Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Surf Shack

I'm very excited to announce that this is my first project for Simply Crafty Svgs!  The file I started with was Garden Shack SVG File.  I'm the kind of person who doesn't like to follow the file exactly, and usually put my own spin on them.

For this Surf Shack, I cut out the pieces labeled Box 1 and Box 2.  I removed the cut window piece, folded it in half, and glued it inside the shack to make a shelf.  From there, I glued the actual box pieces together.  I did leave the side piece unglued so that you can open the side and put a little gift or even a battery tea light.

From there, I needed to figure out a way to make the thatched roof.  I cut a 3" strip of 12" long paper and with my paper cutter, I cut strips 1/4" wide to make the thatching strips.  To apply the strips to the roof, I added a small glue dot on the back end and stuck it down on the back of the roof.  I overlapped the strips so that the whole roof was covered.

Then, I needed to put my thinking cap on.  The whole shack was a tan color with a green thatched roof.  I needed color on the front, sides, and back.  For the front, I used Crushed Olive Distress Ink and covered the whole front, including the door.  For the shelf, I used Peacock Distress Ink.

For the sides, I added a piece of olive green patterned paper from my stash.  Then, on the right side I cut out some colorful hibiscus flowers with my elecronic cutter and applied them to the side.

Then I went back to the front.  I cut a 2" long piece of paper and cut it into thin strips, then sandpapered it for a distressed look.  I added that under the shelf.  I felt like I still needed some tropical feel to this shack, so I cut some palm leaves with my electronic cutter and placed them around the front window, next to the door, and across the top.

For the back, I continued placing the palm leaves until I covered the entire back.

You can't have a surf shack without surfboards!!  I, once again, cut a couple surfboards out with my elecronic cutter and pop dotted them on the side so that they would be a little dimensional.

This is a photo of the left side on a slant so you can see the front door.  At this point, I felt that my surf shack looked pretty good.  The only thing missing was a handwritten sign!  On a piece of brighter blue paper I added CJ's Shack to the sign on the front door!

I hope you enjoyed my version of Simply Crafty SVGs Garden Shack.  Below is a picture of the Garden Shack pattern I used to make my Surf Shack.

I hope you enjoyed my post today and encourage you all to take these SVG files and "make them your own".  You surely don't have to follow the colors and designs that are contained in the picture of the file!  

Have a crafty day ~ Deb, DT Member Simply Crafty SVGS


  1. Absolutely love this!!!! I live in a surfing town (the town's official nickname is "Surf City USA"), so now you've given me a reason to go get this file!! Question: Were the palm fronds an SVG? Or were they either a Cricut or a Silhouette file?? Thanks much?

    1. Are you in Surf City, NJ? The palm fronds are a silhouette file, as is the hibiscus and surfboards!!

  2. What a fun make Deb. I love your take on it - from shed to shack!

  3. First Congratulations on becoming a member of Simply Crafts DT. Your transformation of the garden shack to surf shack is amazing. Can't wait to see what you come up with next! Hugs!

  4. Love this idea of changing it up! You continue to surprise me with your ideas!

    1. Hope I can continue surprising you :)