Easy Vinyl Crafts

Make These Easy Vinyl Gifts in Under 30 Minutes

March 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I’m so excited to be back here with all of you today. Annnnnd I am super excited to share my love of vinyl with you. Isn’t vinyl amazing? I first started working with vinyl about 10 years ago. It has literally changed my crafty life! You can use vinyl on so many surfaces, it’s easy to work with and the results are perfect every single time. I just love it!

Let me show you how easy it is to cut out vinyl & create fun projects with your Cricut® machine! (I used my Cricut® Maker for these projects. The Cricut® Explore Air 2 works amazingly well with vinyl, too!)

When you are working with vinyl, you will want a few essential supplies in addition to your machine & roll of vinyl.

Supplies Needed:

Supplies for easy vinyl projects

*I’ll tell you more about all the different types of vinyl later on in this post. Keep reading!

Be sure to pin this post for later!

1: Put Your Vinyl on Your Mat

Put vinyl on the mat

First, you will put our vinyl on your cutting mat. I usually use the StandardGrip mat or the LightGrip mat when I’m working with vinyl.

TIP: Leave your vinyl on the roll (instead of cutting a sheet off) when you put the vinyl on the cutting mat. This will prevent waste after your cut.

TIP: If you love the designs I used in this post go here. They are all cute designs you can find in Design Space.

2: Cut Out Vinyl

Cut out your vinyl

Send your design to your Cricut to cut out.

TIP: Make sure you adjust your cut settings to the type of vinyl you are using. It makes a difference.

3: Weed Your Vinyl

Weed away excess vinyl

Weeding! You either love it or hate it, ha! I find it kind of relaxing. Basically, you are removing all the excess vinyl using a weeding tool or pick.

Weed vinyl

Soon you will have something that looks like this.

4: Apply Transfer Tape

Apply transfer tape

Next, you will put a piece of the clear transfer tape over your vinyl. I love that the Cricut transfer tape has grids. It makes it easy to line up your designs.

5: Apply Vinyl

Apply your vinyl

I love to keep “vinyl blanks” in my craft stash. Things like candles, clipboards, notebooks, buckets & mugs are perfect for adding a little bit of vinyl, too. Need a gift idea? Add some vinyl to a travel tumbler, & you have a perfect teacher gift idea. Add some vinyl to a candle for a unique gift or add vinyl to a cute bucket & fill with candy for a fun birthday gift.

The possibilities are endless! You can personalize just about anything with a little bit of vinyl. Let me show you how I made these personalized candles.

Apply vinyl

To apply your vinyl, flip it over & carefully remove the paper backing leaving the vinyl on the transfer tape.

Apply vinyl

Next, place your vinyl where you’d like it. When it looks like a good spot, rub it on using your fingertips or a tool.

Apply vinyl

Next, carefully remove the transfer tape. The vinyl will stick to your surface. Annnnd you will love the results!

Apply vinyl

Doesn’t that look amazing! Such a cute little gift idea in just a few minutes!

Let Me Share Some of My Favorite Types of Vinyl!

Types of Vinyl

I made these candles using the standard Cricut® Vinyl.

It’s not about a fear of commitment or even your ever-changing tastes, moods, or preferences—it’s about freedom! Cricut® Vinyl lets you create easily removable decals, labels, and more for personalized kitchen containers, gifts, home decor, and anything else you can think of. With every color under the rainbow, from bright, bold, and beachy to stately and sophisticated, you’ll find the perfect hue for every project. For use with all Cricut® cutting machines.

Types of vinyl

Cricut® Holographic Vinyl is all about a rainbow of color and freedom of creativity! This multicolor, shimmering material makes eye-catching creations and accents. Create cute treat buckets & more with Cricut® Holographic Vinyl. It is easy to cut, apply, and remove without residue, perfect for special occasions and seasonal crafts plus everyday celebrations! For use with all Cricut® cutting machines.

Types of vinyl

Take vinyl outdoors with Cricut® Premium Outdoor Glossy Vinyl, the same vinyl you love for its versatility and ease—with strength to weather the storm! Create car-window decals, exterior labels, outdoor décor, and so much more. This vinyl removes easily for the ultimate freedom of ever-changing expression yet withstands outside elements, which makes outdoor vinyl perfect for seasonal and special-occasion exterior decorations. Use with all Cricut® cutting machines.

I like to use the outdoor vinyl on things that will get a lot of use like this teacher tumbler.

Types of vinyl

Cricut® Glitter Vinyl is my favorite! Glitter Vinyl lets you create easily removable glitter decals, labels, and more for projects with glamor and a little bit of sass. Personalize jars, labels, treat buckets, home décor, party favors and so much more. With so many glittering colors from bold brights to shimmering metallics, you’ll find the perfect color to impact any project. And when you’re ready for a change, it’s simple to make a change with this easy-to-use, versatile material. For use with all Cricut® cutting machines.

*Only works with Cricut® StrongGrip Transfer Tape.

You can also find Cricut® Vinyl Dry Erase, Cricut® Vinyl Chalkboard & Cricut® Printable Vinyl, too! Check out all things vinyl right here.

I asked some of my favorite Cricut® bloggers to share some of their best vinyl projects. Each of these fabulous projects were completed in 30 minutes or less using vinyl & a Cricut® machine. Be sure to check out the 20 vinyl projects linked below. Don’t forget to pin some for later! Enjoy!

Easy Vinyl Projects

Let me know what you’d like to create with vinyl! I’d love to hear in the comments below.
Let me know your favorite type of vinyl as well. If you have any questions, leave those, too!

DIY Geometric Backdrop

DIY Geometric Paper Backdrop

February 26th, 2018 • Contributor: Kristen Johnson from A Girl and Her Glitter

Creating a backdrop is essential to any celebration and takes your photos to the next level. From birthday parties to baby showers, bridal showers, and even weddings, every event is elevated when unique pieces are on the wall.  

Creating a Paper Backdrop

Backdrops can be as detailed or simple as can be. When using paper, the possibilities are endless.

Geometric Paper

We created this geometric paper design to be used on the Cricut machine. It is simple and extremely easy to create. Only a few supplies are needed for this design and can be completed in no time at all!

Tools & Supplies You'll Need

Supplies for the Geometric Backdrop

1: Cut and Score Your Design

Cut out your design

Using your StandardGrip mat (green) take your Cricut cardstock in 12”X12” (we used the Wildflowers collection for this project omitting the pink) and log into Design Space and open up this geometric shape. After the cut is complete, remove excess paper.

2: Remove Cardstock and Begin Folds

Take your cardstock off the mat

Remove the paper from your StandardGrip mat by placing your mat facing down on your workspace and peel the mat back.

Take your cardstock off the mat

Once your paper has been removed, fold your paper where the score lines have been made. You will see a triangle start to form.

3: Finish Folds and Secure

Finish folding the pieces of your geometric backdrop

Fold over the half moon tab inward.

Finish folding the pieces of your geometric backdrop

Place glue dots/ hot glue along the tab and press against the inside of your geometric shape until the paper sticks together.

4: Repeat Steps 2-4

Once glued together, the geometric shape will stand on its own. Continue steps two to four to create more.

You can then place the geometric shapes together to create unique designs!

5: Secure to Wall

Secure to your wall or backdrop using glue dots You can use hot glue if you want it to be more permanent. Place the glue in all three corners and hold onto the surface until the shape sticks.

Add more geometric shapes and build onto the paper backdrop.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to play around with this geometric shape. This paper shape is so versatile and is meant to be playful and fun!

What colors would you use?

Typography Pillow

Use System Fonts to Make This Typography Pillow

February 8th, 2018 • Contributor: Anna Rose Johnson, Cricut Digital Content Product Manager

*Note: Another lovely project that we are reviving from our archives, just in time for Valentine's Day!*

One of my favorite features of Cricut Design Space is the ability to use System Fonts. This means you can download fonts from the Internet and use them in your everyday crafting world! I love it. When you have the freedom to use any font you’d like, the options for typography projects explode!

For my first typography project, I made a custom pillow with one of my favorite quotes on it. “At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet,” by Plato.

There are tons of websites where you can download fonts for free, but my favorite is DaFont.comDaFont.com allows users to upload fonts they have designed. Note that most all of the fonts have specific instructions and request that you use them for personal use only.

Want to craft this pillow? It’s Ready-to-Make!

Materials Needed:

1: Download Your Fonts

The fonts you’ll need to make this project are: MastocBreamcatcher, and Authentic Hilton. Click on the links to be taken to www.dafont.com.

****Please note that Mastoc and Authentic Hilton are to be used for personal use only.****

You must download and install these fonts for the project to work.

To install, open up the downloaded font file (labeled .ttf) and install it to your computer.

It works best if you download the fonts before opening Cricut Design Space. Otherwise, you’ll need to close the browser and reopen it after installing the fonts to refresh your font list.

2: Create Design

Create your design

Insert text onto your canvas. The fonts are automatically part of the System Fonts once you have installed them. You can filter fonts in Design Space by clicking on System Fonts in the top edit bar. 

Create your design

Once I’ve decided which words I want in each font, I start placing them in a design. The first step is to weld the script fonts together. Select the words and ungroup the letters.

Move the letters next to each other until you’re satisfied with how they look. Then select all of the letters and weld them together. 

Create your design

Arrange all of the words in your design, select all of the words, and weld them together so the words will cut as one complete design. 

3: Cut Out Design

In Cricut Design Space, cut images from iron-on. Be sure to check the “Mirror images (for iron-on)” box in the Mat Preview before you cut. (If cutting multiple mats, be sure to check this box for each mat that contains iron-on.)

4: Weed Iron-on

Weed away excess iron-on

Weed excess iron-on around the image.

5: Apply Iron-on to Pillow

Apply the iron-on design onto your pilloe

Follow the application instructions for Cricut Iron-on to adhere the cut phrases to the front of the pillow.

Apply the iron-on design onto your pilloe

Use our EasyPress or an iron on the purple image first and then do the gold image. 

There you go! A custom pillow with your favorite fonts and your favorite quotes!
XOXO,
Anna Rose

What quote would you put on a pillow? Leave a comment below!

Home Sweet Home sign

Learn the Custom Project Design Process With This Home Sweet Home Sign

January 30th, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am excited to back here on the Cricut blog to share a fun new tutorial with you! Recently, some friends of ours got married, and I was able to create this cute Home Sweet Home farmhouse inspired sign for them using my Cricut Maker & Design Space.

Today we are going to be talking about how to use images in Design Space along with Cricut fonts & some of your own fonts to create your own unique project like I did. Let’s get started!

1: Choose Your Images

Pick the images for your project

TIP: I would recommend getting Cricut Access if you own a Cricut machine. All the images with the little green tag are totally free to use! You can also find tons of free Cricut fonts and more to use in your designs with an Access membership.

Pick the images for your project

For this project, I decided to use this Home Sweet Home image and a swirly heart image from Cricut Access.

2: Insert Both Images in the Design Space Canvas

Insert your images

Now the fun is about to begin. Let me show you how you can combine both of these images into one new image that you can cut out with your Cricut machine.

3: Weld Your Images Together

Weld the images

First, I resized my heart a little bit smaller and than put it right next to the Home Sweet Home image and tilted it just a bit until it looked good to me.

Weld the images

Next, I selected all the images at once, and then I clicked the weld button in my Design Space toolbar.

Weld the images

After I clicked that button, the two images became one! So cool! This is by far my favorite tool!

4: Personalize Your Design

Add personal touches to your design

To personalize this Home Sweet Home project I used one of my favorite fonts (Better Together) and a Cricut Access (Cricut Alphabet) font to add the last name & year established to the bottom of my design.

Personalize your design

This is what my final project design looked like. I love how you can personalize a design to your liking!

5: Size Your Image

Change the size of your image

Next, I sized the image to fit my project. TIP: I inserted a shape & sized it to be the exact size as my board would be. Then all I had to do was drag my design on top & make it just the right size. Delete the extra shape, and you are good to go!

Don’t forget to pin this post for later! You’ll want to remember how to use that welding tool.

6: Cut Out Your Design and Make Your Sign

Make your Home Sweet Home sign

Alright, let me show you how I finished up my DIY farmhouse sign.

Supplies:

First, you will prepare your mat with some vinyl. TIP: Instead of cutting a sheet of vinyl, I just keep it on the roll to prevent waste.

Cricut Maker cutting vinyl

Then you will press go, and that will send your design to your Cricut machine to cut out.

Weeding vinyl

Once your design is cut out, weed out the excess vinyl using a weeding tool.

Vinyl design
Put transfer tape on the design

Next, apply a piece of transfer tape right over the top of your design.

Prepare the frame

For my sign, I just used an 11 inch by 11-inch piece of wood (painted white) and then added a simple frame that I made out of 1x2s & had stained. I used a nail gun to attach those around the painted board.

Carefully peel away backing

Flip your design over, and then carefully remove the backing paper leaving the vinyl stuck to your transfer paper.

Use the scraper

Gently lay your design down on your sign where you’d like it to be, and then rub gently with your scraper tool.

Remove the transfer paper

Carefully peel back your transfer tape, leaving your design in place.

Finished sign

Vinyl lettering is so easy to do, and it looks perfect every single time! Thanks so much for having me over! If you like this project, please share it.

Let me know if you have any questions below!

You Are My Happy No Sew Banner

DIY No-Sew Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging

January 29th, 2018 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

When I think about what I want to see in a cutting machine, versatility is at the top of the list. I'm not looking for a one-trick pony. I need something that can do everything I want + more. Surprise me, I say!

That's exactly what you get with the Cricut Maker. Versatility at its finest. Today, I'm showing you just how versatile it can be by cutting multiple types of fabric to create a no-sew, Valentine's Day inspired wall hanging.

Supplies Needed:

Supplies for this no-sew fabric banner

Is there anything more fun than picking out fabric? I start by choosing a print and then choose 5-6 coordinating solids.

1: Cut Canvas and Make Banner

Choose the fabric type in Design Space

(A) I used Design ID #M45C8B from Design Space. It's part of the Cricut Access Subscription so if you're already a member, it's free to use! *I only have the 12x12 FabricGrip Mat so I sized my banner to fit using a width of 8.5.*

(B) Once you've set up your design and chosen the Maker as your cutting machine, you'll go to the material settings window and select Canvas as your material. The rotary blade will automatically adjust before cutting.

Choose the fabric type in Design Space

The Maker cuts canvas like butter, just look at those crisp lines.

(C) To finish the edges I used an iron and a product called "Steam-a-Seam", which you can find at most craft stores. You could also use a quality fabric glue.

2: Cut Fabric Accents

Cut out the accents for your fabric banner

Now the fun part begins! I created a heart from the shapes panel in Design Space and made it a little smaller than my banner so it will center nicely, around 6.8 inches wide. Hide the banner by clicking the small eye shape in the layers panel and cut the heart.

Cut out the accents for your fabric banner

It's always surprising to see how easily the Maker can go from cutting a thick canvas to cutting thin cotton. Just be sure to choose cotton as your material in the settings.

3: Upload and Set Up Design

Upload your design

*I used Adobe Illustrator to set up my design, saved it as an SVG and then imported it into Design Space. Click HERE to open the file, then do a right-click (PC) or CTRL + click (Mac) and Choose Save As to download it. Upload it to Design Space.

(1) Size the design to fit on the banner, change the letter colors to match your fabrics and click Make It. Just be sure to hide the heart and the banner shape first.

Upload your design

(2) The software will show you which color fabric to load each time. Since I'm using both cotton and felt I just changed the material settings as I went through the different mats.

Glue on the letters

4: Glue on Accents

Glue on accents

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Glue on accents

Since this is a no-sew project, I used fabric glue to attach the pink heart and all of the letters to the banner. It looks perfectly fine as is, but I'll probably add a contrasting stitch around the edges before hanging.

Kayla

What kind of no-sew projects have you created with the Maker? Let us know in the comments!

Let's stay connected!

Organize your silverware tray

Organize All the Things This Year!

January 25th, 2018 • Cricut Blog Team

It's January. Which pretty much translates to: the month of getting organized. Yes? Preparing for the upcoming year takes a lot of work, thought, and planning. But it can also be fun and creative. And exciting! Especially with the help of our Home Organization cartridge.

Create the Silverware Tray pictured above with this Ready to Make project!

Gardening tool labels

Keep your home organized and running smoothly with labels and images professionally designed for organization projects in every room of the house--even the garage! The labels are simple, clean, and modern, while the easy-to-recognize graphics will help even the littlest members of the household keep things tidy. Whether you’re labeling a basket or creating a chore chart, the Home Organization Cricut® cartridge will help your family banish clutter and simplify your lives!

~Organize your shed with this Ready to Make Gardening Tool Box project~

Give your craft room a makeover with these Craft Storage Boxes!

OK. Let's talk pantries. If you're like me, the pantry seems to be kind of a dark abyss of half-full cereal boxes, Jenga-like stacks of pasta and rice, and an infinite number of cans of tomato soup. Things get lost only to be found again long after I'd care to admit. So at my house, we just close that pantry door and try to forget about it.

Until now that is. Natalie, one of our talented Cricut project designers, used these images to show us how to clear out the clutter and revamp a pantry space. (Insert happy dance here.) You'll find all the details here on how to makeover your pantry and turn it into one of your favorite spaces.

What are you organizing this year? Tell us below!

Fun pillow fight pillows

Pillow Fight Fun for Kids of All Ages

January 24th, 2018 • Shanon Kendall

*Note: We're reopening the archives to bring back posts like this awesome set of pillows. I can't wait to make them for my own little ones with cabin fever. ~Cricut Blog Team

As the winter months drag on my kids get really bored. I usually find them vegging in front of a screen of some sort. When I ask them to get off the television, they move to the computer! (Not what I had in mind, kids.)

In an effort to encourage happy inside play, I made them a set of pillow fight pillows! I've wanted to make a project like this for some time and I am very excited to share it with you.

First of all, don’t be intimidated by the sewing. This project is really easy. You don’t even have to follow a pattern.

Pillow fight weapon pillows

Supplies You Will Need:

Pillow fight supplies

1: Cut Out Your Images

Open the Pillow Fight project in Cricut Design Space™ and click Make It. The project file includes the images for thirteen pillows: (2) swords, (1) dagger, (1) grenade, (3) ninja stars, (1) “boom” phrase, (2) punching fists, (1) bomb and (2) laser swords. Remember that if you only want to cut a few of the pillows or more of one type of pillow, you can always click Customize instead of Make It and change the file to fit your needs.

Some important tips for cutting this project:

-Be sure to click the “Mirror image (for iron-on)” button for EACH mat in the project on the Mat Preview screen. Since all of the mats contain iron-on, you will need to click on every mat and choose to mirror the image.

-The software decides where the cuts will occur on the mat. For this project, I wanted to conserve my iron-on material so I moved the images around on the mat to make the best use of the cutting area. This is also done on the Mat Preview screen.

-Just click on each image and move them around until they are nestled into each other. This ninja star wouldn’t have even cut because the iron-on material is 19” long and the star was positioned lower than that on the mat.

-Check each mat. I moved images around on all of them.

2: Iron Images Onto Canvas

Iron on your images onto the fabric

Iron the images onto white canvas leaving about 5-6” of space between images for cutting and sewing. You can speed up the process by using our EasyPress since it has a larger surface than a traditional iron and more consistent heating throughout the plate.

Iron on your images onto the fabric

For the layered images, start by ironing the bottom layer in place first. Remove the lining.

Layer the top image over the bottom image and iron in place. You can find more instructions on how to apply Cricut® Iron-on here.

3: Cut Fabric Shapes

Cut out the fabric shapes

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Cut out the fabric shapes

Use scissors to cut around each image. Be sure to leave at least 2-3” of space around the images for sewing seam allowances and stuffing.

You don’t have to be perfect here!  The beauty of these fun pillows is that their wonky shape actually adds to their charm.

4: Cut Out Backing

Cut out your pieces of fabric backing

Place the cut canvas images face down on the backing fabric (right sides together). Use scissors to cut the backing to match the front piece.

5: Stitch Fabric Together

Sew your pieces together

Use a sewing machine to stitch around the edges of each pillow. Leave about 2 ½” open (unstitched) for turning and stuffing. I used ¼” seams.

6: Turn Pillows and Stuff

Stuff your pillows

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Stuff your pillows

Turn the pillows right side out and stuff them with fiberfill.

7: Hand-stitch the Openings

Sew your pillows shut

Use a needle and thread to hand-stitch the openings closed.

Pillow fight pillows in the box

We invited some kids to take the pillows for a test run and they had a FANTASTIC time! We did establish one important rule: strike only bodies…NO FACES. We don’t want any poked eyes!

Pillow fight pillows
Pillow fight pillows
Pillow fight pillows
Pillow fight pillows

I know these pillows are going to help get my kids off technology and excited for some creative, active, indoor play! I hope your kids will love them too.  I think some forts made from couch cushions are in order….don’t you?

♥ Shanon

Which pillow is your favorite? Comment below and pin to save!

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 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!