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Monday, November 30, 2015

Easy Painted Snowman Plaque DIY



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My brother-in-law and sister cut down a tree in their yard, a while back, and gave me a couple of wood slabs.  I decided to turn one into a snowman!  This is an easy and inexpensive craft!  If you don't have wood slabs at home, they have some at the craft store!!


You will need:
-  Unfinished wood plaque:  https://amzn.to/2Eo9lyc  
-  White acrylic paint:  https://amzn.to/2C8tJRG
-  Black acrylic paint:  https://amzn.to/2QNmgQ6
-  Orange acrylic paint:  https://amzn.to/2UCDRcM
-  Rustic rope:  https://amzn.to/2Et2t2N

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  If the face of your piece is really rough, be sure to sand it.


2.  Paint white acrylic paint on the face of the wood, but don't paint the bark.  Allow to dry.  I like to have some of the wood grain showing through, so I only did one coat.


3.  With orange acrylic paint, paint a triangle in the middle of the piece, for a carrot nose.


4.  With black acrylic paint, paint two coal eyes and a coal mouth.



5.  Drill two holes at the top of the head.  


6.  Pull your rope through the holes and tie knots.

That's it!  It's so fast and easy!  This would make perfect gift and the kids can definitely get involved!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!


Mona


Here are a few of my other crafts that you might enjoy:


Pumpkin Pie Candle   









Snowflake Coasters



  




Resin Snowman                         










Lollipop Coaster Set


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cooking with Greg and Mona - Yum Yum Utensils Review and Giveaway





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My husband Greg joined me in the kitchen to do a little cooking.  We were asked to try out some Yum Yum Utensils knife set and we were pleased.  Oh did I mention a giveaway? You will see that at the bottom of this post!


Here is the video tutorial:




a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is open internationally and if you are under the age of 18, you will need to get your parents' permission before entering.  The winner will be announced on Friday, December 4, 2015.  I will announce the winner here and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back here and/or there.  I will also email the winner, with the email they provided when entering - make sure you provide the correct email and check it!  Once announced, the winner will have 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Made By Mommy November Craft Challenge!



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It's time for the November Made by Mommy Craft Challenge!   #MBMCraftchallenge

 If you want to get in on the fun, Kim has some boxes available here:  http://www.cookscrafts.com 




Here is the video tutorial:




Be sure to check out everyone else's videos too!  You can find their creative crafts here:



I hope you get some inspiration from these incredibly crafty people!!  I know I did!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Friday, November 27, 2015

Resin Snowflake Coasters DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday




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I know I said I was doing a pie coaster this week, but my planning was definitely OFF!  So, I found these adorable snowflakes at Walmart and decided another week of snowflake coasters was the way to go!!  Next week:  Pie Coasters!  (I hope!)


You will need:

-  Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1XtyPsl
-  Snowflake confetti

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Mix resin, according to the package directions.  I used two ounces for each coaster.
2.  Mix in package of confetti.
3.  Pour into mold.
4.  Pop bubbles with lighter.
5.  Allow to cure before unmolding.

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

Mona

Monday, November 23, 2015

Pumpkin Pie Candle DIY ~ Craft Klatch Thanksgiving Craft Tutorial




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Are you ready for a no calorie pumpkin pie?  How about a full sized candle pumpkin pie, just in time for Thanksgiving!!  To warn you, it didn't go as smoothly as I hoped, but I think it turned out!



You will need (affiliate links):

-  Pie mold - I used silicone, but metal, glass or disposable aluminum will work too:  https://amzn.to/2BqvIiH
-  Candle wax - I used paraffin:  https://amzn.to/2S4FZYU  
-  Pumpkin pie or vanilla candle scent:  https://amzn.to/2GoEALB
-  Caramel candle dye:  https://amzn.to/2S8xZpK
-  Three short wicks:  https://amzn.to/2rJV4Dy
-  Silicone basting brush:  https://amzn.to/2S1Fe2O
-  Disposable cake decorating bag:  https://amzn.to/2EAXInR
-  Large cake decorating tip: https://amzn.to/2UR8OK6  
-  Skewer sticks:  https://amzn.to/2USXFsv

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Create a double boiler by using either two pots, one with water and one with wax.  Use an old pot for the wax, or buy a metal pitcher at the craft store, made to use for melting wax.

2.  Melt wax.  I used four bars of the wax and added scent and color.  Tip:  The wax will harden much lighter then when it is melted.  Drip some on some foil and let it harden, so you can see how it will look.


3.  Take three wicks and dip into the melted was and place into the mold.

4.  Pour base wax in, for the pie crust.  Then with the silicone basting brush, brush wax on the sides and the edge to create and build up the crust.



5.  When the wax is still warm, break or scrape some the wax to give the crust some shape.  Then brush some wax over it.

6.  Melt more wax and add color to darken it enough to get it to the pumpkin pie color.  

7.  Take some skewer sticks to support the wicks.  Lay them across the pie and have the wicks between skewer sticks, until the crust hardens.

8.  Pour the wax into the wax pie crust.  As it begins to harden, I sprinkled some cinnamon and cloves on it, just to give it the spicy look.


9.  Once hardened, snip off the wicks.

10.  Melt one more bar of wax.  Once melted, take it off the heat, as it is hardening use your skewer stick to whip the wax.  Before it hardens, and is still soft, spoon it into the cake decorating bag and do a nice big whip cream dollop in the middle of the pie and wicks.





That's it!  Once hardened, you can give the candle as a hostess gift, or break it out for Thanksgiving or Christmas!

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Friday, November 20, 2015

DIY Resin Snowflake Coaster ~ Another Coaster Friday

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It's time for a snowflake confetti coaster!!  I love confetti coasters because they are easy and always so pretty!


You will need:
-  Resin
-  Snowflake confetti


Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Mix two ounces of resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in confetti.
3.  Pour into mold and spread it out with your stir stick.
4.  Use a lighter to pop the bubbles.
5.  Allow to cure.

That's it!  Once it is cured, you have a really cool coaster!  Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Silicone Mold Giveaway!




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It's time for a giveaway!




The folks at BargainRollback.com are generous enough to be giving away a silicone mold like the one I used, in the video below.

A couple of quick things:
-  If you are under the age of 18, you must ask your parent's permission.
-  It is open internationally.
-  When filling out the information, please fill out a current email address and please check it.  Once chosen, the winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize.  I will be sending an email to let you know.  I will also be posting it on my Facebook page.

There are plenty of ways to enter, but you MUST be subscribed to Craft Klatch on YouTube ~ I do check, so be sure you are subscribed!  All other ways to enter are optional!

Ends 11/23/15 at 12:00am CST

So what are you waiting for, enter here:


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This is the project I made using this mold:

Monday, November 16, 2015

Fall Gourd Bird DIY Craft Tutorial ~ Craft Klatch




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I've had three dried gourds sitting in my garage for years.  I had always planned on making birds out of them and FINALLY I did!



You will need (affiliate links):
-  Dried and clean gourd:  https://amzn.to/2GpueLn
-  Wood base:  I pulled it off of our firewood pile  
-  2 -  3/8" dowel rods:  https://amzn.to/2QEocLH
-  Brown feather boa:  https://amzn.to/2QDOOMQ
-  Yellow spray paint:  https://amzn.to/2R5xXSl
-  Brown spray paint:  https://amzn.to/2LvudVf
-  Fall floral grasses and pom poms:  Your best bet is to go to the craft store and see what you can find.
-  Copper glitter:  https://amzn.to/2R612gv
-  2 small googly eyes:  https://amzn.to/2R5M1ey
-  Brown polymer clay:  https://amzn.to/2rJil8T
-  Hot glue:  https://amzn.to/2R4W83p


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Paint gourd yellow and allow to dry.

2.  Paint dowel rods brown and allow to dry.
3.  Find a piece of wood for the base.  I took one from our firewood pile and bleached it, washed it and let it dry.

4.  Drill holes in the bottom of the gourd for the legs.  

5.  Cut down the legs to the length you want.  Insert the legs and glue into place.

6.  Drill holes into the base to insert the legs.  Glue them into place.


7.  Drill a hole into the back, by the butt, so you can insert the floral stems that will be the tail feathers.  You may have to bend them, so they stand up properly.



8.  Glue them into place and sprinkle with glitter, to cover up any excess glue.


9.  Using polymer clay, make feet and a beak.  When you are making them, remember that you are going to have to take them off to bake them.  




10.  Once baked, glue them back into place.



11.  Cut the feather boa into smaller pieces that can be wrapped around the ankles and thighs of the bird.  
12.  Glue on googly eyes.  Drill a small hole in the top of the head, so you can add the plume and add the feather boa around that too.


13.  Use glue and glitter to cover up any imperfections or excess glue.
That's it!  Now you have an awesome one of a kind decoration!  You can customize it for any decor or holiday!



Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona