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Plastic Cup Chicken Noisemaker by EcoHeidi Borchers

Plastic Cup Chicken Noisemaker by EcoHeidi Borchers - Hero

EcoHeidi Borchers has done it again!  She’s taken a plastic cup, some fabric, Styrofoam and polyester stuffing and turned them into an adorable chicken noisemaker!  This project was featured on Cool2Craft TV, and now EcoHeidi has made the step by step instructions for her cheerful chicken noisemaker available to you!

Watch Heidi’s Plastic Cup Chicken Noisemaker YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
16” square of yellow print fabric
Felt scraps: yellow, red, orange
Cotton crochet thread
Glue
Styrofoam ball 2” diameter – cut in half
Polyester stuffing
Plastic cup 10 ounce
Wiggle eyes-2- ½”
Push pin
Bead- small for end of thread

Use the push pin to poke a hole in the center of the bottom of the cup.
Push one end of the thread through the hole. (Hint-Place small amount of glue on the end of the thread, let dry, then insert into hole).Place the small bead onto the thread on the outside bottom of the cup and knot bead onto the thread.
Glue half of the Styrofoam ball onto the bottom flat area of cup covering the knot. Let dry.
Transfer the body pattern to the fabric and cut out.Be sure to leave a seam allowance of  ½”.
Squeeze a line of glue on the right side of one body piece, leaving bottom edges unglued.
With right sides facing and raw edges aligned, lay the other piece of the body fabric down to glue the pieces together.Let the glue dry.
Clip the curves.  This makes the seam nice and smooth when it’s turned right side out.
Turn the body right side out.
Place a small amount of stuffing on top of the Styrofoam ball.
Carefully pull the fabric body over the cup.
Pull the fabric taut.Place glue on the inside bottom edge of the cup.
Fold the fabric up inside the cup into the glue.Use clothespins to help hold until the glue dries.
Cut the remaining patterns from felt, and glue into place using the photo as a guide for placement.Glue on the wiggle eyes.

Let glue dry.

To create the ‘noise’, cut a piece of fabric 3” to 4” square.Dampen the fabric square with water and fold in half around string.

Jerk fabric down string to make noise.


Button Candle Favors by Linda Peterson

utton Favor by Linda Peterson

utton Favor by Linda Peterson

Linda Peterson creates super cool projects for a special wedding occasion. Planning on a budget? Linda’s creative ideas are sure to fit your wedding budget.  This tutorial for the Button Candle Favor demonstrates how to create a fun and easy gift to thank your guests. Featured on Livin’ the Creative Life TV and Cool2Craft FaveCrafts newsletter.

Watch Linda’s Button Candle Favors YouTube video tutorial here!

Materials:

Small candle votive (this was a set of three from my local dollar store)
Ribbon in style and color of choice
Button
String or rope in coordinating color
Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Measure the circumference of the votive.Cut a piece of ribbon to this size adding 1/2″ for overlap at front.

Apply a dot of glue to votive.

Wrap ribbon around votive.
Thread rope through front of button, over back and up through front again. Tie into bow.
Glue button to front of votive.Allow glue to dry.
Button Candle Favors by Linda Peterson

Plastic Spoon Easter Eggs Card by EcoHeidi Borchers

IAH Plastic Spoon Easter Egg by EcoHeidi Borchers - Hero

EcoHeidi Borchers makes Easter magic with colorful plastic spoons, shredded paper, Tulip Fabric Spray Paint and Tulip Dimensional Paints in this super cool craft how-to!  Watch EcoHeidi’s video demonstration of this project here, then start your own Easter fun with these easy-to-follow instructions. As featured on Inspired At Home internet TV hosted by Tiffany Windsor. Also featured in Cool2Craft FaveCrafts newsletter.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Plastic Spoon Easter Eggs Card YouTube video tutoria!

Materials: 

Blank card 5″ x 7″
Shredded paper (I used paper from my paper shredder)
Tulip Fabric Spray Paint – green
Plastic spoons – assorted colors
Tulip Dimensional Paints – assorted colors
Glue (I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue)
Alphabet stencil (1″ tall letters)
Pencil
Waxed paper
Small candle and matches

 
Place the shredded paper onto waxed paper and spritz with the spray paint.
Turn over and spritz again. Spread out and let dry.
Glue the dried painted shredded paper along the bottom edge of the card. Let glue dry.
In a well-ventilated area, carefully hold the plastic spoon over the candle flame (but not in the flame). The flame should be under the area where the handle meets the bowl of the spoon.
Within a few seconds the heat of the candle will soften the plastic.  Pull the handle apart from the bowl of the spoon.
If you need to trim the edges of the bowl or the stem, return to the heat of the flame for a few seconds to soften plastic. Then cut or trim while the plastic is still soft.  Be careful! If you leave the plastic in the heat too long the plastic will be hot.
Here are the spoons all cut and trimmed.
Shake the dimensional paint down to the tip before using and always test before applying to project. Carefully squeeze the paint into different patterns and shapes onto the outside of the spoon bowl. Let paint dry completely.
Lightly trace the letters with pencil onto the card, using the alphabet stencil.
Cover the pencil tracing with the dimensional paint.
IAH Plastic Spoon Easter Egg by EcoHeidi Borchers - Hero Glue the dried Easter eggs onto the card into the shredded paper.
Here’s a cute example of another plastic spoon Easter egg project where the spoon handles are painted brown and assembled into a basket.
Painting tips:Here’s an alternate painting technique for applying the shapes for the eggs.

On waxed paper, squeeze paint into different shapes or dots. After the paint dries, you can peel the painted shapes off the waxed paper, then glue shapes onto the plastic spoon bowl.

You can also put a rhinestone in the middle of each dot.Flower shapes – Center dot with 5 to 6 dots around center dot.Hearts – Squeeze dot and pull into a line, then pull up. Repeat with other side of heart.

Cereal Box Mosaic Coasters by EcoHeidi Borchers

EHB Cereal Box Mosaic Coaster - Hero

EHB Cereal Box Mosaic Coaster - Hero

EcoHeidi Borchers is a master of recycle art and you can be, too!  Save your cereal boxes and follow along, as EcoHeidi crafts these fun and super GREEN cereal box coasters with the look of mosaics, using clear plastic, metallic tape, acrylic paint and Aleene’s Tacky Glue.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Cereal Box Mosaic Coaster YouTube

Materials:
Cereal boxes – for base of coaster you will need 1 piece (4”x 4” or 4” x 5”) and ½” pieces cut for ‘mosaic’ pieces (sort into colors)

Ruler, pencil, paper cutter

Black acrylic paint

Brush

Waxed paper

Clear plastic sheets you will need 2 slightly larger than cereal box base (I used clear shrink plastic)

Metallic tape – silver (mine is approx ¼” wide and is the kind used with stained glass – it has adhesive on back side)

Glue (I’ve used Aleene’s Tacky Glue)

1. Determine the size you want your coasters (examples are 4″x4″ and 4″x5″).  Cut 1 piece from cereal box for each coaster.  Paint the plain cardboard side with the black acrylic paint.
2. With a ruler and pencil, measure and mark lines ½” apart going in both directions.
3. Cut colorful box pieces into 1/2″ squares and glue into the pre-drawn squares.
4. When completely dry, if necessary cut off the excess of the pieces that hang over edge.
5. Cut the two pieces of plastic.
6. Cut 4 pieces of the metallic tape about ½” longer than each side. One at a time, peel the paper backing from the first strip, and place center of the tape on the edge of the plastic sheet.Continue with all sides. Place on table with sticky side up. Place the cardboard right side down onto plastic.
7. Cut the corners of the tape.
8. Place 2nd sheet of plastic over the back, lining up edges and being careful not to stick your fingers or plastic onto the sticky tape.
9. Bend edges of the tape over each side wrapping around from front to back catching the cardboard and plastic. The tape should now be cleanly wrapped around all edges.  Run the edge of a pencil along tape on all four sides to smooth out the tape.
I just love how colorful these are!

Everything is coming up Flowers! Celebrate Spring with Linda

Blip TV Thumbnail - Celebrate Spring

Blip TV Thumbnail - Celebrate Spring
Hello all my fellow crafty Friends,  :)

Are you getting a little cabin fever?  Ohhh ME TOO!!  This winter has been brutal and when it says goodbye for good, I will not miss it one little smidge!

While the weather outside may still be colder, you can bring a breath of springtime to your home, just by adding some flowers!  They add such a warm presence to your home and they even help to lift your spirits.

My latest show is all about flowers and ways to incorporate them into your home.  Whether you’re creating  the Bloomin Pen project,  making your own realistic roses or designing  jewelry, I’m confident these projects will help you fight off the winter blues.  And who doesn’t love yummy cupcakes?  OOooOh sooo good!!

Have you signed up for the Cool2Craft newsletter? Simply enter your email on the home page of Cool2Craft in the upper right corner.  You’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win a great prize package. If you haven’t yet,  you’re missin’ out!  The next newsletter will feature the project tutorials and links to the project featured in my show along with a host of other great springtime projects to energize you and get the creative juices working.

A quick peek into my next show :  Celebrate National Crafts Month – Make it HandMade!!!   I’ll feature a metal jewelry project inspired by my latest book release “Metalwork Jewelry”, along with simple gift giving ideas, an upcycle project and an edible arrangement!  You won’t want to miss it!

Remember!  Keep doing what you love and keep livin’ the creative life!

Linda

Eileen Hull on Cool2Craft LIVE TV

Frame by Eileen HullEileen Hull will be demo’ing how to make the cutest frame featuring Sizzix dies on Monday August 23, 2010 Cool2Craft LIVE TV! Watch LIVE from your computer at noon Eastern! Join in the LIVE chatroom! Ask your questions LIVE! Did we mention it’s LIVE!

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Cool2Craft Pajama Party – It’s the Coolest!

Cool2Craft Pajama Party - August 18, 2010Wednesday nights bring lots of laughter and creativity to the Cool2Craft LIVE room when the party girls step up to the demo cam and share their creativity. Tonight’s party host was Lisa Fulmer who always throws a lively party! Live demos always get everyone in the party mood! Heidi Borchers shared a cool technique for how to make the look of wood from brown grocery bags and Eileen Hull shared the cutest paper dress project. There’s always a weekly giveaway and on tonight’s show, Lisa gave away a cool collection of Clear Snap’s new Designer Foils.

At the end of the show, cool crafters stepped up to the speaker’s box to share their creative projects.

We hope that you can join us next Wednesday for our Cool2Craft Pajama Party LIVE show. In case you missed to night’s LIVE show, here’s the link to the replay!

Cynthia Gagen on Cool2Craft LIVE TV

Slip covered Picture Frame by Cynthia GagenCynthia Gagen will be demonstrating how to make a Slip Covered Picture Frame LIVE on Monday August 16, 2010 Cool2Craft LIVE TV! Watch LIVE from your computer at noon Eastern! Join in the LIVE chatroom! Ask your questions LIVE! Did we mention it’s LIVE!

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Join us every week for Cool2Craft LIVE broadcasts featuring live craft demos and chat!

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Wednesdays at 9 pm Eastern (8 pm Central, 7 pm Mountain, 6 pm Pacific).

QuickSnippers on Cool2Craft LIVE TV

QuickSnippers by LIMIRI

QuickSnippers by LIMIRILisa Avery and Miriam Smith from LIMIRI will be introducing the Cool2Craft audience to their new QuickSnippers on Monday August 16, 2010 Cool2Craft LIVE TV! Watch LIVE from your computer at noon Eastern! Join in the LIVE chatroom! Ask your questions LIVE! Did we mention it’s LIVE!

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Wednesdays at 9 pm Eastern (8 pm Central, 7 pm Mountain, 6 pm Pacific).

Cool2Craft Pajama Party

The Cool2Craft Pajama Party

The Cool2Craft Pajama PartyThe Pajama Party moves to its new home at Cool2Craft LIVE on Wednesday August 11, 2010! Join in to watch LIVE craft demos, join in the live chat and jump on webcam and share your creativity! 9 pm Eastern, 8 pm Central, 7 pm Mountain, 6 pm Pacific. It’s COOL! Web log-in: http://linqto.com/rooms/cool2craft