Your Sharpie Style Craft Book Review Roundup And Giveaway

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Mod and Mint: Your Sharpie Style Craft Book Tutorial Marker on Stationery Pencil Case

I am feeling very blessed and grateful to be receiving such wonderful write ups on the release of my second craft book, Your Sharpie Style.

To celebrate the release, the books publisher William Morrow Harper Collins, is currently running a sweepstakes to get you crafting with Sharpies right away. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Your Sharpie Style, plus a special prize pack of crafting materials including sharpies, blank gift tags, a blank canvas tote bag, and more. I know i would enter if i hadn’t wrote the book myself! Keeping my fingers crossed for you to win!

Hop over to CraftFoxes.com for an excerpt of the book, and work along to make your own Sharpie-fied glass bud vases.

POPSUGAR listed my book Your Sharpie Style in their roundup of craft books to fulfill your DIY dreams. I am honored to be among such wonderful books on such an amazing site.

MetroParent got their Sharpies flowing, and used their markers on a blank canvas tote bag using the dotting technique described in the book.

Sweet Bee Buzzings did a nice write up, and also shows you some sneak peak project photos from inside the book.

The review on the Momzinga blog calls Your Sharpie Style the Best Creative Craft Book of 2016. Insert my blushing, humbled face. Thank you.

Mommy’s Memorandum calls out to dig out your Sharpies and start doodling. I can’t agree more. What are you waiting for?

And for another change to win a free copy of the book, check out the Little Things Journal and enter your name in the hat!

 

Mod and Mint: Your Sharpie Style Craft Book by Deborah Green

Order your own copy of Your Sharpie Style on Amazon right now.
Go Sharpie and Enjoy!

Mod and Mint: Your Sharpie Style Craft Book Tutorial Marker Paint on Glass

 

 

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Vintage inspired craft Tutorial: Pasta Christmas Ornaments

Since i re-posted the Vintage inspired Pasta Tree Tutorial from my old blog the other day, i was thinking i might as well share the Vintage inspired Pasta Christmas Ornaments here too. They kinda belong together i think.
Mod and Mint: Easy Craft Tutorial - Christmas bird ornaments

Looking for some small paint brushes, i came across a few small styrofoam circles in my craft supply stash. Perfect to make a variation on the vintage inspired pasta Christmas trees i made before! I forgot about my search for the brushes and started digging further to find some small figures to place in the middle of the wreaths. Vintage mini birds! And i knew i had a little bit of red and white bakers twine somewhere. That would work to get them hanging.
A little paint, glue and time later and all done, ready to go up in the Christmas tree!

To make these pasta Christmas ornaments, just follow the tutorial for the Christmas trees, only starting out with the circles as the base instead of the cones. Finish them off by gluing the bakers twine (or other string) in a loop at the back, and attach the birds (or other miniature) in the middle with some more white glue.

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Vintage inspired craft tutorial: Pasta Christmas Trees

With this vintage inspired craft it’s easy to create a handmade alternative Christmas tree for the holiday home decor. You only need a few items, and a little time.

Vintage inspired Craft Tutorial - Pasta Christmas Trees by Mod and Mint

You will need the following materials:
– Styrofoam tree base cone
– White craft glue
– Various shapes and sizes of dried pasta
– (Spray) Paint in color of choice

 

Mod and Mint: Handmade vintage inspired craft tutorial - Pasta Christmas Trees

How to make the pasta Christmas tree:
1. If you will use spray paint, skip this step and move on to step 2. If you will use craft paint applied with a brush, start by painting the cone in the color you want your tree to be. Let dry.

2. Apply glue to pasta pieces and place on cone in desired design. Push a little and hold in place for a short time until the pieces stick.
No worries if you see small bits of glue in between the pasta at this point.
Continue until cone is covered.
Let the glue dry.

Mod and Mint: Handmade vintage inspired craft tutorial - Pasta Christmas Trees

 

3. For the trees in these pictures i used regular acrylic craft paint applied with a small brush. If brushing the paint on, make sure to get in between all the nooks and crannies, so no pasta color is showing. Double coat is advisable.
To save time, you can also choose to spray paint the trees.

Storage tip: When storing the Pasta Christmas tree, place it in a plastic bag. If a piece of pasta does happen to fall off in between Christmas seasons, you will be able to easily find it and glue it back on.

If you paint these in white, they almost look like porcelain trees. Pasta Porcelain!

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How to Carve Mini Pumpkins with a Drill

Shocker: I have never carved a pumpkin before.

I have never decorated for Halloween before.

In the Netherlands we didn’t celebrate Halloween, so i didn’t grow up with the festivities. And even though i’ve now been living in New York for over 7 years, i haven’t once put up a pumpkin or any scary type skeletons, ghosts or other monsters as fall decorations.
What’s happening now must be some kind of nesting syndrome. This year i found myself grabbing a few mini pumpkins at the farmers market. I recently had a baby, and my husband and i purchased our first home. Naturally i must nest and decorate.

Loving pumpkin soup, i do know how to pick a good pumpkin. It needs to look healthy, no bruises and have a sturdy stem on top. Push on the stem. If you can push it up and down in the pumpkin, leave it, it’s not fresh anymore. When choosing a pumpkin to decorate with, it makes sense to pick one with a nice shape. I tapped the shells a little, listening, thinking if it sounded a bit hollow the walls probably wouldn’t be as thick. But these are mini pumpkins, how thick would the walls really be?

Mod and Mint craft tutorial: How to carve mini Halloween Pumpkins with a drill.

I’m not the first one to come up with the idea to use a drill to decorate a pumpkin, but this is the first time that i, me personally, am actually “carving” a pumpkin. They might not be perfect, but i like them well enough to share with you how i did it.
Happy drilling!

 

Mod and Mint craft tutorial: How to carve mini Halloween Pumpkins with a drill.
How to carve mini pumpkins with a drill
You will need:
– Mini Pumpkins
– Washi Tape (or painters tape) (optional)
– Sharpie marker (optional)
– (Dremel) Drill and drill bits
– Sharp Knife and Spoon
– Tissues
– (LED) votive candle.

I started by marking dots on a pumpkin using a Sharpie. Almost stopped after this step, since i kinda liked the look of them already. In an understated kind of way.
But no, i was planning on doing some pumpkin carving, so i would carve. Or better said drill.
You could skip this step and freestyle your way through the drilling part.
Washi tape comes in handy when dots need to placed along a straight line. Easy to stick on, easy to remove.

Next, carve the lids off with a sharp knife and scoop out the insides. I kept the seeds to toast, and the flesh for Baby O. He loves his pumpkin!

Now get the powertools out! Or in my case my Dremel drill. Place the drill bit against the side of the pumpkin over your marked dot and drill through to the inside of the pumpkin.
Use different sized drill bits for a variation of hole sizes.

Wipe the pumpkin clean with a tissue. And your work area. And your face.
Yes, be warned, there will be some pumpkin debris flying around.

Put the stem lids back on to display as they are, or put in a (LED) votive candle to have them light up in all their dotted pumpkin glory!

 

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