Monday, July 27, 2015

Garbage to Gorgeous Episode #8: Bathroom Makeover on a Budget

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This is my largest Garbage to Gorgeous undertaking yet!  This bathroom was trashed and needed a makeover, but I had a VERY tight budget.  It will eventually get gutted, but in the mean time, it needed to function as a bathroom and not gross people out when they used it.  Using thrift store items, paint and staying very neutral, it gave the bathroom a fresh new look!  Don't underestimate what paint and a little elbow grease can do for you!


Here is the video tutorial that will show you how:




Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you found a little inspiration!

We'll see you next time!  Happy Crafting!

Mona



Monday, July 20, 2015

France Meets the U.S. Wedding Shower Theme DIY

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Hey everyone!  It’s Mona here at Craft Klatch.  Today we are doing a little outside the box party planning.  

Our niece is getting married, in the fall, to a gentleman from France.  They live in New York and most of the family lives in Illinois, so there are limited opportunities to throw her a shower.  After much discussion, it was decided to throw an informal shower/family party on the Fourth of July, since they were going to be in town.  



It was to be on the actual Fourth of July, which presented some challenges because just making it a Fourth of July celebration doesn’t make it feel like a celebration for the guests of honor.  It just feels like a Fourth of July party.

Giving it some thought, it was decided it would be a France Meets the U.S. theme.  That would honor the heritage of both countries AND as luck would have it, France’s flag is also red, white and blue!  PERFECT!  I’m going to take you through how it all came together.

I had quite a time finding any good French party themed items that weren't pink.  When I began to panic, I realized Oriental Trading!  They have just the right thing for EVERY occasion!  Watch the video to see how I was able to incorporate my crafts, along with some great decorations from Oriental Trading!!

See how it came together here:





I just wanted to show you that you can combine different themes to make a fun party and personalize it to your guests.  Some of my recent crafts and DIYs came in quite handy!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember Oriental Trading when 
you plan your next party!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Here are some of the great Oriental Trading products you saw in the video:

-  Statue of Liberty Stand Up
-  Eiffel Tower Stand Up
-  Beverage dispenser
-  Red cups
-  Eiffel Tower Favor Boxes
-  Champagne glasses
-  Red, white and blue mints
-  Red, white and blue candy sticks

Mona


Friday, July 17, 2015

Wedding Coasters DIY - Another Coaster Friday

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We are deep into wedding season, so I thought I'd make a couple of wedding coasters.


You will need:

-  Resin - I use Easy Cast or Envirotex Lite
-  Laser printer, or you can have a copy store copy your image onto the transparency film
-  Circle cutter (optional)

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Mix two ounces of resin and add some white pigment ink.  The two ounces should be enough to create a base for both coasters.
2.  Pour into the mold.
3.  Pop bubbles.  I typically use a lighter, but it can leave a smokey look on the white coaster.  So I used a straw and blew on the resin and that pops the bubbles.  It takes longer, but it works.
4.  I let it sit a minimum of 12 hours.
5.  I printed out the words Mr and Mrs onto transparency film and cut them out with my circle cutter.
6.  I prepared  two more ounces of resin and poured it into each cavity - on top of the white.  I popped the bubbles and then slid the transparency film into the resin.
7.  Using my stir stick, pressed down the transparency film, making sure to press all the bubbles out from under it.   
8.  Pop bubbles and let sit for a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

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

Mona




Monday, July 13, 2015

Easy Dollar Store Vase Makeover DIY!

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I have a quickie project for you today!  It's sooooo easy!  Transform a dollar store vase and change it again as often as you like!




You will need:
-  Dollar store vase, with straight sides
-  I used a laser printer - but you can have it printed on transparency film at the copy store too!

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Print out an image, I did the Eiffel Tower, on transparency film.  I printed it out on a laser printer, but you could take it to a copy store and they can print it on transparency film for you.
2.  Roll the film and slip it into the vase.  Now you have a vase that looks like the image is printed on it.

I made it to use as a centerpiece, which I will show you in a future video and post.  However, if you want to use it as an actual vase, put a clear glass inside and then you can use it as a vase!  Change it up as often as you want!

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

Mona


Friday, July 10, 2015

Shark Coasters DIY - Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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It's Shark Week, so I simply must make more shark coasters!!  


You will need:
-  Resin (Easy Cast or Envirotex Lite)
-  Color laser printer or copy machine
-  Resin pigment - blue transparent
-  Circle cutter (optional)

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Print out your images on the transparency film.  If you don't have a laser printer, you can take an image to the copy store and have them copy it to the transparency film.
2.  Cut it out just slightly smaller than the size of the mold.
3.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
4.  I made three ounces, so each coaster was one and a half ounces.
5.  Add three of four drops of pigment and mix well.
6.  Pour half into two molds.
7.  Slide in your images.
8.  With a stir stick, press down on the images until all the bubbles are released from underneath.
9.  Pop bubbles as necessary.
10. Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

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

Mona



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


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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