DIY Holiday Deer Decal

DIY Vinyl Holiday Label Decal Tutorial

Deer lotion bottle DIY vinyl decal

Supplies:

• Bottle of Moisturizing Lotion

• Gold Adhesive Vinyl from Happy Crafters

• Transfer Paper

Tools:

• Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Cutter

First, remove the label from your lotion bottle.

lotion bottle decal tutorial

I purchased deer head art through my Silhouette Software and used Helvetica font for my letters. I created my design to measure about 3″ x 3″ to fit my lotion bottle. I put in my the vinyl color side up and changed the Silhouette blade settings for cutting standard vinyl and sent to ‘cut’.

cutting vinyl decals

Weed away the vinyl surrounding your desired design.

deer decal

Using transfer paper, I took my credit card and rubbed firmly onto my design to lift it off my carrier sheet.

vinyl decal label tutorial

Pull away the carrier.

vinyl decal label tutorial

Next, place your transfer paper with your decal on it onto the front of the lotion bottle and rub the design again with a a credit card. If your vinyl doesn’t want to stick to your bottle, re-apply and rub again.

lotion label decal

Peel away the transfer paper.

Vinyl lotion label decal DIY

Now you have cute guest room accessory!

Deer lotion bottle DIY vinyl decal

Or a cute little personalized DIY gift for friends or family, or maybe as a teacher gift?!

DIY gifts
*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion are my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.

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Halloween Pumpkin Decals

Roeshel of DIY Show Off shows how to use our black adhesive vinyl to create stunning Halloween décor using pumpkins!

pumpkin vinyl decal tutorial


Materials:

 Happy Crafters Happy Face Large Glossy Adhesive Vinyl (Black)

• Transfer Paper

• Pumpkins

Tools:

• Silhouette Cameo Vinyl Cutter

How to make vinyl decals for pumpkins tutorial:

1. Create design. I purchased a deer silhouette and frame from the online store and sized them in my Silhouette Studio designer software to fit my pumpkins.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

2. Send decals to “cut”.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

3. Weed the negative part of the design

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

4. Cut transfer paper to size. Peel away wax paper backing and smooth transfer paper into place.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

5. Rub design with a credit card.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

6. Peel away paper backing from the vinyl decal, transferring it to the sticky transfer paper.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

7. Position on pumpkin and lightly rub decal with a credit card.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

8. Peel away transfer paper. This might get a little tricky because of the pumpkin’s uneven surface. You may have to use your fingernail to help with the transfer.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

9. There are also wrinkles in my vinyl decal…but it doesn’t take away from the design. I just smoothed it down the best I could using my fingernail and credit card.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

To complete this display, see the tutorial for the candy corn here.

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals
DIY vinyl pumpkin decals



*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.

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Crafting 101

Before you can transition from a newbie to a veteran crafter, there are some tricks of the trade that some first time craft enthusiasts may not be aware of when they first go to use adhesive or iron-on vinyl with their Silhouette or Cricut machine. Now, I understand there are instructions placed in these machines for a reason and yes, I do read them…sometimes. But there are some things even the experts can leave out when explaining how to achieve your goal of cutting out the perfect design so for those crafters out there, here’s a little pre-cutting help.

Vectorize. This is probably the most important thing you should know going into working with a Silhouette cutter. I have worked with both Cricut’s and Silhouette’s. In my opinion, I like Silhouette better. Its software is much easier to load up, you can easily download images straight into the program, and you don’t need any cartridges or extra stuff just to do one project. Moving on…before you start a project you HAVE to be certain your design is a vector art. If it’s not and it’s just an image (JPEG, PNG, etc.) it will cut a big square, not your design. Not sure how to do this or where to do it? You can either purchase designs through Silhouette (they are already vectorized), or you can make a vector using Adobe Illustrator. There are lots of different programs out there to achieve this but my favorite is Adobe Illustrator.

If you already know how to do this, feel free to skip ahead. Here’s a brief overview of what you need to do:

Step 1: Open Adobe Illustrator, go to “File>New” and open a new blank document.

Step 2: Go to “File>Place”. This will prompt you to open your image file.

Step 3: With your image opened, move your image off the white blank background (I do this because once the trace is removed, you’ll be able to see only your design) follow this link for further instructions: http://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/image-trace.html

Step 4: This is now technically vectorized, however for Silhouette you have to remove any “grouped” layer and the “compound path”.

Step 5: To do this, go to the layers icon along the right-hand side (it looks like a stack of papers and says “Layers” when you hover).

Step 6: Open the layer’s drop down menu and you will see “compound path”. Click on compound path and go to “Edit>Compound Path” and click “release”. This will remove the compound path.

Step 7: Next, go to “Object>Ungroup”

Step 8: Also, make sure your design doesn’t have any fill or stroke. It needs to only be the outline before you export it as a “DXF” file. “File>Export>AutoCAD Interchange File (*.DXF)” *Keep in mind that your design will be CUT out, so if you have lots of tiny lines or details, it’s going to make it very difficult to pull off your carrier and apply.

This all may seem pretty extensive but I’m the kind of person who can’t settle for just any vector image. If you have your heart set on a specific design and it’s not a vector, I’m telling you this is the best way to do it. It’s a win, win!

Here’s examples of what your file starts as, should be converted to, and how your vector image should look in Silhouette Studio:

  

 

Keep Your Cutter On A Table Top or Flat Surface. I live in a small two-bedroom apartment sized house. With two of us, two cats, and husky-retriever mix, there’s not much room for crafting so I have to be creative when it comes to where I begin my projects. I thought putting it on the floor, on a floor RUG for that matter and the rug fibers didn’t hold as much texture and resistence as a solid table top, so my vinyl kind of slid around when actively cutting.

Make Triple Sure Your Cutting Mat (or Free Standing Vinyl) is Secure Under Holding Bar. When it’s not, you get this effect…lopsided, swinging vinyl as your cutter tries to create your design. It ends up looking like this hot mess:

  

Test Different Sizes Before Application. If you’re trying to cut a design for a very specifically sized item, like a wood block or frame, be sure to test different size options before applying. The sizing on Silhouette may say this many inches by this many inches, but after measuring my design after its cut, the real life thing, it was slightly smaller than what I entered into Silhouette. So, if you have the extra vinyl to do so, maybe get a general idea of sizes, and test 2 or 3 to make sure it will all fit onto your project. These ones below are way too big!

Do Not Apply Your Vinyl Free Handed. This is a big one. Save yourself the stress and frustration of placing your vinyl exactly…super…perfectly…perfect and then, “ah! It’s uneven!” Get some masking tape or even better, transfer tape. All you have to do is place the tape onto your perfectly aligned, cut designs. Peel off (letters attached now to the tape), and apply to your frame (or whatever you’re sticking it to). You may have heart surgeon hands and can make perfect placements, but for those who don’t this is a crucial step.

Now, I don’t think this looks too terrible, but you can definitely see how my words toward the bottom are offset. Transfer or masking tape is definitely the way to go. I am a little bummed this didn’t turn out as well as I planned but I went with a bigger sheet, so I have plenty left over to give it one more go! Don’t worry, I’ll post this finished craft project again, this time without error! 🙂

Not everyone encounters these same problems their first time around, but I think this can all be helpful to those who do! Hope these tips help you in your future crafting endeavors! Be sure to check back each week for more blog posts at HappyCrafters.com and project tutorials, or check out our Facebook and Pinterest page for even more project ideas.

Exit Sign Door Decal

Adhesive vinyl decals are an awesome, inexpensive way to personalize your home. See how Gina of The Shabby Creek Cottage transformed a plain back door, into a a more personal exitway.

A few years ago, I decided my back door needed a fresh coat of paint and some kind of sign on it. I chose to go with black, and although I loved it, it still wasn’t quite right. The exit sign was great too but once I saw it in person, it didn’t do much for me. In the midst of another project, I came across the perfect black for my door, the kind of black I originally wanted. Yes, there are definitely different shades of black, and yes I am a tad picky. {P.S. The Valspar Pantone Jet Black is amazing!}

So, I painted the door again with my new black but I still wanted to re-do the exit sign, I just wasn’t quite sure how to go about it. I wanted something more bolder and bigger and I wanted something the represented an actual exit sign. Well, instead of rummaging through stores to find one, I made it of course! 🙂

What you’ll need for this project:

• Surface to hold vinyl (I used my door)

• Sheet of white vinyl

• Painter’s tape

• Craft knife

• Silhouette Machine

Time to complete project:

• 10 minutes or less

Once my paint job was complete and of course, dry, I used my sheet of white adhesive vinyl from Happy Crafters.. I like using a sheet versus a roll because I don’t like to spend money on more material than what I need. When I do, it ends up sitting stuffed in the bottom of a box somewhere just taking up unnecessary space. No thank you. A 12” x 24” sheet is perfect for these projects and works awesome with my large Silhouette mat. I don’t deal well with having to measure how much I need, cutting what I think will work, and then fining out I was wrong. I’m a much happier lady with these pre-cut sheets. 🙂

So, once I measured where I wanted to place my sign, I created my text on my Silhouette software (I chose Arial Black Font) and within the next 30 seconds, my vinyl was cut and ready to go.

Using my craft knife, I scored the vinyl so I could save my remaining vinyl for future uses, staying thrifty over here! Peel off the negative vinyl (the vinyl surrounding your text or graphic) leaving only the letters.

*Tip: When using transfer vinyl, I’ve found that painters tape is great in helping grab the letters for application.

Your letters will peel right off so easily!

Now the tricky part: putting the letters exactly where I want them as I pictured in my head. Once this is done, I rubbed down the letters using either a credit card or scraper so that the letters are securely adhered to the door before I remove the painters tape (be careful!). Total time: 5 minutes…seriously.

Perfect. Now I have the bold, chunky look I want and if some time down the road I say, “eh, not into this anymore,” I can just peel the vinyl off and try a new look! For an indecisive girl like me, I’d like to believe this is a win!

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*Thanks to Happy Crafters for partnering with me on this post. All ideas & opinions are 100% mine.*

Kids Picnic Table Makeover

If you have an old picnic table or table laying around that needs a diy touch, check out this picnic table makeover tutorial by Roeshel of DIYShowOff! Make one of these for your little ones or house guests!

Summer is the perfect time to pick up a child’s picnic table at yard sales. This one cost $15. It  was looking a little worse for wear:

kids picnic table before

I decided a little makeover was in order.

Materials:

• 2 cans of pray primer

• 2 cans of spray paint for the base (Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze)

• 1 can Rustoleum (Lagoon) for “table runner”

• Spray clear coat

• FrogTape

• Vinyl decals (I made my own using supplies from Happy Crafters)

Tutorial:

First, lightly sand the picnic table give a good spraying with the pressure washer.

washing picnic table

This also comes apart somehow, but I couldn’t figure it out so I didn’t bother. Apply a coat of primer:

DIY plastic picnic table transformation

Then spray paint:

painting plastic picnic table tutorial

I let it dry and ‘cure’ for a few days.  Using my FrogTape, I created a rectangle (table runner) outline on the table part of the picnic table and taped off the rest of the table top.

child's picnic table makeover

Using my Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Design Studio software, I created and cut out custom letters for a dinner time prayer.

Silhouette Studio designer software

Happy Crafters

I applied the sticker type vinyl letters to the center of my rectangle and made sure FrogTape and vinyl letters were pressed down securely.

kids picnic table makeover

Then gave it a coat of spray paint in Rustoleum’s Lagoon. (I used a large piece of cardboard to shield the benches.)

painting plastic picnic table

Peel away the FrogTape and decals while the paint is still wet

.picnic table makeover

Let dry for a few days. Then I used my FrogTape again to create a border around my “place mat” and filled it in with DecoArt’s Patio Paint. Then peeled away my FrogTape and again…let it dry for a few days.

painting kids plastic picnic table

I had to touch up the paint here and there. Then sealed it with a spray clear coat (satin finish) and let that dry.

clear coat

Much better!

childs picnic table makeover after

Now it fits in with our patio color scheme:

plastic picnic table makeover

*This sponsored by FrogTape. FrogTape provided by Shurtech. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience.
 FrogTape Blog Squad

 *Vinyl provided by Happy Crafters.

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DIY Dining Room Wall Art

Have a room in your house that requires a more creative approach or need to add some flare to a plain jane wall? Blogger, Roeshel of DIYShowOff.com shows how she took her dining room space and added a spark of interior design.
 
 
 
Since the dining room door slides to the right, it means I can’t hang most things like framed art, a clock or mirror in that space if I want to leave the door open. (Shown above) I can’t push that door any further than the mirror, otherwise, the door will knock it clear off of the wall.
 
Earlier this week I posted a DIY foamboard project that I used as a fun gallery wall background that meshes well in almost any room…
 
 
 
 
I started to think about this…foam board is lightweight AND thin, and would work great in our dining room. Perfect wall art material to fit nicely behind a sliding door. This is also how I figured out that painting foam board isn’t such a great idea. It warps and bows but, I’m still loving my project.Using FrogTape, I taped off alternating stripes. Make sure to press down the edges securely to activate the PaintBlock Technology (to keep the paint from seeping under the tape).
 
 
 
 
Then painted my stripes. (I think a Sharpie or decorative tape would be better to use.)
 
 
 
 
My FrogTape did remove the paper backing in places but now gives my finished project an aged, distressed look. Even though it didn’t go according to plan, it worked out pretty well!I created my own vinyl decals (flatware silhouettes and the letters “D I N E”) with my Silhouette Cameo. Vinyl and transfer paper provided by Happy Crafters.
 
 
 
 
I then used a glaze to “stain” the bright white stripes plus the areas where the paper pulled off with the FrogTape.
 
 
 
 
Here’s the distressed look once my paper pulled away:
 
 
 
 
Since my foamboard is bowed, I did try adding weight to it for a while with some heavy books. Needless to say, It didn’t help. But I hung it up anyway using command strips. Even with the warping, it’s still looks great behind the sliding door…
 
 
 
 
Now with the sliding door open..
 
 
 
 
Not bad, right? Today’s lesson: don’t paint foam board. It’s lightweight, thin feel means I’ll definitely be creating another DIY foam board project for this space. Perfect addition to my dining room.
 
*This post is brought to you by FrogTape. FrogTape provided by Shurtech. The opinions are completely my own based on my own experience. For more FrogTape projects ideas, check out the FrogTape Blog Squad.
 
          
 
*This is a sponsored post. Vinyl and transfer paper provided by Happy Crafters.