This Wagon – Cute To Classic In No Time At All

Hi everyone and welcome to another Silhouette Challenge.  This is a challenge I look forward to each month.  Some of my previous Silhouette projects have been very challenging.  This time I tried to keep some sanity and ease up a little bit and a mini red wagon is now the spittin’ image of a larger Radio Flyer wagon!

 

Join me and I will show you how easy this was.

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

The Silhouette Challenge

Each month Cat from Pocketful Of Posies hosts this blogger challenge and each month we have a theme.  For July the theme is “backyard bash”.  I don’t have a lot of backyard parties at my house but I know that if I did there would be drinks involved.  I thought this little wagon was perfect for a small get together to hold these patriotic mugs or to hold condiments for a larger gathering.  There are many possibilities.

The Mini Wagon

I found this wagon at the thrift store about a year ago.  I knew I would paint it but before I did it was perfect as a styling prop in the baby furniture post I did.  At that time I was glad I hadn’t painted it yet.  I wasn’t sure how I wanted it to look.  But I figured it out as soon as I decided to use it for the Silhouette Challenge.

This is how it looked when I started.

 

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

It is horrible in some ways and way too cute in other ways.  It was ready for a change.

 

Supplies Needed To Makover A Mini Wagon:

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Black spray paint/primer

Cardinal Red spray paint/primer

Kitchen garbage bag

White vinyl – Oracle

Silhouette Cameo Machine

Clear Contact Paper

Paint Your Wagon

I started with the black primer paint.  I decided to spray the entire wagon with the black then mask of the bottom and the handle and spray the top red.

As always I started with the bottom.

 

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

I didn’t bother with the wheels.  I sprayed the entire thing.  Then went over it again with a second coat.  After the black was totally dry I used a kitchen garbage bag, cut a hole in the side and pulled it over the wagon part and left it covering the wheels and the handle.

 

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

This red really was the perfect color for a wagon.

 

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

Doesn’t it look cute? And much better?

 

Adding The Details To The DIY Wagon

This is where the Silhouette comes in to play.  I wanted the Radio Flyer logo on the sides of my tiny wagon.  I just thought it would be so fun.

Jeff wanted to create the file so we found a logo on the internet and he opened it in Auto CAD.  I never use Auto CAD so I am not sure how to do this.  But I know you can take an image and trace it in the Silhouette and end up with just the logo.

After he got done with the logo he created a .dxf file to load it into the Silhouette software program.  I needed two so he did that but once it was in the program I was unable to ungroup them to move them closer together.  I was a little frustrated with that but in the end it ended up fine.  It left me some space to cut them apart easily.

Here is a screen shot of the design.

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

I used the white oracle 651 vinyl for this project.  This vinyl is outdoor safe and even dishwasher safe.  I thought if I decided to have a small potted plant outside in the wagon it would hold up better in the rain, etc.

I set the cut settings to vinyl.  The suggested blade setting is 1 but I always set it one setting higher.  That is what seems to work for me.

After they were cut I pulled the backing away so only the design I wanted was left on the backing.  The only part that did not come out was the little “swoosh” line behind the wagon.  It was so tiny and thin I didn’t even realize it was there so it got thrown away.  But it is okay.  I still think it looks great.

 

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Transferring The Design To Make The Wagon Look Nice

The clear contact paper makes transferring the design to the wagon so easy.

Cut a piece of contact paper larger than the cut design.  Pull of the backing and place it over the design.  Gently pull up the contact paper bringing the cut design with it.

 

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

Lay it down onto your project exactly where you want it to stick.

 

 

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

then slowly remove the contact paper leaving the design behind.

 

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

This is so much easier than trying to place each number, letter or image one at a time.  UGH!

That was the last detail for this wagon and now it is ready to be the star of the show.  What do you think?

How This Little Wagon Turned Out

For this backyard bash it is the patriotic glasses holder but it can be a lot of things.

 

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

I love the way it turned out!  No more cutesy…only classic.

 

If you like it too don’t forget to pin it!

 

 

This little wagon started out a cutesy toy but now with some red and black paint this wagon looks a lot like the classic radio flyer wagon. - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Be sure to stop by all of the blogger’s Silhouette Challenge posts!  There is so much talent an if you have a Silhouette they are all very informative!

 

 

 

Uncookie Cutter – Outdoor WallArt

Pocketful of Posies – Sip Sip Hooray Serving Tray

Two Purple Couches – No Sew Pineapple Garden Flag

Michelle James Designs – This Wagon Cute to Classic in No Time at All

Houseful of Handmade – Coastal Solar Lantern Decor

 

 

Have a great day,

Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

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