Yay, I’m back from my two-week-long blogging vacation 🙂
I happened to get a super sweet Silhouette Portrait for Christmas and decided for my first project to make party headbands. (In case you’re new to the Silhouette Portrait, it’s a die cutting machine you connect to your computer—
like a printer, only it cuts things.)
I was feeling inspired by this ‘party time’ headband from Ban.do and thought, “Hey, why not make some that say whatever I want?” What I decided on for these New Year’s Eve themed headbands: Bye Bye 2013, What Up 2014?, Partay, and MMXIV.
Sadly, only those of you with either a Silhouette Portrait or a Silhouette Cameo can join in on this DIY tutorial with me, but here is the DL on making them in case that so happens to apply to you.
What you’ll need…
- Silhouette Cameo or Portrait and software
- cheap headbands (I got mine from Dollar Tree)
- a stapler or some adhesive
So. First I’ll teach you how I made the headband toppers using Silhouette’s software…
1. Open up your Silhouette Studio software and create a different text box for each headband’s sentiment. I ended up making the text Open Sans, 50 point, extra bold. I also increased the character spacing for each one.
2. Select all of your text boxes, then select Object, and then Make Compound Path. This changes your text from editable text to un-editable outlines, so don’t do this until you’re sure the text is how you want it!
3. Add a rectangle to the bottom of each sentiment. This will end up being what you fold down and adhere to the headband, so adjust the height to fit the width of the headband.
4. Select everything—yep, everything. Then hit Object, Modify, and Weld.
5. You’re ready to send your design to the Silhouette! Connect the Silhouette to your computer, prepare your cutting mat with cardstock, load it in, and hit the little symbol next to the printer in your software.
Here’s what mine looked like when it was done:
…And I might have had some trouble getting it up from the mat. Good thing my machine came with this little guy.
Ha, this part’s pretty self-explanatory: adhere, fold, done. One thing of note: I recommend making it so the letters come up at the front of the headband instead of at the back.