope these suggestions will inspire you to create some artwork and memories with your children! 


For more DIY project ideas and other design inspiration, head to Modernize.com.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wood and Resin Wall Clock DIY Home Decor

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I had the opportunity to do a collaboration with Amy at CrafterZDelights and we decided that we would each make a clock.  I made a wood and resin clock and Amy made an AWESOME Candy Explosion Clock!  Be sure to check out Amy's video and her channel!  You won't be disappointed!



For the wood and resin clock, you will need:

-  Round silicone mold
-  Clock kit
-  Wood slices
-  Sandpaper or a sander (rough and fine sandpaper or discs for a sander)
-  Resin (Envirotex Lite or Easy Cast would work)
-  Pigment powder

Here are some of the items I used, available through Amazon:




Here is the video tutorial for the Wood and Resin Clock:





Here is the video tutorial for the Candy Explosion Clock:







Directions
  1.  The first thing I did was I went to our firewood pile and found sticks.  I started cutting them with my scroll saw, but my dad stopped by and told me it would be much easier to do it on the radial arm saw.  It turns out it was MUCH easier to have HIM do it on the radial arm saw!  However, while he was doing it, a piece shot across the garage and hit me upside the head anyway.  I heard bells.  Serves me right. (reenactment
  2. Next I mixed four ounces of Envirotex Lite, feel free to use EasyCast, if you would rather.  Both will work fine.
  3. I dropped every single piece of wood into the resin and dunked it, to make sure it was coated.  That will cut down on bubbles later.
  4. With tweezers, I pulled out the wood pieces and put them in a separate cup.  Don’t worry, the moment I am done, I will clean the tweezers with rubbing alcohol and they will be fine!!
  5. With the remaining resin, I mixed pigment powder.  I used Violet Brass.  I mixed it well and poured it into the mold.
  6. Using my tweezers, I put the wood pieces into the mold.  Arranging and rearranging as necessary.
  7. I used my lighter to pop any bubbles.  The wood is coated, so it should be fine, but be careful and remember you are taking a flame to wood.  Extra caution is necessary.  You will have a lot of bubbles.  Wood is a porous material and will expel a lot of bubbles.  You will need to go back and check periodically, until no more bubbles appear.  
  8. Let it cure a minimum of 12 hours.
  9. It looks pretty good and I could just put another layer of resin on it and be done, but I want to even it all out a little.  I know the edges will have a small ridge and I want it all to be flat.  I took it of the mold and took it outside and did a rough sand and followed it with a fine sand.  
  10. Wiped and washed it all off and let it dry.
  11. Prepared more resin and used a sponge brush to apply a thin layer.  Remove bubbles as necessary.
  12. Let it cure a minimum of 12 hours.
  13. Find the center of the circle.  I used a piece of paper, traced the clock, cut out, folded it in half and in half again and cut the point.  That hole is the center.  
  14. Use the template to mark a dot for the center.  Drill a hole in the center and attach your clock assembly and add a battery.
Now you have a custom clock!

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

Mona



Monday, May 25, 2015

DIY Nail Frame Man Cave Decor - Father's Day Gift Ideas

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It's time to plan for Father's Day!  Here is an EASY project that give impressive results!




You will need:

-  Inexpensive black frame - I bought mine at Dollar Tree
-  Glue - I used The Ultimate
-  Nails, washers, screws, nuts, whatever you want to use



Here is the glue I used:







Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Using a stir stick, spread the glue on the frame, one section at a time.  You want it nice and thick so the nails and washers really stick well.
2.  Add the nail, or anything you like.  Obviously if small children are doing the project, use objects to embed that are more appropriate for their age.
3.  Allow to dry.  This might take a day or two, depending on the humidity in your area and the temperature.

That's it!  Now stick a picture of Dad's favorite car, a fish, or whatever makes him happy........maybe a picture of YOU!  The nails are squished into the glue and you shouldn't have any pointy ends!


Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!


Mona