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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!
















Written directions


Video tutorial: 





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



Video tutorial:




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!



















Written directions

Video tutorial:




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!

















Written directions

Video tutorial:




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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Video tutorial:







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!





Video tutorial:






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!












Written directions

Video tutorial:






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  

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wedding Ring Coasters DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

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With wedding season upon us, these Wedding Ring Coasters are perfect for a bridal shower, or wedding favors!



You will need:

Circle cutter:  http://amzn.to/2s4aK6h
White Resin:  http://amzn.to/2qAAHH4
Clear resin:  http://amzn.to/2sm5Luu
White pigment:  http://amzn.to/2qAvmDu
Mold:  http://amzn.to/2rocS8o
Mold I normally use:  http://amzn.to/2raKGVX
Transparency film:  http://amzn.to/2qA7ujf
Gem mold:  http://amzn.to/2qArLkH
Silver glitter:  http://amzn.to/2sdpq0z


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

**I used a smaller coaster mold than I typically use because the gem mold I had wasn't big enough for the larger mold.  Also, if you were to make a lot for a wedding or bridal shower,   using smaller molds will save you a bunch on resin costs.

1.  Using either a resin that cures white, or using a clear resin, with pigment to color it white, mix enough to create a thin layer at the bottom of the coaster molds.
2.  Pour it into the mold and use a lighter to pop the bubbles.  Allow it to cure at least 12 hours.
3.  Print out gold bands on transparency film.  I printed "Mr" and "Mrs" in the middle, but you don't have to.  You can do "his" and "hers", or their names, date of the wedding, or anything you want!
4.  Cut the transparency film, slightly smaller than the size of the coaster mold.
5.  Mix enough resin to cover the white and slide your transparency film into the resin.  Press it down and press out the bubbles from under the transparency film.  Pop the bubbles and allow it to cure at least 12 hours.
6.  While you have the clear resin, you can mix a small amount with fine silver glitter and pour it into the gem mold.  Pop bubbles and allow to cure.
7.  Once cured, you can remove them from the molds.  
8.  Using a rotary tool, I cut a "V" into the Mrs coaster and glued the gem into place to make it look like an engagement ring.

Once dry and cured, you have a fun set of wedding coasters!!!

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

Mona

Monday, June 5, 2017

Frozen Margarita Pie DIY ~ In the Kitchen with Craft Klatch

A frozen margarita might just hit the spot, but if you want a refreshing dessert, try this frozen margarita pie!



Ingredients:

-  A bag of pretzels (1 1/2 cups crushed)
-  1 1/2 cups of non-dairy whipped topping (thawed)
-  2 Tablespoons of honey
-  3 Tablespoons of butter
-  3 Cups of low fat strawberry yogurt (frozen)
-  Grated lime peel (optional)
-  One package of frozen strawberries in syrup or sugar
-  1 Tablespoon of lime juice
-  1 Tablespoon of tequila (optional)

Here are the video directions, so you can see how it all came together!  Remember to Subscribe to Craft Klatch on YouTube!





Directions:

For the crust:
1.  Crush your pretzels.  You can either do it in a plastic bag and take out your anger and frustration, or if you have food processor, pop the pretzels in there and it is so easy!!  You can pulverize them for a very consistent crust, or leave some chunks for some texture.  

2.  Melt your butter and honey in the microwave and stir it together.  Stir in your crushed pretzels, until they are completely coated.

3.  Press into a 9-inch pie plate and put it in the freezer for about a half an hour.

For the Filling:

4.  In a bowl, mix frozen yogurt, your whipped topping and 1/2 teaspoon of lime peel.  Note:  The lime peel can be a little bit of a strong taste in the pie and you can omit it.

5.  Scoop it into the crust and shape it a little.

6.  Put it into the freezer for at least 2 hours.  You can add some fresh fruit before freezing, for a little decoration.

For the Sauce:

7.  If you forgot to take the strawberries out of the freezer, like I always do, you can melt them in a pan.  You do not want to cook them, just melt them.

8.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of lime peel, tablespoon of lime juice and 1 tablespoon of tequila (optional).

9.  Mix it all up and put into the refrigerator, until you are ready to serve.

That's it!  Now you have a refreshing dessert!

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

Mona

Sunday, June 4, 2017

BBQ Wreath For Summer! Craft Klatch

Summer means cookouts and barbecues!  Kick off summer with this BBQ Wreath!  It's a one-of-a-kind!  I'll show you how to make it using dollar store items!





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You will need:
Wire wreath:  http://amzn.to/2rdEoVY or http://amzn.to/2r2U8L9
3/16" dowel rods:  http://amzn.to/2rMp97p
Wood discs:  http://amzn.to/2rds0ph
Thicker wood dowels:  http://amzn.to/2rMNFVG
16 gauge silver wire:  http://amzn.to/2rMiABI
Thinner silver wire:  http://amzn.to/2rdGmWo
Silver spray paint:  http://amzn.to/2s4Zq7c
Epoxy clay:  http://amzn.to/2qsZe0t
Brown polymer clay:  http://amzn.to/2qxpA0s
Red polymer clay:  http://amzn.to/2rdufc7
Spatula: http://amzn.to/2qxDIXP
Tongs:  http://amzn.to/2raPPvz
Ketchup and Mustard containers:  http://amzn.to/2s5mZ03
Flags (optional):  http://amzn.to/2r2Vple
Craft knife:  http://amzn.to/2qxX52U

Pastel chalks:  http://amzn.to/2r2VfKN


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Directions:
1.  Take your wire wreath and add 3/16" dowel rods.  You are going to have to cut them to fit.  They should slide in nicely.








2.  Permanently attach the dowel rods with epoxy clay.  It cures hard and looks like a weld joint once painted.




3.  Using wood discs and cut down dowel rods, I created hotdogs and hamburgers.  I attached a wire to both, so I would be able to attach it to the wreath later.





4.  I covered both with polymer clay and then used pastel chalk the create char marks.  You can see all the details on how I created the hamburgers and hotdogs in the video.





5.  Paint the wreath with the dowel rods.  I did a nice silver and it took two coats.



6.  Then I found more accessories at the dollar store, so I attached them, with wire as well.



7.  Once everything is attached, you have a yummy looking, one-of-a-kind wreath!  Bring on the burgers!



 8.  You can add flags for Memorial Day, or the Fourth of July!



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

Mona