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?

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!

Make your own garlands

Make These Pretty Garlands for Your Next Holiday Party

October 3rd, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

One easy way to make a room more festive is to deck it out with garlands. These swags can be easily customized to match the holiday or other occasions that you are celebrating. During this fall or winter, why not make one of these pretty garlands using your Cricut?

Metallic Leaf Garland

Step 1: Cutting and Scoring

Open up the project in Design Space and insert the scoring stylus into your machine. Put the cardstock on your mats and cut out the project. It will also do the scoring for you as it goes.

Step 2: Fold All the Leaves

Take all of the leaves and prepare them for attachment by folding them along the score lines.

Step 3: Attach Leaves

Use the hot glue to adhere each leaf to the wire. Make them go in all directions to add fullness to your garland.

Step 4: Paint the Garland

The final step is to paint all of the leaves. Silver spray paint was used for the one pictured, but you can certainly use other metallic colors depending on your needs. A nice antique gold would go lovely with the reds and greens of Christmas, for example. Allow to dry, then hang up.

Diamond Garland

This is a JoAnn Exclusive project.

Step 1: Cutting and Scoring

Go to this Design Space project and follow the prompts to cut and score the diamond pattern.

Step 2: Assemble the Diamond Garland

Make the diamond by folding each of the score lines that your Cricut made during cutting. Start folding it together into the diamond shape around the twine so that it runs through the middle. Hot glue each of the sides together. Keep adding diamonds to the twine at 5" intervals.

Which style do you like better? 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?

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!

With the new Cricut Maker, you can print then cut on colored materials for your craft projects.

You Can Now Print Then Cut on Colored Paper With the Cricut Maker!

September 20th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Have you ever wished you could work with more than just white when doing a Print Then Cut? If you have a Cricut Maker, your wish is granted! This machine's sensors are able to work with colored materials, greatly expanding your crafting potential. For starters, here are different versions of the same gift bags:

Best Wishes Gift Bags in Different Colored Papers

You can customize your project to include your favorite colors, match a theme and so much more! Try one of the following projects in Design Space for your next crafting day.

Note: These projects can still be made on the Explore family of machines if you use white cardstock.

Today's Schedule

Want to feel like you are on top of everything going on? Start with this stylish Today's Schedule printable! With the new colored paper options, it can match your desk, your mood, your life as you plan out your day to make sure you get everything necessary done.

Good Vibes Only

Add some positivity to your life with this Good Vibes Only sign as a reminder. You can use any patterned cardstock that speaks to you; I'm thinking I need a tropical one, personally, since it reminds me of home.

Printed Envelopes

White envelopes and papers are so blasé. Add a little color to your next gift by making your own printed envelopes. It's now easy to coordinate your gift wrap, envelope, and card!

Thank You Tags

Add a personal touch to your gift with these Thank You tags. Choose different cardstocks to match the occasion: baby rattles for a baby shower, snowflakes for holiday gifts, apples for your child's teacher and so on.

We're excited to see how you use this new feature for your craft ideas. Show us by using #CricutMade when you share photos of your completed ventures.

What project do you like best? Comment below!

Fun fall home decor projects to do this season

Fun Fall Home Décor Projects to Make Now

September 1st, 2017 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Hey, everyone! Cori from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff, back with another fun post for you here on the Cricut blog!

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year, so I’m sitting here willing the weather to cool down a bit so it will finally feel like we’re moving into the cooler months. I’m so ready to break out my sweaters and boots and start decorating with pumpkins and leaves.

It’s 109 today, so it’s clearly not working. Please send lemonade.

In the meantime, I’m getting into the fall spirit by rounding up some fun fall décor projects you can make with your Cricut! Even if it’s still summer outside, there are no rules saying the inside of your house can’t be ready for fall!

Hello Fall Cut Files

Let’s start by saying welcome to the coming season with this adorable Hello Fall cut file from Kimber Dawn + Co!

Fall Paper Flower Wreath

If paper crafting is your thing, this is a gorgeous Make It Now paper flower wreath that you can find in Design Space!

Pumpkin Bucket

Use your Cricut to make a stencil and re-create this farmhouse pumpkin bucket from A Night Owl Blog! This would be so cute on a rustic porch.

Blessed Banner

Grab your Cricut Cuttlebug to make this sweet blessed banner from The Happy Scraps to hang on your fall mantel.

Mason Jar Fall Luminary

The end of summer means it’s time to break out the warmth of candles around your home! Make a mason jar fall luminary from Create Craft Love to light your way.

Gratitude Chalkboard

I love love love these family tees by Cloudy Day Gray. Black and white gets me every time.

Vinyl DIY Lettered Pumpkins

Carving pumpkins can be messy! Try these vinyl lettered pumpkins from Lia Griffith instead!

Fall Napkin Rings

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving or another fall dinner, these fall napkin rings are a fun DIY, found right in Cricut Design Space!

Pumpkin Spice Season Sign

It’s almost PSL time! Celebrate this yummy fall drink with a happy pumpkin spice season sign from Happiness is Homemade!

Pumpkin Patch Sign

Not only is this an adorable pumpkin patch sign for fall, but Burton Avenue gives you tips for layering different colors of vinyl in a single project!

Do you guys have any big plans for crafting this fall with your Cricut? Let me know all about it in the comments. I’m so excited to tackle some fall sewing projects with my new Cricut Maker!

Happy making, Cricut friends!

Use this gorgeous scaled tabletop to set the scene for a mermaid party

Dress Up a Mermaid Party With This Adorable Scaled Tabletop

August 31st, 2017 • Contributor: Lilly Jiminez from The Creative Heart Studio

Hey, everyone! Lilly, from The Creative Heart Studio here to share a super fun project for a mermaid soiree!
Today, I’m going to show you how I made this scaled tabletop for a mermaid party I recently styled. It was a little time consuming to lay out onto the table, BUT SOOOOO WORTH it!

Tools + Materials You’ll Need to Get Started:

1: Calculate Amount Needed

Measure your surface to determine how many rolls of vinyl and how many times you will need to cut the project.

2: Choose Scale Image

Find the scale image you want to use in Design Space

Open a new project in Design Space and click the IMAGES button to search for scales. Click on the search box and type in SCALES. Results will show up and I used the fourth option.

Choose which scale image to use

3: Adjust the Size

Make your scale image bigger

Once you have clicked on the image, it will show up in your canvas. Change the width to 11” so that you can go as large as possible.

4: Cut Out Your Vinyl

Send the project over to be cut

Click the MAKE IT button and add 2 into the Project Copies section. Hit APPLY and 2 scale pattern sets will appear.

Use the vinyl setting on the dial

Make sure you turn the dial to vinyl so the pressure won’t cut through the material.

5: Weed and Prepare for Transfer

Remove excess vinyl and apply transfer tape

Once you’ve cut your project and weeded out the unneeded vinyl, lay your transfer tape over the scales and peel the back off. You will need to cut each section alone in order to line it up as you go. Make SURE to leave the scales on and only remove the outlines, borders and left over vinyl.

6: Place the Scales

Put the scales on your table

Now you’re ready to place it on the surface you’ve chosen. Placing each section on the surface, you will line the next one up based on the position of the scales in the section before.

Closeup of mermaid scale tabletop

Cute mermaid party display

What other projects would you use with the Holographic Vinyl?? Let us know in a comment below!

You can create your own cute window clings

Using Arrange and Align in Design Space

August 29th, 2017 • Contributor: Kristen Johnson from A Girl and Her Glitter

The saying, “work smarter not harder” is especially true in the creative world. Learning how to use your design space is key to enjoying your creative time. Using tools like arrange and align will not only save you time but also help your projects look put together and organized.

Window clings can be used for a number of fun and festive pieces that can transform any window in your home, office, or any place there is a smooth surface. These clings are interchangeable, making them easy to remove and reuse over and over again. Window clings are also able to be layered, allowing you to create more than just a 2D project. Since fall is around the corner, we decided to get everyone in that colorful and cozy time of year, creating a warm pumpkin spice beverage. You can almost smell and feel the aromas of the season through our window cling project.

Tools + Materials You’ll Need to Get Started:

1: Choose Your Image

Find the coffee image you want to use in Design Space

Through your Design Space, click on Images. Type the word “coffee” into you the search bar. Choose your design and insert into your design space.

2: Remove Words and Images

Remove any unneeded text or images from the coffee image

Now that your image is in Design Space, you can choose to hide the café logo and heart by clicking the eye icon so that there is a line through it. This will “hide” those cuts and tells your Cricut not to cut those shapes. Change the color to the window cling to the colors you are using so you can visualize as you are creating.

3: Add Your Text

Add your desired text

Once your image is the way you would like it to look, you can add in your text. Simply go to the left of your Design Space where the T icon is and click on it. A text box will appear and you can type in your verbiage and change the style of font. Once you text is added, go up to the Arrange drop down menu, and select to have your text box in front of your image.

4: Align Text

Align your text with your coffee cup image

After you have added your desired text, click on the coffee cup and your text boxes. Once all of these boxes are selected together, go to the align icon and choose to have it centered horizontally (this will depend on your project of choice). The align tab is near the top of Design Space, next to arrange.

By selecting to the center horizontal, Design Space will automatically center the text onto the coffee cup for you. Remember to change your text color so you can visualize how your cling will look.

5: Cut Your Project Out

Cut out your coffee cup images

Send your project to cut. We used the LightGrip mat for this project.

Design Space will automatically space your project onto two separate mats. You can click an item on one mat and this will give you the option to move it to a different mat; we are going to keep the two separate mats for this project because we are using two colors of window cling.

Set your cutting material

Be sure to set your Cricut to custom materials for cutting. You will be given the option to select window cling. Click window cling and proceed with your cut. Once the first mat has completed its cut, go ahead and insert the section mat and continue to cut.

6: Weed Vinyl

Weed away the excess vinyl

Use your BrightPad to weed out your wording. This will allow you to remove the unwanted pieces much easier/faster. The BrightPad allows you to see what you are weeding versus guessing, especially with the white window cling.

7: Assemble Window Cling

Place your images together to create your window cling

Time to assemble! We purposely let the top show a little of my white show through to give the cup some dimension. Go ahead and start layering your window cling vinyl. Pumpkin spice everything? Why yes! Don’t mind if I do!

Check out my other Cricut blog posts and more at A Girl and Her Glitter.

What have you made using the align and arrange feature? Let us know in a comment below!