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DIY Video: How to Make Transparent Paper

September 1, 2020

How to make transparent paper

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We’re still workin’ on puppy pallets over here while gearing up for some DIY wedding sign creation as well (VLOG and videos to come, I’m sure!). Making transparent paper has been a GAME CHANGER for us to keep it between the lines as we cut and create.

As per ushe, I like to make things complicated. Aka, I know how I want and like things and this often necessitates some creativity on Sam’s part. It is also why he loves me… maybe?

Sometimes, my requests require him to get this butt on someone else’s youtube channel to figure things out. In this case, we definitely want to shout out Got Wood Workshop for the inspo and for making sure I got exactly what I wanted;)

When we created our puppy pallets, I mapped out a specific pallet color order.

Quickly and easily learn how to make transparent paper and ensure your next DIY wood project comes out exactly how you imagined.

If you want a clean look on the front of your colored pallets, you need to put some kind of stencil or cutting directions on the back of the wood. No one wants any stray pencil or erase marks ruining their good time.

So, Sam had to ensure that the stencil was correctly positioned on the back of the pallets before making his first cut.

The thing is, if you were to just lay your stencil down, you’d end up with the reverse (read: WRONG) color order when it is all said, done, and flipped back over.

Enter: transparent paper!

It allows you to quickly and easily ensure that your cut lines on the back of your project provide the image and pattern you want on the front.

Here is what you’ll need:

  1. Whatever wood you would like to cut out/stencil
  2. Tape and/or spray adhesive
  3. Xylene – you can buy this at your local hardware store or on Amazon

Want to follow along?

Check out the quick video below for step-by-step instructions!

Enjoy getting creative with your transparent paper! Don’t forget to tag @sammacydesigns to keep us in the loop about the projects you get up to!

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