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!

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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!

Learn how to use different materials to make a Christmas wreath

DIY Christmas Wreath Part 1

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

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

What’s your favorite Cricut material?

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

Supplies Needed for Part 1:

1: Open Cricut Design Space

Design Space Cut File for Christmas Wreath

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

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

2: Change the Layer Color

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

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

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

3: Click on Make It

Have your Cricut cut out the images

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

Images on colored mats

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

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

4: Changing the Material Type

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Using the EasyPress With Unique Surfaces: DIY Coasters

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

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

For this project you will need:

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

1: Choose an Image

Pick which image that you want to use for your design

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

Choose the image that you want to use
Choose the image that you want to use

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

2: Add a Monogram

Add letters to make a monogram

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

Add letters to make a monogram
Add letters to make a monogram

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

Add letters to make a monogram

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

3: Slice Out Text

Slice out the letters from the image

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

4: Cut Out Image

Cut out your project

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

5: Weed Image

Weed away excess vinyl

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

6: Apply Iron-on to Coasters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanksgiving Meal Accessories tutorials

Thanksgiving Dinner Accessories to Make This Year

October 3rd, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

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

Thankful Crayon Holders

Step 1: Cutting Out Your Pieces and Writing/Scoring

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

Step 2: Prepare the Holder

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

Hanging Leaf Branch

Created by Michelle Edgemont

Step 1: Print Then Cut the Leaves

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

Step 2: Attach the Leaves

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

Step 3: Add the Natural Twine

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

Felt Bow Napkin Rings

Step 1: Cutting the Materials

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

Step 2: Assemble the Leaves

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

Step 3: Make Your Bows

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

Step 4: Insert Leaves and Napkin

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

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

Cricut Maker Holiday Crafts

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

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

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

Wood Slice Place Cards

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

Partridge & Pears Garland

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

Wood Photo Ornaments

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

Winter Felt Ornaments

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

Christmas Canvas Unwreath Door Decor

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

 

Painted Feather Thanksgiving Place Cards

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

Grateful Thankful Blessed Pillow

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

Paint Sprayed Gift Tags

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

Which one of these projects intrigues you the most? 

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