Personalized Potty Chair & Potty Training Targets: Ready, Aim, FIRE!

Ok, let me start by saying that I am fully aware this whole project is slightly (or maybe not-so-slightly) ridiculous.  I know, I know….personalizing a toilet seems a little cuckoo.  I get it.  BUT, when you have a Silhouette Cameo, everything is fair game for getting a decal slapped on it, because VINYL.

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.  Like I’ve stated many times before, I AM ADDICTED TO VINYL, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

It, along with fonts, is an addiction I just can’t shake.  I can’t!  So, when my son’s potty chair arrived looking as plain as a boring morning bagel, I succumbed to my urges and had–HAD–to personalize it with a vinyl decal of his name, and also some decals for a little target practice (if ya know what I’m sayin’….).

Oh, it’s also Silhouette Challenge Time again!  Woot Woot!  This month’s theme is Kid Projects, so yeah, I think this fits pretty well. ;)

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Personalized Potty Chair & Potty Training Targets: Ready, Aim, FIRE!



The Boring & Plain Potty Chair

So here’s the potty chair I purchased for Rowan.  It’s just screaming for some vinyl lovin’, isn’t it?!

Finalizing Design & Cut Settings

Like I mentioned, I used a Silhouette Cameo to cut out my decals in vinyl, but you could also use another machine like a Silhouette Portrait or Cricut.  Heck, you probably don’t even need a machine and could just use scrapbooking stickers (the target practice ones might not last as long though due to all the….uhhhh, “stuff” that they’ll come in contact with, but who knows!).

I first created my design in Silhouette Studio.  For Rowan’s name, which I’d be placing along the seat back, I used a font called KG Geronimo Blocks, and I purchased a file from Silhouette’s Design Store for the target practice decals.  My little man’s current obsession is EVERYTHING transportation, so these images will be perfect to grab his attention and keep him focused (hopefully at least!).  Plus, ya can’t beat four files for the price of one, amiright?

I first thought about jazzing up the potty chair a little more with multiple colors and lots of layering, but then I was like, nah.  This is going to get peed and pooped on, literally, so let’s not get crazy here, Christine.

Silhouette Cameo Cut Settings: I used the default vinyl settings, but I turned the speed waaaaay down since these files were pretty small and intricate.

  • Speed: 4
  • Thickness: 9
  • Blade: 2
  • Cutting Mat: Checked

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Cutting Out Vinyl

Now that my design and cut settings were finalized, it was time to get my Silhouette ready.  I raided the Scraps pocket of my vinyl storage organizer and pulled out a piece of navy vinyl, which I thought would coordinate nicely with the white-and-teal potty chair.

I then placed it on my cutting mat and loaded it on into my Silhouette.  Then I went back to my laptop, hit ‘Cut,’ and let the magic happen!

And oooo-weeeee, that’s one well-loved cutting mat!  You can clearly see the remnants of past projects, especially my recent faux-wood string art and Christmas cards….I get my money’s worth out of these puppies. ;)

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Weeding Vinyl Design

Several moments later, my vinyl was cut (like buttah!), so I trimmed it off the rest of the sheet with a pair of scissors, then weeded (or removed) all of the excess vinyl away with my hook tool.

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Adding Transfer Tape

Next up, I slapped some transfer tape across the top, smoothed it out with my scraper, then trimmed up all the pieces.

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Applying the Vinyl to the Potty Chair

To apply my son’s name on the potty chair‘s seat back, I used the simple-yet-fool-proof hinge method, which I talk about here, here, and here if you’d like more details.

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Then I quickly added all four target practice decals into the potty chair‘s removable bowl….and let me tell ya, I am soooo looking forward to cleaning this thing over and over and over! </sarcasm>

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The Final Personalized Potty Chair & Potty Training Targets!

And here is Rowan’s personalized throne!

We haven’t yet actually started our adventure into the wonderful world of Potty Trainingland (and oooooh, how I am NOT looking forward to it!), but his potty chair is ready and waiting for him in our downstairs guest bathroom so the two of them can get acquainted with each other in the meantime….and now it’s lookin’ fly!

I mean, doesn’t everyone loved personalized stuff?  Or is that just the Southern girl in me?

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I hope these target practice decals prove successful and help Rowan’s aim (if not, at least they’re cute I guess.  Ha!).

I envision myself saying a lot of “Alrighty Rowiebear, pee pee on the airplane! GOOD BOY!!  Now get the helicopter!  GREAT JOB, BUDDY!!” and just getting way too excited over a simple bodily function….but, hey, that’s what moms do. ;)

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Want to Check Out Even More Silhouette Kid Projects??

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing KID projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

[Oh, the graphic is clickable, so you can either click on a picture that catches your eye, or there are text links to all the projects below as well!]

DVD Case Coloring Kit Personalizing Kids Stuff without Names "Tiny Dancer" Dance Bag DIY Future Mr. Darcy Onesie ExtraCared for Onesie DIY Burp Cloths with Appliques Adorable DIY Baby Onesies! DIY 3D SpongeBob Invitations Personalized Potty Chair & Potty Training Targets: Ready, Aim, FIRE! baby gift ideas using your Silhouette Machine

1. unOriginal Mom // 2. Architecture of a Mom // 3. Crafty Bonds // 4. Simply Kelly Designs // 5. Weekend Craft // 6. Cutesy Crafts // 7. DIYJustCuz // 8. My Paper Craze // 9. Where The Smiles Have Been // 10. From Whine to Whine


Thanks so much for stopping by!  And if you’ve got any tips on making potty training easier, PLEASE send them my way! :)





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About Christine

I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky toddler and his mini-me infant brother, and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. I (try to) spend their nap times getting my craft on and I blog about my creations and adventures in parenting at Where The Smiles Have Been. My loves are all things DIY, especially Silhouette projects, wreaths, & personalized decor. And ice cream....definitely love me some ice cream.


  1. How creative! I never thought to do something like this when I was potty training my son. We had lots of success using cheerios though! This is my first time stopping by your blog. It is lovely! Thinking about taking the plunge for a Silhouette after seeing all of your great projects. :)

    • Thanks so much, Amanda! We haven’t really started potty training yet (even though I made this months ago, haha), but Cheerios sound like a great idea too! I’ll have to give those a try! And yes, I highly recommend grabbing a Silhouette if you can….it’s quite amazing! :)

  2. This is so adorable! I’ll have to share this with my friends who are in the potty-training stage with their kiddos.

    Thanks for linking up with us at Talented Tuesday, hope to see you again this week!!

  3. What a great way to make potty training exciting. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party! I’ve pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest board.

  4. Very cute idea. Again, wish I had known this when my 3 boys were potty training. Ugh! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you join us again this weekend.

  5. Oh, how I hate potty training! A cute potty might make it a little more bearable though. Very cute!

    • Yeah, Jessica, I am SO NOT LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS!! Can I just cry now?? Hopefully it won’t be as bad as I’m predicting, and like you said, maybe a cute potty will make it easier! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  6. Love love this idea! Fun and creative and perfect for potty training! Tweeted this great idea! Thank you so much Christine for sharing this at Making Memories Mondays! It’s genius! :-)

  7. We are starting to train our almost 2 year old son to use the potty. When he uses his sister he tends to sit down and ultimately aims for the sky if you catch my drift! So thanks for the awesome idea to decorate the potty seat and showing me where to get one for a good price.

    • LOL, that’s too funny, Mackenzie! And I know exactly what you mean….takes me back to the newborn days when you HAD to make sure you ALWAYS had that thing covered with a diaper or else you were in for an unwelcome shower! :)

  8. I don’t think that this is ridiculous at all–I think it’s brilliant! I too am a vinyl addict and have definitely placed it in spots that didn’t *need* it but look so much better with it! Getting kids to go to the potty is hard, but this one looks fun! Great idea :)

  9. I would never have thought to decorate a training potty! I love how it turned out!

    • Thanks so much, Rachel! I love how it turned out too….just enough personalization to make it cute, but not too over the top (I mean, it is a potty after all!). :)

  10. Haha, this is clever and hilarious! I am just entering the world of boy-moms (I have a 2 month old boy and 2.5 yr old girl), so I’ll have to file this away for when he is potty training age…yeah, definitely not looking forward to that. Good luck with your little man!

    • Meredith, at least you have one round of potty training under your belt! Yeah, boys are probably a lot different than girls in this area of learning, so hopefully these targets prove helpful. We shall see! And congrats on your new little boy! :)

  11. This project makes me smile Christine! The idea really would have come in handy when I was potty training my youngest. I think anything to make potty training fun is a plus for all parties involved.

    • Thanks so much, Kelly! I’m glad to hear others don’t think this is such a crazy idea after all, haha. ;) Hopefully it turns out to be helpful, but if not, at least it’s cute!

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