String Art using a Silhouette Rhinestone Template & Silhouette Promotion

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String Art from Silhouette Rhinestone Template

I know full well that Summer time is making its way out of town and back to school is in full blogger swing.  I do have thoughts of back to school in the inner cobwebs of my mind but right now, Summer is all I can think of.  You see, my kids haven’t had the Summer I was hoping they would have.  Things got put on hold about 2 months ago when my husband hurt his back.  Things progressively got worse and worse and what in the world is going on, someone please help us worse.  Things culminated with me crying in the neurosurgeons office after a week of trying to get surgery scheduled with little luck and so I drove to the office myself, updated MRI’s in hand and met with the surgeon without an appointment.  From there we went to the ER and had the surgery that afternoon.  We are finally on the up & up here but alas, we are facing only 4 more weeks of Summer before school starts.  That means we needed to pack a bunch of things from our Bucket List into the last few dwindling weeks of Summer time.

Instax Poloroid Picture Bucket List

To make things more fun I made a Bucket list patterned after one I saw from Nicole on the Silhouette Blog.  I used the Christmas advent calendar and cut out some paper tabs.  I clipped the tabs on the advent calendar.  Each time we do something off our bucket list, we take a picture of it with my Instax camera and clip it up on our Bucket List Board.

Summer Bucket List Decor

I also needed a little something extra to add a fun decoration to our Summer Bucket List display.  I turned to an unlikely source as a template for my Summer String Art.  My Silhouette CAMEO’s rhinestone setting!

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You can give any shape or text a rhinestone effect using the Rhinestones setting in the Design Edition of the Silhouette Studio software.  I started with the word SUMMER that you see above and turned it into a rhinestone template.   I thought that the template would be a great guide for making some string art.  Some things that I considered when making the rhinestone template for string art was that I wanted the holes to be as big as possible and I wanted them to be spaced far enough apart.

string art template using Silhouette rhinestone feature

Highlight your shape and then:

1. Under the Rhinestones setting, check the Edge effect.

2. Adjust the rhinestone size to 20ss

3. Increase the rhinestone spacing

string art template tutorial

Now that you designed your string art template, cut it out on cardstock paper.  Get some nails, wood, string and tape.  Tape the paper template onto the piece of wood.  Hammer in a nail wherever there is a hole in the template.  Brace yourself for A LOT of hammering.  Maybe even do yourself a favor and don’t choose such a long word.  My stubbornness got me through all the hammering and then I pulled my template off.  It caught in some places but for the most part was easy to remove.  Now tie your string onto the start of your first letter and start winding it around the nails.  I went over each part of each letter multiple times.  Tie off your string at the end of each letter and start afresh with the next letter.

DIY Word String ArtDoesn’t that look snazzy!

I am hoping that by the end of the Summer, we will have a whole bunch of pictures and tabs that they will practically make themselves into a fun book to remember.  We will have a summer yet!

I really love my Designer Edition Silhouette software! Not only can it do rhinestones, but it can do a bunch of other things:

  • Ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files
  • Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs
  • Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision
  • Built-in ruler and guide lines for precise alignment and drawing
  • Layers support (including ability to cut by layer)
  • PDF import
  • Nesting feature to allow you to arrange cuts as efficiently as possible—a scrapper’s dream!
  • Shadow tool—allows you to add a drop shadow to printable designs

I actually bought mine almost solely for the enhanced eraser function (which I love) but I am extremely happy with the other things it can do, especially the Rhinestone settings.

Peter Pan Jewel Collar Tutorial_wm

I used the rhinestone settings as is when I made my daughter a sparkly peter pan collar shirt.

DIY Summer Reading Bookmarks

I also used the rhinestone setting when I made these hand stitched bookmarks for kids.

Now is a FABULOUS time to get the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software because Silhouette is offering it at 40% off!! Score!! I bought it at full price and I still think it was worth what I paid for it!


If you don’t have a Silhouette yet, there is a promotion going on from July 22nd-July 31st

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1 Silhouette CAMEO
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
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1 Silhouette Portrait
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 grey Portrait dust cover

Just visit the Silhouette promo page and use the code LUSTER at check out!

Thanks for stopping by!



Geometric Two Tone Shirt Refashion

Geometric Two Tone Shirt Refashion_freezer paper

I am incorporating the Silhouette challenge for this month into my Wardrobe Refashion and Revamp which sadly has been dragging on for almost a year now.  The challenge  was to use your favorite things to make something with the Silhouette.  While I wouldn’t say that freezer paper is my favorite thing, refashioning clothes is.  The Silhouette offers many ways to help refashion clothes.   I have used the Silhouette brand stencil vinyl with fabric paint, stencil material, heat transfer, fabric interfacing and rhinestones.   Then there are things like freezer paper and fabric pens that you can still use with your Silhouette but aren’t made specifically for it.   Whatever material you choose to use, the Silhouette is a great refashioning resource.

GQ Geometric Shirt Refashion

If you remember from my Wardrobe Revamp and Refashion, I take an inspiration piece and refashion something from my wardrobe to be like it.  The inspiration piece this time was actually a men’s shirt from GQ.   The things I liked about it were its geometric simple shape and the two contrasting colors.   You can see from the pic above that I didn’t go exactly the same direction as my inspiration piece.  Well actually I did make a shirt that was much similar to the inspiration piece but it had a little malfunction.



I started by using two rectangle pieces of flocked vinyl.  It was looking really good until I accidentally spilled water on the yellow flocked vinyl. Did that water just stain the vinyl? I tried washing the shirt but the spot wouldn’t come out.  Maybe I could peel off the yellow vinyl.  I am pretty stubborn so I tried and tried.  I googled it and people recommended using nail polish remover or  heat.  Neither   really worked.  I pulled a lot off by sheer force but it went from looking like a lamp to a Halloween scary face shirt.  Definitely a #craftfail.  As much as it pained me, I had to give up on the shirt refashion.

I may have given up on that shirt but I was not giving up on my wardrobe refashion and revamp.  I decided to try and again but this time instead  of using heat transfer I would go with fabric paint.  I even took it farther and changed the geometric shape from a rectangle to a pentagon.  I used the pentagon from the Geometric Prisms.  I still went with the two different colors but instead of doing white and orange, I did white and linen.  With all these changes it is a far cry from the inspiration piece but no matter, I love it all the same.

Cutting Freezer Paper with the Silhouette CAMEO

I opened up the pentagon prism in my Silhouette CAMEO software and sized it appropriately.  I put a large box around the pentagon. I put my freezer paper on my mat with the shiny side down and then adjusted the cut settings to a speed of 3, thickness of ten and a blade depth of 3.    The shiny side of the freezer paper is the side that will be touching the garment.  Keep this in mind if the shape you are cutting needs to be mirrored a certain way.

Freezer Paper Stencil Shirt Refashion Tutorial

I began by ironing on the box containing the empty pentagon, shiny side down.  I used the actual prism shape as a guide so that I knew where to place the little triangle pieces.  I used my iron tip to iron the pieces inside the guide (shiny side down too) taking care not to iron the guide itself.  When the individual pieces were all in place  I removed my guide and went over everything one more time.  Once everything looked like it had adhered well I got out my fabric paint and began.  I painted the top half of the pentagon white and the bottom half the linen color.  Once the paint had dried I removed it.  After 24 hours I heat set the shape onto my shirt. I did this by using a thin piece of cotton and laying it over the shape and then ironing it for about 3 minutes.

Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirt_Silhouette

Did I get a little bleed through? Sure I did which can happen with freezer paper.  Does it bother me? Nah.  Well at least not enough to make this shirt a third time!

wardrobe Refashion tutorials

My Wardrobe Refashion and Revamp is getting closer than it has ever been.  Only 3 more to go and one of them will definitely be refashioned with the help of my Silhouette CAMEO.   Want to check out some of the other ones? You can get all the links on THIS post.


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

A Gift for the Bride-to-Be Silhouette Challenge: My Favorite Things My Favorite Things Keepsake Box Printable Tattoos for Crafters & DIYers Super Hero Backpacks Geometric Two Tone Shirt Refashion Instagram Paper Album Reasons I Love Daddy Ctrl Alt Del Pillows Outside Decor: DIY Pallet Board Sign Yo-Ho It's a Pirate Party How To Use Silhouette Sketch Pens Combining My Favorite Things, Baking and Crafting - July Silhouette Challenge Pride & Prejudice Subway Style Art Favorite Silhouette Challenge Just umm, Let it Go Temporary My Little Pony Tattoos Mike Holmes Baby Onesie Monogram It: A Memo Board Makeover Super Room Redo The Best Summer Ever Freebie and Tutorial Summertime Toes Crafty Girls Hair Accessories Holder Watercolor Wall Art Ice Cream Cone T-Shirt Sun Fun Shirt Family Wall Art: Scrabble Edition Serving Tray Upcycle Making Custom Rhinestone Designs Etched Glass Coasters Church Nursery Wall Quote

1. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 2. The Frill of Life // 3. A Time For Seasons // 4. The Thinking Closet // 5. Ginger Snap Crafts // 6. Grey Luster Girl // 7. Simply Kelly Designs // 8. Home At Eight // 9. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 10. My Paper Craze // 11. Mama Sonshine // 12. Practically Functional // 13. Adventures in All Things Food // 14. Two Purple Couches // 15. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 16. Sowdering About // 17. Cutesy Crafts // 18. My Mom Made That // 19. Pitter and Glink // 20. Pineapples And Pinecones // 21. Dream a Little Bigger // 22. McCall Manor // 23. TitiCrafty // 24. unOriginal Mom // 25. Persia Lou // 26. Lil Mrs Tori // 27. Home. Made. Interest. // 28. Sandpaper and Glue // 29. Silhouette School // 30. Creative Ramblings // 31. My Favorite Finds

Easy 4th of July Felt Star Garland

Easy Felt Star Garland

Felt garlands are easy to make and they add such a festive touch to any party or holiday.  I wanted to spruce up my 4th of July decor by adding a felt star garland.

How to Make a Felt Star Garland_Tutorial

I cut out the stars individually by hand out of craft felt.  My star was about 2 inches x 2 inches.  I arranged them in a red, white and blue pattern and started sewing.  I went from one star tip straight across to the other tip and kept going tip to tip for each star.  I found that pulling the already sewn stars gently helped the banner from bunching up while I was sewing.


After your done with the felt banner, just wrap it around a piece of cardboard like I did with my circle felt banner below.

circle felt banner

Wrapping the banner around a piece of cardboard keeps the felt garland from getting tangled or breaking.

4th of July Mantel 2014 copy


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4th of July Canvas Art

This post is brought to you by Kolette Hall.

God Bless America 4th of July Canvas Art

When I got out my 4th of July decorations box, it was embarrassingly empty.  I had my United States Straight Pin String Art but that was about the only thing I was really digging this year.   I was really wanting a patriotic phrase to go along with my only 4th of July decor.  I turned to my favorite source for phrases, Kolette Hall.  I chose the God Bless America phrase. [Read more...]

Pioneer Trek Handmade Gift Exchange

Pioneer Trek Handmade Gift Exchange Activity

I was asked to help out with the planning of some activities for the youth Pioneer Trek that my church group was doing.  I never had the chance to go on Trek so I didn’t really know what to do or expect.  I looked around online but found few resources to help me.  One of the things that our Stake leaders wanted to do was to have the kids make a gift for someone in their Trek family.  Myself and another lady put together a box of supplies that the kids could use to make a handmade gift for someone else.    We wanted the gifts to be made with natural elements so that it would fit with the experience of being on Trek but we also wanted them to be something that the kids might actually like and want to keep after the Trek was over. [Read more...]