Halloween Costumes You Can Make with a Cricut

Fun Halloween Costumes to Try This Year

October 13th, 2017 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Happy Halloween! It’s Cori from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff, back with a fun Halloween post for you on the Cricut blog!

Are you planning on using your Cricut to make your Halloween costume this year? If so, I have rounded up a bunch of ideas to get you thinking about costumes! From masks to tails and everything in between, you’ll find so many great ideas for Halloween costumes here!

I even used my new Cricut Maker to create my Halloween costume—a set of giant butterfly wings!

Masks & Crowns

Unicorn Mask

Who doesn’t want to be a unicorn? With this unicorn mask from Made by Melli, you can make all your unicorn dreams come true!

Crown Jewels Costume

This “punny” crown jewels costume can be found in the Cricut Make It Now library! Perfect for a last-minute costume.

Animal Masks

Whether your kid wants to be a fox, an owl, or a lion, Cloudy Gray Day has you covered with her felt animal masks!

Character Costumes

Snow Princess Cape

Make this ethereal snowflake cape from A Pumpkin and a Princess for your little snow princess for Halloween this year.

Polynesian Demigod Halloween Costume

See Lindsay goes all out in this amazing Polynesian demigod costume for her toddler son! With both iron-on vinyl “tattoos” and felt leaves, this is the perfect costume for any tiny fan.

Other Fun Ideas

DIY Pizza Slice + Delivery Boy Couples Costume

I think this pizza slice costume is so much fun—add a delivery boy and you have the perfect couples costume! You can find out how to make it in the Cricut Make It Now library.

Candy Costume

Continuing on with the food theme, Crafting in the Rain has a hilarious last-minute costume that costs less than $15 to make – a bag of delicious candy!

 

So what are you planning on being for Halloween? What about your kids? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

Happy Halloween, Cricut friends!

Learn how to use the Knockout Method for your Cricut crafting

Make This Trick or Treat Bag With the Knockout Method

October 10th, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hi everyone! It’s Jess from Everyday Party Magazine, and I am SO excited to share today’s DIY with you!!

Trick or Treat Bag with the Knockout method

I love Cricut Iron On, and I really love my Maker and Easy Press. Cricut Iron-On is such an awesome way to make a bag or shirt personal. In the last few weeks, I have used the Easy Press and Iron-On Vinyl to make banners, customize my sons’ hockey team shirts, and make fun trick or treat bags for my kids and niece and nephew. But, until last weekend, I have never tried knocking out text with an image. I have seen so many cool examples all over Pinterest, and I knew I needed to try it on a trick or treat bag for one of the guys.

Trick or Treat Bag with the Knockout method

If you like the design I created, you can open the project here.

Trick or Treat Bag Design

Supplies Needed:

For this project, you will need a Cricut, an EasyPress, Cricut BrightPad, Cricut Access, 4 colors of Cricut Iron-On Vinyl, and a blank bag or shirt.

1: Type and Weld Text

Type out the text you want and weld it

Open Design Space, and type and size your text. (For this project, I copied the text twice.) Weld the letters together; Trick and Treat were welded. I repeated this twice.

2: Insert Image

Put the image you want to use in your Design Space canvas

Insert the image you want to knock out of the text. I wanted to use different screws for this project, so I ungrouped Frankenstein and sliced the screws off of each layer.

3: Center and Slice

Center image and slice out

Once that was done, I centered one layer over each text box.

Center image and slice out

Center image and slice out

Next, I sliced the image out of the text and deleted the excess.

Center image and slice out

You can delete two text boxes and drag the knocked out images to fill in the text. Ungroup the screws for Frankenstein, and place them on each side of the text.
Sync your colors. The bottom layer was a dark grey, then green, then black, and finally grey. Select all, and size it to fit your bag or shirt.

4: Cut and Weed

Cut out your project and then weed it

Flip all images horizontally as you need to mirror the image when working with Iron-on. Send the project to your Cricut to cut, then weed with your BrightPad.

4 layers of vinyl

You will have 4 different layers of vinyl when you finish weeding.

4: Press Vinyl

Use the EasyPress

Set your Easy Press to the correct temperature and time, and heat up the bag or shirt. Then, press each layer on, carefully lining each layer on top of the bottom one.

Finished Trick or Treat bag

Finally, flip your bag or shirt inside out, and use the Easy Press on the back side of the project.

Have you used the Knockout Method? Tell us about it below and tag it with #cricutmade on social media!

Make this You're a Gem Card

Surprise Someone With This You’re a Gem Card

October 9th, 2017 • Contributor: Emily from B. Lovely Events

Lovelies! Emily here from B. Lovely Events and today I have another project using the New Cricut Papers that are exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. Cricut machines are great for making cards and this You’re a Gem card has my heart! Gems, geometric and geodes are so popular right now because they are so lovey. When you mix their already chic pattern with shiny metallic colors, it’s heaven! I love the metallic foil colors the new Cricut foil samplers have and they are perfect for cutting gems from. I’ll show you exactly how to make this card step by step and then you can give it to any gem in your life! Let’s get started!

1: Find Images

You are going to design your card in Design Space. There are so many ways to go about doing this. This card was inspired and adapted from the Cricut Card Project, You’re A Gem from Kim Byers.

I just love the look of the card and how chic, yet whimsical it is. I wanted actual cut out gems on my card, the one pictured above utilized printed cards.

Here is what I used from Design Space:

2: Combine Elements

Gather together your images

Combine your card elements into Design Space. This will help you size everything to scale so everything fits together.

3: Cut Out Images

Cut out the images for your card

Cut out the images for your card

Then you are going to hit make it in the corner to it started. Take out your standard mat and a black sheet of the Cricut Shimmer Paper. Set your Cricut Explore Air 2 to Cardstock mode, select the card outline in the design space, hit continue, select your Cricut machine and hit the go button! Watch it cut its magic.

Cut out gem images

For The Gems, you will want a different foil color for each gem. Because of this, it is best to cut each gem 1 at a time. To do this, you will just have that single gem in the design space pattern in the design space. You can delete all the other elements out of your Design Space when you combined them all together and leave just one gem. Add your foil paper to your cutting mat and load it into the Cricut. Cut each gem Cricut machine with the same setting and process as you followed for the card outline.

Then take your weeding tool from the Cricut tool set and remove the gem middles from the cut image. Leave just the outline of the gem.

Once one gem is cut and removed from the mat, go back to Design Space, add the next gem pattern and then cut that one out until you have all the gem designs that you would like for the card.

Cut out the words

Lastly, select the You’re A Gem word cut in Design Space and cut that out as well following the same process that you used for the card outline and gems. I would recommend going with a gold foil for the words because it works in perfect contrast with the black shimmer card backing that it will be affixed to. Once cut, weed this out as well.

Now you have all of the pieces, you are ready to make your card!

4: Assemble Card

Put your card elements together

Take your adhesive squares and add them to the back of the You’re A Gem cutout. Position the adhesive to outside edges of the letters so the adhesive is semi-hidden by them. Adding these adhesive squares will give the card some dimension which is a nice touch to the overall look.

Put your card elements together

Lightly place the letters on the front of the card and move around until you find your ideal location. Then press down to secure to the card.

Put your card elements together

Heat up your Glue Gun. While it is heating up, position your gems around the You’re a Gem words on the card. Once you have those locations on lock, you can go ahead and glue them in place.

Put your card elements together

That’s it! Your card is officially made. You can also cut out an envelope using a pattern from Design Space or just give it as is!

Put your card elements together

I love the metallic gems colors around the pretty gold wording. The shimmer black paper adds a nice sparkle element to the card that brings the gem theme even more to life.

Completed card

Don’t forget to share your makes on social media and use the hashtag #handmadewithjoann to share it with everyone!

Happy Crafting!
Emily - B. Lovely Events

Make these fun Halloween decor items with your Cricut!

Halloween Decor You Can DIY

October 6th, 2017 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

Raise your virtual hand if you LOVE decorating for Halloween! Kayla from Kayla Makes here today to round up some of the coolest DIY Halloween decor from around the web. Of course, they're the coolest because they were all created with Cricut®. Let's get our spooky on!

Spooky Pillow by TomKat Studio

I just LOVE the simplicity of this pillow. Kim created it using felt and Cricut® heat and bond but now that the Maker is out with its amazing rotary blade, you don't even need the heat and bond! You can find this project here in Design Space.

Spider Web Garland by Jen Goode at 100 Directions

This spider web garland by Jen Goode is also available in Design Space. I love how delicate the webs are and I really love the fact that all you need on hand is cardstock and glue. Such a simple craft but a huge impact.

Halloween Window Clings by Jill at Create, Craft, Love

I am so intrigued by these cute window clings! Window cling is a material that I have yet to use but after seeing these I'm quickly adding it to my cart before Halloween slips away!

Spooky Wood Sign by Kayla Makes

I created this "spooky" wood sign for my own Halloween decor this year. It's a combination of paint and vinyl and I love how it turned out!

Halloween Cloche by Cricut

This is another project that makes such a huge impact with little effort and minimal supplies. A few sheets of cardstock and a little hot glue is all it takes to create this spooky scene. You can find it here in Design Space.

DIY Halloween Pillow by The Crafted Sparrow

Not only does this pillow feature one of the best Halloween movies ever, but it's also the perfect excuse to use the new Easy Press! That little spider hanging from the P is brilliant, it transforms the whole look of the pillow.

Don't forget, if you want to have easy access to these type of projects, join Cricut Access. For as low as $7.99/month you will have access to over 30,000 designs + you'll receive 10% off all purchases made on Cricut.com and in Design Space.

Let’s stay connected!

Which one of these spooky home decor projects are you dying to create?

Learn how to do hand-lettering by using tracing sheets and a Cricut BrightPad

Jumping on the Hand-lettering Bandwagon

October 5th, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

Have you noticed that hand-lettering (or calligraphy) is making a comeback? I have! Not only do I love all the different hand-lettering font that are popping up lately, I actually have become obsessed with trying to figure out how to duplicate the artform. My normal handwriting is legible at best, so this was not an easy task to undertake.

Enter the Cricut BrightPad™

I have looked up many hand-lettering video tutorials and tried my best to replicate their techniques. It wasn’t until I gave tracing a try that I really saw an improvement in my hand-lettering.

Here is what I did…

1: Get Good Pens

Get yourself some fancy pens. I personally love the Tombow dual brush pens. The set I am using can be found here.

2: Get Your BrightPad

Pull out that BrightPad. If you don’t have one but are dying to try this out I know exactly where you can get one

3: Print Templates and Practice

Practice hand-lettering with templates

Practice hand-lettering with templates

I love using the tracing method for a number of reasons. First and foremost I only need to print out one practice sheet. This way I save on printer ink and paper.

Practice hand-lettering with templates

I decided how many letters I want to fit on a sheet rather than letting the template decide for me. Another reason I love the tracing method is that it is like have training wheels. You see, much like training wheels on a bike keep you upright until you learn to balance, tracing trains your hand in the movements until you are ready to give it a go on your own.

Practice hand-lettering with templates

From there I can move the paper around to create words and learn how to connect the letters.

Practice hand-lettering with templates

And there you have it. With some Tombow pens, a few worksheets, some practice, and a Cricut BrightPad I have made my dreams of hand-lettering into a reality.

Have you tried hand-lettering yet? Tell us in the comments below!

Thanksgiving Meal Accessories tutorials

Thanksgiving Dinner Accessories to Make This Year

October 3rd, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

If you are looking for some easy ways to dress up your Thanksgiving dinner, try making one of these fun accessories. I am especially in love with the Thankful Crayon Holders. What a cute way to teach children about being thankful! It's also fun for guests of all ages to get the opportunity to be a bit creative.

Thankful Crayon Holders

Step 1: Cutting Out Your Pieces and Writing/Scoring

Open up the project and follow the instructions to cut out the different parts. Insert the pen and stylus when directed.

Step 2: Prepare the Holder

Create the envelope by folding where the scoring lines were made and glue the flaps. Place the orange piece and crayons inside the white envelope.

Hanging Leaf Branch

Created by Michelle Edgemont

Step 1: Print Then Cut the Leaves

Load up the watercolor leaves and follow the instructions to print them out on the cardstock, then cut them out with your Cricut.

Step 2: Attach the Leaves

Use the clear tape to adhere a leaf to each strand of baker's twine. Place the twine evenly across a straight twig and tie them on.

Step 3: Add the Natural Twine

Tie the other twine to each side of your twig so that you can hang it on the wall or above your table.

Felt Bow Napkin Rings

Step 1: Cutting the Materials

Go to the project in Design Space and follow the instructions to first cut the leaves out of cardstock (StandardGrip), then the felt on the StrongGrip. If you use the Cricut® Maker, you will not need to add a stabilizer to the back.

Step 2: Assemble the Leaves

Use the hot glue gun to make the leaves thicker by attaching three of them together.

Step 3: Make Your Bows

Fold the felt to make the bow shape. Glue so it will hold together.

Step 4: Insert Leaves and Napkin

Take two of your leaves and glue them to the bow on the inside. Once that has dried, add your napkin and voilà!

Which project will you make this Thanksgiving? Let us know below!

Make your own elegant wreaths using your Cricut

Decorate Your Door With These Stylish Wreaths

October 3rd, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Wreaths are an easy way to add some color and style to your front door. In less time than it takes to watch your favorite sitcom, you could make one of these wreaths to make your entryway really stand out!

Monogram Wreath

Uses the Cricut Studio Kate's ABCs-Baby Girl digital cartridge

Step 1: Cutting Out Monogram

Open up the project and change the monogram to your desired letter. Have your Cricut cut out 8 of them.

Step 2: Prepare the Wreath

If you are using a Christmas wreath, remove any red berries or other scarlet accents to make it work with any season. Add in the peach berries.

Step 3: Glue Together Monogram

Add glue to each monogram letter and stack on top of each other to form one thick letter.

Step 4: Attach the Letter

Loop the ribbon through the letter (if possible) and attach with glue to the wreath.

Thankful Heart Wreath

Step 1: Cutting the Wood

Load up the Thankful Heart Image in Design Space. Switch to the deep cut blade. Start out with the dial on paper and have it cut once. While keeping the mat in the machine, move the dial to the next setting and cut again, repeating until you reach the Custom setting.

Once you are in Custom, use the highest pressure and have it cut 7 times. Repeat this two more times for a total of 21 different cuts.

Step 2: Assemble the Wreath

Simply use the hot glue to attach the wooden Thankful Heart phrase to the wreath and you are finished.

Which wreath do you prefer? Tell us below!

Organize your craft room this fall

Organize Your Craft Room This Fall!

September 29th, 2017 • Contributor: Lilly Jiminez from The Creative Heart Studio

Hey, everyone! Lilly, from The Creative Heart Studio here to share a few tips on organizing your craft room for fall.

Today, I’m going to show you a few ways I organize my craft room to be as efficient as possible and clutter free.

Cricut Machine and Mats:

I purchased mix and match table tops, legs, and a multiple drawer unit to set up my desk in my craft room. Using an L shape, it made it easier to give my Cricut its own area to allow for space while the mat is being pulled through the machine. Behind it, I used a Command hook to hang my mats! It works great because it holds the weight and keeps them readily available for when I’m ready to cut.

Tip: Make sure you buy a command hook that will hold the weight, otherwise you may find it coming off the wall.

Organizing your Cricut machine and pads

Use a Command hook to hang your mats

Supplies:

I’ve found the best way to store supplies like rolls of vinyl, punchers, and other small craft supplies is in drawers. With the multiple drawer unit as part of my desk, it allows easy access to everything I need to craft. Shallow drawers work best as it doesn’t allow much room for multiple layers, and in turn, LESS CLUTTER!!! It’s easy to see all your supplies and that definitely saves time rummaging through baskets or boxes.

Organizing rolls of vinyl

Organizing craft vinyl

For my cardstock paper, I keep a paper sorter on my desk that has 5 sections. This has worked PERFECTLY! I use the bottom section to put all my scraps in that can still be used and the rest of the slots are used for the rest of the paper. This allows me to see the papers I have available easily and know if I’m missing any colors.

Organizing cardstock

Organizing cardstock

Tools:

For my Cricut tools, markers, scissors, and other small handheld items like that, I have the PERFECT organization and storage solution. I have a bar that I purchased at IKEA with hanging containers. Installed it right in front of my desk on the wall. Having it this low allows for easy access to all the tools I need as I’m sitting and working. It also keeps them sorted and easily visible. I also use it to store markers, glue sticks, my glue gun, and other small supplies!

Organizing pens

For my small glitter tubes that I love to look at, I installed a picture ledge and have it above my desk. It looks colorful, fun and is very practical for use while crafting.

Organizing glitter tubes

Craft rooms should be practical! That way, you make the most of your time so you can keep on making beautiful crafts!!!

I would say the 2 key rules to go by when organizing a craft room are:

  • Easy access to supplies
  • Clear visibility to supplies

I love the way this small space has everything I need and allows me to still stay organized and efficient when crafting. Happy Crafting!

Organized craft room

How do you keep your craft room organized?

Removing the background on an imported image in Design Space

Removing the Background on an Imported Image

September 26th, 2017 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello, Cricut Friends! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am so excited to be back over here on the Cricut blog. I am so grateful that I have this amazing opportunity to hang out with you every month. As I’ve said before, I’m still a Cricut newbie. I’ve been using my machine for about a year & a half, and every day I am learning new things to do with these amazing machines!

Today I’d love to share How to Remove the White Background on Uploaded Images. Cricut Design Space has tons of fabulous images, but sometimes you’ll find that you need to upload your own images into Design Space. Whether it be a company logo or a school mascot image or your own design, you can turn just about any image into a cuttable image for your Cricut. Let me show you how I made this adorable Pumpkin Patch Sign using my own image & Cricut Design Space.

Removing white space on images

Supplies Needed

1: Design Your Image (or find an image you’d like to use).

Design the image you want to use

First, I designed this cute pumpkin patch sign, and then I saved it as a png on my computer. You can also upload jpg, gif, bmp, svg or dxf files as well. I like to save my images as a png because the lines seem crisper to me. It’s all a personal preference though! If you would like to use this image you can download it here.

2: Upload your image into Design Space

Upload your image to Design Space

Next, I opened Design Space on my computer. I clicked upload image, & then I uploaded the image into Design Space. This is a very simple image so I clicked simple & then continue.

Upload your own image to Design Space

You’ll want to erase the background, so you can cut out just the words & the pumpkin. So, I clicked on this little tool. Now each spot I click with my cursor becomes transparent. You can tell you’ve done it right when the back ground becomes blue & white checkerboard.

Upload your own image to Design Space

Be sure to click inside all the letters. Every blank spot needs to be a checkerboard. So, the inside of this “p” needs a click.

Upload your own image to Design Space

Next, click continue, name your image & then tag it will key words. This will make it easier to find when you need it for a project. Click save!

Upload your own image to Design Space

Next, insert your image into Design Space. In your layer attributes make sure it is set to cut (the scissor icon), if you are making a project like mine. You could also choose write or print depending on what you a making.

Upload your own image to Design Space

All that is left to do is send this design over to the Cricut machine to cut out. How easy was that?

Don’t forget to pin this post, so you can find it easily when you want to try this yourself!

3: Cut Your Vinyl and Finish Your Project

Cut out your vinyl

First, you’ll need to put your vinyl on a cutting mat. I used a 12x24 inch light grip mat for this project. You could also use a 12x24 green mat. My light grip mat was brand new, so the vinyl stuck to it easily. If you are unsure of what mat to use check out this Which Cricut Mat Do I Use? post that I did before. Load your mat, and then press go. Your Cricut will cut out the design. Easy!

Cut out your vinyl

Cut out your vinyl and weed

After my vinyl was finished cutting, I weeded it (removed the excess vinyl).

Cut out your vinyl and weed

Then I put a piece of clear transfer tape on top.

Apply the vinyl

Now it was time for my favorite part…. applying the vinyl! Earlier I had made a sign using a piece of plywood & wood scraps to make a frame. I painted the sign part white & the frame black.

Apply the vinyl

Simply remove the paper backing & then place your design in the middle of your sign. Rub it down gently using the scraper tool.

Apply the vinyl

Next, slowly remove your transfer tape leaving the words behind. Perfection! If desired, you can use a piece of sandpaper to distress your sign around the edges. All done!

Let me know if you try this out. Just think of all the possibilities! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.

For more pumpkin patch inspiration, check out Cricut Design Space.

Let me know what Cricut projects you are working on this fall! Annnnnd be sure to pin this post to come back to later.
Happy Crafting!

Adhesive foil home decor

Create Custom Home Decor With Adhesive Foil!

September 25th, 2017 • Contributor: Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts

Hey, everybody – it’s Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts and today I’m going to share one of Cricut’s best-kept secrets – Adhesive Foil! Perfect for both the Explore machines and the new Maker machine, adhesive foil adds the perfect amount of glam to any project. The other best-kept secret? Cricut makes adhesive foil sampler packs so you can try out a variety of colors. Now let’s check out a few of my favorites!

Tea Lovers Mug

Kick off your mornings with a little pizazz! This fun tea cup from dukes and duchesses is the pick me up we all need as we start our day.

Wall Decor

Watercolor AND metallics AND free cutting files? Yes, please! Thanks to Natalie at Doodlecraft you can create these beautiful wall décor pieces in no time.

Wood Teepee

Looking to make your workspace or bookshelf a little brighter and stylish? Look no further than this wood teepee project from Printable Crush. Customize it with any color or pattern to fit your style!

Purse Pouch Accents

Phone Case

Who knew opening your purse could make you so happy! Debra from Housewife Eclectic shows us how to turn plain old plastic pouches into something fun and fresh, and See Lindsay creates customized phone cases in just a few minutes.

Customized Reception Chairs

Just when you thought weddings couldn’t be any more special – along comes Something Turquoise with these stunning customized reception chairs. This would be the perfect finishing touch!

Foil Pumpkins

Metallic holiday projects are so on trend this season, and with these foil pumpkins from love create celebrate, you will be the hit of the neighborhood.

Wooden Lids

Wood lids on bowls and candles are also on trend this season – and you can customize them for any theme or event. I created this Thanksgiving hostess gift in just a few minutes with my Cricut Explore Air and some Gold Adhesive Foil and love the end result!

Hot Cocoa Ornament

Christmas and metallics go hand in hand – and who wouldn’t love to receive one of these hot cocoa ornament gifts from The Quiet Grove? Julia even shares a free cut file with you!

Just Breathe Sign

In the midst of it all – this sweet reminder from Hazel + Gold Designs would be a wonderful gift to give ourselves or to someone we care about.

Available in a variety of finishes including metallic, matte, and stainless - with Cricut Adhesive Foil there is no limit to your creativity!

Let’s stay connected!

Which one would you make first? Tell us below!