April 14, 2017 • Contributor: Ariel from PMQ for Two
It's me again! Ariel from PMQ for two and I create bold, bright, eclectic & colourful home decor and DIYs. You can view more of my work in my project gallery here. I enjoy long walks down the aisles at HomeSense, greeting the UPS delivery person in pyjamas, fish tacos, and leopard print. I also live in Canadian military housing, so we’re renters in a traditional sense. I've recently completed a renter friendly kitchen upgrade which you can view here, and I've been using my Cricut to upgrade a few things in the kitchen. New look = new look for the accessories. Duh?!
In the re-shuffle of things in the kitchen I ended-up moving a lot of my appliances and decor around. My kitchen mixer is now featured more prominently on the counters, but for some reason the all-white mixer was a bit of an eye-sore. Well, less of an eye-sore and more "blah." I bought it on Black Friday sales a few years ago so I wasn't able to pick a fancy custom colour. Thankfully my Cricut Explore Air 2 allows me to bring many of my crafting dreams to life, and I knew the kitchen mixer would be the perfect opportunity to marry the rose gold foil I used on my vinyl and paint mosaic here and my love of folk patterns like I did with my Otomi inspired chargers here.
Below you'll find the step-by-step instructions for creating your own custom kitchen mixer decal using your Cricut vinyl or foil and Cricut machine.
Using your Cricut Design Space account, select a pattern from the Make It Now projects, or upload your own file and save it as a cut file.
Using your Cricut machine cut the file to the desired size. My Kitchen Aid mixer took a full 12" length image to wrap around the top arm, so I cut it to that size.
If you're using a different mixer, you will want to measure the length of the arm to better determine the size of your image.
Weed your image! This takes time on such a big pattern, but making sure everything is done properly will make for an easier image transfer. I start by peeling back big chunks, and then to prevent stray vinyl (that has already been pulled-up) from catching on the actual design by accident and pulling things out of place, I trim the already pulled vinyl as I go. It takes an extra few seconds but is well worth my peace of mind, because on a cut this big it would not be fun to have to re-cut it because the vinyl pulled half of it out of place.
To apply the large sheet across the arm of the mixer you'll trim any excess negative space around the contour of the design on the vinyl sheet before applying the transfer tape. Leave an half inch bleed with your transfer tape on the side you're starting from, so that it can cling to the mixer while you stretch it over the arm. If what I said makes no sense, just look at the picture below!
Slowly smooth the design as you wrap it around the arm and secure it to the other side. On the front and back bulbs where it starts to curve, you will notice the vinyl does not lay flat right away. That's normal. Worry about it once you've removed the transfer tape safely.
Once your vinyl tape has been removed, take a small blade or use your Cricut tool scissors to cut a small line down the middle of the creasing vinyl. It should then lay flat if you smooth once flap down and then the next.
You'll notice that the bulbous parts don't have any pattern on them, or, part of the arm's main pattern falls onto them. Cut the excess image and then apply it on the bulb. If you just flatten it, there will be a little pocket down the middle of the image and all manner of things will get caught in there. I find the scissors in the tool set to be perfect for this.
To fill in the nose and the butt of the arm, use your weeding tool to lift and apply who pieces. Because I'm working with a bigger pattern it was easier than using transfer tape to transfer whole chunks of the pattern over. It also gave me more control in terms of smoothing-out the creases that form because of the curves.
Time to do the sides! There's two ways you can do this. You can cut the exact shape of the side of the tower and then apply that. OR, you can make it super complicated and do what I did. I cut portions of the pattern to apply piece-meal along the side of the tower until it all looked good.
Do the other side of the tower! I chose not to the the rest of the mixer like the foot or the front/back of the tower, because they'll either be covered by the bowl, or are too small to bother with.
Christen your newly bedazzled machine! I made cupcakes and am eating one as I write this post, so I guess you could say I'm winning at life right now. Make sure you come see the full reveal and all the pretty beauty shots on PMQ for two here!
If you want to come see the rest of the projects I've made with my Cricut you can come see my // Woodland Critter Baby Shower // Hand-written" Calling Cards // DIY Champagne Buzzer // Otomi Vinyl Chargers // Comparison between the Circut & Silhouette Machines.