Organize up your craft room with these cute labels

Organizing Your Life with Your Cricut Machine!

August 11, 2017 • Contributor: Natalie Wright from Natalie Wright

Hiya, creative friends! Natalie Wright from natalme.com here! I am so excited to not only share some of my favorite Cricut projects for organizing your life, but also share a peek at my craft room too! A craft room says a lot about a person, don’t you think? That’s why I try to keep mine chaotic and disorganized all the time. Ha!

Mostly kidding. ;)

Actually, my family teases me because I love to organize my craft room as much as I love crafting in it. I even pulled out my Cricut Explore Air 2 a few months ago and created some fun whimsical labels just so I would know where to find everything. And guess what… I want to share them with you! Here’s how I cut and used mine in my craft room. Ready to create with me?? Let’s do this!

1: Get the File

Free Craft Room Label SVG

First, download this free craft room label SVG file. Right click to save it to your computer.

2: Upload and Print Labels

Upload, size and print out your craft room labels

To get started, upload the SVG file, and size the labels to whatever size you would like. Be sure to attach the letters when you are ready to cut.

I have also created extra labels in case your favorite craft room supplies are a little different than mine.

Don’t worry, I have your back. ;)

3: Weed and Transfer Labels

Weed away the negative vinyl and get ready for transfer

Use your weeder tool to weed out the vinyl negative space. Then add a small square of transfer tape to each word, one at a time as you transfer them.

You can place the labels on cardstock

For some of my labels, I used white cardstock cut into an oversized tag, and other I just transferred them right to my storage container.

Use glue to attach your labels

When attaching your tags to your containers, use permanent glue dots or your hot glue gun. You can even laminate them if you are worried about lots of wear and tear!

Labeled craft room bin

Not only do I love how clean and organized my craft room is, I can now find all of my supplies so easily. Goodness, I didn’t realize what a mess my craft room was until I organized it!

Craft room labels on bins

I also love how easy it is to swap out these paper labels if I ever decide to move around my supplies.

Craft room labels on buckets

The great thing about organizing with vinyl is it fits on just about any surface, including objects that aren’t flat! Aren’t these round containers so cute with vinyl labels?

Craft room labels on boxes

I also love that I can easily recut my SVG file in a different color if I ever decide to redecorate my creative space. No teasing, you know you have done it too!

Craft room labels on the cube shelf baskets and more

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Goodness, I just love how it turned out! Ready to see some of my favorite Cricut Design Space projects for staying organized? These easy to make projects are perfect for your craft room, kitchen, office, and more.

Make Pretty Paper Labels for Your Pantry Glass Jars

Create Customized Office Labels

Embellish Simple Boxes with Elegant Labels

Create Lovely Labels for the Items You Use Most in Your Kitchen!

Be sure to share in the comments if you have favorite organizational projects you have made with your Cricut machine. I always love to see how other combine crafting and organizing too!

Happy crafting... and best of luck getting organized!

XOXOXO

Natalie

Use the Cricut Cuttlebug to make lovely napkin rings for your party

DIY Mixed Media Napkin Rings

August 7, 2017 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey Let's Make Stuff

Hey, Cricut readers! It's Cori from Hey Let's Make Stuff and I'm back to share a fun tutorial using the Cricut Cuttlebug. Today we're making mixed media napkin rings—a great scrap-busting project that you can customize with whatever you have lying around your craft room.

If you haven’t had much experience with the Cuttlebug, Cricut’s die cutting and embossing machine, I have found most people use it to make gorgeous and creative cards. But I wanted to think outside this box and create this fun project for you today!

Mixed media napkin rings with table settings

The great thing about this napkin ring project is that you can change it up depending on your needs and which Cuttlebug dies and embossing folders you have. The materials list is virtually endless—you can use all sorts of paper, leather, vinyl, craft foam, stabilized fabric, washi sheets, yarn, twine, cording, ribbon, or lace to make your napkin rings. You can even embellish using ink, glitter, paint, etc.

Mixed media napkin rings using a Cricut Cuttlebug

1: Cut Materials

For each napkin ring, you’ll need to cut three different materials. See the materials list above for ideas.

  • The bee – 1” x 1”
  • The main piece – 2” x 6”
  • The accent piece – 1” x 6”

2: Die Cut Your Bee Embellishment

Cut out the bee for your napkin rings

You’ll stack your materials and plates like this, from the bottom to top:

  • Spacer Plate A
  • Embossing Mat
  • Spacer Plate B
  • Bee die, “cut side” up
  • Material, face down
  • Spacer Plate B

Then run the whole stack through your Cuttlebug. You will probably hear the B plates crack a bit and the die will leave an impression—this is totally normal! I like to run my B plates through both right-side up and upside down so that they wear evenly.

3: Emboss Your Bee Embellishment

Emboss the bee that you created in the previous step

To emboss the bee you just cut, do not remove your material from the die.

Order of plate stacking to emboss the bee

Stack your materials and plates like this, from the bottom to top:

  • Spacer Plate A
  • Spacer Plate B
  • Bee die, “cut side” up with material
  • Embossing Mat
  • Spacer Plate B

Now run this stack through your Cuttlebug and it will emboss your material. I find that certain materials emboss better than others – paper of all kinds works well, whereas you lose some detail in “springier” materials like leather and craft foam.

Don't forget to pin this tutorial to save it!

4: Emboss Your Napkin Ring Materials

You will now emboss the main materials for your napkin rings

The next step is to emboss your two main materials. I used both the honeycomb embossing folder and border.

Plate order to emboss the main materials for your napkin rings

Stack your materials like this, from the bottom to top:

  • Spacer Plate A
  • Spacer Plate B
  • Embossing folder or border with material inside
  • Spacer Plate B

Embossed napkin ring material

Run the stack through your Cuttlebug to emboss! Like with the embossing and the die cut, I found that some materials held the emboss better than others, though I was really impressed with the real leather and the border folder – it looks so good!

5: Secure Your Napkin Rings

Cut slits in the side to create your napkin rings

To secure your napkin rings, cut a small slit toward each end of your main material, on opposite sides.

Put together your napkin ring in a loop

Then form into a loop and slide the two slits together to secure.

Loop together embellishment material

Do the same with your accent material. You could also forgo the slits and use glue if you’d like them to be more permanent.

6: Embellish Your Napkin Rings

Add the decorations to your napkin rings

Now get creative! Wrap your napkin rings in twine, leather cording, or other trim. I even used my gold ink pad to add a little glam to my plain brown leather cording. Glue on your bee embellishment and you’re ready to go!

Closeup of decorated napkin ring

I hope this tutorial helped you think outside the box when using your Cuttlebug! I’d love to see the projects you’ve made using your Cuttlebug – show me in the comments!

And check out all of the Make it Now napkin ring projects over on the Cricut Design Space – I think this summer flower napkin ring would be even more lovely after being embossed using the Cuttlebug!

What materials would you use for this project? Which dies and embossing folders?

Make your own paper flowers with this easy tutorial

Brighten Your World With These Pretty Paper Flowers

July 17, 2017 • Contributor: Kristen Johnson of A Girl and Her Glitter

We ADORE paper flowers! There is something magical about a flower that never stops blooming. We found the perfect flower shape (for what we needed) in the Cricut Design Space and I wanted to show you how to customize it and make it your own.

Most paper flowers are flat and more of a one note, while this one is full of texture and can take on so many sizes! These paper flowers can be used for anything (and I mean anything!), for an event such as a wedding or a nursery over a crib - the possibilities are endless. Let’s take time to smell the roses… in this case, some paper flowers!

Tools + Materials You’ll Need to Get Started:

1: Type "Flower" Into the Search Bar in Design Space

Choose your flower design in Cricut's Design Space

There are many flower options; as long as it has a solid center, most will work. The choice is really up to you!

2: Insert Your Flower Choice Into the Project

Choose a flower image

We selected a flower with 5 points to it and that solid center we need.

3: Copy and Paste Flower 5 Times

You will need multiple versions of your flower in several sizes

As you paste each flower, be sure to make each one smaller than the one before. This will create varying sizes for depth and texture for your end product.

4: Line Paper According to Layout/Mat

Put your cardstock on the mat

We used the LightGrip (blue mat) and 65lb cardstock paper.

5: Send Project to Be Cut

Have your Cricut cut out the flowers

Once you have copied and pasted 5 of the flower designs, be sure to have your Cricut machine set to cardstock.

6: Remove Freshly Cut Flowers from the Mat

Take off the flowers

Take your time and gently lift them off and away from the LightGrip mat.

7: Line Up Cut Flowers in Order From Largest to Smallest

Put your flowers in order by size

Put your flowers in order so they will be ready for stacking.

8: Bend Petals Up From Center

Bend the petals

Start with your largest paper flower and repeat with the other 4, bending a little more each time.

9: Glue Flowers Together

Glue your flowers together

Take your adhesive and, starting with your base flower (the biggest one), layer the flowers on top of each other to the smallest.

Your project is complete! These flowers will brighten up any space or even event. Choose to use them in a grouping of multiples or enjoy the simplicity of a singular bloom.

Finished paper flower

Leave a comment with ways that you would use these paper flowers!

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Bring the Outside In! Freshen Up Your Living Space With These Easy Plant Crafts

May 16, 2017 • Contributor: Lifestyle Expert Andrea Greco

At long last, Spring is here and Summer is on its way. One of my favorite times of year in New York is the transition between winter and spring. On one hand, it is terrible. Just when I'm about to put my wool coat and sweaters into storage, I'm slapped in the face by Mother Nature. "Not so fast, there, Greco! I don't care if I teased you all week with 60 degree weather when you were trapped inside. Saturday, we're going back to 35 degrees." Every year, my patience dwindles and I think there is no end to the cursed cold. But then, like a beacon of hope, one, then two then THOUSANDS of little pink blossoms appear on the cherry trees throughout the city. There may still be a chill in the air, but those little blossoms and their glorious colors and smells reassure me that warmer times are a comin'.

I am all about embracing this feeling in my house right now. A quick, inexpensive way to do this is with some fresh flowers and new plants! Here are a few stylish ways to bring spring and summer indoors while we wait for the real thing.

Update a Plain Planter

Take a plain, white planter from bleak to chic using your Cricut and Cricut Chalkboard Vinyl.

 

Planting Pot

Planting Pot

 

It is a Cricut Access image on Design Space. I measured my pot – 3.5” x 14” around. I cut four 3.5” pieces and adhered them to my pot – side by side -  using the transfer tape. The whole project took me about 20 minutes. This is my kind of craft!

Make Macrame!

I love a macramé plant hanging! They are so easy to make and are a great way to display plants without taking up table space.

 

Planting Pot

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Four 10’ lengths of rope
  • 2” metal ring
  • Medium sized potted plant

Steps:

(1) Thread the four lengths half way through the ring and knot.

 

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(2) Divide the eight lengths into four,  two-piece sections.

 

Steps

 

(3) Measure 30” down each section and knot.

 

Steps

 

(4) Measure another 4” down and knot with a piece from the nearest pair.

 

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(5) Repeat once more.

 

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Measure another 4”-6” down and knot the ends together, pulling each individual rope tightly. Trim rope ends to even out. Insert your pot and hang.

Grow Some Wallflowers

I took these simple, glass hanging vases and decorated them with rectangles I cut from Cricut Gold Adhesive Foil. The rectangles are free shapes in Design Space. Size according to your vase dimensions and you are done.

TIP: Cricut has pre-made rectangle shapes when you go into your canvas in Design Space. All you need to do is click "Shapes" on the left-hand corner of your canvas and scale appropriately. 

 

Steps

Make Your Own Plants

Are you a plant killer? It’s ok. You are not alone. I am a reformed plant killer. Don’t worry – here’s something for you. Cut these palm leaves and make a guilt –free, everlasting arrangement. These are from the leaf section in Design Space and are Cricut Access images. I used heavy cardstock. To make these. After cutting, I gave them stems with medium weight, green floral wire. The stems are hidden by the solid vase.

 

Steps

 

Thanks for reading! Check back next month for more styling tips and crafting tricks! Follow me on Instagram @andreanoelgreco to see how I Cricut! #CricutMade

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This Galvanized Flower Bucket Is Everything For Your Backyard (Tutorial) 😍

May 11, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo from Jennifer Rizzo Designs

Hi everyone! It’s Jennifer from Jenniferrizzo.com with a galvanized flower bucket project for you.  I also wanted to share with you a few tips and tricks on customizing your project! 

I love the look of galvanized metal with big, beautiful blooms, especially hydrangeas, and I love typography and lettering, so I thought it was a perfect pairing.  It has a great industrial, modern, farmhouse style!

 

Flower Bucket

You'll need:

Measure your bucket. The size will determine the sizing on the text.

Tip: by pre-measuring the item you are going to design, it will save a step on how to size your fonts.

After you’ve measured your bucket, lay out your font.

Trick: You can change your fonts and even use ones you have on your computer or have purchased for a custom look!!!

 

Graphic Bucket

 

Go to the tabs in the upper right hand corner of your project page, and click on edit. Then click on fonts. You can use Cricut fonts, or you can use your own system fonts!  

Just click on system fonts and click the one you want to use.

Trick: You can use fonts you already have, purchase fonts from either Cricut, or a font site for a truly custom look.

 

DS Fonts

 

Tip :If you are going to send your project remotely from your phone app, make sure you have those fonts on your phone, or you may need to change them. To ensure you are able to use those fonts send them from your computer you designed your item on.

Place your white vinyl on your 12 x 12 mat and cut. Make sure each layer of lettering is set on cut on the upper right hand corner.

 

Cut

 

Once it’s cut, remove the excess with the weeder tool.

 

Cut

 

Use your transfer tape to move your lettering.

Tip :If you have ever struggled with transfer tape like I have, and found sometimes it seems to have a death grip on your lettering, I’ve found sticking it to your pants really quickly to pick up the extra lint, and then using it, makes it slightly less sticky, but still sticky enough to move your lettering.

 

Transfer vinyl

 

Press to adhere your lettering, then carefully peel away.

I hope you loved this galvanized flower bucket project as an inexpensive way to add beautiful flowers to your home!

If you love this project, you can also make these cute herb planters!

Visit me at Jenniferrizzo.com for more creative home décor and design ideas!

 

Flower Bucket
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The Perfect Mate For Your Cricut

May 1, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

No craft room is complete without a place to store your most prized crafting possession, your Cricut Machine. Whether your craft room is stationary or portable, having a place to store your Cricut Machine is a must. Enter the Cricut Machine tote. This Tote is beautiful. Unlike many other craft totes out there, it has a sturdy frame and side to protect your favorite cutting machine.

 

Machine Tote

 

This bag also has leather straps and is so durable. It even has a strap on the back to attach it to your brand-new rolling tote as well.

 

Machine Tote

Mmmm, matching heaven. I am just going to leave this here for you drool over. I know I am.

 

 

Check out all of our amazing Cricut Totes and Bags here. Tell us all your favorite craft supplies that you'd put in your Cricut tote bags in the comments below! #CricutMade 

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Let Me See You Cricut Roll

April 19, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

This is how I roll…

Okay, if we are being completely honest with ourselves, we have all experienced that moment when we have one too many rolls of vinyl to fit in the plastic JoAnn or Michaels bag where we have been storing all our Cricut items for the past several months…or maybe it is just me. Either way, it is still a struggle to store everything and then drag it over to a craft night your friend is hosting.

Well, wish granted.  I would like to introduce to you the Cricut Rolling Craft Tote.  This tote is the on-the-go crafters dream.

It’s sleek, it’s modern, it even has multidirectional wheels for heaven sakes (we all know those are the best kind)!

With its multiple compartments, pockets, and detachable storage keeping things organized and portable has never been easier. In fact, it was specifically designed to hold your vinyl, iron-on, paper, Cuttlebug (p.s. if you don’t know what that is you should definitely consider it), your Cricut tools, and more.

 

Bag image

 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well if that is true than a video must be worth at least ten times that. Check out just how many project supplies we can fit into this one bag in the video below.

 

 

Crazy right? I will tell you one thing, I don’t need a huge craftroom when all that and the Cricut Craft Tote can fit in my closet.

So… When are you getting yours?!

Check out all of Cricut's bags and totes here

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Our Fabulous Cricut Project Designers: Karley Hall, Desiree Moss and Meagan Patterson

April 19, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

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(Desiree at the top, Karley on the left, and Meagan on the right)

 

Cricut headquarters is one of the most creative places on the planet, and at the very heart of it are some of our talented project designers. They’re constantly coming up with new ways to use their Cricut machines and collaborating on trendsetting projects. Meet three of our inspirational crew: Karley Hall, Desiree Moss and Meagan Patterson. After reading their answers, we’re sure you’ll agree that they have the best job ever.

How did you get your start at Cricut and how long have you been with the company?

Karley: I started working at Cricut in August 2016. While I haven’t been here long, the experience has been amazing. I heard about the position through one of my best friends, who was also applying. When I met a few of the team members during my interview, I realized that this wasn’t only going to be a job for me, but an extension of my family.

Desiree: I graduated from Brigham Young University in 2013 with a degree in Costume Design, and I had no idea what was coming next. About three months after graduation, my friend told me about a project design job opening at Cricut. I was shocked that this type of job existed! I applied, had a couple of great interviews and have now worked here for over three years.

Meagan: I’ve been here under a year and love everything about it! My dad actually works in the IT department, and it’s such a fun bonus that I get to work with him. I was originally hired as a Customer Service Representative, but a position for project designer opened up, so I jumped on it! The same day my Customer Care training was complete they offered me the position of project designer. Who knew?

What is your favorite part of your job?

Karley: Crafting. All day. Everyday! This job is the epitome of my dream job. We get to play, design, and make beautiful things and get paid for it!

Desiree: Working in a creative environment with incredibly talented people. They push me to try harder and take design risks.

Meagan: I LOVE collaborating with each team member. It’s also super rewarding to see our fantastic Cricut users remake a project and love it just as much as I do!

Karley: I love the simplicity of this project. I am a strong advocate of getting out of your comfort zone and traveling. I feel like this bag is the perfect size for a weekend adventure, and it was so easy-peasy to make with the Cricut and some iron-on.

Ready for takeoff

Where do you find inspiration for your projects?

Karley: I look at the details of life and find ideas in the shapes, patterns and colors of everyday items. Some of my spirit animals are Joanna Gaines and the brilliant ladies behind Shanty2Chic! 

Desiree: I find a lot of inspiration from online shopping… I know my mom will laugh at that answer! I love to see how my favorite stores market their brands, and it’s a great way to see what’s current.

 Meagan: Inspiration comes from life itself. It could be from walking through a store or looking through magazines--and for sure, Pinterest! But it also comes from leading a healthy lifestyle. I’m a firm believer in taking care of one’s self.

How does the creative process at Cricut work?

Karley: I have never worked at a more organized company! Cricut runs like a machine. We get fun requests from all over the company. Our team of project designers splits up the work and brainstorms together to make beautiful things that will hopefully inspire others to lead a more creative lifestyle.

What is your favorite crafting trend at the moment?

Karley: I am totally obsessed with the industrial farmhouse trend. My husband and I recently built a mudroom using industrial pipes and shiplap. Each time I walk by it, I smile.

Desiree: Anything with wood or succulents. I love reclaimed wood art. I want to put these two trends everywhere in my house.

Meagan: I love DIY home décor, especially farm style. Anything that is rustic, antiqued and has beautiful natural elements is my jam!

Succulents

Desiree: This succulent project is my all-time favorite. It took me forever to ink the paper to look like succulents, but it turned out so real-looking. I can’t keep any plant alive, so I’m pretty excited to have this in my living room.

What is your favorite aspect of the Cricut machine?

Karley: Ease of use. When you cut a project with several different colors, the software automatically sorts out each shape by color and sets it up on your mat for you! Lifetime Cricut users may take this for granted, but other cutting machines don’t do this.

Desiree: I love how professional it makes your projects look. Every time I give a Cricut-made gift, people never guess that I made it.

Meagan: Other than all the cute colors it comes in? I love how intricately it can cut. Before using the Cricut machine, I cut a lot of things by hand. My carpal tunnel sure is grateful!

Tell us about a project that didn’t work out as you planned.

Karley: To be honest, most of my projects start in one direction and end a million miles away. In my head, I’ll think two patterns are perfect complements to one another, and then I layer them and hate the way it looks. It may sound frustrating, but it’s all part of the creative process.

Desiree: This happens at least once a week. One time I made a darling paper wrap to go around a lamp. It looked incredible in photography. Later, the team was debating if it was a fire hazard. Turns out I had a 110 Watt bulb in a 50 Watt lamp. It was definitely a fire hazard.

Meagan: It’s important to use each image in the most pleasing way possible. This card with Disney’s The Jungle Book on it was originally going to be a home décor piece, but everything I tried just didn’t highlight the beautiful simplicity of the image. So I scrapped that idea and went with a card. My Plan Q became my best plan ever!

Family image

What are you working on now?

Karley: We’re constantly working on several projects. On average, our team finishes almost 30 projects a week! I just finished collaborating on a cartridge that will be released soon, and my projects on it include a beach bucket filled with summer essentials, a baby onesie and a home décor piece.

Desiree: Most people would think I’m working on Easter projects. We work about three months ahead, so I’m working on Fourth of July projects instead. It gets a little weird when it’s snowing outside!

Meagan: Recently I was asked to do some quilling projects, and those were such a fun challenge. The quilling tool we offer in the Paper Crafting Set really helped my designs come to life.

Wedding spread

Meagan: I simply LOVE the s’mores bar in Design Space! Weddings are my absolute FAVORITE thing ever, so when I was asked to create a project for a winter wedding I was thrilled! I love how simple and easy the project is, and I found the cutest font combo ever with “Kyden” and “Yours Truly.”

Any advice for Cricut users?

Karley: If you’re a new Cricut user, start small. Do a little research before you start. There are so many awesome video tutorials on our YouTube channel. For all the Cricut pros, try different combinations of materials and don’t be afraid to get creative!

Desiree: Don’t ever feel like you can’t do it. It is always worth trying. Everyone has a little creativity in there. Let it show!

Meagan: Never limit yourself with creativity. Constantly expand your horizons in every aspect of your life.

Thanks so much to these talented designers for inspiring us to take our crafting to the next level! We can’t wait to see what incredible projects they come up with next…

Do these designers have your creative wheels spinning? Show us what you’re working on with #CricutMade

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Outfit Your Home With These Cute Projects

April 17, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo from Jennifer Rizzo Designs

HI everyone! It’s Jen from Jenniferrizzo.com. I wanted to share some fun custom home décor projects some of my fellow bloggers have made with their Cricut! One of the things I love the most about my Cricut, is the fact that I can make custom home décor. I love how these 5 projects used Cricut iron-on materials in creative ways to bring personal touches to ordinary every day items!

Sweet Flower Pots

PMQ for two created two projects that are not only the cutest thing ever, but look like you could pick them up in your local boutique! These vinyl face flower pots are a great way  to add some personality to your plants!

 

Flower Pots

Boho Charger Pattern

And she dressed up inexpensive chargers with a very fresh Otomi pattern for decorative use (only). These are really cute, and have a fun boho flair! Visit PMQ for two to see the full instructions here

 

Chargers

Inspirational Pillow Phrase

On Fern Avenue made this super cute pillow with the heat transfer vinyl. She was able to customize her daughter’s room with a pre-made pillow and the vinyl!

 

outdoor pillow

A Welcoming Pillow

Olive Amber made a custom and very welcoming front entry way with a pillow cans and the vinyl as well. I love how she used a cute, and very trendy pineapple print pillowcase to add her text to. It really pops off her front door and pulls it all together!

 

Outdoor pillow

Add A Touch of Color To Your Kitchen

To add a touch of color and fun to your kitchen décor, follow Lydi Out Loud’s example an use the Cricut iron-on lite to make these really creative and cute kitchen towels. These would also make an amazing gift for a Mother’s Day, or even a housewarming gift!

 

Custom kitchen towels

I just love all of the options to make custom home décor with the different Cricut iron-on materials. Make sure you visit the blogs linked above for the full instructions so you can make your own!!!

For more creative home and decorating ideas visit me at Jenniferrizzo.com

 

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Easy Easter Ideas You Can Whip Up Quick as a Bunny

April 14, 2017 • Contributor: Andrea Greco

Growing up, Easter to me was kind of like Christmas Jr. We decorated the house, crafted gifts for friends, dyed eggs, got matching dresses for church and anxiously waited for a magical, fluffy animal to bring us a basket of gifts. Those gifts came in the forms of Whitman’s Chocolate Bunnies, Cadbury eggs, bright yellow Peeps and too many white and purple jellybeans (red and orange were the “money” colors).

Now I am older.  My sisters and I no longer wear matching dresses (that visual is terrifying!). My cousins and I no longer run around the yard hunting for eggs (that visual is awesome!). High fructose corn syrup has been recognized as the devil.  Candy WILL be consumed, just not in the bucket load quantities that fueled all the Greco grandkids until midnight on many an Easter Sunday. That’s pretty much all that has changed.  I still embrace Easter with close to the same excitement I did as a youngster. Decorating, crafting and egg decorating are still on the menu at my place! Here are a few of my favorite ideas for Easter 2017. Let’s get crafty!

Succulents in Eggs

Add a modern twist to your table or room décor with mini succulents in egg shells.. Plant some small succulents in your leftover shells and display in a saucer or small bowl. I used Heirloom chicken eggs. They are naturally green and look so pretty with the plants.

 

succulents

Rabbit Ear Napkin Rings

Upcycle your paper towel tubes with these festive napkin rings. I used a leftover tube from some Cricut vinyl. Cut your tube into 2” sections and wrap with jute or your favorite ribbon. Secure with a dab of hot glue. Cut 1.5” ears (they are the shape of leaves) out of scrap fabric. Fold the ears in half vertically and dab a small amount of hot glue to the bottom end of the ear. Glue to your ring and you are done.

 

Easter rings

Put A Tail On It!

Make a yarn pom-pom cotton tail and hop on down the bunny trail! Attach to the back of your pants or skirt (or dog’s shirt) with a safety pin and you are ready to go.

 

Bunny tail

Egg Bud Vase

I’m going to make these little bud vases and put them next to my guest’s place settings this year. Drain an egg and rinse. Fill with water and place in an egg cup. Add a bud or two and you’re done. You could even add your guest’s name and use these as place cards.  I’ve wanted to do this craft for a while, but I couldn’t figure out to drain an egg without making holes on both ends. I found this great tool on Amazon called a “Blas Fix Egg Blowing Kit.” This thing is life changing! It drains an egg in 10 seconds.

 

Egg bud vase

Paper Flower Boutonniere

Surprise the man in your life with this pretty boutonniere. I used the Lilly 3-D Flower in Design space to create this. Glue each flower to a 4” piece of floral wire with hot glue. Bundle and cut the wire bottoms to even out the ends. Wrap with floral tape to secure your flowers and finish with a piece of ribbon.  Adorn that guy!

 

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Animal Shadow Eggs

Make these “shadow” eggs using Cricut vinyl and the bunny, lamb and chick graphics available in Design Space. I sized each one to 1.5” height. Cut, peel, stick and done! Easy Peasy.  Black too dark? Purple and pink vinyl look super cute too.

 

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Easter Grass Cupcakes

Every Easter, my Great Auntie Jean would make a carrot cake, cover it with green coconut and create a little Easter scene on top of the cake. I’ve recreated this on a smaller scale with Easter egg hunt themed cupcakes. To make the grass, measure 1 cup of moist coconut and dump into a large Ziploc. Add 3 drops of green food coloring. Close the bag (very important!) and shake. Massage the bag to evenly mix the dye.

Place grass on top of your frosted cupcakes and finish with some candy eggs. Peeps are cute too. Cricut bonus tip: I made the cupcake wraps using the Lattice Purple Banner in Design Space. I sized it to 7.75” width for standard sized cupcakes.

 

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Thanks for reading! Check back next month for more styling tips and crafting tricks! Follow me on Instagram @andreanoelgreco to see how I Cricut! Happy Easter! And make sure to share all of your favorite DIY Easter projects using #CricutMade!