DIY Tailgate blanket for your next game day

Celebrate Game Day With This DIY Tailgate Blanket

September 18th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Are you all ready for football season?! It’s here and I feel like people are readier than ever to pack up their cars and head to tailgate!

With the weather cooling off, I thought it would be fun to share an easy peasy project that not only is cute but also useful! And I used my brand new 10" x 12” EasyPress 2 which made this project even quicker! Win, win, all around!

1: Cut Your Materials

Here is the link to the project in Design Space. Click that to get started. Feel free to customize the project to your specific needs before you make it! The large “touch down” design will take up two full 12" x 24" mats. Make sure you mirror your image.

If you have never done an iron-on project, check out this post for an awesome tutorial!

2: Weed Your Design

DIY Tailgate Blanket

Now that you have cut your design, weed or pull away the extra pieces from your design. You will be left with the mirror image of your design.

DIY Tailgate Blanket

Pro tip: refer back to your canvas so that you do not miss any pieces. I hate when I think I got all of the insides of my letters out, I iron it on, and then notice that the inside of my “o” is still there! It is such a common craft fail! Thankfully these letters are so big, they were fairly easy to weed.

3: Determine Your Settings

DIY Tailgate Blanket

Have you checked out our new Interactive Quick Reference Guide?! Honestly, I am obsessed! Bookmark that site now! This guide allows you to choose the type of iron-on and base material you are using and then gives you step by step instructions on what to do.

Now you will never forget those important details!

Set your EasyPress 2 to 305 and the timer to 30 seconds. In a couple of minutes, you will be good to go!

4: Preheat

DIY Tailgate Blanket

As the Interactive Guides shows, we need to preheat our base material! There is a common misconception that in order to be successfully pre-heated it needs to be warm to the touch when you apply your design. That is not the case.

The goal here is to remove any moisture out of your material and smooth out all of the wrinkles from your surface. If it is cool to the touch by the time you place your design, that is totally okay!

Place your design on to the blanket. Arrange your words on your blanket by referring to the image on the canvas.

5: Press

DIY Tailgate Blanket

Cover your design with your protective iron-on sheet and then press your design. Note the time and temperature on the machine in the photo below are not the recommended settings. Always refer to the interactive guide to determine your settings based on the iron-on and material you are using!

As a reminder, for my project with SportFlex iron-on on my polyester blanket, I set my EasyPress 2 to 305 degrees and my timer to 30 seconds.

DIY Tailgate Blanket

Before you remove your liner, flip your blanket over and press the back. Peel the liner off and enjoy your big blanket!

We can’t wait to see your finished project! Don’t forget to share them on your Community Profile!

Happy crafting!

Karley Hall


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DIY Tailgate Blanket for your next game day event
Cricut Community Projects Game Day Edition

Cricut Community Projects: Game Day Edition

September 15th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

School's back in session for many people, the weather is starting to cool down and football season is upon us. Whether you're tailgating at the local high school game or watching the NFL at home with your buddies, members of our Cricut community have been busy getting ready to celebrate sports with some fun projects. Here are some of our favorites to help get you inspired for your next Game Day!


Gathering with friends to watch the game at home? Dress up your food table (after all, what's a party without some delicious snacks??) with one of these fun banners.

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

This football banner is simple yet perfect for your game day extravaganza.

Click to Make: Football Banner by Debra

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

I love how football elements are styled on the pennants for this banner.

Click to Make: Football Banner by Christine


One of the easiest ways to show your team spirit and love of sports is with a shirt. You can make them to honor your favorite team, interject some humor, or just celebrate sports in general. Go team!

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

If you're more into what foods you get to eat than the actual game, this is the perfect way to humorously admit that.

Click to Make: Here for Snacks shirt

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

As this shirt admits, sometimes it's hard to choose which sport is the best! I love how this crafter created a heart using both a football and soccer ball.

Click to Make: My Heart Soccer/Football shirt by Sara

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

Wondering how you can support your favorite athlete? I love how this crafter was able to create several different versions for the same team.

Click to Make: Game Day Gold by Donna

It's amazing how much of a difference a font can make. Here's the same shirt made with two different fonts.

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

Let everyone know it's your favorite day of the week with this tee.

Click to Make: Game Day Gear by Jessica

Cards and Scrapbooking

Celebrate your favorite sports lover or commemorate a special moment with one of these cards or a scrapbook page.

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

Slider cards are one of my favorite kinds since it adds a new dimension to the card gifting experience.

Click to Make: Football Birthday Slider Card by Christine

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

Sweet moments are immortalized in this fall and football page design for your scrapbook.

Click to Make: Fall and Football Scrapbook Page by Rene

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

Another fun slider card. Pennies and foam dots are what make the sliding element possible.

Click to Make: Football Card by Anita

Cricut Community Game Day Projects

Make sure people know when your game day event is with this football party invitation.

Click to Make: Time for Some Football Party Invitation by Roxann

Which craft was your favorite? Let us know in a comment below!

DIY Popcorn Boxes for Game Day

DIY Popcorn Box for Game Day

September 4th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Design Team Manager Dezi Moss

It’s Game Day and time to party! Make these popcorn boxes to show some football spirit.

1: Open Project Instructions

Begin by opening Cricut Design Space using this link to the project, Football Play Popcorn Boxes. This project makes one popcorn box, but you can customize it to make as many as you need!

2. Cut Materials

Load your Iron-on and let the Cricut Maker do the rest! Don’t forget to mirror the image!

3: Weed

DIY Popcorn Boxes

Use a sharp hook Cricut® Tools Weeder tool to remove the negative spaces from the iron-on liner. Leave the pieces of the design on the plastic backer.

4: Transfer Your Design

DIY Popcorn Boxes

Align and place the design on the paper. Use a Cricut EasyPress or household iron and heat for the designated time.

DIY Popcorn Boxes

I know it sounds crazy to use iron-on for paper, but not having to deal with strong transfer tape ripping your paper is a dream!

DIY Popcorn Boxes

Wait for the liner to cool and slowly move it away from the cardstock.

5: Fold Score Lines

DIY Popcorn Boxes

Look for the score lines and fold every last one.

6. Assemble Box

DIY Gouda Gift Boxes

Form the box and glue the tabs.

There you go! You have a popcorn box and you are ready to party!



What projects are you doing for football season? Tell us below and pin this to save for later!

Creative Spotlight: Lydia Nordhoff of Lydi Out Loud

January 19, 2017 • Contributor: Scarlet Letters Copywriting

Know someone whose excitement for crafting always makes you want to sit down and try something new? For us, that’s Lydia Nordhoff of Lydi Out Loud. Her blog is just filled with fun, fresh ideas to try out, from Cricut creations to crowd-pleasing recipes. We sat down with her for a quick chat about the motivation behind her site.

Lydi Out Loud

What inspired you to start your blog?

Before I started my blog I felt like I had lost my creativity. I’ve always loved to create but was working so many hours for my job that I hadn’t made time to do so. I started the blog as a way to hold myself accountable to uncovering and nurturing my creative side. Honestly, I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to find that part of myself after ignoring it for so long, but it will still under there.

How has your Cricut machine changed your crafting?

My Cricut has not only changed my crafting, but my gift giving, my decorating and even my parties! It’s completely changed my approach to creating; any random found object has the potential to become a Cricut project. I also love how accessible crafting with Cricut is for any level crafter. It’s crafting meets lifestyle. See Lydia's craft workspace in the header! 

What is your favorite feature to use on your Cricut?

Hmm, that’s tough! It’s like asking me to pick a favorite child. Since I just did it, I’ll go with Print then Cut. I’ve been using that feature to make stickers and created some fun luggage tags with printable vinyl.

Are there any trends in the world of DIY that you are particularly excited about?

I’m loving the planner trend and all of the fun DIY planner accessories. I’ve always been a paper planner lover; I mean is there anything more satisfying than physically checking something off of a to-do list? I think not.

What are you working on right now?

I always seem to have two or three things I’m working on, but one of my favorites right now is planner clips I’m making with Cricut poster board. I also just made the football favor boxes on Design Space® for a party, and they are so cute!

These favor boxes are sure to score big at Super Bowl parties. Designed to look like their favorite pigskin, they’re easy to make with a quick run over to Design Space!

Lydia’s came out amazing! She’s a huge Buckeye fan, but her game day ideas work for any team out there. Check out her blog post, including the favor boxes, here

Thanks so much for chatting with us, Lydia! We can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2017.

Do you love following Lydia, too? Show us your Lydia-inspired creation at #CricutMade!

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