Father’s Day BBQ Crate Project

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Level: Beginner

When fire was discovered, that man must have been a dad. Since then, it’s been pretty standard to give the gift of fire back to guys. With Father’s Day nearing, what better gift idea than everything your special dad needs to set the grill ablaze and char some meat.

In this project, we will create a Father’s Day BBQ Crate Project using Silhouette Studio ® Business Edition V4. We will cut the design using Silhouette CAMEO 3 ® cutting machine and heat press using the Stahls’ Pink Craft Heat Press. We will also use etching cream and a wood burning tool with sign vinyl as a stencil.

MaterialsFinished Projects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials:

Siser EasyWeed HTV – White

FDC Sign Vinyl – any color for use as stencils, scraps work well

FDC Sign Vinyl – Glossy Black

Sign Vinyl Application Tape

Crate, Grill Mitt, Glass Platter, and Grilling Tools

 

Equipment:

Silhouette CAMEO ® 3

Silhouette Studio ® Business Edition V4

Magic Weed Edge weeding tool

Stahls’ Pink Craft Heat Press

Armour Etch

Wood Burning Tool

Heat Press Pillow

 

Project 1: Crate

  1. Insert a traced image of a skull and crossbones
  2. Click Insert Text tool, type “Dad Crate”
  3. Open Text Style Panel, change font to Stamp font.
  4. Open Fill Panel, change color to black.

Dad Crate

  1. Align words with the skull and crossbones.
  2. Select all parts of your design and right click (or use Shift + e) to Make Compound Path.
  3. Measure the size of your blank crate to determine the size of your design and adjust it accordingly using the object sizing tool.
  4. Send to Cameo. Use cut settings for sign vinyl. There is no need to flip/mirror this design because you are cutting decal vinyl which is cut face-up on the Cameo mat.
  5. Weed the design using care to remove the letters and skull/crossbones rather than the background. Apply the vinyl stencil to your crate.
  6. Use a pencil or chalk to trace around the vinyl stencil and then remove it.
  7. Use a woodburning tool to burn the design into the wood using the stenciled outline as a guide.

Time Estimate: 1-1.5 hrs

Project 2: Grill Mitt

  1. Click Insert Text tool, type “I like mine”.
  2. Open Text Style Panel, change font to Candara font.
  3. Open Fill Panel, change color to black.
  4. Click Insert Text tool, type “Well Done Dad”.
  5. Open Text Style Panel, change font to Athena font.
  6. Open Fill Panel, change color to black.
  7. Keep the “I like mine” at a font size that is about half as big as the “Well Done Dad”.
  8. To fit the words on two lines instead of one, make a duplicate of “Well Done Dad” by holding Alt while selecting it with the left mouse button. Delete the Dad from one and delete the Well Done from the other. Right click words and choose Weld.

Well Done

  1. Select all parts of your design and right click (or use Shift + e) to Make Compound Path.
  2. Measure the size of your blank grill mitt area to determine the size of your design and adjust it accordingly.
  3. Right click on your design and choose Flip Horizontal then send to Cameo. Use cut settings for HTV.
  4. Weed your design and press it onto your grill mitt at 305° for 10-15 seconds.

Time Estimate: 20-30 min

 

Project 3: Grill Platter

  1. Click Insert Text tool, type words of your choice.
  2. Open Text Style Panel, change fonts as needed.

Fonts used for this design:

Thanks Dad – Bell MT

BBQ – Cooper Black

More Please – Aachen

Grill King – Goudy Stout

Well Done Dad – News Goth CN

Is it ready yet? Bodoni and ST Accent

 

  1. Right click on any script fonts to weld.
  2. Select words, open Fill Panel, change color to black.
  3. Select all parts of your design and right click (or use Shift + e) to Make Compound Path.
  4. Measure the size of the area you want to etch to determine the size of your design and adjust it accordingly using the object sizing tool.
  5. Send to Cameo. Use cut settings for sign vinyl.
  6. Weed the design using care to remove the letters rather than the background since this is a stencil.
  7. Follow directions for applying etching cream. Armour Etch requires the cream to sit for 5 min before washing off.
  8. After you have washed off all of the etching cream and dried the platter, pull off the vinyl to reveal your design.

Silhouette Studio v4

Time Estimate: 25-40 min

 

 

Project 4: Grill Tools

  1. Click Insert Text tool, type words of your choice.
  2. Open Text Style Panel, change fonts as needed.

Fonts used for this design:

Happy Father’s Day – Athena

Property of dad – stamp

Caution: results may vary – Franklin Gothic

Don’t touch dad’s tools – Gill Sans

 

  1. Right click on any script fonts to weld.
  2. Select words, open Fill Panel, change color to black.
  3. Select all parts of your design and right click (or use Shift + e) to Make Compound Path.
  4. Measure each tool handle (or area you are using) to determine the size of each design and adjust it accordingly using the object sizing tool.
  5. Send to Cameo. There is no need to flip/mirror this design because you are cutting decal vinyl which is cut face-up on the Cameo mat.

 

Silhouette Studio

Time Estimate: 20-30 min

Material Cost: $26.49 ($2.49 in vinyl, approx. $24 for crate, mitt, platter, tools).

Total Time for 4 Projects: 2 – 3 hours

Tips

  • Change the Cut Settings for each different type of vinyl used. Use The Rhinestone World’s Recommended Cut Settings guide to find cutting specs.
  • Use The Rhinestone World’s Rhinestone and Vinyl Pressing Specs guide to find heat press settings and hot or cold peel directions.
  • You can reuse a Small Heat Press Pillow (5.5” x 5.5”) for other craft projects.
  • Wood burning tool at Harbor Freight is $6.74 (Check for sales, coupons and discounts).
  • A small jar of Armour Etch at Michael’s is $9.59. Scrape it back into the jar and reuse it to make it last longer.
  • Look for black oven mitts at Dollar Tree and 13” glass platter at Target for $5.99.
  • Use heat transfer vinyl on a grilling apron to add to this crate for Dad.
  • Add a tablecloth, charcoal and grilling sauces or spices to this crate to make it special.
  • Add Dad’s name or his unique sayings to personalize these gifts.
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About Author

“There’s no place like home.” Susan Evans is a Creative Project Instructor for The Rhinestone World. She enjoys making crafts, running, and spending time with her family. She has a Master of Arts degree in Adult Education from USF.

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