Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Mermaid Tiara DIY

Are you a mermaid at heart?  Why not show everyone how FIN-tastic you are by making yourself an awesome mermaid tiara?  With a little hot glue, some seashells and acrylic gems you'll be swimming in compliments!  Between quarantine and wildfires I think we need to just do whatever makes us feel fantastic, don't you?  Make magic, my sweet friends, and always MAKE YOUR MARK!

 Crowning glory!
 Things I used for this project:
Surebonder Glue Gun & Glue Sticks: https://amzn.to/3bOpfiZ
Wilton (Blue) Silicone Sealife Mold:  https://amzn.to/2wNM06M
Watch how to make it here OR
Watch how to make it on my Youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/0uOmlYcslR4


 Glob on the glitter...The more, the better!


 Fin-tastic!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Striped Solar Lanterns DIY

Any lantern that doesn't need oil or a battery is alright with me!  These solar lanterns are great because you can just hang them in the trees and they turn on when the sun goes down.  Easy peasy!  I grabbed a few lightweight glass vases at the 99c store and painted them with my dishwasher safe glass paint from DecoArt.  It's fantastic stuff...trust me on this.  I made a mistake and had to scrape some off with a craft knife BEFORE it had the chance to fully cure. That's some tough glass paint!  BTW, it also comes in beautiful colors, too.  The glass at the top of the vases isn't painted so it allows solar charging during the day.  Excuse me while I pat myself on the back for that little discovery!  Make beautiful things, my sweet friends, and always Make Your Mark!

Just hangin' around.

  Bright at night!
 STUFF I USED
E6000 Glue: https://amzn.to/2VfF248 DecoArt Glass Paint: https://bit.ly/3hnBBk5
Watch how to make these here OR
Watch the video on my Youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/NYiXJoJX510
Get perfect stripes with an old record player!

Hang from ribbon or chain 

Magical!

Light up your life!

Monday, August 31, 2020

Tie Dye Glass Jars

I hoard jars.  There, I said it.  I can't help it. They're way too useful and perfect to use in many of my DIY projects.  When I got my cup turner last year, I decided that it wouldn't just be for making tumblers...I mean, how many darn tumblers to you need anyway?  I started experimenting with all kinds of vessels and jars just made sense.  Coupled with the Marabu Alcohol Inks and a little resin, these jars became the most beautiful containers for plants, pencils and battery operated tea lights. They even sparkle at night!  Upcycle everything, sweet friends, and always Make Your Mark!
Rainbow glassware!
Propagate some plants!
STUFF I USED:
Glaze Coat Resin: https://amzn.to/30GJc4P
Marabu Alcohol Inks: https://bit.ly/3dcKlrR
Watch how to make them here OR
Watch the video on my Youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/m1C8gXEsWMQ


Love how they sparkle!

Friday, August 28, 2020

Mini Mirror Pendants

I have a stash of mini craft mirrors and until this project, I didn't quite know what to make with them!  When DecoArt launched their new Glass Paints it finally hit me!  Lately, I'm all about a jewelry project and this one was really fun and surprisingly relaxing.  The Glass Paint Markers made it really easy, too!  If you don't want to wear one of these little gems as a pendant, hang one from your car mirror or make a suncatcher for the backyard!  Whatever you do with these painted mirrors, they really are fun to make!  Now get out there and Make Your Mark!
 Hangin' around
 Reflections of you!
 STUFF I USED
DecoArt Glass Paint: https://bit.ly/2xCVoul Craft Mirrors: https://amzn.to/3fw5Ynq E6000 Plus: https://amzn.to/30GJc4P Waxed Cord: https://amzn.to/3hDs2hS Perler Beads: https://amzn.to/3edxdmn
Watch how to make them here OR
Watch how to make them on my Youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/S0o2gV4f1_U

A fine brush works best 



Make magic, sweet friends! 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Bottle Cap Sacred Hearts

I love visiting and shopping in Mexico...LOVE IT!  The color, the weather, the art...it all sings to my heart.  Since my yearly trip to Puerto Vallarta was cancelled, I had to create my own Mexican art to feed my soul.  What I love about this project is that it's just scrap wood and bottle caps.  I printed out the images on my computer, added a little glitter and, for a minute, felt like things were right in the world.  Do what you can to stay sane during this crazy time, sweet friends, and 
always Make Your Mark!
These have my heart!
Loteria and Frida images were my choice, but change it up if you want!

A Dremel is the perfect carving tool!
STUFF I USED:
DecoArt Top Coat: https://amzn.to/2CeRXfv Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paint: https://amzn.to/3fBHuJk Images to print: http://www.markmontano.com/p/bottle-cap-sacred-heart-images.html MY AMAZON STORE: https://www.amazon.com/shop/markmontano
Watch how to make them here or
watch this video on my Youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/hRNb003wQa0

Create with your whole heart!

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Faux Quartz Pendants

I always have a glue gun at the ready when I'm working. It's quick, versatile and much sturdier than clay when you fill silicone molds with it!  These druzy crystal necklaces took a while to formulate...At first I wasn't sure how to get the look I wanted so I tried everything from making a glob and rolling it in the crushed glass to putting the glass in the mold first and then filling it with hot glue.  In the end, the simplest way worked out.  See the video below. My favorite part of this technique is spreading the glitter on the base of the mold with a brush...it looks like a metal coating when you pop out your crystal!  Experiment like a kid, sweet possums, and always Make Your Mark!
Druzy afternoon
I used decorative crushed glass for the light pink version and crushed glass (in my crafty coffee grinder) for the other colors
STUFF I USED FOR THIS PROJECT
Surebonder: https://amzn.to/3bOpfiZ MY AMAZON STORE: https://www.amazon.com/shop/markmontano Marabu Alcohol Inks: https://bit.ly/3dcKlrR Silicone Molds: https://amzn.to/2Au94tt & https://amzn.to/2YDN4nH Americana Decor Metallics in Vintage Brass: https://amzn.to/2UPX1h0
Use different sized sifters to get different sized "crystals"
Gently sprinkle it on the glue and leave it alone for a few minutes, even if you don't want to!
Watch how to make these here OR
watch the video on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/bwXuaE7D7dU
Marabu Alcohol Inks are perfect for adding color to crushed glass!

Just lovely!