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Bedazzle Your Kitchen With This Must-Have Foil

April 14, 2017 • Contributor: Ariel from PMQ for Two

It's me again! Ariel from PMQ for two and I create bold, bright, eclectic & colourful home decor and DIYs. You can view more of my work in my project gallery here. I enjoy long walks down the aisles at HomeSense, greeting the UPS delivery person in pyjamas, fish tacos, and leopard print. I also live in Canadian military housing, so we’re renters in a traditional sense.  I've recently completed a renter friendly kitchen upgrade which you can view here, and I've been using my Cricut to upgrade a few things in the kitchen. New look = new look for the accessories. Duh?!

In the re-shuffle of things in the kitchen I ended-up moving a lot of my appliances and decor around. My kitchen mixer is now featured more prominently on the counters, but for some reason the all-white mixer was a bit of an eye-sore. Well, less of an eye-sore and more "blah." I bought it on Black Friday sales a few years ago so I wasn't able to pick a fancy custom colour. Thankfully my Cricut Explore Air 2 allows me to bring many of my crafting dreams to life, and I knew the kitchen mixer would be the perfect opportunity to marry the rose gold foil I used on my vinyl and paint mosaic here and my love of folk patterns like I did with my Otomi inspired chargers here.

Below you'll find the step-by-step instructions for creating your own custom kitchen mixer decal using your Cricut vinyl or foil and Cricut machine.

 

Step 1

Using your Cricut Design Space account, select a pattern from the Make It Now projects, or upload your own file and save it as a cut file.

 

Mixer project

Step 2

Using your Cricut machine cut the file to the desired size. My Kitchen Aid mixer took a full 12" length image to wrap around the top arm, so I cut it to that size.

If you're using a different mixer, you will want to measure the length of the arm to better determine the size of your image.

 

Step 3

Weed your image! This takes time on such a big pattern, but making sure everything is done properly will make for an easier image transfer.  I start by peeling back big chunks, and then to prevent stray vinyl (that has already been pulled-up) from catching on the actual design by accident and pulling things out of place, I trim the already pulled vinyl as I go. It takes an extra few seconds but is well worth my peace of mind, because on a cut this big it would not be fun to have to re-cut it because the vinyl pulled half of it out of place.

 

Mixer project

Step 4

To apply the large sheet across the arm of the mixer you'll trim any excess negative space around the contour of the design on the vinyl sheet before applying the transfer tape. Leave an half inch bleed with your transfer tape on the side you're starting from, so that it can cling to the mixer while you stretch it over the arm. If what I said makes no sense, just look at the picture below!

 

Mixer project

Step 5

Slowly smooth the design as you wrap it around the arm and secure it to the other side. On the front and back bulbs where it starts to curve, you will notice the vinyl does not lay flat right away. That's normal. Worry about it once you've removed the transfer tape safely.

 

Mixer project

 

Once your vinyl tape has been removed, take a small blade or use your Cricut tool scissors to cut a small line down the middle of the creasing vinyl. It should then lay flat if you smooth once flap down and then the next.

 

Mixer project

Step 6

You'll notice that the bulbous parts don't have any pattern on them, or, part of the arm's main pattern falls onto them. Cut the excess image and then apply it on the bulb. If you just flatten it, there will be a little pocket down the middle of the image and all manner of things will get caught in there. I find the scissors in the tool set to be perfect for this.

To fill in the nose and the butt of the arm, use your weeding tool to lift and apply who pieces. Because I'm working with a bigger pattern it was easier than using transfer tape to transfer whole chunks of the pattern over. It also gave me more control in terms of smoothing-out the creases that form because of the curves.

 

Mixer project

Step 7

Time to do the sides! There's two ways you can do this. You can cut the exact shape of the side of the tower and then apply that. OR, you can make it super complicated and do what I did. I cut portions of the pattern to apply piece-meal along the side of the tower until it all looked good.

 

Mixer project

Mixer project

Step 8

Do the other side of the tower! I chose not to the the rest of the mixer like the foot or the front/back of the tower, because they'll either be covered by the bowl, or are too small to bother with.

 

Mixer project

Mixer project

Step 9

Christen your newly bedazzled machine! I made cupcakes and am eating one as I write this post, so I guess you could say I'm winning at life right now. Make sure you come see the full reveal and all the pretty beauty shots on PMQ for two here!

 

Mixer project

If you want to come see the rest of the projects I've made with my Cricut you can come see my // Woodland Critter Baby Shower // Hand-written" Calling Cards // DIY Champagne Buzzer // Otomi Vinyl Chargers // Comparison between the Circut & Silhouette Machines.

 

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Add Faux Wood To Give Your Home Texture

March 20, 2017 • Contributor: Lindi @ Love Create Celebrate

Hey everyone! This is Lindi, from Love Create Celebrate. On my home and DIY blog, I share a ton of amazing home décor projects, usually with a rustic or industrial flare to them. As soon as Cricut came out with their Faux Woodgrain Leather, I KNEW I had to try it! I’m excited to share this project with you, as well as some creative glue ideas for all of your Cricut materials!

 

Materials For This Project

 

Materials for this project:

Start by grabbing your faux wood grain leather. I used the light tan colored sheet and the black sheet, because I really wanted the tan to pop.

 

Design Space

 

Open up Cricut Design Space. You can follow this link to open the canvas “Faux Wood Home Sign” that I created.

 

Cricut Explore Air

 

Then set your Cricut to “Faux Leather (Cricut)” and cut your pieces. TIP: You'll want to make sure your dial is set to "custom" on your Cricut and then choose "faux leather" in Design Space before cutting your project. 

 

Cricut mat

Cricut mat

Wood

 

Next, you need something to act as a background for your sign. I used a sheet of plywood, but a piece of hardboard from the dollar store would work too! Just something stiff enough to stay up straight.

 

Home sign

 

Before I glued all of my faux woodgrain leather pieces on, I used some black paint around the edge of the plywood, so that it wouldn’t stand out on the sides of the sign.

 

Glue

 

Now the big question! What do you use to glue faux woodgrain leather?! If you’re thinking glue gun… think twice! Glue guns leave a TON of strings and they tend to dry quickly, in clumps. We want this beautiful piece to dry flat. Instead of a glue gun, I reached for my 3-in-1 Craft Glue. It’s not hot, and you can place the thin faux leather pieces down without any lumps. Just press on the leather to flatten the glue underneath. This glue is also very forgiving, allowing you to move the piece around a bit before you leave it alone, yet it still dries quickly – win, win, WIN!

 

Glue

Home sign

 

Once you have both layers of faux woodgrain leather in place, you’ll have a beautiful new sign for your home.

 

Home sign

Home sign

Thanks for reading along with this project! The Cricut Explore Air 2 can cut SO many different materials. I shared one of my glue secrets here today, but I’ve also shared the BEST glue for 20+ different crafting materials on Love Create Celebrate today. Come find out why I NEVER use a glue gun!

 

The Best Glue Guide

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

-Lindi

Love Create Celebrate

 

 

Succulent

Free Cut! Succulent Thank You Gift

March 17, 2017 • Contributor: Cris Stone of Kiss My Tulle

Many years ago, I was a preschool teacher and really loved it. In addition to getting to watch kids learn and grow under my influence, I also got to know the families well, too. Well enough that every time a holiday or school rolled around, I got a little something in on my desk from different parents who wanted to show me how appreciated I was. It meant a lot to me – not because the gifts were big or fancy, but because they took the time to show me that they were thinking of me. This March, most schools are letting out for spring break and it’s the perfect time to tell your child’s teacher “Hey! I appreciate you!” with this simple DIY featuring this week’s free cut: the lacy labels cartridge.

The cartridge features any number of gorgeous designs but this simple “JOY” one struck a cord with me because I just love the happiness that word brings me.

 

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So why not take ten minutes and show your kid’s teacher some love with this DIY succulent thank you gift featuring this week’s free cut: the lacy labels cartridge? And be sure to take a moment to show us your creation! #CricutMade

 

Lemon Project

5 Cool Ways To Use Cardstock For Spring

March 15, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

It’s that time of year again… our clocks go forward and we’re reminded that spring is on the horizon. In fact, the first day of spring is less than a week away – March 20th! Let the countdown begin…

We love spring so much at Cricut because we start seeing pops of color return to the trees and blooming flowers. As soon as we see that color return, we’re instantly inspired to make projects that will breathe new life into our homes and relationships. There’s nothing like sprucing up your space with a pop of color or designing something fun for an upcoming party. Spring is that perfect time of year to try new things, so today, we’re going to show you some unique ways you can use cardstock.

People typically think of cardstock as a card-making material, but we decided to take it to the next level… we’re going to show you some amazing dimensional cardstock projects that will blow your socks off. And the best part, you can make these projects so easy using Cricut and Design Space!

 

Hopping Easter Bouquet

Easter Bouquet

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, this springy colorful cardstock bouquet will add a fun touch to your dining room or an entry-way side table. All you need is a variety of cardstock, flower wire, and a couple other helpful tools, to make this bouquet. You can Make It Now in Design Space, which provides the full how-to!

A Romantic Rose Wall

A Romantic Rose Wall

Flowers don’t have to just come out of the ground… you can make them bloom from your wall! This wall installation, designed by Idieh Design, is the perfect paper statement to add some lovely dimension to your walls. Heidi used fishing wire to hang the flowers and the best part, the rose design is a one-cut project! All you do is roll up the paper cut and glue the bottom flap of the rose… you can find Heidi’s full instructions here. I made them too, and it’s so easy! It took me about 3-5 minutes to cut, roll, and glue one rose.

Celebrate Cake Topper

Celebrate Cake Topper

Add a little sparkle to your cakes with the adorable glitter cardstock cupcake topper by The Wedding Lady. Making cupcake toppers is so easy – all you need is cardstock, bamboo skewers, and a paint brush! And the coolest part about cutting font projects in Design Space is that we have over 400+ fonts to choose from OR you can use own (literally fonts on your computer will aggregate in Design Space… pretty crazy, huh?!). Some of my favorite fonts to use for cake toppers are Lipstick Lettering, Elegant Cake, Quarter note and Cursive 101.

Animals For Your Baby’s Nursery

 Animals For Your Baby’s Nursery

This cardstock lion is such a cute way to dress up your baby’s walls in a way that will seriously impress your family and friends. To be able to say you made a dimensional lion for your baby’s nursery? How cool is that? Now this project takes anywhere from 1 – 2 hours depending on your level of skill with Cricut and using cardstock… but when I tell you once you get the hang of it, these types of projects are super easy to make. Go check out this Make It Now project in Design Space here!

Heart Bottle Wrap

Heart Bottle Wrap

When spring hits and you start having friends over for backyard BBQs, serve your beverages with a little extra personal touch. This milk bottle has been reimagined by our Cricut team with a fun cardstock wrap with a heart pattern cutout. Just grab some cardstock in your favorite color, twine, adhesive, and a plain bottle to complete this project! You can Make It Now in Design Space here.

Now that we’ve shown you some of our favorite unique cardstock projects, what do you think? Can you go outside the box with cardstock this spring? Tell us in the comments or share your favorite projects via social with the hashtag #cricutmade! We can’t wait to see what you make for spring.

 

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How One Woman Inspires Her Community With DIY Projects

March 14, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Here at Cricut, we love to hear that our products help people add beauty to their homes and lives. But some users really go the extra mile to make the world a better place for others, and today we are happy to be featuring a woman who does exactly that.

Jessica Kistner is the creator and proprietor of Jessie’s Find and Refine, an online store specializing in home décor and organic living. But Jessie doesn’t just sell amazing (often upcycled) products, she also supports her local law enforcement by creating and selling “Back the Blue” candles, which raise funds for the Napa Police Officers’ Association. 

Read on… and get ready to be inspired! 

 

DIY Mug

 

Jessie, tell us a bit about yourself:

I started making soy candles about four years ago while in the Marine Corps. My husband and I were both military police, working presidential security. We eventually moved back to California, where my husband is employed as a police officer in Napa. I wanted to do something to give back to the community, and to show love and support for all law enforcement officers.

Prices for my candles start at $15, and for each one that I sell, I donate $5 to the Napa Police Officers’ Association. Just a few weeks after I launched the program, I was able to give them $300!

 

Back the blue

That is so fantastic, and we are thrilled that your Cricut has helped you with your creative passions. How long have you had your Cricut? What is your favorite feature?

I got my Cricut after an elementary school friend introduced me to the brand. I've had it for almost a year now. My favorite feature, by far, is that I’m able to cut vinyl. I use my Cricut almost daily, whether it be customizing coffee mugs, adding a special touch to my candles, making fun labels for the oils that I sell or creating custom windows. I'm obsessed!

 

Back the blue

Jessie, thank you for your story and, moreover, for your service to our country.

 

Jessie's Find & Refine Candle

Take a stroll through her shop, Jessie’s Find and Refine: http://www.jessiesfindandrefine.com

 

Make a faux orange floral wreath

This Faux Orange Wreath Is Everything For Spring

March 13, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

Hi everyone! I am Jennifer Rizzo from Jenniferrizzo.com, and I am so excited to share a fun project with you today! Earlier on my blog, I showed my readers how to make faux oranges from hard foam balls (you can see the full tutorial hereIf you don’t want to make your own oranges you can buy fake fruit from the craft store. I didn’t see oranges, but they did have some lemons. I wanted to take it a step further and make a faux orange leaf wreath. It’s not quite spring yet, and there is something about citrus, even if you can’t eat them, that brings in such a fresh look and feel! The best part about this wreath, is since the oranges are fake, they’ll last forever! I used a faux floral rose spray to mimic the orange blossoms, and  I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out all of the leaves. This would have normally taken me hours, but it really only took me about 15 minutes to cut out the 8 sheets.

You’ll need:

  • Cricut Explore Air 2
  • Cricut scraper tool
  • Cricut spatula tool
  • Cricut scissors
  • Cricut 12 x 12 cutting mat soft grip
  • Use this leaf design (Cricut project file: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/53915719) or similar collages of a leaf of choice
  • 8 different sheets of heavy green cardstock, in 4 different shades of green(2 each) from light to dark
  • Wreath form with appropriate glue, I used a hard foam wreath (get green if they have it!)
  • Fake oranges
  • Floral picks
  • Small white faux floral

If you have your oranges ready, first, cut your leaves. Use the 12 x 12 cutting mat with a light grip. Place your cutting setting on cardstock. I forgot to change mine at the first run and I was left with a paper full of leaves only partway cut out. That didn’t work so well.

I make my designs on my desktop and then open them in the cloud from my phone. it is so much easier and convenient that way!

After cutting, remove the out paper and use the Cricut Spatula tool by tipping the mat and scraping down. They come off so much easier that way. You end up with a nice pile of leaves with out the aggravation of picking them off one by one.

 

Leaves

Cut 8 sheets of leaves, once they are done and you have them, give them all a quick fold in half to make them bend, and look like real leaves.

 

Paper leaf

Add the appropriate glue for your foam, and cover the piece. If I had to do it again, I might wrap it with green crepe paper first and then use a tacky white craft glue to adhere the leaves. I did have issues with the white foam peeking through. My store seemed to have a crazy sale on green foam rings and didn’t have any left, so I was stuck with white foam. Plus, the paper leave would probably stick better to the crepe paper than the foam anyway.

 

Foam wreath

Start gluing the leaves on around the foam ring. I found it worked better to use the large leaves first and then the smaller ones in to fill in.

 

Glue leaves

When adding leaves, vary the different shades of green to give it a more natural look.

 

Oranges

 Let the large glue dry on the top, and then add the smaller ones around the outside. Add the oranges with a floral pick.

 

Oranges

... And glue underneath faux orange glue to leaves. Remove small flowers, trim off any extra bottom with scissors and glue onto leaves.

 

Greenery

Flower & Orange Wreath

Let dry completely overnight, completely still for full adhesion.

And you can either add a ribbon to your wreath to hang, or enjoy a little touch of spring as a decorative piece!

 

Flower & Orange Wreath
Paper Floral Treatments

Tips & Tricks for Paper Floral Treatments (& A Surprise!)

March 2, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Our amazing design team just WOWed me with two huge floral projects. They took my breath away! I asked them about all the unique methods put into making it look so beautiful, and I’m going to give you a few of their awesome techniques that I never knew were possible before!

1. Inking

Inking

By using a small sponge with an ink pad, they were able to add bigger natural bang to this flower! The ink was used on the tips of the petals as well as the center.

2. Glitter Spray

Glitter Spray

Once they put the middle of the flower together, they added some amazing sparkle! Other alternative ideas to capture this essence would be to use glitter paper, glitter dip the flower parts, or even a thicker glitter glue.

3. Rhinestones

Rhinestones

Rhinestones, pearls, or buttons – oh my! There are so many different things you can use to spice up the center.  This flower was inked and then had a rhinestone glued to the center for a slight sparkle. 

4. Painting

Painting

Paint on the paper can really add a realistic touch to your flowers.

5. High-contrast paper colors

Colors

High-contrast paper colors. Using colors that pop against each other can also make a more dramatic impact to your flowers.

After all these magical tips, I’m sure your next question is what did it turn out looking like? Tune in to HSN on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 starting at 12am ET to see the entire project live! Visit our Facebook page for additional times to tune in. 

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And Our DIY Bedroom Contest Winner is …

March 1, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

Jamie Freeman from South Dakota! Jamie inspired us with her new DIY baby nursery ideas and how special she’s making this space for her and her husband’s new adopted son, Jack. When we launch inspiration programs, like we did with home décor, we’re constantly amazed by the feedback we get from our DIY community about the things they’re making and where they get their inspiration.

 

Winner!

We loved Jamie’s story so much that we thought we’d take it a step further and interview her – especially for you moms or grandmothers out there – about how she created and styled the nursery in her home.

But before your read on, look at some adorable photos from Jack’s nursery!

 

Vinyl Wall Prayer

Vinyl Wall Prayer

Wains Coated Paneling With Wood Letters

Wains Coated Paneling With Wood Letters

Adoption Sign Made With Vinyl & Scrapbook Paper Light Switch

Adoption Sign Made With Vinyl & Scrapbook Paper Light Switch

Growth Chart With Vinyl

Growth Chart With Vinyl

Jamie, you’re obviously super creative, what was your inspiration to DIY your son’s nursery?

My inspiration at first since we did not know if we would get a boy or girl was to start with a soothing color that we could use either way. I loved the look of the soft gray and I also wanted an accent wall that again could be used for a boy or girl and I had seen the wains coating used before from watching various remodeling shows and loved the look and it was simple to install. Since we were adopting Jack and needing to save money wherever possible my husband and I did most of the work. I grew up in a very crafty house as a child and still love to craft and do my own projects.

 

Did you have a particular style that you were going for? How did you find inspiration?

There wasn’t really a style at first other than choosing a color pallet that could be a boy or a girl and once we knew what the baby would be we had some general ideas of colors we would use. My husband and I both love the color green so we knew that would be one accent color that would go either way. I first started with the book shelf and used various green scrapbook pages and decorated that. Also then used those same scrapbook pages to cover the light switch plates.

After we knew that we would be adopting a boy the theme was easy. We liked the movie Monsters Inc. and my niece calls my husband (Michael) Mike Wazowski so it was of course the theme we needed to go with. And after that we added a large bedtime prayer to the wall, after watching several YouTube videos I dove in and tried it. I guess I’m not afraid to try new projects, I think I’m pretty crafty and can generally figure it out. The other projects just followed, I wanted his room to be his and have a personal touch.

 

What are your favorite materials to work with for DIY?

I love working with all crafts but working with wood seems to be my favorite, I can always find a DIY project that I can make out of wood. Then using vinyl to add an extra touch to gifts is also a fav.

Cricut has a huge portfolio of vinyl material, you can check them out here!

 

If you had any advice for a new mom DIYing a nursery, what would it be?

New advice hmm well...Take your time in deciding how you would like to decorate. We started early (almost 2 yrs. because of the wait) I also looked at several DIY pages like Pinterest and Facebook pages. I watched a lot of DIY shows to get ideas as well. Start with a small idea and build on it. I also wanted to make sure that the room could also transition into a room for him to grow in and build and change things as he grew.

Thank you so much Jamie for sharing your DIY home story with us and we wish you all the best with your new son – his nursery is so cute! Tell us in the comments if you've recently decorated a baby nursery or feel free to ask inspiration questions. We also love to see DIY pictures so feel free to tag us in your photos on Instagram – we’re constantly sharing our favorite projects. #MyCricutStory

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You’ll Never Believe These are DIY Home Projects

February 24, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

This month at Cricut has been all about home décor! We’ve had so much fun making over rooms, DIYing walls, and working with amazing home stylists. It never ceases to amaze me how much I learn at Cricut when it comes to being creative and making projects so personal. You really do get a sense of joy when you finish a project and get to display it at home – I can’t tell you how many people come over and say to me, “You made that, how can I do that?!”

Well, you can do it! Don’t ever feel afraid to harness your creative side and give your home a pop of color with vinyl walls or redo those basic pillows with a fun iron on phrase. Once you start, you’ll never stop!

To honor all the incredible home décor projects our community has made this month, we’re going to do a roundup of some of our favorites that will make you want to DIY everything ... 

The Contemporary Clock

Clock Image

Photo Credit: Tatertots and Jello

This stencil clock by Tatertots and Jello has us in awe. This is actually a Make It Now project in Design Space, so if you love it, go make it right now! We absolutely love stencil projects and a lot of people don’t know you can use make stencils with Cricut and use paint, or chalk paint, or other materials to create amazing textured patterns.

A Lovely Floor

Floor Image

Picture Credit: HelloSociety on Pinterest

Did you ever think you could actually pattern your floor with a stencil or vinyl? Well you can! Here is a link to Cricut’s vinyl material that you can use for something like this. You can either use an existing pattern in Cricut Design Space OR design your own! This design is super dreamy and has us already planning our next floor renovation.

Fall in Love With This Mantel

Mantel Image

Photo Credit: BHG.com

Who ever thought to take sheet music and make a mantel piece? We love this romantic décor so much. It’s a great use of old sheet music that you could find at an antique store or if you’re a musician and have extra sheets.

The Must Have Mustache Mug Collection

Mustache Mugs Image

Photo Credit: Estsy.com

Raise your hand (or tell us in the comments) if your family would LOVE these mustache mugs?! We’re raising our hands over here! These mugs are so easy to make, all you need is the base mug, go into Design Space and find different mustache patterns, and cut them on vinyl or you can do glass etching to create a super fun collection for your kitchen.

Time in A Bottle

Bottle Image

Photo Credit: Decoesfera.com

What an amazing way to celebrate your family heritage with this unique bottle gallery of photos. You can really mix it up by taking down those standard frames and finding unique bottles from different antique or home stores. We’ve even seen this done with wine bottles, which are super fun too. You can see a project similar to this in Design Space, where one of our home stylists created a phrase to put in a transparent lamp base. So easy to make!

A Planter Worth Hanging Around For

Planter Image

Photo Credit: The Crafted Sparrow

These show-stopping planters are literally blowing our minds! You seriously have to see this tutorial that The Crafted Sparrow did using her Cricut to make these amazing planters. There is nothing like a unique hanging plant to give your home a fresh feeling. 

Cling On to This Project

Window Cling Image

Window cling is such a fun material to work with but I feel it’s totally underutilized. We’re obsessed with this unique hexagon window cling pattern that gives this glass frame a frosty look – perfect for the transition from winter to spring. It’s simple, versatile, and you can put it in rooms like a study or living room to add some texture to the room. This is also a Make It Now project!

Spruce Up Your Furniture

Furniture Image

OK, this might be one of our favorite projects, when we can transform plain furniture with a fun pattern or design. This bright colored side table paired with a navy vinyl spiral pattern is such a cool method to make your furniture really stand out.

Show Your Wall You Care

Wall Gallery Image

Who doesn’t love a good wall gallery? Wall galleries are the best when they’re personal to the people and things you love. This heart wall gallery piece is perfect for a baby’s room – it’s so simple and sweet. You could also use it in a rustic or farmhouse style entry way, like we have it displayed in Design Space – oh yeah, and you can make this one too!

A Unique Way to Grow Up

Grow Chart Image

Photo Credit: Design, Dining + Diapers

This aged wood growth chart might be one of the coolest, and most unique, ways we’ve seen a parent track their kid’s height! The stencil chevron stripes are so modern paired with the raw wood. Thank you Design, Dining + Diapers for showing us how to go outside the box!

Honestly, these are just some of our DIY home décor favorites … to see more, head on over to our home décor Pinterest page (you’ll be totally enamored by all the projects!). It truly amazes us how creative our Cricut community is – we’re never at a loss for inspiration or creativity! Make sure you keep sharing your projects with us using the hashtag #mycricutstory on social.

Lastly, and I know we’ve told you this multiple times but we’re just SO excited about it … don’t forget to sign-up for our home décor contest where you can get a total bedroom makeover. It’s too good to miss out on and it ends TODAY!

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Transform A Boring Wall with Vinyl

February 20, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

Have you ever stared at your walls and wondered, “I really need to paint these but it sounds like so much work!” Well that’s exactly what I thought when I moved into my apartment and felt surrounded by stark walls with no color or character. And seriously, when I tell you, I’m super creative but never really took on DIY myself, it’s the truth! You can imagine how I felt before I worked at Cricut. Having a Cricut really gives me the freedom to make designs that are personal to me. 

Enter Heidi Moore of Idieh Design, who we’ve had so much fun working with over the past two months on some amazing room renovations. In working with Heidi, I’ve learned some great tips for adding pops of color, using materials in unique ways, and importantly, finding the right designs to fit my home style.

One of the things I’ve been thinking about doing is a DIY vinyl accent wall – either a cool geometric pattern, something like this:

 

Geometric Patterns

Or a fun contemporary design like this:

 

Contemporary Wall

There’s so much you can do you, you just have to know what style you’re looking for, your priority colors, and oh yeah… a Cricut!

In December, I watched Heidi completely transform this white entry way wall with some of her signature patterns and I was completely in awe. Let me show you how she did it …

Step 1: Measure Your Wall

The wall we were working with was roughly 8 ft. x 3 ft.

 

Step 2: Decide Your Pattern

Heidi designs with a lot of polka dots and hearts, which was perfect for the room we were making over, and what I love about the pattern she chose is that while it’s young at heart, I felt it had a modern touch too.

 

Step 3: Design It In Design Space

Heidi opened up Design Space and used her signature heart and a circle shapes to cut around 50 pieces for the wall (that was our estimate to make sure we had enough space but also covered the wall). Heidi’s project (Hidden Hearts Wall Art) is actually a Make It Now project in Design Space, so it’s really easy to click, cut, and apply! Before you cut, make sure your Cricut dial is turned to vinyl, or whatever material you’re using.

 

TIP: Cut out a couple extra pieces when designing larger installation pieces because if you make a mistake you’ll have extra to work with on your surface. 

 

DS Images

Step 4: Decide On Your Materials & Cut

In this case, Heidi decided to use Cricut metallic adhesive foil for the polka dots and multi-color glitter vinyl for the hearts. She loaded in the mats to Cricut and cut all the shapes out … it probably took us about 20 minutes to cut 50 shapes.

 

Step 5: Apply To The Wall

As you can tell, Heidi is a total pro at this … she had to use a ladder to apply shapes at the top of the wall but overall, it probably took her about 30 minutes to finish the design on the full wall.

 

Heidi Applying Vinyl

Step 6: Step Back & Fall In Love!

Check out how amazing this wall turned out …

 

Vinyl Wall

After watching Heidi master this wall from a design perspective, I knew I had to do it in my own home! The nice thing too is like me, if you rent or you’re just indecisive with style (aka super trendy, also like me), you can just peel off the design and start over. No messy paint, tape, or paint brushes needed to make your wall truly stand out.

So what do you all think? Is this something you think you could do? Well the nice thing is you don’t have to do it alone, remember you can sign-up for our massive home décor contest and get a personal style session with Heidi! This is the last week so don’t forget to enter.

Stay tuned because I’ll be posting what my finished wall looks like in the next month.