With Memorial Day weekend upon us here in the U.S., and July 4th celebrations not far off, I decided it was time to think about some appropriate decor. I opted for a patriotic hurricane lamp, since I have had this glass sitting for quite some time, just begging to be “vinylized”.
I used a file I recently designed. Help yourself if you’d like the “America” SVG.
Measure the circumference of your glass to determine design size. My lamp measured 17 inches. I made the “America” about 6.5 inches, and the string of pennants half the circumference.
Make sure glass is clean and dry.
Apply transfer tape and peel backing.
Cut and weed vinyl.
You may want to duplicate some of the flowers, etc. to add to the pennants. I also duplicated the string of pennants so that it went all the way around the lamp.
Re-size as needed. (You might also need to use shadow layer for some parts of the drawing if the details are too small for the size you are cutting. I found some of the smaller pieces were just too small for the size of my project.)
Import SVG into Make The Cut.
If desired, add stones, sand, or other filler to bottom of lamp.
Add a candle… and celebrate America with your patriotic hurricane lamp.
This is the time of year that I often reflect on how happy I am to live in the U.S.A. My plate stand was “calling” for a new plate for the season. So for Memorial Day I created this plate, which will probably reside in the stand through the summer because I think it’s also very appropriate for the 4th of July and maybe even Labor Day, too.
1 – 13″ diameter charger plate with an 8″ indented center
The challenge for embellishing a plate with vinyl is usually in the placement, not the cutting. The following pictures illustrate my method of getting the vinyl exactly where I want it on the plate.
1. After cutting and weeding the vinyl, I cover it with Transfer Tape. Next I cut away the tape that extends beyond the design, so I can visually see how it is going to fit and look when applied to the plate.
2. The next step is to turn the masked vinyl over and turn down approximately 1″ of the vinyl liner at the top. Turn the vinyl back over with the right side up, and place the sticky side of the vinyl to the plate, matching the placement that I determined in the previous step.
3. Now that the top edge is secured to the plate, I use one hand to slowly apply the vinyl, using a firm flat object for a secure, flat application without bubbles. At the same time with the other hand I pull on the vinyl liner, exposing more of the sticky side of the vinyl.
4. The final step for the center design is to remove the transfer tape. I find it works best to pull it away at approximately a 45 degree angle. The picture that follows is a close-up of the center design.
The last thing to do is apply the stars around the edge. For equal spacing I made a stencil so I could mark placement with a Sharpie. This template is included in the free files of this design. With the plate marked, placement of the stars is easy…and you have a finished plate to enjoy for years to come.
While still in a patriotic mood I saw these cute little patriotic owls on the Pink Pueblo website. I fell in love with them and immediately set about deciding what to put them on. I settled on a tray that is 19″ wide by 8″ tall. The inside measurement is 16″ x 5″. The owl with the flag and the one with the hat are scaled to be 4.5″ tall.
Before actually looking at the cutting design I thought I would cut them from vinyl. But when I looked at the cut design—that thought was out of the question because there were way too many pieces, as well as lots of layering. So I settled on cardstock for everything but the stars and the saying on the bottom, which I cut from vinyl.
Vinyl Settings used were: F=28, Blade Offset = 35, Blade Height = 25 Post-It-Notes, Cut type = Knife Point.
Cardstock Settings used were: F=55, Blade Offset = 35, Blade Height = 25 Post-It-Notes, Cut type = Knife Point
The biggest change that I made to the design was to add a base file to adhere all the other pieces to. It was a big missing piece in the files, but was remedied easily with my Make-the-Cut software.
I was totally wowed at the stars on the flag. There are 50 of them, measuring .06″ each. If I hadn’t cut and applied them, I would have never known how big .06″ is. For perspective I photographed it with a penny. Aren’t they wonderful? I love my KNK for the detail options it gives us.
Before gluing them to the tray, I sprayed them with an acrylic sealer.
In honor of America’s birthday (+ 1 day), my project is a glass block for my husband’s American Legion Home, using the title of my favorite patriotic song, God Bless The USA. I purchased the glass block, lights and the ribbon at Hobby Lobby.
The flag is a free font from www.dafont.com called USFlag. The letters are ZAPFCHLI. I used outdoor vinyl Medium Red, Dark Blue and Silver (purchased from www.KNKUSA.com). I frosted the block using Rustoleum Frosted Glass, which works well. Use vinyl transfer tape instead of painter’s tape as that will take the frosting off the glass.
I’m the type of person that can’t stop with one use of a design, so I designed a T-shirt, same font, but using the map of the USA. For this project, I used red glitter iron on transfer for the map and old silver iron on transfer for the words.. I made the words smaller to fit into the map. I cut the map first, pressed it on, then added the words and pressed again. I always use a teflon sheet to avoid scourching and for a smoother look (thanks Lynn K. for that tip). Be sure to measure the area you want to put your iron on BEFORE cutting.