Birthday Crafts With Your Silhouette
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Birthday Crafts With Your Silhouette

Hi friends! It’s Missy, and I’m bringing you my favorite birthday projects today because… it’s my birthday. I’ve got big plans to celebrate this big even-numbered birthday, so let’s get to it!

Here are four fun birthday-inspired crafts that will come as a perfect surprise to friends and family.

1. Birthday Girl Stemware

I’m not gonna lie: it was hard to decide what to write on this glass! The Silhouette Design Store has scads of amazing ideas, but I chose to hand-letter the design.

You can add the text to the bottom, Aged to Perfection. I used the LW Favorite Font (Design ID #81463).

You will need:

  1. Wine glass
  2. Silhouette Adhesive vinyl
  3. Silhouette Transfer Paper
  4. Scraper Tool
  5. Hook Tool

For detailed instruction on cutting, weeding and adhering vinyl to glassware, check out this tutorial.

2. Glittering Paper Bouquet

What’s better than a real bouquet? This golden-gilded paper bouquet that will last FOREVER. Bonus points for adhering the paper flowers to a fun pencil so the recipient can use it and think of you daily. (Awww!)

You will need:

  1.  Printable Gold Foil
  2. Metallic gold cardstock
  3. 16 Gauge Stem Wire (or pencils)
  4.  Glue gun

I used three different designs to complete this bouquet.

  • 3D Tiffany Tea Rose (Design ID #59228)
  • 3D Dahlia (Design ID #56538)
  • 3D Double Impatiens (Design ID #56551)

They are easy to assemble and you can find a link to comprehensive instruction in the shape description.

Pro Tips For Assembly

  • If you are going to turn these gorgeous flowers into a bouquet, add a round hole shape to the center of each flower pattern to easily thread your finished flower onto the stem wire (or onto a pencil).  
  • Use different sized pens/paintbrushes to roll the petals. This creates a more natural-looking variety of shape in the flower.
  • The gold foil is a single-sided adhesive material. You can either cut the shape in reverse and stick them together, or adhere it to another piece of petal-shaped card stock.
  • My first flower was entirely made of gold foil. It was beautiful but blinding! I opted to alternate layers of gold foil with some fun metallic gold card stock I had on hand.

3. Chalkboard Cupcake Toppers

I adore this simple topper. The gel pen on chalkboard vinyl gives it a very personal touch. They look like they were hand-drawn. Check out the full tutorial.

4. Canvas Gift Wrap

How sweet is this textural mix of canvas and kraft paper? After vinyl (of course), I think kraft paper is the most versatile material. Brittany’s full post is here and will fill you in on the deets to create this uniquely beautiful wrapping.

I’m off to enjoy my cake, but tell me…

What’s your favorite Silhouette birthday craft?

Missy Briggs

Hi everyone! I'm Missy Briggs, an artist, lettering fanatic, blogger, wife, and mom to two amazing children. We live in sunny Miami, Florida where I've now been for nearly half my life. I started using the Silhouette Cameo four years ago... to cut out square shapes. Don't laugh! I'm left-handed and I've always been terrible at cutting. My love for the machine has grown into an obsession, and I use it with my art and calligraphy daily. I can't wait to share some of my latest projects with you!

Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®

Hook

Scraper

Premium Blade

12-inch matte adhesive vinyl

transfer paper

printable gold foil

printable cotton canvas

Chalkboard Vinyl

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5 comments

  1. How does one keep vinyl from peeling off of glass and ceramics? I don’t have a dishwasher but my friend had trouble with hers (top rack). The vinyl peeled off only about a month. Mine did the same with sink washing. I think cups and glasses will become just novelty items and aren’t for actual use.

    1. Cups with glossy permanent vinyl can last a long time with proper care. Make sure the vinyl is adhered well and hand wash it with cold water (never in the dishwasher).

  2. What lovely projects 🙂

  3. I have cameo designer. What is a svg file do and can I import other designs from CDs

    1. If you have Silhouette Studio Designer Edition, you can import SVG files, which are “scalable vector graphics”. The big advantage to that file type is you can resize without losing any clarity (the same as with any cut file created in Silhouette Studio). If you have SVGs on a CD, you can import those. Please see this video about importing SVGs in Designer Edition: https://youtu.be/rS7N0Un5mD8

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