Crafts by Courtney https://www.craftsbycourtney.com How-to Crafts and DIY Parties Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:28:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.10 Basket Makeover with DecoArt https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/basket-makeover-with-decoart/ Sat, 12 Sep 2020 13:14:42 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12420 $2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt
Doing an upcycle project on the blog is always a favorite kind of post to work on. I used DecoArt new Moody Blue paint to give the basket a quick makeover for the house.
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$2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt

Today I’m sharing a super simple Basket Makeover, using DecoArts new Americana paints.  Sometimes you just need a quick project to take your mind off things, right?!

My mom had this old basket sitting in her shed for years, I think it’s a vegetable basket she got at the Flea Market. So I ask if I could have it for a quick makeover and I’m so glad I did!

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 one of their new Americana paints. I love being apart of their team and trying our all these new products, it’s been awhile since we’ve worked on a project together.  I was excited to get started!

Basket Makeover Supplies Needed:

  • Americana Acrylics 2oz – Moody Blue
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz – Everlasting
  • Basket
  • Paint Brush

$2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt

Check out all of DecoArt’s new Americana Paints now available at Hobby Lobby!

$2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt

Step 1 – Paint Basket

I used my “trusty” Chalky Finish to paint the entire basket first.  I just lightly went over the basket with one coat of paint.

$2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt

$2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt

Step 2 – Add Accent Color

Now it’s time to add our accent color!  I had a lot of color options to choose from. But I really LOVED this Moody Blue and knew it would fit in perfectly with my coastal decor.

$2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt

I went around the basket with three costs, letting each coat dry for 10 minutes.

$2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt

That color is fabulous!

$2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt

Decorate!

$2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt

Decorate around your basket with a blanket and pillow.

$2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt

I love this look, and I can’t wait to start decorating around it for Fall.  I can add some pumpkins and a new Fall pillow.

$2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt

$2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt

$2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt

As always, thanks for stopping by and checking out my latest home decor project.  I always love working on a new project for the house, especially this room.  During quaratine we have remolded and redecorated the space. I can’t wait to start decorating for the holidays in this room.

Before Makeover

I should have taken a proper before picture, but I forgot too. I got too excited to get started.

After Makeover

The space feels so much more open and bigger now.

$2.00 Thrift Store Basket Makeover with DecoArt

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15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/15-easy-diy-wreath-ideas/ Tue, 01 Sep 2020 14:45:15 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11171 15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas
15+ DIY Wreath Ideas for every holiday or season. I sharing simple and easy wreaths you can make anytime of the year.
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15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas

Hi everyone, today I’m sharing a post I haven’t done in awhile.  A roundup post!  With this roundup I’m sharing all of my OWN DIY Wreath Ideas.  I’ve been blogging for while now, and with that I have a TON of content.  Enough to start making my own projects roundup posts!

So sit back and relax (grab a cup of coffee) and enjoy all these 15+ DIY Wreath Idea.  Hopefully they will inspire you to make some of your own.  Especially with all the holidays coming up.

Let’s get started!

1. Heart Succulent Wreath

15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas - Succulent Wreath

2. Coastal Christmas Wreath

How to make a DIY Coastal Christmas Wreath - 15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas

3. Fall Floral Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Coastal Embroidery Hoop Wreath Tutorial for Fall - 15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas

4. Spooky Cat Wreath

Spooky Halloween DIY Cat Wreath for Kids - 15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas

5. DIY Summer Umbrella Wreath

Simple DIY Umbrella Wreath - 15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas

6.  DIY Donut Wreath

Simple DIY WREATH - Donut Craft - 15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas

7. DIY Succulent Wreath

15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas - Succulent Wreath

8.  Peppermint Wreath

15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas - Peppermint Christmas Wreath

9.  DIY Fall Wreath

15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas - DIy Fall Wreath

10.  Split Pea Wreath

SPLIT PEA DIY WREATH CRAFT - 15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas

11. Burlap Christmas Wreath

DIY Burlap Wreath for Christmas - 15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas

12.  Halloween Cupcake Liner Wreath

15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas - Halloween Wreath

13. Starfish Wreath

Beach Craft - Coastal Living Inspired DIY Wreath - 15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas

14. Fourth of July Wreath

15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas - Fourth of July Wreath

15.  Summer Wreath

15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas - DIY Summer Wreath

16. Valentine Wreath

Fun Valentine Cupcake Liner DIY Wreath - 15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas

17. Mermaid Wreath

15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas - Mermaid Inspired Wreath

18. Succulent Glitter Wreath

15+ Easy DIY Wreath Ideas - Succulent Wreath

I will keep adding wreath ideas, as I make them to this post.  The holidays are coming up and I’m sure I’ll be making several wreaths.

As always thanks for stopping by, and make sure to pin some of your favorite ideas to save for later!

If your looking for more DIY Wreath Ideas, then check out this Wreath Roundup I did over at Crafts by Amanda a couple years ago.

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Launching the New Silhouette Portrait® 3 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/launching-the-new-silhouette-portrait-3/ Tue, 25 Aug 2020 16:04:22 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12410 Launching the New Silhouette Portrait® 3
I have some EXCITING news!  Silhouette has just released a new cutting machine, the new Silhouette Portrait® 3! I will be receiving one soon for an unboxing post and go more into detail there about the machine.
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Launching the New Silhouette Portrait® 3

I have some EXCITING news!  Silhouette has just released a new cutting machine, the new Silhouette Portrait® 3! I will be receiving one soon for an unboxing post and go more into detail there about the machine. But I can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about.  I wanted to announce in this post that its available now to order and some of the great promotions Silhouette has going on right now.

This is a perfect cutting machine if your on the go or don’t have enough room in your crafting space for a large Silhouette Cameo.

Here’s some info from the Silhouette Store about the new machine:

The Portrait is a compact machine that allows you to create DIY projects with incredible precision. From cutting labels, to creating custom stickers, the Silhouette Portrait is a tool that every maker should have. With its light weight, the Portrait 3 is also the perfect machine to take to events, craft parties, or anywhere you want to be creative.

Machine features include:

  • 8-inch cutting width
  • Cut up to 60 feet in length (with select materials using a Roll Feeder)
  • Matless cutting capabilities (see Tech Specs for full details)
  • 2 mm clearance
  • Automatic tool detection
  • Wireless cutting with Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Print & Cut registration capability
  • PixScan™ compatible
  • Driven by Silhouette Studio® giving you limitless design options to customize your projects.

 Click here for more information.

Contains:

  • Silhouette Portrait® 3
  • 8-inch cutting mat
  • AutoBlade
  • Silhouette Studio® software (digital download)
  • 50 exclusive designs (digital download)
  • 1-month Silhouette Design Store subscription (available with tool registration)
  • Adapter for Silhouette sketch pens
  • Basic Instruction Guide (digital download)
  • Power cable & USB cable

Launching the New Silhouette Portrait® 3

Doing research on the Portrait 3 and reading up on it, it’s a comparable machine to the Silhouette Cameo 4, just smaller size.

  • Automatic tool detection
  • One-touch reset Autoblade (compatible with the Cameo 4)*
  • Pop-out matless cutting (cut paper without a mat!). See this video for a better explanation. I made it for the Cameo 4, but it applies to the Portrait 3 as well.

Launching the New Silhouette Portrait® 3

Current Promotions

Silhouette has put together 3 bundles you can purchase with your Portrait 3. Now until August 31, you can get the following bundles with my code CBC on silhouetteamerica.com. (Add to your Portrait 3 order, or buy them on their own.)

Portrait Basics Bundle $45.96 $25.99

  • Portrait Cutting Mat (Standard Tack)
  • AutoBlade
  • Scratch-off Sticker – Printable
  • Sticker Sheets – Rose Gold Foil

Sticker Bundle $37.46 $25.99

  • Sticker Sheets – Clear
  • Sticker Sheets – White
  • Sticker Sheets – Silver Foil
  • Washi Paper Sheets
  • Sticker Sheets – White Glitter

Specialty Media Bundle $51.95 $29.99

  • Temporary Tattoo Paper
  • Scratch-Off Sticker – Gold
  • Shrink Plastic – Clear
  • Magnet Paper – Adhesive
  • Stencil Sheets – Adhesive

SHOP THE BUNDLES HERE and don’t forget to use my code, CBC, to unlock the sale prices at checkout.

Also Silhouette is offering 40% off adhesive vinyl, when using my CBS code at checkout!  Make sure to stock up!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for my Portrait 3 unboxing post coming soon.

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Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/craft-room-hanging-canvas-project/ Mon, 24 Aug 2020 16:34:07 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12238 Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project
Use your Silhouette Cameo 4 to create custom wall art and signs for your craft room. I made this simple DIY Hanging Canvas Project, using heat transfer.
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Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project

Hello everyone, I have a treat for you today!  I’m sharing a Hanging Canvases project I worked on with my Silhouette Cameo 4.  You see all these DIY versions, but these are already made and ready to use which I love!

Since it’s canvas there are several options you can do with it.  Painting, heat transfer, needlework, etc.  The possibilities are endless. I decided on using heat transfer. I have recently done several heat transfer projects and have become obsessed.  The hardest part was deciding what exactly I wanted to do with it.  I was sitting in my craft room and then realized why not make a wall hanging for my craft room!

So I grabbed my supplies and got started!

Hanging Canvas Project Supplies Needed:

This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase through a link!

Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project

Step 1 – Iron Canvas

When I opened the hanging canvas package I noticed it needed ironed.  So I pulled out my “trusty” mini iron and ironed out all the wrinkles in the canvas.

Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project

This is the perfect little crafting iron!

Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project

Step 2 – Pick and Cut Phrase

Now it’s time to find and cut your phrase! I went into the Silhouette library and found the perfect phrase for this project.  I’m not gonna lie, my craft room can get messy!

Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project

Quick Tip: When doing a heat transfer project, you need to make sure you mirror the image before you cut.

Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project

Step 3 – Weed Phrase

I cut and weeded my phrase.  Since the word “craft” was in a different color, I cut them at separate times.

Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project

Step 4 – Add Phrase

Now it’s time to add our phrase! Place your phrase on the canvas, now place your iron on top. Do not move the iron around like you are ironing a piece of clothing. Keep the iron in place and continue to add pressure for about 30 seconds on each letter. Then peel the plastic part off.

Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project

The heat transfer vinyl went on the canvas perfectly!

Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project

And voila you’re finished!

Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project

This sign is perfect for my craft room.  As I stated before, it can get pretty MESSY in there! Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project

I love how it turned out! This was so easy to make, you’ll have one done in no time!

Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project

Craft Room Hanging Canvas Project

As always thanks for stopping by and checking out my hanging canvas project. I hope this project provides some inspiration to make one of your own!

Let me know if you have any questions, and I’ll be happy to answer them!

Looking for another heat transfer project? Check out this DIY Monogramed Kitchen Towels.

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3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/3-easy-diy-back-to-school-sign-ideas/ Wed, 29 Jul 2020 17:44:36 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11573 3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas
Today I'll show you how to make 3 different Back to School signs for your kids this upcoming school year. All you need is your Silhouette Cameo to get these DIY signs done in no time!
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3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

It’s almost time for the kids to head back to school.  My boys start school at the end of July, so I wanted to share some Back to School Signs I made for the boys last year.  Usually I’m scrambling the night before, not this year!!

Today I’ll show you three different Back to School Sign ideas you can make for your littles ones first day of school!

I’ve taken a first and last day of school photo with everyone of my boys since they started school.  It has become a special family tradition for us, and I LOVE looking through the old first day of school photos and seeing how much each one of them have grown.

So let’s get started!

DIY Back to School Sign 1

I will start with the more complicated Back to School sign first.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Material Needed:

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Step 1. I used my “hand dandy” Silhouette Cameo to come up with my first day of School sign phrase.  In the Silhouette library they have several First Day of School sign options to choose from.

Once my design was ready, I measured the chalkboard and then resized my design in Studio to make sure it would fit nicely.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Step 2. Next, I cut out and weeded all the phrases.  Since each phrase is a different color I had to “ungroup” the phrase and cut them out each individually.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Step 3. Using transfer paper I adhered the first part onto the chalkboard.  Next I added each phrase.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Honestly it seems like a lot, but it’s really very simple.

Step 4.  Finally grab your chalk markers and fill in the answers!

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

This Back to School Sign can be used for many years!

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

DIY Back to School Sign 2

This Back to School sign is another one I made using the Silhouette cutting machine, but a lot less steps.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Material Needed:

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Step 1. I used the Silhouette Cameo again, and come up with my first day of school sign phrase.  I didn’t need to use the Silhouette library for this sign since I kept the phrase simple.

Once my design was ready, I measured the wood circle and then resized my design in Studio to make sure it would fit.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Step 2. I went over the entire wood circle with a paper towel and my gel stain.  Just wiping the stain on the wood.  Let dry 20 minutes.

Step 3. As with the first sign, I needed to cut the “First Day of and Grade” separately then the chalkboard banner. I used my “trusty” transfer paper to add my phrase once it was weeded.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Step 4. Next I cut, weeded, and added the chalkboard banner.  This is where you will write the grade every year with a chalk marker.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

DIY Back to School Sign 3

Finally, I will show you a simple sign you can make in 5 minutes.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Materials Needed:

  • Chalkboard
  • Chalk Markers

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

All I needed to do for this sign was get a simple chalkboard sign and chalk markers. You can get as creative as you want.  My oldest is starting 5th grade and he likes to keep things simple, so I knew this sign was for him.

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

As always thanks for stopping by, I’m looking forward to the first day of school to show these signs off!

3 Easy DIY Back to School Sign Ideas

Please let me know if you have any question on making these signs, I’d love to answer them!

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Silhouette Alta Plus – First Project https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/silhouette-alta-plus-first-project/ Fri, 24 Jul 2020 15:05:00 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12383 Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project
I'm sharing a quick and easy post using the Silhouette Alta Plus 3D Printer. My first post is some nautical pieces made with the 3D printer.
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Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Hello everyone, I’m at it again teaming up with Silhouette to talk about the new Silhouette Alta Plus 3D Printer.  My last post I did an unboxing of the Alta Plus and showed how easy it is to setup your machine.  This post I wanted to show how to make your first project.

I decided to keep it simple for my first project and make some coastal items.  If you know me then you know I’m all about a coastal crafts.

So let’s gather up our machine and supplies and get started!

Alta Plus 3D Printer Project Supplies Needed:

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.

Getting Started

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 1 – Add your Platform

With the new Alta Plus the platform already has platform tape on it.  But after a couple uses you will need to replace it.  Five extra come in the box.  But if you need to buy extra platform tape, you can get it on the Silhouette website.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

The platform just POPS into place!

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 2 – Add Filament

Now it’s time to add your filament! Pick your color and place the tube on top. Feed it through the top loop and pull the lever pushing the filament through until it reaches the print head.

*Step 7 I’ll show you how to heat up the machine

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 3 – Add Cables and Turn Machine on

Add your USB cable and power cable to the machine and computer.  Then flip the green power switch to turn on.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 4 – Open Silhouette 3D and Pick Design

Now we’re ready to pick our design.  Silhouette 3D comes with some free designs to start with or you can purchase some in the Silhouette design store.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 5 – Size Design

Now it’s time to size our design. I decided to make my shell a little larger for this post.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 6 – Setup Print

Head over to the 3D Print section of the tab bar and click the quality drop bar.  There are several options for print quality, but for this project we will do Standard.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 7 – Load and Heat Filament

We’ve already loaded our Filament, but now we want to heat it up to get started printing. Click the spool icon on the right, and wait for the machine to heat up.  It takes a couple minutes for it to heat up.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 8 – Print Design

Now we’re ready for the fun part, PRINTING!! Woohoo!!

All you gotta do now is click to print button and the machine will start printing.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 9 – Wait for Design to Print

It shows on the right hand tab side the time it takes to print your design.  To print this shell it took and 1 hour and 52 minutes.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

It was pretty interesting to see the process it takes to make a 3D design.  My boys had a blast watching it and has some ideas of their own as to what they want to make using this machine.

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Step 10 – Remove Design

Finally we need to remove the design from the platform.  Grab the “hand dandy” spatula and gently remove your design.  It takes a few try’s to remove the design from the platform.  Alexis over at Persia Lou had a tip about covering the platform with a glue stick to help remove your design.  She has some great tutorials on her blog about the Silhouette Alta as well, make sure to head over and check those out!

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project

Finishing Touches

After I finished my first project I had to make some more!  It became addicting!

Silhouette Alta Plus - First Project Coastal 3D Craft

Silhouette Alta Plus 3D Printer - First Project

I hope this tutorial was helpful and shows you how easy it is to use the new Silhouette Alta Plus 3D Printer.  This was an easier project to do, but my next post I will be trying something new! So stay turned for that!

Toni over at The Sprinkle Factory has a great tutorial on how to make cookie cutters, using the Silhouette Alta that you should check out!

As aways if you have any questions about the new Silhouette Alta Plus please don’t hesitate to ask! I will help answer any questions that I can or find out the answers for you!

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Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/coastal-wall-art-pour-painting/ Tue, 30 Jun 2020 14:16:04 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12173 DIY Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting
Create easy DIY Coastal Wall Art, using DecoArt's Pour Paint Medium. This is a fast and easy coastal project you can have done in no time!
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DIY Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Hey everyone! I’m at it again with another pour painting project, but this time I’m making some Coastal Wall Art.  I love doing pour painting projects and I love sharing them with everyone.

The effect of each paint pour is as unique as you are!  You are not going to get two of the same pictures with this project. That’s what I LOVE about pour painting, it’s easy to do and the results are always breathtaking.

Let’s grab our supplies and I’ll show you how to get started!

Pour Painting Supplies Needed:

Step 1 –  Pick out Paint Colors

I wanted this project to have a somewhat beachy water vibe, so I picked out mostly blue colors and paired them with white and black.

Step 2 – Add Paint to Cups

Fill up your paper cups halfway with paint. It’s basically the whole 2 oz bottle of paint.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Step 3 – Add Pouring Medium

Now it’s time to add your pouring medium.  Fill up the rest of your cup with the pouring medium. 1:1 ratio for this project.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Step 4 Stir Paint

I always use a paper straw to stir up my paints.  Make sure to stir your paint and pour medium together throughly.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Step 5 – Prep Work

This can be a pretty messy project, so I always lay a table cloth out for the paint to fall on.  Once I’m done, then I can just toss it in the trash.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Sit your canvases on cups, this way the excess paint can drip off onto the table cloth.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Step 6 – Start Pouring!

Now it’s time to start pouring your paint!

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

I start in the middle of the canvas and just keep pouring the paint on top of each other.  Once I have enough paint I pick up the canvas and start moving it around a little.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

All the excess paint will start pouring off the sides.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

After a couple hours use a paper straw and wipe any paint that is dripping on the sides.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

This is VERY important, let paint dry 24 hours.  I know you’ll be tempted to touch it and see if it has dried in 10 hours, but it’s not gonna be and your going to leave a finger print.  Learn from my mistakes!

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Add some command strips to the back and your ready to hang on the wall!

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

They just look so bright and airy in the kitchen space.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Here is another look with this pieces of art.  I added them to my boys gaming room.

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Coastal Wall Art Pour Painting

Are these just not beautiful pieces of wall art, that you made yourself! Just a couple supplies and you have your own custom work.

As always thanks for stopping by, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Silhouette Alta Plus Unboxing and Setup https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/alta-plus-unboxing-and-setup/ Wed, 17 Jun 2020 16:53:33 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12363 Silhouette Alta Plus Unboxing and Setup
I’m at it again teaming up with Silhouette to unbox and setup the NEW Alta Plus!! I was very excited to get the opportunity to work on a project like this.  I’ve never done anything with 3D printing before, so this was a little out of my crafting comfort zone. But sometimes we gotta try […]
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Silhouette Alta Plus Unboxing and Setup

I’m at it again teaming up with Silhouette to unbox and setup the NEW Alta Plus!! I was very excited to get the opportunity to work on a project like this.  I’ve never done anything with 3D printing before, so this was a little out of my crafting comfort zone. But sometimes we gotta try something new, right?!

So let’s get started and set this machine up!

Some Facts:

The Silhouette Alta® Plus is a 3D printer that is perfect for beginners and experts alike. This printer can create a variety of 3D models using PLA filament (1.75 mm) and is compatible with Silhouette’s standard filament and specialty filament. Make everything from custom cookie cutters and keychains to cake toppers and jewelry pieces.

Getting Started

You’ll need to go to the Silhouette Setup link.  If you have not already setup up an account this is where you will do that.  If you have an existing account you will just need to log in.

https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/setup

Silhouette Alta Plus Unboxing and Setup

Step 1- Register Machine

On the back of the machine you can find the serial number there.

Step 2 – Machine Setup

Next go over all the content in the box to see if you have everything.  Here is a list of what will be in your box when you open it.

Contains:

  • Silhouette Alta® Plus 3D printer
  • Power cable and USB cable
  • Loose filament spool (color: white, approximately 60 grams)
  • Filament spool holder
  • Platform (with applied Platform Tape Sheet)
  • Replacement Platform Tape Sheets (5)
  • Hex key (for machine adjustments)
  • Rod (for filament adjustments)
  • Nozzle cleaner tool
  • Keys (to lock/unlock the case)
  • Silhouette 3D™ software (download)
  • 25 exclusive designs (download)
  • 1-month Silhouette Design Store subscription ($25 credit value) (available after tool registration)

Step 3 – Download Software

With Alta Plus you will need to download a different software other then your Silhouette Studio.  Silhouette 3D and Silhouette Studio work together.

Step 4 – Get Your Free Content

When you sign up you get a 1 month free subscription and a $25 credit to start experimenting with your machine!

Here are a couple examples of designs I purchased.

Step 5 –  Learn to use Machine

Now it’s time to learn about the machine!  There is a PDF to learn about the software and the machine, I highly suggest reading both.

When I do my next post and first project I will go into more detail and show you how to add the filament, tape to platform, etc. I will make sure to update this post and add the link.

Here are a couple quick pictures from my next post!

Silhouette Alta Plus Unboxing and Setup

Silhouette Alta Plus Unboxing and Setup

Silhouette Alta Plus Unboxing and Setup

As always thanks for stopping by, I hope this post has gotten you excited about the new Alta Plus machine.  Stay tuned for my next post where we will make our first project.

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Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/personalized-lantern-project-decor-3-ways/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/personalized-lantern-project-decor-3-ways/#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2020 18:33:02 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=11940 Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways
I loved the idea of having a lantern project that you can change through the seasons by just changing a couple things. Using some vinyl and your Silhouette cutting machine you can do just that!
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Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Hello all!  Today I’m sharing a new Silhouette project for the house. I loved the idea of having a lantern project that you can change through the seasons by just changing a couple things. That’s what decorating all about right?!  Using some vinyl and your Silhouette cutting machine you can do just that!

It’s a simple home decor project you can have done in no time! I also think this would make an AMAZING wedding or housewarming gift for someone.

Let’s get started and I’ll show you how simple it really is to make!

Lantern Supplies Needed:

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Step 1 – Pick out Vinyl

Lets start off by picking out our lantern and vinyl.  I choose this lantern because it had a lot of real estate on the front to work with.

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Step 2 – Pick and Cut Phrase

Now it’s time to pick out our phrase for the front of the lantern.  I went into the Silhouette library and found several phrase options I wanted to use for the project.  Make sure to measure the front of the lantern for your perfect sizing.

Step 3 – Weed Phrase

Cut your phrase on blade setting 3. I then used the weeding tool to remove all the excess vinyl from the design.

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Step 4 – Add Transfer Paper

Next use transfer tape to transfer the design to the front of the lantern.

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Smooth with a scraper tool and carefully remove the transfer tape.

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Voila!!  See how easy that was to do!

Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Step 5 – Decorate Your Lantern

Now it’s time to decorate the inside of the lantern.  My favorite was of course adding candles.  But your can add the succulent tree, shells, moss, plants, etc., to the inside.

I made three different looks for this post to give you a couple ideas for inspiration.

Farmhouse Inspiration

I paired this lantern up with this beautiful Succulent plant.  The plant also looks amazing on the inside of the lantern but for photo purposes I placed the plant next to it.

Easy to do Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Beachy Inspiration

If you know me then you know I’m ALL about coastal decor.  I added some shells to the inside for the perfect beachy touch!

Easy to do Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Easy to do Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Classic Inspiration

My classic take for this lantern was just adding some moss around the LED candles, and pairing it up with that gorgeous Cacti plant.

Easy to do Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

Easy to do Personalized Lantern Project Decor 3-Ways

I really loved how these turned out.  I think you can change out your sayings for different seasons or holidays. Halloween add a spooky saying with pumpkins inside. Christmas time add mini trees and snow.  The possibilities are endless for a project like this!

Looking for another lantern project?! Check out Angies Photo Lantern project.  This is another great project that I’ll have to add to my craft to-do list!

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DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-monogrammed-kitchen-towels/ https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/how-to-crafts/diy-monogrammed-kitchen-towels/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 10:00:23 +0000 https://www.craftsbycourtney.com/?post_type=craft&p=12092
I made these DIY monogrammed kitchen towels using my Silhouette Cameo 4 for the house. What a simple DIY project you can make in no time!
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Hello friends, today I’m sharing some DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels I made over at the Darice Blog last month.  I’ve been a little lacking with posting new projects on the blog, since the Covid-19 started.  My kids school started homeschooling right away, so that has kept me super busy with all three kids being home.  We’ve been staying home, and trying to keep busy and positive.  I’ve only went out a few times in the last month just to get groceries for the house.  It’s wild seeing everyone in masks and having to start wearing one myself when I go out.  I’m looking forward to the future and this being a distant memory for us.

Ok now onto the craft, Darice came out with these hand towels and I’ve been itching to do a project with them!  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do a holiday or non seasonal project with these.  But you could do either!  I was also excited to use my new Silhouette Cameo 4 again. I’ve done a couple heat transfer projects over the last couple months.  I’ve become kinda obsessed.

These are a great project to make for your home. I also think these would make great gifts for a wedding, hostess or house warming gift.

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towel Supplies Needed:

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Step 1 – Iron Towels

To start off let’s pull out our kitchen towels and give them and good ironing.  Once they were ironed I folded them over nicely to start the project.

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

Step 2 – Find Your Design

Since I decided on making monogrammed towels, I went into the Silhouette library and found the perfect monogram for this project.

This is the design ID and designer of this design.

Step 3 – Cut and Weed Design

I cut my monogram out on heat transfer vinyl and weeded it.

Quick Tip: When doing a heat transfer project, you need to make sure you mirror the image before you cut.

Then laid it on top on my kitchen towels.

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

Step 4 – Iron on Design

Place a towel on top of the vinyl and with a little pressure, place your iron on the towel.  Do not move the iron around like you are ironing a piece of clothing.  Keep the iron in place and continue to add pressure for about 30 seconds.  Then peel the plastic part off.

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

Now you’re ready to display and use!

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

I seriously think these turned out AMAZING.  What a great personalized project to make for the home. I made three different styles.

DIY Monogrammed Kitchen Towels

Farmhouse Style

Coastal Style

Formal Style

As always thanks for stopping by, if you have any questions about the iron on precess I’d be more then happy to answer them.  Please stay safe out there, I know it’s trying times for everyone and all the uncertainty.  Crafting is something that helps me get through this.  Even writing this post at 10:00 pm after the kids have gone to bed is a good distraction for me from the day.

Happy crafting!

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