Teen Central recently purchased a Silhouette Cameo, a versatile electronic cutting machine that can be used for a wide range of projects. This machine takes your 2D design and cuts it into materials such as, paper, adhesive vinyl, and fabric. The machine works in conjunction with a related piece of software, Silhouette Studio, that has been installed on computers in The Lab in Teen Central. You can create designs directly in Silhouette Studio or import images in PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF, and TIF file types. So, what can you do with such a tool? The web is full of great ideas and my go-to spot for crafty ideas is Pinterest. Here are some examples of projects I discovered there and can’t wait to try!
Vinyl Window Decals: Vinyl decals are often seen in the rear windows of cars, but you can apply them to a window at home, or really, to nearly anything of yours that you choose, such as a laptop or a skateboard deck.
Dimensional Paper Lanterns: These pretty paper lanterns are for use with an LED candle and are simply wrapped around an empty plastic bottle!
Freezer Paper Stencils: Like screen printing, but made simpler, people are cutting away the positive space of an image using inexpensive freezer paper and then adhering it to fabric for use in DIY t-shirt design and more.
Cross Section Paper Earrings: Cut intricate patterns, several times over, in a jiff! These earring are made from layers of cardstock glued together and gilded with metallic paint.
(Follow the hyperlinks above for instructions on exactly how some of these things are made using the Silhouette Cameo.)
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