Throw a Great Tailgate Party

Customize Your Tailgate Party

September 25th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Team spirit runs deep here at Cricut. So, when we came up with the idea for creating the ultimate tailgate party, we left no hotdog unturned. Seriously, we had way too much fun creating this scene! We designed, embellished and customized everything from yard games, t-shirts, food trays, banners and flags, face stencils, car decals and even oversized blankets. All with the help of Cricut Maker, Cricut EasyPress, Cricut Iron-on and Permanent Vinyl.

At the heart of the tailgate scene is the idea of two families who are best of friends except for that one day each year when they are rooting for their respective crosstown schools (let the friendly bantering begin!).

Let’s look at the custom t-shirts.

Custom t-shirt designs are the perfect billboard to bring the heckling between friends to life, while also representing your school spirit (be sure to share with us your personalized t-shirts supporting your team!). We created a total of 5 t-shirt designs making sure we considered tees for both the kiddos and adults. Some used the layering technique, so, if you are new to iron-on, be sure to brush up on your knowledge of using layers first.

The Game Day Jerseys (my favorite) used a high-quality, stretch material so we went with SportFlex Iron-on™. Beyond the t-shirts, be sure to also check out the custom iron-on Tailgate Blanket, Game Day Hat, and Game Day Duffle Bag, along with the awesome Tailgate Chairs.

Next up, we wanted to make sure our tailgate area was properly ”flavored” with team colors. To do this, we used a lot of our new Premium Permanent Vinyl. From cups to cars, to game boards to megaphones, we “tagged” our party area with fun labels, decals and stickers. I especially loved our touchdown megaphone that the kids found useful (eek!). The Football Cornhole game was also a hit. The Premium Permanent Vinyl is not only easy to work with (lays flat on cutting mats with no bubbling or tunneling), but is also UV and water resistant.

Labeling and personalizing also extended to the food trays, koozies and the items carrying all our gear. The cute hamburger and hot dog trays were perfect for the kids and the coolers (both soft- and hard-sided) were properly tagged using permanent vinyl. Next year, we are already talking about making our Tailgate banners even larger!

We had a total blast creating this tailgate scene and would love to see how you all create your own tailgate parties. Be sure to share and save in Design Space for everyone to enjoy.

Have you seen Cricut’s new project sharing feature? If not, check out this article. Once you are done with your project, share them on Pinterest or Facebook and tag us so we can ooh and ahh!

Customize Your Tailgate Party for Game Day
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!

Tailgate Hate for Game Day

DIY Game Day Hat

September 11th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Design Team Manager Dezi Moss

Football season is coming up quick! Pick your favorite teams colored hat, do a quick iron on and be prepared for games all season!

1: Open Project Instructions

Begin by opening Cricut Design Space using this link to the project, Game Day Hat. This project makes one hat decal.

2. Cut Materials

Cut out your iron-on using the Cricut Maker.  Don’t forget to mirror the image!

3: Weed

DIY Game Day Hat

Use a sharp hook Cricut® Tools Weeder tool to remove the negative spaces from the iron-on liner. Do not remove the design that is on the plastic backer.

4: Transfer Your Design

DIY Game Day Hat

Align and place the design on the hat. Place a tailor’s ham to fill out the inside of the hat. This will make it easier to iron around a curve. Use a Cricut EasyPress or household iron and heat for the designated time.

DIY Game Day Hat

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

DIY Game Day Hat

Isn’t that easy? Now you are ready to cheer on your favorite team all fall long.



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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!



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