Monogrammed Patriotic Serving Tray {Silhouette Vinyl}

Monogrammed Patriotic Serving Tray {Silhouette Vinyl} by Our Rosey LifeHello.  Happy Summer!  Nothing says summer to me like sitting on the deck, listening to the kids laughter as they play in the water, seeing the hydrangeas in bloom and sipping some pink lemonade.  But a girl needs a good serving tray to get the lemonade from the kitchen to the deck, right?  I’ve had this old, red tray for a few years and always wanted to jazz it up a bit, make it a little more personal for our family.  So today, I’m sharing how I added a monogram and patriotic sparkle with vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo and created a monogrammed patriotic serving tray for our family.

Can I share a little secret?  Good.  I’ve never used vinyl before.  Yep.  I know.  Crazy.

And can I share another little secret?  Good.  It was really easy to use.  I’m mean super easy.Monogrammed Patriotic Serving Tray {Silhouette Vinyl} 8 by Our Rosey Life


1)  Serving tray
2)  Adhesive vinyl (whatever color suits your design)
3)  Transfer paper

Step One::  The first thing I did was design my image.

I knew I wanted a monogram surrounded by stars.  I created a five star pattern, played with the color fill button to decide on the colors (red, white, dark blue, light blue, silver) and then flipped the five star pattern around the monogram R.  The font for the R is Engravers MT.

Creating the design was simple.  And just for the sake of clarity, I used the color fill to see my design in color on my computer and to help me decide what color vinyl to use in each star.  The color fill doesn’t impact the cutting or color of the vinyl.  It’s just visual in this project.Monogrammed Patriotic Serving Tray {Silhouette} 1 by Our Rosey Life

Step 2::  How do I cut all these stars and monogram out…in different colors…and maintain the design and shape around the monogram R???

I’ve got a little bit of a puzzler here.  Right?

   Option 1 – random::  I could certainly just cut a bunch of stars and randomly adhere them around the monogram R on the tray.  That would be easy and would still look nice.  But I really wanted the exact design I made.

   Option 2 – exact::  If I create registration marks on the design, I can use the registration marks to line up and layer each color circle of stars and get them in the right spot.  So I made 3 purple squares and placed them triangularly around the design.  After cutting out the vinyl, I’ll use the registration marks or squares as guides for placing the vinyl on the tray.

Confused???  Hang on with me.  Option 2 will all make sense…eventually.Monogrammed Patriotic Serving Tray {Silhouette} 2 by Our Rosey Life

Step 3::  Cut out each color vinyl separately.

   Option 1 – random::  If you go this route, cut out your red monogram and 8 red stars.  Pull the monogram and star vinyl up (now it’s sticky), center the monogram in the middle of the tray and scatter/stick the red stars around the monogram.  Then cut out 8 dark blue stars, 8 light blue stars, 8 white stars and 8 silver stars.  Pull the stars from the vinyl and stick the stars around the monogram on the tray.  All of this is free-hand and random.

   Option 2 – exact::  Cut the red monogram, 8 red stars and 3 registration marks (squares).

To do this, go to the Cut Button (looks like scissors) and highlight each item you do NOT want to cut in red vinyl and click “NO CUT”.  Monogrammed Patriotic Serving Tray {Silhouette Vinyl} 3 by Our Rosey Life

Next highlight each item you DO want to cut in red vinyl and click “CUT”.  For the picture below, all the red vinyl items and the registration marks (squares) are highlighted and have a bold red outline to know what to “CUT”.  The “NO CUT” items are faded.  Send to the Silhouette Cameo to cut the highlighted images in vinyl.

Monogrammed Patriotic Serving Tray {Silhouette Vinyl} 3 by Our Rosey Life

Then go through the same process for the dark blue stars and registration marks (squares).  “CUT” the dark blue stars and registration marks (squares) and “NO CUT” everything else.  Send to the Silhouette Cameo to cut the dark blue images in vinyl.

Continue with the “CUT” and “NO CUT” selection for the white, silver and light blue vinyl with registration marks (squares).

This process maintains the exact placement of the monogram and each colored star and registration marks (squares) in the design.

Monogrammed Patriotic Serving Tray {Silhouette Vinyl} 5 by Our Rosey Life

STEP 4::  Stick the vinyl on the tray.

After all the vinyl is cut, peel away the excess vinyl, and lay the transfer paper over the vinyl to pull up the monogram and stars.  (There are videos out in blogland to show this step, if that might be helpful.  It’s a universal process.)

I began by transferring the red items first to center the monogram R in the middle of the tray.  Then I transferred the dark blue vinyl and matched up the blue squares OVER the red squares on the tray.  This insured that the dark blue stars were in the right spot.

I continued to lay the squares on top of the next color for the white, light blue and silver stars.  As you can see, the registration marks (squares) are a terrific guide for where to place the next group of stars.Monogrammed Patriotic Serving Tray {Silhouette Vinyl} 6 by Our Rosey Life

When all the stars were on the tray, I simply lifted the registration marks (squares) off the tray.  And…

Waalaa!  Now my old serving tray went from hum drum to a monogrammed patriotic serving tray perfect for carrying my pink lemonade to the deck.Monogrammed Patriotic Serving Tray {Silhouette Vinyl} 7 by Our Rosey Life

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!  Each picture is clickable and it will take you to the actual post for some fabulous details.

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  1. Oh, I love the registration mark idea! Usually I just wing it (well, very carefully compare and wing it) with multiple colors, but your method is so much better!

    • Hey Kristy. Oh yes, I’ve winged it carefully on many occasions, too. :) I really liked the metal star earrings you made too (#23 on the project grid above for readers) – super cool!

  2. Super adorable project!! I’m digging everything about it from the simplistic yet bold colors (with the perfect amount of white space I may add) to the perfect monogram. So lovely!!

    I’m there right with ya with the vinyl thing. I’ve had my silhouette for almost 3 years now and I’ve only used Vinyl once. I KNOW RIGHT?!

    Hopping through all the drool-worthy silhouette projects is totally my favorite part of Silhouette Challenge day!!

  3. i love your registration mark technique! Nice project!

    • Hi Rachel, Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you liked the patriotic serving tray. Your patriotic mason jar lanterns are festive too (for readers, that’s #28 in the project collage)!

  4. Michele,
    I am a tray lover! I also love the vinyl project you made. Including the detailed directions makes me want to try another vinyl project. My first one was a couple of weeks ago and I was nervous. It came out fine but I only used three colors and did not use the no cut feature or registration marks. I did it on my own. Silly me now I know how to do it much easier. Thanks for teaching me!
    SC Love,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

    • Hi Karen, I definitely want to do another vinyl project too. I didn’t realize it would be such an easy material to use and now my brain has all sorts of ideas whirring around. Thanks for stopping by to say hello and I’m glad you found the tutorial helpful! Can I just say I love the patriotic banner you made?!! (For readers, it’s project #9 – be sure to take a peek.)

  5. This is awesome, and I love the step by step tutorial, as I just transferred over to V3. It’s been an adjustment!


    • Hi Emily, I’m so glad you stopped by and found the tutorial helpful!!! And oh yes, for readers please remember to take a peek at Emily’s patriotic project (It’s #2 on the collage – think superheros!)

  6. I have never done multiple colors with my silhouette. ever. This is a great project and explanation of how you did it. Love it!

    • Thanks Kim. I hope you’ll try a project with multiple colors next time. It really is easy! And for Our Rosey Life readers, remember to check out Kim’s fantastic burlap rosette stars (It’s project #3 in the collage).

  7. WOW Michele!!! Your tray turned out beautiful! And I agree with some of the other comments – the registration mark idea is genius!

    • Thanks Emily! I was very pleased with how the tray turned out especially because my laptop had a slight collision with a glass of milk and the milk won a few days before the deadline. So when I was finally up and running, I had a day to make the tray and get a good picture before sunset. Luckily, it all came together. Whew! I’m glad you stopped by to say hello!

  8. Wow! I really love your registration mark idea! That is smart! Your tray turned out great! I will be pinning!
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    • Well thanks Tori! Hopefully you can use the registration mark idea in a future project of yours. (For my readers, check out Tori’s awesome project and her unique use of lights – #11 on the collage)

  9. Those registration marks?! Brilliant!

    • Thanks Vanessa! Hopefully you’ll have a project down the road where the registration marks will come in handy. (Be sure to click on Vanessa’s letterpress tray project – #12 in the collage!)

  10. You did an amazing job on this and I never even thought of doing the registration marks like that before! Great job!
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    • Hey Randi. Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you like the serving tray! I think my serving tray and your firecracker project would look great together at a July 4th BBQ (check out Randi’s project – #17 in the collage)!

  11. Your serving tray looks fantastic Michele! I’ve never used the registration mark technique but you make it look so easy. Sorry to be so slow to check out all the projects. Life has been crazy since the grandkids got out of school.
    Glenna @ My Paper Craze recently posted…Create Your Own Shaped Card – Silhouette Challenges #14My Profile

    • Hey Glenna. Thanks for stopping by to say hello and check out my patriotic serving tray. I think your flag tote bag is terrific too! (For readers, it’s #6 on the collage.)

  12. Love <3 I will be featuring it on Worthwhile Wednesday, stop by grab your badge and link up again, my friend!
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