DIY Hanukkah projects

Celebrate the Festival of Lights With These Quick, Easy DIY Hanukkah Projects

December 11th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Tomorrow kicks off 8 nights of celebration for the Hanukkah season.  As with all holidays, sometimes we leave things to the last minute!  Whether you want to give a last-minute card, decorate your house, or even get the kids involved, we have a little bit of something for each of you.

Design Space has a host of ready-made Hanukkah related images (link: ) that you can use for quick projects.  We made these fun pillows in just a few easy minutes!

These fun cards are also easily made with just one or two sheets of cardstock. We even used metallic poster board on one of them. Don’t forget to use your scoring stylus for the best fold lines. There are many single cut cards for you to personalize.

Not to be outdone, here’s a fast and safe way to have your kids light their own menorah. We simply used silver and gold window cling on the glass from a picture frame. You could even use your own window! For this technique, we used a 3-step process:

  1. Find an image of a menorah
  2. Use the Slice tool to separate the flames from the base
  3. Change the flame color to gold so it will cut on a separate mat

Vinyl menorah

We can’t wait to see what you make for the holiday season! Use #CricutMade to show us your projects.

Happy Hanukkah 😊

 
Holiday mantel ideas for your home

Make a Room Festive With These Holiday Mantel Ideas

December 8th, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Each holiday season I decorate our mantel and add a little Cricut DIY Magic to the decor. Sometimes I make a simple sign or add vinyl to a vintage window. I love being able to decorate our holiday mantel with personal touches.

I have gathered up some amazing mantel inspiration from a few of my favorite bloggers, and despite having “finished” my mantel for the 6th time this season, I am ready to whip up some more goodies for our mantel!

Whimsical North Pole Christmas Mantel

I love this fun and cheerful holiday mantel! My kids would be so excited to see this in the house! The bright colors mixed with a more traditional red make this mantel pop!

See more from Giggles Galore.

Buffalo Check Holiday Mantel

Buffalo Check makes my heart skip a beat. I have ALWAYS loved plaid and I could not be more excited to see it all over again this holiday season. This mantel is the perfect mix of modern and classic!

See more from Crafted Sparrow.

Hand Lettered Christmas SVG File

This is my new favorite Cricut DIY! I cannot get enough of the EasyPress and wood! Printable Crush created this darling Christmas SVG (Free download on her blog) and is just so perfect for a mantel!

See more from Printable Crush.

Christmas Cocoa Bar

I styled our mantel with classic colors and white twinkle lights several years ago, and it is my absolute favorite. I can still remember walking into the room and thinking, this is my home...It was warm and welcoming, and exactly how I want my home to feel!

See more from Everyday Party Magazine.

Holiday Mantel Decorating

This bright and colorful spin on classic buffalo plaid just makes me smile! I love the pops of color and the felted garland.

See more from Make and Do Studio.

Christmas Mantel Decor

Sweet custom made signs and mercury glass Christmas trees are enough to make me swoon! This entire mantel is absolutely stunningly gorgeous!

See more from Pineapple Paper Co.

Ski Lodge Mantel

I fell in love with the giant nutcracker at Michaels and restyled my entire mantel to work with it, and I am not mad at all! I kept all of the basics from my Christmas Cocoa Bar and updated them to work with the newest members of my holiday decor.

See more from Everyday Party Magazine.

Farmhouse Holiday Decor

No Mantel, no problem! This sweet Farmhouse Holiday table is perfect for hanging stockings with care, and decorating for the holidays! I super love the oversized wooden ornaments!

See more from Soiree Event Design.

I love the holidays, the busy season of life, and the decor, but I really love to snuggle up with my family, next to our twinkling Christmas Tree and fireplace mantel and enjoy our time together! Happy holidays!

Which one is best for your house? Leave a comment!

DIY Christmas wreath Part 2

DIY Christmas Wreath Part 2

November 22nd, 2017 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

In my last post, I explained how you separate your mats and change the setting for materials in Cricut Design Space. Today, I am going to show you how to assemble the wreath and the best glues for each type of material used in the wreath.

Supplies:

Supplies Needed for this DIY Christmas wreath

Other Materials:

  • 22 Gauge Floral Wire
  • E6000 Glue
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • 1 12 inch premade wreath with pine branches

1: Cut Out Your Materials

Cut out the materials for the wreath

First, you will cut out the wreath materials using your Cricut Maker machine. Here is a link to the Design Space file. You will have:

  • Felt leaves (you will need to make 16 copies of the leaves)
  • “Joy” cut out of Sparkle Paper in red & gold
  • Faux suede bow pieces

2: Assemble Felt Leaves

Put the felt leaves together

Hot glue works wonderfully for Cricut felt. The key is to use it sparingly, or you could slightly darken the felt. It’s great because it tacks instantly and dries quickly.

Assemble your leaves

Cut your floral wire into four 8-inch pieces. Put a dab of hot glue on the bottom center of one of the leaves and place the top of the wire on the glue. Pinch the leaf together. Place another dab of glue on the next leaf and put just below the first leaf. Pinch together. Pull the leaf to the right side. Repeat with all the leaves, pulling them to the opposite side of the leaf above.

3: Assemble Faux Leather Bow

Put the bow together

You may be tempted to use hot glue with the Cricut Faux Leather, and although it’s a good option you may have noticed that if you don’t apply it very sparingly, then the dried glue can create a bump in the material. A better alternative is all-purpose craft glue such as E6000. The only downside is you will need to hold the spot you are securing together for a longer period of time.

Put the bow together

Turn the main bow piece over and use a thin line of craft glue to secure each side to the center.

Put the bow together

Pinch the bow together and apply a small amount of glue to the back. Add the back pieces and wrap the center bow piece around, applying a small amount of glue to the back of it. Hold until the bow is set.

4: Glue Together “Joy”

Glue together the paper that says Joy

My favorite type of glue to use with paper is spray adhesive. With delicate cuts, you can risk tearing your paper when you try to use a glue stick. Liquid glue can be hard to control and you may put too much resulting in it bleeding over the edge.

Spray adhesive solves both of those problems. It coats even the most detailed cut area without risk of tearing or bleeding. You also have a few seconds to reposition your paper when you glue it together. This is nice when you are trying to place things perfectly.

Glue together the word Joy

Turn over the red “Joy” onto a covered surface. (I like to use a piece of parchment paper.) Shake the spray adhesive well and spray the back of the red “Joy” with the glue, holding the can about 6-8 inches away. Center on the gold “Joy” and press to secure.

5: Assemble the Wreath

Put your Christmas wreath together

Use the floral wire to wrap around the wreath frame and position the felt leaves in the pine branches. Use hot glue to secure the “Joy” to each side of the wreath and the bow to the bottom.  You’re done! Enjoy your pretty new holiday wreath.

Assemble your wreath

Are you making your own Christmas wreath this year? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Learn how to use different materials to make a Christmas wreath

DIY Christmas Wreath Part 1

November 21st, 2017 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Hi friends! Jenny from Everyday Jenny here, and today I’m sharing a tutorial using the Cricut Maker to create this custom holiday wreath. There are so many fun Cricut materials you can use to add a variety of colors and textures to your holiday wreath. I used Cricut Felt, Faux Leather and Sparkle Paper.  The Sparkle Paper may be my new favorite material. It’s so shiny and colorful, and I love the sturdiness of it.

What’s your favorite Cricut material?

Separating your materials on to different mats is easy in Design Space. When you create your design, different colored layers are automatically sorted on to separate mats. I will show you how you can easily change the layer color and how you change the type of material for each mat.

Supplies Needed for Part 1:

1: Open Cricut Design Space

Design Space Cut File for Christmas Wreath

Here is a link to the Design Space file.  When you open it you will see the leaf, the word “Joy” and bow. You will notice that each image is a different color. This is how Design Space separates your images on to different mats. There are three different types of Cricut materials we are going to use:

  • Felt for the leaves
  • Faux Leather for the bow
  • Sparkle Paper for the word

2: Change the Layer Color

Change colors if you want them to be on the same mat for cutting

If you want an image to cut on the same mat as another image you can make them both the same color using the Color Sync tool.

The Color Sync tool is in the upper right-hand corner of the design screen. When you click on it you will see all the different colors you are using. To change an image to another color simply drag the image to the desired color. For example, I changed the “Joy” background to green on the Color Sync menu and you can see it changed it on the design screen.

3: Click on Make It

Have your Cricut cut out the images

When you click on “Make It” you will see that Design Space automatically separates the layers on to individual mats. On this screen, you can edit the image placement on the mats by clicking on each mat and dragging the cuts to a desired place on the mat. Where they appear on the mat preview is where they will be cut on your mat.

Images on colored mats

You can also change your material size if your material is smaller or larger. Lastly, you can select the number of project copies and you can also mirror your image if needed.

Click on “Continue” and you will be prompted to select your material for the highlighted mat. Since the first mat is the bow, you will select faux leather and cut it out.

4: Changing the Material Type

Set the material you will be using so the machine knows the cutting depth

Once you have cut out your first mat, you can then select a new material for the next mat. Simply click on the material name in step one and select either from the shortcuts shown or click on “View All” to see all the materials.

Set the material you will be using so the machine knows the cutting depth

Once you have cut out your first mat, you can then select a new material for the next mat. Simply click on the material name in step one and select either from the shortcuts shown or click on “View All” to see all the materials.

You will change the material for each mat until all of your materials are cut out.

Now you are ready to assemble your wreath! I will go over assembly and types of glues for each material in my next post. Be sure to check it out tomorrow!

What materials have you tried cutting with your Cricut Maker? Tell me in the comments below!

Make your coasters custom with foil iron-on plus the EasyPress

Using the EasyPress With Unique Surfaces: DIY Coasters

November 14th, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hello!! It’s Jess from Everyday Party Magazine, and I am thrilled to share this fun DIY with you today! It’s perfect for holiday gift giving, hostesses, or even your own home.

For this project you will need:

We needed new coasters for our house, so I made this set for myself, but I have made two more gift sets since I made these.

1: Choose an Image

Pick which image that you want to use for your design

Open Design Space and choose an image you like. I wanted a festive seasonal coaster, so I chose the moose in DS.

Choose the image that you want to use

Choose the image that you want to use

This moose had layers so I removed one layer, leaving me with just a silhouette image.

2: Add a Monogram

Add letters to make a monogram

Type your monogram and ungroup the letters. I chose to use my husband’s and my name with our last name. But, do you on this and make it your own.

Add letters to make a monogram

Add letters to make a monogram

I made the middle letter (our last initial) a little larger than the other letters and placed them where I wanted them.

Add letters to make a monogram

Once I had them lined up, I welded them and layered them over the moose.

3: Slice Out Text

Slice out the letters from the image

I moved the letters and after I was happy with their placement, I sliced them from the moose image and deleted the excess text.

4: Cut Out Image

Cut out your project

I sized the moose to fit my coasters and sent it to cut. (Don’t forget to mirror it, and choose the cutting material.) I bought a four pack of coasters, so I made 4 images to cut.

5: Weed Image

Weed away excess vinyl

After my Cricut worked her magic, I weeded the images with my Cricut Tool set.

6: Apply Iron-on to Coasters

Use the EasyPress to apply the iron-on to your coasters

Now I was ready to warm up my EasyPress and pretty up those coasters!

I bought these coasters with the copper accent line already added, and even though I love the look, it did make EasyPressing a little more challenging, because it was not a smooth and even surface.

Warm the surface of your coaster with your EasyPress for 15-20 seconds. It will be HOT, so be careful. Place your weeded Foil Iron On onto the coaster, and press at 300* for 40 seconds. Wait for the coaster to cool, this will take a bit, and remove the transfer tape. If you have any areas that are being troublesome, repeat the EasyPress step.

Use the EasyPress to apply the iron-on to your coasters

Voila! You have four custom coasters for less than $12!!!

What image would you use for your coasters? How do you use your EasyPress? Tell us below!

Thanksgiving Meal Accessories tutorials

Thanksgiving Dinner Accessories to Make This Year

October 3rd, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

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

Thankful Crayon Holders

Step 1: Cutting Out Your Pieces and Writing/Scoring

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

Step 2: Prepare the Holder

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

Hanging Leaf Branch

Created by Michelle Edgemont

Step 1: Print Then Cut the Leaves

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

Step 2: Attach the Leaves

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

Step 3: Add the Natural Twine

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

Felt Bow Napkin Rings

Step 1: Cutting the Materials

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

Step 2: Assemble the Leaves

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

Step 3: Make Your Bows

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

Step 4: Insert Leaves and Napkin

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

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

Cricut Maker Holiday Crafts

Get Ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas With These Cricut Maker Projects!

November 10th, 2017 • Contributor: Nessa Myers, Cricut Blog Support

I'm a stickler for giving certain holidays their due; I don't like to really start celebrating Christmas until Thanksgiving has passed. The one exception I make is for crafting since some can take a while and it's just a fun excuse to create something new! If you haven't started working on your crafts for these two holidays yet, here are some ideas to get you creating with our Cricut Maker.

Wood Slice Place Cards

These wood slice place cards by Pam from Over the Big Moon are a simple, yet elegant way to let your guests know where they will be sitting. It can be especially meaningful if you take a walk with your kids to find the wood and have them help you make these.

Partridge & Pears Garland

Are you a fan of the "12 Days of Christmas" song? Decorate your house with representations of the different things mentioned in the song, starting with this Partridges and Pears garland that Cris created over at Kiss My Tulle.

Wood Photo Ornaments

Start a tradition by making these wood photo ornaments by Sarah from Becoming Martha. Use a picture of a favorite memory from the current year.

Winter Felt Ornaments

It's taken me many years to appreciate anything about the snowy cold of winter since I didn't grow up around it. These winter felt ornaments by Albion of Albion Gould do represent some of my favorite parts of this chilly season, so it would be fun to make these as a reminder.

Christmas Canvas Unwreath Door Decor

If you're looking to decorate your front door but don't want to use a wreath, try this lovely Christmas Canvas Unwreath door decor by Liz from Liz on Call. I love how it uses battery operated lights so you don't have to worry about hiding a cord on the outside.

 

Painted Feather Thanksgiving Place Cards

Want something a bit more cheery than the traditional Thanksgiving colors like orange, brown and yellow? Try these colorful painted feather Thanksgiving place cards by Mariah from Giggles Galore.

Grateful Thankful Blessed Pillow

In the hustle and bustle of our lives, it's good to stop and think of all the things in our life that are good. This Grateful Thankful Blessed pillow by Amy from The Happy Scraps can serve as a physical reminder.

Paint Sprayed Gift Tags

Part of the beauty of these paint sprayed gift tags by Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts is that it would be very easy to coordinate the colors to match the occasion or the receiver's favorite colors.

Which one of these projects intrigues you the most? 

Show us your holiday projects made with a Cricut Maker by using the hashtags #CricutMade and #CricutMaker!

No sew felt leaves for fall

Decorate for Fall With These No Sew Felt Leaves

November 6th, 2017 • Contributor: Kristen Johnson from A Girl and Her Glitter

Leaves and fall go hand in hand but sometimes finding some vibrant foliage are hard to do, especially ones that will last. Gather your colorful felt and fire up your Cricut Maker for some fun that is quick and easy to set down your table.

Felt leaves that have a little twist (literally)

Felt leaves have been around since pumpkin made an appearance in the form of a pie. It’s time to add a whole lot of whip cream onto that traditional slice to give it a little twist. Adding 12 gauge floral wire in-between the two layers of felt is exactly the bendable literal twist that these leaves need. Plug in your Cricut and warm up that glue gun, it’s time to add some 3d fall leaf texture onto your table and bring it to life.

 

Tools + Materials You’ll Need to Get Started:

  • Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Felt
  • Floral Wire 12 Gauge
  • Hot Glue/Gun

1: Find Leaf Images

Find the leaves that you want to use

Turn on your Cricut Maker, look up leaves in Design Space, and select the leaves that fit your fancy.

2: Cut Leaves

Cut out your felt

Once you have your selected your design (make sure you have double images), load your Cricut Felt and make sure your rotary blade is loaded. Click that magical blinking C.

3: Remove From Mat

Take the felt leaves off the mat

Once your felt leaves have been cut, remove and set out your double pieces.

4: Glue Leaves to Wire

Attach leaves to wire

Add a line of hot glue to one of your leaves and cut your wire to your desired length (leave enough length for later). Place your wire on top of your leaf and press against the other leaf until they are stuck together.

5: Add More Wire

Attach more wire

For the leaves that have more of a structured shape, add additional wire to where you would want the leaves to bend and move.

6: Repeat!

Repeat the above steps a few times

Cut multiple colors of felt and follow steps 1-4 until you have many variations of shapes and sizes.

7: Wrap Long Wire Pieces

Wind the long wire pieces together

Take the longer wires and attach to each other by wrapping them around each other to create runners.

8: Complete the Project

Finish up your no sew felt leaves!

Bend and shape your felt leaves any way you like until you like how they look and your final look is all done!

 

What would you decorate with these felt leaves? Tell us below!

Last Minute Cricut Halloween Projects

Last Minute Halloween Projects You Can Make Today

October 26th, 2017 • Contributor: Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts

Hey everybody – it’s Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts (http://www.kingstoncrafts.com/) and Halloween is NEXT WEEK! How did that happen? I know I can’t be the only one running around making last minute preparations so today I’ve got ten last-minute Cricut projects that are going to make you the hit of the neighborhood this Halloween. Many of these projects can be made on both the Explore machines and the new Maker machine so let’s get crafty!

Boo Banner

Mantel looking a little bare? In just ten minutes you can create this gorgeous boo banner from Frog Prince Paperie.

No Carve Pumpkin

Who has time for carving pumpkins at the last minute? This no-carve project from Sweet Rose Studio can be color coordinated with any theme and can be made again next year!

Web Window Clings

If you haven’t tried Cricut Window Cling it is PERFECT for last minute décor ideas – easy on, easy off! Check out these spider web window clings from Hey Let’s Make Stuff.

Felt Masks

These DIY felt masks from Tastefully Frugal are not only a quick and easy solution for Halloween, they are great for playtime all year round!

Spider Web Earrings

These faux spider earrings from Hey Let’s Make Stuff would be a cool accessory for your costume, but would also be fun to wear to work or if you aren’t big on dressing up for the holiday.

Halloween Cut Files

With these cut files from Liz on Call, the possibilities are endless! Make them smaller for cupcake toppers, use them on cards, or make them larger than life for fun wall or table décor.

Halloween Cut Files

Having a Halloween party this weekend? These bat napkin rings from Creativities Galore and this spider serving bowl from Laura’s Crafty Life will make any table festive, and just take a few minutes to create.

Sweet Treats

The best part about Halloween? The snacks! With your Cricut Explore or Maker, you can customize sweet treats in no time. Check out these witch cupcake toppers from 100 Directions and these purple people eater treats from I Love My Disorganized Life!

Have a fun and festive Halloween – can’t wait to see what you create!

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Which one of these projects will you be making?

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?