DIY Baby shower decor with your Cricut machine

Easy DIY Baby Shower Decor With a Cricut Rose Machine

August 24, 2017 • Contributor: Damask Love

When you get right down to it, there are very few things that a Cricut Explore Rose Machine WON’T do! If you can think it up, there’s a good chance you can craft it up with the Cricut. By far, one of my favorite things to do with the Explore is host parties. You can personalize every part of your event. Since we’re celebrating the pretty Rose machine, I thought I’d share two pretty, pink projects that would be perfect for a baby shower. Of course, you can take these ideas and personalize them for any party or with any color!

Let’s get started on how I assembled these two pieces of baby shower décor.

DIY Baby Blocks Décor

A simple baby blocks craft for baby shower decor

You’ll need:

  • Tape runner
  • Wood cube planters available at Joann in the unfinished wood section
  • Pink and white cardstock cut into baby block letters and images using THIS Design Space Project

Attach the letter to the cube

Put the other images on the block

Use the tape runner to adhere letters, frames, and images to the sides of the wood cubes. That’s it! These are so easy to make that you could create several as centerpieces or décor around the room!

DIY “Oh Baby” Wall Décor

You can make this sign for a baby shower

With the Cricut Explore, you can also think beyond 12x12 and create larger scale projects. Simply use the 12x24 cutting mat to create projects like this Oh Baby wall art that is a great focal point for your baby shower event. I added 3D paper flowers to the design to bring it to life and add a few pops of color.
Click HERE to access this project in Cricut Design Space.

Pick up a wood pallet sign from Joann as the perfect place the mount your paper project.

Put your Oh baby sign on a pallet

Completed Oh baby shower sign

Close up of paper flowers made with a Cricut rose machine

Cute baby blocks decor for a baby shower

Baby shower decor inspiration

What baby shower décor have you made with your Cricut? Let us know in the comments below!

Cricut is excited to announce their partnership with Riley Blake Designs

New Quilting BFFs: Cricut and Riley Blake Designs

August 18, 2017 • Contributor: The Cricut Team

So many of us have fond memories of at least one quilt in our lifetime. Perhaps it's the one that your grandma made for you when you were born and it became a cherished companion that you took EVERYWHERE. Maybe your college roommate made you a special quilt for your wedding that contained little inside jokes. It could have been one that helped give you much-needed comfort while you were ill.

With our new Cricut Maker, you too can be a quilt maker and memory giver if you aren't already! We are excited to be working with Riley Blake Designs to bring you fantastic digitized quilting patterns for any occasion. They have been designing gorgeous prints in many different types of fabric since 2008 and also offer coordinating notions and sewing project kits.

Quilting Simplified

Have you ever been intimidated by the process it takes to start piecing together a quilt? Just cutting out simple squares from each fabric and keeping track to ensure that you have enough can be such a chore. If you are trying to use a paper pattern, imagine pinning, cutting, and unpinning many times until you have enough.

Riley Blake Designs is making it so much easier by digitizing lovely quilting patterns that tell the Cricut Maker exactly how many pieces of each fabric you will need and how to lay it out on the mat. Use the attached assembly instructions that they have included with each project and you'll be on your way to sewing it all together in a flash!

We can't wait to see which Riley Blake Designs patterned quilts you will create with your Cricut Maker! Here are a few of the patterns that we already have up to help get you inspired:

Making a quilt for a special wee one that is coming into your life? Try one of these baby quilt patterns, like the Around the Block Baby Quilt. If you were doing this by hand, you would have to worry about cutting out up to 7 different prints per block - whew!

Point them in the right direction with the Arrows Baby Quilt.

Keep it simple and sweet with the Around We Go Baby Quilt.

Sip hot cocoa and read a good book while nestled under the Big Star Throw.

Keep warm while you wrap your holiday gifts with the All Wrapped Up Throw.

Which one of these did you like best? Do you have a favorite Riley Blake pattern or print? Tell us in the comments below!

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Customizing Baby Items with Cricut Iron-on

August 14, 2017 • Contributor: Jenny from Everyday Jenny

Hi! It’s Jenny from Everyday Jenny and I’m back to show you how easy it is to customize your baby’s clothes with the Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Iron-on Lite. There are so many fun colors you can choose, and layering your iron-on also adds new possibilities. Not only can you do baby clothes, but you can personalize blankets, binky clips, headbands, stuffed animals and cloth shoes just to name a few. I created this fun baby shirt with a matching binky clip. You can easily create your own state design in Design Space.

1: Create Your Design in Design Space

Create your text in Design Space

To create your own state design, insert text and write out your state name. You can change the font to the one you like, and use the Letter Space tool to make your letters closer together.

Unlock the text

Select insert shapes and choose a square. Unlock the square in the corner and make it into a rectangle. Repeat until you have as many as you’d like for your design. You will also change your rectangle colors to the color of your Iron-on by clicking on the circle next to your layer and selecting the color. This will also sort your layers to the correct mat for cutting.

Use the Slice tool

To cut out the star shapes from your rectangle, insert a star and line it up on your rectangle. Select both the star and the rectangle and then use the Slice tool to cut out your star. Delete the extra pieces. Repeat as many times as you would like.

Weld the image and text together

I chose a fun cursive font for the “Hi! I am from…” text. Insert your font, select it all and select the Weld tool so it will be cut out as one piece (Depending on the font you choose you may need to use the Letter Space tool to make your letters closer together before welding.)

2: Cut out your Iron-On

Cut out your vinyl design

Once you have finished your design, select "Make It". Select each mat and toggle the Mirror button to the on position (green). Select continue and set your smart dial to Iron-On. Load your mat and cut out each color.

3: Weed your Iron-on

Weed the negative vinyl away

Using your weeding tool set, carefully weed out the excess material leaving only your design. The Cricut BrightPad makes your cut lines so much easier to see which makes weeding much faster.

4: Prepare Your Shirt for Iron-On

Get your shirt ready for the vinyl

Heat up your iron to the correct Iron-on setting and lay your shirt on a flat surface. Warm up the shirt where you will be putting your design.

5: Apply the Iron-On

Put your iron-on on the shirt

Starting with your bottom piece, align your design on your shirt. Using a thin cloth, apply gentle pressure and press. Avoid moving the iron around and hold it in one spot for about 20-30 seconds. Test a corner and carefully pull back the plastic. If it lifts, iron again until you can remove it easily. Layer your next piece on top. Repeat this process until your design is finished.

Finished onesie

That’s it! Now your baby can show off their state pride ;) ! Which state will you choose? Let me know in the comments below.

Check out our other baby projects in Design Space, including new Simplicity patterns for the Cricut Maker.

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This Unicorn Party Will Make Your Eyes Sparkle

May 19, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Sometimes all you need to start your own business is a great idea, a trusty Cricut machine, and a little (or a lot!) of unicorn glitter. Meet Tiffany Hayter, an ambitious Cricut designer, whose business, OC Vintage Charm, has really taken off since its relatively recent inception. Combining whimsical retro elements with a hip, fun sensibility, this multi-talented lady has big plans for all the little celebrations in your life. Read on for instant inspiration!

How did you get your start in crafting?

I started exploring when I got married, but my interest in crafting really took off before my daughter’s first birthday. I was always the mom who just bought everything, because that seemed the easiest way. But then, my husband bought me a Cricut. At first, I was so intimidated and thought that there was no way I could learn it. I mean, previously I had been working crazy corporate hours, 16 hours a day. But when I wasn’t working anymore and had my daughter, I decided there was no reason not to give it a try. I went online to figure it out, and it was much easier than I expected. And the results… they were amazing.

 

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How has using the Cricut made the crafting process better for you?

Everything is so much easier than you think it’s going to be! You can do so many things and they come out so, so pretty. I make these elaborate fabric banners with paper cutouts, and the Cricut allows me to create the individual images and string them just-so. It really just brings all my best ideas to life.

 

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What inspired you to start your own business?

It was after my daughter’s second birthday. She had this adorable vintage high chair, and she wasn’t using it. I just loved it, and I thought there’s no reason I couldn’t rent it out. So I started doing just that for photo shoots and parties, and it really took off with all sorts of vintage pieces. Then people started contacting me about a unicorn-themed party I designed for her and wanted something similar. Soon I was getting all sorts of calls for various party projects. That was a year and a half ago! I didn’t set out to make a business, but working on these crafts is something I can do with my kids around. It just naturally turned into something I love doing and people want to hire me for. I’ve since branched into all sorts of decorations; I’m a one-stop shop now. And thankfully, it’s been really busy!

 

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Tell us more about the fabulous unicorn party.

Oh, there were so many fun pieces! I made fabric banners for the mantel and dessert table, and in front of those I made unicorns with gold glitter cardstock and stars doubled up with the glitter in the front. I did hanging cardstock stars from the ceiling. I also did a cake topper and cupcake toppers with the theme. It really didn’t take too long. The mason jars with the unicorn images took the longest because of the paint. I do very thin coats and lots of them. But, I’m a perfectionist, so I knew I wanted to take a little bit longer with something like that. But all of it was really pretty easy.

 

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What do you suggest for people who are new to Cricut?

YouTube is going to be your best friend. I’m still learning, too, so I’m on there all the time. Also, definitely check out the Cricut website to watch the tutorials and check out the online Facebook groups. People are always posting amazing ideas. Don’t ever feel like you can’t do it. It’s always worth trying. Everyone has a little creativity in there. Let it show!

 

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What are you eager to try next?

Right now I’m working on a vintage tea party. I’m making a ton of rolled roses –and they look incredible. I’m also working on teacup tags. I also really want to try making giant flowers. That’s definitely my next thing, and I know I want to get the technique just right. I’d also like to explore working with vinyl more. There’s so much to try!

 

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Thanks so much, Tiffany! We’re so charmed by you and all your imaginative projects.

Check out other amazing pictures from Tiffany's whimsical unicorn party below and see more of her ideas on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OCVintageCharm/.

Have unicorns landed in your household? Show us your ethereal designs with #CricutMade! 

 

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In Case You Missed It – 2016 Round-Up – Part 2

December 29, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Our Cricut blog team has so much we’re thankful for in 2016. Not only were we surrounded by amazing and inspiring projects on a daily basis, but we got to interact with some of the most talented makers out there. As we continue our review of the year that was (find the first part here [add link to Part 1 blog]), we just couldn’t help reflecting on a few more highlights.

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Timely Birth Announcements for New Year’s Babies

December 23, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

2017 is right around the corner, and while many will be nursing a hangover on New Year’s Day, you might be one of the lucky ones nursing, well, a baby. Any child lucky enough to be born around this celebratory time of year is sure to have a life filled with happiness and joy. Announce their arrival in a big way with one of these fun items.

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When Midnight Falls at Eight: Celebrating New Year’s with Kids

December 14, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Life with children: it’s a party… just not the kind you used to go to. And that’s okay! New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and we hope you’ll seize the day and celebrate in style with your loved ones of all ages. Check out these fantastic, family-friendly ways for you and yours to ring in 2017 together.

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Tween Birthday Party

Tween Birthday Party

October 28, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

It’s that fun and frightening age where they’re not still a child and yet not old enough to be fully independent of you. But we love our “tween-ers,” and when your kid reaches this age, they totally deserve a party that celebrates their own unique style. So don’t be scared by the thought of hosting a gaggle of girls. With these totally sweet DIY birthday party projects and OMG inspirations, you’ll be ready to welcome her into tween-hood and beyond….

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