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Silver Leaf Fall Earrings and Ring by Savannah Starr

Silver Fall Leaf Earrings by Savannah Starr

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Savannah Starr is falling for fall! Fall leaves covered with Cool2Cast are a beautiful fashion statement for your fall wardrobe. Paint the Cool2Cast the color of your choice and finish with silver (or gold) leafing and you have a fabulous ring and earrings. Watch Savannah’s super cool Silver Leaf Earring YouTube video tutorial.

Materials

Fall silk leaves
Wax paper
Cool2Cast
Plastic zip top bag and water
Measuring cup(s)
Scissors
Small palette knife
Gift card or cardboard squeegee
Craft knife
Acrylic paint and brush
Jewelry findings – ring, fish hook earrings
Jewelry wire
Silver leaf and adhesive
Soft brush (to burnish silver leaf)
Adhesive brush

Instructions

1. Remove plastic from back of leaf.

2. Lay leaf on wax paper, right side up.

3. Mix small batch of Cool2Cast according to package directions.

4. Let set for about 5 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken slightly.

5. Snip one small corner from bottom of bag.

6. Pour Cool2Cast over leaf until entire leaf is covered. (If you are creating more than one leaf, be sure to pour Cool2Cast over all leaves at this time because you cannot save a mixed batch.)

7. Use palette knife to lift leaf to move it to a clean spot on wax paper.

8. Slightly shake wax paper to help Cool2Cast to flatten on leaf.

9. Let set for about 5 minutes.

10. Use card to mark veins in Cool2Cast.

11. Let dry completely. (Note: To create earrings, cut wire approximately 3″ longer that size of leaf from top to bottom. Shape one end of wire into eye hook. Bend other end at bottom of leaf, bend up excess and twist to create a pretty wire leaf stem. After you have poured your Cool2Cast over the silk leaf, place the wire into the Cool2Cast and leave undisturbed until dry.)

12. Lift dried leaf from wax paper. Following pattern from back side of leaf (the silk flower leaf), use craft knife to carefully scrape away excess Cool2Cast to create crisp pattern line of leaf.

13. Paint Cool2Cast leaf with acrylic paint. Let dry.

14. Brush adhesive onto front of leaf leaving small areas with no adhesive. Let adhesive dry until clear (it will still be very sticky.)

15. Lay silver leaf into adhesive and use soft brush to burnish away any excess leaf. (Save excess silver leaf by placing back into original package.)

16. Glue ring finding onto back of finished leaf or add jump ring and fish hook earring hooks to create earrings.


 

Aleene’s Embellished Eggs in Birdcage by Tiffany Windsor

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Tiffany Windsor’s inspiration for this project came from shopping the aisles at her local craft store! Wooden eggs, paper flowers and a small wire birdcage pull together for a fun springtime tabletop vignette. Featured on Cool2Craft TV!

Watch Tiffany’s Embellished Eggs in Birdcage YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Spray
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Wooden egg cutouts
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
Scrapbook paper
Ribbons, trims, embellishments
Paper flowers
Sheet moss

1. Paint eggs front, back and sides. Let dry.

2. Trace egg pattern onto back of scrapbook paper. Cut along pattern line.

3. Working in a well ventilated area, spray Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Spray onto the back of the paper eggs. Immediately glue to front of wood eggs.

4. Using Aleene’s Tacky Glue, glue ribbons, trims and embellishments onto front of egg.

5. Cut sheet moss to fit inside bottom of birdcage and insert in place.

6. Cut and fold a second sheet of moss and insert in place in birdcage.

7. Arrange decorated eggs and flowers inside birdcage.

8. Glue embellishment (bird) to lid of cage.

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How to Make Plastic Egg Sock Chicks by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers transforms plastic Easter Eggs into adorable sock chicks! These whimsical cuties are a cute addition to your springtime decorations! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s YouTube video tutorial which includes the adorable wire legged chick!

 

Materials

Aleene’s Flexible Stretchable Fabric Glue
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Plastic Easter eggs (If you are going to create the chick with wire legs, you will need an egg that hinges open)
Socks – fun prints and patterns
Scissors
Optional: 18 gauge silver wire for legs, drill and small drill bit, duct tape (small piece to hold wires in place inside egg)
Needle and thread (color coordinated with sock)
Toothpick
Squeegee (cardboard or plastic gift card)
Beads (for eyes)
Craft foam (for beak)
Feather

1. Cut 2-1/2″ – 3″ lengths of socks. Cut in half lengthwise to create two pieces.

2. Fold in sides, overlapping in center and glue together with Aleene’s Flexible Stretchable Glue. (Use finger to spread glue into an even application to be certain that the two edges are glued together top to bottom.) Set aside to dry completely.

3. If you are creating the chick with wire legs, drill two holes side by side in bottom of egg.

4. Cut two piece of wire to approximately 6″ long. Curl one end of each piece to create loop. Bend loop back to 90 degree angle. Insert un-looped end of wire through holes inside egg. Use duct tape to hold wires in place inside egg. Snap egg closed.

5. Stitch running stitch along one edge of sock tube. Gather to create closed end and knot securely. Slip sock over egg and pull tightly over egg. If needed, cut away excess sock length to 1/2″.

6. Stitch running stitch along open edge of sock tube. Gather to create closed end and knot securely. Your egg is now covered with the sock.

7. Squeegee Aleene’s Tacky Glue onto inside of scrap of sock. This will give stability to the wings and keep the sock from fraying. Let glue dry completely. Cut wings from sock. The pattern design is a large “comma”.

8. Apply two dots of glue to front of egg (slightly above center point) for eyes. Press beads into glue.

9. Cut two triangles from craft foam for beak. Glue ends in place below eyes to create open beak.

10. Glue wings on sides of egg.

11. To create the feather fluff, start to pull the fluff from one side of a feather and roll as you go. Dip rolled end in Aleene’s Tacky Glue and glue to top of egg. (Watch EcoHeidi’s video tutorial for this cool technique!)

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Kid’s Fabric Easter Egg Decorating Book by Lisa Fulmer

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Make this easy, mostly no-sew soft book with fabric and felt to put in your favorite kid’s Easter basket! The cover is embellished with a pretty ribbon-striped egg, and each page inside has a large, blank felt egg ready for decorating with felt strips and shapes. Kids can have fun decorating their eggs and learning about shapes and colors too.

Watch my super cool Kids Easter Egg Decorating Book YouTube video tutorial!

Supplies

  • Print and solid fabrics
  • Fusible web
  • Iron and ironing pad
  • Matching colors of felt
  • Variety of ribbons
  • Cardstock trimmed to one small and one large egg shape
  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel-n-Stick Sheets
  • Rotary cutter with pinking blade
  • Cutting mat and ruler
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marker
  • Sewing machine and/or embroidery floss and needle
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  1. Trim pieces of print fabric for cover and solid fabric for inside pages to 9″ x 12″ with rotary cutter.
  2. Fold each piece in half to 6″ x 9″ and press the fold.
  3. Sandwich some fusible web between the wrong side of print fabric cover and one of the solid fabric pages and press with dry iron on high heat until fused.
  4. Optional – machine stitch around the edges of the cover after fusing.
  5. Peel bottom liner off a sheet of Fabric Fusion and apply the sticky side to a piece of fabric.
  6. Use cardstock template to trace a small egg shape on the top liner of the Fabric Fusion, then trim the liner/fabric into the egg shape
  7. Peel back the top liner and carefully finger-press ribbon strips across the fabric egg on the sticky side, nested closely together
  8. Trim the edges of the ribbons flush with the edge of the fabric egg.
  9. Use another sheet of Fabric Fusion to adhere the ribbon egg in position on the book cover.
  10. Use cardstock template to trace the large egg shape on to several pieces of felt and trim out.
  11. Use scraps of the Fabric Fusion to adhere a felt egg to the center of each page.
  12. Optional – machine stitch or hand embroider around the edges of the eggs to further secure them to the page on both sides.
  13. Trim out various shapes and strips of different colors of felt for decorating the eggs – kids can glue the shapes in place permanently when desired.
  14. Write a greeting or special message inside the front cover with fabric marker and glue felt shapes around it to embellish.
  15. Lay the page spreads on top of the cover spread with folds aligned in the center, then machine or hand stitch down the fold line.

 

Clay Easter Egg with Seeds of Intention by Candace Jedrowicz

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Candace Jedrowicz’s air-dry clay project is a super cool way to re-seed your garden. As your egg weathers it will disintegrate back to the earth and plant your seeds. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s Clay Easter Egg with Seeds of Intention YouTube video tutorial of this project!

Materials:

Earthenware or stoneware clay – it must be natural clay – I found some in my local craft store, but it’s even better if you can dig it from your yard
Toothpick
Water
Paint brush
Seeds – any kind

1.  Take two handfuls of clay about the same size.

2.  Begin by shaping them into balls.

3.  Hold one ball in the palm of one hand.  With the thumb of the other hand, push into the center of the ball right up to the knuckle.

4.  Keep resting the ball in your palm with the thumb in it.  Press toward the thumb with the fingers of the same hand.  Press gently, turn the ball, press again, turn and keep pressing until you’ve gone all the way around.  Move your fingers to a thicker part and repeat until you have a cup shape with a 1/2″ thick rim.  Repeat for the other ball.

5.  Gently pinch the rim of one cup and push out thin little petals all the way around.

6.  If you like, whisper your wishes and intentions for Spring as you put your seeds inside one of the cups.

7. Scrape the rims of both cups with the toothpick, leaving clay crumbs on the clay.

8. Dot water in the scratches.

9. Put the rims together and push gently.

10. Gently fold the petals of the one rim over onto the other half of the ball.

11. Smooth gently with your fingers at first, then roll the ball on your work surface.

12.  Shape the clay into an egg.  Scratch and dot water anywhere you want to add dots, squiggles or any other clay shapes.  You can scratch words into the wet clay or symbols.  Make it as meaningful as possible.

13.  Allow to dry.  Place in your yard and let the weather take the egg back to the earth and plant your seeds.

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Aleene’s Crushed Tissue Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers – DIY Craft

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These vintage Aleene’s flowers are still as cool to make as they were 50 years ago! Heidi Borchers creates two toned crunched tissue flowers by gluing two layers of tissue paper together with Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Spray! Featured on Cool2Craft TV – DIY Craft.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Crushed Tissue Flowers YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Spray
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Tissue paper (two coordinating colors)
Brayer
Scissors
Crunched Tissue Petal and Leaf Pattern EcoHeidi Borchers
Cereal box cardboard
Knitting needle
18 gauge stem wire (green coated)
Wire cutters
Pliers

Additional supplies for leaves and calyx: green tissue paper (or watch EcoHeidi’s video below to learn how to color your own tissue with acrylic paints and squeegee)

1. Print out patterns and transfer to cereal box cardboard. Cut patterns along pattern line.

2. Cut tissue paper into half sheets. Scrunch up to add texture and smooth out with hands.

3. Following label instructions, spray Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Spray onto one piece of tissue. Immediately glue to second piece of tissue. Run hands over tissue with light pressure. Roll brayer over entire surface of tissue to bond pieces together.

4. Cut tissue into strips slightly larger than petal pattern. Fan fold first strip so that you can cut several layers together.

5. Hold petal pattern over top of tissue and cut along edge of pattern to create petals.

6. Hold knitting needle along top half edge of petal and roll one turn. While still holding petal on needle, use fingers to gently crunch in from each side. Remove needle. This will create a curled edge of petal. Repeat on other top side of petal. (You can look at the project photo above or watch the video tutorial for great clarification on this step!) Repeat to curl each petal.

7. To assemble the flower, using pliers, create a small hook on the end of one stem wire.

8. Use toothpick to apply a line of glue to bottom sides of petal. Lay hooked end of wire in middle of petal and fold over edges to create flower center. Wrap tight so that you do not see the hook.

9. Continue to glue each petal around center. 4 -5 petals will create a medium size rose.

Watch this video to see how Heidi creates the hand colored tissue for the leaves and calyx! Featured on Cool2Craft – DIY Craft.

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Alter a Wooden Tray with Woven Art Papers by Lisa Fulmer – DIY Craft

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I could spend hours at my local art supply store, browsing through all the different art papers…luxurious handmade sheets, rich batik patterns, lovely prints. When you cut them into strips for weaving, you can get something even more beautiful and geometric. An art paper weaving can be framed and hung on the wall or used as a panel for a craft project, like this altered wood tray.

Click image below to watch my super cool YouTube video tutorial!

Supplies

  • 2 large sheets of art paper in complimentary colors or patterns
  • Large ruler and cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter and Exacto blade
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Large piece of cardboard
  • Decoupage medium and brush
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
  • Wood tray
  • Piece of plastic or acrylic cut to fit the bottom of tray
  1. Lay sheet #1 of art paper on cutting mat and use ruler with rotary cutter to cut 1″ horizontal strips into the sheet, leaving about 2″ uncut at the left; set aside.
  2. Repeat with sheet #2, cutting vertical strips and leaving about 2″ uncut on the top.
  3. Tape top edge of sheet #2 to cutting mat with painter’s tape.
  4. Lay sheet #1 on top of sheet #2 and tape left edge to cutting mat; gently pull the strips up and curl them back out of the way on the left, so your vertical strips of sheet #2 are showing.
  5. Starting at the top, pull one strip from sheet #2 over at a time, and weave it in between the vertical strips of sheet #1.
  6. Push each horizontal strip up so it’s nested closely to the strip above it (make a tight weave so you get perfect little squares) and tape each woven strip to the cutting mat on the right to keep in place temporarily.
  7. After you have woven all the strips together, your weaving will be secured to the mat with tape on 3 sides; slide a piece of cardboard (trimmed to the size of the tray bottom or larger) carefully under the untaped side.
  8. Carefully pull each piece of tape off the mat from one side at a time and wrap it around to secure it to the back of the cardboard, until the whole weaving is off the mat and tightly secured to the cardboard (add tape to the 4th side).
  9. Apply a coat of decoupage medium on top of the weaving, using gentle brush strokes to avoid shifting or lifting any strips; allow to dry.
  10. Use the piece of plastic as a template (if necessary) to trim the weaving on the cardboard to it’s final size that will fit inside the tray.
  11. Spread a little glue in the bottom of the tray, lay the weaving down inside it and press to adhere.
  12. Lay the plastic sheet in the tray to cover and protect the weaving.
  13. If desired, adhere the plastic to the weaving with another coat of decoupage medium, and apply a thin line of clear caulking around the edges to seal the weaving in.

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Paper Decoupage Clay Pots by Tiffany Windsor

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Grab your scrapbook paper scraps and your paper cutter to create customized clay pots. Tiffany Windsor shares how to decoupage paper strips onto clay pots for stylish indoor garden decor. Featured on Cool2Craft – DIY Crafts.

Watch Tiffany’s Paper Decoupage Clay Pot YouTube video tutorial!

 

Materials

Aleene’s Decoupage – Gloss
Clay pot
Scrapbook paper
Paper cutter
Sponge brush(es)
Acrylic paint
Sandpaper – fine grit

1. Determine desired length of paper strips to cover sides of clay pot. Add approximately 1/4″ to measurement.

2. Cut strips 1/2″ wide by desired length.

3. Working small sections at a time, brush Aleene’s Decoupage onto side of clay pot. Lay first paper strip into decoupage medium flush along top edge with extra paper extending off bottom edge.

4. Brush over paper with another coat of decoupage. Continue to add several paper strips in same way.

5. Rub finger tip over paper strips to press into decoupage.

6. Cut away excess paper along bottom edge. Rub finger tip over edge to re-secure paper strips.

7. Continue to add paper strips and decoupage medium until entire clay pot is covered. Let dry.

8. Brush acrylic paint onto top lip of clay pot. Let dry.

9. Sand softly over acrylic paint to pull back some of the paint color to reveal the clay pot underneath.

You now have a pretty decorated clay pot to enjoy in your indoor garden. It’s a super cool DIY craft!

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Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz

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Candace Jedrowicz loves when EcoHeidi Borchers creates handmade paper so she decided to try Heidi’s recipe to shape paper pulp using a clay mold of an old jewelry box panel. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

 Watch Candace’s fun and easy Handmade Paper in a Mold YouTube video tutorial!

Note from Candace: I’m going to defer to EcoHeidi’s directions for making the paper.  In this recipe, she uses paper towels!  She’s so clever!

Materials:

Paper towels
Construction paper – colors of choice
Paper shreds – colors of your choice
Blender with lid (this should be a mixer that you use only for paper making/crafting. Do not use your good kitchen mixer.)
Water
Wooden or plastic spoon (to mix)
Plastic tub with water
Paper deckle (or create your own with wood frame and metal or plastic window screen)
Towels (You will need several old towels to place on worksurface to use while paper is drying. You can also use layers of chamois.)
Sponge
Optional: Iron, glitter or other embellishments to add to paper mixture

For my project, you want to add these items to your supplies list:

Paint brush
Copper flecks for paper making
Earthenware or plaster mold
Alcohol ink
Metallic paste – I used gold and copper

Now, back to EcoHeidi’s recipe…

Heidi Paper 1 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz Tear apart paper towel plies.
Heidi Paper 2 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz Rip into smaller pieces and put into blender filled half way with water. Do not overfill. It is better to make several small batches.
Heidi Paper 3 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz Tear construction paper into small pieces and add to blender.
Heidi Paper 4 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz Add paper shreds to blender.
Heidi Paper 5 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz Mix to moisten paper. Let sit in water for about 30 minutes.
Heidi Paper 6 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz Turn on blender and mix for 30 – 60 seconds.
Heidi Paper 7 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz Check to see if mixture is desired consistency and color. If desired, turn on blender again until mixture reaches your desired consistency.
Heidi Paper 8 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz Fill tub half way with clear water. Pour mixture into tub.
Heidi Paper 9 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz Stir mixture.
Heidi Paper 10 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz If desired, cut more shreds into mixture.
Heidi Paper 11 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz I created my deckle from a wooden frame and window screen. I just cut my screen to fit over the frame and I stapled it in place around the outside edge.
Heidi Paper 12 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz Insert end of frame into tub and carefully submerge it underneath the mixture.
Heidi Paper 13 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz Carefully lift up the frame so that it catches the paper mixture. Gently shake excess water into tub.
Heidi Paper 14 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz Place several layers of towels onto protected work surface. Place frame face down onto towels.
Heidi Paper 15 Handmade Molded Paper by Candace Jedrowicz Use sponge to wick up excess water. Squeeze water from sponge and continue until paper easily releases when frame is lifted.

Here’s where we transfer the paper to the mold.

1.  Gently pick the paper up and lay it in the mold, pushing lightly with a paint brush to get into all the depressions in the mold.

2.  The paper will be fairly thin, so dip into the paper pulp in the pan and add another layer to the mold.

3.  Allow to dry overnight.

4. Remove the paper from the mold.

5.  Spritz with alcohol ink until you get the look you want.  Allow to dry.

6. Add accents with metallic paste.

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Shredded Paper Wall Art by Savannah Starr

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Grab your paper shredder and create cool art! Savannah Starr shows how to use paper shreds and magazine clippings to create one-of-a-kind artwork. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Savannah’s YouTube video tutorial on this project!

 

Materials

Shadow box frame
Magazine pages
Magazine clippings – various words
Paper shredder

1. Select magazine pages according to desired colors.

2. Remove back from frame. Place words face down on glass. Add paper shreds to fill the frame.

3. Replace frame back and hang your cool new artwork!

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