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Paper Plate Owl by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers created this super cute owl from paper plates!  She found the perfect fluted-edge plates at Target and cut the owl feathers. Her easy faux-patina painting technique transforms this project into the look of weathered metal.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Paper Plate Owl YouTube video tutorial!

 

Materials

Aleene’s Tacky Glue
White paper plates (2-1/2 plates per owl)
Paper Plate Owl Patterns
Scissors
18 gauge florist wire
Wire cutters
Florist tape – brown
Clothespins
Wax paper
Spray paint – copper metallic
Blue masking tape
Acrylic paint – medium teal, light teal, green, white
Sea sponge
Pliers

1. Cut owl patterns from center of paper plates.

2. For legs, wrap wire with florist tape.

3. Apply Aleene’s Tacky glue to one side of owl body, place both wire legs in place and glue second owl body in place, sandwiching the wire legs in between. Use clothespins to hold the layers together. Set aside to dry.

4. Cut fluted edges of plates into feathers.

5. Squeeze puddle of glue onto wax paper. Dip end of feather(s) into glue and place onto owl body, starting at the bottom and working up by layering the rows of feathers.

6. When you reach the top, just glue the feathers hanging over the top edge. You can cut them off when the glue is dry. Glue feathers onto wing pieces. Glue wings onto body.

6 3 13 Paper Plate Owl Feet Paper Plate Owl by EcoHeidi Borchers7. In a well ventilated area, spray entire owl and both legs with spray paint.

8. Use masking tape to hold the smaller owl body pieces onto spraying surface so that they don’t blow away when you spray. Let dry.

9. Use sea sponge to apply acrylic paint over sprayed pieces layering each color for a faux patina effect. Be sure to leave some copper showing through.

10. Use brush to apply acrylic paint in any areas that the sponge does not reach and to apply to eyes.  Let dry.

11. Glue owl eyes and beak in place. Let dry.

12. Bend bottom leg wire to create triangles (for feet) so that the owl can stand.

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Aleene’s Soda Can Fish Frame for Dad by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers decorates a frame with a soda can underwater scene. Perfect for Dad to frame a favorite fishing or beach picture.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Aleene’s Soda Can Fish Frame video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Wood frame
Soda cans
Craft knife
Scissors (I like to use dollar store scissors to cut my soda cans)
Dads Soda Can Fish Frame Patterns
Stylus embossing tool
Alcohol inks
Rubbing alcohol (in small spray bottle)
Small brush (to apply alcohol inks)
Pencil
Acrylic paint (select colors to represent two-toned sand and water)
Paint brush
Paper towels

Craft foam (for embossing)

1.Draw line across bottom 1/3 of frame to represent where sand and water meet. Paint frame. Set aside to dry. (If desired, stamp small fish shapes onto frame.)

2. Very carefully cut top and bottom from soda can with craft knife. Cut down side seam with scissors to create flat piece of soda can. When cutting, be sure to cut smoothly so that no jagged edges are created. It is the jagged edges or corners that can be sharp.

3. Cut all patterns from paper.

4. Place fish pattern onto silver side of soda can. Trace along outside pattern line with stylus.

5. Cut along pattern line with scissors, Cutting smoothly and rounding corners so that no jagged edges are created.

6. Place fish silver side down on craft foam. Use stylus to add additional pattern lines for scales and fins.

7. Turn fish silver side up and re-trace all pattern lines with stylus. This will give added dimension and help to flatten the fish design.

8. Repeat to emboss designs onto all soda can pieces.

9. To color each piece, place silver side up on paper towel. Drip alcohol inks onto design.

10. Use brush to blend colors. If desired, lightly spray with alcohol to give added effect. Repeat to color all soda can pieces. Let dry.

11. Use Aleene’s Tacky Glue to glue soda can pieces onto frame. Let dry.

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Cool2Cast Dipped Bird by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers shows how to dip a decorative bird into Cool2Cast to create a hard surface great for painting, decoupage, alcohol ink or your favorite colorant.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Cool2Cast Dipped Birds YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Cool2Cast (available at www.shopcool2craft.com or at Michaels (in the polymer clay department)
Water & measuring cup
Zip top plastic bag
Decorative bird (with wire or clip)
Styrofoam (to insert bird into while Cool2Cast is drying)

1. Mix a small batch of Cool2Cast in zip bag according to package instructions.

2. Open bag and holding bird by wire, dip into wet Cool2Cast. (Note: if you wait about 5 minutes after mixing Cool2Cast, it will begin to thicken slightly which will give you a thicker coating when dipping.)

3. Carefully pull bird out of bag and place wire into Styrofoam until dry (should be dry to touch within 1 hour). (If you have additional Cool2Cast left in the bag, immediately pour it into molds so that you can use every drop before it dries.)

4. When bird is completely dry, you can decorate with decoupage, paint, alcohol inks or colorants of your choice.

Want to purchase a pre-dipped bird – click here!

Watch EcoHeidi’s video tutorial to learn more about how to create with your birds!

 

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Mixed Media Cool2Cast Bird by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers decorates a Cool2Cast bird with decorated tissue paper. WOW! Embossing Powders add a new dimension of design and sparkle on hand-painted tissue and card stock.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Mixed Media Cool2Cast YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Cool2Cast dipped bird (pre-dipped bird available for purchase at www.shopcool2craft.com – or watch video tutorial to make your own)
Handpainted tissue paper
Handpainted card stock
Rubber stamp (design of your choice)
WOW! Embossing Powders and glitters
Heat gun
Embossing ink
Aleene’s Decoupage – Matte
Paint brush
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Flat back beads (black – for eyes)

1. Stamp design onto painted tissue paper and sprinkle with white embossing powder. Shake off excess powder. Use heat gun to melt powder. Let cool.

2. Sprinkle embossing powder and glitter onto painted cardstock in shape of wing. Using heat gun, heat powder from underneath card. (Applying the heat from underneath will keep it from being blown off the card.) Let cool. Repeat to create second wing.

3. Rip card into wing shape.

4. Tear handpainted tissue and embossed tissue into small pieces.

5. Using decoupage medium, cover entire bird with tissue. (If desired, glue piece of embossed tissue onto wings.) Let dry.

6. Glue wings in place with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Let dry.

7. Glue beads in place for eyes. Let dry.

Watch EcoHeidi’s video tutorial to learn more about how to display your birds!

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Aleene’s This & That Happy Frame by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Dig into your crafting doo dads to create a HAPPY frame! Perfect for all those left-over supplies. EcoHeidi Borchers shows how to mix and match any color and embellishment shapes with an easy painting technique. Featuring mosaic letter tiles, wood pieces, buttons, beads, metal washers, mirror tiles and more all glued in place with Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue.

Watch EcoHeidi’s This & That Frame YouTube tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Wood frame
Doo dads – mosaic letter tiles, wood shapes, buttons, beads, mirror tiles, shells, metal washers, paper butterfly, pearls, soda can tabs, dice
Blue masking tape
Spray paint – white flat
Acrylic paint – pink, blue
Paint brush
Paper towel

1. Arrange mosaic letter tiles on frame and glue in place. Cut piece of masking tape to fit on top of the letters. (This will help to protect them when spray painting.)

2. Glue remaining pieces to cover entire front of frame. Let dry.

3. Spray entire frame white. Let dry.

4. Apply acrylic paint with dry brush technique by dipping brush into paint and then wiping off most of the paint on paper towel. Brush to apply colors lightly. Let dry.

5. If desired, glue mirror tiles randomly over painted pieces. Let dry.

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Cool2Cast Green Man Journal Cover by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers transforms a cardboard tree shape into a Cool2Cast green man. With this Cool2Cast pouring technique, you can create the look of textured bark.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Cool2Cast Green Man Journal YouTube video tutorial!

 

Materials

Cool2Cast (available at ShopCool2Craft.com or available at all Michaels stores (in polymer clay department) Jar Hero1 Cool2Cast Green Man Journal Cover by EcoHeidi Borchersafter 6/1/13)
Cereal box cardboard
Tree Pattern – Cool2Cast Green Man Journal Heidi Borchers
Pencil
Scissors
Non-stick foil (large enough to catch over-spill when pouring Cool2Cast over cardboard tree)
Plastic zip bag
Water
Measuring cup
Face mold (old man or Santa face molds work well)
Spatula
Wax paper
Craft knife
Alcohol inks (browns, greens, rust)
Rubbing alcohol
Brush
Journal covers (I cut my journal from mat board)
Paper (for inside journal)
Custom painted tissue papers (to collage onto journal cover)
Heavy duty hole punch (to punch binding holes in journal covers)
Ribbon (to bind journal covers and papers together)
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Decoupage – matte or gloss finish
Brush (for decoupage)
Embellishments – handmade paper,small and medium beads, micro beads, sheet moss, birds, wire spirals

1. Place foil onto level work surface.

2. Cut tree pattern from cereal box and place on foil.

3. Mix approximately 1 cup batch of Cool2cast in zip bag according to package directions. Snip bottom corner of bag to create pour spout.

4. Pour Cool2Cast over cardboard tree. You will notice that the cardboard absorbs the water very quickly so the Cool2Cast will start to solidify quickly.

5. Pour excess Cool2Cast into face mold (and other small molds if you have additional remaining). Tap the molds to release any trapped bubbles and set the face molds aside to dry for approximately 1 hour.

6. Use spatula to start smoothing and spreading Cool2Cast to cover all areas of cardboard tree. Your Cool2Cast should be solidifying at this point.

7. Use spatula to lift tree from foil and move onto clean piece of wax paper.

8. Use tip of spatula to draw bark lines into Cool2Cast. Set aside to dry for several hours.

9. When your Cool2Cast face is set, unmold and place on foil.

10. Mix a small batch of Cool2Cast and pour a small circle onto foil. Carefully place the face into the wet puddle of Cool2Cast. Let dry undisturbed. (Note: if you are using the Santa Clause face mold, you will also want to pour Cool2Cast over his hat area so that he transforms into a green man.)

11. When your tree is dry, remove from wax paper. Clean up any rough branch edges with craft knife. Place tree back onto clean wax paper.

12. Apply alcohol inks either directly from bottle or dilute with alcohol and brush on. Layer colors or spray with alcohol for interesting effects. Repeat technique to color green man face. Let dry.Green Man Journal full crop2 Cool2Cast Green Man Journal Cover by EcoHeidi Borchers

13. Use Aleene’s Decoupage to collage handmade papers onto journal cover. Let dry.

14. Use Aleene’s Tacky Glue to glue tree in place on journal cover. Glue face in place on tree.

15. Use glue to apply beads, wire, moss around tree branches and around green man face. Let dry.

16. Bind covers and papers together with ribbon. Tie ribbon in bow and add beads to ribbon streams.

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Aleene’s Mother’s Day Coupon Flower Bouquet by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers shares a clever idea for creating special coupons for Mom! This flower bouquet will brighten up any special occasion!

Watch EcoHeidi’s Mother’s Day Coupon Flower Bouquet YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Sheets
Fabric -  for the flowers – fun colors -  for the leaves assorted greens (note: for the stems and leaves you will need to rip fabric strips from green fabric and iron flat)
Scissors
Aleene’s Mothers Day Coupon Flower Pattern
Buttons (various colors and styles)
Wooden skewer sticks (for stems)
Florist wire 20 gauge (for leaves ) 2 for each flower 6” – 8” long
Needle nose pliers (to bend leaves wire)
Circle template or paper punch (for cutting coupon)
Paper (for coupons)
Jar to hold flowers
Paper shreds for inside jar

1. Cut 2 pieces of fabric slightly larger than Peel & Stick sheets. Remove release paper and press Peel & Stick onto wrong side on one piece of fabric. Press paper firmly with fingers (or use a craft stick with one end cut off to use a rubbing tool). Remove release paper and adhere both pieces of fabric wrong sides together. Place pattern onto top and cut out flowers.

2. Glue buttons in place on front of flowers with several layers of Peel & Stick.

3. To cover the stems, place a 1/2″ x 1/2″ piece of Peel and Stick onto the end on the wrong side of one of the green fabric strips. Remove backing paper and place onto the top of a wood skewer stick. Begin to roll or wrap fabric around the stick. When you reach the end of stick, cut fabric and place another small piece of Peel & Stick on fabric and finish wrapping end to secure in place.

4. For spiral leaves, use same procedure of wrapping fabric strip(s) on the florist wire. Using pliers, bend covered florist wires into spirals. Cut a 6″ strip of the green fabric. Cut a 1/2″ piece of Peel & Stick and attach to end of wrong side of fabric. Remove paper backing. To hold the two leaves onto the stem, adhere the end of the 6″ fabric strip just below the spirals and continue to wrap fabric strip around stem to secure leaves in place. Use another piece of Peel & Stick to glue end of fabric strip in place on stem.

5. Use Peel & Stick to adhere flower to top of stem.

6. Print out coupons on computer and cut into circles approximately 1-½” diameter.

7. Place a small piece of Peel & Stick on back of coupon. Remove the backing paper and place coupon onto the back of the flower (over the stem.)

8. Fill jar with paper shreds and tie a fabric bow around the jar. Place flowers into the jar.

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Aleene’s Eco Chic Owl Purse by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers transforms an empty glue package into a clever owl purse! The envelope-style packaging of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Sheets is perfect for this show-stopper! Covered in felt and fabric feathers, this themed purse will hold your ID and small stuff for a fun night out on the town or anytime you want to make a creative statement!

Watch EcoHeidi’s Clever Owl Purse YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape
Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Sheets (you will also be using the package for the base of this purse)
Small paring knife
Dark brown t-shirt fabric (or other fabric of choice) for outside approximately 15″ x 8″
Fabric for inside panel approximately 13-3/4″ x 4-5/8″
Fabric – for feathers (you can select a fancy embroidered fabric or a cute print fabric)
Felt -medium brown, beige for eyes, beak, brows
Buttons – for eyes
Velcro – adhesive backed 1″ piece
Beaded necklace or chain (for handle)
Scissors
Needle and thread (to stitch on beaded necklace handle)
Patterns

1. Cut open the sides of the packaging with knife. Remove any excess paper scraps after cutting open. Lay packaging on work surface printed side up.

2. Apply Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape along edges (in rectangle pattern).

3. Turn over and apply Tape to unprinted side. Also apply strips along flaps and down center.

4. Cut t-shirt material at least 1/2″ larger than packaging.

5. Remove release paper from tape on printed side. Press onto fabric. Cut fabric to 1/2″ along all edges.

6. Remove release paper from tape along outside edges and flap (leave paper on tape strip down center).

7. Wrap fabric around edge and press into adhesive clipping corners to ease fabric around curved edges. The front is now covered with fabric.

8. Cut piece of liner fabric 4-5/8″ x 13-3/4″. Apply tape to uncovered side of packaging. Press liner fabric into adhesive.

9. To close packaging back up, apply Peel & Stick Tape along front side of each flap. Remove liner paper, fold flaps in and fold end flap into adhesive. You have now covered the packaging on both sides and have re-assembled it to its original shape.

10. Apply Aleene’s Peel & Stick Sheets to back of felt and cut eye, eyebrow and feet patterns.

11. Remove release paper and press felt shapes in place on top front flap.

12. Apply Peel & Stick Tape to back of button eyes (two layers) and press eyes in place.

13. For the beak, adhere two layers of felt together. Apply Peel & Stick Sheet to back top 1/2 of beak. Apply piece of Velcro to bottom back side of beak.Adhere beak to flap, pressing Velcro in place below flap. This will allow you to open and close the flap.

14. For feet, adhere two layers of brown felt together. Cut patterns. Using photo as guide, apply piece of Peel & Stick Tape to front top of feet and glue in place on bottom back of purse. (The feet are hanging down along bottom edge.)

15. Apply Peel & Stick Sheets to back of feathers fabric. Cut feather patterns. Remove release paper and glue feathers in place.

16. For the handle, hand stitch the beads along the fold on the inside flap. The stitching can be covered by the brow. Simply lift small section of brow slightly, stitch and place brow down over stitches.

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Aleene’s Lampshade Bowl by EcoHeidi Borchers – DIY Craft

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EcoHeidi Borchers has come up with a clever way to upcycle a lampshade. Cover it with fabric strips and transform it into a bowl. Now that’s a cute DIY craft!

Watch EcoHeidi’s Lampshade Bowl YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Fabric Adhesive
Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Spray-On Fusible Web
Lampshade (size of your choice)
Hammer (to remove inside lampshade wire frame)
Cardboard (or matboard) to create bottom piece for bowl
Pen or pencil
Fabric
Scissors
Iron
Clothespin

1. Remove inside wire frame (the part that goes over the lightbulb) from lampshade. I just used my hammer to tap it out from the inside of my lampshade.

2. Determine which end of lampshade that you want to be the bottom of your bowl. Place that end onto cardboard and trace around with pen.

3. Cut along pattern line and slip circle into lampshade to determine if size and shape are correct. Remove from lampshade.

4. Cut 1 piece of fabric approximately 1″ larger than cardboard circle.

5. Cut 1 piece of fabric approximately 1/4″ smaller than cardboard circle.

6. In a well-ventilated area, spray one side of cardboard circle with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Spray-On Fusible Web. Place face down onto wrong side of large fabric circle.

7. With scissors, clip fabric at 1″ intervals around entire fabric circle. This will help to ease fabric around circle in next step.

8. To glue excess fabric to circle, spray around outside edge of cardboard (and fabric) with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Spray-On Fusible Web. Press excess fabric into Fusible Web.

9.  Spray wrong side of smaller fabric circle with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Spray-On Fusible Web. Place onto back of cardboard. You will now have a circle covered on both sides with fabric.

10. To cover lampshade, rip strips of fabric approximately 1-1/4″ wide. The number of strips will be determined by the size of your lampshade.

11. Iron ripped strips flat.

12. Apply a 1″ line of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Adhesive along top edge of lampshade and press end of first strip into glue. Begin wrapping strip around and around shade, overlapping approximately 1/2″ until you come to the end of the strip. Glue end of strip in place on lampshade.

13. Continue to add and glue fabric strips until all of lampshade is covered in fabric.

14. Slip fabric covered cardboard circle inside and press into bottom of lampshade. If desired, glue in place.

15. Create bow from fabric strip and glue in place on top edge of bowl. Use clothespin to hold in place while glue dries.

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The Look of Embossing with Glue on Glass Jars by EcoHeidi Borchers DIY Craft

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EcoHeidi Borchers shares how to create the look of embossing with Aleene’s Tacky Glue to upcycle glass jars. A cool technique and pretty way to store all sorts of goodies! Featured on Cool2Craft.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Look of Embossing with Glue YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Spray Acrylic Sealer – Matte
Glass jar with lid
Craft sticks
Transparent tape (to create nozzle for glue bottle)
Hair dryer (for speeding up glue drying process)
Rustoleum Flat White spray paint
Craft chalks (colors of your choice)
Stencil brush – small (cut bristles to 1/4″)
Paper towels

1. Clean jar inside and out.

2. Apply tape nozzle to glue bottle.

3. To keep round jars from rolling, lay two craft sticks on worktable. Spread apart to hold glass bottle in between.

4. Working one section at a time, hold nozzle about 1/4″ above surface of glass jar and draw random floral designs or squiggles and lines. NOTE: you can also draw patterns onto paper and secure inside jar to follow pattern lines with glue.

5. To keep glue from dripping as you work, use hair dryer to speed up drying process on glue to form skin on glue. Then, you are ready to rotate bottle slightly and continue drawing pattern. You will need to let sections dry completely before moving on. You can also add glue lines to the lid. If desired, glue Cool2Cast embellishment in place on lid.

6. Let dry until glue is completely clear.

7. When glue is completely clear, with lid on jar, in a well ventilated area, spray entire jar and lid with white spray paint. Let dry.

8. To apply chalk colors, scrub brush into chalk and then scrub into pattern sections on jar. Blow off excess chalk dust. Clean off brush between colors by scrubbing onto paper towel.

9. Repeat until entire design and background are colored with chalk.

10. Spray entire chalked surface with Matte sealer.

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