Beautifully Spooky Halloween Mantel

halloween mantel 2014

My Halloween mantel for 2014 has been brewing in my mind for a couple of years.  I had been saving cool bottles in hopes of conjuring up what one might see if they walked into a witch’s dwelling.  Let’s break it down.

Halloween Mantel_Potion

On the left we have an old olive oil bottle that has been filled with colored water.  My kids helped me mix black and purple food coloring in the water.  They were all smiles as they made their own witch’s potion.  The bottle already had a cork but I added some twine around the top of it.  On the right you will see an old mason jar filled with spider webs and  spiders next to some “potion” books with a glass cloche encased pumpkin on top.

Halloween Mantel Candles & Paper Scrolls

To make the paper scrolls, I just rolled up some papers and tied them with twine.  I did two different types of paper and varied the sizes.  The skull was purchased at Roberts crafts a few years ago, back when they were still in business.  My daughter and I burned the pillar candles ourselves until they had “hair” or in other words wax dripping down them.  To get them to be black on the top, I used one candle to burn the top wax of another.

DIY Wooden Halloween Sign_Something Wicked

I made the Something Wicked this way Comes sign (which is reversible!!) and you can see the tutorial here.

Halloween Mantel_Skeletons

Old tin can and one more bottle that I saved that used to be balsamic vinegar and similarly filled it with colored water.  I thought I had more skeleton people but I think they got used as dolls last year so now we are down to just 2.  Lastly I used one of my white chalk paint pumpkins in a black bowl.

DIY Bat Felt BannerTo tie it all in, I made a felt bat banner.   I used this bat shape from Kolette Hall and the stiff craft felt.  I just out the bat onto cardstock and used a thin chalk pencil to trace the bat onto the felt.  I cut them out with a pair of scissors.  I used a circle punch to punch out the grey circles.   I set out the order that I wanted the banner to be.  I alternated between 3 and 4 circles  between each bat.  I put together the pieces in a bit bat sandwich and then sewed them together to make my bat banner.

Beautifully Spooky halloween mantel 2014

DIY Double Sided Holiday Sign

This Post brought to you by Kolette Hall.  DIY Double sided wood holiday sign

A few weeks ago I picked up some old white fence posts at a yard sale.  They came to mind as the perfect medium for making a sign for my Halloween mantel.  They had a few things going for them.  First, they were already white.  One step done.  Second, they were white on both sides.  Two steps done.  I wanted them to be white on both sides because I wanted to do a double sided sign.  One that could pull double duty for more than one holiday.

Double Sided Wood Sign Tutorial

If you don’t have a fence post to use, you could always just cut your own piece of wood.  To follow what I did, glue three pieces of wood together.  Cut out your two vinyl phrases.  I used Something Wicked This Way Comes for my Halloween sign and In Everything Give Thanks for my Thanksgiving sign.  Transfer one vinyl phrase onto each side of the wood sign.   Apply a layer of paint on top of the vinyl.  Allow to dry and peel off the vinyl.  Use a fine sanding block and rub it around the whole sign.   Flip the sign over and repeat the process with the other vinyl phrase.

Double Sided Holiday Wood Sign

I painted my edges the color of the lighter Thanksgiving sign.  I thought that would look better than dark black edges from the Halloween sign.  Since I used an old fence post, My letters did get some bleed through.  Smooth wood would give a crisper line but you do have to do a little more painting prep work.

DIY Wooden Halloween Sign_Something WickedCan I just say that I really love this sign! Or should I say signs?! It makes the perfect addition to my spooky mantel, which I will be sharing in the next few days!

DIY Wooden Thanksgiving Sign_Thankful

Not to mention my jumpstart on the next holiday! How great would these signs be for holiday gifts! Christmas + New Years , Valentines Day + St. Patrick’s Day, Easter + Fourth of July… I just may need to make one for every holiday!!

Stay tuned to see my finished Halloween mantel in the next few days!

 

Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves

chalk paint pumpkins with fabric leaves

Last year I pinned this image of a beautiful fall mantel.  It did not have the usual fall colors but rather light green pumpkins , a green wreath and just a touch of white.   There was something so clean and yet so soothing about it.  I thought that this year I wanted to bring in a similar color scheme to my early fall mantel.   I had some pumpkins that I had purchased about 7 years ago that needed a little makeover.

DIY Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Silhouette Fabric LeavesThey were a yellowish white color and had accumulated their fair share of scuffs and dents over the years.   The first thing I did was to paint them a bright white using some Americana chalk paint.   I started off using a regular sponge brush but ended up buying a spouncer brush (bought mine from Walmart for $3) which I liked much better.

silhouette fabric pumpkin leaf

To make the leaf, I used the leaf from the 3d pumpkin paper basket by Lori Whitlock.  I wanted to make the stem of the leaf longer so that I could wrap it around my pumpkin stem. To do so I made a small rectangle and a small circle and positioned them by the original leaf circle stem thing.  I wanted to have a circle at the end so that I could have a good spot to put my hot glue.  I welded the leaf, rectangle and circle together.  I double clicked the shape so that I could edit the points.  I went through and deleted the points that were out of place.  I then cut the shape out of fabric that I had ironed onto a piece of Silhouette brand clean cut interfacing.  I wrapped each fabric leaf around the pumpkin stems and hot glued the little circle on the end of the leaf stem onto the back of each leaf.

white chalk paint pumpkins _fall decorI thought it would be neat if I was able to take the fabric leaf off of the pumpkins and put on a new color if I wanted to later on.  I love the look of all the pumpkins lined up on my mantel!

Want to see more Silhouette home decor inspiration? You can check out 21 DIY projects below!

Our Sons & Daughters Wood Shims and Word Art Simple DIY Canvas Art Pallet Signs Chalk Paint Pumpkins with Fabric Leaves Make a Personalized Scarecrow DIY Wall Art for the Bathroom Decoupaged Fall Leaves Lampshade Gimme A F.A.L.L! Eat SOMETHING Sweet Baby Love Quilt Big Reveal Sketching Inspiration for my little Dancer - September Silhouette Challenge Family Feature Presentation Wall Art Last Unicorn Shadow Box Makin' my office a little more artsy fartsy Family Command Center DIY Grandparents Sign with Photo Frame Dream Big Little Girl Canvas Art Fall Pallet Sign {Grateful, Thankful, Blessed} Pumpkins and Apples Sign Handmade Freezer Paper Cloth Napkins

1. The Moberg Family // 2. Sandpaper and Glue // 3. American Honey // 4. Weekend Craft // 5. Grey Luster Girl // 6. From Wine to Whine // 7. Cutesy Crafts // 8. Practically Functional // 9. Home At Eight // 10. McCall Manor // 11. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 12. Adventures in All Things Food // 13. Create it. Go! // 14. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 15. The Outlandish Momma // 16. The Sensory Emporium // 17. My Paper Craze // 18. unOriginal Mom // 19. My Favorite Finds // 20. Architecture of a Mom // 21. Black and White Obsession //

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How to Layer Vinyl and Another Easy Vinyl Tutorial

This post is brought to you by Kolette Hall.

Silhouette Vinyl Tutorial

We are going to knock out a few basics today and do two easy tutorials that involve working with vinyl.   I am working with two of Kolette Hall’s shapes from the Silhouette online store- Today is a Great Day for Living and Today is a Great Day for Laughing.

2 shapes in one Silhouette FileAfter you purchase the shape and open it up in your Silhouette software, you will notice that 2 shapes come in each quote file.   This is so helpful! One shape is all in one piece, or fully merged.  The other shape can be ungrouped into pieces so that you can layer different colors of vinyl or use only specific pieces of the quote (like I did in this teacher appreciation cookie gift).   We are going to do a tutorial using both ways.  First is the easiest way, using the grouped vinyl shape.

Today is a great day Vinyl Quote

All you need to do is just feed the vinyl directly into your Silhouette CAMEO or Portrait without a mat.  Cut out the shape using the vinyl setting.

Easy Grouped Vinyl Tutorial

Once the shape has been cut out, weed out the negative space and discard.  Use a piece of transfer paper and place the sticky side down onto the vinyl.  Rub the transfer paper onto the vinyl and then pull up the transfer paper, vinyl quote and all.  Place the vinyl onto your surface of choice and rub the transfer paper again to get the vinyl to adhere to the surface.  I put the vinyl quote onto a small canvas.  Carefully pull off the transfer paper so that only the vinyl quote remains.   Easy grouped vinyl quote done.

Vinyl Tutorial Silhouette Cameo

Next up, how to layer different colors of vinyl.   This process is more involved and can be a little tricky, depending on the surface that your vinyl is going on.

How to Layer Vinyl Silhouette CAMEO

So first  we want to get to the shape that can be ungrouped for layering.   Right now both shapes are combined together so we need to ungroup them into two separate shapes.

ungroup and delete shape_vinyl tutorialClick on the shapes and then click ungroup.  Click on the shape that you want to delete and delete it.

Ungroup to individual pieces

Now you have the shape you want to use but you need to ungroup that one as well.  I was planning on using 3 different colors of vinyl and so I needed my shape grouped into 3 groups.

Adjust Cut Settings

Now we need to cut out each individual word or phrase in the color of vinyl that we want to use.  Go into the cut settings tab and cut each piece out individually.  Make sure that the pieces that you don’t want to cut have been selected and the “No Cut” option has been chosen.

Layered Vinyl Tutorial_silhouette CAMEO

Weed out each shape or phrase.  Now you need to think in terms of the layering.  What pieces will be in the back and what pieces will need to go on top of other pieces.  Start with the pieces that will be in the back first.  In my case it is the “Today is a for” part. Using transfer paper I adhered the first phrase onto my canvas.  Do the next piece that will be behind another piece and then do the front piece last.  Be careful to not let your vinyl touch the other vinyl before you are sure where you are putting it.  Vinyl can easily break when you accidentally adhere it to another piece of vinyl and then have to try and take it off.  In my case above, I added the “laughing” part second and then the “Great Day” part last.

Layering Different Colored Vinyl Tutorial

I love these two phrases by Kolette Hall.  Both of them remind me to slow down and enjoy the life I have been given.  You can purchase them from the Silhouette Online Store:

Today is a Great Day for Living- Layered Phrase by Kolette Hall

Today is a Great Day for Laughing- Layered Phrase by Kolette Hall

Thanks for stopping by!

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String Art using a Silhouette Rhinestone Template & Silhouette Promotion

This post is brought to you by Silhouette.

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!

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

You get:

CAMEO bundle
1 Silhouette CAMEO
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 teal CAMEO dust cover
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Portrait bundle
1 Silhouette Portrait
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 grey Portrait dust cover
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Just visit the Silhouette promo page and use the code LUSTER at check out!

Thanks for stopping by!

dash_Lisa