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!

Halloween Costumes You Can Make with a Cricut

Fun Halloween Costumes to Try This Year

October 13th, 2017 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Happy Halloween! It’s Cori from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff, back with a fun Halloween post for you on the Cricut blog!

Are you planning on using your Cricut to make your Halloween costume this year? If so, I have rounded up a bunch of ideas to get you thinking about costumes! From masks to tails and everything in between, you’ll find so many great ideas for Halloween costumes here!

I even used my new Cricut Maker to create my Halloween costume—a set of giant butterfly wings!

Masks & Crowns

Unicorn Mask

Who doesn’t want to be a unicorn? With this unicorn mask from Made by Melli, you can make all your unicorn dreams come true!

Crown Jewels Costume

This “punny” crown jewels costume can be found in the Cricut Make It Now library! Perfect for a last-minute costume.

Animal Masks

Whether your kid wants to be a fox, an owl, or a lion, Cloudy Gray Day has you covered with her felt animal masks!

Character Costumes

Snow Princess Cape

Make this ethereal snowflake cape from A Pumpkin and a Princess for your little snow princess for Halloween this year.

Polynesian Demigod Halloween Costume

See Lindsay goes all out in this amazing Polynesian demigod costume for her toddler son! With both iron-on vinyl “tattoos” and felt leaves, this is the perfect costume for any tiny fan.

Other Fun Ideas

DIY Pizza Slice + Delivery Boy Couples Costume

I think this pizza slice costume is so much fun—add a delivery boy and you have the perfect couples costume! You can find out how to make it in the Cricut Make It Now library.

Candy Costume

Continuing on with the food theme, Crafting in the Rain has a hilarious last-minute costume that costs less than $15 to make – a bag of delicious candy!

 

So what are you planning on being for Halloween? What about your kids? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

Happy Halloween, Cricut friends!

Learn how to use the Knockout Method for your Cricut crafting

Make This Trick or Treat Bag With the Knockout Method

October 10th, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hi everyone! It’s Jess from Everyday Party Magazine, and I am SO excited to share today’s DIY with you!!

Trick or Treat Bag with the Knockout method

I love Cricut Iron On, and I really love my Maker and Easy Press. Cricut Iron-On is such an awesome way to make a bag or shirt personal. In the last few weeks, I have used the Easy Press and Iron-On Vinyl to make banners, customize my sons’ hockey team shirts, and make fun trick or treat bags for my kids and niece and nephew. But, until last weekend, I have never tried knocking out text with an image. I have seen so many cool examples all over Pinterest, and I knew I needed to try it on a trick or treat bag for one of the guys.

Trick or Treat Bag with the Knockout method

If you like the design I created, you can open the project here.

Trick or Treat Bag Design

Supplies Needed:

For this project, you will need a Cricut, an EasyPress, Cricut BrightPad, Cricut Access, 4 colors of Cricut Iron-On Vinyl, and a blank bag or shirt.

1: Type and Weld Text

Type out the text you want and weld it

Open Design Space, and type and size your text. (For this project, I copied the text twice.) Weld the letters together; Trick and Treat were welded. I repeated this twice.

2: Insert Image

Put the image you want to use in your Design Space canvas

Insert the image you want to knock out of the text. I wanted to use different screws for this project, so I ungrouped Frankenstein and sliced the screws off of each layer.

3: Center and Slice

Center image and slice out

Once that was done, I centered one layer over each text box.

Center image and slice out

Center image and slice out

Next, I sliced the image out of the text and deleted the excess.

Center image and slice out

You can delete two text boxes and drag the knocked out images to fill in the text. Ungroup the screws for Frankenstein, and place them on each side of the text.
Sync your colors. The bottom layer was a dark grey, then green, then black, and finally grey. Select all, and size it to fit your bag or shirt.

4: Cut and Weed

Cut out your project and then weed it

Flip all images horizontally as you need to mirror the image when working with Iron-on. Send the project to your Cricut to cut, then weed with your BrightPad.

4 layers of vinyl

You will have 4 different layers of vinyl when you finish weeding.

4: Press Vinyl

Use the EasyPress

Set your Easy Press to the correct temperature and time, and heat up the bag or shirt. Then, press each layer on, carefully lining each layer on top of the bottom one.

Finished Trick or Treat bag

Finally, flip your bag or shirt inside out, and use the Easy Press on the back side of the project.

Have you used the Knockout Method? Tell us about it below and tag it with #cricutmade on social media!

Marlene Chamberlin

User Spotlight: Marlene Chamberlin

September 21st, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

It’s one of our favorite seasons: there’s a chill in the air, sharpened pencils in desks, and kids back in schools. As preparations are made for the year ahead (and, let’s face it, if you have school-aged children or work in education, September is the real start of the new year), we love to hear how Cricuts are used in classrooms.

This brings us to this week’s User Spotlight, which we are shining on Marlene Chamberlin of Newbury Park, California. Mom to two kids in local public schools, Marlene volunteers her time, talent, and trusty Cricut to make her kids’ classrooms fun and welcoming. Keep reading to learn more about this Maker Mom and her inspirational school projects!

Marlene, tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a stay-at-home mommy with two kids: Jaden, who is nine, and Brooke who is 13 (how did that happen?!). I have been married for 23 years and been crafting and scrapbooking for more than 25 years.

I first saw the Cricut on display at the Craft and Hobby Show (CHA) in Anaheim, California, years and years ago. I had always desired one but didn’t have the money.

I was working at Treasured Memories Scrapbook Store at the time, and one day, a very loyal and awesome customer of ours left one for me to have! She had been given two, and, boy, was I thrilled and lucky to acquire such an awesome machine!

The 6X12 machine is a breeze to use and super easy to learn. The store held some Cricut classes, which was very helpful. Some attendees had never taken theirs out of the boxes! They were intimidated, I guess, but quickly learned.

Decorated classroom door

What inspired you to start using your Cricut at your kids’ school?

Looking at the doors of my child’s kindergarten classroom was like looking at a blank canvas. I could envision things on that entryway: bright, vivid colors of design that would excite the kids and make them proud to enter or leave class. With the Cricut, there are endless possibilities. I just let my imagination go!

Classroom sign

Classroom child's picture

What has been the response to all the projects you’ve created?

The response was very encouraging and kept me driven to keep creating more fun projects for all to enjoy. The kids were so excited to see new things on the wall or door, especially if it involved photos of them! The parents complimented me as well. The decorated door welcomes people in; it’s like painting your front door red… only better!

Photo booth sign

Photo booth props

Is there anything you’re eager to try next on the Cricut?

I would love to create some signage with big, fat lettering for the school’s cafeteria -- I adore fonts! I would also like to create something that can be hung from the ceiling, or maybe some vinyl or wood projects as gifts for the teachers and principal.

School wall display

Do you have any advice for people starting out with the Cricut?

Overall: don’t be afraid! More specifically: I suggest always using cardstock, as thin paper tends to rip easily. Make sure to label your machine with its speed and size to remind you to check your settings. Always use a scraper or spatula to help you peel the designs off the sticky cutting mat—this tip is more of a Must Do! It also really helps to take the mat and curl it in half, which makes the project designs pop up and off of the mat, enabling easy removal. Tutorial videos are another great tool. My final gem: remember that not all font cartridges are made equal--some will come out smaller and some larger. Don’t necessarily expect a two-inch letter when you set up with that measurement, as each font is created differently.

The more you use the Cricut, the easier it gets. You’ll become familiar with the process, and quicker at making projects and creating a fun world around you. Use Pinterest or your local scrapbook store to inspire you to create something that will make others smile and build lasting memories for years to come!

Fun school wall decor

Thanks so much, Marlene! The students, staff, and parents at your school are lucky to have you.

New to Cricut? Go to our Learn More, Make More page

Show off your classroom projects with #CricutMade and tell us about them by commenting below!

Volunteers from Crops of Luv

A Cut Above: Crops of Luv

August 10, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Cricut users are passionate people. But even we were blown away by the enthusiasm and selflessness of this Cricut user and her team. Since 2009, Jody McNelis and her dedicated volunteers at Crops of Luv have been creating scrapbooks for children facing critical illness. Using their Cricuts to assemble amazing embellishments, these gifts of love document a wish come true and special memories. Their impact has been truly profound.

Tell us a bit about yourself and how you started using your Cricut.

I have been scrapbooking since 1997. I got my first Cricut because I refused to let a friend pay me for making three albums for her mom’s 80th birthday celebration. She told me that I couldn’t refuse a gift, so she bought me a Baby Bug. It was the reason I knew I could actually start Crops of Luv, because I would be able to make anything we needed for the wish albums.

Different characters that the volunteers have made

What was the inspiration behind Crops of Luv? How did the Cricut come into play as the non-profit took off?

Crops of Luv was inspired by an album I made for a colleague whose granddaughter was granted a wish. I was already an avid Cricut user when I started making her album. We did over 400 pictures for this album and made 90% of the embellishments and titles with the Cricut.

Volunteers working on scrapbooks

Now we stock enough Cricut embellishments to make over 345 albums a year and we have a Crops of Luv “Cricuteer” group who make embellishments non-stop to keep us in stock. We’re constantly telling anyone who asks that the Cricut Explore is the only way that we are able to continue to afford to make the albums we make for free for these families.

Happy girls looking at a scrapbook

What was one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had with one of your Cricut Crops of Luv projects?

I think our recent retreat is a great example. We had two books that required special embellishments that we didn’t have anything for. There was nothing in the Cricut library we could use...so we had to find ways to make our own. One book required embellishments for Bert from Mary Poppins and another book was a wish to go to the World of Warcraft comic-con in California called BlizzCon. We were actually able to replicate items from the game as embellishments for the album. They both became works of art. They were complete collaborations with the entire group at the retreat.

Cars scrapbook page

Make a Wish scrapbook pages

What has been the community response to the Cricut scrapbooks?

Most of these families are just so grateful for the albums because they do not have the time and resources to do this themselves.

Halloween card

A note from a grateful parent…

Note from a Crops of Luv scrapbook recipient

...and a note from an excited recipient.

What do you envision for the future of Crops of Luv?

We are looking forward to expanding Crops of Luv to the point that every wish child receives a book. Last year, over 22,000 wishes were granted worldwide. We hope that we’ll one day have our own space that is NOT in my home. Some day we would like to have enough funds to be able to do this full-time without worry!

Shipments of scrapbooks made by Crops of Luv

A typical album shipping day. Another 22 families are about to be VERY happy.

Jody and her volunteers have DIY spirit that we all aspire to. We’re so honored by Cricut’s part in their efforts and wish them many happy scrapbooking events to come!

Want to learn more about Crops of Luv? Check out their Facebook page.

New to Cricut? Go to our Learn More, Make More page

Show off your sensational scrapbooks with #CricutMade and tell us about them with a comment below!

Make these back to school projects with a Cricut

10 Back to School Gear Ideas with Cricut

August 4, 2017 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from GingerSnapCrafts.com. Back to school is just around the corner. Are you ready? I’m not totally ready YET, but I know that with my Cricut Explore Air and a few supplies, it will be easy to whip up some amazing back to school gear for my kiddos. Let me show you some of my favorite projects that can be completed in one afternoon with your Cricut. Don’t forget to pin your favorites!

Shark Pencil Case

Image: Doodlecraft Blog

Sharks are so popular right now, and this DIY Shark Pencil Case is sure to make a splash in your child’s backpack.

First Day of School T-Shirt

Image: Love Create Celebrate

The first day of school is a big milestone. Tons of picture taking is a must! This cute first day of school t-shirt can be customized to your child’s grade level. It also makes a cute keepsake to keep as well.

Back to School Photo Prop

Image: Ginger Snap Crafts

Speaking of photos, a photo prop can help get those smiles coming more quickly! I love that this one can be used over and over again each year. All you’ll need to make this is a wood board, black paint & white vinyl along with your Cricut Explore Air & your favorite font.

Personalized Pencil Pouch

Image: Happy Go Lucky

I know my kiddos love to see their names on just about everything. Isn’t this personalized pencil pouch fun? Let your child pick out the colors and fonts to make it as unique as they are.

Customized Backpack

Image: The Celebration Shoppe

No sense in having the same backpack as everyone else. Am I right? Make your child their own customized backpack using your Cricut Explore Air.

Don’t forget to pin or share some of your favorite projects using the hashtag #CricutMade.

DIY Geek Inspired Shirt

Image: The Crafted Sparrow

I don’t know about your kiddos, but my kiddos definitely have their own unique style and fashion sense. Help them design their own clothing using Cricut Iron-On vinyl and your Cricut Explore Air.

DIY Print & Cut Bookmarks

Image: The Celebration Shoppe

Back to school means more reading for my kiddos. Yay! With your Cricut, it’s easy to customize and make your own bookmarks for back to school.

School Messenger Bag

Image: Crazy Little Projects

Isn’t this school messenger bag cute? Again, Cricut Iron-On vinyl comes in so handy to personalize and make all your back to school gear uniquely your own. Have you seen the Glitter Iron-On vinyl? It’s cute and would work well with a project like this!

Teacher Notebook

Image: Happy Go Lucky

Teachers love back to school gear as well. Isn’t this teacher notebook made with Cricut so pretty? I want to make one for my child’s teacher this year.

Monogrammed Globe Pencil Case

Image: It Happens in a Blink

One more pencil case for the win. You can never have too many of these! I love the cute globe on this one, and you can never go wrong using a monogram in your designs.

Do you want to try a fun Back to School project with Cricut? Check out this cute Reading is FUNdamental Tote Bag in Cricut Design space that you can create in just a few easy steps. You can also find tons of ideas over on Pinterest as well. Don’t forget to share your fun back to school projects made with Cricut using the hashtag #CricutMade. Happy back to school crafting!

Tammy Nickel uses her Cricut for her daycare

Inspiring Young Minds

July 20, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Sometimes the smallest DIY projects make the biggest impact. That’s why we’re thrilled to be turning the spotlight on home-based daycare owner Tammy Nickel, who’s been using her Cricut to create charming projects for the young students in her charge.

Tammy, please tell us a bit about yourself.

I’ve been running an in-home daycare now for 10 years. I’m blessed with great kids and an amazing program. Every day, I do some kind of themed lessons, and I used to buy the “pre-packaged” daycare lessons that came with a craft. But after a few months, I realized that I could come up with similar ones on my own, and it would be easy to make the crafts on my Cricut machine. So now I do it all, and it’s so much fun to make sure that each of my lessons has a craft. I try to use different mediums, but my backup is always cardstock. There are many different resources that I look to for inspiration, and my Cricut helps me design the crafts and cut out each piece. It saves me hours of fussy cutting!

Cute kids making crafts at preschool

What was one of the most memorable experiences you’ve had with one of the Cricut-created lesson/crafting projects?

This year we’re focusing on the alphabet. When I started this unit, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration, and saw the letter “A” turned into an alligator. It was super-cute, and I decided to do that for each of the upcoming letters. So, I went to my Cricut and designed something for every letter of the alphabet. I found that I could find almost any piece I needed on Cricut Access, and if I wanted something slightly different, I could upload it.

Preschool Alphabet created in Cricut Design Space

What have been the kids’ reactions?

The kids love them and always look forward to seeing what we’re going to make out of the letter of the day! I’m also planning on trying different mediums with this project, like fabric or chipboard.

Kids with homemade paper leis

Do you use the Cricut machine in your personal life too?

I love to make cards for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc., as well as things for all the ladies in my church! I couldn’t do it without the help of my Cricut. Everyone always look forward to getting a card and seeing the fun interactive elements that I’m able to create.  I also like to give personalized presents and plan to make each of my students a shirt at Christmas using the Cricut iron-on. There are just so many things you can do with the Cricut. The options are limitless!

Halloween card

Cute camper image

Tammy, we love how you bring your heart and soul into everything you create. Your personal touches are sure to be remembered for a long time to come!

New to Cricut? Learn more about us here.

Have a little one who loves a Cricut craft? Show us with #CricutMade.

Rob and Bob

Meet the Makers: Rob & Bob

October 19, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

They’re the duo who fuses modern and vintage styles with playful sophistication: they’re Rob Blackard and Bob Beidleman, founders of the Rob & Bob Studio, and we’re thrilled to have them return to our Meet the Maker series. (If you missed our first post, you can check it out here). Continuing their mission of creating art that inspires, they showed us some of their recent favorite projects that share the common theme of incorporating fabulous fonts.

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Turkey Coloring Page

10 Terrific Turkey Crafts

October 17, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Turkeys: they’re not our national bird, but they’re certainly America’s most popular! There are songs about them, paintings of them and even the President gets in on the feathery fun with an annual pardoning of one lucky creature. Whether you prefer your Thanksgiving turkey deep-fried or sculpted out of wheat protein and tofu, it’s time to pay homage to this iconic gobbler with some amazing DIY crafts.

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Wicked Halloween Card

Cute (Not Scary!) Halloween Crafts

October 3, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

October has arrived! There’s a chill in the air, leaves crunching underfoot, children plotting costume details, and savory foods on the menu. As the 31st is getting closer, we wanted to reflect on the whimsical side of Halloween: think scarecrows instead of skeletons, friendly ghosts instead of creepy monsters, and autumnal oranges instead of blood reds.

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