Art Kit Lables

Back to School DIY for Teachers

August 23, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

The smell of crayons, the clatter of lockers, the rustle of notebooks… schooltime is just around the corner, and there’s nothing like the feeling of those first few days of class. For teachers it means more work, new students and an opportunity to decorate their classroom. Whether you’re a faculty fashionista or just want to show those lesson-plan leaders how much you care, check out these fun DIY Back to School projects that earn an A+ in creativity!

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Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List Week 11

August 15, 2016 • Contributor: Caitlin Jolley, Cricut

Summer is the best time of year to get out, make memories, and have fun! With kids out of school and more free time, it’s also the perfect time to volunteer, give back, and do more for your community. This week’s summer bucket list is all about helping others! Share your stories with us on Instagram and Facebook using #CricutCares.

 

  1. DONATE LEMONADE $ Kids love lemonade stands! They love making the signs, stirring the lemonade, and, of course, collecting the money. We’ve got all kinds of cute Make It Now projects in Design Space to help you make an adorable lemonade stand. Only this time, instead of keeping the cash, donate it to your favorite organization.
 
  1. GATHER DONATIONS
    We’ve all got extra items we’d like to give to those who could use them, but did you know you can even donate items like musical instruments and medical supplies? This list of 21 things you never knew you could donate from Buzzfeed will help you find even more items around the house to put to good use.

 

  1. VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME
    Rather than spend the day at the beach or amusement park, spend a full day volunteering. Not only will you still make amazing memories and new friends, it’s good for you! No really, it’s good for your health. Read more about the benefits of giving here.

 

  1. GIVE A GIFT
    Brighten up someone’s day with a surprise gift to say thank you or just because! We’ve got all kinds of ideas in Design Space that are perfect for showing someone you care, like these adorable planters.
 
  1. HAND MAKE A CARD Take the time to make a beautiful handmade card and deliver it in person. Whether you choose to make a thank-you card for a veteran or deliver get-well-soon cards to the local children’s hospital, you’re sure to bring a smile to someone’s face with a personal note.

 

  1. LEAVE A NICE NOTE
    Create a bookmark and leave a surprising note of inspiration in a library book! Make a connection with someone who loves your favorite book by making one of these adorable bookmarks here or here. Write a nice note on the back. Then go to the library and leave it for someone to find!
 
  1. HAND OUT COMPLIMENTS Combat negativity and brighten someone’s day by giving out as many sincere compliments as you can! It’s Simply Lindsey tells you how to master the art of giving and accepting compliments in her post here.
 
 
  1. FIND INSPIRATION Add positivity and encouragement to your life by finding a quote to live by! Go the extra mile and turn it into wall art that you can see every day as a reminder to do good.
 

 

 

Tell us in the comments below how you plan to help others this week!

And if you missed last week, see the full Cricut Summer Bucket List here.

Ice Cream Dessert Kit

Ice Cream: The Coolest Thing About Summer

August 10, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

It’s delicious, fun and always refreshing… and with modern gourmet twists on classic flavors, it’s never been hotter. It’s ice cream, and all of us here at Cricut can’t get enough of it! Take a peek below to get the scoop on DIY projects with this timeless, tantalizing and always “tasteful” theme.

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Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List Week 10

August 8, 2016 • Contributor: Caitlin Jolley, Cricut

Have you hit the road yet this summer? If not, this week’s summer bucket list will help you find the perfect way to get away AND, if so, we’ve got lots of ideas for your next trip.

 

  1. DIY A TRAVEL TOTE
    Heading to a seaside destination? Make this adorable travel tote to get you there in style! This design is perfect for ironing on a shirt, pillow, or beach or pool bag. Make it now in Cricut Design Space here.

 

  1. PICK A ROUTE
    It’s officially summer, and the time to get planning your great escape is now. Forget the stress of international travel, and look to the open road. To help pinpoint some stellar destinations to add to your travel route, My Domaine has rounded up 20 places with history, natural beauty, and culture in spades. Pick one to explore here.

 

  1. CUSTOMIZE A KOOZIE
    Keep your drinks cold on your next road trip with these easy-to-make can koozies. Tastefully Frugal shows you how to use your Cricut to make them here.

 

  1. BUY FROM A FRUIT STAND
    In summer, or anytime for that matter, fruit is the perfect treat! So pick up something fresh and local from a roadside stand. Then use this easy Make It Now project to serve your fresh favorites in style.

 

  1. DIY SNACK BAGS
    Gone are the days of messy snacks and ripped-open sandwich bags. Bring some style and organization to your road trip snacks with these adorable bag toppers.

 

  1. DO CARPOOL KARAOKE
    If you’ve seen Carpool Karaoke with James Corden, then we’re sure you’ll love this! Crank up the tunes, sing along, and have your own carpool karaoke! Below is one of our favorites from Corden to get you inspired.

 

  1. MAKE A ROAD TRIP SHIRT
    Graphic tees are all the rage right now, and it’s so easy to create custom T-shirts using text and images on your Cricut. This tee has the perfect message for when you’re spontaneous and hit the road!

 

 
  1. ROAD TRIP GAMES Road trips are lots of fun until boredom hits the backseat, and your little ones start to grumble. Keep them happy and entertained with this Road Trip Scavenger Hunt Free Printable from Capturing Joy here.
 

 

 

Tell us in the comments below your favorite place to road trip in summer.

And if you missed last week, see the full Cricut Summer Bucket List here.

Princess and the Frog

Disney Princesses

August 3, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Give your next party a touch of royal fun with the fantastic new collection of Disney® Princess character images on Design Space®! Whether your little one prefers bold Princess Merida, determined Rapunzel or talented Tiana, you’ll find a magical selection of images that are the perfect adornment for any paper craft. Imagine her look of surprise when she sees her favorite princess on a unique project made just for her. It’s any girl’s dream come true!

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Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List Week 9

August 1, 2016 • Contributor: Caitlin Jolley, Cricut

The Summer Olympics start this Friday in Rio de Janeiro, and we could not be more excited!! If you love getting into the spirit of the Games, you’ve come to the right place!

 

  1. LEARN ABOUT THE RINGS
    One of the best parts about the Olympics is their deep roots in tradition, but how much do you really know about its history? Learn more about the rings from Planet Smarty here.

    Then test your knowledge with their super-cute, easy, and FREE printable Olympic sorting game here.

 

  1. SEND FAN MAIL
    Whether you tweet it, email it, or send it, be an active supporter and let your favorite athlete know you’re rooting for them!

 

  1. BAKE OLYMPIC TREATS
    Do more than just watch the Olympics this year–create something delicious inspired by them! The lovely ladies at Pretty Providence show you 20 Olympic Crafts & Recipes here. We can’t wait to make the Olympic torch cupcakes!

 

  1. TRY BRAZILIAN FOOD
    From pão de queijo (cheese bread bites) to mousse de maracujá (passionfruit mousse), Brazil features authentic cuisine as delicious as it sounds. Celebrate the Olympic host country by hosting your own Brazilian dinner party. This list of 24 Brazilian Foods You Need To Eat Right Now from Buzzfeed will definitely inspire your appetite.

 

  1. DIY MEDALS
    If you have restless kids at home who need a fun activity, make DIY medals! They can hold their own Olympic Games and award each other with the gold, silver, or bronze. The best part is that they are so cheap and easy to make with this post from Homemade Ginger!

 

  1. CELEBRATE OTHER COUNTRIES
    The Olympics presents the perfect opportunity to learn about and celebrate other cultures. You can even create adorable crafts and cards using our Children Around the World images!

 

  1. MAKE FLAG CRAFTS
    Remember all those red, white, and blue crafts you made for 4th of July? Well, break out your supplies again! This week, create some beautiful projects using your country’s flag as inspiration. We have lots of easy Make It Now projects in Design Space to inspire you.

 

 
  1. BUILD AN OBSTACLE COURSE Make the Olympics more than a spectator sport by throwing an obstacle-course party! You can use just about anything to create a fun obstacle course in the backyard: hula hoops, tires, ladders, pool noodles, buckets … you name it! Listotic gives you tons of ideas here.
 

 

 

Tell us in the comments below your favorite Summer Olympic event.

And if you missed last week, see the full Cricut Summer Bucket List here.

Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List Week 7

July 18, 2016 • Contributor: Caitlin Jolley, Cricut

  1. GAZE AT THE STARS
    Load up some blankets and head outside to watch the stars. You can make these fun and educational Constellation Lacing Cards to help kids learn the shapes of the common star groups, or constellations. They also encourage the use and development of fine motor skills. Make these now in Design Space!

 

 

  1. CATCH A FISH
    Reel in the summer fun by going fishing! Be sure to check the rules and regulations for your local waterways. And, whether or not you catch something, you can DIY some fun fishy style for your home.

 

  1. COOK OVER A CAMPFIRE
    There's nothing like a good campfire meal when you're hungry and out in the fresh air! We recommend tinfoil dinners and s’mores for a tasty way to cook and easy clean up! Try this kid-friendly menu from Camping Café!

 

  1. GO TECH-FREE FOR A DAY
    As much as we love (and I mean love) our smartphones, laptops, tablets, and more, we can all agree that we need a break from time to time. It doesn't help that some of us spend more time looking at devices than anything else. Take a break for a full 24 hours from tech devices, and get out and enjoy the sunshine!

 

  1. GO FOR A HIKE
    One of our favorite activities is to go exploring outdoors! The kids love to write about and draw what they discover, so where better than in a mini book they make themselves? This easy Make It Now project prints black and white, so your little ones can color it as they like. And you can string it together with regular white paper to make it a little journal!

 

  1. SLEEP OUTSIDE
    Craving old-fashioned family fun? Then put away the video games and pitch a tent in your backyard for a night of analog activities under the stars. By sticking close to home, your kids can feel safe and secure, be within walking distance of a bathroom, and still enjoy a family bonding experience! Make it a fun experience by following these 7 Ideas to go Backyard Camping from Parents.com. Happy camping!

 

  1. HIT THE BEACH
    Yay, it’s a beach day! We like to take our small beach supplies (sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks, book) in a handbag. That way, they don’t get crushed by the sand toys and towels. And, of course, you can add some easy DIY beach style to your bag with this easy Make It Now project!.

 

 
  1. NAP IN A HAMMOCK Hammocks rock! (See what we did there?) There’s no better way to pass the lazy days of summer than with a nice long outdoor nap! So grab a book, find a hammock, and settle in. Because sometimes a nap is calling and you must go!
 

What’s your favorite way to get outside in the summer? Tell us in the comments below, and if you missed last week see the full Cricut Summer Bucket List here.

Lemonade

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make a Lemonade Stand

July 11, 2016 • Contributor: Julie May

Kids love lemonade stands. They love making the signs, stirring the lemonade, and, of course, collecting the money. With inflation and technology, today’s lemonade stand might look a little more, shall we say, sophisticated? Since Cricut is kid-friendly, young entrepreneurs can make their own signage (under adult supervision) and other fun add-ons to attract sales.

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The Cuttlebug: Your Key to Embossing and Die Cutting

The Cuttlebug: Your Key to Embossing and Die Cutting

June 13, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Chances are, you’re aware that the Cricut Explore is the ultimate electronic cutting machine for DIY crafts and endeavors. But did you know that you can take your project to the next level with the Cuttlebug, our portable, versatile and oh-so-easy die cutting and embossing machine?

The Cuttlebug is one of the first machines we ever offered! Whether you want to make a quick card or add a finishing touch of depth and texture, you know the Cuttlebug will deliver breathtaking results. Many makers work with it on its own, and others use it as a companion piece to the Cricut Explore.

However you use it, we know that you’ll love the Cuttlebug!

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Between the Lines: Adult Coloring Pages

May 19, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

It’s undeniably the hottest trend out there right now: adult coloring books. Whether you’re a modern Matisse or an aspiring artist who last picked up colored pencils in elementary school, these elevated pages are certain to give you stunning results. Of course, Cricut’s put their own unique spin on the activity and the results are breathtaking. It’s oh-so-easy to just print or draw, color and enjoy!

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