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In DIY, Home Decor, Silhouette on
January 18, 2018

DIY Door Mat Using Freezer Paper Stencil

Any crafter or just anyone have something on their (craft) bucket to-do list for over a year but never get around doing it? Yup, my hand is raised. I have had this project in mind for over a year and I finally got around to making it and LOVED how it turned out! Yay, go me! Time to celebrate with a ginormous slice of Trader Joe’s Chantilly Cream Vanilla Bean Mini Sheet Cake. Since I just mentioned it, have you guys had that cake? It is a-m-a-z-e-balls. Confession: I literally ate it straight out of the tray last time. This way, it was all mine. Hubs is not interested in sharing germs during crazy flu/cold season. #worksforme

Why do I often digress when I talk about food?? I truly think it’s the sixth love language.

So, back to my latest project! As usual, my projects are spurred on by a necessity or an event, which in this case is my son’s upcoming 5th birthday party! The theme is camping/great outdoors/hiking/adventure/all of the above. I tend to have a broad theme when it comes to party planning so that I’m not stuck to a specific design/look. It gives me the flexibility to create a general appearance than trying to achieve the perfect look. Because when you can’t achieve the perfect look, it just looks poorly done.

You might be wondering what my kiddo’s birthday party has to do with a DIY doormat. Well! We are first going on an outdoor adventure hiking a local trail/canyon and returning to an event space owned by one of my dear friends. Her shop opened just a few days ago and this themed doormat will hopefully help keep the dirt out of her beautiful store. Ya never know with a bunch of preschoolers!!

If you have been thinking about making a DIY doormat, DO IT! Trust me, I waited too long and now can’t wait to make more…except I personally don’t need to make more. The steps are easy and I’ll detail them below. It’s also super easy on the wallet. As of today, my local Ikea store was selling the TRAMPA doormat for $5.99 versus the regular price of $9.99. It took a lot of self-control to say NO to my FOMO(of a good deal) condition. I wanted to grab a bunch. I mean, they could be good Valentine’s Day gifts, right? 🤔

Wanna know how to make your OWN doormat?? Read on!

Here’s what you need:

  • Doormat
  • Outdoor acrylic paint in black (or whatever color you want)
  • Old artist round paintbrush. The older/stiff the bristles, the better. Some folks use stencil brushes like this one.
  • Freezer paper (trimmed to measure 12in x 24in)
  • Measuring tape
  • Silhouette CAMEO
  • Silhouette 12in x 24in cutting mat
  • Pins. I used corsage pins that I already had in my home.
  • Iron

For my particular project, I used Silhouette Design Store Design ID#146726 by Sophie Gallo. Isn’t her design just perfect for the occasion? Not to mention, the typography is so on point!

To make your own doormat, follow these steps:

  1. In Silhouette Studio, under Page Setup panel, edit your page size to 12in width and 24in length. Also select the appropriate cutting mat size (12in x 24in)
  2. Either create your own design or bring in a downloaded design. TIP: I suggest using a measuring tape to see roughly how large you want your design to be on the doormat.
  3. Resize your design as-needed in Silhouette Studio.
  4. Place your freezer paper down on the cutting mat (shiny side down). Press firmly throughout to make sure the paper is secured to the cutting mat.
  5. Send to Silhouette. Many swear by Blade Depth 1, Speed 3, and Force/Thickness 2. I think I had an older blade so I adjusted my cut settings to the following: Blade Depth 2, Speed 3, Force/Thickness 10. TIP: I highly suggest a Test Cut before cutting out your entire design.
  6. Once cut, carefully remove the freezer paper “stencil” from the cutting mat. For now, don’t worry about any loose pieces (aka the ones that go “inside” letters, such as A or O).
  7. Place the main stencil piece on top of your doormat where you would like it to be. Press down lightly with the palm of your hand. Freezer paper will lightly adhere to the doormat.
  8. Remove the loose pieces from cutting mat and place on top of the doormat in the appropriate spots.
  9. IMPORTANT STEP: Make sure you like how your stencil looks on your mat.
  10. With a hot iron, gently press down and the freezer paper will temporarily stick to the doormat. If you need to make any adjustments, simply lift, adjust, and iron again.
  11. For the tiny loose pieces, use pins to secure it to the mat. TIP: I suggest using at least two pins per loose piece.
  12. Now we paint! Place a large dollop of paint on a blank spot on your stencil. Don’t worry, paint won’t bleed through.
  13. Start dabbing paint over the stencil and be careful around the small pinned paper pieces. NOTE: do not paint/brush, DAB in a vertical motion. You can go over the same spot to get better paint coverage.
  14. When you’re done, while the paint is still wet, peel off the freezer paper stencil and you now see a beautiful, professional-looking, and customized doormat!

 

So now that you know how to make one, what would you put on YOUR doormat?

 

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In DIY, Silhouette on
June 6, 2017

New Baby Gift: Customized Onesies with HTV

 

My dear friend Lauren (who was one of my bridesmaids) had her sweet baby girl last month…hooray! She’s going to be a wonderful mama! 🙂

Little babies in bodysuits/onesies are so dang cute plus both my kiddos went through 4-5 outfits a day when they were so tiny thanks to spit-up and blowouts! So I thought I would customize some for her adorable babe. I purchased a 5-pack of Cat & Jack onesies from Target and added some ready-made designs using heat transfer vinyl (HTV). This new baby gift was whipped up in less than 15 mins!

Want to learn how to make some of your own custom apparel? Follow the steps below!

Supplies Needed:

  • Clothing
  • Heat transfer vinyl (I used smooth material in gold, black, and glitter gold)
  • Iron
  • Linen napkin or thin piece of fabric
  • Weeding tool (I normally use an Exacto knife but this time, I tried out a new tool a friend suggested…Fiskars’ Fingertip Detail Knife. It worked great!)
  • Silhouette CAMEO
  • Cutting mat

 

Before I start, if you’re using baby clothing, I recommend washing them first (with Dreft). No tired mama with a newborn has time or energy to wash clothes!)

  1. Find and download a design you like in the Silhouette Design Store.
    • I used two from Lori Whitlock’s Baby T-Shirt collection: Design ID#179071 (link) and Design ID#186013 (link)
    • I also used Sophie Gallo’s Baby Bear Logo Design ID#197119 (link)
  2. In Silhouette Studio, adjust the size of the design so that it fits proportionately on your clothing
  3. Place the heat transfer vinyl on your cutting mat (clear plastic backing down, sticking it onto the cutting mat)
  4. IMPORTANT STEP: Mirror your design by going to “Replicate” Window and choosing “Mirror Right.” Delete the original correct-facing design. You want the mirrored design when using HTV
  5. Next, open the “Cut Settings” window and select “Heat Transfer Material – Smooth”. Depending on your blade, you may need to adjust other settings so that your design cuts through the HTV material (but not the clear plastic backing). TIP: You may want to do a test cut to make sure you have the correct settings before wasting your HTV material!
  6. Once cut, peel from cutting mat and begin weeding with your weeding tool. Be sure to remove any pieces within “looped” characters like “O” or “e” or “g” (you get the idea!)
  7. After weeding, you should see a mirrored image of your design.
  8. Place your article of clothing flat on your ironing board, smoothing out any wrinkles either by hand or with your iron.
  9. Set your HTV on top of clothing where you would like it to be. Be sure clear plastic backing is facing up, away from clothing. HTV should be touching your clothing
  10. Place your thin piece of fabric (mine is a linen napkin) on top of the HTV piece and begin ironing, pressing down firmly.
  11. Hold down for 10-15 seconds. TIP: do not push/move your iron. If your design is larger than your iron’s footprint, lift iron up and press down again on new area.
  12. Let cool for a 10 seconds.
  13. From one corner, lift off the clear plastic backing to see if HTV has fully transferred to clothing. If so, carefully pull off the clear plastic backing. If not, try ironing a little more/longer until HTV adheres.
  14. Once you have removed the clear plastic backing, put the linen napkin back over the design and iron downwards again for 10 seconds. This step is probably not necessary but I always do it as a final assurance HTV has adhered to the clothing. See picture below.

 

That’s it folks! Easy peasy! The hardest part will be finding a design…so many great options on the Silhouette Design Store! OR have fun and make your own design! 🙂

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