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!

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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.

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Our 10 Favorite Last Minute Christmas Projects

How did December get here already, wasn’t it just The 4th of July? The Holiday Season seems to sneak up on us every year without notice!   If you didn’t start your Christmas Crafting when all the stores started bringing in the Christmas craft supplies back in July, fear not, you can still make some pretty stellar décor and gifts just in the (Saint) Nick of time.

We’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of our favorite fun and easy Christmas crafts to make for your home or for a great gift. All of these fantastic projects (and many more) can be found on our website, from gifts made with Clear Crafting Blocks to décor made with KraftyBloks , our Creative Corner is your one stop shop for last-minute glass crafting Christmas project tutorials! Just click the title for full instructions for each of the projects listed or hop on over to our Creative Corner for more great projects.

Top Christmas Crafts Décor and Gifts

1.       Mirror Snowflake Holiday Ornament

A mosaic, frame and ornament all in one!This project is great to give or keep.

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2.       Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Where do stained glass, ribbon and decoupage meet? On the Christmas Tree of course! This stained glass project is perfect for beginners and a great way to mix up crafty mediums!

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3.       Snowman Trio Pin

A little bit of dichroic glass goes a long way! Add some sparkle to your blouse or give a fun and frosty gift. Make this project in no time with the Fuseworks Microwave Kiln.

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4.       Mosaic Snowflake Serving Tray

This mosaic project is perfect for snowy nights!

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5.       Peace Love Hope Joy Ornament

Perfect for decking the halls! Create this adorable ornament with a My Tile Kit, ribbon, bails and paint!

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6.       Wreath Bottle Stopper

Perfect for a Holiday Host or Hostess!Make this project in no time with the Fuseworks Microwave Kiln.

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7.       The First Noel

Celebrate the Season with a KraftyBlok display!

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8.       Christmas Tree Luminary

Mosaic a KraftyBlok to make a lovely luminary or nightlight.

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9.       Country Dinner Bell 

Start a Jingle Bell Rock or gather the family for a lovely holiday meal using our G2 Bottle Cutter and wine bottle.

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10.   Christmas Trivet

Add some Christmas flair to the table!

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Weekender Project: Fused Glass Garden Cuties

Summer is a great time to relax in the garden, add a little interest to yours with a few adorable plant stakes! Normally, I’m not a fan of bugs, but I wouldn’t mind having these cuties around!

Use these instructions to make a lady bug, butterfly or a dragonfly and a swell nametag for your plants! And the best part is you don’t need to heat up the whole house to fuse these little guys, all you need is your microwave and a Fuseworks kiln!

Check out our Creative Corner for more fun summer projects and find us on Facebook for more great projects!

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!

Weekender Project: Flower Basket Stepping Stone

Do you ever find yourself rushing through your gardening, weeding and pruning without so much stopping to take a look around and admire your handy work? Just stop and smell the flowers!  With a stepping stone like this, you may never forget.

Create this simple stepping stone in just a few quick steps! Make the flowers by scoring sheets of stained glass or nip stained glass chips, then nip random-sized rectangles for the basket.

For this project you will need:

  • Jennifer’s Mosaics Outdoor Cement
  • 8″ Square Stepping Stone Mold
  • 1 Sheet of Grass Green/Cream Stained Glass
  • 1 Sheet of Red/Orange/Cream Stained Glass
  • 1 Sheet of Yellow Stained Glass
  • 1 Sheet of Honey Wisp Stained Glass
  • 1 Steel Wheel Glass Cutter or oil-fed glass cutter and 1″ Running Pliers or Jennifer’ Mosaics Wheeled Glass Nippers
  • Petroleum Jelly to release the mold and contact paper

For complete stepping stone instructions check out this blog post and for mosaic nipping tips, read this one. To find all of these supplies in a store near you, visit our store locator. Looking for more summer project inspiration? Take a look around our Creative Corner for more fun summer projects and find us on Facebook for great tips and project ideas!

Weekender Project: Tropical Fish Stepping Stone

Something’s fishy around here! It must be this totally cute tropical fish stepping stone. Add a nautical flare to your garden with an underwater vibe!

Make the fish by scoring sheets of stained glass or nip stained glass chips to fill in the area and use glass gems as bubbles or eyes for a whimsical look! Use stained glass chips for the background and border but remember to create the main motif first and fill in the surrounding area.

For complete stepping stone instructions check out this blog post and for mosaic nipping tips, read this one. Take a look around our Creative Corner for more fun summer projects and find us on Facebook for great tips and project ideas!