Silhouette Saturday: DIY Rustic Wood Craft Stick Coasters

DIY Rustic Wood Craft Stick Coasters

Silhouette Saturday: DIY Rustic Wood Craft Stick Coasters

DIY Rustic Wood Craft Stick Coasters

It’s Silhouette Saturday time again! I know not all of you have a Silhouette, but keep in mind that even if you don’t have a craft cutting machine, you can still do so many of these projects with some craft store stencils. And Christmas is coming and a Silhouette CAMEO would be a great idea to give Santa this year (that’s how I got mine 3 years ago…my family all chipped in!).

This week’s project makes a great little handmade gift idea and it’s even something the kids can help make.

Silhouette Saturday: DIY Rustic Wood Craft Stick Coasters

What You’ll Need to Make Your Own:

The reason I love the Stencil Material for projects like this is (1) it’s reusable which is super handy when you’re using the same stencil over again and (2) it’s thicker which makes more intricate designs like the leaf garland frame so much easier to work with. The “W” in the leaf garland frame is a stencil I made months ago for these DIY Monogram Napkins as one of my Silhouette Design Team posts actually!

Silhouette Saturday: DIY Rustic Wood Craft Stick Coasters

I started by making four coasters. I made them square which took 11 craft sticks. I glued 3 more sticks crosswise on the bottom as shown. Then I carefully flipped them over and set heavy book on top while they dried.

Silhouette Saturday: DIY Rustic Wood Craft Stick Coasters

Next, I white washed them by mixing a 50/50 mix of white paint and water. I did two coats of the white wash. After they dried, I cut my stencils with my Silhouette CAMEO. I did one coat of the metallic vintage gold and one coat of the glitter. I carefully removed the stencil while the paint was still wet. Wash and pat dry the stencil material so you can re-use it for the remaining coasters.

When they were all dry, I painted one coat of Minwax Spar Urethane to protect them. This is better for sealing them than polyurethane, since polyurethane tends to yellow after time, especially on white projects.

Silhouette Saturday: DIY Rustic Wood Craft Stick Coasters

Easy, inexpensive, useful, and literally endless possibilities for colors and designs!

Silhouette Saturday: DIY Rustic Wood Craft Stick Coasters

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Happy crafting!

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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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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

Silhouette Saturdays

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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