Make a Little Disney® Magic This Year–Mickey & Friends 3D Paper Ornaments

Make a Little Disney® Magic This Year–Mickey & Friends 3D Paper Ornaments

December 12th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there! We’re so excited to show you the new Mickey & Friends holiday products and some fun project ideas to add a little Disney® magic to your holiday decorating. Each week we’ll share a new Mickey & Friends holiday project with you! So, we’re kicking things off with some easy 3D paper ornaments. These would be a fun craft project to make with the kids or grandkids as well!

Supplies Needed:

DIY Mickey & Friends 3D Paper Ornaments

To make this week’s project you’ll need the following Cricut supplies:

Other items needed:

  • Thin ribbon or baker’s twine (for the ornament hanger)
  • Adhesive (we recommend a tape runner or double-stick tape)
  • Hot glue

1: Cut Out Circles

DIY Mickey & Friends 3D Paper Ornaments

To make the 3D ornaments, you’ll start by adding 4” circles to cut in Design Space, allowing us to cut 4 circles per page. Place your Mickey & Friends Deluxe Paper on a Light Grip mat and cut. The number of ornaments you want to make will determine how many circles you need to cut. We opted for 5 circles per ornament with complementary patterns.

2: Fold and Glue Circles

DIY Mickey & Friends 3D Paper Ornaments

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DIY Mickey & Friends 3D Paper Ornaments

Once your circles are cut, fold each one in half exactly - with the pattern you want to see on the ornament to be on the inside of the fold. Then, start adhering the folded circles together back to back.

DIY Mickey & Friends 3D Paper Ornaments

Continuing adhering the backs together, alternating patterns as you go. Once you get the 3D sphere almost completed, use a small bead of hot glue to attach your ribbon or twine (in a loop) to create the ornament hanger. Then continue adhering the folded circles to complete the ornament.

And that’s it! Once you’re done creating, you’ll have some adorable Mickey & Friends 3D ornaments to hang on the tree!

DIY Mickey & Friends 3D Paper Ornaments

Cute right? These Mickey & Friends products are adorable, so be sure to tune in next time where I’ll be showing another fun project to make with the new products. See ya' real soon!

DIY Mickey & Friends 3D Paper Ornaments
How to Use Contour in Cricut Design Space

Design Space® Lesson: How to Use the Contour Feature

December 10th, 2018 • Contributor: Stephanie Gramann, Cricut Software Product Manager

Hi! It’s Stephanie from Cricut with another installment of Stephanie’s Favorite Design Space® Features! Today, I am going to cover how to use Contour to change the look of your images in two different ways.

Contour Away Unwanted Areas

Have you ever seen an image and liked most of it, but not ALL of it? No problem. Use Contour to remove the unwanted parts. Say you like this unicorn, but don’t want the words “magical” in the mane.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

First ungroup the image and select the gray layer. Then, in the bottom right corner, select the Contour button.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Now, within the Hide Contour window, just select each piece of the mane you want to remove. You will notice a subtle change in color. Alternatively, you could use the thumbnail strip to the right of the window to find each piece, but for this example, I find that working with the main mane image is easier! 😊

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Tip! Some areas, like the A in this example, will require multiple clicks to remove the outer and inner areas.

After all of the letters are removed, close the box and voila, the word Magical has (not so magically) disappeared! Love it.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Use Contour to Add Layers to Your Project

Sometimes, just one color won’t do. You can also use Contour to add layers to your image, then make each layer its own color to create a livelier image.

Say you want the middle candle in this image to be pink.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

First, duplicate the image so you have two sets of candles. To contour away the middle candle from one set of candles, use the same method from the previous unicorn example.

Next, select the duplicated set of candles, and use the Hide All Contours button to remove all candles. Then click the middle candle to bring it back.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Tip! Hide All Contours will leave one piece visible (Design Space doesn’t want you to lose your entire image). If that isn’t the part you want, make your desired area visible first, then manually hide the first part.

Once you complete contouring the second set of candles, close out of the Contour feature and you’ll see two images – the first set of candles minus the middle candle, and the second set of candles, now just a single candle.

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

All that’s left to do is to change that single candle to pink, slide it into place, group it all together, and look at that – now you have a multi-layer image! Nice work. This is a great trick to add a little pop of color to your iron-on projects!

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space

Want more examples using Contour or more detailed instructions? Here they are.

Happy crafting!

Stephanie

How to Use the Contour Tool in Design Space
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters

December 7th, 2018 • Contributor: Jenn Crookston, Team Cricut

Did somebody say Ugly Christmas Sweater?!!!  I don’t know about you but I am all about a good Ugly Christmas Sweater. Quite a few years ago I created an epic ugly Christmas sweater the old fashioned way...with scissors, by hand, I think my wrist is still recovering.  I’m happy to report that today I’m going to show you multiple DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters you can create in no time at all using your Cricut machine.

Ugly Christmas Sweater #1

This sweater definitely qualifies as an ugly Christmas sweater.  Around the office, it was decided any time you attach Tupperware to your clothes it’s guaranteed to be ugly (and possibly prize-winning?...).

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters

To create this sweater you’re going to need this cut file, red, golden yellow, and light grey felt, black Everyday Iron-on, white Glitter Iron-on, some mini pom poms, and a clear bowl.  How you adhere everything to the sweater is completely up to you.

Step 1 - Cut out all of your images.  You’ll cut Ho Ho Ho! and the snowglobe top and base from felt (we used red, light grey, and golden yellow).  Because our felt is not backed we used the Rotary Blade in the Cricut Maker® to make cutting a breeze.  Once those were cut we used the fine point blade to cut out our sleigh and reindeer out of black Everyday Iron-on and our snow scene out of white Iron-on Glitter.

Step 2 - Using an EasyPress 2, press your Iron-on onto your light grey felt.

Step 3 - Attach everything to the sweater.  There are a number of options you could use for this project and we used a couple different ones.  The first thing we did was place our snowglobe onto the shirt right where we wanted it and then pinned it in place.  Then we slowly stitched around the edge to attach it to the sweater using a sewing machine. Because our particular sweater is VERY fuzzy we didn’t want to take a chance that heat n bond wouldn’t stick to it.  Once we had the globe stitched in place we used a hot glue gun to adhere a few of the pom poms to the snow scene so even when all the others were settled to the bottom of the globe you would still get the *snowing* look we were aiming for.  

Once those were dried we added a small handful of poms to the middle of the scene and then using hot glue (in small sections so it wouldn’t dry,) we attached the bowl all the way around the circle (make sure you put something between the front and back of your sweater so you don’t accidentally glue it together.  I used the Iron-on Protective Sheet and it worked awesome, no sticking at all). This worked even better than I had imagined.  There was very little glue that showed around the outside of the bowl which was great.

Once the bowl was completely adhered to the sweater I finished adding the other pieces.  Because I had already used hot glue to attach the bowl (and let’s be honest, that bowl is keeping this sweater from being machine washable in a big way) I decided to go ahead and use hot glue for the rest of the pieces.  I laid each piece out where I wanted it to be and then using hot glue just did half at a time to help keep the pieces in place.

I’m kind of obsessed with how perfectly ugly this sweater turned out! If you want to recreate this look I found this bowl for about $2.50 at Walmart, it comes with a lid that has a fork built in so I think it was in the lunch supplies area. I double dare you to wear this shirt and NOT shake the bowl at every person you walk past so they can see your snowglobe *snowing*, it’s addicting!

Ugly Christmas Sweater #2

There was some debate when I first started this sweater that it just wasn’t ugly enough but once we got all the fur trim added and brought out the attachable matching scarf it was just ugly enough to get a seat at our Ugly Christmas Sweater table.

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters

This sweater was super easy to create and took very little time.  The snow scene idea started because the sweater had the little white dots on the sleeves when we purchased it which looked like little snowflakes in my head.  Using white Glitter Iron-on, white Everyday Iron-on and our EasyPress 2 we created this sweater in no time at all.

To really take it to the next level we used a cheap feather boa that we purchased from Hobby Lobby to add to the wrists, collar, and the front waist.  We chose to hand stitch the boa onto the sweater with loose stitches so it would be easy to remove so the sweater could be washed. If you plan for your sweater to be a one hit wonder you could attach the feather boa with hot glue like we did the felt on the previous sweater.

You can find the cut file for this design here.  Please note - we set it up in Design Space how we thought we wanted it but once it was all cut out we rearranged the snowflakes and laid them out one at a time so our design in these photos isn’t the exact same as the canvas in Design Space.

Ugly Christmas Sweater #3 (and 4 if you watch the Facebook Live below)

If you’ve been following us for a while this sweater may look familiar to you.  This sweater was actually created last year on a Facebook Live with my friend Cortney.  She and I actually won 3rd place last year at our Holiday Christmas Party for these amazingly perfect Ugly Christmas Sweaters.  I’m going to be honest, I love them. I think they’re so fun that I would wear them all season long - no ugly sweater party invite needed!

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters

This sweater includes a whole variety of Iron-on and felt.  We’ve got black, silver, gold, pink, green and blue Glitter Iron-on, black, white, yellow, orange and red Everyday Iron-on, green and white felt, 3 silver buttons, and some red ribbon. You can find the cut files for this project here (fireplace) and here (lights on sleeve) and you can watch the whole Facebook Live below.

Link to 2018 FB Live - https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCricut/videos/2164918440439898/

Link to 2017 FB Live - https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCricut/videos/10155020692811434/

I cannot wait to see the DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters you create with your Cricut machine and EasyPress!  As you post them, make sure you use #cricutmade so we can see what you’re creating and tag us in your photos.

Happy Crafting!!
Jenn

DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters
DIY Stamp Making

Farmhouse Christmas: DIY Stamp Making

December 5th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Designer Meagan Patterson

This time of year is simply magical! I love finding new family traditions that bring us closer together and that bring warmth and light to our home. The magic was certainly present as we watched this little family create their own personalized wrapping paper. Can you say ADORABLE?!

Stamping is back this Christmas season my friends! Or maybe it never went away? Either way, this DIY wrapping paper is to die for. Seriously.

This was such a fun and easy family activity, even your smallest tyke can be involved. So let's get making!

This project was a project full of experimentation. The Cricut Maker can cut almost an infinite amount of materials and so I really enjoy testing its limits. What materials have you tried to cut using your Maker that you wouldn’t have normally thought of?

Materials

DIY Farmhouse Christmas Stamp Making
  1. Cricut Maker
  2. FabricGrip Mat
  3. White Embossing Powder
  4. Clear Ink Stamp Pad
  5. Black Craft Foam – 1 sheet
  6. White Craft Foam – 1 sheet
  7. Silicone Sheet – 1 sheet
  8. An old stamp
  9. Pliers
  10. Spray Adhesive
  11. Heat Gun or Blow Dryer
  12. Black Wrapping Paper

1: Gotta Start Somewhere

DIY Stamp Making with a Cricut

Once you have gathered the necessary materials, click here to open the canvas. I love this little acorn design. It’s simple and cute and helped to bring in the rustic warmth that we all love this time of year.

Firmly press the foam pieces to your FabricGrip mat and set aside for cutting.

Now, silicone is a unique material and can be hard to find. Whenever I need silicone, I always go to the baking section of my local craft store and select a silicone mat. They can sometimes be labeled as a Macaron Mat; it simply depends on the brand.

Another helpful hint: when you go to cut silicone, I like to tape it down on all four sides with masking tape. Just the same as when I cut Chipboard.

2: Cut All the Things

DIY Stamp Making

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DIY Stamp Making

I am a super huge fan of the rotary blade and so whenever I can use it, I do. Your first mat will be to cut the acorn out of the white craft foam. Select the setting HEAVY FABRICS and be sure to switch out the Fine Point Blade for the Rotary Blade.

Once the white acorn is cut and the mat is removed from the machine, load the black foam mat and make sure HEAVY FABRICS is still selected.

Load the final mat, which is the silicone mat. For best results, as I mentioned before, tape down all four sides of your silicone to the FabricGrip Mat. Continue using the HEAVY FABRICS setting in Design Space.

Once your three pieces are cut, you can now start to assemble them.

3: Recycle and Reuse

DIY Stamp Making

I love making old things new again. Anyone else into that? This project all started when I couldn’t find the exact stamp that I wanted in my collection. So rather than use a stamp I wasn’t thrilled about I decided to make a new one. But I needed all the parts, so I rummaged through my old stamp collection and picked a stamp that I could revamp. You can be creative with the base that you use. You can try using an old wine cork or a scrap of wood. Anything that you may have lying around that will make a strong base for your stamp!

Depending on the base you use, you may need a variety of tools or pliers. In order to pry apart my old stamp, I used different pliers to remove the layers I didn’t need. Once you have a clean base, you can then adhere your homemade stamp to it.

I used spray adhesive to first adhere the silicone acorn layer to the white foam layer.

Next, I sprayed the back side of the white acorn foam shape and pressed it to the black foam circle.

Once all three layers were dry, I sprayed the back of the black foam layer and pressed it to my wood stamp base. And voila! You have your very own homemade stamp!

4: Stamp, Stamp, Stamp and Stamp Some More

DIY Stamp Making

Now it’s time to let the fun begin! Grab your stamp pad and ink, roll out your wrapping paper, and stamp to your little heart’s content!

You can use any ink pad you would like. I chose clear since the color will come from the embossing powder later on.

DIY Stamp Making

Just look at how much fun they are having!

5: Crafting + Science = Pure Joy

DIY Stamp Making

Gently pour heaps of the embossing powder onto the ink. I found the best way to do that is to use a plastic spoon. One spoonful for each acorn.

After each acorn has been fully covered by a mountain of powder, carefully shake off the excess powder. I shook it onto a spare plastic mat coversheet and then slowly poured the powder back into its original container. Waste not, want not!

DIY Stamp Making

You do not need to be a magician to show off your magic skills. All you need is embossing powder and a heat gun! Who knew science and crafting could be so magical? With the heat of the air blowing onto the powder, the powder will literally melt to the paper creating a beautiful, smooth and slightly raised white acorn. That process alone is fascinating to watch.

DIY Stamp Making

Your wrapping paper is now ready for use! Grab your gift for that special someone and wrap it all up. Tie it off with some fun ribbon and a branch of holly berries. You can also add a fun festive tag here if you so choose.

The sense of accomplishment and the pride of making something so special will be evident in the faces of those who helped make this holiday craft a tradition in your home.

DIY Stamp Making

The sky is the limit with these DIY stamps. I can’t wait to see what fun and festive stamps you create this holiday season!

Make your life beautiful!
Meagan

DIY Stamp Making
Combining images in Design Space

How to Mash Up Images in Cricut Design Space for That Perfect Project Look

December 4th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

There are thousands and thousands of images in Cricut Design Space, and sometimes you have a certain look you’re trying to achieve. You search and search, but just can’t quite seem to find what you’re looking to make. Never fear! You have some really great tools in Cricut Design Space to give you that perfect look for your project. Let’s take a quick look at how to get there.

Combine Images in Design Space

First off, start by searching a variety of images. For this project, we searched for ‘Deer Head’, ‘Antlers’, and a few different holiday phrases we liked.

Once you select your favorites, check them out on your canvas. Sometimes, we bring on several images and see what has layers that we might want to use for different parts. Sometimes, we just look for simple images to combine. Keep the ones you like. We narrowed our selection down to a deer head, a pair of antlers, and a phrase.

Next, you want to determine how many colors you want. We were going for 3 colors but wanted all of our browns the same color. Simply go into the Color Sync and update your color palette.

Combine Images in Design Space

Now, select any images that you want to customize. For this project, we wanted the dot on the ‘i’ to be red. To get this look, we used the Duplicate tool and the Contour tool.

Combine Images in Design Space

Contour tool can seem really tricky, but once you use it, you’ll have a world of hundreds of thousands of images since you can change anything you find in Cricut Design Space. We started with one of our phrases and simply eliminated the dot on the ‘i’.

Combine Images in Design Space

Then, we selected the other phrase and eliminated everything BUT the dot on the ‘i’.

Combine Images in Design Space

Your final canvas will look like this:

Combine Images in Design Space

The last thing we had to do was just turn our dot red:

Combine Images in Design Space

And then duplicate the nose since we were adding a cute nose onto our reindeer head too!

Combine Images in Design Space

We know you can do this so get into Cricut Design Space and start playing around with images. You’ll be designing your own pieces quickly and easily!

Happy Crafting.
The Cricut Team

Combine Images in Design Space
Farmhouse Decor Chipboard Deer Head Tutorial

DIY Chipboard Deer Head

November 30th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Design Team Manager Dezi Moss

I’m not much for hunting, but a chipboard deer head, I am all about! The Cricut® Knife blade makes every DIY project a trophy.

Materials

DIY Chipboard Deer Head
  1. Cricut® Knife Blade
  2. Cricut® Heavy Chipboard
  3. Plaid Patterned Cardstock
  4. White Spray Paint
  5. Adhesive

1: Open Project Instructions

Begin by opening Cricut Design Space using this link to the project Farmhouse Deer Head. This project makes one trophy of a DIY deer head.

2: Cut the Chipboard

DIY Chipboard Deer Head

Use masking tape or painter’s tape to secure edges of the chipboard to the map. Push your star wheels over and load your chipboard into and let your Cricut Maker do the rest!

3: Assemble Deer Head

DIY Chipboard Deer Head

Line up the slots on each piece and slide together. Glue the three layers of the plaque base together.

DIY Chipboard Deer Head

4: Paint the Deer Head

Seal the assembled chipboard project with a sealer of your choice. Then paint the deer and base, using spray paint.

5: Assemble Deer on Plaque

DIY Chipboard Deer Head

Glue the patterned cardstock over the base and make sure the slots align! Slide the deer head into the plaque slots, and glue in place.

DIY Chipboard Deer Head

It’s that simple! Click here to find more faux taxidermy images in DS.

Happy Holidays!

XOXO,

Dezi

DIY Chipboard Deer Head

Complete the Lia Griffith Tablescape in Time for the Holidays

November 20th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

The last two weeks, we have shown you the stunning tablescape Lia Griffith created. Today, we want to finish what we have started and show you the final projects to create the perfect holiday setting to share with family and loved ones! If you haven’t seen the details of the first projects we showed, make sure to check out all the beautiful details of this holiday tablescape by Lia Griffith.

Last week, we showed you the beautiful linen napkins and this week we are going to show you these adorable felt napkin rings!

Lia Griffith Tablescape Week 3

Click here to create: Lia Griffith - Felt Napkin Ring

Grab Your Materials!

Get Cutting!

  1. Follow the prompts in Design Space® to cut the images from the Felt material.
  2. Cut one piece in both shades of green to make one napkin ring.
  3. Cut a .5” x 4.75” (1.3 cm x 12.1 cm) piece of fusible bonding web for each napkin ring.

Assemble

  1. Following the instructions for the fabric stiffening spray, spray each piece of felt and allow to dry for 1 hour.
  2. Place the fusible bonding web between the two felt napkin ring pieces, line up the napkin rings and use the Cricut EasyPress to activate the fusible bonding web and attach the two felt pieces. Do not attach any of the leaf ends.

 

Okay, now that our napkins are done and adorable, let’s move on to decals for our chargers! Can you say Instagram worthy!?

Lia Griffith Tablescape Week 3

Time to 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.

TIP: If you have never used vinyl before, check out the links below to make sure your project goes smoothly

 

How cute are these paper decorative leaves? I absolutely love the look of scattering these throughout the table and on plates. They’re so cute and easy to make! I love how the leaves are curled to make them look real. This is so easy to do and can be done with scissors or a Cricut scraper!

Lia Griffith Tablescape Week 3

Grab Your Materials

Prep Your Project

  1. If you need to adjust the dimensions click Customize to open the project canvas. Resize the image in the Edit tab before clicking Go.
  2. Duplicate the entire image to cut as many as you need for your event.

Get Cutting

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

Assemble

  1. Use the edge of the Scraper to curl your leaves.
  2. Attach the leaves to floral wire using hot glue, add groups of leaves to floral arrangements or other areas of your décor.

 

These decorative berries are the perfect final touch to the tablescape! They add a pop of red and gold and are the perfect detail! They’re the perfect touch to make your guests know you worked hard to make their holiday perfect!

Lia Griffith Tablescape Week 3

Click here to create: Lia Griffith - Paper Decorative Berries

We absolutely loved these tablescape projects and hope they help you create your perfect holiday table! After all, one of the best parts of any holiday is always the food! Let us know your favorite part of the project in the comments!

Lia Griffith Tablescape Week 3
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
DIY Holiday Decor Around the House

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 5 – Around the House

November 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Now there are always those little nooks and crannies around the house where you can add smaller décor to bring the Holiday Spirit in full force!  Don’t forget to start at the beginning with the Mantel Collection.

Here’s the supplies list.  Order the supplies you need and get an extra discount with our special holiday promo code: 8WEEKDIY for an additional 10% off all your materials (excludes Cricut machines & Cricut Access and needs a $50 minimum purchase).

You should have leftover material from the past few weeks to use for some of the projects this week too!  Here are the Cricut supplies you will need:

Here are the other supplies you will also need.  These are all essentially bases for you to decorate so feel free to find styles that fit your taste:

  • (1) Cream Handtowel
  • (1) Cream Bathmat
  • (1) 12x12 Black Frame
  • Chalkboard/Black Sign (as many as you would like around your house)
  • (1) 12x12 grey fabric
  • (1) Roll Red & White striped twine
  • (1) package of small clothspins
  • Red, green, white embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • (1) piece of Floral Wire
  • (1) 2x4x8 wood piece
  • Chicken wire
  • Nails
  • Hot Glue

We’re using the same color palette – white/cream, grey, forest green, black, and a few scattered pops of red.  You’ll see the same imagery too – reindeer heads and pine needles.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 5 – Around the House

Start off with a simple sign for any bathroom or half bath! Applying the vinyl onto corrugated cardstock can be a little tricky. You will need to burnish it well. (Burnishing is the art of rubbing your vinyl into place. By using your scraper tool to rub it down, you are giving it the right pressure for it to stick consistently.)

An alternative if you’re having trouble is to apply your vinyl to the outside of the glass for a more layered look. We used a basic white corrugated cardstock, but you can use any plain color or lightly patterned cardstock in the frame. Look at your bathroom to determine what works best.

Our towel and bathmats are cream colored, so a cream cardstock or kraftboard look might work well too!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 5 – Around the House
8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 5 – Around the House

I used an image in Cricut Design Space from Kim Byers, but you can easily build your image using a different phrase or font.  Simply find and change up images to make what you love! For detailed instructions on how to do it yourself, check out this blog post . Feel free to search around and find the perfect reindeer to fit your style, as there are always quite a few!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 5 – Around the House

Next, we got our SIGN MAKING ON! Adding signs throughout your house can bring in some fun too. We found three different ways to use our Chalkboards:

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 5 – Around the House

Merry & Bright vinyl phrase

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 5 – Around the House

Warm Wishes vinyl phrase

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 5 – Around the House

Perfect Chalkboard phrases

These were all images that we found in Cricut Design Space as we searched for holiday and filtered for ‘Cricut Access’ and ‘Phrases’.  Filters can help you pinpoint images faster sometimes! The filter list can be found by clicking the link next to the search bar.

Our vinyl was simply cut, weeded, and applied with Transfer Tape.

When you use real chalk, don’t forget these few tips & tricks:

  1. Weed the reserve on your vinyl.  Typically, you are weeding around your phrase, but this time, you need to weed out your phrase!  For those reduce, reuse, recyclers (like me!), if you have patience and weed carefully, you can actually place the vinyl onto another surface so it doesn’t go to waste!  Maybe a gift for someone else!!
  2. To get your chalk to stay, use hairspray to seal it onto your surface.
  3. To avoid chalk altogether, but still get the chalk look, use a chalk paint with a light coating.

Don’t forget to bring in those shadow boxes to give your signs a 3D look.  Earlier, we used the beautiful red lantern to house pinecones.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 5 – Around the House

You can always dress it up with a phrase or a holiday image on the glass. We’ve also incorporated this wooden shadow box:

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 5 – Around the House

You could even add pinecones into the shadow box to bring in some of the other elements in your overall décor!

Keep bringing in the wreath look from the Joy sign by also incorporating an embroidery project!  We’ve used a lot of vinyl in our signs, a little bit of paint too, but you can use the same fonts and images on your embroidery projects.  It’s simple, you use a Cricut Pen to draw the words and embroider on top! For details on how to make this cute wreath, click here.

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 5 – Around the House

The fonts we’ve been using are Easton and Babette. You can use as many or as few holiday phrases as you choose! We’ve selected an international flair that you’ll see echoed in next week porch projects.

Finally, all the holiday mail and updates from Friends and Family. It’s one of my favorite parts – the annual letter/card! We’ve brought you two different styles:

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 5 – Around the House

We gave you a full tutorial on making the frame. This week, we simply added chicken wire across the back of the backless pine needle frame from week 1! Cut out your Merry Mail banner, string it on twine, and add some small clothespins as your letters start rolling in!

8 Weeks to DIY Holiday Décor: Week 5 – Around the House

The Joy mail stand is simply a board from Home Depot that we painted with a whitewash, cut out adhesive foil of J and Y, and then add a little pine needle wreath – a tiny version of our large mantle wreath. The small pine needles are simply hot glued to a floral wire. Then, wrap your twine around in a zigzag fashion and add your small clothespins. We used some cute gold clothespins to dress it up!

Whew! That was a lot of projects for this week. We’ll keep them coming in the weeks to come. Have a magical time making your holiday décor!

Up Next Week: The Front Porch

Cheers!
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