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!

Cricut is excited to announce their partnership with Riley Blake Designs

New Quilting BFFs: Cricut and Riley Blake Designs

August 18, 2017 • Contributor: The Cricut Team

So many of us have fond memories of at least one quilt in our lifetime. Perhaps it's the one that your grandma made for you when you were born and it became a cherished companion that you took EVERYWHERE. Maybe your college roommate made you a special quilt for your wedding that contained little inside jokes. It could have been one that helped give you much-needed comfort while you were ill.

With our new Cricut Maker, you too can be a quilt maker and memory giver if you aren't already! We are excited to be working with Riley Blake Designs to bring you fantastic digitized quilting patterns for any occasion. They have been designing gorgeous prints in many different types of fabric since 2008 and also offer coordinating notions and sewing project kits.

Quilting Simplified

Have you ever been intimidated by the process it takes to start piecing together a quilt? Just cutting out simple squares from each fabric and keeping track to ensure that you have enough can be such a chore. If you are trying to use a paper pattern, imagine pinning, cutting, and unpinning many times until you have enough.

Riley Blake Designs is making it so much easier by digitizing lovely quilting patterns that tell the Cricut Maker exactly how many pieces of each fabric you will need and how to lay it out on the mat. Use the attached assembly instructions that they have included with each project and you'll be on your way to sewing it all together in a flash!

We can't wait to see which Riley Blake Designs patterned quilts you will create with your Cricut Maker! Here are a few of the patterns that we already have up to help get you inspired:

Making a quilt for a special wee one that is coming into your life? Try one of these baby quilt patterns, like the Around the Block Baby Quilt. If you were doing this by hand, you would have to worry about cutting out up to 7 different prints per block - whew!

Point them in the right direction with the Arrows Baby Quilt.

Keep it simple and sweet with the Around We Go Baby Quilt.

Sip hot cocoa and read a good book while nestled under the Big Star Throw.

Keep warm while you wrap your holiday gifts with the All Wrapped Up Throw.

Which one of these did you like best? Do you have a favorite Riley Blake pattern or print? Tell us in the comments below!

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?