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 ?

Gifts you can make using an EasyPress

Use an EasyPress for These Lovely Handmade Gifts!

December 11th, 2017 • Contributor: Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts

Hey everybody – it’s Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts and I know I’m not the only one excited/freaking out that CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE!!

If you are creating handmade gifts this holiday season then hopefully you’ve already discovered the Cricut EasyPress, because the time and energy and frustration it is going to save you is going to make your Christmas merry indeed!

The EasyPress combines the speed of a heat press and the convenience of an iron for finished projects that will last the test of time, even after repeated washes. You can adjust the temperature which allows you to use a variety of materials on a variety of surfaces, so the possibilities are endless. It’s the perfect companion for any of the Cricut cutting machines.

If you don’t yet have an EasyPress then I think you are totally justified in sending this blog post to your family as a big ol’ hint to put one under the tree for you. It is going to change the way you create!

So without further ado – I give you 14 (YES! 14!) Christmas projects put together with the EasyPress!

Gift Sack

Christmas means presents – and we love this personalized gift sack from Make Life Lovely. This is a gift that would be treasured by your kids for years to come.

Festive Shirts for Kids

Speaking of kids, who doesn’t love children in festive holiday outfits? Mom Endeavors and The Country Chic Cottage both dial up the cuteness factor with these easy t-shirt projects.

Pajamas

The only thing better than cute t-shirts? PAJAMAS!!!!!! Love these from Desert Chica!

Tea Towels

Tea towels are an inexpensive way to create customized gifts for friends and family, and All For the Memories and Lydi Out Loud share some cute ones that are sure to inspire you.

Tote Bags

Tote bags are another easy way to create something personal without breaking the bank. This tote from Fawn Prints would make a great take-home favor from your holiday party!

Pillows

Custom pillows are the perfect holiday project because not only do they add a special touch to your home décor, they also make great gifts! This beautiful wreath pillow from Sugarcoated Housewife would make a great hostess gift.

Placemats

Placemats are another example of a project you might make as a gift but then decide to keep for yourself! ☺ These placemats from Coastal Kelder take just a few minutes but would add glam to any tablescape.

Iron-on and Wood Projects

Are you ready to have your mind blown? The EasyPress allows you to apply iron-on to WOOD! Yes! These three wood projects will inspire you to take your creativity to a whole new level. WOOD! Can you believe it? Game changer!

Stockings

Finally, I hope you’ll find time to celebrate with your girlfriends – and what better way than a craft night! This stocking making party from Not So Cli-Shea looks like the PERFECT way to spend an evening with your BFFs.

No matter what you create this holiday season – may your best creations be the memories you make. Merry Christmas everybody!

Let’s stay connected!

Which project is your favorite? Let us know in a comment!

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!