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Get your little ones ready to soar by launching objects across the house and testing how far they go with this DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult! Building a catapult is a classic STEM activity for young kids.
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STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Hello all, today I’m sharing how to make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult. I made this back in the Summer on the Darice blog as a classroom activity.  But this is a project that can be done anytime!

Get your little ones ready to soar by launching objects across the house and testing how far they go! Building a catapult is a classic STEM activity for young kids. Tell your kids to get their thinking caps on and start building their catapult!

STEAM Stats:

Building a popsicle stick catapult is a great project for kids to be creative while building their engineering (creating a machine), math (measuring height and distance) and science skills (gravity and force).  Yet truly having to think in order to complete the given task.

Let’s Get Started!

DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult Supplies:

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Step 1 –

Stack six to eight sticks and rubber band them together at both ends.

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Step 2 –

Rubber band two stick together.

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Step 3 –

Slide the stack of sticks in between the two sticks that you already banded together.

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Step 4 –

Next, use a rubber band to secure all of the craft sticks together.  I would demonstrate this part to all your students.

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Step 5 –

I used a hot glue gun to help secure a bottle cap to the end of the catapult. This is a perfect spot to set your pom pom balls.

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Step 6 –

Finally let the kids design and paint their catapults.  Make sure to have lots of paint options and thin paint brushes available!

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

They can get as creative as they want with this step!

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

Place your object on the catapult, and use 1 finger to launch it in the air!

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

To make this even more challenging try different shapes, sizes and weights to test how far each object will go! Mark each spot so you can talk about longest and shortest distances afterwards.

STEM Project Idea: How to Make a DIY Popsicle Stick Catapult

As always thanks for stopping by and checking out my Popsicle Stick Catapult. Let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll be happy to answer them!

Looking for more STEAM activities then check out my book Brick Building 101!

Brick Building 101 - STEAM Activities for kids

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Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/nautical-spring-vase-with-decoart-new-enchanted-paints/ Wed, 18 Mar 2020 20:52:24 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12274
I tried out DecoArt's new Enchanted paints! I show you how to make this nautical spring vase using their Iridescent topcoat!
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Good afternoon everyone!  Today I’m sharing an exciting new post! As you all know I’m apart of the core blogger team for DecoArt.  Every month we have a fun challenge to create a project using a DecoArt product.  This month our challenge was doing a project using their new Enchanted Paints and Shimmers. I love being apart of their team and trying our all these new products.

I was really excited to step out of my comfort zone and try this new product. I love the idea of incorporating this iridescent look into a nautical feel.  Not so much anchors and lobster.  But just going to with nautical color palette, with the navy blue and pairing it with the Enchanted Blue.

I think this results turned out beautiful!

Spring Vase Supplies Needed:

With everything that is going on right now.  I left links to buy these products at Micheals.com. To make this project, you can have everything delivered to your house or have in store pickup! 

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Here’s a little detail about the new Enchanted paints from the DecoArt Blog.

Americana Enchanted
This iridescent topcoat acrylic captures the dazzling effect of a peacock feather or mimics the exquisite beauty of a beetle wing with these translucent interference colors. For the most dramatic effect, use over Enchanted Ultra Black Basecoat or other dark colors.

Americana Enchanted Shimmer
Millions of luminous particles recreate the unique sparkling shimmer of a butterfly wing in this shimmering iridescent topcoat acrylic. The larger iridescent particles create the most unique iridescent finish on the market today!

So let’s gather our supplies and get started!

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Step 1 – Paint Vase

I went over the entire vase the the Navy Blue paint.  Only one coat was needed.  I did need to go back and touch up some spots, but that was it. It dried pretty fast, so let sit 5 minutes.

The Enchanted paint really POP against darker colors as well, so this navy blue was perfect color choice.

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

This is my FAVORITE blue out of all the DecoArt blue colors!

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Step 2 – Tape off Vase

I pulled out my “trusty” washi tape, and sectioned off my vase.  Make sure to seal those edges so none of the Enchanted paint bleeds through.

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Step 3 – Add Enchanted Paint

Now the fun part….  Adding our Enchanted paint!!! When adding my paint I used a flat paint brush and made sure I kept the paint going in one direction. Starting at the painter tape and working my way towards the bottom of the vase in one stroke.

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

I did a total of two coats, letting the first coat dry 5 minutes.  While the paint is still wet I removed my tape. Look at that beautiful bottom!

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Finishing Touches

I think that Enchanted paint gives this vase a nice POP! It still goes with my nautical/coastal feel of my living room without making it feel out of place.

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

I love the little touches of navy blue in my living room, like the garden stool, throw and touches of blue in the Rae Dunn pillows.

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Extra Craft!

For my next vase I wanted to experiment a little with the paint colors.  Do something a little outside the box for me.

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

This is a great example of what the colors look like against the ultra black basecoat. I wanted to go for a more modern galaxy feel.

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

Nautical Spring Vase with DecoArt NEW Enchanted Paints

As always, thanks for stopping by.  I know we are going through some trying times right now.  But let’s all stay positive and keep our heads up. For me crafting is a great distraction, as I’m sure it is for most people. Even being distracted by writing this post up is a help for me.  I appreciate each and every one of you!

If you try this product out, I would love for you to share what you made with me!

If you have any questions, I’d love to hear!

Stay Safe!

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How to setup a Classroom or Art Room Organization https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/how-to-setup-a-classroom-or-art-room-organization/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/how-to-setup-a-classroom-or-art-room-organization/#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 01:41:15 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11552
I'm sharing an easy classroom or art room organization post. This will make it easy for students and teachers to find everything that is needed for their day's art lesson.
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Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a great week!  Today I’m sharing an easy classroom or art room organization post with you that I did over at the Darice Blog at the beginning of the school year.

As a parent who has helped redecorate some of the teachers classrooms at the school, this area is a must.  I will show you a super easy way to organize some of your supplies.

For this post I’ve gathered up all the must have supplies you’ll need to get your art area setup! I am planning on setting up an art room for my boys school in the near future, so this rolling cart will be a perfect fit for that art room and help me keep the room organized throughout the year..

Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for Art Room Organization:

For the art space I’m setting up at the boys school I wanted to get the most important supplies needed to get started. These are the basic BUT most important supplies needed to get any art room setup.

Here’s a look at all the supplies to get your art room organized.

Classroom/Art Room Organization

Classroom/Art Room Organization

Classroom/Art Room Organization

Classroom/Art Room Organization

Classroom/Art Room Organization

Classroom/Art Room Organization

Since I wanted to get this rolling cart organized, I pulled out my “trusty” Silhouette cutting machine to add labels to the front of each drawer.  This will make it easy for students and teacher to find everything that is needed for their day’s art or craft lesson.

Setting up Classroom or Art Room Organization

The 10 drawers makes is easy to have all your supplies together in one space and is still small enough to have several carts on one wall in your art room.

Setting up Classroom or Art Room Organization

A favorite decor touch I love to add to any art space are the posable art mannequins.  They give that perfect art room feel, don’t you think?!?

Setting up Classroom or Art Room Organization

Easy way of Setting up a Classroom or Art Room

Now that you’re organized you’ll be excited and pumped to get your school year started!

Easy way of Setting up a Classroom or Art Room

There are many more great art supplies that can still be added to a second rolling cart in your art room.  Here are a couple more great supply ideas!

  1. Molding Clay Set
  2. Pastels
  3. Glitter
  4. Palette Trays
  5. Chalk
  6. Bingo Markers
  7. Foam Brushes

Easy way of Setting up a Classroom or Art Room

As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project.  Please let me know if  you have any art room organization questions!

Looking for more ways to organize your art space?

Check out this paint organizer I made last month for the craft room.

Craft Room Paint Organizer

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How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/how-to-make-a-spring-flower-shop-sign/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/how-to-make-a-spring-flower-shop-sign/#respond Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:05:51 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12197 How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign
Spring is in the air! So to get the house ready for Spring I made this Spring Flower Shop Sign with my Silhouette Cameo 4.
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How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

I’m back with a new post using my Silhouette Cameo 4!!  I promised you a project after my last Silhouette 4 unboxing post.  So today I’m sharing a Spring Flower Shop sign I made using the new machine.

A couple weeks ago I was in Kirklands and came across this beautiful Flower Market sign,  but it was almost $40.00.  I loved the look but didn’t want to pay the price, plus it was a little to big for what I needed.  So I decided I was gonna make one of my own.  I already had all the supplies on hand!

So let’s get started!

A big thank you to Silhouette for sponsoring this post! This post contains affiliate links, which help to support this site at no extra cost to you.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

Flower Shop Sign Supplies Needed:

  • Silhouette Cameo 4
  • Wood Shadow Box
  • Black Vinyl
  • Paint
  • Transfer Paper

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

Step 1 – Paint Shadow Box

I went through my craft supplies and found this wooden sign to use for this project. I grabbed some white and black  acrylic paint to get started.  I painted the edges first with the black, then went around the rest with the white acrylic paint.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

Step 2 – Find Phrase

Since I knew I wanted to make a Spring Flower Shop sign, I just went into the Silhouette Library and typed in “Flower Shop”.  It gave me a TON of options to choose from.

This is the design ID and designer of this design.

Step 3 – Cut and Weed Phrase

Once I finally selected the design I wanted, I brought it over to Silhouette Studio and sized it to fit my shadow box. I selected vinyl, glossy.  Then the blade setting automatically changed.  With this new Cameo 4 you choose your material in the software and the machine automatically sets the blade.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

Now it’s time to weed our phrase.  Most of my signs I use the vinyl as a stencil, but this time I actually decided to use the vinyl for my phrase.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

Step 4 – Add Transfer Tape

Once you have weeded your phrase it’s time to add the transfer paper.  This will help transfer your phrase to the wood perfectly.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

Peel the white part off the back of the phrase.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign

Step 5 – Add Phrase

Lay your phrase on the wood sign.  Make sure to smooth out any bubbles with your scraper.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign with Silhouette Cameo 4

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign with Silhouette Cameo 4

Next, gently remove the transfer tape.  Now we have a perfect Spring sign!!

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign with Silhouette Cameo 4

Finishing Touches

Now I’m ready to display! I know it’s still Winter and we have a couple more month until Spring is finally it. But I couldn’t wait to start getting the house ready for Spring.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign with Silhouette Cameo 4

I found these beautiful tulips at TJMaxx last week and I knew it would pair up great with the Flower Shop Sign I made.

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign with Silhouette Cameo 4

How to Make a Spring Flower Shop Sign with Silhouette Cameo 4

I recently redecorated my living room. If you follow my Instagram, then you see the changes! I think this Flower Shop sign makes a great addition.

As always thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project!  if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

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DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-rainbow-unicorn-craft/ Tue, 18 Feb 2020 01:59:11 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11836 DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft
Unicorn crafts are all over the place! I wanted to create a simple rainbow unicorn craft, that would be perfect for any unicorn theme party.
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DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I’m sharing a craft I made over at the Darice blog.  A rainbow inspired craft. But not just any rainbow inspired craft, a rainbow unicorn craft. I’ve been eyeing these wooden unicorns on the Darice site for awhile now. I knew they would make a cool kids craft. What kid doesn’t LOVE a unicorn craft right!?!

This project would be perfect to decorate for a unicorn or rainbow themed party as well!  You can even set up a kids craft table for anyone to make their very own unicorn to take home.

Let’s get started!

Rainbow Unicorn Supplies Needed:

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft

Step 1 – Paint Unicorn

Let’s pick out our paint colors! I went with a fun pastel rainbow color palette for this craft. Bright and cheerful is what this craft is all about!

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft

Two coats of paint was all that is needed for each unicorn. Let each coat dry 5 minutes.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party

Step 2 – Add Glitter Paint

Now it’s time to add some sparkly glitter to the unicorn horns.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party

Just paint on your glitter and your set!  Depending on how much glitter you want, you will need to add more coats.  I did a total of three coats for these unicorns.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party

So SPARKLY!

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party

Step 3 – Add Details

Now it’s time to finish up by adding the eyes and mouth! Use a pencil to draw out first.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party

Then go over with a thin paint brush and black paint.  Now we’re finished and these unicorns are looking AMAZING!

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party or Rainbow Party

Step 4 – Paint Hello

I really wanted to add another fun element to this craft project and make something that would be cute to add in a room.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party or Rainbow Party

Paint the outside border of the Hello first. I went with purple for a nice surprise POP of color.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party or Rainbow Party

Then go over the front with your rainbow color palette.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party or Rainbow Party

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party or Rainbow Party

This Hello and rainbow unicorns are going to look great together.

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party or Rainbow Party

I really think I need to work with this color palette again soon!  With three boys I don’t usually work on kids craft projects like this. I’m more of a dinosaur craft mama!

DIY Rainbow Unicorn Craft - Unicorn Party or Rainbow Party

As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my Rainbow Unicorn Craft!  I hope this craft inspires you to make some fun colorful rainbow unicorns too!

Looking for more rainbow craft, then check out my adult themed unicorn craft I made a couple years ago.

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Makeup Organizer with Leopard and Decoupage https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/makeup-organizer-with-leopard-and-decoupage/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 19:25:33 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12194 Makeup Organizer with Leopard and Decoupage
Todays project is a plain organizer that I gave a chic makeover to! I tuned it into a cool makeup organizer with some paint and decoupage.
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Makeup Organizer with Leopard and Decoupage

Hello everyone! I’m finally getting this chic Makeup Organizer post I did for DecoArt on my blog!

I’m sure a lot of us out there need to get our makeup area organized, but always put it off. Not anymore ladies! This organizer is the perfect size to do that, but I needed to give it a little pizzazz first. Something more my style.

As you all know I’m apart of the core blogger team for DecoArt.  Every month we have a fun challenge to create a project using a DecoArt product.  This month our challenge was doing an organization project using this oranizer.  But this month we could use ANY DecoArt product, so I had to go back to my roots and use DecoArts Decoupage.

If you’ve followed my blog over the years then you know I’ve done a TON of decoupage projects.  You name it, I’ve done the project.

Items needed:

  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 2oz – Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylics 8oz – Cotton Ball
  • Small drawer organizer
  • Paintbrushes
  • Glitter cardstock
  • Gold shimmer leopard faux suede trim
  • Cutting machine

Full Tutorial Here!

Head over to the DecoArt Blog and see how I was able to give this makeup organizer a cool new look an the before picture.

Makeup Organizer with Leopard and Decoupage

This was such a fun project to do, I made this a month ago and I’m actually using it!  It’s works so well, and I love that surprise POP of leopard when I open the drawers.

How to Makeup Organizer with Leopard and Decoupage

Easy Makeup Organizer with Leopard and Decoupage How to Makeup Organizer with Leopard and Decoupage

As aways thanks for stopping by, and checking out my latest project this DIY Makeup organizer.

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Silhouette Cameo 4 – Unboxing and Setup https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/silhouette-cameo-4-unboxing-and-setup/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:15:39 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12131
Hello everyone! Today I’m unboxing the NEW Silhouette Cameo 4!!  Yes, you heard me right! This machine just came out and I have the pleasure of teaming up with Silhouette for a fun unboxing post.  If you follow my blog then you know I’m a Silhouette girl 100%. I got my first silhouette 5 years […]
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Hello everyone! Today I’m unboxing the NEW Silhouette Cameo 4!!  Yes, you heard me right! This machine just came out and I have the pleasure of teaming up with Silhouette for a fun unboxing post.  If you follow my blog then you know I’m a Silhouette girl 100%. I got my first silhouette 5 years ago and it has been a wonderful machine.  I’ve been able to do so any projects with it.

So of course you could imagine my excitement to be able to get the new Silhouette Cameo 4.  The crafting possibilities with this new machine is limitless.  Especially with the new blades that are coming out.

So let’s get started!

Machine features include:

  • Built-in roll feeder allows you to easily load and cut rolled materials like vinyl and heat transfer.
  • Built-in crosscutter lets you trim vinyl or heat transfer right from the roll.
  • 3 mm clearance for thicker materials.
  • Sliding lid and backlit touch panel give your machine a sleek, compact aesthetic.
  • Bluetooth® connectivity allows wireless cutting.
  • Print & Cut registration capability
  • PixScan™ compatible
  • Driven by free Silhouette Studio® software to give you limitless design options to customize your project.
  • Mac/Windows compatible

A big thank you to Silhouette for sponsoring this post! This post contains affiliate links, which help to support this site at no extra cost to you.

Silhouette Cameo 4 - Unboxing and Setup

Step 1 – The Unboxing

Let’s open our box and see what’s inside!

Silhouette Cameo 4 - Unboxing and Setup

Make sure to remove the tape and any packing materials from the inside of your cutting machine.

Silhouette Cameo 4 - Unboxing and Setup

Can you see the excitement on my face?!? I’m pretty excited to get crafting with this machine!

Silhouette Cameo 4 - Unboxing and Setup

The lid on this machine is retractable, which is a very nice feature.

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

Step 2 – Lay Out all your Supplies

Let’s make sure we have everything that is needed in the box.

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

Box Contains:

  • Silhouette Cameo® 4
  • Power cable & USB cable
  • 12-inch Cutting Mat
  • AutoBlade
  • Silhouette Studio® software (download)
  • 100 exclusive designs (download)
  • 1-month Silhouette Design Store subscription (available with tool registration)

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

(the two extra cutting blades do not come in the box)

Step 3 – Hook Your Cables up

Add your power cable and USB cable to the machine and turn on.  I’m able to set this up in my kitchen area because it has a Bluetooth® connectivity that allows wireless cutting.

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

Step 4 – Install Software

Next, head over to https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/ to get your machine setup.  It only take’s a couple minutes to setup, especially if you already have an existing account.

Step 5 – Pull Out Roll Feeder

Honestly, I think my favorite feature is the built in roll feeder!

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

Make sure to pull the tray all the way out, until is locks into place. Then add your vinyl trough the top portion and feed into your machine.

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

See the gap in the top picture?  ^^ Once you push the right side over your vinyl roll will stay in place.

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

Now hit the load button, to load your vinyl.

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

Step 6 – Add Blade

Now it’s time to add your blade.

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

Pull the locking tab out, insert your blade, and then lock into place.

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

The software can detect what type of tool is being used in the carriage without you telling it.  Tool two is for the Kraft Blade, Rotary Blade and Punch Tool, because it has a greater force motor.  I will go more into detail with that in another post once I receive them. (Which I’m SUPER excited about!)

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

Step 7 – Cross Cut

On the back side of the machine is a built in cross cutter feature.  This is especially helpful when cutting long pieces of vinyl.

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

Make sure to lock it back in place once your finished, so when your cutting you don’t have any problems later.

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

Step 8 – Backlit Feature

The backlit lighting is also a new feature with this machine for a more sleek look.

How to setup your Silhouette Cameo 4

Step 9 – Create a Project

My first project I did were these monogrammed kitchen towels that I will show you how to make in another blog post. So stay tuned!

These are all the colors available with the new Silhouette Cameo 4 on the Silhouette Shop website.

This is such a beautiful machine and I’m very lucky to have the opportunity to try it out and show you guys.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.  I will have more posts coming soon going into a little more detail with the machine.

As also thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Looking for some Silhouette inspiration? Check out all my Silhouette projects to get inspired! Any of these projects can be done on the new Silhouette Cameo 4.

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How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with an Art Club https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/how-to-setup-paper-plate-painting-with-an-art-club/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/how-to-setup-paper-plate-painting-with-an-art-club/#respond Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:20:43 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12106 How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with and Art Club
Today I'm showing you how to set up paper plate painting with your art club or art class the easy way! It's the perfect DIY art project to make with kids.
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How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with and Art Club

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope your week has gone well. Today I’m sharing Paper Plate Painting. As I said in my last post I’ll be sharing projects I’ve worked on with my art club kids grades 1st – 6th.  This project was such a fun one to do with the kids and really see how creative they could get with their paper plate painting.

I originally saw this idea and was inspired by Cassie Stephens and projects she has done with her Art class.  This was my inspiration, but she has taken it to the next level with weaving. Make sure to follow her for more amazing art projects you can do with a class.

I thought it was such a great idea and I knew my art club would love it, and guess what…. they DID!  But I wanted to show you how easy it is using Decoarts Student Acrylic paints.  I used these paints when I did pour painting with the kids in the previous post and it worked great!

Let’s get started!

Paper Plate Painting Supplies Needed:

How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with and Art Club

How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with and Art Club

Inspiration

How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with and Art Club

Make sure to make a few beforehand to give the kids some ideas of details they can do when making their own.

How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with and Art Club

Step 1 – Prep Paint

I have seen on many art teachers instagram pages that ice cube trays are the best to use when painting with multiple colors.  I ran to the local Dollar Tree and grabbed some trays. It worked great!  I took them home for easy clean up!

How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with and Art Club

Step 2 – Prep Tables

For all my art club classes I’ve done, I went in an prepped the tables to make it an easy process when the kids come in. Plus adding the table cloths makes for easy clean up after class. If the kids don’t go out of their way to make holes in the table cloths they can be used again for other classes.

Quick Tip: In Cassie’s recommendations, she suggests Chinet’s paper plate because they really feel like a piece of canvas and I agree. I got cheaper ones from the Dollar Tree that I used in my inspiration photos and they did NOT work as great.

How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with and Art Club

Get all the supplies ready on the table, so when they walked in you can start explaining what the project is and then they can get started.

How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with and Art Club

Make sure to have several different size paint brushes available for the kids to use.

Step 3 – Paint Time

Now it’s time for the fun part! PAINTING!

When I was explaining the project to the kids, I told them to paint around the plate first, then go in and start adding their designs.

How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with and Art Club

How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with and Art Club

How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with and Art Club

They all did such an AMAZING job and really took this project serious.

How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with and Art Club

How to Setup Paper Plate Painting with and Art Club

Finishing Touches

Can you believe all these were made by 1st – 6th graders!  They have really made a piece of art.

As always thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest post paper plate painting.  I hope this project inspires you to make art with kiddos too!

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How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Club https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/how-to-setup-pour-painting-with-an-art-class/ Fri, 10 Jan 2020 20:09:51 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11872 How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class
I'll show you how to setup Pour Painting with a large group of kids or art class using DecoArt's Pour Painting Medium. It's an easy kids art project, you can have done in no time!
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How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

Hello friends, the holidays are over and I’m finally able to share some projects I did with my art club this Fall.  I will be sharing several projects I did over the next couple weeks.  Our first project was Pour Painting!

Pour painting is a little intimidating on it’s own as an adult, but add 24 kids to the mix…  Grades 1st – 6th.  With this post I’ll show you how to prep for a project like this and have success!  One thing I LOVE about pour painting, the finished product ALWAYS looks amazing. That’s why I knew this would be a perfect kids craft project for my art club. They were so excited to work on this project.  I think this one and galaxy painting were their favorites!

Let’s get started!

Pour Painting Supplies Needed:

Inspiration for the kids

Here are a couple Pour Painting Projects I’ve done on the blog in the past.

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

Step 1 – Pick out Paint

I was able to get all these bottles of Student Acrylic paint from DecoArt for these posts.  They have 24 different colors to choose from.  I pre-selected colors for this project, besides black I tried to pick light and airy colors.

Quick TIP: Have the kids write their names on the back of the canvas before getting started.

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

I prepped everything before the kids arrived.  I started off by adding my paint colors to the plastic cups.  I filled the cups halfway with paint.

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

Step 2 – Mix Paint and Pouring Medium

Next I filled the cups with the Pouring Medium.  Craft acrylics: 1:1 Paint to Pouring Medium.

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

Step 3 – Mix Paint

Stir well.  I used paper straws to stir the paint.

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

Step 4 – Prep Pouring Paint

Then I poured the paint into several more cups.  I added about 20% to each cup.  If you add too much paint to each cup, the kids will pour it ALL onto the canvas.  Let’s set them up for success not failure!

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

Step 5 – More Prepping

For the younger kids I made sure to have gloves available, but honestly the 1st and 2nd graders were cleaner then the older kids. Go figure!

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

Step 6 – Canvas

Canvas prep time!  I laid the canvas on paper cups. Then again for the younger kids I grabbed some turkey pans from the Dollar Tree. Any paint that would spill over would just fall in the pans, super easy clean up there!

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

For the older kids I covered the tables with plastic table clothes.  Set the canvases on top of paper cups .  Once the kids are finished I just toss the table cloths with the mess!

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

Step 7 – Get to Pouring!

Now we’re ready to start! I did the older kids first and let the younger kid sketch for awhile.

Let each kid pick out 4 colors.  They could share with one another as well.  Then just start pouring the paint around the canvas. It’s as simple as that!

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

Step 8 – Move Canvas Around

Once they added all their paint, they can start moving the canvas around.  This is the part where the gloves are nice to have.  You wont have to send 24 kids to the bathroom to wash their hands, just toss the messy gloves in the garbage once their finished.

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

Let the excess paint drip onto the plastic table cloth.  If they need to add more paint in spots they can.

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

Step 9 – Let Dry

Now the final step, let the canvases dry for 24 hours. Don’t touch them, I know you’ll be tempted to touch them after 10 hours or so to see if it’s dry yet.  Believe me, it’s not dry and your gonna leave a fingerprint.  I’ve learned the hard way from past experience.

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

After all the kids left I went around each canvas with a popsicle stick to remove any dripping of the paint.

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

Step 10 – Enjoy!

When the little artist come back for the next art club they can take their masterpieces home!

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class the easy way

How to setup Pour Painting with an Art Class

As you can see there is not a bad one in the group.  They all turned out perfect, and these kids picked some great color combinations.

If was so nice seeing all their excited faces walking into the classroom trying to find which one they made. So proud to take them home and hang on the wall.

Stay tuned for more projects I made with the kids using the Student Acrylic paints!!

Looking for an adult Pour Painting craft, check out this tray I made over at DecoArt last year.

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How to make a DIY Christmas Apron https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/how-to-make-a-diy-christmas-apron/ Mon, 16 Dec 2019 15:44:24 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12007 How to make a DIY Christmas Apron
A DIY Christmas Apron is a must during the holiday season, from baking to cookie parties. I'll show you how to make one using your Silhouette Cameo and heat transfer vinyl.
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How to make a DIY Christmas Apron

Happy Holidays everyone!  I’m so excited to share my newest heat transfer project.  A DIY Christmas Apron.  This is my second apron project, but my first time using the heat transfer vinyl on an apron.  I have a cookie party coming up on the 18th and I will 100% be wearing my apron while I attend.

This would also make an AMAZING Christmas girls craft night project.  Have some wine, everyone can pick out their designs and make an apron to take home!  Hey I just gave you another event to add to your calendar this holiday season!  We can’t have too many Christmas events right?!?!

Let’s get started!

DIY Christmas Apron Supplies Needed:

  • Silhouette Cameo 3
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl
  • Weeding Tool
  • Apron
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue

A big thank you to Silhouette for sponsoring this post! This post contains affiliate links, which help to support this site at no extra cost to you.

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron

Step 1 – Pick Design

Before I start any project I go into the Silhouette library for my design.  I knew I wanted to make a Christmas apron, so I just typed in Christmas and baking into the search screen.   After searching all their designs I finally settled on the “Baking Spirits Bright”  I thought is was super cute.

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron

This is the design ID and designer of this design.

Make sure to measure out the front of your apron first.  To see what size your design needs to be.

Step 2 – Mirror Design

Next it’s time to prep the design so we can cut it. Since this is a heat transfer project you will need to mirror your design so that it will be right side up.

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron

Flip Horizontally.

Step 3 – Ungroup Design

Since we are cutting this in several colors we will need to ungroup our design, and separate it.

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron

Step 4 – Cut Design

Now it’s time to cut our design!  Since we are using heat transfer we need to put the glossy part facing down.

I used blade setting 3 to cut my design.  Make sure to select “heat transfer” as your material.

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron

Step 5 – Weed Design

Next it’s time to weed our design.  I pulled out my “handy dandy” weeding tool and got started!  Just remember slow and steady, it’s not vinyl so it takes a little time to weed each area.

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron

Step 6 – Lay Out Design

I laid out my design to see exactly where I wanted to place it before I ironed it down.

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron

Step 7 – Add Design

Let’s iron this baby down!!

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron

My last post I placed a piece of material on top.  But this one I put the iron right on top of the heat transfer and counted to 20.

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron

I did each spot in sections.  See how easy that is to do!

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron

Step 8 – Add Extra Detail

I knew I wanted to add an extra touch to this apron but wasn’t sure exactly what ribbon I wanted to use until I added my design.

 DIY Christmas Apron

I finally decided on the star ribbon I found at Wal-Mart.  I pulled out my “trusty” hot glue gun and started working my way around the apron.

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron

Finishing Touches

Now it’s time to get baking!!

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron with your Silhouette Cameo and heat transfer

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron with your Silhouette Cameo and heat transfer

How to make a DIY Christmas Apron with your Silhouette Cameo and heat transfer

In my best Oprah voice “Let’s get this holiday baking season started!!”

As always thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project! I’m so happy with how this project turned out.  This is my second time using the heat transfer, I posted last week my holiday Christmas pillow.  See I told you I was posting another heat transfer project, my DIY Christmas Apron.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!  If you have any questions regarding the post just leave me a quick comment!

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