Saturday, June 30, 2012

ATTACK OF THE GIANT ANTS! Recycled Golf Ball Ants Craft Project DIY






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Here's a giant ant that won't disrupt your picnic, or eat your house!  I promise!


Materials:

-  Three golf balls:  http://amzn.to/2mcee0e
-  Black spray paint (I used outdoor spray paint in a satin black):  http://amzn.to/2kWVOjG
-  Red spray paint, if you want to make fire ants:  http://amzn.to/2mcAlnf
-  Wire hanger:  Check your closet 😉
-  20 gauge wire:  http://amzn.to/2lzoSkU
-  Hot glue gun & hot glue:  http://amzn.to/2kWJzno
-  Ultimate glue, or Weldbond:  http://amzn.to/2kX172R
-  Pliers:  http://amzn.to/2mcl71F
-  Wire cutters:  http://amzn.to/2kBPRwQ
-  Drill or rotary tool:  http://amzn.to/2kNvBU1
-  Safety glasses:  http://amzn.to/2kBXYcJ

Here are some of the items, incase you want to give it a try.  You can do red ants instead, if you want to do fire ants!





Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Glue the three golf balls together.
2.  Drill six holes in the sides (three on each side) of the ant.  I put one on the back part and two in the middle and left the head without any holes (for now).
3.  Cut six pieces of the wire hanger - approximately 2.5 inches in length- and bend each end.  
4.  Insert into the leg holes.
5.  Drill two holes in the head for the antennae.  Take a few inches of the 20 gauge wire and wrap it around a pen or skewer to create the antennae. 
6.  Hot glue the legs and antennae.
7.  Spray paint the ant.  Let it dry and your are done!!
8.  Display proudly!

*For those of you down south, you might want to go red for fire ants!


I'd love to see what you come up with!  Share your creations on our Facebook page!

Have fun and Happy Crafting!

Mona

UPDATE:
Just a warning. We have had 90 -100 degree+ heat here in the Chicago area (most of the summer) and they held up well, but eventually the hot glue just couldn't hold it anymore. So, I would suggest using an epoxy, or what I did to fix it. I broke out my rotary tool and drilled a hole where they were glued together, used another piece of wire hanger, squirt some glue in holes and hot glued together again. I let it all dry and spray painted it. It worked like a charm and you can't tell they ever came apart.  Now if it gets hot, the hanger inside doesn't allow it to try and pull apart.  The heat here has continued and they are holding up fine!  If you are using them inside, the hot glue is more than enough.

Mona 







Friday, June 29, 2012

Firework Twinkle Lights from Recycled Water Bottles






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Who doesn't love fireworks?!  Now you don't have to wait until dark!  I've been working on this project for a while to come up with the best way to do this and I think I FINALLY got it!  I thought this would be a really fun way to recycle and reuse water bottles and spruce up our homes for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday!  Good for the environment and a great way to spend some time crafting with the kids, or a cooperative husband!  If you get the outdoor twinkle lights, they are also weather safe!

It's an easy craft and here is the video tutorial incase I don't explain myself clearly enough:





Materials:

-  Twinkle lights
-  Empty and clean water bottles
-  Scissors
-  Permanent markers in red and blue
-  Heat gun
-  Rotary tool, or drill
-  Spatula or something flat that can handle a little heat







Directions:
1.  Clean water bottle and remove label.  
2.  Take cap off of water bottle and cut water bottle 2-2.5 inches from the top (see video)
3.  Take red or blue permanent market and color the outside of the water bottle and the inside of the cap.
4.  Cut strips down the side of the bottle, but don't go too far down.  
5.  Take spatula or something heat resistant to keep hold some of the strips down.  Bend them on the edge of the table and holding down the strips, quickly heat with heat gun, just until they bend and are set.  It's a very short shot with the heat gun.  Do that around the whole bottle.
6.  Heat the upper portion of the strips - again it's a quick shot with the heat gun.  
7.  Take a drill or rotary tool and drill a hole in the cap.  You want to take one of the twinkle lights out of its socket and see that the bottom fits through the hole in the cap.  I eyeball it.  
8.  Put the cap on the twinkle light and sandwich the cap between the light and the socket.  (I think it's called a socket).
9.  Screw on the firework portion of the bottle and hang up and decorate!


Happy Crafting and have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!  

I'd love comments and I'd love to see picture of this or any of the projects you have made!  Send them to me at craftklatch@gmail.com

Mona



Yes I took this picture in the bathroom because
I wanted to get a picture of it lit up in the dark.  
Hope you don't mind.



Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Recycle Water Bottles and Turn Them Into Calla Lilies!

Recycle old water bottles and turn them into calla lilies.  Could you imagine how cute a bouquet of these would be on a little girls tea party table?  It's easy and fun!


Materials:

-  Empty water bottles (16.9 oz)
-  Permanent markers
-  Faux gems
-  Pipe cleaners (only need half of a pipe cleaner per flower)
-  Heat gun (the kind used in rubber stamping)
-  Scissors
-  Hot glue
-  Wood skewer




Directions:

1.  Carefully cut off the top portion (approximately top 1/3) of the water bottle.  Most bottles are pretty thin and cut easily with regular scissors.  Take the cap off to cut the bottle, otherwise there will be air trapped inside.  After cutting it, screw cap back on.

2.  Cut a slit down one side.  Trim sharp corners and round the top edges of the slit area.  

3.  Take permanent market and color the outside of the bottle.  (You can do the inside or outside, depending on which look you prefer.)

4.  Take skewer or something that will allow you to hold the bottle in place while using the heat gun.  Begin heating the plastic with the heat gun.  It will melt quickly and you may want to alternate heating it inside and outside - again depending on the look you prefer.  There is no right or wrong.

5.  When you have finished melting the flower portion and it has cooled, turn it over and heat the cap.  Heat the cap until it is soft enough to puncture with the skewer.  You want the hole to be large enough to fit the pipe cleaner.

6.  Cut pipe cleaner in half.  Bend a small portion into an "L" shape at one end.  Stick the pipe cleaner through the hole.  

7.  Make sure the hot glue is well heated and carefully put it in the inside of the flower portion, where the bottle cap is.  It should cover the pipe cleaner and more.  Carefully put the gem into the flower, being careful to keep the gem side up.  

8.  Tap gem into the hot glue.

That's it!  Enjoy your new bouquet! 
They add color and don't need any watering!

Here's the video tutorial:








I appreciate comments and am happy to answer any questions.  I would love to see how yours turn out!  

Share them here, or on my Facebook page!

Thanks for visiting and Happy Crafting!

Mona


  

Monday, June 25, 2012

Golf Ball Buddy Craft

Do you ever wonder what to get a golfer?  How about making something fun?  Make it for your husband or your father.  Have the kids help!  Your Golf Ball Buddy can be happy or grumpy.  Make it look like the person you are making it for, or go off in a totally different direction.  There is no wrong or right!!

These are great to hang on a golf bag, or make as an ornament.  Think holiday gifts!

Have fun with it and I would LOVE to see what you come up with!  Post your photos on our Facebook page, or send them to craftklatch@ gmail.com and I'll include them in a future post!

Here are a few examples:







Here is the video tutorial:




Materials:

-  1 Golf ball
-  1 Eye hook
-  White, black, flesh and whatever hair color you want acrylic paint
-  Black permanent marker - can use black paint instead
-  Paint brush (small/thin)
-  Glue - plain white glue
-  Embroidery thread or yarn similar to hair color
-  Final finish - spray varnish or polyurethane

Directions:

1.  Take a drill or use something to puncture the outside layer of the golf ball.  Be careful.  You do not need to drill very far.  Just getting past the white layer is all you need.  Take the eye hook and screw it into the golf ball - should go in very easily.

2.  Paint golf ball flesh color and let dry.  I take a wire and loop it through the eye hook and hang it to dry.

3.  Take the back of the paint brush and dip it in the white paint.  Make two dots where you want the eyes to be.   Let dry.

4.  Take back of paint brush and dip into the black paint.  Use that to make the black pupils for the eyes.  You can use the black permanent marker if you prefer.  

5.  Use the black permanent marker and draw the mouth.

6.  Take paint brush and paint on the hair with whatever color you have chosen and let dry.

7.  Meanwhile, snip the yarn or embroidery thread into pieces for the hair.  When hair paint  is dry, glue on the thread or yarn to give the hair texture.  Let dry.  When dry, take the hair paint color and paint over the yarn or thread.  It pulls the whole look together.  Let everything dry.

8.  When dry, use a finish spray, or brush on varnish or polyurethane to help protect your Golf Ball Buddy!  

Let it dry and give as a gift!   Enjoy!  Enjoy!  Enjoy!

I'd love to see your creations!  Send them to me, or post them on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Craft-Klatch/147783891978376


Happy Crafting!  

Mona






Sunday, June 24, 2012

Wish Bracelet Craft

Have you every heard of a wish bracelet?  Well here are a few:



The idea behind a wish bracelet is fun.  You take the bracelet and tie it on your wrist.  While tying it on your wrist, you make a wish.  You wear the bracelet until it falls off on it own and legend has it your wish will come true!

These are fun for kids and adults alike!  Who doesn't like to believe in wishes coming true?  You can take it one step further and choose colors with specific meanings.  Take time to research the meaning of different colors.  If you have a sick friend make one with a color that symbolizes healing.  For your girlfriend who feels she has kissed too many frogs and can't find her prince, make a pink one that signifies love.

Here is the video tutorial:



Have fun with it and I'd love to see and hear what you come up with!  I love feedback!

Happy Crafting!

Mona

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pink Golf Ball Poodle



This is a really cute project to give as a gift or to do with kids.  How cute would it be to have the pink poodle as a centerpieces at a wedding for avid golfers, or even for a golf outing, little girl's birthday party?



Of course, you don't need a reason to make them!  Do it because it's fun!  Here's the video tutorial for the Pink Poodle:


Here's the link on how to make the black and white Golf Ball Poodle.

You will need:
-  Seven golf balls
-  Pink acrylic paint
-  Pink felt
-  Pink pom poms
-  Hot glue
-  Golf tee
-  Two google eyes
-  Small black bead
-  Wood bead



Directions:

1.  Paint all of the golf balls pink.  I found the caps for bottled water make excellent stands so the golf balls don't roll away.  It will leave a mark, but you can touch it up and just have those parts glued to the inside.

2.  Paint wood bead and golf tee pink.

3.  Cut ears from felt.  I folded my felt in half and did a free hand cut.  I folded it in half so both would come out identical.  

4.  Hot glue pom poms to bottom of ears.

5.  Start gluing the golf balls together.  First glue the bottom four.  Then the two directly above.  Make sure you have a dab of glue wherever the balls touch one another.  Finally, glue on the head.  

6.  Glue on the golf tee as the tail.  Take four smaller pom poms and glue around the base.  Take one larger pom pom and glue at the tip of the tail.

7.  Glue on wood bead for the snout.

8.  Glue on small black bead for the nose.  

9.  Glue on google eyes.  

10.  Glue on ears.

11.  Glue on large pom poms on top of head, between ears.

Viola!  You are done!  

Have fun and Happy Crafting!  





Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tissue Paper Flower with Colored Edge


These flowers are perfect for gift toppers and easy too!  They are less expensive than a store bought bow and you can customize for any occasion!  Have fun and let your creativity soar!  Post your creations on our Facebook Page!   




Here is the tutorial on how to make the flowers:









Here is how to do it:

Materials you will need:
-  Tissue paper (one full sheet makes one flower)
-  Green pipe cleaner
-  Bead
-  Hot glue
-  Glitter
-  Scissors
-  Marker

Directions:
1.  Fold the tissue paper in half four times.  You should end up with a square, but some tissue paper will end up rectangular.  It doesn't matter.  You want to cut a circle (we aren't going for perfection - don't stress it) and make sure you cut all the away around.  
2.  Fold in half again and cut petal shapes (see video).  
3.  Open it to see if it is how you wanted it to be.  If it is, refold it and take your marker and color just along all of the outer edges, while it is folded.
4.  Fold into quarters and snip off the corner, to give you a hole in the center of the flower pieces.
5.  Choose a bead.  (Here is a video on how to marble wood beads with nail polish)
6.  Put pipe cleaner through bead and twist a small piece underneath.
7.  Feed the pipe cleaner through the flower pedals and scootch the pedals around so they aren't perfectly stacked.
8.  Put a bead of glue around the base of the bead and pour some glitter on the hot glue.  Let it cool and shake of excess.
9.  Flip the flower over and run a bead of hot glue where the stem and tissue paper meet and put on glitter.  Shake off excess.
10.  When cool, take each layer and separate it and scrunch it up toward the bead.  
11.  That's it!  Stand back and enjoy your creation!

These would be beautiful on top of a gift, instead of a store bought bow.  A bouquet of these would be nice at a baby shower.  How about centerpieces at a bridal shower?  Tissue paper comes in all colors and can be made to match the wedding colors!

I'd love to see how you use these!  Email pictures to craftklatch@gmail.com or post on ourFacebook page 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Craft-Klatch/147783891978376

I love comments and Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tissue Paper Flower with Glass Bead




My original YouTube video on how to make tissue paper flowers (click here to see the original) has gotten quite a few views in a short amount of time and I really enjoyed making them, but I thought I would like to try different ways.  Above is the flower I came up with.  Originally I was going to have it trimmed in color, but forgot to do it and there will be another video and post showing how to do that.  


Here's the tutorial for this new flower:



Anyway, I was looking around the internet and found this blog, with this beautiful flower:



It inspired me, but it required using a Sizzix machine, which I don't have and I wasn't about to buy one.  Instead, I thought I'd try a different solution.   I played around with a few ideas and that is how it morphed into the flower below.

Below is the flower in the vase.



I also tried it with a striped tissue paper to see how it would turn out.  I don't like it as much, but it's still cute.



Here is how to do it:

Materials you will need:
-  Tissue paper (one full sheet makes one flower)
-  Green pipe cleaner
-  Bead
-  Hot glue
-  Glitter
-  Scissors

Directions:
1.  Fold the tissue paper in half four times.  You should end up with a square, but some tissue paper will end up rectangular.  It doesn't matter.  You want to cut a circle (we aren't going for perfection - don't stress it) and make sure you cut all the away around.  
2.  Fold in half again and cut petal shapes (see video).  
3.  Open it to see if it is how you wanted it to be.  
4.  Fold into quarters and snip off the corner, to give you a hole in the center of the flower pieces.
5.  Choose a bead.  (Here is a video on how to marble wood beads with nail polish)
6.  Put pipe cleaner through bead and twist a small piece underneath.
7.  Feed the pipe cleaner through the flower pedals and scootch the pedals around so they aren't perfectly stacked.
8.  Put a bead of glue around the base of the bead and pour some glitter on the hot glue.  Let it cool and shake of excess.
9.  Flip the flower over and run a bead of hot glue where the stem and tissue paper meet and put on glitter.  Shake off excess.
10.  When cool, take each layer and separate it and scrunch it up toward the bead.  
11.  That's it!  Stand back and enjoy your creation!

These would be beautiful on top of a gift, instead of a store bought bow.  A bouquet of these would be nice at a baby shower.  How about centerpieces at a bridal shower?  Tissue paper comes in all colors and can be made to match the wedding colors!

I'd love to see how you use these!  Email pictures to craftklatch@gmail.com or post on our Facebook page 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Craft-Klatch/147783891978376

I love comments and Happy Crafting!




Saturday, June 9, 2012

Golf Ball Poodle For Father's Day! Easy Craft!




Now this is an EASY craft that you can whip out in no time!  
Need an idea for kids to make a Father's Day gift!  
Here it is!

Materials:

-  7 golf balls
-  Hot glue
-  Felt cut into teardrop shapes for ears
-  1 golf tee painted black
-  Ribbon (optional)
-  Small white pom pom
-  Small black bead
-  Two googly eyes

Here's the video tutorial to see how I did it:





Directions:
1.  Start by gluing two balls together.
2.  Add a third ball
3.  Add the fourth ball - keep in mind that you need to put a dab of glue wherever the balls touch - it's surprisingly sturdy!
4.  Add two above
5.  Add the last ball - I put it up high, but you can put it lower for a different look
6.  Glue golf tee for tail
7.  Glue on google eyes
8.  Glue on pom pom for nose
9.  Glue black bead on pom pom
10. Glue on felt ears
11.  Add ribbon and note if you want!

This will look great on Dad's desk or a bookshelf!  You also have the option to paint the balls if you want a different color.

Have fun and share your photos here, or on our Facebook page!

Happy Crafting and Happy Father's Day!








Pantyhose Fish Sculpture Craft for Father's Day



Here's a fun and easy craft in time for Father's Day!

Materials:

-  Wire hanger
-  Modge Podge, glue or decoupage finish
-  Acrylic paint (any colors you want)
-  A block of wood, or piece of wood
-  Two glass beads
-  Satin polyurethane spray (optional)
-  Tools to help bend wire
-  Pantyhose
-  Thin wire (optional)
-  Hot glue


Here's the tutorial to see how I did it:



Directions:
1.  Bend wire hanger to the shape you want.  It doesn't have to be a fish, so use your imagination!  It can be an abstract sculpture or whatever!

2.  Cover shape with pantyhose.  Trip off excess.  You will lose some definition when you put on the pantyhose.  (Ladies - hopefully they gave use definition when we were wearing them!).  You can either use a dab of glue (hot glue is good) and adhere it to the hanger.  Or, you can use a thin wire and poke it through the pantyhose and twist it around the wire hanger (see video tutorial).

3.  Use Modge Podge, decoupage finish or a white glue and you are going to do 8-10 coats.  The drying time will take the longest.  So plan on AT LEAST two days.

4.  When the coats have dried, you can paint any colors you want.  Go realistic or totally outrageous!  Let it dry.

5.  Use a permanent market and draw pupils on the glass beads.  Hot glue glass beads to the fish.

6.  Find your base  and drill a thin hole so the sculpture can slide right in.

7.  I sprayed mine with a satin indoor/outdoor polyurethane.  If you are keeping it inside, that's optional.  I also took a high gloss polyurethane and went over the eyes to give them shine.

8.  If you are putting on furniture, put little felt dots under the base to prevent scratching.

9.  Enjoy your sculpture.

I would LOVE to see what you guys come up with!  Share here, on our Facebook page, or send me an email!

Happy Crafting and Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Fancy Marshmallow Treat

When I finished making my marshmallow pigs, I had pink white chocolate left over.  I thought I would use it to further dress up a marshmallow.  This is what I came up with:




Watch the quick tutorial to see how I did it:




You will need:

-  Marshmallows
-  Lollipop sticks
-  White chocolate chips
-  Decorating sugars, pearls, or whatever look you are going for. 
 (I used cupcake gems I found at the grocery store.)
-  Food color

Directions:

1.  Heat the chocolate chips in microwave until melted and smooth.  Mix in 2-4 drops of red food color.
2.  Put marshmallow on lollipop stick and dip around halfway down.
3.  Sprinkle on decorations and put in rice bowl or styrofoam block to dry.
That's it!

Imagine these as a centerpiece at a bridal shower in the colors of the wedding.  They would be great for a baby shower, the late night snack table at the wedding, or a kids party.  They can be dressed up or dressed down!  With Father's Day around the corner, you can customize them and make them more masculine!

Have fun with them and I would LOVE to see what you come up with!  Leave comments, send pictures, etc.!

Happy Crafting!