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May 23rd, 2015

Leopard Print Wine Glass and Bud Man Beer Glass

Bud Man Beer Glass & Sassy Leopard Print Wine Glass

Bud Man Beer Glass & Sassy Leopard Print Wine Glass

My friend Gunklet requested I make her a leopard print wine glass and while I was at it I decided I should make a beer glass for her Wombat husband. (I didn’t want him to feel left out!) Gunklet chose the saying that are on the glasses and wanted Bud Man for the beer glass. Sounds easy enough, right? There were trials and tribulations in the painting of these glasses. I will share my experience here with you of what worked and what didn’t. The first step is easy. Wash the glasses, dry them and then prepare them for painting by wiping with rubbing alcohol. This helps the paint adhere to the glass.

In order to get the lettering somewhat straight on the glass, using the Ravie font  I typed out the words in a 2″ x 2″ box (this size fits best on the glasses), printed it out and taped the individual quotes to the inside of the

Templates inside the glasses.

Templates inside the glasses.

glasses. When painting any kind of drinking glass, there needs to be a space left at the top so lips do not touch the paint as the paint is not safe for consumption. To try to get a straight line, I put some painting tape to the top of the wine glass. I base painted the wine glass using Americana Gloss Enamel Metallic Glorious Gold. I used a regular paint brush to apply the paint to the top of the wine glass and used a sponge spouncer to paint the stem and base of the wine glass. Once it was dry, I used Delta CeramDecor Perm Enamel Fushia (Pink) to trace and color the quote onto the wine glass.

Oops!

Oops!

 I then proceeded to pull the tape from the top of the glass. Here comes the first “Oops!” The tape pulled the paint from the glass! Iwasn’t expecting that! Oh well, live and learn. If you put tape on your glass for whatever reason, do not overlap the paint onto it! After gently peeling the hanging pieces of paint off, I went on the the next step – adding yellow spots.

Random Yellow Leopard Spots

Random Yellow Leopard Spots

Using paints I have on hand, I chose Americana Gloss Enamel Primary Yellow for the leopard spots.I made random size yellow spots all over the wine glass, but there are a couple of “Easter Eggs” in the spots for Gunklet to look for when she gets this. Once the yellow paint was dry, I them added random black shapes around the yellow spots using Americana Gloss Enamels Black. (Leopard spots are not round or consistent. Google it.)

I was not happy with the pink letters with the gold background, it was hard to read what it says. So I decided to make the center background the same color as the spots – yellow. Talk about doing things backwards! But by doing this, it did make the quote easier to read on the wine glass.

I really liked the effect on the stem and bottom of the wine glass that the spouncer made, so I tried to duplicate it between the spots on the top of the glass. So I took an old, fairly thin, paint brush and cut the bristles on it short so I could use it to

The "backsides" of the Leopard Wine Glass and Bud Man Beer Glass

The “backsides” of the Leopard Wine Glass and Bud Man Beer Glass

dab some more gold in between the spots. Along the way I decided I didn’t need to try to avoid getting gold on the black spots, it would just help with the irregular shape, right? Wrong. I thought it looked muddy. So I had to go back and touch up all the black spots.

Finally it’s finished! Lessons learned while painting a leopard print wine glass: (1) Do not use painter’s tape to mark off any parts of the wine glass. (2) Fuchsia colored fonts are not easy to read with a gold background. (3) Sponge spounce the base coat of any glass!

The Bud Man Beer Glass was much easier to paint than the wine glass was. But it was not without its’ own accidents. The colors used to paint on the Beer Glass were Americana Gloss Enamels True Red, True Blue, White and Black.

The “Oops” came after I had painted the quote and Bud Man and that paint had dried overnight. I was holding the glass in my hand while painting the word “Beer” on the reverse side from Bud Man. My fingers were touching the feet of Bud Man and when I went to move my hand his feet started to peel off the glass like he was a vinyl cling on!

Oops!

Oops!

I was able to partly unroll the foot and place it back on the glass but part of it had rolled under. I just left it like that and repainted the part of the foot that was now missing.

Burp!

Burp!

As a little extra on the Beer Glass, I added the word “Burp!” and a few bubbles to the bottom of the glass that can be read while looking inside the glass.

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May 22nd, 2015

How to Make a Diaper Biplane Centerpiece

Diaper Biplane Side View (c)Monkey&Gunkee2015

Diaper Biplane Side View (c)Monkey&Gunkee2015

My second grandchild is due this August and it’s a boy! I saw some neat centerpieces/gift packages made out of diapers on a crafting website I’m a member of and decided I wanted to give it a try. After much contemplating I decided to try to make a Diaper Biplane.

To begin I wrapped two Mickey Mouse themed diapers around a small baby bottle with the bottom of the bottle facing out. This will be the front of the biplane. I attached the diapers together with clear packing tape. For the back of the biplane I wrapped and attached two more diapers around a toilet paper tube then attached that piece to the front piece. I rolled up two washcloths and taped them to the very back of the biplane. For the top and bottom wings, I rolled two diapers long ways (for each wing) and attached them with decorative duct tape. I also used the duct tape to make the rear wings.

I hot glued two plastic baby spoons together and then hot glued them to the bottom of the baby bottle to act as propellers. I hot glued blue beads from a Mardi Gras necklace where

Diaper Biplane Front View (c) Monkey&Gunkee2015

Diaper Biplane Front View (c) Monkey&Gunkee2015

the baby bottle and diaper meet on the front of the biplane.

I used some old wrapping paper turned inside out to wrap an old shoe box to set the diaper biplane on. The lid can easily be removed so I can put some gifts inside the box.

I haven’t decided yet if I want to decorate the outside of the box, but it is definitely an option.

I can’t say that I really enjoyed making this Diaper Biplane and not sure that I will ever attempt any other kind of diaper centerpiece. But at least I can say I did this one!

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May 20th, 2015

Hot Chocolate Mug

Hot Chocolate Mug (C) Monkey & Gunkee

Hot Chocolate Mug (C) Monkey & Gunkee

It’s never too early to be thinking about gifts for the holidays. I found this cute mug at Wal-Mart for less than $3. I thought it would make a nice Hot Chocolate Mug as a Christmas gift later this year.

First prep the mug for painting by wiping it down with rubbing alcohol. To begin painting, I first used a medium size sponge spouncer to apply the background blue color.  I used the same spouncer to apply the white to the top and the base, A toothpick was used to add the peppermint colors to the whit foam at the top of the Hot Chocolate Mug. I free handed the Hot Chocolate lettering using a #0 round brush; that brush was also used to make the thin red peppermint lines on the bottom. A #6 flat brush was used for the thicker peppermint lines.

The colors and brands of paint I used to paint the Hot Chocolate Mug are listed below:

Folk Art Enamel – Calypso Sky

American Gloss Enamels – True Red, White, Black

Delta CeramDecor Perm Enamel – Fuchsia

Once the paint has cured for 4 days put the Hot Chocolate Mug in a cold oven, set the temperature to 350 degrees. Once the oven reaches temp, begin the timer countdown for 30 minutes. Once the 30 minutes is up, turn off the oven but DO NOT REMOVE the mug. Wait until the oven is cold before removing the Hot Chocolate Mug. Otherwise the temperature difference may cause the glass to crack or break. No one wants that to happen after putting all that time into painting!

 

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May 17th, 2015

Gunkee’s Poolside Collection: It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

Fins (C) Gunkee & Monkey

Fins (C) Gunkee & Monkey

Fins to the Left, Fins to the Right

My first creation in the Poolside Collection was an Anchor I made using a noodle board as a base.  Two of the leftover pieces looked similar to fins to me which made me think of the Jimmy Buffet song “Fins.” So I painted “Fins to the Left” and “Fins to the Right” on them and trimmed them to resemble shark fins.

I used Patio Paints to paint on the noodle board and a standard utility knife to cut it. The paint colors I used were:

Summer Sky Blue for “Fins”

Fiesta Yellow for “to the”

Daisy Cream for “Left” and “Right”

Grey for the Shark Fins

Sweet Pea is the background color

Wrought Iron Black was used for the outlines

Blue Jay is the water color

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere (C) Gunkee & Monkey

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere (C) Gunkee & Monkey

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere

I had another idea to paint on the garden knee boards but it was going to be a big project, so I wanted to test it out how easy or hard it would be to paint on the knee boards first. Keeping with the Jimmy Buffet theme, I decided on “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere.” I learned two things not to do when painting on the garden knee boards. One is do not sketch your drawing in ink on the knee boards before painting. I sketched on it using red ink and on the lighter colors the red ink bled through the paint. That was hard to cover up.  And two, that board has a lot of little indented blocks (aka: texture) on it! Coverage was both easy and hard, depending on the color used. Below is a list of the Patio Paint colors I used and what area I used them on.

Sunshine Yellow – Juice in 1st glass, Pineapple in 2nd glass, Sun, Lemon wedge in 3rd glass

Fiesta Yellow – Clock face, Lemon wedge on 3rd glass, Bubbles in 1st glass

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere sketched out. (C) Gunkee & Monkey

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere sketched out. (C) Gunkee & Monkey

Pumpkin – Clock face outline, Fruit wedge in 2nd glass, Umbrella in 1st glass

Fuchsia – Juice in 3rd glass

Carnation Pink – Bubbles in 3rd glass

Very Berry – Umbrella stem in 3rd glass

Wrought Iron Black – Letters, Outlines and Clock Face

Spring Mint – Lime in 1st glass

Mistletoe Green – Lime in 1st glass, Umbrella in 2nd glass

Deep Buttercup – Straw in 2nd glass

Pinecone Brown – Umbrella stem in 2nd glass

Tuscan Red – Cherry in 2nd glass, Umbrella & stem in 1st glass, #5 highlight

Blue Jay – Ocean

Petunia Purple – Umbrella in 3rd glass

Pansy Purple – Umbrella in 3rd glass

Daisy Cream – Sand, Stem of 2nd glass

Supplies Needed to make "Fins" & "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" (C) Gunkee & Monkey

Supplies Needed to make “Fins” & “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” (C) Gunkee & Monkey

One side of the knee board has an opening, in this case on the left side. I covered it with a plastic cup. I cut a clear plastic cup in half, trimmed flowers off of a birthday napkin, Mod Podged the napkin onto the cup and hot glued the cup over the opening.

I sprayed a clear coat on all the pieces after the painting was completed.

Now I need to find a space on the wall beside my pool to hang them.

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May 14th, 2015

Monkey’s Art Board, Nemo, Unicorn and Purple Flower

Monkey's Art Board, Nemo, Unicorn & Purple Flower (C) Gunkee & Monkey

Monkey’s Art Board, Nemo, Unicorn & Purple Flower (C) Gunkee & Monkey

My little Monkey was on fire painting an Art Board, Nemo, Unicorn and Purple Flower today. The paper is supposed to be the backdrop to protect my table (ha!), the long board is a work in progress which will display her art work when it’s completed (I should have base coated it first- oh well). She also painted a purple flower, a pink unicorn and Nemo! The flowers will go on canvas and I’ll give Nemo some eyes and stripes before I seal him with mod podge. Before we were finished she was painting her hands to make handprints. We were both a mess when it was all done, but that’s what soap & water is for.

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April 29th, 2015

How to Make Custom Photo Album Covers

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DIY Photo Album Covers

Getting your negatives developed and preserving the photographs in albums is fast becoming a thing of the past. People these days prefer to save their photos digitally either on their computer, on a DVD, or on a flash drive. But for those who still like the old way of actually being able to hold a photograph in your hand, here’s an easy way to dress up those ugly photo albums. I’ve made these for weddings, baby showers and general use. You can purchase any size photo album to you want to cover. Buy one already made or get a three-ring binder and add clear photo pages to the inside.

To get started you will need:

* A Photo Album

* Material of your choosing

* Batting

* Poster Board

* Hot Glue

* Scissors

* Ribbon (Optional)

* Lace (Optional)

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Step One:
Cut out a piece of batting the same size as the open photo album.

Step Two:
Glue the batting to the outside of the photo album.

Step Three:
Open your photo album and lay the outside of the album on the wrong side of the material. Make sure the print is going in the direction you’d like it to be on the photo album. Cut material about 1″ away from the album. If desired, you can first draw a light line on the material around the album and then cut out the material.

Step Four:
Open your photo album and lay the outside on the wrong side of the material. Make sure you have the print going in the direction you want it to go. Cut diagonal notches in the material at the corners. Fold the corners down and hot glue to the inside of the photo album. Don’t just glue the corners – glue all the way down the inside edge of the material. Trim away any excess.

Step Five (Optional):
If desired, you can add lace around the outside edges of your photo album. Also, if you want to add a piece of ribbon to tie the pages closed, now is the time to do it.

Step Six:
Measure the inside flaps of the photo album from the outside edge to where the spine bends. Cut out a piece of poster board this size. (You will need 2 of these – one for the inside front of the album and one for the inside of the back.) Once you cut out the poster board lay it on the inside cover to make sure the album will close. Lay the cut piece of poster board on your material and cut out a piece of material 1″ larger than the poster board. Cut notches at the corner of the material and glue the material to the poster board. Glue the finished piece to the inside covers of the photo album. This should cover the material you glued on the outside so you have a nice, clean finish on the inside flaps.

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Step Seven (Optional):
You can add a photo frame to the front of the album using the poster board, material and batting. Be creative with this. I did an album in a watermelon print and then made my frame on the front look like a slice of watermelon. (See photo.) Or you can do a basic 4″ x 6″ rectangle. Cut your piece of poster board and then cut the inside out so you have what looks like a photo mat. Glue the batting and material to it, much like you did for the photo album. Make sure to leave enough material to notch the material inside the frame so you can fold it back and glue it down. When finished, glue to the front of your album. Be sure to not glue the top edge so you can slide a photo down into it. You can trim the edges with lace or piping.

These custom covered photo albums make great gifts and you can customize them for any occasion such as weddings, baby showers, travel, vacations, etc. Use your imagination. Once you complete one, you will want to do more.

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April 19th, 2015

Gunkee’s Poolside Collection: The Anchor

 

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I’m always looking for something different to hang around my pool every summer. This spring I have started making my own decorations that I will call “Gunkee’s Poolside Collection.” The first item I made is an anchor covered with seashells.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials used (All bought at Dollar Tree):

Materials Used to make the Anchor  ©Gunkee&Monkee

Materials Used to make the Anchor ©Gunkee&Monkee

1 Foam Noodle Board

1 Bag of Seashells

1 Blue Jump Rope

1 Kids Fishing Toy with Sea Creatures

Other materials:

Utility Knife (On Hand)

Liquid Nails (Walmart)

Seashells (On Hand)

Deco Arts’ Patio Paint: Natural Tan Grout (On Hand)

Plaid’s Paint for Plastic: Bright Blue, Green, Brown, Black, White

 

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First draw your anchor pattern onto the Foam Noodle Board.

I made mine 2″ wide. Use the utility knife to cut it out.

 

 

 

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©Gunkee&Monkee

 

 

Paint the anchor tan. I used a brush and Patio Paint but you could probably use a spray paint if you wanted to. I just used what I had on hand. Use the Paint for Plastic to paint the sea creatures to look more their natural color as opposed to a kids’ fun toy.

 

 

 

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©Gunkee&Monkee

 

This photo doesn’t show the rope, but lay the rope out first and then lay the seashells out to get an idea how you want them to be placed on the anchor. Use the liquid nails to adhere the rope and seashells to the anchor.

Once all the large seashells are glued on, I added the smaller shells I had on hand to fill in the gaps around the large shells. You could also use pebbles or other smaller rocks that can be found at Dollar Tree, or use what yo may have on hand.

Now all that’s left to do is let the silicone dry. I gave mine 24 hours before even trying to move it.

 

Gunkee's Poolside Collection: The Anchor ©Gunkee&Monkee

Gunkee’s Poolside Collection: The Anchor ©Gunkee&Monkee

 

 

 

 

The final product in Gunkee’s Poolside Collection: The Anchor. It will look great out by my pool this summer!

 

 

 

 

 

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April 18th, 2015

Stained Glass Horse Mirror

Stained Glass Horse Mirror © Gunkee and Monkee

Stained Glass Horse Mirror © Gunkee and Monkee

I painted this Stained Glass Horse Mirror a few years ago. It is an heirloom mirror that was once oval and dingy. The outside edges were really bad. The original frame was in very bad shape, so we wanted to get it re-framed but it was so big that no one would do it or they wanted an ungodly amount of money to do it. So I had it cut down and painted it. I found the Stained Glass Horse pattern in a magazine (in fact, I think it was a Gallery Glass magazine or maybe some other kind of crafting magazine) and used Gallery Glass paint. All I had to do was trace the Stained Glass Horse pattern onto the glass using carbon paper. Then outline the different areas with the liquid leading paint, then fill in the individual colors. It was tedious, but fun.

Materials used to make this :

1 Mirror

Gallery Glass Liquid Leading

Various Colors of Gallery Glass Paint

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April 16th, 2015

Monkey’s Crafting Day

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My little Monkey loves to craft, but some days her attention span is really short so on crafting day we sometimes have to do lots of simple crafts in one sitting. In addition to painting, she loves any kind of stickers, so when I saw these headbands at Dollar Tree I knew she’d love making them. I pulled off the gems one at a time and handed them to her, then she stuck them onto the headband where ever she wanted to. The tiny gems were kind of hard for her to handle even with her little fingers. We then moved on to painting. She painted an Easter Egg, a wooden flower (which will be used in another project later) and a sun catcher. All her painted sun catchers are hanging in my living room window. She loves to go look at them and rearrange them. Monkee really gets into crafting and today she was super proud of the hairbands. She wore both of them for the rest of the day. But she did take one off and remove all the gems from it and stuck them to her leg! I’m going to try sealing them on with mod podge and see if she can still pull them off then.

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April 10th, 2015

Monkey Paints a Bird House

Monkee painting on her birdhouse. © Gunkee & Monkee

Monkey’s bird house. © Gunkee & Monkey

My little Monkey likes to paint! We can’t walk by the craft room without her running in there yelling, “Paint!!”

Walmart has some reasonably priced craft items that little monkeys can paint on. With spring upon us, one of the items I picked up was a small bird house for her to paint on whenever she wanted to. There’s no deadline when painting a project like this. She painted on this bird house twice a week for about a month. Some days she’d paint longer than others. Sometimes she’d paint on the bird house and then paint on the paper, but it didn’t matter because it’s more about the quality of time spent than it is about the project.

Monkee painting her birdhouse. © Gunkee & Monkee

Monkey painting her birdhouse. © Gunkee & Monkey

The little ones don’t have to stay in the lines, or paint it a certain way, or even use a paint brush if they don’t want to.  But using a brush to paint with helps with her fine motor skills plus she is having fun while doing it. The paints I found, Crayola Washable Kids Paints, wash off with just plain water, so there is no big worry about how messy she gets or if she is going to ruin the clothes she is wearing. The Monkey’s bird house is now hanging on a wall beside a tree in our backyard. Hopefully it will get some tenants soon.

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April 3rd, 2015

Pinatas, Sombreros, and Maracas for Cinco De Mayo

Pinatas, Sombreros, and Maracas

Kids love getting messy making these Cinco De Mayo crafts. Getting candy was even more fun!

Fun to Make Cinco DeMayo Piñatas
Kids will love making piñatas this way because it can be very messy and we all know messy is fun!

Materials needed are:

1 Large Balloon

Newspaper torn into thin strips

Flour

Water

Large Bowl for mixing paste

Acrylic Paint

Paint Brushes

Scissors

Tissue Paper

Candy

String

Prepare a work area for the children by covering your table with newspaper. Mix the flour and water in the large mixing bowl until you get a smooth, pasty consistency. Blow up the balloon. Dip the newspaper strips into the paste. Drag the newspaper strip between your index and middle finger to remove excess paste. Lay the strip on the balloon and smooth out any bubbles. Continue to do this until the balloon is covered with at least three layers of newspaper. Be sure to leave a small hole near the knot on the balloon. Let dry overnight.

After the newspaper has dried and hardened, paint it however you want to. You can also add tissue paper for decorations if desired. Let the paint dry. Pop the balloon and add the candy through the hole you left. Add layers of newspaper strips, small toys, or confetti in between the candy to add to the surprise. Attach a piece of string on either side of the hole to hang the piñata and let the fun begin!

Colorful Cinco DeMayo Sombreros
Materials needed are:

Large Paper Plates

Paper Bowls

Low Temp Hot Glue

Elmer’s Glue

Acrylic Paint

Paint Brushes

Yarn

Small Pompoms – assorted colors

Hole Punch

Paint plate and bowl. Let dry. Hot glue the bowl to the bottom of the plate. Decorate with more paint, and glue pompoms around the brim of the hat. Punch holes on each side of plate, then tie yarn in holes to tie sombrero around child’s neck.

Musical Cinco DeMayo Maracas
Materials needed are:

2 same-sized Styrofoam or Paper Cups

Acrylic Paint

Low Temp Hot Glue Gun

Elmer’s Glue *

Dried Beans

Decorative accents such as Pompoms, Buttons and Beads

Paint cups one solid color and let dry. Decorate cups by painting on zigzags, swirling or curvy lines. Don’t forget to paint the bottom of each cup. Let dry. Place a handful of dried beans into one of the cups. Put a layer of hot glue onto the rim of the cup with the beans in it before quickly placing the other cup on top of it, lining up the rims of both cups. Allow to dry completely. Finish decorating any way you like, such as adding pompoms around the center (to hide the glue line), or use mini pompoms to dot the peaks of the zigzags. Once your glue is completely dry, put on your sombrero, shake your maracas and do the Mexican Hat Dance for Cinco De Mayo!

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April 2nd, 2015

Monkey’s Toilet Paper Roll Flowers

Monkee's Toilet Papr Roll Flowers and Pot © Gunkee & Monkee

Monkey’s Toilet Paper Roll Flowers and Pot © Gunkee & Monkey

My little Monkey has been painting again! She has been working on a top secret project for her mom’s birthday. Monkey painted a pot and saucer, and also some toilet paper rolls in 4 different colors. She is getting pretty good at covering most of the toilet paper rolls with paint. Of course after the paint dries then she needs my help to put it all together.

Materials:

Monkey painting an empty toilet paper roll to make flowers with. © Gunkee & Monkey

Crayola Washable Paints

4 Empty Toilet Paper Rolls

2″ Pot and Saucer

Larger Plastic Buttons

Skewers

1″ Styrofoam Ball

Glass Balls

Hot Glue

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Cut toilet paper rolls to make flowers with. © Gunkee & Monkey

Scissors

I let Monkey paint 3 of the the empty toilet paper rolls any color she wanted to. She chose blue, then red, then red and blue (making a pretty purple-red color when she was finished). The 4th one needed to be all green to make the leaves with. The same rule applied to the pot and saucer, in the sense that there was no rule. She painted what color she wanted where she wanted it. After the painted empty toilet paper rolls dried, I (Gunkee) cut them into strips along the short side of the tube. Then I hot glued the petals onto a large plastic button, which I then hot glued onto a skewer which I had painted green. The leaves were then hot glued lower on the skewer below the petals. I cut the Styrofoam ball in half and put it in the pot. The skewers the flowers are on were then stuck into the Styrofoam and the glass balls were added to provide stability. There was a wooden butterfly laying on the table that she had recently painted that had her thumb prints on the edges, so I added it behind the toilet paper roll flowers.

Now Monkey has a hand made birthday present that she painted to give to her mom.

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March 27th, 2015

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Makeover: Minnie Mouse

LT car1Step-by-step Instructions on How to Turn a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe into a Minnie Mouse Coupe

While browsing Pinterest, I found a page full of Little Tikes Cozy Coupe makeovers and decided I wanted to try it. Upon further research, I was unable to find a good description of how these makeovers were accomplished so I decided to take notes as I tackled this project and then share them with you.
There are various types of the Cozy Coupe cars for toddlers that when left out in the sun will fade to a sad looking pink and cream color. Whether your child owns one or you find one at a yard sale, here’s an idea to give that faded coupe a fresh new look.

My first grandchild, a girl, was born in December 2012 and my daughter-in-law found one at a yard sale for a decent price. I wanted to give it a fresh new look and give it to my granddaughter for her first birthday. We decided to give the coupe a Minnie Mouse theme.

Supplies Needed

Supplies needed for this project are red and black Krylon Fusion spray paint for plastics and clear Krylon to use as a sealer, white vinyl circles, a large red bow with white dots, black corrugated plastic board, a paint tarp, ink jet bumper sticker peel and stick paper (to make tag and dash instruments), hot glue, plastic bags, and painters tape.

Lt car4First step: Disassemble

Take apart (disassemble) the coupe and clean it. On the surface the car looked pretty clean, but once apart it was easy to see the dirt and grime that builds up in all the little nicks and crannies.

Second step: Clean & Prep for Painting
Get the coupe clean. First I cleaned it with bleach and then prepped it for paint according to the instructions on the spray can. I put plastic bags over the wheels before painting the body.

Third step: Paint

Paint the parts. I painted the top part (which was yellow) black for Minnie’s “head” and gave the bottom (car body) a fresh coat of red. The directions said the paint would be dry in 15 minutes, and ready to use within the hour. I actually let it set overnight before moving to the next step.

LT car3Fourth step: Seal

After letting the coupe dry overnight, I sealed all the parts with Krylon Clear coat spray paint.

Fifth step: Finishing touches

After letting the coupe dry overnight again, I was ready to put it back together. Once it was put back together, I had some finishing touches to take care of. I used white vinyl stickers for the dots on the Minnie Mouse car and printed a personalized license tag from a computer program using peel and stick paper from a big box store. The dash, head lights, tail lights, “blinkers,” nose and mouth were also made like the license tag. The mouse ears were made from corrugated sign board that was painted black (or you can purchase black corrugated sign board). The circle for the ears had a notch cut on the outside of the circle (so it’s not really a circle when originally cut out) which was inserted into a hole cut into the top of the coupe and hot glued in place. Minnie Mouse’s signature red bow with white dots was made with plastic ribbon and white circle vinyl stickers that will hopefully withstand the outdoor elements. The bow was hot glued to the top of the coupe and to the front of the ears.

The birthday girl loves her new Minnie Mouse coupe! Now I’m on the lookout now for more cars to makeover. Wouldn’t a matching Mickey Mouse car be awesome? (Hint, hint.)

Lt car5Afterwards: Truthfully, this project was not as simple as these instructions sound. Originally I painted the top piece white and black with the black outlining the shape of the top of Minnie’s head. It proved to be difficult to get a balanced half circle on each side to form the front peak of the head, so that idea was nixed for the simpler all black top. In addition to having issues making balanced half circles, the white paint was not adhering well to the plastic, leaving paint bubbles all over. I have no idea why it was doing this, as it was the same type and brand of paint as the red and black paint. So the top piece had to be sanded to get all the white bubbles off and then wiped down and prepped for painting once again. Also, the white vinyl stickers are so easy to peel off that a one-year-old can do it, so I have had to hot glue a few back on. Even so, I think using the vinyl stickers are easier than trying to spray paint all those circles on and not get over spray onto the red paint.

The Minnie Mouse coupe looks good now, but I am a bit skeptical about the longevity of this project. The paint is already flaking off where the door jams meet. However, I figure that if it makes for one really good photo shoot with my granddaughter (which we had at her first birthday party) it will be money and time well spent.

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March 26th, 2015

Monkey Makes a Toilet Paper Tube Bunny for Easter

Monkee painting a toilet paper tube to make a bunny. © MonkeeandGunkee

Monkey painting a toilet paper tube to make a bunny. © MonkeyandGunkee

My little Monkey likes to paint. Toilet paper tubes are perfect for this little 2-year-old to go to town on with child friendly washable paints. She will dip the brush in the paint, put her hand in the tube to hold it (I swear I did not show her how to do that! She figured it out all on her own), and paint away, turning the toilet paper tube this way and that to make sure she gets all sides. Gunkee (me) controls the access to the paint so she only gets to choose one color at a time. Sometimes she does get distracted and starts doing thumb and finger prints or finger painting on the parchment paper I put down on the table in front of her to work on.

Before the Monkey gets to my house to craft, I try to have a plan of what we are going to paint and make. So I spent the night before she got here preparing the bunny’s ears, feet, nose and whiskers. I cut them out of a white foam sheet of paper and painted pink highlights on the nose, ears and feet.

Pre-cut painted bunny pieces to make a toilet paper tube bunny. © MonkeeandGunkee

Pre-cut painted bunny pieces to make a toilet paper tube bunny. © MonkeyandGunkee

After the Monkey finished painting the toilet paper tube white, we went outside to blow bubbles while it dried. (I had to bribe her to leave the room so it could dry and she loves blowing bubbles!)

When bubble time was over, we went back to the craft room where she helped glue the pre-cut bunny pieces onto the toilet paper tube.

Materials to make Monkey’s Toilet Paper Tube Bunny:

Monkee's Toilet Paper Tube Bunny © MonkeeandGunkee

Monkey’s Toilet Paper Tube Bunny © MonkeyandGunkee

1 Toilet Paper Tube

White Foam Sheet

White & Pink Paint

Cotton Ball

Paint Brush

White Glue

Scissors

 

 

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March 20th, 2015

3D Seed Packets: Daisies, Daffodils and Tulips

3D Seed Packets © Gunkee

3D Seed Packets © Gunkee

With spring here, it’s time to start thinking about planting some flowers seeds. Here are some 3D Seed Packets you can make to hang close to your gardening spot to brighten it up.

How to Make 3D Seed Packets: Daisies, Daffodils and Tulips

 Materials Needed to Make the Daisies 3D Seed Packet:

Acrylic Paints

Ribbon

2-1” Buttons

Hot Glue

Ruler

8 Toilet Paper Tubes

1 8×10 Painting Canvas

Paint Brushes

Double Sided Tape (optional)

1” Alphabet Stencil (optional)

Directions to Make the Daisies:

Flatten toilet paper roll and cut 36 flower petals using the short side of the roll.  Also cut 4 small circles for the center of the flower. Cut 4 long Daisy leaves from 2 TP tube. Paint the petals white. Paint 2 circles dark yellow with a spring green edge. Paint the leaves green. When the paint dries, hot glue the petals to the extra circle. Glue 12 petals around the circle and then hot glue 12 more in front of and in between the glued ones. Repeat for the remaining 12 petals. For the flower bud, bend the end of the petals before hot gluing to make it stand up straighter. Glue the leaves below the daisies. Cover a button with floral tape and hot glue to the backside of the flower and bud.

On the canvas, make a 1” border around three sides; on the fourth side leave a 2” gap on the bottom. Paint the inside of the rectangle a bright yellow.  Trim the yellow edge with dark brown. Paint the outside edges a tan color. Paint the word “Seeds” dark brown at the bottom center of the canvas. You can do this freehand or use a stencil.

Cut an 8” piece of ribbon and hot glue the ends as shown in the picture.  Paint the word “Daisy” on the ribbon. Once the paint is dry on the canvas, hot glue the ribbon to the top of the canvas. Hot glue the flowers and stems to the canvas.

Use the double sided tape to hang the canvas on the wall.

My Time to Complete the Daisy Canvas: 3 ½ Hours

 Materials Needed to Make the Daffodils 3D Seed Packet:

Acrylic Paints

Floral Tape

Floral Wire

3D Seeds © Gunkee

3D Seeds © Gunkee

Ribbon

Hot Glue

Ruler

1 8×10 Painting Canvas

Paint Brushes

Styrofoam Egg Carton

Clear Egg Carton

1”Alphabet Stencil (optional)

Double Sided Tape (optional)

Directions to Make the Daffodils:

Cut 12 petals from the top and blank spots (places that have no print on them-I couldn’t find a paint that would cover the print) on a white Styrofoam egg carton. Cut 12 stamens from the corner of the Styrofoam egg carton.  Cut out 2 of the clear egg carton egg holders. (The Styrofoam egg holders seemed too big to me, but they can be used if you so desire or don’t have a clear egg carton). Trim down to make a small cup to use as the center of the daffodil.  Paint all the pieces bright yellow. Cut out 2 small circles and hot glue the petals to it to form the flower – 6 petals for each daffodil. Hot glue the small cup to the center of the daffodil, then hot glue 6 stamens in the center of the cup. Use the floral wire to shape stems and leaves then cover with floral tape.

On the canvas, make a 1” border around three sides; on the fourth side leave a 2” gap on the bottom. Paint the inside of the rectangle a spring green color. Trim the green edge with dark brown. Paint the outside edges a tan color. Paint the word “Seeds” at the bottom center of the canvas. You can do this freehand or use a stencil.

Cut an 8” piece of ribbon and hot glue the ends as shown in the picture. Paint the word “Daffodils” on the ribbon. Once the paint is dry on the canvas, hot glue the ribbon to the top of the canvas. Hot glue the flowers, stems and leaves to the canvas.

My Time to Complete the Daffodil Canvas: 3 Hours

 Materials Needed to Make the Tulips 3D Seed Packet:

Acrylic Paints

Floral Tape

Ribbon

4-1” Buttons

Hot Glue

Parchment Paper

Ruler

1 8×10 Painting Canvas

Paint Brushes

Clear Plastic Containers

1” Alphabet Stencil (optional)

Double Sided Tape (optional)

Directions to Make the Tulips:

The clear plastic used to make these can be from anything like clear egg cartons, Wesson Oil bottles, clear milk jugs, the hard plastic wrap items come in from the store, etc. You get the picture. Cut out 8 tulip petals for each tulip from clear plastic containers. For the center of the tulip, cut 2 petals together with the ends connected. You will need 2 of those for the center of each tulip. For the Mickey Mouse Tulips I made I freehand painted the red on each petal, waited for it to dry, and then painted over it with bright yellow. It took an hour to freehand paint the red and only 15 minutes to put 2 coats of yellow on all the petals. So going by that, you decide if you want to make a pattern on your tulips or just use one color. Put 2 buttons together and cover with floral tape. With the button lying flat hot glue 4 tulip petals around it. Hot glue 4 more petals in between the spaces of the first 4 petals. Bend the connected petal in the center so the top of the petals meet and put a dab of hot glue at the top to connect the petals. Hot glue this into the center of the tulip. For the stems and leaves for the tulip, I squirted hot glue onto parchment paper to form the shape of the leaves I wanted. Once dry, I trimmed any rough edges and painted them green.

On the canvas, make a 1” border around three sides; on the fourth side leave a 2” gap on the bottom. Paint the inside of the rectangle a spring green color. Trim the green edge with dark brown. Paint the outside edges a tan color. Paint the word “Seeds” at the bottom center of the canvas. You can do this freehand or use a stencil.

Cut an 8” piece of ribbon and hot glue the ends as shown in the picture. Paint the word “Tulips” on the ribbon. Once the paint is dry on the canvas, hot glue the ribbon to the top of the canvas. Hot glue the flowers, stems and leaves to the canvas.

My Time to Complete the Tulip Canvas: 4 Hours

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March 18th, 2015

Spring Mushroom Pot

Mushroom Pot © Monkey & Gunkee’s Crafts

Mushroom Pot © Monkey & Gunkee’s Crafts

Materials

1 Large Styrofoam Egg

(3) ½” Styrofoam Eggs

(2) 1” Styrofoam Eggs

4-6” pot

Spoon

Mushroom Pot © Monkey & Gunkee’s Crafts

Mushroom Pot © Monkey & Gunkee’s Crafts

Bendable Straws

Mod Podge

Tissue Paper

Hot Glue

Carbon paper or Graphite paper

Floral Styrofoam

Brown Potpourri

Brushes

Thin Black Paint Pen

Deco Art Patio Paint Colors listed below

  • Cut the Styrofoam pieces into 2 pieces in different sizes. Use the spoon to hollow out the bottoms of the Styrofoam pieces. Paint the rounded tops of the Styrofoam pieces in various colors. You can use the chart I’ve listed or use your own color choices. Let dry.
  • Paint the bottoms of the Styrofoam mushrooms various colors using the chart given or use your own colors. Let dry.
  • Paint the dots and dot trim on the top of the mushrooms using the chart given or choose your own colors.
  • Dry brush colors given up the sides of the mushrooms.
  • Mod Podge the tissue paper onto the straws. Let dry.
  • Once the Mod Podge is dry, paint the straws Antique Mum and Cream.
  • When the paint is dry on the straws, cut to various lengths and hot glue the mushrooms to the straws.
  • Find a mushroom coloring pattern online and use the carbon paper or the graphite paper to trace a pattern onto the pot. Paint the mushroom pattern on the pot.
  • Once dry, put the floral Styrofoam in the pot and place the mushrooms on the straws in the floral Styrofoam.
  • Fill the pot with the brown potpourri.

Patio Paint Colors Used for Mushroom Tops

Mushroom Pot © Monkey & Gunkee’s Crafts

Mushroom Pot © Monkey & Gunkee’s Crafts

Geranium Red

Holly Berry Red

Deep Buttercup

Daisy Cream

Very Berry

Patio Paint Colors for Mushroom Bottoms

Wrought Iron Black on Very Berry and Reds

Geranium Red on Deep Buttercup

Woodland Brown on Daisy Cream

Patio Paint Colors for Dots on Mushroom Tops

Wrought Iron Black dots on red tops trimmed in Cloud White

Cloud White dots on Deep Buttercup tops trimmed in Citrus Green and bottom trim with Geranium Red  dry brushed up the sides

Woodland Brown dots on Daisy Cream tops and bottom trim dry brushed up sides

Wrought Iron Black dots on Very Berry tops trimmed in Fuchsia

Pot Patio Paint Colors

Geranium Red

Mushroom Pot © Monkey & Gunkee’s Crafts

Mushroom Pot © Monkey & Gunkee’s Crafts

Cloud White

Butternut

Mistletoe Green

Sweet Pea

Spring Mint

Trim done with a thin black paint pen

Pot Patio Paint Colors for Straws

Antique Mum

Cream

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March 14th, 2015

How to Make Mini-Birdbath Candy Dishes

terra cotta birdbath1I love doing all sorts of crafts. Mainly I paint ceramics and various other mediums. You’ve probably seen or heard about making birdbaths with terra cotta pots. But have you ever thought of sizing them down and using them as inside decorations? With spring about to spring itself on us, here is an idea for an easy mini-birdbath candy dish you can make.

Here is what you will need to get started:

Two – three colors of paint (two contrasting or complimentary colors and blue), two small decorative birds, other small embellishments such as insects, craft moss, raffia, glue, paint, paint brushes, sea sponges (optional), bird or flower stencils (optional), and a terra cotta pot and saucer. The saucer can be the same size or one size bigger than the pot. You decide the look you want. You can usually get these supplies from Wal-Mart or a craft store such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

Step one: Paint the outside of the pot and outside of the saucer in any color you choose. Let dry for 30 minutes. If you plan to use the candy dish in your house, then choose a color to match your interior. I use Patio Paints because it is weather-resistant, water resistant, has a sealer in the paint and is good for painting on terra cotta.

Step two: Paint the inside of the saucer. I use blue to mimic the color of water. Let dry for 30 minutes.

Step three (optional): Use a contrasting color and dab-sponge on the outside of the pot and saucer. This gives it a pretty speckled look. Another way to speckle is to load the brush with paint and flick the bristles with your finger at the pot. This way is a bit messier so dress accordingly and have the pot on a covered surface. Let dry for 30 minutes. (See photo 2.) Note: Instead of sponging or flecking, another option would be to stencil flowers or birds or anything else of your choosing.

Step four: Turn the pot upside down and glue the saucer right side up to the bottom of the pot. Let dry according to your glue instructions. (See photo 2.)

terra cotta birdbath2Step five: Make two little bird’s nest with the moss and glue onto each side of the saucer. Glue the birds into the nests.

Step six: Tie the raffia rope around the pot where the pot and saucer meet and make a bow. To hold it in place better, add a dab of glue at the knot.

Step seven: (optional) Glue embellishments at the knot of the bow.

Now you have finished making a mini-birdbath candy dish. Wasn’t that easy?

*Instead of candy you can use your mini-birdbath to hold potpourri, or whatever else you can imagine.

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March 13th, 2015

Easy to Make Easter Egg Display

A Fun, Messy Way for Kids to Make an Easter Egg Display

easter egg decoupageMy boys loved getting messy making these Easter egg display decorations for their teachers. Girls will love it too!

Materials Needed to Make the Easter Egg Display: 
1 Large Egg-Shaped Balloon
2″ Newspaper Strips
A Large Bowl
Flour
Water
Acrylic Paints
Lace
Ribbon
Glue
Scissors or Exacto Knife
Easter Basket Grass

Make a paste with the flour and water. Not too thick, not too thin. (Another option is to use Mod Podge instead of flour and water.) Blow up the balloon. Make sure the balloon has an egg shape to it. Dip the newspaper strip into the paste then run the strip between your index finger and middle finger to get any excess paste off. Place the wet strip on the balloon and smooth out any bubbles. Continue to do this until the balloon is completely covered. (If you are using Mod Podge, place the strip on the balloon and “paint” the Mod Podge onto the newspaper.) Let dry overnight.

When the newspaper is dry, pop the balloon. Cut an oval hole in the side of the newspaper. (See photo.) Paint the “egg.” Let dry overnight.

Glue ribbon around the edge of the hole in the front. Poke two small holes in the top at the edge of the lace. Thread ribbon through the holes and tie a bow on top. Add Easter grass to the inside. Decorate inside the egg with plastic eggs, ceramic eggs, small bunnies or ducks, or any Eastery thing you want!

A twist to this is to use crochet string or cotton yarn instead of newspaper, and liquid starch, fabric stiffener or Elmer’s Glue instead of the flour paste. Blow up the balloon to an egg shape. Tie off. Tie a piece of string to the knot and hang the balloon. Start wrapping the balloon with the string. Use two or three different colors if you want. Spray on 2-3 coats of the fabric stiffener. (Let dry between coats.) Or paint on the liquid starch. Or dip the string into the Elmer’s Glue and put on the balloon. There are many options to doing this. Some people use sugar water. I do not recommend this. It attracts insects (ants in particular love it) and smaller children may think it tastes good. Let dry.

You can leave it as is for a decoration, or you can cut a hole in the side and decorate the inside any way you like.

For either project you can also use small balloons, such as water balloons, to make smaller Easter eggs, or use big balloons to make gigantic Easter eggs. However you make them, be sure to have fun doing it!

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March 12th, 2015

Easy to Make Bunny Easter Egg Holder 

easter wash bunniesA friend and I made these Bunny Easter Egg Holders as teacher’s gifts for our children to give at Easter one year. The teachers loved them!

Materials Needed:
1 Washcloth (9″ x 9″ – thin colorful ones are best)
Plastic Google Eyes
1 Plastic Egg
Ribbon
1 Small Cotton Ball
Small Twine

Starting at a corner, roll the washcloth halfway then starting at the opposite corner roll until the two rolls meet in the middle. Fold the cloth in half lengthwise with the two rolled pieces that met on the inside. Grab the cloth about 3 inches from the loose ends, fold over top in half and tie a ribbon 1 inch from the end. (See photo.) This is kind of tricky to do by yourself. You may need an extra set of hands to help hold or tie. After you do this, you should have the two ends above the ribbon that look like bunny ears. Where you tied the ribbon bow is the top of the bunnies head. Glue two googly eyes below the ribbon then add four small pieces of twine or string below the eyes for whiskers. Add a plastic egg to the hole and you have a nice, simple bunny Easter decoration or gift. These make great decorations in an Easter Basket or sitting all by themselves. They also make great gifts for teachers.

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March 11th, 2015

How to Make a Duck Easter Basket 

easter duck3My mom taught me how to make these neat Duck Easter Baskets from gallon milk jugs.

Materials Needed:
1 Gallon Milk Jug
Plastic Googly (aka: Wiggly) Eyes
Orange Felt
Lace
Ribbon
Hot Glue
Exacto Knife or Sharp Knife (to cut jug with)
Scissors
Small Silk Flower Buds

Using the knife cut around the top of the milk jug at the cap in a triangular shape. (The opening is not centered on this.) This will be the “bonnet” for the duck. Cut the top of the jug handle from the jug. (Just cut the top piece where it attaches to the jug.) Starting even with the bottom of the handle on the jug, cut the top of the jug away from the bottom of the jug. (There should be about a one inch piece of plastic between the bottom of the handle and the body of the jug.) Cut around the jug in a wavy pattern.

easter duck2Keep the cap on the “bonnet” piece. Glue lace around the edge of the bonnet and around the top outside edge of the jug. You can layer the lace by doing two strips of lace in two different colors. Or use lace that is pre-made with layers. Glue another piece of lace from the left side, across the front below the handle, and finish on the left side. Merge the lace into the previous piece you attached.

Glue the inside of the cap to the end of the top of the handle. This is the “head” with the “bonnet” on it. Tie bows with your ribbon and add as embellishments. Glue small silk flowers to the center of the ribbon to cover the knot. Glue lace around the cap of the bonnet and fill the inside with silk flowers or other embellishments to cover the cap.

Glue two googly eyes at the bend of the jug handle. Cut out a long thin oval strip out of the orange felt. This will be the duck’s beak. Fold in half and glue below the eyes. Cut two webbed feet out of the orange felt and glue onto the bottom of the front of the basket. (To make them sturdier you may have to cut four pieces and glue two of them together to make one foot.)

easter duck1That’s it – you’re done! You can fill the basket with Easter grass and add eggs or some baby ducks. Use your imagination!

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March 10th, 2015

How to Make a “Bunny Down the Hole” Air Freshener Container

 

easter bunny air freshener coverI love doing all sorts of crafts. Here is the Bunny Down the Hole, an easy Easter craft  you can make using a terra cotta pot and Styrofoam pieces.

Here is what you will need to get started:

4″ terra cotta pot

Various colors of acrylic paint

Easter grass

4″ Styrofoam ball

1 egg-shaped piece of Styrofoam

1 extra-large cotton ball

toothpicks

white & pink felt

scissors

serrated knife

craft glue

paint brushes

sea sponges (optional)

Step one: Paint the outside of the pot a solid spring color. Let dry for 30 minutes. I use Patio Paint because it is weather-resistant, water resistant, has a sealer in the paint and is good for painting on terra cotta.

Step two: Paint the Styrofoam ball and the Styrofoam egg white. Let dry 30 minutes.

Step three: Use the sea sponge to dab complimentary colored paint(s) over your base coat color. Do not put it on too heavy. You are trying for a pretty speckled robin-egg look. Another way to speckle is to load the brush with paint and flick the bristles with your finger at the pot. This way is a bit messier so dress accordingly and have the pot on a covered surface. Let dry for 30 minutes. If you want a glossy finish you will need a clear acrylic sealer. I use Plaid’s Clear Acrylic Sealer spray that can be found at Wal-Mart. Spray the sealer on now if so desired.

Step four: Cut a small edge off of the Styrofoam ball and make a flat side. Hollow out the insides of the ball.

Step five: Cut the Styrofoam egg in half lengthwise. These will be the feet.

Step six: Glue some Easter grass along the inside edge if the pot and let hang over the sides.

Put a solid air freshener such a s Renzit in the pot and cover with the bunny's bottom to keep it hidden from view.

Put a solid air freshener such a s Renzit in the pot and cover with the bunny’s bottom to keep it hidden from view.

Step seven: Trace two of the egg-shapes onto the white felt. Cut out and glue onto the flat side of the Styrofoam egg halves. Optional: Cut a rounded “W” wave to distinguish the toes. (See photo.)

Step eight: Using the pink felt, cut three small circles and one large circle and glue to the white felt. These are the pads on the bottom of the feet. (See photo.)

Step nine: Place the ball on the pot with the hollow part facing into the pot. Use a toothpick to connect the feet to the ball. Place the toothpick in the center of the rounded part of the egg and then stick the other end of the toothpick into the ball with the wider end of the egg shape facing down just above the lip of the pot. Place the other egg opposite the first one to look like bunny feet sticking into the air. You may need to add a dab of glue to hold the feet in place.

Step ten: Glue the extra large cotton ball to the top of the Styrofoam ball. This is the bunny’s tail.

Now you have a “Bunny Down the Hole” Air Freshener container. A solid air freshener, such as Renuzit, will fit into the pot and be hidden from view. Or you could use the pot to hold candy or potpourri, or whatever you can think of!

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February 21st, 2015

How to Make a Shamrock Snack Bowl

Shamrock HeartsThis Shamrock Snack Bowl is so simple that even a beginning painter (glass or otherwise) could do it.

Materials Needed to Make a Shamrock Snack Bowl:

3 Heart Shaped Glass Bowls

Floral Wire or Pipe Cleaners

Floral Tape

Gloss Enamel Paints:  Two different shades of green & white (I use Americana Gloss Enamel Paints)

Rubbing Alcohol

Paint Brushes

 

Instructions to Make a Shamrock Snack Bowl:

First prepare the glass for painting by wiping it down with rubbing alcohol. On the bottom of the glass use the darker shade of green to paint an outline of a heart on all 3 bowls (that’s only if your bowl doesn’t have the outline that mine does.) Paint some small shamrocks in a lighter shade of green on the top two sides and bottom of the heart, outlining them in white. (Painting the small shamrocks is optional). Let dry as per instructions for whatever paint you are using, then paint in the large heart with the dark green. Once dry, apply the lighter shade of green to the remanding part of the bottom of the bowl. I painted some larger shamrocks on the sides of the bowls, which is also optional. Put your own spin on it; whatever you create doesn’t have to look exactly like mine. Wrap some pipe cleaners or floral wire with green floral tape to make a ‘stem’ for the Shamrock Snack Bowl. The stem pretty much just lays on the table beside the bowls to complete the shamrock look. Let the paint cure as per instructions for the brand of paint you are using then bake in the oven as per the same instructions.

 For example, I use American Gloss Enamel paints. The directions on the paint bottles say to let the paint cure for 4 days then put the glass pieces into a cold oven on a cookie sheet, set the temperature to 325 degrees; once the oven reaches temperature begin the countdown clock for 30 minutes. Once the 30 minutes is up, turn off the oven and let the glass sit in the oven until it completely cools down. Taking the glass out of the oven before it is completely cooled could cause it to crack or break and who wants that after putting all that work into painting it? I’m impatient while waiting for it to cool, so to belay the temptation of taking it out too early and risking breaking it I cook my glassware in the evenings and let it cool overnight.

 Optional:

The bowls could be glued together to make one piece if so desired. I prefer to just lay them together in the shape I want. Or they could be glued or positioned onto a serving platter. Use your imagination!

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February 20th, 2015

Lucky Leprechaun Flower Pot

CiPhone 4 215Lucky Leprechaun Flower Pot

If you’ve been following along, then you’ve already met my little leprechaun Lucky O’Malley when he was all dressed up for a night on the town. Now Lucky is just hanging out in the garden.  Read on to find out how this Lucky Leprechaun is made.

Materials Needed to Make Country Lucky O’Malley:

4” Terra Cotta Pot

3” Styrofoam Ball

White & Green Carnations

Shamrock Top Hat

Floral Styrofoam

Rubbing Alcohol

Pencil

Green Foam Paper

Gold Glitter Glue

Green Glitter Glue

Craft Glue

Button (optional)

Paint Brushes

Patio Paint Colors ( Patio Paints by Deco Art):

Spring Green for the Shirt

Citrus Green for the Vest

Mistletoe Green for the Jacket

Daisy Cream for the Styrofoam Ball/Face

Pumpkin (orange) for the Hair, Beard & Eyebrows

Vintage Rose for the Nose & Mouth Outline

Cloud White for the Eyes & Mouth

Summer Sky Blue for the Eyes

Wrought Iron Black for the Eyes

CiPhone 4 216Instructions to Make Country Lucky O’Malley:

First prepare the terra cotta leprechaun pot for painting by wiping it down with rubbing alcohol. Then sketch an outline of the coat onto the pot with a pencil. Paint the leprechaun coat in the colors of your choosing. (I listed the colors I used above.) I always paint from lightest color to darkest color, so I started with Spring Green for the shirt, Citrus Green as the vest color, then I outlined the jacket lapels with Pine Green before painting the remainder of the pot Mistletoe Green.

Paint the Styrofoam ball Daisy Cream. Once the paint dried, I glued the ball to the front of the pot, lining it up with the center of the vest.  Then I glued the top hat onto the Styrofoam ball. (I found St. Patrick’s Day top hats at Dollar Tree which were perfect for this, or you can create one like I did when I made the Lucky Leprechaun Candy Bowl.) I used two triangle stencils to make a pattern for the bow tie which I then I made from a piece of green foam sheet. I cut out the bow tie, painted it with gold glitter glue and glued it to the front of the pot on the shirt. I also made a small shamrock from the green foam, highlighted it with green glitter glue and glued it onto the lapel of the pot. I didn’t have a green button that would match the colors I used on the pot so I painted a button Mistletoe Green and glued it onto the vest.

When the glue dried, I continued to paint the face of Lucky O’Malley onto the ball. I used the end of a paint pen to make the eyes. Dip the end of the paint pen (or freehand or use any other round template or item you might have on hand) into the white paint and press onto the ball where you would like the eyes to be. This gives a starting point as to how to outline and paint the rest of the face.

 Once the face is complete, add flowers to the pot and/or any other “lucky” accessories you like.

 Time to Complete: 3 ½ – 4 Hours

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February 19th, 2015

Lucky Leprechaun Candy Bowl

CiPhone 4 177Lucky O’Malley: Leprechaun Candy Bowl

Meet Lucky O’Malley. This lucky leprechaun is made from 2 candy bowls which can either be glued together to just stacked atop one another so you can have access to two bowls. Use them to hold candy or any other lucky items you need a nifty hiding place for.

Materials Needed to Make Lucky O’Malley:

1 Small Candy Bowl

1 Large Candy Bowl

Green Glitter

Gold Glitter Glue

Mod Podge

Rubbing Alcohol

Craft Glue

Green Foam

Thin Sharpie

Paint & Foam Brushes

Gloss Enamel Paints – Paint Colors: orange, green (2 complimentary shades), white, blue, black

Green Buttons (optional)

Plastic Containers (optional)

Instructions:

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Sketch out your leprechaun’s face and clothes with a thin Sharpie before painting.

To begin this project I first Googled the word “Leprechaun” and browsed through the images to find a leprechaun’s face that I liked and I thought would be easy for me to sketch onto a glass candy bowl. After prepping the glass by wiping it down with rubbing alcohol, I then used a thin sharpie to sketch the outline of my leprechaun onto the bowls. No worries if you mess up; the sharpie lines wipe off easily with the alcohol, so just erase and start again. Once I had the pattern I liked I then began painting my Lucky Leprechaun using gloss enamel paints.

Hint: I used the back end of a large paint pen to get the big blue eyes and the end of a flat eraser on a #2 pencil for the black pupils. I mixed white and orange paint to get the color for the skin tone and facial outlines.

While waiting for one color to dry before beginning another, I glued the two plastic containers together to make my leprechaun’s top hat. (One container is from Jello Pudding and the other is a fruit container that goes with a single serving of oatmeal. I later found St. Patrick’s Day top hats at DT that would have been perfect for this.) I slathered the top hat with mod podge and then covered it with green glitter. (There has to be an easier way to do that!) I let that dry overnight before adding another layer of mod podge over the glitter to seal it in. I painted a green ribbon around the top hat and used gold glitter glue to make the “buckle”.

I used the green foam to cut out a bow tie and then covered it with mod podge and glitter like I did for the top hat. I also used the foam to make a shamrock embellishment for the top hat.

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Lucky O’Malley is almost complete. Notice how the bowls can separate for storage.

Once all the painting on the glass bowls is complete, the instructions for the Americana Gloss Enamel paint says to let it cure for 4 days then bake 30 minutes at 325D degrees in non-preheated oven. Put the glass in the oven, set the oven to 325, when it reaches temperature start the 30 minute clock. Wait until the oven completely cools down before removing the glass bowls. Removing them before it cools down could cause the glass to crack or break and who wants that to happen after spending all that time painting it? I find it best to do this at night so it has all night to cool down and I’m not tempted to open the oven door early.

Once the glass bowls are removed from the oven, the buttons and bow tie can be added to Lucky Leprechaun. The bowls can be glued together if so desired but I did not glue mine together.

Lucky O’Malley Leprechaun can be used as a candy dish or maybe he’s hiding gold coins inside.

Time to Complete: Approximately 8-10 Hours

Learn how to make country Lucky as he’s hanging out in the garden at Lucky Leprechaun Flower Pot.

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February 8th, 2015

Valentine Topiary

Valentine Topiary

Valentine Topiary

Valentine Topiary Craft

Materials:

6” Styrofoam Ball (takes approximately 56 cupcake papers)

4” Styrofoam Ball (takes 36 cupcake papers)

4” Terra Cotta Pot

6 packs of Cupcake Papers & Picks (Seasonal packs of 18 w/picks can be found at Dollar Tree)

Red Glitter Glue (or any other compatible color)

Food Skewers or Dowels

Floral Tape

Floral Styrofoam

Clear Marble Balls

Deco Art Patio Paints:

Geranium Red

Cloud White

Paint Brushes

Stencil Dabbers

To begin making this Valentine Topiary, take  approximately 50 cupcake papers and 8-16 cut slits down the sides to the center mark of the paper. “Paint” the glitter glue in the center part of the cupcake paper. (Using the glitter glue is an optional step.)

Paint the Styrofoam balls red. Let dry. These will be the bases for the Valentine Topiary cupcake paper “flowers”.

Paint the terra cotta pot white. Let dry.

Once the Styrofoam balls are dry, begin applying the cupcake papers. To do this, put one cut cupcake paper, inside out, into another cupcake paper. Stick the pick through the center and stick onto the Styrofoam ball. Continue to do this until both the balls are covered.

Decorate the outside of the terra cotta pot as desired. I used heart-shaped and dot-shaped dabbing stencils. (Not sure what these are called exactly. They are interchangeable shapes on an application stick that you dip into paint and then dab the tips onto a surface to get the shape.)

Stick the skewers through the Styrofoam balls and cover the viewable parts of the skewers with green floral tape.

Put the floral Styrofoam in the pot and add the topiary. Cover with the clear marble balls for added stability. (Or use any other style or color you desire.)

Time to Complete:  4-6 Hours

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