Friday, April 17, 2015

DIY Beachy Concrete Coasters - Another Coaster Friday - Craft Klatch

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I was asked for more concrete or cement crafts, so this is what I came up with!  Stay tuned for more to come!!  This craft is so easy, you can get the kids involved in placing the stones in the concrete.  It makes a great housewarming gift, hostess gift, or Mother's Day gift!!






You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Concrete or cement
-  Floral stones


Here is the coaster mold available through Amazon:






Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare your cement or concrete, according to the package directions.  My mix called for one part water to four parts cement mix.  I used 1/4 cup of water to 1 cup of mix and I had more than enough to create these coasters.  In fact, I had a little too much.
2.  Once mixed, pour a thin layer into the bottoms of the coasters.
3.  Take your floral stones and press them into the concrete/cement.  Test the stones with a glass or jar, to make sure they are pressed in and flat as can be.  
4.  My mix called for a spritz of water, but again follow the directions on your package.
5.  Allow to cure and remove from mold.

That is it!!  Easy as can be and they look great and are durable.  If you don't want to use them as coasters, you could have them in your garden to add some color.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona





Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FabFitFun Spring Box Unboxing!

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I received a FabFitFun box for review and I loved it!  Subscription boxes are like fun gifts!  


You can see me unbox it here:




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Monday, April 13, 2015

Easy Beachy Concrete Candleholders DIY - Craft Klatch Concrete Series

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I wanted make some easy concrete candleholders and decided to go with a beachy look.



You will need:
-  Concrete or cement from home improvement store or hardware store
-  Molds - plastic containers, such as yogurt containers or plastic cups
-  Candles
-  White acrylic paint
-  Glass stones - you can find them in the floral department at craft stores
-  Clear drying glue, I used Weldbond


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Find some containers and make sure they are clean and dry.  
2.  Mix concrete according to the directions on the package it came in.
3.  Pour into the containers and tap the containers on your table, to help release air bubbles.
4.  When a stir stick stands in the cement/concrete, add your candles.  Press them right into the wet cement/concrete.  You can add some Vaseline to the candles to help them release easier.
5.  Allow to set for a while, until it holds it shape.  Then, you can remove your candles and allow it to fully dry.
6.  Once dry, take some white acrylic paint and water it down.  Brush it onto the concrete and take a paper towel and wipe it off.  You just want to give it whitewashed look.  You can do it with any color.
7.  Once the paint has dried, glue on your stones in any design you want.  

That's it!  Light your candles and have a party.  They are inexpensive to make and would be perfect for any decor, or perfect for a wedding!

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Friday, April 10, 2015

DIY Gears and Springs Recycling Coaster - Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch


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I took apart an old printer and saved the gears and springs to make a coaster!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite works too)
-  Gears, springs, or parts


Here are some items from Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:




Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  If you take a printer or something apart, wash and dry the parts to remove any oil.
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
3.  Pour a little into the bottom of your mold and remove bubbles with your lighter.
4.  Take your parts and drop them into the resin and make sure they are all covered.
5.  Place the resin covered pieces into the mold.
6.  Remove bubbles as needed and then let it sit for a few hours.
7.  Prepare some more resin and pour it over the coaster to make sure all the pieces are embedded and you have a level surface.  
8.  Remove bubbles as needed and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
9.  Unmold it and now you have a cool new coaster.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!!


Mona



Monday, April 6, 2015

DIY Cracked Marble Nail Polish Jewelry Stones Craft Klatch Jewelry Series

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Are you ready for a twist on the nail polish stones DIY!  I was sent a message from Kimbala, who saw a video where you crack round marbles in the the oven.  She asked if it would work with the flat backed clear stones.  I had no idea, but I HAD to give it a try!!  Here is how they turned out!



You will need:
-  Clear stones (you can find them at Dollar Tree or at craft stores, in the floral department)
-  Oven
-  Nail polish
-  Glitter (optional)
-  Ring blanks or jewelry bails
-  Glue (Weldbond works well)
-  Cold water and ice
-  Oven proof pan or dish

Here are some items available through Amazon, which might help (affiliate links):




Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  You want to start with cracking the stones.  To crack the stones, heat the oven to 500 degrees fahrenheit.  Place the glass stones in an oven safe pan or dish.  Place into oven for 20 minutes.
2.  While it is in the oven, prepare a bowl of cold tap water and add some ice.
3.  Once 20 minutes have passed, immediately put the hot glass pieces in the cold water.  Allow pieces to cool.
4.  Once cooled and dried, it is time to add the nail polish.  Use any mixture of nail polish, glitter polish and/or fine glitter and add to the back of the stone.  You will be working only on the back of the stones.
5.  Use inexpensive or leftover nail polish to create your own one-of-a-kind masterpieces.  Layer the colors and glitter and make them beautiful!  
6.  Allow the polish to dry between coats.
7.  Once you let the polish fully dry, glue on a jewelry bail and/or ring blank.

Now you have jewelry!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona





Friday, April 3, 2015

DIY Full Moon Cats Silhouette Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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I have two cats, Spooky and Pouffy.  Spooky is a girl and she showed up 11 years ago and never left.  Pouffy showed up two and a half years ago and never left.  We don't know Spooky's history, but she was six months to a year when she arrived.  She was small, skinny and so happy to have a home.  She had been spayed, but had a hernia that would have eventually killed her.  Pouffy, we found out, had been rescued as a baby on the streets of Chicago, was socialized and adopted out near where we live.  He has a long and complicated story, but the condensed version is he was adopted by a family and then kicked out and left to fend for himself, in the middle of a cold and treacherous Chicago winter.  He somehow befriended a feral cat and they both came and lived in our garage.  Pouffy was literally skin and bones and terrified of people.  Not knowing Pouffy's history, we thought they might both be feral cats and trapped them and took them in to get fixed.  It turns out Pouffy had been fixed, but Amber was a true feral cat.  We tried to socialize them with Spooky, but Amber decided to leave one day.  It was like he brought Pouffy to us and made sure he was going to be okay and then went back on to live his life.  So that is how Pouffy and Spooky came to be and this drawing I did, long before Pouffy arrived, reminds me of them.  It's been a long two and a half years trying to get them to get along.  Pouffy is super sweet and wants to be Spooky's shadow and Spooky doesn't know how to deal with another cat.  But Pouffy is nothing, if not persistent and he'll win her over eventually!  They have come a long way and overall they are good.  We still think of Amber often and hope he is okay!

So, this is for them.




This is what you will need to make the coaster:
-  A drawing or artwork
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (Easy Cast or Envirotex Lite work well)
-  Yellow or gold pigment powder
-  Super Gloss Mod Podge


Here are some items from Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:





Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:

1.  I scanned my artwork into my computer and sized it.  I then printed it out with a laser printer, on cardstock.  Those are just my preferences.
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions, and mix in pigment powder in the color of your choice.  
3.  Pour into mold.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
4.  Take your artwork and Mod Podge it onto the resin.  I first put a layer of Mod Podge all over the resin, then on the back of my artwork and then put it on the coaster and add more Mod Podge all over.  Once it has Mod Podge all over, I use my finger to rub it down and remove any bubbles.  Allow to completely dry and do on or two more coats.
5.  Once it is COMPLETELY dry, prepare more resin and pour it over the coaster.  Allow to cure.

That's it!  Now you have a one of a kind coaster!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!  Stay safe!

Mona



Monday, March 30, 2015

DIY Resin Easter Bunny House Craft Klatch Easter Series

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Easter is almost here!  I wanted to make a special project for Spring.  I broke out the gingerbread house mold and used it to create my Easter Bunny House!



You will need:
-  Silicone gingerbread house mold
-  Resin (I used Envirotex Lite, Easy Cast would also work)
-  Yellow acrylic paint
-  White acrylic paint
-  Pink acrylic paint
-  Blue acrylic paint
-  Purple acrylic paint
-  Orange acrylic paint
-  White resin pigment dye
-  Four round discs
-  Wood plaque
-  Easter eggs of various sizes
-  Small dowel rod
-  Green sand
-  Fine green glitter
-  Toothpick
-  Cardstock
-  Picket fence
-  Various picks and fake flowers
-  Chenille chicks
-  Hot glue
-  E6000
-  Pink felt
-  Wire
-  Thin pink ribbon
-  White glue
-  Four round wood discs
-  Fake candle
*When picking out your paints, be sure to think pastels!



Here are some of the harder to find items, available through Amazon:






Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:

1.  Paint the mold.  I chose yellow for the walls and white for the trim and roof.  Using acrylic paint, paint your chosen colors.  This will take a minimum of two coats, but figure three, maybe four.  The paint does not want to adhere to the silicone and therefore it will take more coats.
2.  Once all the coats are dry, prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  I did six ounces at a time.  I mixed in white resin pigment dye to give it all a solid look.
3.  Pour the first six ounces in the mold.  That should cover all the side panels - be sure you don't over pour.  You want the resin to go into the window frames, but you do not want them to cover the windows, so take your time and do it slowly!
4.  Repeat and pour into the roof mold.
5.  Once the sides have cured, prepare six ounces of clear resin.  You want to pour that onto the panels that have windows.  This way, the windows will remain clear, like actual windows.
6.  Prepare more resin that you think you may need, if you want to fill in any of the panels and don't forget to pour the door.
7.  Once all are cured, you can remove them from the molds.
8.  Using a combination of E6000 glue and hot glue, I attached the panels to one another.  The E6000 gives it a strong bond, but the hot glue holds it in place, while the E6000 dries.
9.  Cut a dowel rod to fit where the roof meets.  Paint it pink (or whatever color you like).  Paint the sidewalk disks, while you are at it.
10.  Glue dowel rod into place.
11.  Place the house onto the wood plaque.  Take a pencil and trace around it.  Make sure it is where you want it permanently placed.
12.  Mix green sand, green glitter and white glue into a cup.  Mix it really well.  I do not have exact measurements.  You want to make sure the sand and glitter are all mixed and covered, but you don't want it too wet.
13.  Using gloved hands and your stir stick, begin spreading it around the plaque.  I left the area where the house will be sitting clean.  When you have the front lawn done, press the painted disc into place as the front walk.  Allow to dry.
14.  In the mean time, you can glue on small Easter eggs onto the front and back roof line.
15.  You can cut felt and add curtains if you want too.  I just taped them in.
16.  When the lawn has dried, it is time to add all the other elements.  I added picks for trees.  I made sure to drill a hole in the lawn and the wood plaque and added glue and places the picks in for trees.  I cut other fake flowers and turned them into bushes.  
17.  Glue the picket fence in place.  I used hot glue and made a little more grass mixture and covered up any hot glue that was showing.  I also added some around the base of the newly planted trees.
18.  I made a couple of small bunnies out of polymer clay and added some chenille chicks in the yard.
19.  Glue everything in place.  I also made a sign out of a printed Happy Easter on card stock and glued it to a toothpick.  
20.  I used a piece of wire and made a circle.  I used E6000 and hot glue to attach little Easter eggs and I added a think ribbon to finish off the wreath for the front door.

Let your imagination run wild with all the accessories!!  

That's it!  Now you have a great Easter decoration or centerpiece!!  


Here is the zombie house tutorial:




Gingerbread House Tutorial:






Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Friday, March 27, 2015

DIY Peeps Easter Coasters Another Coaster Friday

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After doing my Big Peep Plushie video, I was asked to do a Peeps coaster.  How could I resist!  I'll show you how to make these cute coasters!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work just as well)
-  Green confetti
-  Green glitter
-  Pictures of Peeps - I printed mine using a laser printer
-  Super Gloss Mod Podge


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





Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in glitter and confetti.
3.  Pour into mold and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
4.  Print out pictures of Peeps.  I use a laser printer and cardstock.  Once I cut it out, I like to use a black permanent market and run it along the cut out edge.
5.  Brush the Mod Podge all over the coaster.  Brush onto the back of the picture.  Put the picture on the coaster and add another layer over the whole coaster.  Allow to dry between coats.  Add one or two more coats.
6.  When the Mod Podge has COMPLETELY dried, prepare more resin.  Pour over the coasters and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

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

Mona




Monday, March 23, 2015

DIY Big Peep Plushie! Craft Klatch

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I will show you how to sew a Big Peep Plushie!  It's an easy DIY craft for Easter!
It's huge, it's a giant, it's GODZILLA-SIZED PEEP!

You will need:
-  One yard of yellow fleece fabric
-  Yellow thread
-  Brown felt
-  Fabric glue
-  Paper
-  Needle
-  Scissors
-  Fiberfill

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Find a picture of a Peep and draw a pattern.  I took sheets of paper and made two ears, a head and the body.  Once I had the parts created, I taped them together to create the pattern.
2.  Have your fabric laid out double and trace the pattern onto the fabric.  
3.  Cut out fabric.  I left a small border outside of the line.  That way, I could sew right along the line I drew.
4.  Now it is time to sew.  If you have a sewing machine, go ahead and do that.  If not, do what I did and hand sew it.  I started on the bottom and worked my way around.  I made sure to leave a small opening at the bottom.
5.  Once I had it sewn, I was able to put my hand in and turn it inside out.
6.  I used stuffing to stuff it - making sure I went all the way into the ears first.
7.  Once stuffed, I sewed the small opening shut.
8.  I cut three small circles out of the brown felt.
9.  I glued them onto the face.

That is it!  Thank you for stopping by!  

Mona

Here's another Peep project:







Friday, March 20, 2015

Fossilized Shark Teeth Coaster - Another Coaster Friday DIY

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I found these shark teeth on vacation on the gulf coast of Florida.  I was so excited to find them and wanted to preserve them in resin.  They make a great home decor accessory and a conversation starter!


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Sharks teeth
-  Resin - Easy Cast or Envirotex Lite will work

Here are some items from Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:




Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  I used two ounces.
2.  Place the shark teeth in the resin and mix until completely covered.
3.  Pour into coaster mold.
4.  With stir stick, spread out the teeth until you are happy with the placement.
5.  Allow bubbles to rise to the surface and then use a lighter to pop them. 
6.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

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

Mona