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Monday, November 28, 2016

Palm Bark Reindeer | Christmas DIY Project | Crafting With Nature | Craft Klatch | How To






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Crafting with nature is fun!  My husband and I were down in Florida, earlier this year.  He saw the palm bark laying on the ground and asked if I wanted it.  OF COURSE!  I never know exactly what I'm going to do with it and it's been sitting in my craft room ever since.  Right when I looked at it in Florida and since having it home, I've only seen one thing, a reindeer.  So today, that's what it became.

Obviously not everyone will have access to palm bark, but you may have access to some interesting bark from a tree, or wood logs from a fallen or cut down tree.  Use your imagination!



You will need:
-  Palm bark 
-  Red pom pom
-  2 large googly eyes
-  Black pipe cleaner
-  Glue - I used hot glue


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Take your palm bark, brush it off if it needs cleaning.
2.  Glue on pom pom for the nose.
3.  Glue on eyes.
4.  Double up a piece of pipe cleaner, so the eyebrow is a little thicker and snip with wire cutters.
5.  Bend it a little and glue it above an eye.
6.  Repeat with other eyebrow.

That's it!  If you want to hang it, you can add an eye screw and fishing line.  Otherwise, I have mine just leaning up on the mantel.

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Holidays!  

Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona


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Monday, November 21, 2016

Sea Shell Resin Paperweight | DIY Project | Craft Klatch | Resin Projects | How To





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Create an easy resin sea shell paperweight.  A great addition to your beachy decor, I will show you how to make it in this DIY craft tutorial!



You will need:
-  Shells:  http://amzn.to/2feQJkn
-  Pigment:  http://amzn.to/2fq3R6R
-  Glamour dust:  http://amzn.to/2eD3IOE


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Mix a little bit of your resin, according to the package directions.  If you have some leftovers, this is a good time to use it.  Pour a little bit into the mold.
2.  Pop bubbles with your lighter and let it cure around 12 hours.
3.  Mix more resin (1/2 ounce to an ounce) and mix your shells into the resin.  Make sure they are well covered.  
4.  Scoop the resin covered shells into the mold and then pour the remaining resin in as well.
5.  Pop bubbles with your lighter.
6.  Allow to cure.
7.  Mix enough resin to cover the shells - pop bubbles and let it cure.
8.  Mix a little bit of resin and add a drop of the transparent blue pigment.
9.  Add some Glamour Dust.
10.  Pour into the mold.  This should finish off the rest of the mold and the shells should be fully covered.  Pop bubbles and let it cure a minimum of 12 hours.

You can take it out of the mold and marvel at your beautiful new paperweight!  You might like it so much that you won't want to give it away!

Thank you for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Friday, November 18, 2016

DIY Easy Pilgrim Coasters | DIY Project | Craft Klatch | Thanksgiving Craft | How To





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Create quick and easy Pilgrim coasters that are perfect for Thanksgiving.  I'll show you how to in this DIY craft tutorial!  These are inexpensive, easy and perfect for a kids craft, or if you are looking to do a Girls Night before the holidays, this will get everyone in the spirit!




You will need: 
-  Cork:  http://amzn.to/2fsCzvg
-  Acrylic paint in black, white, gray, flesh, gold and brown


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Using the roll of cork and the pilgrim templates below (or pilgrims you drew yourself), measure how much cork you need and cut out two equal rectangles.
2.  Pull back the backing, line them up and stick the two sticky sides together.
3.  Trace the templates onto the cork.  Tip:  Using a pencil is better than pen.
4.  Cut out the pilgrims.
5.  Paint them.  Let the kids get creative!!
6.  Let them dry.

***While the paint is drying, it may cause them to curl a little.  Take the curled coasters and on the edge of a counter top, or table, run the backside (non-painted side) along the counter (I show how in the video above) and they should straighten right up!

Here are the templates:


That's it!  Happy Thanksgiving!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Monday, November 14, 2016

Glitter Charms | DIY Project | Resin Spheres | Craft Klatch | How To




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Create easy resin and glitter sphere charms.  I'll show you how to in this DIY craft tutorial!


You will need: 
Resin:  http://amzn.to/2btjHgc
Sphere mold (larger):  http://amzn.to/2bthYaG
Sphere mold (smaller):  http://amzn.to/2bDZpiE
Fine glitter:  http://amzn.to/2fujyIY
Glue:  http://amzn.to/2cfPoIc
Eye pin:  http://amzn.to/2beamrz
Bead cap:  http://amzn.to/2bEZP8x
Dremel tool:  http://amzn.to/2bO5a0r
More bead cap options:  
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http://amzn.to/2eBYWAW


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Mix your resin, according to the package directions.  TIP:  When you have leftover resin from a different project, these molds are perfect to use!  You can eliminate waste and create something beautiful!
2.  Mix fine glitter into the resin.  Mix well.
3.  Drip resin and glitter mixture into the mold.  You can do one color glitter, or you can add one color and then another.  You can wait between colors, or not - it works both ways!
4.  Once you have the mold full - if it pools on top of the mold, don't worry - you can let it sit for a minimum of 12 hours.
5.  Once cured, remove it from the mold.  You will likely have a tab on the top and you will want to cut it off with your Dremel tool.
6.  Once you have cut it off, you will want to drill a small hole in the top.
7.  Cut your eye pin to the correct length.  
8.  Add glue to charm and your bead cap.  
9.  Put the eye pin through the bead cap and then add glue to that as well.
10.  Add it to the charm and allow it to dry.
11.  Once dry, you can add a jump ring and a chain or cord.

That's it!  These are perfect for jewelry, gifts, ornaments, etc.

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Friday, November 11, 2016

Resin Galaxy Coasters | DIY Project | Craft Klatch | Another Coaster Friday | How To



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Create galaxy drink coasters using resin, glitter and pigment powders.  I'll show you how to in DIY craft tutorial!



You will need:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/2fMSpW1
Resin:  http://amzn.to/2en4nQL
Pigment powders:  http://amzn.to/2eItVJo
Black pigment:  http://amzn.to/2fqrWco
Transparent blue pigment:  http://amzn.to/2eIuvGV
Transparent purple pigment:  http://amzn.to/2fadW7l
Glitter:  Use a variety of fine and chunky glitters
Nail polish:  Use inexpensive nail polish that are metallic and glitter

Here is the video tutorial:


 




Directions:
1.  Mix three ounces of resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix a little bit of black, blue and purple resin pigment.
3.  Mix well and then mix in glitter - I used a combination of chunky and fine glitters.
4.  Pour into the cavities of the coaster mold.
5.  Use a lighter to pop bubbles and allow it to cure for about and hour to an hour and a half.
6.  Mix one ounce of resin and split into three cups.  Mix different colored pigment powders into the resin (I used white, pink and blue).
7.  Using your stir stick and skewer stick to add the resin to the partially cured resin.  I sprinkled glitter on top of it too.  Keep working it, until you get the look you want.
8.  On the third coaster, I used nail polish on the coaster.  Use cheap nail polish - I used metallic and glitter polishes.  Paint it on to get the galaxy look.
9.  Wait about and hour before mixing three more ounces of resin.
10.  Pour over all of the coasters and pop bubbles with lighter.
11.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

That's it!  Pull them out of the mold and you have awesome galaxy coasters!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Monday, November 7, 2016

Wood and Resin Fall Napkin Rings | DIY Project | Thanksgiving Craft | Craft Klatch | How To





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Are you ready to see how to make beautiful napkin rings, to dress up your Thanksgiving holiday table?


You will need:  
-  Wood leaf cut outs - I found them at Michaels
-  Wood napkin rings:  http://amzn.to/2fyjayc
-  Acrylic paint - whatever fall colors you want
-  Resin pigments
    -Green:  http://amzn.to/2fyksZM
    -Red:  http://amzn.to/2fHngTS
    -Orange:  http://amzn.to/2fHiipV
-  Packing tape:  http://amzn.to/2ejOfQ9


Here is the video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made them!




Directions:
1.  I started with unfinished wood napkin rings...




...and unfinished laser cut leaves.  



First, paint napkin rings and lightly paint the wood leaves with the matching color.





2.  Once dry, put packing tape on the back of the leaves.  Be sure to burnish the tape down, so you have a nice seal.  The tape will prevent the resin from leaking out, so you need to make sure the seal is tight.




3. Mix resin, according to the package directions.

4.  Divide the resin into three cups and add a small amount of pigment into each.  Find out more about the pigments HERE!





5.  Drip the colored resin into the leaves.




6.  Allow to cure.




7.  Remove tape.




8.  Glue leaves onto the napkin rings.  I put them in little cups, so they would not fall over, while drying.




Once dry, that's it!  Now go set a beautiful table!  They have classic a stained glass look to them!




Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona





Friday, November 4, 2016

Smashed Christmas Ornament Coaster | DIY Project | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch | How To




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Create some shiny and sparkly coasters with smashed Christmas ornaments!!


You will need:


Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:
1.  Mix one ounce of resin, according to the package directions.  You can find the coaster mold HERE!

2.  Break glass ornaments and mix them in with the resin. 



3.  Add the mixture to the the coaster mold.



4.  Pop bubbles with a lighter.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

5.  Once cured, remove it from the mold.  


That's it!  It's that simple and turns out so pretty and sparkly!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

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