Get Your Table Decor On this Holiday with Lia Griffith

Get Your Table Decor on This Holiday with Lia Griffith

November 11th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Last week, we shared a big reveal of Lia Griffith’s holiday tablescape, which we are super in love with! This week, we’re going to break down some of the amazing projects she included that don’t even look DIY.

As a reminder, Lia has been a Cricut design partner for several years and is famous for her sophisticated designs and crepe paper flowers. We’re thrilled to partner with her on several projects including a beautiful tablescape that spans the holiday season. We’ll start with her leather coasters. This is one of our favorite projects, because it adds such depth and texture to the mixed material aspect of this tablescape, Head over to the project in Design Space, and make along with us!

Check the EasyPress Interactive Guide for the settings for these projects.

Lia Griffith Table Decor

Grab your materials!

Prep your project in Design Space

Remember, if you want to alter the project, select Customize, then use the tools in the Edit panel to make changes before you cut.

Get cutting!

  1. StrongGrip Mat - Place metallic leather smooth side down onto the mat.
  2. Tape down the edges of the leather to prevent shifting during cutting.
  3. Use a deep cut blade, with the 8 mm leather setting. We recommend trying a small test cut shape on a small scrap before cutting the entire project, to accommodate the vast variety of leather that can be used. We recommend 5 oz weight (2 mm) with a relatively stiff feel, for this project.
  4. StandardGrip Mat - Be sure to Mirror the image when using iron-on and place the shiny side (clear liner) down on the mat
  5. Follow the prompts in Design Space® to cut the images from the iron-on material.

Assemble

  1. Use a weeder tool to remove the negative pieces so just your design remains on the clear liner.
  2. Apply the iron-on layers to your project using a Cricut EasyPress™ and Cricut EasyPress Mat with our Interactive Guide, linked above, for the perfect time and temp settings; or use a household iron or heat press and a press cloth.

Ok, how did it go? Fun, right? We LOVE to see iron-on and leather together.

Now, while we have your EasyPress out, let’s make the gorgeous deep purple napkins!

Lia Griffith Table Decor

Grab your materials

Prep your projects

  1. Don’t forget you grab your gorgeous nap
  2. If you want to alter the project, select Customize, then use the tools in the Edit panel to make changes before you cut.

Get cutting

  1. Be sure to Mirror the image when using iron-on and place the shiny side (clear liner) down on the mat
  2. Follow the prompts in Design Space® to cut the images from the iron-on material.

Assemble

  1. Press the napkins if needed.
  2. Use a weeder tool to remove the negative pieces so just your design remains on the clear liner.
  3. Apply the iron-on layers to your project using a Cricut EasyPress 2™ and Cricut EasyPress Mat with our Interactive Guide, linked above, for the perfect time and temp settings; or use a household iron or heat press and a press cloth.

 

Ready for one more?! Let’s get these cute vinyl glasses made!

Lia Griffith Table Decor

Grab your materials

Prep Your Project

If you want to alter the project, select Customize, then use the tools in the Edit panel to make changes before you cut.

Get Cutting

Follow the prompts in Design Space® to cut the images from the vinyl.

Assemble

  1. Remove the unneeded pieces using a weeder tool. It is usually easiest to move from the inside out when weeding.
  2. Use Transfer Tape and your Scraper Tool to apply the vinyl cuts to your project. Make sure surfaces you plan to adhere to are clean and dry.

 

How did you do? Share with us in the comments!

Next week, we will tackle other elements of her tablescape; and with that, you’ll be ready to host your best holiday dinner yet!

Lia Griffith Table Decor
Cricut Community: Favorite Tablescapes

Cricut Community: Favorite Tablescapes

November 11th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

I had never heard of a tablescape before I started working for Cricut, but can certainly appreciate the concept due to my background in landscape design. You use different artistic elements thoughtfully set around the table to create a cohesive display for your event. It really can help make your party just that much more magical.

If you're looking for tablescape projects for holidays and more throughout the year, our Cricut Community members have some lovely possibilities. Here are some you should check out.

Cricut Community Favorite Tablescapes

Whether you're having a small gathering (like I am) or the whole crew, these Gather table settings by Julie are an easy way to dress up your table and set the scene.

Click to Make: Gather Place Setting

Cricut Community Favorite Tablescapes

I definitely need to make these cute little turkey candy decorations that Barb created. My girls will be delighted to find one waiting for them on their plate!

Click to Make: Turkey Candy Decoration

Cricut Community Favorite Tablescapes

They will be equally delighted if I made a scene using these Winter Friends Candy Treats, also by Barb. We're a big fan of penguins, especially.

Click to Make: Winter Friends Candy Treats

Cricut Community Favorite Tablescapes

If you're doing a Disney-themed party, we have a lot of possibilities in Design Space. Mariana used some of our Mickey Mouse images to create these fun Minnie Mouse centerpieces.

Click to Make: Minnie Mouse Centerpieces

Cricut Community Favorite Tablescapes

Sarah used the Hot Dog song from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse as inspiration for this fun Mickey Mouse table sign.

Click to Make: Mickey Mouse Food Table Sign

Cricut Community Favorite Tablescapes

If you're looking for ways to organize your wedding, distinct table numbers can help your guests know where they're supposed to be. Megan created this simple yet elegant version that would work well in many settings.

Click to Make: Table Numbers

Cricut Community Favorite Tablescapes

If you want a little more detailed style for your table numbers, check out this version that Vanesa designed.

Click to Make: Table Numbers

Cricut Community Favorite Tablescapes

If you have our Cricut Maker, you can easily cut fabric to make a holiday table runner as Cathy did. You can choose fabrics to coordinate with any holiday that you want.

Click to Make: Holiday Table Runner

Cricut Community Favorite Tablescapes

Another simple way to dress up your tablescape is with paper doilies. Melanie created this lovely version that would be suitable for Thanksgiving and beyond.

Click to Make: Paper Doily

Cricut Community Favorite Tablescapes

If you're trying to evoke the feel of the tropics, be sure to use these tropical table runners by Jessica. I can already feel the warmth of the sun and smell the salt in the air.

Click to Make: Tropical Table Runner

Cricut Community Favorite Tablescapes

If you're getting ready for a spooky Halloween party, add an extra touch to your table with these ghost napkin rings created by Stephanie.

Click to Make: Ghost Napkin Rings

Cricut Community Favorite Tablescapes
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 1 – The Mantel

October 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

The upcoming holiday season can be a time of hustle and frantic moments.  We want to help give you a true handmade holiday without all the stress. Follow us over the next 8 weeks as we show you how to make your Holiday Décor and Gifting magical.  Be sure to tune in every Monday & Wednesday to our Facebook Live as we walk through some of the tips and techniques to get you through the holiday. Now, let’s jump into this week’s great décor lineup: The Mantel!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

There are 10 great projects in this collection.  Even if you don’t have a mantel, you can find a place to use these signs, stockings, blankets, and wreath.  First, let’s check out our materials supplies list.

Here are the Cricut supplies you will need:

Don’t forget that throughout this 8-week journey, you can use the promo code 8WEEKDIY to get an additional 10% off all your materials (excludes Cricut machines & Cricut Access and needs a $50 minimum purchase).

Here are the other supplies you will also need:

  • White & Green paint and foam brush
  • (1) spool of Red & White Twine
  • (3) 1”x 4”x 8’ Blue Pine wood
  • (2) 1”x 4”x 8’ Ghostwood Silver
  • Wood glue
  • (1) bag of red felt pom poms
  • (1) 12” green wire wreath frame
  • (1) package of floral wire
  • (1) red lantern
  • (1) 12”x 12” thin black frame
  • (1) 8”x 11” thin canvas
  • (1) medium white metal trash can or bin
  • Hot glue

All supplies cost less than $250, and the best part is that with your leftover supplies, you’ll be able to tackle more of the projects in the upcoming weeks.  This 8-week program gives you a completely customized holiday for under $500 – for your entire house including the tree!! Talk about an amazing way to truly get a unique experience for the upcoming season.  The best part is that you can do all or just a few to brighten up your holiday décor!

Let’s explore the projects!

You will see I picked a core color palette that will follow us throughout the next 8 weeks as well – white/cream, grey, brown, forest green, black, and a few scattered pops of red.  I did not want it to be too red heavy as it can be a little overwhelming since it’s such a powerful color.

Next, I also selected some main images that you’ll see throughout our cohesive holiday as it comes together over the next few weeks – vintage truck, pine trees/cones/needles, stars, and poinsettias (both red and white!).

Finally, I made sure that we are using a lot of mixed media projects with textures sprinkled throughout to give it an enriched look – metallic embroidery, felt pom pom balls, and fuzzy/rich materials along-side pearl paper, holographic party foils, and textured vinyls. I’ll even show techniques on how to bring flat materials to life with embellishments – check out the nose on the Reindeer Wood Sign!

To help you embrace a massive make-it-from-scratch holiday, I started the Mantel with 3 custom wood projects.  Yep, that’s right. I constructed the wooden frames and plaques from scratch too. Check out our tutorial on how you can make these three DIY Wood Projects too!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

Project 1: Reindeer Wood Sign

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

Project 3: Scrap Wood Trees

The next two projects are phrases.  I couldn’t quite decide which font I loved the best, so I made two and decided I could put one in another area of my house to bring my favorite phrase throughout the holiday décor – Merry & Bright.  This uses both a Black Vinyl (or dark Stainless Adhesive Foil if you prefer) and a Red Stainless Adhesive Foil for the ampersand sign. Once again, bringing in that small pop of red.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

Project 4: Merry & Bright Sign (Felix Font) or Merry & Bright Sign (Arab Brushstroke Font)

The second phrase incorporates that vintage red truck, which I am loving that is also echoed in the Christmas Delivery fabric of the stockings and quilt.  I used another one of my favorite inviting phrases, “Season’s Greetings”, and favorite fonts: Easton. I like how the font plays off of the Felix Font from the Merry & Bright sign where it has both thinner and thicker areas, but the tall feel of the letters give it a matching vintage look to the truck.

The truck is actually several layers of different types of iron-on. This technique can be really tricky so make sure to read up on some Tips for Layering Iron-on – especially since it’s using Everyday Iron-on, Glitter Iron-on, AND Foil Iron-on (oh my!).

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

Project 5: Season’s Greetings Truck Sign

There isn’t much to do except fan-girl over the Riley Blake Christmas Delivery Collection that will be on Cricut.com next week.  I can’t wait to show you so many fun things to make with it that are really simple. The stockings were made with this Design Space project.  A loop was simply cut into a rectangle and added onto the top of the stocking pattern to hang from the Mantel.  A quick tip to hanging the stockings: Command Strips.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

Project 6: Christmas Delivery Stockings

We talked a little bit about how pinecones would be seen throughout everything, and here is a quick glimpse.  Did you know there are 40 pine cones in the Red Pine Cone Lantern Project? Stay tuned over the next few weeks and we will take you on a tutorial on how to make the pine cones from scratch!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

Project 7: Red Pine Cone Lantern

The final three projects are at the base of the Mantel near the fire.  Two are snuggle blankets, and one is to hold them. At our house, everyone has a holiday blanket so we need a bin to put them in.  Enter the repurposed trash can! We took a white trash bin and simply add a phrase at the bottom using the same Easton font from the Truck Canvas.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Decor: Mantel

Project 8: Blanket Bin

Project 9: Christmas Delivery Quilt

Project 10: Felt Poinsettia Flower Blanket with Gold Metallic Embroidery

Check out our Facebook Live with tips and techniques used throughout these projects.  I can’t wait to show you the projects next week. This is going to be a fantastic DIY Holiday Season!

Up Next Week: The Living Room

Cheers!

t

3 Custom Holiday Decor Wood Projects

3 Custom DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

October 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

From shopping to assembly, let’s dig into how to make 3 great wood DIY projects for the holiday season.  Here are the Cricut supplies you will need:

Here are the other supplies you will also need:

  • White & Green paint and foam brush
  • (1) spool of Red & White Twine
  • (3) 1”x 4”x 8” Blue Pine wood
  • (2) 1”x 4”x 8” Ghostwood Silver
  • (2) packages of 1 ½” L Brackets
  • Wood glue
  • (1) bag of red felt pom poms
  • (1) 12” green wire wreath frame (if you are making the pine needle wreath)
  • (1) package of floral wire (if you are making the pine needle wreath)
  • Hot glue

These projects took one afternoon to complete, not including shopping for the materials. But let’s talk about one of the most exciting parts: THE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE.  Sometimes, I surprise myself at how giddy I get about going to find all the parts!

Things to know when shopping for wood:

Thing #1: Not all wood is created equal.  Make sure you inspect each board for any flaws that might either weaken your design or in this case, not match.  You can see that the distressing of the wood varied from piece to piece. I had to be choosy about what came home with me!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Thing #2: Check for warping.  Not sure what this means? Check out this good and bad example:

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays
3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

You definitely don’t want to come home with a piece of wood that is shaped like a hockey stick!  It’s hard to work with and won’t give you a great fitting frame. I hold the beam straight out in front of me to check for warping.  Pick the straightest pieces you can find. The longer the board, the higher the risk of warping. When boards get up to 12’ long, they can be a bit of a challenge to find a straight piece.  I tend to opt for the 8’ boards as a good middle ground.

You will want to have a few choice tools to begin your projects:

  • Miter Saw
  • Angle Ruler
  • Pencil

PROJECT #1:

If you’re like me, I want to feel 100% when I’m about to cut my wood so I always mark it with a pencil. This helps me know I can follow the line – even though a Miter Saw helps you do that fairly easily.  I like a good backup! I cut my pieces down into two 24” lengths and two 36” lengths. Then, I was ready to cut my angles – this is the tricky part.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Next, no surprise here - cut your wood at a 45-degree angle.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Now, put aside your scraps. We’re going to use them for our final project!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Rinse and repeat for all 4 pieces. I made my frame 24”x 36”. This means that I also measured out the length of my pieces as well as the angle of my wood. You will cut 8 angles.

After your cuts are all made, flip your pieces to the back side, and line up one 24” side with one 36” side. MAKE SURE YOU’RE MATCHING UP THE RIGHT PARTS. That shout-out was mostly a reminder to me, but just like they say in sewing, woodworking is the same, measure twice and cut once.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

If you are wanting to make sure your frame stays together, you can opt to add some wood glue into the seams. For me, I don’t like to use a glue on my frames.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Next, start screwing in your L Brackets. To make sure that it’s coming together well, I always screw in one of the outer holes and then skip over to the other side and screw in the inner hole. That’s confusing so check out this pic to help:

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

And don’t forget to double reinforce. I put two L Brackets on my frames to better secure them.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Finally, hang your wreath! I used a pine needle wreath in the middle of mine hung with red and white striped twine.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

For the wreath project in Design Space, check out: Backless Pine Needle Wreath and Frame

PROJECT #2:

Take your wood beams and cut them down to equal sizes. My sign is 30”x 30”. I measured my pieces and was able to get 3 pieces from each of my boards. Remember, draw your pencil line across your cut to help guide you!

I reinforced the back of the sign with two 1”x 4” beams that I had leftover from another project. If you don’t have any scrap wood, you’ll want to pick up a piece. Don’t get anything expensive as it’s on the back of your sign and won’t be visible. You can simply screw each cut into your mounting pieces.

Step 1 – Lay out all your pieces to get an idea of where to place your reindeer. I always like to get the painting out of the way before I start on any other areas of a project. After figuring out my arrangement, I added the stencil for my reindeer and painted Rudolph on!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Step 2 – Use a shimmer glaze after your paint dries by simply leaving your stencil in place and painting over your original white coat of paint. A shimmer glaze adds a really subtle, refined shine to your paint.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Step 3 – Use a cotton swab to help draw out any paint blotches or small pools. Be careful not to smudge it, but if you accidentally do, you can always use a piece of sandpaper to sand the paint off your wood in unwanted places.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Step 4 – Clean up the drips in the gaps. I use a folded piece of paper and then pull it along the gap to clean out any unwanted drips or globs of paint.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays
3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays
3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Here’s a quick 5-second video to show you how to do it.

Step 5 – Add your embellishments! This is the fun part. I added a red felt pom pom for Rudolph’s nose (I really like a little texture and a little 3D!). I hot glued the stars. The stars are made from Chipboard and Textured Vinyl to also give the project more depth. Finally, I tied the same twine from my wreath on the backless frame to wrap around this project at the bottom.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

If I was using as a standalone sign, I would have also added a phrase in the bottom right corner, most likely! As it was part of a collection, I didn’t need it.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Check out the project in Design Space: Reindeer Wood Sign

Project #3:

The final project is quite simple. You’ll want to dig through your scraps to select the right ones.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Look for pieces that can be cut into triangles – even if they’re taller, more slender one. I also looked for pieces that could be put together to create a triangle by trimming an angle across a larger, longer piece.

Next, I’ll sound like a broken record – draw your triangle onto your piece of wood.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Put together your scraps into tree forms. If you are gluing multiple pieces together, be sure to give them a healthy dose of wood glue.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Now, they’ll need time to dry. I hold mine in place with clamps during the drying process.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Let them dry longer than you think it will take! I hate when I try to work with them too soon and then I can’t ever get the glue to stick. If you’re impatient (ME! ME!) then pick up the fast drying glue!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Your trees are now prepped and ready for staining.

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Simply cut out your stencil in vinyl – for smooth wood, I use the stencil vinyl, and for rougher surfaces, I use a black removable vinyl as the stick is a little firmer.

If you’re doing multiple things, you can reuse the stencil, but I recommend letting it dry in between each application so you don’t get smudge marks. Once again though, a little sandpaper can help you take those right off. It’s harder on textured wood surfaces because you could also take off some of your texture.

Voila! Here’s your final look!

3 DIY Wood Projects for the Holidays

Find this last project in Design Space too: Scrap Wood Trees

Cheers!

t