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. 

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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!

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

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. 

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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. 

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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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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”! 

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

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 CraftersThe 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!

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.

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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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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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Framed Pet Silhouettes

I love silhouette shapes, don’t you? In need of some sort of framed art in our hallway, I decided to whip up some silhouettes of my pets to frame.

Framed Pet Silhouettes on Burlap

We have two pets in our home…Lalka, our ragdoll cat:

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CocoRosie, our Italian greyhound:

rosie italian greyhound

Actual pictures of them are something I haven’t framed but black silhouettes on burlap are just about as sweet!

how to make a framed pet silhouette

Materials I used:

  • Two 8×10 picture frames
  • Burlap
  • Silhouette textured adhesive cardstock from Happy Crafters

What I did:

1. I cut out two 8×10 pieces of burlap (and ironed them using my irons highest setting and spritzing the burlap with water (not steam) on both sides).

burlap craft

2. Using my Silhouette designer studio software, I purchased a cat and greyhound silhouette from the Silhouette store and created two designs for cutting, one of an 8 x 10 matte for my white adhesive card stock and a dog and cat measured to fit inside of the matte on black adhesive card stock. I also saved my designs to cut out more adhesive cat and dog shapes for making handmade cards (using the adhesive card stock is like making your own custom stickers and adhesive labels).

pet silhouettes

matte

3. Then adjusted the settings according to the “adhesive card stock” option and sent to the Silhouette for cutting. 

cutting pet silhouettes

4.  Then simply peeled away my designs and placed them on the burlap. Easy peasy! I like that the adhesive keeps my designs in place on the burlap. 

adhesive cardstock

Italian greyhound silhouette

5. Then framed and hung them up on the wall. 

framed burlap adhesive cardstock pet silhouette tutorial

So cute!

Do you have pet art in your home? I love whimsical pet silhouettes. Remember my Italian Greyhound t-shirt?

DIY chevron greyhound applique

Who knows what I’ll embellish next! I don’t have a pet accented throw pillow yet. It might be next on the list. :) 

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This post was sponsored. Happy Crafters provided the adhesive card stock. As always, opinion, experience and tutorial are my own. :) 

Kids’ Plastic Picnic Table Makeover

As you know, we entertain a lot in the summer, hosting quite a few family picnics. Guests include my 3-year-old nephew and 2 and 4-year-old nieces. It was decided that I needed a kid’s table and mom scored a Little Tykes picnic table at a yard sale for me for $15. Hurray for yard sale season (and moms)!

How to paint a child's plastic picnic table  

But when you don’t have a yard full of fun brightly colored kids’ toys; the red, blue and yellow looks out of place, not to mention it was faded and a little worse-for-wear. 

kids picnic table before

I decided a little makeover was in order. 

Materials:

  • Spray primer (2 cans)
  • Spray paint (2 cans for all over) I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.
  • Another can for decorative purposes (optional)
  • Spray clear coat
  • FrogTape
  • Vinyl decals (I made my own using supplies from Happy Crafters)

Tutorial:

First, I lightly sanded the picnic table with a fine grit sandpaper and gave it a good spraying with the pressure washer. (Thanks, Steve!)

washing picnic table

This also comes apart some how, but I couldn’t figure it out so I didn’t bother. Apply a coat of primer: 

DIY plastic picnic table transformation

Then spray paint:

painting plastic picnic table tutorial

I let it dry and ‘cure’ for a few days. 

Using my FrogTape, I created a rectangle (table runner) outline on the table part of the picnic table and taped off the rest of the table top. 

child's picnic table makeover

Using my Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Design Studio software, I created and cut out the letters for a dinner time prayer.

Silhouette Studio designer software

Happy Crafters

I applied the sticker type vinyl letters to the center of my rectangle and made sure FrogTape and vinyl letters were pressed down securely.

kids picnic table makeover

Then gave it a coat of spray paint in Rustoleum’s Lagoon. (I used a large piece of cardboard to shield the benches.)

painting plastic picnic table

I peeled away the FrogTape and decals while the paint was still wet. I still have blue fingernails to prove it. 

picnic table makeover

I let that dry for a few days (in my vehicle mostly since it’s been raining off and on so much)…which is why I had no choice but to be patient as well! Then I used my FrogTape again to create a border around my “place mat” and filled it in with DecoArt’s Patio Paint. Then peeled away my FrogTape and again…let it dry for a few days.

painting kids plastic picnic table

I had to touch up the paint here and there. Then sealed it with a spray clear coat (satin finish) and let that dry.

clear coat

Much better! And a sweet little reminder for the little ones to pray before digging in. 

childs picnic table makeover after

 

We tested it out over the fourth of July. Now it fits in with our patio…

plastic picnic table makeover

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

 FrogTape Blog Squad

 *Vinyl provided by Happy Crafters.

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Ombre Stenciled Flower Pots

This is definitely the summer of DIY flower planters at DIYShowOff, isn’t it? We’ve always been so busy with projects INside the house, that decorating outside hasn’t been a priority but this year, I’ve been especially happy to celebrate summer. I wanted to spruce up the yard a little with some colorful flowers and flower pots and that’s exactly what I’ve accomplished. I do promise (I think) that this is the last DIY flower pot project of 2013.  

Stacked Stenciled Ombre Flower Pots Tutorial

Materials:

  • Terra cotta flower pots (5 different sizes from smaller to bigger)
  • DecoArt Patio Paint (1 Blue Jay Blue, 1 Robin’s Egg Blue, 1 Blue Bahama, 2 Cloud White, 1 Woodland brown)
  • Vinyl stencils (I created mine with my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl from my sponsor, Happy Crafters). 
  • Krylon Clear Coat
  • Rebar (mine is 42″)
  • Potting soil and flowers
  • Optional: Curtain rod finial (I found mine at a thrift store and spray painted it white)

Ombre flower pots Tutorial:

I purchased three colors blue and two bottles of white patio paint to create 5 colors in styrofoam bowls:

  • Blue Jay Blue
  • 50/50 Blue Jay Blue and Robin’s Egg Blue
  • Robin’s Egg Blue
  • 50/50 Robin’s Egg Blue and Blue Bahama
  • Blue Bahama

deco art patio paint

For each pot, I started with one of the base colors above. Using a foam brush, I started on the bottom, “feathering” the paint. I then elevated my pots to make painting/drying easier. 

painting terra cotta flower pots

Then added white to the paint and feathered another row on the same pot, working my way around the pot.

And added more white and repeated.

ombre flower pot tutorial

When the bottom was dry, I flipped the terra cotta pot. Then added more white to my paint and finished all the way to the top and a little down into the inside. 

I did the above steps for each paint color for each terra cotta pot.

Then I mixed all of my left over paint together and painted the insides of my flower pots…

painting flower pots

then flipped and painted the bottoms and let them dry overnight. 

painting terracotta flower pots

Next, using my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl from Happy Crafters, I created vinyl stencils with this little quote:

Your mind is a garden.

Your thoughts are the seeds.

You can grow flowers.

Or you can grow weeds.

making sure that the sizing was correct for each pot. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut vinyl stencils.

Happy Crafters

Since I’m using the vinyl as a stencil, I peeled away the lettering.

creating a vinyl stencil

Applied the transfer paper and peeled away the wax paper like backing…

vinyl stencil

and applied the stencils to my terra cotta pots. Since the pots are curved, I found it easiest to apply each line of stencil text individually. Rub with a credit card then peel away transfer paper.

applying vinyl stencil to terra cotta

Next I filled in the lettering with brown patio paint.

stenciled terra cotta pots

I removed the vinyl stencils as soon as I was done painting and let everything dry for 72 hours according to the patio paint’s instructions.

painting and stenciling terra cotta pots

Then gave the insides and outsides a spray of protective clear coat. 

sealing painted terra cotta pots

Once that was dry, it was time to plant! I even tried to find flowers in purples ranging from dark to light for more ombre effect…  purple ombre flowers

And followed Beth’s instructions for stacking my flower pots at Home Stories A to Z utilizing rebar.

stacking terra cotta pots

 

Watered them too. 

stacked ombre flower pots

Then topped off the rebar with my finial…

finial

stacked ombre flower pots tutorial

Colorful and happy! More DIY planter tutorials:

How to Make a Chandelier Flower Planter

pink-chandelier-planter

 

How to Make a Tire into a Planter

tire flower planter decor

 

How to Make House Number Flower Pots

house number flower pots

 

How to Make a Vertical Pallet Herb Garden

free standing pallet herb garden

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(thin) DIY wall art

We have a sliding door in our dining room…

eclectic dining room

It slides to the right to open. Which means, I can’t hang most things like framed art or a clock or mirror in that space if I want to slide the door open. Shown above…I can’t push that door any further than the mirror, otherwise, the door will knock it right off of the wall.

Earlier this week I shared a DIY foamboard project that I used as a fun gallery wall template/background…

foamboard wall art tutorial

Which made me think…foam board is lightweight AND thin and would work great in our dining room. Perfect wall art material fitting behind a sliding door.

This is how I also know that painting foam board isn’t such a great idea. It warps and bows but I’m still loving my project.

Using FrogTape, I taped off alternating stripes, making sure to press down the edges securely to activate the PaintBlock Technology (to keep the paint from seeping under the tape). 

FrogTape Wall Art

Then painted my stripes. (I think using a Sharpie or decorative tape would be a better option.)

DIY foam board art

I then removed my FrogTape. It did remove the paper backing in places which is what gives my finished project an aged, distressed look. Even though it didn’t go according to plan, I didn’t give up. 

Using my Silhouette Cameo, I created vinyl decals (flatware silhouettes and the letters “D I N E”). Vinyl and transfer paper provided by Happy Crafters

applying vinyl decals

Then I used a glaze to ‘stain’ the bright white stripes and the areas where the paper pulled off with the FrogTape. 

diy foam board art

So where the paper pulled away gives it a distressed look:

distressed dine sign

My foamboard is bowed so I did try adding weight for a while with books. Fail. It didn’t help. But I hung it up anyway using command strips. Even with the warping, it’s still a great fit behind the sliding door…

easy DIY dining room art  

With the sliding door open…

dining room sliding door wall art

Not bad, right? Lesson learned: don’t paint foam board but I do love that it’s lightweight and thin so I’ll definitely be creating another DIY foam board project for this space. Perfect behind my sliding door. 

*This post is brought to you by FrogTape. FrogTape provided by Shurtech. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. For more FrogTape projects ideas, check out the FrogTape Blog Squad.

 FrogTape Blog Squad

*This is a sponsored post. Vinyl and transfer paper provided by Happy Crafters.

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Silhouette Heat Transfer Tutorial

I recently shared a tutorial for Silhouette Fabric Interfacing which is great for creating fabric appliqués.

silhouette fabric interfacing tutorial

Silhouette’s heat transfer material is another great option, especially when you don’t want to sew around a larger design or a lot of lettering. As a member of the Silhouette affiliate program, I had the opportunity to try the Silhouette Heat Transfer Starter Kit. I was not paid to share this tutorial but did receive the starter kit and receive a small percentage of sales generated from this month’s Silhouette Sale when readers use code “SHOWOFF” at checkout at Silhouette America. Promotion ends June 15th.  Here are this month’s awesome deals:

Silhouette June Promo

If you’re a DIY Show Off social media fan, you may know that last year my mom battled breast cancer (doing great!) and just recently my younger sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is so brave and keeping a positive spirit. I’ve purchased her several fun t-shirts with sayings like “I pay my oncologist big bucks for this hair style.”, “Does this shirt make me look bald?” and “Save the Hooters.” She has a great sense of humor and is very social. She has a close group of friends who’ve nicknamed her “princess”. She also has an amazing sweet heart and her big concern right now is how others are affected by her diagnosis. So, I decided a “Keep Calm. Princess always lives happily ever after.” t-shirt would send a reassuring message to her social group. 

heat transfer starter kit

The Silhouette Heat Transfer Starter Kit comes with:

  • 3 sheets of smooth heat transfer material (9 in x 12 in of black, teal, dark pink)
  • 2 sheets of flocked heat transfer material (9 in x 12 in of white and yellow)
  • Silhouette hook
  • exclusive download card good for 10 heat transfer designs
  • idea booklet and instruction guide
  • instructional DVD

Silhouette Heat Transfer Tutorial

Tutorial: 

1. Download the heat transfer designs from the Silhouette online store. (I chose a design I already had on hand instead but love that bicycle!)

silhouette heat transfer shapes

2. Create design in the Silhouette Studio. 

silhouette studio keep calm princess

3. Right click on each individual element of the design and click “FLIP HORIZONTALLY” to create a mirror image. 

silhouette studio mirror

4. Send to cut. Choose Silhouette Heat Transfer (flocked or smooth…I used smooth).

silhouette heat transfer cut

5. Load paper shiny side down and adjust blade setting as recommended (2).

loading heat transfer paper

6. Cut and unload. 

7. Remove negative heat transfer. 

removing negative heat transfer

8. IMPORTANT: This is tricky with intricate designs and lettering. Be sure you’re in a well lit area so you can see the cut lines and utilize the Silhouette hook to remove small pieces of negative area when necessary. GO SLOW! 

I did remove some of what I shouldn’t have and had to improvise…let’s not dwell on my imperfections. If you have the extra materials, you may want to do a “practice run” before your true project, especially if it’s your first time and if you’re creating a gift. 

7. One side will be sticky with a backwards design. The other side is shiny and readable. 

8. Place heat transfer/transparency sticky side down onto shirt or tote or dish towel.

keep calm silhouette heat transfer

9. Iron using a towel or scrap fabric between the transparency and iron according to directions. 

ironing silhouette heat transfer

10. Slowly remove sticky/shiny transparency. (If some of the design is still stuck to the transparency, replace and iron again.)

silhouette heat transferring

Ta-da!

silhouette heat transfer starter kit

Imperfections and all, I think she’s going to like it! 

breast cancer tshirt

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This project is sponsored by Silhouette America, who provided the heat transfer kit in exchange for a tutorial. Experience and opinions are my own. Sales generated from this post using code “showoff” earn me a small percentage of sales (thank you!) and Silhouette is providing a Silhouette Portrait to one lucky DIYShowOff reader (good luck!). Prize includes a Silhouette Portrait only and ships directly from Silhouette America. Other Silhouette materials are the responsibility of the winner.

Silhouette Portrait Fabric Interfacing Tutorial

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Did you know that Silhouette America has fun products like sewable fabric interfacing (thinner for sewing into place and washable) and clean cut fabric interfacing (thicker for no sew/no wash projects) for creating fabric appliqués?

Silhouette fabric interfacing

Here’s a tutorial on how it works: I chose the sewable fabric interfacing.

fabric interfacing tutorial

1. Pre-wash/shrink fabric and t-shirt.

2. Open the Silhouette Studio software and create a shape, monogram, even lettering for words. I easily purchased a ‘greyhound shape’ from the Silhouette online shop for 99 cents for labeling the pet food jars a while back that I can use over and over again. The little girl in me decided to create a pink chevron appliqué for a plain white t-shirt. For me. To match my dog. I’m a dork like that. ;)

3. It’s easy to size in the software. I place my shape in the top left hand corner of the “cutting mat” in the open studio software.

silhouette studio

4. Cut the appropriate sized piece of fabric and interfacing.

Silhouette interfacing

5. Next, iron together a piece the sewable fabric interfacing (rough side) to a piece of scrap fabric (cut to size) on the back/wrong side using the appropriate settings for the fabric.

ironing interfacing

{Wow! I guess I did get some sun in Mexico in Feb! I tan super easy/quick even with sunblock.}

6. Peel away the paper…you’ll see the ‘interfacing/glue’ has transferred to the fabric.

heat transferrable fabric interfacing

7. Then place the fabric onto the cutting mat (into the same location as shown in the Silhouette Studio software) and insert into the machine.

Silhouette cutting fabric

8. Hit “send to Silhouette”, change the blade and cut settings.

silhouette fabric blade

9. Click “cut”.

10. Once it’s finished cutting, remove the fabric from the cutting mat, toss the scraps and you’re left with an iron-on fabric appliqué.

SIlhouette applique

11. Next I positioned the appliqué onto my t-shirt and ironed it on (using the heat setting for cotton). This holds it into place.

ironing appliqueironing applique

12. Then added stitching as close to the border as I could get with the sewing machine to make it more secure and durable for washing. Tip to help maneuver curves in a design: with the needle down (piercing the fabric appliqué), lift the foot then slide around the t-shirt, put the foot back down and resume sewing. Also, make sure NOT to sew the front of a shirt to the back while sewing!

sewing applique

All done! Here is what it looks like inside out and all complete…

Silhouette applique inside outside

Cute! I love it. :)

Silhouette-greyhound-applique

Me & CocoRosie…

CocoRosie and Roeshel

Roeshel and Rosie

Yes, this little Italian Greyhound has stolen my heart in the 1 month since we rescued her…

DIY chevron greyhound applique

Note: I purchased the matching pink chevron dog leash (shown) and chevron dog collar (not shown) at Etsy shop, Learned Stitchworks. I loooove it (Thanks for the purple set too, Karen!) Gorgeous color choices, beautiful handmade quality, BEST pricing ever! Very satisfied customer. I need a set in every color, don’t you?

I purchased the (Riley Blake) pink chevron fabric from Fabric.com (leftover from the DIY dog bed cushion I made).

Back the fabric interfacing…It’s great for making personalized tea towels, baby blankets, tote bags, t-shirts, monogrammed pillow covers.

So not only does my Silhouette cut paper, vinyl and chipboard, it cuts fabric too! One more reason you can’t live without one! :)

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winner is Benny who says “My son is getting married soon, I would make ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ appliqued t-shirts.” Congratulations, Benny! Benny has been notified by email to claim her prize. 

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