Hey, everyone! How’s your week going? This month’s blogging theme is collaboration, because I’m joining in another blog hop hosted by Stephanie of Casa Watkins! This time nineteen bloggers were challenged by the nice folks at Cutting Edge Stencils to create a craft using their line of holiday stencils. They provided all of the stencils in exchange for our posts (and ninja-like crafting skills). So basically it’s a craft-off, and I’ve got my X-acto knife hidden in my waistband, ready to rumble. #illcutablogger
I received not one but two stencils when I opened my package. Bonus! The first stencil I received was the mittens stencil.
I did what any aspiring crafter would do at this point–stagger around the Hobby Lobby waiting for divine inspiration to strike. I found it when I came to the wood stuff and saw this cute, unfinished tray for $4.00. (Plus, I really wanted to redeem myself after my epic tray fail this summer.)
I realized as sunbeams streamed down through the Hobby Lobby and onto the tray that I would make a hot cocoa bar, and the mitten tray would be the star. Then I got in line to check out.
I used leftover white paint from the laundry room folding table and leftover red paint from Paige’s dresser. I added two coats of white paint to the tray and cut the stencil so that it would fit inside the tray.
The last step towards crafting world-domination was to roll a dense foam roller in a paper plate of red paint, making sure the roller was almost dry before rolling it on the tray. If you use too much paint it will bleed under the stencil. (Ask me how I know that.) Here’s the finished result!
Because it turned out so pretty (and crafts are few and far between here at Pretty Practical Home), I took a couple of glamour shots for you.
If you’re still undecided about my status as Ultimate Crafter, let me show you what I did with the second stencil I received, the reindeer stencil.
I thought this design would make really cute Christmas shirts. I haven’t painted a t-shirt since I was in eighth grade, but the process is still the same. Slide your shirt over a cardboard form and tape the stencil to the shirt.
I decided to go the traditional route and paint the reindeer brown. (Shocking, I know.)
Next I painted the red and green lights, followed by black for the light strands. The stencils make painting a no-brainer, which I appreciate.
Here’s how it looked once I was done painting.
The last step was to sew on little jingle bells so I can hear my kids when they’re trying to raid the hot cocoa bar. Speaking of…
I had to bribe them with cocoa and cookies to get them to model their shirts for the blog. I was hoping Michael would want a reindeer jingle shirt of his own to model, but he politely declined. (Don’t worry, I’ll get him next time.)
Don’t they look sweet and festive? Would you like to see a behind the scenes shot showing the real deal? Here’s where my younger model went all Naomi Campbell on me. Picture time was clearly over at this point. (Oooh, and check out my new tea towel–cute, no?)
I’d like to thank Cutting Edge Stencils for sponsoring this post and for clearly having faith in my crafting abilities, even when I don’t. I appreciate how their products make me look like a crafting rock-star, when I’m really more of a crafting lounge singer.
If I managed to make stuff this cool with my stencils, you’re going to be blown away by what the other ladies in the group accomplished. And in even more mind-blowing news, Cutting Edge Stencils is giving away 5 stencil kits valued at up to $50 each! (The entry form is below.) That deserves a “woohoo”. Woohoo! (Fingers crossed that all 5 winners are regulars here. I wish I could rig this thing.)
1. Shabby Grace Blog ~ Rustic Reindeer Crate
2. Refashionably Late ~ Christmas Pillow
3. Tastefully Frugal ~ Christmas Tree Ornament Shadow Box
4. Pocketful of Posies ~ Reclaimed Holiday Wall Art
5. Domicile 37 ~ Edgy Reindeer Tapestry
6. Casa Watkins ~ Noel Stenciled Planter Basket
7. Creatively Homespun ~ DIY Rusty Reindeer Wall Art
8. Around the Watts House ~ Holiday Tote Bag
9. Penny Love Projects ~ Window Wall Rack
10. Flourish and Knot ~ Stenciled Table Runner
11. Old House To New Home ~ DIY Chalkboard Merry and Bright Sign
12. Up To Date Interiors ~ Noel Basket
13. Our House Now A Home ~ Rustic Reindeer Canvas Wall Art
14. The House Down The Lane ~ Reindeer Wall Art with Lights
15. Green with Decor ~ Christmas Craft with Stencil and Frame
16. Pretty Practical Home ~ DIY Hot Cocoa Tray
17. A Shade of Teal ~ DIY Christmas Tree Glitter Sign
18. Uncookie Cutter ~ Hanging Ornament Boards
19. One Mile Home Style ~ DIY Stenciled Scrap Wood Holiday Art