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Water Bottle Beach Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers

Water Bottle Beach Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers

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This gorgeous necklace is yet another example of EcoHeidi Borchers’ crafty magic!  In this tutorial EcoHeidi shows how to make a fabulous beach theme necklace from a plastic water bottle, acrylic paint, sea shells, beads and glitter.  As seen on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch EcoHieid’a super fun Water Bottle Beach Necklace YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
Plastic water bottle
Craft knife
Scissors
Paper punch- 1/8”
Wax paper
Acrylic paint- ivory
Cosmetic sponge- to apply paint
Shells- small
Small seed beads, pearls, bugle beads, micro no hole beads
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer finish
Glitter
Jewelry findings – jump rings, necklace chain with closure, eye pins
Glass beads – assorted sizes (to go on the eye pins)
Ribbons – silk assorted colors to tie onto chain
Needle nose pliers

WBBeachNecklace 1 300x225 Water Bottle Beach Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Using a craft knife, carefully cut off the top and the bottom of the plastic water bottle.
WBBeachNecklace 2 300x225 Water Bottle Beach Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers With a fine line marker, draw free-form shape onto the plastic. Cut with scissors. You will need 9 pieces for the necklace.
WBBeachNecklace 31 300x225 Water Bottle Beach Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Using the paper punch, punch hole at the top edge of each of the plastic pieces.
WBBeachNecklace 4 300x225 Water Bottle Beach Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Place a small amount of the acrylic paint onto wax paper. Dab sponge into paint and then dab onto plastic. Let paint dry completely. Apply a second coat. Let dry.
WBBeachNecklace 5 300x248 Water Bottle Beach Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue the shells onto the painted plastic pieces. Add a few micro beads, bugle beads and pearls around the shells.
WBBeachNecklace 6 300x196 Water Bottle Beach Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Apply the 3D lacquer by squeezing a small amount at a time over the front of the plastic piece also covering all the glued items.
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WBBeachNecklace8 300x223 Water Bottle Beach Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Using the needle nose pliers attach a jump ring to each plastic piece.  Then attach the jump ring to the chain necklace.
WBBeachNecklace9HERO 300x225 Water Bottle Beach Necklace by EcoHeidi Borchers Place glass beads onto  eye pin. Close eye pin with needle nose pliers. Attach a jump ring to each eye pin, then attach to chain. Tie pieces of ribbon onto the chain.

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.
C2C May 2 Peeper by Candace Jedrowicz 5 300x203 Water Bottle Nest with Polymer Clay Peepers by Candace Jedrowicz When the paint is dry, cover the outside with glue. You can use a brush to apply the glue, or use your finger to spread it out, like I’m about to do here. Set the whole thing into a big pile of the crinkle paper.  Push the paper up around the glue to secure it.
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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.

C2C May 2 Peeper by Candace Jedrowicz 7 300x283 Water Bottle Nest with Polymer Clay Peepers by Candace Jedrowicz The cheeks are set on the sides of the beak. Use a craft knife to “open” the beak.Press the tongue into place.

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 Water Bottle and Paper Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers

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No one does recycled water bottle bracelets like EcoHeidi Borchers, but these beauties are over-the-moon fabulous!  EcoHeidi crafted these super chic bracelets from plastic water bottles, scrapbook paper and metallic foil tape and she’s sharing her easy-to-follow instructions with you. We know you’ll want to make dozens of them when you see how much fun they are to make!  As seen on Cool2Craft TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Water Bottle and Paper Bracelet YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
Plastic water bottles with smooth sides with sticker/labels removed (I used Smart Water, also larger sizes of Aquafina have smooth sides)
Sticker removal product (like UnDo or GooGone)
Paper- scrapbooking, collage, or any decorative paper
Copper foiling tape – ¼” wide-self adhesive – silver or any color
Masking tape – whatever width you want bracelet

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Each ring of masking tape is a bracelet.

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Plastic Water Bottle and Paper Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers 7 300x205 Plastic Water Bottle and Paper Bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers Measure and cut two pieces of the foil tape to go around the bracelet plus ¼”.  Remove a small length of paper backing at a time.Line up the foil tape centered on one outer edge of the plastic bracelet.
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How to Make a Farm Pig From Cloud Clay by Linda Peterson

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This adorable little guy is the subject of Linda Peterson’s easy-to-make craft tutorial: How to Make a Farm Pig From Cloud Clay! Cloud Clay is an air dry medium that’s a favorite with kids of all ages. With a plastic water bottle armature and a little acrylic paint you can make this cutie pie pig! Featured in the Cool2Craft FaveCrafts newsletter.

Cloud Clay – white
Acrylic paint – pink, black and white
Water bottle – empty
Bowl of water
Masking tape
Paintbrush
Brayer or rolling pin
Scissors

Hints:  Air dry clay can dry out if left exposed to air too long.  To prevent this, keep unused clay wrapped in plastic wrap.  You can add one drop of water to your fingers to work into the clay.  Too much water makes the clay too sticky.

How to make a farm Pig From Cloud Clay by Linda Peterson 1 300x229 How to Make a Farm Pig From Cloud Clay by Linda Peterson To shorten the water bottle, wrap masking tape around the area of the bottle just above the indentation.  This provides a nice cutting line.  Cut along the edge of tape.
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How to make a farm Pig From Cloud Clay by Linda Peterson 4 300x233 How to Make a Farm Pig From Cloud Clay by Linda Peterson Flatten a sheet of clay to approximately 1/4” thickness with a rolling pin or brayer.Wrap sheet around entire bottle.
How to make a farm Pig From Cloud Clay by Linda Peterson 5 300x235 How to Make a Farm Pig From Cloud Clay by Linda Peterson Continue wrapping up to the edge of nozzle where cap is attached.  Wrap the bottle cap with clay also. Replace covered cap onto bottle to ensure that it fits snug onto water bottle.  Smooth out with brayer if there are any large dips in clay. Add two teardrops to the front of face for eyes.
How to make a farm Pig From Cloud Clay by Linda Peterson 6 300x225 How to Make a Farm Pig From Cloud Clay by Linda Peterson Shape a 1-1/2” ball into a log and press the end against the table.
How to make a farm Pig From Cloud Clay by Linda Peterson 7 300x225 How to Make a Farm Pig From Cloud Clay by Linda Peterson With scissors, make a cut in the center and shape into a hoof. Repeat to create 3 more.
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How to make a farm Pig From Cloud Clay by Linda Peterson 9 300x225 How to Make a Farm Pig From Cloud Clay by Linda Peterson Flatten a 1/2″ ball of clay and shape into a triangle for ears.  Add ears to head with a drop of water. Allow clay to dry.
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Water Bottle Flower Jewelry by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Created by EcoHeidi Borchers for EcoHeidi LIVE TV

EcoHeidi is working her creative eco magic by transforming plastic water bottle bottoms and bottle lids into wearable art! Featured on EcoHeidi LIVE TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Water Bottle Flower Jewelry YouTube video tutorial


Materials needed:

Plastic water bottle bottoms

Scissors

Craft knife

Metal knitting needle (to help hold plastic while heating)

Paint (Krylon makes a spray paint for plastic or you can use acrylic paints by using a cosmetic sponge to apply acrylic paints to plastic – apply several coats)

Hole punch 1/8”

Jump rings

Buttons

Embroidery floss – each flower needs approx 6” to 8” to tie on button centers (Here’s a special designer hint from me to you: Apply a small amount of Aleene’s Tacky Glue to the ends of your embroidery floss. Let set several minutes and then thread through buttons. The glue helps to hold the ends of the floss together.)

Heat gun

Tile or heat resistant surface

Drill with 1/16” drill bit

Needle nose pliers


Water Bottle Flower 2 300x218 Water Bottle Flower Jewelry by EcoHeidi Borchers 1. Cut the petals into the sides of the bottom of the plastic water bottle. Photo shows bottoms before cutting on the bottom row and petals already cut on the top row in photo. Punch sides of two petals (opposite sides) with the hole punch for fastening jump rings later.
Water Bottle Flower 2a 300x234 Water Bottle Flower Jewelry by EcoHeidi Borchers 2. Place pre-cut and pre-punched flowers onto heat resistant surface. Hold the middle of the flower with knitting needle and heat carefully with heat gun.
Water Bottle Flower 3a 300x225 Water Bottle Flower Jewelry by EcoHeidi Borchers The edges of the petals will curl up as you heat, so remove heat when you reach desired shape of petals.
Water Bottle Flower 1 300x282 Water Bottle Flower Jewelry by EcoHeidi Borchers 3. Paint all flowers. Let paint dry. (Note that it is not necessary to paint both sides of the flowers because the color will show through the clear bottle. The painted side will tend to be more of a matte finish and the other side will be glossy.)drill two holes into the centers of flowers (to thread on buttons).
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Water Bottle Flower 5 300x232 Water Bottle Flower Jewelry by EcoHeidi Borchers 5. To make the bottle cap daisies, cut the cap using a craft knife. You will need to evenly space the cuts to create the petals.
Water Bottle Flower 7 300x177 Water Bottle Flower Jewelry by EcoHeidi Borchers 6. Using a heat gun and holding with the metal knitting needle, carefully heat the pre-cut cap. You will have to help shape each flower.
Water Bottle Flower 4 300x238 Water Bottle Flower Jewelry by EcoHeidi Borchers Let the cap/flower cool slightly, then help to shape with fingers. If it cools too fast, reheat and repeat until all petals are laying flat.
Water Bottle Flower 8 300x253 Water Bottle Flower Jewelry by EcoHeidi Borchers 7. Using scissors, carefully cut and round off each petal.
Water Blottle Flower 9 300x196 Water Bottle Flower Jewelry by EcoHeidi Borchers 8. Drill holes into edges of opposite petals. Drill two holes in the middle.
Water Bottle Flower 10 300x212 Water Bottle Flower Jewelry by EcoHeidi Borchers 9. Using 8” piece of embroidery floss, thread button onto each flower for flower centers. Tie floss in knot to hold button in place.
Water Bottle Flower 11 300x295 Water Bottle Flower Jewelry by EcoHeidi Borchers 10. Using needle nose pliers, attach flowers together using large jump rings.
Water Bottle Blong 13 225x300 Water Bottle Flower Jewelry by EcoHeidi Borchers 11. Assemble leaves and flowers with jump rings to desired length.

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