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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pasta Christmas Angel Craft Tutorial

Learn how to make easy Pasta Christmas Angels!  Easy kids Christmas craft tutorial!



Here is a great craft to get the kids involved.  I originally saw this craft years ago on the Carol Duvall Show.  Back then, I made them with my niece and nephew and my mom still has them.



The links below are affiliate links and are used to support this channel.  I may receive a small commission at NO additional cost to you.

You will need:
-  Bowtie pasta:  https://amzn.to/2UWq9BD
-  Rigatoni:  https://amzn.to/2R9vo1B
-  Macaroni:  https://amzn.to/2V1rtmL
-  Alphabet:  https://amzn.to/2SeFbkq
-  Dried lima beans:  https://amzn.to/2Bw7gfP
-  Thin Sharpie marker:  https://amzn.to/2Bw7Aex
-  Glue - a tacky glue:  https://amzn.to/2RcNHmy          
-  Hot glue works faster, but isn't great for young kids:  https://amzn.to/2V4C2Ft
-  Parchment paper:  https://amzn.to/2LtyPuU
-  Acrylic paints:  https://amzn.to/2BDmTSC
-  Bugle beads:  https://amzn.to/2EFN27r
-  Glitter:  https://amzn.to/2ScVNsD
-  Glitter paint:  https://amzn.to/2EGIOwf
-  Glitter nail polish (great alternative!):  https://amzn.to/2LvN822

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Gather your pasta.  Take the rigatoni noodle and glue on the bow tie pasta.  You want it to be more toward one end and not right in the middle.


















2.  Take your lima bean and glue it to the rigatoni noodle.


3.  Add the macaroni arms.

4.  When everything is dry, hold it by the rigatoni noodle and put some glue on the lima bean - on the sides and the back.  Dip it into the alphabet noodles and that makes the hair.  Let everything dry.




5.  With a fine point Sharpie marker draw on the face.


6.  Use different paints, beads and glitter to decorate your angel.  For some ideas, I show you how I decorated each of the angels shown in the video.



You can use these for all kinds of things.  Add a magnet to the back for a refrigerator magnet.  Glue them to a napkin ring.  As they are, you can add them to the stem of a small Christmas tree.  To create a hanging ornament, in step one, when you glue the rigatoni noodle to the bow tie pasta, add a piece of wire or fishing line between the two pastas and you now have a hanger built right in.

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!

Mona


Simple Sharpie Snowman Mug Craft - Dollar Store Makeover

Learn how to make a Snowman Mug!  It's a great and easy holiday gift, with dollar store mugs!

The links below help support this channel, as I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

You will need:
-  Sharpie markers:  https://amzn.to/2MMEYG9
-  Other possible markers:  https://amzn.to/2PzUcR3
-  Letter stickers:  https://amzn.to/2HGTuL8  
-  Snowman stencil (I couldn't find the exact one):  https://amzn.to/2PKNSX0


Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Place your stencil on the side of the mug.  It's best to use a little tape to help keep it in place.  
2.  Using a thin Sharpie marker, trace and fill in the outline.  Remember, you are working on a non-porous surface, so be careful of smudging it.  TIP:  If you do smudge it, take some rubbing alcohol and it will wipe off and you can start over.
3.  For the lettering, put your letter stickers on the mug.  I chose to do JOY.
4.  With a thicker Sharpie, do simple dots around the lettering.  Let it dry and remove the stickers.
5.  Place mug into a cold oven, on a baking sheet.  Turn oven to 425 degrees and once it hits 425 degrees, leave it at that temperature for 30 minutes.  Then, turn the oven off and let the mug completely cool in the oven.

Note:  It is better to hand wash these mugs.  They may not withstand the dishwasher, but I have not tried.  I have hand washed them 6-7 times already and the color has not faded.

Note:  Realize that some Sharpie colors will fade or change color.  The black stayed a strong black.  I did the JOY lettering in red and it turned to a rusty brown.  If you watch the video I made another mug, with my name and Craft Klatch on it, with different colors, to see how they would turn out.  Watch the video to see the results.

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

Mona



Thursday, November 28, 2013

IT'S A GIVEAWAY! $50 Gift Certificate Resin Obsession!!

Katherine at Resin Obsession is generously offering a $50 Gift Certificate to the lucky winner.  Watch the short video and read the details below on how to enter!!  Open to anywhere Resin Obsession ships, so go to http://www.resinobsession.com/Shipping-Policy.html to see where they ship.

There are a bunch of different ways to enter and I will be checking!!


 Good luck everyone!

Mona

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Thanksgiving Coaster Craft Tutorial

It's time for another coaster, just in time for Thanksgiving!



You will need:
The links below help support this channel, as I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

-  Coaster mold:  https://amzn.to/320fgkH
-  Yellow, blue, orange and red glitter:  https://amzn.to/2NlDy4R
-  Thanksgiving stickers:  https://amzn.to/2Zl1RC0
-  Wet Ones (for clean up): https://amzn.to/2pXbqrQ
-  Mixing cups:  https://amzn.to/31QklMu
-  Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Update:  This is the resin I have been using more recently:
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.  Separate into four different cups.
3.  Add different color glitter to each cup and mix well.
4.  Pick the colors you want to have in a coaster and pour into the mold at the same time.  Repeat with remaining two colors.
5.  Allow to set for 12 hours.
6.  Put stickers onto the set resin.
8.  Prepare enough resin to cover the stickers.
9.  Let it set for at least 12 hours.

That's it!  Now you have these festive and cute Thanksgiving coasters!

Happy Crafting and Happy Thanksgiving!  

Mona




Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Acorn Cap Christmas Ornament

Bring a little nature to your Christmas decorations!  Gather up some acorn caps and create a one of a kind ornament!



You will need (affiliate links): 
-  Styrofoam ball:  https://amzn.to/2SrB7Na
-  Acorn caps:  https://amzn.to/2Po6jLA
-  Hot glue and/or other glue:  https://amzn.to/2E4hpDj
-  Red bugle beads:  https://amzn.to/2UmMk3C
-  Brown acrylic paint:  https://amzn.to/2PnBuq4
-  Green ribbon:  https://amzn.to/2PnlfcP
-  Triple Thick:  https://amzn.to/2UsJcTU
-  Gold glitter spray - optional:  https://amzn.to/2L0Okdx

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Paint the styrofoam ball brown and allow to dry.


2.  Poke a hole through the styrofoam ball - going all the way through.


3.  Using a combination of hot glue and other glue, apply to the inside of the acorn cap.  Using the combo of hot glue and other glue, it allows the acorn cap to stay in place while the other glue is drying.



4.  Do one layer all around the styrofoam ball.  You will have gaps and that is why you do a second layer, making sure to cover up the holes.  But don't cover the hole you made.  Allow to dry.




5.  Spray a light coat of glitter spray on acorns and allow to dry.  (You can do this after the Triple Thick step if you would rather) and then cover the whole thing with Triple Thick and allow to dry.



6.  Glue on bugle beads in various places around the acorn ball.  




7.  Thread through the ribbon.  Using a skewer stick is helpful.  Knot it at the bottom of the ball and add some hot glue.  Trim off excess and cover with bugle beads.


8.  Add a bow to the top.  


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

Mona




Monday, November 25, 2013

Glitter Decorated Votives Craft Tutorial

Here is another way to dress up the cute frosted votives from Oriental Trading!

You will need:

-  Frosted glass votives: https://goto.orientaltrading.com/az7Bo
-  Red glitter:  https://amzn.to/2ZfuKji
-  White glitter:  https://amzn.to/2KKesL6  
-  Blue glitter:  https://amzn.to/2Hj36vp
-  White glue or Mod Podge:  https://amzn.to/2Hfad8c
-  Snowflake punch:  https://amzn.to/2ZfvjcU
-  Contact paper:  https://amzn.to/2HgslyI

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Take your snowflake punch and punch out a snowflake from the contact paper.  Cutting out the snowflake makes a stencil.
2.  Peel off the paper backing from contact paper.  Stick it to the side of the votive.
3.  Take a brush and brush the glue into the stencil.  Sprinkle with glitter.
4.  Carefully remove the stencil before the glue sets.
5.  Repeat with additional snowflakes and set aside to dry.

For the striped votive:
1.  Take your white glue and freehand wavy stripes around the votive and sprinkle with glitter.  Do all the red lines first and then follow with the white.
2.  Set aside to dry.

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

Mona

**Oriental Trading provided the votives for review.  The opinions and ideas are all my own.





Christmas Lights Votive Craft



I was sent a Christmas package from Oriental Trading a while back to use in my crafts.  With the exception of the hot glue, all items were from Oriental Trading and very affordable!


You will need:
The links below help support this channel,  as I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

-  Frosted glass votives: https://goto.orientaltrading.com/az7Bo
-  Plastic Christmas light beads:  https://amzn.to/31SPWNG
-  Hot glue and/or other clear glue:  https://amzn.to/31R0I72


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Take your baker's twine and string a bunch of Christmas light beads onto it.  Periodically put it around your votive to see how many you need.
2.  Once you have enough strung on the bakers twine, flip the votive upside down.  
3.  Tie the lights and bakers twine around the top (remember you are upside down) and tie tightly.
4.  I put four small dabs of hot glue around the votive, attaching the bakers twine.  Then I used a clear glue to put a thin line around as well.  The four small dabs tacked the twine in place, while the other glue dried.  All of this was done on what would be the underside, once the votive was flipped over.
5.  You can flip it over immediately!

That's it!  You can use battery operated tea lights, or real ones!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona

**The votive, Christmas light beads and bakers twine were all provided by Oriental Trading for review.  The opinions and ideas are all my own.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Fall Leaf Coaster Redo

My last fall leaf coasters didn't turn out quite as good as I hoped.  So, I thought I would try a different way of doing it.  And it worked!!




Here is the video tutorial:



You will need:
The links below help support this channel,  as I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

-  Coaster mold:  https://amzn.to/2KIy6qY
-  Fall leaves - pressed for at least a week, under a heavy book
-  Mod Podge:  https://amzn.to/32186gr
-  Lighter:  https://amzn.to/2NQusts
-  Wet Ones:  https://amzn.to/2pXbqrQ
-  Food color:  https://amzn.to/2Zc30vL
-  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

This is the resin I have been using more recently for coasters:

FX Poxy:  http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F.

 *Originally, I used Mod Podge and I'm not sure why it became cloudy, but it did.  I have since been using the Super Gloss Mod Podge and it starts out and dries much clearer!   
  
Directions:
1.  Seal your leaf or leaves with either a clear glue or Mod Podge.  Allow to fully dry.
2.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
3.  Pour it into the mold.
4.  Take your leaf and carefully press it into the resin.  Use your stir stick to gently press it down and that will cause bubbles to come out from under the leaf.
5.  Remove bubbles as needed, with either a lighter or take a straw and blow on them.
6.  Allow to set for at least 12 hours.
7.  Unmold and you have a beautiful coaster and you are preserving a piece of nature!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona





Friday, November 22, 2013

Artichoke Update

To stay up on the latest, be sure to 
You can click right HERE!  

For easy reference, click on the Tutorials tab above.
Also, I created an Amazon store link, with items that I use in my crafts, just click on the
Products I Use above!

Back when I made my artichoke, I was asked to do an update to see how it held up.  I let you know in the video below!