Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Skeleton Gloves + Silhouette Portrait GIVEAWAY!


I've got the perfect, quick addition for your Halloween costumes today (and make sure to read below for a chance to win a (Silhouette Portrait)!

My son, Connor, is obsessed with skeleton everything. It all started with the shirt he's wearing in the picture below, which happens to be an old shirt from last year that he refuses to give up. He now owns several skeleton shirts and a zip-up jacket in skeleton print that I made him this year.

The wonderful folks over at Silhouette sent us a Silhouette Portrait recently to try out, so I thought it'd be fun to make Connor a pair of skeleton gloves using their flocked heat transfer material to add to his wardrobe - and they were a huge hit!


With the addition of a skeleton shirt, these gloves make the perfect skeleton Halloween costume. Or just wear the gloves by themselves for fun! Who says skeleton gloves are only for Halloween? Not this guy.

Who wants to make a pair??

SUPPLIES: a pair of knit gloves (do not use leather or anything other than traditional knit or fabric gloves!), Silhouette flocked heat transfer in white, Silhouette Portrait or CAMEO, scanner, iron and ironing board, skeleton gloves template (available only in Silhouette Studio format.)

Note: If you'd like to use the skeleton glove template that I created for your own personal use, you can find it here. It is only available in Silhouette Studio format, but if you'd like to make this project without a Silhouette, feel free to trace your glove and draw the bones freehand onto the back of Silhouette transfer material, then cut out by hand.


ONE: to create your own skeleton gloves from scratch, first place one glove on a piece of paper and trace carefully around it. Scan your picture and open in Silhouette Studio.


TWO: next, choose the "draw smooth freehand" option and begin drawing finger bones.


THREE: continue drawing bones with the draw smooth freehand tool.
FOUR: after you've finished drawing all your hand bones, you can use the arrow to click individually on each bone and adjust them as necessary.
FIVE: add wrist bones, the use your arrow to select all of the bones. Right click and choose "group" to group all the bones in your hand together.
SIX: you can now move your scanned picture off of your work board.


SEVEN: to make a second hand, simply right click on your hand and select "duplicate." Once you've duplicated your hand, make sure to right click on it again and choose "flip horizontally."


EIGHT: now you're ready to cut! Load your flocked heat transfer material into your Silhouette Portrait and cut according to the recommended settings.


NINE: Weed out your design by removing the extra transfer material.
TEN: place your design sticky side down onto your glove.
ELEVEN: I know the directions say otherwise, but I've found that my heat transfer designs adhere best when I turn my iron heat between the "silk" and "wool" setting, and iron directly on top of the plastic (on an ironing board of course.)


Remove the plastic carefully, and now you have the perfect set of spooky skeleton gloves for Halloween, or just for fun!



Connor loves his new gloves! I'm sure this won't be the last year you'll be seeing these babies :)

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Now for the best part! We get to give away a Silhouette Portrait!
If that doesn't excite you, then there's something wrong with you! Between the two of us, Shannon and I own both the Silhouette Portrait and the CAMEO, and they have been essential to our daily crafting. You can make everything from personalized clothing, decorations, and gifts for friends and family. The possibilities are really endless! Need some ideas?

What's great about The Silhouette Portrait is that it's compact in size (only 3.5 pounds), but has a cutting size of 8" wide, and can be used to cut fabric, chipboard, vinyl, you name it. You can read more about the awesomeness that is The Silhouette Portrait here.   
So, do you want to win one? Of course you do. Enter using the widget below. Good Luck! The lucky winner will be announced here Monday October 27th.



Guidelines: Open to US/Canada Residents 18 years old or older. Void where prohibited. Giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. Prizes will be fulfilled by Silhouette America. Winner cannot have won another Silhouette America giveaway in the past 90 days. Winners should expect to receive their prize within 4-6 weeks after the giveaway has ended. The giveaway winner will be emailed within 24 hours after giveaway has ended, and will have 72 hours to claim their prize. If the prize is not claimed, a new winner will be selected. 

46 comments:

  1. I'd make things for my pre-school class! This would be really useful. Thanks for the giveaway! -Shelly

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  2. I would love to make vinyl wall art for my sewing room! I do love your skeleton project...so cute and you make it look easy.

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  3. I would decorate my daughter's wedding and save lots of money!!!!

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  4. I would use it to embelish birthday presents I make. sarah@forrussia.org

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  5. I'd try cutting quilt pieces. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  6. I would use it for my scrapbook projects with the kids

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  7. First I would make my Christmas cards, stuff for Sunday School class, then things for my Quilts.

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  8. I would love to make some fun t shirts for my granddaughter! bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  9. Wow! Thanks for the chance to win! I'd love to add to my Christmas gift crafting - I think I've exhausted all my creative ideas in the past years and this would give me all kinds of new, fun options!

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  10. I would make all kinds of home-made cards this year! It would be so much fun, not to mention original, and cost a fraction of what store bought cards cost. I probably would go pretty crazy with all the designs I could create with this baby! Thanks for the chance.
    nettiecrain@live.com

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  11. I'd make things for my grandson to share with his kindergarten class. Plus, Christmas is coming!

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  12. I would like to use it to make window clings - especially with all the holidays coming up. And to keep birds from crashing into my windows . . .

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  13. I would make some christmas decorations... it's the one holiday I go all out for

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  14. I would be studing your blog to see what creations you have made. That is so neat the skeleton gloves, and it looked easy. I would make applique for quilting. Thanks for the chance.

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  15. A Silhouette has been on my wishlist for ages. Can't wait to play with one.

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  16. A Silhouette Portrait...wow! I would love to win one to cut out those pretty words I see other crafter's making with their machines.

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  17. I want to make shaped Christmas stockings for the holidays..

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  18. Oh my gosh, if I won I would finally make my own Christmas cards to send, instead of buying the boxed ones. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  19. I would (finally) have accurate shapes cut for my quilts!
    allisonpogany@gmail.com

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  20. What wouldn't I make? But to start holiday cards would be fun.

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  21. Oh my gosh, I would make so much stuff. I've been wanting one FOREVER!

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  22. I would use it to make labels for jars and bowls in my pantry.

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  23. I would use it to make wall art and then holiday cards

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  24. I'm a label gal! I can see a label on everything in the house...then of course making valentines with my Grandson... Christmas cards and the like...oh soooooooo much to make! What a great giveaway!

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  25. Handmade Holidays would have a whole new meaning. Love your projects.

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  26. I would make things for school Bible Release Time and children activities at church. MelanieB

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  27. I would love to win and make some pretty decorations for Christmas. Such fun ideas you have shared here!

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  28. I don't think the machine would arrive in time to make those cute skeleton gloves, but I would really like to make some beautiful place settings for my Thanksgiving table. Thanks for the chance :)

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  29. those gloves are awesome!!!
    mumbird3atgmail.com

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  30. I'd make things for our homeschool room.

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  31. I would give it to my amazingly crafty and creative daughter. She sews, makes cards, scrapbooks, makes home decor projects and more. What a wonderful gift it would be for her. Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway!

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  32. I'd love to have one! I have several folders of pins on Pinterest dedicated to the things I'd do with a Silhouette Portrait :)

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  33. Love! I need a cameo or portrait asap!

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  34. I need a library tote! One for every season! So fun!


    kyramcquary at yahoo dot com

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  35. I would use it to cut out appliques!

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  36. If I was fortunate to win this Silhouette I would give this to my Mother-in-law for Christmas. She has been such a blessing in my life and she loves to craft!

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  37. I'd make our Christmas cards!
    CINDY B on rafflecopter

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  38. Vinyl wall decorations for the boys' room.

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  39. I would use it to cut out bones like you did! I have a daughter who is very interested in anatomy, so a window/cling skeleton would be pretty cool to make. And circles for a quilt. Because my circles never look very good when they are cut with scissors!!

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  40. I have my best friend who is pregnant and I want to make her onesies that are special and unique. I am dying for one of these machines!

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  41. Last year I was able to borrow a friend's Silhouette and made a 'Baby It's Cold Outside' sign for indoors. I'd be making all sorts of Christmas decor!

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  42. I would make quilt templates, Thanksgiving cards , and owl wall hangings.

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  43. I would make all sorts of cutouts to use in my PreK classroom.

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  44. I'm new to crafting so I'd start off easy. I'd take a look at some of the ideas you have on your blog and go from there!

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