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!

End of Summer BBQ Party ideas

End of Summer BBQ Party Ideas

August 18, 2017 • Contributor: Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts

How is summer almost over?? Hey everybody – it’s Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts and today we’re going to celebrate these last few weeks of summer with some great pool party/BBQ ideas! Grab your Cricut Explore Air and a few party supplies (the good news? lots of summer stuff is on clearance!) and let’s get crafty!

Speaking of clearance, I pretty much wiped out the clearance section of Jo-Ann Fabrics so I could make these quick and easy hostess gifts for some end of summer parties!

Of course, we often think of bringing hostess gifts to a party – but what about host gifts? Jessica from Everyday Party Magazine created this custom t-shirt that would be the perfect “thanks for having us” gift idea for your favorite guy.

Jessica also used her Cricut to customize party supplies and create a fun Coca-Cola themed BBQ.

This BBQ themed banner from The Happy Scraps would make a great backdrop for family photos or a photo booth for the kids.

More of a pool party girl? Hey Let’s Make Stuff created a tropical paradise with her Cricut and your guests will never want summer to end.

Pair those place settings with these flamingo and pineapple glasses from Today’s Creative Life for a fun take home gift!

Want to take your summer celebration on the road? 100 Directions has you covered with everything you need for a picnic – from food labels to boxes to pretty décor!

Having an end of summer party for your teens? It won’t be complete with out an emoji ice bucket from Bespoke Bride!

No matter your style or theme – with your Cricut Explore you can create custom party décor in no time. Now let’s get out there and enjoy the last few days of summer…stylishly of course! 😉

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Thank your bridal party with these champagne bottle favors

Items To Cricut-ize For Your Bridesmaids

July 28, 2017 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

I feel confident in saying every single bride wants her wedding to be truly personal and ultra special. Want to know how to make that happen? Simple: make things yourself! Or in other words, buy some really cute stuff and personalize/customize the heck out of it using your amazing Cricut!

My name is Jen Causey and I’m the turquoise-crazed owner and maker of Something Turquoise, a wedding blog that celebrates the DIY bride, back again with another wedding inspired post for you! Today we’re diving in deep and swooning over fabulous things you can personalize for your bridesmaids!

Clothing

From getting ready shirts and sweatpants to tank tops, hats, and even robes. Brand your besties with their bridal party placement or your wedding logo - because you’re only going to get married once! Cricut’s iron-on material is going to be your best friend for these projects!

DIY Bride Tribe Hats by Something Turquoise

DIY Gold Foil Bridal T-shirts by Design Dazzle

Custom Robes by Shades of Pink Boutique on Etsy, $34

Accessories

From personalized wedding shoes and clutches, to nail stickers and custom jewelry boxes. Personalize that special accessory that they will be using on your wedding day...or something they can add to their everyday look! Vinyl and iron-on will work great for these ideas!

DIY Monogrammed Jewelry Box - make it now in Design Space!

DIY Bridal Party Shoe Stickers by Something Turquoise

DIY Monogram Purse - make it now in Design Space!

Useful Things

From cell phone covers to tote bags and can koozies to darling little favors. Make your bestie something they will actually use, maybe even over and over… because every time they use it they will think of you! Vinyl and iron-on will work great for these ideas!

DIY Diamond Phone Cases by Lia Griffith

DIY Bridal Party Can Koozies by Something Turquoise

DIY Personalized Party Favors - make them now in Design Space!

Home Items

From towels and hangers to coffee mugs and wine glasses! Make your gals something special that they will display in their home and think of you! Vinyl and iron-on will work great for these ideas!

DIY Bridal Party Hangers by Coastal Kedler

DIY Personalized Wine Glasses by Happy Go Lucky

DIY Bachelorette Party Towels by Something Turquoise

Which bridesmaid gift do you plan on making? Let us know below in the comments!

This tropical housewarming party will make you think you're on vacation.

Summer Celebrations With Cricut

July 26, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hi everyone, it's Jess from Everyday Party Magazine and I am *so* very excited to be here today sharing a round up of some of my favorite summer celebrations!

Whether you are celebrating a birthday, an afternoon with friends, or even shark week, there is something for everyone in this roundup.

Watermelon First Birthday

The first party is a sweet Watermelon 1st Birthday party by Jen T. by Design. Jen used her Cricut to create so many sweet elements from this party!

Magical Unicorn Party

The second party is a darling Magical Unicorn Party by Love the Day. Lindi made the enchanting sprinkle paper backdrop with her Cricut, and I could not be more in love with it!

Ice Cream Party

I am drooling over this fun Ice Cream Party from Make Life Lovely. Laura used her Cricut to embellish wooden ice cream spoons(!!!), make invitations, and so much more!

Shark Week Party

Stay out of the water!!! SHARKS!! I LOVE hosting our annual Shark Week Viewing parties, and I always create party favors and decor with my Cricut.

Mermaid Grotto Party

Every little girl has dreamed of being or seeing a real mermaid, and Rachel from Fawn Parties made it a reality for some lucky little ladies with this Mermaid Grotto themed party. She used her Cricut to customize party favors and decor!

Red, White, and Blue Party

I love the patriotic decor Jordan created for her festive backyard red, white, and blue party.

Tropical Housewarming Party

This Tropical Housewarming Party by Sweetly Chic Events is the housewarming party everyone dreams of having! It's full of bright tropical colors and personalized details!

Summer Cocktail Party

I wish Charynn and I were neighbors in real life...because, who wouldn't want to be invited to this charming summer cocktail party?!

I hope you're inspired to host your own Summer Celebration soon! Be sure to follow Cricut and these fab party girls for more entertaining inspiration!

Comment below and tell us which party is your favorite!

Make this cute beach sign with curved text in Cricut Design Space

How to Do Curved Text in Design Space

July 25, 2017 • Contributor: Natalie Wright From Natalie Wright

HUGE UPDATE

***You can now curve text in Design Space! Visit this post to see how it's done and use it for your next project!***

 

 

Hiya, crafty friends! I am soooo excited to be sharing my latest Cricut project with you! I learned the coolest trick in Cricut Design Space: how to curve text. I can't wait to show you how I did it, and my fun summer party I created! Everyone loves a party expressing their love for the beach, right??

Supplies Needed:

Supplies that you will need for this project

(You can use the Cricut project URL I started HERE.)

Step 1: Add Your Text

Add your text into Design Space

Let's get started! First, open up Cricut Design Space. Click on the text icon, and type the word "BEACH".

Step 2: Ungroup Letters

As part of your project, ungroup the letters

Select your text, and ungroup your letters. Now your letters should have individual letters when selected.

Step 3: Create an Oval

Stretch a circle into an oval shape

Click on the basic shapes drop down menu, select the circle and place it on your canvas. Click on the unlock icon, and drag your circle into an oval shape that is slightly larger than your text.

Stretch a circle into an oval shape

Step 4: Align Text With Oval

Align your text with your oval shape

Center your text and oval, then one at a time drag your text down so it aligns with the oval.

Step 5: Drag Down Letters

Move the letters downward

Working from left to right, drag your letters down. Rotate letters slightly so they align with the oval.

Step 6: Group Letters Together

Now group the letters together

Once your letters are aligned where you want them, group them together. Add additional text if desired.

Step 7: Weld Image

Weld your image together

Select your entire image and weld it together.

Step 8: Add Accompanying Images

Add any other images that you would like to your image

Add any additional text or images if you want to. Be sure to group it together before cutting. I added a fun sun and palm trees!

Step 9: Cut, Write and Assemble Projects

Cut out your shapes

Now you are ready to cut your files! (Use my Design Space URL if needed.) Using your Cricut Explore Air 2, follow the directions in Cricut Design Space to write and cut images.

Use the ink pen to fill in the text

Using your coral pen, fill in the word "BEACH".

Create your gift boxes

Cut and assemble gift boxes using the patterned paper of your choice.

Tie a tag onto the box with baker's twine

Add baker's twine and cut image to the top of each gift box.

Decorate a cake with cut shapes and a paper pineapple

For my cake, I cut a strip of palm trees. I just LOVE how it looks on my cake! I cut a pineapple top and used honeycomb paper to make my cake topper.

Decorate your drinks!

Cut 3 in. pineapples for your glass bottles or drinks. Attach with an adhesive pop-dot for extra dimension!

I used my images to also cut a fun sign for my party and layered it on 12x12 in. cardstock covered with crepe paper.

Here are all of the party decorations together

I just LOVE how my party turned out. Being able to curve text really helps to customize a party, and I can't wait to use this trick again! be sure to check out more fun Cricut projects and tutorials on my blog HERE.
Happy crafting!
XOXOXO
Natalie

What have you made using curved text? Let us know in a comment below!

Your guests will love these adorable cone wrappers

How to Pattern Fill in Design Space

July 21, 2017 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

Hi everyone! It's Kayla from Kayla Makes here today to talk about using the pattern fill tool in Design Space. Patterns are SO in right now and you can take advantage of the trend by creating your own patterned projects right from Design Space.

For example, this Make It Now project uses fun and funky summer patterns and is totally customizable. Simply change the pattern and you can make it fit any theme your heart so desires!

I recently hosted a tropical themed party and it was so easy to create all of the necessary party elements using my Cricut and the pattern fill option. Today, I'm showing you how I made these fun patterned cone wrappers.

Here's What You'll Need

I started by uploading my own patterns into Design Space. If you've never done this before, don't worry! It's super simple and you'll be a pro in no time.

1: Upload Images

You can upload your own patterns into Cricut Design Space

In the upload images window, you can choose to upload an image or a pattern. For this project, we're uploading a new pattern so select that option.

2: Name and Tag Your Pattern

Name and tag your uploaded text in Design Space

Click browse and select the file you want to use. At this point, you have the option to name and tag your pattern. I definitely recommend doing both because it makes it easier to find later on. Once you have everything selected click Save and your pattern will be uploaded and saved.

3: Insert Cone Shape

Window Cling

Insert your cone shape onto your canvas and open the layer attributes panel. With the cone selected, click on print in the top right then click on patterns right underneath that. You'll see all of your uploaded patterns as well as all of the patterns available in the software. When you select a pattern it will automatically fill your selected shape.

4: Customize Your Look

Choose the scale of your pattern

To further customize the look of your project you can click edit on the bottom right-hand side of the layers panel. This will bring up the options to scale, pan, rotate or mirror your pattern. I scaled mine up to 135% so it looks more like the texture of a pineapple.

5: Cut Out Cones

Use printable vinyl for your ice cream cone wrapper

Most people tend to use card stock when making cone wrappers which is fine, but in my experience ice cream + paper = soggy mess. I found that printable vinyl is the perfect medium because it's pliable and holds up well to water/liquids.

Instead of setting the dial to the vinyl setting you'll want to turn it up a bit so it cuts through the vinyl and the backing. I used the light card stock setting. Make sure you don't peel the sticky vinyl away from the backing because you'll be using both pieces as the cone wrapper.

6: Glue Together Cone

Glue your cone wrapper when formed

Just form your cone shape and use a little glue to hold it together. Insert delicious ice cream cones and serve!

Cute ice cream cone wrappers with your own patterns

How have you used the pattern fill tool in your projects? Leave a comment below!