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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
August 10, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
August 3, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting
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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
July 18, 2016 • Contributor: Caitlin Jolley, Cricut
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
July 11, 2016 • Contributor: Julie May
June 13, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting
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!
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!