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Monday, March 31, 2014

Recycle Old Golf Balls Pig and Chick Craft DIY

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I haven't done a golf ball craft in a while and it seemed like it was about time!


You will need:

-  Two golf balls
-  Five cleaned and dried pistachio shells
-  Four goggly eyes
-  Two or three small yellow feathers
-  A small wooden letter "Y"
-  Two small wooden letters "I"
-  Pink button
-  Pink acrylic paint
-  Yellow acrylic paint
-  Orange acrylic paint
-  Glue - hot glue or any other glue will work fine.
-  Wire - I used 20 gauge
-  Toothpick
-  Drill or rotary tool  (optional) - you can just glue the tail on if you would rather.


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Paint your golf balls.  One yellow and the other pink.  This will take at least two coats.  I like to use caps from water bottles to set them on, so they don't roll around.  Allow to dry.

2.  Paint two pistachio shells yellow, two pink and one orange.  Also paint the two "I"'s pink and the "Y" orange.

3.  Glue the pink golf ball on the pink "I"'s.   Glue the yellow golf ball on the orange "Y".

4.  Glue the yellow pistachio shells on either side of the yellow golf ball.  This will be the wings.  Glue the orange pistachio shell on for the beak.

5.  Cut the pink pistachios in half.  I used a rotary tool.  You might be able to do it with a craft knife, but it'll take some work and you will probably have a dull blade at the end.  You could substitute these shells with paper.

6.  Glue the pink button onto the front of the pig, making sure your have the button holes positioned to be nostrils.

7.  Glue the half pistachios on the top of the pink golf ball for ears.

8.  Glue the goggly eyes in place.  

9.  Glue the yellow feathers onto the yellow golf ball.  One or two for the tail and the other one on top of the head.  

10.  Drill a hole into the back of the pink golf ball (you can just glue this in place if you would like to skip this step).   Cut the wire and glue it into the hole.  Take a toothpick and wind the wire around it, which now give you a curly tail.

11.  Touch up as needed.  Paint the tail pink.

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

Mona




Sunday, March 30, 2014

DIY Glitter Resin Butterflies How To Butterfly - Make Something Monday

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I've done the ladybugs and the dragonflies, so it was time for the butterflies!  I wanted to go a little lighter and more colorful on this one.  


You will need:
-  Silicone bug mold
Click on the picture for a direct link to the mold I use, it's just $5.99:
Bug and Butterfly Scalloped Silicone Baking Mold


-  Resin - I used Easy Cast (www.eti-usa.com)
-  Nail polish
-  Acrylic paint
-  Glitter (fine purple, fine green, chunky green)
-  Mold release (optional - it helps condition you molds and makes them last longer, but the molds work fine without it too)

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Take your mold and using acrylic paint, or nail polish, paint in areas of the mold that you want to paint.  The acrylic paint might need two coats.  Get as colorful and creative as you want!  Allow to fully dry.
2.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.  Split into two small cups.
3.  Mix the fine purple glitter into the resin.
4.  Mix the fine green glitter and a little bit of the darker chunky glitter into the other batch of resin.
5.  Pour into the molds.
6.  Allow at least 12 hours to cure.
7.  Unmold and now you have these fun and beautiful butterflies!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Here are the same or similar items available on Amazon, incase you want to give it a try!



Saturday, March 29, 2014

DIY Easy Easter Wine Glass Rings

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If you are looking to add a little cute to your Easter festivities, this might just be the project for you!!


You will need:
-  Wire rings
-  Charms
-  Small beads (I found the ones I used at Hobby Lobby, on clearance.)

* The wires and the charms are from Oriental Trading.  

You can find the charms here:

You can find the wires here:  

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Take a charm and put it on the wire.
2.  String beads onto the wire.  They need to be small beads, otherwise they won't make the turn in the wire.  
3.  Attach it to your wine glass and you are done and ready for a cocktail!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

**Oriental Trading provided me with the wire rings and the charms for review.  The ideas and opinions are all my own.







Thursday, March 27, 2014

DIY Wedding Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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It's Friday again and I have been asked several times to make a wedding coaster.  So I did.


You will need:

-  Coaster Mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast - if you are looking for it internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Transparent blue resin dye
-  Transparent red resin dye
-  Glamour dust
-  Half pearls (if they stick by themselves, no glue needed, otherwise glue)
-  Gold jump rings
-  Ring sticker (I found that one at Hobby Lobby)
-  Mold release optional (seems to help the molds last longer, but works fine without it)

*I have all of the items linked in the Products I Use above, otherwise I also have them linked below.  I could not find the ring sticker on Amazon, but you could use other stickers too.

Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  Split into two small cups.  Put blue dye into one cup and mix well.  Add red dye to the second cup and mix well.  Add a little glamour dust and mix again.
2.  At the same time, pour both colors into the mold and let them meet in the middle.  Mine did not mix as well as I had hoped, so I used a toothpick and swirled them a little.  I was hoping I would have a bunch of purple in the middle.  Guess I'll have to keep trying!
3.  Let it sit for 12 hours.
4.  Stick your sticker onto the coaster.
5.  Stick your half pearls onto the coaster, around the rings.
6.  Add jump rings around the pearls.  The jump rings will not float, so there is no need to glue them.  The pearls will float, unless they have sticky backs, so you may have to carefully glue them down.
7.  Prepare more resin and pour over coaster.
8.  Let it sit for at least 12 hours.
9.  Unmold it!

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

Mona




DIY Resin Nail Polish Dragonfly Craft Tutorial

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It's time for another resin bug!!

You will need:
-  Silicone bug mold
Click on the picture to find where I purchased mine for $5.99.
Bug and Butterfly Scalloped Silicone Baking Mold

-  Easy Cast Resin (If you want to find it internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Nail polish (metallic and glitter - I use inexpensive polish)
-  Black acrylic paint
-  Opaque resin dye (black and pearl)
-  Pearl Ex pigment powders (optional: purple and copper)

**I have all of the products listed in the Products I Use above, or I have them linked at the bottom.





Directions:
1.  Using a skewer stick, toothpick or paintbrush, paint stripes along the raised areas.  Allow to dry.
2.  Using nail polish, paint the wings.  I used a metallic purple on one and I used two different glitter polishes and a purple polish on the other.  But you can use any colors you like!  Allow to dry between coats.
3.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
4.  Mix in pearl dye and black dye.  I also mixed in some copper pigment powder and purple pigment powder.
5.  Pour into both molds.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
6.  Unmold!

You can use them as fun decorations or magnets.  I have some things planned for Spring/Easter, as soon as I finish the rest of the bugs, so stay tuned!

Here are some of the products, or similar products, from Amazon, incase you want to give it a try!


Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Whatcha Been Doin' Wednesday - Winnie the Pooh and Lots of Things You Do!

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

DIY Resin Easter Bunny Decoration - Make Something Monday


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I wanted to try a larger resin project for Easter and found this bunny mold on Amazon.  This is the one I ordered:

This is how it turned out:

You will need:
-  Silicone bunny mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast (www.eti-usa.com)
-  Acrylic paint (yellow, pink, blue, white and black)
-  Resin dye (opaque white and black)
-  Wire (I bought inexpensive wire at Dollar Tree)
-  Mold release (optional:  it makes your molds last longer)

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
(Optional:  Prep your mold with mold release and let dry)
1.  With acrylic paint, paint in the ears, nose, mouth, eyes, teeth and bow tie.  Remember you are painting on silicone.  The paint will not want to adhere and won't give you full coverage right away.  It will take two or three coats to have nice coverage.
2.  Allow all the paint to dry.  Take a small amount of resin and add some white dye.  Mix well.  Then using a very small amount of black.  Add a little at a time.  You can always add more, but you can't take it out. Once you have reached the desired shade of gray, using a toothpick, carefully drip the resin into the indents of the features.
3.  Allow to cure.
4.  Prepare some more resin - I did two batches.  Follow the directions on the package, but you should not mix too much up in one batch, or you risk not mixing it properly.
5.  Mix in white resin dye - mix well.
6.  Pour into mold.  Allow to cure.
7.  Take a piece of wire and bend it into a horseshoe.  Then bend it, so it has an "L" shape (see video). Take a little super glue to tack it onto the back of the bunny.  Remember you want the horseshoe part sticking out of the resin, because you are creating a hook, so it can be hung.
8.  Pour more resin into the mold and make sure the ears are well attached.
9.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours before removing.
10.  Carefully remove from mold.  Drip some black acrylic paint into the indents of the eyes and the nose to finish it up.  If you are putting it outside, you might want to consider using resin.

That's it!  Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Easter!!

Mona

Here are some of the items I used in the project, incase you want to give it a try:



Friday, March 21, 2014

DIY Easter Bunny Bracelet

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I saw the bunny beads on Oriental Trading's website and thought they were super cute and just had to try them!


You will need:
-  Beading elastic - Click HERE
-  Bunny Beads - Here is the LINK
-  Spring beads - Here is the LINK
-  Small beads
-  Super glue

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:
1.  Decide on a pattern you want the beads to go in.
2.  Begin beading them onto your elastic.
3.  Measure around your wrist to make sure you have the right size.
4.  Tie a knot and dab on a little bit of super glue, right on the knot.  This ensures the knot won't untie.
5.  Trim off excess elastic and let the glue dry.

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

Mona

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DIY Baby Shower Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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I have been asked by a number of my subscribers to do some baby themed crafts.  I have a few in mind and thought I'd start with a coaster!  These are perfect gifts for the parents to be, or as prizes if you are playing games at the shower.



You will need:
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast (If you are looking for it internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Coaster mold (I have the one I used linked below or above in Products I Use)
-  Vellum with little baby feet (I found mine at either Hobby Lobby or Michaels)
-  Baby feet stickers (also from either Hobby Lobby or Michaels)
-  Mold release (optional - the silicone mold works fine without it, but the mold release helps it last a little longer)

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:
1.  Spray your mold with Mold Release (optional) and allow to dry.
2.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
3.  Pour a thin layer of resin into the mold.
4.  Have your vellum precut to fit into the mold opening.  Slide it into the resin.
5.  With your stir stick, press down on the vellum.  Take your time.  You are sinking the vellum to the bottom and also pressing out any air bubbles that might be trapped under the vellum.
6.  Use a lighter or straw to get rid of any bubbles.
7.  Allow to sit until hard.  I recommend 12 hours, but you don't need the full 12 hours to do the next step.
8.  Add stickers and enough resin to cover the stickers.
9.  Remove bubbles as needed and let it sit for at least 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!!  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Here are some of the items I used in making the coaster.  I couldn't find the exact stickers, so I posted some other ones that might be fun too!  I could not find the vellum, so you would need to find that at your local craft store.