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Monica

About Monica

Monica will be sharing home decor, crochet, and more DIY projects. She is a college student born and raised in the mitten state, and could not be more excited to graduate this coming December. When she’s not working or studying, she is crafting while cozied up on the couch watching shameful amounts of TV on Netflix. In her spare time, she runs a little craft blog called mon makes things. She has been crocheting since she was a little girl, and she runs an Etsy shop with her mom: shanx studios, selling crocheted stuffed animals and ornaments. She can’t wait to share her DIY projects and in her words: “ If I can do it, you can do it — let’s get crafty!”

Crochet Baby Booties

By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.

Crochet Baby Booties Adapted Pattern

Adapted Crochet Pattern - Baby Booties

A while back, a friend recruited me to help with her friend’s baby shower, and I made this fab photo display board. As a result, I was invited to the shower last minute. I don’t know the expectant mother all that well, but I figured some homemade baby booties are universal enough, am I right?

I skimmed through Pinterest, and eventually found this pattern as a free download on Ravelry. Gotta love free downloads! And aren’t they darling?!

Crochet Baby Booties

Crochet Baby Booties Pattern

 Here’s what you’ll need: 2 colors of soft worsted weight yarn, size G crochet hook.

I switched up the pattern a bit, particularly when it came to the colors. Here’s what I did:

  1. **These slippers were completed with the 0-3 months pattern.**
  2. I used my accent color (purple) for the first 3 rows, or the base of the booties. I switched to white at row 4 (at the back loops only row).
  3. I switched back to my accent color (purple) for row 7, and repeated row 7 a second time for more purple.
  4. For the strap, I slip stitched along the chain rather than using single crochet stitches.
  5. For the flower, I did a magic ring, [ch 3, sc in ring] 5 times (the pattern called for dc).

The ravelry download has alterations for larger sizes as well, and they’re so small that they work up really quickly! Happy bootie making! 🙂

 

 

 

Guilded Mason Vases

By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.

Guilded Gold Mason Jar Vases

DIY Guilded Mason Jar Vases

I’ve been playing with mason jars a lot lately. Gotta get in on that trend, am I right? When I made my jack-o-lantern jars with the Ball Transform Mason Paint, I also played with a DecoArt gold glass paint marker and some Ball Transform Mason Frog Lids to make these simple and chic vases! I’ve seen a lot of mason jar vases on Pinterest, primarily used as wedding centerpieces, and I love their country charm.

DIY Gold Mason Jar Vases

Mason Jar Vases

Bear in mind that this was literally my first attempt at arranging flowers, ever. But when boyfriend brought me a bouquet of pink roses after a last-semester-of-college breakdown, I dismantled it for these cute jars, ha!

 

Stuff You’ll Need: Gold Glass Paint Marker, Mason Jars, Ball Transform Mason Frog Lids

This project could not be easier.

  1. Wash and dry glass jars.
  2. Draw on your design with the paint pen.
  3. Follow the instructions on your glass paint. You will likely need to bake the glass, unless you use the Ball Transform Mason Paint Markers. Just be sure to put the glass in a COLD oven and let it heat along with the oven, or it will break.
  4. Remove the solid metal circle from the jar lid ring and replace it with the frog lid.
  5. Add flowers, and enjoy!

Guilded Gold Mason Jar Vases

I made four different designs on my jars: vertical stripes, dots at the base, criss-crossy random lines at the base, and gold on the raised jar design. Truth be told, I like them all. Though the simplicity of the one with the raised portions painted gold does appeal to me… Like it came that way or something!

 

Which is your favorite? 🙂

Jack-O-Lantern Jars

By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.

Jack-O-Lantern Jars with Transform Mason Paint. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

DIY Jack-O-Lantern Jars with Transform Mason Paint

Halloween is my boyfriend’s favorite holiday, and if he had his way, our apartment would be decked out in gruesome ghouls and gory zombie paraphernalia… So, I have taken it upon myself to create some Halloween decor that I will enjoy (out of self-defense). I had the opportunity to try out the new line of Ball Transform Mason Paints and thought this was a great opportunity to transform some mason jars into cute candle holders for the holiday!

Painted Halloween Jars - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Jack-O-Lantern Jars with Translucent Glass Paint. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Stuff You’ll Need: Mason JarsGlass Paint in Translucent OrangeBlack Glass Paint MarkerFoam Brushes

Start by washing and drying your jars so that the paint adheres well. Using your foam brush, apply a coat of the orange paint to your jar. I used three coats on these jars, as the paint was just a bit more translucent than I wanted, but do as many or as few as you like. Let the paint dry for several hours between coats; rushing it starts to peel the last layer. I speak from experience. 😉 I also painted the top part of the jars separately, after the bottom portions were done. Otherwise I’d have nothing to hold on to!

When your orange paint is dry, use your black paint marker to draw a jack-o-lantern face on the side of the jar! I drew mine on the side with measurements so I didn’t have to work over the type or intricate design.

DIY Halloween Votives. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I also tried out the Translucent Dark Purple, but I wasn’t all that pleased with the color AND the bats I tried to draw turned out really ugly. I strategically turned the jar so that you could not see my pathetic bats. I slapped on some stripes in a last-ditch effort. If you are a better artist than me, which let’s face it, would not be surprising, give it a shot! But I recommend trying one of the different purple paints from the line… This one was a bit on the blue side of purple.

Drop some candles in those babies and you’ve got yourself a fun twist on the traditional jack-o-lantern! Of course they glow better at night, but nighttime makes for poor photos. Just trust me that they look cool… and make some of your own! 😉

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets

By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.

Paracord Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets - ThinkCrafts.com

If you haven’t noticed, October isn’t just about black and orange anymore; pink has joined the party in support of breast cancer awareness month. I know a handful of people who have battled breast cancer, as I’m sure many of you do as well. I do not personally have a family history of breast cancer, but I am a female and I value my breasts! I am also graduating with a health education minor in a couple months, and I am all for supporting breast cancer research and health in general. So ladies, don some pink this month and support your fellow women. Look into self-exams if you’re unaware of them, and read more here about awareness if you like!

DIY Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelets

Paracord Bracelets for Breast Cancer Awareness

Stuff You’ll Need550 ParacordPlastic Buckles, lighter, scissors, measuring tape

I knew I wanted to make something pink and white for this month, and when I spotted this pink paracord I thought it would be really fun to play with different paracord bracelet techniques. I  made two different patterns: “Soloman’s Heart” and “Boundless Endless Falls.” I followed this tutorial for the Soloman’s Heart (in white and pink camo) and this tutorial for the Boundless Endless Falls (hot pink and white). But here are some tips the tutorials don’t give you…

  1. When you cut paracord, you need to carefully melt the ends using a lighter to stop it from fraying.
  2. For the Soloman’s Heart bracelet using the white and pink camo paracord, I used 4.5′ of the pink camo and 3.5′ of the white. To make the Soloman’s Heart bracelet, you will need to melt one end of the pink camo cord and quickly, while the cord is still all melt-y, press one end of the white cord into the melt-y end, joining the two cords into one.
  3. To use a paracord buckle, start with the end you buckle into (should have only one cord space). Fold your cord in half and slide the center point through the cord space on the buckle end, then put the cord ends through the loop formed by the cord center and pull tight. When your bracelet reaches your desired length, weave the cord ends up and through the other buckle piece (which should have two cord spaces), weave the cord ends through a few of the knots on the backside of your bracelet, trim the cords and melt the ends. You may find this tutorial helpful.
  4. To use a paracord buckle on the Bondless Endless Falls bracelet (hot pink and white), knot only the white cord onto the buckle to begin and continue the tutorial with the pink cord centered behind the white. Weave both the white and pink cords through the end piece when your bracelet is long enough.

Pink Paracord Buckle Bracelets for Breast Cancer Awareness

If you look closely, you can see that in the Soloman’s Heart bracelet, the pink camo and white cords form hearts! (In these photos the white hearts are right-side up.) I thought that pattern was especially fitting for support of breast cancer awareness month. So whip up some pink bracelets, ladies! I mean, if NFL players can rock pink on the football field, surely we can support with some fun accessories, right? 😉

 

And if you can’t get enough paracord bracelets, check out these pattern books for more ideas!

Photo Transferred Cigar Box

By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.

DIY Photo Transferred Cigar Box - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

DIY Photo Cigar Box - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I. Love. Photos. And I’ve been on a mission lately to not only take more of them, but also to free them from the confines of my computer’s hard drive and Instagram account! So, I’ve been dreaming up new ways to personalize my stuff with photos that are special to me. I took this photo on my recent trip to Hawaii, where I was visiting one of my closest and oldest friends. This was one of the beautiful views form my hotel balcony, and it could not have been more beautiful. I wanted to use this photo in a useful way, so I transferred it onto a wooden cigar box and added a little paint for some extra oomph.

Stuff You’ll Need: 

Wooden Cigar BoxGel MediumElmer’s GlueClear Acrylic Spray, Small Sponges, Inkjet Shipping Label Sheets

Optional: Triple Thick GlazeFoam BrushDimensional Fabric Paint

Photo Transfer Box

I got this idea after seeing this tutorial on ABM, and they got the idea from somewhere else too. So this is by no means my technique. Start by peeling the labels off of your shipping label sheets — you only want the backing. Coat the shipping label sheets (the shiny side) with a thin layer of the clear acrylic spray and let that dry. Using a small sponge, go over the layer of acrylic spray with a thin layer of Elmer’s glue. Let the glue dry fully. Then print your photo in the size you need onto the layer of glue using your inkjet printer — I haven’t tried this with a color photo, but generally find that black and white is more forgiving. Keep in mind that your photo will transfer in reverse.

When the ink from your printer has dried, use another small sponge to cover the top of the cigar box with a layer of gel medium – you want to go relatively quickly, as you need the gel medium to be wet for the photo transfer. With the gel medium still wet, flip your photo onto the cigar box and press the image down firmly. You may want to use a roller or credit card to press out any air bubbles. After an hour or so, carefully peel off your shipping label sheet, leaving your image behind! For more details see the ABM tutorial, or check out the photo transfer coasters I made.

DIY Decorated Photo Transferred Cigar Box - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

"Things" Cigar Box with Photo Transfer

When your photo has transferred, coat the box with your clear acrylic spray. Then you can decorate it however you’d like! For this, I used gold dimensional fabric paint (“puffy paint”) to write “things” across the lid. For the coasters I made, I used sequins for a touch of shine. Be creative! Decorate your box however you’d like. 🙂 I free-handed my letters, and they turned out a bit chunky. A paint pen may write more easily, but would not be dimensional.

For extra durability and shine, paint a layer of Triple Thick Glaze over the whole lid to seal everything really well. This is totally optional, I’m just obsessed with Triple Thick Glaze and it’s miraculous ability to coat everything in shiny goodness right now, ha!

Now you’ve got a personalized box to store whatever you’d like! Maybe you have postcards or love notes (oo la la!) to store in yours. For whatever reason, I’ve got my sequins and jewelry pliers in mine right now. Always looking for more places to hide craft supplies…

 

Mini Canvas Washi Tape Magnets

By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.

Mini Canvas Washi Mangets - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Mini Canvas Washi Magnet - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Sometimes, you just need a quick and easy, stash-busting project, am I right? Not only do you get to use the craft supplies you stock piled during a sale, but you also get that sense of accomplishment because you actually finished a project for once. Or maybe that’s just me as I’m usually surrounded by daunting, half-finished, large scale projects… 😉 Regardless, this is a fun project that easily comes together within an episode or two of Say Yes to the Dress, and is perfect for even the most novice crafter or kiddo who digs color and pattern.

 

Stuff You’ll Need: 

2″x2″ mini canvases or cardboard/chipboard pieces (you could even use some fun chipboard shapes!), plenty of funky washi tapeE6000 craft gluesmall strong magnets (wimpy magnets bum me out – there’s nothing worse than a magnet that won’t properly hold your pizza coupons on your fridge!) 😉

optional: Crop-A-Dile hole punch, yarn needleyarn

Washi Tape and Yarn Magnets - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Washi Tape Magnets - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

Now get out that washi tape and play with patterns! You can see that I had plenty of fun mixing different colors and designs. I found that the tape adhered best to the tops and bottoms of the piece when at least a third of the tape was folded onto the back. If too little was folded to the back, the tape would start to unpeel. The same goes for the sides — you want to make sure you have enough tape folded onto the back to secure it. Look at the magnet in the above photo for a good reference. Fold the corners sort of like you would a present. You may need to trim them with scissors if the corners end up a bit pointy.

If you’d like, you can punch holes in your decorated squares using the Crop-A-Dile, forming a geometric shape of some kind (a triangle is really easy). Then using your yarn needle and a length of yarn, stitch the yarn through the holes into your desired pattern. To finish, simply tie the two ends together on the back and snip the excess!

Adhere your magnets using the E6000 glue (that stuff is amazing), and let it dry! Then use your magnets to make your fridge or memo board a little more fabulous. 😉

Mini Canvas Washi Tape Magnets - Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

These would be perfect for a college student headed back to school this fall. They’re a great way to personalize your work space, white board, or mini fridge!

What do you think? I was a little late to the washi-party, but are you as crazy for washi tape as I am?! I just love all the variety!

 

Neon Cord Bracelets

By General Crafts Contributor Monica from the blog Mon Makes Things.

DIY bracelets with neon cord. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I’ve been a crafty chick for as long as I can remember, and when I was a kid, I had one of those kid’s DIY kits for hemp bracelets. I made SO MANY bracelets… I loved it. But that was years ago, and I was definitely out of practice. Now that paracord bracelets are on trend though, I was inspired to revisit my ol’ bracelet making days with a little updated twist: neon cord in place of hemp!
Stuff You’ll Need:
Nylon Cording (in your desired colors and thickness), a lighter, wooden beads, washi tape or safety pin (optional)

 

Neon Cord Bracelets by Mon Makes Things 1

 

In the above photo, the pink cord is your base cord. Choose whatever color you’d like for your base cord, wrap it around your wrist 4 times, and cut. Carefully melt the ends with your lighter to prevent it from unraveling. I doubled my side cords for increased thickness, but this is completely optional, as is using two colors. Fold your cord in half.

 

If using one color for both sides, measure your cord from hand to hand (the length of your arm span) twice, and cut. Melt the ends with your lighter. If you are using one color, but want to double it, simply cut a second cord the same length. Fold your cord(s) in half.

 

If using different colors for each side (to achieve the look of the pink & white and orange & white bracelets above), measure a length of each color from hand to hand (the length of your arm span), and cut. Melt the ends with your lighter. Fold your first cord in half and slide one end of your second cord through the loop of the first cord. Pull the second cord through so that the two ends of the second cord meet, linking the two cords together at their middles.

 

Now for the braiding…

 

  1. Place your  base cord over the midpoint of your side cords (the fold if using one color OR the point where your colors are linked if using two colors). You want your side cords down just far enough so that they create a loop the size of your wooden bead at the top of the base cord. If it helps, tape the loop to a book or table with washi tape, or pin the loop to your jeans with your safety pin.
  2. Place your left cord over your base cords, leaving a loop on the left side.
  3. Place your right cord over the length of the left cord that is now on the right side, slide your right cord under your base cords, under the loop created by the left cord on the left side, and through the loop.
  4. Pull your cords tight. **Refer to the animation above for reference!**
  5. Now do the same thing in reverse:
  6. Place your right cord over your base cords, leaving a loop on the right side.
  7. Place your left cord over the length of the right cord that is now on the left side, slide your left cord under your base cords, under the loop created by the right cord on the right side, and through the loop.
  8. Pull your cords tight.
  9. Repeat steps 2 – 8 until your bracelet fits your wrist.
  10. When your bracelet is your desired length, slide your wooden bead onto the base cords (if not all the cords), and tie a knot using all the cords. Using your lighter, carefully melt the cord ends and parts of the knot to keep it secure.
  11. To wear, slide your knot and bead through the loop!

Knotted Bracelets made with neon cord. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I have three different styles pictured here. The orange and pink bracelets are done with different colored side cords, the larger white bracelet is done using two long strands of white cord over a thicker purple cord for the base (finished with a knot and no bead), and the white bracelet with beads uses a single strand of long white cord with beads strung onto the base cord ever 8 knots! Get creative with your designs!

 

This is a fun and easy craft for kids, too — sort of like friendship bracelets! If you whip some up, I’d love to see what you come up with!

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