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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Gourd Aliens Halloween Craft Tutorial



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I had three little gourds hanging around from last year.  I didn't know if they would dry out or get mushy, but they dried out great!  I bleached them and gave them a little scrubbing, let them dry out and then got to work!  You can do this with large gourds and the gourds you use can be dried out or not.  If they are not dried out, you probably can't save them, but if they are you can bring them out year after year!



You will need:

-  Gourds
-  Acrylic paint
-  Googly eyes
-  Pipe cleaners
-  Glue
-  Small styrofoam balls
-  Craft foam in varying colors

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Paint your gourds whatever color you want your aliens to be.  I used orange, green and purple.  It will take a minimum of two coats, but plan on more, depending on the coverage you get.  The orange took 3-4 coats.
2.  Allow to dry.
3.  If you want to add any additional markings (polka dots, stripes, etc.) now would be the time.
4.  If you want to add eyeballs with pipe cleaners, drill hole where you want the pipe cleaner to go in.
5.  Thread the pipe cleaner through and snip to the desired length.
6.  Snip pipe cleaners to desired length and add styrofoam balls.
7.  Glue on googly eyes.
8.  Cut feet and hands from craft foam.  I only had white craft foam, so I painted them the color I needed and glued into place.
9.  Paint on mouths as desired.

That's it!  Now you have these super cute aliens!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona                                                                                                          



Friday, September 27, 2013

Autumn Leaves Confetti Coaster - Another Coaster Friday


Fall is definitely in the air, like it or not.  It's time to embrace it.  So I did with the very autumnal coaster!



You will need:

-  Autumn Confetti Leaves
I found the confetti at Michaels
-  Resin
I use Easy Cast - for more information from the manufacturer, go to www.eti-usa.com.  It's available at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and online at Resin Obsession:  www.resinobsession.com.
-  Coaster mold
The one I use can be found under the tab Products I Use

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  Pour it into the mold.
3.  Drop your confetti into the resin and help it sink with your stir stick.
4.  A lot of bubbles will rise to the top, so either blow them with a straw, or use your lighter.
6.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.

That's it!  Pop them out and feel fall in the air!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Button Resin Charms Craft Tutorial

One of my subscribers sent me a picture of a button pendant that she found.  She had the picture, but couldn't find the directions.  So, she asked if I could make one.



You will need:
-  Resin pendant mold
You can find jewelry molds at www.resinobsession.com
-  Buttons
The buttons are from Oriental Trading
-  Resin
The resin is Easy Cast.  For more information, you can go to their website at www.eti-usa.com
You can also find it at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Resin Obsession
- Glitter

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Prepare resin according to package directions.
2.  Pour a little bit of resin into the mold.
3.  Add buttons.
4.  Allow to cure.  I left it for 12 hours.
5.  I added additional resin and poured in the glitter.
6.  Allow to cure for 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  You can glue on a jewelry bail and now you have an awesome charm!

The other pendant was made by putting resin into a mold and adding layers of buttons.  It was inspired by a pendant out of Katherine Swift's book.  You can find her book on Amazon.


Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Friday, September 20, 2013

Glitter Resin Switch Plate Cover Craft Tutorial

I have this super cool mold from Resin Obsession.  You should definitely check them out for all of your resin needs!  They have different kinds of resin, molds, tools, etc.  Go to www.resinobsession.com.

If you remember, I recent did a switch plate cover where the glitter was glued on.  It's a great and inexpensive craft, but this actually eliminates any glitter shedding all over the floor!!




You will need:

-  Resin
I used Easy Cast - their website is www.eti-usa.com and Resin Obsession carries it too!
-  Glitter
-  Switch plate resin mold 

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin
2.  Pour it into the mold - don't fill it all the way to the top.  Remember to leave room for the glitter.
3.  Sprinkle or pour in your glitter.
4.  Let it cure for at least 12 hours.
5.  Depending on how much it was filled, you might need to drill or poke holes where the screws go.
6.  Attach it to your wall and you are done!!

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

Mona




Creepy Halloween Spider Coasters Craft Tutorial

Halloween is fast approaching and I thought now would be a good time to add some creepy spiders to my coasters!


I used three different types of spiders for different looks.

You will need:

-  Fake spiders
-  Glitter
-  Resin
I use Easy Cast - for more information from the manufacturer, go to www.eti-usa.com.  
-  Coaster mold
The one I use can be found under the tab Products I Use
-  Dimension fabric paint 
I used a metallic silver and white

Here are some of the items available through Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:






Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  If you are making a glitter coaster, in a separate cup, add some resin and pour in the glitter.  Mix it well and pour it into the mold.  At this time, you are just making the base/background, so you only need a thin layer at the bottom.
3.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.
4.  Once cured, take your fabric paint and draw spider webs on the coasters.  Allow to fully dry.
5.  Glue spiders into place and allow to dry.  You want to glue them to make sure they don't float.
6.  Add final layer of resin and allow to cure for at least 12 hours.

That's it!  Pop them out and you have some creepy coasters for Halloween!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona




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Thursday, September 19, 2013

How to Make Bead People Craft Tutorial

I used to make these years ago and I can't remember why.  I came across some of them and thought they were cute and thought you might enjoy making them!  I made them as pins, but they can be tied to a package, or used as an ornament.  These are just a few of them.  You can see more in the video.


You will need:

-  An assortment of beads
-  Thin wire
-  Pliers
-  Jewelry findings - browse the jewelry section at the craft store and see if you happen to see anything interesting that could be used as a hat, or a skirt, etc.

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Take a length of wire -  approximately the length you want your person to be.
2.  String on a jewelry finding for a crown, or go right for the the head bead.
3.  Then add other beads for the body and the legs.  You can add different color and sized bead for elbows and knees.  Also add a bigger bead for the feet.
4.  Twist the wire at the end, to secure the beads.
5.  Take a length of wire and wrap it around the neck.  Twist it a couple of times, so it's secure.  Those will be the arms.
6.  Add beads again for the arms and hands.  Secure the end of the wire in place.

That's it!  If you want to add hair, I just took my wire and wrapped it around a skewer to make the curly hair and then I attached it to the head.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


How to Make a Magnetic Travel Tic Tac Toe Game

If you are looking for a fun way to personalize a game, I have the perfect idea!  You can make these as stocking stuffers, or for when you are going to take a trip!  You can personalize them with nail polish, or pictures from magazines, for pictures of your family!  Just think, you can have a number of different magnets.  You could have a set for each member in your family!


I went a little more generic and went with crackle nail polish.  

You will need:

-  Unfinished box from the craft store
-  Glass stones 
-  Nail polish
-  Acrylic paint
-  Magnetic paint
-  Painter's tape
-  Magnets

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

How to make the stones:

1.  To make the stones, you need to work on the back or flat side of the stone ONLY.  Starting with a clear polish, paint that onto the  flat part of the stone and allow to dry.
2.  Take the crackle coat and apply to the flat surface was well.  As it dries, it will crackle.
3.  When dry, brush on whatever color polish you want to have show through.  You might want two coats (depending on coverage).
4.  Follow up with a clear coat and let dry.
5.  Glue on magnet.

How to make the box:

1.  Remove all the hardware from the box.  I didn't want to get paint all over it, so I removed it.
2.  Paint the entire box - I chose black and it took two coats.
3.  Using your magnetic paint, paint only the area you want to have be magnetic.  In my case, the box had a box cut outlined and it was perfect for what I needed.  The paint I used called for at least two coats.
4.  I used the end of a skewer to make polka dots on the top of the box and I used the nail polish brush to do stripes on the side of the box.
5.  When the magnetic paint was dry, I used painter's tape to mark off thin lines for the game.  I then used white acrylic paint to stencil the lines on.
6.  I finished everything with a high gloss sealer.

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

Mona

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Halloween Candy Corn Coaster

Halloween will be upon us before you know it, so I thought I'd get started with a candy corn coaster!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
You can find the one I use listed under the Products I Use tab
-  Resin
I use Easy Cast - to find out more about it, you can go to their website at www.eti-usa.com, otherwise, it's available at Michaels and Hobby Lobby, but you can find it online at Resin Obsession - www.resinobsession.com
-  Candy corn


Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to package directions.
2.  I used a separate disposable cup and put some of the resin into it.  I then put some of the candy corn into the cup and coated them with the resin.  
3.  Then put the coated candy corn into your mold.
4.  When you have all the candy corn in place, put the rest of the resin on top.
5.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
6.  Unmold

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

Mona

Easy Glass Picture Stone Magnets


You will need:
-  Glass stones (found in the floral department at craft stores or the dollar store)
-  Mod Podge (I believe white glue will work as well)
-  Magazines or catalogs

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Take your glass stone and put it over different things in magazines, or catalogs.  Cut out around the stone.
2.  Take a paint brush and brush on Mod Podge onto the flat, back side of the stone.
3.  Place the picture on the back of the stone, pressing down into the Mod Podge.
4.  Brush the Mod Podge on the back of the picture and use your finger to smooth the picture and brush more on back as needed.
5.  Set aside - glue side up - to dry.
6.  You can use them as decorative pieces, or glue a magnet to the back.

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

Mona

Sun and Moon Stenciled Resin Coasters

I thought I would try a different technique on the resin coasters.  So, I painted on them.

You will need:
-  Coaster mold
I have the one I use linked under the Products I Use tab
-  Resin
I use Easy Cast.  You can find out more information from their website at www.eti-usa.com
It's available at Hobby Lobby and Michaels and online at Resin Obsession - www.resinobsession.com
-  Stencil
-  Acrylic paint
-  Glitter
-  Pigment powder

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  Pour a small amount in the bottom of two molds.
3.  Swirl pigment powder around in one and put glitter in the other.
4.  Allow both to cure for 12 hours.
5.  Pop the coasters out of the molds and stencil the sun and moon onto each of the coasters.
6.  Allow to dry and return to molds.
7.  Prepare more resin and put a thin coat of resin over each coaster.
8.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.

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

Mona


How to Make a Goldfish Silicone Mold



You can buy it online and your craft store may or may not carry it.  It's a silicone putty and it's by the same makers as Easy Cast.  This is so simple to use to make molds, it's not even funny!  It opens up a world of possibilities!


I made this silicone mold of an Goldfish Cracker!!


You will need:

-  A goldfish cracker
-  Easy Mold  - for more info. on Easy Mold go to www.eti-usa.com
-  Wax paper or parchment paper

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Prepare the Easy Mold per package directions.
2.  Roll Easy Mold into a ball - working on wax paper - and squish it down.
3.  Firmly, but gently, press the goldfish into the Easy Mold - making sure not to break the cracker.
5.  Allow to sit in the mold for the amount stated on the package (30-35 minutes).
6.  When fully cured, take the goldfish out of the mold and brush out any crumbs left behind.

You are now ready to make little goldfish out of all kinds of materials!!

It's is that easy!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Back to School Pencil Glitter Coaster Craft


I was asked to use pencils in a coaster, so here it is.   A little glitter, a few over sharpened pencils and resin.



You will need;

-  Resin
I use Easy Cast Resin.  It's low odor.  If you want more information, go to www.eti-usa.com.  It's available at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and online.  A great source for all your resin needs is Resin Obsession, www.resinobsession.com
-  Glitter
-  Pencils
-  Coaster mold 
I bought mine online off of Amazon.  I have it linked on the Products I Use Page.

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to package directions.
2.  Pour a small amount of resin into your mold.
3.  Sprinkle your glitter into the resin.  It will sink to the bottom.
4.  Gently add your pencils.
5.  Allow to set for 12 hours.  You can do it sooner, the pencils will float and if you do it too soon, you will have to make a thicker coaster, like I did.
6.  Add enough resin to give it a flat surface.
7.  Let it cure for at least 12 hours and unmold.

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

Mona



Duct Tape Notebook Back To School Craft


Duct Tape has come a long way!  It comes in fun colors and patterns and it takes crafting to a whole new level!  I decided to decorate a notebook because who wants to carry around a boring plain notebook, or why pay more to carry around a notebook like everyone else has?

You will need:

-  An inexpensive notebook
-  Duct tape in a variety of colors and patterns
-  A sheet of duct tape
-  Heart punch
-  Cutting mat
-  Craft knife
-  Ruler

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:

1.  Cover your notebook in the base color.  I chose red.  Run the tape beyond the edge of the cover and don't fold it over yet.
2.  Open the cover cut the ends even and neatly fold under.
3.  Take your next color - I used pink - and run two diagonal lines and cutting as needed.  Again cut ends straight to fold over
4.  On your cutting mat, put a length of your next color - I used Yellow.  Using a ruler and your craft knife, cut thin strips.  Apply them over the diagonals and then in vertically.
5.  Cut thin strips of your next color - I used green - and apply horizontally.
6.  Using your heart punch, punch out hearts on your duct tape sheet.
7.  Fold all the ends over neatly and then cover the inside of the cover with duct tape to hide all the ends and give it a finished look.

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

Mona

Monday, September 16, 2013

Tie Dye with Craft Klatch

My husband and I had two nieces, a nephew and some of their friends up at out lake house for a few days this summer.  One of the things I had them do was tie dye!


The picture is of two of the shirts, but you can see them all in the video below.

We used the Ultimate Tulip One Step Tie Dye from Oriental Trading - check out all their great products at www.orientaltrading.com

You will need:

-  A tie dye kit
-  White t-shirts - I bought a package of mens undershirts at Walmart.  That was very economical.
-  Plastic bags

Here is the video of them making their shirts:


Directions:
1.  Follow the directions in the package.  The package comes with rubber bands and tips on how to come up with different designs.
2.  I did wash and dry the shirts and did not use fabric softener, before we began dying them.
TIP:  You might want some extra or stronger gloves, we did end up getting it all over our hands.
3.  Prepare your dyes, in the bottles included in the kit and start dying.
4.  Put the shirts in their own plastic bags.  I did it overnight.
5.  Wash in hot water.  Throw in the dryer.

That's it!  Now you have really cool shirts!   Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Button Coaster - Another Coaster Friday



The buttons I used are from Oriental Trading and they come in a big bag.  I'm still working on that same bag.  You should check them out at www.orientaltrading.com.

You will need:

-  Buttons 
The buttons I used are from Oriental Trading and they come in a big bag.  I'm still working on that same bag.  You should check them out at www.orientaltrading.com.
-  Resin  
I used Easy Cast - for more information on Easy Cast and to find where it can be purchased internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com.  It is available at Michaels and Hobby Lobby, or you can find it online.  One great source for all your resin needs is Resin Obsession - www.resinobsession.com
-  Coaster Mold 
The one I used can be found under the Products I use, otherwise you can always make your own and you can find a link to the video on that at the end of this post.


Here is the video tutorial on how to make this coaster:







Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.  
2.  Pour a small amount of resin into the mold.
3.  Add buttons, a few at a time, making sure they are sinking into the resin.
4.  Add additional resin as needed to make a level surface.
5.  Let it set for at least 12 hours and then you can unmold it!!

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

Mona





Saturday, September 14, 2013

Leaf Imprint in Plaster Wall Plaque or Coaster


Make a leaf imprint in plaster!  It's a great nature craft!

You will need:

-  Plaster of Paris
-  A leaf with deep veining
-  Disposable metal baking sheet
-  Acrylic paint
-  Masking tape
-  Vaseline (optional)
-  Wire

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Make your mold.  Cut the disposable cookie sheet to the size you want.  It should cut easily with scissors.  Cut corners to be able to fold sides up.  Tape the corners with masking tape, so plaster won't run out.  
2.  Put Vaseline on the inside of the mold (optional).  It's to help the plaster release, but I've tried it without and it works just as well.
3.  Put the leaf down in the bottom of the mold, with the vein side up.
4.  Prepare your plaster and pour it in your mold and let it set.  The plaster I used required a 30 minute set up time.  While still wet, bend a piece of wire and place it in the back of the tile.  A portion of the wire should be sticking out because that is what you will be hanging 
5.  Remove the tape from the corners of the mold and fold down edges.
6.  Take plaster out and carefully pull leaf off.
7.  Allow to dry.
8.  Paint the plaster tile with different shades of green and wipe off any excess.
9.  Take a darker color, like a burnt umber, and paint over everything.  With a damp paper towel, wipe off the paint.  You only want to leave enough to fill in the crevices.
10.  Allow to dry.
11.  If you want to further protect it, use a varnish.  I put a satin varnish on it.

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

Mona

Thursday, September 5, 2013

FREE Resin Jewelry Making Ebook Giveaway!




Katherine at Resin Obsession wanted me to announce her new ebook at Amazon, Resin Jewelry Making! Even more exciting, she is offering it for FREE through Sunday! Hurry and get it today. All the information and links are on the video below! Go get it everyone and start your resin crafting!!

Mona


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Rubber Band Coaster Craft Tutorial

One of my YouTube subscribers, Patricia, sent me these cute and colorful rubber bands to use is a coaster  So I did!!


You will need:

-  Resin - I use Easy Cast resin.  For more information, go to their website at www.eti-usa.com
-  Coaster mold - go to the tab Products I Use to see where I purchased the mold
-  Colorful rubber bands

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  Pour some of the resin into the mold.
3.  Add rubber bands and help push them down with your stir stick.
4.  If you need to add additional resin you go ahead and add it.  If you need to move rubber bands around after adding the additional resin, you can do that too.
5.  Remove bubbles with a lighter or straw.
6.  Allow to dry for at least 12 hours.

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

Mona

Monday, September 2, 2013

Back to School Pencil Vase Craft Tutorial

Here is a fun and functional craft that involves recycling and would make a perfect gift for the teacher in your life!  The great part of this is if a teacher has this on his/her desk and someone forgets a pencil, they can just pull one out!

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You will need:

-  Pencils
-  Plastic or glass container - I used a recycled Crystal Light container
-  Rubber band
-  Ribbon

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Put rubber band around container.
2.  Take pencils and put between container and rubber band.  TIP:  If the pencils are not standing straight, put a small dab of hot glue on three or four pencils.  That will keep the others standing straight.
3.  Tie a ribbon around it, hiding the rubber band.

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

Mona