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How to Make a Fine Line Tape Nozzle

How to Make a Fine Line Tape Nozzle

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My sister Heidi Borchers has taught me a lot of crafting short-cuts over the years. This is a technique that is quick and easy whenever you want to add a fine line nozzle to a glue bottle (I’m sure this works for other product bottles too!) I use this technique whenever I need a very fine line of glue rather than a big glob!

Watch Tiffany’s Fine Line Tape Nozzle Applicator YouTube video.

Filmed on location at MakeLab YouTubeSpace LA.

 


 

Cool New Products for Kool Tak—Special CHA segment

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I had a great time visiting with designer Beth Watson in the Kool Tak booth at Winter CHA. She showed off techniques for using three great products that I think are must-haves for cardmaking, scrapbooking and mixed media!

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KoolTak Foil and Sparkles available at shopcool2craft.com!

•  Layer Plus Tool — a handy L-shaped clear acrylic ruler that makes it easy to perfectly align elements in your project

•  Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets — these are easy to rub on to any dry adhesive for a lovely foiled finish and they come in lots of different colors

•  Sparkles — a cool combo pack of glitter, micro beads and seed beads in a variety of color palettes

Watch Beth Watson’s Kool Tak demo video!

Kool Tak Materials:

Layer Plus Tool
Ultra Clear Adhesive Sheet – 8” x 10
Premium Extreme 1/8”
Premium Extreme ½”
Premium Extreme 1”
Sparkles in Silver or Gold
Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets in Holiday or Spring Blossom
Clear Foam Adhesive Pads

Other supplies:  Manilla Shipping Tag 3 ¼” x 6 ¼”; Crate Paper Fourteen Collection in Sparks & Darling; Clearsnap Fluid Chalk Ink in Chestnut Roan; Crepe Paper Streamer in Pink; ¼” Ribbon in White; Tulle Ribbon in Red; Embroidery Floss in White and Needle; Scissors; Piercing Tool; Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die – Mini Paper Rosettes (2 Sizes); Sizzix Bigz Die 1” Circles; Big Shot Machine; Bone Folder.

1. Crumple tag, straighten and ink all over with Chestnut Roan.

2. Line up 1” wide Premium Extreme with bottom edge of tag, trim and peel liner paper.  Fold over cut edge of crepe paper and pleat.  Trim and fold over edge to finish.

3. Cut a 4” x 4” square out of the Ultra Clear Adhesive Sheet, cover with Darling Paper. Trace heart and cut out with scissors or put through your die-cutting machine using a heart-shaped die.  Peel back the liner and attach to tag. Trim excess overhang on the one side.

4. Measure and cut a 3 ¾” length of ½” wide Premium Extreme. Cut a notched tail at one end of the strip of tape. This will be the overhang. Attach the strip flush to the left edge of the tag using Layer Plus Tool for straight placement, leaving a ½” overhang.

Kool Tak Foil Cool New Products for Kool Tak—Special CHA segment5. Immediately apply Shiny Transfer Foil, grey side down/color up, with your finger or a bone folder, to the back of the notched overhang, where the adhesive is exposed. Then, remove the paper liner from the tape on the front of the tag and cover the whole strip with the same Shiny Transfer Foil you just used.

6. Die cut Rosette from Sparks Paper, fold and attach ends with 1/8” wide strip of Premium Extreme to create tube.  Cut 2” long strip of 1” wide Premium Extreme and place sticky side up on work surface. Gather top of rosette in fingers, while pushing in at top and out at bottom. Once flat, attach to Premium Extreme, flip over and burnish with bone folder for a complete bond.

Kool Tak Glitter Cool New Products for Kool Tak—Special CHA segment7. Die cut 1” Circle from Ultra Clear Adhesive Sheet, and attach it to the center of the front of the rosette. Peel off the liner, pick up the rosette and push the adhesive circle into a little plate filled with Sparkles glitter or micro-beads or threading beads, or a combination of any of these. Press firmly for a good bond. Shake off excess.

8. Tie bow with ¼” ribbon and attach to center of circle with a Clear Foam Adhesive Pad.

9. Peel liner from the back of the rosette and attach to tag using Layer Plus Tool for exact placement.

10. Line up Layer Plus Tool along top edge of foil strip and pierce 8 holes with piercing tool.  Repeat along bottom edge. Thread white floss on needle and stitch XOXO using pierced holes.  Secure each end to back of tag with 1/8” strip of Premium Extreme – do not peel liner.

11. Tie a 12” length of tulle ribbon through hole at top of tag.


 

Mixed Media Journal Cover by EcoHeidi Borchers

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In this video, EcoHeidi Borchers shares a mixed media collage journal. By gluing layers of paper and embellishments, you can create a beautiful one-of a kind journal. Featured on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Heidi’s super fun Mixed Media Journal Cover YouTube video tutorial!


Fabric Covered Gift Box by Candace Jedrowicz

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Candace Jedrowicz shows how to create a super cool fabric covered gift box that’s a gift all on its own!  This recycle project made with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion is fun and fabulous!  Beads In A Bottle by Tulip provides the perfect finished look with its metal and pearl pops!  As seen on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and easy Fabric Covered Gift Box YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

A cardboard box (I used a 6″ x 6″ chocolate box)
Enough fabric to cover the top and bottom halves of the box including outside edges
Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
1″ or 2″ foam brush to spread the glue
Matte gel medium
Glass blobs for feet
Glitter glue
10″ of 14 gauge wire
Large accent bead with a hole large enough to fit the wire through
Tulip Beads in a Bottle (I used pink pearl and copper metallic)

Fabric Covered Gift Box 1 300x215 Fabric Covered Gift Box by Candace Jedrowicz Mark a random squiggly pattern to cut and shorten the sides of the box top.Cut along pattern line. (You don’t need to do this if your box top sides are already short.) Cover inside and outside of both halves with gel medium. Let dry.
 Fabric Covered Gift Box 2 300x260 Fabric Covered Gift Box by Candace Jedrowicz  After you have measured enough fabric to cover the box top, cut out the corners of the material so there will be no overlap when you cover the sides.Spread an even coat of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion over the material.
 Fabric Covered Gift Box 3 300x233 Fabric Covered Gift Box by Candace Jedrowicz Smooth the material on to the box top and down over the sides. Don’t try to fold it under, just make sure it’s secured to the card board.Cover the box bottom. You may fold the material over the edges to the inside of the box bottom.Allow both halves to dry.

Cover the inside bottom with decorative paper or whatever you like. Decorate inside the box top, but don’t cover the inside walls with additional paper, as it will affect the fit.

 

 Fabric Covered Gift Box 4 300x173 Fabric Covered Gift Box by Candace Jedrowicz Decorate the raw edge of the box top with glitter glue.  Allow to dry. Glue the glass glob feet on with Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue. Let dry.
 Fabric Covered Gift Box 6 300x286 Fabric Covered Gift Box by Candace Jedrowicz To create the lid topper, coil one end of the wire into a spiral. Bend the base of the spiral 90 degrees.
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 Fabric Covered Gift Box 8 300x215 Fabric Covered Gift Box by Candace Jedrowicz Trim the end of the wire leaving at least 3″.
 Fabric Covered Gift Box 9 300x278 Fabric Covered Gift Box by Candace Jedrowicz Make a hole in the center of the box top and push the tail end of the wire through from the outside.Coil the tail end into a spiral and flatten it to the inside top.  Secure with Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue.
 Fabric Covered Gift Box 10 300x212 Fabric Covered Gift Box by Candace Jedrowicz To apply Tulip Beads In A Bottle accents:Clean the tip before using.
Hold the tube right above the surface.
Gently squeeze a small amount onto the surface. Release the pressure and pull straight up.
 Fabric Covered Gift Box 11 300x128 Fabric Covered Gift Box by Candace Jedrowicz The drops are self rounding. Allow to dry
 Fabric Covered Gift Box Hero 300x161 Fabric Covered Gift Box by Candace Jedrowicz I would love to see your recycle art boxes and Beads In A Bottle projects! Email me at candace@cool2craft.com

Repurposed Clock by Candace Jedrowicz

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When it comes to redecorating, Candace Jedrowicz is willing to sit until the urge passes.  BUT when it comes repurposing, she’s on it!  Armed with a hot glue gun, buttons, beads, gems, glass globs, kitschy bits and tiny handmade sculptures Candace turns a traditional mantle clock into an over-the-top mischievous mantle masterpiece!  Featured on Cool2Craft.

Watch Candace’s fun and fabulous Repurposed Clock YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
Item to repurpose
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Buttons, beads, glass globs, tiles, gems, trim and bric a brakc
Wood balls for feet

Repurposed Clock 1 300x185 Repurposed Clock by Candace Jedrowicz I found the easiest approach to be…decide where you want things to go then take them off the piece lay all the bits for the front around the piece in the order they will go on, then lay the bits for all the other sides in groups.
Repurposed Clock 2 300x274 Repurposed Clock by Candace Jedrowicz Now you’re ready to glue.
Repurposed Clock 3 300x167 Repurposed Clock by Candace Jedrowicz This is a view of the top of the clock.You can see the bits for the sides of the clock grouped on their respective sides.
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Kitchy Clock e e1313682631534 Repurposed Clock by Candace Jedrowicz Fill in the spaces with kitschy little things.Glue on the wood ball feet.The wavy wire on the top belonged to pen.  I saved it because it looked cool – darned if it isn’t just the perfect accoutrement that transforms the clock into a crazy vintage looking TV!
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DSC00067 300x168 Repurposed Clock by Candace Jedrowicz This was my mantle before…
Repurposed Clock After 300x168 Repurposed Clock by Candace Jedrowicz This is my mantle now!  It really brightens up my living room!My work here is done.

Fabric Book Cover by Candace Jedrowicz

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Candace Jedrowicz shows how to turn a favorite t shirt into a fun and easy-to-make book cover.  Candace creates a super cool cover for her Cool2Craft note book using her funky pajamas and Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue.  As seen on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch Candace’s fun and easy Fabric Covered Book YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
An article of clothing – t-shirt, pajama top or bottoms, etc.
Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue
Composition notebook
Scissors
Iron set to appropriate heat setting for the fabric

New Fabric Book Cover by Candace Jedrowicz 1 300x244 Fabric Book Cover by Candace Jedrowicz This will work with any kind of book,you’ll just need to measure it. Open the book flat, measure the width and the height of the open book.Your fabric will need to be twice the length of the open book and two inches taller than the height.
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Glue the hems in place

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Fold over a small hem on the ends and glue in place.

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Water Bottle Nest with Polymer Clay Peepers by Candace Jedrowicz

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Spring is in full swing and these little polymer clay peepers in their water bottle and crinkle paper nest are so cute!  In this tutorial, Candace Jedrowicz demonstrates how to make this adorable,yet simple project.  As featured on Cool2Craft TV with Tiffany Windsor.

Watch Candace’s Water Bottle Nest with Polymer Clay Peepers YouTube video tutorial

Materials:
Water bottle – any size
Crinkle paper
Glue – I used Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Polymer clay – I used combined leftover clays to make a grayish brown, yellow and black
Feathers
Twigs
Fabric flowers
Clear glossy sealer
Brown acrylic paint
Aluminum foil

C2C May 2 Peeper by Candace Jedrowicz 11 300x180 Water Bottle Nest with Polymer Clay Peepers by Candace Jedrowicz Cut off the bottom of the water bottle.  EcoHeidi recommends making the first cut with a craft knife, then use scissors to finish. Paint with brown acrylic – or any color you want, depending on the color crinkle paper you chose.
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C2C May 2 Peeper by Candace Jedrowicz 2 300x176 Water Bottle Nest with Polymer Clay Peepers by Candace Jedrowicz This photo shows the proportions of polymer clay you’ll use to make each bird. Using about an 8″x8″ piece of foil and squish it down to a gum drop shape.
C2C May 2 Peeper by Candace Jedrowicz 3 300x151 Water Bottle Nest with Polymer Clay Peepers by Candace Jedrowicz Flatten the largest ball of clay to about 1/4″thick.  Mold it over the foil shape and give it a flat bottom.
Use the second largest piece to begin the head and neck.The next size down will be the wings.  Make them into a long tear drop shape.Make a cone from the yellow clay for the beak.
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Trim the downy parts of the feather.

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Bake the clay according to the directions.

Glue little bits of down on top of his head and wings.

Drop a tiny drop of glossy sealer on the eyes.

C2C May 2 Peeper by Candace Jedrowicz 6 300x168 Water Bottle Nest with Polymer Clay Peepers by Candace Jedrowicz The twigs are optional, but, if you use a muted color of clay like I did, the twigs are a great way to bring in the colorful flowers with jewel centers.

 Water Bottle Nest with Polymer Clay Peepers by Candace Jedrowicz

Plastic Spoon Easter Eggs Card by EcoHeidi Borchers

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

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

Materials:  IAH Plastic Spoon Easter Egg by EcoHeidi Borchers 1 300x221 Plastic Spoon Easter Eggs Card by EcoHeidi Borchers

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

 
IAH Plastic Spoon Easter Egg by EcoHeidi Borchers 2 300x232 Plastic Spoon Easter Eggs Card by EcoHeidi Borchers Place the shredded paper onto waxed paper and spritz with the spray paint.
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IAH Plastic Spoon Easter Egg by EcoHeidi Borchers 4 300x180 Plastic Spoon Easter Eggs Card by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue the dried painted shredded paper along the bottom edge of the card. Let glue dry.
IAH Plastic Spoon Easter Egg by EcoHeidi Borchers 5 300x194 Plastic Spoon Easter Eggs Card by EcoHeidi Borchers In a well-ventilated area, carefully hold the plastic spoon over the candle flame (but not in the flame). The flame should be under the area where the handle meets the bowl of the spoon.
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IAH Plastic Spoon Easter Egg by EcoHeidi Borchers 7 300x175 Plastic Spoon Easter Eggs Card by EcoHeidi Borchers If you need to trim the edges of the bowl or the stem, return to the heat of the flame for a few seconds to soften plastic. Then cut or trim while the plastic is still soft.  Be careful! If you leave the plastic in the heat too long the plastic will be hot.
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IAH Plastic Spoon Easter Egg by EcoHeidi Borchers 9 Plastic Spoon Easter Eggs Card by EcoHeidi Borchers Shake the dimensional paint down to the tip before using and always test before applying to project. Carefully squeeze the paint into different patterns and shapes onto the outside of the spoon bowl. Let paint dry completely.
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IAH Plastic Spoon Easter Egg by EcoHeidi Borchers 12 300x231 Plastic Spoon Easter Eggs Card by EcoHeidi Borchers Here’s a cute example of another plastic spoon Easter egg project where the spoon handles are painted brown and assembled into a basket.
IAH Plastic Spoon Easter Egg by EcoHeidi Borchers 14 300x202 Plastic Spoon Easter Eggs Card by EcoHeidi Borchers Painting tips:Here’s an alternate painting technique for applying the shapes for the eggs.

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

IAH Plastic Spoon Easter Egg by EcoHeidi Borchers 13 300x258 Plastic Spoon Easter Eggs Card by EcoHeidi Borchers You can also put a rhinestone in the middle of each dot.Flower shapes – Center dot with 5 to 6 dots around center dot.Hearts – Squeeze dot and pull into a line, then pull up. Repeat with other side of heart.

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Grandma’s Wild West Adventure Frame by Candace Jedrowicz

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Saddle up and get ready for some wild west mixed media fun!  Upcycle an old wooden frame into this fabulous keepsake with polymer clay scraps, a few odd beads and…well, read on, pardner.  As seen on Mixin’ It Up TV with Rebecca Parsons.  Grandma’s Wild West Adventure by Candace Jedrowicz. Also featured in Cool2Craft FaveCrafts newsletter.

Watch Candace’s Grandma’s Wild West Adventure YouTube video tutorial here!

Materials:

Wooden frame

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Super Thick Tacky Glue, rubber cement and Pop Dots

A whole bunch of polymer clay scraps – about a pound

Aluminum foil and floral wire

Sandpaper – medium grit

Several different size beads

Good craft scissors for cutting small details

A medium size sponge brush

Dark brown acrylic paint

Pasta machine or rolling pin

Hammer, screwdriver and whatever else you need to remove the hardware from the back of the frame

A poster size piece of 1/4″ thick foam core board

Craft knife

Metallic paste – I used copper and verdigris (blue green)

Optional: rubber stamps and various ink colors, 2″ square cookie cutter

MixinItUp March 14 Grandmas Western Adventure by Candace Jedrowicz 12 300x170 Grandmas Wild West Adventure Frame by Candace Jedrowicz Remove all the hardware, backing material and glass from the frame.Lay the frame on the foam core board and trace around the outside of the frame.Measure about 2″ out from the edges of the frame and cut with a craft knife.Mark and cut out the center of the foam core board so the frame can sit inside of the board.Measure, mark and cut remaining foam core board to create a new back for the frame.
MixinItUp March 14 Grandmas Western Adventure by Candace Jedrowicz 4 300x270 Grandmas Wild West Adventure Frame by Candace Jedrowicz Place the two pieces of foam core board together.  Slide the frame in place and position the background photo.Secure the photo in place with rubber cement.Decorate the edges of the photo if desired.This is a good time to cut out the smaller image.  You’ll want to try different positions for it to be sure that you leave room for it.
MixinItUp March 14 Grandmas Western Adventure by Candace Jedrowicz 5 300x278 Grandmas Wild West Adventure Frame by Candace Jedrowicz With the frame in its place in the foam core board, paint both with dark brown paint, wiping some off on the frame.
MixinItUp March 14 Grandmas Western Adventure by Candace Jedrowicz 6 286x300 Grandmas Wild West Adventure Frame by Candace Jedrowicz Use a small amount of aluminum foil and floral wire to create the skeleton for your tree.  It should be much smaller than the intended size of the finished tree.Gather up your polymer clay scraps and get ready to condition the clay.  Chances are, if you have a pound of clay scraps, you also have a pasta machine to condition the clay.  If you don’t have a pasta machine, conditioning the clay involves rolling, squishing, twisting, rolling, squishing, etc. to blend all the colors together and make the clay soft enough to work with.
MixinItUp March 14 Grandmas Western Adventure by Candace Jedrowicz 7 297x300 Grandmas Wild West Adventure Frame by Candace Jedrowicz When the clay is mostly one color, roll it out to an 1/8″ thickness.
MixinItUp March 14 Grandmas Western Adventure by Candace Jedrowicz 8 300x229 Grandmas Wild West Adventure Frame by Candace Jedrowicz As you begin to tear off bits of clay to cover the foil, check the look of the tree on the frame.  If it doesn’t look right to you, take some clay off.
MixinItUp March 14 Grandmas Western Adventure by Candace Jedrowicz 9 300x242 Grandmas Wild West Adventure Frame by Candace Jedrowicz Continue wrapping the wire with torn bits of clay to form the branches.
MixinItUp March 14 Grandmas Western Adventure by Candace Jedrowicz 10 296x300 Grandmas Wild West Adventure Frame by Candace Jedrowicz After the branches are wrapped, begin making small rolls of clay to wrap around some of the larger branches.Make graduated roles to spiral and meander down the tree.
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MixinItUp March 14 Grandmas Western Adventure by Candace Jedrowicz 14 300x257 Grandmas Wild West Adventure Frame by Candace Jedrowicz Check the look of the finished tree with the photo before baking.  Remove the frame from the foam core board and place the tree on the frame and set on a cookie sheet.At this point, you may wish to highlight the bark with copper metallic paste.  Use your finger to gently rub the contours.Place folded bits of paper towel behind the back branches to lift them off the cookie sheet.  This will ensure that those branches will have no pressure on them when the frame slides back down into the foam core board.Bake according to the clay package instructions.
MixinItUp March 14 Grandmas Western Adventure by Candace Jedrowicz 15 300x249 Grandmas Wild West Adventure Frame by Candace Jedrowicz To make textured tiles to cover the foam core board outside of the frame, roll or stamp the clay to mark it.  Using your finger, gently smear copper metallic paste over the clay.  The finish should look worn.Add just a touch of the verdigris to make highlights.Use a 2″ square cookie cutter, or craft knife to cut the tiles.Bake the clay according to clay package instructions.
MixinItUp March 14 Grandmas Western Adventure by Candace Jedrowicz 16 300x228 Grandmas Wild West Adventure Frame by Candace Jedrowicz Glue the frame into place in the top piece of foam core board.Glue the tree onto the frame.Glue the tiles into place.
MixinItUp March 14 Grandmas Western Adventure by Candace Jedrowicz 17 300x258 Grandmas Wild West Adventure Frame by Candace Jedrowicz I included a polymer clay wagon wheel as an accent. (See video for how I assembled the wagon wheel.)
Using the sponge brush and dark brown acrylic paint, cover the tiles, frame, tree and any accent pieces, wiping excess off as you go to “age” the pieces.
MixinItUp March 14 Grandmas Western Adventure by Candace Jedrowicz Hero 300x259 Grandmas Wild West Adventure Frame by Candace Jedrowicz Before gluing the foam core boards together:Decide how you want the piece to hang – I pre-wired the back through grommets that I placed for extra strength.Attach your small photo cutout to a smaller piece of card stock using a Pop Dot and glue to the inside edge of the wooden frame.Now glue the foam core boards together and glue any accent pieces in place.

Plastic Water Bottle Cap Snake by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Grab your water bottle caps and fabric scraps to craft this adorable water bottle cap snake by EcoHeidi Borchers. This project is a super cute and earth-friendly craft! Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Water Bottle Cap Snake YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Plastic water bottle caps – assorted sizes- approx. 20 -25 for each snake

Acrylic paints – colors to match your fabric

Cosmetic sponges- (cut into 3 or 4 pieces) for applying the paint

Fabric

Glue (I used the Aleene’s Tacky Glue )

Drill with 1/16” drill bit

Plastic drinking straws

Wax paper

Fishing line or jewelry wire – the length you want your snake (for mine I used approx. 19”)

Buttons, beads for finishing

Bead crimps

Bead crimper

Eyes

Water Bottle Snake by Heidi Borchers 1 300x225 Plastic Water Bottle Cap Snake by EcoHeidi Borchers 1. Pre-drill all of the plastic water bottle caps on the top in the center. Except for one for the head, drill on the side.
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2. Place the plastic water bottle caps onto waxed paper. Dab sponge into paint, then dab onto the cap, until covered with paint. Let dry. Repeat if necessary.

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Water Bottle Snake by Heidi Borchers 4 300x210 Plastic Water Bottle Cap Snake by EcoHeidi Borchers 4. Continue to glue the fabric strips onto the bottle caps. Next, lay the prepared caps out on work surface in the order they will be when you assemble the snake.
Water Bottle Snake by Heidi Borchers 5 300x217 Plastic Water Bottle Cap Snake by EcoHeidi Borchers 5. The spacer beads are made from the plastic drinking straws. Cut pieces of plastic drinking straws (the depth of each water bottle cap). Place glue onto the straws or straw pieces, then place fabric into the glue. Each straw spacer will be approximately 3/8” to  5/8”.
Water Bottle Snake by Heidi Borchers 6 300x195 Plastic Water Bottle Cap Snake by EcoHeidi Borchers 6. To make the snake head, use the plastic water bottle cap that has been drilled on the side. Cover with fabric as shown in step 3.  Cut a circle of fabric to fit on the top of  cap. Glue onto the top.
Water Bottle Snake by Heidi Borchers 7 300x180 Plastic Water Bottle Cap Snake by EcoHeidi Borchers 7. Glue eyes onto top of cap.
Water Bottle Snake by Heidi Borchers 8 300x250 Plastic Water Bottle Cap Snake by EcoHeidi Borchers 8. To connect the caps together, push the beading wire through the hole in the side of the prepared head. Place a bead on first, then the bead crimp. Crimp the bead crimp into place using a bead crimper.
Water Bottle Snake by Heidi Borchers 9 300x214 Plastic Water Bottle Cap Snake by EcoHeidi Borchers 9. On the outside of the head place a bead and two or more buttons.
Water Bottle Snake by Heidi Borchers 10 300x202 Plastic Water Bottle Cap Snake by EcoHeidi Borchers 10. Then place a fabric covered prepared water bottle cap onto the beading wire.Next place a prepared fabric covered spacer straw bead.
Water Bottle Snake by Heidi Borchers 11 300x152 Plastic Water Bottle Cap Snake by EcoHeidi Borchers 11. Continue placing a cap, then a straw spacer, until all have been placed onto the beading wire.
Water Bottle Snake by Heidi Borchers 12 300x230 Plastic Water Bottle Cap Snake by EcoHeidi Borchers 12. To end the snake, place buttons and beads onto the beading wire.
Water Bottle Snake by Heidi Borchers 13 300x296 Plastic Water Bottle Cap Snake by EcoHeidi Borchers 12. Place a crimp bead onto the beading wire last and pull out excess slack and, using a bead crimper, crimp the bead tightly to hold in place.
Water Bottle Snake by Heidi Borchers 14 300x199 Plastic Water Bottle Cap Snake by EcoHeidi Borchers

13. The finished tail should look like this.

WaterBottleCapSnake by Heidi Borchers 15 225x300 Plastic Water Bottle Cap Snake by EcoHeidi Borchers So pull out your fabric scraps and make yourself a fabulous water bottle cap snake!