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Birds and Bloom Decoupaged Flower Pot by Linda Peterson

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IMG 0450 e1303825646946 Birds and Bloom Decoupaged Flower Pot by Linda Peterson

Linda Peterson shares how to make a vintage look decoupaged clay pot with a bird theme. Featured on Creative Life TV.

Watch Linda’s super cool Birds and Bloom Flower Pot YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
4” clay pot – or size of choice
Decorative paper of choice (neutral color and background or use newsprint)
Collage image(s) (a bird motif was used in this project – courtesy of Graphicsfairy.com)
Aleene’s Collage Pauge Glossy
Black acrylic paint
Sponge brush
Sanding block
Scissors

IMG 0450 246x300 Birds and Bloom Decoupaged Flower Pot by Linda Peterson CLICK HERE FOR THE PRINTABLE BIRD PATTERNNOTE:  We have found that clay pots vary too much to provide an exact pattern for the pot. Your choices are: 1) tear or cut background paper into strips and decoupage onto clay pot, or 2) lay your clay pot onto its side onto plain piece of paper. Roll it from side to side to be sure that your paper is large enough to hold the entire pattern.  If you are using a rimmed clay pot, as you roll the clay pot, use a pencil to trace along the bottom edge and below the rim. Your finished pattern design should be an arched pattern. Note: an unrimmed clay pot is much easier to trace a pattern from. Hope this helps!

Paint rim and under rim with acrylic paint.  Allow to dry.

Apply decoupage medium to paper and clay pot.  Apply paper, smoothing edges.  Allow to dry. Cut out decorative image and decoupage onto front of clay pot.  Allow to dry.

Sand paint in random areas around the rim.

Apply decoupage medium to entire pot to seal and make water resistant.


Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi shares a super cool way to upcycle old glass ornaments featuring the vintage Aleene technique of the look of forged metal with aluminum foil. Create this cute bird or any other shapes to decorate your holiday tree.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s gorgeous Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (in the Gold bottle)
Glass ornament (or mache ball) – for bird body
Wooden bead (flat on one end) – for bird head
Aluminum foil
Alcohol inks – colors of your choice
Rolling pin (or other object to roll foil flat)
Black acrylic paint
Cosmetic sponge
Scrapbook paper – for decoration on bird and for nest
Craft wire
Beads
Clothespin

Heidi Bird 1 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers Tear piece of foil from box into approximate square. (This size worked for the bird size I am creating so you may need to adjust to larger or smaller for your own ornament.) Crumple foil to create texture. NOTE: do not roll foil into a ball! You will not be able to get it back open!
 Heidi Bird 2 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers Gently open and press with hands to flatten.
 Heidi Bird 3 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers Use rolling pin to press more texture into foil.
 Heidi Bird 8 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue glass ornament and wood bead together and set aside to dry.
Heidi Bird 4 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers Apply a coat of acrylic paint to surface of foil with cosmetic sponge. Let dry. This will give the foil a nice antiqued effect.
 Heidi Bird 5 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers Drop alcohol inks over the antiqued foil in random pattern. Use cosmetic sponge to blend colors. Let dry.
 Heidi Bird 6 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers Lots of alcohol inks make a pretty colored effect on the antiqued foil!
 Heidi Bird 7 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers Use squeegee to apply a smooth coat of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to back of foil. Be sure to apply the glue all the way to the edges of the foil.
 Heidi Bird 9 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers Place wooden bead section of ornament at approximately the center of the foil. Fold foil up around bead (you are folding the foil in half on the diagonal).
 Heidi Bird 10 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers Begin wrapping the foil around the wood bead (bird’s head) gently pressing in place so that the foil takes on the shape of the head.
Heidi Bird 11 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers Press the foil onto the body (ornament) and begin pressing the wings in place by folding the foil over on the sides.
 Heidi Bird 12 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers Continue folding the foil over to create the shape of wings.
 Heidi Bird 13 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers Press and fold foil to create tail.
Heidi Bird 14 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers Apply more Aleene’s Original Tacky glue anywhere you have folded over the foil.
 Heidi Bird 15 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers For additional strength, I tore pieces of scrapbook paper and glued them in place over the seams of the wings and tail. I also added the design element of wire wrapping with beads.
 Heidi Bird 16 Look of Forged Metal Bird Ornament by EcoHeidi Borchers To finish your ornament, glue clothespin to bottom. Shred scrapbook paper and glue in circle around clothespin to create the look of a nest. Let dry.

Pizza Box Canvas by EcoHeidi Borchers

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10 10 11 Heidi Pizza Box Wall Art e1317004480556 Pizza Box Canvas by EcoHeidi Borchers

EcoHeidi Borchers turns a pizza box into an awesome crafty canvas!  Grab a pizza box, Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue and your craft supplies, you’re going to want to try this!  Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Pizza Box Canvas YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Pizza box (or any flat type box) under 12”
Scrapbooking paper 12” x 12” (use wrapping paper if over 12”)
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray (or the new Aleene’s Tacky Tape runner)
Rubber bands
Pencil
Ruler
Stylus
Embellishments – buttons, marbles, letters, jewelry, painted tissue paper…and any odds n ends you have

PizzaBoxCanvas1 Pizza Box Canvas by EcoHeidi Borchers Clean the inside of the pizza box.
PizzaBoxCanvas2 Pizza Box Canvas by EcoHeidi Borchers Using the Aleene’s Tacky glue, glue all of the flaps down.
PizzaBoxCanvas3 Pizza Box Canvas by EcoHeidi Borchers Place rubber bands onto the box to help hold while glue dries.Remove rubber bands.
PizzaBoxCanvas4 Pizza Box Canvas by EcoHeidi Borchers Measure top of box. Draw the measurement on wrong side of paper.
PizzaBoxCAnvas5 Pizza Box Canvas by EcoHeidi Borchers Using the stylus. Lightly score on the pencil lines.
PizzaBoxCanvas6 Pizza Box Canvas by EcoHeidi Borchers Carefully fold on the scored lines.
PizzaBoxCanvas7 Pizza Box Canvas by EcoHeidi Borchers Spray the wrong side of the paper with the Aleene’s Tacky spray, or use the Aleene’s Tacky Tape runner on all edges that will touch box.
PizzaBoxCanvas8 Pizza Box Canvas by EcoHeidi Borchers Carefully line the paper up with the box and press into place.
PizzaBoxCanvas9 Pizza Box Canvas by EcoHeidi Borchers Measure and cut the sides, repeat spray glue steps.
PizzaBoxCanvas10 Pizza Box Canvas by EcoHeidi Borchers The final side will have flaps. Cut the paper according to cover the flaps. This will be the bottom of the canvas, to hang items from.
PizzaBoxCanvas11 Pizza Box Canvas by EcoHeidi Borchers Layout the pieces the way you want them first before gluing. Then glue each piece into place using the Aleene’s Tacky Glue.

Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Box by EcoHeidi Borchers

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10 10 11 Heidi BBB Butterfly Box1 e1317008381891 Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Box by EcoHeidi Borchers

EcoHeidi Borchers is burning up the craft world with a Burnt Brown Bag Box.  You’ll love the look of this Vintage Momma Aleene’s technique using Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue!  Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s super cool Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Box YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (the only glue we recommended for this technique)
Brown bag
Pencil
Cardboard- small piece to use as a squeegee
Wire – 18 gauge- approximately 8” long
Candle and matches
Rub n Buff- Gold

For box:

Paper mache box – 2-½” x 2-½”
Flat glass marbles- 4 – (for feet)
Rub n Buff- Bronze
Wire- 24 gauge gold
Needle nose pliers
Wire cutters

BBButterflyBox1 Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Draw pattern onto the inside of the brown bag with pencil.
BBButterfyBox2 Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Squeegee glue to the inside of the brown bag.
BBButterflyBox3 Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Place piece of 18 gauge wire into the glue.
BBButterflyBox4 Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Press the two thicknesses together and line up the wire with the body of the butterfly.
BBButterflyBox5 Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Let glue dry. Cut out along pencil line.
BBButterflyBox6 Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Place glue onto the butterfly shape. You will be burning wet glue, do not let the glue dry.
BBButerrflyBox7 Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Place the butterfly shape with the wet glue into the top of the candle flame. NOTE: use standard precautions when burning the glue including good air ventilation, and keep a bowl of water handy should the brown bag become ignited.
BBButterflyBox8 Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Keep the butterfly shape with the wet glue rotating in the candle flame. Continue to turn it over to check progress. The burning of the glue will cause the glue to turn black and “sooty”.
BBButterflyBox10 Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Continue until the entire butterfly is black. Let dry. (You may then repeat process for the reverse side of the butterfly.) After butterfly is completely dry, remove the soot with a paper towel.
BBButterfly11 Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Lightly apply the Rub n Buff with your finger.  You do not want to cover all the black area. If you add too much, you may reapply the glue and repeat the above steps.
BBButterfly12Hero Burnt Brown Bag Butterfly Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Repeat the process with the box.  Twist the attached wire on the butterfly on a pencil. Make a small hole at the top center of the box, insert the end of the wire into glue, then into hole. If desired, make antenna from wire and glue in place on butterfly. Let glue dry.

Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers

Rolled Fabric Beads Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers spells out a happy time with a super fun Happy Halloween necklace using Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue. It’s easy to create your own rolled beads to add a touch of spooky fun. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.Blog Hop Button Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers

Watch EcoHeidi’s super fabulous Happy Halloween Necklace YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Fabric – Halloween prints (pre-iron to remove wrinkles)
Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Adhesive
Ruler (clear type works great)
Pencil
Embroidery floss – 2 of each black, orange
Plastic drinking straws – cut to just under ¾ “
Beads – assorted
Wooden beads- painted with orange acrylic paint
Needle
Alphabet letters- ‘H’ Button (I used Blumenthal Lansing’s Alphabet letter Buttons-approximately 1” tall), ‘A’ plastic letter (found in the mosaic aisle of my craft store), ’P’ metal letter (used in mixed media/scrap booking), ‘Y’ ceramic alphabet letter bead
Plastic ring
Metal jewelry findings – eye pins, jump rings
Cardboard – for using as a squeegee for applying the glue.

HalloweenNecklace1 Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Place fabric on flat workspace, with the wrong side facing up. Using the plastic ruler, lightly mark line at ¾” with a pencil.
HalloweenNecklace2 Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Apply small line of glue along the pencil line.
HalloweenNecklace3 Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Immediately squeegee the glue with a small piece of cardboard.
HalloweenNecklace4 Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Cut along the pencil line. You will need approximately 3 to 4” for each bead you want to make.
HalloweenNecklace5 Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers On the wrong side of the fabric strip, place small amount of glue onto one end of the fabric. Place a pre-cut plastic drinking straw into the glue.
HalloweenNecklace6 Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Roll the fabric over the drinking straw.
HalloweenNecklace7 Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Place small amount of glue on the edge of fabric. Squeegee the glue with the cardboard to spread into a thin layer.
HlloweenNecklace8 Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Finish rolling into bead. gently press along edges for glue to adhere edges. Repeat to create each bead.
HalloweenNecklace9 Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers I covered my re-painted wooden beads with embroidery floss. For each bead, you will need approximately 1-½ yards of orange embroidery floss. Thread needle through hole and repeat in and out until the bead is covered. Do not cut off the excess thread if you want to tie these onto the necklace. If you are going to thread onto necklace, you can trim off the excess floss strands.
HalloweenNecklace10 Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers To make a tassel, wrap the embroidery floss around three fingers 10-15 times.
HalloweenNecklace11 Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Tie off the top edge of the floss. This will be the top of the tassel.
HalloweenNEcklace12 Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Place a small drop of the glue at the top edge. Place a 6” piece of floss into the glue and wrap tightly around the top edge about 5 times. Knot the end at top to help it hold.  Cut the tassel open at the bottom.
HalloweenNecklace14 Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Trim the tassel ends even at the bottom edge.Completed tassel.
HalloweenNecklace15 Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Lay out the necklace the way you want it, then thread onto a piece of black embroidery floss.
HalloweenNEcklaceHero Happy Halloween Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Completed necklace.

The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers

9-12-11 Heidi Look of Mosaic with Eggshells

9 12 11 Heidi Look of Mosaic with Eggshells The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers

EcoHeidi Borchers can make the loveliest jewelry from the most surprising things!  This gorgeous pendant is decorated with an eggshell to create the look of mosaic. This timeless Momma Aleene’s technique looks as good today as it did 50-years ago!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s super cool Look of Mosaic with Eggshells YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
Wood –  square- 1-¼” x 1-¼”x 1/8”
Acrylic paint – for base coating wood
Brush
Aleene’s Tacky Double-Stick Sheets (available at Michaels Stores)
Eggshells
Craft stick
Alcohol inks
Paper towel
Aleene’s Tacky Clear Gel Glue (available at Michaels Stores)
Jewelry findings- jewelry bail, pre-made ribbon jewelry necklace
Aleene’s 7800 Platinum Bond Glue – to attach jewelry bail to wood piece

Before beginning:  soak eggshells in a mixture of 1 cup of water mixed with 1 teaspoon bleach overnight. In the morning, drain and rinse and pull off any remaining membrane. Dry shells on paper towel before applying to wood piece.

EggShellMosaicJewelry11 The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers Using the brush, basecoat the wood square with acrylic paint. Paint one side, let dry, paint back side. Let dry.
EggShellMosaicJewelry2 The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers Cut a piece of the Aleene’s Tacky Double Stick Sheet to fit the wood square.
EggShellMosaicJewelry3 The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers Peel off the top liner paper. Place adhesive side down onto the pre-painted wood piece. (Keep the liner paper for later step.)
EggShellMosaicJewelry4 The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers Peel off the bottom liner paper, being careful not to put fingers into the adhesive area.
EggShellMosaicJewelry5 The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers Place clean egg shells onto the adhesive and press firmly to hold in place.
EggShellMosaicJewelry6 The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers Continue to place shells as close as possible. Don’t worry if there are gaps or if the shells go over the edges.
EggShellMosaicJewelry7 The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers Place the top liner paper back over the shells and carefully rub with the craft stick. Carefully break off any of the eggshell pieces that go over the edge.
EggShellMosaicJewelry8 The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers Drop one to two drops of the first color of alcohol ink. Let it spread into the cracks. You do not need to wait until dry for next step.
EggSHellMosaicJewelry9 The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers Repeat with the second color of alcohol ink.
EggShellMosaicJewelry10 The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers Repeat with the third color of alcohol ink.
EggShellMosaicJewelry111 The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers Carefully dab off any excess ink with a paper towel. Reapply any of the inks if more color is desired. Let inks dry completely.
EggSHellMosaicJewelry12 300x240 The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers For a sealer, apply the Aleene’s Tacky Clear Gel glue onto the top of the finished piece. Let dry completely.
9 12 11 Heidi Look of Mosaic with Eggshells 2 e1314223236388 The Look of Mosaic with Eggshells by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue a jewelry bail to the back of the wood piece using the Aleene’s 7800 Platinum Bond Glue. Let dry. Place onto a ready-made necklace.

Dragonfly Trinket Box by Tiffany Windsor

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Tiffany transforms plain wooden boxes into personalized girlfriend gift boxes. Stamped with acrylic paint and topped with a statement jewelry embellishment, your girlfriends will go gaga over these boxes!  Featured on Cool2Craft TV

Watch Tiffany’s super cool Dragonfly Trinket Box YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Wood box – unfinished
Sandpaper
Acrylic paint
Palette (can be waxed paper or paper plate to hold your paint)
Rubber stamps
Cosmetic sponges
Wet wipes
Stencil (I used a dragonfly stencils from The Crafters Workshop)
Mosaic tiles (for feet and for top)
Flat backed marbles (for feet and one for top)
Jewelry pin – I chose a gold dragonfly pin for this projecct

Tiffany Windsor Dragonfly Girlfriend Box 1 Dragonfly Trinket Box by Tiffany Windsor I love to select interesting shapes for my trinket boxes. If using unfinished wood, be sure to lightly sand any areas that are rough along the edges.
Tiffany Windsor Dragonfly Girlfriend Box 2 Dragonfly Trinket Box by Tiffany Windsor Paint the box inside and out. Let dry.
Tiffany Windsor Dragonfly Girlfriend Box 3 Dragonfly Trinket Box by Tiffany Windsor I like to stamp my boxes with acrylic paint instead of ink. That way, if I make a mistake, I can easily wipe off the paint with a wet wipe and start over again. When using acrylic paint, you will want to apply it with a cosmetic sponge. I like to “season” the stamp with one coat of paint, let it dry for a minute or so and then apply another coat of paint with the cosmetic sponge. Be sure to lift your sponge in a direct up and down direction in order to get the cleanest application of paint.
Tiffany Windsor Dragonfly Girlfriend Box 4 Dragonfly Trinket Box by Tiffany Windsor Stamp immediately onto your box.
Tiffany Windsor Dragonfly Girlfriend Box 5 Dragonfly Trinket Box by Tiffany Windsor Repeat to create your desired pattern. See the area in the lower left corner where the stamp did not stamp? Don’t worry if your designs do not stamp entirely because as I’ll show you in a later step, you can use smaller stamps and fill in.
Tiffany Windsor Dragonfly Girlfriend Box 6 Dragonfly Trinket Box by Tiffany Windsor You will also need to use smaller stamps to fill in areas where you cannot stamp with a larger stamp such as this area around the hinges.
Tiffany Windsor Dragonfly Girlfriend Box 7 Dragonfly Trinket Box by Tiffany Windsor Here’s what I stamped to fill in the area on the bottom of the box where my large stamp did not stamp! These swirls are perfect!
Tiffany Windsor Dragonfly Girlfriend Box 9 Dragonfly Trinket Box by Tiffany Windsor For the top of my box I used this super cool dragonfly stencil by The Crafters Workshop.  I used the same technique of stenciling with acrylic paint using the cosmetic sponge to apply my paint.  When picking up your paint with the cosmetic sponge, do not over-saturate your sponge!  Keep your sponge very dry with paint so that you can create a dry-brush stencil effect.
Tiffany Windsor Dragonfly Girlfriend Box 10 Dragonfly Trinket Box by Tiffany Windsor Notice how I have a very light and uneven coat of paint applied for the stencil design.
Tiffany Windsor Dragonfly Girlfriend Box 11 Dragonfly Trinket Box by Tiffany Windsor For the feet on my box, I stacked mosaic tiles and a flat back marble and glued them together with Aleene’s Platinum Bond 7800 Glue. Be sure to let these stacked tiles dry completely before trying to glue them to the bottom of your box. Also, keep checking them every 10 minutes after gluing as they can tend to slip until the glue starts to hold.
Tiffany Windsor Dragonfly Girlfriend Box 12 Dragonfly Trinket Box by Tiffany Windsor I used the same mosaic tiles on the top of my box. These can also be glued on with the 7800 glue.
Tiffany Windsor Dragonfly Girlfriend Box 13 Dragonfly Trinket Box by Tiffany Windsor I removed the back from a dragonfly pin so that it could be glued to a flat backed marble that I glued on the tiles.Also, if you like a glossy look, you can use a spray-on gloss or apply a glossy top coat to your box before you add your embellishments.

Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor

9-5-11 Tiffany Reverse Painted Glass

9 5 11 Tiffany Reverse Painted Glass Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor

Tiffany upcycles plain frames with an easy reverse painting technique featuring Tulip Slick Dimensional Fabric Paint and acrylic paints. An easy beginner project that you can create from thrift store and dollar store frames to match any décor.  Featured on Cool2Craft.

Watch Tiffany’s super cool Reverse Painting on Glass YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Frame with glass
Pattern
Tulip Slick 3D Paint (I used white)
Acrylic paint (colors of your choice)
Paintbrushes
Palette (can use paper plate or waxed paper to hold and mix paint)
Scrapbook paper (or acrylic paint) for background
Craft knife (optional)
Wet wipes


Tiffany Windsor Reverse Painted Frame 1 Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor The first step in this project is to select your pattern. There are many on-line sources along with pattern books and coloring books that work great for this technique. I prefer to use stained glass patterns for this technique.  You can also take a photograph and outline the florals (or any subject matter) to create your own pattern.
Tiffany Windsor Reverse Painted Frame 2 Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor Place your pattern underneath your glass. I used Tulip Slick 3D Fashion Paint for this project. You can outline your design in any color. I chose white because I wanted a finished project that had a vintage retro vibe.
Tiffany Windsor Reverse Painted Frame 3 Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor When using the Tulip Slick Paint, the first thing you want to do before you remove the cap is to tap the tip into the palm of your hand. This helps to move the paint into the nozzle and it helps to remove any air bubbles. When you get air bubbles in the paint, it tends to “spit and spatter” so this step helps to remove bubbles.
Tiffany Windsor Reverse Painted Frame 4 Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor Holding the tip of the paint bottle to the glass, trace your pattern.  Be sure that all intersecting lines connect. This will help to keep the acrylic paint within your pattern lines. Let your paint dry overnight.
Tiffany Windsor Reverse Painted Frame 5 Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor Sometimes when I am tracing my patterns, the tip of the bottle leaves a slight “ghost” image of paint on the glass. I just use the tip of a craft knife to clean up any excess paint that has dried where I don’t want it on the glass.
Tiffany Windsor Reverse Painted Frame 6 Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor I used 4 different colors of acrylic paint and mixed them together to create varying shades of colors. Be sure to mix enough paint to apply 2 coats. Paint inside your pattern lines applying paint colors where desired.
Tiffany Windsor Reverse Painted Frame 7 Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor I like to turn over my glass to look at the front side to be sure that I have painted all the way up to the lines.
Tiffany Windsor Reverse Painted Frame 8 Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor Continue to paint with all the colors. Don’t worry if your paint covers some of the white lines because this is the back of your artwork.
Tiffany Windsor Reverse Painted Frame 9 Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor Paint all areas with one coat, let dry completely and add second coat.  This is still a view of the back of your artwork. It doesn’t look like much on this side…but when you turn it over…
Tiffany Windsor Reverse Painted Frame 10 Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor …pretty! Double check to be sure that you have painted all the way up to the white pattern lines! When you turn over to look at the front, you will be able to see if you missed any areas. Let dry completely.
Tiffany Windsor Reverse Painted Frame 11 Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor After your paint has dried, you can paint the entire back of your artwork with acrylic paint, or you can use scrapbook papers to complement your painted design.
Tiffany Windsor Reverse Painted Frame 12 Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor This is a pretty paper with script writing that looks pretty with my florals.
Tiffany Windsor Reverse Painted Frame 13 Reverse Painting on Glass by Tiffany Windsor I picked the black polka dots paper for my finished design! Cut the paper to size and place glass and background paper back into the frame.

Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers

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9 05 11 Heidi Super Cool Yarn Vase C2C Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers

Heidi repurposes a plain glass vase into a super cool yarn vase with Aleene’s Tacky Double Stick Sheets and decorative yarns. A quick and easy project that will brighten up your home décor.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s super cool Yarn Vase YouTube video tutorial!


EcoHeidi Vase 1 Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers This project is a super cool way to upcycle empty glass jars…
EcoHeidi Vase 2 Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers ….or upcycle clear glass vases. Clean the surface of your jar or vase to remove any residue.
EcoHeidi Vase 3 Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers The Aleene’s Tacky Double-Stick Sheets are great for this project!
EcoHeidi Vase 4 Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers Cut your Tacky Sheets into strips.
EcoHeidi Vase 6 Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers Remove the top liner paper…
EcoHeidi Vase 7 Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers …and place sticky side down on glass. Repeat to cover entire glass.
EcoHeidi Vase 8 Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers Remove bottom liner from one section at a time revealing sticky dry adhesive.
EcoHeidi Vase 9 Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers Select your favorite yarns! Cool colors and textures are perfect for this project!
EcoHeidi Vase 10 Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers Place end of yarn into sticky adhesive and begin wrapping around glass.
EcoHeidi Vase 11 Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers Cut yarn where desired and start next color.
EcoHeidi Vase 12 Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers On this project, I also added flat backed marbles to the glass. Just press the flat side firmly into the dry adhesive.
EcoHeidi Vase 13 Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers I love the look of this pom-pom yarn!
EcoHeidi Vase 14 Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers I cut and added extra pom-poms in between.
EcoHeidi Vase 15 Super Cool Yarn Vase by EcoHeidi Borchers Here’s a close-up look! Notice that you can have fun with your yarn by wrapping in a squiggle pattern around the marbles and I also added a row of looped yarn towards the bottom and along the top.

 


Wire Wrapped and Beaded Plastic Picnic Flatware by Candace Jedrowicz

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8 22 11 Candace Ladybug Utensils1 Wire Wrapped and Beaded Plastic Picnic Flatware by Candace Jedrowicz

Tiffany Windsor, EcoHeidi Borchers and Candace Jedrowicz have created a quick and easy way to perk up your special family picnic!  Each designer came up with a unique ladybug-themed picnic element for you and your special occasion.  Candace Jedrowicz shares a super cool and quick wire wrapped and beaded picnic flatware.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace ‘s fun and easy Wire Wrapped and Beaded Picnic Flatware YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
Plastic flatware
Needle nose pliers
Wire cutters
18 gauge wire – 8″ per flatware piece
Assorted beads
Focal bead

Wire Wrapped Picnic Flatware 1 300x178 Wire Wrapped and Beaded Plastic Picnic Flatware by Candace Jedrowicz Make a small spiral in one end of the wire.
Wire Wrapped Picnic Flatware 2 300x213 Wire Wrapped and Beaded Plastic Picnic Flatware by Candace Jedrowicz Think of the smallest part of the spiral as the center of the handle .Make a bead trap by creating a sharp bend away from the center, sliding on a bead and bending the wire sharply back toward the center.
Wire Wrapped Picnic Flatware 4 300x215 Wire Wrapped and Beaded Plastic Picnic Flatware by Candace Jedrowicz Pin the spiral at the top of the handle with your thumb as you wrap the wire around the handle. Slide on a bead.
Wire Wrapped Picnic Flatware 5 300x227 Wire Wrapped and Beaded Plastic Picnic Flatware by Candace Jedrowicz Trap the bead with a sharp bend away from the center. Bend the wire to the center and slide on your focal bead.
Wire Wrapped Picnic Flatware 6 300x134 Wire Wrapped and Beaded Plastic Picnic Flatware by Candace Jedrowicz Wrap the wire around the handle, slide a bead on and trap it with a sharp bend away from the center. Wrap the remaining wire into a spiral and center it. The wire will slide off easily to be reused or re-purposed. (I wrapped mine around the strings on my blinds.)