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Monday, September 28, 2015

DIY Fleur De Lis Resin Pendant ~ Craft Klatch Jewelry

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I found these bezels in the clearance section of Hobby Lobby. I paid $1.79 for 8 pieces.  Score!  I found the fleur de lis for half off.  Double Score!


You will need:
-  Resin
-  Fleur de lis
-  Bezel

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  The bezel I have happens to have a whole in it.  No big deal, I took some packing tape and put it on the back.  I made sure I rubbed it down really well, so the resin would not be able to seep out.
2.  Mix the resin according to the package directions.  I mixed 1/2 ounce and still had too much for the bezel.
3.  I split the resin into three cups and mixed a different pigment powder into each.  
4.  Using my stir stick, I dripped the different colored resins into the bezel.
5.  I used a toothpick and swirled them a little.
6.  I allowed it to cure 12 hours.
7.  I mixed more resin and dropped the fleur de lis into it.  I then scooped it out and placed it into the bezel.  I did this because that way there would not be any air bubbles trapped behind the fleur de lis because it was already covered in resin.
8.  I then filled the rest of the bezel up with resin.  I used my lighter to pop any bubbles and then let it cure.

That's it!  Hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by.  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Saturday, September 26, 2015

Rainbow Kids Snack Placemat DIY ~ Made by Mommy September Craft Challenge

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I had the opportunity to take part in the September Made by Mommy Craft Challenge!  It was great!  

Kim, from Made by Mommy, puts together packages of random stuff and send them off to a number of different YouTubers and you have to make something.  Fifteen other YouTubers took part and all the projects come out totally different!  Be sure to check them all out.  Here's what I made:


 The items I used:
-  Shelf liner/bookcover
-  Blue cup
-  Crayons
-  Construction paper
-  Black marker
-  Glue stick
-  Clear drying glue (not provided)
-  Scissors (not provided)

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Decide on the size of the placemat and then cut a piece of the shelf liner just a little larger.
2.  Lay the shelf liner down on your table, with the backing or sticky side up.  
3.  Peel off the backing.  You will need to put stuff on the corners of the shelf liner, to keep them from curling up while you are working.
4.  Take you popsicle sticks and lay them on the shelf liner.  I did a rainbow pattern, in alternating directions.  Don't press them down, until you know you have them positioned correctly - you might have to do a little scootch here or there.
5.  When in position, press them firmly down on the shelf liner and then flip it over.  Rub the shelf liner onto the front of the sticks.  This serves two purposes:  1.  It keeps the popsicle sticks in place, while you are working on them.  2.  Once we add glue, it will keep it from getting on the front of the sticks, which will be the top of our placemat.  Everything will just look neater that way.
6.  Flip it back over, with the popsicle stick side up.  Using a clear drying glue, run a generous bead of glue along all of the seams.  Use your finger to run over the glue and make sure it made its way in between the sticks.
7.  Glue a popsicle stick along the sections, where they were attached.
8.  Glue a popsicle stick on the diagonal, across each section.
9.  Let it all dry.
10. I then drew a cat and glued it onto a popsicle stick.
11.  I also wrote Snack Time and drew a little flower, with the crayons.  You can easily write someone's name instead.  I stuck both in the blue cup.
12.  I wrote out a menu with kids favorite foods.  All kids like brussel sprouts and broccoli.......right?
13.  Once the glue has dried, flip over the placemat and peel off the shelf liner.  

Now you have  a super cute snack placemat!!  

Here are all the other videos, so be sure to see what they made:





Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona



Friday, September 25, 2015

DIY Horror Coasters The Walking Dead, Michael Myers Halloween, Nosferatu ~ Another Coaster Friday

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We are going all out HORROR!  There is an easy blood spatter coaster and then the others are all layered.  Nosferatu is a classic from the 1920's.  I remember I had to watch it in high school German class.  Halloween and Friday the 13th were the scary movies of my generation!  Now you have The Walking Dead on TV.

Let me know which one you like best:



You can make them too!  You will need:

-  Transparency film - I use a laser printer, but I was told it works fine with transparency film made for inkjet printers too.
-  White pigment for resin
-  Circle cutter (optional)
-  Black acrylic paint

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
It's best to watch the video because I show how to do it, but otherwise here is a brief description of the steps.
1.  Select the colors you want for the back grounds.  You need one ounce of resin for the base of each coaster.  Mix your resin according to the package directions and then mix in your colors.  Pour into coaster mold.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
2.  Print your images on transparency paper and cut out to fit into the coaster mold.
3.  Once the first layer has set, mix another one ounce of resin for each coaster.  
4.  Add an ounce to the coasters and add your first image.  Press down with a stir stick.  Make sure all of the bubbles are out from under the image and pop with a lighter.
5.  Allow to cure.
6.  I added another layer to the horror coasters.  I had Michael Myers out in front of the house on Halloween.  I had Nosferatu in front of the red treed background.  The Walking Dead zombies are out in front of some creepy trees.  I did that the same way.  I added one ounce to each of the coasters and slid in the final images and pressed it down with my stir stick and popped the bubbles with my lighter.  Allow to cure another 12 hours before unmolding.

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

Mona




Monday, September 21, 2015

DIY Resin Heart Pendant Craft Klatch




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Here is an easy resin craft!  I found the bail in the clearance section of Hobby Lobby.  It was $1.79.  Score!


You will need:
-  Small charms of your choosing
-  Chunky red glitter

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Mix a small amount of resin, according to the package directions.  I mixed 1/2 ounce and it was still way more than I needed.  
2. Mix in chunky red glitter.
3. Pour it into the bezel very slowly.  You want it to cover the bottom, but you want to make sure you leave enough room for your charms.  Use your lighter to pop any bubbles.
4.  Let it sit for an hour or two.  You want the resin to be nice and sticky and thick enough so your charms won't sink to the bottom.
5.  Carefully place the charms on the glittery resin and pour a thin layer of clear resin over it.  It won't take much, but you want to make sure everything is embedded.
6.  Take your lighter and pop the bubbles.
7.  Let it cure.

That's it!  It can be a necklace, or a keychain!  Whatever you want it to be!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Friday, September 18, 2015

DIY Monsters Inc. Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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I picked monsters out of the fishbowl last week and it was meant for cartoony monsters.  I picked Monsters Inc.  because even I have seen that movie!



You will need:
-  Resin
-  Circle cutter (optional)

Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  I used one ounce.
2.  Mix in white pigment.  Stir well.
3.  Pour into mold.
4.  Use a lighter or a straw to pop bubbles and let it cure a minimum of 12 hours.
5.  Print your image out on transparency film and cut it out with a circle cutter or scissors.
6.  Prepare more resin - you only need an ounce.
7.  Pour into mold and pop any bubbles.
8.  Slide your image into the resin.  Use your stir stick to press it down and press any bubbles from underneath it.
9.  Pop any remaining bubbles and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before removing.

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

Mona



Monday, September 14, 2015

Garbage to Gorgeous Episode #10: Dining Room Makeover - Craigslist Freebies DIY!



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Using Craigslist freebies I did a dining room makeover on a budget!!  I took a table and four chairs that were not meant to be together and turned them into a boutiquey chic set!  I'll show you how!



Who doesn't love free stuff, right?  Well I love scouring Craigslist.  The progression seems to be:
FOR SALE....FREESTUFF.....CURB ALERT!  I try to catch it before it turns into CURB ALERT, because I figure I would never be the first one there.  



The table was from a nearby town and the people were moving.  It had been poorly painted and used as a craft table in a laundry room.  I liked the shape and the size.  The chairs were actually really close by and the people were also moving.  Both the table and chairs were one day away from being put out at the curb for garbage day and that would have been a shame!

*Note:  Always be careful when you are going to buy or sell something from Craigslist.  We've all heard the stories, so be smart and be safe about it.  Most people are honest and good, just don't fall victim to the not good.

You will need:
-  A wood dining room table
-  Four chairs with cushions
-  Fabric to recover cushions - I used a duck cloth.
-  Paint stripper - I am partial to Citristrip
-  White chalk paint
-  Finishing wax
-  Ebony stain with polyurethane 
-  Stapler to attach
-  Odorless mineral spirits
-  Sandpaper


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Strip the table.  I like Citristrip - this is not sponsored.  I just prefer not to burn my skin off with other paint strippers.
2.  Clean off with mineral spirits and let it dry.
3.  I used an ebony stain with polyurethane already in it.  It saved me a step.  I sanded between coats and it will likely take a minimum of two coats.
4.  I painted the legs of the table a chalky white.  That took two coats.
5.  I removed the seats from the chairs and put them aside.
6.  I painted the chairs with the same chalky white paint.  That took three coats.
7.  I used sandpaper to distress the edges of the table base and the chairs.
8.  I used wax to seal the chalky painted areas.
9.  I took off the old fabric from the chairs and recovered them with a new duck cloth.  The pattern is a medium to dark gray.   Be sure to pull the fabric tight when stapling and take a little extra time to get the corners neat.
10.  Reattach to the chairs.  

That's it!  I hope you like the transformation!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona



Friday, September 11, 2015

Doctor Who DIY Tardis and Weeping Angel Coasters - Another Coaster Friday

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Okay, the Doctor Who coasters have finally been made!!  I talked to viewers, my sister, my brother-in-law and Wikipedia!  This was the best I could do!




You will need:
-  Resin
-  Glitter (chunky black and fine silver)
-  Printer 
-  Toothpicks
-  India ink
-  Silver acrylic paint
-  White acrylic paint
-  Cutter (optional)

Here is the video tutorial:








Directions:
1.  Mix resin, according to the package directions.  You only need three or four ounces for the first pour (to make two coasters).
2.  Split into two cups and add chunky black glitter to one and mix. Add some black india ink to the second and mix well.
3.  Pour both into the molds.  Pop bubbles as needed.
4.  Using a toothpick and pigment powders, add streaks or swirls to each of the wet resin pieces.  Let it set for a minimum of 12 hours.
5.  While it is setting, you can print out your images.
6.  Cut them to fit into the coaster mold.
7.  Paint the backside of the weeping angel with silver acrylic paint.  This may take two coats.  Paint the back of the tardis with white acrylic paint.  Allow to dry.
8.  Once the first layer of resin has set, mix two more ounces and pour one ounce into each coaster.
9.  Pop bubbles with lighter.
10.  Slide the images into the resin and press down with your stir stick, to make sure you get all the bubbles out from under the transparency film.
11.  Pop bubbles as needed and allow to cure.

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

Mona



Monday, September 7, 2015

Golf Ball Elephant DIY - Craft Klatch Recycling Series

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It's time for another golf ball recycling craft!  Today, we are making an elephant!




You will need:
-  Golf ball
-  Gray paint - spray paint or acrylic
-  Glue - whatever glue you want to use
-  Gray craft foam
-  2 Googly eyes
-  Eyescrew (optional)
-  Black marker

This is the tool I use to drill into my golf balls:  Dremel    http://amzn.to/1Na0rAJ



Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  If you want to hang it, drill a hole into the golf ball and screw in your eyescrew.
2. Paint golf ball gray.   Allow to dry.
3. Cut a trunk and ears out of the craft foam.
4. With a fine black marker, add nostril holes and bend lines to the trunk.
5. Glue on the trunk, eyes and ears.  Allow to dry.

That's it!  Now you have an elephant ornament!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona







Friday, September 4, 2015

Mosaic Sun Coasters DIY - Another Coaster Friday

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I decided to do two versions of the same of a mosaic coaster.  One is very kid friendly!


Let’s start with the Paper Mosaic Coaster:

You will need:
  • Red paper
  • Yellow Paper
  • Glue
  • Triple Thick or some type of sealer
  • Square or round piece of wood from craft store
  • Black acrylic paint

Directions:
  1. Paint the wood - front and back - two coats of black acrylic paint.  Allow to dry.
  2. Cut random pieces of the yellow and red paper.
  3. Spread a layer of glue onto the painted wood - I used way more than necessary!
  4. Individually glue pieces onto the wood.  I started with the yellow to make the shape of a sun.  Then I followed up with the red for the background.  Leave a little space between for the look of grout.
  5. Allow to dry.
  6. Seal the piece with a Triple Thick or other kind of sealer.  You may want to do two coats.  Allow to dry.

You can do any design, think flowers, pumpkins, ghost, Christmas trees, anything!  :)


Glass Mosaic Coaster

You will need:
-   Red glass pieces
  • Yellow glass pieces
  • Glue - I used a Weldbond
  • Black grout
  • Square or round piece of wood from craft store
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Sponge or I used a paper towel
  • Large stir stick or small trowel

Directions:
  1. Paint the wood - front and back - two coats of black acrylic paint.  Allow to dry.
  2. Break or nip random pieces of red and yellow glass.
  3. In this case, I took each individual piece, with tweezers or my fingers, and dipped them into the glue and put them onto the wood.  Again, I did the sun pattern, leaving a space between each piece.  I started with the yellow and followed up with the red for the background.
  4. Allow the glue to dry.
  5. Mix your grout according to the package directions and using a stir stick or trowel, apply it to the piece, making sure to press it into the areas between the glass.  
  6. Scrape off the excess.
  7. Using a sponge or in my case a wet paper towel, wipe off the excess as well.  You will be left with a cloudy film.
  8. Allow to dry and then buff with a soft towel.

Here is the video tutorial for both:






That’s it for both!!  They are easy, look great and will save your table from water marks!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona