We all know how expensive being a crafter can be! We collect all the vinyl/paper/heat transfer and we want to keep it for as many projects as possible. Want to know the best secret for saving those precious materials? The nesting tool!
This magic tool is available only in Silhouette Studio® Designer and Business Edition, but it’s totally worth the investment. The Nesting Tool will fit your project to fit into the smallest area possible so you don’t have to waste a single inch of material. Sure, you could nest things yourself by playing a creative game of Tetris, but that could take awhile. This makes it as quick and easy as clicking a button!
For this project, I was inspired by a faux magnolia leaf wreath that sells for $95, which is definitely outside of my decorating budget. I used my CAMEO and some cardstock to recreate the look for a fraction of the price—and the nesting tool helped me squeeze as many leaves as possible onto each sheet.
- Silhouette CAMEO® 3
- Cardstock (3 different shades of green)
- Glue gun
- Wire wreath
- Decorative wood word (optional)
- “Wreath with Banner” (Design ID #50482)
STEP ONE: OPEN UP THE DESIGN IN SILHOUETTE STUDIO®
- Open the design
- Delete the banner and circle portion
- Move leaves to the corner
STEP TWO: REPLICATE THE DESIGN
- Select design and click Replicate Tool
- Duplicate the design to the right to fill your page
STEP THREE: USE THE NESTING TOOL
You can tell the tool how many rotations you want to use and the padding determines how much space in leaves between each design element. For example, I could see you wanting more padding for a vinyl design that you will be using transfer paper on so you have room to work.
STEP FOUR: FILL THE PAGE
Now that the nesting tool worked, it’s magic. I just used the replicate tool to help fill in the extra page space so I wasn’t wasting any paper.
STEP FIVE: CUT DESIGN AND ASSEMBLE PROJECT
I made myself a custom stamp using my Silhouette Mint® machine and the inside portion of Design ID #160381 “Fall Leaf” using the Mottled filter.
Now just use your hot glue gun to attach the leaves to the wire wreath, making sure to cover the wire well. I used 3 shades of green cardstock to give the wreath more dimension. For my 10 in. wire ring, I used five sheets of the leaves to fill it in.
THE FINISHED RESULT
I painted and attached my wood word “Joy” across the center and attached a string on the back. I even dabbed a little glue on the leaves and sprinkled white flocking powder on top to look like snow flakes.
Additional tip when working with text:
There is one catch I did want to explain about the Nesting Tool. When you’re using text, you’ll need to make sure to Group the word together—otherwise the software will read each letter as a separate shape and will break them apart.
For example, here is your typed word:
When you simply click to nest the word before grouping it, this is what will happen:
Group each individual word then select the phrase and click “Nest.”
Now it will work it’s magic to conserve space!