It's officially February after what felt like the longest January EVER. Which means we are one month closer to Spring!!
February also brings the holiday all about love, Valentine's Day! Since I have two little ones in the house I try to be good about having the house decorated for each holiday to keep things fun and festive for them BUT I'm not going to go out and spend a lot of money to do so.
I'm going to show you four simple DIY projects that you can probably make with your well-stocked craft room. We all know crafters are hoarders so I'm pretty sure you do have most of these things!! :)
Valentines Day Banner:
vinyl (Here is a fun Vday theme pack, great deal!!) psst..you might need it for more projects below.
Size it to fit your banner sections and send it to be cut.
This font has all those tiny little dots and you'll notice your machine already pulled some out during the cutting process.
Here's a handy trick for weeding little dots like that. Use the scraps from weeding away the outside portion and ball it up. Gently tap the sticky portion down on the dots and they will stick to the vinyl.
Next, I cut apart each letter and applied the transfer tape on top. You can actually reuse the same piece of transfer tape for all of the letters. Save those precious materials!!
Apply the vinyl using your scraper tool to the wooden (or any) banner.
All set!! You're ready to hang it up.
DIY Lightbox Words:
Inkjet transparency film (Note: You must make sure the film works with your printer otherwise it's a smeary mess, this one is perfect for inkjets)
If you are using your Silhouette, design rectangle boxes to be the same size as your lightbox slots.
Side Note: I know I'm always designing in Silhouette Studio, but did you know that you can download and use the software even if you don't own a machine?!? The basic version is free and I highly recommend it. It's like having a free simple version of photoshop and you can always print your designs and cut them by hand if needed.
Add the text you want to use. I'm using the font Lovable from the Valentines Design Bundle. Again, just size it to fit as you wish. I wanted the word large so I fit it across 2 rows.
I decided to add a little fun graphic in the top corner, this is a glyph from the Lovable font which you can access by selecting the cursive A in the text tool.
This is the film I used, it tells you on the package which side to print on. By the way, when I originally invented this DIY method I tried a few products and this by far worked the best. Let me do the experimenting for you!
Go ahead and send the design to your printer once you've properly loaded the film. I made sure to update my settings too so it would print it's best.
See how crisp it prints? It also is instantly dry so you don't have to fear smudging it.
Load the film onto your mat and send it to be cut. (Or cut by hand if needed)
The machine may or may not recognize the registration marks. I ended up just turning mine off since it didn't have to be absolutely perfect.
Then simply slide the film into your lightbox, Ta Da!! Custom lightbox fun, the possibilities are endless!!