In Florida, summertime is upon us and that means breaking out the red, white, blue decorations, apparel and symbolance. Mason jars like this can be upcycled into so many different things such as a tissue holder, a vase, a table centerpiece, a holder for plastic ware at a picnic, or to just hold pens or tools.
Overview: For this project, we are using some vinyl scraps, so it doesn’t matter what color they are because they will just be peeled off. We will cut vinyl stars and use them much like a stencil. We will be using Silhouette Studio ® Version 4, Business Edition to create the stars, and Silhouette CAMEO 3 ® cutting machine to cut the stars.
FDC Sign Vinyl – any color
Blue and white chalk paint
Magic Weed Edge weeding tool
Step 1: Copy and paste a star vector image into Silhouette. Click Trace to Open the Trace Panel. Click Select Trace Area to select the star. Click Outline, then click Trace. Select the star and drag it to the side margin to save in case you need it later.
Step 2: Select the star outline and click the Scale icon to Open the Scale Window. Click on the little padlock icon to lock the aspect ratio and then resize to .6” wide.
Step 3: While the star is still selected, click the Replicate icon to Open the Replicate Panel, select duplicate to right option. Duplicate stars as needed. Note the stars will be touching so you need to move one away from the group then select them all and click the Transform icon to Open the Transform Panel where you will click Horizontal under Spacing to create some space between each star.
Step 4: Move stars to cut area and adjust based on the size of your vinyl. Click SEND in upper right corner. Select the correct material (FDC Decal Vinyl). Use The Rhinestone World’s Recommended Cut Settings guide to find cutting specs.
Step 5: Apply stars to upper top half of jar, press each one individually to make sure they are attached well. Tape off a line below the top half of the jar and then paint only the top half with blue chalk paint. Paint over the vinyl stars. Apply 2 coats. Allow to dry between coats. Peel off stars using the weeding tool.
Step 6: Tape off a line above bottom half of jar (over the blue chalk paint). Paint bottom half white. Apply 2 coats. Allow to dry between coats.
Step 7: Remove tape, pour a small amount of paint into the jar and move it around until the white paint covers the inside of the jar where the stars are. Use the sponge brush to move it around. As an alternative, you could insert white cylinder tissues, white plastic ware or fill it with white candles or a string of lights.
Step 8: Cut red fabric in 1”x18” strips. Wash and dry them if you want frayed edges to show or fold the uneven edges under so they don’t show at all. Tie them onto the bottom half of the jar.
Cost: approx. $2 (look for mason jars at resale stores!)
Suggested Retail Price: $10
For a few more patriotic project ideas, Hope did a Support Those Who Serve design shirt using Siser Electric Vinyl in blue, and Easyweed for the red and white to make a cool distressed shirt. Here’s the video.
And Lisa created an America design sure to be a favorite using Siser glitter vinyl in red and royal blue on a glitter JAmerica shirt. You can see that video here.
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