Category Archives: Silhouette Craft Cutter

Cub Scout Blue and Gold Dinner Decorations

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I had the task of decorating for our Cub Scout Blue and Gold dinner.  We didn’t have a specific theme, just blue and gold, which made it pretty easy!  I went to Party City and got the disposable plastic table coverings (100 foot roll) and all the paper products.

I used these amazing games as the place mats and had pencils out on the tables also.  Thank you Akela’s Council Blog for your hard work!

For centerpieces, I used these wooden stands from a previous project and added vinyl with my Silhouette.  I used the 12 Core Values of Cub Scouts and labeled each centerpiece with a different value.  I printed off the Cub Scout logo and taped them on the centerpieces with painters tape.

IMG_8920IMG_8919IMG_8914The gold stars on sticks doubled as decorations and trophies for the awards for the cake decorating (all the boys got one).  I got the pre-cut stars and a pack of dowels at Joann’s, and had the Hubs cut a 1×1 stick of wood into squares.  In one of our den meetings, the boys painted everything yellow and I added the blue vinyl and ribbon.  The best part about these is they were about 35 cents each to make.  Not bad!

IMG_8921We organized the eating tables in a “U” shape.  At the top of the “U” we positioned the flag stands, the food tables, and the cake tables.  It looked fabulous and everyone had a clear view of the front.  Sorry, this is the best picture I have of the table set up.

IMG_8917It all worked out great, a pretty fun night!

Soccer Gifts

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With soccer season coming to an end, its time to acknowledge the efforts of our players and say thank you to our coaches… BUT I think trophies and plaques are super lame.  They sit on a shelf and are usually made of super cheap plastic.  I like useful gifts!  For my daughter’s team, we decided to do water bottles for the girls.  All the returning players will have them for next year.  SInce we are the Bumble Bees, I got yellow stainless steel bottles and used black outdoor vinyl.  The stainless steel water bottles I got at Discount Mugs.  Out the door with shipping and tax, the bottles were $5.50 each (be sure to google for coupons).

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For my son’s team, I made these dry erase clipboards for the coaches.  I got the clipboards off Amazon and then personalized with indoor vinyl.  Its not pictured, but the other side of the clipboard also has a full soccer field printed on it and dry erase marker.

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DIY Soccer Banner and a *GIVEAWAY*

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It’s soccer season around here, and let me tell you, people go ALL OUT.  I love being a soccer mom, but not a big fan of all the costs involved.  In our league, each team is required to pitch in to purchase a team banner which usually runs about $300.  Too expensive!  This year, I offered to make our Bumble Bee banner and Expressions Vinyl was kind enough to donate the supplies.   I also have an awesome giveaway from Expressions Vinyl, more on that at the bottom of the post.

We are the Bumble Bees, a very fun theme.  The blue background piece is heavy vinyl like the type you’d use for table cloths, purchased at a fabric store.  The frame is made from PVC pipe and breaks down easily to carry.  Everything rolls up together and is easy to transport.

The design is all outdoor vinyl and the shapes are all purchased from the Silhouette Online Store.

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banner 6I loved how the soccer ball beehive and the bees turned out:

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banner 4If you’ve never done multiple layers of vinyl, its simple!  Just build the shape front to back, on transfer tape first:

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*GIVEAWAY INFO*

I have a $25 gift card that can go towards any vinyl purchase from Expressions Vinyl to give away to one lucky winner!  I purchase all my vinyl from this company because their prices are low, they send out great coupons via email, and shipping over $75 is free. 

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:

Go to Expressions Vinyl and find your favorite product.  List it in the comments section of this post.  One winner will randomly be chosen on Sept. 8, 2014. 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER!

How to Make Elsa’s Ice Castle from DISNEY’S FROZEN

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I’ve been searching the internet the last few weeks for ideas for my little girl’s Frozen birthday celebration.  I wanted to use Elsa’s castle for the centerpiece at the party, but not finding anything in my price range (I will not spend $110 on this!) I decided to make my own.  I’m giving a shout out to this guy’s tutorial since I based my castle shapes off his Frozen castle.  I had most of the supplies on hand, so this whole project only cost me $2.50 for the foam core.

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Supplies Needed:

  • 3   12×12 pieces of card stock (I recommend something with a glossy finish or photo paper)
  • 1 piece of foam core
  • glue or paper Mod Podge (something that won’t warp your paper)
  • paint brush (to apply the glue)
  • glitter and embellishments
  • 3D mounting tape
  • scissors and/or cutter

Here we go!

I first made a pattern out of plain white 12×12 paper so that the measurements would show up better for you to see.  You don’t need to make a pattern, just cut your paper to the measurements I’ve specified.  All measurements are in inches.  The red circled letters are explained later.

Here’s how each 12×12 piece of card stock is cut.  Please note on the second page how there’s a section from the third page taped on.

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Once you’ve cut out your pieces, you can begin to assemble your castle.  The circled red letter on each piece indicate which layer the piece will be at.  For example, all the “A” pieces will attach directly to your foam core first.   The spires are just made from scraps.

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castle part A

Next add Level B.  Use mounting tape for all attachments.

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castle part B

I then added glitter to the middle of the door opening.  I think if I made this again, I’d use silver glitter, but your choice!

Attach the Level C piece:

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castle part CAnd lastly, the Level D pieces:

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castle part D

I then added a few embellishments including sliver glitter around the edges and a white snowflake made with my Silhouette.

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Then cut around the outside of the castle with a sharp exact-o knife, leaving about a 1/4 inch around the edges.  I took the left over foam core and attached a piece to the back of the castle so that it would stand.

All done!  I’ll post about the rest of the birthday party soon.

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Quiet Activites

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I made these little pouches for my niece and nephew so they have a quiet activity to do during church.  I didn’t follow a pattern, just went for it.  One thing the pictures don’t show is I used interfacing between the inside and outside panels.  Other than that, hopefully the pictures are self explanatory.

Girl Version:

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The white road dividers are heat transfer vinyl with my Silhouette.

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Sunshine Art Gift

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In search of a homemade gift from my kiddos, I saw a few variations on Pinterest of this idea, mostly using footprints.  They were super cute, but I didn’t want to invest in a large canvas big enough for feet.  Instead I used an 8×10 canvas panel that I purchased on Amazon in a 12 pack (around a dollar a piece).  I outlined the circle for my oldest kiddo and he painted the sun.  Then I helped each munchkin make three or four fingerprints on the canvas.  Using my trusty Silhouette I cut out the letters in vinyl and applied to the canvas.  I love how it turned out!  On the back (not pictured) I put “Made with Love and Little Fingers” and had all my kids sign their names.

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Reusable Table Centerpieces

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I was asked to make some table centerpieces for our Relief Society 100 Dresses activity.  I decided to make something I could reuse, so I came up with these plain white wood panels.  The base pieces are 1x4s cut 12 inches long.  The upright piece a 1×8 cut to 8×10 pieces.  They are screwed together on the bottom and painted white.  I used my Silhouette to decorate both sides with vinyl to match the theme.  My plan is to reuse these for future activities and holiday decorating by just removing the vinyl and replacing it with whatever vinyl designs I want.

I can only take credit for the centerpieces, but the ladies on the RS committee did a beautiful job decorating with vintage and special occasion dresses hung around the room and beautiful table settings.  And check out those cupcakes!  Amazing!

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Update:  I did this event again, in anther ward.  Here’s a few of the pictures.  The favors are wedding favors from Amazon and I just cut out a dress and glued it over the wedding dress.  Lifesavers are inside.