Monday, July 6, 2015

Garbage to Gorgeous #7: Frame Makeover - DIY Craft Klatch

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You've been asking for another Garbage to Gorgeous.  I have been holding onto an old frame, from our friend Joe.  If you remember Joe, he gave me a bunch of stuff when he was moving to Florida.  Basically, it was all garbage.  He gave me boxed of thumbtacks, which I turned into two flowers.  He also gave me a wine holder that had grapes on it and I transformed it to a beachy wine holder.

In the load of stuff he left for me was a brass frame.  It was dirty, dusty, broken and out of date.  I was tempted on numerous occasions to just trash it myself, but I kept thinking this will come in handy for something.....

My husband's niece is getting married this fall.  She lives in New York and her fiancĂ© is from France.  We live outside of Chicago.  Because her time is limited for a shower, we had to take what we could.  She and her fiance are in for the Fourth of July, so that was our only chance.  Instead of a traditional shower, it is more of an informal couples shower/family get together/barbecue.  That obviously lead to some challenges, on how to handle everything.  I will have a future post and video to show how the party came together, but this occasion turned out to be the perfect time for the frame makeover!!  Score!

This is actually going to be a part of the centerpiece at the shower/cookout.  Since it is taking place on the actual Fourth of July, we decided to make it a theme of the US meets France.  I didn't realize how hard it would be to find decorations, so I had to wing it on some things, which is where this frame comes into play.  We needed a centerpiece and something personal, so it didn't feel generic.  I took a picture from her Facebook page and with a little picmonkey.com help, I transformed it into a fun photo, where he has the Statue of Liberty torch and crown and she is wearing a beret and a very French mustache!


Frame with doctored up picture:


You will need:
-  Junky frame - mine was brass
-  Black spray paint
-  Stand - mine was from Dollar Tree
-  Glue - I used The Ultimate glue
-  Scrapbook paper with wedding rings
-  A piece of white card stock

Here is the video tutorial, where I show you exactly how I did it:





Directions:
1.  Wash and dry the frame to remove any dust and dirt.  Remove the backing and the glass.
2.  Spray paint it black, on the front and the back.  This will take multiple coats.  
3.  Also paint the stand black.
4.  While the paint is drying, take your scrapbook paper and card stock to cover the backing.  I removed the old fabric backing off of the one I had.  See the video above and I show you exactly how I covered it.
5.  Put it back together and you have a frame that is updated, trendy and like new!

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

Mona



Friday, July 3, 2015

Minion Coasters DIY - Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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The Minions movie is coming out soon, so in honor of the cute minions, I thought it was time for a coaster!



You will need:

-  Resin (Envirotex Lite or Easy Cast)
-  Print of minions on transparency film (I used laser printer
-  Circle cutter or scissors
If you can find Minion stickers, you can use them instead!

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Mix resin according to the package directions.  I used one ounce per coaster for the first pour.  
2.  Mix in white pigment.
3.  Pour into coaster mold.
4.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
5.  Print and cut out minions on transparency film.  (Or if you can find cute minion stickers, put them in place.)
6.  Prepare more resin (once ounce per coaster) and pour into molds.
7.  Slide in the transparency film and with your stir stick press them down.  Make sure you press out any bubbles that might be stuck underneath.
8.  Allow it to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

Now you can unmold them and you have super cute coasters!  

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

Mona


Monday, June 29, 2015

4th Of July Table Decorations DIY - Craft Klatch

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Are you ready for the 4th of July?  Well here are some ideas to decorate your table!





You will need:
-  Glass candlesticks, vases, votives or bowls from the dollar store (I found mine at Dollar Tree)
-  Red spray paint
-  Blue spray paint
-  Foam star stickers
-  Glue - I used the Ultimate glue or use E6000 or any glue that adheres to glass and dries clear.


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Spray paint the items you want red.  Let them dry.
2.  On the items you want blue, add the foam stars and press them down.
3.  Spray paint blue and let dry.
4.  Once dry, remove the foam star stickers.
5.  Take glue and glue the pieces together as you like them.
6.  Allow to dry.

Now you can fill them with candy, or utensils on the buffet table.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona



Friday, June 26, 2015

DIY Fourth of July Coaster - Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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I don't know how it is possible that I never made a 4th of July coaster, but I haven't, so it's time!


You will need:
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work too!

Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according the package directions.  
2.  Mix in the confetti stars.
3.  Pour into your mold.
4.  After a few minutes, pop bubbles with your lighter or a straw.
5.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

That's it!  Happy Fourth of July and Happy Crafting!  Have a safe holiday!

Mona


Here are items available through Amazon:




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How to Make a Cheap and Easy Spray Paint Booth DIY! Craft Klatch

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I do a fair amount of spray painting and it can be pretty messy.  I have accidentally spray painted stairs, decks and concrete with my overspray, so I needed a cheap and easy solution!

I saw some foam board and Dollar Tree and thought I'd give it a try.  I sprayed some paint on it to make sure it didn't eat right through it and it didn't.  This is not a last forever spray paint booth, so we are clear going into this.  It's a temporary solution, but it might last a good long while.  We will have to see!  I spent $5 on foam board and had some duct tape lying around.  


You will need:
-  Foam board (5 sheets)
-  Duct tape or packing tape might work even better


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Tape together three sheets of foam board (longways) to begin making a box.
2.  Cut shorter sides and tape in place.  

It should look like a box with one missing side.

That's it!  I could not be easier and it spares me a lot of headache and mess!  I have it sitting out in my garage and I don't have to worry about the overspray!

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

Mona



Friday, June 19, 2015

Jurassic World Coasters DIY - Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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I was asked to make a Jurassic World coaster, so I made three.  



You will need:
-  Resin
-  Coaster mold
-  Stickers or print outs from Jurassic World
-  Glitter - chunky black, fine silver, fine red, fine blue
-  Super Gloss Mod Podge
-  Here is the laser printer I use


Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Prepare resin, according to the package directions.  I made two ounces total, to make the base pour for all three coasters.
2.  Mix in glitter and pour into cavity.
3.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before moving on.
4.  Find pictures or stickers of Jurassic World and Mod Podge them onto the resin.  Make sure you get it well coated and do multiple coats.  Be sure it dries COMPLETELY!
FYI:  I like to print my pictures out on card stock, using a laser printer, and I use a permanent marker to color the edge, so you don't have a white edge showing.
5.  Once dry, add a thin layer of resin.  Again, I prepared two ounces and it was enough to cover all three of the coasters.
6.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  I hope you like them!  Let me know if you have seen the movie!

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona



Monday, June 15, 2015

Faux Resin Opals DIY

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I was asked to make resin opals again and  I took a little bit of a different approach this time.  



You will need:
-  Resin molds (click HERE for a different one)
-  Resin
-  Confetti glitter (check craft store for availability)
-  Pigment powder
-  Black pigment dye

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Mix your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  I separated the resin into four smaller cups and mixed in a small amount of confetti.  Put a small amount of mixture in the mold cavity.
3.  I added a small amount of pigment powder to the remaining resin in the cup.  Add whatever color you want to make them and add it to the cavity.
4.  Repeat with other colors of your choosing.
5.  Allow to cure for a minimum of 12 hours.

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

Mona



Friday, June 12, 2015

DIY Sharpie Watercolor Coaster Experiment - Another Coaster Friday

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After doing my original Sharpie watercolor coaster video, I had people wanting me to do an experiment with a white background and a black background, to see how they would turn out.  So I created this easy DIY video and you can see how the craft experiment turned out!



You will need:
-  Resin or resin
-  Pigment dyes in white and black
-   Rubbing alcohol


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Mix resin, according to the package directions.  You only need an ounce or an ounce an a half for each coaster, for the first pour.
2.  In separate cups, mix black pigment dye and white pigment dye.  Mix and pour into mold cavities.
3.  Allow to cure, a minimum of 12 hours.
4.  Once cured, take any combination of Sharpie marker and draw all over the coasters.  FYI - I did not have any luck with having anything show up on the black, so you can skip that step on the black.
5.  Drip rubbing alcohol on the coasters, which will make the markers bleed and will create a watercolor effect.
6. Allow to completely dry.
7. Mix two and a half ounces and split it into two small cups.  
8.  Pour first half onto the white coaster.
9.  I salvaged the black coaster by mixing some fine glitter into the remaining resin and then pouring it over.

Once cured, you can unmold them!!

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

Mona



Monday, June 8, 2015

DIY Potty Pass - Perfect Teacher Gift - Craft Klatch

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Have you been searching for a unique teacher gift?  You found it!  It's a perfectly customizable Potty Pass!!




You will need:
-  Mini loaf mold (I found mine at Walmart in the baking section)
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work
-  Ribbon or tulle
-  Drill

Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Print out a design on transparency film.  I used a laser printer and designed it within a word processing program.
2.  Cut it to size.
3.  Mix two ounces of resin.
4.  Pour resin into the loaf mold.
5.  Slide your design into the resin.  Using your stir stick, press the transparency film down, making sure you have pushed out all of the bubbles.
6.  Use a lighter to pop any bubbles.
7.  Let it cure for a minimum of 12 hours.
8.  Using a drill, drill a hole into the corner of the potty pass.
9.  Add a ribbon.

Now you have a pretty potty pass!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Here are the some items available from Amazon that might help, if you want to give it a try:


Friday, June 5, 2015

Koosh Ball Coaster DIY - Craft Klatch Another Coaster Friday

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I was sent this cute koosh ball bracelet to incorporate into a craft.  I decided it was screaming to be a part of a coaster!!



You will need:
-  A koosh ball bracelet.  
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast - Envirotex Lite would work too.


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Prepare some resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix your koosh balls into the resin.  They will float, so be aware.  You only need a small amount of resin to coat the koosh balls.
3.  Place them into the mold.
4.  Remove bubbles as needed.  For this particular coaster, I would use the straw method, where you just blow through a drinking straw and pop the bubbles.
5.  Let it cure for several hours, so the resin is set enough so they won't float when you add more resin.
6.  Prepare more resin.  
7.  Pour over the koosh balls until they are covered and you have a level surface.
8.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.  

That's it!  Now you have a colorful and fun coaster!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

DIY Princess Mirror Room Decor - Dollar Store Craft - Craft Klatch Collaboration with Mommy Crafts A Lot!

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Time for another collab!!  Today I teamed up with Linda, from Mommy Crafts A Lot!  Linda is a master bow maker and dollar store enthusiast!  We decided to each make something crafted with items from Dollar Tree.  We could use glue, glitter and paint from other sources if needed, otherwise it was Dollar Tree all the way!

I think we did pretty well!

I made a Princess Mirror!



Linda made an ADORABLE Summer Pool Noodle Wreath!!!



Be sure to check out Linda's YouTube Channel and I'll have all her links later in this post! 

As for the Princess Mirror, here is what you will need (all items, except for glue were bought at Dollar Tree - not a sponsor):

-  Four children's necklaces in pink and purple
-  One rectangular mirror
-  One bunch of pink flowers
-  One package of purple flowers (2 butterflies)
-  One tiara, comes with the wand
-  Glue - I did a combo of hot glue and The Ultimate Glue


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Open the necklace and trim off the white plastic piece where they connect.
2.  Using hot glue, tack an end purple bead to the corner of the mirror and let it set.  That will tack down your end piece, so the necklace won't move while the other glue is drying.
3.  Using a toothpick, skewer stick or popsicle stick, apply glue along the edge of the mirror, to about midway, and then attach the middle piece with hot glue, again to tack it in place.  The Ultimate glue will dry clear and have a strong bond, but make sure the beads are touching the glue so they will stick.  Continue on and at the end of that side of the mirror, tack the last bead with a dot of hot glue.  Continue around the whole mirror.
4.  Repeat with the pink necklaces on the inside of the purple beads.  I cut the pink necklace into shorter lengths to make it easier to place and work with.
5.  Once everything is secure, take your tiara and cut it.  I used wire cutters and it cut very easily, so it would stick out from the mirror, but attach flat.  You can see what I mean in the video, or the picture at the top.  TIP:  Before attaching the tiara, look at the back of the mirror to make sure you are attaching it to the correct end.  The mirror should have hooks on the back, so you know which way it will hang.
6.  Then add your want, your butterflies and your flowers.  I attached all of the items with a combination of hot glue and The Ultimate Glue.
7.  Allow everything to dry.

Now hang the mirror for your little princess!  

Here is Linda's video tutorial:





Here are Linda's links, so be sure to find her and check out her channel and her website!

Here are Mommy Crafts A Lot links and be sure to subscribe to one or more of her channels and check out her blog:
Check it out on her blog: http://www.themommycraftsalotblog.com
Instagram: mommycraftsalot

I hope you enjoyed our projects and let us know what you think!

Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona