Handmade Garlands & Doily Trees

December 29th, 2014


I just love white on white on white for Christmas this year. I’m also working on keeping things simple. So I created a few simple DIY banners to put the finishing touches on my Christmas Mantel.

This Crepe paper banner is super fast, cheap and easy. I just bought a roll of cream crepe paper (for $.99!), and gathered it by bunching and pushing it through the sewing machine. Easy peasy!


I created a tiny felt flag banner using my Cricut Explore to cut a sheet of white felt. The best way to cut felt with a Cricut Explore is to iron-on Heat n’ Bond to the back. You’ll need to peel the backer paper off, and press the bonded side down on the mat.

I cut a ton of little diamonds out of the mounted felt. These are 1.25″ tall.


I used white thread to string the triangles. A thin white twine would have been a bit easier to work with.

I placed each diamond about 1/2″ apart, and then folded them down into triangles and pressed them with my iron.


I love the sweetness of the final banner.theprojectgirl-felt-flag-banner-greenery

For the scallop banner, I sewed 2″ circles down the middle, and folded them over. And the ball banner was a super affordable pom pom banner from Michaels.


I also created these super simple doily trees to finish off my little villages houses by cutting a 12″ doily into quarters.


And then used some hot glue and my Ad Tech High Temp large format glue gun (my fav!) to glue it cut-end to cut-end. I do recommend possibly using a low-temp, or using a finger guards when glueing thin paper with holes.

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And there you go, doily trees!theprojectgirl-doily-tree


Check out more pics of my Christmas Mantel:


Cutting vinyl rolls with the Silhouette CAMEO

December 29th, 2014


I recently posted about my new Christmas mantel. I just wanted to quickly post about my process and putting up large vinyl graphics.

I prefer to cut vinyl with my Silhouette CAMEO because you don’t need to use a mat, and you can cut big rolls. I also used this great Silhouette roll feeder that helps feed large rolls of vinyl. It’s pretty awesome.

Silhouette Studio makes it super easy to set up your artwork. For this artwork, I used a font and typed out my words and then sized them to fit the width of my vinyl roll (9″). The final length was just under 10 feet.


I set up my matte black 9′ vinyl in the roll feeder, and fed it through the rollers. It’s important to make sure that your rollers are set to the width of your material. I recommend doing a test cut before you start any long cuts.

Once the vinyl is all cut, I removed all the excess vinyl, and then cut up my roll into three pieces.


Then I applied transfer paper over each of the phrases.


I set up a laser level to set up my baseline and centerline, and then, after removing the vinyl backer paper, placed my first (last) phrase up on the wall.


I rubbed the vinyl against the wall with a scraper to make it stick, and then carefully removed the transfer paper.

I repeated this step for the next two lines and  ended up with a perfectly level large-scale vinyl graphic.

Oh Come Let Us Adore Him – Christmas Mantel Decoration

December 19th, 2014


Decorating for holidays is always harder in a new house. I love all my Christmas decor, but our new house has a more simple feel to it. So as I was brainstorming my mantel, I kept trying to distill it down to a clean and simple design. I just love how it turned out. It’s so striking in person. Simple, but makes a statement. literally. theprojectgirl-ohcome-mantel-vinyl

I created the “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” using Silhouette matte black vinyl and my Silhouette CAMEO and Silhouette’s really awesome Vinyl Roll Feeder which makes cutting big lengths of vinyl a breeze. .


 I kept the decor simple by using a monochrome color pallet. White everything, with simple fresh greenery and black text. I made the same white village houses that I had made for my Christmas tree this year.


Simple white doily trees add a little variation to the simple skyline. And I made a few white garlands to layer over the white stockings.


All the textures and layers of white give the monochromatic scheme a lot of depth, and nothing competes with the gorgeous reclaimed wood fireplace surround.


I love how this mantel looks and feels in my house, and am excited for not having to think so hard next year!