Silhouette Challenge October: DIY Fall Themed Wine Charms
Unfortunately due to a mass-delete photo cleanup project I embarked upon yesterday – I deleted the file containing my tutorial photos! Please rest assured I am redoing it today, and will update this post with my tutorial very shortly.
In the meantime, have you heard about the Silhouette Challenge? It's a monthly challenge created by the beautiful and talented Lauren over at The Thinking Closet. Each month has a new theme, and challenges all of us Silhouette users to find new materials, projects, and ways to use our awesome machines! For this month, I chose wine glass charms – there are certainly a ton of dinner parties and gatherings this time of year, and certainly lots of wine will be served. I'd used my Silhouette for strictly paper and vinyl crafts prior to this, so creating a pretty piece of drink jewelry was a fun new thing for me. I am also really glad to be back to the Silhouette monthly challenges – I've only completed two others this year: this cool little Mail Organizer – my first time with vinyl, and the first actual Silhouette project I ever did – and this Upcycled Birchbox Accessory Organizer.
YAY! It only took me overnight, but I remade and reshot my tutorial! Important lessons learned from this post:
1. Mod Podge Dimensions takes about 3 hours to dry; significantly longer if it's super humid out.
2. Do not, I repeat, do NOT go on a photo-delete-y spree without exercising a lot more caution than I did.
Without further ado, I bring you:
My Ultra Fabulous, Supremely Awesome DIY Wine Charms Tutorial!
This project was inspired in part by this super cool tutorial I found over at Sowdering About – Randi made these really cute Fault In Our Stars necklace charms that I love – and decided to apply a similar method to make some wine charms for all the holiday entertaining that will soon be here. They also make great DIY gifts.
For this project, you will need:
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Sophie Gallo Leaf Set ID 63517
Patterned Cardstock or Paper (I used DCVW Fall & Halloween 180 Stack)
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
Earring Hoops (found in the jewelry making section)
Beads, charms, or crystals of your choice.
For this project, I purchased Leaf Set by Sophie Gallo (Design ID 63517) from the Silhouette Online Store. Open the design and ungroup. This will separate the leaves into individuals rather than having all five selected at once. The leaf on the far right and the slim one across the bottom didn't suit my purposes for this project, so I selected and deleted them.
Resize each leaf to your desired dimensions – I chose to make each one 1.75″ long. Line up the remaining leaves and copy them, pasting the extra set onto a new tab (save these, you'll need them in a bit). In the original tab, select all the leaves, then choose Object>Release Compound Path to separate the outline from the guts of the leaf. Place the cursor on the very edge and carefully drag the outline away from the leaf. Select and delete the “guts.”
Select Object>Replicate>Row of Three for each leaf outline. To conserve paper, I selected and dragged the third row up next to the second. For this project, I used 8.5×11 white cardstock for the background – obviously if you have 12×12, your leaves can be arranged differently. Send to cut. I used the pre-programmed speed and depth for plain cardstock.
Stack and glue each of the three background pieces to each other and let dry.
Switch back to the tab that you pasted the extra set of leaves into. This will be the colored/patterned layer. I like to have the design on both sides of my charm, so I used Object>Replicate>Mirror Right to create a reverse copy. This is only necessary if you're not using a shape that's perfectly square, round, etc. Load the color/pattern for the top design layer and send to cut.
Attach your top design piece to the glued and dried 3-layer stack. I used spray stencil adhesive – simple and less messy than regular glue. Use a hole punch to create the opening for the hoop that will be attached at the end.
Carefully coat the charm with a layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic and set somewhere safe to dry. It's very humid where I live, so it took about 4.5 hours for this to completely harden. Repeat on the backside of the charm.
When completely dry, slide an earring hoop through and add beads and charms of your choice. Enjoy!
Go ahead and click through on the graphic below to check out the other 24 projects for the Fall Themed October Silhouette Challenge!
1. Create & Babble // 2. Lil Mrs. Tori // 3. unOriginal Mom // 4. Zanaree // 5. The Kim Six Fix // 6. One Dog Woof // 7. Cupcakes & Crowbars // 8. Living My Given Life // 9. Architecture of a Mom // 10. Put A Bird On It // 11. Just Add Paper // 12. Weekend Craft // 13. Silhouette School // 14. Minted Strawberry // 15. My Paper Craze // 16. McCall Manor // 17. Chicken Scratch NY // 18. Mama Sonshine // 19. Creative Ramblings // 20. From Wine to Whine // 21. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 22. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 23. The Thinking Closet // 24. Simply Kelly Designs // 25. Sandpaper & Glue //