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17 Memorial Day Crafts to Celebrate Your Loved Ones

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 07:00

Memorial Day is an American holiday, celebrated on the last Monday of May to honor our fallen heroes. There is no official ceremony for the day, though there are dozens of customs that have been adopted over the years. Generally the flag is flown at half staff until noon, “Taps” is played, and red poppies can be worn. But nowadays, there are many more modern customs that have become a common theme of the day. Namely, Memorial Day is known as the unofficial start of summer, and it’s generally heralded with a huge barbecue, stars and stripes decor and pausing for one minute at 3 PM to remember our fallen.  However you choose to celebrate this national holiday, here are some incredible Memorial Day crafts to celebrate your loved ones.

DIY Decor Yarn Stars | The Frugal Navy Wife

Stars and Stripes Bunting | Hello Little Home

Easy Patriotic Flower Pot | Thrifty Jinxy

Patriotic Mason Jar Craft | Midwestern Moms

No Sew Flag Bunting | Thrifty Jinxy

Patriotic Tote Bag Makeover | Hello Little Home

Patriotic Flip Flops | Two Kids and a Coupon

Easy DIY Flag Wreath | Ann’s Entitled Life

Flag Wine Glass Votive | Ann’s Entitled Life

Patriotic Wooden Sign | Fancy Shanty

Memorial Day Table Decor | Today’s Creative Life

Memorial Day Wreath | All Things G & D

Mason Jar Flag | It All Started With Paint

Memorial Day Poppers | The Simple Parent

Bottle Cap Flag | Sweet Something Design

Patriotic Sequin Bottle Cap Necklace | Consumer Crafts

Memorial Day Mesh Wreath | The Crafty Blog Stalker

Geographic Tile Coasters using Envirotex Lite

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 07:00

You guys, these geographic tile coasters turned out really cool. I’m super excited to share this tutorial with you!

For this project I chose a map of the state of Missouri, where my husband was raised and where we used to live. The reason I chose that particular map was because somehow, even with our 13 moves in 15 years to 7 different states, all of my four children were born in Missouri. We left and came back a few times, so it has a special place in my heart. I chose to use two maps that encompassed the cities in which my children were born. These tile coasters were made specifically for our bedside tables, so we only needed two.

It’s a bit hard to see the amazing glossy surface in this photo (look at top left corners to see the shine) but check out the rest of the pics and you’ll see how gorgeous it is.

Alright, so here’s what you need!

SUPPLIES:
  • Tiles
  • Maps
  • Ultra-Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer
  • Disposable Craft Brushes
  • Wooden stir sticks with flat end
  • Disposable cups for mixing resin
  • Disposable tray or box for excess resin to pour into. You don’t not want it to leak onto your work surface! (I used a cardboard box lined with press n seal.)
  • Something disposable to elevate your workpiece – I used small pieces of wood and just threw them out afterward.
  • Envirotex Lite 
  • Felt fabric or pads for the bottom of the coaster
GETTING STARTED ON TILE COASTERS:

The first step for the tile coasters is to cut your map pieces to fit your tiles. Leave a border of tile on the edges by cutting smaller than the tile, or just cut it to fit to the edges, either way works.

ADHERING MAPS:

Next, take your Ultra-Seal and spread an even coat across the entire tile. I was sure to add enough to fill in the small holes on the travertine tiles. This will help prevent bubbles during the epoxy stage. Using a smoother tile will make this step easier.

As soon as you have the Ultra-Seal coating the tile, take your map images and press them into the wet Ultra Seal as evenly as possible. Push out any bubbles, then apply Ultra-Seal over the paper maps as well! Let dry. I let mine dry overnight.

And here’s what you have:

PREPPING FOR ENVIROTEX LITE:

Alright, so the next step for the tile coasters is to make sure your work surface is protected. As you can see in my images I had the tiles resting on small pieces of wood (be sure this doesn’t touch the edges as epoxy will seep onto the underside. ) I used a cardboard box lined with Glad Press n Seal, and it worked perfectly.

Be sure you have all your epoxy resin supplies so that you don’t have any reason to need to jump up and grab something while in the mixing process. This would be the mixing cups, stir sticks, craft brushes, work surface protection, and Envirotex Lite.

ADDING ENVIROTEX LITE:

All of the instructions are found inside the box of the Envirotex Lite, or on the ETI Website here.

I’ll run through the steps,  which are pretty simple and easy to do, but be sure to read the directions thoroughly.  There are a few things like temperature or time that have strict guidelines for a perfect cure of the resin.

In the box you’ll find two bottles, one Part A which is the resin and Part B which is the hardener. Pour part A into your disposable measuring cup and follow that with the exact same amount of part B. It is important to get equal amounts. Stir them together with your stir stick for a few minutes. At first it will seem a bit cloudy, but as it mixes it will become more clear. Don’t worry about the bubbles just yet!

After everything is stirred together, pour the mix into another cup and stir again. This ensures that you don’t have any unmixed resin or hardener going onto your project, which will make for an uneven cure and possibly sticky spots.

After you stir that for a bit, then you’re ready to pour! Be sure that your work pieces is completely level and that your work surface is protected, then begin pouring in the center of the tile and move slowly outward. The epoxy will begin to pour off the edges, which is what it is supposed to do!

The Envirotex Lite will self-level (as long as your piece is level) but there will be many drips coming off the sides. Just use your craft brush to wipe those off as they appear. I waited for a minute or two then went and wiped the drips until it stopped dripping.

CURING:

The final step is to somehow cover your tile coasters to prevent any dust or debris from landing on the wet resin. I used some tall bottles on each side and laid a flat box on top of them, then carefully draped fabric over top to make a sort of tent. Just be careful as even your fabric can have dust particles that will land on the resin. Alright, so you let it cure for at least 48-72 hours. Maybe longer if your room is cool (the warmer it is, the faster it cures.)

After it is cured for a couple days, go ahead and use it, as it’s cured. But first, add some felt to the bottom so it won’t scratch any tables!

 

And there you have it!  Two awesome tile coasters that will hold drinks and prevent water stains on my tables. Definitely worth it and so cool looking too!

I hope this tutorial was useful to you, and if you decide to make your own coasters, be sure to share! The coolest thing is that you can use any type of paper, like a photo or ticket stub or designed paper to get any look that you want. I just love maps.

Here’s a great pinnable image, please share on Pinterest if you like this tile coasters project!Thanks again for stopping by!

DIY Birth Month Flower Pendant Resin Jewelry

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 07:00

For her birthday one year when we were growing up, our mom asked for a ring which had all of our birthstones in it. I always loved the idea of a personalized family piece of jewelry and when we came across this list of “Birth Month Flowers”, the idea to incorporate them into resin jewelry immediately came to mind. This would also be a thoughtful and inexpensive birthday, Mother’s Day or Christmas gift idea.

Materials Needed for this DIY Resin Jewelry Craft:
  • 1” wide decorative jewelry bezel
  • photograph of the flower of the month, sized and cut to fit the bezel
  • gloves, wooden craft sticks, toothpicks paper towels
  • Ultra-Seal Quick Decoupage (or other multipurpose sealer)
  • EnviroTex Jewelry Resin
  • plastic measuring cups
  • straw
Instructions to Make the Flower of the Month Pendants
  1. Carefully cut the flower photo to fit the bezel using scissors or the right size of paper punch.

2. Paste the image into the bezel removing any bubbles underneath and generously coat the image and sides of the bezel with the multipurpose sealer. Let dry completely.

 

3. For best results be sure to read the instructions provided in the EnviroTex Jewelry Resin packaging. Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup. Stir continuously for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the container.

4. Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir for an additional minute, scraping the sides of the container and stir stick.

5. Using the stir stick, carefully dip your stick into the EnviroTex mixture and then drop into the bezel. Ensure that your bezel is level – I had to prop up one end a bit with a piece of paper. Fill the piece slightly higher than the rim for a nice dome finish.

6. Cover to keep dust from settling in. After about 25 minutes, remove any bubbles that have risen to the surface by gently blowing over the piece through a straw. Repeat if necessary after another 15 minutes.

7. Cover to minimize dust falling onto your piece and allow to cure overnight.

This pendant idea has me on the look-out for all the flowers to photograph over the coming months! If you are looking for another beautiful DIY resin jewelry idea, you’ll love this wood slice resin pendant created by our fellow #ResinCraftsCreativeTeam member Sheri as well.

Had you heard of birth flowers of the month before?

15 Fun and Unique Graduation Gifts

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 07:00

Graduation season is upon us. Whether you’ve got a college graduate about to make his way into the world, a high school senior about to take her first steps into society or a kindergartner who is about to make the transition to a full day of school, it can be overwhelming to see a special young person in your life taking on new challenges. If you want to do something special to commemorate the occasion, here are 15 fun and unique graduation gifts that will mean a lot to them.

Graduation Gift Plant Wrappers | Somewhat Simple

Surprise Money Confetti Poppers | Studio DIY

Block Print Fabric Bedding | Shrimp Salad Circus

Dr Seuss Quote Graduation Gift | Unoriginal Mom

Graduation Money Holder | What Does the Cox Say

Easy Accordion Fold Money Flower Candy Lei | My Pinterventures

DIY Graduation Bookmark Memento | Ann’s Entitled Life

DIY Dry Erase Wall Planner | Shrimp Salad Circus

DIY Bulletin Board | The Girl Creative

Quick and Easy Graduation Gift Favor | Organized 31

Emergency Cash Gift | The Crafty Blog Stalker

Dr Seuss Graduation Gift | Keep Moving Forward With Me

Graduation T-Shirt Quilt | The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Magnetic Photo Frame | Happy Deal Happy Day

Graduation Cap Gift Card Holder | Dukes and Duchesses

DIY: Gold Leaf Emerald Cabinet Knobs

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:17

DIY: Gold Leaf and Emerald Resin Cabinet Knobs

Have you ever crafted your own cabinet knobs and pulls?  It’s an awesome DIY. Using Emerald green translucent dyes and gold leaf curls, these knobs are gorgeous! I was totally inspired by Brancaster Castle on the Chrismtas Special of Downton Abbey. (source) It’s also the castle that Lady Edith marries into. I love the emerald green and the gold!  It’s so glorious!

So that’s the inspiration for these awesome cabinet knobs. Imagine the possibilities as you read through this tutorial!

You will need: Clear Polyester Casting Resin Transparent Green Resin Dye Cabinet knob molds (these are ovals) Gold Leaf Knob Hardware E6000 glue Baking sheet/wood board/surface for working on

This stuff is very smelly, please work in a well ventilated environment. I should have taken these to the garage, but I did it in the house instead. Even with all the windows and doors open, I still got a chemical headache. ~ Read the instructions on the clear casting resin well. They are a little bit vague on how much of the hardener to drop in.  I mixed up a whole cup of resin at once, because I had several other projects going. But really, you just need enough to fill half of your molds initially.

You can use Mold Release Spray, but mine popped out just fine without it. Fill the molds half way. My mold had a bit of a bow in it so I set some items on top of it to straighten it out while setting.

Let it sit for about an hour. It won’t be completely set, but it will be gel like and ready for leafing. I used less than one sheet of leafing and just rolled and broke it up. If you have gold leaf flakes, that would be easier.

Just add leaf flakes and rolls into the molds.

It kind of gets everywhere! No worries.  Just let it sit undisturbed for another hour.

Next I mixed up a little more resin (in a new cup with a new stirring stick) I made just enough for my molds and added just a couple drops of green resin dye. It’s not opaque, it’s translucent, so the gold leaf will still show through.

Then gently pour right on top of the gold leaf and fill to the top of the mold. Then let it sit undisturbed for a few days. I let mine sit for a week to be sure it was cured.

I popped them out of the mold and let them sit a couple more days because they still had a little resin smell to them. But look at that!  They look amazing. Now, because I did not wait for the clear resin to set completely, the green resin mixed in with the clear and made them all emerald.  I actually love it. They wouldn’t have looked as good if they had a harsh clear to colored line.

The undersides were a bit uneven and had some sharp edges, so I just sanded them smooth.

After sanding and washing them off, they looked perfect.

Next I used the cabinet pull hardware and the E6000.

A dab of glue on the hardware and then set gently on the back of the knobs. I set them on bubble wrap so I could keep them straight even though the surfaces are rounded.

Let them dry for at least 4 hours.

Add in the machine screw and they are ready to use!

I’d love to feature these on a vintage dresser or high boy or added to all the cabinets in the kitchen, imagine all 6 knobs visible! But alas, I have this short hutch and it needed a knob…this adds so much classiness to it!

Such a delightful effect with the curls and flakes of gold leaf and the smooth and shiny green resin.

It’s stunning and personal! I have so many other fun cabinet knob ideas now. Like, share, save, follow, comment and pin!

Making Bath Bombs in a Starfish Shape

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 07:00

Did you know that making bath bombs is really super simple?  We are making some in a starfish shape below but imagine what other shapes you can create!  Once you learn how to make your own mold and bath bombs then the possibilities are endless!  Bath bombs are great for gifts and party favors.  Get started making bath bombs today.

Making the Mold

Supplies:

First read over the directions that come with the putty.  The tutorial is below but reading the directions first will give you a greater chance of success.  Then measure equal parts of the purple and white putty.  This can be measured by weight or volume.

Next kneed the two products together well.  This putty has a short working time so being quick is essential!

Mix until the product is one uniform color.  You will then flatten the piece to make it easier to form the mold around the starfish.

Finally, add the putty around the starfish as shown below.  Make sure all areas are covered and that you press it well onto the shape.  Then just allow the product to cure according to the directions.

I personally love this putty because it is easy to use and cures fast.  You can have a mold in no time at all.  Pop out your starfish once the mold has cured.  Who is ready to make some bath bombs?  I am sure you can think of more great bath bomb shapes as well!  Yes the possibilities are endless!

Making Bath Bombs

Supplies:

  • 1/4 cup Epsom salt
  • plus 1/4 cup corn starch
  • plus 1/4 cup baking soda
  • and 1/4 cup citric acid (equal parts of all 4)
  • Orange essential oil (or another scent)
  • Water

First mix the Epsom salt, corn starch, baking soda, and citric acid in a bowl.  NOTE:  This recipe makes about five of the starfish molds shown.  Next add in 5-10 drops of essential oil to scent and stir well.

Then start slowly dripping in water.  NOTE:  Every time liquid is added the citric acid will fizz.  This is okay!  Drip in a few drops of water at a time and mix well.  Try to mold the mixture in your hand as shown below.  Repeat until the mixture sticks together like in the image below.  It should be fairly dry and powdery but will mold well when squeezed.

Be careful and do not get your mixture too wet. Next pack the mixture into the mold.  Press well to ensure that it is really well packed.  Place in the fridge for about an hour.

Then carefully pop the starfish out of the mold.  Repress with your hands in any areas if it starts to crack or fall apart.  Finally air dry for a day or two before touching.

You can see a real starfish below next to our bath bomb versions.  They actually look real!

You can then add a bath bomb to a clear plastic bag and tie with a ribbon for a gift.  Add as many you like to the bag.  Making bath bombs is easy and they are perfect for gifts or favors.

These starfish bath bombs work great for a nautical themed baby shower.  Make up a large batch of the bath bomb mix and make as many as you need.  They are easy to make and so cheap!

What shapes are you thinking of?  The EasyMold Silicone Putty can help you to create bath bombs in any shape that you desire.  Then you will be making bath bombs in the shapes of your dreams!

16 Beautiful Handmade Wedding Gifts to Inspire You

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 07:00

A wedding is always a chance to celebrate with those who are nearest and dearest to you. Many couples choose to create registries both online and in store, choosing exactly the gifts that they want. But more and more these days, many are happy just to know that their friends care enough to be there with them on the big day. Whether money is tight or you just want to show your friends how much they mean to you (or if you just think you can do better than those big box stores!), here are 16 Beautiful Handmade Wedding Gifts to Inspire You.

DIY Marble Coasters | Pretty Providence

 

DIY Heart Map Art | Over the Big Moon

DIY Glass Etched Vase | All Things Thrifty

DIY Image Candles | My Craftily Ever After

Handmade Lavender Sachets | Kenarry

DIY Gold Wine Glasses | The Bewitchin Kitchen

Wood and Copper Keychains | Love Create Celebrate

Glitter Dipped Mason Jars | The Girl Creative

Personalized Etched Glass Wine Bottle | The Crafty Blog Stalker

DIY Jewelry Organizer | Lydi Out Loud

Wooden Heart Decor | Hazel and Gold Designs

Industrial Sconces | Love Create Celebrate

Song Lyrics Wedding Frame | The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Nautical Throw Pillow | Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Ceramic Photo Coasters | Whitney J Decor

Cork Serving Tray | Love Create Celebrate

Wood and Resin Pendant using EasyCast

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 07:00

I’m thrilled to share this DIY Wood and Resin Pendant project tutorial with you today! This is a project I’ve been wanting to try for months, and thanks to ETI and their amazing products, I was able to! Follow along for this full tutorial:

Wood and Resin Pendant with EasyCast Supply List:

PREP:

The first thing you want to do is fit your wood pieces into molds that you want to use, and spray those sections of your jewelry mold with the Mold Release Conditioner Spray. Let Dry.

You also need to seal the wood pieces by coating them entirely in Ultra Seal and letting them dry. The Ultra Seal glue goes on white, but dries clear.


Next, prepare a work surface that won’t get ruined should something spill.

RESIN:

The EasyCast Clear Cast Epoxy comes in two parts. EasyCast performs best at at least 75° F . The bottles should feel slightly warm to the touch, if they feel cool, they must be warmed by placing them in warm tap water (not hot) for 5 to 10 minutes prior to using. If bottles become overheated, allow them to cool before using.

First, measure a small amount of the part A resin into a straight sided, flat bottom, wax free measuring container. My small cups had markings for measurements, and as the pendants are small, I did not need a lot of resin. If you need more, you’d want to use a larger mixing container.


Next, measure the exact same amount of the part B hardener. Be as accurate as possible, as too much or too little will result in soft or sticky castings.

Use your wooden stir stick to mix the two parts thoroughly. Be sure to scrape the sides and get all of it mixed as much as possible. Stir together for about two minutes.

Pour the mixture into the second cup and continue stirring with a new, clean stir stick. This is called the double-mixing method and is necessary to ensure your two parts are completely mixed.

Now add your transparent dye, or whatever color you are choosing for your project and stir in completely.

POUR RESIN:

Now grab your molds and your wood pieces and make sure the wood is in place inside the mold. Slowly pour the resin into the mold. I held the wood piece in place also, to be sure it didn’t move while the resin was settling.  I opted to make two pendants this time, so here you can see me pouring both.

After the resin sits for a few minutes, small bubbles will appear at the surface. This is where I used my micro butane torch and quickly swiped it over the pendants. This does give off a lot of heat which will melt the plastic mold, so do this very quickly. As you can see in this photo, I had plenty of excess resin so I just put it into nearby molds and cast some random pieces so that it wouldn’t go to waste.

Let the resin cure for 48 -72 hours depending on the temperature of your room or thickness of the cast. I checked mine after 48 hours and it was cured hard.

SANDING PENDANT:

Alright, now that you have your pendants cast, pop them out of the molds and get your sanding tool ready. Always use eye protection and don’t forget your dust mask, you don’t want to inhale the particles. Safety first! As you can see here, I am using a fairly coarse sanding tool at first to sand down the wood pieces to be even with the resin. In hindsight, it would have been easier to use a thinner piece of wood, but this ended up working just fine, there was just a bit more sanding to do.

Here’s a sanding action shot.

Once your wood is sanded down, switch to a finer sandpaper and roughly shape the pendant.

Next, I used some sanding film that I bought at the hobby store and sanded every side of the pendant with fine sandpaper (600 grit) and then very fine sandpaper. I believe this sandpaper went up to 1200 grit. You don’t want to cut this step short. This is important to reduce any scratches in the resin which would be left by coarser sandpaper. It takes awhile, but it is worth it to get a smooth finish.

At this point I used a small drill bit on my Dremel tool to drill a small hole in the pendants.

FINISHING:

Finally, coat the pendants on each side with Resin Spray. This will give it a nice glossy, clear finish as you can see here.  Be sure to coat each side completely, but don’t overdo it.

 

FINAL PHOTOS:

I added some jewelry jump rings and necklace chains. Now you have an amazing wood and resin pendant (or two)!


If you’re a fan of Pinterest, please share this great pinnable image!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I am loving my new necklaces and hope this inspires you to try out some resin jewelry! Thanks so much for stopping by!

DIY Monogram Decor with Envirotex Lite

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 09:15

Block letters are so versatile and trendy in home decor. You can find MDF and wood letters in craft stores that are great to use for DIY monogram decor. They’re ideal alongside photos on a gallery wall, as DIY shower or wedding decor, to decorate a nursery or to personalize a baby shower gift.

There are a number of different ways to embellish these letters including painting or using decoupage. We decided to give an interesting three-dimensional and textured look to one using lace, ribbons, buttons and EnviroTex Lite resin. It would be lovely for a rustic or shabby chic wedding or to give a romantic touch to your modern farmhouse decor.

While you can find monogram letters with a rim (search for recessed wood letters or marquis letters) we didn’t find one that suited our needs so decided to make our own. If you already have a rimmed letter, you can skip the first section below.

Materials Needed for this DIY Monogram Decor idea

Be sure to fully read all instructions in the product packaging before starting. Work in a well-ventilated area using appropriate protective materials (e.g. gloves, glasses). Protect your work space with wax paper.

To create a rim for your DIY monogram decor
  1. Scoop out equal parts of the 2 Easy Sculpt Clay components using two wooden sticks (avoid cross-mixing the materials in the containers).
  2. Spread some of the release agent on your gloves to keep the keep the clay from sticking. Completely blend the two components together until a consistent colour is achieved (no ribbons or marbling; about 1-2 minutes).
  3. Separate the clay into three small balls and then roll each between your hands to create long cylinders.
  4. Use the cylinders to create a rough “rim” on the top surface of the letter, about ⅛” thick.
  5. Let the clay cure for about an hour to stiffen then using flat surfaces such a the wooden craft sticks, press and straighten the clay.
  6. Repeat again as the clay cures even further and then leave overnight to fully cure. As it cures the clay will adhere to the letter and stay in place.
  7. Paint the fully cured clay and monogram letter with an acrylic craft paint colour of your choice (we used white).
To fill the rimmed monogram with embellishments
  1. Determine the finished look of your DIY monogram decor by laying out the lace trimmings and buttons inside the recessed letter. Take a picture if needed to remember the arrangement.
  2. Using a medium sized paintbrush, apply a coat of multipurpose sealer to the inside of the painted and rimmed monogram to ensure any small cracks are sealed to prevent resin from seeping through. Set aside to dry.
  3. Using a small paintbrush, apply a coat of multipurpose sealer to the lace trimmings as well as any other found objects that are considered absorbent materials, such as wood, fabric, leather, etc. Set them aside to dry completely.
  4. Secure the lace trim and buttons to the base of the letter using a multipurpose sealer. Continue to apply another coat of the the sealer over top of the embellishments and let dry completely.
  5. Measure equal parts of EnviroTex Lite Resin and Hardener. Combine into one cup and mix using a stir stick for two full minutes. While mixing, scrape the bottom and the sides of the mixing cup.
  6. Pour the contents into the other container and continue to mix using a new stir stick for one minute. Be sure to follow the instructions included in the packaging for the best results.
  7. Carefully pour the resin mixture into the prepared monogram letter. Fill to just below the top of the letter rim and let the resin settle and level on its own.
  8. Remove any bubbles that rise to the surface with a toothpick.
  9. Gently “torching” the surface with a flame also helps to remove bubbles as they rise to the top. Repeat this process as often as is needed before the resin fully cures.
  10. Leave the resin to cure on a flat surface overnight.

We are so happy with how this DIY monogram decor turned out and see so much potential for using different embellishments such as small seashells for a coastal vibe, dried flowers for a natural touch, or glitter and beads for a fun modern twist. The possibilities truly are endless.

21 Meaningful DIY Mother’s Day Jewelry Ideas

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 07:00

Mother’s Day will be here before you know it, and there’s plenty of time to treat the mother in your life with something heart felt and hand made. Creating your own jewelry has never been easier or more accessible, and children of all ages can find projects that show their moms how they really feel. Whether you want something fun and colorful or something a bit more high-end, these 21 Meaningful DIY Mother’s Day Jewelry Ideas will rock your world!

DIY Fringe Necklace | Dear Creatives

DIY Pendant Necklace | The Crafty Blog Stalker

Personalized Photo Jewelry | The Crafting Chicks

Silverware Jewelry Tutorial | Unexpected Elegance

DIY Mod Podge Jewelry | Adventures of Mel

DIY Hardware Jewelry | The Girl Creative

Mini Dr Seuss Book Jewelry | The Country Chic Cottage

Essential Oil Diffuser Jewelry | Pink When

DIY Ribbon Jewelry | Artsy Fartsy Mama

No Sew Braided Fabric Necklace | The Crafty Blog Stalker

Fancy Schmancy Pearl Necklace | Just Between Friends

Embroidered Pendant Necklace | Somewhat Simple

Message in a Bottle Keychain | Shrimp Salad Circus

Beauty and the Beast Rose Necklace | My Mom Made That

DIY Oven Baked Clay Beads | About a Mom

Hand Stamped Jewelry Necklace | Just Between Friends

Melted Pony Bead Jewelry | The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Twine and Pearl Bracelet | The Crafty Blog Stalker

Geometric Lace Jewlery | The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Bird’s Nest Necklace | It’s a Mother Thing

Vintage Gumball Machine Necklace | Shrimp Salad Circus

Handmade Flower Rings | Adventures of Mel

Tufted Floor Pillow With Buttons

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 07:00

So, what do you do when you have a vintage button that you love and don’t want to throw it away? You hoard it forever until you find out about the perfect product(s) that gives you the opportunity to replicate it.

That’s what happened with this brass button I’ve been having since – forever. I normally wear it as a pin on one of my favorite jean jackets (I just use a needle and thread and sew it on like you’d normally sew a button), but now that I’ve discovered ETI’s FastCast Urethane Casting Resin and EasyMold Silicone Putty, I can now replicate my favorite button to use however I want.

Initially, I wanted to create a bunch of replications and use them to make some kind of trim detail on a piece of furniture, then I remembered I had this gray velvet pillow that needed a little something extra. I knew tufting it with buttons would really dress it up.

Let me show you what I did to make a tufted floor pillow with buttons.

Supplies Directions Making the mold.
  1. First, we make the mold. Using the EasyMold Silicone Putty, you’re going to take out an equal amount of both the white and purple components. Because I’m making a mold of a tiny button, I only needed about a penny size piece of each component.
  2. Next, you’re going to knead together both components until you get a consistent purple color throughout.
  3. Then, roll the putty into a ball, flatten it, and press your button into it. You’ll need to leave the button in the mold for 25 minutes so it can cure.
  4. Next, remove your button. You’re now ready to use it to make even more “buttons”.

Casting new buttons

When making the mold, I decided to make it a flat mold. So, there will be no thread holes on these buttons. I’ll use E6000 to glue them on the pillow.

  1. Using the FastCast Urethane Casting Resin and two small measuring cups, measure ½ teaspoon of both part A and part B of the resin and mix them together in a measuring cup. Mix for 30 seconds.
  2. Pour all the contents into a second mixing cup (to ensure you’re getting a complete and thorough mix) and stir for another 60 seconds.
  3. Immediately pour your resin into your mold and let cure for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Remove your “button” from your mold and repeat the process as many times as you need to.

Painting the buttons

Once your button has cured, you can now use your acrylic paint to paint it any color you want. For my buttons, I had to paint a very, very thin layer of the royal blue acrylic paint, because the paint kept settling into the crevices, which made the details disappear.

Attaching buttons to pillow
  1. Mark on one side of the pillow where you want your tufts and buttons to be.
  2. Add your stuffing to the pillow and using a long, threaded needle, put needle down through the front of the pillow and come back up about ¼” from the place you came out of. Make sure you’ve left a about a 4” length of thread at the beginning.
  3. Pull taut to make a “tuft” and tie a double knot in the thread.
  4. Cut the ends of the thread off and repeat for the other button locations.
  5. Use E6000 to glue a button at each button location.

Next time if I do a similar project and need to cast multiples of one item, I’ll make sure to make more than one mold, so I don’t have to wait for them to cure one at a time.

Now it sits on the floor next to my fireplace and will be handy for my dog, Pocahontas. I just need to make about two more to make it a cozy set.

I hope you’re inspired by my project! I can’t wait to show you what I do next!

DIY Candle Making: Mason Jar Candles

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 07:00

DIY candle making is actually easier than you think.  I used it to make these mason jar candles and I love the way they turned out!  You can make candles in any shape by creating your own mold.  I just had to choose a mason jar however because I love them!  We will start with instructions on making your own mason jar mold then move onto pouring the candle.  These will look great sitting around your home or as thoughtful gift ideas!

Making a Mason Jar Mold

Supplies needed:

  • Castin’ Craft EasyMold Silicone Rubber
  • Mini mason jar (I used the new 4 oz mini storage jars from Ball but you can probably find a variety of brands online)
  • Mixing cups
  • Measuring cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Scissors

The bottom of the mixing cups are domed but we will need a flat surface to make a mold.  I put a layer of hot glue in mine and allowed to cool.

In the meantime, you can begin to mix your product.  Pour the two components into a different mixing cup.  I used the measuring cup to measure out 2 oz of each component.  Use the stirring stick to mix very well being sure to scrape the sides and bottom.  Follow the instructions that come with the product and use a two cup mixing technique.

Once mixed, add your mini mason jar to the bottom of the mixing cup that has the hot glue in the bottom.  Apply hot glue all the way around the top of the jar and stick it down well into the bottom.  You want a tight seal that will not leak.

We are now going to begin to make a mason jar mold!

Start slowly pouring the mixture around your mason jar.  Read all instructions that come with the product to properly pour and keep bubbles to a minimum.

Continue to pour until you get to the area where the mason jar begins to decrease in diameter.  We want to be able to get the jar out easy later so leave that area with no product.

Bubbles will rise to the top as the product cures.  I lightly tapped the entire thing on the table for about 20 minutes to get as many bubbles out of the mold as possible.

Set aside and allow to cure at least 24 hours.  Again be sure to read the instructions that come with the product.  Once cured, I found it easiest to just use scissors and cut away the cup.  Be careful as the shards will be sharp!

Once the cup is cut away, wiggle the entire thing to release the jar and mold from the hot glue you used in the bottom.

Wiggle the entire thing and push the jar from the threads end.  It releases fairly easily.

You now have a mason jar mold that can be used for a variety of craft projects!  Read on to see how to use it to make mason jar candles.

Making Mason Jar Candles

Supplies:

Begin by using the mold release and conditioner on your mold and on the bottom of a metal bowl.  You will want to spray well twice allowing to dry in between sprays.  Allow to dry completely from the second spray before continuing with making the candle.

Add plastic mold sealer to the bottom of your mason jar mold making sure the area is completely covered.

Press it down well into the bottom of a metal bowl.

Add the plastic mold sealer to the bottom of your wick tab as well.

Press it into the bottom center of your mold.

Use the wick clips to ensure your wick stays in the center of your candle.

Melt the beeswax in the tin can.  Create a “double boiler” by placing the tin can on the mason jar ring in a small pot of water.  Melt it slowly and according to the package directions.  Remember that wax is very hot so be cautious!  I used about half of the block when making this mini mason jar candle.  Once completely melted, pour into mason jar mold carefully.  TIP:  Use a hair dryer on high heat to heat the mold before pouring.  The will help to prevent any voids in your candle.  The metal bowl will catch any spills.  Fill to the threads of the jar mold but be sure that the wick tabs are not in your wax.

Remove those wick tabs while the candle is still warm but is set.

This will take a while to cool completely.  I waited 24 hours before touching mine.  Wiggle the mold and candle until it releases from the bottom.

The candle will release fairly easily from the mold.  Wiggle a bit and push from the threaded end.

The only edge that was not perfect was around the bottom.  You can use a knife to shape and melt by heating an old skillet or holding a lighter around those areas.

Trim your wick to size with scissors.

The detail on the candle is amazing!  I loved how the entire thing turned out.

You can read all of the words and measurement markers that are on the jar itself.  It is perfect!

Make several of these mason jar candles for gifts or burn them all yourself.  You can research different options with your DIY candle making as well.  Add in scents and colors to your candles.  The possibilities are endless!

Will you be making mason jar candles or will you create a mold in a different shape?  With this technique, you will look at everything with new eyes!

Grab your mold making materials and get started on some DIY candle making.  This process may seem overwhelming but it was actually way easier than I thought it would be.  Give it a try!  I bet the results will be amazing!

20 DIY Garden and Patio Crafts to Make Your Outdoor Space POP

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 07:03

Now that Spring has officially sprung, we’re all gearing up for more time outdoors. It’s a great time to think about your outdoor decor and sprucing up your garden and patio areas. Whether you’re working with a ton of space or you’ve only got a few square feet of yard space, you can find a ton of DIY Garden and Patio Crafts to Make Your Outdoor Space POP!

DIY Stamped Clay Herb Garden Markers | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Chalk and Wood Bunting | It’s A Mother Thing

Upcycled Patio Chair Planters | Sustain My Craft Habit

Faux Succulent Vertical Garden | Kenarry

DIY Glow in the Dark Planters | Sweet and Simple Living

Garden Wind Chime Craft | Sugar Spice and Glitter

Stamped Spoon Garden Markers | Rachel Teodoro

DIY Butterfly Feeder House | Dear Creatives

DIY Geometric Planter | Love Create Celebrate

Fairy Garden Terrarium | The Country Chic Cottage

Repurposed Cooler Garden Planter | Sustain My Craft Habit

Transform Patio Furniture with Frog Tape | Unexpected Elegance

Mid Century Modern Patio Makeover | Pretty Providence

$20 Outdoor Patio Bench | Pink When

How to Paint Oudoor Wood | Anika’s DIY Life

Mosaic Garden Rocks | Kenarry

Gnome Garden Markers | Somewhat Simple

Rustic Wheel Herb Garden | The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Paver Patio and Firepit | Unexpected Elegance

Embroidery Hoop Light | Rachel Teodoro

Steampunk Resin Necklace Pendant DIY

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 03:00

Are you familiar with Steampunk? Steampunk is a Sci-Fi fan fiction genre that is “olden day futuristic”.It’s like what people in the Victorian age thought the future would be like. So it’s full of Victorian themes; watch gears and cogs, aviation goggles, top hats, corsets, bronze age, steam power, machinery… but not modern technology.  Awesome, right?

Steampunk costumes and cosplay are extravagant and over the top! Steampunk themed jewelry is so intricate and interesting! It’s easy to make yourself!

Steampunk Resin Necklace Pendant DIY Supplies Antique style bezel Watch parts Chain and 2 jump rings to match bezel Jewelry pliers White glue or Mod Podge Paintbrush Scrapbook paper EnvrioTex Jewelry Resin

Start by picking the bezel of your choice and the watch parts that you like to go with it (all of these items are available in the jewelry section of your craft store). Cut a piece of scrapbook paper the size of your bezel opening. I used chrome embossed paper. The embossed paper gives the piece an additional Steampunk element.

Put a dot of white glue or mod podge on the bezel. Paint it over the surface, then place the scrapbook paper on top. Paint more white glue over the top of the paper. Then let it dry completely. Next, open your EnviroTex Jewelry Resin and read the instructions. Reading the instructions each time is the best way to ensure a proper execution. It comes with resin and hardener in separate bottles. This is a 1:1 ratio. It comes with 2 mixing containers as well.  Start with the Resin.  Pour exactly to the desired line.  I filled to the first line.  Then add the hardener, exactly the same amount.  I filled to the next tick line. Then use one stick and stir for 2 full minutes. Then pour the contents into the other cup and stir another full minute with the other stick.

Now it is ready.  It has about a 25 minutes usage period before it becomes too hard to use.

Use the stick to drip out a little bit into the bezel. I used the stick to spread around a thin layer of resin before adding the gears.

After applying a thin layer, place all the gears, cogs, and watch parts.

Once they are in place, use the stick to drip more resin on the bezel, right on top of the little watch pieces. The resin will create a doming effect, like when you fill a cup of water all the way to the brim and the surface tension holds it all in place.

Then let it set up.  It is self de-gassing, so the air bubbles should pop by themselves after about 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes if there are still bubbles on the surface you can use a lighter or small butane torch to remove any remaining bubbles.

Then let it set up overnight.

Next add a length of chain hooked together with one jump ring. Then attach the bezel to the chain with the other jump ring and the jewelry pliers. Enjoy!  It looks fancy and intricate–perfect for a Steampunk vibe! If you haven’t ever tried jewelry resin, give it a try! This is a perfect beginner resin project and looks spectacular!

17 Creative Easter Crafts for Every Home

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 07:00

Easter is often thought of a a pastel and sugar-coated mess just for children. But even though it can be that, it is also often a chance for us to let out our creative sides. Whatever your particular aesthetic preferences, there are some amazing crafts that you can make to fit your design. From traditional childhood crafts to more unique designer motifs, there is a craft for everyone. Check out these 17 Creative Easter Crafts for Every Home.

Burlap Bunny Treat Bags | The Country Chic Cottage

Homemade Peep Crayons | Little Blog in the Country

Carrot Easter Basket | Kids Craft Room

Wobbling Papier Mache Bunny | Easy Peasy and Fun

Carrot Easter Treat Bags and DIY Fringe Easter Basket | Lydi Out Loud

 

Alien Easter Eggs The Joys of Boys

Terra Cotta Bunnies | The Country Chic Cottage

Easter Egg Crayons | About a Mom

Easter Candy Jar Craft | Busy Creating Memories

Easter Craft Stick Puppets | Easy Peasy and Fun

Shrink Film Easter Charms | Somewhat Simple

Easter Bunny Craft | Just Between Friends

DIY Bath Bomb Easter Eggs | Lydi Out Loud

Coloring Page Easter Eggs | The Country Chic Cottage

Uncrackable Knitted Easter Eggs | Sustain My Craft Habit

Simple Paper Chick Craft | Easy Peasy and Fun

Easter Candy Jar Centerpieces | It’s a Mother Thing

Plant Labels: DIY Stamped Clay Herb Garden Markers

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 17:08

I can barely wait to get my hands in our garden and start planting some flowers and vegetables! Some of the first plants to go in will be these herbs I picked up at our local nursery. I’ve always wanted to make my own little plant labels, something simple and cute that I could reuse year after year and maybe pass on to my girls down the road. I saw these really cute DIY stamped clay garden markers and wanted to try making something similar, but with a touch of colour.

Materials needed for these DIY stamped clay plant labels:   Forming the plant labels with Easy Scupt clay:

Follow these steps to make one plant label at a time as it is easier to get the components to completely blend together in smaller amounts. Be sure to completely read the instructions provided in the packaging prior to starting. Also, protect your working surface with a sheet of wax paper.

  1. Use two wood sticks to take equal amounts of components “A” and “B” from the containers (be careful not to cross mix the materials in the containers).

3. Spread some of the release agent on your gloves to keep the keep the clay from sticking. Form the clay into balls of approximately equal size by eye, a little larger across than a quarter coin.

4. Press together and completely blend the two balls until they are a uniform colour with no ribbons or marbling (about 1-2 minutes). Press out any little clumps to make sure the components are completely combined.

5. If desired, add three drops of the Transparent Dye in a colour of your choice. Blend the Dye into the clay completely or just partially to achieve a marbled finish in the end.

6. The clay will start to get softer and stickier at this point (great to use as an adhesive in this state!). Form the clay roughly into a 6″ long cylinder. Repeat this process to make as many herb garden markers as you’d like. Let the Easy Sculpt clay cure for at least 2 hours before proceeding to the next step.

Imprinting the DIY plant labels:

After about two hours check on the hardness of the clay. The pieces should still be malleable but not too soft. The Easy Sculpt clay will reach a soft but firm cure within 5 hours of mixing, so you have a good amount of time to reform and shape the clay to make the DIY plant labels.

7. Use a flat surface such as the wood craft stick to flatten the clay cylinders to about 1/4″ thickness.

8. Snip a bit of clay off of the top for a more rectangular shape and then cut an angle off the bottom to create a point.

9. Use alphabet rubber stamps and gently press the names of your herbs onto each plant marker.

10. Finally, if you’d like, you can also press a sprig of the herb onto the plant label to make a subtle impression.

The nice thing about the slow cure time for the Easy Sculpt Modeling Clay is that if you make a mistake, or don’t like how something looks, you can smoosh it back up into a ball and start all over!

Once happy with how your DIY plant labels look, let it cure overnight (fully cured in 24 hours).

I’m so pleased to have these new little decorations for my herb garden. I love the slightly marbled effect of the Transparent Dye and then they’ll add a subtle touch of colour to my otherwise all-green herb garden. I think I’ll make a set to give my mom as a gift for Mother’s Day as well!

Categories: Clay Projects

Happy New Year!

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 00:00
Happy New Year from ETIWe would like to wish everyone a
Wonderful and Happy New Year!

Pink Marble Coasters

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 07:00
Today Designer Myléne Hillam share how to create Marble Coasters using EnviroTex® Lite.  

 

  Materials Required: ·      EnviroTex Lite® ·       Acrylic paints: Warm White, Spring Rose, Nimbus Grey, Cherry Royale and Red Oxide ·       16 silicone surface protectors ·       Set of wooden coasters ·       ETI Mixing Cup Set ·       Three 1oz measuring cups ·       3 wooden stir sticks ·       Foam paint brush ·       Butane torch ·       Latex gloves ·       Denatured Alcohol or rubbing alcohol ·       Q-Tip

 

·       Painters drop sheet (polyethylene)   Instructions: Before beginning, put on your gloves to avoid getting sticky whilst working with the resin. Protect your work space with the painter’s drop sheet.   Use the foam brush to paint all surfaces of the coasters with Spring Rose paint. Allow them to dry several hours before continuing.    Follow the package instructions to mix up 2oz EnviroTex Lite. Pour 1/4oz into one cup, 1/3oz into the second cup and 1/2oz into the third cup. Color the first cup with Cherry Royale and Red Oxide paint, the second with Nimbus Grey and the third with Spring Rose, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with only enough Warm White paint to make it opaque.   Place each coaster on an inverted cup and pour the white resin over the surface of each one. Spread it to the edges.   Pinch the top of the cup of the pink resin and pour it in a thin stream across the white resin at an angle. Repeat with the gray resin.   Dip the wooden stir stick into the red resin and drizzle it thinly across the coasters.   Use a paint brush from the mixing cup set to swirl the colors lightly. Take care not to over mix them or they will become muddied.

 

Hold the coasters vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into each other and run off the edge. Turn them in another direction to create some more movement. Set them back on the cups and pop any bubbles by sweeping the butane torch across the surface. Remove any drips from the underside with a stir stick. Set the coasters aside to cure.     Repeat Steps 2 – 6 to marble the reverse of the coasters, coating with only enough resin to go to the edges of the coasters without overflowing. If there are any drips, clean them up with denatured alcohol and a Q-Tip. Allow the coasters to cure.   Mix 1oz EnviroTex Lite, pour it across the coasters and spread it out to the edges making sure that it does not run off the edges. Pop any bubbles by sweeping the flame across the surface and set them aside to cure.   Repeat Step 9 on the reverse side of the coasters.   Attach four surface protectors to the back of each coaster.

Pink Marble Coasters

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 07:00
Today Designer Myléne Hillam share how to create Marble Coasters using EnviroTex® Lite.


Materials Required:·      EnviroTex Lite®·       Acrylic paints: Warm White, Spring Rose, Nimbus Grey, Cherry Royale and Red Oxide·       16 silicone surface protectors·       Set of wooden coasters·       ETI Mixing Cup Set·       Three 1oz measuring cups·       3 wooden stir sticks·       Foam paint brush·       Butane torch·       Latex gloves·       Denatured Alcohol or rubbing alcohol·       Q-Tip
·       Painters drop sheet (polyethylene)
Instructions:Before beginning, put on your gloves to avoid getting sticky whilst working with the resin. Protect your work space with the painter’s drop sheet.
Use the foam brush to paint all surfaces of the coasters with Spring Rose paint. Allow them to dry several hours before continuing.
 Follow the package instructions to mix up 2oz EnviroTex Lite. Pour 1/4oz into one cup, 1/3oz into the second cup and 1/2oz into the third cup. Color the first cup with Cherry Royale and Red Oxide paint, the second with Nimbus Grey and the third with Spring Rose, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with only enough Warm White paint to make it opaque.
Place each coaster on an inverted cup and pour the white resin over the surface of each one. Spread it to the edges.
Pinch the top of the cup of the pink resin and pour it in a thin stream across the white resin at an angle. Repeat with the gray resin.
Dip the wooden stir stick into the red resin and drizzle it thinly across the coasters.
Use a paint brush from the mixing cup set to swirl the colors lightly. Take care not to over mix them or they will become muddied.
Hold the coasters vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into each other and run off the edge. Turn them in another direction to create some more movement. Set them back on the cups and pop any bubbles by sweeping the butane torch across the surface. Remove any drips from the underside with a stir stick. Set the coasters aside to cure.
  Repeat Steps 2 – 6 to marble the reverse of the coasters, coating with only enough resin to go to the edges of the coasters without overflowing. If there are any drips, clean them up with denatured alcohol and a Q-Tip. Allow the coasters to cure.
Mix 1oz EnviroTex Lite, pour it across the coasters and spread it out to the edges making sure that it does not run off the edges. Pop any bubbles by sweeping the flame across the surface and set them aside to cure.
Repeat Step 9 on the reverse side of the coasters.
Attach four surface protectors to the back of each coaster.

Merry Christmas!

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 06:00
Happy Holidays!!From all of us to all of you...

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