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Two Different Ways To Make A Unicorn Shaker

Dollar Tree Wood Base Unicorn:

Supplies:

  1. Layered wood unicorn cut out from Dollar Tree.
  2. Acetate
  3. Cricut machine or other similar cutting machines
  4. Glitter or other small filler pieces. Some of my glitter came from Dollar Tree and the rest was from a Hobby Lobby right after Christmas.
  5. Paint and paint brush
  6. Glue. I used Bear craft glue so it dried clear.
  7. Window and glass cleaner to remove static from acetate and a paper towel to wipe it dry.
  8. My design. I have text to let you know what each piece is used for. Just hide or delete the unwanted pieces depending on which unicorn you are making as well as the words.

Steps:

  1. Pick a wood unicorn that does not have gaps between the two layers of wood. If there are gaps, then apply glue or wood filler to fill the gaps and prevent glitter from falling out.
  2. Paint the wood shape to your liking.

3. Fill spaces with glitter or other small pieces like gemstones and confetti.

  • I used a folded piece of paper to help pour my glitter into the small spaces.
  • I used a stiff bristle paint brush to help brush some of the loose glitter back in place. I also used a wet paper towel to remove larger amounts of loose glitter.

4. Make sure the acetate layer is 5.594 inches high and 5.011 inches wide, if not size accordingly so that the acetate layer will fit nicely over your wood cutout (wood cutouts may not all be the exact same size, but should be close). Delete or hide all other pieces in my design.

5. Cut out acetate layer. I used the acetate setting with more pressure on a standard green grip mat. I left the protective layer on my acetate as it cut because it was a large easy shape.

6. Remove the protective film from both sides of your acetate. Then spray your acetate with window cleaner and wipe it down with a paper towel to help remove the static on the acetate, which will prevent the glitter and filler from moving around.

7. Apply glue around all areas of wood cutout so no glitter gets out and place your acetate layer on top.

8. Wait for the glue to dry, then give it a shake!

9. You could glue a decorative layer over the acetate layer if you would like, but it will cover up some of the painting you did.

I did not notice till after I filled and glued my wood unicorn shut that there were large gaps between the two layers of wood. It was only in a few areas, but unfortunately, I did not notice till I lost a lot of my glitter in those areas and closed everything.  So, just check for these gabs before you add your glitter.  These gabs are created because the wood was warped/not completely straight. You could also remove the top wood layer, reglue the two layers together and then place heavy items on top of your piece.

Unicorn Shaker With Cricut:

Supplies:

  1. Cricut machine or other similar cutting machine.
  2. Thick cardstock for the base. You could also use other materials if you would like.
  3. Foam for the spacer. I used a foam that has a sticky side, but if yours does not, then you will just need to apply glue instead. You can also use craft board and other materials.
  4. Acetate
  5. Decorative cardstock top layer. I used a glitter cardstock.
  6. Glitter or other small filler pieces. Some of my glitter came from Dollar Tree and the rest was from a Hobby Lobby right after Christmas.
  7. Glue. I used Bear craft glue.
  8. Window and glass cleaner to remove static from acetate and a paper towel to wipe it dry.
  9. My design. I have text to let you know what each piece is used for. Just hide or delete the unwanted pieces depending on which unicorn you are making as well as the words.

Steps:

  1. Cut out each of the four pieces in my design.
    • Make sure the pieces are to the size you would like. My shaker was a little over 5 inches.
    • Make sure to size all pieces to the same size so they will fit together well.
    • Base: heavy cardstock cut on blue light grip mat on heavy cardstock setting with more pressure.
    • Foam: Move your star wheels off to the side so they do not leave lines in your foam. I used the rotary blade, which is only for the Cricut Maker machines, but you could also cut your foam with the fine point blade on the other machines or use another material as your spacer. For foam I use the flannel setting normal pressure, on a green standard mat. Since I used foam with a sticky side, I should have used my light grip blue mat. The paper on the back side of my foam stuck to my standard grip mat and took a little more effort to remove. I used my scraper tool to remove these paper pieces from my mat.
    • Acetate: I used the acetate setting with more pressure on a standard green grip mat. I left the protective layer on my acetate as it cut because it was a large easy shape.
    • Top decorative layer: I used a thick glitter cardstock for my top layer. To cut this I used the glitter cardstock setting with more pressure on my green standard mat.
  2. Place your spacer layer on top of your base layer. If your foam does not have a sticky side like mine did, then apply glue to your foam to attach it to your base layer.

3. Fill spaces with glitter or other small pieces like gemstones and confetti.

  • I used a folded piece of paper to help pour my glitter into the small spaces.
  • I used a stiff bristle paint brush to help brush some of the loose glitter back in place. I also used a wet paper towel to remove larger amounts of loose glitter.

4. Remove the protective film from both sides of your acetate. Then spray your acetate with window cleaner and wipe it down with a paper towel to help remove the static on the acetate, which will prevent the glitter and filler from moving around.

5. Apply glue all around your foam spacer layer so none of your glitter or other filler pieces will come out and place your acetate on top.

6. Apply glue to the back side of your decorative top layer of cardstock then place it directly on top of your acetate layer.

  • I like to apply my glue to the back side of the piece I am applying on top to make sure I do not get glue on areas that will show through.

7. Set it aside to dry, then give it a shake!

Which unicorn do you like better? I think I like the extra color the wood painted one has, but my husband likes the extra glitter from the glitter cardstock on the other unicorn. I think both unicorns take roughly the same amount of time to make, it just depends if you would rather paint or cut pieces on a Cricut machine or other cutting machine. These shakers would be fun as cake toppers (just glue a stick to the back), attached to a card or present, or just given as is. Have you made a shaker before and if so what do you do with the ones you have made? I usually use fillers that are a little chunkier than the fine glitter I used. The fine glitter is fun and okay now that they are closed, but it got a little messy when filling especially since some of the areas I needed to fill were thin and small. So, next time I might do a chunkier filler for these unicorns or similar shakers with small areas to fill. Luckily this little vacuum really does a great job of picking up glitter.

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