If You Liked It Then You Should've Put Your Name On It

Monday, July 7, 2014

If I'm taking dinner to someone, I usually stack everything on a baking tray to make it easier to carry...and I tend to forget to bring it back home. Writing your name with Sharpie will work for a little while, but it rarely looks good and washes off after awhile. Let's not even talk about what masking tape will do.  I noticed the logo was etched on to the bottom of my tray and wondered if I could somehow etch my name on to it as well...because I like my baking trays.  And if you like something, you better put a ring your name on it.  Otherwise, it doesn't always make it back. 

I used my Silhouette to cut my last name out of contact paper, but you can use an X-Acto knife and cutting board if you don't have a cutting machine.  If you use an X-Acto knife, I have some tips for you at the end of this post.  

After cutting your letters out of contact paper, you're left with a stencil.  Remove the paper backing and apply your stencil where you want it on your pan.  Then, take your X-Acto knife and make small scratches within the stencil. I did diagonal lines for mine, but the options are limited only by your patience.  

I rotated my pan 180 degrees so I could come at it from a different angle. This ensures the X-Acto knife reaches all the edges which results in crisper letters once you remove the contact paper. 


Ta da! I kind of love it. And it only took 15 minutes of Sam's nap to do it.  

You can use this technique to personalize wedding gifts (and ensure they can't return your present...muahahahaha) or just for your own stuff. 

Tips for the X-Acto knife method: 
  1. On your iPad, go to dafont.com.  Find a font you like (the more blocky, the better.  It's easier to cut out of the contact paper).  
  2. Tap on the font you want and it'll take you to the page with details about that font.  There's also a spot to have it generate a custom preview, and this is where you'll type in what you want to etch.  If it were me, I would type in "MUNNS".  
  3. Tape your contact paper on to your iPad and color in the letters with a Sharpie.  Be careful not to damage your iPad.  That would be sad.  
  4. Move the contact paper from your iPad to your cutting board and use your X-Acto knife to carefully cut around your letters.  After you've cut out your letters, you're ready to go!  

If you make one, tag me on instagram (@epicincblog) so I can see it!  I can't wait to see what you make. 



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