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Sunday, February 26, 2017

31 Spring and Easter Crafts | DIY Projects | Craft Klatch | How To





Spring and Easter are on the way, so you better start crafting!!  Here are some great projects to add to your holiday home decor!



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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Whale of a Sock Holder | DIY Projects | Craft Klatch | Woodworking How To





Do you ever lose a sock on laundry day?  No matter how hard and long you look for it, it is not to be found!  Then, it mysteriously reappears weeks later, only now you have thrown out the other sock.... or lost it?  Ahhh!  It's a vicious cycle and one lonely sock!

Now you can keep track of socks without mates, until they can be reunited, with this fun Whale Sock Holder!!!





You will need:

Poster board:  check out the dollar stores

Jigsaw (optional):  http://amzn.to/2l1rowQ
Rotary tool:  http://amzn.to/2kFGbkR
Engraver tip:  http://amzn.to/2mgaZVC
Plastic eye:  http://amzn.to/2mg8IK3
Acrylic paint:  choose to go with your decor
Sander (you can use sandpaper and sand by hand too):  http://amzn.to/2l1spVV
Bulldog clips: craft store
Saw tooth picture hangers:  http://amzn.to/2lAp3wa
2' x 4' sheet of 1/2 inch plywood:  home improvement store


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Draw a whale on poster board and cut it out.  That will serve as your template.
2.  Cut out the whale using a saw.  I used the handheld jigsaw to cut the wood down to a manageable size and finish off some details my saw was unable to reach.  Otherwise, most of it was done using the Bladerunner I have listed above.
3.  Once you have it cut out, sand it.  You want to make sure you get rid of all the sharp and rough edges.
4.  When you finish sanding, wipe off all the dust with a damp cloth.
5.  I used my Dremel too, with an engraving bit, to add details to the mouth, the water, the eye and the fin.
6.  Now start painting.  I used acrylic paints.  Here are the colors I used, in the order I used them:  white, mushroom, gray, aqua, ocean blue.
7.  Once they are all dry, take out your sander and start sanding.

8.  You want to sand the edges and the face of the whale.  The wood grain will start to show through and so will the different colors.  Sand until you have the colors you want showing through.  If you sand a little too much some where, you can always give it a watered down paint touch up.
9.  Glue on the eye.  I used a plastic eye that had a post on the back.  I snipped the post off and glued the eye onto the whale.
10.  The whale is fun to hang on the wall all by itself, so you don't have to go any further.  But if you want to add the bulldog clips, they can be used for socks, notes, or really anything, then use a screwdriver to add the screws and the clips.
11.  To hang it up, you can add a wire to the back with some screws.  You can drill small indents, so it can hang flush with the wall (just don't drill through!), or you can add the sawtooth hangers, like these here:  http://amzn.to/2lWn8lT, or you can also add some eyescrews to the top and run a rope between them!

That's it!  Now go hang up some socks!

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

Mona

Friday, February 17, 2017

Easy Bead Drink Coaster | DIY Project | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch | How To





I thought I would try something a little different this week.  I used small glass beads to make a coaster.  I think it turned out great!  Beads are beautiful!



You will need:

-  Cork rounds:  http://amzn.to/2lRbzx3

-  Glass seed beads:  http://amzn.to/2lnt0Eu

-  Hot glue:  http://amzn.to/2lnH6Gh
-  Ultimate glue:  http://amzn.to/2lR9fWI
-  Fishing line:  http://amzn.to/2kOVvI0

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1. String beads onto the fishing line.  The amount you need will depend on the size of your beads and the size of your cork round.  I needed roughly 74 inches.
2.  Knot both ends, so the beads don't fall off.
3.  Using a combination of hot glue and Ultimate glue, you will glue the beads onto the cork round.  Start with a small bit of hot glue in the center of the cork round and place one end of the bead string into the hot glue and let it cool.  
4. Once cooled, spread the other glue around cork round, a little bit at a time.
5.  Keep winding it around itself and adding glue.  The hot glue will hold the beads in place, while the other glue dries and creates a stronger bond.
6.  When you are done, be sure to allow the glue to dry before you snip the end (if needed).
7.  If you have a gap in the very middle, then just glue a couple of loose beads in the middle.
8.  I placed a piece of parchment paper on it and put a book on top, while it dried.  Cork rounds can sometimes begin to curl, while they dry.  The book kept it nice and flat.

That's it!  Now you have a coaster that can with stand your coffee or tea cup as well.

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

Mona


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Oscar Movie Night Coasters | DIY Projects | Craft Klatch | Another Coaster Friday | How To





It's that time of year, where all the stars get dressed in their beautiful ball gowns and walk the red carpet.  It's Oscar season!!  In honor of Oscar season, I made two coasters that fit with a movie night theme.

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You will need:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/2luuFoj
Movie stickers:  Try the craft store
Chunky silver glitter:  http://amzn.to/2lxcFdW
Red acrylic paint:  http://amzn.to/2kZttwb
Super Gloss Mod Podge:  http://amzn.to/2kZOdDV


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Mix two ounces of resin, according to the package directions.


2.  In one, mix in unpopped popcorn and pour it into the coaster mold.  Be sure you don't add too much popcorn because you want the surface to be flat.




3.  In the second, mix in chunky silver glitter and pour it into the coaster mold.


4.  Take your lighter and pop the bubbles.  Let it cure a minimum of 12 hours.


5.   Take movie stickers and stick them onto the popcorn coaster.





6.  With red acrylic paint, paint a stripe going down the middle.  It should look like a red carpet.  Let it dry.


7.  Print out an image of Oscar.  I printed it on card stock and used a laser printer.  Cut it out and use a permanent black marker to color just the edges.  Let it dry.



8.  Using Mod Podge, stick it onto the red carpet.  Make sure you put the Mod Podge all over the front of the coaster and let it dry.  You will want to repeat the Mod Podge at least one more time, to make sure the paper is fully sealed.  Let it FULLY dry.







9.  When everything is dry, mix two more ounces of resin and pour it over each coaster.  Pop bubbles with lighter and let it cure a minimum of 12 hours.  




10.  When it's finished, remove it from the mold and you have an awesome coaster, surely deserving of an award!!


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

Mona