Monday, May 25, 2015

DIY Nail Frame Man Cave Decor - Father's Day Gift Ideas

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It's time to plan for Father's Day!  Here is an EASY project that give impressive results!



You will need:
-  Inexpensive black frame - I bought mine at Dollar Tree
-  Glue - I used The Ultimate
-  Nails, washers, screws, nuts, whatever you want to use



Here is the glue I used:








Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Using a stir stick, spread the glue on the frame, one section at a time.  You want it nice and thick so the nails and washers really stick well.
2.  Add the nail, or anything you like.  Obviously if small children are doing the project, use objects to embed that are more appropriate for their age.
3.  Allow to dry.  This might take a day or two, depending on the humidity in your area and the temperature.

That's it!  Now stick a picture of Dad's favorite car, a fish, or whatever makes him happy........maybe a picture of YOU!  The nails are squished into the glue and you shouldn't have any pointy ends!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona





Friday, May 22, 2015

DIY Beer and Fishing Coaster Father's Day Gift Idea - Another Coaster Friday

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Are you looking for Father's Day gift ideas?  How about a Beer and Fishing Coaster?  You can personalize it with Dad's favorite beer!



You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast)
-  7 Beer caps
-  2 Fishing hooks


Here is the video tutorial:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu8KZ7H5C3c&feature=youtu.be



Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions (I used approximately 3 ounces).
2.  Put your beer caps into it and make sure they are well coated.
3.  Pour a enough resin into the mold to cover the bottom.
4.  Take a lighter and pop any bubbles.
5.  Scoop out the beer caps and put them into the mold.
6.  Add fish hooks to the resin.
TIP:  If one of the bottle caps floats, there is likely an air bubble stuck underneath it.  With your stir stick, pick up a corner and a bubble should come out.
7.  Add remaining resin.
8.  Use lighter to pop bubbles.
9.  Let it sit a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Now you have a great gift for the man in your life!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona



Monday, May 18, 2015

DIY Nail Polish Jewelry Pendant

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I was asked to do this project a long time ago, but never got around to it until now!  It's nail polish swirled in a bezel and covered with resin!  Easy-peasey!



You will need:

-  Bezel
-  Metallic nail polish
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast)
-  Toothpick


Here are some items available through Amazon, that might work for you:


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Drip different colors of nail polish into the bezel.  
2.  Take a toothpick and swirl the colors around.
3.  Allow to dry.
4.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
5.  Pour or drip the resin into the bezel.
6.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

That's it!  Now you have a beautiful accessory for your oufits!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona




Friday, May 15, 2015

DIY Frozen Coaster - Collaboration with Budget Hobby - Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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Do you love the movie Frozen?  Disney hit it out of the park with that one!  If so, this tutorial is for you!  I collaborated with Budget Hobby to create Olaf, Elsa and Anna coasters!  I made mine out of resin, but Budget Hobby made hers out of felt!  Felt!  She is so talented!  If you have not been to Budget Hobby's channel, then it is time you did!  



Here are all of Budget Hobby's links, so be sure to check her out and let her know Mona sent you:

Tutorial : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74wQEwnFW9o&feature=youtu.be
Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/user/BudgetHobby
Google + : http://google.com/+BudgetHobby
Instagram : http://instagram.com/budgethobby
Facebook : http://tinyurl.com/lgtlw69


To make the resin coasters, you will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work too)
-  Glitter and confetti in light blues and whites
-  Pictures of Frozen characters - I printed them out on card stock, using a laser printer



Here are some items available from Amazon that might help:




Here is the video tutorial:







Here is Budget Hobby's video tutorial:



Directions for resin coaster:
1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in a combination of glitters, confetti and snowflake sequins.
3.  Pour into molds.
4.  With a lighter or straw, pop bubbles as needed.
5.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
6.  Print and cut out images you want to use.  I printed mine using a color laser printer.  
7.  Using Super Gloss Mod Podge, I applied them to the coasters.  I let the first coat dry and followed it with a second coat and let it dry overnight.  Be sure to completely cover the paper, otherwise you will get dark spots.
8.  Prepare more resin and pour over the coasters.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding!

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

Mona



Monday, May 11, 2015

DIY Beachy Vases or Votives Dollar Store Makeover Craft Klatch

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If bought these glass votive holders, but they could also be vases.  I found them at Dollar Tree and wanted to give them an easy beachy makeover.  If you watch my channel, you know I love anything beachy!

You will need:
-  Glass votives
-  Martha Stewart frost glass paint
-  Makeup sponges


Here is a sampler pack of the paints available on Amazon, otherwise they should be available at your craft store:

Here is the video tutorial:

 



Directions:
  1. First I cleaned them with a little rubbing alcohol, to make sure there weren’t any oils or grease to prevent the paint from sticking.
  2. I used Martha Stewart Frost glass paint, in different colors.
  3. Using makeup sponges, also from the dollar store, I dabbed a thin layer on the entire outer surface.  I had my hand on the inside of the vase, so I wouldn’t smudge the paint while working.  Once covered, I let it dry.
  4. Once dry, I repeated with a total of four thin coats.
  5. You can leave them to dry and they become permanent in a couple of weeks, or you can put them in the oven to set the color sooner!

Now you have your beachy, frosty votives or vases to brighten up your decor!  Think summer parties, weddings, summer decor! 

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona


Friday, May 8, 2015

DIY Vacation Picture Coaster - Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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I wanted to try preserving some pictures for a fun coaster and a unique way to display your vacation photos!




You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work too!
-  Transparency film for laser printers
-  Laser printer (you can go to a Kinkos or office supply store and they may be able to print them for you).
-  Scissors


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







Directions:
  1. I started with vacation pictures and printed them on a transparency film using a laser printer.  Try not to touch the images, you don’t want to get finger prints on them.
  2. I cut them into circles using a circle cutter, but you could trace a circle and cut it with scissors.  The circle cutter didn’t cut all the way through, I had to follow up with scissors.  I cut them just smaller than the mold cavity.
  3. I prepared my resin.  I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work too.
  4. I poured it into the molds.  I prepared 3 ounces of resin total.
  5. Once the resin is in the mold, I gave it a minute or two before using a lighter to pop the bubbles.
  6. Then, I carefully slid the pictures into the resin.
  7. Using my stir stick, I pressed them down, making sure I press all the bubbles out from under the pictures.
  8. I again popped bubbles.
  9. Then, it’s time to let them cure, a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.


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

Mona

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

Here are some of the items available through Amazon:


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