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!

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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



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How to Make a Wasp Trap! Easy DIY!

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The wasps have been c-r-a-z-y around here lately!  It always happens at the end of summer.  Our friend, Joe, was in town and noticing how the wasps chase the hummingbirds away from the feeder.  They have been pretty aggressive for some time now.  He said, "Why don't you make a wasp trap?"  He said this like it was simple and something everyone knows how to do.  Maybe a lot of you do know how to do it, but I didn't.  So, he explained how to do it said to take a two liter pop bottle.  I didn't have one, so I used a water bottle and lo and behold, it works like a charm!



You will need:
-  Empty plastic bottle (water bottle, pop bottle, etc.)
-  Scissors
-  Sugar
-  Water


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Cut the top of the bottle off.  You want to cut maybe one quarter of the way down, from the opening end.  Do it by creating a hole and then cutting around.  
2.  Invert the end you just cut off and stick it back in the bottle.  If you don't have a tight fit, you can add tape.  The water bottle I used fit nice and snug, I didn't need any tape.
3.  Make syrup.  This is the same recipe I use for the hummingbirds.
Take one part sugar and two parts water.  Bring to a boil on the stove (mixing occasionally).  Once it's boiling, remove from heat an allow to cool.  
4.  Pour a small amount of the syrup into the bottom of the bottle.  Any remaining syrup can be put in a container and refrigerated for use at a later date.  
5.  Set the trap outside!  When it is full, dispose of the wasps.  Make sure there aren't any live ones in there when you open it up!

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

Mona




Monday, September 8, 2014

Washi Tape Pens and Markers - Dress Up Your School Supplies!

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Dress up your school supplies with washi tape!  Washi tape comes in all kinds of fun patterns and colors!  This easy and great for any age!



You will need:
-  Washi tape - whatever colors or patterns you like!
-  Pens and/or markers
TIP:  I don't know if I would do it on pencils because the tape might not work well with a sharpener.


Here are some washi tapes available through Amazon:





Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Take your washi tape and start it just under the cap.  Especially on a pen, where the cap comes down, you want to make sure you start below the end of the cap.  Otherwise, the cap will continually push the tape down and the cap wouldn't fit very well.
2.  Take it around the pen.  You can keep winding it down, but then you will have some overlap and most washi tape appears to be somewhat transparent and you might have the design bleed through.  
3.  On the marker, I alternated patterns for a fun look.  

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

Mona



Friday, September 5, 2014

Pushpins Coaster - Perfect for Back to School or Dorm Decor - Another Coaster Friday

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This is a fun coaster that is just in time for back to school or dorm decor.  It's fun for an apartment, the office, etc.!  I found these brightly colored pushpins at Dollar Tree.



You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast - Envirotex Lite works too!  For more info go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Pushpins - I bought mine at Dollar Tree


Here are some of the items I used, 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 pushpins.
3.  Spread pushpins (should be well coated in resin) in the coaster mold.
4. Allow to sit and remove bubbles as necessary.  This first layer should now be full because the pushpins will likely float.  Let is sit for at least and hour, but two or more would be better.
5.  Prepare more resin (enough to cover the pushpins) and remove bubbles as necessary.
6.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

That is it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DIY Halloween Spider Headband Dollar Store Craft!

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Summer is wrapping up, so it's time to look ahead to Fall and Fall means Halloween!  Here is my first official Halloween craft of the season!


This is inexpensive and easy!  It cost less than $2.00 for this craft!

You will need:
-  Headband
-  Large spider (a fake one is best!)
-  Hot glue
-  Weldbond or The Ultimate Glue 

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Take the spider and put hot glue on the underside.  Put it on the headband - I liked it off to the side rather than right in the middle.
2.  Hold it until the glue cools. 
3.  Add additional glue - the Weldbond or The Ultimate glue are good choices.  You want it on the underside to help support the hot glue, so your spider doesn't fall off!

That's it!  You can add glitter if you want a little bit of sparkle.  

It's easy, fun and fast!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


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