Go to app store and get the app called "Anycut". It's free and allows you to make most shortcuts for what you are asking. Or you can pay for it's bigger brother "Better Cut" and make shortcuts to damn near everything. (you could search google and also find it on the right website for free ).
I tried using the Anycut program and I get to the point of saying "OK" to add the shortcut and Anycut flashes the "Shortcut created" message and then nothing happens. I go to the Home Screen and there are no shortcuts. I go back to AnyCut and click on "Edit Shortcuts" and there's nothing there.