If you have been following me for a while, you may remember that prior to my fall sale last year I was trying to convince people that there were lots of fun things to do with pretty plates, besides eating on them. Despite my efforts, my big stack of pretty floral platters and plates still sat untouched after the sale.
Even with woefully low prices on them of $3 and $4.
So I am giving them one last chance at a new life.
I saw this idea at the 2011 Bachman’s Idea House. I borrowed this photo from pinterest, but it originated on Itsy Bits and Pieces, and you can read more about the Bachman’s Idea House there. But anyway, this idea totally struck me at the time and I’ve been wanting to try it myself ever since.
So I dug out my plates and platters, my Cricut machine and some vinyl. I picked a quote and started cutting.
I learned a trick to keeping your letters straight a while back. You cut them on the ‘kiss cut’ setting, then you place a piece of painters tape over the letters before you remove them from the backing.
Then you use the tape to pull the letters away from the backing, but keeping them all in a straight line and evenly spaced. Carefully place them onto your surface, in this case a platter.
Pull the tape away without taking the letters with it. This can be a little tricky, so go slowly. Also, a tip, make sure your tape is smaller than your letters. If your tape overlaps your letters entirely, it’s difficult to get it off without also removing the letters.
And voila! Straight letters.
So I used a couple of different fonts to write one of my favorite gardening quotes on my pretty floral plates. I added some plate hangers and hung them on the Carriage House.
I love how they turned out!
If you have a stack of mismatched vintage china and a Cricut machine sitting around, you should make one of your own!
Since I had the Cricut machine warmed up, I kind of went a little Cricut crazy. I added a simple word to a small enamelware saucer that can be tucked into a planter.
And then I filled an old flour sifter with succulents and added a word of encouragement to that as well.
And finally, I used white vinyl to add some words to this old globe.
I hope to get a few more things ‘Cricut-ed’ before my sale next week so if you can’t make your own, come to my sale and buy one of mine!
Linking up with the Thrifty & Vintage Finds Party at Dagmar’s Home.