Step Up Your Halloween Decorating Game with These Easy Craft Projects

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Chillier weather and the changing colors on the leaves means that autumn is here, the holiday season is just weeks away and it’s time to get “crafty”!  October is the month with perhaps the most craft-focused holiday of all, Halloween.

Ready to step up your spooky decoration game this year? Here are some simple Halloween projects you can take on this weekend using Ecclectic products and adhesives.

DYI Halloween Skulls

Nothing says Halloween like spooky skulls, does it? These Dazzling Halloween Skulls will add some much needed scares to your home. With their sugar skull design you can also use them as Dia de los Muertos decorations!

Creepy Spiderweb Vases

Spiderweb vases complete with giant spiders? A must-have for your next Halloween party!

Custom Day of the Dead Plate

Dia de los Muertos begins right after Halloween! These stylish plates are bound to be a hit.

Eeeek! Anatomical Paper Mache Hearts

It wouldn’t be Halloween without a good scare, and these creepy decorations resembling human human hearts will certainly deliver.

With our friend Mark Montano and our very own Eclectic Products, there is no shortage of DIY projects that you can undertake. Check back soon for more fun DIY and Craft projects and tips!

About Eclectic Products, Inc.

Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, Eclectic Products specializes in adhesive/patch/coatings and repair products ranging from 0.18 oz. tubes to industrial totes and drums. The company offers powerful brands with exceptional performance and high-level technical R&D abilities. Eclectic Products has earned numerous awards for product performance, innovative design and excellence from organizations such as theNational Retail Hardware Association, HGTV Magazine and Handyman Magazine. Eclectic’s manufacturing facility based in Pineville, Louisiana has also been recognized by the State of Louisiana for demonstrating exceptional quality of work and a commitment to community. All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Master the Art with Mark Montano

Mark Montano

“It feels natural for me to be creating and making. I get depressed if I’m not in the middle of a project to be honest.” – Mark Montano

Mark Montano is literally a man of many hats. Just look at his resume; he’s been an interior designer, a clothing designer, a TV host for The Style Network and The Learning Channel, a columnist, a published author, and most recently a youtube-hit with his channel, Make Your Mark where he frequently uses our favorite craft glues (like the E6000 line) and other DIY products from our very own Eclectic Products.

Mark’s passion and infectious creativity have brought success in every medium he’s immersed himself in, but it’s his desire to inspire others that have truly brought him to the limelight.

It all began at the young age of 14 when Montano aided his mother and aunts in the sewing of their clothing. “Sewing is so wonderful and meditational. Since I was from a small town with no real way to get great clothes, I had to make them and that’s what I did.” Years later this very mindset took him to acquire a masters in Costume History from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Paired with his Bachelors degree in business, Montano was ready to take the design world by storm.

Mark Montano went on to intern for Oscar de la Renta and found himself in the heart of design world. His New York surroundings inspired his work and became a staple of the boutique he established. His creative sensibilities would soon find a very different audience than the high fashion world of New York when he took on the position of contributing editor for Cosmo Girl! Magazine. His design tips helped define many a teenage girl room from that moment onward.

It was his transition to TV, however, that truly brought Mark to the everyone’s homes and face to face (so the speak). As a designer on the hit TLC show While You Were Out, Mark Montano would transform people’s homes while they were away for the weekend. By the time he became host of My Celebrity Home, it was hard not to recognize Mark Montano’s unique style and vibrant attitude.

Mr. Montano is a thoroughly creative individual, one with the unwavering capacity to master whichever medium he embraces. It’s his gift for sharing, however, that truly renders him incomparable from so many other creatives. From his Cosmo Girl! tips to his design shows to his YouTube Channel, Mark has always done everything in his power to inspire others to create and to give them the tools to do so. We name him our “Featured Innovator of the Month” and look forward to sharing more videos and tips from Mark in the future. Don’t forget, you can always find the latest from Mark Montano in his Youtube Channel. Now, go create something!

Note: Mark Montano does not work for Willamette Valley Company.

Sources:

instructables.com/id/Featured-Author-Interview-Mark-Montano/

kellygolightly.com/interview-mark-montano/

www.youtube.com/user/MakeYourMarkMontano

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Five Fun Projects to Kick Off The School Year in Style

Allure E6000

Now that summer is winding up, we thought this would be a great time to share some stylish kid friendly back-to-school project ideas using top-of-the-line adhesives produced by Eclectic Products’, a division of Willamette Valley Company.

The E6000® line of adhesives can be found in most arts and crafts stores and offer a wide range of products to suit all your adhesive needs, including Fabri-Fuse, Jewelry and Bead, Stitchless, and Spray Adhesive to name a few.  These five Back-to-School project ideas, presented by our good friend Mark Montano of Make Your Mark, are fun ways for the kids to kick off the new school year in style.

No Sew! Easy Rag Rug Pillows

The great thing is that with Fabri-Fuse, No Sew really means No Sew! A bit of adhesive and some materials and you’ll end up with stylish rag rug pillows worthy of sale in even the trendiest of artisanal markets!

Recycled Paper Jewelry

DIY jewelry is a fun and relaxing way to get ready for the new school year. When you can make creative, wearable jewelry out of old magazines and adhesive, it’s even better!

Octo Love DIY Sweater

Now, if you’re somehow Octo-opposed, don’t worry, you can use these same techniques to create all sorts of fun patterns on sweaters and fabrics! Your kids will have a blast coming up with different designs to create!

Allure-Ing Fabric Bracelets

This project is named after E6000®’s Allure Dimension Design Adhesive Paint in Gloss! As you can see, beyond simply sticking things together you can use E6000 to create some fun designs and bring out the true “Art” in “Arts and Crafts.”

How To: Ginger Jars

Create some fun jars to keep around the house for decoration and a sneaky place to store school supplies!  You can pattern these however you see fit to bring out the unique style you’re after.

Five fun ways to use E6000®, five very different projects to make with your kids! Click here for more uses and fun project ideas!

About Eclectic Products, Inc.

Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, Eclectic Products specializes in adhesive/patch/coatings and repair products ranging from 0.18 oz. tubes to industrial totes and drums. The company offers powerful brands with exceptional performance and high-level technical R&D abilities. Eclectic Products has earned numerous awards for product performance, innovative design and excellence from organizations such as theNational Retail Hardware Association, HGTV Magazine and Handyman Magazine. Eclectic’s manufacturing facility based in Pineville, Louisiana has also been recognized by the State of Louisiana for demonstrating exceptional quality of work and a commitment to community. All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

New Product Spotlight: FAMOWOOD® GLAZE COAT® High Build Epoxy Coating from Eclectic Products, Inc.

glaze-coat-family-usEclectic Products, Inc., a subsidiary of the Willamette Valley Company, has recently unveiled FAMOWOOD® GLAZE COAT® HIGH BUILD EPOXY COATING, another innovative solution for crafters and home improvement DIYers.

This ultra-clear, high gloss finish epoxy is versatile enough to be used on just about any surface, either smooth or rough, stained or painted. It’s great for coating tables, bar tops, game boards, preserving photographs, ceramics, or to imbed coins, rocks, sea shells, flowers or any non-waxy material. It can be used on Wood, Cloth, Styrofoam™, Metal, Pine Cones, Leather, Paper, you name it!

Want to see how it works? Watch this table get a cool new makeover using Glaze Coat.

Now watch Mark Montano shows Glaze Coat in action:

The possibilities are endless!  Here’s what some customers on Amazon had to say of their experience with the product:

“This stuff works great. Creates a solid, clear surface.” – David G. Gantt

“Hard and durable. Tried it in crafting this year to make water in a miniature pond to put in a fairy garden. Is holding up beautifully so far.” – Deb in Ohio

“Famowood is pretty amazing. I do resin jewelry and I’ve definitely been through my fair share of tests and experiments.” – Cilla

Click here for more uses and fun project ideas!

About Eclectic Products, Inc.
Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, Eclectic Products specializes in adhesive/patch/coatings and repair products ranging from 0.18 oz. tubes to industrial totes and drums. The company offers powerful brands with exceptional performance and high-level technical R&D abilities. Eclectic Products has earned numerous awards for product performance, innovative design and excellence from organizations such as the National Retail Hardware Association, HGTV Magazine and Handyman Magazine. Eclectic’s manufacturing facility based in Pineville, Louisiana has also been recognized by the State of Louisiana for demonstrating exceptional quality of work and a commitment to community. All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

Eclectic Products Brings New and Improved Products to the World of DIY

Eclectic Products, Inc., a subsidiary of the Willamette Valley Company, has recently launched two very exciting products!

Last summer, the company announced the addition of the ULTIMATE repair glue, Amazing GOOP® II Max, to it’s superior range of adhesives and do-it-yourself products like Amazing GOOP Adhesives ®, E6000 ®, Shoe GOO ®, Seal-All ®, and FAMOWOOD ® just to name a few.  And just this month, Eclectic Products introduced it’s newest innovation, Allure Adhesive Paints, a permanent, multi-dimensional adhesive paint.

The new Amazing GOOP II Max is part of the Amazing GOOP family, but with EVEN MORE features. Eclectic’s new formula will provide maximum impact resistance and maximum flexibility. UV inhibitors have been added to ensure high quality performance in extreme outdoor conditions. The adhesive is also formulated to be waterproof and will not crack or become brittle when exposed to even the toughest elements. It’s toughness is unlike anything else because it remains flexible while permanently bonding virtually any material and withstanding harsh environmental elements.

Allure Adhesive Paints are made from pure pigments and formulated with TechniSheen™ color enhancing technology to give your projects incredible vibrancy. They can also be used on multiple surfaces like fabric, and are Washer/Dryer safe. These acid free paints are ideal for crafting and retain their dimensional shape. Whatever color and design combinations you can imagine – you can create!

To see how it works, check out this video of Mark Montano using the new paints in this How To video:

About Eclectic Products, Inc.
Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, Eclectic Products specializes in adhesive/patch/coatings and repair products ranging from 0.18 oz. tubes to industrial totes and drums. The company offers powerful brands with exceptional performance and high-level technical R&D abilities. Eclectic Products has earned numerous awards for product performance, innovative design and excellence from organizations such as the National Retail Hardware Association, HGTV Magazine and Handyman Magazine. Eclectic’s manufacturing facility based in Pineville, Louisiana has also been recognized by the State of Louisiana for demonstrating exceptional quality of work and a commitment to community. All products are proudly made in the U.S.A.

 

Time to Get Crafty! Make Your Own Mixed Media Desk Accessories with E-6000 Spray Adhesive

HOW TO Make Mixed Media Desk Accessories

Are you wondering what to get your loved ones for Christmas this year? Consider a giving a handmade gift! Handmade gifts are a great way to save money and while giving a special one-of-a-kind gift. All you need is a little creativity and the right tools, like craft glue!

Our friends at Eclectic Products, Inc. are a great resource for ideas and instructions for fun crafts this year. Here is a simple idea to get you started:

In this episode of the “Make Your Mark” Web Series, author and craft guru, Mark Montano, uses E-6000 Spray Adhesive along with leftover scraps and jewelry pieces to make adorable recycled mixed media desk in this video. Watch below:

MARK MONTANO
Designer, Crafter & Author

Mark uses Amazing GOOP and E6000 in his craft books and public appearances. Crafting is a big part of Mark’s life and he enjoys sharing and encouraging everyone to have fun with your projects. Have fun crafting and enjoy the crafts from Mark and others. Follow these links to more videos of Mark using E6000 Spray Adhesive!
WATCH NOW Lampshade
WATCH NOW Gold Leaf Bracelets

About The Eclectic Products, Inc.
The Eclectic Products, Inc. AMAZING CRAFT Adhesives are a complete collection of products for every project imaginable. Eclectic Products, a subsidiary of Willamette Valley Company, manufactures adhesives, wood fillers, and do-it-yourself products for home and commercial use.

 

Improve Your Outdoor Space Quickly and Inexpensively this Summer

Now that warm weather is here, it’s time to take inventory of your outdoor living space and tools. Fortunately, there are products available that can save you money as you get your outdoor space ready for summer, such as Amazing GOOP® Lawn & Garden and FAMOWOOD® Wood Filler by Eclectic Products.

All you need is your imagination and a tube of this versatile one-part adhesive. Here are 7 simple ways you can get your outdoor paradise ready for summer:

1. Before you begin, stand back and take a look around your backyard like you’re seeing it for the first time. Take note of the condition of canvas cushions, umbrellas, garden tools, patio furniture, screens, flower pots, etc.

2. Decide what is too shabby to save and get rid of it. Clean away all “trash” and clutter like empty plastic flowerpots, debris around the barbecue area or old tools leaning against the house.

3. Paint inexpensive chairs and tables in bright colors to add a touch of whimsy and fun.

4. Add a bright and inexpensive outdoor rug adds to instant warmth and style.

5. Use FAMOWOOD® Original Wood Filler to mask small or large defects in wooden fences, decks, porches and swings. Watch this video to learn more:

6. Use Amazing GOOP ®Lawn & Garden to

*Turn an old table into a beautiful mosaic with some broken china

*Repair tears in canvas umbrellas and chair upholstery. It won’t chip or flake off because it dries to a rubbery, flexible finish that moves with the material.

*Repair garden tools by bonding wooden handles to metal tool parts.

*Repair other yard items such as gloves, sprinklers and drip system hoses, gutters and downspouts. For maximum ultraviolet protection, paint over it after it has cured.

*Mend small tears in window and door screens and fix cement ponds and birdbaths.

*Create a non-slip surface for tool handles.

7. Get crafty! Add a personal touch to your space by “GOOP-ing” outdoor craft projects such as custom flower pots, ceramic wind chimes, plant holders, decorated birdhouses, jeweled candle holders and so much more. Click here for ideas.

About Amazing GOOP® Lawn & Garden
Amazing GOOP® Lawn & Garden is one of the strongest and most versatile one part adhesives available, the product replaces glues, paste, rubber contact cement, and silicone and patch kits. It is unsurpassed for permanently repairing, mending, and sealing, and for bonding two different materials together. It is ready to use right out of the tube and easy to apply. Use it on almost any material — wicker, wood, metal, glass, ceramic, rubber, cement, leather, marble, plastic, PVC/ABS, tile, vinyl, and even fabric — repair it, bond it to another material or just glue it back together. But with the right adhesive, it’s no longer necessary to replace those cracked hoses, ripped deck umbrellas or loose tiles– simply pull out a tube of Amazing GOOP® Lawn & Garden to bond it, seal it or repair it and save some money. is the perfect adhesive for all outdoor-related projects because of its ability to repair, seal, and bond to a wide variety of materials including wood, metal, cement, ceramic, brick, rubber, canvas and vinyl.

Amazing GOOP ®Lawn & Garden is available i most home improvement and hardware stores, For more information about fast and easy repair of almost anything with one part adhesives, visit www.amazinggoop.com..

Article source: Quick and Inexpensive Tips to Beautify Your Backyard

photo credit: Landscape Design Advisor via photopin cc

Company News: Eclectic Products Opens New Manufacturing Facility in Louisiana

John Harrison, President and CEO of Willamette Valley Company joins Bill Clark, COO of Eclectic Products, Inc. and many other distinguished guests to celebrate opening of new Eclectic Products, Inc. facility.

Last month, John Harrison, President and CEO of Willamette Valley Company, traveled to Pineville, Louisiana to celebrate the opening of a new 28,000 square foot manufacturing building at the Eclectic Products, Inc. manufacturing campus.

Eclectic Products, Inc., a subsidiary of the Willamette Valley Company, manufactures a range of adhesives and various do-it-yourself products for residential and commercial customers including Amazing Goop, E-6000, Famowood and Wood-Tex, are available in over 35,000 stores worldwide. Eclectic Products also offers various wood fillers, epoxies and coatings, and oil and gas resistant adhesives.

The new facility is expected to increase productivity and add new jobs to the existing 88 jobs already on site. “This expansion is another concrete example of our continued commitment to our customers, the state, and local community for a long time to come,” Mr. Harrison said.

Mr. Harrison was joined by Bill Clark, COO of Eclectic Products, Inc. and many other distinguished guests including Mayor Clarence Fields, of Pineville; Mayor Jonathan Dean, of Ball; Jim Clinton, President and CEO of the Central Louisiana Economic Development Association (CLEDA), and Janile Parks of Louisiana Economic Development.

Here is what they had to say about this exciting development:
“Eclectic Products is another great example of a hidden jewel in Central Louisiana that most citizens aren’t even aware is located here. But if you do any kind of woodworking, crafting or just a do-it-yourselfer, you have used a product manufactured locally at Eclectic Products. Eclectic has always been a big part of our community and this new plant helps ‘seal’ their presence here for many more years to come.” – Mayor Clarence Fields

“We are delighted that Eclectic has chosen Central Louisiana in which to expand their operations. The Town of Ball looks forward to a productive relationship that results in prosperity for Eclectic and our area. We are thankful for the efforts of CLEDA , the State of Louisiana and the Business Community for making economic development happen.” -Mayor Jonathan Dean

“The best chance to grow jobs and investment in our region is always with our fine existing companies. Both Louisiana Economic Development and CLEDA have increased focus and support for the expansion of the manufacturing base. We thank Willamette Valley Company and Eclectic Products for choosing to grow with us in Central Louisiana.”- Jim Clinton, President & CEO of the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.

Article Source: www.centrallouisiana.org/articles-details.php

How One Man Changed the Shoe and Craft Industry….The Story of Shoe GOO Adhesive

Anyone who has used AMAZING GOOP® Adhesives to create works of art or salvaged their favorite shoes with Shoe GOO can thank Lyman Van Vliet for his groundbreaking invention.

Some of the most innovative solutions of the modern age were developed for a very simple reason. In fact, the origins of Eclectic Products, Inc., one of the biggest manufacturers of adhesive products on the market today, began simply with “tennis toe”.

In the early 1970s, Lyman Van Vliet, a senior executive who frequently enjoyed a game of tennis, was getting frustrated because the soles of his shoes were frequently falling apart while playing his favorite game. The need for more durable shoes inspired him to seek out a method to effective repair them.

After numerous attempts, Van Vliet finally concocted a substance which could be used to create a pliable surface coating for shoe soles. The product, which we now know as “Shoe GOO Adhesive”, was groundbreaking because it had solvents to keep it like a thick gel hardened to a strong yet flexible rubber once it was applied.

The demand for his product led him to launch Eclectic Products in 1972 and market his new creation to tennis players.  It did not take long for the orders to pour in.  Shoe GOO quickly gained popularity among runners during the 1970s and 80s.   In 1988 Willamette Valley Company acquired Eclectic Products in 1988 and their operations are now located in Eugene, Oregon.

Today, Shoe GOO Adhesive is still used to repair tennis shoes and so much more!  Read 101 Uses For Shoe GOO.… to get an idea on how versatile this product is. Click here to read more about Lyman Van Vliet’s story:

photo credit: Earthworm via photopin cc

Last Minute DIY Holiday Craft Ideas from Eclectic Products, Inc.

Still looking for an easy craft project for holiday gifts?  Handmade gifts are a great way to save money and give someone a special one-of-a-kind gift. All you need is a little creativity and the right tools, like craft glue!

Our friends at Eclectic Products, Inc. have been hard at work sharing new ideas and resources for fun crafts this year. If you are looking for some last minute handmade gift ideas, you will find some great ideas on www.eclecticproducts.com/craftprojects 
and www.facebook.com/EclecticProductsInc.

Here are some examples of great handmade crafts you can do this weekend using E6000® Craft Adhesive:

DIY Holiday Serving Pieces and Treats on www.serenitynowblog.com

• Fabulous serving tray made with E6000 (pictured above)!

• Lace Pillow Project

• Glitter ‘N Glue’s DIY Bracelet-Easy and quick way to create a fabulous piece of jewelry!

• Gorgeous Chandelier Lamp (psst…it’s ridiculously easy!)

Gingerbread House {Christmas Crafts} from www.realcoake.com

•Gingerbread House {Christmas Crafts} pictured above

Photo Source: www.diyinspired.com

•Junk Drawer Crafts (pictured above)

•Recycled Paper Jewelry by Mark Montano (E6000 is incredibly strong on metal…a perfect choice for this jewelry project!

• Kristen Turner’s jeweled clutch makeover

• Mark Montano’s Faux Flower Lapel Pins

Photo source www.cutoutandkeep.net

• Diy Rose Beaded Necklace (pictured above)

Click here to see more Craft Projects using E-600 Glue

The Eclectic Products, Inc. AMAZING CRAFT Adhesives are a complete collection of products for every project imaginable. Here are just a few of the ways that these Craft adhesives can help your projects, large and small.

AMAZING GOOP® Craft
• Repair metal & plastic jewelry
• Set stones & gems into decoration

QuickHOLD®
• Repair metal & plastic jewelry
• Adhere stones & gems
• Quick Dry formula

Craft Glue Packs
• Handy size tube (0.18 oz)
• Fix most anything right on the spot
• Aheres to a variety of substances

E6000® Craft
• Embellish craft projects
• Attach charms to photo books
• Assemble silk floral arrangements

E6000® SHOE DAZZLE
• Shoe Art Glue
• Permanently bond most any type of
decorative item to your shoe surfaces

E6000® JEWELRY & BEAD
• Precision tips included
• ALLOWS SMALL ADHESIVE DROPS FOR
FINE, PRECISE, CONTROLLED AND
NO-MESS APPLICATIONS

E6000® SPRAY
• NO ODOR
• Clean up with water

More Sites with Great Handmade Gift Ideas
www.the36thavenue.com

www.hgtv.com/handmade

www.designsponge.com

www.u-createcrafts.com