Gourmet S’mores

End of Summer – Get Outside!

August 26, 2016 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

The days are getting shorter and fall is right around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to get the kids outdoors and soak in as much Vitamin D as possible. And since you may have reached the point where sprinklers and overheated playground equipment just isn’t cutting it for your little ones anymore, Cricut® has the perfect suggestions for DIY summer projects that get them moving outside. Try a new twist on tried-and-true carnival games, some camping goodies made just for them or a pool party that really makes a splash. There’s so much fun to be had!

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Lovely Backpack

Get Back-to-School DIY Down to a Science

August 24, 2016 • Contributor: Julie May

Just when you’ve settled down into a nice summer solstice, it’s time to get packing for school again. Are back-to-school ads running sooner and sooner on TV? We thought so. The beauty of being able to create with Cricut® is that you don’t have to stress about being first in line for adorable backpacks and lunch sacks – you can personalize your own! From creating DIY pencil cases and notebooks to planners and totes, you can have fun getting your kids ready for the classroom – in style, of course!

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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 12

August 22, 2016 • Contributor: Caitlin Jolley, Cricut

    The long days of summer will soon fade into winter. Make the most of these last warm days by getting outside to see one more sunset or sunrise on a walk, hike, or patio.
    Time to slough off summer with a night full of pampering. The Dating Divas have 25 ideas for a relaxing spa night at home. We can’t wait to try their lime-mint foot soak and blueberry facial! What a perfect way to say good-bye to summer!


    Look for ways (other than using photos) to capture your summer memories. For example, this beautiful mason jar scene! Make it now in Cricut Design Space.


    Summer may be fading, but there is still time for one more great outdoor BBQ! Plan a Labor Day party complete with homemade décor. We’ve got you covered with lots of ideas in Design Space.


    Bring the beauty of the sea indoors with beach-themed décor. We LOVE this beautiful and easy-to-make pillow to update your couch and remind you of summer all year long.


    Turn pictures of your summer adventures into super-fun photo magnets. They’re a great way to display photos for everyone to see. Here’s an easy Make It Now project from Cricut.


  1. USE #CricutSummer
    Did you follow us all summer long? WE want to see the creative projects you made, the fun adventures you had, and the beautiful memories you created. Share your summer stories with us by using #CricutSummer.
  1. CREATE A JOURNAL Record your thoughts and feelings from this summer in a homemade journal. You’ll be happy to have these memories written down and can even add to it next summer. Make this cute adventure journal here.


Tell us in the comments below your favorite item from the #cricutsummer bucket list.

Thank you for crafting and creating memories with us all summer long! Check out lots of fun posts by searching #CricutSummer. We hope you had as much fun with this list as we did!

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.
    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List Week 8

July 25, 2016 • Contributor: Caitlin Jolley, Cricut

With a long winter ahead, it’s time to spend as much time outdoors as possible! This week is all about getting outside, getting wet, and having lots of fun! Stay cool on those hot summer days with these summer bucket list ideas. AND, be sure to show us your pics by using #CricutSummer.

    If you thought shark week was fun, you’re going to love our mermaid party projects! Channel your inner Arial this week by throwing a mermaid party!
    Oh yeah! That’s right, we said, slip ‘n’ slide! Are you having childhood flashbacks? Take one of your favorite childhood summer activities to the next level with this DIY Giant Slip ‘n’ Slide tutorial from Fresh Crush!



    Heading to the waterpark this week? There is so much to remember when you’re heading out for a pool, waterpark, or beach day with little ones. Be sure to check out this post from Frenchie Wraps, where she shows you what to pack in your swim bag. You’ll also see how to DIY a personalized saying on it, so you’ll never get it mixed up with the neighbors’!


    Cool off with a spontaneous water fight! If you don’t want to take the time to fill up water balloons (or pick up the pieces after they’ve popped), then you will love this tutorial from Mom Spotted. She shows you how to make reusable sponge bombs using dollar-store supplies. She even includes a list of water war rules for your little ones.


  1. TRY SUP
    ‘Sup? SUP is what’s up! Stand-up paddleboard is a great way to get outside, stay fit, and have fun. If you haven’t tried it, you’re going to love it! Not convinced? Check out this post from Lipstick Lifestyle on why you NEED to try SUP.


    Invite your friends, family, or the whole neighborhood over for a pool party! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a beautiful, festive setting for your backyard: we’ve got easy Make It Now projects! For everything from colorful signs to cute cupcake toppers and watergun holders, check out Design Space now.


    You know the pic we’re talking about? The one you spent hours trying to nail as a kid! Summer is about making memories. Be sure to capture some fun summer pics to look back on when winter returns. If your hair isn’t long enough for that mermaid-style flip, don’t worry: you can try one of these hilarious ideas from Hongkiat.


  1. FIND A WATERFALL Adventure is calling! Get outside and find a beautiful waterfall to hike to or even swim under. Need inspiration? Top Dreamer shows you 22 beautiful waterfalls around the world. Check these out.


Tell us in the comments below what water activity you’re most excited for this week!

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

    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!



    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.


    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!


    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!


    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!


    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!


    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.


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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