If you didn’t catch it, Trevor was razzing my decorating again on his blog – just because the sign in our entryway says “happy new” (“year” was erased by some kid). Completely unrelated, I still have a spiderweb vinyl decal on our front door windows.
But moving on, I thought I’d better bring on some March decor. Since I’m late to the game – only a week left until St. Patrick’s Day – it’s not very elaborate.
I started with this simple plaque – –
my mat has been used a lot, and it’s loosing it’s “sticky”. But I’m frugal, and haven’t purchased a new mat yet (though I really need to) – so in the meantime, I just coat the mat with a light layer of spray glue. Then push down whatever I’m sticking to the mat – paper or vinyl or whatever. Works for me!
So the pennant banner and the shamrock are shapes I purchased in the Silhouette online store. The Silhouette software will also trace shapes, so you could do that, but I’m lazy so just purchasing ready-to-go shapes was what I did this time around. The shamrock is out of glittery vinyl – love that stuff!! (I think I got it at Expressions Vinyl – but I’m not for sure).
To update my entryway I clipped up a bunch of shamrocks. Here’s a before and after for you:
I read the tip that the key to chalkboard art is to draw on a wet chalkboard – – I tried it and wow, the chalk went on so much better – – so I’m passing that tip along – worked great!
Random fun with the Silhouette – – this shirt I made over Christmas break:
And if you’d like to check out some more Silhouette creations, check out these projects….
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Love that entry way. I love decoration options that can be changed with each season. I do that also.
Lauren Lanker says
Thanks for the tip on the spray adhesive for re-sticking your mat. I haven’t gotten to that point yet, but I’m sure that after a few more of these Silhouette projects, I’ll need to do some re-sticking.
Isn’t it great how quickly you can whip out some sweet decor with a Silhouette? And if it makes you feel any better, we still had some fake evergreen garland on the stairs to our basement that I JUST took down last night. Oh yeah, and burned out Christmas lights were intertwined with it, too. Ha ha. I need to get decorating for St. Patty’s now, too!
Here’s a link to my project that works! Sorry for the blip on my shortcode. Getting it all worked out for next time. https://www.thinkingcloset.com/2013/03/11/gender-neutral-onesies-free-cut-files/
Jacquelyn Wallace says
Mandy – Thanks for the tip on the wet chalkboard, I tried the wet CHALK and that was just messy!
ashley emmett says
i love writing on a wet chalkboard! my first classroom had old school chalkboards in it (not those new fancy white boards) and i always wished i could rub a wet cloth over it before i taught a lesson just because it would be so much prettier…alas the attention span of 2/3 graders is not that long, nor do they care.
also, just have to mention i love that Trevor’s box in on the bottom so he has to basically squat or sit on the floor to use it!
Beth Hemphill says
I was hoping I didn’t have to buy a new mat already. Thanks for the tip. What a difference your shamrocks make in the entryway. I love the glittery vinyl. It really makes the plaque pop. Nice work!
Is it sad that I was so excited to get my Silhouette and now I’ve barely used it?
Also, is that part of a crib on the wall? So awesome! My youngest (and last) is about to move out of his crib. I love the idea of using the pieces in new ways.