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FaveCrafts Radio November Wrap Up & Giveaways

We had such a great time chatting with these amazing men of craft on the November Radio Show! From holiday craft ideas, to their new books and hit television series, these men of craft have got it going on! There’s nothing more fun than crafting with a little advice from the experts, and these men had lots of great tips!

FaveCrafts Radio Men of Craft Show

You can listen to the archived edition right below!

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Jonathan Fong
First we chatted with Jonathan Fong, whose designs have been featured on HGTV, DIY, USA Network and Fox. He loves to inspire people creatively, and he sure does! His website, Style With a Smile TV is home to weekly how-to videos on decorating, crafts and entertaining.

The best DIY touch to holiday decorating: Start the party outside! It will help get people in the mood for the holidays. Use luminaries or tall candy canes to dec

orate your your walkway. Jonathan created large candy canes with PVC tubing and his gas grill for some easy and inexpensive holiday decor outdoors!

DIY PVC Candy Canes

Jonathan’s favorite Thanksgiving table setting: Frame table settings are an easy go-to project. Use 11×17 picture frames to make personalized table settings. Fit your plates, silverware, and a picture of each guest into these empty frames for a personalized touch. It will make your guests feel special that you took the extra time to prepare. You can check it out his DIY table setting ideas video.

The best handmade holiday gifts: Personalized soaps make a great holiday gift. Use any regular flat bar soap and put images of your recipients, their kids or their pets on the soap with some Mod Podge. If you coat them in hot wax, the images will be sealed and stay on even after use. These personalized soaps make great hostess gift, favors, or stocking stuffers!


Mark Montano
Next up was Mark Montano – The Blinged Bandit. From television personality to published author, Mark’s creativity knows no bounds. Mark is so crafty, he and his friends built his own separate house, specifically for crafting! It’s a miniature version of mark’s home and his go-to spot to craft!

Mark’s favorite projects from his new book, The Big Ass Book of Bling: Mark’s blue bird bangle, made from wood, easy molding putty and a blue bird head, is one of his favorites. But, his number one craft from his new book, are rings made from microwaved glass. The Fuse Works Microwave Kiln is an amazingly helpful invention that allows you to melt glass in your microwave, and make these glass rings!

We talked baby heads: So, if you have never picked up one of Mark’s books or looked online, you may not have seen some of his cool (or creepy?) baby doll crafts. It is definitely something to check out and as Mark said, you are either team baby head or your not. And surprisingly, even though his is a baby doll fan, he is not a fan of clowns.

Baby Doll Head Paperweight Mark Montano

  Mark Montano Baby Head in a Box Project

Favorite crafting tool: While Mark believes, you cant just have one craft tool, if he had to choose it would be E6000 Glue, which he always has on hand.

Mark’s craft room – Mark doesn’t just have a room where he creates all his wonderful projects, he has a fairytale cottage. Behind his house in sunny California is a cute little cottage that looks like something straight out of an enchanted woods that is chock full of every craft supply and tool you can dream of. These photos make it look like the perfect oasis for any hobby.

Mark Montano Craft Room

Quick and easy holiday gift craft: A mixed media necklace made out of whatever you have left in your craft bin can make a great holiday gift. It’s lots of fun and you don’t have to purchase anything.

For more great ideas from Mark, check out his brand new book, The Big Ass Book of Bling! (or win one below)

Steven Brown Glitterville

Stephen Brown
Last, but not least, we spoke with Stephen Brown, the founder of Glitterville! He is the author of Glitterville’s new holiday how-to book series, and can be seen on TLC as a judge on Craft Wars.

Stephen’s experience on craft wars: It has been great to see all the crafty people come and exercise their skill. For the judges, it is a calm experience, the intensity comes along with the crafters trying to complete their challenges.

TLC Craft Wars

The idea behind Glitterville: While planning to start his own site, Stephen found himself always covered in glitter. Finally, a friend mentioned he looked like he was the mayor of some shiny town. It was that day, Stephen decided on the name Glitterville, for his now largely popular website that focuses on all things craft.

A great hostess gift idea for the holiday: It doesn’t have to be a huge gift, just something to show you made a little effort. Small loaves of pumpkin bread wrapped in shiny corsage bags can make a handmade great thank you.

Stephen has just released a new book,  Glitterville’s Handmade Halloween: A glittered guide for whimsical crafting!


FaveCrafts Radio Giveaway!


UPDATE: We’ve picked our lucky winners for the radio show!

Carmen said “I love to see lots of Mancraft ideas :)” and she’s in luck because she’s going to get a copy of Mark Montano’s new book, Big Ass Book of Bling!

And Brenda told us “Mancraft- thanks for the inspiring show and chances to win some awesome prizes! :)” You’re welcome Brenda! Hope you enjoy the set of hooks from the Crochet Dude!

Congratulations ladies! If you didn’t win this time around, tune in next month for more chances to win!

CONTEST CLOSED: Enter a comment below with one of the secret password of the day on the November show to be entered to win one of these fabulous prizes. (We would also LOVE to hear what you think of the show!)

A copy of Mark Montano’s new book, The Big Ass Book of Bling

The Big Ass Book of Bling

OR a set of Crochet Dude Ergo Crochet Hooks from Boye.

Crochet Dude Ergo Crochet Hooks from Boye


Contest Rules:

When’s the next show you ask? December 11, 2012 at 11 am EST. See you there!

For more information on the events promoted during the radio show:

Become a fan of AllFreeKidsCrafts on Facebook for your chance to win over $100 in American Girl crafts!

Follow FaveCrafts on Pinterest to find free craft tutorials, craft project ideas, videos!

You’re invited to our Holiday Twitter Party on November 14th!