Monday, May 4, 2015

Mom Appreciation Box - Craft Klatch Mother's Day Series

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This is an easy craft to make for Mom, so kids and Dads can totally rock this DIY!


You will need:
  • Unfinished box
  • Flower stencil
  • Stencil brush
  • Pink, green, white and black acrylic paint
  • Round magnet
  • Glue
  • Floral stone
  • Skewer stick

Here is the video tutorial:






     Directions:
  1.  Buy an unfinished box at a craft store.  Paint it with magnetic paint.   You can use either the spray paint or brush on.  I did the brush on.  It is very important to shake your paint before using, or stir if you are using the brush on.  I did two coats on the top  of the lid and inside the lid.  You can do three, if you want.  Allow to dry.
  2. Paint the box any color, I used a light green - again I did two coats.  Allow to dry.
  3. Stencil a  flower on top of the box, I used pink, with a white center.
  4. I then took a skewer stick and did little black polka dots along the outside edge of the flower.
  5. I did pink and black polka dots along the edge of the lid.
  6. I stenciled MOM on the side of the box with pink and added black polka dots.
  7. I took a white floral stone and glued it to a magnet.  That is the signal.  If the stone is on top, Mom knows there is a note in the box.  When she reads the note, she puts the stone back in the box.  That way, she doesn’t have to keep checking to see if there is a note in the box.  
Another fun idea would be to use clear stones and with pictures of the kids' faces, or dad's face.  That way, the person who put a note in the box can select their picture, and put it in the middle of the flower, so Mom knows who put it in there.  

Here is the tutorial on the Picture Stone Magnets:



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

Mona



Friday, May 1, 2015

Watercolor Sharpie Marker Coaster - Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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I've seen so many projects using Sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol to create a watercolor effect, so I thought it was time I tried it on coasters!



You will need:
-  Resin (I used EasyCast resin for this project, but Envirotex Lite would work too.)
-  Sharpie markers
-  Rubbing alcohol
-  Skewer stick or Q-tip
-  Coaster Mold


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
  1. I prepared some resin - according to the package directions- and poured it in the mold.  I allowed it to cure.  You only need a thin base for the bottom.  
  2. I took different colors of Sharpie permanent markers and scribbled on the resin.  
  3. Taking a skewer stick, I dipped it into some rubbing alcohol and dripped it on various places on the colored resin.  I let some sit and others I swirled.  You will have very little control on how the design comes out, so just let it go.  I do suggest that the more marker you have on there, the more vibrant the colors will be.
  4. Allow to dry completely.
  5. Prepare more resin, according to the package directions.  To make both these coasters, I used approximately two ounces of resin for each total.
  6. Pop bubbles as needed and allow to cure.

That’s it!  Unmold them and you have some fun and beautiful coasters!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!  


Mona

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Monday, April 27, 2015

DIY Polymer Clay Bunny - Craft Klatch

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After making my Resin Easter Bunny House, I was asked to make the little bunnies I had sitting in the lawn.  Bunnies aren't just for Easter anymore, so I'll show you how!!



You will need:
-  White polymer clay
-  White acrylic paint (optional)
-  Pink acrylic paint
-  Black acrylic paint
-  Skewer stick


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Take some white polymer clay and roll it into a ball.  Roll it on your work surface, putting a little extra pressure on one end, which gives it more of a pear shape.  If you want it more round, that’s okay too!

2.  Take two smaller pieces of clay and roll them into balls.  You want them to be pretty equal in size.  Squish them a little to flatten them out and now you have the feet.  Attach it to the bottom of the body and smooth as needed.

3.  Take two smaller pieces and again roll them into balls and attach them onto both sides of the body for the hands.  Smooth as needed.

4.  Take two additional pieces, but flatten them into bunny ear shapes.  Attach and smooth.  Position ears.  

5.  Take one round ball and attach the tail.

6.  Bake the clay in your oven, according to the package directions.

7.  Once the bunny has cooled, I painted white acrylic paint over the whole thing.  I have a hard time keeping my white clay clean, so this brightens it up.  Allow to dry.

8.  Using a skewer stick, I took pink acrylic paint and painted the inner ears, the nose and pads on the hands and feet and the belly.  I took black for the face.  

Allow to dry and now you have a super cute bunny wabbit!

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

Mona




Friday, April 24, 2015

DIY Concrete and Resin Mother's Day Coaster - Another Coaster Friday


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Don't let Mother's Day sneak up on you!  Last week I was asked if I could do coasters with both resin and concrete.  I decided to do a Mother's Day coaster to try it out.



You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Concrete or cement mix
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite will work too.
-  Acrylic paint
-  Plastic stamps for concrete


Here are some of the items I used, available through Amazon:



 


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Mix your concrete/cement according to the package directions.  Mine uses a 4 to 1 ratio - four parts concrete mix to one part water, but the ratios can be different for different products, so be sure you check yours.    

2.  Pour the concrete into the mold.  Tap it on the table to help release air bubbles and level out the surface.

3.  Let it sit for a while - the time will vary product to product.  Make sure a toothpick can stay standing before moving onto the next step.  

4.  Begin to stamp the concrete.  I stamped Love You Mom because Mother’s Day is coming up.  I tried to be keep the lettering centered, by starting in the middle.  I ran out of room for the E, so I put it at a little angle.  I also stamped a flower and a heart.  

5.  Once the concrete set, I took a stencil brush and dipped it in light blue paint.  I wanted to do a dry brush over the concrete.  

6.  I then took other colors on a skewer and dripped it into the letters.  I used the back of the skewer to add polka dots.  

7.  Let everything dry overnight.  

8.  The next morning, I mixed my resin.  I used the Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work too.  And I poured it over the concrete.  I used a skewer stick to help force out some of the bubbles that were stuck in the letters.  Remember, concrete is a porous surface and you will likely get more bubbles than you expect, so keep going back for a while with your lighter to pop them.

9.  Let it cure for a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.  

That’s it!  Now you have a beautiful coaster for your beautiful mom!!

Remember every Friday is Another Coaster Friday.  And I always have a new craft on Mondays!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Crafting and stay safe!!

Mona









Monday, April 20, 2015

DIY Easy Mother's Day Heart Stepping Stone - Craft Klatch Concrete Crafting Series

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Mother's Day is coming and it's spring, what could be more appropriate than a stepping stone for the garden?  This is a perfect craft for kids to be involved in.  It's just as fun for grownups and anyone in between!  I wanted to try and color the concrete, so this is an experiment.  I used clothing dye to get this pink color.




You will need:
-  Heart silicone mold
-  Concrete mix
-  Floral stones and marbles
-  Clothing dye powder


Here is the mold and the dye available from Amazon, if you want to give it a try:





Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Put the water you will be using for your concrete mix, in a bucket and add clothing dye.  Mix well.  Let it dissolve as much as possible.
2.  Add your concrete mix.  Be sure to follow the directions on the concrete mix you purchased.
3.  Pour into mold.
4.  Add glass stone to make designs.  I happened to make simple flowers and bordered it with clear marbles.
5.  Allow to cure and harden.
6.  Unmold and put it out in the garden!  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!  Stay safe!

Mona



Friday, April 17, 2015

DIY Beachy Concrete Coasters - Another Coaster Friday - Craft Klatch

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I was asked for more concrete or cement crafts, so this is what I came up with!  Stay tuned for more to come!!  This craft is so easy, you can get the kids involved in placing the stones in the concrete.  It makes a great housewarming gift, hostess gift, or Mother's Day gift!!






You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Concrete or cement
-  Floral stones


Here is the coaster mold available through Amazon:






Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare your cement or concrete, according to the package directions.  My mix called for one part water to four parts cement mix.  I used 1/4 cup of water to 1 cup of mix and I had more than enough to create these coasters.  In fact, I had a little too much.
2.  Once mixed, pour a thin layer into the bottoms of the coasters.
3.  Take your floral stones and press them into the concrete/cement.  Test the stones with a glass or jar, to make sure they are pressed in and flat as can be.  
4.  My mix called for a spritz of water, but again follow the directions on your package.
5.  Allow to cure and remove from mold.

That is it!!  Easy as can be and they look great and are durable.  If you don't want to use them as coasters, you could have them in your garden to add some color.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona





Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FabFitFun Spring Box Unboxing!

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I received a FabFitFun box for review and I loved it!  Subscription boxes are like fun gifts!  


You can see me unbox it here:




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Monday, April 13, 2015

Easy Beachy Concrete Candleholders DIY - Craft Klatch Concrete Series

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I wanted make some easy concrete candleholders and decided to go with a beachy look.



You will need:
-  Concrete or cement from home improvement store or hardware store
-  Molds - plastic containers, such as yogurt containers or plastic cups
-  Candles
-  White acrylic paint
-  Glass stones - you can find them in the floral department at craft stores
-  Clear drying glue, I used Weldbond


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Find some containers and make sure they are clean and dry.  
2.  Mix concrete according to the directions on the package it came in.
3.  Pour into the containers and tap the containers on your table, to help release air bubbles.
4.  When a stir stick stands in the cement/concrete, add your candles.  Press them right into the wet cement/concrete.  You can add some Vaseline to the candles to help them release easier.
5.  Allow to set for a while, until it holds it shape.  Then, you can remove your candles and allow it to fully dry.
6.  Once dry, take some white acrylic paint and water it down.  Brush it onto the concrete and take a paper towel and wipe it off.  You just want to give it whitewashed look.  You can do it with any color.
7.  Once the paint has dried, glue on your stones in any design you want.  

That's it!  Light your candles and have a party.  They are inexpensive to make and would be perfect for any decor, or perfect for a wedding!

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Friday, April 10, 2015

DIY Gears and Springs Recycling Coaster - Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch


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I took apart an old printer and saved the gears and springs to make a coaster!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite works too)
-  Gears, springs, or parts


Here are some items from Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:




Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  If you take a printer or something apart, wash and dry the parts to remove any oil.
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
3.  Pour a little into the bottom of your mold and remove bubbles with your lighter.
4.  Take your parts and drop them into the resin and make sure they are all covered.
5.  Place the resin covered pieces into the mold.
6.  Remove bubbles as needed and then let it sit for a few hours.
7.  Prepare some more resin and pour it over the coaster to make sure all the pieces are embedded and you have a level surface.  
8.  Remove bubbles as needed and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
9.  Unmold it and now you have a cool new coaster.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!!


Mona



Monday, April 6, 2015

DIY Cracked Marble Nail Polish Jewelry Stones Craft Klatch Jewelry Series

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Are you ready for a twist on the nail polish stones DIY!  I was sent a message from Kimbala, who saw a video where you crack round marbles in the the oven.  She asked if it would work with the flat backed clear stones.  I had no idea, but I HAD to give it a try!!  Here is how they turned out!



You will need:
-  Clear stones (you can find them at Dollar Tree or at craft stores, in the floral department)
-  Oven
-  Nail polish
-  Glitter (optional)
-  Ring blanks or jewelry bails
-  Glue (Weldbond works well)
-  Cold water and ice
-  Oven proof pan or dish

Here are some items available through Amazon, which might help (affiliate links):




Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  You want to start with cracking the stones.  To crack the stones, heat the oven to 500 degrees fahrenheit.  Place the glass stones in an oven safe pan or dish.  Place into oven for 20 minutes.
2.  While it is in the oven, prepare a bowl of cold tap water and add some ice.
3.  Once 20 minutes have passed, immediately put the hot glass pieces in the cold water.  Allow pieces to cool.
4.  Once cooled and dried, it is time to add the nail polish.  Use any mixture of nail polish, glitter polish and/or fine glitter and add to the back of the stone.  You will be working only on the back of the stones.
5.  Use inexpensive or leftover nail polish to create your own one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  Layer the colors and glitter and make them beautiful!  
6.  Allow the polish to dry between coats.
7.  Once you let the polish fully dry, glue on a jewelry bail and/or ring blank.

Now you have jewelry!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona