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Hittin' the Road: Route 66 Tote Bag Tutorial

I may have mentioned 1 or 100 times that I am moving to Texas.
I am busy packing my house...but I am also busy planning road trip and diving into all things Texas. When I received the Heat Transfer Material from Silhouette I knew I wanted to make something that paid homage to my home state of California but also celebrate my new adventure in Texas. After perusing the Silhouette Store, I found these graphics for Texas  and California (for only 99cents!) and I knew what I was doing...
Travel Tote Bags that celebrate Route 66 and The Great American Road Trip!
Route 66 Tote Bag by 504 Main
I have used the Heat Transfer Material once before...a long long time ago, and I was so excited to give it another whirl. It was so much fun...I have so many more ideas...and BEST yet...I have a couple of super cool original totes!

Route 66 Tote Bag by 504 Main

  • Silhouette Heat Transfer, Smooth. I used Maroon and White
  • Silhouette Portrait or Cameo
  • Natural Tote Bag (I purchased a 3 pack in natural from a craft store)
  • Desired Graphic I used these: Texas  and California 
  • You also need an iron, ironing board, and a clean cloth 
  • Tweezers (or a pin) and scissors may be help full
    Route 66 Tote Bag by 504 Main

    Make it!
    • After selecting your design, open the design in the Silhouette Software.
    • Size your design correctly
    • Once you are happy with the size, you need to MIRROR Image the graphic/design BEFORE you cut.
    Route 66 Tote Bag by 504 Main

    • Adjust the rollers to the material/paper size
    • Load the heat transfer paper into the Silhouette. You do NOT use a cutting mat. Load the material into the Silhouette with the shiny/plastic side down.
    • Hit "Send to Silhouette" and select the Silhouette Heat Transfer in the drop down menu
    • And...CUT!
    Route 66 Tote Bag by 504 Main

    • Once the design is cut, remove the material that you will NOT be using. The portion of the design you use, will remain adhered to the shiny plastic.
    • I used  tweezers to remove the material from my smaller letters.
    Route 66 Tote Bag by 504 Main

    • Position your design on the tote bag, face down (the design/writing will look correct now, not mirrored)
    Route 66 Tote Bag by 504 Main
    • Heat the iron NO HOTTER than 300F
      • NOTE: I had a bit of trouble with my iron an it would get too hot...so try a small test piece if you can with your iron.
    • Place a cloth over the design and press, apply firm pressure to the design for 45-60 second per area until the design is transferred to the tote bag. 
    Route 66 Tote Bag by 504 Main
    • Remove the cloth and slowly peel off the plastic covering.
    Route 66 Tote Bag by 504 Main

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    1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit
    1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Dark Fabrics
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    This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
    disclosure: affiliate links are included in this blog post


    Duct Tape Vacation Journal

    I am proud to be a 3M- sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate new products from Scotch Duct Tape. I love creating new projects and I hope you love this one.
    My family will be doing a lot of travel over the next few months.We are getting ready to move to Texas and making a lot of last minute sightseeing trips and visits to friends before we hit the road. And, I don't know about you, but my kids like to collect stuff when we travel. They save ticket stubs, magnets, brochures...and they LOVE maps. When we get home, what do I have left but a pile of stuff...but not anymore. I designed these super kid friendly and durable "Vacation Journals" for each kiddo to keep their "souvenirs" and information organized and in one place. And, oh yeah they work well for adults too!
    Duct Tape Vacation Journal from 504 Main #scotchducttape


    Nautical Knot Vases

    Nautical has always been on of my favorite trends.
    If I was brave I would break our the fabulous vintage shots of me in my nautical attire...but I am not that brave...so instead I will show you my more modern and on-trend take on Nautical, one of the hottest looks for the season!  Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store makes spring crafting easy during National Craft Month with a $5 off $25 or more purchase coupon and a spring crafting inspiration website.

    Nautical Knot Vases from 504 Main


    Rainbow Peek-a-Boo Star Bunting (Die Cut)

    Almost every week, my daughter asks me too make something for her teacher or classroom. Once I dared question her about this, to which she replied "You are the crafty one, think of something?" (Yes, there was attitude, but it was also pretty darn funny).
    This week she wants something for St. Patrick's Day. So, I got out my Lifestyle Crafts Evolution Die Cutter and got started on a cute Rainbow Bunting.


    How to Stain Wood with Balsamic Vinegar

    I have been experimenting with new and natural ways to stain or age wood.
    First I tried Apple Cider Vinegar...and now Balsamic vinegar.
    I an so LOVING the colors these different vinegars give the wood.
    How to Stain Wood with Balsamic Vinegar by 504 Main
    I have done many projects with these "stains,"
    but for now I just want to share the technique.
    Just like the apple cider stain...this one is so easy!
    How to Stain Wood with Balsamic Vinegar by 504 Main

    • (Real) Steel Wool  (I used 0000 grade)
    • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1 cup water
    • Jar
    • Gloves
    • Paint brush ( it does not have to be a good one)
    How to Stain Wood with Balsamic Vinegar by 504 Main

    NOTE: Different vinegars will produce different finishes and I did some research about aging with balsamic vinegar. Apparently it is supposed to give you a greenish color...but I would not color my color green at all!

    DIY IT!
    • In a 2 cup+ glass jar, I placed 1 steel wool pad and 1 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1 cup water. Because balsamic vinegar is more expensive and comes in smaller bottles, I mixed it with water to make it stretch further.
    • Put the lid on the vinegar/steel wool mixture and let it sit...mine sat for about 1 week before I liked the intensity of the color. I tested it every 24 hours to see the color.
      • I suggest trying the stain on a scrap piece (or similar) wood after 24 hours...if that is not the desired effect...48 hours...and so on
      • EDIT: The less you let the mixture sit the lighter the stain. If you are looking for a particular color, I suggest testing the mixture every 24 hours until you see the color you desire.
    • When my concoction was ready (to my liking), I gave it a quick stir.
      • Some suggest straining out the steel wool. I did NOT...there was not much left - bits and pieces...but I really did not care they were in there.
      • If necessary, transfer smaller amounts of the stain to a smaller glass jar to work with- it is easier to handle that way.
      • Be warned...the smell is pretty intense...it is vinegar! I just did this all outside. The mixture smells, but I do NOT notice a lingering scent on my project.
      • NOTE: Now, protect your work surface - it may stain concrete or whatever is comes into contact with.
    • Wear gloves - seriously - WEAR GLOVES. My hand are even more aged right now!
    • Use the paint brush and brush on the vinegar all over. 
    • Let dry.
    • Rinse the wood to remove any residue from the steel wool. It may lighten the stain a it. You can always reapply another coat to darken it up. 
    • Below you can see the difference between what the stain looks like when wet and then when dry.
    How to Stain Wood with Balsamic Vinegar by 504 Main

    Just to refresh your memory and show you the difference between staining with Apple Cider Vinegar and Balsamic Vinegar...here is a quick comparison photo: 

    How to Stain Wood with Balsamic Vinegar by 504 Main

    It is pretty simple...gives great color...
    and I cannot wait to show you the projects I have done!
    This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


    Burlap Canvas and Wood Wreath with Monogram

    Yesterday I shared a Monogrammed Burlap Canvas project
    And, well,once I start thinking about a project I just cannot stop myself.
    I just fell in love with these small burlap canvases and the laser cut wood doilies...
    and I had to make another personalized project.
    That is where this wreath came in!
    In the past I have made burlap canvas wreaths using old family photos and absolutely love the look, so this is a perfect addition to my home.

    Burlap Canvas and Wood Wreath by 504 Main with @michaelsstores and @hometalk


    Easy Valentines Using Foam Plate Printing

    At my daughter's elementary school we have an Art Docent program to acquaint the kids with different types and methods of art and to also get hands on time in our art room. A few weeks ago, we did this type of a project and I instantly fell in love with the technique and look of using foam plates for creating printing "plates."
    Valentines Using Foam Plate Printing by 504 Main


    How to Make Pretty Paper Cake Toppers

    I truly enjoy making fabulous birthday cakes for my kids, husband, family...
    and friends if given the chance. I have made bowling pins and balls,
    solar systems, trains, flowers, and giant cupcakes - to name a few.
    Recently however, I have been baking up Bundt cakes and angel food cakes,
    (a little less frosting!)
    and had to devise new ways to decorate them!
    Paper Cake Toppers by 504 Main

    I am enjoying the simple simplicity of a beautiful cake adorned with pretty paper.
    It is so easy and so versatile...and everyone seems to love it!


    DIY! Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands

    I have admitted before that I am not the biggest fan of Valentines Day...
    BUT I do like hearts...
    and I do have a little girl who thinks Valentines Day is amazing!
    So..I have been doing some Valentine crafting.

    Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 MainLast year someone gave me a HUGE jar of red and white pipe cleaners
    and I have been itching to make some hearts with them...
    so that is just what I did!

    Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 Main

    This is pretty simple...
    so lets cut to the chase!

    Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 Main

    • Pipe cleaners
    • Scissors (or wire cutters)
    • Optional: Bakers Twine or ribbon
    • Optional: Heart cookie cutter (for shaping hearts)

    Now there are two options when making the hearts. Here they are!

    Here is the first option.
    1 - Fold the pipe cleaner in half - this is the top indent on the heart
    2 - Wrap the end down and twist them together.
    3 - Hold the bottom, and using your fingers round out the top n either side of your original fold.
    4 - All done!

    Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 Main

    But I thought some people might have a bit of a harder time forming the heart...so out came the cookie cutter, and the second option.
    1 - fold the pipe cleaner in half - this is the top indent on the heart.
    2 - Lay a heart cookie cutter on the table.
    3 - Hold the fold into the heart indent at the top, and wrap one side down to the bottom, and them the other - you will be using all of your fingers for this...but it is totally doable.
    4 - Twist the two ends together once (if you are planning to link them) or 2-3 times if they will be "stand alone" hearts (like on the bakers twine example). There may be some excess, depending on how large your cookie cutter is.

    Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 Main

    To Link:
    • Start with one heart; with a second heart, gently untwist the bottom (doing your best to keep its shape); Hook one side through the complete heart; add another complete heart to the other side; twist the bottom of the second heart back together. Continue this pattern until you have the desires length.
    • Finish by trimming excess pipe cleaner.
    NOTE: as you link your hearts be consistent as to if you are going to hook on top of the previous heart or from below. This goes for both sides. It prevents it from twisting all weird!
    Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 Main

    To String on Twine:
    • Trim excess pipe cleaner of the bottom
    • Just simply add the finished hearts to the string and hang - the hearts will be free to move around. If you do not want them to move around, twist the string around heart heart once or twice or make a knot.
    Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 Main

    I just love the sweet simplicity of these little hearts.
    They are sweet as garlands on the fireplace, mirrors,
    picture frames, party backdrops...
    mine are on an old window on my porch!

    They are so easy to make that even my girlie is making them...
    our house will be covered in pipe cleaners!

    Pipe Cleaner Heart Garlands by 504 Main

    What's your favorite Valentine Craft?
    This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre