Promoting Blogs via Twitter

February 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

Promoting Crafty Collegiate via Twitter

Promoting Crafty Collegiate via Twitter

It is important to promote blogs through various forms of social media. When posting to Twitter, bloggers should try to keep their posts to 120 characters to leave room for people to retweet your original tweet.

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Martha Stewart Craft Google Alert

February 6, 2013 § 3 Comments

Martha Stewart Website Logo

Martha Stewart Website Logo

On February 5th, Marthastewart.com published a “Craft Of The Day” blog post. Most of the posts for the month of February have centered on homemade crafts for Valentine’s Day. The post on February 5th is about how to make “Heart-Shaped Soap.”

The post shows readers all the materials needed to make the craft. The steps to make the soap are also outlined in five easy steps within this post. With only five steps, this “Craft Of The Day” post makes it easy for readers to follow along and replicate the heart-shaped soap.

"Craft Of The Day," Heart-Shaped Soap

“Craft Of The Day,” Heart-Shaped Soap

The blog also offers a video link for readers. The video is a more in depth description of how to make the handmade craft. Another great feature of the marthastewart.com blog are the links at the bottom of the page guiding readers to other crafts they may be interested in. The particular post “Heart-Shaped Soap” suggests readers to blog posts, “Bath Fizzies,” “Crayon Hearts,” and “Heart Bookmark.” This is a great way to keep readers on your website or blog as well as satisfy their need for crafting!

How To Make Etched Glassware

February 5, 2013 § 2 Comments

I am always trying to find an inexpensive way to turn cheap housewares into something that looks extraordinary. Ethching cream is an easy solution to transform simple and potentially boring glassware into one of a kind pieces.

First these are the supplies you will need to create etched glassware:

Materials necessary for DIY etched glass

Materials necessary for DIY etched glass

  • Glasses: $2.50 (4-pack from Wal-Mart)
  • Tape/Stencil/Stickers: $2.00
  • Paintbrushes: $2.00
  • Etching Creme: $6.63 (inexpensive etching cream)
  • Rubber Gloves: FREE (any type of hand protection will work)
  • Newspaper: FREE

Total: $3.28 per glass

First, make sure the glasses are clean. The etching cream will stick better on clean glasses. Next, place the tape, stickers, or stencils on the glass. Once you have decided where you want the stencil, make sure it is completely secure. (This step is important if you are using a stencil. Tape the stencil down securely so the design is precise.)

Now, with the rubber gloves on, use the paint brush to paint the etching cream on the glass. If you paint a thick layer on the glass it will take longer to dry and you may want to let the glasses dry over night. If you paint a thin layer on the glasses, the cream may completely dry in about 30 minutes.

Glass with etching cream and tape

Glass with etching cream and tape

Let the glasses dry for at least 30 minutes

Let the glasses dry for at least 30 minutes

Once the cream is dry, rinse the glasses with water. Make sure you are wearing rubber gloves while washing the glasses just in case they are still wet. The etching cream can cause burns or skin irritation while it is still wet, so its always better safe than sorry!

Believe it or not, you’re glasses are done. Its as easy as that, you have now turned your $2.50 glasses into one of a kind glassware!

Finished etched glass DIY

Finished etched glass DIY

Etched Glass using three different stencils

Etched Glass using three different stencils

What would you use etching cream on? I plan on trying to etch mason jars or a vase.

If you liked this craft be sure to check out my tutorial on Tinted Mason Jars or Glittered Mason Jars

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