Metallic Gold Arrow Accent Wall Tutorial

A small plain wall is a great spot for adding some pattern and detail to a room. This small wall in the apartment nursery nook was just begging for a little attention. Here’s what we did to give it some pizzazz:

metallic gold arrow wall at diyshowoff.com

Arrow Accent Wall Tutorial

Materials:

What worked for me:

I started with creating triangle (arrowhead) vinyl stickers in my Silhouette Design Studio software. (Since I had some extra space, I created a few vinyl decals including the letter A and a deer head as well…they aren’t a part of this project.)

metallic arrow wall design tutorial @diyshowoff

I hit the “cut” button and adjusted the settings on my blade for vinyl. 

metallic arrow wall design tutorial @diyshowoff

Load the vinyl into my Silhouette Cameo color side facing up. 

metallic arrow wall design tutorial @diyshowoff

Hit “cut” and remove from machine. 

metallic arrow wall design tutorial @diyshowoff

Weed away the excess vinyl (the vinyl that’s not a part of the design). Vinyl stickers. That fast!

metallic arrow wall design tutorial @diyshowoff

On the wall using a level and Sharpie, I drew vertical lines evenly spaced part. 

metallic arrow wall design tutorial @diyshowoff

We then decided on placement of the arrow heads, alternating the direction every other line. 

metallic arrow wall design tutorial @diyshowoff

I cut a “chevron” pattern from cardboard and used it to create arrow tails, again, evenly spaced and alternating the direction every other line. 

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Ali used a piece of damp magic eraser to erase the Sharpie line between arrows (note for potential future reference: magic eraser works on removing permanent marker from walls). 

metallic arrow wall design tutorial @diyshowoff

That’s it. I was hoping for a more staggered look, but even with drawing it out on paper, the final design had an alternating horizontal pattern too. Cool! 

metallic gold arrow wall - nursery @diyshowoff

What do you think? Cute. Simple. Right? 

See the entire nursery nook reveal coming soon! 

See my guest room/nursery space for more nursery ideas:

combined guest room nursery reveal @diyshowoff DIY nursery wall decor at diyshowoff.com easy diagonal wall paint design tutorial @diyshowoff painted craft box DIY at diyshowoff DIYShowOff Michaels Makers back to school book ends feature

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Vinyl Decal Tutorial for Stainless Steel Tumbler {for essential oils}

Once I started experiencing the benefits of using Young Living essential oils, I’ve been adding grapefruit, tangerine and sometimes lemon essential oils to my water. Love it! It’s definitely increased my daily water intake! However, because Young Living citrus essential oils are so potent, using a glass or stainless steel drinking vessel is recommended. 

I found this awesome stainless steel tumbler (including lid and straw) on Amazon. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

It works beautifully – keeps drinks SUPER cold with a double insulated wall. Design wise, it’s a little boring and plain so of course I couldn’t help but create some vinyl decals to dress it up a bit. 

Materials:

What I did:

I added my designs (shapes I already had on hand) to the Silhouette Designer Software template, making sure they were at a size that would fit my tumbler. Designs are previous purchases from the online Silhouette store accessible through the software. 

I sent the design to cut. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I adjusted setting as needed for cutting vinyl (you may want to do a test cut). 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I loaded my adhesive vinyl glossy color side up into the machine. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I clicked “cut” and removed vinyl from machine when cutting was complete.

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Then, I peeled (weeded away) the vinyl that surrounded the design. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Next I added a piece of transfer paper to the decals and rubbed with a credit card to ‘transfer’ the design. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I peeled away the transfer paper, separating it from the wax papered backing (vinyl decal should now be on the sticky side of the transfer paper). 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

I placed the decal sticky side down onto the tumbler’s surface then rubbed a credit card. 

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

When I peeled away the transfer paper, the decal transferred to the stainless steel surface. All done!

vinyl decal tutorial for stainless steel tumbler (for essential oils) @diyshowoff #happycrafters

*Now stainless steel tumbler must be hand washed (do not run vinyl through dishwasher).   Young Living essential oils - stainless steel tumbler for citrus oil @diyshowoff

Much cuter! And since my mom, my daughter and I all use these tumblers, now I know which one is mine! It makes a great holiday gift idea for your essential oils team or oily friends and family.

Young Living essential oils - stainless steel tumbler for citrus oil @diyshowoff

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Mailbox DIY Vinyl Decals

This poor mailbox had seen better days…don’t you think? 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Time for a new one…

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

One of the perks of owning a vinyl cutter (I have a Silhouette Cameo) is the convenience of making my own vinyl labels/stickers/decals. 

Mailbox Upgrade

Open up the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software. Click the text button on the left, choose font and type house numbers and a monogram design. Size to fit flat mailbox surface.

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Click the “cut” button on the navigation bar. Choose “vinyl” and adjust blade settings. Insert vinyl color side up into the machine and click “cut”. 

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Remove vinyl from machine and weed away excess vinyl. 

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Apply a piece of transfer paper and cut apart individual designs. I have three. Numbers for the front of the mailbox, a monogram design and numbers for the side. 

Rub with a credit/gift card to ‘transfer’ the vinyl decals from wax paper to transfer paper. 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Peel away transfer paper (vinyl decals should be stuck to tacky transfer paper). 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Place onto clean, dry, flat surface of mailbox. 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Rub with credit/gift card to transfer design. 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Peel away transfer paper. 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Ta-da! Pretty new address decals for the new mailbox.

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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DIY Metallic Iron On Decal Tutorial

DIY metallic iron on decal tutorial @diyshowoff

I know, I know. I just shared a t-shirt tutorial a few weeks ago that I created for my sister but making up your own personalized iron on decals is so fun! Recently my blog buddy Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design (love her!) shared on her FB page the coolest t-shirt. It read “#BLOGGER”, however it’s only available in Germany so thinking along the lines of DIY (as usual), I decided to make my own for my August Happy Crafters project. They have a great selection of metallic iron on vinyl that I couldn’t wait to use.

DIY metallic iron on decal tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials:

What I did:

Open up your Silhouette Studio Design Edition software and create the text “#BLOGGER” for the front of the shirt. I also added “@DIYSHOWOFF” for the back of mine. Center on a 12×12 space. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Right click the text box to bring up the edit menu and select “flip horizontally”. You’ll need to mirror the text for cutting. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Load the iron on vinyl into the machine gold side down (back side up). 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Adjust blade setting for heat transfer and send to cut. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Unload from the machine and weed away excess vinyl. The silver/gold side will peel away from a tacky transparent side (your text will be stuck backwards to the tacky side). 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Smooth out the shirt onto an ironing board. Place iron on vinyl decal tacky side down in the spot where you’d like it to show on the front of the shirt. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Cover the decal with a cotton dish towel (or scrap fabric). Iron on high adding pressure according to the instructions provided with the Happy Crafters iron on vinyl. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Slowly peel away the transparency. If you notice that the vinyl hasn’t adhered, replace transparency and iron again applying more pressure. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Once transparency is removed, I replaced my cotton dish towel and ironed the lettering flat. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

Repeat the same steps for adhering the iron on vinyl decal to the back you may want to slide a piece of cardboard inside of the shirt first to prevent re-heating the front iron-on decal. 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

That’s it. I may have ironed mine on too high a temp so I have a sort of distressed look to my decal … which I love! So you may want to do a practice run/test to get it just right if you’re not a fan of the distressed lettering. Good luck! 

metallic gold #blogger vinyl decal tutorial @diyshowoff #happycrafters

And…it coordinates with my black and gold polka dotted iPhone case. #stylish haha!

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What hashtag would you choose for your shirt? 

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Silhouette Scrap Wood Wall Art

I recently shared the DIY coat rack we’re now utilizing in our sitting room above a vintage trunk used as a bench…

DIY pipe coat hooks @diyshowoff

See who loves to rest here? It’s a tiny little Italian greyhound named Rosie…

DIYShowOff Coat Rack and Sign

One more picture. She’s just so stinkin’ cute!

DIYShowOff Coat Rack and Sign

and I’m loving this scrap wood turned silhouette art placed above it. Rosie approves! DIYShowOff Wood Plank Wall Art

Materials I used:

  • scrap 1 x 6 pine boards 
  • RustOleum Ultimate Wood Care (kona)
  • RustOleum Ultimate Polyurethane
  • Gorilla wood glue
  • picture hanging hardware
  • vinyl decal (I used a greyhound shape)
  • white acrylic craft paint

What I did:

I cut my pine boards so that they all measured the same 30 inches long then sanded the edges. 

DIY wood plank sign tutorial DIY wood plank sign tutorial

Next I used wood glue and clamps to create a large wood plank canvas. Let dry. 

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

I applied my vinyl decal to the center of my wood canvas, burnishing the edges using my thumbnail. 

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

Then using a foam brush, I applied the stain in the same direction as the wood grain.

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

After a few minutes, I wiped away the excess stain, again in the direction of the wood grain, with an old rag. Let dry one hour.

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

Then I removed the vinyl decal. I was hoping that there wouldn’t be any seeping but there was. No problem! Change of plans. Sometimes DIY doesn’t always go according to plan. 

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

I used a small craft paint brush and white acrylic craft paint to fill in the unfinished portion of the greyhound stencil. Let dry.

DIY wood plank sign tutorial

I then applied a coat of the polyurethane over the stain, brushing on in the direction of the wood grain. Add picture hanging hardware to the back and hang to display.

DIYShowOff Wood Plank Wall Art

Perfect complimentary wall art for above the coat rack. 

Wood Plank Wall Art @diyshowoff

Wood Plank Wall Art @diyshowoff

Glitter Iron On Vinyl Decal Tutorial

Many of you have asked how my sister is doing and guess what? She’s finally completely “all done” with her treatments! Hurray! Confetti & champagne! My hero! And my hero’s superpower is “hope”…

DIY glitter iron-on decal tutorial at diyshowoff …and like most heroic milestones, it’s an occasion for a celebration, right?! Right! Well, that’ll be coming up in just a few weeks when we celebrate her birthday with a super-hero themed “Bobbi-fest” but in the meantime, I whipped up a cute breast cancer survivor shirt. 

What I used:

What I did:

1. Using my Silhouette design studio software, I created a design using text and a breast cancer ribbon, keeping the overall size in mind for a good fit on the shirt. 

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

2. Right click each part of the design and choose “flip horizontally” to mirror the text and image. 

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

3. Load the vinyl shiny-side (pink glitter side) facing down into the vinyl cutting machine. 

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

4. Choose glitter/flocked iron on adhesive from the drop down menu in the cut settings. Adjust blade settings. (Always do a test cut first to ensure the blade doesn’t cut too deep or too shallow.)

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

5. Hit “cut”.

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

6. When cutting is complete, remove from machine and peel away excess vinyl. Weed away the vinyl surrounding the design. 

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

7. Following the iron on’s printed instructions, I laid out the shirt on an ironing board and smoothed out the wrinkles. Place vinyl onto shirt.

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

8. Cover with a cotton dish towel or cotton fabric and iron, applying pressure 25-30 seconds and then moving to the next spot on the design and repeating. I used the highest setting on my iron (no steam).

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

9. Slowly peel away the transparency. (If letters peel away too, repeating step 8, applying more pressure/holding a few seconds longer.)

pink glitter iron on - hope is my superpower breast cancer shirt

Ta-da!

Hope is my super power breast cancer iron on decal tutorial

Despite nausea and having tests done the same day, she agreed to model my handiwork. Isn’t she beautiful? {I love how despite not feeling 100%, she smiles. And how her hair is growing back with curls!}

breast cancer (hope is my superpower) - Bobbi at diyshowoff.com

Now that the treatment is behind her, she’s free to focus on recovering, building up strength and feeling better every single day. Thanks for your prayers! xoxo

Glitter is so difficult to photograph. It’s a more uniform and sparkly than shown above. 

hope is my super power

 

party pink bling glitter iron on vinyl

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Party Favor Jewelry Dish

Looking for an easy DIY party favor idea? These melamine appetizer plates with vinyl decals make a cute little gift!

jewelry junk tray tutorial @diyshowoff.com

What I used:

What I did:

Measure flat center area of plates. Mine allowed for a 3.5 inch square design. Open the Silhouette Studio Design software and create words using font/text in a size that fits. I created six different designs.

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Load adhesive vinyl into the vinyl cutter color side (vinyl side) up. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

 

Adjust blade setting for vinyl. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com Send to cut and unload vinyl.

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Weed away excess vinyl from the design. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Apply transfer paper over the vinyl lettering. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Cut into individual designs. 

Rub the transfer paper over each piece. I just grabbed a hard plastic name tag with a straight edge. You could also use a credit or gift card. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Peel away wax paper backing, transferring vinyl to the transfer paper. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Place onto plate. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Rub with plastic card and remove transfer paper. 

vinyl decal tutorial for plates @diyshowoff.com

Simple but so many options. Try different colors, different fonts, personalize with quotes, monograms, shapes or words. 

Cute inexpensive gift to include with a card or gift basket or to use as party favors. 

Perfect for keeping tabs on jewelry, paperclips on a desk, keys in an entryway, spare change in the laundry room, Q-tips in the bathroom, etc. 

sparkle vinyl decal plate tutorial at diyshowoff.com hello vinyl plate decal tutorial at diyshowoff.com shine vinyl plate decal tutorial at diyshowoff.com hustle vinyl decal plate tutorial at diyshowoff.com kate spade inspired plate tutorial at diyshowoff.com wander vinyl decal plate tutorial at diyshowoff.com

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Decorate Your Rain Boots!

April showers bring May flowers! Dress up your rain boots by creating custom vinyl decals. 

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

 

Materials:

Rain boots before:

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

What I did:

I created a design with umbrellas, rain clouds, raindrops and text in my Silhouette Design Studio software. Be sure to measure design area on boot and size vinyl design to fit. 

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Insert vinyl into the machine, vinyl side up. Adjust blade settings and send design to cut. 

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

When cutting has finished, unload vinyl from machine. Weed away the excess vinyl that’s not a part of the design. 

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Apply transfer paper to vinyl. Rub with a credit card. 

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Remove wax paper back, transferring vinyl to sticky transfer paper. 

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Place vinyl design onto rain boot. Rub with a credit card to transfer the vinyl to the boot.

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Slowly peel away transfer paper.

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Remember in step 1 where I mentioned measuring and sizing. Oops. I was a bit off. So I peeled up the vinyl, like stickers, and re-placed them for a better fit (not over a seam). 

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Now I have cute custom rain boots! I also tested the vinyl adhesive using water and the vinyl is still “stuck”! 

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Lots of fun options to play with! Raining cats and dogs, dance in the rain, your name or a cute and trendy design. What would you create for your rain boots?

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Spring Bloom Pillow Cover

I’m still sort of holding my breath, hoping that spring truly has arrived after all of the teasing we’ve had recently. But regardless of the weather outdoors, I love to accessorize just a little bit with spring accents indoors. 

DIY Spring Pillow

spring pillow cover diyshowoff.com

Materials:

  • Accent pillow cover (make your own or purchase from Ikea or H&M)
  • Silhouette Fabric Ink Starter Kit from Happy Crafters – The Silhouette Fabric Ink Starter kit includes everything you might need to get started creating custom screen print designs. This kit includes: 2 oz. bottle of fabric ink in black, 9″ x 3ft roll of stencil vinyl, silhouette hook tool, mixing tray, sea sponge, foam brush, a download card worth up to 10 free Silhouette designs, an idea booklet and instruction guide, and an instructional DVD. With this kit, you have all the tools and materials needed to start creating all kinds of screen printing projects. Pair this with a Silhouette Cameo® or Portrait® vinyl cutter for designing and cutting graphics quickly using your stencil vinyl.

Silhouette fabric ink starter kit

What I did:

Using the Silhouette Design Studio Software, I created a spring design. There’s a promotional card in the starter kit for some fun free shapes but I created the text “Bloom” with a branch shape. 

Silhouette Design Studio spring bloom design

Load the tan stencil vinyl rough side up into the Silhouette Cameo. Adjust blade settings for vinyl cutting. 

Silhouette fabric ink tutorial

Send to cut then remove from the machine.  

Silhouette fabric stencil tutorial

Weed away lettering and shape from stencil. 

weeding vinyl fabric stencil

Peel away the white backing from the glossy transfer paper. Cover rough side of stencil with transparent transfer paper. Burnish using the plastic promotional card (or gift card). 

Silhouette fabric ink transfer paper tutorial

Peel away tan backing from stencil vinyl. 

Fabric Ink Kit tutorial

Place stencil onto pillow cover. Burnish using the plastic card. 

burnishing vinyl stencil

Peel away the shiny transfer paper. 

Happy Crafters Fabric Ink Kit tutorial

Paint design. I used a foam brush for the lettering and a sponge for the branch. 

painted pillow cover tutorial

Once paint is dry, remove stencil. 

painted spring pillow cover

Sew or glue pom pons onto the branches. 

Spring bloom pillow cover tutorial

Slip pillow into the pillow cover and display. Spring is in the air! 

Spring Pillow Cover at diyshowoff.com

 

spring bloom pillow at diyshowoff.com

 

spring pillow cover diyshowoff.com

 

See more spring ideas in the DIYShowOff project gallery!

spring DIY projects

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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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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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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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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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!

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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.

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

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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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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

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 Vinyl Pumpkin Decals

With the girls all grown up and on their own, I have little desire to carve a pumpkin to create a jack-o-lantern. And my pumpkin carving skills are a bit juvenile so I’m loving this alternative to carving…my pumpkins look so pretty! 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

Materials:

  • large glossy adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters
  • transfer paper  
  • pumpkins

Tools:

  • Silhouette Cameo

What I did:

1. I purchased a deer silhouette and frame from the online store and sized them in my Silhouette Studio designer software to fit my pumpkins.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

2. Then sent my decals to “cut”. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

3. Peel away (weed) the negative part of the design.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

4. Cut transfer paper to size. Peel away wax paper backing and smooth transfer paper into place.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

5. Rub design with a credit card.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

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

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

7. Position on pumpkin and lightly rub decal with a credit card. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

8. Peel away transfer paper. This might get a little tricky because of the pumpkin’s uneven surface. You may have to use your fingernail to help with the transfer.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

 

9 .There are also wrinkles in my vinyl decal…but it doesn’t take away from the design. I just smoothed it down the best I could using my fingernail and credit card. 

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

All done and so cute! SO many options. I noticed that the Silhouette America online store even had sets of eyes, noses and mouths for jack-o-lantern faces. A monogram or spooky ghost or black cat would be great too!

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

See the tutorial for the candy corn here.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

 

Linking up to the Lettered Cottage, Pumpkin Party and Cuckoo4Design Pumpkin Parade

*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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Iron On Vinyl Applique Tutorial

Hello DIY friends! We’ve been working on creating a recycled brick patio and path under the grape arbor/gazebo and I’ve been doing some crafty things before we initiate project Laundry Room Makeover. 

Happy Crafters sells patterned iron-on vinyl. Isn’t that so cool?! Patterned! Houndstooth and polka dots…I see more personalized gift ideas in my future. 

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

When I saw the pink camo iron-on vinyl at Happy Crafters, I knew I had to have it even before I knew what I’d do with it. You’re either a camo person or not. It’s not my style but several of my sister’s items of clothing have a camo design. And since she’s currently undergoing chemo for breast cancer, “pink camo” seemed perfect for creating her a special little gift. Her days are filled with not feeling so well, so comfort is key and I decided on personalizing/monogramming a t-shirt.

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Materials:

Tools I used: 

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Iron

Tutorial:

1. I started by creating and sizing my design using my Silhouette Design Studio software. I had purchased a fancy letter “B” for another project which worked well…all scroll-y. Perfect and reminiscent of cancer ribbons. I also spelled out “princess” for a little extra embellishment. REMEMBER TO MIRROR YOUR DESIGN (right click, “flip horizontally”)! 

mirror image vinyl design

2. Load the vinyl patterned side down into the machine. 

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

3. Settings for cutting the iron on vinyl are blade 2, speed 8, thickness 5. Then I simply sent the design to ‘cut’. 

4. Once the cutting was done, I weeded (removed) the excess vinyl that’s not a part of the design. 

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

5. Place design onto t-shirt. 

6. Cover design with a cotton dishcloth. I used a scrap piece of cotton fabric. Iron on high, pressing down 25-30 seconds on each part of the design (no steam).

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

7. Remove the transparency. (If the design lifts too, then place the transparency back into place and iron again.)

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

That’s it! Easy! I repeated the same steps to adhere “princess” near the neckline on the back of the t-shirt…since she doesn’t have hair covering that area right now. Here’s my sister rocking super model bald and wearing her new t-shirt…she’s such a good sport since this was right after her chemotherapy. 

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Iron On Vinyl t-shirt Tutorial at diyshowoff.com

I really loved working with this vinyl. It has sort of a “rubbery” texture. Great for making personalized gifts. Check out the other patterns too!

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

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Decorating a Lamp Shade with Vinyl

Lamp Makeover

Plain white lamp shades are the perfect clean slate for adding a little DIY color and pattern to a room. I used vinyl on the inside of my shade to make it a little more special. When the lamp is turned off, the design is subtle, almost invisible but when the lamp is turned on, there’s a sweet little reminder to “shine bright”.

vinyl lampshade tutorial

Materials I used:

lamp shade and vinyl

  • old lamp
  • FrogTape® Multi-surface
  • spray paint (Valspar Indigo)
  • Ikea Jonsbo lamp shade
  • Glossy adhesive vinyl (turquoise) from Happy Crafters
  • optional: elastic gemstone bracelet

Tools: Silhouette Cameo

How I did it:

After taping off the light socket and cord using FrogTape®, I spray painted my old lamp a pretty navy and let it dry. Then simply removed the FrogTape to reveal a nice clean cord and nice clean switch and socket. 

spray painting lamp

For the vinyl wording: I created my lettering in the Silhouette Design Studio. Be sure to right click the text when finished and “flip horizontally” so it shows backwards. IMPORTANT: MIRROR IMAGE the TEXT!

mirror image text

I also used a flower garland shape for my design in addition to “shine bright”. 

vinyl flower design

I sent both to my Silhouette Cameo to “cut” once I adjusted my settings for vinyl. If you don’t have a vinyl cutter, you could also use vinyl decals if the design looks the same backwards (remember: text must be flipped horizontal/mirror image for this project).

Silhouette Cameo tutorial

I then removed all of the unnecessary vinyl from my designs by weeding away the vinyl that isn’t a part of the design…

vinyl lettering and design

and added the transfer paper. 

Happy Crafters vinyl

I removed the waxpaper backing and placed my designs on the inside of the lamp shade. I used a credit card to rub down the design for transferring. Then I removed the transfer paper. 

applying vinyl to lampshade

Note: I found cutting and adding my flower design in sections of two to be the best way with the rounded/tapered lamp shade. Keep vinyl pieces individual/smaller sized to go around the curved lampshade to prevent wrinkling when applying. 

applying vinyl to plastic lamp shade

I added the turquoise bracelet for a little additional bling. 

accessorizing lamp

Here’s a shot of the inside and outside. I do love how the turquoise vinyl lettering on the inside shows navy-ish on the outside. I couldn’t have planned that better if I tried!

inside outside of lampshade

It’s perfect on a side table in our family room for a little extra reading light…

lamp makeover

lamp makeover

Lamp off… 

lamp makeover

 Lamp on…

lampshade makeover

 

NEAT! Love it! I also thought “Note to self: Relax.”, a monogram or a damask pattern would have been pretty. What would your lamp shade say?

FrogTape Blog Squad*This is sponsored by FrogTape®. FrogTape provided by Shurtech. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. 

Happy Crafters supplied the vinyl for this sponsored blog post.

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