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And Our DIY Bedroom Contest Winner is …

March 1, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

Jamie Freeman from South Dakota! Jamie inspired us with her new DIY baby nursery ideas and how special she’s making this space for her and her husband’s new adopted son, Jack. When we launch inspiration programs, like we did with home décor, we’re constantly amazed by the feedback we get from our DIY community about the things they’re making and where they get their inspiration.

 

Winner!

We loved Jamie’s story so much that we thought we’d take it a step further and interview her – especially for you moms or grandmothers out there – about how she created and styled the nursery in her home.

But before your read on, look at some adorable photos from Jack’s nursery!

 

Vinyl Wall Prayer

Vinyl Wall Prayer

Wains Coated Paneling With Wood Letters

Wains Coated Paneling With Wood Letters

Adoption Sign Made With Vinyl & Scrapbook Paper Light Switch

Adoption Sign Made With Vinyl & Scrapbook Paper Light Switch

Growth Chart With Vinyl

Growth Chart With Vinyl

Jamie, you’re obviously super creative, what was your inspiration to DIY your son’s nursery?

My inspiration at first since we did not know if we would get a boy or girl was to start with a soothing color that we could use either way. I loved the look of the soft gray and I also wanted an accent wall that again could be used for a boy or girl and I had seen the wains coating used before from watching various remodeling shows and loved the look and it was simple to install. Since we were adopting Jack and needing to save money wherever possible my husband and I did most of the work. I grew up in a very crafty house as a child and still love to craft and do my own projects.

 

Did you have a particular style that you were going for? How did you find inspiration?

There wasn’t really a style at first other than choosing a color pallet that could be a boy or a girl and once we knew what the baby would be we had some general ideas of colors we would use. My husband and I both love the color green so we knew that would be one accent color that would go either way. I first started with the book shelf and used various green scrapbook pages and decorated that. Also then used those same scrapbook pages to cover the light switch plates.

After we knew that we would be adopting a boy the theme was easy. We liked the movie Monsters Inc. and my niece calls my husband (Michael) Mike Wazowski so it was of course the theme we needed to go with. And after that we added a large bedtime prayer to the wall, after watching several YouTube videos I dove in and tried it. I guess I’m not afraid to try new projects, I think I’m pretty crafty and can generally figure it out. The other projects just followed, I wanted his room to be his and have a personal touch.

 

What are your favorite materials to work with for DIY?

I love working with all crafts but working with wood seems to be my favorite, I can always find a DIY project that I can make out of wood. Then using vinyl to add an extra touch to gifts is also a fav.

Cricut has a huge portfolio of vinyl material, you can check them out here!

 

If you had any advice for a new mom DIYing a nursery, what would it be?

New advice hmm well...Take your time in deciding how you would like to decorate. We started early (almost 2 yrs. because of the wait) I also looked at several DIY pages like Pinterest and Facebook pages. I watched a lot of DIY shows to get ideas as well. Start with a small idea and build on it. I also wanted to make sure that the room could also transition into a room for him to grow in and build and change things as he grew.

Thank you so much Jamie for sharing your DIY home story with us and we wish you all the best with your new son – his nursery is so cute! Tell us in the comments if you've recently decorated a baby nursery or feel free to ask inspiration questions. We also love to see DIY pictures so feel free to tag us in your photos on Instagram – we’re constantly sharing our favorite projects. #MyCricutStory

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Top 10 Ways to Say “DIY Love You”

February 2, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Social Media Specialist Shelby Jones

V-Day is fast approaching and the pressure is on to send the perfect message to your loved ones to show them you love them … but not in just the typical chocolates and roses kind of way. We’ve got our top 10 favorite ways to say “DIY Love You” … just go with it guys it’s Valentine’s Day so of course we had to be super cheese!

Besides the fact that it’s totally adorable – this banner is perfect for a subtle touch of lovey dovey without trying too hard!

 

Sheet Music Heart Garland by Bespoke Decor.

Sometimes the best nights are the cozy nights in! Stay in, get those pj’s on and have a movie night for two!

 

 

Movie Night Ticket by The TomKat Studio. Make it in Design Space!

Please cue the heart eye emojis! Is this clutch not perfect for your hot date night?! Show the world your taken! Or if you're looking to celebrate with the gals, they've got a super cute #single pouch too! 

 

#Taken Pouch by Oleander and Palm.

Nails deserve love too!  Don’t forget to give yourself a fresh mani! Betcha never thought to use vinyl on your nails - this is nail art at its finest!

 

V-Day Nail Art by JGoode Designs. Make it in Design Space!

#Mantlepiecegoals – seriously we could just stare all day! Part of the fun of Valentine’s Day is filling your home with pinks, reds, chocolate, and of course heart everythings!

 

V-Day mantle project by Crafting Chicks.

This has to be our favorite Valentine we have EVER seen! Take your gal pals out to lunch and gift them what is soon to be their favorite card they have ever received.

 

Vintage Pin-up Girl Card by Rob & Bob. Make it in Design Space!

Send your littles off with a kiss, a hug, and the cutest handmade tees you ever did see! ... we might need twinner shirts for our self as well!

 

Modern kids V-Day shirts by Lemon Thistle.

Search no more for the perfect Valentine’s for your kids to give to their friends! We love a classic punny Valentine and these are perfect!

 

Owl V-Day card by Cricut Designer. Make it in Design Space

Because nothing says, “I love you” quite like a giant heart piñata does. Okay … this one might be a faux piñata, but still we are completely obsessed and we MUST add this to our DIY list immediately!

 

Faux V-Day Piñata by Artsy-Fartsy Mama.

One of our favorite totes of all time – because the most important thing of all is to love yourself!

 

Love Your Selfie Tote by Cricut Designer. Make it in Design Space

Feeling inspired? Pick your favorite show to binge watch and get crafting! You still have 12 days to get all your Valentine’s projects done! Share your projects with us – just use the hashtag #CricutMade and tell us what you're making in the comments below!

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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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The Cuttlebug: Your Key to Embossing and Die Cutting

The Cuttlebug: Your Key to Embossing and Die Cutting

June 13, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Chances are, you’re aware that the Cricut Explore is the ultimate electronic cutting machine for DIY crafts and endeavors. But did you know that you can take your project to the next level with the Cuttlebug, our portable, versatile and oh-so-easy die cutting and embossing machine?

The Cuttlebug is one of the first machines we ever offered! Whether you want to make a quick card or add a finishing touch of depth and texture, you know the Cuttlebug will deliver breathtaking results. Many makers work with it on its own, and others use it as a companion piece to the Cricut Explore.

However you use it, we know that you’ll love the Cuttlebug!

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End of the Month Wrap-Up: April

April 29, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

April showers may bring May flowers, but here at Cricut, we’ve seen a flurry of creativity sprouting this month. Take a stroll through some of our personal faves. From eye-catching animals to making a masterpiece for Mom, there’s always inspiration to be found.

Ready to add a flash of the wild to your living space? This T-Rex Papercraft Template from our “Real Party Animals” article is ready to roar.

Any baby will rule the playground in this hilarious “boss” one-piece by Sew Woodsy. Check out the other winners from our blogger/partner T-shirt contest in “T-Shirts That Are More U.”

When it comes to keeping track of baby’s big events, we’ve got it all tied up for you! Check out this cute tie idea and others at “Meaningful Milestones.”

Create a Mother’s Day card that will truly make her proud. This lovely watercolor project and many more can be found at “Make Mom’s Day.”

We can’t wait to see what May will bring. In the meanwhile, Happy Making!

Show us your favorite April project with #CricutMade

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Bye-Bye Baby

April 15, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Well, that’s a wrap (swaddle?) on our baby program… for now. Keep checking back with us for more fun ideas and inspiration. If you’d like to toddle back and revisit our big projects for little ones, they’re only a click away…

Pink or Blue, Which One’s for You? Gender-Reveal Projects

Meaningful Milestones: One-pieces

The Big One: Celebrating the First Birthday, Boho Style!

Our Dream Nursery Contest is now closed, but keep an eye out for more great giveaways in the future!

Share this post with your friends! #CricutforBaby

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The Big One!

April 13, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Your little one has done some big things this year and now it’s time to celebrate…boho style! Using a pastel color palette that incorporates golden hues along with pink and blue, we’ve got unforgettable and unique DIY baby crafts for just about every aspect of the V.I.P. (Very Important Party). Check out these unforgettable birthday party craft ideas!

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Meaningful Milestones

April 11, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Three Great Ways to Track Your Baby’s Growth!

Need something to remember all your baby’s meaningful milestones? We have just the projects for you! Check out these fun DIY baby projects to capture all of those precious moments before they’re gone.

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