DIY Otomi Coasters using a Silhouette Machine and Silhouette Giveaway!

Posted in DECOR, DIY, GAME ROOM, SILHOUETTE PROJECTS, TABLETOP
on February 4, 2016

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*This giveaway is closed and the winner has been announced! 

Hiya and welcome! Can you believe February is upon us? As dreary as winter can be, this one seems to be passing us by pretty quickly. Maybe I’m having more fun than I realize! 

So, you know those cool electronic craft cutters.. the ones you can use to make vinyl art signs, and cut fabric? I have one, and I love it.  I received my Silhouette as a Christmas gift last year, and I can’t believe all the things I can do with it! 
Source – Amazon.com
When Cat at Pocketful of Posies invited me to participate in an Instagram and Blog hop, with a few friends, that would end with one of our readers winning their very own Silhouette, I couldn’t have been more excited! 
Equally exciting is seeing these sixteen new ideas for using my Silhouette in the future.. all of which will make winter go by even quicker! 

Hang out with me for a bit and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom, where I’ll tell you how you too can be crafting right along with me on your very own Silhouette Cameo II! 

I decided to use my Silhouette to up-cyle a set of coasters I’d picked up on a thrift shopping trip eons ago. Half the fun was removing the contact paper pattern. Wait.. that wasn’t fun at all, but was unavoidable. 

I’ve used my Silhouette to cut stencils in the past, but I’ve not done many projects using vinyl. I decided on Otomi patterns for my coasters. I just love the whimsy and color of Otomi. The Otomi patterns I used were generously shared by Lena Corwin and can be downloaded from her page.

In addition to the Otomi patterns,  I used the following supplies:

After messing with the Otomi images to get them sized and placed exactly as I wanted onto one sheet, I imported them into the Silhouette software. To import, go to the File – Import – Import to Library, saving the image into your Silhouette Studio.

To select the area to cut, go to Object – Trace and select Select Trace Area. Select the image you’d like to trace by dragging and highlighting a square over the image. Click Trace, then drag the top layer of the image to the right.

Click on the original image and delete, leaving only the outlined image.  Next, you’ll want to set your cut settings. Click on Silhouette – Cut Settings. Set the cut style to Cut Edge and the Material Type to Vinyl.  

Now you’ll need to prepare your Silhouette for cutting. To do this, ensure this blade is set to 1-3, depending on the age of your blade. Many people use the cutting mat for cutting vinyl – it helps to keep it from moving around too much and gives it a bit of stability. I did not do that this time, but I would recommend it in the future. Whatever method you decide, feed your vinyl into the Silhouette. Make sure you have a hair-tie handy. Just in case. What, everyone doesn’t do that? 

In the software, click Send to Silhouette. These are the four designs I used for my coasters, as I cut them as one. As detailed as these cuts were, it took less than five minutes for the Silhouette to complete. 

Here they are cutting – you can see the vinyl sliding a bit.

Because I was using clear glass, I decided to use the relief of the Otomi pattern as my stencil instead of the animal cutouts themselves.

Using the included hook tool, I carefully removed the shapes and images from the vinyl sheet, one at a time.

Then, using a piece of sticky transfer paper, I lay the transfer paper over the vinyl, pressing firmly, and smoothed away any air bubbles.

When I lifted the transfer paper, the vinyl was arranged perfectly.

Laying the Vinyl side up onto the glass tile, again, I applied pressure and smoothed it over to ensure no air bubbles and pulled away the transfer paper, leaving the vinyl stencil adhered to the tile. Just like magic.

Now it was time to paint. Using a spouncer, I applied a thin layer of paint to the stencil. Let it set for 15-minutes – and remove the stencil. Leaving it any longer will result in removing not only the stencil but also the paint. Pretty frustrating! Allow the paint to air dry for one hour.

Place the coasters in a cold really dirty and archaic oven, paint side up, and set the oven to 350F. When the oven reaches 350F, bake the coasters for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven and allow the tiles to cool in the oven.

Apply felt circles to the corners of the paint side, and your coasters are ready to use!

I love the pop of color and fun they add!

Now onto the good stuff! First, do check out my friends blogs and projects. It is truly an honor to work with such talented women, and you are sure to find something that catches your eye!   

Pocketful of Posies – Sultry and Saucy One of a Kind DIY DIP Cups
Hobnail House – Silhouette Craft Blog Hop: Cut Vinyl Art Upcycle
In The Loop – How to Create a Silhouette Using the Silhouette Cameo
Craving Some Creativity – Silhouette Project Challenge: Distressed Laundry Room Sign
DIY Passion – Cheeky DIY Tote Bags that will Make You Smile
Domestic Abiliy – Paper Boxwood Wreath
Our House Now A Home – A Silhouette Giveaway and Creating New Wall Art
My Life From Home – Silhouette Challenge: What’s Cooking? Recipe Holder
Holy Craft – How to Use a Photograph to Make a Custom T-Shirt with Your Silhouette
Knock it Off Crafts – DIY Otomi Coasters using a Silhouette Machine and Silhouette Giveaway!
One Project Closer – DIY Princess Party Decorations
Dream Design DIY – Chalkboard Workout Calendar and Silhouette Giveaway
The Country Chic Cottage – Makeup Organizer
Refresh Living – Custom Word Throw Pillows with Vintage Fabric
The Deans List – Scalloped Milk Glass for Valentine’s Day
Tried & True – “Life Is Good” Bicycle Lover’s Tee

Tastefully Frugal – Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day Reversible Sign

 Silhouette Cameo II Giveaway on Instagram

And, about the really, really good stuff.. you know, the FREE stuff.. You can enter to win your very own Silhouette CAMEO II, with Vinyl Starter Kit or $250USD CASH, by visiting me on Instagram between 2:00 pm EST on 2/4/2016 and 11:59 pm, EST on 2/11/2016. Follow the instructions in the comment section. The winner will be announced on Instagram no later than 2/13/2016. Good Luck and Happy Thursday! 


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4 Comments

  • Cat Golden

    What cute coasters Kim! I love all the animals and the bright colors! Thank you for sharing! Pinning!

    February 4, 2016 at 2:37 pm Reply
  • Tiffany - Dream Design DIY

    These are so fun! I love the bright colors. It reminds me of summer and sitting outside drinking a cold drink.

    February 4, 2016 at 10:09 pm Reply
  • Jenny Leads

    So adorable! What a great idea to reuse those old coasters. They look SO much better!

    February 6, 2016 at 3:02 am Reply
  • Holy Craft

    What a great project! You could use so many different images and make it your own in so many ways. Thanks for the inspiration.

    February 6, 2016 at 8:25 pm Reply
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