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DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils (and a Giveaway!)

Disclosure: I was provided a free stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils in exchange for this post. Even so, all opinions are my own.

Hey friends! Remember the Paisley Drum Table, Herringbone Mid-Century Dressers, and The Stenciled Bookshelf? It's no secret that I'm pretty much obsessed with Cutting Edge Stencils! The stencils take an average piece of furniture and turn them into one-of-a-kind art pieces. Big news: they have a new Holiday Stencil Collection and they are oh-so-cute! This week I had the opportunity to try the Reindeer Craft Stencil and I made an adorable, huge "ornament!"

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils


What You Will Need:

1. Cutting Edge Stencils' Reindeer Craft Stencil

2. A large embroidery hoop

3. Burlap or a fabric of your choice

4. Paint. I used a red fabric paint that I had left over from my Paint-A-Pillow Stencil Tutorial, but any paint will do.

5. A small foam roller. I love the mini dense foam roller that Cutting Edge sells for only $1.95!

6. Two disposable plates or a paint tray

7. Glitter

8. School glue

9. Hot glue / hot glue gun

10. Scissors

11. Card stock paper


How To Do It:

1. Pour a little paint onto a disposable plate or paint tray. I like to have two plates -- one for loading paint onto my roller, and then another to "unload" a little paint from my roller. Unloading the paint before going over your stencil will help prevent bleed through. If you have too much paint on your roller, the paint will bleed underneath the edges of the stencil.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

2. Position your stencil onto your fabric. I used paint tape to secure mine in place.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

3. Paint it!

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

4. Carefully remove the stencil. Then, allow the paint to dry.

5. Once the paint has dried, put your fabric into your embroidery hoop and center the design in the middle of the hoop. Make sure the screw part of the hoop is at the top, too.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

6. Now it's time to make the top of the "ornament." Simply cut your card stock paper into the shape of the top (I'm unsure of the official name of this piece of the ornament haha!).

7. Glitter it! I just used school glue and silver glitter that I had on hand. If you're not into glitter, you can skip this step.

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

 8. Hot glue the top of the ornament to your embroidery hoop. This will hide the screw part of the hoop, too.

You're done! Pretty simple, right? Now you just have to hang it up! I hung mine outside of my front door (pictured above) and I love the way it pops on the brick. For fun, though, I staged it above my faux fireplace mantle, too!

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils

DIY Christmas Decor with Cutting Edge Stencils


Want to win a stencil of your own!? 

Cutting Edge Stencils is giving away one free stencil (up to a $50 value) to Revolutionaries readers! Enter through the rafflecopter below in order to win!



Giveaway Details:

The giveaway will end on December 1, 2015 at 12:00 am EST. After I announce the winner, the winner will have three days to claim their prize. If the winner has not claimed their prize after three days, I will choose another winner. The winner must be 18 years or older to win and a US resident with a US mailing address.

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DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!


DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!

I'm so excited to share this DIY decor tutorial with you guys! At a painting seminar for Paint Couture!, I learned that you can do an image transfer with acrylic paint. That's right, only paint! I came home and immediately wanted to try the same method with General Finishes Milk Paint (which is also an acrylic paint). I use this paint more often for my furniture before and afters, so I wanted to test it out. I finally had the opportunity to try it and it turned out beautifully!

I started with several Ikea PS 2014 Trays, which are only $9.99!


How To Do An Image Transfer with Paint:

1. Lightly sand your tray with 220 grit sand paper.

2. Paint your tray the color of your choice. I've used Paint Couture! and General Finishes paint for this post. You're welcome to try different brands -- just make sure it's an acrylic paint. Most of my trays in this post required 2 coats of paint.

3. While your paint dries, go online and find an image that you would like to transfer onto your tray. A great resource for free graphics is The Graphic Fairy. You'll find beautiful graphics like this French Wreath with Bird:
DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!
[Photo via The Graphics Fairy - Please pin from the original source.]

If you have a graphic with words, you have to print a reverse image like this Typography Coffee Sign:

DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!
[Photo via The Graphics Fairy - Please pin from the original source.]

If you don't reverse your image, your phrase will be backwards once transferred onto your surface.

4. Print out your image. You MUST use a laser printer because the ink sits on top of the paper (rather than soaking into the paper like an ink jet printer) -- allowing it to transfer to your surface.

DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!

5. Cut out your image. Remove as much paper as possible from the outer edge.

DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!

6. With a paint brush, paint directly on the ink side of your image. Then, place your image face down on your tray. If you're a visual leaner like I am, go to :20 on this video from Organize, Create, Decorate:


7. Allow the transfer to dry. While it's possible to rush the dry time with a hair dryer, I've found that you get the best results if you wait 24 hours before removing the paper.

8. With a damp cloth, dampen the surface of your paper. Then, gently remove the paper by swirling your finger on the surface. Again, if you need to visualize this step, go to 4:12 on this video from OCD:


9. Work slowly but surely until you've removed all of the paper from your surface. This part takes a while, but I found it quite relaxing!

10. Apply your finishing touches! You can distress your image/tray, add a glaze, do a fun crackle, or simply add a top coat. No matter what you decide to do, it's important to do a top coat to fully seal the ink onto your surface.

DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!


DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!

DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!

I also tried this same method on some cheap garage sale books!

DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!

As you can see, sometimes the full image doesn't transfer, but it adds character and gives it a shabby look.

You might also notice that you can faintly see the edges/border of where you placed your image. Most of the time I lightly sand those areas and it blends nicely. It doesn't bother me at all, but I at least wanted to mention it in case it happens to you too.

DIY Decor: How to Do an Image Transfer with Paint!

What do you guys think!?


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DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

(Disclosure: Paint Couture™sent me products to try in exchange for this post. Even so, all opinions are my own.)

It's been such a long time since I posted a DIY craft project, and I'm so excited to share this one with you guys! A few months ago, I attended a Paint Couture™ painting workshop through my job at Hodge Podge and was totally impressed by the paint line and the other products they carry. Some of my favorites were the Couture Crust and the Couture Crackle! I decided to put them to the test with a fun recycling project! This recycled planter project is perfect for spring / summer gardening, too!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

How To Do It:

1. Clean your coffee canisters (or other recycled container). Let dry.

2. Put on the Paint Couture™ Crust. This is super easy to do -- you can put it on with a brush, trowel, roller, or your hands. I did one container with random spots and the other all over. I let mine dry for 24 hours.

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

(Side note: Paint Couture™ Crust can be tinted with Paint Couture™ paint, too!)

3. Paint your recycled containers! I painted mine with Paint Couture™ Angelic. I did two coats of paint on the red container and only one on the other.

4. Once my paint was dry for 24 hours, I applied the Couture Size -- this is the first step in the two step crackle process. You can apply it with a brush or roller. Once my first coat was dry, I went back and randomly applied a second coat in some areas. You will see in the after pictures that doing this produces different sizes of crackle -- small and large. I like doing this so it looks less uniform.

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

3. Once the Couture Size has dried 1-4 hours, apply the Couture Crackle. You can also apply this with a brush or roller. The great thing about this crackle is that it crackles itself -- that may sound silly, but I just mean that it doesn't crackle the paint underneath. This is great for this project in particular because I don't want to see the red from my container coming through.

4. Wait 8-10 hours for the Couture Crackle to work it's magic! You'll barely be able to see the crackle, but as soon as you apply the glaze, it pops! I used Paint Couture™ Zinc Glaze over the crackle. I simply applied it with a brush and then wiped off the excess with a cloth. Make sure you work in sections so it doesn't dry before you can wipe it off.

5. Make small holes in the bottom of your container for water to flow out. You can make holes with a drill, or with a nail and hammer. You can do this step at the beginning, too, but I forgot until the very end!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

6. Put your plants inside!

Drum roll please... here are the recycled containers now:

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

The Red Container:

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

The Metal Container:

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!
DIY Recycled Planter with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle!

Sorry for all of the photos, but I just wanted to capture the aged awesomeness! Now, if I could just keep these plants alive! As I've shared before, my home is where plants go to die.

What do you think!? What would you create with Paint Couture™ Crust and Crackle?


Linking up to these awesome parties:

Monday-- Monday Funday at C.R.A.F.T; Manic Monday at Serendipity and Spice; What's In the Gunny Sack Link Party at The Gunny Sack; Weekend Warrior Mondays at Ask Anna; Motivate Me Monday at Keeping it Simple; Tuesday--  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm; Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co.; Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife; Trash to Treasure Tuesday at Kammy's Korner; Wednesday-- Show Off Your Stuff Party at Fireflies and JellybeansUnder $100 Linky Party at Beyond the Picket Fence; Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style; Thursday-- Thriving on Thursdays at Domesblissity; Catch a Glimpse Thursday at a Glimpse Inside; Hookin' Up With House of Hepworths; Transformation Thursday at Shabby Creek Cottage; Everything But The Kitchen Sink at A Little Knick Knack; Friday-- Financial Friday Link-Up at The Grant Life; Feature Friday at Blissful and Domestic; A Pinteresting Link Party at Tutus and Tea Parties; Tickled Pink at 504 MainFriday Frolic at Pocket Full of Pink; Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and JelloWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now; Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest; Functional Friday at The Not So Functional Housewife; Inspire Me Please at Liz Marie; Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed Saturday-- Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter; Head to Head Showdown Saturday at I Can't Stop Crafting; Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special; Get Schooled Saturday at Too Much Time on My Hands; Sunday-- Sundae Scoop on I Heart Nap Time; Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming; Think Pink Sundays at Flamingo Toes;