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Monday, September 29, 2014

Frosty Christmas Star Tutorial | Christmas Recycling Craft | DIY Project












Recycling items is a great source for craft supplies.  Toilet paper rolls are a staple for crafting, but I wanted to try and give it a little bit of a different twist.  





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Craft Challenge Recap:
This was a challenge between Craft Klatch & Suzy's Sitcom.  
Theme:  Christmas 
Must Use Items:  Buttons & Toilet paper rolls
Optional Items: Glue, Tape, Glitter, Gemstones, Mod Podge, Paint

We had a lot of fun doing it and we went in very different directions, but I think both turned out beautifully. 
I went untraditional colors and came up with a Frosty Star.  You can find the directions later in his post.


Suzy went with traditional colors and created a Christmas Tree Napkin Ring.  I love it!  Directions are available at Suzy's Sitcom click HERE!  




Be sure to let us know how we did and let us know if you would like to see us do another challenge in the future!

Here are the directions for the Frosty Star:
I used:
-  7 Toilet paper rolls
-  Glitter - Chunky white, blue and silver and Glamour Dust
-  Gemstones
-  Buttons
-  Glue - hot glue, Elmers white glue and The Ultimate
-  Acrylic paint - silver, pearl white, pearl champagne
-  Tape


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:  (It might be best to watch the video above):
1.  I flattened the toilet paper tubes and cut the shapes of the arms.  They are kind of like triangles, but have a lower part.  You need to customize the size to fit your toilet paper rolls, because as I found out, not all toilet paper rolls are the same size.  When you cut the shape, you want the front and the back to stay together, so just keep that in mind
2.  Once you have cut five arms out, you need to use a masking tape, to tape the sides together, leaving the bottoms open.
3.  On your work surface, lay out the arms in the shape you want.  The fun thing about this is that you will have the main star shape, but also have a smaller star in the middle.
4.  Now you need to make your connections.  While you have them laid out, press two next to each other flat.  With a small piece of tape, connect the pieces (I show you how to do it in the video).
Flip those two over and repeat not he back side.  Repeat with all the arms of the star until they are all connected.
5.  Trim the excess tape, but don't cut them apart!
6.  It is going to be flimsy and flexible, but don't worry about that!
7.  Take hot glue and put some into the tip of each of the arms.  Do it one at a time.  Be careful because the cardboard will get hot.  This will help the arms of the star keep their shape and make them less likely to get squished.
8.  Cut out two circles, from two additional toilet paper rolls.  The circle should fit into the middle of your star.  Mine was just under four inches in diameter, but yours might be different, depending on the size of your toilet paper rolls.
9.  Paint the star either a silver or a pearl white.  Paint the inner circles a metallic champagne.  It might take two coats.  Allow to dry.
10.  Take your glue and put a thick coat onto the circles.  Place your buttons in the glue.  Once you have the buttons in place, add small gemstones.  Then dust with a fine glitter.  I used Glamour Dust.
11.  Set those aside to dry.  Now mix white chunky glitter, with light blue chunky glitter, with just a hint of silver.  Mix with some of your white glue and brush it onto your star - do one side at a time.  Sprinkle with more of your glitter mix and allow to dry.  Repeat on backside.
12.  Insert one button circle.Take a stir stick and your Ultimate glue and put some on the inside arm of your star.  I found doing this one arm at a time worked best.  Then add some hot glue.  The hot glue will hold everything in place, while the other glue dries.  You will need to hold it in place until the hot glue cools.  Repeat with the other four arms.
13.  Repeat with the backside.  It's hard to hold things in place on the backside, so I inserted a skewer stick between and was able to hold the piece in place while the glue dried.  Then I just pulled it out.
14.  Hot glue on some additional gemstones and that's it!

Here are some of the glues I used available through Amazon:




Incase you missed it, be sure to check out how this challenge was giving me nightmares!



That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to let us know how we did and if you would like us to do something like this again!

Here is another Christmas craft I made using toilet paper rolls!  Christmas Flower Ornament Recycling Craft!



Happy Crafting!

Mona




Friday, September 26, 2014

Jack O' Lantern Glow In The Dark Coaster - Another Coaster Friday!

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I was asked to make a Jack O' Lantern Coaster and I was also asked to use glow in the dark paint or pigment.  So I combined both and came up with this guy:


He does glow in the dark, but I can't seem to figure out how to take a good picture of something that glows in the dark!  

You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite also works great.  You can get more info from www.eti-usa.com
-  Black flat wire - I found it at Hobby Lobby
-  Black acrylic paint
-  Glow in the dark paint
-  Something to color the resin orange.  I used a combination of india ink and pigment dyes.  You can use pigment powders, paint, or anything you like to color resin with.
-  Glue


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




Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Bend the wire into two triangles and the mouth.  Using glue that dries clear, apply to the seams of all the pieces (where the two ends of the wires meet).  Allow to dry.
2.  Prepare your resin and mix in your colors to come up with the orange.  I experimented with india inks and dyes.
3.  Pour a thin layer into the mold and place the metal pieces into the resin.  
4.  Allow to cure.
5.  Use black acrylic paint and paint in the eyes and mouth.
6.  When the black is dry, paint over it very thickly with the glow in the dark paint.  You can skip this if you just want to keep the eyes and mouth black.  
7.  Once everything is dry, mix more resin and pour the clear layer over the whole thing.
8.  Allow to cure and unmold!

Happy Halloween and thank you for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Toilet Paper Roll Nightmares!

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The Craft Challenge creations will be revealed on September 28, 2014.

Check out my website at http://www.craftklatch.com
Check out Suzy's site at http://www.suzyssitcom.com

Here are the challenge details:  http://craftklatchwithmona.blogspot.com/2014/09/christmas-craft-challenge-announcement.html

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Garbage to Gorgeous Episode #6 - Part 2: I Built a Doghouse Out of What?!?! Coco's Key West Inspired Beach House! Extreme Dog House



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It's time for Part 2 of Coco's doghouse!  In this episode, I tackle how to make the exterior embellishments, the sandy front yard and some interior decorating!!  Oh and Coco's reaction!  

To do a quick recap:

I was contacted by Dog Fence DIY  (http://www.dogfencediy.com), to contribute to their Do It Yourself Hackathon.  I was asked if I would make a dog related craft.  I gave it some thought and decided I wanted to stretch my crafting chops and make a doghouse.  I wanted it to be a Key West beach house  inspired doghouse - like someone built a colorful cottage, right on there on beach.  I wanted it to be sturdy, but I wanted it to look like someone just decided to put it there.  And of course it had to be colorful!




I want to give a little background on Coco.  Coco was rescued from a home where she was kept outside in a cage.  She was malnourished, had mange, was timid and one of her rear legs is a little shorter than the other because of the conditions she was living in.  She was rescued and cleaned up.  My sister and her family fostered her and fell in love with her.  She was officially adopted is now part of the family and receives a lot of love!  She has come a long way!

Incase you missed Part 1, HERE is the video and HERE is the post :


Before we get to Part 2, I just wanted to mention that the main tools I used to make the doghouse were:

The main tools I used were:
-  Hammer
-  Pliers
-  Jigsaw
-  Rotary tool
-  Nail gun
-  Staple gun


I used resin for the sand.  I used Envirotex Lite.  You get more information on it at www.eti-usa.com.  


I tried to use a lot of recycled materials and the main structure was made from an old table and three pallets.  To see how it was made and what I used, see the Part 1 video above.

Here is the video for Part 2:



Here are some of tools similar to what I used, available at Amazon:




Here are some other items:




Here's Coco:




Here are videos for some of the interior decorating projects:








Thanks for stopping by!  

Happy Crafting!

Mona





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Friday, September 19, 2014

Bloody Skeleton Hand Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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For those of you who prefer a little gruesomeness in your Halloween decor, this coaster is for you!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast or Envirotex Lite - for more info on both go to www.eti-usa.com
-  Plastic skeleton hand
-  Transparent dye for resin, or india ink

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





Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  You only need a thin layer for the bottom.  
2.  Separate a small amount into a different cup.
3.  Add enough red dye to make it look blood red.
4.  Pour the clear into the mold and let it spread out.
5.  Pour the red into the middle area.
6.  Run a toothpick through the red and make streaks into the clear.
7.  When you have it the way you want, place the plastic hand right into the middle of it.
8.  Allow to cure.
9.  Prepare clear resin and add it into the mold, until the hand is completely covered.
10.  Allow to cure.

That's it!  Now you have a spook, creepy coaster for Halloween!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Garbage to Gorgeous Episode #6 - Part 1: I Built a Doghouse Out of What?!?! Coco's Key West Inspired Beach House! Extreme Dog House



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I was contacted by Dog Fence DIY  (http://www.dogfencediy.com), to contribute to their Do It Yourself Hackathon.  I was asked if I would make a dog related craft.  I gave it some thought and decided I wanted to stretch my crafting chops and make a doghouse.  I wanted it to be a Key West beach house  inspired doghouse - like someone built a colorful cottage, right on there on beach.  I wanted it to be sturdy, but I wanted it to look like someone just decided to put it there.  And of course it had to be colorful!



 


I wanted to use as many recycled materials a s I could.  I used a table (found just outside of a dumpster, up in Wisconsin), for the frame.  I used three old palettes, for the siding and building the roof structure.  I did by plywood for the base and for the part of the roof.  I used shims, from Home Depot, for the shingles.  I wanted the shingles to be different sizes because remember this is a beach cottage.  

The main tools I used were:

-  Hammer
-  Pliers
-  Jigsaw
-  Rotary tool
-  Nail gun
-  Staple gun

Since it would be impossible for me to fully write out the directions, here is the video for Part 1.  Part 2 will be posted on Monday, so you can see the details, including the interior decorating and how I made the front yard!




Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!


Mona

Monday, September 15, 2014

Christmas Craft Challenge Announcement! Craft Klatch vs. Suzy's Sitcom!

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I'm so excited!  I'm teaming up with Suzy, from Suzy's Sitcom for a Christmas Craft Challenge!  I better bring my A game!  




Go to Suzy's Sitcom to see her wonderful projects and loads of tutorials!  Remember the fish I mentioned in the video?  Here it is!  Told you it was better than mine (way better)!



You can find the tutorial HERE!



Suzy is a whiz with toilet paper tubes, so I might be in BIG trouble!




Check out her Faux Metal Art HERE!


If you fall in love with her creations, good news, she has an Etsy shop!  You can find that HERE!!!



Here are our rules:

MUST use items:

-  Toilet paper rolls (with paper or not - that's up to us)
-  Buttons

Optional items:
-  Tape
-  Glue
-  Mod Podge
-  Glitter
-  Gemstones

We will be sharing our creations on September 29, 2014!




Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!



Mona




Friday, September 12, 2014

Halloween Bat Coaster - Another Coaster

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It's that time of year!  Here is the first Halloween coaster of the season!!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
- Resin (if you are looking for the resins internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Yellow opaque dye
-  Red transparent dye
-  Bat stickers

Here are some of the items available through Amazon:





Here is the video tutorial:




1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix some opaque yellow dye, until it's a solid color.  
3.  Drip one drop of transparent red dye into the yellow resin.
4.  Stir it just enough to have it streak and immediately pour into the coaster mold.
5.  Allow to cure enough to add stickers.
6.  Place your bat stickers and pour another layer of resin over it.
7.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

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

Mona