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Silhouette Heat Transfer Project and $250+ GIVEAWAY!!!

17 May

UPDATE — GIVEAWAY CLOSED.
Winner is #3850 Jess @ If Only They Would Nap.

  Have I ever told you about my Airstream Dream?? 
It’s always in the back of my mind.
I have a folder of camper ideas on Pinterest and I’ve  posted about it too. 
I would love to get an old Airstream and restore it.  
It’s one of my life dreams.
My husband? He’s not on board yet – lol! 
In the meantime, I am collecting ideas.
And when Silouette contacted me about their Heat Transfer discount this month, I decided that I would love to make a little Camper Tee.

I will be posting a tutorial soon.
Layering heat transfer colors together is a little tricky and I have some tips I will share.
Happy Camper!!! 
I am happy with the tee’s until I can get the real thing 🙂 

And guess what???? 
The Silhouette folks contacted me to see if I wanted to give a Silhouette machine away this month to one of YOU! 
Of course I said yes! 

I can honestly say that the Silhouette machine is my favorite crafting tool ever

So this is what you will get: 

  • A Silhouette SD Machine
  • 3 Rolls of Silhouette Heat Transfer Material
AND, I have a GREAT discount code for you too: 
Get a  Silhouette + heat transfer bundle for only $219.
Awesome!!

Included in the bundle:

1 Silhouette SD machine
1 package white flocked heat transfer material
1 package teal smooth heat transfer material
1 package dark pink smooth heat transfer
Use Code: TATER

A Silhouette + heat transfer bundle for only $219.
That is an awesome deal — more than $120 off!!
Included in the bundle:
Use Code: TATER
The promo runs from now (Tuesday, May 17) to Wednesday, May 25th. 
If you aren’t sure how to enter, Click 
and add the Silhouette SD to your cart. 
When you checkout and use the
coupon code: TATER. 
The heat transfer material will automatically be
added to your order. 
Here’s how YOU can win YOUR OWN 
Silhouette machine and heat transfer supplies: 
  • Head over to the Silhouette site – what is your favorite color of heat transfer material? one entry. 
  • Leave a message and like the Silhouette Facebook page. one entry each. 
  • Leave a comment or follow the Silhouette blog – where you can get great tutorials. one entry. 

  •  Tweet, facebook or post this giveaway on your blog. one entry each. Tweet — {“Enter to win a Fabulous Silhouette craft cutter @jenjentrixie’s blog http://bit.ly/chqT0C”}
And if you want another entry: 
  • “Like” the TT&J facebook page — when it hit 10,000 likes I will be having an awesome giveaway!! {It’s a place where I love to connect with people and share projects} one entry.
{Giveaway ends May 23rd}
xoxo

***And, if you already have a Silhouette and want to get some Heat Transfer material for fun Summer fabric projects, all Heat Transfer Material in any color is 25% off from now until the 24th — just type in TATER in the discount code box at checkout 🙂

Have a Happy Day!!! 

PS — Check out the other Silhouette giveaways this month at: 

Lil Blue Boo

Silhouette Heat Transfer Project and $250+ GIVEAWAY!!!

17 May

UPDATE — GIVEAWAY CLOSED.
Winner is #3850 Jess @ If Only They Would Nap.

  Have I ever told you about my Airstream Dream?? 
It’s always in the back of my mind.
I have a folder of camper ideas on Pinterest and I’ve  posted about it too. 
I would love to get an old Airstream and restore it.  
It’s one of my life dreams.
My husband? He’s not on board yet – lol! 
In the meantime, I am collecting ideas.
And when Silouette contacted me about their Heat Transfer discount this month, I decided that I would love to make a little Camper Tee.

I will be posting a tutorial soon.
Layering heat transfer colors together is a little tricky and I have some tips I will share.
Happy Camper!!! 
I am happy with the tee’s until I can get the real thing 🙂 

And guess what???? 
The Silhouette folks contacted me to see if I wanted to give a Silhouette machine away this month to one of YOU! 
Of course I said yes! 

I can honestly say that the Silhouette machine is my favorite crafting tool ever

So this is what you will get: 

  • A Silhouette SD Machine
  • 3 Rolls of Silhouette Heat Transfer Material
AND, I have a GREAT discount code for you too: 
Get a  Silhouette + heat transfer bundle for only $219.
Awesome!!

Included in the bundle:

1 Silhouette SD machine
1 package white flocked heat transfer material
1 package teal smooth heat transfer material
1 package dark pink smooth heat transfer
Use Code: TATER

A Silhouette + heat transfer bundle for only $219.
That is an awesome deal — more than $120 off!!
Included in the bundle:
Use Code: TATER
The promo runs from now (Tuesday, May 17) to Wednesday, May 25th. 
If you aren’t sure how to enter, Click 
and add the Silhouette SD to your cart. 
When you checkout and use the
coupon code: TATER. 
The heat transfer material will automatically be
added to your order. 
Here’s how YOU can win YOUR OWN 
Silhouette machine and heat transfer supplies: 
  • Head over to the Silhouette site – what is your favorite color of heat transfer material? one entry. 
  • Leave a message and like the Silhouette Facebook page. one entry each. 
  • Leave a comment or follow the Silhouette blog – where you can get great tutorials. one entry. 

  •  Tweet, facebook or post this giveaway on your blog. one entry each. Tweet — {“Enter to win a Fabulous Silhouette craft cutter @jenjentrixie’s blog http://bit.ly/chqT0C”}
And if you want another entry: 
  • “Like” the TT&J facebook page — when it hit 10,000 likes I will be having an awesome giveaway!! {It’s a place where I love to connect with people and share projects} one entry.
{Giveaway ends May 23rd}
xoxo

***And, if you already have a Silhouette and want to get some Heat Transfer material for fun Summer fabric projects, all Heat Transfer Material in any color is 25% off from now until the 24th — just type in TATER in the discount code box at checkout 🙂

Have a Happy Day!!! 

PS — Check out the other Silhouette giveaways this month at: 

Lil Blue Boo

A pretty wedding gift idea — Etched Chevron Glasses and Pitcher {Tutorial}

3 May

You may have noticed that I have a new obsession lately — Chevron or Zig Zag Patterns.



{my painted Chevron Rug}
chevron pennants all in a row
Chevron subway art from the bottom

And since it’s Spring, with weddings in the air. I thought a really cool wedding or engagement gift would be a set of Etched Chevron Glasses with a matching Pitcher.

 
chevron border
I took a Chevron I had downloaded from the Silhouette Online Store and I measured around the outside of each glass. And I also measured around the widest point in the pitcher. Now let me say that I don’t recommend trying to make this with a pitcher that is rounded. A flat, cylinder pitcher would be much easier. I didn’t realize this when I started the project – lol!
make the stripes
I created a Silhouette document with the Chevron pattern. I decided to make two Chevron stripes on each glass, so I needed to print out three chevrons for each glass. But if you want to make more stripes, you need one more vinyl stripe than the number of stripes you want to make.
apply the vinyl
Then print off the vinyl and apply each of the Chevron stripes to the glasses. Once you get the bottom stripe on the glass, you can match up the zig zags pretty easily.
vinyl on pitcher
Now the pitcher is a different story. I ended up only being able to use two of the stripes on the pitcher because the way the pitcher is shaped made it impossible to match up the zig zags. But if you bought a straight pitcher shaped more like the glasses, you can do the same thing that you did with the glasses.
smooth the vinyl
Once the vinyl is applied to the glasses and pitcher, use the smoothing tool to make sure that there are no gaps in the vinyl that the etching cream can get under. And make sure to protect your work surface. The Silhouette Etching Cream directions says to not use a paint brush to apply the cream, only use the smoothing tool. I found it was very difficult to get the cream smooth without using a paint brush. So this is what I did — I used a foam craft brush to brush on the etching cream on the glasses and then smoothed the cream over the whole surface with the smoothing tool.
etching cream
Then leave the cream on for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, rinse off the cream with water. if there are streaks or areas that didn’t take the cream that well, you can apply another layer of the cream. I did this with the pitcher. I had to apply the cream twice to get an even coverage.
four chevron glasses
And there you have it – a unique wedding gift or addition to your place setting for a party or get-together this Spring!!
Try the etching cream — you will love all of the fun gifts and home décor ideas that you can make using it.

**Now – you could totally make this without a Silhouette machine too. Simply take tape and tape off the chevron pattern and then apply the cream the same as above. And voila — you have a pretty wedding gift! 

chevron pticher 3
one chevron glass
xoxo

Have a Wonderful Day!!! 

Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea — Make Personalized Tote Bags!!

2 May
teacher appreciation face bag ella
It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!! 
I’d love to share what we are giving our wonderful teachers this year.
I recently saw some cute pillows on Freshly Picked and thought they were so funny and whimsical.
freshly picked his and hers pillows
I thought I would take that concept and make some tote bags for my kids’ teachers this year.
teacher appreciation totes two


I designed the face on my Silhouette machine and printed it off using heat transfer material.
{If you do this, remember to mirror your image before you print it out}
before ironing on the heat transfer
We added the teacher’s name and a little apple popping up for a whimsical touch!!

Once the image was printed out, I took off the excess heat transfer tape, leaving only the images I wanted to use. Then I ironed the image onto plain tote bags. I found a four pack of tote bags at Hobby Lobby for $6.99. So each tote bag is less than $2. Such a good deal!!

hobby lobby bags
My kids had a great time designing the tote bags with me. They think the bags are so fun! We thought it was cute to have the apples popping up from the bottom of the bag.
teacher appreciation tote blue
teacher appreciation totes on an angle
The last thing I did was make some cute little bows with each teacher’s favorite colors.

I made a 6 inch wide by 8 inch long piece of material. I sewed it inside out on three sides and then turned it right side out and sewed the last side shut.

Then I took a button cover and covered it with some coordinating fabric and glued it in the middle of the fabric with fabric glue. 


So now I have a fun bag that their teachers can use as a beach bag or to carry things in. 

Plus, I am going to fill the bag with some goodies, depending on what the teacher likes. 
Some ideas that would be fun are a beach towel and some flip flops. Or even a  
gift certificate to their favorite store or restaurant.
girls with teacher appreciation totes
Now if you want to make this and don’t have a craft cutter like Silhouette, there are two other ways you can make these totes.

  • The first is use heat transfer material and trace the image on with a pencil and cut it out. 
  • The second is you can paint the face and name on your bag —  use some paint medium along with regular craft paint.
deco art painting medium
Be sure to check out all of the great Teacher Appreciation Ideas at Skip to My Lou!! 

I also had a reader who saw this post and made her own version of teacher appreciation tote bags:

Check them out at 36th Avenue!!

xoxo 

Guest Project — Love Birds Wall Hanging {tutorial}

28 Apr
 Hello all you wonderful Tatertots &Jello followers! 
I am beyond excited to be here sharing a tutorial with you today. I met Jen at CHA this past January and wasn’t a bit surprised at how nice she was. If you get a chance to meet her you won’t be sorry.
 My name is Dresden and I absolutely love blogging! 
My blog is dresdencarrie where I share tutorials, my favorite things, recipes, and just about everything else. I work full time as a Graphic Designer for Silhouette America and love it! It is such a fun place to work and I am so grateful for my job. In my free time I post on my blog and sew. My mom taught me to sew growing up and I am so glad she did, it is my favorite hobby.
Today I am sharing a tutorial for a wall hanging I made out of some scraps of fabric and an old frame I had laying around (actually a wedding gift that I wasn’t too fond of :))! The inspiration for this piece came from a pillow found here and a card found here.


 First I took this frame and painted it a nice white color so it would stand out against the fabric I chose.
 Next I cut out all these little birds using the Silhouette with the Fabric Interfacing on my fabric.
Then I arranged the birds on my piece of fabric, which actually didn’t take too long after I got out my giant ruler.
You want to know my favorite thing about the fabric interfacing from Silhouette? It is double sided, so once I had the birds in place I simply ironed them on and they stayed in place the whole time I was sewing them on. You could of course use the no-sew interfacing, but I prefer the sewable because I love the stitched look.
I chose a tiny zig-zag stitch in pink to give them a little more character. After sewing it you could either wash the entire piece or do what I did…use my fingernails to fray the edges.
Once they were sewn on I put it in the frame and there ya go!
 It’s been a real treat being here today! I hope you’ll come visit me over at dresdencarrie real soon!

Thanks Dresden. that is absolutely adorable!!
Check out these other wonderful ideas that Dresden has shared:

{Check out this beautiful Ruffled Skirt that she made – love!}

 {Cute LOVE pillow tut}

{How cute is this Ruffle Shirt? So pretty}

You will love following Dresden. Plus, you can find out all of the Silhouette updates 🙂 
And, she designs some of the fun Silhouette Online Studio images like this one {one of my favorites}:

And head over to her blog for a really fun GIVEAWAY today!! 
dresdencarrie

xoxo

let's create button
PS –   I Love To Create is hosting a LIVE party called Let’s Create It Live which takes place TODAY from 9-11 am PST. with fun projects and $300 worth of prizes to give away!!
It’s going to be fun!!! 


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Guest Project — Love Birds Wall Hanging {tutorial}

28 Apr
 Hello all you wonderful Tatertots &Jello followers! 
I am beyond excited to be here sharing a tutorial with you today. I met Jen at CHA this past January and wasn’t a bit surprised at how nice she was. If you get a chance to meet her you won’t be sorry.
 My name is Dresden and I absolutely love blogging! 
My blog is dresdencarrie where I share tutorials, my favorite things, recipes, and just about everything else. I work full time as a Graphic Designer for Silhouette America and love it! It is such a fun place to work and I am so grateful for my job. In my free time I post on my blog and sew. My mom taught me to sew growing up and I am so glad she did, it is my favorite hobby.
Today I am sharing a tutorial for a wall hanging I made out of some scraps of fabric and an old frame I had laying around (actually a wedding gift that I wasn’t too fond of :))! The inspiration for this piece came from a pillow found here and a card found here.


 First I took this frame and painted it a nice white color so it would stand out against the fabric I chose.
 Next I cut out all these little birds using the Silhouette with the Fabric Interfacing on my fabric.
Then I arranged the birds on my piece of fabric, which actually didn’t take too long after I got out my giant ruler.
You want to know my favorite thing about the fabric interfacing from Silhouette? It is double sided, so once I had the birds in place I simply ironed them on and they stayed in place the whole time I was sewing them on. You could of course use the no-sew interfacing, but I prefer the sewable because I love the stitched look.
I chose a tiny zig-zag stitch in pink to give them a little more character. After sewing it you could either wash the entire piece or do what I did…use my fingernails to fray the edges.
Once they were sewn on I put it in the frame and there ya go!
 It’s been a real treat being here today! I hope you’ll come visit me over at dresdencarrie real soon!

Thanks Dresden. that is absolutely adorable!!
Check out these other wonderful ideas that Dresden has shared:

{Check out this beautiful Ruffled Skirt that she made – love!}

 {Cute LOVE pillow tut}

{How cute is this Ruffle Shirt? So pretty}

You will love following Dresden. Plus, you can find out all of the Silhouette updates 🙂 
And, she designs some of the fun Silhouette Online Studio images like this one {one of my favorites}:

And head over to her blog for a really fun GIVEAWAY today!! 
dresdencarrie

xoxo

let's create button
PS –   I Love To Create is hosting a LIVE party called Let’s Create It Live which takes place TODAY from 9-11 am PST. with fun projects and $300 worth of prizes to give away!!
It’s going to be fun!!! 


Live TV by Ustream

Give clothes new life with Rhinestones {and a sparkly Silhouette deal}

22 Apr

In honor of Earth Day I have a little project that will help add some new life to hand-me-down clothes.

  You might know that I have four kids. Well, if any of you had older siblings you might know what it’s like to get hand-me-downs. Ella, my youngest has two older sisters and she is very familiar with hand-me-downs…

So when Silhouette sent me a really fabulous Rhinestone kit and asked me to make something with it, I immediately thought it would be fun to take something in Ella’s hand-me-down pile and get her excited about wearing it. 
She was thrilled!! 

She picked out a red shirt and a pair of shorts her sister Hannah had only worn a few times. Then I let her pick out ANY of the Rhinestone Designs on the Silhouette Online Store. I was surprised at how many designs they have!! We might have spent a couple of hours deciding on our favorite — just sayin’. It was a hard decision for a 6 year old!!

She finally decided on this happy flower pattern: 

Now this truly is a quick project. 
We were done in 20 minutes.
Silhouette Rhinestone Tutorial: 

1. Took the Rhinestone Transfer paper, loaded it into the Silhouette machine and printed out the image.
2. Poked out the holes.
3. We used the Silhouette Universal hook to poke out the holes.
4. Once the image was clean, we peeled off the back of the special Rhinestone Transfer Paper and adhered it to the backing board that came with the kit.

5. Took the various sizes of Rhinestones and decided where to place them in the design.
6. Used a special tool that came with the kit to push the rhinestones into the holes.
7. Got the rest of the rhinestones in place with another special tool.
8. This tool is the Pick Me Up and has a sticky end that grabs the rhinestone so you can pick it up and put it in place. Very handy.

9. Once the design was ready, we got out our transfer paper.
10. We laid a piece of transfer paper over the top of the design, sticky side down  and pressed down on the design.
11. Then when we peeled the paper up, the rhinestones were stuck to the inside.
12. The last thing was to lay the transfer paper over the spot where we wanted the design to be on the top and shirt and then we ironed the rhinestones on the fabric. And to make it stick even more, we turned the shirt and shorts inside out and ironed them from the inside as well. 

**For the shorts — I wanted to use the same design but not have it be exactly the same as the shirt, so I only used rhinestones on the round flowers and not the vines. 

So now Ella is thrilled to get hand-me-down clothes because she knows that she can add some bling to them and make them her own!! 

And guess what??? Silhouette is offering a special discount on their machine with a special Rhinestone package from now until APRIL 26th. 
By entering the code — TATER at checkout, you’ll receive the Silhouette Rhinestone Bundle, which includes…

The Silhouette SD2 sheets of rhinestone template material2 sheets of rhinestone transfer tape2 rhinestone backing boards1 rhinestone placement brush1 CD of rhinestone images1 pack of clear 10ss rhinestones1 pack of clear 16ss rhinestones1 pack of clear 20ss rhinestones1 pack of pink 10ss rhinestonesand1 Pick-Me-Up tool
ALL of this for $229! That’s a savings of $125!*Just click on the “special bundle” icon and then enter TATER*
If you already have a Silhouette — all Silhouette rhinestone products are
discounted 30% this month! These prices should automatically be lowered when you purchase them at checkout 🙂

xoxo
PS TGIF! It’s Friday! And guess what that means?? It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!! My favorite time of the week when I get to see what YOU have been working on and to feature YOU!!! 
The party starts at 6pm {MST} — I hope you will come join the fun!!!

Give clothes new life with Rhinestones {and a sparkly Silhouette deal}

22 Apr

In honor of Earth Day I have a little project that will help add some new life to hand-me-down clothes.

  You might know that I have four kids. Well, if any of you had older siblings you might know what it’s like to get hand-me-downs. Ella, my youngest has two older sisters and she is very familiar with hand-me-downs…

So when Silhouette sent me a really fabulous Rhinestone kit and asked me to make something with it, I immediately thought it would be fun to take something in Ella’s hand-me-down pile and get her excited about wearing it. 
She was thrilled!! 

She picked out a red shirt and a pair of shorts her sister Hannah had only worn a few times. Then I let her pick out ANY of the Rhinestone Designs on the Silhouette Online Store. I was surprised at how many designs they have!! We might have spent a couple of hours deciding on our favorite — just sayin’. It was a hard decision for a 6 year old!!

She finally decided on this happy flower pattern: 

Now this truly is a quick project. 
We were done in 20 minutes.
Silhouette Rhinestone Tutorial: 

1. Took the Rhinestone Transfer paper, loaded it into the Silhouette machine and printed out the image.
2. Poked out the holes.
3. We used the Silhouette Universal hook to poke out the holes.
4. Once the image was clean, we peeled off the back of the special Rhinestone Transfer Paper and adhered it to the backing board that came with the kit.

5. Took the various sizes of Rhinestones and decided where to place them in the design.
6. Used a special tool that came with the kit to push the rhinestones into the holes.
7. Got the rest of the rhinestones in place with another special tool.
8. This tool is the Pick Me Up and has a sticky end that grabs the rhinestone so you can pick it up and put it in place. Very handy.

9. Once the design was ready, we got out our transfer paper.
10. We laid a piece of transfer paper over the top of the design, sticky side down  and pressed down on the design.
11. Then when we peeled the paper up, the rhinestones were stuck to the inside.
12. The last thing was to lay the transfer paper over the spot where we wanted the design to be on the top and shirt and then we ironed the rhinestones on the fabric. And to make it stick even more, we turned the shirt and shorts inside out and ironed them from the inside as well. 

**For the shorts — I wanted to use the same design but not have it be exactly the same as the shirt, so I only used rhinestones on the round flowers and not the vines. 

So now Ella is thrilled to get hand-me-down clothes because she knows that she can add some bling to them and make them her own!! 

And guess what??? Silhouette is offering a special discount on their machine with a special Rhinestone package from now until APRIL 26th. 
By entering the code — TATER at checkout, you’ll receive the Silhouette Rhinestone Bundle, which includes…

The Silhouette SD2 sheets of rhinestone template material2 sheets of rhinestone transfer tape2 rhinestone backing boards1 rhinestone placement brush1 CD of rhinestone images1 pack of clear 10ss rhinestones1 pack of clear 16ss rhinestones1 pack of clear 20ss rhinestones1 pack of pink 10ss rhinestonesand1 Pick-Me-Up tool
ALL of this for $229! That’s a savings of $125!*Just click on the “special bundle” icon and then enter TATER*
If you already have a Silhouette — all Silhouette rhinestone products are
discounted 30% this month! These prices should automatically be lowered when you purchase them at checkout 🙂

xoxo
PS TGIF! It’s Friday! And guess what that means?? It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!! My favorite time of the week when I get to see what YOU have been working on and to feature YOU!!! 
The party starts at 6pm {MST} — I hope you will come join the fun!!!

Spring Project – make a Washi Tape Topiary Centerpiece {tutorial}!

12 Apr
spring centerpiece topiaries
I am a little obsessed with Washi Tape. 
Have you ever used it?
Washi Tape is Japanese decorative tapeWashi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made by hand in the traditional manner. 
I love all of the different patterns and colors that are available in these tapes. 
I have seen some great ideas in packaging and gift cars, but not that many home deocr projects using Washi Tape.
 And I always like a challenge, so I have been experimenting, trying to find some decorative applications for Washi Tape.
washi tape
Last week I shared my Spring Frames Wall with some Washi Tape embellishments. I liked using the Washi Tape so much that I decided to make a display for my kitchen island. I was looking to create something light and pretty for Spring.
washi tape
frame topiary centerpiece

I found three polka dot pots – perfect for topiaries.
**I found the green balls and polka dot pots at a store called Tai Pan Trading{they have locations in Utah and California} 
I also picked up some decorative greenery balls for the topiaries. Then I wrapped some dowels in different Washi Tape and attached the dowels to the balls with my trusty hot glue gun.
washi tape topiary stems
dollar store wreath
I didn’t have any florists foam, so I cut up a $1 Dollar Store wreath and placed them in the pots. I hot glued them to the bottom. And then I placed the dowels in the florists foam. To cover up the foam, I poured some grocery store lentils over the top. I love the texture of the lentils. Pretty!!
lentils
For the “tray”, I took a clearance picture frame and put some pretty fabric in it.
the frame
the fabric
Then I decided that it needed some feet.
I replaced the knobs in my kitchen a couple of years ago and kept the old, wooden knobs in a tupperware. So I took 4 of the old knobs and painted them white. And since I might want to use the frame again in the future, I applied the knobs to the frame with velcro that can be easily removed.
velcro the knobs on the frame
stash of old knobs
paint the knobs
I also applied some Washi Tape to the outside of the frame.
I love Washi tape because it’s colorful, but it is also so easy to remove. So if I want to change out the color of my centerpiece, I can peel off that color of Washi Tape and change it for something else. 
Striped Washi tape

pink plate
And I also used my Silhouette to create a Spring saying.
And I made some different flowers that go with the different colors of Washi Tape.
I applied them with Glue Dots, that way I can change out the flowers easily too!!
the plate
topiaries with washi tape
There are so many different colors of Washi Tape.
I found mine on etsy.
many washi tape
I am so excited to show you all of my other Washi Tape ideas.
It’s going to be fun:) 
Have a Super Spring Day!!! 
xoxo

Spring Project — Make Chevron Subway Art!! {Tutorial}

29 Mar

 I have been ooohing and aaaahing over all of the Chevron projects around blogland lately.

It got me motivated to make some Chevron art for my home.

 
And since the weather here has been so dreary and grey, I was aching for some
happy, sunny art to lift my mood.

And what better song than the Beatle’s “Here Comes The Sun”?
chevron subway art at the bottom

Here’s what I did:

get a board
So I grabbed another board left over from my Laundry Room Board and Batten project and went to work. I made a stencil on my Silhouette. I think I am addicted to making stencils. They are so easy to make, plus you can use them for other projects.
And I am sure there will be some more Chevron projects coming along soon 🙂 
cut out the stencil
chevron stencil
You can buy the Stencil plastic at your local craft store. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby. They were 3 pieces to a package – so about $1 per sheet. 
Pretty cheap for a Chevron Stencil, right?
paint the board
yellow paint
I painted my board with some white craft paint. And once it was dry I stenciled the board. I was a little nervous about how my stencil was going to turn out. Should I trace the chevron on with pencil and then fill it in later with paint? No, I decided to paint over the stencil using a foam brush, and I am so happy I did that. It worked out incredibly well. I didn’t even have to tape the stencil on to the board. And since my board is longer in width and length than my stencil, I stenciled up one side of the board, and then by the time I came back down to the first section, that part was dry and I was able to blend the paint in and do the other side of the board.
sand it down
Once the board was finished, I sanded the paint off. I was going for a kind of “Beachy” look and the paint I used was a little too yellow. I liked the color a lot better once the paint was sanded off and toned down. Then I made the words to Beatle’s song on the Silhouette “Here Comes the Sun” and I printed that off. I used contact paper – my secret weapon. It’s so much cheaper than vinyl. It is a little tricky to use. You have to make sure that you get the settings right. I keep my depth setting on 2-3 for contact paper because it’s so thin. Then I laid the contact paper on top of the board and used some turquoise craft paint for the words and let that dry. And then I sanded the words too. And put a light coat of polyurethane spray over the whole board.
paint on the letters
silhouette interfacing
peel if off
cut out the pennants on the silhouette
cut out the pennants
Of course if you don’t have a Silhouette to make this project.
{You could cut the pennants out with scissors and then use Mod Podge or something like that to make them lay flat. I also sewed a small zig zag stitch all the way around each pennant. And you could use painter’s tape to create the Chevron Stripes.}
chevron subway art pennant closeup
Then I sewed the pennants to some baker’s twine that I had by folding the back over the twine and sewing it. {You could also hot glue them if you wanted}. And I made a loop at each end of the twine and put them through the point of an upholstery tack.
upholstery tacks
The last thing I did was I put upholstery tacks along each side of the subway art for a little more added interest. I think they add to the rough beachy charm of the piece!!
{I bought the upholstery tacks at Walmart}
chevron subway art full sign
And now I have a piece of Spring-ish Subway art for my Family Room Wall!!!
And I love that it goes with my Chevron Pennants and Chevron Plate on my Family Room Mantel! 
Have a Terrific Day!! 
PS – I’m linking this up over at The Lettered Cottage’s How To Party!! And these fun parties: 
xoxo