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!

Last Minute Cricut Halloween Projects

Last Minute Halloween Projects You Can Make Today

October 26th, 2017 • Contributor: Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts

Hey everybody – it’s Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts (http://www.kingstoncrafts.com/) and Halloween is NEXT WEEK! How did that happen? I know I can’t be the only one running around making last minute preparations so today I’ve got ten last-minute Cricut projects that are going to make you the hit of the neighborhood this Halloween. Many of these projects can be made on both the Explore machines and the new Maker machine so let’s get crafty!

Boo Banner

Mantel looking a little bare? In just ten minutes you can create this gorgeous boo banner from Frog Prince Paperie.

No Carve Pumpkin

Who has time for carving pumpkins at the last minute? This no-carve project from Sweet Rose Studio can be color coordinated with any theme and can be made again next year!

Web Window Clings

If you haven’t tried Cricut Window Cling it is PERFECT for last minute décor ideas – easy on, easy off! Check out these spider web window clings from Hey Let’s Make Stuff.

Felt Masks

These DIY felt masks from Tastefully Frugal are not only a quick and easy solution for Halloween, they are great for playtime all year round!

Spider Web Earrings

These faux spider earrings from Hey Let’s Make Stuff would be a cool accessory for your costume, but would also be fun to wear to work or if you aren’t big on dressing up for the holiday.

Halloween Cut Files

With these cut files from Liz on Call, the possibilities are endless! Make them smaller for cupcake toppers, use them on cards, or make them larger than life for fun wall or table décor.

Halloween Cut Files

Having a Halloween party this weekend? These bat napkin rings from Creativities Galore and this spider serving bowl from Laura’s Crafty Life will make any table festive, and just take a few minutes to create.

Sweet Treats

The best part about Halloween? The snacks! With your Cricut Explore or Maker, you can customize sweet treats in no time. Check out these witch cupcake toppers from 100 Directions and these purple people eater treats from I Love My Disorganized Life!

Have a fun and festive Halloween – can’t wait to see what you create!

Let’s stay connected!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/KingstonBeth

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/kingstoncrafts

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/craftykingstons

website: www.kingstoncrafts.com

Youtube: www.youtube.com/kingstoncrafts

Which one of these projects will you be making?

Make these fun spider & web shirts

DIY Spider & Web Matching T-Shirts

October 23rd, 2017 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hi there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts, and I am so excited to be back. I love being here with all of you. Halloween is almost here! Eek! With all the fall parties, school carnivals and trunk or treats going on in the next several weeks, we have lots of events to get ready for. Sometimes it’s easier to whip up an easy Halloween t-shirt for some of these fun occasions. I like saving the big time-consuming costumes for Halloween night! Once a year is enough for me! Ha!

My kiddos are going to our church’s trunk or treat next week. So, I thought it would be fun to make these adorable Spider & Web Matching T-shirts. It literally took me minutes to get both of these t-shirts done! Of course, that was all thanks to my Cricut Maker™, Cricut EasyPress™, and just a few supplies. Let me show you how easy it is to make your own custom t-shirt.

Supplies Needed:

Supplies for your Spider + Web matching t-shirts

1: Choose Your Template

Choose the T-shirt template

Open Cricut Design Space and choose your template. For this project, we are making a t-shirt. So, select classic t-shirts, & then your screen will look like this. Select the size t-shirt you are making in the top left-hand corner. By the way, I love this feature of Design Space. It makes visualizing a finished project so easy!

2: Choose Your Images

Pick out the images for your shirt

Next, I clicked “images” to access the Cricut Design Space library. After scrolling through the tons of adorable Halloween images, I chose a cute spider and spider web to use for this project. Size the images to fit your t-shirt.

3: Click "Make It"

Send the design to be cut

Now it’s time to make your project. TIP: When working with iron-on material, you will want to reverse your image IF you have any writing on your design. So, don’t forget to do that. In this instance, I didn’t have to worry about that since there wasn’t any writing!

4: Prepare Your Iron-on Material and Mat

Get your materials ready to cut

For this project, I chose to use the blue LightGrip mat. This mat is my favorite. It’s not too sticky, and it works great with iron-on material. TIP: If you are confused about which mat to use, be sure to check out this post. Smooth on your material with your hand, and now it’s time to cut!

Don’t forget to pin this project, so you can try it out later.

5: Send to Your Machine

Have your Cricut cut your designs

After you select continue, load your machine with your cutting mat & iron on material. TIP: When cutting iron on material be sure to put the shiny side down on your cutting mat. Click the flashing go button, and then sit back as your Cricut Maker goes to work. I love watching this machine work as it creates something amazing!

6: Weed Your Design

Remove the excess vinyl

Unload your mat. Then carefully, weed the excess vinyl away from your design. TIP: Using a Cricut BrightPad will make this job much quicker & easier! Also, the BrightPad can plug right into your Cricut Maker’s charging port.

7: Warm Up Your Cricut EasyPress™

Get the EasyPress™ ready for use

Be sure to set your temperature and timer to fit your material. For this project, I set my EasyPress™ for 330° and 30 seconds. A handy guide comes with the machine to let you know what temperature you need to use for all different kinds of materials.

8: Press on Your Design

Press your vinyl onto the shirt

Once the EasyPress™ is warmed up, the fun begins! Put a towel down on a sturdy, flat surface. Put your t-shirt down. Iron the t-shirt with the EasyPress to remove any moisture or wrinkles. Then lay your design on your shirt exactly where you would like it to be. The clear backing paper should be on top.

Press your vinyl onto the shirt

Place the EasyPress™ on top. Gently press down with one hand. Push the power button again and the countdown will begin. Repeat on any parts of your image that were not under the EasyPress™. Flip your shirt over and press down on the back of the shirt as well.

Press your vinyl onto the shirt

Let your design cool slightly. Carefully lift the backing paper. If your design doesn’t want to stick, simply repeat the above steps until it does. With the EasyPress™, I have not had any trouble. My designs have all stuck perfectly the first time.

All that is left to do is enjoy your new Halloween t-shirts! Let me know if you have any questions!

What would you make with your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress? I’d love to hear!

Be sure to pin this project to try later.

Finished Spider and Web shirts
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?

Halloween Costumes You Can Make with a Cricut

Fun Halloween Costumes to Try This Year

October 13th, 2017 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Happy Halloween! It’s Cori from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff, back with a fun Halloween post for you on the Cricut blog!

Are you planning on using your Cricut to make your Halloween costume this year? If so, I have rounded up a bunch of ideas to get you thinking about costumes! From masks to tails and everything in between, you’ll find so many great ideas for Halloween costumes here!

I even used my new Cricut Maker to create my Halloween costume—a set of giant butterfly wings!

Masks & Crowns

Unicorn Mask

Who doesn’t want to be a unicorn? With this unicorn mask from Made by Melli, you can make all your unicorn dreams come true!

Crown Jewels Costume

This “punny” crown jewels costume can be found in the Cricut Make It Now library! Perfect for a last-minute costume.

Animal Masks

Whether your kid wants to be a fox, an owl, or a lion, Cloudy Gray Day has you covered with her felt animal masks!

Character Costumes

Snow Princess Cape

Make this ethereal snowflake cape from A Pumpkin and a Princess for your little snow princess for Halloween this year.

Polynesian Demigod Halloween Costume

See Lindsay goes all out in this amazing Polynesian demigod costume for her toddler son! With both iron-on vinyl “tattoos” and felt leaves, this is the perfect costume for any tiny fan.

Other Fun Ideas

DIY Pizza Slice + Delivery Boy Couples Costume

I think this pizza slice costume is so much fun—add a delivery boy and you have the perfect couples costume! You can find out how to make it in the Cricut Make It Now library.

Candy Costume

Continuing on with the food theme, Crafting in the Rain has a hilarious last-minute costume that costs less than $15 to make – a bag of delicious candy!

 

So what are you planning on being for Halloween? What about your kids? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

Happy Halloween, Cricut friends!

Learn how to use the Knockout Method for your Cricut crafting

Make This Trick or Treat Bag With the Knockout Method

October 10th, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hi everyone! It’s Jess from Everyday Party Magazine, and I am SO excited to share today’s DIY with you!!

Trick or Treat Bag with the Knockout method

I love Cricut Iron On, and I really love my Maker and Easy Press. Cricut Iron-On is such an awesome way to make a bag or shirt personal. In the last few weeks, I have used the Easy Press and Iron-On Vinyl to make banners, customize my sons’ hockey team shirts, and make fun trick or treat bags for my kids and niece and nephew. But, until last weekend, I have never tried knocking out text with an image. I have seen so many cool examples all over Pinterest, and I knew I needed to try it on a trick or treat bag for one of the guys.

Trick or Treat Bag with the Knockout method

If you like the design I created, you can open the project here.

Trick or Treat Bag Design

Supplies Needed:

For this project, you will need a Cricut, an EasyPress, Cricut BrightPad, Cricut Access, 4 colors of Cricut Iron-On Vinyl, and a blank bag or shirt.

1: Type and Weld Text

Type out the text you want and weld it

Open Design Space, and type and size your text. (For this project, I copied the text twice.) Weld the letters together; Trick and Treat were welded. I repeated this twice.

2: Insert Image

Put the image you want to use in your Design Space canvas

Insert the image you want to knock out of the text. I wanted to use different screws for this project, so I ungrouped Frankenstein and sliced the screws off of each layer.

3: Center and Slice

Center image and slice out

Once that was done, I centered one layer over each text box.

Center image and slice out

Center image and slice out

Next, I sliced the image out of the text and deleted the excess.

Center image and slice out

You can delete two text boxes and drag the knocked out images to fill in the text. Ungroup the screws for Frankenstein, and place them on each side of the text.
Sync your colors. The bottom layer was a dark grey, then green, then black, and finally grey. Select all, and size it to fit your bag or shirt.

4: Cut and Weed

Cut out your project and then weed it

Flip all images horizontally as you need to mirror the image when working with Iron-on. Send the project to your Cricut to cut, then weed with your BrightPad.

4 layers of vinyl

You will have 4 different layers of vinyl when you finish weeding.

4: Press Vinyl

Use the EasyPress

Set your Easy Press to the correct temperature and time, and heat up the bag or shirt. Then, press each layer on, carefully lining each layer on top of the bottom one.

Finished Trick or Treat bag

Finally, flip your bag or shirt inside out, and use the Easy Press on the back side of the project.

Have you used the Knockout Method? Tell us about it below and tag it with #cricutmade on social media!

Make these fun Halloween decor items with your Cricut!

Halloween Decor You Can DIY

October 6th, 2017 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

Raise your virtual hand if you LOVE decorating for Halloween! Kayla from Kayla Makes here today to round up some of the coolest DIY Halloween decor from around the web. Of course, they're the coolest because they were all created with Cricut®. Let's get our spooky on!

Spooky Pillow by TomKat Studio

I just LOVE the simplicity of this pillow. Kim created it using felt and Cricut® heat and bond but now that the Maker is out with its amazing rotary blade, you don't even need the heat and bond! You can find this project here in Design Space.

Spider Web Garland by Jen Goode at 100 Directions

This spider web garland by Jen Goode is also available in Design Space. I love how delicate the webs are and I really love the fact that all you need on hand is cardstock and glue. Such a simple craft but a huge impact.

Halloween Window Clings by Jill at Create, Craft, Love

I am so intrigued by these cute window clings! Window cling is a material that I have yet to use but after seeing these I'm quickly adding it to my cart before Halloween slips away!

Spooky Wood Sign by Kayla Makes

I created this "spooky" wood sign for my own Halloween decor this year. It's a combination of paint and vinyl and I love how it turned out!

Halloween Cloche by Cricut

This is another project that makes such a huge impact with little effort and minimal supplies. A few sheets of cardstock and a little hot glue is all it takes to create this spooky scene. You can find it here in Design Space.

DIY Halloween Pillow by The Crafted Sparrow

Not only does this pillow feature one of the best Halloween movies ever, but it's also the perfect excuse to use the new Easy Press! That little spider hanging from the P is brilliant, it transforms the whole look of the pillow.

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 in Design Space.

Let’s stay connected!

Which one of these spooky home decor projects are you dying to create?

Make your own elegant wreaths using your Cricut

Decorate Your Door With These Stylish Wreaths

October 3rd, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Wreaths are an easy way to add some color and style to your front door. In less time than it takes to watch your favorite sitcom, you could make one of these wreaths to make your entryway really stand out!

Monogram Wreath

Uses the Cricut Studio Kate's ABCs-Baby Girl digital cartridge

Step 1: Cutting Out Monogram

Open up the project and change the monogram to your desired letter. Have your Cricut cut out 8 of them.

Step 2: Prepare the Wreath

If you are using a Christmas wreath, remove any red berries or other scarlet accents to make it work with any season. Add in the peach berries.

Step 3: Glue Together Monogram

Add glue to each monogram letter and stack on top of each other to form one thick letter.

Step 4: Attach the Letter

Loop the ribbon through the letter (if possible) and attach with glue to the wreath.

Thankful Heart Wreath

Step 1: Cutting the Wood

Load up the Thankful Heart Image in Design Space. Switch to the deep cut blade. Start out with the dial on paper and have it cut once. While keeping the mat in the machine, move the dial to the next setting and cut again, repeating until you reach the Custom setting.

Once you are in Custom, use the highest pressure and have it cut 7 times. Repeat this two more times for a total of 21 different cuts.

Step 2: Assemble the Wreath

Simply use the hot glue to attach the wooden Thankful Heart phrase to the wreath and you are finished.

Which wreath do you prefer? Tell us below!

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!

Removing the background on an imported image in Design Space

Removing the Background on an Imported Image

September 26th, 2017 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello, Cricut Friends! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am so excited to be back over here on the Cricut blog. I am so grateful that I have this amazing opportunity to hang out with you every month. As I’ve said before, I’m still a Cricut newbie. I’ve been using my machine for about a year & a half, and every day I am learning new things to do with these amazing machines!

Today I’d love to share How to Remove the White Background on Uploaded Images. Cricut Design Space has tons of fabulous images, but sometimes you’ll find that you need to upload your own images into Design Space. Whether it be a company logo or a school mascot image or your own design, you can turn just about any image into a cuttable image for your Cricut. Let me show you how I made this adorable Pumpkin Patch Sign using my own image & Cricut Design Space.

Removing white space on images

Supplies Needed

1: Design Your Image (or find an image you’d like to use).

Design the image you want to use

First, I designed this cute pumpkin patch sign, and then I saved it as a png on my computer. You can also upload jpg, gif, bmp, svg or dxf files as well. I like to save my images as a png because the lines seem crisper to me. It’s all a personal preference though! If you would like to use this image you can download it here.

2: Upload your image into Design Space

Upload your image to Design Space

Next, I opened Design Space on my computer. I clicked upload image, & then I uploaded the image into Design Space. This is a very simple image so I clicked simple & then continue.

Upload your own image to Design Space

You’ll want to erase the background, so you can cut out just the words & the pumpkin. So, I clicked on this little tool. Now each spot I click with my cursor becomes transparent. You can tell you’ve done it right when the back ground becomes blue & white checkerboard.

Upload your own image to Design Space

Be sure to click inside all the letters. Every blank spot needs to be a checkerboard. So, the inside of this “p” needs a click.

Upload your own image to Design Space

Next, click continue, name your image & then tag it will key words. This will make it easier to find when you need it for a project. Click save!

Upload your own image to Design Space

Next, insert your image into Design Space. In your layer attributes make sure it is set to cut (the scissor icon), if you are making a project like mine. You could also choose write or print depending on what you a making.

Upload your own image to Design Space

All that is left to do is send this design over to the Cricut machine to cut out. How easy was that?

Don’t forget to pin this post, so you can find it easily when you want to try this yourself!

3: Cut Your Vinyl and Finish Your Project

Cut out your vinyl

First, you’ll need to put your vinyl on a cutting mat. I used a 12x24 inch light grip mat for this project. You could also use a 12x24 green mat. My light grip mat was brand new, so the vinyl stuck to it easily. If you are unsure of what mat to use check out this Which Cricut Mat Do I Use? post that I did before. Load your mat, and then press go. Your Cricut will cut out the design. Easy!

Cut out your vinyl

Cut out your vinyl and weed

After my vinyl was finished cutting, I weeded it (removed the excess vinyl).

Cut out your vinyl and weed

Then I put a piece of clear transfer tape on top.

Apply the vinyl

Now it was time for my favorite part…. applying the vinyl! Earlier I had made a sign using a piece of plywood & wood scraps to make a frame. I painted the sign part white & the frame black.

Apply the vinyl

Simply remove the paper backing & then place your design in the middle of your sign. Rub it down gently using the scraper tool.

Apply the vinyl

Next, slowly remove your transfer tape leaving the words behind. Perfection! If desired, you can use a piece of sandpaper to distress your sign around the edges. All done!

Let me know if you try this out. Just think of all the possibilities! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.

For more pumpkin patch inspiration, check out Cricut Design Space.

Let me know what Cricut projects you are working on this fall! Annnnnd be sure to pin this post to come back to later.
Happy Crafting!