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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Glittered and Jeweled Hair Bow Craft Tutorial

On my video, I was asked if they were called hair bands, not hair bows.  I really don't know if they are hair bows, head bands, or hair bands anymore.  Growing up, we called them hair bows.  Hair bands to us were Bon Jovi and their contemporaries.  I think the package said head bands.  So call them whatever you would like, we all get what it is, right?

It's a hair accessory.


You will need:

-  A hair band, head band or hair bow, I bought mine at the dollar store - 2 for one dollar!  Whoohoo!
-  Glitter - I used a Martha Stewart fine glitter
-  Flower jewels - mine are from Oriental Trading and you can get a big bag!
-  Mod Podge
-  Spray sealer in gloss - if you want
-  Glue


Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Take the Mod Podge, I think you could probably use white glue instead too,  and put some in a cup and add some glitter.  Mix it really well.
2.  Paint it onto the hair bow.  While it's still wet, sprinkle more glitter over it.  Tip:  I used a Solo cup to help support it, while working on it.  You can see that in video above.
3.  Once dry, you can put a spray sealer on it.  I did, but I didn't think it looked as shiny, so I sprayed the sealer again and sprinkled even more glitter on it.  Now it's really sparkly!!
Tip:  When working with glitter, it is good to work over a piece of paper, or in a tray and then you can return any excess glitter back into the container and it won't go to waste!
4.  When everything is dry, using a strong glue, I think I used Ultimate Glue, but most any glue should work, glue on your flowered jewels in any pattern you like!
5.  Let it all dry and you have a rockin' new hair accessory.

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

Mona


DIY Turn Recycled Bottles into Cute Cottage Style Vases

I had these bottles from some healthy juice, I can't remember the brand, but it was in the refrigerated section of the produce aisle.  I really loved the shape of the bottles and thought they would make really cute vases.  My front porch needed a pop of color and they seemed to fit my needs.


You will need:

-  Three glass bottles
-  Blue spray paint

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Spray bottles.
2.  Let dry.

Yup.  That's it!!  Do thin coats and it may take 3 to 4 coats, but it will give you a nice finish.  Also, use a satin, or gloss paint.  The nice thing about these is you can put water in and actually use them as vases!!

Here is a quick tip.  If you watch the video, you will see, but I kept the caps and hot glued them on the bottom of the bottles.  That way, they are raised up and you won't get a big gob of paint along the bottom rim.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona









Glitter Flower Headband Hair Bow Craft Tutorial

I was asked on my YouTube Channel to use more glitter and specifically to glitter hair bows/headbands/hair bands.  I didn't just want to glitter them, I wanted to go one step beyond.  So, I added a flower.


You will need:

-  Hair bow - I bought mine at the Dollar Store - 2 for a dollar!  Quite a deal!
-  Mod Podge or white glue
-  Glitter - I used black for this project
-  Fake flower - I also purchased the fake flowers at the Dollar Store
-  Hot glue
-  I used a Solo cup to help support it while working on it

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  In a small cup, mix Mod Podge (or white glue) with glitter.  Mix it up well and paint on the hair bow.  White still wet, working over a tray, or piece of paper, so you can reuse excess glitter, sprinkle glitter on the wet glue.  Do this all over the outside of the hair bow, until covered.
2.  Put it somewhere to dry.  I put it over the Solo cup, so it was supported and wasn't leaning on any of the parts I just glittered.
3.  Pull off a flower from the bunch you purchased.  If necessary, snip off the nub at the bottom.
4.  When hair bow is dry, put a dab of hot glue where you want the flower to go and press the bottom of the flower into it.  Hold it until it cools.  I like the flower to be a little off center.

That's it!  You will have some loose glitter that will fall off for a little while.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy crafting!

Mona


Candy Resin Charm Craft Tutorial

I have made these before, but I had leftover resin and leftover sprinkles and thought I'd make a quickie candy charm.


You will need:

-  Resin mold
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast - find where it is sold on their website www.eti-usa.com
-  Candy sprinkles

Here is the video tutorial:

Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to package directions
2.  Pour resin into the mold, but don't fill it up entirely
3.  Pour in sprinkles and let the sink to the bottom, or take your stir stick to help them
4.  Pour more resin in, if needed
5.  Let it sit for at least 12 hours
6.  After 12 hours, unsold

Now you have a cute candy, resin charm.  You can glue a jewelry bail to the back and then you have a necklace!!

That's it!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Friday, July 19, 2013

How to Make Glittered Light Switch Plates Craft Tutorial

Here is an easy craft that one of my YouTube subscribers asked me to do.  It's an easy way to add a little fun and sparkle to any decor!!


You will need:
-  Mod Podge
-  Glitter
-  Light switch plates
-  Parchment or wax paper
Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Working on parchment, or wax paper - so you can peel it off after - you want to create two different work spaces - one for the gluing and a separate sheet for the glittering.  That way, you can pour any excess glitter back into the container.
2.  Generously cover the light switch cover with Mod Podge - the front and the sides
3.  Sprinkle gitter over the entire switch plate and allow to dry - I would recommend 1/2 hour at least.
4.  Put them back on your walls and let the sparkle begin!

Note:  You can apply a spray laquer over it, if you are worried about the glitter falling off.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!

Mona


How to Make a Faux Resin Opal Craft Tutorial

This is an easy craft for really impressive results!


You will need:

-  Resin - I use Easy Cast, if you are having trouble finding them, go to www.eti-usa.com
-  Jewelry mold made for resin - the one I used was from the makers of Easy Cast
-  Package filling  - the stringy iridescent cellophane type

Here is the video tutorial:





Here is the resin I used and some mold you might like, available from Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:

 


Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin, according to package directions
2.  Cut some of the stringy wrap into smaller pieces and put in mold
3.  Pour resin into mold and take stir stick to work the cellophane wrap pieces down into the resin
4.  If some of the pieces wouldn't stay down, let it sit for an hour and do final pour, otherwise just let it sit for 12 hours
5.  Remove from mold and you have a pretty charm!

Now you can use it for whatever you want.  You can glue a jewelry bail on it, to make it into a necklace.  With the background to the pendant being clear, when you wear it, it will pick up the color of the shirt you are wearing as its background!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona



Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Recycled Artichoke Garden Art Craft Tutorial


I have been thinking about doing this craft for a while and have had all the supplies for a while, but I just did not know how it would turn out.  I decided it was time, so here it is!!


You will need:
-  Dowel
-  Plastic spoons - mine took just over two boxes of inexpensive plastic spoons
-  Glue that will adhere to plastic and won't eat away at styrofoam
-  Wire - optional
-  Spray paint - I used black for a bottom coat and an artichoke green for the top coat
-  Styrofoam ball
-  Hot glue
Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:

1.  By pressing the styrofoam ball against the table, try to shape it so one end tapers and is not round.  You are trying to create the shape of the artichoke.



2.  Take your spoons and snap them off (wear safety glasses).


3.  Start at the very top/middle area and using three spoons, create a type of teepee.  Attach your dowel rod/stem into the bottom of the styrofoam and put glue into the hole before attaching it.



4.  Put glue on the styrofoam ball, one section at time, and stick the broken spoons into the styrofoam ball, in a leaf pattern, like the artichoke.


5.  About halfway down, you will need to bend your spoons, into an "L" shape, so you can stick them into the styrofoam ball.  Remember to keep generously putting on the glue.


6.  At about this point, I found it helpful to put a rubber band around the leaves/spoons to better keep their shape.  I left the rubber band in place until it completely dried.


7.  Attaching the bottom leaves/spoons was a little harder.  I inverted the artichoke on a clay pot and I broke the spoons closer to the base of the spoon.  I put the glue on as I normally would and then I put a small dab of hot glue on the spoons, in strategic places, so it would not be visible, but would hold it in place until the regular glue dried.


8.  When everything is in place, allow to fully dry.  This might take some time.


9.  Get spray paint that bond to plastic and paint it black.  Do not miss the in between areas.


10.  Follow up with the green, leaving a little of the black visible on the inside of the leaves.


11.  Allow everything to dry.


12.  I added a little bit of gold wire, under the artichoke, just as a decorative accent.

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

Mona

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Hexagon Glitter Coaster Craft Tutorial

I found a hexagon ice cube tray at T.J. Maxx and thought this would be a fun way to use it!


You will need:

-  Your resin mold - see video linked later in this post.
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast resin - for more info on Easy Cast, go to www.eti-usa.com
-  Glitter
-  Hexagon ice cube trail

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin, according to package directions.
2.  Pour small amounts of resin into the hexagon mold and put different colored glitter into each cavity. Use a stir stick to help mix the glitter and resin evenly.
3.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.
4.  Prepare your mold and prepare resin, according to package directions.
5.  Pour enough resin into mold, to cover the the bottom.
6.  Remove pieces from hexagon mold and add into coaster as desired.
7.  Allow to sit for at least a few hours.
8.  Prepare another batch of resin and pour in mold, making sure all the hexagon pieces are covered.
9. Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
10. Unmold it.

That's it!  Now you have a fun and sparkly coaster!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona


How to Make a Watermelon Resin Charm Craft Tutorial

With summer in full swing, this is a perfect accessory to finish out a summer outfit!


You will need:

-  Resin - I use Easy Cast Resin
-  Mold of a triangle - the mold I used is made by the makers of Easy Cast and more information is available at their website at www.eti-usa.com
-  Red acrylic paint
-  Black acrylic paint
-  Green acrylic paint
-  Jewelry bail
-  Glue

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin, according to package directions.
2.  Pour some into your triangle mold and allow to cure for 12 hours
3.  Take the green acrylic paint and paint the rind at the bottom of the triangle.  At this point, the piece is still in the mold and you are painting on what will be the back side.  
4.  Take a very thin brush and brush on the seeds, using black acrylic paint.  Note:  You will likely need to do two coats of each of the colors.
5.  When the black and the green are completely dried and all coats are on, paint the red, on the remainder of the watermelon.
6.  When everything is dry, put another coat of resin on the back of the pendant.
7.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.  
8.  Remove from mold.
9.  Glue on jewelry bail and you have a pendant!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona



Saturday, July 13, 2013

How To Make An Easy Glitter Resin Charm Craft Tutorial

This is about as easy as it gets for resin charms.


You will need:

-  Resin mold - try Hobby Lobby, or online
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast - go to www.eti-usa.com to find it worldwide
-  Jewelry bail - also available at craft stores or online
-  Glitter
-  Glue that works on metal and plastic

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to package directions.
2.  Pour into mold - but don't fill the hole entirely
3.  Pour in glitter and move it around with your stir stick, to make sure it is distributed throughout the whole piece
4.  Drip a little more resin on, just to make sure it's all covered
5.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours
6.  Unmold and glue on the bail

That's it!  Now you have a beautiful new pendant!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona


Saturday, July 6, 2013

How to Make a Starfish Beach Coaster

This project can be done with purchased items, or if you are lucky enough to have brought back a starfish and sand from one of your vacations, this is a perfect vacation memory item!


You will need:
-  Your coaster mold (see below for the link to the video)
-  Dried starfish - Mine were provided by Oriental Trading Company - www.orientaltrading.com
-  Sand (I used play sand from the home improvement store, but sand from the beach would definitely work!)
-  Resin -  I use Easy Cast.  If you should have any trouble finding it, go to www.eti-usa.com

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Prepare  your mold and your resin.  Here is the video on how to prepare your mold:


2.  Separate the resin into two cups.  In one of the cups, begin to mix sand with the resin.  Make sure it is well mixed and make sure you have enough to cover the bottom of the mold.
3.  Spread it around until it is as smooth as you can make it.
4.  Take starfish and press gently into sand.
5.  Take resin and drip it over the starfish.  This is to seal the starfish in homes it will then prevent future bubbles, during the final pour.
6.  Allow to sit and cure for at least one hour, but I did mine for 12 hours, just because I was gone for that long.
7.  Mix another batch or resin and pour over the starfish and sand.  Doing this in two pours allows the sand to stay in place during the second pour and it prevents the starfish from trying to float to the top!
8.  After 12 hours, unmold it and trim off anything that might have leaked under the edges.

That's it!  Enjoy your new coaster!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Monday, July 1, 2013

Flower Pen Pot Craft Tutorial

Are you always searching for a pen?  I am!  Here is a pretty and functional solution for the I-CAN'T-FIND-PEN sufferers of the world!  It's a Flower Pen Pot!


You will need:

-  A terra cotta pot
-  Acrylic paint
-  Hot glue
-  Pens that have the thing on the back that can be removed (see video)
-  Wire cutters
-  Varnish/polyurethane - I used satin
-  Pretty ribbon that goes with your color scheme.
-  Green floral tape

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  You need to remove the plug on the back end of the pen.  This might be the most difficult part of the craft.  I use wire cutters to kind of get under the edge to be able to remove them.  Just be careful when you are doing it.

2.  Paint your terra cotta pot in colors you like.

3.  The flowers I used were on sale at Michaels and they were nice and full and thick.  You can easily do the same craft with flowers from the dollar store, you might just need to make more to give your arrangement a nice, full feel.

4.  Put a coat of varnish on the pot and let dry.

6.  Snip the flower stems off, leaving a little bit that you can insert into the back of the pen.

7.  Put a dab of hot glue into the end of the pen and insert the flower.  Hold it straight, while it dries.

8.  Put a dab of hot glue where the flower and the pen meet and put the end of the floral tape in the hot glue.  That will give it something to hold onto.  Begin wrapping the pen with the floral tape.  When you get it as far down as you want it, just rip it off.

9.  Add a ribbon or bow to the pot, if you want.

That's it.  You are done.  If you want to have the ability to arrange your flowers, so they don't all fall to the sides, I suggested in the video that you take a small styrofoam ball and poke holes into it, where you want your pens to be, and hot glue it into the bottom of the pot.  Then take some of that dry, curly moss and hot glue it to the styrofoam ball.  That's what I have always done, but someone gave a great suggestion, fill it up with dried beans, coffee beans, regular beans, lentils, whatever and then you can put them in anywhere and they will stay.  That's a GREAT idea and much easier.....unless you knock it over and spill it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona