My Road Trip Essentials

Hey guys!

Today is not going to be a craft tutorial but I wanted to do a post on my road trip essentials . My family is going on a last minute road trip this weekend and I thought this would be a fun thing to do! We are actually on the road as you read this!

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  • The first and most important thing that I always have to have in my car is my Halo Bolt. It is a portable charger, light, and most importantly, can be used to jump your car if your battery dies. No more having to call AAA or asking a stranger if they can help you jump your car. And best of all it is easy to store under your seat. It comes with the Halo Bolt, the charging cord and the jumper cables you just plug into the Bolt and attach to your car. This has saved me more then once on road trips. You can even plug AC wall plugs into it. So you can use it to charge your laptop on the go.
  • Of course with everything going on in the world right now the next most important thing is my mask. I don’t want to forget that or I won’t be able to do anything right now! Thankfully I keep a couple of extras in the car at all times in case I forget.
  • I need my phone. I can’t go anywhere without it. It helps me pass the time during long car rides.
  • I always have my Kindle in my purse. I love the feel of real books in my hand but it’s so much easier to just grab my kindle and have a bunch of books at my fingertips. Right now I am rereading the Artemis Fowl series. I have all of them downloaded and ready to read.
  • Cords and Chargers are always a must have in the car if you have any electronics. Between me and my mom we need a car charger with multiple ports.
  • My GoPro. I just got this but I already know it needs to be on every road trip I go on from now on. I have a GoPro Hero 3 which is an older model but it works great and can connect to my phone which is amazing.
  • Drinks and Snacks. Our road trip policy is to make one stop for everything. So we stop when we need gas and get food and bathroom breaks all at that time. So if we want a snack or drink on the road we need to bring it with us. This trip we probably won’t need this as much because we are only doing a 5-6 hour drive but when we do the 16-18 hour drive to Disney this is definitely needed.
  • My headphones. I don’t normally use them that much on the drive but I like to have them just in case.
  • A travel blanket. Depending on the time of year I bring a blanket with me because with other people in the car for a long period of time it’s easier to not argue about the temperature of the car. Someone is always going too be to hot or too cold. That’s just how it is.
  • A journal. I love writing so I love having something to jot down idea in while I’m away from my computer. I have a faux leather bound Harry Potter journal that fits in my mini backpack purse so it’s easy to keep in my possession.
  • If I’m traveling with my nieces I need to have activities for them to do so they don’t get bored. Anything from coloring books and crayons to small games to play with them. You always want to keep the kids entertained so you don’t hear ‘Are we there yet’ a million times.

What are some things you need to bring on a road trip? What can you live without on the drive? Let me know in the comments!

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See you guys later and have an awesome weekend!

DIY Magic Kingdom Directional Sign

Hey guys! Welcome back!

So since it’s summer we have been spending a lot of time outside working on our outdoor area. This year we decided to have a little Disney corner of our patio. The main project for the corner is going to be our Magic Kingdom Directional Sign.

Things you need for this project:

  • 1 piece of 1”x5”x13” wood
  • 1 piece of 1”x2”x8’ wood
  • Paint or stain
  • Permanent Outdoor Vinyl
  • Any electronic vinyl cutter (I use a Cricut Explore Air)
  • Polycrylic
  • Nail Gun
  • Wood Glue
  • Pot
  • Cement
  • Rocks
  • 3D Partners statue (can be purchased from me) or some small figurine for the top of the sign
  • E6000 glue

To start out you want to design what you are going to put on your arrows. We decided to do Main Street and Cinderella’s Castle because those are 2 of the first things we think of when we talk about The Magic Kingdom. Our last 2 signs we chose our favorite rides in the park. Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain are the 2 rides my mom will ride every time we go. But when you guys are doing this you can choose anything in the park that has meaning to you. If you don’t have a vinyl cutter I will have a kit put together with the vinyl wording and the 3D statue. Just let me know if you are interested in the comments.

The second part of the design was the top sign. We wanted to do a Walt quote but it was hard to decide which one was our favorite. We decided to go with the quote we chose because of the welcome message it has but you can make this your own. If you have a quote you like better then use it. If you just want it to say Magic Kingdom then that is awesome too. Again if you don’t have a vinyl cutter and are interested in the kit comment down below!

Next you want to cut the wood. We had some scrap pieces of wood that we were able to use. If you don’t have scrap wood then just buy a 1”x2”x8’ piece of wood. You want to cut of it into four 10” pieces and 1 42” piece. The 10” pieces will be for the four arrows. The 42” piece is going to be the support piece. Once you have them cut to size you want to take the 4 small pieces and cut one end into a point for the arrow.

The next piece of wood you will need is a wide piece for the top of the sign. I just used a scrap piece of wood that was about 5”x13” but if you have scrap pieces smaller or bigger that will fine. If you don’t have any scraps I definitely suggest the 5” wide because I think it was perfect for what I did. You want it to be 13” long so it’s a little bigger then the arrows.

After you have all the wood cut go ahead and paint/stain them any colors you want. I mixed it up and did a few blues, a few neutral colors, a red to make that one stand out. Once you finish painting/staining you are going to seal it with polycrylic. I suggest two/three coats of it, especially if it will be going outside.

After you finish painting and sealing you are going to want to let it dry for a full 24-48 hours to make sure nothing will peak up when you put the vinyl on. After letting it dry you can go ahead and transfer the vinyl onto the correct pieces.

Next you will want to glue and nail down all of the arrows and the top sign to the support piece.

Now that the sign is all done and put together you are going to move on to the pot you are going to have it in. You want to use a 10 inch pot. If you are going to paint the ceramic pot and it is going outside then you need to seal both the inside and outside with polycrylic before you even start to paint them. This is because if water gets inside of the pot it will start to swell and make the paint on the outside crack. I learned that the hard way. I painted it to make it look like Mickey but you can Disnify (is that a word? If not I think it should be!) it however you want.

Once you have both the sign and the pot done and painted you are going to need the cement to hold the sign in the pot. You want to fill it about 3/4 of the way up the pot. I used quick dry cement but I still let it dry for a few hours before I did anything else.

Once the cement is dry and the sign is sturdy then you can add rocks or whatever you would like to hide the cement and bottom of the poll.

The last step that you will do is to add the figurine to the top of the sign. I 3D printed the partner statue from Magic Kingdom and painted it to look bronze. I used hot glue and e6000 glue to attach it to the top of the sign.

What do think of this patio project? Let me know in the comments! It was a lot of fun to make and it brought a little bit of Disney to the patio. Check out below for links to some of the things that I used in this tutorial.

What do you guys want to see me make next?

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Winners!

Hey guys!

Sorry this is so late! I got my 3D printer last week and was very distracted learning how to use it! I will be doing a blog post about it once I learn a little more. I can tell you that I have already printed quite a few Disney and Harry Potter items that I can’t wait to share with you!

Now the moment you have all been patiently waiting for! The winners are…

Megan the Hufflepuff Princess for the Harry Potter keychain and straw topper!

and

Tayna Keith for the Disney Keychain and straw topper!

Congrats to the two of you! Please comment below to let me know you you saw this and email me your address so I can get these in the mail! Email is alexsgeekycrafts@gmail.com.

Thank you everyone for participating and sharing my blog! Please keep following! You never know when I may throw a giveaway into a post. And please check out my affiliate links while you are here. Using my affiliate links helps me be able to bring content to you!

Congrats again to Megan and Tayna!

Signing off for now!

Alex

Happy May The 4th Be With You Day

Hey guys! May the 4th be with you today! I know it is a difficult time for everyone in the world right now but we have to have fun with the small things. Right? Who is thinking of binging the entire Skywalker Saga now that The Last Skywalker is on Disney+. I know I am!

Since today is Star Wars day what kind of geeky craft blog would I be if I didn’t do something! It took me a long time to think of what I wanted to do but I think I found the perfect thing. I wanted to make something with things that you may have around the house or that you could order online in case you are in one of the many areas that still have stay at home orders.

So today I am going to show you how to make a simple toilet paper roll Lightsaber.

For this craft you are going to need:

  • Toilet Paper roll
  • Scissors
  • 1 sheet of black cardstock
  • 1 sheet of white (tan or silver works as well) cardstock
  • 2 sheets of red, blue, or green cardstock (can be any light saber color but these are just the most common ones)
  • Tape
  • Hot glue gun and/or glue sticks
Here is the final product.

I had a lot of fun making this craft and I hope you guys do too! Show me pictures of your final products! Also let me know what you have planned for this quarantined May the 4th. Any crafts that you are working on for the day?

Don’t forget to check out my giveaway post and be entered into the chance to win some cool prizes!

May the 4th be with you! And I will talk to you next time!

Giveaway!

Hey guys! I really want to launch this blog! So to give it a jump start I am going to to a giveaway!

I am going to be giving away 2 sets of keychains and straw toppers! The first is Harry Potter themed and the second is Disney themed!

So to be entered into the giveaway there are 3 steps!

Step 1: Follow this blog! It is easy enough to follow and this way you get notified when I make a new post!

Step 2: Share this on Facebook! Just hit the share button at the bottom of this post!

Step 3: Comment on this post! Let me know what you want to see with this blog! Let me know if you like Harry Potter or Disney more! This helps me know that you followed the steps!

This giveaway will end on Friday May 15th at 8pm EST. The winners will be posted by Sunday May 17th!

While you are here go check out my first 3 blog posts! There are some great things in those posts!

Thanks for sticking with me! I hope to have a new post up soon!

Enjoy and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Alex

FLORAL WIRE MICKEY EARS TUTORIAL

I hope everyone is staying safe and sound during everything that is going on! I am going to be trying to post more craft tutorials and vlogs during the rest of this time. So please follow my website so you get notified when I post new content! Also please check out my youtube channel where I’m going to be trying to post new things as well! Hope you enjoy!

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Video from my Facebook Live Tutorial
Here is a picture of all the supplies needed to make the wired ears.
You can get almost all of these items on amazon.
The Template for the ear spacing is available below.

You don’t have to wrap the headband in ribbon if you don’t like the look or you don’t want to. That is just my preference.

I want to see what everyone makes so please post pictures in the comments once you finish!

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Battery Operated Fairy Lights: https://amzn.to/2YmmMbc

Glue Gun: https://amzn.to/2KPeGjg

Glue Sticks: https://amzn.to/2zNSq7r

Ribbon: https://amzn.to/2Yk6Aar

You can find the Floral wire at Dollar Tree.

Fake flowers can be found almost anywhere! I mainly get them from Dollar Tree, Walmart, and Michaels.

How To Make Resin Keychains

Hey Guys!

One of my new favorite things to make are resin keychains. Once you get the hang of it they are so easy to make.

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What you need to make them is:

  • Epoxy
  • Measuring cups
  • Gloves
  • Glitter
  • Stirrer
  • Silicone Mat
  • Silicone mold
  • Jump ring
  • keychain hook or split key ring

I like to use the Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast Resin. You can find it on Amazon or at your local Michaels. Its a 2 part resin so you have to mix one part of Part A and one part of Part B. You need to have exactly the same amount of each part. If you mix to much of one it can cause the whole mixture to be bad. Make sure to have the silicone mat under your mixture and molds so the resin doesn’t cause a mess on any tables or counter tops

Everything that you need to make a resin keychain

The plastic medicine cups are disposable and fairly cheap so it makes an easy clean up. Depending on how many molds I’m making I measure between 5-15ml of each part of the resin.

I use either another medicine cup or a bigger disposable cup to mix the 2 parts. Make sure to scrape all of the resin from each cup so you don’t lose any. Once you combine the 2 parts stir the mixture throughly for 3-4 minutes. You want to stir until all of the bubbles are out of the mixture.

Once it is mixed fully separate it into the amounts that you need for each mold. I usually go with about 5ml per mold. Then you mix the glitter into the resin. Once you have the glitter mixed you can pour the mixture into the mold. If its a thin areas like the deathly hallows mold in the pictures at the top of the screen you can use an oral syringe to pour the resin.

You want to have the mold overfilled a little so that it doesn’t leave rough edges. After you have it filled completely it will have to dry. You need to have it an a warm dry place for it to dry quicker. It can take 6-8 hours for it to dry enough for it to be taken out of the mold but about 18-24 hours for it to harden completely enough to add the hardware. If after 24-48 hours it is still not completely hardened that may mean that your mixture was off.

I used Pascal for the Mickey Ice Cream Bar, Michaels Dream for the bottom deathly hallows and the puzzle piece, Zeus for the minnie bow, Athena for Delaware, and Loki for the top deathly hallows.

I love mixing colors and changing the glitters that I use for different molds every time I make one. The glitters that I am obsessed with right now are from Glitter insanity. I just got her February Monthly Subscription box and it had so many amazing glitters. My two favorites from the box were Baby Not Yoda and Pascal. Both are perfect colors for St. Patty’s day keychains.

Check out the completed projects link to see how these all look when they finish drying!

Join my Facebook Group Accio SVG for a group exclusive discount code for Glitter Insanity! I also have buy-ins for all of the silicone molds that you see in this blog going on every few weeks. So definitely go check out the group.

Thank you for following me on this amazing adventure as I continue to share what I love with you guys!

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Welcome To My Blog.

Hey Guys!

My name is Alex and this is my blog. I will be posting different crafts that I have done along with all of the items that you need to make those crafts. This blog is not just going to be about crafts but it will be a main focus.

I will be sharing posts about all different types of crafts so you’ll see a little bit of every craft you may be interested in.

I mainly make keychains and sublimation items so some of these crafts are ones that I find and fall in love with but not something that I make all of the time.

I would love to have ideas from you guys to let me know what crafts you want to see me make. Join my Facebook group and let me know!

I hope you all are able to follow me through this journey!

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