Tumbling towers tutorial and other yard games

Tumbling Towers and Other Essential Yard Games

June 16th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Designer Meagan Patterson

We mentioned earlier how much fun these simple outdoor games added to our outdoor party and now we’ll show you step-by-step how to recreate one of them for your own stylish summer party.

Our new Premium Vinyl – Permanent is the perfect way to create your outdoor games for long-lasting results! Did you know it is water resistant?

Okay, let’s get to crafting! First, you’ll need these essential materials.

1: Open Project Instructions

Begin by opening Cricut Design Space using this link to the project, Tumbling Tower Game. This project makes 6 different flowers. We used one flower for each block.

Once you’re in the cut screen, feel free to duplicate the project to as many as you need. For this project, we need 53 flowers, one for each block. By rounding up we duplicated the project 9 times.

2: Cut the Vinyl Pieces

Cut the vinyl pieces for the Tumbling Towers game

Design Space already has already separated each image to the correct mat. All you need to do now is place the vinyl face up on the mat and begin cutting.

Once each mat is done cutting, remove the vinyl from the mat. I find it easiest to cut around each flower image using my scissors to separate them before moving on to the next steps.

3: Weed the Vinyl Pieces

Weed the vinyl pieces for the tumbling towers

Remove all the negative excess from each flower cut.

Once each layer is successfully weeded, begin assembling each flower. Use a small piece of transfer tape as well as your scraper tool to layer each image to create your flower. Reference the Design Space image to replicate the flowers.

4: Transfer the Vinyl Flowers

Transfer the vinyl flowers for the tumbling towers game

Once each flower is layered and assembled it is now time to transfer it to one end of each block. Transfer tape and your scraper tool are your best friends with this project so don’t forget to use them!

Now let’s let the games begin!!

DIY Tumbling towers game

We also had such a blast making and playing this adorable matching game! A few of our friends got so distracted with all the cute images that they didn’t bother to take away their matches once they found them! Ha ha, we took that as a compliment!

Yard games

Here is the link for the Design Space canvas with instructions and materials. We really hope that you enjoy it!

Yard games

But don’t let the fun stop there! With the summer sun shining be sure to check out these awesome yard game ideas made by some of our fun friends here at Cricut!

Yard games
Yard games
Yard games

https://thequietgrove.com/blog/2016/07/19/diy-outdoor-dominoes/

We can’t wait to see how you customize these yard games to fit your outdoor vibe! What other yard games have you created? Don’t forget to tag us so we can celebrate the summer sun with you!

Make life beautiful!
Meagan

DIY Daddy + Me Matching Bowties

DIY Daddy + Me Matching Bowties

June 12th, 2018 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Hi! It’s Jenny from Everyday Jenny. With Father’s Day around the corner, these darling matching bow ties are easy to make with Simplicity’s patterns and your Cricut Maker. I chose the Men’s Bow Tie and the Boy Bow Tie, but there is also a Toddler Bow Tie if you need a smaller size. The projects cost $3.99 each, but once you purchase them you can cut them out as many times as you would like.

Each bow tie project has full assembly instructions available in a PDF that you can read over. I will also go over the steps of assembly, but I recommend reading the PDF instructions as well. Both bow ties are constructed the same way; the boy’s tie is just smaller.

I chose the Cricut Fabric Rockstar sample pack and I was able to squeeze both ties on the blue fabric, but it did make the band a little shorter for the boy tie. If you want to be safe and are worried about possible mistakes I recommend two of the sampler packs.

Related: Fill in the Blank Father's Day Card

Supplies:

Supplies for Daddy + Me Matching Bowties

1: Cut Out Your Fabric and Interfacing

Cut Out Your Fabric and Interfacing for Matching Bowties

Click on Make It and select “Fusible Interfacing” as your material for the first mat and “Cotton” as your material for the second mat.

Cut Out Your Fabric and Interfacing for Matching Bowties

I chose to turn off the fabric marking because this was a fairly simple pattern and I didn’t want to wash it off later. If you choose to leave the fabric marking on, insert your fabric pen into Slot A. Cut out both mats.

2: Apply Interfacing to Bows

Apply Interfacing to Bows for Bowties

Use your Cricut EasyPress to apply the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric bow (marked number 1 in the pattern). Do this with both bow pieces.

3: Sew Bows

Sew the Bows

Fold the bow in half, matching it at the notches with the interfacing facing out. Sew the notched edge with a 1 cm seam, leaving an opening at the center to turn it out.

Sew the Bows

Next, bring the seam you just sewed to the center and stitch the upper and lower edges with a 1 cm seam. Turn the bow right side out and press with your EasyPress. Repeat with the other bow piece. If desired you can slip stitch the back of the bow where you turned it out. I chose not to because it was going to be covered by the bow center.

Sew the Bows

4: Sew Bow Center

Sew Bow Center for Bowties

Fold the bow center (marked number 2 in the pattern) in half lengthwise matching up the notches with the right sides together. Sew with a 1 cm seam and then turn right side out and press with the seam in the middle.

Sew the Bow Center

5: Sew the Bow Together

Sew the Bow Together

Place your two bow pieces on top of each other, pinch them in the center and place the bow center over the top of the bows with the ends reaching to the back of the bow. Slip stitch the back together.

6: Sew the Band

Sew the Band for the Matching Bowties

Fold the band in half lengthwise with the right sides together. Sew with a 1 cm seam leaving the ends open. I used a chopstick to turn the band out. It took me a few times (and a couple of breaks because I was getting frustrated) but I found using the chopstick to be the easiest method for me.

6: Insert Band and Attach Bow Tie Kit

Insert Band and Attach Bow Tie Kit for the Matching Bowties

Insert your band on the underside of the bow tie center and center it. Follow the directions on your bow tie fastening kit to attach it to your bow tie. (There are also great instructions in the Simplicity PDF.)

Repeat all the above steps with your other bow tie. Now the men in your life can rock those matching bow ties! Happy Father’s Day!

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Fill in the blank Father's Day card

Fill In The Blank Father’s Day Card + 10 More Cute Card Ideas for Dad

June 12th, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am so excited to be back here on the Cricut blog. Last month I was here sharing a cute last day of school t-shirt, and now I’m back sharing a cute Father’s Day card to make with your kiddos! Time flies!

Cricut Design Space has so many cute Father’s Day cards. Many of them are perfect to make with help from your kiddos. I know my kiddos love to make cards for their dad. I love the fill in the blank cards where you let your kiddos express some of their cute thoughts. They really become keepsakes, not just a card. Let me show you how easy this cute card is to put together.

For This Father’s Day Project You Will Need a Few Supplies:

Father's Day card supplies list

You can find the design I used for this card in Cricut Design Space. If you own a Cricut machine, I would strongly recommend signing up for Cricut Access. When you do, you will have access to literally thousands of designs that you can use for free.

This card is part of their Father’s Day collection. They have tons of cute ideas for Dad! I’ll link to several other card ideas in just a bit.

1: Draw

Let your Cricut draw your Father's Day card

I love watching my Cricut Maker draw! It’s pretty amazing. You simply slip in the pen and then load your machine & press go. Your machine does all the work!

2: Cut and Score

Cut and score your Father's Day card

Next, your machine will cut out & score all the pieces of your card.

3: Grab Your Kiddos!

Have your kids fill out the Father's Day card

Have them fill in the blanks on the card using Cricut pens. I love all the colors!

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4: Assemble the Card Envelope

Make the envelope for your card

While your kiddos are busy filling in their cards, assemble the envelope & liner using some adhesive.

5: Slip the Card Inside the Envelope

Slip the card inside the envelope.

6: Tie Some Twine (or Ribbon!) Around the Top of Your Card

Tie some twine (or ribbon!) around the top of your card

Now the only thing left to do is to give Dad his card for Father’s Day! I think he’s going to love them!

DIY Fill in the Blank Father's Day Card + Father's Day Cards Ideas

Check out these other fun Father’s Day cards made with Cricut. Most of these are available for free with your Cricut Access subscription! I marked all those with a *. Enjoy!

Fun Father's Day cards you can make with a Cricut

Dad We Love You to Bits Card @ Crafting in the Rain

Father's Day Footprint Card @ Love, Create, Celebrate

Do you like to make handmade cards for special occasions? Which card is your favorite?
Let me know in the comments below. (You can see how to add texture to cards here.)

Last Day of School Autograph Tee

DIY Last Day of School Autograph Tee

May 12th, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from GingerSnapCrafts.com. I am so excited to be back here on the Cricut blog sharing a brand new tutorial & Design Space cut file with you. We only have a month until the last day of school! Isn’t that crazy? This year has flown by!

One of our favorite traditions is to make a Last Day of School Autograph Tee. Have you seen them? You get a plain white t-shirt, decorate the front with a cute design (Cricut® Iron-on Lite is perfect for this!) and then send your kiddo to school in it along with some permanent markers. The kids then take turns signing each other’s t-shirts. It makes for a fun keepsake for your kiddo!

DIY Last Day of School Autograph Tee

Last day of school autograph tee

Let me show you how I made this cute shirt.

To Make This Project, You Will Need a Few Supplies:

Supplies for last day of school autograph tee

1: Design Your Shirt

Create your design

Alright, the first thing I did was go into Cricut Design Space to design my tee. Can I just tell you how much I love fonts? Well, I do! Cricut has tons of super cute fonts. Annnnnd if you have Cricut Access many of the fonts are totally free to use. How awesome is that??!! For this design I used 3 of my favorite Cricut fonts ~ Avenida Com, Babette & Boys Will Be Boys - Block.

I love each of these fonts for a different reason. Babette is just a nice, thick script font. I just love it, and I *think* it’s my favorite font ever! I also really love the font Boys Will Be Boys – Block. It just a fun font that doesn’t have to be lined up perfectly. It was the perfect font to use for the word summer. Each letter was cut separately because they are all different colors. I didn’t have to worry about them lining up perfectly when I used that font. Avenida Com is also a fun font. This was my first time using it!

Which fonts are your favorite? Remember you can find this exact cut file right here. Now it’s time to cut it out! For the next part of the project, you will need your machine, cutting mat & iron-on.

2: Cut Out Your Design

Cut out your design

With iron-on, you will place the shiny side of the iron-on face down on your cutting mat. Also, be sure to mirror your image before you begin cutting. This is especially important when you are cutting fonts out with iron-on.

Cut out your design

Select iron-on as your material, & then send your project to your Cricut machine to cut out.

Cut out your design

Annnnd just a little plug for the Cricut Maker, I just love how they thought of everything. This little storage compartment is my favorite. It’s the perfect spot to store your tools.

Don’t forget to pin this post for later!

3: Weed Away Excess Vinyl

Weed Away Excess Vinyl

Grab your weeding tool & weed out the excess iron-on, leaving your design behind.

4: Press On Your Iron-on

For cotton, using the Lite iron-on you will need to heat up your EasyPress to 315°F, and the timer for 30 seconds.

Tip: Bookmark this page to see all the recommended EasyPress settings.

Attach iron-on

The all-new EasyPress Mat comes in super handy for the next step. The EasyPress Mat will protect your work surface area & help you achieve flawless iron-on projects. It is the perfect companion for the EasyPress. I put the EasyPress Mat right underneath my tee.

Attach iron-on

Preheat your tee for 5 seconds. Put your iron-on design in place and then apply the EasyPress for 30 seconds. Leave the liner on & then flip your shirt over and press for 15 more seconds.

Attach iron-on

Remove your liner while warm. This is called a warm peel.

5: Applying the Word Summer

Applying the Word Summer

Let me show you how it did the word summer. Since each letter was a different color, I had to place them all individually on my shirt.

Tip: Before using the EasyPress make sure you put the lining back over the black letters. I had applied them first. They’ll need to be protected from the heat of the EasyPress.

Attach the word summer

Since my design was so large, I had to do 2 or 3 different pressings until I was sure I had everything adhered. I flipped it over & did the back as well.

Attach the word summer

Just like the black iron-on, I used a warm peel to remove the lining from the letters once I was finished with the EasyPress.

Attach the word summer

My daughter can’t wait to wear this cute tee the last day of school & get all her friends' autographs!

Attach the word summer

You can find more easy & fun iron-on projects here.

Attach the word summer

Do you have any fun end of the school year traditions? I’d love to hear!

Don’t forget to pin this post for later. I’d love to hear if you make one of these t-shirts!

Make these cute pinwheels with your kids

12 Kids’ Projects You Can Make Together

April 14th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

I don’t know about you, but I love using my Cricut Explore® machine to craft with my kids. We’ve made custom T-shirts, party invitations, puzzles, vinyl decals, and everything in-between. One thing I never get tired of is seeing my kids’ faces while they watch the machine cutting. Their looks of anticipation and amazement are priceless!

The pinwheels above are a great example of a project to make with your kids. All you need is some double-sided patterned paper, brads, and paper party straws. Make as many as you like! Your kids will love decorating the garden, spinning them indoors, and giving them to friends—and you’ll love how much they smile.

Crafting with kids is a great time to experiment with different materials, too. I’ve collected 11 kids’ projects that take you on a tour of some of the materials you can cut with your Cricut Explore machine. There’s nothing quite like the sense of wonder kids have when they discover something new!

Dry Erase Vinyl

Your child can leave notes on their locker and have fun doodling with these Locker Speech Bubbles made with dry erase vinyl.

Poster Board

Kids can practice sewing as they learn about some of the different constellations when you make Constellation Project Leo out of poster board.

Printable Sticker Paper

Create a cute zoo sticker book to tell a story with these fun Safari Animal Stickers made with white printable sticker paper.

Vinyl

Dress up plain Mylar balloons with these tasty Ice Cream Cone Balloon Stickers created with vinyl.

Craft Foam

Delight your children with these faux foods for their play kitchen. You just might even inspire them to try a new food for real! Just use some craft foam to make these Play Food items.

Printable Magnet Sheets

Go team! If you are a football family, make these fun Magnet Paper Dolls for your refrigerator using our printable magnet sheets.

Duct Tape

These Diamond Magnets remind me of tangrams, the puzzle you use to create different types of objects using an assortment of shapes. Add the other tangram shapes to make a complete set.

Paper

Have a colorful flying contest in your household with these fun Fastest Flyers Paper Planes! You use Print Then Cut on cardstock, then assemble.

Leather

Keep your colored pencils neatly organized in this leather Pencil Holder. You can even roll it up when you are done.

Printable Vinyl

This set of Alphabet Wall Decals would be adorable in a nursery or playroom. Just use printable vinyl to create them in a snap.

Window Cling

You can create different scenes on a whiteboard with this set of Window Clings. This material is also perfect for windows, of course.

Hope you have fun crafting with your kidlets this weekend!

Love,
Nicole

Note: This post was updated by Cricut staff on 4/4/18

DIY Pizza Valentines

Use Your Cricut to Write Out These Adorable Pizza Valentines

February 6th, 2018 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Hi! It’s Jenny from Everyday Jenny. Have you tried writing with your Cricut? Today I’m showing you how to use Cricut fonts and pens to write.

Cricut has a great variety of pens that come in fine-point, medium-point, calligraphy and even glitter. They also come in all the colors of the rainbow. I have the Ultimate Fine Point set and love all the colors, but this Seaside Pen Set is calling my name too!

I created this cute pizza Valentine using my Cricut pens and Cricut fonts in Design Space.

Supplies

Supplies for pizza Valentines

1: Create Your Design and Choose a Font

Create the design for your pizza Valentine

To create this design, I inserted a rectangle and then inserted my text. (You can open my design here.) To change your font, click on the text box, and the font selections will appear.

There are two styles of fonts you can use. Fonts that do not have a writing style will only be the outline of the text. Fonts with a writing style will draw a single stroke design.

You can easily filter your fonts to find ones with a writing style.  First, select Cricut fonts in the bar along the top. Then click on Filter on the right-hand side and select Writing Style. Now you can choose your font. The one I used is DonJuan.

2: Change Alignment and Spacing

Change the spacing and alignment for the pizza Valentines

Once you have selected your text, you can adjust the alignment and letter spacing. Decreasing the letter spacing is especially important if you choose a cursive style font and want the letters to connect.

I used the center alignment for my text and kept the letter spacing the same. Then I selected everything and duplicated it to make multiple copies.

What’s your favorite Cricut font to use? Let me know in the comments below.

3: Change Your Font Color

Change the color of your font

To use multiple pen colors, you will need to change your pen color on your design. This tells the machine to pause and allows you to switch out pens.

Click on your text layer and click on the colored circle. A panel will appear with all the color options and you can choose your color.

4: Attach Your Font

Attach the font for your pizza Valentines

This is a very important step! You need to make sure to attach your font to your layer so that it will write exactly as you have it on your design screen.

Select your text layer and the rectangle and select the Attach tool. Repeat with each Valentine.

5: Cut Out and Write Your Design

Make your pizza Valentines

Now you are ready to make your design. Click on “Make It” and select your material. Follow the onscreen prompts to insert the correct color pen into Clamp A on your machine.

Draw your pizza Valentines

Press the Go button on your machine and watch it work its magic! The machine will pause between pen colors to allow you to insert the next color. Once it has written all the text, it will cut out your design.

Carefully remove your paper from the mat. Attach your erasers using some glue dots and you are all done! You now have some colorful and fun Valentines to enjoy and share. Just make sure you don’t leave them in a place where your dog can get to them or a few might end up getting eaten. I’m not speaking from experience or anything...

Happy crafting!

Finished pizza Valentines

What project are you going to use your Cricut pens with? Be sure to pin this project to try!

How to Write with your Cricut
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!

Make your own fabric banner

Easy DIY Fabric Banner using the Cricut Maker

January 23rd, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Hayter from OC Vintage Charm

Fabric banners are so popular for just about any event. Birthday parties, photography props, weddings, home décor, you name it! They are easy to make but cutting fabric can be so tedious and make your hands ache.

The Cricut Maker has just made your life so much easier with the rotary blade. It will cut perfect each time and now you can add movement to your banners with different shaped fabric strips. See how I put the Cricut Maker to the test and made this stunning high chair banner for a first birthday party.

Tools + Materials Needed For This Project:

Materials and tools needed for easy Fabric banner

1: Find Images in Design Space

Find your images

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Find images for fabric strips

Turn on your Cricut Maker, then search for "border" in Design Space Images. Select M3A0A4 & M3A0CF.

Find your images
Find images for fabric strips

Unlock image and adjust to the desired size.

2: Add a Shape

Add a Shape

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Add a shape

From Shapes, add a square, unlock the image and adjust to the desired size.

3: Change Color & Duplicate

Change the color

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Change the color
Duplicate the images

Change images to the same color and duplicate to utilize 12x24 mat.

4: Cut Fabric

Cut out your fabric strips

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Cut out your fabric strips

Cut 12x24” fabric piece and place on the mat. You may want to use a brayer to make sure fabric is smooth on the mat. Insert Rotary blade, set Cricut Maker to fabric type and cut.

Remove fabric pieces from the mat. (Don’t throw away the scrap fabric! You can use this to add depth and variation to your banner).

 

5: Repeat Step 4 With Additional Fabric Types

Cut out more fabric strips

Continue until the desired amount of fabric is cut.

Tips:

1. Gently peel up delicate fabric by pulling up a tiny piece of the corner with your spatula or tweezers.

2. Use a lint roller on fabric mat to remove strings or debris.

6: Start Creating

Put your fabric banner together

Cut ribbon to the desired length. Layout your fabrics in the order you would like them on your banner and start tying them to the ribbon.

7: Complete the Project

Finish up your fabric banner

Complete the banner by cutting off the excess tied fabric and create dimension by adding layers in your banner. You can also angle the tips of the fabric ends.

Finish up your fabric banner
Finish up your fabric banner
Finish up your fabric banner

Following these easy steps will help you create an amazing fabric banner for any theme and occasion. Since I can use my Cricut Maker to cut fabric and cardstock, I was able to make the cursive ONE to add the finishing touch. This adorable high chair setup is now ready to be covered in cake!

When would you use a fabric banner like this? Let us know below!

DIY Holiday Attire Ideas

Holiday Attire Ideas to Spruce Up Your Wardrobe

December 19th, 2017 • Contributor: Nessa Myers, Cricut Blog Support

One of the easiest ways to spread cheer this winter is to wear some holiday attire. Whether it's shirts, pajamas, socks or ugly sweaters, it's so easy to get creative and make your own with a Cricut. Try one of these ideas today!

Start With Hot Cocoa Socks

As the temperatures dip, my consumption of hot cocoa goes up exponentially. I fell instantly in love with these socks from Made by Melli. Hold a crafting party with like-minded friends and make some of these soon!

Be Inspired by Pop Culture

I was excited to see these shirts and pajamas inspired by two of my favorite Christmas movies. Every year I have to tune in as many times as I can to watch as Ralphie sticks his tongue to the flagpole in A Christmas Story, so making this "I Triple Dog Dare You" shirt from Doodlecraft is a must.

I can also proclaim my love for Elf and all things sugary with these "Elves Food Groups" tops made by Housewife Eclectic and Artsy Fartsy Mama.

Don an Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ah, the ugly Christmas sweater has become a staple of the holiday, hasn't it? If you don't have any luck finding one of these treasures at a thrift shop (or want to just customize your own to tacky perfection), try one of these DIY versions:

Dress the Family in Christmas Pajamas

I've been doing the "Need, Want, Wear, Read" method of Christmas gifts for my girls. In the past, I've defaulted to matching sleeper pajamas, but how fun would it be to make custom ones for them? The matching set for child and doll from Becoming Martha is especially sweet. I also love the fun sets created by Made by Melli and See Lindsay.

Wear a Festive Christmas Shirt EVERYWHERE

I usually wear a T-shirt around the house and on the go, so I would definitely feel more in the Christmas spirit if I wore one of these fun designs:

Which one of these are you going to make? 

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

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 ?