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Sunday, February 26, 2017

31 Spring and Easter Crafts | DIY Projects | Craft Klatch | How To





Spring and Easter are on the way, so you better start crafting!!  Here are some great projects to add to your holiday home decor!



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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Whale of a Sock Holder | DIY Projects | Craft Klatch | Woodworking How To





Do you ever lose a sock on laundry day?  No matter how hard and long you look for it, it is not to be found!  Then, it mysteriously reappears weeks later, only now you have thrown out the other sock.... or lost it?  Ahhh!  It's a vicious cycle and one lonely sock!

Now you can keep track of socks without mates, until they can be reunited, with this fun Whale Sock Holder!!!





You will need:

Poster board:  check out the dollar stores

Jigsaw (optional):  http://amzn.to/2l1rowQ
Rotary tool:  http://amzn.to/2kFGbkR
Engraver tip:  http://amzn.to/2mgaZVC
Plastic eye:  http://amzn.to/2mg8IK3
Acrylic paint:  choose to go with your decor
Sander (you can use sandpaper and sand by hand too):  http://amzn.to/2l1spVV
Bulldog clips: craft store
Saw tooth picture hangers:  http://amzn.to/2lAp3wa
2' x 4' sheet of 1/2 inch plywood:  home improvement store


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Draw a whale on poster board and cut it out.  That will serve as your template.
2.  Cut out the whale using a saw.  I used the handheld jigsaw to cut the wood down to a manageable size and finish off some details my saw was unable to reach.  Otherwise, most of it was done using the Bladerunner I have listed above.
3.  Once you have it cut out, sand it.  You want to make sure you get rid of all the sharp and rough edges.
4.  When you finish sanding, wipe off all the dust with a damp cloth.
5.  I used my Dremel too, with an engraving bit, to add details to the mouth, the water, the eye and the fin.
6.  Now start painting.  I used acrylic paints.  Here are the colors I used, in the order I used them:  white, mushroom, gray, aqua, ocean blue.
7.  Once they are all dry, take out your sander and start sanding.

8.  You want to sand the edges and the face of the whale.  The wood grain will start to show through and so will the different colors.  Sand until you have the colors you want showing through.  If you sand a little too much some where, you can always give it a watered down paint touch up.
9.  Glue on the eye.  I used a plastic eye that had a post on the back.  I snipped the post off and glued the eye onto the whale.
10.  The whale is fun to hang on the wall all by itself, so you don't have to go any further.  But if you want to add the bulldog clips, they can be used for socks, notes, or really anything, then use a screwdriver to add the screws and the clips.
11.  To hang it up, you can add a wire to the back with some screws.  You can drill small indents, so it can hang flush with the wall (just don't drill through!), or you can add the sawtooth hangers, like these here:  http://amzn.to/2lWn8lT, or you can also add some eyescrews to the top and run a rope between them!

That's it!  Now go hang up some socks!

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

Mona

Friday, February 17, 2017

Easy Bead Drink Coaster | DIY Project | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch | How To





I thought I would try something a little different this week.  I used small glass beads to make a coaster.  I think it turned out great!  Beads are beautiful!



You will need:

-  Cork rounds:  http://amzn.to/2lRbzx3
-  Glass seed beads:  http://amzn.to/2lnt0Eu
-  Hot glue:  http://amzn.to/2lnH6Gh
-  Ultimate glue:  http://amzn.to/2lR9fWI
-  Fishing line:  http://amzn.to/2kOVvI0

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1. String beads onto the fishing line.  The amount you need will depend on the size of your beads and the size of your cork round.  I needed roughly 74 inches.
2.  Knot both ends, so the beads don't fall off.
3.  Using a combination of hot glue and Ultimate glue, you will glue the beads onto the cork round.  Start with a small bit of hot glue in the center of the cork round and place one end of the bead string into the hot glue and let it cool.  
4. Once cooled, spread the other glue around cork round, a little bit at a time.
5.  Keep winding it around itself and adding glue.  The hot glue will hold the beads in place, while the other glue dries and creates a stronger bond.
6.  When you are done, be sure to allow the glue to dry before you snip the end (if needed).
7.  If you have a gap in the very middle, then just glue a couple of loose beads in the middle.
8.  I placed a piece of parchment paper on it and put a book on top, while it dried.  Cork rounds can sometimes begin to curl, while they dry.  The book kept it nice and flat.

That's it!  Now you have a coaster that can with stand your coffee or tea cup as well.

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

Mona


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Oscar Movie Night Coasters | DIY Projects | Craft Klatch | Another Coaster Friday | How To





It's that time of year, where all the stars get dressed in their beautiful ball gowns and walk the red carpet.  It's Oscar season!!  In honor of Oscar season, I made two coasters that fit with a movie night theme.


You will need:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/2luuFoj
Movie stickers:  Try the craft store
Chunky silver glitter:  http://amzn.to/2lxcFdW
Red acrylic paint:  http://amzn.to/2kZttwb
Super Gloss Mod Podge:  http://amzn.to/2kZOdDV


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Mix two ounces of resin, according to the package directions.
2.  In one, mix in chunky silver glitter and pour it into the coaster mold.
3.  In the second, mix in unpopped popcorn and pour it into the coaster mold.  Be sure you don't add too much popcorn because you want the surface to be flat.
4.  Take your lighter and pop the bubbles.  Let it cure a minimum of 12 hours.
5.  With red acrylic paint, paint a stripe going down the middle.  It should look like a red carpet.  Let it dry.
6.  Print out an image of Oscar.  I printed it on card stock and used a laser printer.  Cut it out and use a permanent black marker to color just the edges.  Let it dry.
7.  Using Mod Podge, stick it onto the red carpet.  Make sure you put the Mod Podge all over the front of the coaster and let it dry.  You will want to repeat the Mod Podge at least one more time, to make sure the paper is fully sealed.  Let it FULLY dry.
8.  Take movie stickers and stick them onto the popcorn coaster.
9.  When everything is dry, mix two more ounces of resin and pour it over each coaster.  Pop bubbles with lighter and let it cure a minimum of 12 hours.
10.  When it's finished, remove it from the mold and you have an awesome coaster, surely deserving of an award!!

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

Mona






Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Jord Watch $180 GIVEAWAY! Craft Klatch






The fine people at Jord Watch wanted to give my subscribers a chance to win a generous $180 Store Credit + free shipping and it's open internationally!  

Here is one of their beautiful watches:


Because you all are awesome, I definitely wanted to pass it along to you!  This giveaway is open exclusively to Craft Klatch subscribers.  If you haven't already, remember to subscribe to Craft Klatch on YouTube and you can do that right here:  http://www.youtube.com/craftklatch.

Be sure to show Jord Watch some love on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, by using #JordWatch and give them a big thank you and let them know that you found out about the giveaway on #CraftKlatch.

If you can't wait, they are also offering a $25 coupon code, so you can go shopping and save immediately!  

Coupon Code:  yt57692 - this will expire on 2/26/17

For more details and to enter the giveaway:  
End Date: 2/26/17
Grand Prize: $180 store credit - Free Shipping - Free Sizing
Open Internationally
All Gift Codes will expire on 6/30/17

*At the completion of the giveaway, you will receive an email from Jord Watch to let you know if you won the giveaway or not.  You will not receive a message from Craft Klatch.

Here are links to all of Jord's social media, be sure to follow:

Website:  woodwatches.comhttp://www.woodwatches.com
Twitter:  @woodwatches_com
Instagram: woodwatches_com 

You can see the watch more closely here:





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

Mona

*Jord Watch sent me a watch to review and paid compensation.  The ideas and opinions are all my own.




Monday, February 13, 2017

Project Linus Blanket Tutorial | Project Show You Care | DIY Project | Craft Klatch | How To





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Today we are doing another craft for Project Show You Care!  If you are not familiar with Project Show You Care, it's a series I started that features charities that accept handmade items for donation.  Today I want to tell you a little bit about Project Linus®

If you are not familiar with Project Linus®, they are an organization that accepts donations of blankets for children in need.  A child that might be in the hospital, a shelter, or just in need.  The blankets are to help comfort the recipients when they need it most.  

If you would like to know more about Project Linus®, please take a little time to check out their website.  They have locations located throughout the U.S. and you might find a chapter near you.  Also, if you would like to get even more involved, they are always looking for Chapter Coordinators.

They accept quilts, knitted and crocheted afghans, fleece blankets and more!  You can find links to their projects and patterns here:
http://www.projectlinus.org/patterns/


I made the no sew fleece blanket for donation 
and you can see how I made it here:


Here is a direct link to the written directions for the No-Sew Fleece Blanket:
http://www.projectlinus.org/patterns/pdf/NoSewFB.pdf

To donate, go to the Project Linus® website and find a chapter, or drop off location near you.  If you don't have a drop off location near you, you can always mail it directly to:

Project Linus National Headquarters
PO Box 1548
Belton, MO 64012-1108

Here is the label that you can include with your package, so they know we at the Craft Klatch community appreciate their efforts and the great work they do:




You can pull the label right from above, or download it here:  https://gum.co/HxofK



This video will tell you more about Project Linus® and the great work they do!  



Thank you for everyone that takes part!  You all are the BEST!  Be sure to post your blankets on my Facebook page, or tag me in the photo:

Twitter and Instagram followers:  @CraftKlatch

Don't forget:  #ProjectShowYouCare and send some love @ProjectLinus

Let's get the word out!

May the sun always shine on you and may you be the light in someone else's life!

For more charity crafts, go to ProjectShowYouCare.com
Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona