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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Valentine's Door Hang:.

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So yeah. Like I said yesterday, this isn't my most favorite project ever, but I suppose it will do the job for bringing some Valentine cheer to my front door for the month of February.

What you need:

- paint stir sticks
- paint
- vinyl/Silhouette - or some other stencil
- paint
- paint brushes
- felt
- sewing machine/accessories
- cereal box
- tulle

Start off by painting your stir sticks your base color.

While that's drying, cut your stencil on your Silhouette. I totally copy catted ellie g from less cake {more frosting}. She made an awesome houndstooth frame, and I am basically obsessed with houndstooth right now, so I copied her. (Thanks ellie g, you're the best!)

The great thing about the Silhouette software is that you can see the measurements of your design as you size it. So I measured my stir sticks, and was able to make my stencil exactly the size I needed. Score!

Place your stencil where you want it on your stir sticks - press it down really well!

Use your paint brush to stencil with your contrasting color of paint.

Let it dry, and then peel up your vinyl. Isn't it pretty?

Hot glue your sticks into an 'x' shape.

So that takes care of our 'x'. Now it's time to make the 'o'.

Cut out various sizes of circles in felt. I used my new pinking shears (love!)

Sew the circles together in a chain.

To make your 'o', use an empty cereal box and a bowl for tracing.

Trace your bowl on to your cereal box.

Cut it out.

Hot glue your chain on to your 'o'. You obviously could just glue the circles down individually, but I like the look of the stitching that you can see on some of the circles, so that's why I sewed mine into a chain!

Now you've got your 'o'.

Take your 'x' and wrap some tulle around the middle. This is what your decoration is going to hang from.

Glue your 'o' over the middle of your 'x'.

Take it outside and hang it on your door.

Now, it looks fine, but what if people can't tell that it's supposed to be an 'x' and an 'o'?

Well, just go ahead and use your fabulous Silhouette to cut the words 'hugs' 'and kisses' using the premium vinyl.

Adhere it directly to your door, and you get the perfect finishing touch to your door hang! (The good folks at Silhouette assured me that this vinyl, while stronger, shouldn't cause any paint to peel up when I remove it. Perhaps a little cleaning of residue will be involved, but that's it. If you're worried, maybe test a small area of your door before putting something right in the middle like I did!)

What do you think?

Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool
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  1. What a cute idea. The colors really pop and it's so cool the vinyl is removable. I so wish Silhouette had been Mac compatible last year when I wanted one & ended buying a Cricut Expression:( There's just no comparison on the goodies & versatility. A girl could go wild!

  2. Very cute and inventive! I am looking at the projects here at this linky party and I'm really amazed at the creativity. Good job. Linda

  3. I think it turned out darling! I love the hugs and kisses on the door, too!

  4. So cute and creative! I just recently bought my kids art crayon aprons from AnnaBean for Valentine's Day but I do need a little art project to inspire them. Great idea again!

  5. Super cute! Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

  6. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [02 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  7. Super cute! I really like that...and thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!!!

  8. Oh I just love this. Happy Valentine's Day!

    <3, New Follower

  9. Would love for you to join us at the Hugs and Kisses Valentine's Party!

  10. I love how you used the stir sticks.

    Visiting you from House of Hepworths.
    More Than A Mom @ morethana-mom.blogspot.com

  11. That machine looks amazing! I can't believe how you did that so easily! You made it look easy, but I bet that it wasn't that easy! I'm not THAT crafy :)

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  12. So pretty. i love the houndstooth. Thanks for linking up!

  13. Cool to see that houndstooth. Well done! Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!


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