Crafts by Courtney https://www.craftsbycourtney.com How-to Crafts and DIY Parties Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:15:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.8 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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Table Top Dog Theme Christmas Tree https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/table-top-dog-theme-christmas-tree/ Fri, 13 Dec 2019 04:11:03 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11753 Table Top Dog Theme Christmas Tree
Working on your Christmas Tree is always a favorite part of the holiday season. This year I was able to work on a Dog Themed Christmas Tree for the house.
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Table Top Dog Theme Christmas Tree

Hello friends, I have been so excited to get this post up on my blog. I wrote this Table Top Dog Theme Christmas Tree post last month on the Darice blog.  I was so excited to get the opportunity to work on this post. I have never worked on a Christmas Tree theme like this before, but I was pretty happy with how it turned out. If you follow me, then you know I’m all about my coastal Christmas tree.

I loved the idea of creating a dog theme tree. This is a perfect idea for your home, dog boutique, groomers, doggy daycare, etc. The ideas are limitless to where to put a tree like this.  After I found these beautiful ornaments on the Darice site, I knew this was going to be an amazing project to work on.

After I finished my post, I contacted a friend of mine who works at the local humane society and donated all the ornaments and decor in the photo.  I’m so happy that these ornaments can go to a great cause.

Let’s get started!!

Dog Theme Christmas Tree Supplies Needed:

Table Top Dog Theme Christmas Tree

I went with a 4 foot tree, perfect size for a table top tree. Take your tree out of the box and fluff it right up!  It came pre-lite so I didn’t have to worry about adding any lights.

Table Top Dog Theme Christmas Tree

I really wanted a make a tree skirt for this tree.  While searching for my ornaments I came across this red buffalo bandana that matched the ornaments perfectly. I knew it would make a great tree skirt for this tree. But I had to do a quick DIY project first.

Table Top Dog Theme Christmas Tree

I folded the bandana over and cut two slits in the center.

Table Top Dog Theme Christmas Tree

Not too large, just enough to add the tree steam through.

Table Top Dog Theme Christmas Tree

Now you have a quick DIY tree skit made for our adorable dog tree.

Table Top Dog Theme Christmas Tree

Now the fun part…

DECORATING!! I just filled my tree up with all these amazing dog ornaments.  These ornaments are definitely the star of the show.  I didn’t want to add too much to distract from them besides the large pom pom garland.

Table Top Dog Theme Christmas Tree

Table Top Dog Theme Christmas Tree

Darice had so many extra special touches to add to the scene like these mini Christmas dog figurines galvanized tin planter.

Christmas Tree decor

Christmas Tree decor

Of course when I saw these cool dog pillows I had to add them to the scene. How could you not LOVE these pillows!

Table Top Dog Theme Christmas Tree

Miss Sadie had to get in on the Christmas spirit too!  Of course she loves Christmas too!

Table Top Dog Theme Christmas Tree

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my Dog Theme Christmas Tree.  I love working on Christmas projects, I hope you found a little inspiration as you plan your upcoming Christmas decor.

What’s your favorite part about the dog theme Christmas tree and decor??  Let me know!

What’s the craziest Christmas Tree theme you have done?

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How to make a DIY Faux Glitter Succulent Wreath https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/how-to-make-a-diy-faux-glitter-succulent-wreath/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 03:33:22 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12002 How to make a DIY Faux Glitter Succulent Wreath
How to make a simple holiday succulent wreath with Dollar Tree succulents and DecoArt paint. It's a perfect Christmas craft to make!
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How to make a DIY Faux Glitter Succulent Wreath

Happy Holiday everyone! Today I’m sharing a Faux Glitter Succulent Wreath I made over at the DecoArt Blog last month.  Every month we have a fun challenge to create a project using a DecoArt product.  This month our challenge was doing a Christmas project using their Craft Twinkle.

Christmas is right around the corner, so I wanted to get started on a couple Christmas crafts for the house. My first project was this DIY Glitter Succulent Wreath. We all need a little extra sparkle during the holidays right?! This wreath has that for sure. As you all know I’m apart of the core blogger team for DecoArt.

Let’s get started!!

Glitter Succulent Wreath Supplies Needed:

  • Americana Multi-Surface Metallics 2oz – Champagne
  • Craft Twinkles 2oz – Champagne
  • Faux succulent
  • Wood wreath
  • Hot glue

Besides the paint, everything was purchased from the Dollar Tree for this wreath.  Even the succulents, if you can believe!

How to make a DIY Faux Glitter Succulent Wreath

Honestly I think this would make a great wreath for all year long, depending on the space you put it in.

How to make a DIY Faux Glitter Succulent Wreath

Make sure to head over to the DecoArt blog and see the full tutorial on how to make this wreath yourself.

See Full Tutorial Here!

Looking for more DIY Succulent wreaths?

Succulent Heart Wreath

DIY Terracotta Wreath

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest project.  I hope these succulent wreaths inspire you to make your own DIY wreath!

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Easy DIY Christmas Pillow https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/easy-diy-christmas-pillow/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:50:44 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11976 Easy DIY Christmas Pillow
Easy tutorial on how to make a DIY Christmas Pillow this Christmas Season! This is a perfect touch to add to your Christmas decor this holiday season, using your Silhouette Cameo.
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Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

Christmas is in full force here at the Sanchez house.  I’ve been crafting up a storm getting the house ready. I love adding DIY holiday projects to the house, so of course I was excited to create this holiday Christmas Pillow. I think it’s a great addition to my holiday decor.  But I really think I need a pillow that says “I just want to drink wine and watch Christmas moves” thats more my styles, ;-P  But I do love some hot chocolate too!

I have worked on A LOT of Silhouette projects but I’ve NEVER done a heat transfer project before.  Can you believe it?! This Christmas pillow is my first! To be honest I was a little intimated to do one, now that I’ve done one and realized it’s totally easy I will be doing a lot more. I actually have another Christmas one in the works for next week.

Here’s a picture of our trip to get our Christmas tree on Black Friday!  It’s getting pretty chilly here in NC, totally the Christmas vide.

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.

So let’s get started!

Christmas Pillow Supplies Needed:

  • Silhouette Cameo 3
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl
  • Weeding Tool
  • Pillowcase
  • Pillow

Create an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

Step 1 – Pick Out Your Design

I went into the Silhouette Library to find my design or should I say the design found me. I was searching the design studio for my 2nd Christmas craft design and I stumbled across this one.  It was too cute and funny, I knew I had to use it for a project.  I sized it to fit my pillow 12×12.

Create an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

This is the design ID and designer of this design.

Step 2 – Mirror Your Design

Since this is a heat transfer project you will need to mirror your design so that it will be right side up.

Since the candy cane will be in a separate color, I ungrouped the design to put the candy cane to the side.

Step 3 – Cut Design

Now it’s time to cut!  When using glitter you need to face the glitter side down.  This is a VERY important step!

Create an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

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

Step 4 – 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.

Create an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

Create an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

Step 5 – Add Design to Pillow

The fun part, adding our design!!  I centered the design on my pillow, which I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  Then I placed a thin cloth over top.  I pulled out my iron and went over the whole design several times.

Create an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

Create an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

Step 6 – Remove Plastic Sheet

Let’s remove that plastic backing!  If some of the letters are still stuck to the plastic, I just went over it again with the iron but not using the cloth on top. After that I had no problems pulling it up!

Create an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

Step 7 – Add Candy Cane

Add your candy cane with the same process.  I went back and cut the snowflakes in the red glitter as well.

Create an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

This looks AMAZING!!  Now I just needed to add my pillow inside.

Create an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

Finishing Touches

Have you ever had one of those projects that your like “wow this turned out AWESOME” well this was that for me.  I can’t believe I waited so long to try a heat transfer project. I was sending text pictures to my friends.  Their like we need a girls crafting night to make one theme-selves.  I need to make a pillow that says “I just wanna craft and watch Christmas movies”.  Can someone make that design for me?!

How to make an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

 

How to make an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

How to make an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

How to make an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow

As always thanks for stopping by and checking out my Christmas pillow craft.  It was a blast working on this project and doing something a little different then I usually do.

Stayed tuned, I have another heat transfer project I’ll be posting soon!

If you have any questions on the project don’t hesitate to ask!

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Craft Room Paint Organizer https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/craft-room-paint-organizer/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/craft-room-paint-organizer/#respond Mon, 02 Dec 2019 02:38:10 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11959 Craft Room Paint Organizer
Easy craft room organization with DecoArt paints. I used the wooden craft to help organize my paints for the craft room.
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Craft Room Paint Organizer

Hello friends, thanks for stopping by! Today I’m sharing a Paint Organizer for my craft room.

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 their Multi Surface Satin Paint.

I found this wooden crate on the Darice site and I knew it would make a great paint organizer. I’m able to fit 42 bottles of paint in each one.  All I needed to do was give it a little pizzazz!

Paint Organizer Supplies Needed:

Let’s Get Started!

Craft Room Paint Organizer

Step 1 – Pick Out Paint

It was a tough one to decide what color paints I wanted to use for this project.  I wanted to go with a rainbow feel for this craft, to match my craft room color scheme.

Craft Room Paint Organizer

Step 2 – Tape off Edge

Next I taped the top off so I could easily paint the top part.

Craft Room Paint Organizer

I only needed to do a total of two coats, letting each coat dry several minutes.

Craft Room Paint Organizer

Step 3 – Tape off Sides

I wanted to paint strips on the sides. So I pulled out my “trusty” washi tape to create my lines.

Craft Room Paint Organizer

Step 4 – Paint Sides

Lightly fill in the gaps between the washi tape. If you make sure to smooth your washi tape out then you should have crisp lines when you’re finished.

Craft Room Paint Organizer

DIY Craft Room Paint Organizer

Step 5 – Add Paints

Now let’s get our paints organized.  I have lots of specialty paints, that I’ve tossed in boxes with no rhyme or reason.  So it’ll be nice if I need fabric or glitter paint I’ll know exactly where to find them.

Craft Room Paint Organizer

Finishing Touches

Time to go set these up in my craft room!

Craft Room Organization

DecoArt Paint

Craft Room Organization

Simple Craft Room Organization

Easy Craft Room Organization

As alway thanks for stopping by!  I hope this paint organizer gives you some inspiration to get your paints organized.

Looking for another Painter organizer craft? Check out this Paint Storage I made last year.

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DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-hello-fall-welcoming-sign/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:17:12 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11904 DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign
Today I'm showing you how to make a DIY Fall Welcoming Sign. All you need are a couple supplies to get started on this simple Fall Sign.
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DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Hi everyone, it has been a whirlwind of a week here in the Sanchez house and it’s only Wednesday.  With all the prepping for holidays projects, kids football games, and school events.  It’s non stop.  But I LOVE it!

Of course I’ve been getting the house ready for Thanksgiving. It has to look perfect. So one of my last Fall home projects is this DIY Fall Welcoming Sign for your front entry way.  It’s a nice welcoming sign for my friends and family to see when they walk in the door and enter my front living room.

If you follow my blog then you know I’m all about a DIY Sign project for the house.   I went and counted and I’ve done 19 sign projects on my blog.  I really think I should make a quick round up post for everyone.  I’ll add that to my to-do list for sure!

So onto the project!

DIY Hello Fall Sign Supplies:

  • Cameo 3
  • Vinyl
  • Transfer Tape
  • Paint
  • Wood Shadow Box

DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Step 1 – Paint Shadow Box

I went through my wood supply stash and found this shadow box that has been sitting for awhile now.  I really needed to finally use it.  I grabbed some white acrylic paint and paint gel stain.  I painted the edges first with the stain, then went around the rest with the white acrylic paint.

DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Step 2 – Find Stencil

After searching the Silhouette library I found the perfect design for my Fall sign. That was probably the hardest part!  I was able to go in a mess the the color theme that I wanted to use.

DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

This is the design ID and designer of this design.

DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Step 3 – Cut and Weed Stencil

Next I cut my stencil with vinyl on blade setting 1 with my Cameo 3.

DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Then I weeded it.  Now I have the PERFECT stencil for this project!

DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Step 4 – Add Transfer Tape

To add your stencil you are going to need to put some transfer tape on top. I cut the transfer tape to size. I added to the top, then peeled the back off.

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Step 5 – Add Stencil

Now you can add your stencil to the shadow box. Since the back is sticky is will stay put while you add your paint.

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Gently peel the transfer tape off.

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Step 6 – Paint Stencil

Now the fun part, adding our paint!  I picked some bright vibrant colors for my Fall sign.

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

I did a total of two coats, letting each coat dry 10 minutes.

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Step 7 – Remove Stencil

Finally let’s pull our vinyl up to reveal our AMAZING sign!

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

Finishing Touches

Now it’s time to start decorating with my new Fall sign!  These colors absolutely POP in my house.

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

How to make a DIY Hello Fall Welcoming Sign

What do you think? Have you tried making a DIY Sign before?

Honestly once I got started I had this sign made in a little over an hour, gotta love that!

As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my DIY Fall Welcoming Sign post.  If you have any questions about making the sign shoot me a quick e-mail and I’ll get right back to ya!

Have a blessed Holiday season!

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Crafts by Courtney
Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/fall-painted-pumpkin-wall-art/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/fall-painted-pumpkin-wall-art/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 03:27:58 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11711 Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art
Looking for the perfect Fall craft? Add this DIY Fall Painted Pumpkin project to your holiday to-do list this Fall Season.
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Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

Hello friends, today I’m sharing a new wall art project I just finished over at the Darice Blog.  A Fall Painted Pumpkin! I will show you an easy way to create a hand painted look using a stencil created with my Silhouette Cameo.

What I love most about this project is how the pumpkin really POPS against that black canvas.  Black canvas projects are popping up all over the place now. I think we are going to be seeing a lot of black canvas wall art pieces, especially around the holidays.

So grab your supplies and let’s get started!

Fall Painted Pumpkin Supplies Needed:

Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

Step 1 – Make and Cut Stencil

Since it’s Fall I really wanted to go with a pumpkin for this project.  But you can pick any type of style you like. I found this stencil on the Silhouette library, #274516.  I sized it to fit the size of my canvas 9×12.  Then I cut it on blade setting 3.

Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

Step 2 – Weed Stencil

After I cut my stencil, I used my “handy dandy” weeding tool to weed my stencil.  Now I have the perfect stencil for this project.

Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

Step 3 – Add Stencil

Next, I added the stencil to my canvas using transfer tape. Make sure to smooth is out with either a credit card or scraper tool.

DIY Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

Step 4 – Pick Your Colors

Now let’s pick our paint colors!

Since my home is more coastal, I like to combine my coastal style with my Fall decor. So I wanted to go with a light colored pumpkin.  I used a Premium Acrylic Paint for this project.

DIY Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

DIY Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

Step 5 – Add Your Paint

Finally it’s time to start painting.  I really wanted this project to feel like it was hand painted so I used various shades of green for the leaves to create that effect.

DIY Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

For the pumpkin I used a titan buff, titanium white, warm grey and carbon black. With all the shading this pumpkin turned out perfect!

Create a Fall Painted Pumpkin Wall Art

I really didn’t have a strategy for painting my pumpkin. This was my first time attempting a project like this, I just added my titan buff paint first, then I started shading with different colors.  I let some of the black from the canvas show through.

Fall Painted Pumpkin perfect Fall home decor craft

Step 7 – Remove Stencil 

Now it’s time to remove the vinyl and see your creation! I didn’t wait for the paint to dry, I pulled the vinyl off immediately.

Fall Painted Pumpkin perfect Fall home decor craft

Voila!!

Fall Painted Pumpkin perfect Fall home decor craft

Finishing Touches

Creating a stencil is a great option with a project like this, especially if you don’t know how to draw or paint like me.

Fall Painted Pumpkin perfect Fall home decor craft

Fall Painted Pumpkin perfect Fall home decor craft

Fall Painted Pumpkin perfect Fall home decor craft

As always, thanks for stopping by and checking our my latest.  I’m pretty excited with how this Fall painted pumpkin turned out.  I hope this inspires you to try it yourself.  I really thinks this can be done with so many designs in the Silhouette library.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Looking for another Fall Sign Project?

I made this Fall sign last year using my Silhouette as well.  Heading over and see the full tutorial!

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