Category Archives: Gift Ideas
I pre-painted the blocks black. Last year we let the boys paint and while they did do a good job it took forever to dry.
I cut a vinyl J and Y out of the metallic red vinyl and covered it with transfer tape.
After a demonstration from me the boys applied the vinyl letters to their blocks.
The boys then tied a red ribbon on the bell. After that was done they wrapped the Joy block set in celophane wrap and curly ribbon. They were very excited to give them to their moms!
I love to decorate my mantle for the different seasons and one of my favorite ways is with words blocks. I always have a different word on my mantle for each season. This year I made up Some “Gobble Til Ya Wobble” words blocks. I think they are fun and match my other fall items perfectly.
The blocks are made from wood, covered with fall paper and for the lettering I used brown vinyl. I then embellished with raffia and brown ribbon.
Here is a close up of these cute blocks
How do you decorate for fall?
This is super quick and easy to make – so lets get started!
Cut the board to the size that you want and sand then paint black. Then cut your scrapbook paper to be slightly less in size than the board. I usually cut mine to be 1/4 or 1/2 inch smaller.
Mod Podge the scrapbook paper onto your wood board.
Cut out a fun Halloween word with your vinyl – I cut out Beware
Now with your black embroidery floss criss cross it around the board – like a spider web. Then tie into a knot. You could tie the knot in the back but I like the look of the knot tied in the front.
And there you have it – a fun, quick and simple Halloween Sign.
Here’s a simple way to personalize gifts or add some flair to a party! These glasses (actually shatter-proof plastic that looks just like glass!) were made as part of the thank you gifts for a wedding party.
I used the cricut cartridges Love Struck for the lips and CTMH Artiste for the moustaches! Since these glasses have grooves built in for the thumb to sit in, the vinyl was applied so that when they were held up to the mouth, the lips or moustaches were in just the right spot on the drinker’s face – totally made me giggle after applying each one LOL
My tip for designing vinyl for curved areas, like glasses, is to take the measurement of the area you can see from one angle. For the flutes for example, about 2 inches were visible at any given time, any more than that was cut off as it curved around the glass. Knowing this, I could try to keep my designs within 2 inches wide so that the name could be read and the image could be legible when it was looked at straight on.
Don’t forget to test out your vinyl on your objects before you finish a project like this so that you’ll know how they interact. Some glass doesn’t hold certain vinyl as well as other glass. I would also recommend hand-washing any items that will be used again, not putting them in the dishwasher.
Have you ever thought to add vinyl quotes, thoughts and clip art to the mirrors in your home? Maybe that rather blank mirror in your guest bathroom or a remind for your kids to brush their teeth would be a great way to personalize a rather overlooked space in your home. When I was married to my husband over 20 years ago he would wake and tell me, “I love you, You’re Beautiful.” But over the years he’s missed a day or two. But one day came home with a small pre-cut vinyl piece that simply said “You’re Beautiful” on it and applied it to my side of our bathroom mirror. I love it! Check out these other vinyl on mirror ideas I loved too! All links to The Casabella project link back to My Blessed Life
The idea for this post actually started in my bedroom. We have a sign made from vinyl a friend gave us years ago and I’ve since remade for several wedding gifts. It says on it, “All Because Two People Fell in Love.” So I started to think about my bulging calendar of weddings coming up in August and thought I would go on the hunt for cute ideas using vinyl for weddings. I decided to limit to 5 though to keep the post short…there are some many more ideas out there.
Mr. & Mrs. Bedroom Vinyl
I instantly fell in love with his ideas for over the bed. It might only be fun for about the first year while you’re still getting use to it, but that’s the great part about vinyl…it comes off and you can replace it without another new quote or piece of art that inspires you.
Monogram Cake Plate Wedding Gift
I created one of these for a quick and simple wedding gift recently. Sadly I did not take any photos of the finished project. So I went in search of one that inspired me. I simply added the Bride & Grooms Monogram to a cake plate/cover that I picked up at Dollar Tree. I kept mine all white and added white tulle to the handle. Then I filled the inside with a cake mix, frosting, darling cupcake liners, sprinkles and a gift card for dinner (before or after they eat the cupcakes is up to them).
Personalized Wedding Party Cups
Reception Decor or Dance Floor Vinyl
Loved this idea!! I would love to see it applied at an actual wedding, wouldn’t you. Added to the doors of a reception center would be such a great way to personalize a typically very impersonal space. And an even better idea…the reception dance floor, love it.
Available through Open Heart Creations Etsy Shop
Just Married Car Vinyl
Now I think applying vinyl to the window of a car is just sweet and something they could leave on there for more then one night. I think personalizing it would be darling too…even adding a stick bride and groom to the window would be super cute too!!
Jen Meyer wanted to give her daughter MacKenzie a gift that would help remind her about her first role in a local production of Oklahoma! So she found this darling cow collectable, with yellow flowers (her daughter’s favorite) and cut out the name of the play and year. Because face it, finding a gift that represented something like the musical Oklahoma! with the year on it, is probably very hard to find.
Did you know that you can add vinyl to something as ordinary as a ceramic tile. Jen Meyer created these with ceramic tiles and her favorite black and red vinyl. These make wonderful gifts for all seasons and occasions.
Check your local home improvement store for these 18 x 18″ Ceramic Tile, like this one from Home Depot. You might have to buy a box of tiles, but ask them if you can purchase a sample that they can pull from an open box.