Thursday, May 28, 2015

DIY Guest Book

Hi there! Today I will be showing you how to make your own guest sign in book for upcoming celebrations! These are perfect for graduation parties, 1st birthdays and weddings. 

You will need the following supplies:
- the Cinch Binding Machine
- 1 qty. Binding Coil for Cinch
- Wire cutters
- Scissors
- Paper trimmer
- Double stick tape
- 2 qty. 7"x10" printed scrapbook paper for covers
- 2 qty. 5"x8" printed paper for inside covers
- 1 qty. 8.5"x11" extra heavy chipboard
- 8.5"x5.5" lined paper for inside pages
- decorations for cover

First, cut your 8.5x11" extra heavy chipboard in half so you have 2 qty. 8.5"x5.5" pieces.  Next, place one of your cover papers printed side down on your table.  Center one of the pieces of chipboard onto the cover paper.  Tape it down with the double sided tape once it is centered.  After the chipboard is taped down, cut off the corners of the cover paper. 

Fold over the tabs you just created and tape them down onto the chipboard using the double sided tape.

Repeat with the other cover. 

Flip the covers over so you can see the chipboard.  Tape down the 5"x8" printed paper to cover the chipboard. 

 Now you have the front and back cover of your book! Use the Cinch machine to punch the holes in your covers and the lined paper.  Do each cover separately since they are think.  Make sure when you punch the back cover you flip it over so that the side you covered the chipboard with the 5x8 paper is facing up. Also make sure you line up your edges the same place before you punch the holes.  Once the holes are punched in your covers and the lined paper you can assemble your book.  Cut the binding coil to the appropriate length and follow the instructions on the Cinch machine to attach and crimp. 

Once your book is bound you can decorate the front cover!  You can personalize with a photo or message or keep it simple with "Guest Book."  I added some bling as well to make it pop.  Have fun with it!

 I hope you liked this project and have fun making sign in books! Until next time, happy crafting!

Rachel @ Mapunapuna

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Shrink Art Pendant

Hi there! Today I'll be showing you how to make a cool pendant out of shrink film.

You'll need the following supplies:
- Clear Shrink Film
- Heat It craft tool or toaster oven
- Fine grit sandpaper
- Color pencils
- Jump ring
- Pliers
- Hole puncher
- Sharpie

Optional supplies:
- Large stamp
- Staz On stamp pad

First, decide what your image will be. It should be at least 3-4" tall to accommodate for the shrinking.  You can use a stamp with Staz On ink, or hand draw your image.  I chose to draw mine.  First I drew the image on a piece of white paper.  Then I traced over the lines onto the shrink film with a Sharpie.

Whichever method you choose, make sure your image is lined up either horizontally or vertically on the film to ensure it shrinks evenly.

Next, use a sharp pair of scissors to cut out your image.  Once it is cut out, flip it over and sand the back of the film with the fine grit sandpaper.  Move in horizontal and vertical strokes. Once that side is roughed up you can begin to color your image using the color pencils.  Sanding helps the color pencil adhere to the surface of the film.

Once you are done coloring, use the hole puncher to punch a hole at the top of your image.  Make sure you don't punch it too close to the top so that the hole doesn't crack.

Now you are ready to shrink! You can use a heat tool or a preheated toaster oven to do the shrinking. It happens very fast and don't be frightened if it starts to curl up while it's shrinking, that's just part of the process and it will eventually flatten out again.  Once it stops shrinking you can gently press it down using a flat object to get it nice and even.


Once the image is done shrinking it will be a little less than half the size of the original.

Use the pliers to open up and loop the jump ring through the hole.  String it on a chain or piece of cording. You can also add beads or other charms as well.

Now you're ready to show off your new handmade piece of jewelry!

You can stop by our Māpunapuna location throughout the week (excluding Wednesdays) and watch Taka as he creates awesome pieces of jewelry that combine shrink film and resin.

Hope you enjoyed this project and until next time, happy crafting!

Rachel @ Māpunapuna

Monday, May 18, 2015

Simple Clothespin Card/Picture Holder

Craft pick
Wooden Dowel (1/16" or 1/8" in diameter)
Mini clothespin
Glue gun

Lets Get Started:

Gather your craft pick or dowel and a mini clothespin. 

Add a dot of hot glue onto your craft pick or dowel and connect it to the back of the clothespin.

This is how it should look like:

At this point you can embellish your clothespin.  You can paint it with acrylic paint, mod podge with glitter, add washi tape and much more.

This card/picture holder is great for any occasion.
Here's an example of a centerpiece:

Have fun crafting this project!

Have a Craftastic Day!
Julie @ Enchanted Lake

Friday, May 15, 2015

Crankin' Out Crafts ep420- Creating Glittered Edges

Using wooden letters, Lisa explains how to make a glittered edge easily.

Learn how to add glittered-edges to wooden letters

View our video here: Crankin' Out Crafts ep420- Creating Glittered Edges

Mod Podge
Tidy Tray or scrap paper for clean-up

This is such an easy way to bling up any project!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Silhouette Art

Hello there! Today I will be showing you how to make silhouette plaques.  They are easy to make and you can make one for each of your family members!

You will need the following supplies:
-SPC wood plaque, I like the ovals
-Elmer's Spray Adhesive
-Ceramcoat paint in Black (or whichever color you prefer)
-Painters tape
-A side profile picture

First, cut your profile picture out as precisely as you can.  It helps if you have a solid color background behind the person when their photo is taken.  Next, spray the adhesive on the back of the photo.  Let it sit for 3-5 minutes before placing on your plaque.  That way it will be removable and not permanent.  Place your photo on the plaque and rub it so that the edges aren't popping up.  You may need to use the blue tape to extend your silhouette shape to the bottom edge.  My photo was a little short.  

Again, make sure the edges of your photo and tape are firmly pressed down so that the paint doesn't bleed under.  Now you can begin to paint the plaque.  Paint right over the photo and the sides of the plaque. 

Let the paint dry before removing the photo and tape. 

You can leave it like that or dress it up a bit.  I applied Mod Podge and extra fine gold glitter to the outer edge of the plaque. 

You could also use Washi tape. rhinestones, or a different color paint to dress up the sides.  Flip it over and pound in a picture hanger and it'll be ready to put on the wall.  Now you can make one for every member of your family, even your pets! 

Hope you enjoyed this project and until next time, happy crafting!
Rachel @ Mapunapuna

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Crankin' Out Crafts ep419- Pom Pom Decorations (Table Cover)

Puna shows you an alternative to the regular tissue pom poms. She uses the same technique, but uses plastic table covers to create a more durable decoration.

Pom Pom Decorations

Watch our how-to video here on YouTube: Crankin' Out Crafts ep419- Pom Pom Decorations (Table Cover)

plastic table cover

These pom poms would look great for an outdoor party or event.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Crankin' Out Crafts ep418- Gold-Tipped Feathers 

Lisa changes the look of a simple feather by tipping it with gold paint and glitter. Learn this technique that you can add to a centerpiece.

Gold-Tipped Feathers

Watch our latest segment here: Crankin' Out Crafts ep418- Gold-Tipped Feathers

Acrylic Paint
Tidy Tray or scrap paper for clean-up

Place several in a vase for a neat centerpiece or add to a arrangement.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Monogram Tote

Hi There! Still need a last minute gift for Mother's Day? I have another great idea for you! Today I'll be showing you how to make a monogram tote. 

You will need the following supplies:
- Canvas tote bag
- 1 qty. 12" Doily
- Craft Decor "Doilies" stencil
- Acrylic paint and textile medium OR fabric paint
- paint brush
-12"x12" piece of cardboard or chipboard 

First, place the cardboard or chipboard inside the bag.  This will prevent paint from seeping through onto the other side of the bag.  Next, (if using acrylic paint) mix your paint with textile medium according to the directions on the bottle.  Center your 12" doily on the bag.  Carefully apply paint to just the outer design of the doily. Don't load your brush with too much paint because it will bleed under the doily.

Slowly remove the doily and let the paint dry.  It's ok if the paint bled in a few spots.  Once the paint is dry, take the Craft Decor "Doilies" stencil and place the bottom right stencil in the center of your painted design. 

Apply paint the same way you did the first time.  Remove stencil and let paint dry.  For the monogram, you can either use a stencil or hand paint it.  We have a variety of alphabet stencils in different fonts.

There you have it! Now your mom will have a personalized reusable tote she can take with her wherever she goes.

Hope you all have a great Mother's Day! Until next time, happy crafting!
Rachel @ Mapunapuna

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 417 - Marquee Love Letters by Heidi Swapp

JFlo instructs how to embellish and assemble the Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Letters.

New Marquee Love Letters by Heidi Swapp - Ready to Decorate!

Watch how to decorate the letters on YouTube! Crankin' Out Crafts Episode 417 - Marquee Love Letters by Heidi Swapp

Marquee Letter Kit (Letter, bulbs, lights, letter template)
hole punch
glitter paper with adhesive back 
glitter tape
paintbrush or pencil (for making holes bigger)
*2-qty. AAA batteries (sold separately)

Spell out a name or use initials to decorate a party or room!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Kawaii Mother's Day Flower

Today we are going to create a kawaii Mother's Day Flower.  Let's get started.

Aleena's Tacky Glue
White Hearty Clay
Acrylic paint (color of your choice)

Step One:
Get a piece of white hearty clay and add a drop of acrylic paint.

Knead your clay and mix the paint in until you get one solid color.

Split into 5 balls and roll into a log.

Step Two:
Take your 5 logs and form it into a tear drop shape. Pinch the ends to form a petal.

Take your tacky glue and add a small drop onto your petals. Start forming your flower.

Step Three:
Take a small piece of white clay and form a log.

Start rolling one end to form a spiral.  Cut off excess clay if necessary.

Glue the white spiral onto the middle of the flower.

Your flower is complete! Let it air dry for about 24 hours for it to harden.

Have a Craftastic Day!
Julie @ Enchanted Lake