Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Coco Inspired Mini Piñata Ornaments

Have you seen the beautiful animated Pixar movie Coco yet?  It's a MUST see!  A wonderful story of family, following your heart and of the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead.   The movie inspired me to make these mini sugar skull piñata ornaments for Christmas.  Some of them are empty and a few of them are filled with treats to give to my crafty friends.  A little cardboard and some Oly-Fun made these sturdy enough to use for years to come!  I cut my sugar skulls on my Cricut Maker, but you could print some out and just glue them on top.  I'm including my Sugar Skull graphic & cardboard patterns here:  http://www.markmontano.com/p/blog-page_80.html
Have an awesome holiday and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Ready to hang on my tree!
A must see movie!

Make some mini trees, too!

Watch how to make them here!
Americana Acrylics
Glue Gun
Cricut Maker 
Candy and small toys

1. & 2. Cut 2 skulls and 2 strips of 1 1/2" wide cardboard
3.  Curve the 1 1/2" wide strips along a table edge
4.  Glue the 1 1/2" strip along the edge of one of the cardboard skulls
5.  Fill with candy and toys and then glue the 2nd cardboard skull on top
6.  Paint the piñata in a color that matches the fringe you will be using
7. & 8. Cut 1" long strips of Oly-Fun Craft Material and then fringe every 1/4" along one side
9. & 10. Starting at the chin, glue strips of fringed Oly-Fun up the cardboard piñata
* Use one color or several
11. - 13. Upload the sugar skull graphics into your Cricut Maker and cut them in heavy card stock
*You can also print out the graphics and use them by themselves OR print out a sugar skull and color it with markers or crayons
14.  Glue the card stock sugar skull on the piñata
15. Glue Oly-Fun flowers on the top
16.  Try making a mini Christmas tree piñata and decorate it with pom poms
Feliz Navidad!
Love these so much! 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Vintage Bird Ornaments

Grab some cardboard and some old book pages and make these super cute vintage bird ornaments! Copy a book page if you don't have a damaged book you can use.  Most of what you need to make these ornaments you probably already have, too!  Use curling ribbon or string if you don't have satin ribbon or use scrapbook paper over the cardboard bases if you don't have a stencil. So many variations and Christmas is right around the corner.  I'll bet your friends would love a couple, too.  Happy holidays and always Make Your Mark!

Watch how to make them here!
Small jingle bells
Americana Acrylics
M Squared Stencils
Americana Decoupage
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint in Glitter
Cosmetic sponges (for stenciling)
Book pages
1.  - 3.  Trace, cute and glue together 3 cardboard birds
4.  Cut book pages 1" larger than the bird pattern (all the way around) 
5. - 7.  Mist with water and decoupage to each side of the bird making sure to cut slits so that the edges fold over to the other side
8. - 9.  Stencil and embellish with paint and glitter
10.  Bend a loop on a 5" piece of wire
11.  Push it through the center of the bird and bend a loop on the other side
12.  Hand a bell on the bottom with a jump ring and tie a ribbon on the top to hang
Bird pattern
Cut 3 in cardboard
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas Jars

I have a hundred jars in my cabinets.  If you follow me, you know that I love a good jar makeover, so I save every one!  You might also know that I'm kind of a hoarder.  It's a trait I share with many of my crafty friends.  This year I went a little Christmas crazy and turned some of my instant coffee jars into stained glass, sparkly vases and lanterns.  Yup, you can either put a candle in them OR a pretty Christmas flower arrangement.  My favorite part of this project was frosting the top and bottom of each jar using simple white spray paint.  Have fun and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Filled with Christmas foliage!
Filled with candles!

Watch how to make them here!
Glass jars
Unicorn Spit
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint
Rust-o-leum Lacquer 
Krylon White spray paint
Pinecones and ribbon
White glue
1.  Lightly spray the top and bottom of each jar
2. Draw your leaves and berries with the black Allure
3. Create Evergreen sprigs with Green Allure
4.  Mix Dragon's Belly Unicorn SPiT with a small amount of white glue
5. Fill in the leave design
6. Mix Molly Red Unicorn SPiT with white glue and fill in the berries
7. Use Allure Glitter in green & red to accent the Evergreen sprigs, leaves & berries
8.  Coat your jars with lacquer and let dry
9.  Tie a ribbon around the mouth of the jar and glue pinecones over the knot
11. & 12.  Fill with either candles or Christmas flowers
Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Three Easy Christmas Projects!

It's that time of year when I go Christmas CRAZY!  I finally got to use my bag of tiny bottle brush trees with a Pinterest inspired candle DIY I've been anxious to try!  I also printed out some vintage Christmas card images (find tons on Google) to make some cute little wall plaques/ornaments that would make fun gifts for your friends if you're stuck for something.  I even got to use the extra large pinecones I've been saving since summer to make little Christmas trees! For all of these projects I used small Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds and I still have some left over to make gifts for friends.  Have fun decorating for Christmas and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Pinecone Christmas Tree
 Vintage Image Christmas Ornaments
Snow Globe Candle Holder
Watch how to make them here!
 STUFF I USED for the Pinecone Christmas Tree
Large Pinecones
Wood blocks
Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds
Krylon Spray Paint in Metallic Gold and Emerald Green
Large colorful pony beads
E-6000 Glue
Sprinkle snow
Deer Ornaments 
Small wood star
STUFF I USED for the Snowglobe Candle Holder
Large wineglass
Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds
Small snowman ornament 
Small bottlebrush trees
Snowflake ornament 
E-6000 Glue
White ribbon 
STUFF I USED for the Christmas Plaques
Vintage Christmas images
Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Rounds
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint
Americana Decoupage
E-6000 Glue

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Boho Thanksgiving Tablescape and Cricut Giveaway!

Presenting my Boho Thanksgiving Tablescape!
For the holidays I get to give away a Cricut Maker, a 12" x 12" Gel Press and a box of DecoArt paints!  On Wednesday, November 15th,  Thursday, November 16th & Friday, November 17th,  I'll be posting a different 1 minute DIY video on my FB page each morning.
To be entered to win this prize package simply
1.  SHARE the video each morning
2.  Like the Cricut FB page and tell them I sent you!
That's all.....Good luck and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Ready for my colorful, intimate Thanksgiving dinner!
I got this image from a dollar store calendar and love it on my new plates!
Use a pool noodle for a wreath base and you're half way there!
Watch how to make the entire table here!
Glass Plates
Peacock printout (below)
Pool noodle
Blue cotton fabric
Glitter ribbon (99c store)
Glue gun & packing tape
Print the peacock image on 8 1/2" x 11" paper and enlarge (on a laser copier) to 11" x 17"
Upload to your Cricut 
Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Snowflake Pillows!

When I was a kid, I could hardly wait to help my mom decorate the house for the holidays. There were little glass ornaments on side tables, the 3 Wise Men on the coffee table and candles adorned with tiny pinecones and holly dotted here and there. When I got my own house I was fully educated in how to change things up for a holiday or new season.  These snowflake pillows are my fluffy way to celebrate the winter season and to decorate for Christmas.   If you wanted, you could use red instead of light blue.  Totally up to you.  Over the next few weeks I'll be sharing lots of easy DIY projects that you can make to jazz up your holidays, so stay tuned and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark! 
Do you want to build a pillow?
Can't wait to snuggle up with my hot chocolate!

Watch how to make them here!
Light blue cotton fabric
Sewing machine 
Rhinestones & white pompom trim
My fluffy trio 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Cardboard Crowns DIY

Who doesn't need a cardboard crown?  The metal versions are just so beautiful, but a little out of my price range for a decorative item, so I thought it would be fun to craft one up the old fashioned way........with cardboard and glue.  Hey, a little paint and some Mardi Gras beads and no one will even know you made it from a box!  Use them to decorate for the holidays or to wear with your King Arthur cos play costume.  Remember to recycle and always Make Your Mark!
 Perfect for my holiday decorating!

Watch how to make them here! 
Americana Decor Metallics in Vintage Brass
Pearls & rhinestone trim
Newspaper and cardboard
Americana Decor Decoupage in Matte
Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Innocence, Treasure and Artifact
Hot glue gun and white glue
1 1/2" foam balls
1. & 2.  Cut 6 arches in cardboard and newspaper
3.  Cut a 22" x 1" wide strip of cardboard for the band
4.  Glide all the pieces along a table edge to create a slight curve on each piece
5.  Glue the 22" long piece together to create a band
6.  Glue the arches evenly around the band and clamp in place with clothespins while they dry
7. Hot glue the tops of the arches around a foam ball
8.  Decoupage newspaper over all of the pieces of the crown
9.  Mist the entire crown with water and set a small weight (I used the water bottle) on the foam ball and let it dry
10.  Hot glue bead trim down the center of each arch
11.  Hot blue rhinestone trim around the band
12.  Add a decorative edge with hot glue around the edges of the arches
13. & 14.  Base coat the crown in Vintage Brass and then dry brush the color of your choice over the gold
15.  Paint another crown in gray and sponge DecoArt Metallic Lustres on top
16.  Embellish with rhinestone cup chain or trim to finish
To wear to your coronation!