Friday, February 28, 2014

Gold Coins and Leprechauns St. Patrick's Day Coaster - Another Coaster Friday






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I decided to try a little layering for this St. Patty's Day Coaster.


You will need:

-  Coaster mold (I have it linked below and in the Products I Use above)
-  Gold coins, buttons, stickers (all from Hobby Lobby)
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast (also linked below and in the Products I Use above - if you are looking for it internationally, go to the manufacturers website at www.eti-usa.com)
-  Green chunky glitter
-  Mold release (optional - the mold works perfectly without it, but it does seem to make your mold last longer)

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  For the first pour you only need enough to cover the bottom.  Mix in your green glitter and pour into the mold.  Let it spread to the edges.  You can help it with your stir stick.
3.  Drop in your gold coins and your decorative buttons.  
4.  Let it cure.  I let it cure for 12 hours, but you don't necessarily need to wait that long.
5.  Prepare more resin.  Pour over the coins and buttons, to make sure everything is covered and you have a level surface.
6.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
7.  Apply your stickers.
8.  Prepare more resin - you only need enough to give it a thin layer to protect the stickers.
9.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Here are some of the same or similar products I used, from Amazon, incase you would like to make a similar coaster:



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Whatcha Been Doin' Wednesday - Easter Wreaths and Resin


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Monday, February 24, 2014

Craft Room Organization Tips - Glitter Control DIY

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I have been busy trying to organize my craft room.  I have made some major progress and thought I would share my tips on how I decided to get control of my glitter!  Now I actually know what I have and don't have to go buy doubles because I can't locate what I'm pretty sure I already have!



Here are the spice racks I used.  You can also find them directly from Ikea.  If you have any craft organization tips or ideas, I'd love to hear about them!!

Mona




Friday, February 21, 2014

DIY St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Coaster - Another Coaster Friday




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You will need:

-  Coaster mold - you can find the one I use above under Products I Use
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast Resin - also available above and for more info go to www.eti-usa.com
-  Orange glitter
-  St. Patrick's Day stickers - these happen to be from Dollar Tree
-  Mold release - optional - it helps keep your mold conditioned, but the mold works fine without it


Here is the video tutorial:

Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix orange glitter into the resin and pour into the coaster mold.  Let it spread out and if it doesn't go to all the edges, you can help it with your stir stick.
3.  Run a lighter over it, if there are bubbles.
4.  Allow to cure.  12 hours is fine, but you can do it a little less if necessary.
5.  Apply stickers.
6.  Prepare more resin and pour over the stickers until all covered.
7.  Allow to cure for 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!!  Thanks for stopping by, Happy St. Patty's Day and Happy Crafting!!

Mona

Here are the products I used and if I couldn't find the exact, I tried to substitute similar items:


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Thanks for stopping by!!

Mona

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Whatcha Been Doin' Wednesday - Resin, Plaques and Toilet Paper Rolls


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Monday, February 17, 2014

Saint Patrick's Day Flower Ball Decoration - DIY Dollar Store Craft

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You will need:

-  Styrofoam ball
-  Hot glue
-  Green carnations (fake)
-  Shamrocks with sticky backs
-  Green ribbon
*I purchased the carnations at Dollar Tree and the shamrocks from Hobby Lobby. 

Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:

1.  Take your styrofoam ball and use an ice pick, screwdriver, pencil or anything that will poke a hole.  Poke it into the styrofoam ball.  
2.  Create a loop and tie a knot into your ribbon.
3.  Put some hot glue into the hole and insert your ribbon.  Allow to cool.  Top off with more hot glue, or some fast drying crazy glue.  
4.  Remove the carnations from the stems.
5.  Beginning at the top, put hot glue on the styrofoam ball (have your hot glue gun on a low setting).  Immediately poke the bottom of the carnation into the glue and styrofoam ball.
6.  Continue doing that until you have the whole ball covered.
7.  Take another piece of ribbon and tie a knot in the end.  Find the opposite end of the styrofoam ball (directly beneath where you poked the other hole) and poke another hole.
8.  Add hot glue and the ribbon to the styrofoam ball.  This ribbon will not be looped.  
9.  Take two of the same shamrocks and stick them back to back, with the ribbon sandwiched between.
10.  Do the same with the smaller shamrock.

That's it!  Hang it up and feel the Irish!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Glitter Heart and Gold Leaf Paperweight DIY






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You will need:
(All products needed for this project are available through Amazon.  For your convenience, I have linked them in the Products I Use tab above):
-  Easy Cast Resin
-  Blue glitter
-  Blue sliver glitter
-  Golf Leaf
-  Silicone heart mold
-  Red glitter
-  Blue transparent pigment dye
-  Paperweight mold
-  Mold Release

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Mix resin, according to the package directions.  Mix in fine red glitter and pour into heart mold.
2.  Allow to cure for 12 hours before unmolding.
3.  Apply mold release to paperweight mold and allow to dry.  This is optional, but will allow it to release more easily when finished.
4.  Prepare more resin.  You only need a small amount to put in the paperweight mold.  Pour into mold and place the heart into the clear resin.  Do your best to center it.
5.  Allow to cure.
6.  Prepare more resin and pour into the paperweight mold.  Take flakes of gold leaf and drop them into the clear resin.
7.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.
8.  Prepare more resin and mix in dark blue glitter and sliver glitter and pour into the mold.  Allow to cure.
9.  Prepare more resin and add blue transparent pigment.  This should be your last pour.
10.  Allow to cure and then unmold.  TIP:  If you are having a hard time unmolding the paperweight, put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and it pops out pretty easily!

That's it!  Now you have a stunning paperweight, as a gift or for yourself!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona





DIY Valentine's Day Heart Coaster - Another Coaster Friday






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This was my last Valentine's Day Coaster of the season!

You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Heart mold
-  PearlEx pigment powders
-  Glitter - red and an iridescent powder
-  Easy Cast Resin (for more info about Easy Cast, go to www.eti-usa.com)

* I have all the products linked in the Products I Use - Amazon store above.  I bought the heart mold at Walmart, but if you can't find it there I linked a very similar one also.

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Pour resin into the heart mold.
3.  Sprinkle pigment powder into the heart molds and use a toothpick to move the colors around, if you want.  Do any color combination you like.
4.  Allow to cure for 12 hours and then unmold.
5.  Prepare your resin and mix in red glitter.
6.  Pour into the bottom of the mold.  Make sure it spreads to the edges.  You only need enough to cover the bottom, because you don't want your hearts to be covered.
7.  Place in the resin hearts.
8.  At this point, I thought the plain red looked too plain, so I had this fine iridescent powder then I sprinkled over the whole thing.  I let it cure for 12 hours.
9.  I brushed the powder off of the hearts and prepared more resin.
10.  I poured the clear resin over the entire coaster and let it sit for another 12 hours.

That's it!  Unmold it and you are done!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Here are some of the products I used available at Amazon:



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Sunday, February 16, 2014

DIY Valentine's Day Resin Bowl How To






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I thought heart confetti would be a nice touch for this resin bowl.


You will need:
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast Resin, it can be found at local craft stores, or in the Products I Use above.  For more information go to www.eti-usa.com.
-  Bowl mold - you see how I made mine HERE
-  Heart confetti - I used two different kinds from Hobby Lobby
-  Small white beads
-  Lip stickers
-  Wilton candy mold with swirl
-  Mold Release (also available at craft stores and the Amazon Products I Use above)
-  Red glitter
-  Rotary tool

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.  In a small cup mix some resin with the small white beads.  You need just enough to fill the very bottom of the mold.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.
2.  Prepare more resin and mix in the smaller heart confetti and pour into mold.  This time, take the inner part of the mold and put it on the resin.  I have rice I put into the inner mold, to weight it down.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.
3.  Don't remove the inner mold.  Mix resin with larger confetti and carefully between the two molds.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.
4.  Remove the inner mold.  Mix resin with red glitter and pour into the bottom of the bowl and put the inner mold back in.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.
5.  While it is curing, spray the swirl mold with mold release.  Once dry, mix resin with small white beads and pour into the swirl mold.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.
6.  Remove the inner mold.  Remove the swirl from the candy mold.  Glue swirl into the bottom of the inside of the bowl.  Allow to dry.
7.  Add lip stickers to inner bowl.
8.  Take a disposable brush and paint the inside of the bowl.  Any excess will settle in the bottom, making the swirl a permanent part of the bowl.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
9.  Take your rotary tool and carefully trim the top edge, to clean up the bowl.  
10.  Clean up bowl and invert it on a bottle or something and paint the resin on the outside of the bowl. Go back every once in a while to wipe the edge.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.

Now you have a really pretty heart bowl!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


DIY Monkey and Bananas Coaster - Another Coaster Friday How To

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I found these buttons at Hobby Lobby and I just HAD to make a coaster out of them!!


You will need:
-  Coaster Mold - You can find the one I use in the Products I Use above
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast - you can find it at your local craft store, or in the Products I Use above for more info you can go to their website at www.eti-usa.com
-  Confetti - the confetti I used is from Hobby Lobby
-  Monkey and banana buttons - also from Hobby Lobby
-  Clear glue


Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  In a small cup, mix resin with confetti and pour into the mold.
3.  Allow to cure 12+/- hours.
4.  Snip off the back of the buttons, with wire cutters,
5.  Glue them onto the resin - this will prevent them from floating when you do your next pour.
6.  Prepare more resin and pour over the buttons.
7.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.

Unmold and you have a super cute coaster!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Whatcha Been Doin' Wednesday - Valentine's, Coasters and Piggies!


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