A DIY Halloween Village

It’s the time of year for spooky ghosts, creepy monsters and creative DIYs. The popularity of computerized cutters prompted Studio 300 to add the Silhouette Cameo 3. This cutter can handle card stock, chipboard, fabric and more. Feeling inspired by the season — and sheets of cute card stock — we created a Halloween village. It includes one large mansion, a few little houses, card stock trees, and fences. We also used our 3D printer to add cute pumpkins and scary monsters.

Using the Silhouette, the mansion came from a free project found at Paper Glitter Glue and converted using Adobe Illustrator. If you want to make your own, watch our video with all the steps. Studio 300 has the project files for the houses if you want to cut your own, too. And you can see the finished project in the Studio 300 display case now through Halloween.

Parade success

We received this generous note from the Bolingbrook Garden Club and wanted to share it:

“Thanks to the resources at the Maker Lab inside Studio 300, the Bolingbrook Garden Club won the Mayor’s trophy at the September 8, 2019 Pathways Parade. We were able to make custom T-shirts, print pictures used in our display, and craft vinyl lettering for the float. The Garden Club also used Studio 300 meeting rooms for our planning sessions.”

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Congratulations to the club’s members on winning their trophy this year and thanks for sharing their winning strategy with us all.

 

 

New Vinyl arrives for Summer

Get your shine and sparkle on this summer with these new premium heat transfer vinyl colors: rainbow holographic and metallic silver.

And remember our other great standard colors: black, white, red, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink, and gray. And our other premium examples include electric red, electric green, metallic gold, and crystal holographic. Click the pictures below for examples.

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DIY Felt Succulent

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During April’s Adult Makers DIY program, our patrons made felt succulents. By popular demand, here are the project’s instructions.

Required Supplies

  • Felt Squares (6” x 6” pieces work great)
  • Hot Glue Gun with Glue
  • Pastel Chalks (Optional)
  • Template

Step 1. Using the template (Download Succulent Template here) cut out the pieces of felt. When you print the template make sure you choose actual size instead of fit for print or your pieces will be very large. You should have 3 sizes of petals. Note: If you wish to use chalk pastels color the felt before gluing.

Step 2. Take one of the smallest petals and place a bead of hot glue near the bottom. Pinch it together until the glue cools. Use a low temp glue gun for the best results (and safety!). Starting with the smallest petals build up your succulent and keep petals evenly spaced. When you run out of the smallest petals go to the medium petals. Continue building up your succulent. Finally use the larger petals and finish the last layers.

Your finished design can be used in many different ways. For example, we finished our project by gluing them into mini clay pots.

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Not just for kids

Light painting photography is a fun activity for kids of all ages. Recently Studio 300 hosted a light painting portrait class for adults where our patrons learned the basic photography skills required for successful images. Then we kicked it in to high gear and added a flash to create some fun and interesting portraits. Go to our Flickr page for the results of the class.

Introducing New Vinyl

The Maker lab inside Studio 300 Maker Lab announces new Heat Press Vinyl colors just in time for the holidays. Use Electric Red, Electric Green, Metallic Gold, and Crystal Holographic for making custom t-shirts and other apparel. There is a slightly higher costs for this vinyl at $3 a foot. For more information on using the vinyl cutting machine, contact Studio 300.

 

Maker Mirror Magic

IMG_20180709_131027It’s the season for BBQs, fireworks and garage sales–especially items from the free pile. Case in point: this cracked mirror with a lot of potential.

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Using Adobe software to create a design and then cutting adhesive vinyl using the Studio 300 Maker Lab Zing vinyl cutter, this garage sale find became a unique object for the home.

What are you going to create next in Studio 300’s Maker Lab?