12 Days DIY Christmas 2014 (Day 8), Silhouette Challenge Blog Hop & Giveaway!

Today is gonna be an awesome one! I am super excited and can’t wait to share this with you! And it is a little longer blog post, but worth it to read all the way 🙂

First is Silhouette Giveaway! There will be 2 winners!! Make sure to read all the way to find out the detail and how to enter. I really really really LOVE my Silhouette Cameo! Since the first day I got it (surprise gift from my husband), I have been making a lot of cards, scrapbook layouts, home decors, and even craft projects with my daughters. So, you wanna enter this amazing giveaway!


And second, today is day 8 of the 12 Days DIY Christmas this year, I would love to share with you a project I made using Silhouette Cameo today that it is one of my favorite projects ever… Candle Jar Sleeve. I participate on an awesome blog hop hosted by Silhouette Challenge group, where you can find tons of inspirations and tutorials of projects using either Silhouette Cameo and Portrait. Another reason why you want to enter this giveaway 🙂


I love candles. When they are all gone, I clean the jars to reuse them. This one is one of them. And I was thinking I need some more Christmas theme decorations in this house and came across an idea to make candle jar sleeve to decorate this used candle jar.

It is an easy and quick project that you can do for any seasons or occasions. I already have a list to make for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter again 😀

Okay 🙂 Now the supplies. You’ll need:

  • Silhouette machine
  • Blade (new is better for cutting intricate designs)
  • Cutting mat
  • Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
  • Shape you want to cut (I picked Nativity scene from Lori Withlock)
  • Spatula
  • Cardstock (I used black for better silhouette looking)
  • Glue
  • Candle Jar
  • First of all, open the Silhouette Studio software and open the shape you wanna cut. I resized the Nativity scene to 11″ x 2 1/2″ and drew a rectangle a bit longer, about 11 1/4″ and 1″ tall. Ungroup. Then rearrange the individual shapes to where you’ll like.


I did not use the phrase so I dragged it to out side of the cutting mat. Then as you can see in the picture below, I dragged the rectangle to overlapping with the bottom of the nativity shapes.


Once you like the position, select all the shapes. Open the Weld Box by clicking on the little that has letter M with circle and rectangle.


Click weld…. Ta-da! 🙂


Cut the cardstock to 12″ x 5″ and put it on the cutting mat. Load the mat to the machine, make sure the setting on the machine is “Load Cutting Mat.”
Send the shape to Silhouette machine by clicking the square button on the upper left with Silhouette machine symbol.


Make sure the setting is set for the cardstock and adjust the blade on the machine according to the correct blade setting. Always test cut to make sure everything is set correctly. Then click cut.

And done. I used battery operated tea light for this one. Also I added some fake snowflakes at the bottom of the jar.


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Reinvented Elf on a Shelf Book Cat-Shaped Ornament Stamped Christmas Towels M&M Milk Bottle Teacher Gift 3D Holly Berry Ornament Deer Silhouette Mirror Silhouette Christmas Craft with Double-Sided Adhesive Winter Village Display Wood Grain Nativity DIY Rustic Pallet Christmas Tree 2014 Christmas Card + Giveaway Gift Tags Chalkboard Vinyl Christmas Signs Personalized Christmas Ornament DIY Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments DIY Nativity Candle Jar Sleeve Chalkboard Charger Inspiration + Giveaway Christmas Countodwn Festive Advent Christmas Decor AND A Giveaway! All Hearts Go Home Luminarias Deer Silhouette Vinyl Wood Slice Ornaments Some People are Worth Melting For Olaf (Frozen Inspired) Ornament Personalized Pajamas with HTV 3D Reindeer Shield Decoration Trendy Christmas Cards with Silhouette + Free Cut Files Let It Snow Mitten Banner DIY Christmas Coasters Elf on the Shelf Wardrobe Simple Ornaments Stenciled Santa Sack Put on your Yamika! Reindeer Photo Ornament Christmas Card DIY Nativity Shadowboxes Monogrammed Drop Cloth Christmas Tree Skirt Canvas Wall Art for the Holidays

1. Pineapples and Pinecones // 2. Simply Kelly Designs // 3. Architecture of a Mom // 4. Just a Girl and Her Blog // 5. Two Purple Couches // 6. Chicken Scratch NY // 7. Creative Ramblings // 8. One Dog Woof // 9. Ginger Snap Crafts // 10. The Thinking Closet // 11. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 12. Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body // 13. weekend craft // 14. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 15. Practically Functional // 16. Living My Given Life // 17. My Paper Craze // 18. The Kim Six Fix // 19. Home At Eight // 20. Queen of Everything // 21. Tried & True // 22. McCall Manor // 23. unOriginal Mom // 24. Create it. Go! // 25. From Wine to Whine // 26. GetSilvered // 27. It’s Always Ruetten // 28. Nearly Handmade // 29. Mama Sonshine // 30. Silhouette School // 31. It Happens in a Blink // 32. Create & Babble // 33. Sowdering About // 34. Where The Smiles Have Been // 35. My Favorite Finds // 36. Lil’ Mrs. Tori // 37. Designed Decor

Silhouette Giveaway!

And I’ve saved the best for last.  My Silhouette Challenge buddies in partnership with Silhouette America are hosting a mega-huge giveaway for not one…but two winners!  The prizes up for grabs?

First prize: The NEW Silhouette Cameo Machine and Designer Edition Super Bundle!  $406.93 value.

  • Silhouette CAMEO®
  • Designer Edition Software
  • Dust Cover
  • $25 Download Card
  • Four Essential Silhouette Tools (hook, spatula, scraper, pick-me-up™)

Second prize: Silhouette Portrait Machine and Rhinestone Starter Kit!  $219.98 value.

Pretty sweet, huh?  We want you to have the chance to get that Silhouette machine that might still be on your wish list.

To enter: just complete the entries in the Rafflecopter widget below or at this link.  Because of my many blog friends who helped make this giveaway possible, you have 42 potential entries, which means a lot of winning power.  So, hurry up and enter!

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20 thoughts on “12 Days DIY Christmas 2014 (Day 8), Silhouette Challenge Blog Hop & Giveaway!

  1. Gasp! Helen this is simply stunning! It’s no wonder that this is one of your favorite project to date – – it really is a sight to behold. Also, I’m curious to learn your trick for getting the old wax out of candle jars. I’d love to try a project like this in the future.

    So glad you joined our December Silhouette Challenge and Giveaway, Helen! Thanks for adding so much creativity into the mix.