Last Minute Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Last Minute Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

November 17th, 2017 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

Hey party people! Kayla here, and today we're talking turkey. I love Thanksgiving. I love the preparation, the gathering of loved ones and the amazing food. It also officially marks the start of the holiday season!

Today, I'm showing you some last minute Thanksgiving ideas that you can whip up in no time with the help of Cricut.

Festive Home Decor:

Printable Art

I super duper love using printable art as home decor. You can change the look of a room instantly just by updating the artwork. This punny print is available right in Design Space. All you have to do is print and pop it in a frame. Instant gratification at its finest!

DIY Thanksgiving Pillow

Throw pillows are a girl's best friend. They become even better when you can completely customize them. How awesome is this pillow by The Happy Scraps? She used glitter iron-on to make it extra sparkly and I'm digging how it turned out.

For The Dinner Table:

Name Card Napkin Rings

These name cards/napkin rings are so classy. I love the look of the black ink on the natural kraft board plus the contrast against the white napkin. Perfection. Your guests will think you had them custom made!

Thanksgiving Place Mat

Customized placemats are a great way to dress up the Thanksgiving table. All you need is a little iron-on and this cute "give thanks" cut file from Design Space. Also, I recently got the new EasyPress and it has made my iron-on projects an absolute cinch! If you're in the market for a heat press, I highly recommend it.

Thanksgiving Table Runner

Once again, you can quickly transform a boring table runner into a customized centerpiece for the dinner table. Those gorgeous little leaves are done with Cricut's foil iron-on. It adds just the right amount of holiday sparkle.

For The Kids Table:

 

Crayon Holder by Cricut

How cute is this crayon holder from Design Space? What an easy way to keep the kids busy while you enjoy the Thanksgiving feast. It also makes a great keepsake since you can look back over the years and see what all they were thankful for in the past.

Pinecone Turkey Craft

Oh my cuteness! How awesomely creative is this little guy? Jen over at 100 directions makes it super easy by providing the print then cut file for you. I can't wait to make these with my 4-year-old.

Post Dinner:

Punny Pie Stencils

I love using my Cricut for unexpected things. These pie stencils are totally unexpected and totally cute. Cardstock and a little powdered sugar are all you need.

DIY Leftover Boxes

Of course, we all need a way to take home an extra slice of pie for later. Tasha over at Designer Trapped has it covered with these leftover boxes. I may need to make quite a few so I can take home a smidgen of everything!

Don't forget, if you want to have easy access to these type of projects join Cricut Access. For as low as $7.99/month you will have access to over 30,000 designs + you'll receive 10% off all purchases made on Cricut.com and Design Space.

How have you incorporated Cricut into your Thanksgiving planning? Leave a comment below!

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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!

Cricut Maker Holiday Crafts

Get Ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas With These Cricut Maker Projects!

November 10th, 2017 • Contributor: Nessa Myers, Cricut Blog Support

I'm a stickler for giving certain holidays their due; I don't like to really start celebrating Christmas until Thanksgiving has passed. The one exception I make is for crafting since some can take a while and it's just a fun excuse to create something new! If you haven't started working on your crafts for these two holidays yet, here are some ideas to get you creating with our Cricut Maker.

Wood Slice Place Cards

These wood slice place cards by Pam from Over the Big Moon are a simple, yet elegant way to let your guests know where they will be sitting. It can be especially meaningful if you take a walk with your kids to find the wood and have them help you make these.

Partridge & Pears Garland

Are you a fan of the "12 Days of Christmas" song? Decorate your house with representations of the different things mentioned in the song, starting with this Partridges and Pears garland that Cris created over at Kiss My Tulle.

Wood Photo Ornaments

Start a tradition by making these wood photo ornaments by Sarah from Becoming Martha. Use a picture of a favorite memory from the current year.

Winter Felt Ornaments

It's taken me many years to appreciate anything about the snowy cold of winter since I didn't grow up around it. These winter felt ornaments by Albion of Albion Gould do represent some of my favorite parts of this chilly season, so it would be fun to make these as a reminder.

Christmas Canvas Unwreath Door Decor

If you're looking to decorate your front door but don't want to use a wreath, try this lovely Christmas Canvas Unwreath door decor by Liz from Liz on Call. I love how it uses battery operated lights so you don't have to worry about hiding a cord on the outside.

 

Painted Feather Thanksgiving Place Cards

Want something a bit more cheery than the traditional Thanksgiving colors like orange, brown and yellow? Try these colorful painted feather Thanksgiving place cards by Mariah from Giggles Galore.

Grateful Thankful Blessed Pillow

In the hustle and bustle of our lives, it's good to stop and think of all the things in our life that are good. This Grateful Thankful Blessed pillow by Amy from The Happy Scraps can serve as a physical reminder.

Paint Sprayed Gift Tags

Part of the beauty of these paint sprayed gift tags by Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts is that it would be very easy to coordinate the colors to match the occasion or the receiver's favorite colors.

Which one of these projects intrigues you the most? 

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

Party Favors made using a Cricut Cuttlebug

Take Party Favors to the Next Level With a Cricut Cuttlebug

October 30th, 2017 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Hi crafty friends! Jenny from Everyday Jenny here, and today I’m sharing a tutorial using the Cricut Cuttlebug.

Party favors with a Cricut Cuttlebug

Party favors are an important part of any party. If you are like me, then you want them to look perfect and by using your Cuttlebug you can add that special extra touch.

1: Cut Materials

Cut out your materials

First, you will cut out your party favors using your Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker machine. Here is a link to the Design Space file. Each favor has four parts.

  • Neutral party bag
  • Gold flower made with honeycomb paper
  • Gold glitter center
  • Gold glitter piece for the leaves 3”X4” (not pictured)

2: Emboss Your Party Favor Bag

Use the Cuttlebug on your bags

To emboss your bag, place the folded bag inside your honeycomb embossing folder.

Emboss the bags

You will stack your plates and bag in this order from bottom to top:

  • Spacer Plate A
  • Spacer Plate B
  • Party bag inside embossing folder
  • Spacer Plate B

3: Die Cut Your Leaves

Cut out your leaves

To die cut the leaves, place the glitter paper and the plates stacked in this order from bottom to top:

  • Spacer Plate A
  • Embossing Mat
  • Spacer Plate B
  • Foliage die cut side up
  • Glitter paper, face down
  • Spacer Plate B

Then carefully run your whole stack of plates through the Cuttlebug machine. Carefully remove the excess paper but do not remove the material from the die.

4: Emboss Your Leaves

Emboss on your leaves

Restack your plates in this order from bottom to top:

  • Spacer Plate A
  • Spacer Plate B
  • Leaves die cut side up
  • Glitter paper, face down
  • Embossing Mat
  • Spacer Plate B

Emboss on your leaves

Make sure to pin this tutorial so you can reference how to stack your Cuttlebug plates!

5: Assemble the Flower

Put the flower together

Using your hot glue gun glue the petal tab to the petal next to it and secure the gold glitter circle inside the flower.

6: Assemble the Party Favor

Put your party favor together

Now that everything is embossed and cut out, you are ready to assemble your party favors.

Put your party favor together

Place your bag of treats in the center of the bag and pull through the back. Place a dot of hot glue on the top and press the front and back of the bag together.

Put your party favor together

Glue the flower and the leaves to the top of the bag. Repeat with the remaining party favors. Now you are done! These party favors look so cute embossed and with the added die cut foliage. I think these Make It Now party favors  would also be fun to emboss with the Cuttlebug.

Which embossing folders do you love to use with your Cuttlebug?

DIY Trick or Treat Party Decor

DIY Trick or Treat Party Decor to Wow Your Halloween Visitors

October 20th, 2017 • Contributor: Kristen Johnson from A Girl and Her Glitter

When trick or treating, everyone loves that one house that hands out the full sized candy bars… look no further because we have an entire party just for those anti- fun-sized candy bar kids inside us all!

A Bright Side to Spooky

This time of year can often get a little too eerie so we went from the dark side and turned toward the light. At the end of the tunnel were brightly colored foams, holographic vinyl and shimmer cardstock that still gave us a fright… and our Cricut Maker was leading the way. Every kid, young and young at heart, would be able to attend this fun-filled Trick or Treat party and leave with a side smirk and a mouth full of multicolored sugary goodness.

The Good Stuff

Bats with more bats and holographic vinyl were a must! The different textures and vibrancy of the bats play really well off of any wall you choose. Pair these vibrant bats with the “Treat Yo Self” welcome (don’t mind if we do!) and your party is going to light up more than just their eyes. Time to grab your Trick or Treat pumpkin and grab your candy!

Tools + Materials You Will Need:

Supplies for your Trick or Treat party decor
  • Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Shimmer Paper
  • Cricut Holographic Vinyl
  • Craft Foam
  • Hot Glue/Gun

1: Cut Cardstock Bats

Cut the bats out of cardstock

Cut your Cricut shimmer cardstock using your Cricut Maker with Design Space, search image and select your bat. Use your contour button to remove anything you do not want to be cut. Once all set, proceed to cut your shimmer cardstock.

2: Cut Foam Bats

Cut the bats out of foam

Follow the instructions from step number 2 for your craft foam. Be sure to switch your blade and your material, but no need for a full redesign.

3: Fold Wings

Fold up the wings of the bats

Fold up the wings of the bats

One by one, take your shimmer cardstock and fold each wing where it attaches to the body and fold toward the body. With your foam, use your fingers to massage the wings toward the body in a rolling motion.

4: Attach to Wall

Attach the bats to the wall

Take an adhesive, like hot glue, and add a dot of glue to the head and attached to your backdrop. Use a removable adhesive for walls. Continue in a cascading form mixing the colors into each other in an ombre type feel. All done with this batty project - on to the next simple party element that will tantalize the senses!

5: Create and Cut Your Sign

Make your wall sign

Time for the sign. Use your Cricut maker to cut your holographic vinyl. Choose a font that works for your party feel. To make your sign bigger, you may need multiple pieces of your material. When you set your font and size desired, select the vinyl setting, ensure you are using the correct blade, and begin your cut. Weed out your excess vinyl to reveal your spooktacular letters.

6: Weed and Transfer Sign

Put your sign on the wall

After your cuts are complete, weed out and remove the excess vinyl. Apply your transfer and apply to your backdrop/wall. *Using a level will help* Remove your transfer and your party is ready to go!

The finished Trick or Treat party scene

Following these quick and easy steps will make a big impact on your candy craving ghouls and goblins. Add in your sweets and treats, more personal touches, with your Cricut and get ready for the most cheerful Trick or Treat party around.

The magical unicorn pumpkin was also made with the Cricut Maker and can be found here.

How do you decorate for your Trick or Treaters?

Make your own garlands

Make These Pretty Garlands for Your Next Holiday Party

October 3rd, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

One easy way to make a room more festive is to deck it out with garlands. These swags can be easily customized to match the holiday or other occasions that you are celebrating. During this fall or winter, why not make one of these pretty garlands using your Cricut?

Metallic Leaf Garland

Step 1: Cutting and Scoring

Open up the project in Design Space and insert the scoring stylus into your machine. Put the cardstock on your mats and cut out the project. It will also do the scoring for you as it goes.

Step 2: Fold All the Leaves

Take all of the leaves and prepare them for attachment by folding them along the score lines.

Step 3: Attach Leaves

Use the hot glue to adhere each leaf to the wire. Make them go in all directions to add fullness to your garland.

Step 4: Paint the Garland

The final step is to paint all of the leaves. Silver spray paint was used for the one pictured, but you can certainly use other metallic colors depending on your needs. A nice antique gold would go lovely with the reds and greens of Christmas, for example. Allow to dry, then hang up.

Diamond Garland

This is a JoAnn Exclusive project.

Step 1: Cutting and Scoring

Go to this Design Space project and follow the prompts to cut and score the diamond pattern.

Step 2: Assemble the Diamond Garland

Make the diamond by folding each of the score lines that your Cricut made during cutting. Start folding it together into the diamond shape around the twine so that it runs through the middle. Hot glue each of the sides together. Keep adding diamonds to the twine at 5" intervals.

Which style do you like better? Tell us below!

Celebrate autumn with one of these fall party ideas

These Fall Party Ideas Will Help You Get Ready to Entertain

September 8th, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hi, everyone! It’s Jess from Everyday Party Magazine. I am so very ready for Fall! This summer has been brutal in Florida, so I am ready to wear jeans and visit the pumpkin patch! To give myself a mental break from the summer vibes I am still feeling, I checked out a few of my favorite blogs for some amazing Fall party inspiration.

Apple Party

September is Apple season, and I love this Apple Party from Pineapple Paper Company. Charynn created so many party elements with her Cricut Maker!

Apple Picking Party

Mariah from Giggles Galore also shared a sweet Apple Picking Party full of simple DIYs.

Falling for Fall Party

When I think of Fall, I think of warm tones and rich, delicious food. My Falling For Fall Party is warm and inviting, with decadent desserts.

Farm Party

I also think back to my own childhood and how we celebrated the change in seasons and the cooler crisper air. I shared a sweet Farm Party last year on my blog.

Fall Festival

Going to the pumpkin patch and Fall Festival is one of my family’s favorite Fall activities.

Trunk or Treat

Halloween is so much fun to celebrate, am I right? Mariah from Giggles Galore shared her awesome Trunk or Treat decor.

Halloween Banner

Jen from 100 Directions created this fantastic Halloween Banner SVG file!

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Party

This Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Party from The Party Teacher gives me all the warm fall feels!

Thanksgiving Table

Finally, this Thanksgiving Table for the kiddos is one I would love to sit at!

I am so excited to get my Cricut Maker out and host all the parties for Fall! How do you celebrate Fall? Tell us what you do in the comments below!

Use this gorgeous scaled tabletop to set the scene for a mermaid party

Dress Up a Mermaid Party With This Adorable Scaled Tabletop

August 31st, 2017 • Contributor: Lilly Jiminez from The Creative Heart Studio

Hey, everyone! Lilly, from The Creative Heart Studio here to share a super fun project for a mermaid soiree!
Today, I’m going to show you how I made this scaled tabletop for a mermaid party I recently styled. It was a little time consuming to lay out onto the table, BUT SOOOOO WORTH it!

Tools + Materials You’ll Need to Get Started:

1: Calculate Amount Needed

Measure your surface to determine how many rolls of vinyl and how many times you will need to cut the project.

2: Choose Scale Image

Find the scale image you want to use in Design Space

Open a new project in Design Space and click the IMAGES button to search for scales. Click on the search box and type in SCALES. Results will show up and I used the fourth option.

Choose which scale image to use

3: Adjust the Size

Make your scale image bigger

Once you have clicked on the image, it will show up in your canvas. Change the width to 11” so that you can go as large as possible.

4: Cut Out Your Vinyl

Send the project over to be cut

Click the MAKE IT button and add 2 into the Project Copies section. Hit APPLY and 2 scale pattern sets will appear.

Use the vinyl setting on the dial

Make sure you turn the dial to vinyl so the pressure won’t cut through the material.

5: Weed and Prepare for Transfer

Remove excess vinyl and apply transfer tape

Once you’ve cut your project and weeded out the unneeded vinyl, lay your transfer tape over the scales and peel the back off. You will need to cut each section alone in order to line it up as you go. Make SURE to leave the scales on and only remove the outlines, borders and left over vinyl.

6: Place the Scales

Put the scales on your table

Now you’re ready to place it on the surface you’ve chosen. Placing each section on the surface, you will line the next one up based on the position of the scales in the section before.

Closeup of mermaid scale tabletop

Cute mermaid party display

What other projects would you use with the Holographic Vinyl?? Let us know in a comment below!

Hold a delightful tea party with these inspirations

Brewing with Creativity – A Tea Time Affair

July 26, 2017 • Contributor: Tiffany Hayter from OC Vintage Charm

I envisioned a traditional English tea party with a whimsical and vintage flare. Lots of color, beautiful flowers, bone china, and personalized added touches. My inspiration came from vintage china, floral and vintage inspired cardstock, an “It’s Always Tea Time” image I found on Etsy, a layered teacup image from Design Space and of course from my little girl, Lily. Being a stay at home mom gives me the opportunity to create with my little bud right next to me. She brings me inspiration every day and even helps me select pieces when I can’t make up my mind. She’s my second opinion, shopping buddy and has great taste for nearly three years old.

Stacked Tea Cup Art

Since the possibilities are endless with the Cricut machine, I decided to try some things I had never done before. My first project which helped set the theme, colors and direction was a stacked teacup art image from Cricut Design Space. I could imagine this artwork in a vintage frame sitting upon a tea cart with gorgeous flowers, a cute banner, and lots of little tea party trinkets.

I thought this piece would allow me to play with colors, pattern and set the tone for more to come. It was all about layering. I gathered all the cardstock I wanted to work with and laid it out on the table until the colors seemed right to me. There was no rhyme or reason to how I selected each layer but when it was finished I loved what I created. I glued each layer on top of one another and when it was finished a white and gold vintage frame completed the look.

Tea Cart Banner

Next, was to create that cute little banner for the teacart. I created each layer in Cricut Design Space except for the back green paper doily. I picked those up from an estate sale and loved the color and wanted to incorporate them somehow. What better way than to add them to a banner, right?

I used the flower rosette (M3DCC8) and the star label (M486DE) from Anna’s Splendid Soiree in design space to create the base of the banner. I used a variety of cardstock that coordinated with the teacup artwork, twine to string it and topped it off with gold glitter letters. It was the cutest thing ever!

Paper Rose Topiary

This pretty paper rose standard topiary will dress up any table.

The main focus on the tea cart was the ball topiary of hand rolled roses. I think this was my favorite piece that I created. It took forever to make but at the end of the day, it was breathtaking.

This pretty paper rose standard topiary  is a festive addition to your tea party

I love putting together these cute little flowers and thought I had to make a special statement piece with them. I distressed each flower, highlighted with ink, added some glitter or shimmer and a few received a pearl center.

Decking Out the Sweets Table

Make your sweets table stand out with these ideas!

The dessert table was so fun to create! There were beautiful details everywhere you looked. From the tea party cake topper to the sweet little cupcake tags, the gorgeous dessert stands and the delicious desserts that truly looked like works of art. It was picture perfect! The cake topper, cupcake toppers, candy jar tag and tea sign were all created in Cricut Design Space. The tea sign was an image already created for me. I just had to select my cardstock and print it out. So easy!

I even used the Cricut to write all the sentiments on the cupcake toppers. Boy did that save me some time. Plus, it did a much better job of writing than I ever could. Like I said, the possibilities are endless with this machine.

Swirly cake topper

Fun cupcake toppers

Sweets jar tag

Tea Party Mirror Sign

Dress up your mirror with this tea party decal

I had never worked with vinyl before so I thought I would give it a shot. I found an amazing tea party image on Etsy and I had a beautiful aqua and gold mirror I was dying to incorporate into my tea party. What better idea than to put the two together? I uploaded the image to Design Space, used gold glitter Cricut vinyl and customized my mirror with the image. It turned out perfect and the best thing is I can always remove it if I decide to.

Main Table Details

Add special touches to the main table

For the main table, I created personalized teacup tags for each individual guest and added some cute centerpiece sticks made from layered cardstock and files I uploaded to Design Space. I wanted each guest to feel special and of course know where to sit so name tags were a must! I used the Damask Leaf Tag (M3FF41) and customized it to my liking. The rolled flowers, pearls, and coordinating cardstock tied the tea party together. After weeks of dreaming about this tea party and creating, it couldn’t have been more picture perfect.

Credits:

Vintage Rentals & Design – OC Vintage Charm

Photography – A Single Shot Photography

Sugar cookies, cake pops, chocolate covered Oreos and pretzel sticks – Sweets by Gigi

Cakes, stacked cookies and macaroons – Sweet Gaerlan

Centerpiece Stick Images - digiplayground.com Teacup and Teapot

Comment below and tell us which tea party decoration is your favorite!

DIY Baby shower decor with your Cricut machine

Easy DIY Baby Shower Decor With a Cricut Rose Machine

August 24, 2017 • Contributor: Damask Love

When you get right down to it, there are very few things that a Cricut Explore Rose Machine WON’T do! If you can think it up, there’s a good chance you can craft it up with the Cricut. By far, one of my favorite things to do with the Explore is host parties. You can personalize every part of your event. Since we’re celebrating the pretty Rose machine, I thought I’d share two pretty, pink projects that would be perfect for a baby shower. Of course, you can take these ideas and personalize them for any party or with any color!

Let’s get started on how I assembled these two pieces of baby shower décor.

DIY Baby Blocks Décor

A simple baby blocks craft for baby shower decor

You’ll need:

  • Tape runner
  • Wood cube planters available at Joann in the unfinished wood section
  • Pink and white cardstock cut into baby block letters and images using THIS Design Space Project

Attach the letter to the cube

Put the other images on the block

Use the tape runner to adhere letters, frames, and images to the sides of the wood cubes. That’s it! These are so easy to make that you could create several as centerpieces or décor around the room!

DIY “Oh Baby” Wall Décor

You can make this sign for a baby shower

With the Cricut Explore, you can also think beyond 12x12 and create larger scale projects. Simply use the 12x24 cutting mat to create projects like this Oh Baby wall art that is a great focal point for your baby shower event. I added 3D paper flowers to the design to bring it to life and add a few pops of color.
Click HERE to access this project in Cricut Design Space.

Pick up a wood pallet sign from Joann as the perfect place the mount your paper project.

Put your Oh baby sign on a pallet

Completed Oh baby shower sign

Close up of paper flowers made with a Cricut rose machine

Cute baby blocks decor for a baby shower

Baby shower decor inspiration

What baby shower décor have you made with your Cricut? Let us know in the comments below!