Kuttlefish Announces the Official Launch of Online Community



Have you heard about Kuttlefish? It’s an exciting, new community and marketplace where buyers meet sellers to exchange goods made with reused, recycled, and upcycled content. After soft-launching in 2014, Kuttlefish has announced the official launch of their marketplace.

Some interesting facts about Kuttlefish:

● The marketplace has goods made with reused, recycled, and upcycled content.

● Sellers only pay 1% commission in their first year, lowest the industry.

● People visit Kuttlefish to give and get inspiration related to upcycling/recycling.

The marketplace offers consumers an online shopping option that guarantees social good. Each product listed on Kuttlefish must contribute to waste reduction, most commonly with recycled, upcycled, or reused content. Of doing social good, CEO and Founder Ian Moise said, “Increasingly, consumers are seeking purchasing options that contribute to the social good. There is no single, more recognized symbol of doing good in the marketplace today than buying products with recycled, reused, or upcycled content.”

Kuttlefish’s introductory offer for sellers is unmatched online – 1% commission for the first year of operation and 3% thereafter. The Kuttlefish community has already grown to over 141,000 fans on Facebook, over 3,700 followers on Twitter, and over 1,300 followers on Instagram. For community members, the Kuttlefish platform also offers social networking capabilities such as mail, discussion forums, and idea sharing.


Dresser Makeover: Dollar Store Stickers

Dresser Makeover Dollar Store Stickers Tiffany Windsor

Dresser Makeover Dollar Store Stickers Tiffany Windsor

This yard sale dresser takes on a whole new personality with the help of dollar store stickers. Inspired by a black and white stenciled dresser design, Tiffany found these silver floral stickers at her local dollar store and decided that this was the makeover that this dresser needed. Watch Tiffany’s Dresser Makeover: Dollar Store Stickers YouTube video.


Painted dresser

Stickers (I purchased mine from my local dollar store)


Cleaner for surface of dresser

Optional: Craft knife (nice to have on hand for specific cutting tasks)

1. Clean the dresser to remove any residue.

2. Starting with the larger stickers, determine placement and stick to surface of dresser.

3. Use scissors to cut stencil apart when you reach the edge of the drawer. You can then cut the stencil to fit to the face of the dresser and continue the design on lower drawers.

4. Press edges of stickers firmly to surface, particularly along any curved edges.

5. If needed/desired, apply sealer. (Test first to see that your sealer is compatible with your stickers.)

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Behind the Scenes: Aleene’s Pumpkin Surprise

Aleene's Pumpkins Surprise

Aleene's Pumpkins Surprise

Tiffany decided to give Momma Aleene a little Halloween surprise when she recently crafted her Water Bottle Pumpkins. These pumpkins are easy to create and are fun to use to decorate your yard, porch or garden. A quick window display featuring five pumpkins and a BOO! brought a smile to Momma’s face and we captured it on video! Watch the YouTube Behind The Scenes video – Aleene’s Pumpkin Surprise.

Water Bottle Pumpkins by Tiffany Windsor



Cereal Box Printed Felt Heart Pendant by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Printed Heart Felt Pendant Heidi Borchers

Printed felts are available in so many cool colors and print designs! EcoHeidi Borchers teams up printed felt with cereal box cardboard to create a pendant.

Watch Heidi’s Printed Felt Heart Pendant YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Cereal box cardboard (or food packaging cardboard)
Cardboard squeegee (for applying glue)
Acrylic paint (color to complement or match felt)
Paint brush
Printed felt
Hole punch (small for jewelry findings)
Pattern of your choice
Squeegee (to spread glue)
Wax paper
Bottle caps (to raise pendant off worksurface)
3D Crystal Lacquer
Jewelry findings – jumprings – necklace chain
Jewelry pliers

1. Transfer pattern of your choice to cardboard. Cut out along pattern line. Punch hole for jump ring.

2. Paint back of cardboard. Let dry.

3. Apply smooth coat of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to front of cardboard with squeegee. Glue to wrong side of felt. Let dry for approximately one hour.

4. Cut out felt along cardboard pattern line.

5. Punch hole in felt where you punched hole in cardboard. Let glue dry completely.

6. Place wax paper on work surface. Place bottle caps on wax paper. Place felt shape on top of bottle caps. This will raise the piece from the tabletop for the next step.

7. Apply coat of 3D liberally over felt by first drawing a line of lacquer directly from the bottle tip along the outside edge of felt, then fill in to completely coat the felt. As 3D soaks into the felt, continue to apply and fill in until you have a nice even coat.

8. Using tweezers, drop rhinestones into wet 3D. Let piece dry undisturbed overnight.

9. Add jumpring and attach to necklace chain.

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Aleene’s Embossed Felt Water Bottle Cuff Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Aleene's Embossed Felt Water Bottle Cuff Bracelets Heidi Borchers Michaels

EcoHeidi Borchers was inspired by a fashion magazine layout to create these embossed felt bracelets. The cuff bracelet base is created from water bottles and the faux leather is embossed felt. Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape makes this project quick and easy to assemble.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Embossed Felt Water Bottle Cuff Bracelets YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel &  Stick Tape
Water bottle (smooth sided)
Embossed felt

1. Cut top and bottom from water bottle.

2. Apply two lines of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape side by side around water bottle. Cut water bottle along release paper to give you an approximate measurement of 1-1/2″ width for the cuff bracelet.

3. To adjust size, cut bracelet open.

4. Peel back the release paper on both strips about 1″ to reveal the adhesive. Overlap cut edges to create desired bracelet size. Press firmly.

5. Cut strip of felt slightly larger than the width of your bracelet.

6. Match the straight edge of the felt to the straight edge of the water bottle and begin to glue in place. Continue to release paper and glue entire strip of felt to water bottle. Cut away excess from overlapping ends and along sides.

7. Cut strip of felt to fit exactly inside bracelet. Apply Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape to smooth side of felt.

8. Peel back the release paper on both strips about 1″ to reveal the adhesive. Align carefully on inside of bracelet and glue in place. Cut away any excess felt.

9. Cut a strip of felt to exact width of bracelet. Tie in loose knot adjusting so that the embossed side is up on both tails. Cut ends to point.

10. Cut a 1″ strip of Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Tape and apply to bracelet (apply over seam area). Glue knot in place.

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Patriotic Milk Carton Wine Carrier by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Aleene's Patriotic Wine Carrier

Celebrate the red, white and blue with a special gift! EcoHeidi Borchers upcycles a milk carton into a wire handled carrier. Decorated with decoupaged book pages and dangling stars, this carrier is perfect for wine or herbed vinegar.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Patriotic Wine Carrier YouTube video tutorial!



Milk carton
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Decoupage – Matte
Brushes (one for Decoupage, one for paint)
Book pages
Acrylic paint – red, blue, white
Matboard – to use as inserts to strengthen the milk carton
Craft knife (to cut matboard)
Wood stars
Twine – thin gauge
Heavy gauge covered wire (for handle)
Wire cutters

1. Carefully tear open the top of the milk carton and remove plastic pour spout.

2. Rinse and dry inside of carton.

3. Cut down each corner from top to first fold in carton. Bend two opposite sides in to the inside of carton.

4. To strengthen carton, you will need to measure and cut matboard to create inserts for two sides. Measure one side of carton from top to bottom, side to side and cut piece of matboard to measurement. Cut one end of matboard to point. Repeat to create second cut piece of matboard.

5. Insert matboard inside carton and mark carton along pointed edge. Cut along marked edges to create points on carton.

6. Apply glue to matboard pieces and glue inside carton. Use clothespins to hold in place while glue dries.

7. Tear several book pages into approximately 2″ x 3″ pieces.

8. To decoupage the outside, working small sections at a time, brush outside surface of carton with Aleene’s Decoupage. Brush a coat of Decoupage onto the back of book page piece and glue onto carton. Brush over book page with Decoupage. Repeat to cover entire outside and inside of carton. Let dry.

9. If desired, apply white paint in dry brush technique over the decoupaged book pages.

10. To create the stripes, mix red acrylic paint with water to create a wash. Brush color onto book pages. Let dry.

11. Find grain in book page paper and tear into approximate 1/2″ strips.

12. Decoupage stripes onto outside of carton.

13. Apply blue wash of color to stars and book pages. Let dry. Use stars as patterns to cut book pages to size. Glue in place with Decoupage. Let dry.

14. Glue a length of twine to back of stars. Set aside to dry.

15. Punch hole slightly below each point in carton.

16. To create handle, insert end of wire in first hole and bend up. Repeat by inserting other end in other hole, adjust for desired length, cut off excess and bend up.

17. Hang stars from handle. Tie with another piece of twine to hold in place.

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Aleene’s Kids’ Water Bottle Friendship Bracelets

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Kids Water Bottle Friendship Bracelets EcoHeidi Borchers

Girls of all ages will love these bright and fun water bottle bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers. Wrapped in fabric strips, water bottle bracelets can be made to mix and match and are fun to share with your friends!

Watch EcoHeidi’s Water Bottle Friendship Bracelets YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Water bottles (smooth sided water bottles are the best for this project)
Craft knife
Blue masking tape (1/2″ wide or 1″ wide cut down to 1/2″)
Small hole punch (for embroidery floss)
Fabric – torn into approximately 1/2″ wide strips
Embroidery floss and needle

1. Wrap masking tape around water bottle to measure off cutting area for one bracelet. Use craft knife to carefully cut through water bottle. If needed, use scissors to straighten cutting lines. Remove masking tape (as use again for additional bracelets.)

2. If you plan on stitching on buttons or embellishment, use hole punch to punch two small holes side-by-side in bracelet.

3. Apply line of Aleene’s Tacky Glue to end of first fabric strip. Glue end to inside of bracelet near the two holes you punched. This will make it easier to find those two holes again.

4. Begin wrapping fabric around and around bracelet overlapping each section and pulling tight. When you reach the end, cut off excess fabric and glue end to the inside of bracelet.

5. Thread embroidery floss onto needle. Use needle to find punched holes.

6. Thread two buttons onto floss. Working from the outside of the bracelet, press needle through first hole and back up through second hole, bringing thread back through buttons. Tie ends of thread into double knot to secure buttons to bracelet. If desired, tie floss into bow. Apply small dab of glue to center of bow to hold in place.

7. For another embellishment idea, cut shapes from water bottles (heart or star). Paint back of shape. Let dry. Punch two holes and attach to bracelet with embroidery floss.

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Paper Plate Owl by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Paper Plate Owl EcoHeidi Borchers

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!



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

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.

Paper Plate Owl Feet 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 Eco Chic Owl Purse by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Clever Owl Puse Heidi Borchers

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!


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)
Needle and thread (to stitch on beaded necklace handle)

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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Cool2Cast Cereal Box Wall Art by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Cool2Cast Cereal Box Wall Art

EcoHeidi Borchers is working her magic on cereal boxes to create wall art! Cool2Cast pieces create some fun layers of texture. Cool2Cast is also poured onto the cereal boxes for extra texturing. A cool way to upcycle your  trash into treasures!

Watch EcoHeidi’s Cool2Cast Cereal Box YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue.
Cereal boxes (or other cardboard food boxes – shape and size similar to art canvas)
Rubber bands (to fit around box)
Sharp pointed tool (to punch hole into back of box for hanging)
Matboard (cut to fit front of cereal box)
Cardboard squeegee (cut along one edge with pinking shears)
Plastic zip top bags, measuring cup and water
Plastic cups (different sizes depending on pattern designs desired)
Texture plates – hard plastic, clear plastic or rubber
White flat finish spray paint (Heidi uses Rustoleum)
Black acrylic paint and cosmetic sponge
Embellishments: plastic flexible mesh, flat back marbles, mirror tile pieces

1. Glue cereal box lid closed. Use rubber bands to hold closed while the glue dries.

2. Determine placement for hanging and punch hole in back of box. (This is how you will hang your art piece on the wall.)

3. Mix batch of Cool2Cast according to package directions. (It is best to mix several small batches for this project.)

4. Clip bottom corner of bag and drizzle Cool2Cast onto pre-cut matboard.

5. Use serrated edge squeegee to pull Cool2Cast across surface of matboard to create interesting patterning. If desired, press mesh pieces directly into Cool2Cast. NOTE: You will need to work quickly on this step as the Cool2Cast begins to dry quickly on a porous surface.

6. While the mixture is still wet, press rim of cups into Cool2Cast and lift directly up. This will give you a pattern to follow for the next step.

7. To create texture, pour remaining Cool2Cast in circles using pattern lines as guides and then press cups back into Cool2Cast. Set matboard aside to dry for at least one hour.

8. To create texture pieces, mix new batch of Cool2Cast (or if you still have mixture left over in bag that is still very wet) and pour in circles and squares on texture plates. Tap texture plate to slightly flatten Cool2Cast. Set aside to dry for one hour and then pop off from texture plates.

9. To “glue” the pieces onto the matboard, mix a small batch of Cool2Cast. Decide where you want to place your texture pieces, pour a small puddle of Cool2Cast onto matboard and press the texture pieces into the wet Cool2Cast. Continue to layer the pieces to achieve the look that you want. Let dry completely.

10. If you want to add texture to the sides of your cereal box, pour Cool2Cast one side at a time and squeegee with serrated edge. Let all pieces dry completely overnight.

11. Adhere decorated matboard to front of cereal box with Aleene’s Tacky Glue. Let glue dry.

12. Spray all surfaces of box and decorated matboard with white flat spray paint. Let dry.

13. You can color or paint your wall art any color or use black acrylic paint (apply with cosmetic sponge) to highlight the raised surfaces of the texture as Heidi did in her finished project.

14. Glue embellishments in place. Let dry.

15. Hang on wall!

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