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

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 tutorialiron 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 tutorialiron 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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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. 🙂 

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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