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DIY Vinyl Placemats

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Happy Silhouette Saturday friends! Please welcome Brittany, my first guest poster in this series. She has an adorable project to share with us today. I’ll list all her social media at the end of the post so you can follow along with her projects if you’re not already.


DIY Vinyl Placemats

Hi everyone my name is Brittany and I run the blog Addicted 2 Savings 4 U and focus on all things home decor, DIY, Crafts, Silhouette tutorials and more. I’m so excited to be guest posting on Dawn Nicole’s blog today and I really think you’re going to love what I have prepared for you today. One of the biggest rages right now is black and white stripes and hints of gold to make a statement. While I was browsing around Ikea I came across the most perfect Black and White striped Placemats and I just had to have them! The thoughts started brewing through my head and than it clicked.. adding my family’s name to the placemats in Gold and lay out on the kitchen table. Perfect! This project is so easy and perfect for beginners. Hope you enjoy! My kitchen table has never looked more beautiful!

Supplies Needed:

  • Silhouette Cutting Machine
  • Silhouette Studio Software
  • Gold Vinyl
  • Plastic Placemats
  • Transfer Paper

Directions:

Head over to your Silhouette Studio Software and open up a blank document. Click the text button and type out the name or word you wish to use. In my case I did Mommy, Daddy, Chasen, Madison, Aedan and Love in the font Pacifico. Pacifico is a free font that can be downloaded from dafont.com.

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It’s best to do one name at a time and I made them 3.997″ Tall and 5.379″ Wide which was the perfect size for bottom placement of these Ikea Placemats. Once you have your word written out you will want to weld your letters which is so easy to do. Just click on your text->right click->click weld. This will make your weeding and application so much easier because the letters/words will be welded together.

Once you have all the words, font and size you are happy with you’ll head over to the cut settings. Be sure to select Vinyl material and have your blade set to a 2.

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Load your Silhouette Machine with your vinyl (I didn’t use a mat) and you’re ready to cut. Once the words are cut out be sure to weed out the inside of the letters and remove the rest of the vinyl.

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After your words/names have been weeded and excess vinyl has been removed cut around the words to make them seperated pieces and get ready for application.

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Apply your transfer paper to the wording and rub really good to make sure your vinyl adheres to the paper. Then peel away from the backing.

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Now it’s time to have some fun and apply your words/names. I just eyeballed it to the best of my ability and they all turned out pretty straight. After I added the names I went back and added hearts to the left side of every name for an extra pop. You can easily add hearts, stars, animals and more to suit your household style.

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These placemats were so easy to complete and they look gorgeous. This was a great way to show you can turn very affordable products into something nice and fancy. I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I loved creating it for you.

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Thanks so much Brittany for an awesome and adorable tutorial!

Want to see more of Brittany’s projects? You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and G+.

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Happy crafting!

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DIY Jumbo Wall Art: Chalkboard-Style Wood Sign | bydawnnicole.com

DIY Jumbo Wall Art: Chalkboard-Style Wood Sign

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Disclosure: As part of the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program, I was able to request DecoArt Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint in Carbon and Everlasting to use for this project (thanks DecoArt!). All other supplies were on my own dime. I buy the Chalky Finish paints at Michael’s stores. It’s in the wood finishes aisle, not the paint aisle!

DIY Jumbo Wall Art: Chalkboard-Style Wood Sign

We’ve been meaning to fill the wall behind our TV for some time now. Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing 12 Awesome TV Gallery Walls I’ve found for inspiration. Eventually the wall will have a gallery but for now, I got a good start with this big old sign! It cost about $50 total in supplies (and I have plenty of leftover paint, so really less than that). Here’s a close-up of the wood sign…

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Don’t be intimidated by hand-lettering! It is NOT something they even touched on in my time in Graphic Design school and I actually have horrible hand-writing. All it takes is a little planning and a little time (and a lot of erasing).  I shared 5 Tips for Hand-Lettered Designs last month and employed all of those steps in the making of this sign (which took me just one day to make from start to finish).

Want to make one? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sheet of ¾” x 24″ x 48″ Craft Master’s Lodgepole Pine ($20 at the hardware store)
  • DecoArt® Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint (colors: Carbon, Relic, Everlasting)
  • White Oil-Based Paint Marker
  • Drawing Supplies: Chalk, Pencil, Rulers, Eraser
  • ½” screws and strong picture handing wire
  • Drill

I started by painting the wood in the Relic DecoArt Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint (a dark grey). Then I did a light coat of Carbon (black) allowing the Relic to pop through in places.

While it dried for a few hours, I scoured the Internet to find a quote. I thought this one was perfect since it was going above the TV. Then I sketched out some design ideas and settled on 3 lines. That meant 8″ rows per line so I drew guidelines on in chalk to keep my lettering straight. Then I just used my rulers and some hand-lettering to sketch on the text in pencil. After that I went over everything with the oil-based white paint marker.

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I used a penny to trace circles inside the “MOVIE” block letters to give them a marquee look. Then I used the DecoArt® Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting (white) to paint in the MOVIE text with a small paintbrush. When it dried thoroughly, I took a big eraser to the whole board to get rid of all my pencil and chalk sketch work.

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To attach the wire hanger on the back, I marked some dots evenly on the back to drill the screws into (about 5″ over from the edge and top of each corner). Here are the steps as shown in the image below:

  • Drill screws into your marked dots.
  • Remove screws.
  • Put wire hanger all the way into holes.
  • Replace screws. This secures the wire into the wood.
  • IMPORTANT: Add a second screw to each side for reinforcement since this sign is pretty heavy (as shown in bottom left pic). Otherwise, it might try to fall off the wall and kill your TV. Ask me how I know. (For the record, I caught the sign, saved the TV, and injured my back. 30s are not the new 20s).
  • When you put up nails to hang it from, use large nails and make sure you’re hitting studs so the sign is secure.

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Then I just rubbed some plain white chalk on the front and smeared it around to add with a soft rag to add to the chalkboard-effect.

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Now I can’t wait to finish the rest of the wall!

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Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see the 12 Awesome TV Gallery Walls I’m using for inspiration!

Happy creating!

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Silhouette Saturday: DIY Herb Window Box & How to Type Text on a Path | byDawnnicole.com #silhouettesaturdays

DIY Herb Window Box

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DIY Herb Window Box & How to Type Text on a Path

Happy Saturday! For this week’s Silhouette Saturday, I’m showing you how to type text on a path. It’s how I got the “Herbs” text curved within the flourish frame on the box. With cooler weather arriving, it was time to create a window box to bring my herbs indoors. And it was a really simple project.

Let’s start by creating the designs within Silhouette Studio and then I’ll show you how I made the window box. The shapes I used for this project are:

Let’s get to work!

  • Start by opening the Vintage Vignette design in Silhouette Studio.
  • Draw an arc inside the frame area using the arc tool.

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  • Type up the “HERBS” text and move the arc over to some open space outside of the frame.
  • Double-click the “HERBS” text and a green frame and little circle with arrows in it should appear.

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  • Use that little circle to drag the text to the arc. As you hover over it, the text should snap to the shape of the arc. Play around with character spacing (shown on the right in the text style box) to get the text to appear as you’d like.

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  • Finally, select the text and the arc and “make compound path” to keep the text in the arc shape.

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Ok, now we’re ready to make the box!

What You’ll Need:

  • Trough Box (We made mine to fit the window still above my sink, which gets great afternoon sunlight. We used old wood that had been sitting outside so it already looked weather but you might want to stain yours if you use new wood.)
  • Textured White Cardstock. I used Linen Coverstock.
  • Mod Podge
  • Repositionable spray adhesive (I use Krylon Easy-Tack.)

In addition to the herb design we made above, I used two of the Echo Park flourishes for the sides.

  • Mirror one of the flourishes horizontally as shown below.
  • Size all designs to fit your window box and cut on white card stock.

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  • Weed designs, reserving letter centers.
  • Spray back of design cutouts with the spray adhesive and stick them on your box as desired.
  • Generously cover box front and designs with Mod Podge. Smooth out any paper wrinkles. Place letter centers in with tweezers as shown. After Mod Podge dries, add a bit more over the letter centers only.

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  • Allow to dry fully, then line box with plastic and/or rocks, top with soil, and plants your herbs.

I took pictures outside since the light it better there but this box is now at home on my kitchen windowsill for the season so we can keep enjoying our fresh herbs!

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Silhouette Saturday: DIY Herb Window Box & How to Type Text on a Path | byDawnnicole.com #silhouettesaturdays

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If you’re a blogger with a Silhouette and are interested in guest posting on a future Silhouette Saturday, please email me with your blog URL and a few post ideas! :)

Happy creating!

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