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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Flower Coaster Craft Tutorial


This craft came about trying to find a solution and improving upon some prior ideas.  Therefore, this is craft combines a few.
I did the Recycled Red Solo Cup and Twizzler Coaster Project, where my intention was to keep the Solo cup in place, due to its popularity.  I was asked if it could be done without the Solo cup and only use it as a mold.  The size and the shape of the Solo cup is perfect for a coaster and I can see with different designs why someone might not want it as a border.  On my Nail Polish Stone and Resin Coaster Craft Tutorial, someone mentioned they would like smoother edges.  
In response, I am trying to find a solution to both and this is what I came up with and you can see the tutorial video below.  The craft I made is the same one in the photographs and is purple.  However, it photographed pink when I took it outside.  Go figure. 

You will need:

- Resin (see this video tutorial to see how to prepare it, or follow package directions)
- Nail polish glass stones (see this video tutorial on how to make those)
- Red Solo cup (or any other plastic cup will work)
- Paper or rubber cement
- Wax paper




Directions:

1.  Cut Solo cup to size.
2.  Line cup with wax paper.  I adhered mine with the paper cement.  I admit it was a pain in the butt and took a little doing.  Patience works wonders in this situation.  Get it on as smooth and straight as you can and let dry.
3.  Adhere the wax lined mold (Solo cup) to the wax paper on your  work table.  Allow to dry and make sure there aren't any spots you missed, or the resin will leak out.
4.  Place your stones into the mold, in the design you want.
5.  Pour resin over stones.  I covered everything in resin, but did not make the top flat (which you can and it would be equally as pretty).  My thought was that the stones I chose were all very similar in height and I could keep a more three dimensional look and still have it be a level surface to put a cup or glass on.  Had my stones been more different, I would have filled it further.
6.  Check on the project a few times in the first hour to make sure any bubbles have been removed and keep it covered to keep out dust!
7.  Wait 12 hours and pull it off the wax paper.  Take scissors and cut into the cup and just peel it off.
8.  Enjoy!




















Happy Crafting!  Let me know if you have any suggestions on how to make it better!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mona



Monday, August 13, 2012

Recycled Red Solo Cup & Twizzler Coaster Craft Tutorial

Ever wonder what to do with all of the those Red Solo Cups?  With summer entertaining, I have.  Sure, you could just toss them into the recycling bin, but what if you could use part of it to make something useful?  How about a coaster?  How about a Red Solo Cup and Twizzler Coaster?  How cool would that be?  Lucky for you, I'll  show you how to make it!  The video also shows you the snafu I encountered and how I was able to save the project anyway!








Here is the video tutorial:




You will need:

-  Red Solo Cup (clean)
-  Twizzlers or Red Vines
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast)
-  Wax paper
-  Rubber cement or paper cement




Directions:
1.  Trim around the Red Solo Cup to create the outer ring of the coaster.
2.  Starting from the outer ring, begin (what is the word I am looking for?)  swirling (?) the Twizzlers around.  The inside one might be a bit tight, but squeeze it in as best you can. 

Optional:   You might want to put a dab of hot glue every so often.  I did not, but I also ran into a bit of a problem (see video).  It think the glue might help prevent it.

3.  Working on wax paper, run two or three coats of the rubber/paper cement around the bottom of the Solo cup, which will actually glue the cup onto the wax paper.  That will create a seal, so the resin won't run out.
4.  Prepare (according to package directions) the resin and pour the resin.
5.  Cover and allow to dry over night (12 hours)
6.  Remove from was paper.  Rub the rubber/paper cement off of the Solo cup.
7.  Enjoy your fun coaster and PROCEED TO PARTY!




What kind of candy would you put in the coaster?


Thanks for stopping by!  Feel free to leave comments or questions and I will get back to you!

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I'm also on Pinterest, where I also share other crafts and things that I like.  Hope to see you there!  

Happy Crafting!

Mona



Sunday, August 12, 2012

Runts Candy Coaster



The kids will go crazy over this fun candy coaster!





Here's the video tutorial to see how I did it:







You will need:

-  Runts candy
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast)
-  Plastic container to act as the mold
-  Plastic wrap
-  Rubber band



Directions:

1.  Line container with plastic wrap and secure with rubber band.
2.  Fill bottom of container with Runts.
3.  Prepare resin and pour over Runts.
4.  Check periodically to see if any air bubbles have floated to the surface.  Remove the air bubble per the directions on the resin.
5.  Cover and wait 12 hours.
6.  File or sand down rough edges and cover filed edges with brushed on resin or nail polish top coat.
7.  Unmold and enjoy your new coaster!

Thanks for stopping by!

 What candy would like to see a coaster made out of?

Happy Crafting!





Mona


Nail Polish Glass Stone Coaster

Try this coaster crafts to brighten up your decor.  Great for outside too because they are made out of resin!

Here is the tutorial:



You will need:

-  Resin (I used Easy Cast)
-  Plastic wrap
-  Glass stones decorated with nail polish - see tutorial here)
-  Plastic container
-  Rubber band




Directions:

1.  Line container with plastic wrap and secure with rubber band.
2.  Place glass stones where you want them to go.
3.  Prepare resin and resin over stones until everything is covered.
4.  Cover and allow to set overnight (12 hours).
5.  Check periodically to see if there are any air bubbles and use the directions from the resin package on the best way to remove them.
6.  Remove coaster.
7.  Trim and sand or file rough edges.
8.  Touch up with a disposable brush and resin, or clear nail polish.
9.  Enjoy your coasters!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!





Mona

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Nail Polish Resin Pendants




These pendants were made using resin and nail polish.  It's easy and kind of mimics amber.  Kind of.  Maybe...

Anyway, here's the tutorial:



You will need:

-  Resin (I used Easy Cast)
-  Nail polish
-  Mold for resin



Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  Pour resin into mold (about 1/4 to 1/2 way up)
3.  Add nail polish drops randomly
4.  Let dry.
5.  Next day unmold and allow to fully cure (check resin directions)
6.  Add bail and enjoy your beautiful necklace!  Or pin!  Or really big earring!

Have fun and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Monday, August 6, 2012

Resin Candy Bowl Craft Tutorial

Here's a fun craft that should get the kids excited too!  It will, however, forever deny your sweet tooth!


 You will need:
- Candy - I picked mine up at the dollar store
- Resin - I used Easy Cast that I got at a craft store
- A plastic bowl
- Saran or Cling wrap (resin won't stick to cling wrap)


Here's a video tutorial on how to make it:

 





Directions:

1.  Line your bowl in plastic wrap
2.  Sort and arrange the candy to create a bowl
3.  Prepare resin according to directions - the amount of resin you need will depend on the size of the bowl (Tip:  I try to have another project ready to go in case I made too much resin and then it won't go to waste!)
4.  Pour resin over the candy and make sure it is well coated.
5.  Cover to prevent dust from becoming a permanent part of your bowl.
6.  Have patience and wait at least 12 hours before unmolding.  Check the directions.  Mine takes 72 hours to fully dry.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pistachio Shell Bowl Recycling Craft


Make a gorgeous bowl that's functional and fun!  What a great conversation starter.



Watch the video tutorial here:




You will need:

 - Pistachio shells (dyed or natural)
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast resin, which is available at craft stores)
-  A bowl to use as a mold
-  Cling wrap




Directions:

1.  Clean pistachio shells and dye if you want a colorful bowl.
2.  Choose a bowl.  You can get cheap bowls at the dollar store.
3.  Cover/wrap the inside of the bowl with cling wrap.
4.  Put pistachios in bowl and move them around to make sure you have enough to make the size bowl you are working with.
5.  Mix your resin.  I used two capfuls of each the resin and hardener to make my bowl.  Prepare resin according to package directions.
Tip:  Always protect your work surface.  When working with resin, wax paper works well.  Wear gloves because resin is a pain to clean off your hands.
6.  Pour resin on the shells and let it run down (see video).  Don't use all of your resin, use a half to 2/3.
7.  Carefully arrange the shells up the side of the bowl.  The shells should be sticky enough to stay in place.
8.  When you have the shells in place, use the rest of the resin and pouring from the edges, let it run down the sides.  
9.  Cover to prevent dust from getting in your project.  
10.  Be patient and allow to dry overnight before trying to remove it from the mold.
11.  I liked using the thin plastic bowl because it allowed me to carefully bend it and break the seal of the shells with the bowl when trying to remove it.

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Feel free to email me with your projects and I might feature them in a future blog!

Happy Crafting!

Mona









Thursday, August 2, 2012

Grass Head Guy Craft - Recycling Craft






















Here's a fun and easy craft.  It's especially great for Spring and Summer.  It makes a great accessory, or could be a gift.



Here's the video tutorial:






You will need:

-  Empty container to recycle (i.e. yogurt container)
-  2 Tablespoons of grass seed
-  Potting soil or dirt from yard
-  Nylon stocking (another great item to recycle)
-  2 googly eyes
-  Permanent marker
-  Paper (i.e. scrapbook, wrapping, construction)
-  Hot glue
-  Water
-  Patience!

 Directions:

1.  Spoon 2 tablespoons of grass seed into the toe of the nylon stocking
2.  Add enough dirt/potting soil to make the head the size you want
3.  Tie stocking so it is tight up against the dirt
4.  Trim off excess nylon stocking.  You want to leave about a three to four inch tail, so the water can wick up it.
5.  Glue on googly eyes
6.  Draw mouth with permanent marker
7.  Decorate yogurt container
8.  Add water and put in sunny window
9.  Wait
10.  Check the water every day to make sure it doesn't dry out!
11.  About day 5 you will see things starting to sprout!!!




Have fun with it.  I'd love to see what you come up with!  Share your creations on our Facebook page at:
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or email me photos and I'll post them in a future blog!

Happy Crafting!

Mona