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Monday, October 29, 2012

Golf Ball Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving




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Here is a fun and festive Thanksgiving craft!  Imagine a bunch of these on the Thanksgiving table!  Your guests will be impressed and you have a great party favor!



You will need:
-  Golf ball
-  9 golf tees
-  Acorn cap 
-  Small piece of red felt
-  2 googly eyes
-  Acrylic paint - red, yellow, orange and brown
-  Hot glue
-  Parchment paper - hot glue does not stick to parchment paper!
*I used acrylic paint to make this because it is so cold outside here.  Otherwise, I would have spray painted all of the pieces - makes it quicker!

Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:

1.  Paint everything.  The golf ball a dark brown.  Two golf tees orange.  Three golf tees yellow.  Four golf tees red.  Also paint the stem on the acorn cap yellow.

2.  Working on the parchment paper, line up the yellow and red golf tees, alternating the colors, to make the shape of the tail.  Make sure your hot glue is good and hot and put it on the bottoms of the tees, to create the tail.  Allow to cool.

3.  Take the orange tees and lay them down.  Put hot glue on the thin ends of both tees and place the golf ball on top.  The orange tees become his legs.  Allow to cool.

4.  Peel the tail off of the parchment paper and blue to the back of the golf ball.  Hold in place until cool.

5.  Fill the acorn cap with hot glue and hold onto the golf ball and hold until cool.

6.  Glue on google eyes.

7.  Cut a waddle (teardrop shape) out of red felt and glue under the beak.

8.  Trim off any excess hot glue and paint any hot glue (that is showing) brown.

That's it!  Place him around your dinner table and see the smiles!  Just one more thing to be thankful for!










Here is the side view, so you can see how the tail is attached and how I painted the hot glue brown.

Here is the back view.  Notice the hot blue is painted brown.

Have fun and be thankful!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Mona




Sunday, October 28, 2012

Marbled Nail Polish Glass Stones

This craft was suggested to me by one of my YouTube subscribers.  Thank you Emily Proulx!
She thought of combining two techniques I had done previously.  The first being the nail polish stones and the second being the nail polish marbling.  I have to admit, it was a really great idea!  

  You will need:
-  Nail polish
-  Glass stones
-  Pliers
-  Cup of water

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:

1.  Put a clear top coat on the flat side of the glass stone.  Fill cup with water.
2.  Drip nail polish into the water - different colors - and take a toothpick and just run it through to give it a marbled look.
3.  Take your glass stone in your pliers and dip into the water.  You do not need to go all the way under.  The flat side of the stone should be the side being put in the water.
4.  Put aside to dry.
5.  Put a coat or two of black polish on and after it's dry, put a layer of clear topcoat on.

That's it.  Emily, you are awesome!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona





Lightbulb Eyeball Craft

One of my YouTube viewers suggested this craft.  It's easy, inexpensive and fun!

 You will need:
-  Black permanent marker
-  Dark blue permanent marker
-  Light blue permanent marker
-  Red permanent marker
-  Lightbulb

Here is the video tutorial:



 
Directions:

1.  Color in the black pupil and cover up the writing on the lightbulb.
2.  Draw a dark blue circle further out, which will outline the iris
3.  Color in the iris with the light blue
4.  Add dark blue flecks around the pupil
5.  Touch up any areas as needed.
6.  Draw in random red squiggles for a bloodshot eyeball effect.

That's it!

Happy Halloween and thanks for stopping by!  Thank you again Lollipopgirl1112 for the great idea!
You are awesome!

Mona







Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Centerpiece

I just wanted to share my completed Halloween centerpiece.  All of the Halloween project's I've shared on the blog have come together for this:



Here is the video for views from different angles:




Happy Halloween!  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Witch Ornament Craft Tutorial


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Here is a fun and easy craft for Halloween.  Even the kids could make her, with a little help!


I do need help picking out a name, so if you have any suggestions, please share it in the comments!

This project is a little more involved, so I will let the video tutorial do the explaining.  You can watch it here:





You will need:
-  Aluminum foil (I buy mine at the dollar store)
-  Black felt
-  Hot glue and white glue
-  Air dry clay - any kind will do - paper clay works very well too!
-  Green acrylic paint
-  Black acrylic paint
-  Red acrylic paint
-  Metallic pewter acrylic paint
-  A wire (can be regular wire, paper clip, or from a wire hanger)
-  Red glitter (could be any color glitter)
-  Yarn or trim for the hair
-  Toothpick
-  A few small pieces of fishing line


 Very basic directions, again I suggest watching the video for specifics and demonstrations:
-  Create a ball of aluminum foil - for the head.
-  Stick your wire into the top and attach with hot glue
-  Create a noise out of aluminum foil - take a toothpick and stick it into the nose and the other side into the head and attach with hot glue.  The toothpick adds support for the nose, so it won't break off.
-  Create a chin with the aluminum foil and attach with hot glue.  The chin won't be as large and won't need the extra support of the toothpick, but you could always add it for additional support.
-  Cover the entire head with air dry clay.  Smooth as you need.  See video to see how I built up the eyes, brow and mouth.
-  Allow to dry.  You can let it air dry, or you can put it in the oven.  I put it in the oven, which will make it crack some more, but she's a witch and I'm okay with that.  I will put it on a little quilt batting, which will help support it a little and you won't end up with a flat side.  Also, the oven should be set to 200 degrees or less.  Just leaver her in there until she is dry.  It will take hours.
-  Paint the entire head green and let dry.
-  Paint any parts you want to be black and let dry.
-  Take the pewter paint and paint over a section at a time, making sure to get it into the cracks and crevices.  Then, immediately wipe it off with a damp paper towel and then a dry paper towel.  This will leave the pewter in the cracks and crevices, or as I like to call them, wrinkles, and give her a little more character.  Allow to dry.
-  Cut a circle out of felt for the brim of the hat.  Fold the circle in half and in half again and snip off the corner.  Folding the circle allows you to find the center and snipping the point gives you a hole in the center.
-  Cut a rectangular piece from the felt.
-  Take the yarn, or trim and glue it onto the head for the hair.
-  Hot glue the brim (round part) of the hat on the head.
-  Make a cone out of the rectangle and glue a spot to hold it.  You will need to trim the bottom and any excess fabric when you have the shape.
-  Put hot glue just on the bottom of the cone and glue onto the brim of the hat.  Now she's really coming together!
-  Take your white glue and trim out any parts you want (I just did stripes) and sprinkle with glitter. 
-  Like anything else, it's all in the details.  Whats missing?  Why warts of course!  Support your witch, so you can work on her.  Let your hot glue get really hot.  Carefully put a drip of hot glue on the chin and immediately add the fishing line (three pieces painted black - if they are too long, don't worry about it, they can be trimmed - better too long than too short!)  Hold the fishing line until the glue cools enough where they stand on their own.  Add a drip to the end of the nose and the hair is optional.  I did not make it a hairy wart on the nose.  Touch up the glue with the pewter paint.

That's it!  She looks great!

Here are some additional shots of her at different angles:









Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Halloween and Happy Crafting!

Mona



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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Crackle Nail Polish Stones Craft Tutorial

 


I decided to do the follow up tutorial to the nail polish stones I had done a while back because of the suggestions and encouragement from some of my YouTube viewers....so thank you!

My first nail polish stone video has been, by far, my most popular and here the the video tutorial for this one:



You will need:
-  Glass stones (domed on one side and flat on the other)
-  Clear topcoat polish
-  Crackle polish
-  Regular nail polish in any color


 Directions:
1.  One the flat side of the stone, put a layer of the clear topcoat and allow to dry.
2.  Put on a layer of the crackle polish and allow to dry.  While it is drying, it will begin to crack.
3.  Paint on the color of your choice and allow to dry.
4.  Follow up with the topcoat to protect the finish.

What do you do with these stones?  I say, what DON'T you do with these stones!

Here are a few ideas:
-  make a pendant
-  make a ring
-  make a bunch and mosaic something
-  put them in a bowl for decoration
-  attach it to a clasp/button on a purse
-  make this a project at a young girls birthday party - they will EAT IT UP!

Where do the ideas end?  How would you use these stones?  I'd love it if you shared in the comments below!

 





Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

You can pick them up at the craft store and sometimes the dollar store, or you might want to consider buying them in bulk:




Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween String Pumpkin Craft Tutorial


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Here is an easy way to bring a little Fall color into your decor.




To make one pumpkin, you will need:
-  Embroidery floss in orange and brown - you will use the whole piece of the orange and only a portion of the brown
-  A piece of green ribbon
-  Liquid starch
-  Small balloon
-  Glue

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Blow up and tie the balloon
2.  Put starch into bowl and carefully unwind the entire piece of orange embroidery floss into the bowl. If don't unwind it while you are putting it in the starch, it will get tangled.
3.  Start winding the embroidery floss around the balloon, being careful to leave the tied end out.
4.  When you have finished with the orange floss, take a piece of brown floss and wind it around the tied piece, for the stem.
5.  Put it on a cup or something to dry overnight.  I cut water bottles and put them on there to dry for the night.
6.  When dry, take a toothpick and pop the balloon.  Carefully remove the balloon.  The brown stem will likely come off of the orange.
7.  Take a piece of green ribbon and tie a knot.
8.  Feed it through the brown stem piece and put a little glue to secure it.
9.  Allow glue to dry or cool.
10.  You are done!!





Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and Happy Autumn!

Mona


Friday, October 19, 2012

Small Cheesecloth Ghost Craft

Here is a small version of the cheesecloth ghost.  You can hang these around the house for a little spooky decorations!

 You will need:

-  Cheesecloth
-  Aluminum foil
-  Black felt
-  Liquid starch
-  Wire hanger
-  Wire cutters
-  Fishing line
-  Glue
-  Paint brush
-  Glitter - optional


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Create an armature with the wire hanger and foil.  Create round piece with the foil and cut the hanger to create a body.  See video to see how I created mine.
2.  Cut pieces of cheesecloth and put over you armature.  Brush on liquid starch, until saturated.
3.  Add additional layers (3-5 layers) and brush each with the starch.
Tip:  When saturated, the cheesecloth will start to hug the wire hanger and might get stuck to itself and then you won't be able to remove the armature.  When that starts to happen, separate the cheesecloth and either put a small balloon or water bottle underneath, which will prevent it from reoccurring.
4.  Allow to dry over night.
5.  Cut out two eyes and a mouth - from the black felt and glue on.
6.  Poke two small holes in the top of the head and feed a piece of fishing line down through each hole.  You can knot the line at the bottom and I like to put a dab of glue on it, otherwise mine tends to untie.
7.  If you want to give him a little Halloween magical sparkle, run a bead of white glue along the bottom and on some of the folds and sprinkle with a white or clear glitter!

Have fun!  Happy Crafting and thank you for stopping by!

Mona