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Thursday, December 26, 2013

DIY Duct Tape Ornaments How To

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I was asked to do easy ornaments and duct tape crafts.  I thought I would combine the two and here they are!


You will need:

-  Duct or Duck tape in whatever color or pattern you want and silver
-  Craft knife
-  Glitter
-  Glue
-  Hole punch
-  Fishing line

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Take a length of duct tape (4 - 6 inches +/-) and stick it to another piece the same length.  When attaching it, make sure it is offset a little.
2.  Take two more pieces and stick to the other piece.  You are making a small sheet of duct tape.
3.  Use the inside of the duct tape roll and draw a circle on the sheet.
4.  Cut out the circle.
5.  Take a thin strip of silver duct tape and tape to the edge of the circle.  Trim to make it look like the ornament cap.
6.  Use glue and glitter to decorate.  Or use thin strips of duct tape to decorate.
7.  Use a small hole punch to punch a hole in the silver piece.
8.  String a piece of fishing line through the hole and tie a knot.

That's it!  Easy duct tape ornaments for Christmas!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Whatcha Been Doin' Wednesday Christmas Coasters

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DIY Easy Glitter Ornaments How To

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You will need:

-  Glitter in red and green (I did the red ornament with fine glitter and the green with chunky glitter)
-  Red bugle beads
-  Super gloss or gloss Mod Podge
-  Styrofoam ball
-  Hot glue
-  Red ribbon
-  White glue

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Take a skewer stick or screwdriver and poke it into the styrofoam ball.  This allows you to hold the ball while painting with glue.
2.  Generously paint the styrofoam ball with glue.
3.  Sprinkle with glitter.
4.  Allow to dry.
5.  Using your Mod Podge, paint over the glitter.  Immediately sprinkle with bugle beads.  You don't want it to be covered solid.  You just want them sprinkled over with the glitter showing in between.
6.  Allow to dry.

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

Mona




DIY Resin Gingerbread House

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This year I decided to make a gingerbread house that can be used year after year, without worry of mold or ants!  It's a gingerbread house made out of resin!!


You will need:
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast - for more info and where it's available go to www.eti-usa.com.  I do have some sources linked on the Products I Use tab.  Also, Resin Obsession carries the resin and the pigment/colorant.
-  Silicone gingerbread house mold.  I purchased mine off of Amazon and it was the Freshware brand.
-  Tulip Slick Fabric paint in white
-  White glitter
-  Candy ornaments - I purchased mine from Michaels. (gumdrops, candy canes, lollipops, whatever you can find).
-  Red glitter
-  Green glitter
-  Brown resin colorant opaque
-  Glue - I used a combination of hot glue and E6000
-  Small wreath - also from Michaels
-  Small red floral stones
-  Brown acrylic paint
-  Something to put it on.  I put it on a wood plaque from Hobby Lobby, but you could use a tray or anything you like.
*  Note:  You may not be able to find the exact items, but personalize it with what you are able to find.  Or you can make your own!

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.  Stir in colorant.  Stir in enough to make it opaque.  Make a note of the ratio of resin to drops of color you used, to keep the other sides all consistent.  Pour into mold - do not pour into tree cavities or door cavity.  Also note that you want to fill it enough to fill in the window frames, but not the entire windows, like where it would normally be glass.  Allow to set for at least 12 hours.  At this time, you can pour resin and green glitter into the tree mold.  You can pour whatever color you want in the door mold.  I chose a chunky red glitter.  I used the same brown for the gingerbread people.
2.  If the color of the walls did not come out as solid as you had hoped (mine did not), take some brown acrylic paint and paint the inside of the walls with the brown paint.  Allow to dry.
3.  Pour a clear coat of resin on the molds where you painted to brown acrylic paint.  This layer also allows there to be clear windows in the window frames.  Yay!  Allow to set at least 12 hours, but I might wait 24 to 48, to let it property harden because they will be standing upright and might bend if not fully cured.
4.  It's time to unmold the pieces!  I love this part!  Using E6000, start putting the parts together.  Use the hot glue to support it and hold it together while the E6000 dries.
5.  When it's dry, it's time to start decorating.  Use the slick fabric paint as icing.  Run it along the edges, around the windows, on the roof and sprinkle with white glitter to give it an icy look.
6.  Trace around the edge of the house, on the base you will be putting it on.  This will let you know where you don't want to paint.  Put paint outside of where you traced, so they look like they have a snowy yard.  Again, sprinkle with the white glitter.
7.  Allow the paint to dry and then start adding your gumdrops, other candy and decorations and the gingerbread people and the trees.  Add paint to the gingerbread people and glue and glitter to the trees.
8.  Let it all dry.  I did not attach the house to the base, as I wanted to be able to pick it up and add a battery operated candle, or battery operated short Christmas lights.  

That's it!  Put it out for everyone to enjoy!  It's a little bit bigger than the typical resin projects I do, but totally worth it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona




DIY Nail Polish Cake Stand Craft How To

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You will need:
-  Glass plate - mine was from Dollar Tree
-  Short candlestick - also from Dollar Tree
-  Nail Polish - personalize by using polish to match your decor or the holiday
-  Glitter - chunky red and fine other colors
-  Weldbond glue

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  We will be working on the underside of the plate ONLY.  This allows the top surface of the plate to continue to be used for food.  This item will also be hand wash only.  Paint a thin layer of Weldbond on the underside of the plate.  Allow it to dry completely.
2.  Now you want to add some glitter polish.  You can also use clear polish and sprinkle regular glitter on the clear polish.  Add the glitter accents wherever you want.  Allow to dry.
3.  Add colored nail polish any were for accent colors.  Allow to dry.
4.  When finished adding accents and glitter, use the Weldbond, paint over the entire back of the plate and sprinkle on the chunky red glitter.  Allow to dry.
5.  Touch up any places that might now be completely covered and allow to completely dry.
6.  Paint on two coats of the Weldbond to completely seal the glitter.  Allow to dry.
7.  On the bottom of the candlestick, paint on the Weldbond and sprinkle on the red chunky glitter.  Allow to dry.  Touch up any spots that might not have covered.  Allow to dry.

That's it!  Start using it and wow your guests!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!  Happy Crafting!

Mona



Christmas Coasters - Another Coaster Friday

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It's easy to use a couple of Christmas stickers, glitter and resin to create these cute Christmas coasters!

You will need:
-  Coaster mold (click on the Products I Use tab to find the one I bought from Amazon).
-  Glitter - I used green, white, blue, silver and a iridescent chunky white.  I also used iridescent confetti.
-  Christmas stickers
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast - for more information visit their website at www.eti-usa.com

Here is the video tutorial:

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Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.  These are going to be two pour coasters.
2.  For the reindeer coaster, you want to split the resin into two small cups.  For the Santa coaster, you want to have the resin in one cup.  Your need enough to cover the bottom of both coasters.  For the reindeer coaster, in one cup, add white glitter and the chunky iridescent glitter and stir well.  In the second cup, add blue and silver glitter and a little iridescent confetti.  For the Santa coaster mix in green glitter.
3.  For the Santa coaster, just pour it into the mold and let it spread across the bottom of the mold.
For the reindeer coaster, take both cups and pour into the mold at the same time, creating a blue half and a white half.  The blue being the sky and the white being the ground.
4.  Let it sit.  I usually let it sit for 12 hours.
5.  Apply the stickers to the resin and prepare some more resin, just clear, and pour it over the stickers, making sure the stickers are completely under the resin and the surface is flat.
6.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
**As always, take a lighter and run it across the surface of the wet resin to make sure to remove bubbles.

That's it!!  

Happy Crafting and Merry Christmas!  Thanks for stopping by.

Mona





Tuesday, December 17, 2013

DIY Pink Cell Phone Case How To

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If you have an old cell phone case, or one you want to spruce up, this is a fun and easy craft for you.

You will need:

-  Cell phone case - I used one from Dollar Tree - It should be a hard case.
-  Mod Podge - I used Super Gloss, but regular gloss Mod Podge would work.
-  Fine pink glitter

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Paint the Mod Podge on the entire exterior of the phone case.
2.  Sprinkle glitter on the Mod Podge.  Shake of excess.
3.  Allow to dry.  
4.  Repeat.
5.  It will likely take two coats.  After the final coat of glitter and Mod Podge has dried, paint at least one coat to seal everything and again allow to dry.

TIP:  Work over a piece of paper, so it will catch the excess glitter and then you can return it to the the container.

That's it!  Go show off your sleek and sparkly new cell phone case!

Happy Crafting and thanks for stopping by!

Mona



Monday, December 16, 2013

DIY Glitter Christmas Candy Dish Dollar Store Makeover How To

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Here's another easy dollar store makeover!!  Glam up your holiday decor with a candy dish accent piece.


You will need:

-  Star dish (I bought it at Dollar Tree)
-  Candleholder (I bought it at Dollar Tree)
-  Red glitter
-  Mod Podge
-  Glue (E6000, Weldbond, etc. would work)
-  Sandpaper (whatever you have on hand is fine)

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Clean your pieces of finger prints.  Use rubbing alcohol or a glass cleaner.
2.  In a cup, mix some Mod Podge and glitter.  Stir well and begin painting the mixture on the inside of the glass dish and the underside off the candleholder.
3.  Allow to dry.  
4.  Follow up with additional coats until it is solid.
5.  Put a couple more coats of Mod Podge to seal all the glitter and allow to dry.  It will take time, but it will dry clear.  It is best to let it completely dry between coats.

That's it!  It's a hand wash piece and I think I would do wrapped candy in it.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
Happy Holidays!

Mona



Thursday, December 12, 2013

DIY Cell Phone Case Glitter, Jewels, Pearls and Charms How To

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Are you tired of the same old, boring cell phone covers?  How about personalizing it to reflect you!


You will need:
-  Inexpensive phone case - I purchased mine at Dollar Tree
-  1 Small tube of silicone sealer or caulk 
-  Various different beads and embellishments.  TIP:  Dissect old costume jewelry.  If you have broken pieces or find some at garage sales or flea markets, this is the perfect time to use them!
-  Glitter

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Squirt some of the silicone sealer into a disposable plastic cup.  You need just enough to cover the phone case.
2.  Pour in glitter and mix well.
3.  Using your stir stick, spread the mixture onto the back of the phone.  You could do the sides and edges as well, I didn't.
4.  Immediately begin to add your embellishments by pressing them into the silicone glitter mix.  
5.  If you are keeping the edges clean, remember to check and wipe them periodically.
6.  Let it dry.  The product I used said 3 hours, but read the package directions to determine how long it will take.  You don't want it too fast drying, otherwise you might run out of time.  I would suggest having all of your embellishments out and ready to go, so you don't lose time looking around for them.

That's it!  Now you have a one of a kind phone case that suits your style!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Here are some fun items from Amazon that could help you make a similar project:





Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Glam Glitter and Pearls Candleholder DIY - Dollar Store Makeover How To




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I love finding and combining things to create other things!  I was at Dollar tree and did just that, to come up with these.  These are great for Christmas, Valentine's Day, wedding centerpieces, or just as glam room decor!  You can always customize the color with different glitter!



You will need:

-  2 fishbowl candle holders:  http://shrsl.com/lmj7
-  Stemmed candleholders - http://shrsl.com/lmjl
-  Chunky red glitter:  http://amzn.to/2gDqyWx
-  Super glue or E6000:  http://amzn.to/2gFcR9t
-  Sandpaper - whatever grit you have is fine
-  Faux pearls beads:  http://amzn.to/2zPQB5c
-  Mod Podge:  http://amzn.to/2gFGF5Z
-  Painters tape:  http://amzn.to/2zRRM4k

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1. With your sandpaper, scrape up the top edge of the stemmed candleholders and the bottom of the fishbowl candleholders.  This is let the glue hold onto the surfaces better.

2.  Fill the cups of the stemmed candleholders with the pearl beads.

3.  Run your glue along the top edge of the stemmed candleholders and attach them to the bottoms of the fishbowl candleholders.  Make sure it is centered and then set them aside to dry.






4.  When dry, use painters tape to tape off the cups holding the pearls and also at the bottom of the stem.


5.  Using Mod Podge, paint it on the outside of the fishbowls and sprinkle with glitter.  Do the same with the bottoms of feet.


6.  Allow to dry then repeat with a second coat.

7.  Carefully peel off the tape.

That's it!  You can use these as candleholders, or as vases since the inside is still glass!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona




If you enjoyed that one, you might enjoy this cute light up snowman ~ also a dollar store craft!


Snowflake Coasters Another Coaster Friday


I made these coasters for the winter season.  It's cold outside and they capture that icy feeling.

You will need:

-  Coaster mold 
Go to the tab that reads Products I Use to find where I bought mine
-  Resin
I like Easy Cast - for more info go to www.eti-usa.com.  You can find it at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Resin Obsession
-  Snowflakes
The large one I had from before.  It's just a snowflake ornament - look at the dollar store, or other stores.  The little ones are from Oriental Trading.  Here is the direct link to the snowflakes http://www.orientaltrading.com/silver-winter-snowflakes-a2-41_1345-12-1.fltr?Ntt=silver%20snowflakes
-  Glitter 
I used a variety of blues - both fine and coarse

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.  
2.  Separate the resin into two small disposable cups and mix glitter into each.
3.  Pour the resin glitter mixture into each or the molds.  Note:  I made enough to cover the bottom of the mold, so it would not be too thick, realizing I would have to do clear top coat.
4.  Carefully place in the snowflakes.
5.  Allow to sit for several hours.
6.  Prepare resin according to package directions.  Pour enough resin in each coaster to fully embed the snowflakes.
7.  Let is sit for at least 12 hours.

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

Mona

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Whatcha Been Doin' Wednesday Coaster Palooza!

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Fun Painted Christmas Ornaments How To

This is a fun and EASY craft!  This is a great project for kids and adults alike to unleash their creativity!  


You will need:
-  Clear glass ornaments - mine are from Oriental Trading
-  Glass paint - the paint I used is from Plaid and it is FolkArt All Purpose paint and can be used on a number of different surfaces, including glass.
-  Dowels, skewer sticks, ends of paint brushes, or anything to make a polka dot

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Clean the outsides of the ornaments, with a glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol and remove the caps.  The caps pull right out.
2.  Find out a good way to make a drying stand for them.  I used an old cardboard box, upside down and poked holes into the bottom.  I inserted dowel rods that fit into the openings of the ornaments (when the caps are off).  You can do the same with dowel rods and styrofoam.
3.  Take an ornament and begin putting dots of varying sizes and colors all around it.  This is where your creativity takes over.
4.  The blue one I did, I used the pointy end of a skewer stick to draw swirls all around.
5.  Let everything dry.  With this particular paint, you can let it dry for 20 days and it will be permanent on the glass, or you could bake it.  It's up to you.

That's it!  You can now go decorate your tree, or hang them from light fixtures, curtain rods, etc.!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and Happy Holidays!

Mona




Monday, December 9, 2013

Easy Glass Gem Snowflake How To

After doing the glass gem Christmas tree, I thought this would be fun too!


You will need:

-  Four popsicle sticks per snowflake
-  White acrylic paint
-  Glue
-  White ribbon
-  Glass gems - clear or white

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:
1.  Take two popsicle sticks and make a cross and glue together where they meet.
2.  Take the other two popsicles sticks and do the same.
3.  Now take both of the crosses and glue them together, so none of the arms cover the others.
4.  Once glue is dry or cool, paint it white.
5.  Now glue the gems onto the arms.
6.  Glue a loop of ribbon onto the back of a gem or end of a popsicle stick.  

Once everything is cool/dry, you can hang your new ornament.  There are perfect to hang on a wall because they are flat in back.  If kids are making them, they can put their name and year they made it on the back.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Thursday, December 5, 2013

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Easy Glass Gem Christmas Tree How To


If you are looking for an easy craft, this one just might be it!

You will need:

-  3 popsicle sticks
-  Glue - I used hot glue, but you could use a Tacky Glue or Weldbond
-  Green acrylic paint
-  Green floral gems/stones - If you can't find green, paint the backside with paint or nail polish!
-  1 small jingle bell
-  Red ribbon

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  You will leave one popsicle stick at its original length.  The cut down the other three so one is smaller than the next.
2.  Paint the popsicle sticks green and let dry.
3.  Glue the popsicle sticks together, with the regular size stick being vertical and the other three going horizontal.  Put the largest at the bottom and the smallest at the top.  Use a stone/gem to help get the spacing right.
4.  Glue on your gems.
5.  Glue the jingle bell to the top.
6.  Glue a loop of ribbon to the back.

If you are using hot glue, it will cool quickly.  If you are using a different glue, it will take longer and you might want to leave it overnight.

That's it!  Hang it up and enjoy it!  Happy Crafting and Happy Holidays!

Mona



Sunday, December 1, 2013

Recycled Nail Polish Stone Christmas Ornaments Craft Tutorial

Do you remember about a year and a half I made the nail polish stones to use on rings and pendants.  Some people have had the problem of the nail polish chipping off.  I have not had that problem, but with one or two of the stones.  All the others are fine.  I'm not sure why it happens, but I have a two tips that might help.


You will need:

-  Glass stones - you can find them at craft stores and Dollar Tree carries them
-  Nail polish
-  Glitter
-  Weldbond glue
-  Hot glue
-  Rubbing alcohol
-  Ribbon or fishing line

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Take rubbing alcohol and clean the flat part of the stones.  Allow to dry.  Find sets that roughly fit together.  No two stones are exactly alike, so we aren't looking for a prefect match.
2.  Using Weldbond glue, brush a thin coat on the flat side of the stones and allow to completely dry.  It will dry clear and will not take away from the final look.
3.  Use a combination of nail polishes and glitter and paint them on the flat part of the stone.  Let it dry between layers.  Experiment!  Experiment!  Experiment!  If you don't like it, you can always remove it with nail polish remover and start over!!
4.  When you have it the way you want it and it has dried, take a piece of ribbon and cut it long enough to fold in half to create a loop.
5.  Put a little Weldbond on the flat parts of the stone and add a little hot glue.  Using a combination of the glues allow the stones to adhere together while the Weldbond fully dries.  Put the two flat parts together, with the ribbon ends sandwiched between the two stones.  Press together and let it dry.

That's it!!  Hang it on your tree. Use it as party gifts.  It's a perfect craft to get the kids involved in.  A perfect slumber party craft!  An excuse for a girls craft get together!

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Happy Holidays!  Stay safe!  Happy Crafting and thank you for stopping by!!

Mona



Christmas Lights Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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Welcome to Another Coaster Friday!!  I had these cute beads from Oriental Trading and I thought they would make a cute coaster!  You can find the beads here Lightbulb Beads.


You will need:
-  Resin -  I use Easy Cast - for more info. go to their website at www.eti-usa.com.  It's available at Hobby Lobby, Michaels and Resin Obsession.
-  Christmas lightbulb beads
-  Coaster mold - you can find the one I use on the Products I Use Page




Directions:

1.  Prepare the resin according to the package directions.
2.  Pour resin into the coaster mold.
3.  Place in the lightbulb beads.  For the most part they did not float, but in the end the floated just a little.  
4.  I suggest doing a smaller pour, add the bulbs and let it sit for 12 hours.
5.  Do a final pour and again, let it sit for 12 hours.
6.  Unmold.

That's it!  Remember, the best way to keep on top of my latest crafts is to subscribe to my YouTube Channel at:  www.youtube.com/craftklatch because sometimes I get a little behind here!

Thanks for stopping by and have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!!  Happy Crafting!

Mona



Dollar Store Candle Makeover Craft

Do you love inexpensive and easy crafts that you can add your own twist to?  These candles are perfect to dress up you home for the holidays and would also make beautiful hostess gifts!


You will need:
-  Inexpensive white candles - I bought them at Dollar Tree
-  Glitter
-  Tissue paper in different shades of blue.
-  White glue or Mod Podge
-  Painter's tape
-  Heat tool
-  Snowflake paper punch

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:

The Snowflake Candle:
1.  Fold tissue paper 3-4 times.  Take your paper punch and punch out a bunch of snowflakes.
2.  Taking your heat gun/tool,  carefully warm up a section of the candle - keep the tool moving.  when the wax softens, turn off heat tool, place tissue paper snowflake on candle.  With heat tool, heat up the area with the the snowflake.  Again, keep heat tool moving.  The snowflake should melt right into the candle.  The process goes very quickly.  Repeat with other snowflakes.
3.  When you have all the snowflakes on, you will notice that the candle has different texture.  Run the heat tool around the whole candle and it will all blend.
4.  Using white glue or Mod Podge and a skewer stick, or back of a paint brush, dip in glue and press onto the candle.  Sprinkle with glitter and let it sit until dry.
5.  When dry, use a soft brush to remove any excess glitter.

The Glitter Candle:
1.  Using painter's tape, put it around the candle to mark off where you want the glitter.  Paint on the Mod Podge or white glue and sprinkle with glitter.  
2.  After a few minutes, carefully remove the painter's tape, before the glue creates a bond with the tape and ends up pulling off all the glitter.  Let it dry.
3.  With a skewer stick or end of a paint brush dip glue or Mod Podge and make dots on the candle and sprinkle with glitter.  Allow to dry.  
6.  Once dry, use a soft brush to remove any excess glitter.

That's it!  Your candles are ready to be displayed or wrapped!

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Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona






Beachy Starfish Christmas Ornaments



Learn how to make these cute beachy starfish ornaments.  They are perfect for anyone who loves the beach!


You will need:
-  Starfish - mine were from Oriental Trading
-  White glue
-  Glitter - silver, blue, green and pink
-  Fake pearl beads
-  Adhesive half pearls - pink and green
-  Various embellishments
-  Bead cap
-  Eye pin
-  Jump ring
-  Ribbons
-  Hot glue

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Take your white glue and paint it onto the starfish.  Immediately sprinkle with glitter.  Pat down and shake off excess.  
2.  You might need two coats.  In the case of the silver, I painted the starfish silver first.  Let it dry and then glittered with the silver.  In the case of the green and pink starfish, I glittered the pink section first, let it dry and then did the remaining areas in the green.
3.  Then start gluing on embellishments.  A good source for stuff to embellish you projects with is the clearance section and garage sales.  At garage sales, look for old costume jewelry.  It can be broken, it doesn't matter.  For the silver starfish, I used wire from the dollar store (Dollar Tree) and twisted it with some pliers.  Snipped it and glued it into place.
4.  Take your eye pin and put it through your bead cap.  Note:  You may need to shorten your eye pin, in order to be able to stick it in the arm of the starfish.  Use a little hot glue to when you insert the eye pin.
5.  Add a jump ring and a ribbon and you are done!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Glittered Christmas Birds Dollar Store Makeover

Have you ever seen those glittered birds?  They can be a bit pricey and sometimes not the right color.  I have an easy fix for you!

Go to your local dollar store, I go to Dollar Tree.  Pick up some fake birds and let's glitter them!  This project is about as easy as it gets!


You will need:

-  Fake birds from the dollar store
-  White glue
-  Glitter


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  With a paint brush, take your white glue and paint on the bird.  I like to do a section at a time.  
2.  Sprinkle with glitter and gently pat it down.
3.  Avoid painting over the eyes and the beak.
4.  Shake off any excess.

Set it aside to dry and that's it!  Inexpensive and ridiculously easy!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Saturday, November 30, 2013

Pasta Christmas Angel Craft


Here is a great craft to get the kids involved in.  I originally saw this craft years ago on the Carol Duvall Show.  Back then, I made them with my niece and nephew and my mom still has them.

You will need:
-  Pasta - Bowtie, rigatoni, macaroni, alphabet
-  Dried lima beans
-  Thin Sharpie marker
-  Glue - a tacky glue works well - hot glue works faster, but isn't great for young kids
-  Parchment paper is great to work on
-  Various paints, beads and glitter to decorate with

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Take the rigatoni noodle and glue on the bow tie pasta.  You want it to be more toward one end and not right in the middle.
2.  Take your lima bean and glue it to the rigatoni noodle.
3.  Add the macaroni arms.
4.  When everything is dry, hold it by the rigatoni noodle and put some glue on the lima bean - on the sides and the back.  Dip it into the alphabet noodles and that makes the hair.
5.  Let everything dry.
6.  With a fine point Sharpie marker draw on the face.
7.  Use different paints, beads and glitter to decorate your angel.  For some ideas, I show you how I decorated each of the angels shown in the video.

You can use these for all kinds of things.  Add a magnet to the back for a refrigerator magnet.  Glue them to a napkin ring.  As they are, you can add them to the stem of a small Christmas tree.  To create a hanging ornament, in step one, when you glue the rigatoni noodle to the bow tie pasta, add a piece of wire or fishing line between the two pastas and you now have a hanger built right in.

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

Mona

Simple Sharpie Snowman Mug Craft - Dollar Store Makeover


You will need:
-  Mug - I bought mine from Dollar Tree
-  Sharpie markers - I used regular Sharpies
-  Letter stickers
-  Snowman stencil

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Place your stencil on the side of the mug.  It's best to use a little tape to help keep it in place.  
2.  Using a thin Sharpie marker, trace and fill in the outline.  Remember, you are working on a non-porous surface, so be careful of smudging it.  TIP:  If you do smudge it, take some rubbing alcohol and it will wipe off and you can start over.
3.  For the lettering, put your letter stickers on the mug.  I chose to do JOY.
4.  With a thicker Sharpie, do simple dots around the lettering.  Let it dry and remove the stickers.
5.  Place mug into a cold oven, on a baking sheet.  Turn oven to 425 degrees and once it hits 425 degrees, leave it at that temperature for 30 minutes.  Then, turn the oven off and let the mug completely cool in the oven.

Note:  It is better to hand wash these mugs.  They may not withstand the dishwasher, but I have not tried.  I have hand washed them 6-7 times already and the color has not faded.

Note:  Realize that some Sharpie colors will fade or change color.  The black stayed a strong black.  I did the JOY lettering in red and it turned to a rusty brown.  If you watch the video I made another mug, with my name and Craft Klatch on it, with different colors, to see how they would turn out.  Watch the video to see the results.

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

Mona

Thursday, November 28, 2013

IT'S A GIVEAWAY! $50 Gift Certificate Resin Obsession!!

Katherine at Resin Obsession is generously offering a $50 Gift Certificate to the lucky winner.  Watch the short video and read the details below on how to enter!!  Open to anywhere Resin Obsession ships, so go to http://www.resinobsession.com/Shipping-Policy.html to see where they ship.

There are a bunch of different ways to enter and I will be checking!!


 Good luck everyone!

Mona

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