Feb 13, 2023 | Corner, DIY Crafts, DIY Holiday Crafts, DIY Projects, Valentine's Day
Today’s tutorial is all about hearts. I’ll show you how to design a 2-d heart using the Silhouette Studio software then 3D print a heat-shaped DIY Jewelry Box. This little trinket box will be perfect storage for your accessories. You can also make multiple smaller versions and use as gift boxes for every occasion. Read on for the full tutorial!
What Is the Silhouette Alta 3D Printer?
The Silhouette Alta is a 3D printing machine that can help you create fun 3D objects out of PLA plastic filament when connected to your computer.
When you purchase the Alta, you can use a few free 3D designs to play with. Once you have purchased and registered your machine, these designs are automatically added to your account. However, for today’s project, we will make our own heart design.
After downloading the Silhouette 3D software, you will be able to import your own 2D heart design and transform it into a 3D Jewelry Box design.
What is PLA Plastic Filament?
According to Silhouette America, PLA plastic filament is used to 3D print our projects. Once the filament is loaded in to the Alta, the print head heats the filament to a high temperature. The heated filament becomes very soft which allows the printer to feed it through the print head and print your 3D project in layers.
The Silhouette Alta comes with a sample of white PLA plastic filament to get started with your 3D projects. I personally love the white color because you can leave it as-is or you can paint the finished 3D object to any color you want. I’ve used chalk paint before and love its matte finish. There are larger rolls of filament in a variety of colors on the Silhouette America website you can purchase as well.
Silhouette America also states on its site that their PLA plastics do not contain BPA and is biodegradable.
What You Need To 3D Print DIY Jewelry Box:
- Silhouette Studio (there is a free version!)
- Silhouette Alta 3D Printer
- Silhouette 3D Software
How To 3D Print DIY Jewelry Box:
If this is your first 3D project and you need additional help, I did a post on setting up your 3D Printer and making your first project.
1. Create Your 2D Heart Design in Silhouette Studio
- In Silhouette Studio, create your heart design using the freehand tool (see image below)
- Once you are happy with the design, make it a compound path
- Save your 2D heart design
2. Import Your 2D Heart Design into the 3D Software
- In the Silhouette 3D Software, open the heart design you created
- A pop-up will appear: Import As
- Select Jewelry – the design will appear in 3D. Adjust the dimensions
3. Send Your 2D Heart Design To Be 3D Printed
- Select the 3D Print Tab on the right
- Select the Quality (I used the Standard option)
- Select the bottom of the jewelry box and press Print. The machine will heat up and 3D print the bottom of the jewelry box – you will see the countdown of time as well
- Once the bottom of the jewelry box is 3D printed, let it cool then remove the platform from the printer
- Select the top of the jewelry box. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for top of the heart shaped jewelry box
I love how mine turned out! What do you think? Let me know how your DIY Jewelry Box turned out! They make awesome gifts too!
Looking for some more fun DIY and Crafts inspiration? Check out my other Savvynana crafts!
Feb 8, 2023 | Corner, DIY Crafts, DIY Holiday Crafts, DIY Projects, Valentine's Day
Another holiday with candy and I am 100% on board! Valentines is my chocolaty dream holiday but I do looooooove those yummy sweet heart conversation chalk candies. I know they are not everyone’s favorite (kind of like Peeps which I also love) but they are what reminds me of Valentines the most. So obviously I needed to make a cute candy heart garland in honor of my favorite Valentines day candy. And who doesn’t want colorful hearts made into a garland?? Because I sure do!
-Letter stamps ( I got mine in the $1 section at Target)
–Small Hole Punch
-Cut out hearts in candy colors.
-Stamp cute sayings on each card. Its a lot easier to put the same saying on a specific color.
-Cut out two tiny holes in the top of each heart so you can string them into a garland.
-Lastly string them together and then hang your cute new candy heart garland.
Yay for fun garlands and delicious candies!
Feb 6, 2023 | Corner, DIY Crafts, DIY Holiday Crafts, DIY Projects, Valentine's Day
Sometimes I wish I started blogging when my kids were still young and carefree. A time when the house was always perfectly appointed and toys were always put away in their place and when mom (that’s me) could do no wrong. And a time when mom (that’s me) would always organize the best craft ideas to while away a boring rainy day …
That would be social media me. Where I would post on Facebook and Instagram photos of my kids creating perfect crafts with perfect smiles on their faces. The would even make perfect messes that would look arty in photographs. And of course there would be the photo of them holding out their perfect crafts in their two little hands towards the camera.
Oh the fun social media me and the kids would have had!
There would be no tears. No frustrations. No glue bottles spilled. No glitter knocked to the floor. No dogs stealing pencils and bits of paper. And especially no sibling fights.
But that wasn’t me. Not even social media me. As crafty as I may be, I wasn’t the mom who invited the neighborhood kids over for a craft party … complete with healthy snacks. I was the mom who invited the neighborhood kids over for Domino’s Pizza and Coca Cola …
But in my revisionist history scenario, if those neighborhood kids came over today we would happily make thumbprint heart mason jars for Valentine’s Day. With arty messes only …
Valentine Kid Craft Thumbprint Heart Jars How To
Ball Quart Size Regular Mouth Mason Jar
Ball Pint Size Regular Mouth Mason Jar
Americana Snow Titanium White Acrylic Paint
Americana True Red Acrylic Paint
FolkArt Bright Baby Pink Acrylic Paint
80 Grit Sandpaper
Clear Coat Sealant
1. Paint jars in two coats of acrylic paint. Let dry overnight in between coats. (Optional) Distress with 80 grit sandpaper once dry completely (again, let dry overnight for best results).
2. Using your finger (I used my pinky but kids should use their thumbs), dip in paint and add finger print to jar.
3. Dip in paint again, and add second finger print to jar to create heart shape.
4. On the smaller jars, use thumb to create larger center heart. Once dry, create second inner heart with pinky.
The final step is to use a clear top coat to seal the jars.
And now is when I would line up those perfect kids with their perfect smiles to each hold out their perfect Valentine’s Day thumbprint heart mason jar creations so I could take that perfect Instagram photo to show the world all the perfect crafting fun we had …
Feb 3, 2023 | Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it is the perfect occasion to take new family portraits. Contrary to common belief, celebrating love doesn’t necessarily limit itself to real-life couples. You can capture fantastic pictures of your children, siblings, and friends in a Valentine’s Day themed setting too.
The best thing about February 14 is its deep meaning for all of us. It is a celebration of love, and beyond its romantic meaning, there are also many other ways to love each other. So, it is fair to say that photos taken on Valentine’s Day will have a special glow.
However, capturing a timeless and beautiful Valentine’s Day photo that works for everyone is no easy task. Of course, you want the best couple portrait to hang on the wall. But how do you make sure the photos of those who aren’t romantically involved, such as siblings or your kids, will not look out of place? Here are a few tips to make the day a memorable moment for everyone.
Valentine’s Day photos are special and should be taken in the best light possible. That is why sunset light is the perfect choice for creating stunning photographs. The soft glow of the setting sun produces a beautiful golden hue, adding warmth and romance to any photo. This type of light is ideal for creating stunning silhouettes against a colorful sky and is also perfect for capturing subtle shadows that can add an extra layer of drama to a Valentine’s Day photo.
It’s important to get outdoors to capture this natural light, as it’s the only way to ensure your photos look their best. If your garden has the right orientation and background, you can set up the stage for your photoshoot directly outside your home. No garden? No panic; you can find great spots for sunset light by visiting nearby parks, beaches, or anywhere with a nice backdrop. Look for a spot with a good combination of open space and tall trees or buildings, as this will help create beautiful silhouettes and shadows in your photos. When taking photos outdoors, always make sure to prepare for all eventualities. You want to pack a good insect repellent in your bag; you can find some of the best natural insect repellent brands here. Remember to check the weather beforehand and be aware of any clouds that may disrupt the light.
Themed and Beautiful Accessories
One of the best ways to create a memorable and romantic Valentine’s Day couple photo is by adding themed and beautiful accessories. A heart-shaped accessory such as a balloon garland is a great touch that will make your photo look extra special. Balloon garlands come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors and can easily be added to any space to create an eye-catching backdrop. You can also get creative and add other items to your garland, such as paper hearts, flower petals, or tinsel, to add more romance and color to your photo. This is a fantastic option if you can use your backyard, as you don’t need to transport your balloon heart. Alternatively, a single oversized heart balloon is easy to take if you drive to a location.
Nail a Great Pose
A great pose can elevate your photos from average to extraordinary, so it’s important to take the time to ensure you get the perfect one.
Start by considering what kind of vibe you want to create in the photo. Do you want to capture a romantic moment? Are you looking for something more playful? What emotion do you want your photo to convey? Once you know the feel of your photo, it’s time to decide on the perfect pose.
Think about how you want to position the bodies and how close you want to be. You can go for traditional poses, such as a hug or embrace, or choose something more creative. There are no rules here – try different poses and play around until you find one that fits the vibe you’re looking for. Be aware that people will need time to feel comfortable in front of the camera. It’s okay to spend a few minutes chatting with everyone to relax the atmosphere and help them look more natural.
At the same time, be aware of the lighting and surroundings. If the sun is behind you, make sure you adjust the pose so the faces are illuminated.
Here is an important question: Should Valentine’s Day portraits be romantic? The answer is: It varies. Couples’ photos should be, of course, but there is no rule. Valentine’s Day photoshoots are filled with gorgeous accessories and decor, so why not make it a family photo day instead?
Feb 3, 2023 | Corner, DIY Crafts, DIY Holiday Crafts, DIY Projects, Valentine's Day
I was toying with putting together a top 5 or top 10 posts of the year post.
But then I looked up from my computer screen at Kelly & Ryan on my television screen. And they were doing a show showing their top moments (or maybe it was favorite moments) from the past year. And it hit me …
the only people who enjoy a show featuring the show’s top moments from the past year are the people working on the show.
And that put a kibosh on a top 5 or top 10 posts of 2017 post.
Instead, let’s look forward and open our (yarn wrapped) hearts to 2023.
But seriously, I don’t want to make any resolutions. Per se. Because then I’m destined for failure.
Instead I’ll call them minor improvements. And minor adjustments. Things I want to improve upon — and adjust — in the coming year.
Let’s start with health. Eating better. Exercising more. And, most importantly, trying to get on a real and sustainable eating-better-and-exercising-more schedule.
Then there’s the rabbit hole that is social media. In particular, a Twitter feed I used to keep apprised of current events. I hop on first thing in the morning and …
fall head first down that hole, only emerging for tea refreshes and bathroom breaks and sustenance.
To put it in perspective, over the past 12 months I’ve tweeted and re-tweeted 11.6K times. In my defense, 95% are re-tweets …
but, yeah, this Twitter habit needs to be cut back. Waaaaaaaaaay back.
Even as I type this post I keep jumping back on Twitter to peak at my feed.
Next up is blogging.
Last year was, quite frankly, lackluster. Weeks would go by with no posts. No projects. No motivation. There was even a time my blog was hacked and I didn’t realize it for days. Or maybe weeks?
Yeah. I was inattentive.
I hope to remedy that this year. I actually spent the past weekend putting together a list of projects. With deadlines. And creating an editorial calendar for January.
Fingers crossed I can keep to the schedule. Though this post was supposed to go up yesterday.
Finally (because I think it may be too ambitious to focus on more than four “improvements” when I’m already failing on “improvement” #2 on this 4th day of the New Year) there’s my heart.
I need to open it up more. Wider.
Okay, I truly do have an open heart. In theory. Now I need to take that open heart and put it into action.
In my community.
In my city.
In my state.
In my nation.
I started small yesterday. With a donation to a group in Chicago helping the homeless stay warm with clothes, blankets, and meals.
And I will continue to look for opportunities for open-heart-driven improvements. And adjustments.
In the meanwhile, I’ll be wrapping up my heart with yarn …
How to Make Yarn Wrapped Hearts
Pen & Scissors
Print out and cut out heart shape; trace onto cardboard (I used an old box that was originally destined for the recycle bin)
Cut out cardboard hearts.
Use a piece of masking tape to tape end of yard to cardboard heart.
Wrap yarn randomly around the cardboard heart. Continue until cardboard is completely covered.
When covered, cut off yarn and then loop the end through another piece of yarn and knot.
Cut off excess length.
And you’re done.
And you know what the best thing about this project is? I used what I had.
Hey, that’s going to be my improvement/adjustment number five in 2018. Craft with what I have …
because I’ve accumulated a lot of crafting materials over the past 6 years of this blog.
What improvements and adjustments do you have planned for the coming year?
Feb 1, 2023 | Valentine's Day
I realize this Valentine’s Day balloon heart tutorial is coming so late in the love day game, but the idea just came to me recently (based on this balloon arch from last year) and I had to try and rush to put it out there just in case anyone needs a last minute backdrop for a party or Galentine’s Day or something. You never know! As you know, I’m super last minute in everything so perhaps there’s a kindred spirit out there? Yeah? I was thinking it could be fun as a backdrop or just a fun decor piece. And this one didn’t nearly take as long as the arch, nor did it cost as much. Bonus!
If you make this project, don’t forget to tag it with #larsmakes. I like to feature your work on my feed and on blog posts!
- red balloons
- pink balloons
- pearl pink balloons
- neon pink balloons
- rose balloons
- wild berry balloons
- coral balloons
- white balloons
- clear balloons
- light pink balloons
- medium pink balloons
- balloon pump (or for an even Faster alternative)
- glue gun
- low temp glu gun
- gaffer tape
- glu dots
- flowers (I used artificial ones this time)
- The steps are the same for the balloon arch, but the form of the heart I used heavy duty cardboard.
- Cut the cardboard into 2 1/2″ wide strips and then at a variety of lengths to fit the curves of the heart.
- Start with the center of the heart and create an “L” by gluing two pieces together.
- Continue gluing pieces onto each other. Trade off gluing under and over. This will help it keep flat.
- Once the heart shape is formed, add on the first base of the balloons. The trick to the effect of the balloons is to make a variety of sizes in various colors. I added on the biggest balloons first with gaffers tape to the cardboard.
- Once the biggest balloons are covering the cardboard, start adding on the smaller balloons with your lo temp glue gun or glue dots.
- Continue until you can’t see the cardboard anymore and you are layering balloons on top of balloons.
- Once the heart is filled with balloons. Attach the string to the top two sides of the heart and hang it in your desired spot.
- Add in the flowers. You might need to secure it with wire to the cardboard.