Friday, June 25, 2010

New Door Hanger from scraps

Tonight I was "cleaning" in the garage. This is the place where most of the creating happens in our house. I have been known to spread out at the kitchen table, only to hear later, "Why is your craft crap on the table again?" I should also mention at this point that I have craft amnesia. I forget I am in the middle of a project and abandon it on the table for ....oh....weeks! That is why I work in the garage. I can leave my stuff out and no one cares! And it is messy! (See proof below!)Here is a peak at some of my workspace. It is a mess right now! I love those old locker baskets. There is a story there on how I came to own them (and 7 other ones!), but I'll save that for another time. Hanging from the baskets are those black Ikea cups. They hold my knives, paint brushes, pencils, etc.
This is one of my closets! I found these at a yard sale and got them for a bargain! They are solid oak and are about 7 feet tall. This one holds frames, mirrors, tiles....things that are ready to have vinyl applied without any prep. When someone calls me to order a quick gift, this is my go to!

So...back to our project! As I was cleaning, I noticed 2 things:
  1. I need air conditioning in the garage. Summers in Alabama are not really mild.
  2. I had a lot of pre-painted scrap wood. I should make something!

My "cleaning" now abandoned, I grabbed a piece of scrap wood. These pieces are pre-painted b/c they are trimmed off of standard size boards I keep on hand for orders. I just chop off however much I need, leaving me with small scraps. This one was 8.5 by 8.5. There was one raw edge where it had been trimmed, so I painted that and let it dry. Next, using vinyl scraps from mis-orders or mis-cuts, I applied my vinyl to the board. I know most people have applied vinyl, so I won't go into any detail.

Applying the transfer tape and vinyl to the board Remove transfer tape after rubbing over entire surface. When I positioned it, I intentionally had it overhang the edge of my board Trim the overhang with a sharp knife. Apply second color of vinyl. This is a pale yellow and one of my new favorites!
Here it is with all the vinyl on and all the transfer tape gone! My plan is to hang this on a large wreath on my door, so I then drilled holes in the upper corners. I also distressed the edges. I love distressed edges.Next up is the sealant. This is my hands down favorite! We use this for all our signs and even our tiles for our shop. I nearly cried when I went to Michael's and couldn't find it. Luckily, they had just rearranged and it was 2 isles over. Add a little ribbon (which does match in real life).
I like to get the flame to my ribbon edge. Just don't grab the ribbon after you do this. Not smart. Trust me. Owie.
And there it is. I need to paint my wreath then get this on the door!

This project cost me nothing. I had everything on hand, and even used vinyl that would likely not have been used. I love the cherry blossoms and hummingbird! Go take a peak in your craft supplies, I bet you can make something pretty cute out of scraps and cast-offs too!

I am excited about tomorrows project. I just noticed it is blue again.....oh well! I love blue. Check back and find out what it is and how to do it!


  1. What a pretty plaque and for 0 dollars!! Great job!!


  2. So beautiful! I love anything with vinyl!

    Great job, I'll be back to see your next project!

  3. OMGosh, this project is awesome. I love using my Cricut for all kinds of vinyl projects. I am your newest follower Ü

  4. That is so pretty. I want to get a Cricut soon! Thanks for sharing. Blessings, Vicky

  5. OH - SERIOUSLY adorable! I love all the colors together -- and what a great way to use up some scraps!

  6. Looks great! Congrats on using the scraps too...I love making stuff out of scraps! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  7. Nice to know another Ginger too!! LOL! There's not many of us!

  8. This is great! I sooo need some type of vinyl machine. Visiting by way of All thingz related.

  9. love this project sooo pretty!