Large Wood Horse Wall Art and Silhouette Portrait Giveaway

DIY Large Wood Horse Wall Art

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).

Overlapping Stencil Segments

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.

Big Stencil with SIlhouette CAMEO tutorial

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.

DIY Large Stencil Wall Art_Silhouette CAMEO

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!

DIY Paper Horse Tail PatternTo make the horse tails I cut out the above shapes.  It is basically a bow and then a rectangle with cut lines running up but stopping before they reach the top.

Paper Horse Tails TutorialAfter 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.

Pin the Tail on the Horse Party Game

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?


Silhouette Portrait Giveaway at greylustergirl

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!

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  1. So super cute girl! Gotta love crating! ;o)

  2. Vinyl projects!

  3. I think I would make this horse for my girl very first!

  4. Linda Harris says:

    I would try to use the vinyl I see that looks awesome

  5. I have wanted a shiloutte machine forever! Think of all the preschool projects I would use it for! Fingers crossed!!!

  6. This looks amazing! I love that your new art piece can do double-duty as a party game too..GENIUS!! Thanks so much for the giveaway! I think I may create a few superhero stencils to use on my boy’s walls.

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Amy! I love double-duty projects! It lets me justify more time spent :).

  7. I would make some wall decor.

  8. Congrats on the new collab with Silhouette!!! You’ve worked so hard this last year! Thanks the giveaway

  9. I would make a tote bag for my daughter.

  10. Kris Tina Carlston says:

    This would be so great to win!

  11. Michelle Clarke says:

    I would make wall art if I won! Love your blog!

  12. Way to come to your sister’s rescue!! It turned out ADORABLE!! I would love to win a Silhouette!! Then I could make cute crafts like you do!!

  13. Love this! Your Silhouette projects are always amazing–you’ve made me want one SO many times! I’d love to make a huge wood sign to hang above the bay window in my kitchen with some sort of kitchen-y saying on it . . . how’s that for specific? 🙂

  14. Jason Richards says:

    I can’t believe how creative you are!!!! (and incredibly beautiful!)

  15. I would make some pallet art for my sons room

  16. I have to admit at I have a cameo, but I really want a portrait too for my littler quick projects. I am glad to see that you still get to work with the silhouette team because I love your projects. So, to answer your question I would use the portrait to make some paper flowers for a door wreath.

    • greylustergirl says:

      Your comment made me so happy to read Torrie! Thank you for all the support you have shown me!

  17. Debbie M. says:

    Would love to win this, so I can make all kinds of things!

  18. I would make birthday shirts for my boys!

  19. I would start to attempt some of the cute things you and many other talented people show all the time! 🙂

  20. Alise Durfee says:

    I have been wanting a Silhouette so bad forever! This is a great tutorial. You always do such cute things!

  21. Alise Durfee says:

    I would use mine every day too! 🙂 and I have so many projects I want to do that needs a vinyl cutter.

  22. My daughter loves all things horse… My first project would definitely be this one, as it would be perfect for her! Your projects are amazing! Thanks so much for the giveaway! Fingers crossed!!

  23. This is simply beautiful! The wood grain contact paper adds so much to it – you have changed my mind. Wood grain contact paper not so “tacky” any more. (Sorry, I had to – pun intended!)

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Sherri! The contact paper isn’t actually wood grain. I used the contact paper as a stencil and after I spray painted the wood, I pulled off the stencil to reveal the wood underneath. I didn’t even know there was wood grain contact paper… now I am intrigued!

  24. I would use it to make my kids some t shirts.

  25. I’d love to make cute onesies for my new niece..

  26. Great idea! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  27. I would probably make some cards, I certainly would’nt be able to create something like you did with the horse til I learn a lot more. It was amazing!

  28. So smart, Lisa! Love the way this turned out! If you have a second and wanted to link up with us at The Makers link party over on my blog, that would be so awesome. 🙂

  29. I’d make the Paper Flowers Wall Art to decorate my flea market booth!

  30. I would love to make framed wall art with vinyl and I would absolutely love to win this machine!

  31. Stencils!! I would absolutely start with stencils – specifically wall stencils but then anything at all. Then I would make banners using cutout letters that I wouldn’t have to cut by hand with an exacto knife!!!

    Wow. That would be so exciting.

  32. I don’t even know where I would start…there is so much I would love to do.

  33. I’d make stencils for printing on cards and fabric

  34. Becky Richied says:

    I would make some t-shirts with my daughter she so loves art projects and has a knack for it.

  35. This is awesome! I have been wanting to make something similar since I came across one that Kirklands had for sale. Sadly they sold out and never put it back up so I have been digging around for months tring to find a DIY horse silhouette! SO awesome!!!

  36. I would make some great designs for my scrapbooks.

  37. Oh my gosh, I want to win this so bad! I’ve been eyeing one of these for a LONG time now! I don’t even know what I would start with….the options are endless and slightly overwhelming! Beautiful art, btw.

  38. I would make my girls’ names

  39. I would use it every day to make all kinds of things! I would be so nice to not have to draw and cut everything out by hand!

  40. tiffani says:

    T-shirts for my son and wall decorations for his newly updated room. Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed. x)

  41. I want to be you! 😉

  42. Rachel says:

    Love it! If I had a Sihlouette, the first thing I would make are labels for my pantry containers. Or wall decor for my new house. 🙂

  43. Vinyl decals to put on jars, furniture – everywhere!

  44. Angela P. says:

    I would love to use it to cut some fabric shapes to applique on clothing! Or to cut some vinyl shapes.. or make invitations.. or scrapbooks or cards.. really the possibilities are endless!

  45. Labels for my craft supplies first

  46. I would like to make embellishments for my party business.

  47. barbara corbitt says:

    the horse like you made.could i please get a copy of your pattern?

  48. Ashley says:

    I would make some cute labels for my classroom.

  49. Thia beniash says:

    I want to make tshirts using png files of my own designs! 17th try at winning. Here’s hoping!

  50. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would make party favors!

  51. christine jessamine says:

    I would love to use this for cute elephants and other animals on newborn onesies

  52. My first project would be appliques for a quilted purse/bag

  53. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would make some wall art for my son’s room.

  54. Oh LOVE this! I need to look it over more thoroughly and see if I have your mad skills. So cute. I want it!

  55. I just found your site by searching on google. I’m curious HOW you make the large decal in the Silhouette studio software? Like, how did you make the design, then cut it in 3 different piece? I just bought a portrait, and this is exactly what i’m trying to do, and there’s NOTHING online showing how to do it. *i’m trying to make REALLY large letters.