Easy Christmas Hoop Art Decor | Lil Mrs Tori

 

Good Morning! It’s a special day over here! We are celebrating the 12th month of The Silhouette Challenge that my friend Lauren at The Thinking Closet started last year! I can’t believe it has been a whole year.  I didn’t participate in every challenge (even though I joined in January I was a bit slow to get that Silhouette out of the box!) Once it was I couldn’t stop and these ladies helped me every step of the way! So let’s get started with this December Challenge shall we?!

I have yet to use Flocked Heat Transfer Vinyl (also known as HTV).  Shocking. I know! 🙂  I have always used smooth on my projects.  What’s the difference you ask?? Smooth is just as it is described. It’s smooth and has a some what shiny look. Flocked has a velvet like texture and is thicker.  Which do I like better?  Both. I think it just depends on the project and look you want.  I will tell you this flocked is a whole heck of a lot easier to apply! It doesn’t bunch up like smooth can when you iron it on. So that is a major bonus and a plus for first time users!!

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So my first step was using this silver metallic spray paint to color my hoops.  It gave my hoops a little shine and I love the way it turned out.  I sprayed the hoops the night before I started my project so they had plenty of time to dry.

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When using HTV {heat transfer vinyl} you do not need your cutting mat.  Simply twist that blue lever down on the right of your CAMEO. Twist the white roller to loosen the notches and slide down. Twist the notches back in.  Make sure to Load MEDIA instead of load mat on your machine.

In Silhouette Studio you will want to prep your files. Measure how big they are and make sure they will fit accordingly in your hoop!

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You will need to mirror your image if using words. So I flipped HO HO HO horizontally in the Silhouette Studio. If you would like that cut file you can find it here:  Christmas Hoop Art Ho Ho Ho

The snowflake and the Christmas tree I found in the Silhouette Online Store.

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Using the hook tool – I weeded my design. Smooth vinyl has some give to it where flocked doesn’t.  If you run into a snag flocked can easily rip. I ripped one of my H’s. You can’t tell but it’s there. 😉 So just be careful when you are weeding flocked HTV and go slow.

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I used two 10 inch hoops and three 6 inch hoops for this project. To make it easy – I cut five 12 x 12 pieces of white fabric. I used muslin, it’s cheap, only $2.99 for the yard! You will need a whole yard of fabric.

Iron your fabric to get the wrinkles out. Place your design on the fabric. Place a cloth on top and press for about 60 seconds. Pull off the clear plastic and your design should be intact! If not just keep pressing with the iron.

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I placed the fabric in the hoop and twisted the top to secure it tightly.

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Cut excess fabric off. I left about 1 1.2 inches to work with. I then hot glued the fabric down onto the hoop.

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I added a little black polka dot bow and it was finished!

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This project was really quick once the hoops were dry.  It took less than 30 minutes from Silhouette to wall!

As some of you know I have been working over on the Silhouette blog as part of their design team. I have been busy! Here are some of my recent projects. If you have a chance I would love for you to stop by. The ladies on the team are all amazing! Here are some of the projects I have been working on.

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Joy & Peace Pillow // Deer Head Shirt // Semi-Homemade Apron // Personalized Robot T’s // Advent Inspiration

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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  1. 2013 Snowman Christmas Card by Please Excuse My Craftermath…
  2. Christmas Hoop Art by Lil’ Mrs. Tori
  3. Silhouette Nativity Advent Candle Box by One Tough Mother
  4. Christmas Party Photo Booth Props by unOriginal Mom
  5. Another Stenciled Tea Towel by Cutesy Crafts
  6. Silhouette Gift Tags by Rain on a Tin Roof
  7. Snowflake Pin / Ornament by Coley’s Corner
  8. State Sign Couple Gift by It Happens in a Blink
  9. Mason Jar Christmas Ornaments by Vintage News Junkie
  10. Merry Christmas Wall Decor by One Artsy Mama
  11. Deer Head Holiday Banner…featuring Santa’s Reindeer by The Thinking Closet
  12. Restore your UGGS (with PAINT) by From Wine to Whine
  13. Monogrammed Snowflake Ornaments by Architecture of a Mom
  14. Christmas Countdown Sign by The Girl Creative
  15. Elf Chalk Sign: “The Best Way to Spread Christmas” by Weekend Craft
  16. Glittery Christmas Subway Art by The Turquoise Home
  17. Sketch Pen Labels by Sowdering About in Seattle
  18. Snowflake NOEL Sign by My Favorite Finds
  19. DIY Holiday Hostess Gift by Everyday Paper
  20. Folding Nativity Backdrop by Chicken Scratch NY
  21. Recycled Glass Jar Advent Calendar by Nearly Handmade
  22. Reindeer Card: Double-Sided Print & Cut by GetSilvered
  23. Personalized Block Ornament by Suburble
  24. Paper Medallion Christmas Tree by Create & Babble
  25. Mini Mid-Century Homes by Tried & True
  26. Glitter and Vinyl Minecraft Christmas Ornament by A Tossed Salad Life
  27. DIY Countdown to Christmas Refrigerator Style by My Paper Craze
  28. Reversible Recipe Holder/Block Frame by The Sensory Emporium
  29. DIY: Lettered Christmas Pillows by The House on Hillbrook
  30. Simply Charming Christmas Ornaments by Life After Laundry
  31. No Glitter was Worn by GiveMeAPaintbrush
  32. Make Easy Ornaments from Paper Circles by Bringing Creativity to Life
  33. Cutting Machine Embroidery Applique by Terri Johnson Creates
  34. “Believe” Christmas Banner by Daily Dwelling
  35. DIY Christmas Nativity Card by Pitter and Glink

Do you have a Silhouette Machine??

Looking for Silhouette inspiration, support, trouble-shooting? Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month? Then, we’d love to have you join our Silhouette Challenge Facebook group. To join, simply fill out the new member request form, and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will get you squared away.

 

                                                $155 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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Have you wanted to get your hands on a Silhouette?? Here is your chance! You can win a $155 Amazon gift card to put towards a Silhouette machine! Of course, if you win you can buy what ever your heart desires  but a brand new Silhouette would be a mighty fine Christmas present!!  31 different bloggers from our Silhouette Challenge FB Group made this giveaway possible, which means…There are 31 different potential entries per person!  That’s a lot of potential winning power.

Here’s the skinny…

Giveaway runs from Monday, December 9th – Monday, December 16th at 11:59 pm eastern. It is open to anyone 18 years of age and older, and this is an international-friendly giveaway! The winner will be contacted by Lauren from The Thinking Closet by email and will have 48 hours to respond; so, everyone should watch their spam folders. You can read the rest of the giveaway terms and conditions in the Rafflecopter widget below.

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