I am THAT mom that just had to name my kids somewhat normal names that are not available on anything. I know how much I loved having things personalized growing up and obviously I want that for my children so when I realized how easy it would be to Personalize Easter Baskets for my kids I jumped in head first...but not without a few lessons to learn!
Like I mentioned above, I definitely was learning as I was going. I had attempted to make the peanut a birthday shirt which really turned out well but was very simple and I had 4 different files created and saved just for one small shirt. I knew there had to be a better way and that is when I discovered "cut by line color". You can watch my tutorial on how to set this up in Silhouette Studio and how to mirror and image below. One quick tip when loading the heat transfer vinyl into the machine is that the shiny side needs to be down.
Once everything was set up and cut out it was time to create!
- Prep the easter baskets. For me this meant to remove the fabric liner from the basket and iron it. This helps to preheat the fabric and make a nice area for you to lay your design on.
- Layout your design. It is important to know how much overhang of fabric you have and make sure that your letters and objects are sized to fit that. Once that is completed, then place your vinyl where you would like it permanently and DO NOT remove the plastic sticky backing!
- Cover the plastic and design with a cloth. This prevents the plastic from melting to your iron.
- Use your iron and press firmly for 30-40 seconds.
- Remove the heat and cloth, allow to cool and peel the plastic backing off. However, if this design does not adhere, repeat this process until it is fully transferred. Repeat this for the other objects in the design. I learned that it is not a good idea to try and transfer all the objects at once. It makes for a very frustrating time of even heating.
Viola! Personalized, Easy, DIY Easter Baskets.
For fun I decided to see how much these are running online and I was surprised to see that the range is between $20.00-$60.00 for ONE basket. I spent $15.00 on two baskets! Can't beat that.
So what do you think?