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Coffee Cup Rose by EcoHeidi Borchers

Coffee Cup Roses by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers digs into her recycle bin to create super cool flowers from cardboard coffee cups. Attach a gift card to the tag and you have a fun gift for a special friend, teacher or hostess gift.  Featured on EcoHeidi TV on the Cool2Craft Network.

Watch Heidi’s super fun Coffee Cup Rose YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

2 Cardboard coffee cups with corrugated cardboard sleeves
Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue (Use for lasting hold )
Glue gun (Use together with the Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue for a quick hold)
Acrylic paints
Brush
Wooden skewer stick
Toothpick
Cardboard tag

 

Coffee Cup Rose 1 Coffee Cup Rose by EcoHeidi Borchers To begin to shape cup into a flower, press in at the sides.
Coffee Cup Rose 2 Coffee Cup Rose by EcoHeidi Borchers Continue to press cup down by pushing the sides in and the bottom of the cup down.
Coffee Cup Rose 3 Coffee Cup Rose by EcoHeidi Borchers When cup is completely squished down, it should look something like this.
Coffee Cup Rose 4 Coffee Cup Rose by EcoHeidi Borchers To help hold, use a toothpick to apply small amounts of glue the folds of the cup.
Coffee Cup Rose 5 Coffee Cup Rose by EcoHeidi Borchers To make the center of the rose, cut a 2″ x 3″ section of the rim of the cup.
Coffee Cup Rose 6 Coffee Cup Rose by EcoHeidi Borchers Place Tacky Glue at the bottom edge and roll with rim at the top of the flower.
Coffee Cup Rose 7 Coffee Cup Rose by EcoHeidi Borchers Add a small amount of the hot glue to the Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue. Roll into tight bud for center of flower. The hot glue will hold it quickly, the Tacky Glue will hold it forever :)
Coffee Cup Rose 8 Coffee Cup Rose by EcoHeidi Borchers Using both glues, glue this bud into the center of the flower. Let glue dry.
Coffee Cup Rose 9 Coffee Cup Rose by EcoHeidi Borchers For the stem, insert a wooden skewer to the back of the flower. Place a small amount of glue to hold skewer in place.
Coffee Cup Rose 10 Coffee Cup Rose by EcoHeidi Borchers Using several different shades of pink and red acrylic paints, brush several layers of paint until cardboard cup is covered completely.
Coffee Cup Rose 11 Coffee Cup Rose by EcoHeidi Borchers Paint the wooden skewer stem green. Cut the leaves as shown from the corrugated cardboard sleeve. Paint leaves green. Let paint dry.
Coffee Cup Rose 12 Coffee Cup Rose by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue leaves to the stem. To give as a gift, make a gift tag, and tie into place on the stem. Make tag large enough that you could attach a gift card to the back of tag.

Paper Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz

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Candace Jedrowicz has created eco flowers using paper coffee cups, wire from a drop ceiling and metallic powder mixed with Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue.  Way too fun!  Featured on EcoHeidi TV on the Cool2Craft Network.

Watch Candace’s fun and easy Paper Coffee Cup Flower YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Paper coffee cups
Die cut machine with flower dies or flower punches
16 gauge wire – mine was left over from installing a drop ceiling
Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
Metallic powder colors
Qtips
Buttons

Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz 2 300x227 Paper Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz To get your coffee cup ready to punch or run through the die cutter, take off the rim and bottom then open the paper flat. Cut with flower die.
Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz 3 Paper Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz Pour a small amount of metallic powder in a cup bottom.
Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz 4 300x140 Paper Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz Add enough Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue to the powder to make it spreadable. Use Qtip to stir and paint your flowers.
Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz 5 Paper Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz Some paper cups have more wax than others so the color may bead up. I let them dry and added more color for a pleasantly mottled look.
Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz 6 300x157 Paper Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz Cut 9″ to 12″ pieces of wire for each stem. I used polymer clay buttons colored with craft foil for the flower centers. Wrap a small spiral in one end of the wire and thread the uncoiled end through the front of the button.
Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz 7 300x206 Paper Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz Leave about 1″of the wire straight and coil the rest around a pencil or other rod, leaving about 2″ straight at the bottom.
Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz 9 300x195 Paper Coffee Cup Flowers by Candace Jedrowicz I arranged my flowers in three groups according to length. Choose one of the stems to wrap around the others to hold the bunch together.

 


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Soda Can Flower on Box by EcoHeidi Borchers

Soda Can Flower on Box by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi transforms colorful soda cans into pretty floral box toppers. And, soda can pieces create an intriguing mosaic pattern!  Featured on EcoHeidi TV on the Cool2Craft Network.

Watch Heidi’s fun and fabulous Soda Can Flower Box YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Aleene’s Tacky Dot Singles – Medium or Large size
Soda cans
Craft knife
Circle template
Cereal cardboard for flower petal template/pattern
Scissors (use an old pair of scissors for this project)
Stylus
Craft foam

Heidi Soda Can Flower 1 Soda Can Flower on Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Use craft knife to cut off top and bottom of soda can.Please note: For each flower, you will want a different color can for each petal.
Heidi Soda Can Flower 2 Soda Can Flower on Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Place the cut soda can onto piece of craft foam. Using a stylus and a circle template, draw circles onto the can. You will need 5 circles of various sizes (approximately 1/4″ less for each size) and colors for each flower.
Heidi Soda Can Flower 3 Soda Can Flower on Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Using old scissors, cut out each circle.
Heidi Soda Can Flower 4 Soda Can Flower on Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Make a flower pattern from cardboard for 4 of the different size circles. An eight petal flower is easy and works great. Place the cardboard flower template over each circle and mark the petals using the stylus.
Heidi Soda Can Flower 5 Soda Can Flower on Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Cut out each flower, making sure all cut edges are rounded. It is important to keep all your cut edges rounded so that you have no sharp edges.
Heidi Soda Can Flower 6 Soda Can Flower on Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Place cut flower petal, color side down, onto the craft foam. Using the stylus, press into the petal and make marks or ‘veins’ onto each petal.
Heidi Soda Can Flower 7 Soda Can Flower on Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Turn flower petal over, color side up and repeat on this side. Repeat for all of the petals.
Heidi Soda Can Flower 8 Soda Can Flower on Box by EcoHeidi Borchers  The smallest circle will be the center of the flower. Cut small slits all around the circle.
Heidi Soda Can Flower 9 Soda Can Flower on Box by EcoHeidi Borchers To adhere the petal layers together, place one Aleene’s Tacky Dot in between each flower layer and one dot in the center.
Heidi Soda Can Flower 10 Soda Can Flower on Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Place a bead into center petal and press onto the Aleene’s Tacky Dot. Carefully lift up and shape the petals around the bead. If needed, round edges of petal with scissors to remove any sharp edges. To create the mosaic look on the box lid with the soda can pieces, use one Aleene’s Tacky Dot Single for attaching each soda can piece.

Ribbon Spool Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers

Ribbon Bolt Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers creates the prettiest flower garden on canvas featuring flowers made from ribbon spools! Painted with acrylic paint, these florals brighten up any room! Featured on EcoHeidi TV on the Cool2Craft Network.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Ribbon Spool Flower YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Cardboard ribbon spools (you will need one for each flower plus one for leaves and stem)
Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue
Board for background (I used Masonite from a tile sample board)
Acrylic paints
Brush- 1/2″ wide flat
Buttons- for flower centers
Dimensional texture for background (I used Texture Magic)
Notched comb for texture
Aleene’s Spray Sealer – Matte or Gloss finish

Ribbon Bolt Flower 1 Ribbon Spool Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Select several different sizes and widths of ribbon spools for this project.
Ribbon Bolt Flower 2 Ribbon Spool Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers To make each flower, carefully take a cardboard spool apart by removing the circle sides of the spool. Repeat with another narrower spool for leaf and stem.
Ribbon Bolt Flower 3 Ribbon Spool Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers You will now have three pieces for each spool. To make the flower, cut the two spool circles into a flower shape.
Ribbon Bolt Flower 4 Ribbon Spool Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers With second narrow spool, cut the tube to make the stem. (The ends of the spool will be used to cut the leaves.)
Ribbon Bolt Flower 5 Ribbon Spool Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Smooth and press out the stem. Be sure to cut off any excess paper still remaining on the sides of the spool you tore apart.
Ribbon Bolt Flower 6 Ribbon Spool Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Select several complementary colors of acrylic paint and brush onto each flower, leaf and stem. Let dry. If necessary, repeat with second coat.
Ribbon Bolt Flower 7 Ribbon Spool Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Paint the center tube of the spool for the flower.
 Ribbon Bolt Flower 8 Ribbon Spool Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue the two flowers back in place on the spool center with the Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue.
Ribbon Bolt Flower 9 Ribbon Spool Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers For the background, I squeegeed the dimensional paint over the masonite.Use a notched comb to create the lines in the dimensional paint. Let dry.Paint the background using the acrylic paints.

Place the assembled spool flowers, leaves and stems onto the background.

Ribbon Bolt Flower 10 Ribbon Spool Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue all pieces to the background using the Aleene’s Super Thick Tacky Glue.
Ribbon Bolt Flower 11 Ribbon Spool Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue several sizes of buttons for the center of each flower. To seal, spray entire piece with the Aleene’s Spray Sealer. Let dry.

Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers

Wire and Fabric Retro Flower by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers shares how to make this vintage vibe retro Momma Aleene fabric flower. Lots of great history with this flower because it was this technique that inspired Aleene to formulate her world-famous Aleene’s Tacky Glue! Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Fabric & Wire Retro Flower YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Turbo Tacky in the Tacky Pack
Drink bottle cap (for bending wire)
18 gauge wire (approximately 8″ for each petal)
Fabric (I used upholstery and sweater fabrics on my flower)
Scissors
Needle and thread (to create fabric yoyo for flower center)
Polyfil (for flower center)
Florist tape – green
Wood skewer (for flower stem)
Wire and beads (optional for flower center)

Fabric and Wire Flower 1 Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Select drink bottle cap to create desired size for petal. If desired, you can paint wire with black acrylic paint (or any color desired).
Fabric and Wire Flower 2 Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Bend wire around bottle cap to help form top edge of petal shape.
Fabric and Wire Flower 3 Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Twist ends of wire to form petal shape.
Fabric and Wire Flower 4 Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Apply Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue to the wire.
Fabric and Wire Flower 5 Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Press wire onto the right side of fabric. I like to line up the twisted end of the petal with the edge of my fabric because it makes it easier to cut when the glue is dry. Use your fingernail or toothpick to remove excess glue from fabric. You want to the glue to hold to the fabric but you don’t want too much excess glue. Set aside to dry. Repeat to create 5 petals per flower.
Fabric and Wire Flower 6 Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers When the glue is dry, cut away excess fabric from outside of wire petal.
Fabric and Wire Flower 7 Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Apply line of glue to back edge of fabric and press onto next layer of fabric. Let dry for about 10 minutes.
Fabric and Wire Flower 8 Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Cut away excess fabric leaving approximately 1/4″ to create layered fabric look, tapering away fabric as you reach the twisted wire.
Fabric and Wire Flower 9 Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Cut circle of fabric from fabric (I used sweater material). Sew running stitch approximately 3/8″ from edge. Pull stitch to create yoyo shape, insert polyfil and then pull stitching tight. Knot thread to hold in place.
Fabric and Wire Flower 10 Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Bend ends of petal wires down. Gather 5 petals together.
Fabric and Wire Flower 11 Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers To hold petals together, wrap wires with florist tape. Place wooden stick next to wrapped wires and attach by wrapping with florist tape.
Fabric and Wire Flower 12 Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Adjust petals as desired. Apply Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue to center of flower.
Fabric and Wire Flower 13 Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers Press flower center into glue with seam side down.
Fabric and Wire Flower 14 Fabric & Wire Retro Flowers by EcoHeidi Borchers To create leaf, bend wire into desired shape. Glue onto fabric. Let glue dry completely before cutting fabric along wire line. On this sample, I also added fringed fabric and wired beads to the center of my flower. To finish the stem, tear strip of green fabric approximately 1″ wide. Apply dab of glue to end of fabric and begin wrapping around stem, securing with glue every few inches. Secure at end with glue and cut off excess.

Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers

Plastic Drink Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers shows how to transform plastic drink bottles into eco-art. Check out your favorite drink bottles and find out which feature the best embossed designs. Wire together bottle bottoms, tops and sides to create wall art or room dividers for just pennies.  Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Plastic Bottle Room Divider YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Plastic drink bottles
Craft knife
Scissors
Acrylic paint (colors of your choice)
Cosmetic sponge (for applying paint)
Drill with 1/16″ drill bit
Hole punch
22 gauge wire (colors of your choice)
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
Beads
Mirror and tile pieces

 

Room Divider 1 Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers I love to find plastic drink bottles that have intriguing designs embossed onto the sides! I don’t drink sodas so I ask my friends to keep their eyes open for fun bottles!
Room Divider 2 Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers Use a craft knife to puncture the side of the bottle and cut apart.
Room Divider 3 Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers Use scissors to cut out the side panel pieces and to clean up the cut edges of the bottle tops and the bottoms.
Room Divider 4 Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers Apply acrylic paint with cosmetic sponge by dabbing onto the inside (wrong side) of the plastic bottle. It may take several coats of paint to get a solid opaque coverage.
Room Divider 5 Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers Use the same painting procedure to paint the inside of the bottle bottom.
Room Divider 6 Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers Arrange the bottle pieces in desired pattern. Punch or drill holes into the pieces.
Room Divider 7 Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers To create the swirl in the end of the wire, use pliers to roll end and then continue to roll with fingers until you have created swirl of desired size. Cut wire to desired length to join two pieces together.
Room Divider 8 Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers Insert cut end of wire through punched hole in water bottle. Loop wire around swirl to secure.
Room Divider 9 Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers  Add beads to wire.
Room Divider 10 Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers If desired add other embellishments to wire. I found these doves at the dollar store. I drilled through them to turn them into beads.
Room Divider 11 Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers Secure both ends of beaded and embellished wire to bottle pieces. Continue add more pieces to create desired length. I join my pieces together for wall hangings by looping the top wire onto a dowel stick.
 bottle cap crop Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers  Here’s a close up of a bottle cap. I glued mirror tiles and a flat backed marble to the top.
Bottle bottom crop Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers On the bottle bottom, I glued a white flat backed marble.
side bottle crop Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers On the bottle side piece, I glued vintage look mirror tiles.
3 bottle pieces crop Plastic Bottle Room Divider by EcoHeidi Borchers You can arrange rows and rows of these to create wall art or keep going and make a room divider!

Glue Art Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz

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Candace Jedrowicz is crafting up eco-home decorations using cardboard and Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue on canvas.  Add a candle flame and you’ve got yourself a vintage Aleene’s technique called Burnt Brown Bag!  Now Candace is bringing it with metallic powders, because that’s how she rolls!  Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch Candace;s fun and fabulous Glue Art Canvas YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Canvases – four any size
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Cardboard
Sponge brush
Scissors
Candle and matches
Metallic powders – I used blue, green and copper
Gold Rub n Buff
Heat gun

BBBCanvas 1 300x248 Glue Art Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz Cut your cardboard design pieces and set them aside. I cut cardboard to make two wavy designs and two angular designs.
BBBCanvas 2 300x233 Glue Art Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz Completely cover the canvas with Aleene’s Tacky Glue.
BBBCanvas 3 300x175 Glue Art Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz Place designs on canvas and cover with glue. Allow to dry.
BBBCanvas 4 300x216 Glue Art Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz When the glue is dry, set up your candle and get ready to move fast. Cover 1/4 of the canvas with glue.
BBBCanvas 5 300x240 Glue Art Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz Hold the glued area directly over the flame but keep it moving! Keep it moving until the glue is no longer shiny and has a black sooty appearance.The glue will bubble and crackle and create interesting texture. In this photo I turned the canvas over to show the glue turning black.  You’ll want to keep the wet glue area directly over the flame.
BBBCanvas 6 300x258 Glue Art Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz Continue adding glue and burning until the entire canvas is black and sooty. This is how the burned canvas should look. Flat black with a few shiny areas.
BBBCanvas 7 300x258 Glue Art Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz Use a wet or dry cloth to gently wipe off the soot. If you break through the skin of the burned glue to reveal white glue just re-burn that area. (P.S. If desired, you can let the glue dry completely overnight before wiping off the soot.)
BBBCanvas 8 300x187 Glue Art Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz This photo shows two of the designs – one finished and one unfinished.The unfinished surface on the right is really wonderful by itself, but I specifically wanted to try the metallic powder as a finish.
BBBCanvas 9 300x266 Glue Art Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz Use a moist paper towel or wet wipe to pick up the powder and dab it on the canvas.
BBBCanvas 10 300x239 Glue Art Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz To set the powders, heat with a heat gun for several seconds. Keep checking it by touching the surface. It’s done when there is no color on your fingers.
BBBCanvas 11 300x260 Glue Art Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz Finish with gold Rub n Buff on some edges and textures. Allow to dry.
Eco Home BBB Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz 300x294 Glue Art Canvas by Candace Jedrowicz Here are my finished canvases. I hope you’ll try this method and send me photos! candace@cool2craft.com – I’ll share them on my blog page!

Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers

Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers transforms soda cans into eco-art for the home! It’s easy to cut,emboss and glue to create any sculpture designs. Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Soda Can Fish Sculpture YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Aleene’s Liquid Fusion Glue
Soda cans
Craft knife
Fish pattern (or pattern of your choice)
Stylus (with ball point tip)
Scissors (I use dollar store scissors to cut my soda cans)
Alcohol inks
Paint brush
Toothpicks (or wooden skewers) to glue to seaweed
Clothespins

Soda Can Fish 1 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Use craft knife to remove top and bottom from soda can. Use scissors to cut along seam to open can.
 Soda Can Fish 2 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Lay pattern on inside (silver) side of soda can and trace with stylus.
Soda Can Fish 3 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Use scissors to cut along pattern line. (I have a lot of people ask me if the soda can is sharp. My suggestion is to always round any corners and cut in smooth strokes so that there are no “nibs” of soda can which can be sharp and can snag.)
Soda Can Fish 4 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Turn cut design over and gently run fingers over surface to help to flatten design. At this step, the design will not lay down completely flat but it does help to coax it to flatten slightly at this step.
Soda Can Fish 5 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Place design silver side up on craft foam. Draw desired detail patterns with stylus on silver side.
Soda Can Fish 6 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Your design lines can be as easy as squiggles!
Soda Can Fish 7 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Turn design over and trace alongside pattern lines. This will create a raised effect to your design on the silver side. This step will also help to flatten your design.
Soda Can Fish 8 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Drop alcohol inks onto design and use brush to blend colors together.
Soda Can Fish 9 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Cut seaweed strips from scraps of soda can (or from new can). Add design lines with stylus.
Soda Can Fish 10 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue toothpick or skewer onto back of seaweed.
Soda Can Fish 11 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Use clothespin to hold toothpick in place while glue is drying.
Soda Can Fish 12 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers For the base of my sculpture, I smashed a soda can until it was flat.
Soda Can Fish 13 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Determine placement for seaweed and punch smashed can with tip of craft knife.
Soda Can Fish 14 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Dip end of toothpick into glue and insert seaweed into hole(s).
Soda Can Fish 15 Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Repeat until desired design is achieved. To attach fish, determine placement on seaweed. Apply glue and use clothespins to hold in place while glue dries completely.
Fish Pin Soda Can Fish Sculpture by EcoHeidi Borchers Here’s a mini version! Using the same technique, I created this small fish pin.

Blue Bling Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz

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Candace Jedrowicz is like a bird when it comes to shiny, colorful objects.  A blue water bottle caught her eye and the creative recycle bling wheels were set in motion.  Candace shows how to create gorgeous blue and copper earrings from a water bottle, rubber stamps, a heat tool and copper wire.  Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch the entire Green Bling Episode of EcoHeidi TV

Materials:

Blue water bottle
Craft knife
Scissors
Rubber stamp
Copper pigment ink
Needle tool
Wire cutters
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
1/8″ Hole punch
20 Gauge wire

 Blue Bling Earrings 2 300x194 Blue Bling Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz Keep both circles and squares with the curved side down during the whole process. Cut two 1″ circles and two 1″ squares from the bottle.Punch 1 hole at the top of the circles and 3 holes at the bottom.
 Blue Bling Earrings 3 300x279 Blue Bling Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz Cut each square into 3 odd shapes for the dangles.
 Blue Bling Earrings 4 300x210 Blue Bling Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz Punch a hole in the top of each dangle.
 Blue Bling Earrings 5 300x228 Blue Bling Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz Ink the stamp with the pigment ink and press both circles on to the stamp. Lay the dangles together to stamp.
 Blue Bling Earrings 6 300x229 Blue Bling Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz Holding each piece with a needle tool, heat with the heat tool held about 5″ from the table. Keep the heat on until the piece curls up a bit.
 Blue Bling Earrings 7 300x212 Blue Bling Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz Use the needle tool to gently press the piece while heating with the heat gun, until it is only slightly curved. If the ink rubs off, it needs more heat. Keep the heat at a 5″ distance until the ink looks super shiny.
 Blue Bling Earrings 10 300x194 Blue Bling Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz Use 6 jump rings to attach the dangles to the circles.
 Blue Bling Earrings 11 300x154 Blue Bling Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz Use 2 pliers to hold each jump ring. Bend the ends of the ring to the side, slide a dangle and one hole of the circle onto the ring and close tightly.
 Blue Bling Earrings 12 300x245 Blue Bling Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz Cut a 2 1/2″ wire for each ear wire. Using the round nose pliers make a ring on one end.
 Blue Bling Earrings 13 300x252 Blue Bling Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz Bend the wire perpendicular to the ring.
 Blue Bling Earrings 14 300x205 Blue Bling Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz Slide the circle onto the ring and close. Slide a tiny bit of coiled wire on the wire and make a sharp bend above the coil so it won’t slide off.
 Blue Bling Earrings e1320265535798 Blue Bling Earrings by Candace Jedrowicz Bend the remainder of the wire over the handle of a pair of pliers. Gently sand the sharp edges of the wire ends.

Bigger Than Big Drink Bottle Pendant by EcoHeidi Borchers

Bigger than Big Pendant by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Inspired by the BIG style in fashion catalogs,EcoHeidi Borchers found a super cool way to recycle drink bottle bottoms into fashionable BIG pendants! Featured on EcoHeidi TV!

Watch the entire Green Bling episode of EcoHeidi TV

Materials

Plastic drink bottle -with interesting bottom!
Smooth sided plastic bottle – for jewelry bail
Craft knife
Scissors
Paint pen (or acrylic paint) to color in detail
Acrylic paint – black (or other background color of your choice)
Cosmetic sponge
Small hole punch (for rivet)
Small craft rivet
Rivet setter
Flat backed marble or other flat backed stone (optional for center of pendant)
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (optional to glue marble in place)

Big Pendant 1 Bigger Than Big Drink Bottle Pendant by EcoHeidi Borchers Use craft knife to carefully puncture side of bottle. Cut off bottle bottom.
 Big Pendant 2 Bigger Than Big Drink Bottle Pendant by EcoHeidi Borchers Working on the inside of the bottle (the wrong side) use paint pen to color in recessed design areas.
 Big Pendant 3 Bigger Than Big Drink Bottle Pendant by EcoHeidi Borchers If desired, add paint dots along outside edge.
 Big Pendant 4 Bigger Than Big Drink Bottle Pendant by EcoHeidi Borchers Pour small puddle of black acrylic paint onto palette. Dab cosmetic sponge into paint. Dab on inside of bottle bottom to begin painting entire inside surface.
 Big Pendant 5 Bigger Than Big Drink Bottle Pendant by EcoHeidi Borchers This is what the black paint looks like after one coat. As you can see, it takes several coats of paint on the plastic to get an opaque finish.
Big Pendant 6 Bigger Than Big Drink Bottle Pendant by EcoHeidi Borchers To create bail, cut strip from smooth side of plastic bottle approximately 3″ x 1″. Paint on back side with black paint. Fold in half and punch holes at cut end approximately 1/4″ from edge.
 Big Pendant 7 Bigger Than Big Drink Bottle Pendant by EcoHeidi Borchers Determine placement of bail on pendant and punch hole in pendant to match holes in bail. Line up folded bail over punched hole in pendant and insert rivet from the outside.
 Big Pendant 8 Bigger Than Big Drink Bottle Pendant by EcoHeidi Borchers Use rivet tool to set rivet to attach bail to pendant.
 Big Pendant 9 Bigger Than Big Drink Bottle Pendant by EcoHeidi Borchers String pendant as desired. Also, if desired, glue flat back marble to center of pendant for added design element.