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If you’re still trying to decide what to get your sister or friend for the holidays, why not try making something?  This craft is super easy, looks adorable and less than $10!

Materials:

  • Metal headband
  • Feathers (I got mine from Michael’s already on the piece of fabric)
  • Black ribbon
  • Amazing GOOP Craft Adhesive

Step 1:

Measure the black ribbon so that it fits the length of the fabric on the backside of the feathers.

Step 2:

Next, put Amazing GOOP Craft Glue along the edges of the ribbon (vertically so you have a gap in the middle) and place down on the fabric.  Let it sit for about 10 min or until dry.

Step 3:

Slide the metal headband through the middle section of the fabric and you’re all done!

Unique, beautiful and custom! What could be a better Christmas gift? By the way, it takes about 24 hours for a full cure of the adhesive, so don’t stick it on your head til then.

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This craft is great to do with your kids and a fun way to personalize decorations for any occasion.  Depending on the size of letters you choose to use, you could hang it on a wall, in a doorway or even on your fridge.  We see this banner most commonly used for Happy Birthday, but with the holidays coming up I think it’d be fun to try Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah.
Banner 1

Image courtesy of Zakka Life

Supplies you will need

Letters- You can get these from the craft store in the scrapbooking section, or cut them out of a decorative paper you like. If you want a smaller banner, I would recommend using letters about 1 ½ inches high and if you want a larger banner 4 inches is a good size.

Rectangles- The size of the rectangles will depend on the size of your letters.  They need to be big enough to attach to the top of the letter with about a ½ inch of extra space on each end.  A heavy stock paper works best for these pieces.

Extra small brads

Small hole punch

String

E6000 glue

Once you have all of your letters and rectangles, lay them out to make sure everything looks the way you want.  Then, glue the top part of each letter to the rectangles.  Once the glue has dried, punch a hole on each side.

Banner 2

Image courtesy of Zakka Life

Overlap the holes of the two rectangles and secure with a brad.  Continue until you’ve spelled out the entire phrase.  Use the end holes to tie with string and the banner is ready to hang.

E-6000 is a favorite of crafters and jewelry makers. We came across some lovely spring projects that use one of our most popular products.

From CraftStylish: Soda Can Brooch

From ZakkaLife: Seed Bead Ring

Jessica doesn’t use E-6000 specifically in this project. I think it would work really well, just be cautious of things like ventilation especially if crafting with your child.

From Dollar Store Crafts: Make Cute Rings

We might have theme with the kids’ stuff here. This project doesn’t specifically call for E-6000, but the blogger uses another of our craft glues: QuickHOLD. Either will work.


Small Magazine: Small Projects – Spring Dragonflies

The directions for these adorable dragonflies call for using a hot glue gun, but E-6000 or QuickHOLD would work, too.


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craft_night_logo1March is National Craft Month – one of our favorite months of the year! This year, the focus of the festivities (sponsored by the Craft & Hobby Association) is Craft Night, a campaign to encourage families to spend one evening together making arts and crafts.

Money is tight – why not spend time at home together doing something that has proven emotional and physical benefits.

“Whether providing a sense of accomplishment, relaxation, or memory keeping*, crafting has therapeutic benefits that are appealing to people of all ages, looking for a creative outlet,” said Dr. Rallie McAllister, family physician. “Knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, quilting, or almost any craft can help people by reinforcing the many emotional and social benefits associated with focus and repetition. Plus, an economical way to have some fun with the ones you love.”

  • Save some money: A family of four can save more than $150 a month by having a Craft Night at home instead of going to the movies or out for dinner. Try a great family craft using EcoGlue – it’s non-toxic, so it’s fun for kids to use on their little masterpieces. An egg carton caterpillar is a terrific craft for preschoolers.
  • Encourage a sense of accomplishment: Parents can help their school-going kids keep up with the latest fashions with a DIY craft night at home. Have your kids try a craft from Mark Montano’s Big Ass Book of Crafts (like the urban corsage) and let their inner creative genius shine.
  • Girls Night In: Rather than go out, a girls night in gives you a chance to unwind and bond while making clever projects with pooled materials – saving cash, catching up on gossip and strengthening your friendships. This lovely jeweled vase is quick, cheap and easy and adds a little sparkle to a shelf or window sill.jeweledvase

How will you celebrate National Craft Month?

*CHA Attitude & Usage Study – 11/30/08

Huge thanks to Gretchen, an artist and industrial designer for this great project using EcoGlue. for more cool ideas and some surprisingly beautiful products made from junk mail, visit Junk Mail Gems.

This is a great way to use EcoGlue to turn something old into something new and one-of-a-kind.  Roll up your sleeves and put on your safety glasses because we are going to bust up some old plates and, using Eco Glue and some grout, create a beautiful mosaic flower vase.

If you don’t have old vases or plates lying around your house, take a trip to any thrift store, where you will most likely find at entire aisles dedicated to plates and vases.  For this project I am using an old plate that I already had with a vase I bought at a thrift store.  I also bought an extra white plate just in case I didn’t have enough pieces with my plate, to use as filler.  Tell the checkout clerk that he/she need not waste paper to wrap them up; you are going to break them anyway!


TIP: When choosing a vase, choosing square instead of round makes it easier and faster for the mosaic tiles to lie flat while drying on each side. When choosing plates, find ones that are as flat as possible.  Look for patterns & colors you like…textured decorations and gold edges make nice details.

Time to get out those safety glasses and head out to a driveway or sidewalk! To break the plate, I like to put then in a clear plastic storage bag so that I can see how the pieces are breaking as I go.  If you do this, use a heavy duty freezer bag.  Better yet, use one that has already been used for something else.  This is all about recycling, people!

Just make sure the bag and the plate are clean. It’s a lot easier to clean a plate than a hundred little pieces of plate.  I also set the bagged plate on a brown paper grocery bag to help absorb some of the impact underneath.  Then it’s time to go to town with your hammer!  There is really no special technique for this; just hammer away until you have a variety of different sized pieces.

Open the bag and pour them into a tray or box.  I am using the lid from a shoe box.  Flip any over if necessary to see the patterned sides, like you would if you were starting a jigsaw puzzle. Gloves are not a bad idea either when handling the glass…be careful as they are SHARP!

Next I traced the 4 faces of my vase onto some pieces of scrap paper.  More recycling…I used the backs of bad computer printouts and papers I no longer needed.  This will give you a frame to work in when laying out your pieces.

Now it’s time to lay out your composition!  This just takes some time to find pieces you like and that fit together, and arrange them so they look good to you.  They don’t need any particular rhyme or reason, but I picked out some of the scalloped edges of the plate to use around the top.  You can arrange them randomly, or into patterns.  It works best to lay out larger pieces and then fill in with smaller ones where needed.  Be sure to leave some space between each piece to fill with grout later.

TIP: Lay the paper outlines on a hard board or hardcover book.  This will make it easy to move your project if you need to set it aside for a while, without disturbing your loose tiles.

Once you have all your sides laid out how you’d like them, it’s time to crack open that fresh bottle of Eco Glue and start transferring them to the vase.

Working from one corner/side to the other, Apply Eco Glue to the back of each tile and to the vase and set each into place.  This is where choosing a very flat plate comes in handy.  The flatter the pieces are, the more surface area you have for the glue to bond, and the smoother it will come out in the end.

TIP: If your vase is not square (tapered like mine) and the tiles are sliding down, prop up one end to make it more level while the tiles dry. (Now you can see why we did not choose a round vase!)

After you’ve finished gluing down all of the tiles on one face, leave your project to dry for an hour.  Repeat the transfer & glue process for all sides of your vase and allow the whole thing to dry for at least 24 hours for the glue to reach full strength.

Next it’s time to fill in the gaps and cover the sharp edges with grout!  Pick up some grout at your local home improvement store if you don’t have any already lying around from a previous tiling project.  Start with a very small amount, because it will go farther than you think!  Pour a little into an old food container and then start adding water in small amounts.  I like to stir mine with old paint stir sticks.  Get it to a good consistency…you want it to be thick enough not to run down your vase, but not too thick or dry to work with.  Peanut butter or frosting-like usually works pretty well.

Start spreading on the grout!  This part is messy and will look ugly.  But, the main goal is to get all the spaces between your tiles filled full with grout.  Once you have laid on the thick layer of grout and have filled all the cracks, you can scrape off the excess.  It’s a good idea to use a trowel for tiling.  I use my fingers because I like to feel the tiles and what I’m doing.  But, if you do this, be extremely careful not to cut yourself!  Try to scrape off enough so you can see the tiles, but are leaving the grout in the spaces.  It’s a good idea to do small amounts and one side of the vase at a time as the grout dries quickly.

After you’ve scraped off most of the excess and exposed the tiles, let it dry for a while (15-30 minutes or so: check your grout package). Then, use a damp sponge to continue wiping off the tiles.  This is where you’ll want to scrub off any chunks that are left ON the tiles and expose or cover as much as you want to get the look you like.

TIP: If you like a smooth grout look, dip your finger in some water and smooth the edges.  Pay special attention that you’ve grouted and smoothed the corners and top/bottom edges to your liking before it dries.

Let the grout dry further, according to your grout package directions.  Once it is more hardened, take a dry rag or towel and buff off the tiles.  (Optional: If you like you can then also apply some grout sealer to your vase.)

Voila!  You have just given an old, mismatched plate a new life as a beautiful, one-of-a-kind mosaic vase!

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