Make these back to school projects with a Cricut

10 Back to School Gear Ideas with Cricut

August 4, 2017 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from GingerSnapCrafts.com. Back to school is just around the corner. Are you ready? I’m not totally ready YET, but I know that with my Cricut Explore Air and a few supplies, it will be easy to whip up some amazing back to school gear for my kiddos. Let me show you some of my favorite projects that can be completed in one afternoon with your Cricut. Don’t forget to pin your favorites!

Shark Pencil Case

Image: Doodlecraft Blog

Sharks are so popular right now, and this DIY Shark Pencil Case is sure to make a splash in your child’s backpack.

First Day of School T-Shirt

Image: Love Create Celebrate

The first day of school is a big milestone. Tons of picture taking is a must! This cute first day of school t-shirt can be customized to your child’s grade level. It also makes a cute keepsake to keep as well.

Back to School Photo Prop

Image: Ginger Snap Crafts

Speaking of photos, a photo prop can help get those smiles coming more quickly! I love that this one can be used over and over again each year. All you’ll need to make this is a wood board, black paint & white vinyl along with your Cricut Explore Air & your favorite font.

Personalized Pencil Pouch

Image: Happy Go Lucky

I know my kiddos love to see their names on just about everything. Isn’t this personalized pencil pouch fun? Let your child pick out the colors and fonts to make it as unique as they are.

Customized Backpack

Image: The Celebration Shoppe

No sense in having the same backpack as everyone else. Am I right? Make your child their own customized backpack using your Cricut Explore Air.

Don’t forget to pin or share some of your favorite projects using the hashtag #CricutMade.

DIY Geek Inspired Shirt

Image: The Crafted Sparrow

I don’t know about your kiddos, but my kiddos definitely have their own unique style and fashion sense. Help them design their own clothing using Cricut Iron-On vinyl and your Cricut Explore Air.

DIY Print & Cut Bookmarks

Image: The Celebration Shoppe

Back to school means more reading for my kiddos. Yay! With your Cricut, it’s easy to customize and make your own bookmarks for back to school.

School Messenger Bag

Image: Crazy Little Projects

Isn’t this school messenger bag cute? Again, Cricut Iron-On vinyl comes in so handy to personalize and make all your back to school gear uniquely your own. Have you seen the Glitter Iron-On vinyl? It’s cute and would work well with a project like this!

Teacher Notebook

Image: Happy Go Lucky

Teachers love back to school gear as well. Isn’t this teacher notebook made with Cricut so pretty? I want to make one for my child’s teacher this year.

Monogrammed Globe Pencil Case

Image: It Happens in a Blink

One more pencil case for the win. You can never have too many of these! I love the cute globe on this one, and you can never go wrong using a monogram in your designs.

Do you want to try a fun Back to School project with Cricut? Check out this cute Reading is FUNdamental Tote Bag in Cricut Design space that you can create in just a few easy steps. You can also find tons of ideas over on Pinterest as well. Don’t forget to share your fun back to school projects made with Cricut using the hashtag #CricutMade. Happy back to school crafting!

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!

One beach essential you can make with a Cricut is a beach memory jar

Cricut Essentials for a Day at the Beach

July 19, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo from Jennifer Rizzo Designs

When heading to the beach, you want to make sure you don’t leave anything behind! We have a round up of a few beach essentials, customized with your Cricut machine, to make your time in the sand as fun as it can be!

Sand Buckets

Cute sand buckets can be customized using a Cricut

First of all, grab your gear! You can use this bucket tutorial from Sew Woodsy design to make these personalized beach buckets so the kids can have hours of fun building sand castles, collecting shells, and not fighting over whose bucket belongs to whom! One of my favorite things to do at the beach is comb the sand for the prettiest shells. I could spend hours just walking and collecting.

Love & The Beach Bag

I also love having a super cute tote to pack my beachy things, like sunscreen and extra sunglasses, and books. This super cute DIY canvas tote is a great project to pin from the Cricut Design Space since it’s the perfect way to carry all of your goodies and looks stylish too! It also makes a great gift for that beach lover!

Patterned Water Bottle

Make your own patterned water bottle

Another important thing about hanging out in the sun all day is drinking lots of liquids! This fun patterned water bottle will help keep you hydrated! It’s a great way to sip on lemonade or any other fun drinks you like!

Beach Towel

Add flair to your beach towel

Check out this project for the perfect beach towel made with Cricut iron-on glitter in gold. It’s cute to use at the beach, and at home in your bathroom.

Beach Memory Jar

When your day is done and you are packing up to head home, make sure you grab a few extra handfuls of sand (or at least save what you shake out of your beach blankets) and make this awesome beach memory jar. It’s a great way to preserve those last fleeting moments of summer, and a fun project for the kids! You can find the project in Cricut Design Space.

Which summer beach project above do you think you are most likely to make? Let us know below in the comments!

Those are just a few essentials for a day at the beach and summer fun! For more fun and inspired ideas, you can find me at Jenniferrizzo.com.

Use one of these ideas for your last minute gifts

5 Last-Minute Gift Ideas Using Your Cricut

July 14, 2017 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Hello! Jenny from EverydayJenny.com here. If you are anything like me, life gets busy and you look at your calendar and realize you have a birthday, anniversary or some other special occasion coming up and you don’t have a gift. Or maybe you are just going to a dinner with friends and don’t want to show up empty-handed.

There are so many ways to make a gift in no time at all with your Cricut Explore. Small touches make your gift more thoughtful and special. Here is a list to get you started.

Bath Bomb Tags

Image: Frog Prince Paperie

A bath bomb is a great gift for someone who needs some relaxation in his or her life (who doesn’t?) Either make your own bath bomb at home or buy one at the store, then add this cute free printable tag from the Frog Prince Paperie. Use the Cricut print and cut feature to cut them out. Voilà, a beautiful gift!

Succulent Planter

Image: The Crafted Sparrow

Fake and real succulents are all the rage right now. Grab one or two at your local store, and then put them in these cute diamond planters. Your friend will be so impressed you made your own planter!

Recipe Card Gift Tags

Image: Cricut Make It Now

Sharing a favorite recipe is always a fun gift idea. Print off these cute recipe card tags that are already done for you as a Make it Now Project in Design Space.  Tie them around a mason jar filled with the recipe ingredients and you have an awesome gift.

Etched Wine Bottles

Image: The Crafty Blog Stalker

A bottle of your favorite wine (or sparkling cider) is always a nice gift, but why not make it even better? Use your Cricut to make a personalized stencil and etch a design into the bottle for a special touch.

Gift Card Holder

Image: Everyday Jenny

Last, but not least, sometimes when you can’t think of anything else a gift card makes a great gift.  You can whip up a gift card holder in no time. These awesome new deluxe paper designs are available on Cricut.com. I used the Natalie Malan Divine Peonies Deluxe Paper.

Which of these gift ideas is your favorite? Be sure to tell me in the comments below. And don’t forget to share the gifts you make on social media with #CricutMade. Happy Gifting!

Succulent

Free Cut! Succulent Thank You Gift

March 17, 2017 • Contributor: Cris Stone of Kiss My Tulle

Many years ago, I was a preschool teacher and really loved it. In addition to getting to watch kids learn and grow under my influence, I also got to know the families well, too. Well enough that every time a holiday or school rolled around, I got a little something in on my desk from different parents who wanted to show me how appreciated I was. It meant a lot to me – not because the gifts were big or fancy, but because they took the time to show me that they were thinking of me. This March, most schools are letting out for spring break and it’s the perfect time to tell your child’s teacher “Hey! I appreciate you!” with this simple DIY featuring this week’s free cut: the lacy labels cartridge.

The cartridge features any number of gorgeous designs but this simple “JOY” one struck a cord with me because I just love the happiness that word brings me.

 

Succulent Image

So why not take ten minutes and show your kid’s teacher some love with this DIY succulent thank you gift featuring this week’s free cut: the lacy labels cartridge? And be sure to take a moment to show us your creation! #CricutMade

 

Lemon Project

5 Cool Ways To Use Cardstock For Spring

March 15, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

It’s that time of year again… our clocks go forward and we’re reminded that spring is on the horizon. In fact, the first day of spring is less than a week away – March 20th! Let the countdown begin…

We love spring so much at Cricut because we start seeing pops of color return to the trees and blooming flowers. As soon as we see that color return, we’re instantly inspired to make projects that will breathe new life into our homes and relationships. There’s nothing like sprucing up your space with a pop of color or designing something fun for an upcoming party. Spring is that perfect time of year to try new things, so today, we’re going to show you some unique ways you can use cardstock.

People typically think of cardstock as a card-making material, but we decided to take it to the next level… we’re going to show you some amazing dimensional cardstock projects that will blow your socks off. And the best part, you can make these projects so easy using Cricut and Design Space!

 

Hopping Easter Bouquet

Easter Bouquet

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, this springy colorful cardstock bouquet will add a fun touch to your dining room or an entry-way side table. All you need is a variety of cardstock, flower wire, and a couple other helpful tools, to make this bouquet. You can Make It Now in Design Space, which provides the full how-to!

A Romantic Rose Wall

A Romantic Rose Wall

Flowers don’t have to just come out of the ground… you can make them bloom from your wall! This wall installation, designed by Idieh Design, is the perfect paper statement to add some lovely dimension to your walls. Heidi used fishing wire to hang the flowers and the best part, the rose design is a one-cut project! All you do is roll up the paper cut and glue the bottom flap of the rose… you can find Heidi’s full instructions here. I made them too, and it’s so easy! It took me about 3-5 minutes to cut, roll, and glue one rose.

Celebrate Cake Topper

Celebrate Cake Topper

Add a little sparkle to your cakes with the adorable glitter cardstock cupcake topper by The Wedding Lady. Making cupcake toppers is so easy – all you need is cardstock, bamboo skewers, and a paint brush! And the coolest part about cutting font projects in Design Space is that we have over 400+ fonts to choose from OR you can use own (literally fonts on your computer will aggregate in Design Space… pretty crazy, huh?!). Some of my favorite fonts to use for cake toppers are Lipstick Lettering, Elegant Cake, Quarter note and Cursive 101.

Animals For Your Baby’s Nursery

 Animals For Your Baby’s Nursery

This cardstock lion is such a cute way to dress up your baby’s walls in a way that will seriously impress your family and friends. To be able to say you made a dimensional lion for your baby’s nursery? How cool is that? Now this project takes anywhere from 1 – 2 hours depending on your level of skill with Cricut and using cardstock… but when I tell you once you get the hang of it, these types of projects are super easy to make. Go check out this Make It Now project in Design Space here!

Heart Bottle Wrap

Heart Bottle Wrap

When spring hits and you start having friends over for backyard BBQs, serve your beverages with a little extra personal touch. This milk bottle has been reimagined by our Cricut team with a fun cardstock wrap with a heart pattern cutout. Just grab some cardstock in your favorite color, twine, adhesive, and a plain bottle to complete this project! You can Make It Now in Design Space here.

Now that we’ve shown you some of our favorite unique cardstock projects, what do you think? Can you go outside the box with cardstock this spring? Tell us in the comments or share your favorite projects via social with the hashtag #cricutmade! We can’t wait to see what you make for spring.

 

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How One Woman Inspires Her Community With DIY Projects

March 14, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Here at Cricut, we love to hear that our products help people add beauty to their homes and lives. But some users really go the extra mile to make the world a better place for others, and today we are happy to be featuring a woman who does exactly that.

Jessica Kistner is the creator and proprietor of Jessie’s Find and Refine, an online store specializing in home décor and organic living. But Jessie doesn’t just sell amazing (often upcycled) products, she also supports her local law enforcement by creating and selling “Back the Blue” candles, which raise funds for the Napa Police Officers’ Association. 

Read on… and get ready to be inspired! 

 

DIY Mug

 

Jessie, tell us a bit about yourself:

I started making soy candles about four years ago while in the Marine Corps. My husband and I were both military police, working presidential security. We eventually moved back to California, where my husband is employed as a police officer in Napa. I wanted to do something to give back to the community, and to show love and support for all law enforcement officers.

Prices for my candles start at $15, and for each one that I sell, I donate $5 to the Napa Police Officers’ Association. Just a few weeks after I launched the program, I was able to give them $300!

 

Back the blue

That is so fantastic, and we are thrilled that your Cricut has helped you with your creative passions. How long have you had your Cricut? What is your favorite feature?

I got my Cricut after an elementary school friend introduced me to the brand. I've had it for almost a year now. My favorite feature, by far, is that I’m able to cut vinyl. I use my Cricut almost daily, whether it be customizing coffee mugs, adding a special touch to my candles, making fun labels for the oils that I sell or creating custom windows. I'm obsessed!

 

Back the blue

Jessie, thank you for your story and, moreover, for your service to our country.

 

Jessie's Find & Refine Candle

Take a stroll through her shop, Jessie’s Find and Refine: http://www.jessiesfindandrefine.com

 

Make a faux orange floral wreath

This Faux Orange Wreath Is Everything For Spring

March 13, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

Hi everyone! I am Jennifer Rizzo from Jenniferrizzo.com, and I am so excited to share a fun project with you today! Earlier on my blog, I showed my readers how to make faux oranges from hard foam balls (you can see the full tutorial hereIf you don’t want to make your own oranges you can buy fake fruit from the craft store. I didn’t see oranges, but they did have some lemons. I wanted to take it a step further and make a faux orange leaf wreath. It’s not quite spring yet, and there is something about citrus, even if you can’t eat them, that brings in such a fresh look and feel! The best part about this wreath, is since the oranges are fake, they’ll last forever! I used a faux floral rose spray to mimic the orange blossoms, and  I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out all of the leaves. This would have normally taken me hours, but it really only took me about 15 minutes to cut out the 8 sheets.

You’ll need:

  • Cricut Explore Air 2
  • Cricut scraper tool
  • Cricut spatula tool
  • Cricut scissors
  • Cricut 12 x 12 cutting mat soft grip
  • Use this leaf design (Cricut project file: https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/53915719) or similar collages of a leaf of choice
  • 8 different sheets of heavy green cardstock, in 4 different shades of green(2 each) from light to dark
  • Wreath form with appropriate glue, I used a hard foam wreath (get green if they have it!)
  • Fake oranges
  • Floral picks
  • Small white faux floral

If you have your oranges ready, first, cut your leaves. Use the 12 x 12 cutting mat with a light grip. Place your cutting setting on cardstock. I forgot to change mine at the first run and I was left with a paper full of leaves only partway cut out. That didn’t work so well.

I make my designs on my desktop and then open them in the cloud from my phone. it is so much easier and convenient that way!

After cutting, remove the out paper and use the Cricut Spatula tool by tipping the mat and scraping down. They come off so much easier that way. You end up with a nice pile of leaves with out the aggravation of picking them off one by one.

 

Leaves

Cut 8 sheets of leaves, once they are done and you have them, give them all a quick fold in half to make them bend, and look like real leaves.

 

Paper leaf

Add the appropriate glue for your foam, and cover the piece. If I had to do it again, I might wrap it with green crepe paper first and then use a tacky white craft glue to adhere the leaves. I did have issues with the white foam peeking through. My store seemed to have a crazy sale on green foam rings and didn’t have any left, so I was stuck with white foam. Plus, the paper leave would probably stick better to the crepe paper than the foam anyway.

 

Foam wreath

Start gluing the leaves on around the foam ring. I found it worked better to use the large leaves first and then the smaller ones in to fill in.

 

Glue leaves

When adding leaves, vary the different shades of green to give it a more natural look.

 

Oranges

 Let the large glue dry on the top, and then add the smaller ones around the outside. Add the oranges with a floral pick.

 

Oranges

... And glue underneath faux orange glue to leaves. Remove small flowers, trim off any extra bottom with scissors and glue onto leaves.

 

Greenery

Flower & Orange Wreath

Let dry completely overnight, completely still for full adhesion.

And you can either add a ribbon to your wreath to hang, or enjoy a little touch of spring as a decorative piece!

 

Flower & Orange Wreath
Maker Gonna Make Pillow

Celebrating International Women’s Day & Joining the Movement

March 8, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Photo Credit: Teacups & Things

I’ve grown up surrounded by truly amazing women. My mother was in education, and she taught me the value of education along with teaching me so many successful life skills. Whether we were canning plum jelly to hand out to people in the neighborhood or she was teaching me how to sew so I could join the 4H Club and put on a fashion show down the middle of the horse arena when I was 9, my mother was a true inspiration. The best part was that I also had a father who always encouraged me to not just get an education, but become an educated woman. He absolutely believed that I could be whatever I wanted – even President of the United States, which obviously didn’t happen. What did happen was that I grew up – surrounded by strong parents, teachers, and friends.

Now, I work with truly amazing women. From our VP of (developing amazing*) Product, Kim Kanarowski, to my partner-in-crime on product launches, the beloved Cortney Haymond. We have women peppered throughout our building who are strong, beautiful, inspiring people. They each have their own story, their own life journey. They have diverse backgrounds, and they sometimes even have similar experiences. They’re all unique and fabulous!

Also, I’m inspired by all of the amazing women in our Cricut community. We see your inspiring projects; we hear about your incredible life stories, and we are constantly in awe of what you do. I cannot express the number of times your beautiful moments have brought us tears of joy. We celebrate this throughout all of our offices. We love to hear your stories, and we love to be there for you.

In honor of all the amazing women in my life and yours, we want to celebrate International Women’s Day and #BeBoldForChange. Bold takes many steps and many forms, but at the end of the day, it takes a lot of courage. We announced Cricut’s Pretty Pillow Project, #SayItWithCricut, in January – where we are helping you learn how to work with fonts and phrases in Design Space. So far, we have made over 30 pillows. You’ll see fun phrases, inspiring phrases, hopeful phrases, determined phrases, kids’ phrases, and more! Our goal as a team is to make at least 100 pillows this year, have an amazing experience helping you learn Cricut Design Space, and give back to our local community at the end of the year.

We will be donating all of our pillows to local women’s shelters to help bring a moment of happiness to them and their children during a difficult time in their lives. We would love for you to participate with us. As a community of crafters and makers, we invite you to participate with us. Let’s make it a goal together to donate 1,000 pillows and help touch many lives at the moment that they are trying to #BeBoldForChange. 

We encourage you to get together with your friends and have a Crafternoon or a Girls’ Night In party, or stay in and use your fabulous creative skills to make pillows on your own. Make pillows or pillowcases for your own local women’s shelters. Even if it’s just 2 or 3, you can make a huge difference in a life. Together, we can be powerful and help impact 1,000 lives. Please join us and let us know what you’ve done in your community here: https://cricut.wishpond.com/pillowproject/

If you have a story to share, let us know. We welcome pictures about your fun pillow making event, stories of the impact made by your donation, and other experiences that really connected you to the women in your community. You can submit them to contest@cricut.com or post them on social media and tag us with #CricutPillows. 

I always end with a ‘Cheers’, and this has an even more powerful meaning to me today. Cheers to your creative life and the powerful impact your creativity has. Cheers to you and your families. Cheers to all the people who inspire you. Cheers to all the people who inspire me. And most importantly, Cheers to the Change that I know we are all empowered to make.

Cheers.

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*This isn’t really a part of Kim’s title, BUT IT SHOULD BE!