Chalkboard Place Cards

Chalkboard Place Cards

At the beginning of every school year, the elementary school that my kids attend does a carnival with a big bake sale.  Since I love dessert, it is my favorite stop at the carnival.  The only problem that I have is that it is usually really busy and you don’t have a chance to ask the workers what each dessert it.  So you guess and pick one that looks good and hope that you like it.  Now, imagine if there was no guessing?!

School Bake Sale IdeasI made these chalkboard place cards for a Christmas party last year.  They were easy to make and only required chalkboard vinyl, chalk and cardstock.  They are reusable (who doesn’t love that!) and add a super cute touch to a bake sale, lemonade stand, party food table or could even be used as actual place cards for guests names.

Bake Sale Ideas Chalkboard Sign

I used the Eye of Newt Halloween Label  for the chalkboard vinyl and then stuck that to a rectangle of white cardstock.   I then glued the white cardstock  place card onto a grey cardstock place card for extra stability.

Bake Sale Sign

I also made some chalkboard tags.  They are simply made with a white tag and then a rectangle piece of chalkboard vinyl going over the bottom.

Bake Sale Chalkboard Tags

You can see that the chalkboard doesn’t wipe completely clean after each use.  I have used these place cards and tags three times now and you can still see a little remnant of the last ones but not enough to make the new bake sale food signs unreadable.

I like to use a thin chalkboard pencil to get a smaller and more legible script on the chalkboard.  I have the Dritz Quilting Chalk Cartridge Set and it works well.

Now wouldn’t these chalkboard place cards be an excellent edition to your next school bake sale!

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!

Back to School: Printable Book Cover Labels Back to School: Personalized Bag Tags DIY Chalkboard Vinyl Calender  Stamped Lunch Notes with the Silhouette - August Challenge Personalized Classroom Sign for the Teacher Apple earrings for that special teacher School Supply Organizer (Teacher Gift) Easy Vinyl Embellished Bookmarks Chalkboard Place Cards Fabric Tear Away Notepad LEGO inspired Printable Backpack Tags {FREE PRINTABLE} First Day of School Photo Prop Back to School: Personalized Notebooks Back to School: Geometric Paper Bag Textbook Covers Easy Back to School Teacher Gift & Printable Frozen Inspired Pencil Toppers First Day of School Photo Keepsake Giving School A Little Boost

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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!


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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…]

Dad’s Stache Treat Jar

Easy Father's Day Gift Stache Treat Jar

We made these Father’s day gifts with the 8-10 year old Activity days girls.   I saved a jar for my kids to make for their dad as well as one for their grandpa. [Read more…]

Hand Stitched Bookmarks for Kids

Hand Stitched Bookmarks

School is almost out for us and I am hoping, as I always do but also always seem to fall short, to have my kids read a lot this summer vacation.  A fun way to get kids involved in reading is to have them make their own bookmarks.  I put together this bookmark tutorial for the girls in my Activity Days group.  They are 10-11 years old and I would say that this project was at an intermediate difficulty.  I thought it would be easier for them and maybe it would have if I had explained it better.  I didn’t think it was that hard and maybe I will try it with my daughters and see if they can catch on quicker.

DIY Summer Reading BookmarksI used my Silhouette CAMEO’s rhinestone setting to make the holes in my flower shape.  The rhinestone settings are in the designer edition software.   If you don’t have the designer edition or don’t have a Silhouette, you could use a needle and poke holes along the image that you want to stitch.  I had cut out the bookmark template with the holes already and just had the girls pick their embroidery thread colors to stitch their flower bookmarks with.

Hand stitched bookmarks for kids tutorial

1. Start by wrapping the end of the embroidery floss in tape.

2.  You can start with the stem or with the flower.  Allow plenty of thread slack and start to stitch through the holes using a backstitch.  You can see in step two that I have started to do the stitch down for my flower stem.  Instead of starting in the first hole, I come up through the backside of the second hole and then lace my thread down through the first hole.  Next I would bring my thread up through the third hole and lace it back down through the second and so on.

3.  Turn the bookmark over and use the two ends and tie the loose threads in a knot.

4. Switch colors for the stem and stitch with a backstitch. Complete steps 2 and 3 for the stem as well.

5.  Tie a little tassel to the top of the bookmark.  Cut some pieces of embroidery thread and fold them in half.  Insert the folded edge into the front of the bookmark.

6.  Take the tail of the tassel and put it through the loop that you made in step 5.  Pull carefully to secure.

DIY Easy bookmarks for kids


Some tips that I wish I would have really reiterated to the kids when I helped them make these bookmarks is:

-Get a generous length of embroidery thread and make sure to pull it through carefully all the way each time.  We had to re-thread a few bookmarks because they didn’t leave enough thread.

-Have all the kids start at one place, either the flower or the stem.

-Run through a few examples of backstitching before having the kids start on their own bookmarks.

diy bookmarks for kidsI had all these supplies on hand so making these bookmarks didn’t cost me anything.  You might have most of the items already on hand.  If not, here is a supply list:

Bookworm Gummy worm treat

The whole activity consisted of the girls discussing some books for a summer reading list and then making the bookmarks.  At the end of the activity I sent the girls home with a cute little Keep Reading Bookworm gummy worm treat.   A great activity to kick off summer reading!

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