Gifts you can make using an EasyPress

Use an EasyPress for These Lovely Handmade Gifts!

December 11th, 2017 • Contributor: Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts

Hey everybody – it’s Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts and I know I’m not the only one excited/freaking out that CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE!!

If you are creating handmade gifts this holiday season then hopefully you’ve already discovered the Cricut EasyPress, because the time and energy and frustration it is going to save you is going to make your Christmas merry indeed!

The EasyPress combines the speed of a heat press and the convenience of an iron for finished projects that will last the test of time, even after repeated washes. You can adjust the temperature which allows you to use a variety of materials on a variety of surfaces, so the possibilities are endless. It’s the perfect companion for any of the Cricut cutting machines.

If you don’t yet have an EasyPress then I think you are totally justified in sending this blog post to your family as a big ol’ hint to put one under the tree for you. It is going to change the way you create!

So without further ado – I give you 14 (YES! 14!) Christmas projects put together with the EasyPress!

Gift Sack

Christmas means presents – and we love this personalized gift sack from Make Life Lovely. This is a gift that would be treasured by your kids for years to come.

Festive Shirts for Kids

Speaking of kids, who doesn’t love children in festive holiday outfits? Mom Endeavors and The Country Chic Cottage both dial up the cuteness factor with these easy t-shirt projects.


The only thing better than cute t-shirts? PAJAMAS!!!!!! Love these from Desert Chica!

Tea Towels

Tea towels are an inexpensive way to create customized gifts for friends and family, and All For the Memories and Lydi Out Loud share some cute ones that are sure to inspire you.

Tote Bags

Tote bags are another easy way to create something personal without breaking the bank. This tote from Fawn Prints would make a great take-home favor from your holiday party!


Custom pillows are the perfect holiday project because not only do they add a special touch to your home décor, they also make great gifts! This beautiful wreath pillow from Sugarcoated Housewife would make a great hostess gift.


Placemats are another example of a project you might make as a gift but then decide to keep for yourself! ☺ These placemats from Coastal Kelder take just a few minutes but would add glam to any tablescape.

Iron-on and Wood Projects

Are you ready to have your mind blown? The EasyPress allows you to apply iron-on to WOOD! Yes! These three wood projects will inspire you to take your creativity to a whole new level. WOOD! Can you believe it? Game changer!


Finally, I hope you’ll find time to celebrate with your girlfriends – and what better way than a craft night! This stocking making party from Not So Cli-Shea looks like the PERFECT way to spend an evening with your BFFs.

No matter what you create this holiday season – may your best creations be the memories you make. Merry Christmas everybody!

Let’s stay connected!

Which project is your favorite? Let us know in a comment!

Holiday mantel ideas for your home

Make a Room Festive With These Holiday Mantel Ideas

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

Each holiday season I decorate our mantel and add a little Cricut DIY Magic to the decor. Sometimes I make a simple sign or add vinyl to a vintage window. I love being able to decorate our holiday mantel with personal touches.

I have gathered up some amazing mantel inspiration from a few of my favorite bloggers, and despite having “finished” my mantel for the 6th time this season, I am ready to whip up some more goodies for our mantel!

Whimsical North Pole Christmas Mantel

I love this fun and cheerful holiday mantel! My kids would be so excited to see this in the house! The bright colors mixed with a more traditional red make this mantel pop!

See more from Giggles Galore.

Buffalo Check Holiday Mantel

Buffalo Check makes my heart skip a beat. I have ALWAYS loved plaid and I could not be more excited to see it all over again this holiday season. This mantel is the perfect mix of modern and classic!

See more from Crafted Sparrow.

Hand Lettered Christmas SVG File

This is my new favorite Cricut DIY! I cannot get enough of the EasyPress and wood! Printable Crush created this darling Christmas SVG (Free download on her blog) and is just so perfect for a mantel!

See more from Printable Crush.

Christmas Cocoa Bar

I styled our mantel with classic colors and white twinkle lights several years ago, and it is my absolute favorite. I can still remember walking into the room and thinking, this is my home...It was warm and welcoming, and exactly how I want my home to feel!

See more from Everyday Party Magazine.

Holiday Mantel Decorating

This bright and colorful spin on classic buffalo plaid just makes me smile! I love the pops of color and the felted garland.

See more from Make and Do Studio.

Christmas Mantel Decor

Sweet custom made signs and mercury glass Christmas trees are enough to make me swoon! This entire mantel is absolutely stunningly gorgeous!

See more from Pineapple Paper Co.

Ski Lodge Mantel

I fell in love with the giant nutcracker at Michaels and restyled my entire mantel to work with it, and I am not mad at all! I kept all of the basics from my Christmas Cocoa Bar and updated them to work with the newest members of my holiday decor.

See more from Everyday Party Magazine.

Farmhouse Holiday Decor

No Mantel, no problem! This sweet Farmhouse Holiday table is perfect for hanging stockings with care, and decorating for the holidays! I super love the oversized wooden ornaments!

See more from Soiree Event Design.

I love the holidays, the busy season of life, and the decor, but I really love to snuggle up with my family, next to our twinkling Christmas Tree and fireplace mantel and enjoy our time together! Happy holidays!

Which one is best for your house? Leave a comment!

Foil and sparkle holiday tees

Holiday Tees With Foil Iron-on, Glitter Iron-on, and Sparkle Iron-on

December 4th, 2017 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Creating a shirt to celebrate the holidays is so easy with your Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker.  You can make some as a gift for family and friends or wear one yourself to get into the holiday spirit.

I created these fun shirts with holiday sayings in a few easy steps. Cricut offers lots of fun Iron-on varieties to make your holiday shirt sparkle! On this post, I’m sharing tips on using Cricut Glitter Iron-on, Holographic Sparkle Iron-on, and Foil Iron-on.

What’s your favorite type of Iron-on? Have you tried the Holographic Sparkle? Let me know in the comments below.

1. Create Your Text Design

Make the text design for your shirt

First, pick a fun holiday saying and insert your text and choose a font. Cricut Design Space has a great selection of cursive fonts, but remember you can also use fonts from your own computer.

There are two key steps to making your letters connect and achieving the handwritten look. First, you need to use either your Letter Space tool or Ungroup tool to bring each letter closer together. I prefer the Ungroup tool as I have more freedom to place each letter exactly where I want it. The second key step is to use the Weld tool to weld your text together and eliminate overlapping cutlines.

2. Insert Images

Add some images to your design

After you have your text design, you can now add some fun images. The Cricut Design Space Library has lots of Christmas images available with Cricut Access. I searched “holly” and “bells” for my images. You can open this Design Space link to use the same images.

When you are choosing images, keep in mind that you can layer Iron-on, but Foil Iron-on, Sparkle Iron-on, and Glitter Iron-on should only be on the top layer. You can use the Slice tool to slice out parts of your design that you don’t want to layer.

3. Cut Out and Weed Your Design

Cut out your iron-on designs

Make sure to place your Iron-on on the mat liner side down and mirror your image. Then let your Cricut perfectly cut out your design!

Don’t forget that there are custom settings for each type of Iron-on. Select which type of Iron-on you are cutting on the list (Lite, Glitter, Holographic Sparkle, or Foil) and change it for each mat.

4. Warm Up Your Cricut EasyPress

Get your EasyPress ready to use

Set your temperature and timer to fit your material. The Cricut EasyPress comes with a handy chart to easily choose the correct setting. Each type of Iron-on has a different recommended temperature.

Make sure you have a flat, heat-resistance surface to use your EasyPress. Use the EasyPress to remove wrinkles and prepare your shirt.

5. Press On Your Design

Press your vinyl onto the shirt

Position your design on your shirt, place the EasyPress on the design and start your timer. Hold the EasyPress in place with gentle pressure.

Press your vinyl onto the shirt

Test a small corner of your design and gently lift the liner. If the liner does not peel easily, reapply heat.

Press your vinyl onto the shirt

For Foil Iron-on, it is very important to let it cool completely before attempting to lift the liner, as it can otherwise cause the Iron-on to wrinkle or tear. I prefer to peel the liner for Glitter Iron-on while it is still slightly warm.

Once you are done pressing the design on you have some great shirts to spread Christmas cheer. Happy Holidays!

Press your vinyl onto the shirt
Press your vinyl onto the shirt

Be sure to pin this project to try!

16 Handmade Holiday Gifts with a Cricut

15 Awesome Handmade Holiday Gifts With Cricut

December 1st, 2017 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

When you’re a proud Cricut owner, handmade holiday gifts are your Super Bowl. We crafters relish in the thought of taking some simple items and shaking our magic holiday wand around to turn it into something extra special. So while I’m normally your resident Wedding Expert, today I’m getting into the holiday spirit by sharing 15 of my favorite holiday gift ideas that you can crush using your Cricut and all Cricut’s fabulous supplies. This colorfully creative list is sure to have something for everyone on your list!

1. Holiday Mug Gift by Lydi Out Loud

Ah the holiday coffee gift, does it get any better? We can all, always use more coffee and more cute coffee mugs. So lean on your Cricut to make this energetic gift stand out from the rest!

2. Personalized Notebooks by Keys To Inspiration

For the person on your list who LOVES to make a list, these adorably personalized notebooks would be a perfect gift idea. Wrap up with some fun pens and you're golden!

3. Custom Jewelry Dish by Thrifty And Thriving

This darling personalized jewelry dish is a fabulous idea for your girlfriends or sisters. Every gal needs a special place to put her shiny things!

4. Creative Tea Towel by Persia Lou

Looking for an inexpensive hostess gift with the mostest? Embellish a cute tea towel with and iron-on design, wrap up with a wooden spoon and you’re good to go!

5. Personalized Family Established Sign by A Little Craft In Your Day

This family established sign would be the perfect gift idea for your friends with a new family or a new home! Personalize with their last name and the year their family or home was established!

6. Gold Embellished Candles by Happy Go Lucky

Can you say gorgeous!? I’m obsessed with the idea of turning inexpensive candles into these show stoppers by just using adhesive foil! A major win for your holiday budget!

7. Handmade Lingerie Bags by Something Turquoise

Traveling this holiday season or know someone who is? Make them these adorable wash + wear and clean + dirty lingerie bags to keep their suitcase organized! Free bag pattern and SVG iron-on files!

8. Faux Leather Earrings by Crafting in the Rain

Let your Cricut Maker do the hard work of creating these faux leather earnings and you’ll look like a crafty-boss giving these to your most fashionable friend!

9. Monogram Keychains by Damask Love

Calling all girly-girls! How freaking adorable are these monogram keychains!? These could even double as the best gift tags ever!

10. Custom Cookie Jar by Love The Day

For the baker on your list, personalize a cookie jar just for them! Maybe even add their family name and fill with a batch of homemade cookies or cookie ingredients. A terrific hostess gift!

11. Holiday Wine Glass by Simply {Darr}ling

Darling holiday wine glasses like these are a must-make, for yourself or as a gift!

12. Hot Cocoa Ornament Gift by The Quiet Grove

A sweet and simple gift idea that would be perfect for neighbors and co-workers, just a little something cute to say that you’re thinking of them this holiday season. Yummy too!

13. Personalized Stockings by Not So Cli~Shea

Use your Cricut Maker and Cricut EasyPress to whip up adorable stockings for your family and friends. Sewing can’t get much easier when you let Cricut do the cutting.

14. Embellished T-Shirts by Amber Oliver

Embellished t-shirts, sweatshirts, and tanks are always a good idea. These Crafty AF shirts are hilarious and perfect for the crafter on your list. The EasyPress will be your best friend this holiday season when embellishing fabric with iron-on designs!

15. Custom Wine Tumblers by Something Turquoise

Hey, that’s me again! For the wine lover on your list, give them the gift of spill-free, glass-free sipping! Personalized with your favorite vinyl, tie on a mini bottle of their favorite wine and gift. Quick, easy and totally affordable. Perfect for walking the neighborhood and enjoying Christmas lights!

Bonus #16: Gift Tags from Lia Griffith

Every awesome handmade holiday gift needs to be flocked by an equally amazing handmade holiday tag and Lia Griffith has you covered with these beauties!

I’m excited to see what you create and I wish you a wonderful holiday season full of laughter, love and most of all - Cricut crafting!

Jen Causey ~

Which gift will you make first? Let us know in a comment!

Make your own Mason jar cookie mix gifts this year

DIY Mason Jar Cookie Mix Gifts

November 30th, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hi everyone, it’s Jess from Everyday Party Magazine. It’s the season of giving, and if you are like me at all, your list is longer than your budget. Here's a super quick and affordable holiday gift idea!


1: Find the Images in Design Space

Bring up the cartridge in Cricut Design Space

Open Design Space and choose the Cookie Exchange cartridge by Kori Clark Designs.

2: Create the Recipe Label

Put together the images and text to create your label

Type the instructions for mixing the wet and dry cookie ingredients, and align it on the stationery where you would like it.

Select the images and text, size it to fit your jar, and attach the images to each other.

Next, flatten the images. This will make them a Print, Then Cut file.

3: Print Out Tags

Print out your tags on printable vinyl

Place the printable vinyl sheet in your printer and send the file to print. Once it is printed, place it on a StandardGrip mat, and load into your machine.

4: Cut Out Tags

Cut out your printed tags

Choose printable vinyl in the drop-down menu, and cut the file.

Cut out and apply tags
Cut out and apply tags

Remove the cut file and apply to the mason jar.  This cut file isn’t a simple rectangle; some of the cookie images on the bottom overlap the edge, and there is a bleed on the vinyl when it prints. Your Cricut will cut around it.

I have used printable vinyl for water bottle wrappers, party favor boxes, and so much more. I almost always have several packages at home.

Mason Jar Oatmeal Cookies

I used an adaptation of our favorite oatmeal cookie recipe and layered the dry ingredients in a pint-sized mason jar. You could easily use any recipe you want, but if you choose to use this recipe, you can get the cut file here.


1 C Oatmeal

¾ C White Sugar

1 C Chocolate Chips

¾ C Brown Sugar (packed)

1 ½ C Flour

1 ½ tsp Baking Powder

½ tsp Salt

½ tsp Cinnamon

Begin by layering each ingredient as they are listed above. (Gently pack the layers with the back of a spoon if necessary)

For the label:

Preheat oven to 350*


Mix 2 eggs,

3/4 cup softened butter,

and 1 tsp vanilla together

in a medium bowl


Add dry ingredients in jar

to the bowl and mix well.


Scoop onto non-stick

cookie sheet and

bake for 12-14 min.

What's your favorite Mason jar cookie mix recipe? Tell us below!

Embossed holiday cards add texture

Adding Texture to Cards

November 28th, 2017 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hi there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I am so excited to be back here today! Today we are going to talk about adding texture to your handmade cards.

Cricut has three different machines. Yes, three! They have the Cricut Explore Air™ family of machines & the Cricut Maker™. Both of these are amazing digital cutting machines that hook up to your computer (or device) & with the easy to use Cricut Design Space, you can cut through literally hundreds of different types of material.

Then Cricut has the Cricut Cuttlebug™ die cutting and embossing machine. You don’t need to plug in this cute little machine, you will not need a computer, and it can do things the Explore Air & Maker can’t do, like emboss! Embossing adds so much texture to your designs, and it’s so easy to do!

So, today I am excited to share how you can add texture to your handmade cards (cut out with your Explore Air or Maker) using the Cuttlebug. Let’s get started!

To Make These Cards, You Will Need:

1: Cut Out Your Cards

Cut out the pieces to make your card

I used my Cricut Maker to do this. You could also use your Explore Air to do this as well. I used a lot of cardstock and a little bit of vinyl to make my cards.

I used these three card designs from Cricut Design Space:

2: Get Out Your Embossing Folders and Cuttlebug

Pick out the embossing folders that you want to use

Embossing folders are just that ~ a folder. You can find them in all different sizes. I like using the larger 5x7 size. Most of the cards and envelopes fit right inside.

Cricut Cuttlebug

3: Load Your Embossing Folder

Put your material inside the embossing folder

Then you’ll put the piece of cardstock inside your embossing folder.

Also, don’t forget to pin this post for later so you can remember all the steps!

4: Stack Your Plates

Put your plates together for embossing

You’ll get an A plate & 2 B plates out. TIP: These plates all come with your Cuttlebug!

Sandwich your embossing folder (with the cardstock inside) between the two B plates & then set them on top of the A plate.

Embossing plates stack

5: Turn the Handle to Feed the Plates Through Your Cuttlebug.

Send the plates through the Cuttlebug

Then you’ll turn the handle to crank them through your Cuttlebug. TIP: It will be a little bit hard to turn. That is OK. As your plates goes through the Cuttlebug, that pressure is what will eventually emboss your paper.

Send the plates through the Cuttlebug

After it has passed through your machine, look at the results! Isn’t that amazing? I just love embossing! I thought this embossing folder looked like frost on a window!

6: Assemble Your Cards

Put your cards together

Then you will assemble your cards as you normally would. Enjoy the extra texture & depth that embossing brings to your paper crafts!

Just in case you were wondering, the Cricut Cuttlebug™ die cutting and embossing machine comes with:

• A2 embossing folder and two metal dies.
• One 6x8 A Plate and two 6x8 B Plates included
• One 6x8 Rubber Embossing Mat included
• Cuts and embosses a variety of materials including tissue paper, foils, acetate ribbon, and thin leather
• Produces professional-looking results with deep, even embossing and clean, crisp cuts
• Works with other leading embossing folders and cutting dies
• Cuts & embosses cardstock
• Features a collapsible handle and compact fold-n-store profile
• Strong suction (I can vouch for that! ha!)
• Easy to operate

Now enjoy these lovely handmade cards!

Finished holiday cards
Finished holiday cards

Have you ever embossed? Let me know in the comments below. Let me know if you have any questions, too!

Add texture to your cards
DIY First Christmas Ornaments

DIY Our First Christmas Ornament

November 23rd, 2017 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

Celebrate your first Christmas in true creative style by making your own custom “our first Christmas” ornament using your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore. All you need is a blank ornament and a few different colors of vinyl… choose the perfect hair, flower, and fashion to build a darling little portrait to hang on your tree.

Our first Christmas ornament
Our first Christmas ornament
Our first Christmas ornament

This project would also be a lovely gift for the newlyweds in your life. These three designs are waiting for you to personalize in Design Space… so half the work is already done for you! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!


  • Cricut Explore or Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Vinyl
  • Cricut Weeding Tools
  • Blank Christmas Ornaments
  • Spray Paint

1: Choose a Design and Personalize

Pick which image you want to use for your design

Visit this link to personalize one of my ornament designs. Click the “Color Sync” tab in the layers panel to make sure that each element is labeled the correct color.

2: Prep Your Vinyl

Get your vinyl pieces ready

Cut the appropriate amount of vinyl for each layered color of your ornament design. Since there are so many different colors and cuts for this project, doing this step ahead of time really helps with organization.

3: Cut & Weed Vinyl

Cut your vinyl out


Cut your vinyl out

Let your Cricut work its magic!

4: Prepare the Ornament Blank

Get your ornament blank ready for your design

Prep your Christmas ornament blank. I used cheap wood blanks and spray painted them with metallic paint. You can use wood, ceramic, glass or even cut an ornament out of chipboard!

5: Apply the Vinyl

Put the vinyl on the ornament blank

Since these designs were super detailed with small intricate pieces I decided to hand place them instead of using transfer tape, but you can use it if you’d like. Pull up the Design Space canvas to see what color vinyl layers on top of each other and follow the pattern to create your custom design.

Apply the vinyl
Apply the vinyl
Apply the vinyl


Use the hashtag #cricutmade to show us your ornaments!

Make Your Own Christmas Cards

Make Your Christmas Cards This Year!

November 24th, 2017 • Contributor: Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts

Hey everybody – it’s Beth Kingston from Kingston Crafts ( and CHRISTMAS IS LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY!! Gaaaaaaaaaahhh!! Ok – deep breath. Deeeeeeeep breath – and maybe a little more coffee.

If you – like me – are planning to spend this long post-Thanksgiving weekend working on your Christmas cards then you’ve come to the right place, because today I’ve got ten Cricut-made Christmas cards to share! Cricut is a lifesaver this time of year because no matter what project you are creating, with just the push of a button your Cricut can do most of the work for you. Many of these projects can be made on both the Explore machines and the new Maker machine so let’s do this!

Sequin Shaker

Becoming Martha had me at the words sequin shaker card! I love how she turns this simple card into something special with glitter and sequins, and she shares a matching gift tag as well.

Black and White

I love the look of these stunning black and white cards from Lemon Thistle – and the best thing about Cricut is I could make them in a rainbow of colors if I wanted to. The possibilities are endless!

Christmas Birds

These Christmas bird cards from Hey Let’s Make Stuff are so beautiful I may or may not use them all year long. Don’t judge me. 😉

Photo Cards

We all love photo cards but don’t love the price – thanks to 100 Directions you can create your own and it will be so much cooler!

Gold and Black

Cricut can turn the most intricate design into a quick and easy card – and Printable Crush shows us how. Did I mention she also shares a FREE printable address label?

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Your friends and family will think you spent hours on this ugly sweater card from Laura’s Crafty Life – but she created a series of layers that make it easy and fun to put together! She also shares the matching envelope liner and it adds the perfect touch.

Red and Gold Truck

Red and gold are my favorite Christmas color combo and Liz On Call is speaking my language with this cool gift tag. I could also see this as a cut out for a card – with Cricut you can customize your projects in just a few minutes.

Gift Card Holders


Finally, gift cards are easy to give but can sometimes feel impersonal. Our friend Lia Griffith solves that problem with not one but two fun gift card holders – a felt bag and an ornament

Make Your Christmas Cards This Year!

and Happiness is Homemade brings back COLOR with these bright and bold gift card holder tags!

Wishing you a fun and festive holiday season – here’s to creating memories to treasure for years to come!

Let’s stay connected!

Which card is your favorite? Tell us below!

DIY Christmas wreath Part 2

DIY Christmas Wreath Part 2

November 22nd, 2017 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

In my last post, I explained how you separate your mats and change the setting for materials in Cricut Design Space. Today, I am going to show you how to assemble the wreath and the best glues for each type of material used in the wreath.


Supplies Needed for this DIY Christmas wreath

Other Materials:

  • 22 Gauge Floral Wire
  • E6000 Glue
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • 1 12 inch premade wreath with pine branches

1: Cut Out Your Materials

Cut out the materials for the wreath

First, you will cut out the wreath materials using your Cricut Maker machine. Here is a link to the Design Space file. You will have:

  • Felt leaves (you will need to make 16 copies of the leaves)
  • “Joy” cut out of Sparkle Paper in red & gold
  • Faux suede bow pieces

2: Assemble Felt Leaves

Put the felt leaves together

Hot glue works wonderfully for Cricut felt. The key is to use it sparingly, or you could slightly darken the felt. It’s great because it tacks instantly and dries quickly.

Assemble your leaves

Cut your floral wire into four 8-inch pieces. Put a dab of hot glue on the bottom center of one of the leaves and place the top of the wire on the glue. Pinch the leaf together. Place another dab of glue on the next leaf and put just below the first leaf. Pinch together. Pull the leaf to the right side. Repeat with all the leaves, pulling them to the opposite side of the leaf above.

3: Assemble Faux Leather Bow

Put the bow together

You may be tempted to use hot glue with the Cricut Faux Leather, and although it’s a good option you may have noticed that if you don’t apply it very sparingly, then the dried glue can create a bump in the material. A better alternative is all-purpose craft glue such as E6000. The only downside is you will need to hold the spot you are securing together for a longer period of time.

Put the bow together

Turn the main bow piece over and use a thin line of craft glue to secure each side to the center.

Put the bow together

Pinch the bow together and apply a small amount of glue to the back. Add the back pieces and wrap the center bow piece around, applying a small amount of glue to the back of it. Hold until the bow is set.

4: Glue Together “Joy”

Glue together the paper that says Joy

My favorite type of glue to use with paper is spray adhesive. With delicate cuts, you can risk tearing your paper when you try to use a glue stick. Liquid glue can be hard to control and you may put too much resulting in it bleeding over the edge.

Spray adhesive solves both of those problems. It coats even the most detailed cut area without risk of tearing or bleeding. You also have a few seconds to reposition your paper when you glue it together. This is nice when you are trying to place things perfectly.

Glue together the word Joy

Turn over the red “Joy” onto a covered surface. (I like to use a piece of parchment paper.) Shake the spray adhesive well and spray the back of the red “Joy” with the glue, holding the can about 6-8 inches away. Center on the gold “Joy” and press to secure.

5: Assemble the Wreath

Put your Christmas wreath together

Use the floral wire to wrap around the wreath frame and position the felt leaves in the pine branches. Use hot glue to secure the “Joy” to each side of the wreath and the bow to the bottom.  You’re done! Enjoy your pretty new holiday wreath.

Assemble your wreath

Are you making your own Christmas wreath this year? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Learn how to use different materials to make a Christmas wreath

DIY Christmas Wreath Part 1

November 21st, 2017 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Hi friends! Jenny from Everyday Jenny here, and today I’m sharing a tutorial using the Cricut Maker to create this custom holiday wreath. There are so many fun Cricut materials you can use to add a variety of colors and textures to your holiday wreath. I used Cricut Felt, Faux Leather and Sparkle Paper.  The Sparkle Paper may be my new favorite material. It’s so shiny and colorful, and I love the sturdiness of it.

What’s your favorite Cricut material?

Separating your materials on to different mats is easy in Design Space. When you create your design, different colored layers are automatically sorted on to separate mats. I will show you how you can easily change the layer color and how you change the type of material for each mat.

Supplies Needed for Part 1:

1: Open Cricut Design Space

Design Space Cut File for Christmas Wreath

Here is a link to the Design Space file.  When you open it you will see the leaf, the word “Joy” and bow. You will notice that each image is a different color. This is how Design Space separates your images on to different mats. There are three different types of Cricut materials we are going to use:

  • Felt for the leaves
  • Faux Leather for the bow
  • Sparkle Paper for the word

2: Change the Layer Color

Change colors if you want them to be on the same mat for cutting

If you want an image to cut on the same mat as another image you can make them both the same color using the Color Sync tool.

The Color Sync tool is in the upper right-hand corner of the design screen. When you click on it you will see all the different colors you are using. To change an image to another color simply drag the image to the desired color. For example, I changed the “Joy” background to green on the Color Sync menu and you can see it changed it on the design screen.

3: Click on Make It

Have your Cricut cut out the images

When you click on “Make It” you will see that Design Space automatically separates the layers on to individual mats. On this screen, you can edit the image placement on the mats by clicking on each mat and dragging the cuts to a desired place on the mat. Where they appear on the mat preview is where they will be cut on your mat.

Images on colored mats

You can also change your material size if your material is smaller or larger. Lastly, you can select the number of project copies and you can also mirror your image if needed.

Click on “Continue” and you will be prompted to select your material for the highlighted mat. Since the first mat is the bow, you will select faux leather and cut it out.

4: Changing the Material Type

Set the material you will be using so the machine knows the cutting depth

Once you have cut out your first mat, you can then select a new material for the next mat. Simply click on the material name in step one and select either from the shortcuts shown or click on “View All” to see all the materials.

Set the material you will be using so the machine knows the cutting depth

Once you have cut out your first mat, you can then select a new material for the next mat. Simply click on the material name in step one and select either from the shortcuts shown or click on “View All” to see all the materials.

You will change the material for each mat until all of your materials are cut out.

Now you are ready to assemble your wreath! I will go over assembly and types of glues for each material in my next post. Be sure to check it out tomorrow!

What materials have you tried cutting with your Cricut Maker? Tell me in the comments below!