DIY Window Vinyl Decal

I recently revealed our bathroom makeover

bathroom makeover after

and you may have noticed that the window is bare. 

Problem: I haven’t been able to decide on curtains…the length would be awkward with placement of the toilet. I like the natural light during the day since I use this space to get ready in the mornings. But I don’t like the lack of privacy even if it is on the second floor. Pictures of the window in the day time are tricky…but here goes!

DIY vinyl window decal tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Solution: I applied a lace contact paper {affiliate link} to the bottom window which is where someone from the outside looking up from a distance would be able to see someone standing in the bathroom with the light on at night. Then I created a fun decorative vinyl decal for the top window.

lace contact paper on bathroom window for privacy

Materials:

Tools:

  • Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Studio Designer Software
  • Scissors
  • Credit/gift card for rubbing

What I did:

Using the Silhouette Studio Designer software, I created my design. I purchased a tree shape from the online Silhouette store and surrounded it with curved “Hotel & Spa” text since my new bathroom has a relaxing spa feel. 

bathroom window treatment

How to curve text: Click the circle shape on the left. Drag to size, shape and center on design. Next click the font button on the left and create your text. While the text box is surrounded with a green window, click the circle with a cross. Drag text to the inner or outer circle border. (You can also change the character spacing in the font tool.) 

Silhouette curved text tutorial

Next, select the circle again by clicking on it. Then click the scissors button in the right hand corner. Choose “no cut”. Now the text in the design will be cut but the circle won’t. (As you can see, I played around with rearranging my text too.)

Silhouette curved text

Load vinyl into the machine color/vinyl side up. Change blade and settings for adhesive vinyl cutting. Send design to cut. 

Happy Crafters vinyl tutorial

Silhouette vinyl window decal

Remove vinyl from the machine and trim to a more manageable size around the design.

Weed away the unused part of the vinyl design. 

vinyl weeding

Cover vinyl decal with transfer paper. Rub with a credit card.

adhesive vinyl tutorial

Clean window. 

Peel away paper backing, transferring the vinyl decal to the sticky transfer paper. 

transfer paper tutorial

Place design on window. Rub with a credit card and peel away transfer paper. 

bathroom window vinyl decal tutorial

DIY vinyl window decal

Ta-da! Now my window has some decorative type detail without curtains or a blind. I have privacy and natural light. What do you think?

day time

vinyl window decal tutorial

 

{It’s difficult to capture in a photo of a window in day light but it’s very visible in real life.}

bathroom window privacy idea

night time

vinyl window decal tutorial

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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DIY Hanging Organizer (for peg hooks)

How do you add a fun pop of color to an otherwise neutral room? Try Pantone’s Color of the Year for something you may not normally choose. The Lowe’s Creative Idea March challenge was to use Valspar’s Radiant Orchid. Just a small touch adds elegance to my white and gray space. 

Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid

Inspired by PB’s Gabrielle system, I created a wooden peg hook organizing caddy from scrap wood. 

DIY Hanging Organizer Tutorial

Materials I used: Most of my wood was purchased at Lowe’s and is left over from previous projects with the exception of the .50 yard sale find piece shown below. Adjust measurements according to your own needs or scrap wood measurements. Inexpensive pine works well for this project.

  • 1″ x 10″ x 18 1/2″ (back)
  • 1″ x 6″ x 18 1/2″ (bottom)
  • 1″ x 2″ x 4″ (sides)
  • 1″ x 2″ x 18 1/2″ (front)
  • 1″ deep (or however thick your peg hook rack is)  x 1″ tall  x 6″ wide (back stop piece)
  • Gorilla Wood Glue
  • 1 1/2″ wood screws
  • Wood filler
  • Valspar Radiant Orchid 

What I did:

Mark the center top of the back piece of wood. Hold up to a peg on your coat rack, lining the center with the center of a peg. On the wood, mark the center of each peg placement.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Decide which hole saw bit is just a little bigger than the pegs. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

You’ll want your holes to be near the top end. I used a ruler to measure down about 2″ from the top and a level to make a cross mark to show the center of each hole. Drill tiny pilot holes where the pencil marks meet.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Attach the hole saw bit to your drill and using the pilot hole as a guide for the center drill bit, drill/cut holes. I think our hole saw bit is a little dull so the back side of my wood is splintered. (Thankfully no one will see that side!)

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Sand and wipe clean all wood pieces. Hang on pegs to ensure holes line up.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Using wood glue, wood screws and clamps, assemble your caddy and let dry. I attached my screws from the bottom and back so they weren’t seen but you could also countersink screws, fill and sand.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

I thought that was it for the construction until I tested it hanging on my peg hooks. Oops, front heavy. Using just wood glue and a clamp, I attached the back stop piece to the center bottom of the back. This ensures that the caddy will hang level.

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Using wood filler, fill all seams and cracks. Let dry, sand smooth and wipe clean. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

Paint the entire wood caddy. Mine took two coats. Radiant Orchid wouldn’t have been my first choice but it’s growing on me and it’s nice to do something bold and fun for a change. I love the Valspar sample size paint…more than enough and perfect for adding colorful accents. Down the road all it takes is a new coat of a different color to re-freshen things up. 

DIY peg hook caddy tutorial

 

Now I have a shelf/tray for decorative items, toiletries in the bathroom

bathroom organization - DIY peg hook hanging shelf

DIY hanging peg hook organizer

hanging peg hook organizer

bathroom peg hook hanging organizer

Great for keys, wallet, sunglasses, change, cell phone near the door in the mudroom or entryway. 

Peg Hook Hanging DIY Organizer

DIY peg hook mudroom entryway organizing hanging caddy

PB inspired peg hook shelf caddy organizer

My peg hook is located in my bathroom but I’d really love to have something like this near the door as well. How about you? 

More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!    

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. As always, all ideas and opinions are in my own words. The blog post above is what worked for me. Results may vary. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area and to take the proper safety precautions.

Valentine’s Day Decorating {Vinyl Decal Glass Top Table Runner}

I’m not quite late in terms of sharing my Valentine decorating, am I? I don’t do much…just a little here and there, mostly in the dining room. 

Valentine dining room decor

More pictures after a little vinyl tutorial: Having a vinyl cutting machine is GREAT for last minute decorating! Our reclaimed barn wood dining table is protected by a beveled glass top. And a glass top table is the perfect spot for an adhesive vinyl table runner just in time for Valentine’s day!

Valentine glass top table vinyl decals

You’ll need:

  • Adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters in pink and soft pink
  • Transfer paper

Tools I used:

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design Studio software
  • scissors
  • credit card/gift card

Happy Crafters Adhesive Vinyl

Using the Silhouette Design Studio software, I used different fonts to create Valentine text along with a few shapes from the online store.  Because I wanted to have the text reading different directions, I used the rotate tool to flip some of the text and shapes. 

Silhouette Design Studio software

Before sending the design to cut, I uploaded the vinyl into my machine color side up then changed my setting to cut adhesive vinyl. 

When cutting was complete, I removed and trimmed my vinyl design. Then inserted another sheet of vinyl and cut the design again. I used two sets of vinyl decals to create my table runner.  cutting adhesive vinyl

Next up is removing all of the negative part of the vinyl design. Simply remove all vinyl that’s not a letter or shape. 

weeding vinyl decals

Now it’s like a sheet of vinyl stickers. Not something you want to place letter by letter so apply a piece of transfer paper over top of the vinyl decals. 

Measure placement and alignment of where the vinyl decal table runner will go onto your glass top table. 

vinyl decal placement

Rub the vinyl decals with a gift card so that the adhesive vinyl transfer from the wax paper backing to the transfer paper. 

transfer paper

Remove wax paper backing. Sometimes I have to use my fingernail or thumbnail to help along the transfer. 

adhesive vinyl decal tutorial

Carefully align and place the vinyl decal with transfer paper onto the glass. 

glass top table vinyl decal

Rub with a gift card so that the vinyl transfers from the paper to the glass. 

transferring vinyl decal

Remove transfer paper. 

transfer paper vinyl decal

That’s it! Now the glass table top sports a sweet Valentine’s message!

adhesive vinyl Valentine centerpiece

Simply peel away the vinyl for easy removal.

Valentine table decor

More decorating around the DIYShowOff house: 

Valentine centerpiece

 

Valentine wreath

Valentine's day dining room decorating

Valentine Mantel

 

DIYShowOff Valentine Mantel

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine dining room decor

 

Valentine decor

 

See more Valentine’s crafts in the DIYShowOff project gallery

 

Valentine kitchen

 

Valentine decorating

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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How Wonderful Life is While You’re in the World – DIY sign tutorial

I think this lyric to “Your Song” by Elton John is the perfect accessory to the world map in our family room.  DIY sign

Materials:

  • Adhesive Vinyl – Happy Crafters
  • Transfer Paper
  • Scrap Wood Plank
  • Acrylic Craft Paint

Tools: Silhouette Cameo, scissors, gift card/credit card (for burnishing/rubbing), foam paint brush

Tutorial:

Paint scrap wood plank. Mine is is a 1×3 about 46 inches in length. Let dry. 

Using the Silhouette Studio software, I created my design utilizing “felt marker” font.  Silhouette design studio

Load the vinyl into the Silhouette Cameo vinyl side up and ‘send to cut’. Be sure to adjust the settings for vinyl. 

There are two ways to use vinyl as a stencil. If painting the letters, weed away the letters to create a stencil. I wanted to paint my sign (not the lettering), so I removed all of the negative part of the design, leaving the vinyl letters (like stickers). DIY sign tutorial

Apply transfer paper, sticky side down directly to the vinyl decal. Transfer paper ensures that everything is lined up properly when ‘transferring’. You could apply the vinyl in the same way you’d apply stickers, but keeping a straight line is a challenge!

Rub the transfer paper with a credit card or gift card to ‘transfer’ the vinyl to the transfer paper. Remove the wax paper backing.

Place vinyl (sticky side down) onto the wood plank. 

Rub with a gift card. 

Remove transfer paper (it may be a little tricky…I peel it away slowing, almost creating a crease in the transfer paper to get the vinyl decal to stick to the painted wood. 

Make sure all letters are nice and stuck. 

Paint the sign. I did a light coat using a sort of dry brush (foam brush) technique for a worn look. DIY wood plank sign tutorial

Before paint dries, carefully remove vinyl lettering.

Optional: sand and/or glaze for an antiqued, distressed look. Seal. Hang using picture hanging hardware or Command velcro strips. 

Perfect for a little Valentine sentiment, too. What song lyric would your sign display? How wonderful life is while your in the world. DIY Sign Tutorial

 

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Share the Love: Free Printable Valentine Gift Tags

One month until Valentine’s day! Time to start thinking about cute Valentine’s craft ideas! Today I’m sharing some cute Valentine gift tag printables as a part of the Share the Love Blog Hop hosted by Jamie at C.R.A.F.T. (Creating Really Awesome Free Things). Visiting from sweet Lucy at Craftberry Bush? Welcome friends! I’m so glad you’re here! 

Share the Love Hop

Baby, it’s cold outside in my geographical location in February so how about adding a package of hot cocoa to a dollar store mug, toss in some DIY decorated marshmallow stirs and attaching a cute “You melt my Heart” tag. 

free valentine printable

Awe. Heart warming! Heart melting! They’re printable. They’re free! And they’re cute! 

You Melt My Heart Valentine Prinatable

Click here to open and print. 

Marshmallow Stick Treats

Great for accessorizing these gifts too:

  • chocolate
  • bath melts
  • candles
  • melted snowman cookies
  • snowman ornament

free valentine printable gift tag

Next up on the Share the Love Blog Hop is Vanessa at Tried and True with a super cute project & printable!

Share the Love Hop

Visit all 16 blog friends for even MORE free Valentine Printables! 

1. Jamie: “You mean the world to me!”

2. Lucy: “I love everything you dew!”

3. Roeshel: “You melt my heart!”

4. Vanessa: ” Thumb-body Loves You!”

5. Lindsay:  “You blow me away!”

6. Jamie: “You’re o-fish-ally an awesome friend!”

7. Kelly: “No matter how you slice it, we make a great combination!”

8. Lindi: “You rock!”

9. Andrea: “You’re the write one for me!”

10. Abbey: Valentines Day scavenger hunt

11. Jenna: “We’re 2 of a kind!”

12. Emily: “I like you a latte!”

13. Bethany: “You’re just my type!”

14. Caitlin: “You’re sweet!”

15. Colleen: “You’re a deer to me!”

16. Julia: “You are the bomb!”

DIY Glitter Iron-On Vinyl Tutorial

The Chinese zodiac/new year follows the lunar calendar and begins January 31st. 2014 is the year of the horse. It’s a year for making efforts to improve yourself. Why not wear a reminder to do just that. It’s also the symbol for my word of the year for 2014 but more on that later this week.  iron on vinyl glitter decal tshirt tutorial

Did Santa bring you a Silhouette Cameo? Unpack that baby! There are so many cool things to create just waiting for your imagination! One of the things I love is the ability to create custom vinyl decals easily and that includes not just stencils or signs but dressing up my t-shirts too. Here’s how:

Materials:

  • t-shirt or sweatshirt. Give an old one a little pizzazz! Or purchase new if creating a gift.
  • Iron-on vinyl. I’m using Happy Face Glitter Iron On Vinyl in Pine Bling from Happy Crafters for this project. Big selection of fun printed, solid and glitter iron-on vinyl for DIY projects. 

Tutorial:

1. Create a design using the Silhouette Studio. I purchased a horse shape from the Silhouette online store and added text. 

iron on vinyl decal tutorial

2. For iron-on vinyl, you’ll need to “mirror” the design. I just ‘right click’ my design and flip horizontally. 

iron on vinyl tutorial

3. Load the vinyl into the machine glossy/sparkly/glitter side down {transparency side down}. Adjust settings. Recommended settings for cutting iron-on vinyl are blade 2, speed 8, thickness 5. Send to cut. 

iron on vinyl tutorial

4. My blade is dull from so much use and the glitter iron-on vinyl is thick so before removing from machine, I could tell it wasn’t a good all-the-way-through cut. I had to re-adjust my blade setting to 6 and send to cut again. Tip: Test yours before removing vinyl from the machine so that the not-so-good cut lines will match up with the newer cut lines if needed. You’ll want the vinyl to be cut but not the transparency. When cutting is complete, remove vinyl from the machine. Cut vinyl to a smaller more manageable size from the roll/sheet.  iron on vinyl tutorial

5. Weed away all negative vinyl (vinyl that is not a part of the design) from the adhesive transparency.

iron on vinyl tutorial

6. Position decal onto shirt. Cover with a cotton tea towel, napkin or fabric. Iron on high, pressing down 25-30 seconds on each part of the design (no steam). iron on vinyl tutorial iron on vinyl tutorial

7. Peel away the transparent shiny plastic. If part of the design starts to lift, replace transparent plastic, re-cover and iron again.  iron on vinyl tutorial iron on vinyl tutorial

8. All done! An old t-shirt, a new look and a fun reminder of your ‘word of the year’ to make 2014 awesome! 

iron on vinyl decal how-to

It’s certainly difficult to photograph the sparkle, not to mention take photos of myself wearing it. But you get the idea, right? It’s super glittery!

iron on vinyl decal tshirt tutorial

Isn’t that green glitter iron-on vinyl pretty? I’ll be using scraps for a glittery shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day too! Here’s another iron-on vinyl tutorial for a monogrammed t-shirt for more direction and inspiration.

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  I really love working with this vinyl. Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Easy Ornament Craft – Pipecleaner Christmas Tree Bells

Christmas is nearly here! These DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bells are super easy and a fun last minute craft…with a rich velvet-y look and real ringing bells. They’d be so cute in a variety of colors to coordinate with any Christmas theme. 

easy DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bell ornament tutorial

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Bell Ornament Materials: {all supplies found at Michaels Craft Store}

  • pipe cleaners
  • mini Styrofoam cones 
  • small bells
  • hot glue
  • mini star tree topper ornaments (or thrifty costume jewelry)
  • fishing line/ornament hooks
  • optional: straight pins with color/ball heads, ribbon, embellishments – be creative!
  • optional: Krylon Glitter Blast

Tutorial:

Starting near the bottom of the cone, I simply pushed in my pipe cleaner and spiraled around the cone, again tucking the pipe cleaner’s end into the Styrofoam. Repeat as needed. I used three colors to create an ombrè effect. I even braided a few different colors for a different look. I didn’t, but you can use hot glue as needed.  DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bell ornament tutorial

Add a smidge of hot glue to the top of a bell and insert into the bottom center of the Styrofoam cone to create a ‘bell’ tree trunk. PipeCleaner Christmas Bell Ornament

Embellish: using hot glue or straight pins, add a tree topper or pipe cleaner monogram.

DIY Christmas Ornament

Spritz with Krylon Glitter blast for a little sparkle. 

Easy. Simple. Pretty. Fun.  DIY Christmas Ornament Craft Then..frame your creation with a pretty Christmas ornament frame.

Christmas ornament frame

 

Mechelle’s beautiful tree for the Christmas Tree Link Party & Contest.

Mechelle's Christmas Tree

Ornament Frames

Ever want to draw attention to a special ornament on your Christmas tree? Why not frame it? Christmas ornament frame

I used FrogTape® and acrylic craft paint to give mine a fun ombrè look for my ombrè Christmas tree. Here’s how: ombre ornament frame supplies

Tape off the middle section of a frame using FrogTape. I pressed down on the edges of the tape with my thumbnail in order to get a crisp clean line.  ornament frame tutorial

Then I painted the top and bottom sections using my lightest paint color on top and the darkest on the bottom.

While the paint was still wet, I removed the FrogTape and let the paint dry. ombre ornament frame tutorial striped ombre ornament frame tutorial

Then I taped off the middle section and followed the same steps. painted ombre ornament frame tutorial Christmas ornament frame tutorial

The frames serve as custom color coordinating ornaments themselves but they also draw the eye to the “framed” ornament. Christmas ornament picture frame  Do you have a favorite or meaningful Christmas ornament? eclectic colorful Christmas

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Bumble tree submitted by Courtney for the Christmas Tree Contest

Bumble

DIY Customizable Monogrammed Mirror Tutorial

Looking for a great gift DIY gift idea? Or some easy DIY wall art? Look no further! This framed monogrammed mirror is easy to do and easily customizable for swapping out colors and patterns. It’s perfect for those who love to decorate and easily changes to match any decor. One decorative accent, UNLIMITED looks! So fun!

One decorative accent - UNLIMITED LOOKS: DIY Interchangeable/Custom Monogrammed Mirror Tutorial

Materials:

  • Picture frame with glass – I purchased mine at TJMaxx but shop the house or thrift stores for an even better deal!
  • Krylon Looking Glass – Mirror Like Spray Paint
  • Vinyl letter decal, shape or silhouette – don’t have a Silhouette Cameo to do your cutting? Use a stencil and contact paper to create your own. Remember to ‘mirror’/’flip’ the design so that it doesn’t show backwards.
  • Scrapbook paper, wrapping paper {holiday/wedding/birthday paper for celebrating/gift giving would be cute too!}, book pages, maps, fabric…get creative! Cut to size to fit within the frame. 

Tutorial:

1. Create vinyl decal to fit inside of the dimensions of the picture frame/onto the glass. Remember to mirror/flip the design so that it doesn’t show backwards (vinyl will be applied to the backside of the glass). I used my Cameo to cut out a design on vinyl. Letter A for monogrammed mirror DIY

2. Disassemble glass from frame and clean the glass.  DIY monogrammed mirror tutorial

3. Apply vinyl decal to glass. I centered a letter “A”. You’ll be applying it to the backside of the mirror so you’ll want to “mirror” or flip the letter if needed so it doesn’t show up backwards. A shape or silhouette would be cute too! Example: monogram, dog, person, state, stag, word, etc. Monogrammed Mirror DIY tutorial

4. Follow instructions on Krylon Looking Glass can. Wear a respirator in poorly ventilated areas. Apply a light coat of the Krylon Looking Glass spray paint in a sweeping motion (starting off of the glass). Do this on the side of the glass with the vinyl decal.  One decorative accent - UNLIMITED LOOKS: DIY Interchangeable/Custom Monogrammed Mirror Tutorial

{zero degrees outside, spray painting in the basement – pardon the poor lighting!}

5. According to the instructions, repeat the above step four more times (only waiting a minute between coats – this stuff dries fast!). Then let dry one hour before handling. I did five coats and my glass still has a semi-transparent look which I like. Try more coats for a more solid look. 

6. Once dry, carefully remove the vinyl decal by lifting an edge using your fingernail or thumbnail or a vinyl weeding tool if you have one. Be careful not to scratch the mirror-painted finish (although scratches add to an antiqued/aged look).  One decorative accent - UNLIMITED LOOKS: DIY Interchangeable/Custom Monogrammed Mirror Tutorial

7. Cut scrapbook paper, book pages, fabric or wrapping paper to the same dimensions as the glass. Re-assemble glass and frame and insert scrapbook or wrapping paper in the same manner as framing a picture.  One decorative accent - UNLIMITED LOOKS: DIY Interchangeable/Custom Monogrammed Mirror Tutorial

All done! Include several shades and patterns of paper with your gift and let the recipient choose their favorite look to coordinate with their home.

One decorative accent - UNLIMITED LOOKS: DIY Interchangeable/Custom Monogrammed Mirror Tutorial

Cool, right? They’re going to love it and you’re going to want one for yourself!

Monogrammed Mirror Tutorial DIY mirror DIY mirror DIY mirror DIY mirror

You can’t tell from my pictures but the mirrored surface is very reflective. I just took my photos at an angle where you weren’t seeing me and my camera’s reflection in the glass. The mirror finish also has a bit of a worn/antiqued look that I love.  One decorative accent - UNLIMITED LOOKS: DIY Interchangeable/Custom Monogrammed Mirror Tutorial

Next up in the series is an awesome project from Amy at Positively Splendid!

For even more fun Krylon Looking Glass ideas, visit the entire series:

Friday -
http://www.infarrantlycreative.net
http://findinghomeonline.com
http://www.theshabbycreekcottage.com
http://sarahmdorseydesigns.blogspot.com
http://www.the36thavenue.com
http://www.eastcoastcreativeblog.com
http://lilluna.com
http://diyshowoff.com
http://www.positivelysplendid.com

Saturday -

http://tatertotsandjello.com
http://www.ourfifthhouse.com

Disclaimer: This is a post sponsored by Krylon. As always, all ideas, opinions and experience is my own. I first tried Krylon Looking Glass paint back in 2010 on an old window

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DIY Tinsel Ornament Tree Christmas Decoration

With a Merry & Bright theme going on in the family room, I needed a colorful Christmas decoration to add to my existing decorative accents which is what inspired this tinsel ornament tree tutorial. This tutorial is a part of the fun Christmas Extravaganza Blog Hop! More fun holiday links below! DIY tinsel ornament tree tutorial  

What I used: tinsel ornament tree materials

  • cardboard cone
  • tinsel garland
  • optional: ornaments (I used three different sizes)
  • hot glue/gun

DIY tinsel ornament tree craft tutorial

Tutorial:

Starting at the top,  add a dab of hot glue near the pointy end of the cardboard cone and attach one end of the tinsel garland.

Wrap the cardboard cone. Pull garland tight for a fuller look or just enough to cover the cone…it’s up to you! I pulled mine tighter and used the entire string of tinsel garland.

Secure the end of the tinsel garland to the cardboard cone with a touch of hot glue.

You could be finished at this step if you like the look! Or use hot glue to add in ornaments (I removed the metal hangers). 

Remove the metal hanger from a favorite ornament, add a dab of hot glue and attach to the top of the tree.  tinsel ornament Christmas tree instructions

All done…definitely “merry & bright” AND easy!

DIY ornament tinsel tree tutorial Happy! Right?  colorful Christmas

 

Family Room Makeover

Christmas Home Tour

See more Christmas crafts, decorating, DIY and recipes at the Christmas Extravaganza Blog Hop…

Christmas Exravaganza Blog Hop and Linky Party Graphic

Christmas Extravaganza Schedule

Mint Chocolate Cream Torte from Cupcakes and Crinoline

Easy Four Ingredient Snowball Cookies from Yellow Bliss Road

Holiday Napkin Apron from Jojo & Eloise

DIY Eyelash Yarn Christmas Trees from A Place for Us

Yarn Candy Canes from Lolly Jane

Chocolate & Peppermint Crispy Rice Treats from Ella Claire

Tinsel Ornament Tree from DIY Showoff

Sequin Ornaments from Fox Hollow Cottage

Fuzzy Christmas Trees from Two Twenty One

15 Christmas Decorating Ideas from Town & Country Living

Pom Pom Snowball Wreath from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Christmas Craft Round Up from Debbiedoos

DIY Boxwood Napkin Rings from French Country Cottage

Rustic Glam & Blue Christmas Tree from Setting For Four

Easy Dollar Tree Wreaths from Domestically Speaking

Frosted Pear Ornament from Sand & Sisal

Friday – it’s your turn! Link up your fun Christmas ideas!

Elaine’s Christmas tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest

Elaine's Christmas Tree

So thankful for YOU!

Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or not ~ Thank YOU! I’m so thankful and so blessed by so many things, including your friendship, support and encouragement. Wishing you a day filled with happiness, blessings, family, good memories, fun traditions and lots of food!

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Happy Thanksgiving to my awesome U.S. blog friends and ‘thank you’ to my world wide friends. xo

Charlotte’s Christmas Tree for the Christmas Tree Contest 

Charlott's Christmas Tree 1

Custom DIY Decals – vinyl holiday labels

I don’t know about you but the change from fall to winter contributes to dry skin and having a bottle of lotion constantly on display isn’t exactly decorative so why not whip out a vinyl decal/label using a fun shape and text? I used my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl but you could substitute craft paper, glue, contact paper, decorative tape and/or stickers. It’s a cute DIY gift idea too. Here is what I did:

DIY gift set idea

Materials:

  • Bottle of Moisturizing Lotion (Dollar General) – you could also make your own and use a glass bottle or jar
  • Gold Vinyl from Happy Crafters
  • Transfer paper

Tools:

  • Silhouette Cameo

What I did:

Remove front label. I left the back label adhered so there was no mistaking the contents and ingredients. The front label pulled away clean for me but some may take a little elbow grease.

lotion bottle decal tutorial

Using my Silhouette Studio software along with a previously purchased deer shape and helvetica font, I created a design measuring small enough to fit on the front of the lotion bottle (roughly 3 x 3 inches).

Load vinyl color side up. I changed my blade settings for cutting vinyl and sent to ‘cut’. 

cutting vinyl decals

Weed away all ‘negative’ vinyl that isn’t a part of the design. 

deer decal

Add a piece of transfer paper to the front side of the vinyl decal and rub with a gift card or credit card.

vinyl decal label tutorial

Pull away the wax paper backing.

vinyl decal label tutorial

Place the vinyl decal/transfer paper onto the front of the lotion bottle and rub the design with a a gift card.

lotion label decal

Peel away the transfer paper. 

Vinyl lotion label decal DIY

Add a coordinating bow if desired. Now you have cute guest room accessory.

Deer lotion bottle DIY vinyl decal

Or create a holiday gift set by adding a super easy DIY ring/jewelry holder.

DIY gifts

I’m sharing the ring holder tutorial today over at Très Frugal – 30 days of DIY Gift Ideas hosted by Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl today. Hop over to check it out and to follow the entire series for some great gift ideas. 

diy gifts

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion are my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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Karyna’s handmade tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest

Karyna's Christmas Tree

Super Easy DIY Ring & Jewelry Holder

Hi, DIY friends! I’m over at Pretty Handy Girl today sharing a fun & easy tutorial for the Très Frugal Gift Ideas series. 

DIY jewelry holder tutorial

See the full DIY ring & jewelry holder tutorial at Pretty Handy Girl

DIY Holiday Wall Decals

DIY vinyl holiday wall decals are perfect for adding some festive touches to existing decor during the holidays. Great for making new decor too! Last year I added gold vinyl lettering to a large mirror (Glory to God in the Highest).

Christmas Dining Room 2012

Christmas mirror

I also love using vinyl lettering to create signs or to place directly on the wall.

Reindeer Games Sign Tutorial

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

But this year, I have a large world map in the family room. I tested the vinyl on the canvas and it didn’t cause any damage so this project got the ‘green light’ for me! Yay! (Please do your own test before applying vinyl directly to canvas or art work.) If it didn’t work, plan B was to use vinyl lettering on a wood plank sign for above my canvas. or to add vinyl lettering to a laminated map poster. 

before {family room makeover}

family room makeover

MaterialsI used:

Tools: 

  • Silhouette Cameo

What I did:

I created my lettering for “Joy to the World” using my Silhouette Studio software.

Joy to the World Christmas lettering

*Incidentally, there is a nearly identical ‘world shape’ as shown on my canvas, so you could also cut out vinyl continents in any color and apply directly to the wall or onto a large piece of plyboard to create your own overall “Joy to the World” wall decals. 

Load the vinyl into the Silhouette Cameo color side up. 

Happy Crafters Tutorial

Adjust the blades as needed and send design to “cut”. 

Remove vinyl from machine and weed away negative space around lettering and centers from the letters o and e.

Joy to the World vinyl wall art

Place transfer paper over the design and rub with a credit card. 

Joy to the World vinyl wall art

Peel away waxpaper backing from lettering. If letters are sticking to the wax paper, replace transfer paper and rub again. Sometimes I have to use my thumbnail to help the vinyl transfer.

Place vinyl design with transfer paper onto the canvas.

Tricky! Rub the design without stretching the canvas. I supported the back side of the canvas with a book before rubbing. 

Joy to the World vinyl wall art

Peel away transfer paper. 

Joy to the World vinyl wall art

All done!

The best part is that I can remove the vinyl letters after the holidays without damaging my printed canvas (remember to test your art before attempting this – or create a specifically designated piece for the holidays). 

Joy to the World Christmas wall art

I also added “peace on earth” to my globe to help camouflage the area where numerous price tag stickers removed the map paper…

peace on earth globe

How are you adding vinyl to your holiday decor this year? 

Joy to the World Vinyl Decals on Map

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. 

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Anthropologie Inspired WishBone Tutorial

Anthropologie inspired golden wishbone

DIY Anthropolgie inspired colossal wishbone

I love Anthropologie and always find their catalog filled with inspiration and beautiful products. The Anthro Colossal Golden WishBone has been on my wish list. anthropologie golden wishbone

Knocktoberfest hosted by our talented friend Lindsay from Makely Home this week was the perfect opportunity and motivation to create my own DIY version for less than $58 and in different sizes.  

Knocktoberfest  

If you’re popping over from visiting the amazing Karianne at Thistlewood Farms, welcome! I’m so happy you’re here today and look forward to getting to know you if we’re not already acquainted. :)  

What I used: 

DIY wishbone materials

  1. Super Sculpey polymer clay 
  2. Krylon 18 kt. Premium Gold Plate

I found purchased both of materials from Michaels Craft Store.

Tutorial:

The Anthro version is 13 x 6 inches. I tried to stay around that measurement by rolling two pieces of clay to about 13″ in length and “pinched” the end pieces of each together, then pressed each individual end with my thumb. Play with re-shaping. I also created two smaller versions by rolling a piece of clay to about 1/2 inch thickness. Fold in half. Pinch/thumb-press ends. 

Anthropologie inspired wishbone tutorial

Move to a cookie sheet and perfect the wishbone shape a little more while the clay is still pliable.  DIY wishbone accent tutorial

I baked mine for about 35 minutes at 275 degrees. (Be sure to follow package instructions for your project.) Let them cool. Now the wishbones are firm and hold their shape. clay wishbone tutorial

Paint and let dry.  gold wishbone tutorial

Simple!

DIY Anthro Inspired Wishbone Decorative Accent

This is my first time working with clay so I have a feeling I can do a better job with more practice. I have a lot of clay and spray paint leftover to perfect my technique to create more wishbones. DIY wishbone accent

They’re going to be a sweet holiday gift idea/package toppers too. 

Next up on the Knocktoberfest tour is my fun & talented friend, Sandra from Sawdust Girl. Head over to see her creative knock off project that’ll knock your socks off!

Knocktoberfest

Ready to see more knock off inspiration and DIY? Follow along the entire series from Makely Home. 25+ designer inspired DIY projects? Woo hoo! What fun! A BIG thanks to our lovely host, Lindsay and genius behind Knocktoberfest. 

Follow the entire Knocktoberfest series:

Day 1

1.  Lindsay - Makely School for Girls
2.  Beth - Home Stories A to Z
4.  Beckie - Infarrantly Creative
5.  Emily - Decorchick!
6.  Wendy - The Shabby Nest
 
Day 2
 
1.  Donna - Funky Junk Interiors
2.  Jess and Monica - East Coast Creative
3.  Jackie - Teal and Lime
5.  Carmel - Our Fifth House
 
Day 3
 
1.  Chris - Just a Girl
3.  Melissa - The Inspired Room
4.  Ana - Ana White
5.  Marianne - Songbird
6.  Karianne - Thistlewood Farms
 
Day 4
 
1.  Roeshel - DIY Show Off
2.  Sandra - Sawdust Girl
3.  Jamie - C.R.A.F.T.
4.  Cassity - Remodelaholic
5.  Melissa - 320 Sycamore
6.  Mandi – Vintage Revivals 
 
Day 5
 
1.  Ashley - The Handmade Home
2.  Stacy - Not JUST a Housewife
3.  Traci - Beneath My Heart
4.  Brooke - All Things Thrifty
5.  Laura - Finding Home

 *Linking up to Home Stories  A to Z

DIY Halloween Candy Skull Owl Plaque

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #NeonSharpie http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.

I do love my Sharpies so I happily accepted the offer to participate in the Neon Sharpie campaign with a fun colorful Halloween project. I used the coupon link shared below to snag my 5 pack at Target…along with more than that of course…isn’t that always the way in that store?

NEW Sharpie Fine Point Neon markers have fun ultra vivid colors in natural light with ink that turns fluorescent in black light.

DIY Halloween Candy Skull Owl Plaque

DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl Tutorial

Materials: 

  • 5 pack Neon Sharpie Markers
  • Wooden shield or route 66/road plaque (I picked mine up at a yard sale but you could also cut your own from thin plyboard or purchase online or in craft stores)
  • White craft paint
  • Black Sharpie

Tutorial:

My plaque is a shield/road route shape but doesn’t it look like the shape of an owl too? Perfect for this project! I gave it two coats of white paint and let it dry.  candy skull halloween owl

candy skull halloween owl tutorial

After a quick online image search to get an idea of candy skull designs, I practiced a few design sketches on a piece of paper.  candy skull owl tutorial

Using a pencil, I traced my camera lens cap for large circle eyes then utilized a few stencils but mostly just doodled with my neon Sharpie markers. I filled in the white surface with designs, shapes, flowers, spirals, etc.  candy skull stenciling

and filled in some more… candy skull tutorial

and more. I tried to keep things symmetrical but being an amateur candy skull artist, it’s a bit off. I compensated here and there with design but a part of having hand-drawn charm is the imperfection, right? It doesn’t jump out and say OFF BALANCE. It’s still pretty! diy candy skull halloween owl tutorial

Sometimes, I walked away when interrupted or at a loss of what else to draw then came back with a fresh look and filled in the design some more… DIY candy skull owl

until I was happy with my overall design. I love the bright vivid colors. So fun!

Next I outlined everything using my black Sharpie… Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl

 One of a kind… DIYShowOff Candy Skull Owl

 Isn’t it cute? Perfect for a fun colorful Halloween accent! candy skull owl decor

It’s so cool that the neon marks show fluorescent under a black light too! DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl

1$ off coupon (available while supplies last and in select stores) to purchase the 5 pack of Neon Sharpies from Target. Coupon Link: http://coupons.target.com/sharpie-coupons

See more fun Sharpie ideas:



DIY Halloween Highlights – Part 1

DIY Halloween Highlights: I’ve been collecting some awesome DIY Halloween features from the weekly That DIY Party. Looking for some last minute Halloween ideas? These are awesome! DIY Halloween

Witch’s Clothesline at 21 RoseMary Lane - so cute! 

witch's laundry at 21 RoseMary Lane

Paper Halloween Display at Design Sprinkle - fun free printables to create your own spooky vignette.

paper halloween display at Design Sprinkle

Scary Halloween Vignette at Fresh Idea Studio - I can almost hear the spooky organ music.

Scary-Halloween-Vignette at Fresh Idea Studio

Boogieman Repellant at On a Wing and a Prayer - so important and necessary for this time of year!

Boogieman Repellant at On a Wing and a Prayer

Glittery spidery candles from The Messy Roost - glitter, glam and 8 legs. 

spider candles - messy roost

a Halloween bedroom at the DIY Dreamer - sweet dreams. bahahahahaha!

Creepy-Crawly-Bedroom at The DIY Dreamer  

Halloween Ghost Feet at the Moody Fashionista - awesome sweet keepsake gift idea!

Halloween ghost feet at The Moody Fashionista

Halloween Jack O Lantern at Making Lemonade - so creative and festive!

Halloween Jack O Lantern at Making Lemonade

Repurposed grill rack spider web at Petticoat Junktion - clever and creepy! Love the simplicity too!

grill rack spider web at Petticoat Junktion

and three of my own most recent:

DIY skeleton ghost

DIY Halloween Ghost

wooden candy corn accents

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals  

trick or treat tote bags

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

I’ll be sharing more Halloween this week! Stay tuned! 

Please remember to pin from the original source by clicking the links above or easily repinning from the That DIY Party Pinterest board

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A BIG thanks to these talented ladies for linking up their spooky fun DIY!

Do you have a Halloween DIY to ‘show off’? Link up at this week’s That DIY Party!

Personalized Trick or Treat Bags

Trick or Treat is coming up at the end of the month. I sure do miss having little ones at home. We don’t even get trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood but I do have two nieces and one nephew, all under the age of 5. With help from FrogTape® and Happy Crafters, I whipped up a little Halloween surprise for them. They’re going to love these personalized trick or treat bags!

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Materials: DIY personalized trick or treat bags

  • canvas/linen tote bags
  • fabric paints
  • FrogTape® Shape Tape (I used all 3 patterns: chevron, wave and scallop)
  • stencils (I created my own stencils using glossy black vinyl and transfer paper from Happy Crafters)

Tutorial: (please pardon the poor lighting…it’s raining today)

Part 1 – Shape Tape

Iron the tote bags to remove wrinkles.

Insert cardboard into the tote bag (to block bleed-through to the other side).

Cut a piece of FrogTape Shape tape a little wider than the bag. Decide placement. Remove half of the strip of wax paper backing from the Shape Tape. Position and press into place. Remove the other half of the wax paper backing and smooth into place. I found that securing the edges of the tape to the table underneath on the sides, kept my tote bag from sliding around, holding it in place for painting.

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Repeat step 3 to create a ‘stencil’ border/line for the design. 

Using a credit card, I rubbed the Shape Tape to make sure it was nice and secure, sticking to the canvas…check closely to be sure the Shape Tape is complete adhered to the canvas. 

Paint! Be careful not to lift the Shape Tape with brush strokes. It helps to move the paint brush from ‘on the tape’ moving to the fabric rather than starting on fabric and pushing paint to the tapeline. 

Remove Shape tape. Nice crisp lines!!! Let the paint dry.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Part 2 – vinyl stencils

Using my Silhouette designer studio software, I created name stencils as well as purchased a few Halloween shapes from the Silhouette American online store. Then sent it to cut to create vinyl stencils.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Peel away lettering and design to create a stencil. Using transfer paper, position vinyl stencil on tote, rub with a credit card and remove transfer paper – leaving the vinyl stencil in place on the canvas.  DIY personalized trick or treat bags

Paint and remove vinyl. Allow paint to dry 4 hours. 

DIY trick-or-treat bags

*Using a black Sharpie, I traced around the ghost where his white body met with the white chevron. 

DIY trick-or-treat bags

Aren’t they darling? Years of use! Machine washable (inside out) after 72 hours. Cute.Cute.Cute! DIY personalized trick or treat bags

 

Now I have three little trick-or-treaters! Treators? What’s your favorite kind of Halloween candy?

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*I’m a member of the FrogTape® Blog Squad. This post is sponsored by FrogTape®. As always, the opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. See more DIY from the FrogTape® blog squad.

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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DIY chicken wire cheesecloth Halloween ghost tutorial

October? Already?! Let’s start off the month with a Halloween DIY. As a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, I received a gift card to purchase the materials for a Halloween decor challenge. I made a cheesecloth ghost and what a challenge it was! Because of the large life-size, I ran into some obstacles and almost threw in the towel, accepting defeat and attempted to think of another project. The joys of DIY: sometimes a big fat fail. 

BUT I switched direction and saved the project! Below I share what I did, recommendations for what I’d do different and how I rescued the project making it a success. If this is something you’d like to tackle, read through my tutorial to decide the best way to go about making your ghost. DIY Halloween Ghost

Materials for a chicken wire cheesecloth ghost:

Tools:

  • wire cutters
  • drill will very small drill bit

Tutorial:

Open the cheesecloth packages. Unravel and unfold cheesecloth. how to make a cheesecloth ghost

Spray the top of the skull with spray adhesive. Wait a few seconds/fan with your hand a few times. Attach one strip of the center of the cheesecloth to create a “hood” around the skull. Let dry.

Using wire cutters, cut the chicken wire to create a torso and arms. I attached the arms using the cut side pieces of my strip of chicken wire along with extra wire. ghost tutorial

When skull/cheesecloth glue is dry, using a drill bit smaller than the cup hook screw, drill a small hole into the top of the skull, towards the back. Too far towards the front of the skull will have it looking up, more towards the back, the skull will look down when hanging. Screw in the cup hook. (Add a dab of Gorilla Glue if needed and then screw in the cup hook.)  scary DIY Halloween ghost

Place the skull onto the chicken wire torso. I used small cut pieces of wire through the cheesecloth hood at the base of the skull like a twist-tie , securing/twisting inside of the chicken wire torso frame to secure the skull into place. Drape more cheesecloth over the arms and torso, covering the chicken wire. Use more wire twist-ties where needed to keep cheesecloth in place. Halloween ghost DIY

Hang using fishing line and an s-hook. Bend arms and torso if needed after hanging. cheesecloth chicken wire ghost

Things I attempted, failed and learned. Optional:

  • You can search Google for starch ghost recipes for success in making smaller ghosts. I used 1 1/2 containers of cornstarch and 6 cups of water which did not hold my extra large ghost’s shape when dry. I think less water and making more of a wet paste would have maybe had better results. However, I still would NOT use the starch method if you plan to hang your ghost outdoors. Water (rain/dew/frost) will deactivate the starch and your ghost will lose it’s shape. That’s why the chicken wire frame is a better option. There’s less room for failure.  

    cheesecloth ghost

    Mistake: starch is too watery and not a good option for an outdoor ghost.

  • Also, I used garden stakes and wire to create a frame for forming/drying the starched cheesecloth. A super heavy gage wire is necessary. Even coat hangers weren’t really strong enough for starch soaked cheesecloth, causing the arms to droop, which is why you’ll notice I had to use more stakes. This still didn’t work for me. My ghost did not hold it’s shape, although my cheesecloth is a little stiffer.

    cheesecloth ghost tutorial

    Even with a frame/mould for the starched cheesecloth, the large size ghost is too heavy to stand hold it’s shape when dry.

  • Rustoleum’s Glow in the Dark spray paint (sold in the Halloween/seasonal dept. at Lowe’s) does show up on mesh/cheesecloth! However, it’s difficult to tell where it’s been sprayed and needs a generous coat. The weather forecast is calling for rain so I’ve brought everything back inside but I will be updating with a better photo once I give it a more thorough spraying. Rustoleum Glow in the Dark spray paint

DIY friends, meet phantom of DIYShowOff… DIY ghost tutorial

Despite the trial and error, the final result…spooky, right? He’s transparent, blows in the breeze and real-enough-looking. Creepy!  scary DIY Halloween decor

Looks to me like he’s inviting you to have a snack. Service with a smile. scary DIY Halloween decor

 ::evil laugh:: DIY cheesecloth chicken wire ghost

 He is smiling. He just wants a hug, I think. YOU GO FIRST! spooky ghost tutorial

It’s almost too scary for me. Scary Halloween … not my thing. My reaction is to cry. Real tears. And did you ever see a fainting goat? Hilarious! {search youtube videos} That’s so me. Frozen with fear.

How about you? Do you love scary?

And yep! That’s a sneak peek of the finished grape arbor/gazebo with recycled brick patio/path you see – all complete! More on that coming up. So.many.pictures.

Sharing at Centsational Girl.

See more fun DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app!

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*Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this project challenge, however the tutorial images, instructions and opinions are my own. 

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Charlotte Footed Cake Plate With Dome {affiliate link}