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Friday, May 30, 2014

Father's Day Coaster DIY - Another Coaster Friday - Tools & Nails

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Father's Day is coming up and I have another Father's Day coaster idea!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast - to find it internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Stickers of tools (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
-  Nail and or brads (I bought them at Walmart)


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Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix some small nails into the resin and pour into your mold.
3.  Add additional nails, of varying sizes.  You want to make sure you have enough resin to cover the nails and give you a flat surface.
4.  Allow to cure 12 hours.
5.  Add stickers.
6.  Prepare more resin - you just need enough to cover the stickers.
7.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours before unmolding.
8.  Remember to take a lighter or a straw and run it over the resin, after you pour it, and that will get rid of the bubbles.  If you are using the straw, you have to blow into it.
9.  Unmold and you have a one of a kind gift for Father's Day!

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!  Let me know what your think!

Mona



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Garbage to Gorgeous! Episode #2: DIY Chair Makeover How To

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It makes me crazy when I see perfectly good stuff in the trash!  This time, I picked up a chair that had been tossed to the curb.  Some of the joints were loose, so my husband added some screws and glue and it's nice and sturdy.  It was a little uneven, but that was easily fixed with a stick on scratch pad.  Now, it's cute as can be and a great accent chair!




You will need:
-  Chalk paint - I found it at Home Depot
-  Fabric - I used fabric from Hobby Lobby
-  Paintbrushes
-  Foam
-  Quilt batting
-  Staple gun

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Clean your chair and remove cushion, fabric and foam.
2.  With sandpaper, sand the chair, so the paint will adhere.
3.  With a damp cloth, wipe the dust off the whole chair.  
4.  Paint the chair with the chalk paint, it will take two coats.
5.  Cut the foam, fabric and quilt batting to fit the chair.
6.  I like to do the corners first.  I show the technique I use in the video above.
7.  Then I do the sides.
8.  Once the paint is dry and the cushion is recovered, put the cushion back on.  Remember, when you remove the screws from the chair, put them in a safe place, so you have them when it comes time to reattach it.

That's it!  This chair was a piece of garbage that would have ended up in a landfill and instead, it's a fabulous accent chair!  Yay!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!  Keep an eye out on garbage day!  You never know what you might find!

Mona







Incase you missed Episode #1, here it is:

Monday, May 26, 2014

DIY Recycled Garden Art - Dandelion Inspired - Make Something Monday



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I wanted to do a little recycling and I was inspired by the dandelion.  A bunch of water bottles later and I ended up with this gem!

You will need:

-  Styrofoam ball - I used a 4 inch size
-  A bunch of water bottles
-  Candle
-  Glue
-  Resin (optional) - I used Easy Cast (to find it internationally go to www. eti-usa.com)
-  Pigment powder (optional)
-  Glitter
-  Dowel rod
-  Outdoor acrylic paint
-  Patience
-  Adult supervision - if you are young or untrustworthy around an open flame  


Here are a few of the items available at Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:






Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Take your dowel rod and insert it into the styrofoam ball.  Remove it.  Add glue and reinsert.  Set it aside to dry.

2.  Take some old scissors and plastic bottles and carefully cut them into strips.  See video above to see how I cut them.  You will need a bunch!  I suggest you either do it over time, or recruit friends and family to help!

3.  Once you have them cut, light your candle.  Hold the plastic strips at either end.  Hold above the candle and gently melt them.  Don't hold them too close and DO NOT stick your fingers too close or in the flame!  Then hold at one end and melt the ends.  The reason I melted the plastic strips is because the water bottles are very thin and flimsy.  When you melt them, they become thicker and rigid - like Shrinky Dinks.  I didn't think about it until later, but it's possible it might work in the oven.  If anyone tries it, be sure to report back and let me know how it went.  Otherwise, watch the video above to see the melting technique.

4.  Paint the styrofoam ball and dowel rod.  I used an outdoor acrylic paint.


5.  Mix your glue and pigment powder - this is optional.  Instead of pigment powder, you can mix it with just glitter too!


6.  Smear the glue mixture onto the styrofoam ball, one section at a time.  Put it on pretty thick.  Then, stick in your plastic pieces.  You do not want them all in a row.  You want them staggered.  Continue doing this until the whole ball is covered.  Allow to dry.  TIP:  Keep a damp paper towel on hand to wipe your fingers.


7.  Once dry, take your glow in the dark paint.  I bought the Glow Inc. paint because of the high ratings on Amazon.  It is more expensive than other options.  Use whatever glow in the dark paint you want to use.  With a small brush, dab the paint in the areas between the plastic bottle pieces.  Also dab on the ends to the plastic bottle pieces.  Allow to dry.


8.  Mix up your resin.  This step is optional.  I used it because I really wanted it protected outside and I wanted it to have a shiny finished look.  If you are not planning putting it outside, you can skip this step.  I mixed some fine glitter into the resin, just for a little extra sparkle.


9.  I wrapped the stem in a garbage bag and Saran Wrap, so the resin wouldn't run down the stem and get stuck to anything.  I also put the stem in a garbage can, so it would stand upright and when it dripped, the garbage can would catch it.


10.  I slowly poured the resin onto all sides of the styrofoam ball, making sure it was covered.  I also took a disposable foam brush and dabbed it on the ends of the plastic pieces to protect the glow in the dark paint there.  Allow to cure.


11.  Once cured, I removed the garbage bag and Saran Wrap.  I had little resin from another project I was working on and I painted the lower part of the dowel rod with the resin.  I did that so when it is stuck in the ground, the water will not rot the wood dowel rod.


Once everything is dry and cured, you have a one of a kind piece of garden art.  It will brighten your garden day and night!


I used a dandelion as my inspiration and that is why I used green on the styrofoam ball.  There is no reason it could not be pink, or yellow, or blue, or any other color!  I also think this would be awesome if instead of using a dowel rod, you used an eye screw and suspended it from the ceiling.  I could be used a home decor accent piece, or instead of a traditional nightlight in a child's room.  Oh the fun!


That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!


Mona



For those of you who like to encourage your garden, here's a fun addition to your garden, from Exterior Accents:






Here are a few other recycling garden art projects you might enjoy:




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Friday, May 23, 2014

Manly Coaster For Father's Day - Another Coaster Friday

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Father's Day will be here before you know it and I thought we should do a manly coaster.  I has kind of an industrial look to it.  

You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast (if you are looking for it internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Screws, nails, washer, whatever you can find


Incase you are looking for the mold, resin I used, they are available through Amazon:




Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  Pour some resin into the bottom of the mold.
3.  Take your screws, nails, washers, or whatever you want and drop it into the resin.  
4.  Pour additional resin right over it.  You want enough resin to make it a level surface.
5.  Take a lighter and run it over the surface to eliminate any bubbles.
6.  Allow it to sit for at least 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Now you have a manly coaster that would be a perfect gift for your dad, husband, brother, boyfriend, or carpenter!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ladybug Picture Holder DIY

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Do you remember when I made the resin ladybugs?  Here is one use for them:


You will need:

-  Resin ladybugs
-  Drill
-  Wire (wire hangers will work too!)


The one on the left is the one I bought at World Market (click on pic) and the other is a similar one from Amazon:
Bug and Butterfly Scalloped Silicone Baking Mold    



Here is the video tutorial:



Here is the video tutorial on how to make the ladybugs:




Directions:

1.  Take your drill and drill a hole directly into the top of the ladybug.
2.  Cut wire to length - you can use a wire hanger.
3.  Bend the wire into a circle.  
4.  Put wire into the hole you drilled.

That's it!  Now you can use it to hold pictures, business cards, greeting cards, etc.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mustache Wine Glass Charms DIY - Make Something Monday

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These wine glass charm wires and mustache charms are from Oriental Trading.  Put them together and you have fun, fun, fun!


You will need:
-  Beads
-  Jump rings

The charms and the wine rings are from Oriental Trading.  The beads are from Hobby Lobby - I found them on clearance.  Remember  to use smaller beads, because they have to make that turn on the wire.  The jump rings can be found at any craft store.


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Put three beads onto the wire.
2.  Add a jump ring to the charm.
3.  Put charm onto the wire.
4.  Add three more beads.
5  Repeat with other charms and beads.

Yup!  It's that easy!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

**The beads were provided by Oriental Trading for review.  The ideas and opinions are all my own.



Sunday, May 18, 2014

Vidcon and Changes to Craft Klatch Channel!!

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Rainbow Glitter Coasters - Another Coaster Friday



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I bought a glitter set (I believe at Walmart), quite some time ago.  My plan was to do a rainbow coaster, as I had already made a rainbow pendant.  The set did not come with red, so I used some fine red glitter I had on hand.

You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Easy Cast Resin (for info on where it's available internationally go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Fine rainbow glitter



Here is the coaster mold and resin, incase you want to give it a try:




Here is some glitter that looks like it would work well:

 



  Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Set up seven disposable cups, with seven stir sticks.  
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions and pour resin into each cup.  Keep in mind that your outer ring or first color, will need more resin and less will be needed on the inner colors.
3.  Mix your glitter into the resin.
4.  Pour your first color, right into the center of the mold.  Follow with each additional color, always pouring right into the center of the mold.
5.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.  Go over it with a lighter to pop any bubbles, within the first hour.
6.  With your leftover glitter resin, just drop the different colors randomly into one of the other molds.  Let the colors spread and run into one anther.
7.  Again, allow to cure for at least 12 hours and run a lighter over the surface to pop bubbles.
8.  Likely some of the glitter will rise to the top and give you a less than shiny appearance.  Mix enough resin to put a thin final layer across the top of both coasters and again allow to cure at least 12 hours.

You can unmold them and enjoy your new coasters!  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Garbage to Gorgeous Episode #1: DIY Owl Stool Makeover How To

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I'm starting a new series called Garbage to Gorgeous and this is the first episode/post!  I was out for work and came across a stool that looked like it was dirty and had peeling paint, but otherwise in good shape.  I hopped out of the car and sure enough, it seemed pretty sturdy.  Into the back of the car it went, and off I went.  Be sure to follow my blog and YouTube channel, to make sure you don't miss any episodes!

Here is the transformation:


You will need:

-  Stool
-  Chalk paint - I found the blue paint at Home Depot
-  White and tapioca acrylic paint
-  Baby pink acrylic paint
-  Parchment or tapioca and white acrylic paint
-  Clear protective sealer
-  Owl stencils - I found them at Hobby Lobby
-  Paint and stencil brushes

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Clean your item.  If it's new you can skip this step, if you garbage picked it, clean it!  I use warm water mixed with a little bit of bleach.
2.  Scrape off any loose paint.  I also used 100 grit sandpaper and went over the whole thing to rough it up a little and get any remaining loose paint and dirt off, and then I used a damp cloth to wipe up any dust on the piece.
3.  I began by painting the legs with a chalk paint I found at Home Depot.  It's called American Decor.  I did two coats, letting it dry between.
4.  I had to fill a hole with wood filler, as there was a hole on the top of the stool.  I let it dry and did a quick sand to let even out the surface.  Again, I took a damp cloth to wipe up any dust.
5.  I took parchment colored and white acrylic paint and put them side by side in a dish.  I took my paint brush and put both colors (side by side) on my brush.  Then, I painted the stool seat with both colors at the same time.  It gave it a very subtle streaked look.  I did not want a solid white.  It took two coats.
6.  I took the stencil and stenciled on four owls.  I used the same owl because I wanted to stay consistent with the size.  
7.  I let the stencils dry and with the end of a marker, I dipped it into the chalk paint and made dots for eyes on each of the owls.  
8.  After the eyes were dry, I used a clear gloss protective finish over the whole seat.  I did two coats.  When I did the third coat, I took a paper towel and lightly wiped it off.  That gave me a little more of a satin finish that I was going for.  

That's it!  It can be used as a stool, or even as a small side table.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and Happy Garbage Picking!!!

Mona



Sunday, May 11, 2014

DIY Glitter Resin Pendant - Make Something Monday

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I had some resin leftover from another project and did not want it to go to waste, so I whipped up a glitter resin pendant.  The colors remind me of Spring!

You will need:

-  Bezel with two sections - I found the one I used in the clearance section at Hobby Lobby.
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Glitter - light pink and bright green

Here is the resin I use and a similar pendant but it doesn't have the two sections:




Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  You only need a little.
2.  Split into two cups.  
3.  Mix the pink glitter in the one cup.
4.  Mix the green glitter in the other cup.
5.  With your stir stick, drip the resin/glitter mixture into the different parts of the bezel.
6.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.
7.  Prepare more resin and with your stir stick slowly drip it onto the piece.  You are doming the piece.  Don't bump the piece, or the table, or it might all run down the sides.
8.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.

Now you have a fun and beautiful pendant!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Changes to Craft Klatch Channel!!!

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