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Friday, June 30, 2017

Fourth Of July Easy Coasters ~ THERE'S STILL TIME!!!

If you need a last minute decoration to liven up your Fourth of July decor, you can make coasters that you can get the kids involved in and also use them as fun conversation starters!


You can do three versions, so do whichever is easiest for you!  

There is still time to make these Fourth of July themed coasters!  They are super easy craft and a great kid craft!

You will need:
Clear contact paper:  http://amzn.to/2sN1hhS
Images that you print (royalty free): https://openclipart.org
Stick glue:  http://amzn.to/2tFA3K0
Craft foam:  http://amzn.to/2tFAa8o
Cork shelf liner:  http://amzn.to/2sMZtWb
Bone folder:  http://amzn.to/2rNaghM


Here is the video tutorial:








Directions:
1.  Print out images that relate to the Fourth of July ~ like hamburgers, hotdogs, fireworks, s'mores, flags, etc. on card stock.



2.  Take clear contact paper (clear shelf liner).



3.  Put it over the image.




4.  Put glue on the backside and stick it to the craft foam.



5.  Then cut it out.



6.  Another version is to take a black and white outlined image, like the hamburger shown above and you can color it in, or it's a perfect opportunity to get the kids involved and have them color it in!



7.  Once colored, put it on cork.  I used cork shelf liner that has adhesive on the back.  That way, you can skip the glue step.  And then cut it out.



8.  Now you have two versions.  If you don't have cork or craft foam, don't worry!  Here's another version that will help get your guests talking!




9.  Take your images and cut them out.  Also, print out some fun facts about whatever image you are using and print those out on regular paper.    Such as:  Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans consume seven billion hot dogs.    How about that for a fact?  That's A LOT of dogs!




10.  Cut it to fit on the back of the image and glue it on.
Then cover it with clear contact paper on both the front and the back.






11.  Now you have coasters that work well as conversation starters!  Double duty!



 12.  You can scatter your fun coasters around your party!  Hope you like it!  



Be sure to check out these fun Fourth of July crafts too:








Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Fourth of July and a safe Fourth of July!

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

Mona

Thursday, June 22, 2017

15 Fourth of July Crafts, DIY and Food Roundup!




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Do you need some ideas for Fourth of July crafts?  Here are 15 that might just do the trick!




This is a super fun and easy craft for a large statement piece for Independence Day!
















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2.  BBQ Wreath for Summer
Create a fun barbecue wreath for your front door!



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3.   Washi Tape Fourth of July Decorations!
Create fun patriotic decor using washi tape!  Fun, easy and inexpensive!



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4.  Easy Fourth of July Star Coasters
There is still plenty of time to whip out some of these easy and inexpensive coasters!  



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5.  Fourth of July Table Decorations
Take a quick trip to the dollar store to get the materials to make these decorations that double to organize your Fourth of July table!



















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6.  Fourth of July Coaster
This is about the easiest resin coaster to make!  A little resin and confetti make for a attention grabbing coaster!



















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7.  Fireworks Centerpiece
Get the kids involved to make these fireworks centerpiece and have your own impressive fireworks display!



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8.  Patriotic Decorative Balls
Easy patriotic string balls add sophistication to your holiday decorations!

















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9.  Military Coasters
Anytime is a good time to honor our military!  Whether active, retired, or fallen, they all deserve our respect.


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When you have to get creative for a party theme, don't think you can't combine the Fourth of July with another theme!













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11.  Recycled Water Bottle Firework Twinkle Lights
Never know what to do with those old water bottles?  Now you do!  Light up your night!
















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Talk about a crowd pleaser!  These are the best brats EVER!













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13.  Hamburger Drink Coaster Set
What says Fourth of July more than hot dogs and hamburgers?  How about hamburger drink coasters to add a little unexpected fun!





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The Fourth of July means a lot of things and one of those things is the beach!  

















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15.  Golf Ball Ants
What's a picnic without ants?!?!  These cute critters can serve double duty by looking cute and keeping your napkins in place, or your tablecloth from flying away!












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Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you have the healthiest and happiest Fourth of July, surrounded with family and friends!

Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Acrylic Pour Art ~ Red, White and Blue Star Art ~ Craft Klatch DIY

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Create a unique 4th of July decoration for your home decor!  I'm experimenting with an acrylic pour!  This is my first acrylic pour, but it won't be my last!! :)


You will need:
-  Wood star ~ I cut mine out of 1/2" plywood ~ 2' x 2'
-  Here is the saw I used: http://amzn.to/2rNl8An
-  Pouring medium:  http://amzn.to/2sSXt1g
-  Red acrylic paint:  http://amzn.to/2sPW3VB
-  Blue acrylic paint:  http://amzn.to/2tpfy46
-  White acrylic paint:  http://amzn.to/2tKcbo1

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Cut a large star out of plywood.



2.  Sand the edges.
3.  Prime it and let it dry.



4.  In individual cups, add inexpensive acrylic paint in red, white and blue.



5.  Add pouring medium, until the paint is at a good consistency to flow.  I covered the cups with plastic wrap and a rubber band and let it sit for about seven hours before pouring the paint.  That way, the bubbles all rose to the top and popped.




6.  Begin pouring the colors on the star.  I didn't move the star to have them run together, but you can!  I just wanted to let them flow as they wanted.  






7.  I used a paint brush and used the paint that dripped off the star to paint the edges.

8.  When everything covered and the way you want it to be, let it sit undisturbed and let it completely dry.



That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!

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

Mona


DIY Beauty and The Beast Coaster ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

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If you love Disney Princesses (and really who doesn't?) and Beauty and The Beast, check out how to make this Belle rose coaster DIY!

You will need:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/2tvthpA
Rose vellum:  check your craft store
Rose stickers:  http://amzn.to/2rnHEvd
Disney Princesses stickers: check your craft store
Circle cutter:  http://amzn.to/2rDWqO3


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Mix one ounce of resin and pour it into the coaster mold.



2.  Pop all the bubbles.

3.  Cut a circle of the rose vellum paper and using the circle cutter.  You want it set to just under four inches.

4.  Slide the rose vellum paper into the resin and press down with your stir stick.  You want to make sure there are no bubbles stuck under the vellum.



5.  Then take your rose stickers and place them into the wet resin and press them down as well.  Pop bubbles.




6.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

7.  Place the Belle sticker onto the resin and rub it down.


8.  Mix one ounce of resin and pour it over the sticker.  



9.  Pop bubbles and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

Now you can take it out of the mold and you have a beautiful coaster, or room decoration!  


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Easy and Fun Glitter Fish Coasters DIY ~ Craft Klatch

Try making some fun glitter fish coasters!  I guarantee it's a craft project, you will love it!  I made them with coasters in mind, but they can just as easily be room decorations.



You will need:
- 1/4" plywood:  http://amzn.to/2rigr0U
-  Acrylic paint:  go to your craft store
-  Fine glitter:  find at your craft store
-  Glue:  http://amzn.to/2qhfq4P
-  Saw:  http://amzn.to/2qXd66h

-  Rotary tool:  http://amzn.to/2rigj1q

I'm always saying how these woodworking projects are PERFECT to get the kids involved.  Obviously they are not going to cut the shapes out of wood, but they can decorate to their hearts content!  In fact, I had the pleasure of working on a set with a three year old.  She saw the ones I made and wanted to make some for her brother to be.  I let he choose the colors and the eyes.  The only thing I helped her with was the glue for the glitter.  She painted, poured the glitter and decided on the placement of everything.  I think they turned out SPECTACULAR!  She has an eye for it!





Here is the quick video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Cut the fish out of wood and sand the edges.  You can shape it any way you like.  The fish do not have to be the same.
2.  Paint the fish the color of your choice - plan on at least two coats - front and back - and allow to dry.
3.  When dry, decide which will be the top side.  Using a clear drying glue, paint a coat on the fins and sprinkle with a fine glitter.  
4.  Make a black dot for an eye and when you it's dry you can make a small white dot for an eye highlight.  I added gills, but that is optional.  

If you are making room decor, that's it!  If you want to use them as coasters, you should spray them with a sealer for protection.

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

Mona