Sunday, August 31, 2014

DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Backpack Charms or Ornaments

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Inspired by the ever popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this craft can be used as a keychain, backpack charm, ornament, or just to have hanging around!


You will need:
-  Old golf balls
-  Eye screws
-  Green paint - either acrylic or spray paint
-  Hole punch
-  Small googly eyes
-  Craft foam
-  Drill or rotary tool
-  Black permanent marker
-  Keychain findings
-  Glue

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:

1.  Drill a hole into each of the golf balls.
2.  Screw in the eye screws.
3.  Paint golf balls green.  TIP:  If you use acrylic paint, that is fine.  If it is to be used as an ornament or just hanging around, the acrylic should be fine.  If you are using it as a keychain or a backpack charm, you should either use spray paint that adheres to plastic, but you use the acrylic paint, you can use a spray polyurethane to give it extra protection.
4.  Take a piece of paper and draw a mask.  Fit it around a golf ball and adjust the size accordingly.  Then trace the piece of paper on the craft foam and cut out.  
5.  Take the paper hole punch and punch out eye holes, in the craft foam.  
6.  Insert googly eyes in the eye holes.  Put glue behind the eyes and the mask and glue it onto the golf ball.  Glue all the way to the ends of the mask and wrap it around the golf ball, gluing in place.
7.  Take a permanent marker and draw on the mouth. 
8.  Use pliers to open the jump ring on the keychain and attach it to the eye screw.  Close jump ring.

That's it!  Now use them to decorate a room, a keychain or a backpack!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Friday, August 29, 2014

DIY Cute Pig Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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Here it is Friday again and right before a holiday weekend!  I hope you aren't going to a pig roast this weekend because today's coaster may spoil it for you!



You will need:
-  Resin mold
-  Resin (Easy Cast or Envirotex Lite will work.  Go to www.eti-usa.com if you are looking for either internationally.)
-  Pink craft foam
-  Black craft foam
-  Paper
-  Black acrylic paint
-  Googly eyes
-  Opaque red resin dye
-  Opaque white resin dye

Here are some of the 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.  Mix in a few drops of the white resin dye.  Add enough to make sure it is a solid color and make sure it is well mixed.
2.  Add a drop of red and mix well.  Slowly add a little until you achieve the pink you want.
3.  When well mixed, pour into your coaster mold.  Allow it to harden.  I left mine about 12 hours.
4.  Out of paper, create shapes for ears and snout.  Put them on the pink resin to see if the size looks right.  Then trace and cut out of the pink craft foam.  Also cut two eyebrows and a mouth out of the black craft foam.
5.  Using a clear drying glue (whatever glue you use, make sure it is completely dry before you add your next batch of resin), glue on all the pieces and the googly eyes.
6.  With the end of a paintbrush and some black acrylic paint, add nostrils to the pig's nose.
7.  Once everything is dry and in place, prepare more resin and pour it over.  Very important, make sure you stay on top of getting rid of the bubbles.  You will have more than usual, due to air being trapped under the foam.  Just keep checking back and get rid of them with your lighter.
8.  Allow to sit a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Add your cute pig to your coaster collection!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona




Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Golf Ball Turtle Recycling Craft DIY

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I was asked to do another golf ball craft and it was requested that I do a turtle, so here it is!


You will need:
-  Green craft foam
-  Green acrylic paint (lighter than the craft foam)
-  Five golf tees
-  One golf ball
-  Black acrylic paint or black permanent marker
-  Two googly eyes
-  Glue (I used hot glue, but a tacky glue would work fine)
-  Drill or rotary tool
-  Small wood bead or doll head

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Draw an oval on a piece of paper and cut out the oval and two triangles from the middle of the longer side.  You can see an example in the video above.
2.  Check the size, as compared to the golf ball, and adjust as necessary or trace onto the green craft foam.
3.  Cut out the green craft from, cutting on the inside of the pen marks.  
4.  With your glue, where you cut out the small triangles, now have them meet and glue them together.  This is also demonstrated in the video above.
5.  Paint the golf ball, golf tees and wood ball/bead.  This might take more than one coat.
6.  When dry, glue the shell onto the golf ball.
7.  Take a thin paint brush and paint a border and the lines across the shell.
8.  Once dry, drill a hole at one end for the head.
9.  Glue the wood bead to the end of a golf tee.
10.  Insert that golf tee into the hole drilled for the head.  Add glue if needed.
11.  Flip turtle over, so his belly is facing up.  Drill four evenly spaced holes.  Insert the remaining golf tees.
**The golf tees at their original length will be too long.  Cut them down to a length you like.
12.  Glue on eyes and paint on mouth - or draw on with a black permanent marker.
13.  Touch up any paint as needed and that's it!

Now you have a super cute turtle!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Monday, August 25, 2014

Let's Talk Fall and Halloween!

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Summer is starting to wind down (that does not make me happy!).  However, fall gives us great opportunity for crafting!  We have Halloween and Thanksgiving and all sorts of fun stuff!  

Let's Talk About Fall in the quicky video below:


Be sure to click on the video below to see past Halloween crafts, from Craft Klatch:




Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Garden Art Wall Hanging - Resin Version

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I made the plaster version and I thought I would do a resin version.  I mainly wanted to show you that you can use these silicone molds with both materials.  Since fall is coming, I went with a sunflower look on both.  Remember, this can be ANY color you want!


You will need:

- silicone flower mold
- resin - I used Easy Cast, you could also use Envirotex Lite 
(for more info on both, including where it is available internationally www.eti-usa.com)
-  Bronze acrylic paint
-  Yellow glitter
-  Yellow india ink or resin dye
-  Yellow or gold pigment powder

Here are some of the items available through Amazon:






Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Paint the center of the mold with a bronze acrylic paint.  It may take multiple coats.
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  
3.  Mix in a bunch of glitter.  I also added pigment powder and india ink.
4.  Pour into mold.  Depending on how much resin you prepared, it might not cover the entire mold.  There is a slight slope to the mold, which I did not realize.  My resin ran to the ends.  I let it set.
5.  Then I mixed another batch of resin and put more of the india ink, to try and make it more opaque.  I poured it in and let it set.
6.  When cured, unmold it!

That's it!  You don't need to have all of the items I used.  I was experimenting and throwing things together.  Another way to do it would be you can mix glitter and the resin and pour it in.  You want a layer or resin across the whole piece.  Once set, you can take yellow acrylic paint and paint the resin (while still in the mold).  It might take one or two coats.  Allow the paint to dry.  Then you can add a clear coat of resin to seal it all in.  That will give you a solid, or opaque background for the glitter and/or pigment powder.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Friday, August 22, 2014

Metallic Foil Coaster - Another Coaster Friday!

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It's Friday!  I was inspired by some keychains that Kathryn shared on my Facebook page a while back.  She used fusible film.  I have not found fusible film, but I found metallic foil.  I thought I would give that a try instead!

This is what happened:


You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast, but you could use Envirotex Lite (www.eti-usa.com)
-  Metallic foil 
-  Adhesive for foil or for gold leaf

Here are some of the 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.  You want enough to cover the bottom of the mold.  
2.  Allow to cure - 12 hours would be good.
3.  Paint on your adhesive and allow it to dry to a sticky state.
4.  Apply your foil to the coaster and rub with a craft stick.  The adhesive will pull off the foil.
5.  Pull up sheet.
6.  Repeat in different areas, until you have it covered the way you want.
7.  Prepare more resin and pour over coaster.
8.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

That's it!  Thanks Kathryn for the inspiration!  It did not turn out anything like Kathryn's - I guess that means I will have to keep trying!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

30,000 Subscribers Giveaway!

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Thank you EVERYONE who helped me hit 30,000+  subscribers!  To show my appreciation, I am doing a giveaway!  I am giving away the Crab Ring, the Dream Wish Worry Box and the Glitter Pendant!



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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Make Your Own Sea Glass! DIY

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As a kid, I loved sea glass or beach glass.  I still do!  It seems harder to come by at the beach. Certainly you can buy it at the craft store, but I wanted to give making it a try.  I was inspired by a video I saw on YouTube, where a guy tumbled an enormous amount of glass for his flower beds.  It was beautiful!  I wanted to give it a try on a much smaller scale.  Also, I don't have nearly enough glass or a cement mixer!  I have that video linked at the bottom of the post.

Here is my sea glass:


You will need:

-  Rock tumbler (www.orientaltrading.com)
-  Broken glass 
-  Sand


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Set up your rock tumbler.
2.  If you glass is not broken, break it.  In the video, you will see I had quite a time trying to break a wine bottle!  Remember to do it safely.  Wear eye protection and do it in a bag, so glass doesn't get everywhere!
3.  Put broken pieces of glass into the tumbler and add approximately four tablespoons of sand.  Don't put too much glass in, or too much sand.  You need the pieces to actually be able to tumble.
4.  Close up the tumbler and turn it on.  You need to have some patience and you need to realize it's not quiet.  This could easily take a couple of days.  I put mine out the garage.  I checked on it a couple of times a day, until it was tumbled enough.
5.  Once tumbled, wash it off and dry it.  

Now go make something awesome!  I didn't put any clear glass in, but I should have.  The clear glass, once tumbled, is the white sea glass.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Here is the video I was referring to:




***Oriental Trading provided the rock tumbler for review.  The ideas and opinions are all my own.  Here is a direct link to the tumbler I used:  http://www.orientaltrading.com/rock-tumbler-a2-13646175.fltr?Ntt=rock%20tumbler



Monday, August 18, 2014

Garbage to Gorgeous Episode #5: DIY Candle Jar Makeover



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I've had some fun knobs from Hobby Lobby for a while now and I've had some empty candle jars - it was time to get them together!  I am using them to organize buttons in my craft room, but think for a bathroom (Q-tips, cotton balls, etc.).  Or decorate one as part of a gift and add homemade bath salts!  

You will need:
-  Empty candle jars
-  Candlesticks
-  Acrylic paint
-  Drawer pulls/knobs
-  Glue - anything at adheres to glass (E6000, Super Glue Glue All, etc.)
-  Drill or rotary tool
-  WD 40 to clean the candle jars, if you haven't cleaned them already 
-  Spray paint or primer
-  Sandpaper

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Clean the candle jar.  I find WD40 cleans the wax out and takes off the labels beautifully!  Once everything is removed, use some glass cleaner for a final clean up.
2.  Drill a whole in the middle of the lid.  If you want to find the center, watch the video for a little trick to find it!
3.  Lightly sand the lid.  You want to sand it just enough to give the paint a surface it can adhere to.
4.  Paint whatever color you want to the lid.  This will take a minimum of two coats.
5.  Paint the candlestick.  This will also take multiple coats.  If you are using a spray paint that will adhere to the glass, then you don't need a primer.  However, if you are going to use the acrylic paint, then you must first spray on a primer.  Otherwise, the paint will scrape right off.
6.  Glue the candlestick onto the bottom of the glass jar.  
7.  Attach your decorative knob to the lid.
8.  Let everything dry and set and now you have a beautiful decorative jar!  What would have ended up in a landfill just found a new place in my home!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Friday, August 15, 2014

Easy Fingerprint Shark Artwork for Kids!

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This is my last shark craft and it's easy and fun for kids to make.


You will need:
-  Your finger
-  Blue ink pad
-  Blue pen
-  Blue marker
-  Orange marker
-  Paper


Here is the quickie video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Press your finger onto the blue stamp pad.
2.  Immediately press your finger onto the paper.  Repeat until you have as many on your paper as you want.
3.  With a blue pen, draw fins, eye, tail, mouth and teeth.  
4.  With blue marker make water marks.
5.  With orange marker, make a dot and two lines as tails.

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

Mona