Sunday, March 31, 2013

Quick and Easy Easter Artwork Craft Tutorial

I have a frame in my powder room and I like to have the picture or artwork reflect the holiday or season.  It's the half bathroom guests use when I am entertaining, so I like to have that special little touch.


I was in a pinch for Easter, so I came up with a quick and super easy piece to put in the frame.

You will need:

-  Ribbons - any color, scraps, whatever you have laying around
-  A piece of cardstock
-  Easter Stickers
-  Fun scrapbook paper
-  Glue stick

Here is the video tutorial:

Directions:

1.  Cut the piece of cardstock into the shape of an egg
2.  Find your ribbons and order them on the egg and cut into strips, just longer than the width of the egg - you want a little extra on each side to fold over.
3.  Take your glue stick and either put it on the cardstock or the back or the ribbon and glue all your ribbons in place.
4.  When all of your ribbon are on, flip it over and run the glue along the edge of the back and fold all your ribbons over
5.  I found the cute chick stickers at Hobby Lobby, in the Easter section.  There are so many fun stickers available.
6.  I cut the scrapbook paper to fit the frame.  Then, I placed the egg on the paper and the chick stickers.
7.  I put it all into the frame and hung it up in the bathroom!

That's it.  You could have it done in 10 minutes and it adds a cute touch!

Happy Easter!  Happy Crafting!  Thank you for stopping by!

Mona


Friday, March 29, 2013

Big Plaster Easter Eggs Craft Tutorial

I saw a video this fall where Martha Stewart made a spider egg out of plaster, inside of a balloon.  I did that, but thought how fun it would be to make them for Easter!  Warning:  They are fragile, like a real egg shell, so tread carefully!



You will need:

-  Balloon - you can make them any size you want
-  Plaster of Paris
-  Water
-  Empty water bottle(s)
-  Bucket or tub of water
-  Acrylic paint
-  Varnish
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast) - this step is optional, but helps give strength
-  Ribbon
-  Inexpensive balloon inflator

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Fill two water bottles with one cup of plaster of Paris and to 1/2 cup of water.  Adjust according to balloon size.  I would do two full cups, if doing a large balloon.
2.  Add water and shake around until fully mixed.
3.  Take the balloon and put the open end over the mouth of the bottle.  Invert the bottle and allow it to seep into the balloon and squeeze the bottle until you think you have most of it in the balloon.
4.  Take the balloon off of the water bottle and take the pump.  Insert the pump into the balloon and inflate the balloon to the size you desire.  There will some leakage, so protect your work surface.  Better yet, do it outsize!!
5.  Tie the balloon and begin to shake and swirl the plaster in the balloon.  Continue doing this until the plaster isn't swirling around loose anymore.  You need the entire inside of the balloon covered.
6.  Set it into a tub of water or bucket.  This will allow the balloon to keep its shape instead of becoming flat on one side if you put it down on a hard surface.
7.  Look at your directions for how long the plaster of Paris you have takes to set up.  Doesn't hurt to let it sit overnight.
8.  When set, carefully use a craft knife to cut open the balloon.
9.  Now you have an egg to decorate!

If you want to see how I made the chick inside, see the attached video.  If one of your eggs should break, it's not the end of the world!  If you have a hole, you can put something in it like the chick I made, or just put a light inside of it!  Fun!  Fun!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona



Jewelry Clay Ring Craft Tutorial

I'm trying out a new product.  It's called Jewelry Clay.  It's made by the same makers of Easy Cast Resin.  You know how I feel about my resin!!

Here it is:



You will need:

-  A ring blank - you can find them online or at craft stores
-  Jewelry Clay
-  Beads
-  Pigment powder - I used PearlEx

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:
1.  Prepare your jewelry clay according to the package directions.  You can see how I prepared it in the video above.
2.  Press the clay into the jewelry blank.
3.  Press your beads into the jewelry clay.
4.  Brush on pigment powder.  
5.  Allow to cure.
6.  Brush off excess pigment powder.

That's it, you are done!!  I think the clay is a resin clay and you don't need to add any additional adhesive since once cured the clay is permanently attached to the ring blank, the beads are permanently attached to the clay and the pigment powder is permanently attached to the clay!  It doesn't get much easier than that!!

Remember, if you ever have any trouble finding a product made by Environmental Technologies, which includes the jewelry clay, Easy Cast resin, some of the molds I have used etc., go to their website at www.eti-usa.com and click on the Buy tab and they have a list both in the U.S. and internationally where you can find their products!


Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona



Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Big String Easter Egg Craft Tutorial

Here's an easy craft!  They are Big String Easter Eggs!!


You will need:

-  Liquid starch - do not water down
-  Big balloon
-  Embroidery floss - I used three spools (I don't know what the correct term is) of two different colors.  For example, on the left egg I used three spools of green and three spools of pink.

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Blow up your balloon and tie it.
2.  Take your embroidery floss and unwind it into the starch - do one spool at a time
3.  Wind the floss around the balloon and then repeat with the other spools
4.  Sit it on a cup to dry, or hang it to dry
5.  When dry, tie on a colorful ribbon, or fishing line

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

Mona


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easy Peeps Easter Centerpiece Craft Tutorial

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If you want a fun and unique centerpiece, I have just the thing!  A Peeps centerpiece!!

I made one a few years ago and the adults ate my centerpiece before dinner was even over.  This year I am making it a week ahead of time, so the Peeps should be good and stale, incase they want to steal them!


You will need:

-  Square vase (you could probably do it in a round one too)
-  Peeps - three packages, depending on the size of your vase
-  An inner vase -  I used a red Solo cup, but if you have a round vase that is the right size, use that instead
-  Tissue paper - optional

Here is the quick video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Line the first row of Peeps in your vase
2.  Arrange your flowers in the inner vase or cup
3.  Put the inner vase into to the outer vase
4.  Add the second row of Peeps
Optional:  Because I used a red Solo cup, I needed to hide it.  As you can see in the video, I took a piece of green tissue paper and put it around the cup, to hid the red.  Then, I put it in the outer vase and moved on to step #4.

That's it!  Put it on the table and everyone will ooh and ahh!!

Have fun!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona

I've linked some products on Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:








Jelly Bean Easter Centerpiece Craft Tutorial

I have two super easy and cute centerpieces coming up and this is the first.  It's a jelly bean centerpiece!  Fun and colorful!!


You will need:

-  Two square vases - make sure the size difference is enough to be able to get the jelly beans in between
-  Jelly beans - make sure they are the smaller ones.
-  Pretty spring flowers
-  Piece of card stock - optional

Here is the quick video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Arrange your flowers in the vase.  You can do this after, but I find it easier if I do it before because you don't want water dripping into the jelly beans.
2.  Put the smaller vase into the larger vase and center it.
3.  Trim the card stock down, so it will fit into the vase - widthwise
4.  Using the card stock to hold back the flowers and prevent the jelly beans from pouring into the flowers, add your jelly beans.
5.  Do the same on all four sides

That's it!!

It's fun!  It's festive!  It's jelly beans!  How can you go wrong?!?!?!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona



Saturday, March 23, 2013

Easy Easter Bunny Craft Tutorial

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Here's an easy little Easter Bunny to make with the kids.  They would be cute standing around as decorations, or as place cards at the table!


You will need:

-  White craft foam
-  Wood pre-painted egg
-  2 small white pom poms
-  1 larger white pom pom
-  1 small pink pom pom
-  Pink paper
-  Google eyes
-  Glue (I used hot glue)
-  Black marker

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  The egg is pre-painted so that saves you a step.  Take your craft foam and cut out ears, arm, legs, hands and feet.  Cut the ears at an angle, so it fits better up against the egg.
2.  Cut the inner ear out of pink paper.
3.  Using a glue stick, adhere the inner ear to the larger white ear.  Make sure you have them going in the right direction, before you glue!
4.  Glue on eyes and nose.
5.  With your marker, draw on a mouth, under the nose.
6.  Glue on white pom poms just under the nose.
7.  Glue on legs, feet, arms and hands.

That's it!  Now you have a cute little Easter Bunny!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona

I've linked some items that can help you make this cute little guy too:





Tuesday, March 19, 2013

5,000 YouTube Subscribers Giveaway!!!

I want to thank all my super, awesome subscribers!  We hit 5,000 and sailed right past it!  Thank you for all who faithfully watch and all who have shared my videos with others.  I couldn't do it without you!

I promised a 5,000 subscribers giveaway and here it is!

-  It's open internationally
-  You must enter here in this post (see below for directions)
-  If under 18, you must have your parents permission to send me your address, if you win.  DON'T send me your address until the winner is chosen and you see if it is you.

It's a prize pack!
The winner will receive:
-  A pair of earrings I made out of resin. glitter and nail polish
-  An egg ring and piece of cork, so you can make your own coaster molds
-  A rubber ducky pendant
-  Pigment swirled resin
-  Hello Kitty and My Little Pony glitter charms
-  A stone pendant
-  An unfinished cupcake (not edible) to paint and decorate


The giveaway starts now and ends at midnight on March 27th, so really it's more like it ends on Tuesday the 26th.  Beware!

Good Luck and here is the giveaway:


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Happy Crafting!

Mona

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Wine Jewelry Holder Craft Tutorial

Here's a craft for all you wine lovers and I know you are out there!!  I wanted to create a jewelry stand, but I wanted it to be different, so I made it a wine themed jewelry holder.

Here it is without the jewelry:






And here it is all dressed up with the jewelry:




It's perfect to put on a dresser, or a vanity!  Think gifts - Mother's Day, birthdays, graduations, or just because!  It's perfect to personalize too!  You can personalize the label, Avery makes nice labels you can personalize for the occasion, or you can just pick their favorite bottle of wine and make it personal that way!

You will need:
-  Platter or large plate - I bought this white one for 99 cents at Goodwill
-  I had the empty bottle of wine
-  The wine glass came from the dollar store
-  The wooden bead with the 3/8" hole was from the craft store
-  The dowel rod (3/8" diameter) was from the craft store
-  The corkscrew was from Goodwill - a deal at 49 cents!
-  Strong, transparent glue
-  Resin
-  Resin dye (optional)
-  Printable labels (optional)

Here is the video tutorial to see how it all came together:





Directions:

1.  Clean and dry everything.
2.  Take the dowel rod and put on the bead so it is in the middle.  If you want, I took red wine and dyed the dowel and bead.  I just brushed it on multiple times and allowed it to dry.  Once dry, I varnished it with a satin finish to protect it.
3.  To create the wine in the wine glass, you will be using resin.  I used Easy Cast and did 8 ounces.  The package clearly states that it is not recommended to do a large pour like that, but I work in an area that is not well ventilated, so for me it seemed like the only choice.  ETI (Castin Craft) also make a polyester resin and that would be the ideal material to use, but it has a very strong odor.  Beware.  I did the casting and it was not quite smooth on top.  I did add a thin clear layer on top, which leveled everything out perfectly.  I show you the layer in the video above.  I did add a transparent resin dye in red because I was going for red wine.  If you are going for a white wine, skip the dye.
4.  Allow resin to cure 12 hours.
5.  Using a strong and transparent glue, like E6000, put it neatly on the bottom of the glass and glue it on the plate.  Do the same with the bottle and the corkscrew.  Add a cork for accent.  Allow to dry.
6.  Glue on the dowel rod with the bead on the mouth of the wine bottle.  Allow to dry.
7.  The corkscrew is for rings - if the corkscrew you have is sharp and pointy, file it until it isn't, or cut the tip off.
8.  Now you get to decorate!!  I had some jewelry from Chick-E Limited.  They have cute fashion jewelry at affordable prices!  The shipping is included for orders within the U.S.!  It doesn't get better than that!!

Use the dowel rod to hang necklaces and bracelets.  Use the corkscrew for rings.  Use the wine glass for earrings.  Use the plate for change or other miscellaneous items!

If nothing else, it gives you an excuse to drink a bottle of wine!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona

Resin I used:


The glue I used:

Shamrock Confetti Coaster Craft Tutorial

It just wouldn't be right if I didn't do a coaster for St. Patrick's Day!  I used a package of confetti in resin and came up with this shiny, green coaster!!


You will need:

-  A coaster mold (see video below)
-  Shamrock confetti
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast

Here is the video tutorial for the coaster:



**Things have changed since I made this coaster.  Most notably, the coaster mold.  I no longer make my own.  I found a silicone mold that works PERFECTLY!  It's available from Amazon and I have it linked above in the Products I Use - Amazon Store!


Here is the video tutorial on how to make the mold:



Directions:

1.  Prepare your mold.
2.  Prepare your resin and pour into the mold.
3.  Pour in your confetti and with the stir stick, move it around and help it sink to the bottom.
4.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.
5.  Remove from mold.

That's it!  Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Here is the resin I used:



Items from Amazon that will help you make this project:


I See Green People Shirt
I See Green People Shirt by NSKINY
View Pattys T-Shirts online at zazzle




Fish Stickers and Aquarium Rocks Coaster Craft Tutorial

It was suggested by one of my YouTube subscribers to use aquarium rocks in one of my coasters.  I thought it was a great idea and did that and added a few fish stickers for fun.


You will need:

- egg mold (I will post how to make one later in this post)
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast
-  Plastic/puffy fish stickers
-  Aquarium rocks

Here is the video tutorial:


Here is the tutorial on how to make the mold:




Directions:

1.  Prepare your mold
2.  Prepare your resin
3.  Pour some resin into a smaller cup and mix in a small batch of aquarium rocks.
4.  Pour resin covered rocks into the mold and spread them around so they cover the bottom.
5.  Add fish stickers and pour next layer of resin, so the fish are covered.
6.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.
7.  Remove from mold.

Now you have a cute fish coaster to brighten up your decor!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Mona

Here is the resin I used:


Sand Dollar Resin Coaster Craft Tutorial

If you are ready for a little beach in your home decor, make this cute coaster with resin and a sand dollar!


You will need:

-  Resin - I use Easy Cast
-  Parchment paper
-  Sand Dollar
-  Coaster mold
-  Mod Podge

Here is the video on how to make the coaster mold:




Here is the video tutorial on how I made the sand dollar coaster:




Here is the video, if you are wondering where the blue background came from:





Directions:

1.  Prepare your mold on parchment paper.
2.  Mix resin with light blue acrylic paint and pour into the mold - let it cure for 12 hours
3.  Seal your sand dollar with Mod Podge, or the sand dollar will become blotchy from the resin - allow to dry completely
4.  Tack down the sand dollar with glue and allow to dry
5.  Prepare your resin and pour over the sand dollar - allow to cure for 12 hours
6.  Remove from mold and you have a beachy coaster!!

Here is the resin I used in this project.  Since doing this project, I have started using the mold below.  It works great!  Both are available through Amazon.


Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!

Mona




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Monday, March 11, 2013

Nailpolish Jewelry Resin Charms Craft Tutorial



My video on Recycled Nailpolish Glass Stones has been my most popular, but some people have expressed concerns about the nailpolish eventually wearing off.  It's probably true.  You could put a glue, like a Weldbond, on first and it would likely make it last longer, or if it should peel off, take it as an opportunity to make a new one!

But since I am always looking for ways to make things better, I thought I would try something similar, but using resin instead.  You know I LOVE my resin!

You will need:

-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Mold - I will list one of the ones I used at the end of this post
-  Nailpolish


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Prepare resin according to package directions.
2.  Pour the resin into the mold cavities.
3.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
4.  Remove pieces from mold
5.  Apply glitter and nailpolish to the back/flat side of the pieces - experiment and have fun with it.
6.  Allow to dry.
7.  You will find that the pieces will come out of the molds a matte finish.  You can either use clear nailpolish and go over the top, or you can paint on a coat or resin.  Either works great!  The turn out shiny and full of depth.

When done, you can either glue on a jewelry bail and add a cord or chain, or drill a hole and add a jewelry finding to your pieces.

Here are a few more pictures of how they turned out:


Here are the products I used:



If you are having trouble finding the products I used, please visit www.eti-usa.com.  They are the makers of EasyCast and the resin molds I used.  Their website has a listing of where their products can be found both nationally and internationally.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona


Jelly Bean Resin Bowl Craft Tutorial

Have you ever wanted to make fun and functional decorative bowls?  I have and I wanted to make them out of resin.  I'm thinking a bowl for my keys, candy bowls for every holiday, a change bowl!


I made two bowls prior to my latest.  My latest being the above jelly bean bowl!  It's sturdy and functional and I can put Easter candy in there!

My two prior bowls were the following:


A bowl made out of dyed pistachio shells:

and a candy bowl:


For those bowls, I created a mold of two bowls and Cling Wrap.  I knew resin would not stick the the Cling Wrap and it worked, but the Cling Wrap did wrinkle in areas and left wrinkles in my resin.  I knew there had to be a better way!  I recently found out about EasyMold Silicone Rubber.  It's a great product you can use to make your own silicone molds out of anything you want!  Here's a bonus:  It's FDA Compliant Food Grade.  That means you can make chocolate, ice cubes, Jello or whatever your hear desires, in these molds.  Or, you can use plaster, resin, concrete, etc.    (FYI:  It's not recommended to use the same mold for food as for the other materials).

Once I had the product, I set off the make a bowl mold and you can see how I did it here:


Once I made my mold, it was time to make a bowl!!

You will need:

-  Jelly beans - I went with the classic size and colors, but you can use any you like, just make sure you have enough to snack on too!
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast
-  Rice (optional)


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Take the bottom part of your mold and place it back in the bowl you molded it from.  This will give your mold some extra support and let it keep the proper shape.
2.  Pour jelly beans into the mold to get a feel for how many you will need.
3.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
4.  Leave the jelly beans in the mold and pour in the resin.
5.  Wearing gloves, mix your jelly beans and resin, making sure all of the jelly beans are fully covered.
6.  Start spreading the jelly beans around to create your bowl shape.  I did not want to go thicker than one layer of jelly beans because I thought I would lose the shape of the bowl.
7.  When you have them in place, put the other half of your mold inside.  Use rice or something else to help weigh down the inner part of the mold and keep the beans in place, if needed.
8.  Allow to dry for 12 hours.
9.  Remove from mold.

The resin coats the jelly beans protecting them (yes it's waterproof) and the resin also works as a glue holding your bowl together.  I like to make enough for it to pool at the bottom a little, giving it some weight.  It is remarkably sturdy!

Sooooo Cooool!!!  I love it!  I can't wait for Easter!

If you are having any trouble finding the products that I used (the EasyCast and the EasyMold), go the www.eti-usa.com.  They make the products and their website has a list of where their products are available both nationally and internationally!!!


Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

**I don't know if the resin is food safe or not.  I use the bowls as decorative pieces, like for wrapped candy, or keys, or change.  I'll let you know if I find out anything different!




Quick Craft Tip: Breathe New Life into Your Paintbrushes


Here is a quickie tip that I found on Pinterest!  It's from the This Old House website, under the article 10 Uses for Vinegar.  It was just what I needed to clean up all my craft brushes.  I thought I'd have to spend a bunch of money replacing them, but luckily, it worked like a charm!


Here's what you do:

1.  Put vinegar in an old jar and heat it up in the microwave.  I did it just until it started to boil.
2.  Soak your paintbrushes in the vinegar for 30 minutes and they should come out clean!  Some of my craft brushes took a little longer than others, depending on how many years of gunk had built up.

Another tip that I found in the comments of that article is to soak the brushes in watered down Downy fabric softener to keep the bristles soft.  I did.  It worked!!  Double Yay!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona


How to Make a Silicone Bowl Mold Craft Tutorial


I have made two bowls out of resin in the past.  I used plastic bowls and Cling Wrap.  It worked, but I thought there had to be a better way!  And there is!!  I used EasyMold Silicone Rubber.  It's a material made by Environmental Technology, Inc., they also make the EasyCast Resin that I have used in many, many projects!!

Here is the great thing about this material, you can mold almost anything and it's a reusable mold!  You can use it with resin, plaster, wax, concrete, low melt metal, etc.  Also, it's FDA compliant food grade!  What does that mean?  That means ice, chocolate, etc.!  Yay!  **However let me note, if you are using the mold for resin, concrete, etc., I wouldn't use it for food.  Make a second one.

The product is easy to use, but there was a little bit of a learning curve, as you will see in the video:



You will need:

-  EasyMold Silicone Rubber
-  Two plastic bowls
-  Something to mix them in
-  Something to stir with
-  Something wax paper or parchment paper to protect your work surface

Directions:

1.  Prepare your mold material, according to the package materials.  It's easy to prepare, I show you in the video above.
2.  Pour and brush the material over the outside of one bowl and the inside of the other.  The first layer should be thin, in order to let any air bubbles escape.
3.  Allow an hour between coats.  I did about 4 coats on each.
4.  Allow to dry for 24 hours before casting.
5.  After 24 hours, peel the silicone off the bowls and you can start all your amazing projects!!

Ooh!  I was just thinking of all the things I can make with Jello!!  You'll definitely see me using this product again!!

If you are looking for this product, or any of the other great products made by ETI, go to their website at www.eti-usa.com.  They have a listing both nationally and internationally of retailers that carry their products.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Here are some products I use available from Amazon, including the Easy Mold: