No Carve Vinyl Pumpkin

After going through the office after the hurricane, I came across a craft pumpkin I bought and forgot about (this happens way more than I’d like to admit).  I pulled it out and decided to play with the Cricut and make a no carve pumpkin to put on our front porch.

No Carve Vinyl Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Black vinyl
  • Cricut
  • Weeder
  • Transfer paper

First things first, create your design in Design Space.  I went with a simple “W” in Argo font and “est. 2016” below it (similar to my coasters).  Make sure to attach the 2 text files together so they’ll be in the right position when you’re ready to cut.

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Put the vinyl on your mat and cut it with the Cricut!  Watching it cut never gets old to me…

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Once it’s cut, use the weeder to weed away the excess around the design.pumpkin_vinyl-02

Next, put some transfer paper on top of the design.  Use the scraper to get any bubbles out and put the transfer paper on tightpumpkin_vinyl-03Peel away the backing (white part), making sure that the design stays on the transfer paper.  Place it where you want on the pumpkin, and run your fingers over the design to get it to adhere to the pumpkin, especially in the grooves.

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Slowly pull back the transfer paper, again making sure that the vinyl stays on the pumpkin.  You’re done – Now put it out in all it’s glory!
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I’m loving it on our front porch next to the Wilds planter that Liz & Blake gave us!  Guess I need to get a real pumpkin and carve it soon…

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Misc Bachelorette Crafts

I seriously had a blast at my bachelorette weekend in Savannah — thank you to ALL who made it so special and fun!  Today I’m sharing a few of the other little crafts and gifts that my sister and I collaborated on.

Drink Glasses

Lauren was super excited about having a mimosa bar on Saturday morning, so we decided we wanted some fun cups that everyone could use on the beach, and take home for later.  We found these great recyclable shatterproof plastic wine glasses on Amazon that were shipped to my house.

The hardest part was coming up with what to put on them.  We couldn’t decide between a quote, or design, but ultimately ended up with anchors and names.

Thanks to the Cricut, I just designed the anchors, cut & adhered those to the glasses, then cut everyone’s name in white, and layered them on top of the anchor.

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To keep with the colors Lauren wanted to use, I printed gold anchors and put those on all the extra glasses we had.  The best part: making 24 custom shatterproof wine glasses only cost ~$30!  The extra ones will be perfect for the boat or beach too.bach glasses 04

There was a little bar area on the side between the main living room and dining area, so we cleared off the bottom two shelves and put the glasses on there for everyone to take.  (Link to make the banner here)IMG_5061

Anchor Garland

After making the banners, I had some leftover card stock, and anchors that had been cut out and discarded.  This got me thinking that if I cut out more anchors, I could tie them to twine and make a garland!  So that’s exactly what I did…

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One of the strands was inside in the living room, and the other went on the porch, by the big outdoor eating table.

Sunglasses

Beach = sunglasses, and Lauren ordered some cheap blue ones online for everyone.  I had just gotten some gold chrome vinyl in, so we decided to put the event hashtag (that she so cleverly came up with) on the side.bach_shades 01bach_shades 02

The sunglasses were perfect to wear on the Savannah slow ride and we got some cute pics of them on.IMG_0011IMG_0014By the way, I have been waiting ever so patiently to share all of this.  We started working on all of this back in January, and Lauren has been laughing at me knowing that I had already drafted a post to share it all…  Needless to say, I’m still loving the Cricut 🙂

Etsy store is OPEN!

One of my 2015 resolutions was to really try to do something with my blog — put some time into it, make more of a brand, and see where it takes me.  You may have noticed the new Facebook page, Twitter account, and Instagram feed which was part of that (and thanks for the likes!).  Well, after talking to Hunter, and some friends, I decided to open an Etsy shop!

Since I don’t have as many projects for myself anymore (at least at this moment), this gives me a chance to keep crafting after work and making things for others!  I’ve decided to sell more coastal-ish type items, like a lot of oyster shell related crafts, but I am more than happy to make anything anyone would want!  Turns out, I just enjoy making things..

I’d love to get your feedback too — what do you like? What should I work on? Anything else I should sell?  I’m a newbie here, so will take any and all feedback!  I know I only have a few products currently listed, but hope to grow that as I learn more skills and hear from you.  Thanks in advance 🙂

Who knows where this will take me, but I’m ready for the adventure!

Painted State Pumpkin

I’ve been painting a lot of pumpkins this year and I think it’s because I tend to carve pumpkins too early and they are rotten before Halloween.  Painting seemed like the perfect solution to avoid rotten pumpkins, and keeping the design for awhile (if you’re painting a fake one)!

Painted State Pumpkin

What you’ll need:

  • Fake white pumpkin
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush

Since I have carved an assortment of Atlanta sports related pumpkins in the past, I thought about painting something more Charleston inspired, that I could bring out each year to decorate the house.  Last year Lauren got me a pretty necklace for my birthday that I had been wearing recently and it seemed to get a lot of compliments so I decided to translate that onto a pumpkin!

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The fun part about pumpkins is that they’re round.. and have grooves, which make it much harder to draw on.  I grabbed a pencil, the necklace, an image of SC online, the mini fake pumpkin from Target and starting drawing the outline of the state onto the pumpkin.  Once I was pretty happy with the outline, I painted it.

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The teal took 2-3 coats for it to be a good color and not show any brush strokes.  I let the last coat dry overnight since I was started the project after dinner and decided to finish up the next day.  The final bit of painting just required me to add a heart — I tried to get it in the Charleston / Mt. Pleasant area.

Lastly, I used some twine and hot glue to wrap around the stem like I did with the color block pumpkins.  I think this gives the pumpkin a more finished look instead of the fake painted brown, but if it was a real pumpkin, I’d leave the stem alone.

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Another painted pumpkin done!  And this one will be packed up after fall and should last through the years.

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Wine Cork Christmas Tree

Hunter and I collect (real) wine corks in a big, glass das boot and then when it’s full we come up with things to do with them.  We’ve made coasters (aka corksters), magnets and filled a lantern in the past, so when the boot was almost full I looked for a new idea of what to do with them (and of course it had to be holiday themed).  Alas…

Wine Cork Christmas Tree

What you’ll need:

  • A lot of corks.  I probably used 100+ and all the finished bottles of wine or champagne were consumed by willing friends / family.
  • Hot glue gun

Note: Unless you have a huge supply of wine corks handy, this project will take some time.  Once I started building the tree, it probably took me about a month to (drink more wine) complete the tree.  I hear you can buy corks at Michael’s, but what’s the fun in that?

I started by making a circle of corks to be the base.  I used the same kind of wine corks (thanks Trader Joe’s) so I knew it would be as symmetric as possible.

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I filled in the inside of the base with another row of corks to make it sturdier and balanced, then I started to glue the corks upward.  I didn’t want the tree to be all straight and even (plus I’d probably mess that up) so I glued the corks in more of a random fashion.

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Slowly, but surely the tree was getting taller…

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Finally, I got to the top of the tree and filled in a few other spots.  I put it in the middle of a silver charger (from Michael’s, $1.50), added some shells Rollene and Tish gave me and glittery balls (?), and my centerpiece was done!

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Special thanks to everyone who contributed to drinking lots of wine so I could finish the tree!  It was hard work, but I knew my friends, family, and 5 Loaves guests would be up to the challenge..

Update : I’ve brought this tree out to be on our table every year since!  This past year I added fresh rosemary around the bottom instead of shells & glittery balls and love the natural look (and fragrance)!

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