Cool2Cast Gift Cans by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Save your cans to create these super cute gift cans by EcoHeidi Borchers. By using a “no-sharp edges” can opener you can transform trash into treasures! Tuck in a small gift and you have a unique gift container! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s super cool Cool2Cast Gift Can YouTube video tutorial!


Cool2Cast  (¼ cup of C2C plaster to 1/8 cup of water will fill 2 medium lids)
Water & measuring cups
Zip top plastic bag
Tin cans (use a can opener that removes the lids safely with no sharp edges)
Stamp pad – any color
Small rubber stamps – various shapes and an alphabet
Alcohol inks
Aleene’s Tacky Tape Runner
Papers, paint, trims, glue, embellishments and fabric to decorate tin cans

NOTE: Remove lid from can using the type of can opener that leaves no sharp edges on the lid.

1. Pour ¼ cup Cool2Cast plaster into zip top bag.

2. Add 1/8 cup room temp water to bag. Re-zip bag to seal and shake bag for about one minute.

3. Cut off one corner on the bottom of the bag.

4. Hold over lid and let the plaster flow from the cut corner into the lid.

5. Fill to the top edge of can lid. Carefully tap the edge of the lid, to help the liquid plaster settle. Let plaster dry completely. It will be solid to the touch in about 1 hour but leave overnight to dry completely.

6.  Decorate the top by brushing on alcohol inks on the plaster. Let dry.  Next, stamp words or sayings with rubber stamps.

When you use the no-sharp edges type of can opener, you should find that the lid will snap back on when you are finished. If your lid does not, just tie ribbon from top to bottom to hold the lid in place in transit.

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LOVE Applique Tea Towel by Heather Valentine

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In this video, Heather Valentine stitches up a love-ly tea towel applique perfect for a Valentines or anytime gift.  Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heather’s super cool Love Tea Towel YouTube video tutorial.

Visit Heather’s blog for print tutorial for this super cute Love Tea Towel!

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Aleene’s Bottle Cap Birdie by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi transforms plastic bottle caps into a whimsical birdie. Mix and match fabrics, wire and a feather top notch make this birdie eco cute! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s super cool Bottle Cap Birdie YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Plastic water bottle or soda caps – the deeper caps are the best choice for this project – smaller size for head – larger size for body
Drill and small drill bit
Cardboard – cereal box or thin cardboard
Circle template
Fabric scraps
Batting – 1/4″ thickness
Craft wire – 18 gauge (or strong enough to hold birdie upright)
Craft foam
Flat back beads – black (for eyes) or wiggle eyes or buttons

1. Drill two small holes in side of larger cap – spaced approximately 1/2″ apart. (These will be used for wire legs.)

2. Use your circle template to determine the inside measurement of the bottle caps. Cut circles from cardboard to fit inside caps.

3. Cut and glue fabric to one side of each cardboard circle.

4. Cut and glue batting to outside top of caps.

5. For head, measure and cut two circles approximately 2-1/2 times larger than the smaller bottle cap. Apply glue to outside and inside of cap. Place cap batting side down centered on wrong side of fabric. Wrap fabric up and around sides of cap and press into glue on inside of cap.  Adjust to remove as many excess wrinkles or folds on top of cap.

6. Glue fabric covered cardboard inside cap to cover gathered fabric.

7. Repeat to cover body cap with fabric. Note: Be sure to mark where the drill holes are so that you can find them again after you attach the fabric in place.

8. Cut two pieces of wire to approximately 7″ each. Turn one end of each wire into a spiral. This will help to stabilize the wire inside the cap. Cut the opposite end to a sharp point and press one wire through each hole. Glue spiral end inside cap. Cut sharp point to a blunt end.

9. Using pliers, form a triangle shape at the blunt end of the wire and then bend at 45 degree angle to form birdie foot.(Once you fully assemble your birdie, you may need to readjust the feet angle.

10. For beak, cut two pieces of craft foam into small triangles. Glue in place on front of head cap.

11. For eyes, glue two beads in place above beak.

12. For wings, cut two leaf shapes. Fringe edges with scissors. Glue in place on body.

13. Glue head to front top of body.

14. Glue small feather fluff on head. Let glue dry completely.

15. Re-adjust feet as needed so that birdie can stand solidly.

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Aleene’s Cinnamon Stick Angels Garland by EcoHeidi Borchers

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EcoHeidi Borchers shares how to make this adorable angel garland featuring cinnamon stick arms and bay leaf wings. Cute on your tree, wall or door to add a touch of whimsy to your holiday decorating! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Cinnamon Stick Angel YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Fabric scraps (for dresses)
Wooden doll clothespin (for body) – painted fleshtone
Drill and extra small drill bit
Needle and thread (to match fabric color)
Small wood heart (for feet) – painted ivory
Embroidery floss – ivory
Cinnamon sticks
Bay leaves
Pearl beads
Wooden bead (for head)
Wedding novelty ring (for halo)
Narrow gold ribbon (for bow)

1. For each angel, cut fabric 3″x5″.

2. If desired, to create fringe along fabric edge, apply line of glue approximately 3/8″ from edge of fabric. Let dry then remove threads to create fringe.

3. Add line of glue to one 3″ edge and fold over other 3″ edge to create tube. Let glue dry.

3. Drill small hole through neckline of clothespin.

4. With needle and thread, stitch running stitch along top edge of fabric. Add line of glue around neckline of clothespin. Slip fabric over clothespin, align stitching at neckline (over glue) and pull thread to gather fabric around neckline. Press fabric into glue. Tie off thread to hold gathers in place.

5. Align cut in clothespin so that it faces forward. This will help to assure that you are applying glue correctly for hair. Apply glue to top and back of clothespin head for hair. Cut length of yarn and starting with one end, press into glue and loop around and around to create hair.

6. Glue heart to end of legs with point of heart facing to back. Let all glue dry completely.

7. Cut embroidery floss to desired length of garland (add extra for ends). Run embroidery floss through neck of angel. Add one cinnamon stick to each side and one pearl to each side (for hands).

8. Determine where you want angel on the garland and tie a double (or triple knot) next to pearl. This will help to keep the angel from moving or shifting on the embroidery floss. Repeat to add more angels to garland. Tie off embroidery floss at end.

9. For wings, glue two bay leaves to back of angel.

10. For halo, glue ring in place on head.

11. Tie ribbon into bow and glue at neckline. Let dry completely.

12. Tie raffia to ends of embroidery floss.

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Reversible Holiday Gift Bag by Lisa Fulmer

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Lisa Fulmer shares how to create an easy-to-sew reversible fabric gift bag that can be used over and over again. Fill it with your special friend’s favorite craft supplies and you have a perfect giftable for the holidays! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Lisa’s super cool Reversible Fabric Gift Bag YouTube video tutorial.


1/4 to 1/2 yard each of 2 holiday cotton fabrics
Coordinating color thread
Sewing machine
Rotary cutter (with plain and pinking blades)
Self-healing cutting mat
Large quilter’s ruler
Iron and ironing board

1. Measure and trim both fabrics to desired size strips using the quilter’s ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat. Allow an extra 1-1/2″ in the width for seam allowances, and allow an extra 1/2″ in the length for the final top trim. For example – to end up with a finished 12″x15″ bag, trim each fabric to 13.5″ x 30.5″.

2. Fold over and press a 3/8″ flap to the wrong side along both long edges of each fabric.

3. Place both strips right side together, with folded flaps facing out, and pin edges together.

4. Straight stitch 1/8″ in, along both long edges, pulling the pins out as you go, to turn the strips into an inside-out “tube” – anchor your stitch line by sewing backwards a few stitches at the beginning and the end.

5. Turn the tube right side in, and press the seam edges flat.

6. Fold tube in half and straight stitch each side together, right up against the first seam, ending about 1/2″ from the top.

7. Trim the top edges just about 1/8″ with the pinking blade.

8. Have fun with lots of different ribbons to gather the top of your gift bag and tie it shut.

Fabric Birdie Mosaic on Canvas by Tiffany Windsor

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Love the look of mosaic but don’t like the idea of cutting and grouting glass tiles? Tiffany Windsor shares an easy faux mosaic technique with fabric on canvas. This technique is also great on home decor pillows, wearables and more! Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Tiffany’s super cute Fabric Birdie Mosaic YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Sheets
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Canvas – shape of your choice
Acrylic paint – black
Paint brush
Cotton bandana – white
Cotton fabrics – print and colors of your choice – one color for body and wing layer, one color for beak, one color for wing layer)
Non-stick scissors
Bird pattern of your choice (I drew mine freehand with a comma for the body, hearts for the wings and triangle for the beak)
Chalk or pencil (to draw bird leg lines)
Push pin or straight pin
Small black beads (for eyes)
Optional: Ribbon – for hanger

1. Paint canvas front, sides and back with black acrylic paint. Let dry completely.

2. Apply one sheet of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick to back of white fabric. Cut fabric even with outside edge of sheet. Turn sheet over and smooth fabric with fingers to be sure that it is adhered over entire sheet and along all edges. (Depending on the size of your canvas, you will need to prepare several pieces of white fabric this way.)

3. Apply one sheet of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick to back of bird body fabric and smooth fabric onto adhesive. Trace bird body onto back side (paper side) of fabric. Cut along pattern line. Remove paper backing and press in place on canvas. Smooth with finger to adhere all edges.

4. Draw leg lines with chalk. This will help to give you a pattern line to remind you to avoid placing fabric over this area. (Remember to erase these lines when gluing is complete.)

5. Cut white fabric into triangle and various shapes representative of glass tiles. (You can use project photo as a guide for suggested shapes.)

6. Remove paper backing from first piece of white fabric. (I use a pin to help separate the release paper from the fabric.) Place glued side down onto canvas. Repeat to cover background and sides with white fabric pieces. Be sure to leave gaps between the pieces to replicate grout.

7. Cut and layer fabric hearts for wings and glue in place. Cut and glue beak in place.

8. Apply Aleene’s Tacky Glue to beads and glue in place for eyes.

9. If desired, glue ribbon runner to back of canvas.

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Aleene’s Scarecrow Pick by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Here’s a fun project that the kids will LOVE helping Mom create! Crafted by EcoHeidi Borchers, the scarecrow body is made from cereal box and small fabric squares are glued in place with Aleene’s Tacky Dots. “Plant” your pick in a jar, arrangement or use for placecard holders on the special holiday. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s super cool Scarecrow Pick YouTube video tutorial![


Aleene’s Tacky Dot Roll
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Scarecrow Pick Patterns – click to print pdf
Cereal box – cut open to lay flat
Acrylic paint – flesh, black
Paint brush
Fabric scraps (I used denim for the overalls and cotton print for the shirt, hat and bow)
Brown bag scraps
Craft stick(s)
Black permanent marking pen
Small hole punch
String or embroidery floss (to hang sign)
Optional: glass mason jar with sand, raffia, black beads (eyes), brown craft foam (nose)

1. Trace patterns onto cardboard. Cut along pattern lines.

2. Paint face with flesh paint and shoes with black paint. Let dry.

3. Cut fabric pieces into small squares and rectangles. Using photo as guide, apply a Tacky Dot to back of each fabric square and glue onto front of scarecrow body to create shirt and overalls.

4. Cut several pieces of 3/4″ x 1″ brown bag. Snip edges to create fringe. Crinkle and glue in place with Tacky Dots for straw at hands, feet and head.

5. Tear strip of fabric for bow. Tie into bow and glue at neckline with Tacky Glue.

6. Cut fabric from hat pattern and use Tacky Glue to glue over cardboard hat. If needed, trim to fit. Glue strip of fabric with Tacky Glue for hatband.

7. Glue hat to face, glue face to body with Tacky Glue.

8. Draw facial features with marking pen.

9. Apply Tacky Glue on end craft stick (about 1″) and glue to back of scarecrow leaving unglued portion at bottom to use as “pick”.  If desired for more stability, glue another craft stick to back of scarecrow.

10. For sign, glue several layers of brown bag together. Let dry. Cut to look like jagged edge. Write “THANKS” with marking pen. Punch holes in corners and tie with string.


Spooky Bat Barrette on 31 Days of Halloween

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Okay, it’s not so spooky but it is sparkly!  And it’s super easy to make, too!  This was inspired by Tiffany Windsor’s Felted Floral Headband from last week’s show.  Grab some felt and craft foam and get to makin’!


Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel and Stick Sheets
Aleene’s Super Gel Glue
Black craft foam
Inka Gold orange metallic cream
Barrette base

Bat Template

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Cut points or rounded ends on each petal.

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Stick all the layers together and stick the flower to the barrette base.

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Anita: a Wyld at Heart Recycle Queen


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Anita is going on the road with her fabulous eco crafts and her “take care of what you have” eco-philosophy.

154775 325245600874479 1677556891 n 300x121 Anita: a Wyld at Heart Recycle Queen Well I am about to be 49 this month and have been creative/artistic since I was a child thanks to my mom encouraging me.  I remember as a child even walking around on the parking lots and such collecting nuts, screws and wires and gluing them together to create people and animals.  lol  I am majorly into recycling the best that I can.  Until recently I have saved just about everything to make something with but this gal is in the process of moving.
318134 325245447541161 85671277 n 300x121 Anita: a Wyld at Heart Recycle Queen I have loaded up “Lucy”, my RV, with all the craft stuff and the things I need to live and when it is time I will put my critters in there too and we will head down the road.  I will sell my creations in different areas, festivals or wherever I might get a booth or something.
432101 10151001655428963 1530222028 n 300x300 Anita: a Wyld at Heart Recycle Queen One thing I learned that a lot of people now days have forgotten, because it has turned into such a throw away world is “you take care of what you have” and there are so many that don’t have so that is where my recycling came in.  Can’t afford jewelry so make my own jewelry with what I have which is scraps of material, Pringle cans, denim, etc.  I sell what I make but I don’t charge much for them because I want people to enjoy my creations.
485762 310132519052454 1490861670 n 300x121 Anita: a Wyld at Heart Recycle Queen  I also like to leave them for people to find and keep. I am in an Art Abandonment group where we create things and leave our treasures where people will find them with a note saying to take me home I’m yours.  I know what I leave will bring a smile to someone, maybe even someone worse off than me and really need something to make them smile.
How cool is that!
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I do every kind of craft I can get my hands on or am in the process of learning.  I am in a group that called B ART ER where we can barter on craft items that others aren’t using anymore for something you may have that they can use. I sew, crotchet, draw, jewelry, recycle into art, I write and I am a photographer. If my hands are not busy doing something I feel like I’m wasting my life away.  My denim bracelets I use used jeans that have been washed and I will cut strips to wrap around the Pringles can bracelet.  I cut the Pringles cans in different widths since some people like larger bangles and some like smaller ones
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.  I have used several different kinds of glues from hot glue sticks to even your fabric glue. The hot glue was quicker to dry but the fabric glue worked too I just had to clip the material on the cardboard and let it dry.  I like to let the denim fray because it gives it a more shabby chic look to me especially when I glue on the pearls and such on there.  I like to make flowers out of denim also and I would just cut circles, fray the edges and fold in half, then in half again and glue onto a circle of denim.  When done with the size flower I want I either leave it or decorate it with beads and pearls using more glue or sewing. I do like to cut a length of denim to glue on the inside of the bracelet to make it smoother looking but still like the edges to fray.
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The scrap material bracelets I made I still used the pringle can.  I love using the very top edge of the can to make the small thin bracelets.  Had people ask me where I got those when I wore them out just to see if anyone would like them and they did.  On these bracelets I glued padding on the pringles bangle then wrapped the scrap material on it and gluing.  Again I would cut a length to glue inside the bracelet to give it a smoother look.
The T shirt bracelets I just cut strips, stretched, glued them together with a small strip to wrap around the ends to make the bracelet.  I then made a bow also out of the same T shirt and glued on.  The other one was a purple camo T shirt  and I did the same but then made the flower like I did with the denim flower I mentioned up top by cutting circles, folding in half and then in half again and gluing or sewing on a circle piece of material then gluing or sewing on the T shirt bracelet.
Thank you for sharing Anita!  I wish you scads of success on the road!

Candace the Muse

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Easy Stitched Belt by Heather Valentine

Easy Stitched Belt by Heather Valentine

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Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft stitches up a super cool, cute and easy fabric belt. Perfect for mom or the kids, this belt is made with easy straight stitching and D rings. Check out the complete tutorial at Heather’s blog or watch her video demo below!

Watch Heather’s super cool Stitched Belt YouTube video tutorial!