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Silhouette Cameo: Wedding Wreath Vinyl Art

Free Silhouette Cameo Romantic Christmas Wreath .gsp cut file and vinyl art tutorialWe were so excited to learn that one of our high school friends was getting married. Who doesn't love, love? Of course, we could buy the bride and groom a gift off their registry, but if you've been reading my blog for long, you already know that I prefer to give handmade gifts that are from the heart.

This time I decided to create a personalized piece of art and it started with me pulling out my drawing supplies. After a bit of doodling and measuring, I was able to create a pretty design perfect for my Silhouette Cameo. I wanted a border that would be full of flourishes and something wonderful happened. I realized that my sketch looked a lot like a Christmas wreath, which is perfect because our friend is getting married in December.

I am using this as a wedding gift, but it could just as easily be a personalized piece of holiday art.



We'll start on the computer. Download the wreath cut file and open it in Silhouette Studio. Insert your personalized text in your favorite font.
Before cutting, you need to mirror your text.

Then cut out the wreath and text. I decided to be extra fancy and cut the wreath and the text from different colors of vinyl.

Free Silhouette Cameo Romantic Christmas Wreath .gsp cut file and vinyl art tutorial If you are really experienced with using vinyl, you can actually get two images from one cut. I pulled off the the negative image and placed it onto a piece of parchment paper so you can see.

The negative image is much easier to transfer onto glass because it is a single piece.
Remove the two pieces of glass from the floating frame and clean them.
Position the vinyl, sticky side up on your work surface.

I placed my vinyl piece on a large cutting mat so I could use the grid to help me center the image.
Place one clean glass piece onto the vinyl.
Turn the glass over and carefully press all of the bubbles out of the vinyl. This takes a bit of patience because the design is so delicate.
Use transfer tape to lift the text from the paper backing. I didn't have any brand specific vinyl transfer tape handy, so I just used a couple pieces of painter's tape.
Position the text onto the glass. Carefully remove the transfer tape and remove any bubbles from the text.
Free Silhouette Cameo Romantic Christmas Wreath .gsp cut file and vinyl art tutorial
Finally, reassemble the frame.

Of course this can be hung on the wall and displayed as is, but you can also change the look by inserting a piece of 12 x 12 paper in between the glass pieces. Pretty clever, huh?
I can't wait to give this piece of personalized vinyl art to the happy couple and help them celebrate their special day.

Free Silhouette Cameo Romantic Christmas Wreath .gsp cut file and vinyl art tutorial

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Tutorial: Recycled Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

DIY a hummingbird feeder with recycled glass bottles and wire from the hardware store.A couple years ago I shared a tutorial about making wine bottle hummingbird feeders. It's a really simple and fun DIY project for the yard, but if you don't have a lot of hummingbirds in your area, it can take a long time for the hummers to finish off a bottle.

The good news is, you probably have lots of smaller bottles in your pantry right now that would make perfect hummingbird feeders. So here's your excuse to go clean out the fridge and pantry in the name of crafting.


  • glass bottle
  • 2-4 feet of 6 or 8 gauge copper electrical wire
  • wire cutters
  • pliers
  • electrical tape
  • hummingbird feeder tubes


Head to the kitchen to find your perfect bottle. Think hot sauce, vinegars, oils, soy sauce, soda or even small liquor bottles. I'm using a Patron Citronge bottle. The only requirement is that the hummingbird feeder tube needs to fit into the opening.

Wash the bottle and remove any labels, caps, safety rings, stoppers, etc.
I'm kind of a wimp, so I need a pliers to bend the ends of the copper wire. The only problem is that the grippy grooves on the pliers can mar the copper. So, I wrap a couple layers of electrical tape over grooves to prevent scratches.
Use the pliers to bend one end of the copper wire into a loop that fits over the neck of the bottle.
Slide the loop over the bottle neck.
Wrap the remaining wire around the bottle until about 6-inches remain. Give yourself some space for this part so you don't poke anything around you with the length of wire while you work.
Use a pliers to bend the end up into a hook so you can hang your feeder.
Finally fill your feeder with the nectar of your choice.

Please note, this type of hummingbird feeder can be prone to leaking if it is not filled properly. Luckily, I have some quick tips on how to fill your feeder as well as a video to show you exactly how it's done.

Once it's filled, you can hang your feeder outside and wait for the hummers to start snacking!

DIY a hummingbird feeder with recycled glass bottles and wire from the hardware store.

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Tutorial: Cut Wine Bottle Vases

DIY Tutorial: Cut recycled glass wine bottles to create an elegant, self-watering vase for orchids and more.I don't have much of a green thumb, but somehow, my grocery store orchid is sprouting a baby orchid, also known as a keiki. I have been watching it grow for about six months and I think it is finally large enough to be removed and planted in it's own container. So, it's time to make a wine bottle vase.

These vases are a clever way to recycle empty wine bottles. I have used them successfully for planting orchids, a variety of succulents and even a spider plant.


  • safety glasses
  • clean, empty wine bottle
  • ruler
  • dry erase marker
  • G2 Bottle Cutter
  • two 2-qt pitchers
  • hot and cold water
  • 60 grit sandpaper
  • small rock
  • HydroBalls
  • soil (optional)
  • plant


When you are choosing a wine bottle for this project, you don’t want one with a long tapered neck. It won’t set into the base of the bottle nicely. Look for a bottle with a short, straight neck.

If this is your first time cutting glass, avoid bottles that have a large indentation, or punt, on the bottom of the bottle. Sometimes the punt is there to add structural integrity to the bottle and makes it a little trickier to cut. Also, I have found that clear glass wine bottles are usually a little bit thinner and easier to cut than colored glass.

Over the years I have cut a lot of bottles and have about an 80% success rate. Glass can be difficult to work with. Imperfections in the glass can cause your bottle to break in unpredictable ways even if your technique is flawless, so have a couple extra bottles ready to go.

A little common sense warning - You need to be very careful while completing this project. Not only can glass be very sharp, one of the water baths will have boiling water which is very hot. Also, containers you use for crafting, shouldn’t be used for food.

When working with glass, ALWAYS WEAR SAFETY GLASSES!
Measure your bottle from the top of the neck to where the sides begin to straighten out. For my bottle, that’s about 6 inches.

The bottom of your bottle will need to be at least that deep so the top can set inside it.
Measure the bottom of the bottle from the top of the punt (again, the flatter your bottle bottom, the better). Use a dry erase marker to mark where you will cut.

I am cutting six inches above the indented punt.
Place the bottle cutter on a flat surface and position it so the scoring blade is aligned with your mark and is at a right angle to the glass.

Press the bottle firmly against the scoring blade and carefully rotate the bottle all the way around. You will hear a faint tearing sound.
After scoring, you should be able to see a thin, but clear mark that goes all the way around the bottle.
Place two plastic containers in a deep sink. Fill one container, about 3/4 full, with boiling hot water and the other with nearly freezing water.

If your water baths are not hot or cold enough, the bottle will not separate.
Hold the neck of your bottle and place in into the hot water so the water level is slightly above the score line. Keep the bottle submerged for about 10 seconds.

Lift the bottle straight up and move it to the cold water for 10 seconds. Again, make sure the water level is slightly above the score line. If you listen closely, you will hear the glass making a cracking sound.
Carefully lift the bottle straight up and move it from the hot to cold water for ten seconds at a time. Be aware that the bottle will most likely separate as you are pulling it up to move it from one water bath to the other.

You can use tongs to remove the bottle bottom from the water if necessary.
STOP! Once the bottle has separated your first instinct may be to touch the cut edge. The edges can still be sharp and need to be sanded before you put your fingers on them.
Rinse the edges of your bottle and wet a piece of sandpaper. Place the sandpaper on a flat, protected surface. Rub the bottle bottom over the sandpaper for several minutes until the cut edge is no longer clear. Rinse off any glass dust particles.

Repeat for the bottle top.
Next, you need to sand the outside and inside edges of the bottle top and bottom. Hold your sandpaper at about a 45 degree angle to the cut edge and rub all the way around the bottle.

Again rinse the bottle pieces to remove any fine glass dust.
Now the fun part, adding a plant. Find a small rock that can be dropped down into the neck of the bottle and wedged snuggly into the opening so that water can go up the neck, but no planting material can fall out.
Place the neck of the bottle upside down into the base. Fill the neck with clay hydro balls. These help distribute the water into the top of the vase without flooding the plant.

You can fill the remaining part of you vase either with soil or with more hydro balls and then your plant.
Remove the top of your vase and fill the bottom with water. Replace the top and enjoy!

DIY Tutorial: Cut recycled glass wine bottles to create an elegant, self-watering vase for orchids and more.

One of the benefits of using this type of vase is that you rarely need to add more water to your plant. However, from time to time you will need to remove the top of the planter, rinse out the bottom, and freshen up the water.

DIY Tutorial: Cut recycled glass wine bottles to create an elegant, self-watering vase for orchids and more.

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Tutorial: Terrariums

DIY Tutorial: How to make a simple glass jar terrarium
When my daughter came home from college in May she asked if we could make terrariums. I have wanted to do this project for awhile, but I have never had much success with terrariums. Every single one has been filled with dead and/or molded plants within weeks.

But since I don't get the opportunity to do many projects with my kiddo anymore, I decided to make one more attempt at creating a healthy terrarium.
Before we got started, I watched (and re-watched) this video by my friend Anne from Anne of Green Gardens. Anne was my inspiration when I made my fairy garden village, so I thought her guidance would boost my confidence with terrariums and it did.



You may be able to find most of the materials (carbon, moss, clay hydroballs and maybe even a container and plants) at your local pet store.
Before you begin, wash and dry your container and rinse the clay hydro balls or pebbles.

Place about an inch of carbon at the bottom of the jar.
Add about an inch of clay hydroballs or small pebbles.
Next you will be adding a couple inches of potting mix. I put the potting mix into a bowl and blended it with a handful of the carbon before adding it to my jar.
It's time to add the plants. This can be a little tricky depending on how wide the opening to your jar is. Take your time and be patient.

Try to position your plants so they are not touching the glass.
I used the end of a wooden spoon to help me dig little holes for the plants and move the dirt around.
Finally, add a layer of sheet moss around the plants.
If you want, you can decorate your mini-world with colored rocks or other small items. I used a little quail figurine.
My daughter added a little Yoshi and some glass gems. He looks pretty happy! We lightly watered our plants and left the lids open for several days.

DIY Tutorial: How to make a simple glass jar terrarium

The trick with closed terrariums is finding the right balance. They need light, but not too much light and moisture, but not too much moisture. Keep a close watch over your little environment until that perfect balance is reached. If you see any mold or excessive condensation, remove the lid and let things air out a bit.

What's your secret for the perfect terrarium?

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