Riley Blake and Cricut

Get Inspired for Your Next Quilt With These Riley Blake Designs

August 17th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Okay, okay, we know it’s not cold outside YET. But, with fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get ready for cooler days and chilly nights with a new quilt! Did you know that making your own quilt is not as hard as you might think? How, you ask? Enter Cricut and Riley Blake. Together, Cricut and Riley Blake are bringing you some of the cutest fabric kits, stylish patterns, and the tools to put it all together!

Today, we want to share some inspirational quilt creations that we most definitely hope you DO try at home! The beauty of creating a quilt with Cricut and Riley Blake is that the possibilities are endless. You can mix and match fabrics and patterns to match your style, and create something that is completely YOU! And, with a few secret weapons like the Cricut Maker and the Cricut Rotary Cutting Kit, you’re all set to make the process as smooth and quick as possible.

As you can see, no two quilts are the same, but believe it or not, ALL of the ones we are going to show you have a few things in common:

  • Cricut Maker: professional-level cutting performance with the Rotary Blade and other tools
  • Rotary Cutting Kit: cut down materials expertly with Cricut’s Rotary Cutter, self-healing mat, and acrylic ruler
  • Riley Blake quilt kits: no more guesswork on color-matching or measurements!
  • Riley Blake quilt patterns found in Design Space

Alright, enough chit-chat, let’s see some quilts!

Riley Blake and Cricut

Seriously, though, in what nursery or baby’s room this “To a T” quilt by Heather Handmade look absolutely amazing?

Riley Blake and Cricut

Who doesn’t love a pop of red? It’s what makes this “Around We Go” quilt by See Kate Sew a real eye-catcher!

Riley Blake and Cricut

Obsessed with how this “Hashtag Baby Quilt” created by The Tattooed Quilter adds to the room!

Riley Blake and Cricut

Catching some serious holiday vibes from Fleece and Fun’s “Sew Many Squares” quilt using Riley Blake’s Comfort and Joy kit!

Riley Blake and Cricut

This “Happy Squares” quilt by Sweet Red Poppy stays true to its name… it just makes us feel happy!

Riley Blake and Cricut

And this quilt from Sew Much Ado…. well… just look at it!!!

Remember, with Cricut and Riley Blake, everyone can create a quilt. We hope these were inspiring for you as they were for us! Until next time, don’t be afraid to give these throws a go!

Tell us below which one is your favorite and pin for later!

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

The Making of Zippy: Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

August 14th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Designer Meagan Patterson

He’s the one, the only - Zippy the Zebra! He's an adorable part of our Toddler Bedroom Decor scene and thanks to all of you fabulous crafters at our Mountain Make-a-Thon, our little Zebra friend now has a name all his own! I am so excited to share with you how I made our friend here with this stuffed zebra tutorial- so let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial
  1. Cricut Maker
  2. Cricut Fabric Mat
  3. Cricut Washable Fabric Pen
  4. Cricut EasyPress
  5. 1/3 yd black felt
  6. 1/3 yd white fabric
  7. 7”x3” Pink fabric piece
  8. HeatnBond
  9. Black yarn
  10. 5/8” wood beads (5)
  11. Tassel guide tool
  12. Black embroidery thread
  13. Hand sewing needles
  14. Stuffing
  15. Sewing machine and thread

You can find the Design Space file here along with some added instructions on how to make our little friend.

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1: Prep. Prep. Prep

The first step is to prepare your materials. Take the HeatnBond and apply it to the back of your black felt and pink fabric. Please follow the manufacturer's guide on how to apply HeatnBond since this may vary.

Before you put the felt with HeatnBond on your Fabric Mat be sure to remove the protective paper sheet from the HeatnBond. I can’t tell you how many mats I ruined before I realized all I had to do was remove that protective sheet BEFORE I cut my material! Sometimes I amaze myself.

2: Cut All the Pieces

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

I recommend using the rotary blade on all your materials.

When placing your white fabric down, be sure to place it pretty side down. The zebra’s eyes will be drawn on with the Cricut Fabric Marker and we want to be sure that the markings are on the inside. Don’t worry, when it comes time to stitch you’ll still be able to see the marks!

To cut the felt out, place the side with HeatnBond to the mat. Not only does this cut out beautifully but it also helps to keep your mat clean from all the felt fibers. Double bonus! Repeat this technique with your pink fabric piece.

3: Line Them Up!

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

Now that you have all your pieces cut, let's press them all together. You’ll need your Cricut EasyPress.

Lay the black head piece first. This will help guide your placement of the stripes on the head. The difference between the front and back of the Zebra head is the nose. The front has a nose, but the back has no nose-this is where the funky mane is going. Be sure not to switch the two because that would be awkward…

For the stripes on the body, I started at the bottom by matching the corners and then working my way up to the neck. Don’t forget the pink ear inserts, but they only go in the front with the nose.

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

Repeat these steps for the other side and then press it all together.

4: It’s All in the Details

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

Machine sew a blanket stitch using white thread around each black stripe, face, and nose, as well as the inside of each ear on the pink fabric pieces. I like using an edge stitch foot, but feel free to use whatever method is easiest and most comfortable for you.

5: Tassels, Tassels and More Tassels!

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

It’s time to start giving our little zebra some dimension.  Grab your supplies for Zippy’s tassel mane. There are a lot of steps that go into this but once you make one tassel, the rest will be a breeze! I made 5 tassels total, but you can make as many or as few as you’d like.

Start wrapping the black yarn around your tassel guide until you have a thick bunch. My tassel guide is about 5 ½” tall.

Slide the loops of yarn off of the guide and cut the ends so that you have a bunch of yarn pieces that are all the same length. Take one of the pieces of yarn and place it beneath the center point of the other pieces of yarn, kind of like an upside-down “t”.

Cut a 12” length of yarn and slide a wooden bead onto the center of it. Place the threaded bead just below the center tie beneath the yarn bunch.

Grab the arms of the “t” and tie a tight, secure knot around the middle. Be sure that the bead is completely surrounded by the strips of yarn. No wood should be showing!

Flip the top half of the yarn bunch down over the bead. It should start to look like a tassel at this point.

Snip another strand of yarn about 12” and make a slip-knot on one end. Loop the tie around the entire bunch, just below the bead, and tie a tight and secure knot. Then wrap the free ends of the tie around the neck of the tassel several times and tie it securely.

Trim off the ragged ends at the bottom of the tassel to make it beautiful and even!

*Be sure not to trim the trailing ties at the top of the tassel that the bead is attached to. You will use these ends later to attach to the zebra’s head.

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial
Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

Once you have all your tassels made, it’s now time to attach the tassels to the back of your zebra for the mane.

Thread your needle eye with one end of the trailing tassel tie. No matter how large your needle eye is, it can be challenging to thread yarn. One thing I do is place a bit of masking tape on the end of the yarn to help guide it through the eye of the needle. I love this method and it definitely saves my mouth from all the yarn fibers. Yuk! Repeat these steps for the second strand.

Once both strings of yarn are threaded to the inside, flip your Zebra over and tie a secure knot. Trim off excess.

Measure down an equal distance-I chose to measure down 2”- and repeat these steps until each tassel is attached to form a beautiful, straight and super funky mane!

6: And Then There Was Sight

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

Thread your needle with 3 strands of black embroidery floss for just the right amount of thickness and dimension.

Hand stitch one eye by following the blue oval markings.

Repeat steps for the second eye.

7: Sew Him Closed

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

Place right sides together and pin in place avoiding the ears.

Note: This little guy’s ears are quite tiny and were far too challenging for me to flip inside out. So instead, I skipped sewing around the ears and just stitched right up to the ear. This may feel strange at first since you will start and stop often, but it really made flipping him right side out about a million times more enjoyable!

Start sewing at the crown of his head on the inside edge of one of the ears and machine sew until you reach the second ear. Backstitch and snip.

Next, move to the other side of the ear and begin sewing once more. Sew all the way down till you reach the bottom. Repeat on the opposite side.

8: Turn & Flip. Stuff & Enjoy!

Stuffed Zebra Tutorial

Flip Zippy the Zebra right side out by poking out each corner till he’s nice and sharp, smoothing each rounded edge and popping those flat little ears out.

Sew around each ear with a blanket stitch to seal them closed.

Now stuff this little mammal’s body till he’s practically bursting. I love stiff stuffed animals. I feel like they keep their shape better, however, you can stuff him as much or as little as you would like.

Blanket stitch the bottom edge to seal the deal.

And now you have a Zebra stuffy all your own! I hope that this cutie will bring your little one just as much joy as he has brought me!

Don’t forget to tag us in your future creations with #CricutMade!

Make life beautiful!

Meagan Patterson

Removable Vinyl Wall Art

Renew a Room With Removable Vinyl Wall Art

August 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts

Hey everybody – it’s Beth from Kingston Crafts! Have you heard about the new Removable Premium Vinyl from Cricut? It has so many fun uses, including creating your own stencils! It works so well for projects like this because it removes cleanly without leaving any residue behind.

I love collage walls and making your own wall art is a way to fix those awkward gaps you sometimes end up with between frames. I’ve used iron-on to create custom wall art, and today I’m sharing a quick tutorial for making your own home décor using the Removable Premium Vinyl as a custom stencil. All it takes is a few steps and your favorite paint colors to create something special!

 

1: Cut Your Wood

Removable Vinyl Wall Art

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Removable Vinyl Wall Art

Measure the space on your wall and cut a piece of wood to fit.

2: Paint Your Wood Base

Removable Vinyl Wall Art - Painting

Select one paint color and paint the wood – this will be the color your image will appear on the finished project. Let dry.

3: Design Your Image

Removable Vinyl Wall Art - Design

Select a single layer image in Design Space and size to fit the wood. I used this Love image.

4: Cut Out Your Vinyl

Removable Vinyl Wall Art - Cutting

Cut the image from Removable Premium Vinyl using any machine from the Cricut Explore family or the Maker. The beauty of this technique is that it does not matter what color vinyl you use, so this is a great way to use your scraps.

5: Weed Your Design

Removable Vinyl Wall Art

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Removable Vinyl Wall Art

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Removable Vinyl Wall Art

Weed the image then use the XL Scraper to apply the Transfer Tape and remove the image from the backing.

6: Apply to Wood

Removable Vinyl Wall Art - Application

Apply the image to the wood and remove Transfer Tape.

7: Paint Around Vinyl

Removable Vinyl Wall Art - Paint

Use a sponge dauber (not a regular paintbrush) to tap paint around the image on the wood.

Removable Vinyl Wall Art - Paint

Let dry, then paint the entire piece of wood for even coverage.

8: Remove the Vinyl

Removable Vinyl Wall Art - Take Off the Vinyl

Let dry, then use a weeding tool to remove the vinyl stencil from the wood.

9: Hang and Enjoy!

Removable Vinyl Wall Art - Finished

I hope this quick tutorial helps you look at your walls (and your scrap wood) in a whole new way! Happy Cricuting!

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Octopus tentacle glasses

Ahoy! Pack These Octopus Tentacle Glasses for Your Next Beach Trip

August 6th, 2018 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hi there! I am SO.IN.LOVE with the new Cricut Premium Permanent Vinyl! It’s easy to remove from the packaging, it lays flat on the cutting mat without ninja skills, and it cuts and weeds like a dream!

Octopus tentacle glasses

Armed with my new Premium Permanent Vinyl, Design Space Access, a Cricut, and a plain cup begging for some vinyl, I got to work and made the coolest insulated tumbler ever!

Supplies to Make Your Own Octopus Tentacle Glasses:

Octopus tentacle glass supplies

1: Measure the Cup

Measure your cup’s height and circumference.

2: Create Your Design

Octopus tentacle glass

Open Design Space (or use this cut file) and adjust the tentacles to fit your cup.

3: Cut Out Tentacles

Apply the Premium Permanent Vinyl to the Cutting Mat, and send the design to your Cricut to cut.

4: Weed the Vinyl

Octopus tentacle glass

Remove the excess vinyl from the design.

5: Add to the Cup

Octopus tentacle glass

Apply Transfer Tape to each tentacle, and apply to the cup. Have fun with this and place them where you want them; this is your cup, after all.

I wiped the cup with an alcohol swab and allowed it to dry before I applied the tentacles one at a time.

6: Take It to the Beach

Octopus tentacle glass

Fill your new one of a kind cup with ice and a beverage and enjoy it seaside on a warm night!

NOTE: This vinyl is permanent, but since not all dishwashers are the same, it is not recommended for use in a dishwasher. I did not wash my cup for about 2 days after applying the vinyl.

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Geeky Cricut Projects

Geeky Cricut Projects With Iron-on and Vinyl

July 28th, 2018 • Contributor: Nessa Myers from 2 Dorks in Love

It's a great time to be a geek. Gone are the stereotypes of absentminded professors and nerds with taped glasses. The box office success of superhero movies alone shows that it's becoming more widely accepted.

I'm Nessa Myers and when I'm not working behind the scenes here on Cricut's blog, I have so much fun being a total geek. I started dating my husband because of a video game, my kids are named after characters, I have a Star Wars kitchen and so much more. I even have my own blog called 2 Dorks in Love.

Cricut makes it so easy to add fun and geeky touches to all areas of your life. Here are some awesome projects using iron-on and vinyl to get you started.

Brooklyn Iron-on Cartridge

My favorite cartridge (besides specific ones like Star Wars (here and here) and Guardians of the Galaxy) is called Brooklyn Iron-on. Video games, chess, science and more. So many that I want to put on a canvas for wall art, like "Talk Nerdy to Me".

I combined the "Extra Lives" image with 8-bit hearts to create a Retro Gamer pouch.

Share Your Fandom with Geeky Shirts and Clothing

I almost always have some sort of geeky T-shirt on these days. It's so much fun to show off my favorite fandoms with inside jokes and more. Here are some fun designs to get you started on a fun new wardrobe.

I laughed and knew I had to make this shirt for my husband when I saw it as part of our taco shirt collection. He once wrote a blog post full of Linux code that he would use to ensure a happy Valentine's Day for me. We love tacos, so it's perfect all around.

Whether you're a Potterhead or a Muggle, you can appreciate the sentiment expressed by this Harry Potter-inspired "Make Love Not Horcruxes" shirt by Rae Gun Ramblings.

I have seen many wonderful shirts where they simply use names or identifying objects from different fandoms for the text. A great example is this version by The Simply Crafted Life with all of the names of the Stranger Things kids.

Need a super quick, casual and comfortable costume? Just put on this "404 Error Costume" tee and you're all set!

I earned a letter for marching band in high school, but could never afford the actual jacket. Now I am thinking that this Gamer Letterman Jacket would be a fun addition to our household. I was playing back then, after all.

Star Wars Shirts
Star Wars Shirts

Some of our favorite bloggers made custom Star Wars shirts using our new cartridge. Pineapple Paper Co. really went to town and made several different versions. Doodlecraft took the "Messy Hair" trend to the next level with this fun Chewbacca shirt.

Geeky School Supplies

Are you raising little geeklings? Help make sure that their school experience is fun with these supplies.

Geeky Lunch Totes

Iron-on makes it so easy to customize lunch totes, for example. I think I love the dino best, personally.

You can use vinyl for glass etching stencils like this Pi pie plate

I love this molecule pencil case. It's perfect for science class, isn't it? I *may* have also put it on a couple of flour sack towels to go in my science laboratory bathroom.

Geeky school supplies

As a child, my parents would get me to do things by threatening to take away my books. Needless to say, I heartily agree with this tote pronouncing that Reading is FUNdamental.

Geeky Home Decor and Kitchen Magic

Part of the fun of being a homeowner is letting my fandom flag proudly fly. It's quite easy to add touches throughout your whole home.

Geeky home decor

The simplicity of this Solar System Canvas Wall Hanging makes it easy to add a bit of geekery to a living room without going over the top, for example.

Did you know that your Cricut can help you with glass etching? Just cut out a stencil (mirroring as needed), place it on the outside of your surface, then apply etching cream. Once it's set (check the instructions), you just wash it off, let it dry, then remove the vinyl. You can use it on glasses, mirrors and more!

I used it on a glass pie pan to make this Pi pie plate for Pi Day (March 14th - get it?) last year and gave them out as gifts.

You can have a literal pillow fight with this awesome set of pillows. They are especially great for those dreary winter days when you just want to stay inside.

Are you a Whovian that is saving up for a magical adventure? Housewife Eclectic created this lovely Doctor Who-inspired savings jar.

How have you used your Cricut to geek up your life? Tell us in a comment below!

Dinner Party Finishing Touches with Cricut Maker and Scoring Wheels

Dinner Party Finishing Touches: Cricut Maker + Scoring Wheel Projects

July 21st, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

The menu is set. Invites are in the mail. It is now time for a few finishing touches that will leave your friends asking, “When are you throwing your next dinner party?”

To leave that lasting impression, we focused on paper projects that used the Cricut Maker and new Scoring Wheels. Using acetate and thicker cardstock, we wanted to utilize the Scoring Wheel’s ability to create crisp scores in just one pass. The deep score lines allowed for effortless folding and a flawless finish.

These projects are exclusive to all Cricut Access owners! If you don't have a Cricut Access subscription you can sign up here.

These clear acetate boxes were filled with chocolate so friends could enjoy some sweets later too! And get this! You don’t need glue to assemble them! They were reinforced with some clear tape, but it is not required.

This 3D gem favor box, when assembled, is about 5” tall and 4” wide.

TIP: This is a 3D shape. It may be resized, but must maintain the same proportions to assemble correctly.

Yep—it is paper! This paper vase is really special and the Scoring Wheel set us up for success big time. After the vase is assembled, you can place a container inside of the paper vase to hold water to keep your flowers fresh for your entire event.

This Geometric Cardstock Vase is about 9.5” tall when finished, and the base is about 3.5” square.

TIP: This is a 3D shape. It may be resized, but must maintain the same proportions to assemble correctly.

We planned on having leftovers—so we provided little to go boxes for everyone to fill before they left. This pun was the hit of the night!

You can also see a step-by-step tutorial here on the blog.

Which is your favorite?

Removable Vinyl vs. Permanent Vinyl

Removable Vinyl vs. Permanent Vinyl for Your Projects

July 3rd, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Now that we have unveiled our new Cricut® Premium Vinyl™ – Permanent and Removable products, you may be wondering which kind you should use for your projects. Let's start exploring some of the possibilities with each!

Removable Vinyl

If you're new to crafting with vinyl, you may be wondering why you would even want to have the ability to remove it. After all, don't you want your results to be long-lasting?

In reality, there are quite a few situations where you don't want to use something permanent. Removable vinyl will adhere to your surface but easily peel away without leaving any residue.

One prime example is for decorating walls. Removable vinyl allows you to brighten up living spaces without having to repaint after you take it down. (Do note that it may not work as well on some oil-based paints as these can possibly break down adhesives.)

You can easily dress up a nursery or playroom with this adorable set of Alphabet Decals.

My toddler is head-over-heels in love with "mangos" so she would be ecstatic if I added some Flamingo Wall Art to her room.

As for myself, I have a fondness for vinyl sayings to go on my walls. This Whimsical Wedding Wall Decal definitely encapsulates how I feel about my husband.

Another possible use for removable vinyl is to make nail decals. If you're hopeless at painting (like me!) or just want to add some fun designs, try this!

Glitter hearts are an easy yet stylish way to get ready for Valentine's Day.

You can use this Support Ribbon Nail Art in October to help promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Combine gold vinyl with printable vinyl to create this Plaid Christmas Nail Art.

It's so fun to put removable vinyl pretty much anywhere that you want to dress up, but want to be able to easily remove it at any time or it doesn't need it to last a long time.

You can easily transform a plain bowl to match any party theme, like this Fiesta Chip & Salsa Bowl Set.

Decorate pumpkins for Halloween without all the mess and stress of carving them.

Removable vinyl is sturdy enough to use on foam board for your child's Science Fair Project.

Permanent Vinyl

On the other hand, there are definitely times where you want to make your design more long-lasting. Enter our new Premium Vinyl™ – Permanent to save the day!

Want to save your furniture from water damage? Coasters are a must!

My geeky heart has fallen in love with these Steampunk Coasters.

You can also go retro with these incredibly fun Floppy Disk Coasters.

Keep things simple and classy with these Metal Monogram Coasters.

After making some coasters, you'll have an excuse to create some new drinkware to pair with them. Whether you're using cups, mugs or water bottles, permanent vinyl will help your designs last longer and resist water and wear.

If you love all things ocean related, these Sea Kelp Glasses are perfect for you!

I am SO not a morning person, so I can definitely relate to this Stay Up Late Mug.

Think positive by creating this "The Gym is Calling" Water Bottle to take on your exercise sessions.

Cars can really take a beating from the elements outdoors, so make sure your vinyl is permanent to help your car decals be sturdier to account for this.

Show off your love for camping and the outdoors with this Car Camping Decal.

Cricut is located in Utah, so you can share our state pride with this I Heart Utah Decal.

You could easily put one of these I Don't Give a Flock decals on your car instead of a cup.

 

The options for both types are endless! When do you use removable vinyl, and when do you use permanent vinyl? Tell us in a comment below and show us online with #CricutMade.

DIY Frosted Glasses

DIY Frosted Glasses for Your Next Party

June 30th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Design Team Manager Dezi Moss

Afraid to use etching cream? Me too, that’s why I love Cricut’s new Frosted Permanent Vinyl! Dress your glasses with beautiful dainty designs using frosted vinyl.

1: Open Project Instructions

DIY Frosted Glasses

Begin by opening Cricut Design Space using this link to the project, Frosted Floral Glasses. This project makes one glass decal, but you can customize it to make as many as you need!

2: Cut the Vinyl

Load your frosted vinyl and let the Cricut Maker do the rest!

3: Weed

DIY Frosted Glasses

Use a sharp hook Cricut® Tools Weeder.

4: Transfer Your Design

DIY Frosted Glasses

Using Cricut® Transfer Tape, transfer your image onto the glass. Begin by trimming a piece of transfer tape to fit your vinyl image. Stick the transfer tape over your entire image and use your scraper to burnish the tape onto the vinyl pieces.

Peel up one corner of the transfer tape and gently pull until the tape is off the liner. Place the transfer tape and vinyl onto glass and burnish on with your scraper tool.

DIY Frosted Glasses

Tips for working on curved surfaces:

  • Cut small slits from the top of the transfer tape going down, and from the bottom of the transfer tape going up to get it to wrap around the glass without puckering too much.
  • If the vinyl is puckering, use a heat gun in small amounts. The vinyl will shrink slightly.

When it is all on, peel off the transfer tape and enjoy drinking out of this darling glass!

XOXO,

Dezi

DIY Frosted Glasses
DIY Coasters from Scratch

DIY Coasters From Scratch

June 20th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

We promised that we would share a fun how-to on some of our projects from the Summer Outdoor Patio Party! Follow along to learn how to make super cute coasters for your next party!

Materials:

DIY Coasters from Scratch

1: Open Project Instructions

Begin by opening Cricut Design Space using this link to the project, Outdoor Coasters. This project makes 6 coasters, but you can customize it to make as many as you need!

2: Prepare Cricut Chipboard

For best results, open Cricut Chipboard and lay it flat for 24 hours to acclimate the material to your climate. If you notice your chipboard starting to warp, place it under a heavy object. I use a large workout weight plate. Now you can craft and workout at the same time!

Once your chipboard has acclimated, use a Cricut® StrongGrip Mat and firmly press (or use a brayer) to create a strong bond between the chipboard and mat.

Use masking tape or blue painters tape to secure all four edges of chipboard to the mat within 1” of the corner.

DIY Coasters

Move the white star wheels all the way to the right side of the metal bar so that the chipboard can fit under the roller bar. Ensure that no part of your chipboard will go under the rubber rollers. From personal experience, if your chipboard goes under the black roller, your machine will jam and error. Don’t worry, your machine isn’t dead, you just need to scoot your chipboard over so that it does not roll under the black rollers or white star wheels.

I know this seems like a lot, but once you do it, you will be a seasoned pro!

After everything looks good, cut your chipboard. Once the cut completes, unload your material and repeat the process with your second piece of chipboard.

3: Seal and Paint Your Chipboard

Remove your pieces and seal one side of your chipboard. I am super lazy efficient and prefer using a spray sealer instead of brush on Mod Podge. This is a personal preference—Mod Podge works great too. I spray one side, let it completely dry, flip it over, and spray the other side.

Sealing your chipboard allows you to get a smoother finish on your material when you paint it. Chipboard is extremely porous and will suck up paint quickly. By sealing it, you are preventing the paint from seeping in, which results in a nice smooth finish. If you wish to make your coasters more durable, I would recommend sealing the paint again using the same sealer. This will seal in your paint and make your project a little more water resistant!

4: Cut the Vinyl Pieces

Once you have cut all your chipboard pieces, remember to move the star wheels back to their original location and swap out your Knife Blade with your Fine Point Blade.

DIY Coasters

Load your blush or teal vinyl and let the Cricut Maker do the rest! Once the material has been cut, unload and load the second vinyl color.

5: Weed, Weed, Weed

If you are new around here, you may be unfamiliar with what weeding is. Weeding is the process of picking out the excess vinyl from your image. You can remove these tiny pieces by using a sharp hook like the Cricut® Tools Weeder. And if you are already a weeding master and are looking to step up your game, with less strain on your eyes, check out our Cricut BrightPad™! The Cricut BrightPad™ illuminates the cut lines and makes weeding a blast!

DIY Coasters

Once you are all done weeding and your coasters are all dry, it is time to transfer your design to the chipboard.

6: Transfer Your Design

DIY Coasters

Using Cricut® Transfer Tape, transfer your image onto the coaster. Begin by trimming a piece of transfer tape to fit your vinyl image. Stick the transfer tape over your entire image and use your scraper to burnish the tape onto the vinyl pieces. Peel up one corner of the transfer tape and gently pull until the tape is off the liner. Place the transfer tape and vinyl onto of the chipboard coaster and burnish on with your scraper tool.

Peel off the transfer tape and enjoy your coasters! Repeat this process until you are done with all six coasters!

DIY Coasters

You did it! How cute are these coasters? Since the vinyl is waterproof and the chipboard is water resistant, you can use and reuse these coasters all summer long. Make sure to share your coaster creations with us on social media!

Happy Crafting!

Karley Hall

Permanent vinyl patio party tour

Throw a Patio Party This Summer With Our Permanent Vinyl and More

June 19th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Can you believe it is June?! Where has this year gone?

The sun has been out in Utah recently and I feel like it is the perfect time to throw an outdoor party! Lucky for you, we have done all of the planning, and now you can recreate this cute party quicker than ever.

You can find TWELVE new projects loaded in Design Space so you can customize this scene to your specific party needs. And as if that isn’t enough, Cricut’s very own project designers will walk you through how they created three projects with the new Premium Permanent Vinyl!

I am going to make a confession, I am not the hostess with the mostess. I have never thrown an outdoor party so when we were tasked with creating this cute outdoor scene, I had to channel my party throwing mom! She hosted amazing parties for us growing up and now throws over the top parties for her friends and family… specifically for my niece. With my mom in mind and lots of inspiration from Cricut’s project designers, we came up with some fun décor, accessories, and outdoor activities.

Creating a Bar Cart With Your Cricut!

When designing any party or scene, we often decide what furniture will fill the space and go from there. We decided to set the scene with chairs, side tables, and a drink cart of some sort! We landed on Adirondack chairs and a bar cart and now agree that these are summer essentials that every patio party needs. We then considered what projects not only would transform the space into a colorful fiesta but would also be useful to have at a party!

On the bar cart, we started with our big décor pieces. If you missed it, Cricut just announced the new Scoring Wheel and it is pretty amazing. To show off the Scoring Wheel and the precision cutting of the Cricut Maker, we brainstormed several different paper vase ideas that were brought to life by the illustrators.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

I absolutely love how they turned out. We used real glass vases inside each paper vase so that our flowers wouldn’t wilt. What I love about this project is that you can use old jars that don’t match, cut out these incredible vases, place your glass jars inside, and bam! Now you have a cohesive set of vases in the colors of your party!

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You can’t have a bar cart without some booze! We wanted to create a new, fresh twist on mimosas. While I am sure you have seen several “Mimosa Bars,” have you ever seen juices this fun? These big, bright juice labels will inspire your guests to create the perfect mimosa concoctions. And when they have had one or two drinks, the labels will still be large enough for them to read! 😉

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We even included frosted vinyl cups and drink stirrers to give your guests’ drinks even more pizzazz.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

And if mimosas aren’t your thing, we thought of a craft for that too! These cute koozies will keep your beer or soda cold (and cute) for the entire party.

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Two DIY Yard Games That Everyone Needs!

With drinks and food covered, we thought about different activities for our guests. We decided a large tumbling tower (tutorial here) and matching image game would be fun for all ages. We opted to pick up some large blocks, but you could easily cut down some 2 x 4s! Our permanent vinyl worked great to dress up the games. If they get dirty or wet, the vinyl will hold up just fine!

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

While we thought the matching game would be fun for kids, it seemed like the big kids enjoyed it too! You can go crazy with this game and make as many pairs of matching images as your heart desires.

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To add to the competitive nature of the games, we created some fun prize boxes for our winners. I feel like the packaging may have been cuter than the prize!

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With the Scoring Wheel, just think of all the possibilities!

Extra Décor Pieces

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With the Knife Blade and Scoring Wheel announcements, don’t forget about the Rotary Blade! We created these fun Summer Star pillows to add some color to our party with the new Riley Blake fabric sampler packs.

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Now that our party looked perfect, the final touch was an accessory to wear to the party. We found this adorable vinyl tote and added permanent vinyl to it to match our party theme. It is absolutely perfect for the pool or beach.

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Lastly, we created some coasters using Cricut Chipboard and the Knife Blade to protect our cute outdoor furniture.

Permanent Vinyl Patio Party Tour

We had a total blast designing this party and cannot to see how you all recreate our projects. Have you seen the new project sharing feature?! If you have not, check out this article. Once you are done with your project, share them on Pinterest or Facebook and tag us so we can ooh and ahh!

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Happy Crafting!

Karley Hall