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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pasta Christmas Angel Craft


Here is a great craft to get the kids involved in.  I originally saw this craft years ago on the Carol Duvall Show.  Back then, I made them with my niece and nephew and my mom still has them.

You will need:
-  Pasta - Bowtie, rigatoni, macaroni, alphabet
-  Dried lima beans
-  Thin Sharpie marker
-  Glue - a tacky glue works well - hot glue works faster, but isn't great for young kids
-  Parchment paper is great to work on
-  Various paints, beads and glitter to decorate with

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Take the rigatoni noodle and glue on the bow tie pasta.  You want it to be more toward one end and not right in the middle.
2.  Take your lima bean and glue it to the rigatoni noodle.
3.  Add the macaroni arms.
4.  When everything is dry, hold it by the rigatoni noodle and put some glue on the lima bean - on the sides and the back.  Dip it into the alphabet noodles and that makes the hair.
5.  Let everything dry.
6.  With a fine point Sharpie marker draw on the face.
7.  Use different paints, beads and glitter to decorate your angel.  For some ideas, I show you how I decorated each of the angels shown in the video.

You can use these for all kinds of things.  Add a magnet to the back for a refrigerator magnet.  Glue them to a napkin ring.  As they are, you can add them to the stem of a small Christmas tree.  To create a hanging ornament, in step one, when you glue the rigatoni noodle to the bow tie pasta, add a piece of wire or fishing line between the two pastas and you now have a hanger built right in.

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

Mona

Simple Sharpie Snowman Mug Craft - Dollar Store Makeover


You will need:
-  Mug - I bought mine from Dollar Tree
-  Sharpie markers - I used regular Sharpies
-  Letter stickers
-  Snowman stencil

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Place your stencil on the side of the mug.  It's best to use a little tape to help keep it in place.  
2.  Using a thin Sharpie marker, trace and fill in the outline.  Remember, you are working on a non-porous surface, so be careful of smudging it.  TIP:  If you do smudge it, take some rubbing alcohol and it will wipe off and you can start over.
3.  For the lettering, put your letter stickers on the mug.  I chose to do JOY.
4.  With a thicker Sharpie, do simple dots around the lettering.  Let it dry and remove the stickers.
5.  Place mug into a cold oven, on a baking sheet.  Turn oven to 425 degrees and once it hits 425 degrees, leave it at that temperature for 30 minutes.  Then, turn the oven off and let the mug completely cool in the oven.

Note:  It is better to hand wash these mugs.  They may not withstand the dishwasher, but I have not tried.  I have hand washed them 6-7 times already and the color has not faded.

Note:  Realize that some Sharpie colors will fade or change color.  The black stayed a strong black.  I did the JOY lettering in red and it turned to a rusty brown.  If you watch the video I made another mug, with my name and Craft Klatch on it, with different colors, to see how they would turn out.  Watch the video to see the results.

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

Mona

Thursday, November 28, 2013

IT'S A GIVEAWAY! $50 Gift Certificate Resin Obsession!!

Katherine at Resin Obsession is generously offering a $50 Gift Certificate to the lucky winner.  Watch the short video and read the details below on how to enter!!  Open to anywhere Resin Obsession ships, so go to http://www.resinobsession.com/Shipping-Policy.html to see where they ship.

There are a bunch of different ways to enter and I will be checking!!


 Good luck everyone!

Mona

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Thanksgiving Coaster Craft Tutorial

It's time for another coaster, just in time for Thanksgiving!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold 
*Go to the Products I Use tab for the link to the one I use
-  Glitter - yellow, blue orange and red
-  Thanksgiving stickers
-  Resin 
-  Small
*I use Easy Cast - you can find it in craft stores and online at www.resinobsession.com 
You can go the www.eti-usa.com for more information about the product and where it is available internationally.

Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  Separate into four different cups.
3.  Add different color glitter to each cup and mix well.
4.  Pick the colors you want to have in a coaster and pour into the mold at the same time.  Repeat with remaining two colors.
5.  Allow to set for 12 hours.
6.  Put stickers onto the set resin.
8.  Prepare enough resin to cover the stickers.
9.  Let it set for at least 12 hours.

That's it!  Now you have these festive and cute Thanksgiving coasters!

Happy Crafting and Happy Thanksgiving!  

Mona

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Acorn Cap Christmas Ornament

Bring a little nature to your Christmas decorations!  Gather up some acorn caps and create a one of a kind ornament!


You will need:

-  Styrofoam ball
-  Acorn caps
-  Hot glue and/or other glue (I used Weldbond and hot glue)
-  Red bugle beads
-  Brown acrylic paint
-  Green ribbon
-  Triple Thick
-  Gold glitter spray - optional

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Paint the styrofoam ball brown and allow to dry.
2.  Poke a hole through the styrofoam ball - going all the way through.
3.  Using a combination of hot glue and other glue, apply to the inside of the acorn cap.  Using the combo of hot glue and other glue, it allows the acorn cap to stay in place while the other glue is drying.
4.  Do one layer all around the styrofoam ball.  You will have gaps and that is why you do a second layer, making sure to cover up the holes.  But don't cover the hole you made.  Allow to dry.
5.  Spray a light coat of glitter spray on acorns and allow to dry.  (You can do this after the Triple Thick step if you would rather).
6.  Cover the whole thing with Triple Thick and allow to dry.
7.  Glue on bugle beads in various places around the acorn ball.  
8.  Thread through the ribbon.  Using a skewer stick is helpful.  Knot it at the bottom of the ball and add some hot glue.  Trim off excess and cover with bugle beads.
9.  Add a bow to the top.  

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

Mona

Monday, November 25, 2013

Glitter Decorated Votives Craft Tutorial

Here is another way to dress up the cute frosted votives from Oriental Trading!


You will need:
-  Frosted glass votives - the ones I used were from Oriental Trading
-  Glitter
-  White glue or Mod Podge
-  Snowflake punch
-  Contact paper

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Take your snowflake punch and punch out a snowflake from the contact paper.  Cutting out the snowflake makes a stencil.
2.  Peel off the paper backing from contact paper.  Stick it to the side of the votive.
3.  Take a brush and brush the glue into the stencil.  Sprinkle with glitter.
4.  Carefully remove the stencil before the glue sets.
5.  Repeat with additional snowflakes and set aside to dry.

For the striped votive:
1.  Take your white glue and freehand wavy stripes around the votive and sprinkle with glitter.  Do all the red lines first and then follow with the white.
2.  Set aside to dry.

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

Mona

**Oriental Trading provided the votives for review.  The opinions and ideas are all my own.








Christmas Lights Votive Craft

I was sent a Christmas package from Oriental Trading a while back to use in my crafts.  With the exception of the hot glue, all items were from Oriental Trading and very affordable!


You will need:

-  Frosted glass votives
-  Plastic Christmas light beads
-  Baker's twine
-  Hot glue and/or other clear glue


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Take your baker's twine and string a bunch of Christmas light beads onto it.  Periodically put it around your votive to see how many you need.
2.  Once you have enough strung on the bakers twine, flip the votive upside down.  
3.  Tie the lights and bakers twine around the top (remember you are upside down) and tie tightly.
4.  I put four small dabs of hot glue around the votive, attaching the bakers twine.  Then I used a clear glue to put a thin line around as well.  The four small dabs tacked the twine in place, while the other glue dried.  All of this was done on what would be the underside, once the votive was flipped over.
5.  You can flip it over immediately!

That's it!  You can use battery operated tea lights, or real ones!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona

**The votive, Christmas light beads and bakers twine were all provided by Oriental Trading for review.  The opinions and ideas are all my own.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Fall Leaf Coaster Redo

My last fall leaf coasters didn't turn out quite as good as I hoped.  So, I thought I would try a different way of doing it.  And it worked!!

Here is the video tutorial:


You will need:
-  Coaster mold
*Go to the Products I Use tab and it will take you to the Amazon link, where I bought mine.
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast http://www.eti-usa.com-  Fall leaves - pressed for at least a week, under a heavy book
-  Clear glue or sealer

Directions:
1.  Seal your leaf or leaves with either a clear glue or Mod Podge.  Allow to fully dry.
2.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
3.  Pour it into the mold.
4.  Take your leaf and carefully press it into the resin.  Use your stir stick to gently press it down and that will cause bubbles to come out from under the leaf.
5.  Remove bubbles as needed, with either a lighter or take a straw and blow on them.
6.  Allow to set for at least 12 hours.
7.  Unmold and you have a beautiful coaster and you are preserving a piece of nature!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Friday, November 22, 2013

Artichoke Update

To stay up on the latest, be sure to 
You can click right HERE!  

For easy reference, click on the Tutorials tab above.
Also, I created an Amazon store link, with items that I use in my crafts, just click on the
Products I Use above!

Back when I made my artichoke, I was asked to do an update to see how it held up.  I let you know in the video below!


Plaid Haul - My winnings from Plaid's Trick Your Pumpkin!





Monday, November 11, 2013

Fall Leaves Coaster

I love the fall leaves and the vibrant colors.  In an attempt preserve nature's beauty, I decided to make fall leaf coasters.





You will need:

-  Coaster mold
*Go to the Products I Use tab and it will take you to the Amazon link, where I bought mine.
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast http://www.eti-usa.com
-  Fall leaves - pressed for at least a week, under a heavy book
-  Clear glue or sealer
*I used Mod Podge and I'm not sure why it became cloudy, but it did.  I've been doing a little experimenting since then and I used Aleene's Clear Tacky glue and brushed it on the front and back of the leaves and allowed them to dry.  Next time I will do that and then pour a first layer and either lay the leaf in the wet resin, or just glue a few dots on the back to tack it.  
-  Food color - optional

Here is the video tutorial:



Here is where I improved on the process:


Directions:

*This is how I did it, but if you read above with the Mod Podge, I probably wouldn't do it quite like this again.

1.  Pour enough to cover the bottom of the mold and let it set for at least 12 hours.
2.  Seal your leaves with Mod Podge, or some other clear drying sealer.  Allow to dry.
3.  Affix the leaf to the resin.  Knowing what I know now, I would tack it to the resin with a clear drying glue.  Allow to fully dry.
4.  Pour your next layer of resin over the leaf, making sure it is completely covered.
5.  Allow to set for at least 12 hours and then unmold!

Now you have your very own preserves bit of Fall!

Happy Crafting and thank you for stopping by!

Mona

Burlap and Feather Christmas Tree Craft

I found this beautiful burlap-ish ribbon and decided to make a tree!



You will need:

-  A cone (see below how to make a cone for cheap!)
-  Burlap ribbon
-  Feathers - the feathers I used are from Moonlight Feather and are Guinea Hen feathers
-  Gold glitter
-  Hot glue
-  Faux pearl beads
-  Small unfinished wood star

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Starting at the bottom, add some hot glue and start the end of the ribbon by gluing it at the end or just below the end of the cone.
2.  Work your way around the cone, tacking the ribbon with glue periodically as you go.  If you are using a wide ribbon with wire like I did, then you will need to hold each tack until it cools.
3.  Keep going until the top.  At the top, wind it just beyond the tip and glue.  Cut a small piece of the ribbon and put it around the top and glue in place.  That should neatly finish off the top.
4.  Take your feathers and insert one per faux pearl.  
5.  Working on parchment paper, put a dab of hot glue.  Place the pearls, with the feathers attached, into the glue and arrange as you want.  Quickly sprinkle gold glitter.  Allow to cool.
6.  When cool, they should peel right off of the parchment paper.  Hot glue them to the tree.
7.  Take the unfinished wood star and put a thin layer of hot glue on it and sprinkle with gold glitter.
8.  Glue it with some additional feathers to the top of the tree.

That's it!  Now you have a rustic and natural tree.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Turkey Pumpkin for Thanksgiving DIY

Halloween is over and Christmas is right around the corner, but let's not forget about Thanksgiving!!  Cornstalks, gourds, acorns and all sorts of natural materials are perfect for Thanksgiving!  But let's not forget about the mighty Pumpkin.  It's a perfect decoration to transition from Halloween into Thanksgiving.  After all, what's Thanksgiving dinner without pumpkin pie!?!?!

I didn't turn my pumpkin into a pie, instead I turned him into a TURKEY!








You will need:

-  Pumpkin
-  Disposable cookie sheet
-  Metal primer (available in small bottles at the craft store)
-  Acrylic paint (black, brown, maroon, red and yellow, white)
-  Wire - I bought mine in the craft/floral section at the dollar store
-  Unfinished wood doll head (craft store)
-  Skewer stick
-  Two small unfinished wood beads
-  Hot glue

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Take the wooded doll head and the skewer stick and glue it together.  When dry, paint it brown.  Paint the two smaller wood beads brown as well.



2.  Taking the disposable baking sheet, draw five feathers and cut out.




3.  Using a pencil or pen, draw the vein and feathery parts onto the feathers.  Cut slits to make them look more feathery.




4.  Using the metal primer, paint on the front and back and allow to dry.


5.  Using brown acrylic paint and maroon acrylic paint, paint the feathers - front and back.  Allow to dry.



6.  When dry, glue them onto the back of the pumpkin, either one by one, or as a bunch.




7.  Poke the head/skewer into the pumpkin.




8.  Taking the end of a paint brush, dip into white paint and dot on the head for eyes.  When dry, repeat with black paint, on the end of a smaller paint brush.




9.  Out of the scrap metal, cut out a waddle and beak.  Paint them with the metal primer as well.   When dry paint the beak yellow and the waddle red.  When dry, glue them onto the face.



11.  Taking the wire, cut a length off - taking into consideration that part will be stuck into the pumpkin and part will be bent for the feet.  Take one end and bend it into two toes.  Take the smaller beads and feed them onto each leg.  Stick the legs into the pumpkin.


12.  I also did small dots of maroon on the head of the turkey and the small beads, but that is optional.



That is it!  Because of using wire for the legs, they can be positioned any way you want.  Because of using the baking sheet, the feathers can be adjusted also!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and Happy Thanksgiving!

Mona

Friday, November 8, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fall Hostess Gift Perfect for Thanksgiving Craft Tutorial




Do you ever wish you could think of an easy and unique hostess gift?  Here's an easy and inexpensive gift that you can use to gift cookies, or bring the rolls for Thanksgiving.  I made this one with a Fall theme, by using leaves.


You will need:
-  A terra cotta pot and the saucer that fits the top like a lid
-  Spray paint in gold and copper
-  Rubber cement
-  Leaves - flattened
-  Ribbon

-  Gloss polyurethane finish

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Spray paint the pot and saucer gold.  Allow to dry.  It may take one or two coats.
2.  Take your flattened leaves and paint a thin layer of rubber cement on one side and allow to dry.  I was working on parchment paper.
3.  Put a second thin coat of rubber cement on the leaves and stick them to the pot.
4.  Take your copper spray paint and paint the entire pot.  Allow to dry.
5.  Peel off the leaves.  If any rubber cement remains, just rub it off.
6.  Paint on the polyurethane coat and allow to dry.
7.  Put in a nice napkin and your gift.  Tie a nice ribbon around it and you are done!

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

Mona

Fall Coaster Decorative Tile Another Coaster Friday

I used a different mold for this project.  It's from Resin Obsession - www.resinobsession.com.  It's square, rather than the circle molds I usually use.  This can be used as a coaster, or a decorative tile.  Hang it in a window as a sun catcher.


You will need:

-  square resin mold
-  wood pumpkin - already painted and decorated from the craft store
-  resin - I use Easy Cast resin - for more information on the resin, go to www.eti-usa.com

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  Pour some resin into the mold, but don't fill it to the top.
3.  Put in your pumpkin and take your stir stick to push it down.  All the way down.  Now, I thought this wood pumpkin would float…like a lot.  I had planned on doing a second pour.  I made sure it was covered with resin and it floated only a little.  I removed any bubbles with my lighter and then I let it sit for 12 hours.
4.  I popped it out of the mold and because in this particular case, I wanted to hang it, I drilled a hole in one of the corners.  FYI:  You get a cleaner hole if you drill from the back.

That's it!  If a fun and festive fall piece to have hanging or laying around the house!

Happy Crafting and thanks for stopping by!

Mona

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