Add a Burst of Color to Your Yard This Summer

 

BUTTERFLY FEEDER SLEEVE2012Summer is here! Garden centers, hardware stores, and nurseries are bursting at the seams with seeds, flowers and supplies necessary for those with a green thumb itching to plant a garden. As an avid gardener and butterfly plant enthusiast, I’ve already joined the ranks and gathered enough to plant a small farm in my back yard.

So it was no surprise as one of the members of the Product Development team at Diamond Tech, I worked to create a butterfly themed kit as one of our new products for 2013. The Jennifer’s Mosaics Butterfly Feeder Kit comes with everything needed to create a mosaic butterfly feeder – no extra tools or supplies. It does not get any better than that, just ask me!

This one-of-a-kind kit contains glass butterflies, tumbled recycled glass, cement, sand and a reusable 2 piece feeder mold, for those of you who want to make additional feeders for all your gardening buddies! They do make cool and interesting gifts!

Simply add water to the re-sealable cement pouch, squeeze to mix then add to the mold – totally mess-free! Next, press the ButterflyFeedKit-Box-WEBrecycled tumbled glass and colorful glass butterflies into the wet cement and allow feeder to dry. Voila, a whimsical and fun, butterfly feeder!

Learning about butterflies and being creative is something that kids and adults can do together, not only for fun but as a fantastic way to educate themselves about nature and the world around them. I think Diamond Tech got it right with the packaging too! Each kit is sure to get kids’ attention and foster enthusiasm as a tiny little cartoon professor points out interesting butterfly facts on the back of each box.

Diamond Tech creatively incorporates fun and science to help promote a respect and love for nature. This product is creative, educational and fun; and all of those words make me happy, how about you?

Check out the dealer locator on our website to find one in a store near you!

I Love The USA Giveaway

What’s red, white, and blue all over?

Patriotic Stone
Our brand new Patriotic Heart Stepping Stone Kit, that’s what!
Show your patriotic pride this July 4th and make this heart-shaped stepping stone for your garden or patio. Reusable mold lets you create 1 or 100+ stepping stones for your very own Yankee Doodle pathway! And to show how much Diamond Tech appreciates the men and women that serve in our military, a portion of this kits proceeds benefit our injured and fallen heroes! So tell your friends, the Patriotic Stepping Stone Kit is the feel good kit of the year!794366012257.PT01

Ready to WIN? Here are the rules: There are 4 ways to enter, you don’t need to do each to complete your entry, but the more ways you enter the more chances you have to win! The contest starts today June 17, 2014 and ends next Tuesday June 24, 2014. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Wednesday, June 25th.

1. Comment on this post

2. Like this post on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/diamondtech)

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4. Retweet this post (https://twitter.com/blissfulcrafter/status/478952369888448512)
Good luck and GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Weekender Project: Welcome Stepping Stone

Did you know that the pineapple is a universal sign for hospitality? Who needs a welcome mat? Greet your guests with a welcome stepping stone!

Find the instructions and pattern for this stained glass stepping stone here and be sure to stop by our Creative Corner for more fun summer projects. Looking for supplies in your area? Take a look at our store locator to find a store that sells Diamond Tech products in your area.

Your Favorite Stepping Stone Tips and Projects

Whether you are creating one from scratch or mosaicing over an old one, summer is the perfect time for creating stepping stones, so what better time to bring you all of your favorite posts than now! It was a tough call to rank them because all of these posts were really neck in neck and even a newbie squeezed in! Click on the title link to read the full post and drop us a comment with your favorite!

  1. 3 Easy Tips for Adding A Pop to Your Stepping Stone – give me color, fun and a lot of razzle dazzle! This post will show you how to make your stone stand out you are creating a stone from scratch or decorating an old one – go ahead – push your stepping stone into the spotlight!
  2. Sunflower Mosaic Stepping Stone – This pattern was so well liked it actually tied with our first place post – I have a feeling that it’s because it’s a stepping stone that really pops!
  3. How To Make A Mosaic Stepping Stone – One of our newest posts, a good old how-to guide for making a stepping stone from start to finish including some awesome pointers!
  4. Forget Me Knot Stepping Stone – Show your garden some love with a heart-shaped stepping stone
  5. Springtime Stepping Stone – Tweet, tweet! Welcome the birds with a birdie stepping stone.

Find lots of tips and projects for fun summer crafts over at our Creative Corner and if you are looking for some awesome stepping supplies in your area, check out our store locator.

Weekender Project: Fun Summer Stepping Stone

If you liked our post earlier this week about creating stepping stones with the kids, you are going to love this project! Help your little one create a souvenir from their fun summer. This stepping stone is perfect for kids because the deco ceramic tile used is pre-cut and has rounded edges so those little fingers are safe from cuts.

In the instructions and pattern we use the direct method for the stone, but if you prefer making stepping stones using the indirect method, you can follow the instructions posted here.

Be sure to stop by our Creative Corner for more fun summer projects and find us on Facebook for fun tips and the latest news!

Creating Stepping Stones with the Kids

Stepping stones make great projects for kids to create over the long summer months; they are super easy and are a great way to create or commemorate a wonderful summer memory!

Using the indirect method to create a stepping stone is a breeze because you don’t need to worry about gluing tiles and grouting after the stone sets and its even easier when you use mosaic tiles like venetian glass, classico, charmers, deco ceramic, gems and wiggles because they are  pre-cut so you don’t need to nip them and they don’t have sharp edges so they are perfect for little fingers. 

 Use wiggles and gems for a whimsical look, deco ceramic and charmers to add shapes like butterflies, hearts and flowers and classico and venetian glass for tons of color – use them all together to make a one of a kind design or check out our creative corner for some great projects!

All it takes is three easy steps to create a unique mosaic stepping stone using just a few materials; mosaic tile, stone cement a mold and contact paper.

  1. Create a mosaic on contact paper and place it glass side up into the mold.
  2. Mix the stone cement and fill the mold 7/8 of the way up
  3. Let the stone set overnight and pop it out of the mold – don’t forget to let the stone cure for 28 days before setting it outdoors!

Check out our post from a few weeks ago to find some great stepping stone tips and an expanded how to guide and be sure to find us on Facebook for more great summer projects!