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Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review – Halloween Skeleton !

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review and photos - Halloween Skeleton ! Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I always see the Heidi Swapp Marquee Love light kits every time I go into Michael’s but I never purchased one until a couple weeks ago when I got this skeleton light kit for Halloween. It’s so cool! It was super easy to make and I bought the purple bulb caps and some washi tape to add a little more decoration.

With Halloween just two days away I know it’s a little late to be starting any new Halloween-themed DIY projects, but this light kit was so awesome I just had to share/review it. Also, I’m really hoping that there will be new light kits coming out for Christmas and the upcoming holiday season. This was seriously so easy to make and it makes a super cool-looking DIY decoration. Plus, you can tell people, “I made it myself,” for extra creativity points. 😀

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Heidi Swapp Marquee Love washi tape and purple light bulb caps

In the Heidi Swapp Marquee Love section at Michael’s there were a bunch of tapes, paper, stickers, bulb caps and other embellishments, most of which were also by Heidi Swapp. I decided to get this wide washi tape with a spider web design to add to the sides of my skeleton marquee light. This tape is by Heidi Swapp (~$4-$5) and the width of it fits perfectly against the sides of the marquee. She makes a bunch of different colors (not just for Halloween) so this wide tape is compatible with all of the Marquee Love lights.

The skeleton marquee light kit came with clear bulb caps but I decided to buy the purple bulb caps and use them instead. It added a sweet pop of color and I love the color purple so I didn’t even think twice about buying them.

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review and photos - Halloween Skeleton ! Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review and photos - Halloween Skeleton ! Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The kit itself cost about $13 but I got it on sale for 40%-off. I think the whole Heidi Swapp line was 40%-off that day, actually. Michael’s always has some kind of sale going on and they always offer pretty good coupons, so I feel like I never actually pay full price for anything when I go in there. But anyway … The skeleton marquee light kit came with:

  • Marquee skeleton shape — Basically the cardboard base of the marquee.
  • Tracing template — A piece of paper in the same shape as the marquee that is used as a tracer, making it easy to cut out the shape on a different piece of paper. I traced the skeleton onto small sheets of glitter paper that I already had at home and placed it on top of the original marquee shape.
  • Ultra-efficient LED light strand — The light strand that you push through the holes in the skeleton head to light up the marquee.
  • Clear bulb caps — The kit came with its own clear bulb caps but, like I said above, I decided to buy the purple ones and use those instead.

All Heidi Swapp Marquee Love kits are basically the same — they all come with the same items inside — it’s just the shape that’s different. The kit requires two AAA batteries, which I had to buy separately.

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review and photos - Halloween Skeleton ! Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

The glitter squares that I had at home were too small to completely cover the skeleton, so I had to use two different pieces. I decided to switch it up and use two colors — silver and white — instead of just one. I used the tracing template (which is on the left in the above photo) on the glitter paper and then I cut out the new shape. The holes for the lights were kind of a pain to cut out so I used a hole puncher instead and it worked out very well.

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review and photos - Halloween Skeleton ! Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Next I decorated the sides of the marquee with the wide spider web washi tape. This tape (also by Heidi Swapp) is made to fit the marquee light kits perfectly, and there are a bunch of different patterns and colors to choose from. Instead of using washi tape you can also put glitter or some other kind of embellishment around the perimeter of the marquee. I went with the tape because it was the least messy option of the bunch.

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review and photos - Halloween Skeleton ! Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

After placing the glitter paper down I added the purple bulb caps to the marquee. I easily pushed the caps through the holes and this also keeps the glitter paper in place without having to use glue or something else (which gets messy — I am a pretty messy DIY-er to begin with).

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review and photos - Halloween Skeleton ! Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.After placing the bulb caps I flipped the marquee over and pushed the lights through the back. The string of lights was made specifically for this shape, so you will have just enough lights that fall perfectly along the back of the shape, beginning with the battery pack at the top. The kit also came with a little piece of velcro that you use to hold down the battery pack.

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review and photos - Halloween Skeleton ! Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

And that’s it! This is the finished product — a super cute and extremely easy DIY Halloween decoration. It was also a lot of fun to make this and you really, really can’t mess it up, so I would say it’s great for beginners and kiddies. I really hope that Heidi Swapp comes out with different marquees for the holidays because I’m planning on making a few to place around the house as decorations.

Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Light Kit Review and photos - Halloween Skeleton ! Photo copyright 2015: Sugarglow makeup, beauty, lifestyle, fashion, diy, etc. blog. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Here is the finished product all lit up in the dark. Pretty cool looking, right?! I forgot to mention that there were a few different Halloween designs, but I decided to go with the skeleton because I thought it looked the best!

The Heidi Swapp Marquee Love kits cost about $12-$15 and are available at Michael’s and Michaels.com (although not all shapes/designs are available on the website). Happy crafting!! 🙂

 

 

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Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters Review & Photos (Super Easy + Fun!)

Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I’ve been so busy with classes the last two weeks that I’m a little late with this post, but I had to get it up anyway to show how awesome and easy these coasters were to make! I loved this project and, like all of the other Darby Smart boxes, I found that it was super easy and a complete DIY/craft-sy novice can easily create a beautiful project.

Darby Smart is one of my newer subscription services and I am loving it more and more with each box I receive. I have ordered a bunch of individual projects from the site and I have also received a few monthly boxes so far. You can sign up for a monthly subscription (which is a surprise box) or you can purchase a project you like from the huge list of craft boxes that the Darby Smart website has to offer.

Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Even though this particular box to create ink blot coasters is no longer available, Darby Smart does offer some similar projects (which I have listed below), or you can go to the craft store and purchase the supplies yourself to make this exact project — I have listed all of the supplies in this post. I am actually planning on buying more blank coasters and alcohol ink this week so that I can make even more coasters since I had so much fun with this project!

Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com. Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Each Darby Smart DIY box comes with a set of instructions and step-by-step photos, and then you can check out their website for more help and inspiration. The instructions didn’t come out that clear in the above photo, but I just wanted to give an idea as to what they look like on the card.

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THE DARBY SMART FEBRUARY 2014 TO DIY BOX (INK BLOT COASTERS) CONTAINED:

  • 4 blank ceramic tiles (under $2 per tile at most hardware stores)
  • 1 Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution (~$5 at most craft stores)
  • 3 Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol Inks (~$10 for a 3-pack at most craft stores)
  • 1 foam craft brush (super cheap, less than $1 at most craft store and less than $5 for a pack of multiple brushes)
  • 1 pack of cork stickers (~$5 at most craft stores)
  • 1 bottle of Mod Podge (~$7-8 at most craft stores — I am looking for an alternative to this to seal in the alcohol ink because I didn’t really like how the Mod Podge worked with this particular project)

Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Okay, so, on to the fun! So, the first step is to take out a blank coaster. Okay, easy enough. This step probably didn’t need a whole photo but I always need a sense of completion with things like this, so here is “Step One“.

Oh, I forgot to mention — the best part about this project is that the ink is completely washable with soap and water and you can fix and re-do the coasters as often as you like to get a design you absolutely love. I lost count with how many times I washed and re-inked my coasters. And, although the ink takes a little longer coming off your fingers (it really seeped in after 20+ tile applications … -_-), it definitely comes off the tiles very easily which really makes this whole project completely fool-proof. I got super excited about this whole thing and never wanted it to end, but I had to choose my “finished project” at some point and I’m just going to go out and buy more coasters and ink to make more!

Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Step Two: Pour a few drops of the Alcohol Blending Solution onto the tile and spread it out evenly with the foam brush. The more blending solution you use, the more your inks will spread out and blend. I ran out of this stuff after like my 50th do-over and when I get more I think I’m going to use a little less blending solution on a few tiles to keep some of the inks in the circular pattern that you will see in the next two photos.

Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Step Three: Start dropping your ink on the tile and watch them spread out and do awesome, pretty visionary stuff. Like I said before, if you use less blending solution then the colors won’t spread out as much. You are basically making art out of complete messy chaos here, so anything goes, really. You can drop as many colors as you want, and make the drops as big or as small as you like. You can cover up the whole tile or leave some white space — it’s totally up to you. This project really takes zero crafty talent.

Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Step Four: Ooooh … pretty colors. Mix and match to your heart’s desire and watch all the colors combine and make new colors when you mix them together. They should totally do an alcohol ink project in elementary school art classes. This is the color wheel in action.

Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Step Five: Depending on how much blending solution you used, the finished product might look totally different than what it looked like when you were dropping the colors. I overdid it a bit on this tile (above), as all the colors mixed together way too much and formed into black … but it actually came out cool this way.

Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Step Six: After your ink is dry, turn the tile over and apply the cork stickers to prevent the tiles from scratching any surfaces. Then, flip the tile over and apply the Mod Podge with your foam brush over the whole thing. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Mod Podge in this project — I found that it streaked the tiles (even though it was supposed to prevent streaks) and it made the inks lose a lot of their shininess.

I’m going to find a better sealer in the store — one that seals the ink in place and keeps the colors vibrant and glossy-looking. I also re-did this tile multiple times so that’s why there is so much ink on the bottom of the tile. The first few tiles I made didn’t have any ink on the bottom so it looked a lot neater.

Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

And here is my finished project! As you can see, there are a few white streaks in the top right tile because of the way it dried after applying the Mod Podge. Otherwise, I think these all came out pretty cool (after rinsing them off and re-doing them at least 20 times). I’m going to look for a better sealer for the inks that will preserve their color vibrancy and glossiness, so maybe I will do another post for my next set of ink blot tiles! Here are a few more photos of the finished tiles up close:

Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com. Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

 

Darby Smart February 2014 To DIY For Subscription Box: Pretty Alcohol Ink Coasters (Super Easy + Fun!) monthly craft and DIY subscription box review and photos. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Overall, this project was super fun, SUPER easy and I love the fact that you can wash off the ink as many times as you want before you obtain a finished product that you absolutely love. The whole thing did become a bit messier after re-doing the tiles more than, say, three times (that’s how the ink dripped down to the bottom of the tile), but, overall, this project wasn’t that messy.

I would definitely recommend to put a towel down and not use these inks directly on any surfaces (obviously), and to use a towel that you don’t mind getting dirty. Some of the inks set into the towel that I used but that’s okay because I can use the towel again for the next DIY/craft project 🙂

 

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This specific Darby Smart Ink Blot Coasters DIY kit was part of the February TO DIY FOR subscription box, so it is no longer available. If you want a coaster-making kit, Darby Smart offers a Malachite/Fabric Coasters box ($29), a Moroccan Tile Coasters box ($22) and a Monogram Coasters box ($29). There is also a multitude of other DIY craft boxes that comes complete with all the supplies you need for that specific project, or you can make these exact ink blot coasters by buying the supplies listed earlier on in this post.

For $19/month, you can also subscribe to the Darby Smart monthly TO DIY FOR subscription box, a new surprise DIY/craft box each month. There are also other pricing plans where you pay every three months ($47) or yearly ($199), that ends up being cheaper than the $19/month price. For more information, visit DarbySmart.com.

 

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Darby Smart Jewelry Design Starter Set Review + Photos: Pretty (and Easy!) DIY Embellished Bracelets Kit. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Darby Smart Jewelry Design Starter Set Review + Photos: Pretty (and Easy!) DIY Embellished Bracelets Kit

Darby Smart Jewelry Design Starter Set Review + Photos: Pretty (and Easy!) DIY Embellished Bracelets Kit. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Darby Smart is a monthly DIY subscription box service that sends out a “TO DIY FOR” box every month and also offers various DIY kits that you can buy at any time. I absolutely love Darby Smart and it’s my favorite DIY subscription service. I’ve always loved creative projects but I’ve always been just a writer, and never really felt very artsy or creative … I’m also impatient and a total mess, so I always kinda thought these projects weren’t for me. Darby Smart makes it SO easy to complete super cute and fun DIY projects and all of their projects are extremely practical — from jewelry to jewelry holders to candles, clutches, accessories and more.

Darby Smart Jewelry Design Starter Set Review + Photos: Pretty (and Easy!) DIY Embellished Bracelets Kit. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

I actually go onto the Darby Smart website now when I need something for my room to see if they have a DIY box so I can make it myself instead of going out to buy it in the store. The monthly TO DIY FOR box is fun because you have no idea what it’s going to be until it arrives at your doorstep and these surprise boxes have been mostly practical/everyday use/home decor-type projects as well.

I got the Jewelry Design Starter Set awhile ago and it’s the first Darby Smart project I completed. I took the photos months ago and I kind of wish now that I did a step-by-step photo tutorial so I could post it here in my blog. I’m definitely going to do that for future Darby Smart projects. So, this post isn’t very photo-heavy but I wanted to give you a general idea of what the jewelry starter kit was all about.

Darby Smart Jewelry Design Starter Set Review + Photos: Pretty (and Easy!) DIY Embellished Bracelets Kit. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

THE DARBY SMART JEWELRY DESIGN STARTER SET CONTAINS:

– 6 gold bangles
– 2 sets of trim: one plastic pearl-ish pattern and one gold pattern with rhinestones
– 5 different thread colors: mint/teal green, navy blue, bright sky blue, hot pink and white
– super glue

Darby Smart Jewelry Design Starter Set Review + Photos: Pretty (and Easy!) DIY Embellished Bracelets Kit. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Each Darby Smart DIY kit comes with a step-by-step instruction card, and then you can go to their website for more instructions, photos and inspiration. 

These bangles were pretty easy to make, except for the fact that the super glue got all over my fingers, which isn’t surprising because I am a MESS.

Darby Smart Jewelry Design Starter Set Review + Photos: Pretty (and Easy!) DIY Embellished Bracelets Kit. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

Basically, you start by supergluing the thread color of your choice to the inside of the gold bracelet (this is optional — some bracelets I made had the thread on the inside and some of them didn’t), then you put the embellishment of your choice around the outside and start threading one of the thread colors over the embellishment in-between each one to get them to stay on the bracelet. I used the white pearls for this bracelet (above).

Darby Smart Jewelry Design Starter Set Review + Photos: Pretty (and Easy!) DIY Embellished Bracelets Kit. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.
I ended up using all six of the bangles that came in the kit but I didn’t really take many pictures and I wanted to get this post up quickly so I decided not to re-take the photos. I used the rhinestone embellishment (above) and then I did a mix-and-match with embellishments and the different thread colors mixing them up on each bracelet.

Darby Smart Jewelry Design Starter Set Review + Photos: Pretty (and Easy!) DIY Embellished Bracelets Kit. Photo copyright 2014 Sugarglow Blog: Makeup, skincare, hair products, reviews, subscription boxes, DIY, fashion and more. www.sugarglowbeauty.com.

This was the only photo of more of the bracelets that I have right now, since I was able to simply retrieve it from my Instagram page. As you can see, I mixed-and-matched the thread colors and embellishments and for the top pink bracelet I even left some of it completely gold instead of covering it with the thread. So this kit really allows you to use your creativity to make a bunch of unique bracelet patterns/designs and it’s SUPER easy to do! 

 

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The Darby Smart Jewelry Design Starter kit costs $19 and can be purchased here.

Darby Smart is a monthly DIY/crafts subscription box that costs $19 per month with the option for 1, 6 or 12-month subscriptions (with each one you save a little bit per month). To subscribe, head over to DarbySmart.com for more information and to purchase individual DIY craft kits.

 

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