Wednesday, August 20, 2014

30,000 Subscribers Giveaway!

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Thank you EVERYONE who helped me hit 30,000+  subscribers!  To show my appreciation, I am doing a giveaway!  I am giving away the Crab Ring, the Dream Wish Worry Box and the Glitter Pendant!



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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Make Your Own Sea Glass! DIY

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As a kid, I loved sea glass or beach glass.  I still do!  It seems harder to come by at the beach. Certainly you can buy it at the craft store, but I wanted to give making it a try.  I was inspired by a video I saw on YouTube, where a guy tumbled an enormous amount of glass for his flower beds.  It was beautiful!  I wanted to give it a try on a much smaller scale.  Also, I don't have nearly enough glass or a cement mixer!  I have that video linked at the bottom of the post.

Here is my sea glass:


You will need:

-  Rock tumbler (www.orientaltrading.com)
-  Broken glass 
-  Sand


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Set up your rock tumbler.
2.  If you glass is not broken, break it.  In the video, you will see I had quite a time trying to break a wine bottle!  Remember to do it safely.  Wear eye protection and do it in a bag, so glass doesn't get everywhere!
3.  Put broken pieces of glass into the tumbler and add approximately four tablespoons of sand.  Don't put too much glass in, or too much sand.  You need the pieces to actually be able to tumble.
4.  Close up the tumbler and turn it on.  You need to have some patience and you need to realize it's not quiet.  This could easily take a couple of days.  I put mine out the garage.  I checked on it a couple of times a day, until it was tumbled enough.
5.  Once tumbled, wash it off and dry it.  

Now go make something awesome!  I didn't put any clear glass in, but I should have.  The clear glass, once tumbled, is the white sea glass.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Here is the video I was referring to:




***Oriental Trading provided the rock tumbler for review.  The ideas and opinions are all my own.  Here is a direct link to the tumbler I used:  http://www.orientaltrading.com/rock-tumbler-a2-13646175.fltr?Ntt=rock%20tumbler



Monday, August 18, 2014

Garbage to Gorgeous Episode #5: DIY Candle Jar Makeover



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I've had some fun knobs from Hobby Lobby for a while now and I've had some empty candle jars - it was time to get them together!  I am using them to organize buttons in my craft room, but think for a bathroom (Q-tips, cotton balls, etc.).  Or decorate one as part of a gift and add homemade bath salts!  

You will need:
-  Empty candle jars
-  Candlesticks
-  Acrylic paint
-  Drawer pulls/knobs
-  Glue - anything at adheres to glass (E6000, Super Glue Glue All, etc.)
-  Drill or rotary tool
-  WD 40 to clean the candle jars, if you haven't cleaned them already 
-  Spray paint or primer
-  Sandpaper

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Clean the candle jar.  I find WD40 cleans the wax out and takes off the labels beautifully!  Once everything is removed, use some glass cleaner for a final clean up.
2.  Drill a whole in the middle of the lid.  If you want to find the center, watch the video for a little trick to find it!
3.  Lightly sand the lid.  You want to sand it just enough to give the paint a surface it can adhere to.
4.  Paint whatever color you want to the lid.  This will take a minimum of two coats.
5.  Paint the candlestick.  This will also take multiple coats.  If you are using a spray paint that will adhere to the glass, then you don't need a primer.  However, if you are going to use the acrylic paint, then you must first spray on a primer.  Otherwise, the paint will scrape right off.
6.  Glue the candlestick onto the bottom of the glass jar.  
7.  Attach your decorative knob to the lid.
8.  Let everything dry and set and now you have a beautiful decorative jar!  What would have ended up in a landfill just found a new place in my home!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Friday, August 15, 2014

Easy Fingerprint Shark Artwork for Kids!

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This is my last shark craft and it's easy and fun for kids to make.


You will need:
-  Your finger
-  Blue ink pad
-  Blue pen
-  Blue marker
-  Orange marker
-  Paper


Here is the quickie video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Press your finger onto the blue stamp pad.
2.  Immediately press your finger onto the paper.  Repeat until you have as many on your paper as you want.
3.  With a blue pen, draw fins, eye, tail, mouth and teeth.  
4.  With blue marker make water marks.
5.  With orange marker, make a dot and two lines as tails.

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

Mona



DIY Fun Shark Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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Inspired by kids art - I love the simplicity of it - I created this last coaster for Shark Week.  


You will need:
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast or Envirotex Lite (for more info or where to find it internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Craft foam - blue, white and redd
-  Fish stickers
-  Dark blue glitter
-  Coaster mold
-  Glue (I used a super glue)
-  Black button

Here are some of the same or similar items I used, incase you want to give it a try:




Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  You want to created the blue background.  I used three capfuls of each the hardener and resin.  
2.  Mix in the blue glitter and mix well.  You want to make sure you put a bunch of glitter in, but you don't want it to be clumpy.
3.  Allow to cure.
4.  In the meantime, take paper and create templates  for the shape of the head.  You need one for the top of the head and a piece for the bottom.  You can use one of the other cavities you are not using to get the size and shape right.
5.    Trace shapes onto craft foam and cut out.  
6.  Once the resin has cured, you can glue the pieces onto the glitter resin.  I used a fast drying super glue.  You only need a few dots to tack it into the resin.  You don't want any of it squishing out.
7.  Cut thin strips of red craft foam and measure and make sure they fit, to be the gums of the shark.  Carefully tack on with a little bit of glue.
8.  Cut out small triangles from the white craft foam.  Glue them into place as teeth.
9.  Add fish stickers.
10.  Glue a black button on for the eye.
11.  Once glue has dried, you can mix more resin and pour it over everything.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.
12.  Because there is air between the resin and the craft foam, you might have more air bubbles than usual.  Be on top of it and be sure to check multiple times and pop the bubbles with the lighter or straw.

That's it!  Happy Shark Week and Happy Crafting!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mona



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Easy Shark Back to School Pencil Holder or Vase DIY for Shark Week

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Here's a great craft for kids!  It involves recycling and can be for back to school as a pencil holder, or it can be used around the house as a vase (incase you want to decorate for Shark Week!).  Inexpensive and easy!  What could be better?



You will need:
-  Blue craft foam
-  White craft foam
-  Red craft foam
-  Craft eyes (could do googly eyes or black buttons)
-  Glue - I used hot glue, but any glue would work
-  Empty jar - I used a plastic peanut butter jar (cleaned out of course!)


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Create a template using paper.  You can see how I did it in the video.  I use it to measure around the jar and cut one side oval to create the snout of the shark.  I repeat and create a smaller one for the bottom of the shark.
2.  Take the templates and trace around them onto the craft foam.  The larger template (or top of shark) on the blue foam.  The smaller template (or bottom of the shark) on the white foam.  Cut them out.
3.  Now is a good time to double check the sizing.  If they fit as you would like, glue them onto the jar.  I used hot glue for the demonstration.  Any glue should work, but you will have a longer drying time  and might want to secure the foam in place with rubber bands, while the glue is drying.  Remember to glue the white piece on first and then the blue.  You want the blue to overlap.
4.  Cut thin strips of red, long enough to fit in the upper and lower jaws of the shark.  Those will be his gums.  Secure into place with glue.
5.  Cut a strip of white foam and cut triangles out of it.  Do not cute individual triangles, but leave it in a strip.  It will be easier to secure as compared to having to glue each individual tooth.  Do that for the top and the bottom, then glue into place.  I did it behind the gums.
6.  Cut out a template (from a sheet of paper) in the shape of a fin.  Hold it to the shark and see if it looks like the right size.  Then trace onto the blue craft foam, cut out and glue into place.  Sometimes the glue can get a little messy and squish out from under the fin.  I cut two thin strips and affixed them to either side of the fin.
7.  Glue the eyes into place.
8.  Cut very small rectangles and glue them onto the side of the head as gills.  I did three on each side.

That's it!  Let it cool or dry and you can start using it!  Happy Shark Week!  Good luck at school this year!  Happy Crafting!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mona



Sunday, August 10, 2014

DIY Shark Golf Balls Recycling Craft for Shark Week

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Here's another craft in honor of Shark Week!  I was just watching as I was writing this and found myself fascinated and creeped out and fascinated and creeped out and FASCINATED!

Here is a much cuter version of a shark than any I saw on TV!



You will need:
-  Golf balls
-  Gray paint in two shades
-  Blue paint in two shades
-  Fine point permanent marker
-  Googly eyes
-  Craft foam in blue and gray
-  Glue

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Take your permanent marker and draw the mouth, teeth and outline around the mouth.  I show you how to do it in the video.
2.  Paint the darker color on the ball, outside of the outline.  This will take at least two coats.
3.  Once dry, cut out fins and tail.  The dorsal fins are triangles, as are the two smaller side fins.  The tail is also a basic shape.  
4.  Glue them in place.  You can use hot glue or other glue.
5.  Glue on the eyes.
6.  Take the lighter colors and paint a pointed area between the eyes and follow it along to the tail.
7.  Cut small strips from scraps.  Glue them on the edge of the eyes, making them look angry.

That's it!  Keep your eyes open!  
Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona



Friday, August 8, 2014

DIY Shark Attack Coaster for Shark Week! Another Coaster Friday!

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I don't know if you like Shark Week on TV or not, but I do!  I don't have as much time to watch it as I would like, but I do catch some of the programming.  I am fascinated by sharks and I don't know why.  I would like to see one in the wild, but I think I'd like to be standing on shore or be in a large boat when I do!  If I was guaranteed it was safe, I'd try a shark cage, but I don't..... seems like they might not be.

Here is my coaster for this week, in honor of Shark Week!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite works well too.  For more information about both, go to www.eti-usa.com.
-  Cello glitter - blue and white (available at Michaels and Hobby Lobby)
-  Clear Mod Podge
-  Picture of a shark, sized and cut out
-  Nail polish - light pearly blue and white (optional and acrylic paint could be substituted)
-  India ink or resin dye


Here are some items that you might find helpful, incase you wanted to give it a try.  I was asked about the printer I use, so I included that too:



Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Mix your resin according to the package directions.  You need enough to cover to bottom of the mold.  Mix in one drop of blue india ink and mix.  Add blue cello glitter and mix well.
2.  Pour into the coaster mold and help it spread around  You will likely have a lumpy surface, so once it has set, add another layer of resin tinted with blue ink.  Make sure it is enough to give it a flat surface.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
3.  Cut out a picture of a shark.  The technique I did works with magazine photos, laser printer photos and copy photos.  This will not work with inkjet.  I don't do much with inkjet and I know there are ways to decoupage with inkjet.  If you only use inkjet, do a search and see what you can come up with!
4.  Place your picture in water for a few seconds.  It will begin to curl.  Take it out and carefully dab it dry with a towel.
5.  Take your Mod Podge and paint the surface of your coaster (the whole top).  Take Mod Podge and brush it on the back of your shark photo.
6.  Place the shark photo down on the coaster.  With more Mod Podge on your brush, brush it down.  Put some Mod Podge on your finger and gently rub it down, which will help remove any trapped bubbles.  Again brush some Mod Podge all over the coaster.
7.  Allow to dry and recoat with Mod Podge at least two more times.  This seals the paper and you don't get dark spots on your picture when you pour the resin.
8.  Once all the coats have dried, put some Mod Podge in a disposable cup.  Mix in the white cello glitter.  You want the glitter to be covered, but you want it to be very thick.  Using your mixing stick, put the mixture along the bottom of the shark - where he would be coming out of the water.  The white glitter is supposed to look like the water splashing out around his neck.  Allow to completely dry - I would suggest over night.  If the Mod Podge isn't completely dry before pouring the next batch of resin, the Mod Podge will become cloudy/milky.  That is minimized with the gloss Mod Podge, but it still won't be as clear.
9.  I used nail polish, but you could use acrylic paint to add some additional splashes and I used the white to dab on some of the raised areas of the white glitter.  I was just trying to give the splashes some definition.  It's pretty subtle.
10.  When everything is dry, pour a clear coat of resin - enough to give it a flat surface and let it cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!  Keep both eyes open if you go swimming in the ocean!

Happy Shark Week!

Mona






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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

DIY Nail Polish Washer Necklaces - Hardware Store Jewelry


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It's time to raid your father, boyfriend or husband's workshop, or take a trip to the hardware store!  This is an excellent craft to get the kids involved with and it would be a great sleepover or birthday party activity!  Let's make some jewelry!!


You will need:
-  Flat washers - whatever sizes you want
-  Nail polish - whatever colors you want
-  Clear top coat nail polish
-  Cord - I used braiding cord and bamboo cord
-  16 gauge galvanized wire from hardware store
-  Glue - optional and only needed if you want to stack

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Clean the washers - you can wipe them down with rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner.
2.  Start applying nail polish.  You might want to wait between coats on some and mix others.  Just experiment.  Let your creativity run wild.
3.  Once you have them decorated as you wish, be sure to apply a topcoat and allow it to completely dry.
4.  It's time to add a cord.  The first one I made, the orange one with the bike, I took the wire and created a sort of "S" hook and added the washer and the bead.  I closed up the "S" hook and added a cord to hang it from.  The others I used the technique of cutting off a length of cording and tying the ends into a knot.  Feed the tied end through the front of the washer and loop it through the cord and you have an instant pendant!
5.  You can add beads like I did.  You can also choose to stack multiple washers and add the cord like above.  When I stacked them, after applying the nail polish and letting them dry, I then glued them together, let it dry and then added the cords.

That's it!  Go make some hardware store jewelry!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Sunday, August 3, 2014

DIY Recycled Golf Ball Penguin

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I have recycled yet another golf ball and this time, it has turned into a penguin!


You will need:

-  Golf ball
-  Black acrylic paint
-  Yellow or orange acrylic paint
-  Googly eyes
-  Two golf tees
-  Glue - I used hot glue, but most glues would work
-  Black permanent marker

Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:

1.  Using the black permanent marker, draw a heart on the ball.  You want the inside of the hear to be white and not have any writing on it.
2.  Take your black acrylic paint and paint the whole ball, with the exception of the heart.  Leave that white.  Allow to dry.  TIP:  Use a water bottle cap to keep the ball from rolling away, while painting and drying.
3.  Take the yellow acrylic paint and paint an upside down triangle for the beak.
4.  Glue on the googly eyes.
5.  Paint the golf tees yellow and allow to dry.  You might want to shorten them, if you feel they are too long.
6.  Glue the tees on the bottom of the golf ball.

That's it!  Now you have a cute penguin to go along with the other cute golf ball critters!  Here are a few: