Saturday, June 29, 2013

How to Make a Hot Glue Glitter Coaster Craft Tutorial

I was asked by more than one person to try and make a coaster with hot glue, as an alternative to resin.  So, I thought I would give it a try.

It works as an alternative, but remember it has some limitations.  You don't want to put anything hot on it, like a hot tea or coffee and you don't want it out to leave it out on a hot day.
You will need:
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-  Egg shaper:
-  Parchment paper:
-  A lot of hot glue:
-  Glitter:
-  Oven

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Using the silicone egg shaper that I normally use for my coasters and working on parchment paper, I let my glue gun heat up.  Start putting some hot glue into the mold and sprinkle in glitter.
2.  Keep layering as you need.
3.  I found it wasn't leveling out, so when I had most of it in, I put the mold, with the parchment paper, on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven at 200 degrees.  Realizing I didn't have enough glue in the mold for it to spread completely out and level out, I used scissors to cut chunks of hot glue from the glue stick and placed it in the mold.  Watching it carefully, once level, I removed the cookie sheet from the oven and let it completely cool.
4.  Remove the coaster from the mold.
I don't think it turned out as well as the resin coasters and doesn't have the same depth, but I think it's a pretty good alternative.  
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


How to Make a Princess Hat Craft Tutorial

Anyone can be a princess!  We big girls are not too old to be princesses either!  

To make the princess hat, you will need:
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-  Poster board:  best to go to Dollar Tree:
-  Feather boa:
-  Satiny fabric:
-  Pencil:
-  String:
-  Ribbons:
-  Beads:
-  Tulle:
-  Spray adhesive:
-  Hot glue:
-  Masking tape:
-  Sequin trim:

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  Take a pencil and tie a string to one end.  I went with 12 inches from pencil to the end of the string.
2.  Holding the string in the corner of the poster board, draw a curve from one side to the other.
3.  Cut along curve and you should be left with a large pie piece.
4.  Take your satiny fabric and lie it flat, shiny side down, on a clean work surface.
5.  Spray one side of poster board with spray adhesive and put it down on the satin fabric.  Flip it over and rub out any bubbles or wrinkles.  Trim excess fabric, just beyond the edge of the poster board.  Use more spray adhesive on the edge to fold over the excess fabric and give it a clean edge.
6.  Take your hot glue gun and create the cone.  Take some masking tape and tape along the seam on the inside, just for additional strength.  **Note:  When I did it, I left a little opening at the tip of the hat, so I could feed the ribbon and tulle through it later.
7.  Hot glue the boa along the bottom for trim.
8.  String ribbon with a few beads.  Cut the tulle to length and know a few pieces together at one end.  Feed all of it through the tip, from the inside.  You might need a skewer to help feed it through.  Hot glue the sequin trim and the ribbons, hiding the ends in the opening.  When everything is in place, hot glue the opening shut.

That's it!  Now you can be a princess too!

Happy Crafting!


How to Make an Easy Fourth of July Fireworks Centerpiece

Fourth of July is just around the corner and now is a great time to start on your centerpieces for your holiday picnic.  This is an easy craft perfect for the kids to help with.

You will need:

-  Embroidery floss and crochet thread:
-  Skewers:
-  Hot glue:
-  Mason jar:
-  Scissors:
Here is the video tutorial:


I used embroidery floss on the red and blue ones and silver crochet thread on the silver ones.
1.  Take the embroidery floss or crochet thread and wrap it around four fingers.  Wrap it around your fingers 50 times.
2.  Cut another short piece of thread and lay it on your work surface.  Carefully remove the thread from your fingers and center the looped thread on the extra piece of thread.
3.  Tie the extra thread in the middle of the looped thread and tie tight.
4.  Take your scissors and cut the ends of the looped thread and fluff it out.
5.  Put a dab of hot glue on the end of a skewer and center it in one end of the thread and hold until cold.
6. Refluff your fireworks and stick it in the sand filled mason jar.  Repeat with other colors.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy 4th of July and Happy Crafting!

How To Make A Flower Jewel Coaster Craft Tutorial

Oriental Trading was kind enough to send me the flower jewels.  If you have never shopped there, you should check them out!  I decided I would make a coaster using those jewels.

You will need:
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-  Flower jewels -  mine are from Oriental Trading Company, but you can find them here too:
-  Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Clear Cast:
This is the resin I used for this project:
FX Poxy: ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F.
Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Prepare your coaster mold.  If you want to see how I do it, watch the video below.  Since this video, I have started using this coaster mold:
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
3.  Fill your mold with resin and drop in your jewels.  Take your stir stick and press them down to the bottom of the mold.  Mine stayed down, if yours should float, you might need to do a second layer after the first layer hardened.
4.  Remove bubbles if needed.  Allow to sit for at least 12 hours.

That's it!  You have a fun new coaster!  It's funny how the jewels kind of lost the beveled definition in the resin.

Hope you like it and thank you for stopping by!

Happy Crafting!


Wine Cork Trivet Craft Tutorial

I received a wine cork trivet, as a gift from a friend many years ago.  We still use it all the time and it has withstood all the use very well.  Now, that one was completely handmade from the frame to the corks being from actual bottles of wine they drank.  Mine is a little less authentic than that, but I am neither a woodworker or a heavy wine drinker, so I had to make do, despite my shortcomings.

You will need:
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-  Wine corks - You can probably get them at a number of places, or if you wanted to make them from corks of a particular wine to personalize it, then start drinking!  Otherwise, mine are from Oriental Trading Company.  The package came with two different sizes.  Here are some on Amazon:
-  A frame - I found this at Walmart, in the craft section.  Here are some from Amazon:
-  A strong glue:
-  Wood stain, or watered down acrylic paint and a good sealer/varnish/polyurethane top coat:
-  Filler pieces - this might be optional, depending on the frame and cork sizes you use.  I had a little room left over, after I had the corks placed.  I found some wood pieces at the craft store, cut them down, stained them and they fit right in and I think it looks like a decorative accent, so it all worked out:

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  Prep your frame.  You can build your own, or buy a premade one, like I did.  I couldn't find a small can of black stain and didn't have any need for a large one, so I watered down some acrylic paint, let it dry and went over it with a good topcoat.
2.  Arrange your corks.  This might take a little time until you find out a good configuration.  You may need to get creative with filler pieces like I had to.
3.  Glue in your corks.
4.  Let everything dry really well.

Now you have a great piece that's functional and attractive!  Think what a great hostess gift this would be!  You can always personalize the frame to fit any decor.

Thanks for stopping by!  Let me know what you think!  

Happy Crafting!


Father's Day Clay Key Chain Craft Tutorial

I posted the video for this craft prior to Father's Day, but fell behind and didn't get around to the blog post in time.  So, here it is, better late than never!  Also, birthdays and other gift giving holidays come about throughout the year!

You will need:

-  Jewelry Clay:
-  Letter stamps:
-  Miscellaneous screws, nails, nuts, bolts, whatever
-  Pigment powder:
-  Permanent stamping ink:
-  Key chain blank:

Here is the video tutorial:

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1.  Take your clay and prep it according to the package directions.
2.  Once properly mixed/blended, roll it into a ball.
3.  Squeeze the ball onto parchment paper, so it won't stick
**By the way, you should always be wearing gloves when working with the clay.
4.  Press the screws and whatnots into the clay, making sure to leave enough room for you to stamp.
5.  Brush the entire thing with pigment powder, front and back.
6.  Ink your stamps and stamp DAD into the clay.
7.  Take a skewer or needle tool and create a hole in the top.
8.  Allow to sit at least 12 hours before handling.

That's it!  Now you can attach a key chain ring, or use it as an ornament, or a bookmark (just attach a ribbon).

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!


How To Make A Sushi Coaster Craft Tutorial

Because I have had great responses to my coasters, I have started Another Coaster Friday on my YouTube Channel.  I like to try different things and that's how I came up with this Sushi Coaster!
It's a fun and whimsical coaster that is a great gift for the sushi lover in your life.  I going for a California roll look, but didn't want to be boring with the crab and cucumbers in the middle.  Since sushi is all about the raw fish, I bought some fake fish bait and used it instead.

You will need:
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-  Dark green paper:
-  Fake fish:
-  Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Clear Cast:
 FX Poxy: ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F, which makes is a great option for coasters.

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  You need to set up your coaster mold.  To see how that is done, watch this video:

*Since writing this post, I have found this great coaster mold:  

2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.

3.  Cut your green paper into a strip.  This is going to act as your seaweed.  You might need two in order to make it long enough.  If so, conspicuously tape it on the inside so the tape won't be seen.

4.  Take a pencil or a pen and wind the paper around the pencil or pen, so the paper  becomes curly.

5.  In a disposable cup, mix some resin and rice, making sure the rice is all covered in the resin.  Put the curled paper into the mold and adjust as necessary.  Start putting the rice into place within paper/seaweed.

6.  Let that sit for a minimum of an hour, but I let it sit over night.  The rice will float to the top, if you fill everything with resin right away and therefore this is just resin covered rice.  You can add the little fishes at this time, realizing they won't be covered with the resin until the next pour.  This does allow the fish to get somewhat anchored on the the resin covered rice.

7.  When it has hardened enough, pour more resin into the mold, making sure everything is covered and level.

8.  After you have let it cure for a minimum of 12 hours, remove the coaster from the mold and you have a fun, one of a kind, sushi coaster!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!  Let me know what you think of the sushi coaster!


Golf Ball Keychain Craft Tutorial - Perfect for Father's Day

This is one of the easiest crafts I have ever done.  It's quick, it's easy and looks great!  As I've told you before, I have buckets of golf balls in my garage.  My husband and I back a golf course and every fall, we go golf ball hunting.  We clean them all up and then give away the good ones to the avid golfers in our lives.  The rest I use for crafting!

Here is another one of my crafts, The Golf Ball Key Chain!!

You will need:

-  Key chain blank:
-  Golf ball:
-  Eye screw:

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  Take a drill, with a small bit attached, and using your safety glasses drill a hole in the top middle.
2.  Screw your small eye screw into the hole and if you think it needs it, add a small amount of glue, in the hole, to give it a little extra strength.
3.  Attach the key chain and you are done!

This is a perfect gift for Father's Day, or for the golfer in your life.  They have pretty pink balls and other colored balls that would be great for the golfing gals in your life!

Note:  It's probably wise not to go into your husband or dad's golf bag and take his favorite ball to make this project.

Thanks for stopping by!  Let me know what you think in the comments below and Happy Crafting!


Friday, June 28, 2013

Father's Day Newspaper Pencil Holder Recycling Craft Tutorial

I've been a little behind on my posts, so I must apologize.  The video has been up for a while, but my blog post is coming after Father's Day.  Now I'm in catch up mode!

This is an easy craft, perfect for Father's Day, or any day really.  It's an inexpensive way to recycle and make an attractive gift.

You will need

-  An empty and clean can
-  Newspaper
-  Hot glue
-  Glue stick
-  Pencil
-  Rope for trim - optional

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  Clean and dry the can.
2.  Take the newspaper and cut in half.  Starting at a corner, take your pencil and roll it in the newspaper, using your glue stick to glue it along the way.  Shake out pencil and set aside.  Repeat and make as many as you need to cover the can.
3.  Using hot glue, put a line of glue on the can and stick the first newspaper roll on the can.   Repeat with other rolls until the can is about half covered.  At this time, it is good to cut off the extra newspaper length on each side of the can.
4.  Finish with remaining rolls until entire can is covered.  Trim off extra ends.
5.  Take rope and hot glue it around the top and the bottom for a little finishing trim.  If you don't have rope, use ribbon or twine.

That's it!  I hope you try it!  If you do, be sure to send or tweet me a pic, or post it right on my Facebook wall!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

New Craft Klatch Video Schedule!

In an attempt to get more organized about my craft schedule, I have created a new schedule for my YouTube videos!

Mondays:  Make Something Mondays

Wednesday:  What You've Been Up To Wednesdays

Friday:  Another Coaster Friday

Mondays will have a new craft each week.  Wednesdays I turn the tables and features photos of some of the crafts you all have shared with me.  I love them all!

Fridays will feature a new coaster each week!  I'll keep making coasters until I run out of things to put in them!

Stay tuned!  I have a lot of fun crafts planned!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!


Button Flowers Craft Tutorial

I love buttons and I love flowers!  I happened across pictures of button flowers on Pinterest, but didn't love the directions.  So, I tried it out for myself.  These buttons were provided to me by Oriental Trading Company.    If you are not familiar with Oriental Trading Company, you should be!  They have all kinds of products for all kinds of occasions.  Definitely take the time to check them out!

You will need:

-  Buttons
-  Glue - something that will adhere to plastic
-  Parchment paper (to work on)

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  Choose your button arrangements.  I like to do 5 buttons on the bottom.  One right in the middle and then a smaller one to top it off.
2.  Working on parchment paper (so you don't glue your buttons to your work surface), put a glob of glue on the paper and add your five buttons, making sure all are in good contact with the glue.
3.  Next, add glue if needed, add your middle button.
4.  Put a dab of glue on the last button and put it on top of the middle button.  

That's it!  Now you have decide what to do with them!  You can glue magnets to the back.  You can add them to barrettes.  Put pin backings on the back and you can attach it to a hat, or a jacket.  The possibilities are endless!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!


Here are some products you might find helpful, if you would like to make this project:

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

It's a Giveaway! $25 Oriental Trading Gift Card!

I don't know if you have ever shopped at Oriental Trading, but I have.  They have the best candy and trinkets and craft kits and party supplies!  I even bought some items there for my wedding, so you can imagine how excited I was when they contacted me and told me they found my blog and my YouTube videos and would like to work with me!  I requested some items, let me just warn you button crafts are in my future, and they were kind enough to also send me a $25 gift card to giveaway to my awesome viewers!

Have you ever shopped at Oriental Trading, if so what did you buy?  If not, what would you buy?

Their website is:

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Fishing Lure Coaster Craft Tutorial - Great Father's Day Gift!

I realized I have not made a coaster is a while!  Too long in fact!

Here is my latest creation, a Fishing Lure Coaster, just in time for Father's Day!!

You will need:

-  A fishing lure
-  Wire cutters
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast Resin
For more info about Easy Cast Resin and where you can buy it, go to

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Create your coaster mold.  If you don't know how, check out this video:

2.  If your lure has three prong hooks, snip one off, so there are only too.  The third hook would be at the top of the coaster and you would need to use a lot more resin to make sure it is covered.
3.  Prepare your resin, according to package directions.
4.  Pour some of your resin into the mold and add 
5.  Add your lure and fill until covered.
6.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
7.  Unmold and clean up if necessary.

That's it!

Happy Crafting and thanks for stopping by!