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? 

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No sew felt leaves for fall

Decorate for Fall With These No Sew Felt Leaves

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

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

Felt leaves that have a little twist (literally)

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

 

Tools + Materials You’ll Need to Get Started:

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

1: Find Leaf Images

Find the leaves that you want to use

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

2: Cut Leaves

Cut out your felt

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

3: Remove From Mat

Take the felt leaves off the mat

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

4: Glue Leaves to Wire

Attach leaves to wire

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

5: Add More Wire

Attach more wire

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

6: Repeat!

Repeat the above steps a few times

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

7: Wrap Long Wire Pieces

Wind the long wire pieces together

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

8: Complete the Project

Finish up your no sew felt leaves!

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

 

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

Last Minute Cricut Halloween Projects

Last Minute Halloween Projects You Can Make Today

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

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

Boo Banner

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

No Carve Pumpkin

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

Web Window Clings

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

Felt Masks

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

Spider Web Earrings

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

Halloween Cut Files

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

Halloween Cut Files

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

Sweet Treats

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

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

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Which one of these projects will you be making?

Make these fun Halloween decor items with your Cricut!

Halloween Decor You Can DIY

October 6th, 2017 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

Raise your virtual hand if you LOVE decorating for Halloween! Kayla from Kayla Makes here today to round up some of the coolest DIY Halloween decor from around the web. Of course, they're the coolest because they were all created with Cricut®. Let's get our spooky on!

Spooky Pillow by TomKat Studio

I just LOVE the simplicity of this pillow. Kim created it using felt and Cricut® heat and bond but now that the Maker is out with its amazing rotary blade, you don't even need the heat and bond! You can find this project here in Design Space.

Spider Web Garland by Jen Goode at 100 Directions

This spider web garland by Jen Goode is also available in Design Space. I love how delicate the webs are and I really love the fact that all you need on hand is cardstock and glue. Such a simple craft but a huge impact.

Halloween Window Clings by Jill at Create, Craft, Love

I am so intrigued by these cute window clings! Window cling is a material that I have yet to use but after seeing these I'm quickly adding it to my cart before Halloween slips away!

Spooky Wood Sign by Kayla Makes

I created this "spooky" wood sign for my own Halloween decor this year. It's a combination of paint and vinyl and I love how it turned out!

Halloween Cloche by Cricut

This is another project that makes such a huge impact with little effort and minimal supplies. A few sheets of cardstock and a little hot glue is all it takes to create this spooky scene. You can find it here in Design Space.

DIY Halloween Pillow by The Crafted Sparrow

Not only does this pillow feature one of the best Halloween movies ever, but it's also the perfect excuse to use the new Easy Press! That little spider hanging from the P is brilliant, it transforms the whole look of the pillow.

Don't forget, if you want to have easy access to these type of projects, join Cricut Access. For as low as $7.99/month you will have access to over 30,000 designs + you'll receive 10% off all purchases made on Cricut.com and in Design Space.

Let’s stay connected!

Which one of these spooky home decor projects are you dying to create?

Make your own elegant wreaths using your Cricut

Decorate Your Door With These Stylish Wreaths

October 3rd, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Wreaths are an easy way to add some color and style to your front door. In less time than it takes to watch your favorite sitcom, you could make one of these wreaths to make your entryway really stand out!

Monogram Wreath

Uses the Cricut Studio Kate's ABCs-Baby Girl digital cartridge

Step 1: Cutting Out Monogram

Open up the project and change the monogram to your desired letter. Have your Cricut cut out 8 of them.

Step 2: Prepare the Wreath

If you are using a Christmas wreath, remove any red berries or other scarlet accents to make it work with any season. Add in the peach berries.

Step 3: Glue Together Monogram

Add glue to each monogram letter and stack on top of each other to form one thick letter.

Step 4: Attach the Letter

Loop the ribbon through the letter (if possible) and attach with glue to the wreath.

Thankful Heart Wreath

Step 1: Cutting the Wood

Load up the Thankful Heart Image in Design Space. Switch to the deep cut blade. Start out with the dial on paper and have it cut once. While keeping the mat in the machine, move the dial to the next setting and cut again, repeating until you reach the Custom setting.

Once you are in Custom, use the highest pressure and have it cut 7 times. Repeat this two more times for a total of 21 different cuts.

Step 2: Assemble the Wreath

Simply use the hot glue to attach the wooden Thankful Heart phrase to the wreath and you are finished.

Which wreath do you prefer? Tell us below!

Make your own garlands

Make These Pretty Garlands for Your Next Holiday Party

October 3rd, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

One easy way to make a room more festive is to deck it out with garlands. These swags can be easily customized to match the holiday or other occasions that you are celebrating. During this fall or winter, why not make one of these pretty garlands using your Cricut?

Metallic Leaf Garland

Step 1: Cutting and Scoring

Open up the project in Design Space and insert the scoring stylus into your machine. Put the cardstock on your mats and cut out the project. It will also do the scoring for you as it goes.

Step 2: Fold All the Leaves

Take all of the leaves and prepare them for attachment by folding them along the score lines.

Step 3: Attach Leaves

Use the hot glue to adhere each leaf to the wire. Make them go in all directions to add fullness to your garland.

Step 4: Paint the Garland

The final step is to paint all of the leaves. Silver spray paint was used for the one pictured, but you can certainly use other metallic colors depending on your needs. A nice antique gold would go lovely with the reds and greens of Christmas, for example. Allow to dry, then hang up.

Diamond Garland

This is a JoAnn Exclusive project.

Step 1: Cutting and Scoring

Go to this Design Space project and follow the prompts to cut and score the diamond pattern.

Step 2: Assemble the Diamond Garland

Make the diamond by folding each of the score lines that your Cricut made during cutting. Start folding it together into the diamond shape around the twine so that it runs through the middle. Hot glue each of the sides together. Keep adding diamonds to the twine at 5" intervals.

Which style do you like better? Tell us below!

Organize your craft room this fall

Organize Your Craft Room This Fall!

September 29th, 2017 • Contributor: Lilly Jiminez from The Creative Heart Studio

Hey, everyone! Lilly, from The Creative Heart Studio here to share a few tips on organizing your craft room for fall.

Today, I’m going to show you a few ways I organize my craft room to be as efficient as possible and clutter free.

Cricut Machine and Mats:

I purchased mix and match table tops, legs, and a multiple drawer unit to set up my desk in my craft room. Using an L shape, it made it easier to give my Cricut its own area to allow for space while the mat is being pulled through the machine. Behind it, I used a Command hook to hang my mats! It works great because it holds the weight and keeps them readily available for when I’m ready to cut.

Tip: Make sure you buy a command hook that will hold the weight, otherwise you may find it coming off the wall.

Organizing your Cricut machine and pads
Use a Command hook to hang your mats

Supplies:

I’ve found the best way to store supplies like rolls of vinyl, punchers, and other small craft supplies is in drawers. With the multiple drawer unit as part of my desk, it allows easy access to everything I need to craft. Shallow drawers work best as it doesn’t allow much room for multiple layers, and in turn, LESS CLUTTER!!! It’s easy to see all your supplies and that definitely saves time rummaging through baskets or boxes.

Organizing rolls of vinyl
Organizing craft vinyl

For my cardstock paper, I keep a paper sorter on my desk that has 5 sections. This has worked PERFECTLY! I use the bottom section to put all my scraps in that can still be used and the rest of the slots are used for the rest of the paper. This allows me to see the papers I have available easily and know if I’m missing any colors.

Organizing cardstock
Organizing cardstock

Tools:

For my Cricut tools, markers, scissors, and other small handheld items like that, I have the PERFECT organization and storage solution. I have a bar that I purchased at IKEA with hanging containers. Installed it right in front of my desk on the wall. Having it this low allows for easy access to all the tools I need as I’m sitting and working. It also keeps them sorted and easily visible. I also use it to store markers, glue sticks, my glue gun, and other small supplies!

Organizing pens

For my small glitter tubes that I love to look at, I installed a picture ledge and have it above my desk. It looks colorful, fun and is very practical for use while crafting.

Organizing glitter tubes

Craft rooms should be practical! That way, you make the most of your time so you can keep on making beautiful crafts!!!

I would say the 2 key rules to go by when organizing a craft room are:

  • Easy access to supplies
  • Clear visibility to supplies

I love the way this small space has everything I need and allows me to still stay organized and efficient when crafting. Happy Crafting!

Organized craft room

How do you keep your craft room organized?

Adhesive foil home decor

Create Custom Home Decor With Adhesive Foil!

September 25th, 2017 • Contributor: Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts

Hey, everybody – it’s Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts and today I’m going to share one of Cricut’s best-kept secrets – Adhesive Foil! Perfect for both the Explore machines and the new Maker machine, adhesive foil adds the perfect amount of glam to any project. The other best-kept secret? Cricut makes adhesive foil sampler packs so you can try out a variety of colors. Now let’s check out a few of my favorites!

Tea Lovers Mug

Kick off your mornings with a little pizazz! This fun tea cup from dukes and duchesses is the pick me up we all need as we start our day.

Wall Decor

Watercolor AND metallics AND free cutting files? Yes, please! Thanks to Natalie at Doodlecraft you can create these beautiful wall décor pieces in no time.

Purse Pouch Accents

Phone Case

Who knew opening your purse could make you so happy! Debra from Housewife Eclectic shows us how to turn plain old plastic pouches into something fun and fresh, and See Lindsay creates customized phone cases in just a few minutes.

Customized Reception Chairs

Just when you thought weddings couldn’t be any more special – along comes Something Turquoise with these stunning customized reception chairs. This would be the perfect finishing touch!

Foil Pumpkins

Metallic holiday projects are so on trend this season, and with these foil pumpkins from love create celebrate, you will be the hit of the neighborhood.

Wooden Lids

Wood lids on bowls and candles are also on trend this season – and you can customize them for any theme or event. I created this Thanksgiving hostess gift in just a few minutes with my Cricut Explore Air and some Gold Adhesive Foil and love the end result!

Hot Cocoa Ornament

Christmas and metallics go hand in hand – and who wouldn’t love to receive one of these hot cocoa ornament gifts from The Quiet Grove? Julia even shares a free cut file with you!

Just Breathe Sign

In the midst of it all – this sweet reminder from Hazel + Gold Designs would be a wonderful gift to give ourselves or to someone we care about.

Available in a variety of finishes including metallic, matte, and stainless - with Cricut Adhesive Foil there is no limit to your creativity!

Let’s stay connected!

Which one would you make first? Tell us below!

With the new Cricut Maker, you can print then cut on colored materials for your craft projects.

You Can Now Print Then Cut on Colored Paper With the Cricut Maker!

September 20th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Have you ever wished you could work with more than just white when doing a Print Then Cut? If you have a Cricut Maker, your wish is granted! This machine's sensors are able to work with colored materials, greatly expanding your crafting potential. For starters, here are different versions of the same gift bags:

Best Wishes Gift Bags in Different Colored Papers

You can customize your project to include your favorite colors, match a theme and so much more! Try one of the following projects in Design Space for your next crafting day.

Note: These projects can still be made on the Explore family of machines if you use white cardstock.

Today's Schedule

Want to feel like you are on top of everything going on? Start with this stylish Today's Schedule printable! With the new colored paper options, it can match your desk, your mood, your life as you plan out your day to make sure you get everything necessary done.

Good Vibes Only

Add some positivity to your life with this Good Vibes Only sign as a reminder. You can use any patterned cardstock that speaks to you; I'm thinking I need a tropical one, personally, since it reminds me of home.

Printed Envelopes

White envelopes and papers are so blasé. Add a little color to your next gift by making your own printed envelopes. It's now easy to coordinate your gift wrap, envelope, and card!

Thank You Tags

Add a personal touch to your gift with these Thank You tags. Choose different cardstocks to match the occasion: baby rattles for a baby shower, snowflakes for holiday gifts, apples for your child's teacher and so on.

We're excited to see how you use this new feature for your craft ideas. Show us by using #CricutMade when you share photos of your completed ventures.

What project do you like best? Comment below!