I signed up to help decorate for our church Christmas brunch this year. Sadly I missed out on a meeting and didn’t get the full vision of how they were going to decorate. Then I got assigned to do the centerpieces. So I had to make something that wouldn’t clash with the other decorations, was fairly cheap (since I needed to make 30 of them), and looked good. I think I came up with a pretty good solution.
My mom decided to help, without me asking her. Thanks mom! 30 centerpieces is a lot.
We got the plastic at Hobby Lobby for $5-$6. They come in different sizes, we got two of the biggest kind and cut them into small pieces. This stuff comes with a plastic film on both sides to protect it, it does scratch easily! So we left the film on until it was time to put on the vinyl. To cut it we scored it a couple of times with a box cutter and snapped it apart. It made a pretty clean cut.
My mom cut some wood, which we got at Lowes for about $1-$2 each for a long piece. I’m not sure how many pieces we used to make thirty centerpieces. The vinyl came from Robert’s, It’s normal price is $2 a foot off a 12″ wide roll, but the store is closing so I got it 30% off. We bought 12 feet of vinyl. Everything in the store was 30% off this week, and I think each week they’ll take off a higher percentage. I’m so sad they’re going out of business, they’re the only place I know of that sells vinyl by the foot. They have TONS of different colors too! I’m going to have to go back when it’s around 50% off or more and stock up.
Then we made an assembly line. I cut out the image, which I bought from the Silhouette store (a special online store if you own a Silhouette cutting machine), my mom weeded the images, I transferred the images to the plastic, and my mom hot glued them together. It went a lot faster than we thought it would! yay!
My mom came up with a trick to make gluing easier. She propped the top and middle of the image with wood, and laid wood next to the bottom piece of wood to keep it all straight.
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