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Add Faux Wood To Give Your Home Texture

March 20, 2017 • Contributor: Lindi @ Love Create Celebrate

Hey everyone! This is Lindi, from Love Create Celebrate. On my home and DIY blog, I share a ton of amazing home décor projects, usually with a rustic or industrial flare to them. As soon as Cricut came out with their Faux Woodgrain Leather, I KNEW I had to try it! I’m excited to share this project with you, as well as some creative glue ideas for all of your Cricut materials!

 

Materials For This Project

 

Materials for this project:

Start by grabbing your faux wood grain leather. I used the light tan colored sheet and the black sheet, because I really wanted the tan to pop.

 

Design Space

 

Open up Cricut Design Space. You can follow this link to open the canvas “Faux Wood Home Sign” that I created.

 

Cricut Explore Air

 

Then set your Cricut to “Faux Leather (Cricut)” and cut your pieces. TIP: You'll want to make sure your dial is set to "custom" on your Cricut and then choose "faux leather" in Design Space before cutting your project. 

 

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Cricut mat

Wood

 

Next, you need something to act as a background for your sign. I used a sheet of plywood, but a piece of hardboard from the dollar store would work too! Just something stiff enough to stay up straight.

 

Home sign

 

Before I glued all of my faux woodgrain leather pieces on, I used some black paint around the edge of the plywood, so that it wouldn’t stand out on the sides of the sign.

 

Glue

 

Now the big question! What do you use to glue faux woodgrain leather?! If you’re thinking glue gun… think twice! Glue guns leave a TON of strings and they tend to dry quickly, in clumps. We want this beautiful piece to dry flat. Instead of a glue gun, I reached for my 3-in-1 Craft Glue. It’s not hot, and you can place the thin faux leather pieces down without any lumps. Just press on the leather to flatten the glue underneath. This glue is also very forgiving, allowing you to move the piece around a bit before you leave it alone, yet it still dries quickly – win, win, WIN!

 

Glue

Home sign

 

Once you have both layers of faux woodgrain leather in place, you’ll have a beautiful new sign for your home.

 

Home sign

Home sign

Thanks for reading along with this project! The Cricut Explore Air 2 can cut SO many different materials. I shared one of my glue secrets here today, but I’ve also shared the BEST glue for 20+ different crafting materials on Love Create Celebrate today. Come find out why I NEVER use a glue gun!

 

The Best Glue Guide

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

-Lindi

Love Create Celebrate

 

 

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And Our DIY Bedroom Contest Winner is …

March 1, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

Jamie Freeman from South Dakota! Jamie inspired us with her new DIY baby nursery ideas and how special she’s making this space for her and her husband’s new adopted son, Jack. When we launch inspiration programs, like we did with home décor, we’re constantly amazed by the feedback we get from our DIY community about the things they’re making and where they get their inspiration.

 

Winner!

We loved Jamie’s story so much that we thought we’d take it a step further and interview her – especially for you moms or grandmothers out there – about how she created and styled the nursery in her home.

But before your read on, look at some adorable photos from Jack’s nursery!

 

Vinyl Wall Prayer

Vinyl Wall Prayer

Wains Coated Paneling With Wood Letters

Wains Coated Paneling With Wood Letters

Adoption Sign Made With Vinyl & Scrapbook Paper Light Switch

Adoption Sign Made With Vinyl & Scrapbook Paper Light Switch

Growth Chart With Vinyl

Growth Chart With Vinyl

Jamie, you’re obviously super creative, what was your inspiration to DIY your son’s nursery?

My inspiration at first since we did not know if we would get a boy or girl was to start with a soothing color that we could use either way. I loved the look of the soft gray and I also wanted an accent wall that again could be used for a boy or girl and I had seen the wains coating used before from watching various remodeling shows and loved the look and it was simple to install. Since we were adopting Jack and needing to save money wherever possible my husband and I did most of the work. I grew up in a very crafty house as a child and still love to craft and do my own projects.

 

Did you have a particular style that you were going for? How did you find inspiration?

There wasn’t really a style at first other than choosing a color pallet that could be a boy or a girl and once we knew what the baby would be we had some general ideas of colors we would use. My husband and I both love the color green so we knew that would be one accent color that would go either way. I first started with the book shelf and used various green scrapbook pages and decorated that. Also then used those same scrapbook pages to cover the light switch plates.

After we knew that we would be adopting a boy the theme was easy. We liked the movie Monsters Inc. and my niece calls my husband (Michael) Mike Wazowski so it was of course the theme we needed to go with. And after that we added a large bedtime prayer to the wall, after watching several YouTube videos I dove in and tried it. I guess I’m not afraid to try new projects, I think I’m pretty crafty and can generally figure it out. The other projects just followed, I wanted his room to be his and have a personal touch.

 

What are your favorite materials to work with for DIY?

I love working with all crafts but working with wood seems to be my favorite, I can always find a DIY project that I can make out of wood. Then using vinyl to add an extra touch to gifts is also a fav.

Cricut has a huge portfolio of vinyl material, you can check them out here!

 

If you had any advice for a new mom DIYing a nursery, what would it be?

New advice hmm well...Take your time in deciding how you would like to decorate. We started early (almost 2 yrs. because of the wait) I also looked at several DIY pages like Pinterest and Facebook pages. I watched a lot of DIY shows to get ideas as well. Start with a small idea and build on it. I also wanted to make sure that the room could also transition into a room for him to grow in and build and change things as he grew.

Thank you so much Jamie for sharing your DIY home story with us and we wish you all the best with your new son – his nursery is so cute! Tell us in the comments if you've recently decorated a baby nursery or feel free to ask inspiration questions. We also love to see DIY pictures so feel free to tag us in your photos on Instagram – we’re constantly sharing our favorite projects. #MyCricutStory

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You’ll Never Believe These are DIY Home Projects

February 24, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

This month at Cricut has been all about home décor! We’ve had so much fun making over rooms, DIYing walls, and working with amazing home stylists. It never ceases to amaze me how much I learn at Cricut when it comes to being creative and making projects so personal. You really do get a sense of joy when you finish a project and get to display it at home – I can’t tell you how many people come over and say to me, “You made that, how can I do that?!”

Well, you can do it! Don’t ever feel afraid to harness your creative side and give your home a pop of color with vinyl walls or redo those basic pillows with a fun iron on phrase. Once you start, you’ll never stop!

To honor all the incredible home décor projects our community has made this month, we’re going to do a roundup of some of our favorites that will make you want to DIY everything ... 

The Contemporary Clock

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Photo Credit: Tatertots and Jello

This stencil clock by Tatertots and Jello has us in awe. This is actually a Make It Now project in Design Space, so if you love it, go make it right now! We absolutely love stencil projects and a lot of people don’t know you can use make stencils with Cricut and use paint, or chalk paint, or other materials to create amazing textured patterns.

A Lovely Floor

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Picture Credit: HelloSociety on Pinterest

Did you ever think you could actually pattern your floor with a stencil or vinyl? Well you can! Here is a link to Cricut’s vinyl material that you can use for something like this. You can either use an existing pattern in Cricut Design Space OR design your own! This design is super dreamy and has us already planning our next floor renovation.

Fall in Love With This Mantel

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Photo Credit: BHG.com

Who ever thought to take sheet music and make a mantel piece? We love this romantic décor so much. It’s a great use of old sheet music that you could find at an antique store or if you’re a musician and have extra sheets.

The Must Have Mustache Mug Collection

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Photo Credit: Estsy.com

Raise your hand (or tell us in the comments) if your family would LOVE these mustache mugs?! We’re raising our hands over here! These mugs are so easy to make, all you need is the base mug, go into Design Space and find different mustache patterns, and cut them on vinyl or you can do glass etching to create a super fun collection for your kitchen.

Time in A Bottle

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Photo Credit: Decoesfera.com

What an amazing way to celebrate your family heritage with this unique bottle gallery of photos. You can really mix it up by taking down those standard frames and finding unique bottles from different antique or home stores. We’ve even seen this done with wine bottles, which are super fun too. You can see a project similar to this in Design Space, where one of our home stylists created a phrase to put in a transparent lamp base. So easy to make!

A Planter Worth Hanging Around For

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Photo Credit: The Crafted Sparrow

These show-stopping planters are literally blowing our minds! You seriously have to see this tutorial that The Crafted Sparrow did using her Cricut to make these amazing planters. There is nothing like a unique hanging plant to give your home a fresh feeling. 

Cling On to This Project

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Window cling is such a fun material to work with but I feel it’s totally underutilized. We’re obsessed with this unique hexagon window cling pattern that gives this glass frame a frosty look – perfect for the transition from winter to spring. It’s simple, versatile, and you can put it in rooms like a study or living room to add some texture to the room. This is also a Make It Now project!

Spruce Up Your Furniture

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OK, this might be one of our favorite projects, when we can transform plain furniture with a fun pattern or design. This bright colored side table paired with a navy vinyl spiral pattern is such a cool method to make your furniture really stand out.

Show Your Wall You Care

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Who doesn’t love a good wall gallery? Wall galleries are the best when they’re personal to the people and things you love. This heart wall gallery piece is perfect for a baby’s room – it’s so simple and sweet. You could also use it in a rustic or farmhouse style entry way, like we have it displayed in Design Space – oh yeah, and you can make this one too!

A Unique Way to Grow Up

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Photo Credit: Design, Dining + Diapers

This aged wood growth chart might be one of the coolest, and most unique, ways we’ve seen a parent track their kid’s height! The stencil chevron stripes are so modern paired with the raw wood. Thank you Design, Dining + Diapers for showing us how to go outside the box!

Honestly, these are just some of our DIY home décor favorites … to see more, head on over to our home décor Pinterest page (you’ll be totally enamored by all the projects!). It truly amazes us how creative our Cricut community is – we’re never at a loss for inspiration or creativity! Make sure you keep sharing your projects with us using the hashtag #mycricutstory on social.

Lastly, and I know we’ve told you this multiple times but we’re just SO excited about it … don’t forget to sign-up for our home décor contest where you can get a total bedroom makeover. It’s too good to miss out on and it ends TODAY!

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Transform A Boring Wall with Vinyl

February 20, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

Have you ever stared at your walls and wondered, “I really need to paint these but it sounds like so much work!” Well that’s exactly what I thought when I moved into my apartment and felt surrounded by stark walls with no color or character. And seriously, when I tell you, I’m super creative but never really took on DIY myself, it’s the truth! You can imagine how I felt before I worked at Cricut. Having a Cricut really gives me the freedom to make designs that are personal to me. 

Enter Heidi Moore of Idieh Design, who we’ve had so much fun working with over the past two months on some amazing room renovations. In working with Heidi, I’ve learned some great tips for adding pops of color, using materials in unique ways, and importantly, finding the right designs to fit my home style.

One of the things I’ve been thinking about doing is a DIY vinyl accent wall – either a cool geometric pattern, something like this:

 

Geometric Patterns

Or a fun contemporary design like this:

 

Contemporary Wall

There’s so much you can do you, you just have to know what style you’re looking for, your priority colors, and oh yeah… a Cricut!

In December, I watched Heidi completely transform this white entry way wall with some of her signature patterns and I was completely in awe. Let me show you how she did it …

Step 1: Measure Your Wall

The wall we were working with was roughly 8 ft. x 3 ft.

 

Step 2: Decide Your Pattern

Heidi designs with a lot of polka dots and hearts, which was perfect for the room we were making over, and what I love about the pattern she chose is that while it’s young at heart, I felt it had a modern touch too.

 

Step 3: Design It In Design Space

Heidi opened up Design Space and used her signature heart and a circle shapes to cut around 50 pieces for the wall (that was our estimate to make sure we had enough space but also covered the wall). Heidi’s project (Hidden Hearts Wall Art) is actually a Make It Now project in Design Space, so it’s really easy to click, cut, and apply! Before you cut, make sure your Cricut dial is turned to vinyl, or whatever material you’re using.

 

TIP: Cut out a couple extra pieces when designing larger installation pieces because if you make a mistake you’ll have extra to work with on your surface. 

 

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Step 4: Decide On Your Materials & Cut

In this case, Heidi decided to use Cricut metallic adhesive foil for the polka dots and multi-color glitter vinyl for the hearts. She loaded in the mats to Cricut and cut all the shapes out … it probably took us about 20 minutes to cut 50 shapes.

 

Step 5: Apply To The Wall

As you can tell, Heidi is a total pro at this … she had to use a ladder to apply shapes at the top of the wall but overall, it probably took her about 30 minutes to finish the design on the full wall.

 

Heidi Applying Vinyl

Step 6: Step Back & Fall In Love!

Check out how amazing this wall turned out …

 

Vinyl Wall

After watching Heidi master this wall from a design perspective, I knew I had to do it in my own home! The nice thing too is like me, if you rent or you’re just indecisive with style (aka super trendy, also like me), you can just peel off the design and start over. No messy paint, tape, or paint brushes needed to make your wall truly stand out.

So what do you all think? Is this something you think you could do? Well the nice thing is you don’t have to do it alone, remember you can sign-up for our massive home décor contest and get a personal style session with Heidi! This is the last week so don’t forget to enter.

Stay tuned because I’ll be posting what my finished wall looks like in the next month.

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Create Perfect Chalkboard Lettering

February 16, 2017 • Contributor: Lydi from Lydi Out Loud

Hi there! I’m Lydi from Lydi Out Loud and I’m so excited to share one of my favorite tricks with you today. I’m a big fan of chalkboard signs, however I’m not a big fan of my handwriting (neither are the unfortunate folks who have to (try to) read it). My chalkboard sign goals came to fruition when I realized I could fake perfect chalkboard lettering with my Cricut and I’ve been a crazy chalkboard sign lady ever since.

Here is how you can create your own perfect chalkboard sign:

Supplies:

Instructions

Cut chalkboard vinyl to desired size.

Upload your image in Design Space (or create your own). Feel free to grab my “Brunch so hard” image here if you’d like (hey it’s free!)

 

Upload Image

Erase all negative space by clicking in white areas.

 

Areas to Erase

Save as a cut file and cut. Weed negative space from the design, pick up lettering with transfer tape and apply to chalkboard.

Scribble chalk on chalkboard vinyl on and around the lettering; rub most of it off with a paper towel (this gives it a more authentic chalkboard look).

Prefer to use actual chalk for your lettering? Cut your chalkboard lettering design out of stencil vinyl and fill in the stencil with chalk or chalk marker.

 

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Well my secret is out… it’s that easy to create perfect chalkboard lettering with your Cricut!

 

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How To Make Amazing Wall Art With Vellum

February 13, 2017 • Contributor: Lindi From Love Create Celebrate

Do you ever go into ten stores with something specific in mind, but can’t quite find it anywhere? That perfect grey color on a throw pillow? The perfect artwork to compliment your bedroom décor? Anything throwing you positive vibes? Happens to me ALL the time! Which is exactly why I started creating my own custom décor. If I can’t find what I’m looking for, I’ll make it! There are so many beautiful ideas already on the Cricut Home Décor page, but I wanted to highlight one of my favorites. This simple Modern Circle Art is the perfect example of simple, customized art work, and I’ll show you how easy it was to make!

 

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Create beautiful custom artwork at home with the Cricut Explore Air 2!

Materials:

Start by logging into the Cricut Design Space and opening up the Circle Art design in Design Space and turn on your Cricut Explore Air 2. These circles are sized to fit a 12”x12” square canvas. The variations in size and thickness of the circles are what give this piece so much character! Make sure to use a LightGrip cutting mat because the vellum is delicate!

 

Vellum Circles

Use images and shapes from the Cricut Design space to create your own custom geometric art work! Get a personalized, modern look in no time at all!

Next, you want to paint your canvas a solid colour, so that the frame won’t cause any funny shadows on your artwork when it’s done. When your paint is dry, grab the Cricut Vellum sheets that you cut out, and place them around the canvas, playing with the layout and order of the sheets until you are happy.

 

Project

Since vellum is a transparent, thin material, I didn’t want to use a glue that would leave marks or bumps on the vellum. Instead I used spray adhesive – spraying the back of each piece (inside a cardboard box to prevent overspray), and then placed that piece on the canvas.

 

Project

Overlap sheets of transparent Cricut Vellum to create beautiful blended colours! Vellum is the perfect material to use for your personalized home décor.

Place each circle down starting at the top and moving around the circle. Press it firmly in place when you are happy with the placement.

 

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Combine soft, transparent vellum sheets to create this modern geometric canvas art. In no time at all you can create a simple, yet elegant piece that is sure to add personality your room or gallery wall.

This piece is so beautiful when it’s finished. It adds the perfect modern touch to this romantic industrial space!

 

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A beautiful rustic industrial bedroom, filled with custom artwork and home décor made using the Cricut Explore Air 2. A dream oasis for any homeowner!

Don’t forget to stop by the Cricut Home Décor page for more great custom home décor inspiration and to enter into a great giveaway! If you are not from the US – not to worry, there is a great Cricut giveaway for you today at www.lovecreatecelebrate.com!

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Pro Tips On Faux Leather + Adhesive Foil Home Decor

February 7, 2017 • Contributor: Heather Thoming of WhipperBerry

There is nothing more fun that a clean, blank slate! Whether that’s a canvas, a wall, fabric or furniture, one thought always pops into my mind… “How can I make this aaaamazing?!”

Hey guys, I’m Heather from WhipperBerry and I’m thrilled to be here on the Cricut blog today to share with you my fun experience working with some crazy talented stylists along with Hayneedle and Cricut to create a dream romantic, rustic industrial bedroom.

 

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Create An Intricate Decorative Faux Leather Pillow

My first project for the room was dressing up the beautiful Belham Living Nala Arm Chair  draped with Surya Toya Ombre Throw Blanket  from Hayneedle then customized the chair with a beautiful wreath pillow created for this space with the Cricut Faux Leather and some craft pearls.

 

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The chair and the throw were beautiful on their own but, when you add that custom pillow it takes your space from wow to WOWZA! You get to put YOUR signature on the space. If you would like to make one of your own, visit the Cricut Design Space and select the WhipperBerry Wreath Pillow.

Cut your Faux Leather to the size of your pillow then iron on some Heat’n Bond onto the WRONG SIDE of the Faux Leather. Place the Faux Leather FACE SIDE DOWN on the cutting mat and cut out your wreath.

PRO TIP • Always place your Faux Leather FACE SIDE DOWN when you place it on the Cricut Cutting Mat. The Faux Leather will come away from the cutting mat easier that way. Make sure you select the Mirror Image (for iron-on) check box on the review screen so that it will cut properly.

Iron the wreath onto your pillow cover and either stitch on your pearls in place of the berries OR glue them on with a strong adhesive glue.

DIY Your Wall Gallery With Beautiful Adhesive Foil

My next project was one of the pieces of wall art for the gallery wall to the right of the dresser.  Since our room was leaning towards floral romantic, I thought it would be fun to create a foiled piece of wall art with a floral quote.  I found the perfect quote from Susan Polis Schutz,

 

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“ Let us dance in the sun, with wildflowers in our hair…”

I thought it was perfect for our space. I used a picture frame like this one from Hayneedle as the canvas for this wall art piece. I took the back off of the frame and painted the frame back with some fabulous paints from Colorhouse to create some texture and add some color to the backing before I adhered the Cricut Stainless Adhesive Foil.  I didn’t bother painting the entire back of the frame because I knew that the frame was going to cover some of the edge of the backing. I painted it with a base color, then lightly brushed on a little bit off a contrasting color to add some dimension then I set it aside to dry.

I was shocked at how fast the paint dried. It was perfect for our tight schedule. (We only had one day to complete our room!)

 

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Next, I cut out the Adhesive Foil with the Willdflower Wall Art that I created in the Cricut Design Space. Once I weeded the excess foil, covered it with my favorite Cricut Transfer Tape (THE BEST EVER!!) and centered it on my board and then hinged it.

PRO TIPWhen adhering vinyl or foil to a surface with transfer tape, use a piece of painters tape or even a strip of the transfer tape (at least an inch wide) the length of your transfer to create a “hinge” at the top of your design. Then using the “hinge” flip up the design, remove the vinyl or foil backing and carefully lay down the transfer tape/foil onto your surface. The tape “hinge” will keep your design exactly where you would like it with out any trouble at all!

 

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Once I laid down my adhesive foil, I made sure to press it down using my new favorite tool, the Cricut XL Scrapper. Then I removed the transfer tape, replace the back onto the frame and voilá… You now have a beautiful piece of wall art!

To complete the gallery wall, I paired it with the Fern Wall Art from Idieh Design, the Geometric Wall Art from Love Create Celebrate and then we painted some small trays to add a pop of color to the wall. I thought it looked fabulous all together. I truly wanted to curl up on that cozy chair and read a great book in our warm space.

 

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I hope we’ve inspired you to put YOUR signature on your home with Cricut. Make sure to take a look at the rest of the designs from this bedroom dress-up from Jennifer Rizzo Design & The Crafty Blog Stalker  AND, watch our fun video on the Cricut Blog! When you’re finished with all of that, come on over to WhipperBerry and say HELLO! I will be sharing all kinds of Cricut projects along with more tips & tricks to make sure your projects turn out great.

 

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Making the Perfect Dresser Vinyl Accent

January 31, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo of Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

Hi There! I’m Jennifer Rizzo from Jennifer Rizzo Design Company. I am so excited to be a part of the collaboration with Cricut and Hayneedle and to share with you how I contributed to transforming the space into a dreamy and fun bedroom!

Today, I’m going to tell you a little bit about how I embellished the Hayneedle wood dresser. I worked on coming up with a design that would work with the rustic industrial style, and would also enhance the awesome dresser from Hayneedle.

 

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I knew I wanted to do something that had a faux inlay feel, which I always think feels expensive. It reminds me of custom handmade, artisan furniture. When I found the vine pattern in Cricut Design Space (literally you can click in the image bank to find thousands of pre-made images), I knew it would work out perfectly. I used the silver vinyl, a 12” x 24” cutting mat, scissors, and the weeder tool. That’s literally all you need!  

 

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I decided on using the silver vinyl because I thought that would work the best for the look we were going for, though I think gold foil, bronze or even copper foil would be beautiful as well. Cricut has an amazing array of metallic adhesive foils that are absolutely gorgeous. This is such an easy project to add such a beautiful detail.

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I started by measuring the edge of the dresser, and decided to make the inlay about an inch wide. After I had the size I wanted, I cut the pattern to my size on the Cricut Explore Air 2 using a 12” x 24” mat. I then used the weeder tool to remove the excess vinyl from around the edges.

I did find it works better to pull the excess vinyl away carefully. I went a little too fast and ended up slightly ripping a few vines.

 

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As you can tell, working with shoes on is optional. :)

I measured and drew a line in the direct center, around the dresser, to make sure I placed my vine as straight as possible.

At the edges, I trimmed and matched them up. I decided to keep my vines and leaves going in the same direction as I moved around the dresser.

The finished project ended up looking amazing! I think it really adds a nice, creative touch and highlights the beautiful wood. And the best thing about using vinyl on furniture is if you decide you want to change your room design, no problem, just peel it off!

 

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It was such an amazing experience, and the room is just beautiful and dreamy! Now is your chance to make your own space.

Make sure you enter here for more home decor inspiration, and a chance to win a Cricut Explore Air 2 bundle, a $2,000 shopping spree on hayneedle.com, plus a consult with a room stylist (me!) to pull it all together!!

Leave a comment and let us know what you think and if you LOVE this project, make sure to share it with a friend! 

 

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Design a Rustic Nightstand with Vinyl Stencil & Paint

January 24, 2017 • Contributor: Katie Adams of The Crafty Blog Stalker

Do you dream of having a beautifully styled bedroom just like you see in the magazines? Dream no more and actually start creating that amazing room.

Hi! I am Katie and I blog at TheCraftyBlogStalker.com. Don’t you love that “I made that!” feeling that comes with DIY? At The Crafty Blog Stalker you will find many different types of tutorials that will help you feel confident in what you are creating so you can show off that finished project with a big ol’ smile.

 

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Recently, I was asked to participate in a challenge with 5 other bloggers to create a gorgeous Industrial Rustic themed bedroom using the Cricut and furniture from Hayneedle.com.

This Iron Gate Nightstand was just one of my projects. It came together even better than I imagined and was so much fun to complete. Below are some of my tips and tricks for this project. Make sure to visit Cricut to see all of the other projects and the finished room.

I started with the Abbyson Living Northwood 2 Drawer Nightstand from Hayneedle and used the Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut my stencil out of vinyl.

To cover the entire top of the nightstand the stencil is sliced into 4 pieces. Before laying each quarter of the stencil down, find the center point by lightly drawing and X with a pencil corner to corner. Then, align the inner corner of each stencil piece along that center point.

 

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The reason I chose a whitewash technique is because I wanted the grain of the wood to be visible through the paint that was applied. To whitewash, wipe the paint onto the surface with a damp rag and then wipe the excess away with another damp rag. This may take several coats until you get the look and density of the paint you want.

 

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Make sure to apply the stencil to the side of the drawers for a fun peekaboo look! Use the same whitewash technique as the top of the nightstand.

 

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You can see below how the peekaboo drawers look when they are pulled out from the nightstand.

 

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The Iron Gate Nightstand is the perfect addition to your Industrial Rustic Bedroom and you’ll love it even more because you designed it yourself.

 

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Be sure to visit Cricut and make your own Iron Gate Nightstand and for more easy DIY craft tutorial ideas visit TheCraftyBlogStalker.com.

 

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Your Guide to The Ultimate DIY Teen Room

January 23, 2017 • Contributor: Heidi Moore of Idieh Design

Is your teen's room in need of a makeover? We've got some stunning inspiration for you! We came together with stylist Heidi Moore, of Idieh Design, J-14 Decorate Magazine, and hayneedle.com to makeover the room of teen actress, Jenna Ortega. To see the full makeover story from Jenna's perspective, head over to J-14 Magazine, or pick up J-14 Decorate Magazine in stores... you'll see some amazing Cricut DIY projects that will be available on Design Space this week! 

Heidi, the brains behind the contemporary DIY room design, came up with the concept, color palette, and furniture arrangement to transition Jenna and her sister Aliyah's childhood bedroom into a more modern and grown-up space for the girls. We are so inspired by Heidi's versatile designs, which is why we sat down with her so she can share more on her inspiration, motivation, and vision when it comes to creating home décor. 

What was your first reaction when you heard you’d be designing for a teenager’s space?

Honestly, a little nervous, but also very excited! My teen years are long gone and I knew I had to find a way to tap into what it’s like to be a teen again. My first step was checking out Jenna’s personal style on social media. After a quick glimpse, I quickly realized she was a mini me in terms of style. She can rock any style of hats (ME TOO!), she’s a fan of black and white (classic & chic!), and she has a little quirk mixed in with pure adorableness. I immediately felt at ease as I knew it would be a breeze to connect with Jenna’s style as it, in many ways, was a reflection of my own.

Talk us through your style profile and how that translated to this room.

Jenna is a teenager with a heart of gold, lots of style, and charisma beyond her years, so I knew I wanted to add a ton of spirit & energy to the room to match her bubbly personality. Also, I remember how during this stage of my life, I was searching for my identity, my confidence & the idea of self-love and it was really important to me that Jenna & Aliyah’s room be a place where the girls feel empowered and beautiful in their own skin. Therefore, it was high priority to sprinkle affirmations throughout the room such as "Messy Hair, Don't Care" and "Hello, gorgeous!" to remind them just how unique & adored they are. And, because they are in their early teen years, I wanted to challenge myself to find a way to design & create a space that could grow and transform with them. I did this by focusing on a sophisticated design foundation & then added touches of whimsical and fun to still keep the room feeling young at heart.

Hello Gorgeous

What is your method for inspiration when it comes to color and design?

At my core, I adore a black and white combo with pops of color and I’m always up for ways to mix patterns & textures to add depth and dimension. For this particular design, the focal point for inspiration came from the gorgeous rug from hayneedle.com. I instantly fell in love with the colors & textures of the rug and that jump started my design direction. I also thought about what teen girls like to do in their room and that’s what inspired the reading nook with the bean bag & the vanity for getting ready.

 

Check out the super cool style board Heidi made for the room before it was executed:

Idieh Design Style Board

What was your favorite Cricut DIY project in this room? 

Hmmm ... I’ll have to go with the wall decal of “Messy Hair, Don’t Care.” I’m a huge fan of hats and when I came up with idea, I knew I would have to implement it in my own bedroom. (And, I loved being able to add a little surprise for Jenna by leaving one of my signature Heart Black Hats in the display before the big reveal.) I love how it’s not only visually funky & artistic, but also very functional. Is it just me or does anyone else struggle with keeping all those hats in order?!

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What was the coolest Cricut hack you learned when executing the design? 

Most definitely the use of Heat N’ Bond to convert some amazing fabrics into pieces that could then be easily attached to surfaces with just the touch of an iron. I’m always of fan of mixing patterns and textures and the Heat N’ Bond allowed me to transform a basic duvet into a work of art. I simply ironed the Heat N’ Bond to each of the shapes the came together to create the heart duvet and then ironed them onto the comforter. The Heat N’ Bond made it possible to quickly attach the unconventional materials and turn them into some funky room decor (& art!) by only using some heat ... and some patience.

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Tell us which Cricut material is your favorite to create with? 

Oooo ... this is such a tough one as there are so many favorites. I’m quick to find ways to utilize the vinyl as I love the versatility of it and that it’s only temporary, making it easy to switch out if your mood or style changes. I used vinyl for the “Messy Hair, Don’t Care” wall decal, the Hidden Heart wall installation and the “Hello, gorgeous” mirror decal. A close second would have to be the adhesive foil. It has such a sophistication and high-end feel to it that allows you to take a basic form and elevate it to become a statement piece. I used the gold foil to transform a basic black lamp shade into a geometric focal point of the room.

What was your biggest challenge in designing this space?

I learned A LOT. I think the biggest challenge was not being able to see the room until showing up a few days before the shoot. Let’s just say, Tim Gunn’s saying of “Make it work!” was the motto of the weekend. When designing a space there are so many factors to consider: materials, dimensions, spacial relations, shelves that can’t be removed but you didn’t know that until you arrived. You get the point. But, that’s what makes design & style so exciting and worthwhile. It’s through these unexpected limitations and obstacles that emerge your best & most creative ideas! (Not to mention, with the ease & versatility of a Cricut, it made it a breeze to make these changes on the spot and whip up a new idea, if needed.)

If you could give design advice to a parent looking to redesign their teenager's room what would it be?  

As I did with Jenna’s room, I think it’s important to think about how the room can transform with your daughter as she goes through such a life-changing stage in her life. Teen girls’ interests and hobbies change so much during those adolescent years and by focusing on a classic and timeless foundation (color of the walls, furniture, bed frame), it allows the design of the space to naturally transform with their style without having to completely redo their room every few years.

 

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I think we can all agree Heidi did an incredible job designing this contemporary teen room. The color palette alone has us with major hearts in our eyes! For more room inspiration from Heidi, make sure to check out our new Cricut home decor page and you might get a chance to win a style session with her ... along with your own Cricut Explore Air 2 bundle, and a shopping spree up to $2,000 on hayneedle.com! You can re-design your teen's room or give your room a new style. So what are you waiting for?! Make sure to sign-up!