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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 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:  https://amzn.to/2JTa1OL
-  Acrylic paint:  https://amzn.to/2QELAWc
-  Googly eyes:  https://amzn.to/2WhOXbn
-  Pipe cleaners:  https://amzn.to/2IaPi5P
-  Glue:  https://amzn.to/2Miv27E
-  Small styrofoam balls:  https://amzn.to/2QERxC9
-  Craft foam in varying colors:  https://amzn.to/2QIhb9q


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

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


You will need:

-  Autumn Confetti Leaves:  https://amzn.to/2IanVck
-  Lighter:  https://amzn.to/2MmATJp
-  Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
-  Easy Cast:  http://amzn.to/2yjYmBC
-  Art Resin:  http://amzn.to/2yk9X3z
-  Clear Cast:  http://amzn.to/2z4rxGw
-  FX Poxy:  http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F.


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:  https://amzn.to/2YPfaee
-  Buttons:  https://amzn.to/2Ww1ZkT
The buttons are from Oriental Trading
-  Silver glitter:  https://amzn.to/2YT9Er5
-  Iridescent glitter:  https://amzn.to/30L5ao6
-  Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Easy Cast:  http://amzn.to/2yjYmBC
Art Resin:  http://amzn.to/2yk9X3z
Clear Cast:  http://amzn.to/2z4rxGw
FX Poxy:  http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F.

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.  
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:
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-  Glitter:  https://amzn.to/2WaZdSG
-  Switch plate resin mold:  https://amzn.to/2Qsdkgy 
Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Clear Cast:  http://amzn.to/2z4rxGw
 FX Poxy:  http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F.


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:
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-  Fake spiders:  https://amzn.to/2YVHR9B
-  Orange glitter:  https://amzn.to/2Me1ecl
-  Purple glitter:  https://amzn.to/2Mdg2Im  
-  Coaster mold:  https://amzn.to/2WmUT2c
-  Silver dimensional fabric paint:  https://amzn.to/2VT2pgV
-  White dimensional fabric paint:  https://amzn.to/2Qrrxud
-  Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Clear Cast:  http://amzn.to/2z4rxGw
This is the resin I used for this project:
FX Poxy:  http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F.


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





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:  
https://amzn.to/2EyCG7I
https://amzn.to/2Exuzs0
-  Thin wire (24- 28 gage):  https://amzn.to/2HAoBZc
-  Pliers:  https://amzn.to/2YMefex
-  Jewelry findings:  https://amzn.to/2K79WXk
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.
-  Pin backs:  https://amzn.to/2MbUWtJ


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:
The links below help support this channel,  as I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.
-  Unfinished box from the craft store
-  Glass stones:  https://amzn.to/2Wo1kSI
-  Nail polish:  https://amzn.to/2VLuMgV
-  Acrylic paint:  https://amzn.to/2YKZVTC
-  Magnetic paint:  https://amzn.to/2K9fd0B
-  Painter's tape:  https://amzn.to/2VN0LNH
-  Magnets:  https://amzn.to/2WoynpE
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:
The links below help support this channel,  as I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.
Mold:  http://amzn.to/2FcRd7J
Lighter:  https://amzn.to/2MmATJp
-  Candy corn:  https://amzn.to/2W5jXLG
Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Easy Cast:  http://amzn.to/2yjYmBC
Art Resin:  http://amzn.to/2yk9X3z
Clear Cast:  http://amzn.to/2z4rxGw
FX Poxy:  http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F, which makes it a great option for coasters.


Creating with Craft Klatch Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/2374635959255275/

Here is a quick video, so you can see exactly how I made it.



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

Learn how to make these easy glass picture stones.  They are great to turn into magnets for the fridge, locker or just general room decor!


You will need:
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-  Glass stones (found in the floral department at craft stores, online, or the dollar store):  https://amzn.to/2HzkMUm
-  Mod Podge:  https://amzn.to/2M1uqmF
-  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:

The links below help support this channel,  as I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.
I have the one I use linked under the Products I Use tab
-  Stencil:  https://amzn.to/2YHPIY8
-  Acrylic paint:  https://amzn.to/2YJPIqG
-  Glitter:  https://amzn.to/2VUbXgu
-  Pigment powder:  https://amzn.to/2YLIS3T
Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Clear Cast:  http://amzn.to/2z4rxGw
FX Poxy:  http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F, which makes it a great resin for coasters.

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