I *may* have crossed a line with vinyl

(If you follow Crap I’ve Made on Facebook you already saw this, but it’s some entertainment whilst I blog Nativity #1.)


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Vinyl Labels

***Today is the last day to enter the Expressions Vinyl giveaway here.***

Also don’t forget about the Nativity Parade I’m hosting beginning TUESDAY!


Here’s a quick and easy vinyl project that can be done without the use of a cutter. You can do simple rectangles or fancy it up a bit. I used regular old black vinyl and wrote with a chalkboard marker for this:


And white vinyl and a dry erase marker for this:

(So what if we ate all the treats?)

The reindeer food = just oatmeal and glitter. We have the kids sprinkle it on the lawn on Christmas Eve. If you want to gift some, you can attach this cute little poem that goes along with:

Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright
As Santa’s reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home.

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Family News Chalkboard

***Don’t forget to enter the Expressions Vinyl giveaway here.***

You all know of my love for the IKEA as-is section, right? When I picked up the cabinet door for this project, I also found a whole shopping cart full of smooth black cabinet doors. And they were 99 cents a piece. I bought 3 in assorted sizes and decided I’d figure out what I was going to do with them later. BC was thrilled! Winking smile


I tried to come up with a newspaper-y title for our board. Coester Chronicles was as good as it got. I cut out some white vinyl with my Silhouette and applied it to the top of the board (the font is Cloister Black). I put a saw tooth picture hanger on the back and hung it up right next to the front door.

Remember those wet erase chalk markers I mentioned a week or two ago? They work like a dream on my cabinet door turned chalkboard.


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Vinyl-ize your ornaments

***Today is THE LAST day to get the best deal in the history of Silhouette deals ($199 for the machine and a bunch of goodies). Use code “CRAP” at check out and they’ll be added to your cart automatically.***

In honor of the Expressions Vinyl giveaway this week (go here to enter), I have another vinyl project for you today.

You don’t need a vinyl cutter to do these. You can use a craft punch (my recommendation) or scissors or an Exacto knife or whatever.

My Christmas tree this year looks like a whole lot of crazy threw up on it. I let the kids go nuts with it….and I kind of like it. OK, I really like it. Here’s a little glimpse of the crazy:


Regular ornaments? Obviously not quite our style.

(Green ornament with red vinyl circles punched in various sizes)

(Aqua ornament with red vinyl snowflake)

(Green ornament with red vinyl snowflakes. Also? A prime example of why you shouldn’t worry about getting out or the reflection…you’ll just look like an idiot squatting and holding the camera like that!)

What about a red ornament with a black vinyl “belt” and a little gold buckle?

Think of the possibilities!

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Snowflake Lamps

Are you familiar with these GRONO lamps from IKEA?


They’re $14.99 for the 2 pack. I like them, but wanted to perk them up a bit.

I cut some vinyl with my Silhouette ($100 off through the end of the month using code “CRAP” Winking smile) into snowflake shapes and applied it to the inside of the glass. You could do the outside, but I wanted a little more subtle look.

Here it is turned off:


And illuminated:


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2 X 4 Stocking Hangers

***Don’t forget to enter to win a 25 Days of Christmas Activity Book here and a darling crocheted hat with flowers here.***


Two 5.5” pieces of a 2X4
1 wood screw (2” or longer)
1 screw-in hook
Drill and drill bit for making pilot holes
Whatever paint, paper, pictures, etc you want for embellishing

You may want to sand your 2X4 pieces first. Or, just cut them straighter than I did. You decide.

Embellish as desired. For the gingham looking one, I cut pieces of scrapbook paper the same size as the sides of my 2X4 and Mod Podged them on.


I just painted the red one with acrylic craft paint.

I applied a red paper C that I cut with my Silhouette to the gingham one and a silver vinyl C (also cut with my Silhouette) to the red one. You absolutely do not need a Silhouette to make these, mine’s just made me lazy. You could trace and cut by hand or print or paint or leave letters off completely. I think these have some hilariously awesome potential with family members’ faces on them.

I sanded the edges and used stain on one (gingham) and Ralph Lauren glaze on the other (red).


Using a straight edge, make lines connecting the corners of both pieces. This will give you the center/location of your pilot holes. Because my children have stolen all the rulers, I used a paint stick.


Drill all the way through the board for the bottom piece and an inch or so into the board for the top piece.

Drill another pilot hole on the center front. This picture shows the boards already assembled because I forgot to drill the hole for the hook the first time around.


Put your screw all the way through the bottom board, so it sticks out just a little.


Line up the screw with the hole in the top piece and finish driving the screw in. You’ll want to sink the head of the screw in just a little so that the boards will lay flat on your mantel, like this:


Here are what the hooks that I used looked like:


You won’t need the plastic wall anchor part, just the hooks.

Screw them in, and you’re finished!






***Only use for hanging EMPTY stockings!***

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Peppermint Platters

***Don’t forget to enter to win a 25 Days of Christmas Activity Book here and a darling crocheted hat with flowers here.***


This project is another hint about next week’s giveaway. Sorry, it’s not a Silhouette, you don’t even need one for this project, but you can buy one for $100 off plus a free home décor CD using code “CRAP” through the end of the month.

I started with a boring old candle plate from IKEA.  It’s metal and was 2 or 3 dollars.


You could really use ANY plate or charger or cake stand.

Then I drew a pepperminty swirl shape on newspaper and cut it out.  You don’t have to do that, because I’ve uploaded it as a PDF for you.

Peppermint Swirl Template

I used the template with the line down the middle in both of my examples.  I just eyeballed the gap between the 2 pieces when I placed them.

Trace the template on some vinyl and cut it out.

Arrange the pieces on your plate to make sure you like how it’s going to look.


Then start sticking.  Trim any weird edges or overhang with an Exacto knife.


Love it so much you repeat the process on your red cake stand.


The best news?  You can peel it right off once the holidays are over.

I’m thinking of attempting a pillow using the same template.  Stay tuned for that.


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Stocking Hanger Board

Whilst you’re waiting for me to get today’s giveaways up (that’s right…more than one!), I’m going to give you a hint about next week’s giveaway and show you a quick and easy project. I don’t claim to have invented this, I’m just going to show you my take on it.

Don’t have a mantel? No problem!


I started with a cabinet door from the as-is section at IKEA.


As you can see, I spent A LOT of money on it.


I gave it a coat of off white spray paint that I found in the garage and then glazed it using Ralph Lauren glaze in Tobacco.


I applied some vinyl lettering I cut with my Silhouette (using painters tape for transferring small stuff/text is my new favorite trick). The font is called St. Nicholas…appropriate, right?

And then I drilled a few holes along the bottom and installed these fabulous knobs from Hobby Lobby.


Total cost? $21, and that’s only because I spend $5 a piece on knobs. You could make this for WAY less.

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Dry Erase Letter to Santa


Do your kids change their minds approximately 8754 times before Christmas? Mine do. And that was precisely the reason I came up with this project.

It’s SUPER SIMPLE, so I didn’t photograph all the steps. I know you can figure out it.


Decorative Paper
Vinyl lettering (I cut mine with my Silhouette) –or- you could run the decorative paper through your printer or write it by hand


I chose these lightweight IKEA frames because I originally wanted to put magnets on the back and stick them on the fridge. I still might do that…

Give your kids a dry erase marker and have them make their lists.


Laugh for 20 minutes when your four year old asks for fake teeth.

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Scentsy Warmer Makeover

***Don’t forget to enter the Scentsy giveaway here.***

Emily sent me one of Scentsy’s DIY Warmers. Here it is straight out of the box.


Scentsy has a bunch of different theme packs (seriously…20+). However, given my current orange obsession, I decided to pimp my warmer on my own.

I busted out my Silhouette and started cutting.


I’m not thrilled with the circle-y border up top, but the good news is I can change it easily. I’m loving that I can change it up any time I want. I’ve got big plans for Christmas already!

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