Saddle up friends cause we’ve got a great giveaway today!! You may have noticed the Silhouette Circle button on my sidebar… I am working with the good people from Silhouette now and to kick things off I get to giveaway a Silhouette Portrait!! I am so excited to be an affiliate with Silhouette. As you can tell from my Silhouette page, I LOVE my Silhouette!! It is hands down my favorite crafting tool and probably gets used almost daily. Take for instance, this lovely Large Wood Horse Wall Art. It started off with me asking my sister-in-law if I could help her with one of the upcoming birthday parties she was planning. She was doing a cowgirl theme and the weather on the day of the birthday was not looking good. She needed to get some indoor activities put together and asked in I could do a pin the tail on the horse game.
Enter the Silhouette (and some leftover pieces of our wood flooring).
I knew I wanted the horse to be larger than the silhouette mat. How do you make really large stencils with the silhouette? You make them in overlapping pieces. The horse I cut out was about 17 inches x 26 inches total. I used my 12×24 inch mat and cut 3 sections of contact paper into about 18×12 inch pieces. I divided the horse up into three pieces making sure that each piece overlapped the piece before it and had parts in it that I could match up.
Like I said, I used contact paper instead of vinyl because I had a roll of it and I didn’t want to waste my vinyl on this big project. I started with 4 pieces of my click in place laminate wood floor. I cut out my three overlapping horse stencil pieces using the vinyl setting on my Silhouette CAMEO. I laid them out of the board and marked with a pencil where I wanted the horse to be. Then I started with the head and attached the pieces to the board. You can see in the middle picture above the extra white parts are where the stencils overlapped. I used Krylon white spray paint for plastic and more because I had it on hand. I also thought it would do best to stick to my wood laminate floor. After I sprayed the whole wood piece, I enlisted one cute little helper to sand down any rough spots.
I removed my stencil and now I have a really big piece of wood horse wall art that can also double as a pin the tail on the horse game!
After I cut them out I folded the top together and stapled it. I used a pen to curl the long pieces of the tail and then I hot glued on a bow. At the party we wrote the names of the kids on the bows so that they could see where they pinned their horse tail. I put masking tape on the back of the tail in the bow area to adhere it temporarily to the horse.
To give the wood art a little more stability, I put some duct tape on the back of it. The whole thing only took me one afternoon to make and you all know how much I love projects that can do double duty! The kids loved using the DIY Large horse art for the pin the tail on the horse party game and now I have a cool piece of art work to display in my home. Wouldn’t this look so cute in a child’s room?
I can’t get enough of my Silhouette! I am so excited to be working as an affiliate with Silhouette and am thrilled to be able to give away a Silhouette Portrait (a $179.99 value)! The giveaway will run for one week and is open to US/Canada Residents only, 18 years of age & older. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below!