Weeding Tiny Little Vinyl Bits

shark pails

Happy Weekend!  And its a long, 3 day weekend at that!  I’ve never been a huge fan of Labor Day weekend, because it signals the end of summer, flip flops & no more wearing of white!  (Yes, I follow that rule!)  But, this Labor Day weekend, there are a lot of exciting things on the horizon — like next weekend, my entire family – 6 adults & 3 grandsons are all headed to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a week!  And while we are there, we will be celebrating two birthdays – -mine & most importantly – my youngest grandson, Nixon turns 1!  Hard to believe he will be a year old.

So, my daughter has planned a shark party — (fitting for the beach, right?) — and asked me to make some little favor buckets that she will fill with candy for the children attending.  So I found these little buckets at Target – -just the right size!   And the designs are from the Silhouette Design Store – -all in one file.  (Actually, the black shark is another file.)

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Seabed Set

After cutting all of my files from permanent adhesive vinyl, I removed all of the little eyes on the big shark & the octopus, but the little black shark was proving more challenging — since this little guy is less than three inches long.  The little gills are no bigger than an eyelash, and the eye is the size of a pin prick.  Some of them came out when I weeded it — but here’s a little trick that worked great!

I have a tiny little lint roller in my studio that is no more than 1 inch in diameter.  Pretty sure I got it at the Dollar Store one day – and I often use it to pick up loose thread when I’m embroidering.   But, I whipped that thing out & quickly & lightly ran it over the little shark heads — and it picked those tiny little pieces right up!  Just be careful, that you don’t pick up the shark too!  Just barely press down!  And there you have it — a quick & easy trick for weeding tiny little bits of vinyl!   I know its virtually impossible to see in these pictures — but you can see the little shark gills on the roller!


shark parts

So — 15 little buckets are all ready for Nixon’s party!  I’ll share more party accessories in later posts!  But today, I also wanted to share with you about Craftsy.com!  If you aren’t familiar with them – now is the time to check it out — everything is on sale!


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Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend — Until next time, Hugs, Terri

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  1. Debra Williams says

    Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy your posts! The planned week will make lots of memories. I don’t wear white after Labor Day either!

  2. Great idea! thanks for sharing. Love hearing what you’re up to.

  3. Penny Laschanzky says

    Now that’s a neat idea! I will try and remember it when I have some tiny weeding to do! thanks for sharing


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