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

4 Easy Happy Birthday Gift Tags

This post is brought to you by Kolette Hall. Mason Jar Birthday Gift Idea

Everything looks cuter in a miniature form right? Well add a mason jar and the cute factor is off the charts!  I made a chocolate brownie caramel heath bar trifle (whew, that was a mouthful!) for my mother’s birthday and thought I would make it work double duty for another birthday gift that I wanted to give.

Mason Jar Gift Topper_Happy Birthday

I started with a small mason jar.  I cut a circular piece of double sided adhesive cardstock and centered it on my jar lid.  I cut out the Happy Birthday to You- Hand Written Phrase by Kolette Hall in gold vinyl.  In order to get it placed just right on my lid, I put my happy birthday shape on transfer paper and then laid it non-sticky side down over the negative space of the circle I cut out.  I traced the circle around it and then cut out the circle.  I laid my transfer paper circle onto the adhesive cardstock circle and transfered the vinyl on.

Mason Jar Gift Topper

I also added a little black and white polka dot washi tape around the lid.

Mason Jar Chocoalte Trifle Gift Idea

I also have 3 more easy Happy Birthday gift ideas with cute tags and packaging to give you some more inspiration.  I have a little stash of happy birthday tags that I go to when I need to package up a cute birthday gift.  The tags use shapes from Kolette Hall.

Birthday Gift Idea with tagFirst up I used the Arrow Words- Birthday shape to cut out this Happy Birthday arrow on adhesive cardstock.  I added that to a rounded tag and made a DIY origami paper bow to finish it off.

These next two both use the same tag from my stockpile.  It uses the Happy Birthday Layered Script Phrase  .  To make them, I just used the print and cut feature.

Cookie Birthday Gift Packaging Idea

For this gift idea, I cut out a paper carrier and filled it with cookies  I grabbed a birthday tag from my stash and tied it all up with a bow.

DIY No-Sew Ice Cream Cozy_Birthday Gift

Lastly I made a no-sew ice cream cozy out of a cut off sleeve from my daughters dress.  I had already cut the sleeves off since the dress was a little bigger than her size.   I grabbed my scissors and cut off the wrist cuff portion.  I made sure to not cut into the wrist part since I wanted that tube to stay intact.  I stretched it over the ice cream (or in this case Almond Dream Bites) and added my print and cut tag.  Instant no-sew ice cream cozy with a darling birthday wish!

If you like to give handmade birthday gifts, Kolette has tons of birthday phrases and shapes! Go check them out!

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

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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

1. Weekend Craft // 2. From Wine to Whine // 3. Life After Laundry // 4. Adventures in All Things Food // 5. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 6. Sowdering About // 7. The Kim Six Fix // 8. Architecture of a Mom // 9. greylustergirl.com // 10. Please Excuse My Craftermath // 11. Simply Kelly Designs // 12. My Paper Craze // 13. Sweet Tea & Saving Grace // 14. Black and White Obsession // 15. Ginger Snap Craft // 16. It Happens in a Blink // 17. Creative Ramblings // 18. Little Blue’s Room