When you come out with as many amazing craft projects as Mark Montano does, sometimes there isn’t room to contain them all. We love this Laminated Lampshade project that didn’t make the cut for Mark’s book “The Big Ass Book of Crafts,” and we’re so happy that he saved it for his blog.
What you’ll need:
- Drum Lampshade
- An image to copy and laminate
- E-6000 Adhesive
- Clear or Masking Tape
For complete directions, visit Mark’s blog, where you’ll find more of his amazing craft projects and information about his upcoming book.
Here are our favorite craft and DIY links this week. Be sure to follow us @amazinggoop for daily updates on crafts, DIY projects and more! Hope you have a great weekend!
Twig and Thistle puts a creative twist on the advent calendar with crafty Countdown Favor Tins. So cute!
Just in time for holiday entertaining, Dollar Store Crafts shows you how to make a Faux Mercury Glass Cake Stand using E-6000.
DIY Maven created this unique bookmark project, Alice’s Soda Can Bookmarks.
Can’t wait to see the new Tron movie? You’ll love this creative Tron Bag project from Craft.
Design Sponge has easy steps for creating fancy lined drawers, perfect for brightening up a bedroom dresser.
Time to get organized! This Old House shares tips for how to build a wrapping station.
DIY Fashion: How to make embellished gloves from We Heart This. Easy and adorable!
We love this birch wood DIY Gratitude Garland from Soule Mama.
Photo credit: Soule Mama
Mark Montano is an interior designer, artist, write and TV personality; known for his appearances on While You Were Out, 10 Years Younger, She’s Moving In and My Celebrity Home. A few weeks ago at the CHA Winter Convention & Trade Show Mark stopped by the Eclectic Products booth to meet fellow crafters and fans. He signed and gave away 100 copies of his book, Big Ass Book of Crafts. Mark’s new book, Big Ass Book of Décor will be out in April. Thanks for stopping by, Mark!
March is National Craft Month – one of our favorite months of the year! This year, the focus of the festivities (sponsored by the Craft & Hobby Association) is Craft Night, a campaign to encourage families to spend one evening together making arts and crafts.
Money is tight – why not spend time at home together doing something that has proven emotional and physical benefits.
“Whether providing a sense of accomplishment, relaxation, or memory keeping*, crafting has therapeutic benefits that are appealing to people of all ages, looking for a creative outlet,” said Dr. Rallie McAllister, family physician. “Knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, quilting, or almost any craft can help people by reinforcing the many emotional and social benefits associated with focus and repetition. Plus, an economical way to have some fun with the ones you love.”
- Save some money: A family of four can save more than $150 a month by having a Craft Night at home instead of going to the movies or out for dinner. Try a great family craft using EcoGlue – it’s non-toxic, so it’s fun for kids to use on their little masterpieces. An egg carton caterpillar is a terrific craft for preschoolers.
- Encourage a sense of accomplishment: Parents can help their school-going kids keep up with the latest fashions with a DIY craft night at home. Have your kids try a craft from Mark Montano’s Big Ass Book of Crafts (like the urban corsage) and let their inner creative genius shine.
- Girls Night In: Rather than go out, a girls night in gives you a chance to unwind and bond while making clever projects with pooled materials – saving cash, catching up on gossip and strengthening your friendships. This lovely jeweled vase is quick, cheap and easy and adds a little sparkle to a shelf or window sill.
How will you celebrate National Craft Month?
*CHA Attitude & Usage Study – 11/30/08
Sundance is all about celebrating the independent filmmaker against the backdrop of beautiful Park City, Utah and the Rocky Mountains. So what better place to showcase eco-chic creativity with a decidedly unique twist?
Our favorite crafter & designer, Mark Montano, hosted a celebrity crafting event on January 17 and 18th amidst the buzz of Sundance. Celebs were silkscreening, embellishing and upcycling alongside Mark. Many walked away with urban corsages, one of the clever projects from Mark’s very popular Big Ass Book of Crafts.
Photo by Auxy Espinoza
KayCee Stroh, Aubrey O’Day and Anya Monzikova were among the celebs sporting the corsage. Really the ultimate in eco-chic – you can recycle fabrics from other crafts and use left over baubles, too.
Want one of your own?
- 2 pieces of 11″ x 3″ fabric (with edges that fray are the best)
- Faux flowers & leaves
- Amazing E-6000 Craft Adhesive
- Different colors of thread
- Sewing machine with zigzag stitch capabilities
- Place your fabric pieces on top of each other and zigzag stitch them all around, about 1/2 inch in from all four sides. One piece of fabric is the outside and the other is the inside. Kind of like a fat watchband with a button closure instead of a buckle.
- Arrange your leaves and zig zag stitch them onto the cuff.
- Take your faux flower apart and zig zag stitch it to the center.
- Cut out hearts, stars, random shapes and zig zag stitch them around your flower.
- Stitch three buttons to one side of your flower (for different wrist sizes)
- Wrap the cuff around your wrist to figure out where the button holes should go and mark the placement. If your sewing machine has a button hole setting, stitch one in. If it doesn’t you can cute a slit and stitch the edges of the cut.
- Using E-6000, add rhinestones to the center of the flower and the cuff.
- Accessorize with your favorite jeans and t-shirt and show it off!
What if I don’t have a sewing machine? No worries! Glue is a wonderful thing. You can glue most of the elements on this project that require sewing.
Mark adds, “You can also use velcro dots instead of a button and button hole, this way you can immediately fit them to different sized wrists.”
E-6000 is waterproof. It does need some time to fully dry, so we suggest waiting 24-hours before wearing your cuff. Enjoy!
Photo by Auxy Espinoza
Our friend, Mark Montano, is hanging out at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend creating eco-chic and sustainably stylish projects and gifts. Mark is a featured guest at The Green Lodge, a special event at the Festival, where he’ll be crafting with celebrities.
Celebs like Olivia Newton John, Rhianna, Mariah Carey, Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens and their High School Musicial 3 cast mates will create their own “urban corsage” from Mark’s The Big Ass Book of Crafts (page 140).
Because The Green Lodge is focused on recycling, upcycling and using eco-friendly resources, the Urban Corsage is a perfect fit. Mark will be also using EcoGlue with many of his craft projects for this event.
Stay tuned for more info, more projects and more Mark.
What do you get when you cross…
… with …
… some great ideas from…
…using a little…
… and maybe a little…?
You get a Big Ass Event.
More details to come. Stay tuned.
This is the second in a series of last minute gift ideas from ’round the Web counting down to the 25th of December. All the projects can be done very quickly and require minimal supplies. Let us know if you do any of these projects, we’d love to see your pictures. Enjoy!
Our second last minute gift idea comes from the Big Ass Book of Crafts by our friend Mark Montano (and it’s also our December Craft of the Month).
Glass-Chip Magnets Supply List:
Amazing EcoGlue® Craft adhesive
Amazing E-6000® Craft adhesive
Clip art (sized to glass chips)
Magnetic tape (sized to glass chips)
Flat foam artist’s brush
We got our supplies at Walmart for less than $15.00.
You can get all the instructions via our Web site.
As it turns out, you can create storage boxes and display boxes out of seemingly random things and they’re pretty cute.
From the Big Ass Book of Crafts, our craft-of-the-month for October is a domino box. You can get the instructions here.
Daily Danny offers a similar (but slightly more retro cool) project made with cassette tapes. Of course, rather than a glue gun as his directions suggest, you can use QuickHOLD or EcoGlue Craft for a “green” option.
Hmm… I wonder what else we could glue together like this? Any ideas or projects you’ve done? We’d love to hear about it.
Mark Montano is a big fan of GOOP in all its forms. So we’re thrilled to feature his work from the Big Ass Book of Crafts as part of the Eclectic Products Craft of the Month. This month we create the Domino Lidded Box. Click here for the step-by-step instructions.