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!
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!
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 …
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.
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?
Last year I started a series doing DIY projects for under $15. I don’t know why it only lasted for a few weeks because I had so much fun making this polka dot infinity scarf, and this jewelry holder. I’ve been having the itch to get back into crafty things and wanted to make a fun pillow for Valentine’s this year. Pom-poms have been huge over the last year, and I’ve seen them everywhere, on everything. I thought making a heart pillow using pom-poms for the heart would be super fun, and I was right. Bonus points because this pillow was incredibly easy to put together.
Red, White, Pink Pom-Poms
Hot Glue Gun
On your computer, go into paint and using the heart tool, make one large heart that will fill an entire 8×11.5 piece of paper. If you’re good at drawing you can skip this step and draw the heart straight onto the pillow with your pen. Print out your heart and then cut it out. Use the hear cutout to trace your heart shape onto the center of your pillow.
Using your hot glue gun, dab some glue onto a pom-pom and then adhere it to the pillow. Do the entire outline of the hear first, and then fill in the middle.
How to impress your mum with a pressed flower artwork
I like unique and one of a kind gifts. Here is how I make a pressed flower artwork for my loved ones.
What you need :
- Paper in any size and colour
- Frame to suit your paper size
- Craft glue or stick glue
- Flowers/leaves/petals to press
- Pencil and eraser
- Paper towel
- Tissue paper
- A dog (optional)
Step one: Take your dog for a walk.
Step Two: Gather as many as flowers and leaves you can.
Pro tip 1: Purple orange and yellow flowers are the best for pressing.
Pro tip 2: Stay away from white flowers they tend to turn brown during the pressing process.
Step Three: Go back home.
Step Four: Give your dog food and water.
Step Five: Organise your flowers and leaves.
Pro tip 3: If you have found bigger flowers, pull them apart carefully. Petals are easier to dry.
Step Six: Play your favourite playlist.
Step Seven: On a dry flat surface, put down a paper towel and then a tissue paper on top of that. Tissue paper protects your flowers from paper towel imprints (pro tip 4)
Step Eight: Put your flowers on top of the tissue paper, put another tissue paper on top of them and another paper towel on top of that.
Step Nine: Repeat Step 8 for three layers at the most. I prefer one or two layers for bigger and thicker flowers and max three layers for smaller flowers.
Step Ten: Put your flowers in the microwave and put a heavy microwave-safe dish on the top.
Step Eleven: Put the microwave on the lowest power and turn it on for one minute.
Step Twelve: Dance around the kitchen for a minute.
Step Thirteen: Check the flowers. If they are not dry, repeat Ssteps 11 and 12 until dry.
Step Fourteen: Draw your desired shape on a piece of paper. I use the eraser a lot at this stage as I am not good at drawing.
Step Fifteen: Fill inside or outside of your shape with pressed flowers and leaves using glue.
Pro tip 5: Do a preliminary arrangement before sticking everything down.
Step Sixteen: Fame your artwork.
Step seventeen: It’ s done. Go and see your mum, take your dog with you if possible.