Thursday, December 26, 2013

DIY Duct Tape Ornaments How To

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I was asked to do easy ornaments and duct tape crafts.  I thought I would combine the two and here they are!

You will need:

-  Duct or Duck tape in whatever color or pattern you want and silver
-  Craft knife
-  Glitter
-  Glue
-  Hole punch
-  Fishing line

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Take a length of duct tape (4 - 6 inches +/-) and stick it to another piece the same length.  When attaching it, make sure it is offset a little.
2.  Take two more pieces and stick to the other piece.  You are making a small sheet of duct tape.
3.  Use the inside of the duct tape roll and draw a circle on the sheet.
4.  Cut out the circle.
5.  Take a thin strip of silver duct tape and tape to the edge of the circle.  Trim to make it look like the ornament cap.
6.  Use glue and glitter to decorate.  Or use thin strips of duct tape to decorate.
7.  Use a small hole punch to punch a hole in the silver piece.
8.  String a piece of fishing line through the hole and tie a knot.

That's it!  Easy duct tape ornaments for Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!


Whatcha Been Doin' Wednesday Christmas Coasters

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DIY Easy Glitter Ornaments How To

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Learn how to make Easy Glitter Christmas Ornaments!

You will need (affiliate links):

-  Glitter red:
-  Green glitter:
-  Red bugle beads:
-  Mod Podge:
-  Styrofoam ball:
-  Hot glue:
-  Red ribbon:
-  White glue:
-  Skewer sticks:

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Take a skewer stick or screwdriver and poke it into the styrofoam ball.  This allows you to hold the ball while painting with glue or Mod Podge.

2.  Generously paint the styrofoam ball with glue.

3.  Sprinkle with glitter.

4.  Allow to dry.

5.  Using your Mod Podge, paint over the glitter.  Immediately sprinkle with bugle beads.  You don't want it to be covered solid.  You just want them sprinkled over with the glitter showing in between.

6.  Allow to dry.

7.  Remove the skewer stick and put some glue into the hole. Add a ribbon and push it in with the skewer stick.  

8.  Add a little hot glue and sprinkle with glitter to cover any glue.

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


DIY Resin Gingerbread House | Resin Crafts

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This year I decided to make a gingerbread house that can be used year after year, without worry of mold or ants!  It's a gingerbread house made out of resin!!

You will need (affiliate links):
-  Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Clear Cast:
FX Poxy: ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F.
-  Gingerbread house mold:
-  Tulip Slick Fabric paint in white:
-  White glitter:
-  Candy ornaments - I purchased mine from Michaels. (gumdrops, candy canes, lollipops, whatever you can find).
-  Red chunky glitter:
-  Red fine glitter:
-  Green glitter:
-  Brown resin colorant opaque:
-  Glue - I used a combination of hot glue and E6000:
-  Small wreath:
-  Small red floral stones:
-  Brown acrylic paint:
-  Basswood round:
*  Note:  You may not be able to find the exact items, but personalize it with what you are able to find.  Or you can make your own!

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.  Stir in colorant.  Stir in enough to make it opaque.  Make a note of the ratio of resin to drops of color you used, to keep the other sides all consistent.  Pour into mold - do not pour into tree cavities or door cavity.  Also note that you want to fill it enough to fill in the window frames, but not the entire windows.  Where it would normally be glass, should not be covered with brown tinted resin.  Allow to set for at least 12 hours.  At this time, you can pour resin and green glitter into the tree mold.  You can pour whatever color you want in the door mold.  I chose a chunky red glitter.  I used the same brown for the gingerbread people.

2.  If the color of the walls did not come out as solid as you had hoped (mine did not), take some brown acrylic paint and paint the inside of the walls with the brown paint.  Allow to dry.

3.  Pour a clear coat of resin on the molds where you painted to brown acrylic paint.  This layer also allows there to be clear windows in the window frames.  Yay!  Allow to set at least 12 hours, but I might wait 24 to 48, to let it property harden because they will be standing upright and might bend if not fully cured.

4.  It's time to unmold the pieces!  I love this part!  Using E6000, start putting the parts together.  Use the hot glue to support it and hold it together while the E6000 dries.

5.  When it's dry, it's time to start decorating.  Use the slick fabric paint as icing.  Run it along the edges, around the windows, on the roof and sprinkle with white glitter to give it an icy look.

6.  Trace around the edge of the house, on the base you will be putting it on.  This will let you know where you don't want to paint.  Put paint outside of where you traced, so they look like they have a snowy yard.  Again, sprinkle with the white glitter.

7.  Allow the paint to dry and then start adding your gumdrops, other candy and decorations and the gingerbread people and the trees.  Add paint to the gingerbread people and glue and glitter to the trees.

8.  Let it all dry.  I did not attach the house to the base, as I wanted to be able to pick it up and add a battery operated candle, or battery operated short Christmas lights.

That's it!  Put it out for everyone to enjoy!  It's a little bit bigger than the typical resin projects I do, but totally worth it!

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


DIY Nail Polish Cake Stand Craft How To

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You will need:
-  Glass plate - mine was from Dollar Tree
-  Short candlestick - also from Dollar Tree
-  Nail Polish - personalize by using polish to match your decor or the holiday
-  Glitter - chunky red and fine other colors
-  Weldbond glue

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  We will be working on the underside of the plate ONLY.  This allows the top surface of the plate to continue to be used for food.  This item will also be hand wash only.  Paint a thin layer of Weldbond on the underside of the plate.  Allow it to dry completely.
2.  Now you want to add some glitter polish.  You can also use clear polish and sprinkle regular glitter on the clear polish.  Add the glitter accents wherever you want.  Allow to dry.
3.  Add colored nail polish any were for accent colors.  Allow to dry.
4.  When finished adding accents and glitter, use the Weldbond, paint over the entire back of the plate and sprinkle on the chunky red glitter.  Allow to dry.
5.  Touch up any places that might now be completely covered and allow to completely dry.
6.  Paint on two coats of the Weldbond to completely seal the glitter.  Allow to dry.
7.  On the bottom of the candlestick, paint on the Weldbond and sprinkle on the red chunky glitter.  Allow to dry.  Touch up any spots that might not have covered.  Allow to dry.

That's it!  Start using it and wow your guests!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!  Happy Crafting!


Christmas Coasters - Another Coaster Friday

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It's easy to use a couple of Christmas stickers, glitter and resin to create these cute Christmas coasters!

You will need:
-  Coaster mold (click on the Products I Use tab to find the one I bought from Amazon).
-  Glitter - I used green, white, blue, silver and a iridescent chunky white.  I also used iridescent confetti.
-  Christmas stickers
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast - for more information visit their website at

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.  These are going to be two pour coasters.
2.  For the reindeer coaster, you want to split the resin into two small cups.  For the Santa coaster, you want to have the resin in one cup.  Your need enough to cover the bottom of both coasters.  For the reindeer coaster, in one cup, add white glitter and the chunky iridescent glitter and stir well.  In the second cup, add blue and silver glitter and a little iridescent confetti.  For the Santa coaster mix in green glitter.
3.  For the Santa coaster, just pour it into the mold and let it spread across the bottom of the mold.
For the reindeer coaster, take both cups and pour into the mold at the same time, creating a blue half and a white half.  The blue being the sky and the white being the ground.
4.  Let it sit.  I usually let it sit for 12 hours.
5.  Apply the stickers to the resin and prepare some more resin, just clear, and pour it over the stickers, making sure the stickers are completely under the resin and the surface is flat.
6.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
**As always, take a lighter and run it across the surface of the wet resin to make sure to remove bubbles.

That's it!!  

Happy Crafting and Merry Christmas!  Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

DIY Pink Cell Phone Case How To

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If you have an old cell phone case, or one you want to spruce up, this is a fun and easy craft for you.

You will need:

-  Cell phone case - I used one from Dollar Tree - It should be a hard case.
-  Mod Podge - I used Super Gloss, but regular gloss Mod Podge would work.
-  Fine pink glitter

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  Paint the Mod Podge on the entire exterior of the phone case.
2.  Sprinkle glitter on the Mod Podge.  Shake of excess.
3.  Allow to dry.  
4.  Repeat.
5.  It will likely take two coats.  After the final coat of glitter and Mod Podge has dried, paint at least one coat to seal everything and again allow to dry.

TIP:  Work over a piece of paper, so it will catch the excess glitter and then you can return it to the the container.

That's it!  Go show off your sleek and sparkly new cell phone case!

Happy Crafting and thanks for stopping by!


Monday, December 16, 2013

DIY Glitter Christmas Candy Dish Dollar Store Makeover How To

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Here's another easy dollar store makeover!!  Glam up your holiday decor with a candy dish accent piece.

You will need:

-  Star dish (I bought it at Dollar Tree)
-  Candleholder (I bought it at Dollar Tree)
-  Red glitter
-  Mod Podge
-  Glue (E6000, Weldbond, etc. would work)
-  Sandpaper (whatever you have on hand is fine)

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  Clean your pieces of finger prints.  Use rubbing alcohol or a glass cleaner.
2.  In a cup, mix some Mod Podge and glitter.  Stir well and begin painting the mixture on the inside of the glass dish and the underside off the candleholder.
3.  Allow to dry.  
4.  Follow up with additional coats until it is solid.
5.  Put a couple more coats of Mod Podge to seal all the glitter and allow to dry.  It will take time, but it will dry clear.  It is best to let it completely dry between coats.

That's it!  It's a hand wash piece and I think I would do wrapped candy in it.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
Happy Holidays!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

DIY Cell Phone Case Glitter, Jewels, Pearls and Charms How To


Are you tired of the same old, boring cell phone covers?  How about personalizing it to reflect you!

You will need:
-  Inexpensive phone case - I purchased mine at Dollar Tree
-  1 Small tube of silicone sealer or caulk 
-  Various different beads and embellishments.  TIP:  Dissect old costume jewelry.  If you have broken pieces or find some at garage sales or flea markets, this is the perfect time to use them!
-  Glitter

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Squirt some of the silicone sealer into a disposable plastic cup.  You need just enough to cover the phone case.
2.  Pour in glitter and mix well.
3.  Using your stir stick, spread the mixture onto the back of the phone.  You could do the sides and edges as well, I didn't.
4.  Immediately begin to add your embellishments by pressing them into the silicone glitter mix.  
5.  If you are keeping the edges clean, remember to check and wipe them periodically.
6.  Let it dry.  The product I used said 3 hours, but read the package directions to determine how long it will take.  You don't want it too fast drying, otherwise you might run out of time.  I would suggest having all of your embellishments out and ready to go, so you don't lose time looking around for them.

That's it!  Now you have a one of a kind phone case that suits your style!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!


Here are some fun items from Amazon that could help you make a similar project:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Glam Glitter and Pearls Candleholder DIY - Dollar Store Makeover How To

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I love finding and combining things to create other things!  I was at Dollar tree and did just that, to come up with these.  These are great for Christmas, Valentine's Day, wedding centerpieces, or just as glam room decor!  You can always customize the color with different glitter!

You will need:

-  2 fishbowl candle holders:
-  Stemmed candleholders -
-  Chunky red glitter:
-  Super glue or E6000:
-  Sandpaper - whatever grit you have is fine
-  Faux pearls beads:
-  Mod Podge:
-  Painters tape:

Here is the video tutorial:


1. With your sandpaper, scrape up the top edge of the stemmed candleholders and the bottom of the fishbowl candleholders.  This is let the glue hold onto the surfaces better.

2.  Fill the cups of the stemmed candleholders with the pearl beads.

3.  Run your glue along the top edge of the stemmed candleholders and attach them to the bottoms of the fishbowl candleholders.  Make sure it is centered and then set them aside to dry.

4.  When dry, use painters tape to tape off the cups holding the pearls and also at the bottom of the stem.

5.  Using Mod Podge, paint it on the outside of the fishbowls and sprinkle with glitter.  Do the same with the bottoms of feet.

6.  Allow to dry then repeat with a second coat.

7.  Carefully peel off the tape.

That's it!  You can use these as candleholders, or as vases since the inside is still glass!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


If you enjoyed that one, you might enjoy this cute light up snowman ~ also a dollar store craft!