DIY Blessing Board

My friend Lauren hosts a monthly Silhouette Challenge, kinda like the monthly #myfavoritebloggers thing we do, except for this one we each post a Silhouette project on our blogs on the same day, then spread the love around so you can see all of the awesomeness.  Cool, right?  And since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we are all waxing sentimental about things we are thankful for, I decided to make a Blessing Board!

Silhouette Thanksgiving Blessing Board tutorial by http://www.sweetteaandsavinggraceblog.com

Some of you may have heard that a couple months ago, I was the lucky winner of a Silhouette Portrait machine on my friend Lauren’s blog, The Thinking Closet!  (I totally did a crazy happy dance, because I’ve entered gobs of giveaways for these things, and now I am finally one of the cool kids!  YAY!)

I digress.

Today I get to share with you my very first Silhouette project!  I am so stinkin’ excited!  Now, I sorta shared this project on the Shutterfly blog on Friday, because they gave me the gorgeous metal holiday ornaments that hang from my Blessing Board.  But today, I want to show you how I actually made the board that these ornaments hang from, deal?  Ok, let’s get to it.

{Sidenote:  My first idea was to cover the board in scrapbook paper then add the words.  Well the only words that came out of that project are:  EPIC FAIL.  And some other words that I won’t repeat here.  Moving on…}

Alrighty, the first thing you need to do is find a piece of wood to use.  I used the back of this board and trimmed it to 30″ W x 15″ H to create my Blessing Board.  Once you have the measurements of your board, you can set the specs for your Silhouette stencil.  We’ll get to that in a second.

Cut and sand and wipe off your board to prep it for painting.  For the background color, I chose Krylon Metallic Spray Paint in Gold.  Keep in mind –> the first color you apply will be the color of your letters or design.

While the paint is drying, go cut out your design.

Silhouette Thanksgiving Blessing Board tutorial by http://www.sweetteaandsavinggraceblog.com

Grab some adhesive vinyl – doesn’t matter what color because we’ll paint over it in a minute.  For this project, I chose Silhouette design #22219 and set the cutting dimensions to fit nicely in the center of my board (roughly 16.5″ x 8″).

After cutting your design, (1) remove all of the vinyl except your design, (2) cover with transfer tape and rub it well, then (3) remove the vinyl backing.  You will be left with a mirror-image of your design.

Make sure your first coat of paint is dry, then move to the next step:

Silhouette Thanksgiving Blessing Board tutorial by http://www.sweetteaandsavinggraceblog.com

Carefully lay your design onto your board, and gently rub it so that it adheres to the board.

Remove the transfer tape and you’ll be left with your painted board and the vinyl design. Now it’s time to break out the glitter!

Silhouette Thanksgiving Blessing Board tutorial by http://www.sweetteaandsavinggraceblog.com

For my top coat, I used Krylon Glitter Blast Glitter Spray in Bronze Blast.  This stuff has some serious glitter power but the coverage is a bit touchy, so if you have a bigger project like mine, you might be better off getting two cans.  (Otherwise your husband will have to run to Michael’s at 7:45pm on a Tuesday to get more while you freak out because you have to finish this thing and dinner still isn’t fixed and I don’t understand sixth grade math so just ask your teacher tomorrow, okay?!  *ahem* Just sayin’.  It could happen.)

Anywho….where was I?  Oh yes.  Glitter.  Lots of glitter.  I think glitter comes from unicorns, because it’s just that awesome.  For real.  Look it up.

So, you let your lovely glittery fabulousness dry very well,  then you carefully peel away the vinyl letters.

Bam.  See what happened there?  Gold + glitter + unicorn magic = Awesome-sauce!  Ain’t it purty?

We’re not done.  Hang on a minute!

I mentioned at the beginning of this post that Shutterfly gave me these gorgeous ornaments to play with, and I shared them on their blog the other day, but in case you didn’t see that, you can see them here.

Nice, right?  Go snag yourself some, okay?  They are metal and you can print on both sides, which is super cool.  I just added gold ribbon to mine.

Silhouette Thanksgiving Blessing Board tutorial by http://www.sweetteaandsavinggraceblog.com

On the back of my board, I used a few Command hooks.  (Y’all know how much I love these things, right?  I mean, I’ve used them here and here, and I’m sure there are other places, too, but I can’t remember right now.  I think I’m still high from the spray paint fumes.)  Just slap a few of these bad mamma-jamma’s on the back side of your board and hang your pretty ornaments!

Silhouette Thanksgiving Blessing Board tutorial by http://www.sweetteaandsavinggraceblog.com

Done!  Gorgeous!  I’ll be able to move these pretty ornaments to my Christmas tree after Thanksgiving, and add more to the Blessing Board for next Thanksgiving!

Silhouette Thanksgiving Blessing Board tutorial by http://www.sweetteaandsavinggraceblog.com

I really am so pleased with how well it turned out, even though I had to avert more than one crisis in the process, but it was so worth it!  Oh, if you want to see the deets of that cute Photo Garland, just go HERE.

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A little glitter and gold and some Silhouette magic combines to create this gorgeous Blessed Beyond Measure decor! Hang photos of your family & count your blessings this Thanksgiving.

When you finish admiring all the glitter, go check out all the other amazing Silhouette projects!  And if you love your Silhouette and want to join our creative group for our monthly project challenge, fill out THIS FORM, and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will hook you up!

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MEET KIRSTEN

I'm Kirsten & I'm happy you're here! Sweet Tea & Saving Grace supports women seeking to find balance in the busy, deepen their faith, and instill joy and love in their homes, lives, and blogs by providing encouraging and inspiring content and valuable resources. My prayer is for you to leave here better than when you came. Be blessed!

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