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5 Easy Steps To Make Your Iron-On Project Stick

May 17, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

If iron-on projects are your favorite, like mine, I know how frustrating it can be to cut your project, adhere it with an iron and something goes wrong… maybe one of your letters warps because your iron is too hot or worse, you wear your awesome DIY shirt and the design starts to peel off. Permanence with iron-on is possible (I promise!) and today I’m going to walk you through 5 easy steps to get the best results on your cotton t-shirts.

Before we get started I want to discuss a few things to get us prepped for a solid iron-on experience. I’ve learned the importance of two things to make my iron-on projects super permanent…

  • Know my fabric: Figure out what fabric you’re working with (if it has a tag, read it!), know the right temperature for the fabric (most irons have temperature settings), and wash instructions.
  • Know my iron-on material: When picking your iron-on make sure you know what you’re working with. At Cricut we have 3 different types of iron-on: iron-on lite, glitter iron-on, and foil iron-on. Here’s three quick things you should consider when using these iron-on materials:
  1. Iron-on lite: Be careful with too much heat.
  2. Glitter iron-on: Super strong and can take higher heat.
  3. Foil iron-on: Lower heat + longer time settings and make sure it’s fully cool before you remove the plastic.

OK, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s make a t-shirt! I cut out this design for my t-shirt on the new Design Space (it’s amazing if you haven’t played around with it yet!). 

(Also, if anyone is interested in the design I created, I used Arial Black font for the “Weekend” and Opposites Attract font for the “I Love You.” You can find both fonts in Design Space. And some of you may be wondering why I didn't connect the letters... I actually prefer the style without connected letters ;) ... I used a circle to help me curve my letters just slightly by lining up the bottom of the letter with the circle edge.)

 

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STEP 1: WASH

Make sure you wash your t-shirt first before you start applying your iron-on design.

 

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STEP 2: PREP YOUR SHIRT

For cotton, make sure you’ve put your iron on the cotton setting (with this iron it’s setting 6) and warm up the part of your shirt where you’ll be placing the iron-on design.

 

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Iron on shirt

STEP 3: START YOUR IRONING

Because I’m using iron-on lite and foil iron-on in my design, I am ironing them separately. I’m starting with my iron-on lite “Weekend” design in white.

Put down a thin cloth over your design and instead of ironing flat across the design, try the method of press and push (meaning you press down on the iron over a spot on your design for a few seconds and then move it to the next spot and repeat). After I hear my iron beep, I check my design by pulling the corner of the plastic back and slowly rolling it all the way off my design.

 

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Iron on shirt

TIP: Keeping the plastic tightly rolled when you pull it off helps protect the design from coming up while it’s cooling.

Now I iron my foil-iron “I Love You” design in silver. I’m going to turn my heat down to 4 and press down a little longer before checking if it’s done. After I’ve checked the corner of the plastic and it seems finished, I let it fully cool (I know you just want to rip it off but wait, it’s worth it!). I peel of the plastic and voila!... my design came off the plastic perfectly.

 

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STEP 4: IRON OVER THE FINISHED DESIGN AGAIN

Now remember this tutorial is about permanence, so don’t go putting on your t-shirt just yet. Put your thin cloth over your finished design again, turn down the heat a bit and press along your design for about 20-30 seconds. This steps makes sure that your design is completely flat (just in case you missed anything). Now take your cloth off and let the t-shirt cool… and you’re ready to go!

 

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STEP 5: WEAR YOUR SHIRT THEN WASH/DRY

Make sure after wearing your shirt that you wash and dry it inside out to protect the iron-on material.

…And for a fun step 6, you can cut your shirt like I did to make it even more unique! I love to wear my DIY crop shirts to yoga or around town on a casual day. Super fun and people always ask me where I got it!

 

 

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Now go out there and make some really cool t-shirts...

 

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Bring the Outside In! Freshen Up Your Living Space With These Easy Plant Crafts

May 16, 2017 • Contributor: Lifestyle Expert Andrea Greco

At long last, Spring is here and Summer is on its way. One of my favorite times of year in New York is the transition between winter and spring. On one hand, it is terrible. Just when I'm about to put my wool coat and sweaters into storage, I'm slapped in the face by Mother Nature. "Not so fast, there, Greco! I don't care if I teased you all week with 60 degree weather when you were trapped inside. Saturday, we're going back to 35 degrees." Every year, my patience dwindles and I think there is no end to the cursed cold. But then, like a beacon of hope, one, then two then THOUSANDS of little pink blossoms appear on the cherry trees throughout the city. There may still be a chill in the air, but those little blossoms and their glorious colors and smells reassure me that warmer times are a comin'.

I am all about embracing this feeling in my house right now. A quick, inexpensive way to do this is with some fresh flowers and new plants! Here are a few stylish ways to bring spring and summer indoors while we wait for the real thing.

Update a Plain Planter

Take a plain, white planter from bleak to chic using your Cricut and Cricut Chalkboard Vinyl.

 

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Planting Pot

 

It is a Cricut Access image on Design Space. I measured my pot – 3.5” x 14” around. I cut four 3.5” pieces and adhered them to my pot – side by side -  using the transfer tape. The whole project took me about 20 minutes. This is my kind of craft!

Make Macrame!

I love a macramé plant hanging! They are so easy to make and are a great way to display plants without taking up table space.

 

Planting Pot

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Four 10’ lengths of rope
  • 2” metal ring
  • Medium sized potted plant

Steps:

(1) Thread the four lengths half way through the ring and knot.

 

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(2) Divide the eight lengths into four,  two-piece sections.

 

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(3) Measure 30” down each section and knot.

 

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(4) Measure another 4” down and knot with a piece from the nearest pair.

 

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(5) Repeat once more.

 

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Measure another 4”-6” down and knot the ends together, pulling each individual rope tightly. Trim rope ends to even out. Insert your pot and hang.

Grow Some Wallflowers

I took these simple, glass hanging vases and decorated them with rectangles I cut from Cricut Gold Adhesive Foil. The rectangles are free shapes in Design Space. Size according to your vase dimensions and you are done.

TIP: Cricut has pre-made rectangle shapes when you go into your canvas in Design Space. All you need to do is click "Shapes" on the left-hand corner of your canvas and scale appropriately. 

 

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Make Your Own Plants

Are you a plant killer? It’s ok. You are not alone. I am a reformed plant killer. Don’t worry – here’s something for you. Cut these palm leaves and make a guilt –free, everlasting arrangement. These are from the leaf section in Design Space and are Cricut Access images. I used heavy cardstock. To make these. After cutting, I gave them stems with medium weight, green floral wire. The stems are hidden by the solid vase.

 

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Thanks for reading! Check back next month for more styling tips and crafting tricks! Follow me on Instagram @andreanoelgreco to see how I Cricut! #CricutMade

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A Home Screen To Write Home About

May 12, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

You may not actually write home about it, but we think it is a home run. Our main goal with this new home screen layout was to give you a more personal experience. Now when you open Design Space, the first row of projects that you see are your own. You are the star of this homepage, and of your own creative journey. To help you along we have also included rows of projects with different themes. There is a row for new projects, vinyl projects, iron-on projects, projects that relate to the season of the year or an upcoming holiday.

 

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We have also simplified the layout. From the menu in the left hand corner you can setup your new machine, manage your account, and even find out new features or go to our help center. You can also go to your current canvas from the menu as well.

 

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Starting a new project is fairly simple as well. You can open a new canvas by clicking the green “New Projects” button up in the right hand corner, or by clicking the “New Projects” tile in the “My Projects” row.

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all we love the easy of navigation this new homescreen offers.

Have you had a chance to go play with the new Design Space beta yet? If so, tell us in the comments what you think! 

Check out the new homescreen and many other amazing features here.

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This Galvanized Flower Bucket Is Everything For Your Backyard (Tutorial) 😍

May 11, 2017 • Contributor: Jennifer Rizzo from Jennifer Rizzo Designs

Hi everyone! It’s Jennifer from Jenniferrizzo.com with a galvanized flower bucket project for you.  I also wanted to share with you a few tips and tricks on customizing your project! 

I love the look of galvanized metal with big, beautiful blooms, especially hydrangeas, and I love typography and lettering, so I thought it was a perfect pairing.  It has a great industrial, modern, farmhouse style!

 

Flower Bucket

You'll need:

Measure your bucket. The size will determine the sizing on the text.

Tip: by pre-measuring the item you are going to design, it will save a step on how to size your fonts.

After you’ve measured your bucket, lay out your font.

Trick: You can change your fonts and even use ones you have on your computer or have purchased for a custom look!!!

 

Graphic Bucket

 

Go to the tabs in the upper right hand corner of your project page, and click on edit. Then click on fonts. You can use Cricut fonts, or you can use your own system fonts!  

Just click on system fonts and click the one you want to use.

Trick: You can use fonts you already have, purchase fonts from either Cricut, or a font site for a truly custom look.

 

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Tip :If you are going to send your project remotely from your phone app, make sure you have those fonts on your phone, or you may need to change them. To ensure you are able to use those fonts send them from your computer you designed your item on.

Place your white vinyl on your 12 x 12 mat and cut. Make sure each layer of lettering is set on cut on the upper right hand corner.

 

Cut

 

Once it’s cut, remove the excess with the weeder tool.

 

Cut

 

Use your transfer tape to move your lettering.

Tip :If you have ever struggled with transfer tape like I have, and found sometimes it seems to have a death grip on your lettering, I’ve found sticking it to your pants really quickly to pick up the extra lint, and then using it, makes it slightly less sticky, but still sticky enough to move your lettering.

 

Transfer vinyl

 

Press to adhere your lettering, then carefully peel away.

I hope you loved this galvanized flower bucket project as an inexpensive way to add beautiful flowers to your home!

If you love this project, you can also make these cute herb planters!

Visit me at Jenniferrizzo.com for more creative home décor and design ideas!

 

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The All-New Design Space!

May 3, 2017 • Contributor: Product Marketing Manager Cortney Haymond

Being a frequent Cricut Explore user, means by default I am a frequent Cricut Design Space User. I like the current Cricut Design Space. It is easy to use, which is good because I design with it a lot. However, I would be lying if I didn’t say I was excited for the new update and I know a lot of you are too. So, now that it is in public beta, I thought I would tell you the reasons why I am so thrilled, and why I know was worth the wait.

There is no place like home…

I know a home screen may not be something to necessarily jump up and down about, but I really like the redesign. Rather than seeing all the projects at once, I get to see the project by category. Vinyl, Iron-on, cards… It makes it easy to find a project based on the material I want to use. The other great thing is that all my projects are the first thing I see, which makes the process of finding them much simpler.

 

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One Project, Two Project, Red Project, Blue Project…

You know you want to make a project, a t-shirt perhaps, but that’s as far as you’ve gotten. If only there was a way to search the pre-made Cricut projects for that criteria. Good news, in the newest update to design space, you will be able to do just that.

 

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You will be able to search for t-shirt projects, vinyl projects, projects with stars, or projects with trees. Basically, if you can think of a search term, you can use it. This is a game changer and one of the main reasons for my excitement for the update.

Gone in a flash…

Or should I say “gone is the flash”, Adobe Flash that is. The new Design Space is more rebuild than update which allows Cricut to get rid of flash. This means no more annoying flash updates. Time to celebrate. Plus, it is also faster and more responsive.

Bigger and Better than ever…

The font menu, oh the font menu. This beautiful, bigger than life menu is just what you never knew you needed. Have you noticed that in a lot of the programs we use (i.e. Word, PowerPoint, Google Docs, etc…) the font menu is only 2 inches wide? Well, in the updated Design Space the font menu is the width of your screen, making picking a font much more enjoyable.

 

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Another awesome feature is the ability to still change the font after you have ungrouped or isolated the letters. This means you can change your mind as many times as you want, without having to hit that undo button.

Everything all in one place…

In the current Design Space, everything is placed in tabs on the right of the screen. In the new Design Space, those tabs have disappeared and have been laid out for quick access.

 

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Drag and Drop…

The ability to upload your own images is a pretty sweet feature. It has gotten just a bit sweeter in the updated Design Space. Instead of searching through your files for the right one, now all you need to do is drag and drop. It can’t get much easier than that.

 

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These are just a couple of my favorite feature. Do any of these excite you? Tell me in the comments below which one excites you the most.

Also, don’t forget to keep checking back for more information on just how the new Design Space works. Tell us what your favorite feature in Design Space is below! #CricutMade

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Tips For Using Transfer Tape 🙌

May 2, 2017 • Contributor: Sarah from Pretty Providence

I'm Sarah from Pretty Providence and I'm excited to be sharing tips for using transfer tape today. I love using vinyl transfer tape, but I am surprised when I find out that lots of Cricut users don't know about it! It's honestly a life-saver!

 

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Transfer tape helps you get cut vinyl from A to B without falling out of place AND allows you to make sure everything is placed in a straight line. This is especially helpful for lettering. Nobody wants crooked letters, am I right?!

Okay, so let's get started. Here is a basic tutorial on how to use transfer tape:

After you've cut vinyl, you know it's time to 'WEED!' Weeding is where you remove the outside pieces from what you cut using a hook from the Cricut Tool Kit.

 

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Remove the liner from your transfer tape. Hold transfer tape steady, sticky side down.

Gently place the transfer tape over your cut image. Start in the middle and move outwards.

Burnish (rub) the tape onto the vinyl. A craft stick, butter knife, or the scraper from the Cricut Tool Kit can be used to do this!

Peel the vinyl away from the liner at a 45-degree angle. If the vinyl sticks to the liner, simply burnish the transfer tape onto the vinyl again and then continue to peel the vinyl away.

Carefully place the transfer tape/vinyl cut-outs onto a clean and dry surface (in my case, this bread box) making sure the images are straight.

 

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Burnish again! Start in the center and move outward.

Peel your transfer tape away from the vinyl at a 45-degree angle. If the vinyl sticks to the transfer tape, simply burnish the vinyl again. Peel the transfer tape away slowly and carefully.

 

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That's it! See, using transfer tape will make vinyl projects that much more simple. Make sure you hop over to my blog to see how this fun bread box turned out!

 

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Bedazzle Your Kitchen With This Must-Have Foil

April 14, 2017 • Contributor: Ariel from PMQ for Two

It's me again! Ariel from PMQ for two and I create bold, bright, eclectic & colourful home decor and DIYs. You can view more of my work in my project gallery here. I enjoy long walks down the aisles at HomeSense, greeting the UPS delivery person in pyjamas, fish tacos, and leopard print. I also live in Canadian military housing, so we’re renters in a traditional sense.  I've recently completed a renter friendly kitchen upgrade which you can view here, and I've been using my Cricut to upgrade a few things in the kitchen. New look = new look for the accessories. Duh?!

In the re-shuffle of things in the kitchen I ended-up moving a lot of my appliances and decor around. My kitchen mixer is now featured more prominently on the counters, but for some reason the all-white mixer was a bit of an eye-sore. Well, less of an eye-sore and more "blah." I bought it on Black Friday sales a few years ago so I wasn't able to pick a fancy custom colour. Thankfully my Cricut Explore Air 2 allows me to bring many of my crafting dreams to life, and I knew the kitchen mixer would be the perfect opportunity to marry the rose gold foil I used on my vinyl and paint mosaic here and my love of folk patterns like I did with my Otomi inspired chargers here.

Below you'll find the step-by-step instructions for creating your own custom kitchen mixer decal using your Cricut vinyl or foil and Cricut machine.

 

Step 1

Using your Cricut Design Space account, select a pattern from the Make It Now projects, or upload your own file and save it as a cut file.

 

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Step 2

Using your Cricut machine cut the file to the desired size. My Kitchen Aid mixer took a full 12" length image to wrap around the top arm, so I cut it to that size.

If you're using a different mixer, you will want to measure the length of the arm to better determine the size of your image.

 

Step 3

Weed your image! This takes time on such a big pattern, but making sure everything is done properly will make for an easier image transfer.  I start by peeling back big chunks, and then to prevent stray vinyl (that has already been pulled-up) from catching on the actual design by accident and pulling things out of place, I trim the already pulled vinyl as I go. It takes an extra few seconds but is well worth my peace of mind, because on a cut this big it would not be fun to have to re-cut it because the vinyl pulled half of it out of place.

 

Mixer project

Step 4

To apply the large sheet across the arm of the mixer you'll trim any excess negative space around the contour of the design on the vinyl sheet before applying the transfer tape. Leave an half inch bleed with your transfer tape on the side you're starting from, so that it can cling to the mixer while you stretch it over the arm. If what I said makes no sense, just look at the picture below!

 

Mixer project

Step 5

Slowly smooth the design as you wrap it around the arm and secure it to the other side. On the front and back bulbs where it starts to curve, you will notice the vinyl does not lay flat right away. That's normal. Worry about it once you've removed the transfer tape safely.

 

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Once your vinyl tape has been removed, take a small blade or use your Cricut tool scissors to cut a small line down the middle of the creasing vinyl. It should then lay flat if you smooth once flap down and then the next.

 

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Step 6

You'll notice that the bulbous parts don't have any pattern on them, or, part of the arm's main pattern falls onto them. Cut the excess image and then apply it on the bulb. If you just flatten it, there will be a little pocket down the middle of the image and all manner of things will get caught in there. I find the scissors in the tool set to be perfect for this.

To fill in the nose and the butt of the arm, use your weeding tool to lift and apply who pieces. Because I'm working with a bigger pattern it was easier than using transfer tape to transfer whole chunks of the pattern over. It also gave me more control in terms of smoothing-out the creases that form because of the curves.

 

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Step 7

Time to do the sides! There's two ways you can do this. You can cut the exact shape of the side of the tower and then apply that. OR, you can make it super complicated and do what I did. I cut portions of the pattern to apply piece-meal along the side of the tower until it all looked good.

 

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Mixer project

Step 8

Do the other side of the tower! I chose not to the the rest of the mixer like the foot or the front/back of the tower, because they'll either be covered by the bowl, or are too small to bother with.

 

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Mixer project

Step 9

Christen your newly bedazzled machine! I made cupcakes and am eating one as I write this post, so I guess you could say I'm winning at life right now. Make sure you come see the full reveal and all the pretty beauty shots on PMQ for two here!

 

Mixer project

If you want to come see the rest of the projects I've made with my Cricut you can come see my // Woodland Critter Baby Shower // Hand-written" Calling Cards // DIY Champagne Buzzer // Otomi Vinyl Chargers // Comparison between the Circut & Silhouette Machines.

 

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Celebrate Your Senior With this Cupcake Topper

April 13, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica from Everday Party Magazine

Hi everyone, it's Jess from Everyday Party Magazine!  How is this school year nearly finished? I swear it feels like we were just buying new school supplies last week. Actually, I swear my oldest was just asking me why there wasn't a garden in his kindergarten class, bless his little heart, he thought it was a kinder-GARDEN. Yet, here we are scheduling senior pictures and taking college tours. We have just one more year left, but several of my friends are getting ready to send their babies off into the world in the next few weeks. And some have asked me for tips to help them celebrate the big day for their kids. 

There are just a few things you can always count on with me, if I can DIY, I will; and if I can save money and make it look amazing, I will! One of the biggest expenses for any party is cake. You need a dessert table centerpiece, obviously, you want it to look amazing. But, you have 40 hungry teenagers, and your entire family, including Cousin Eddie there for the graduation party... so, buy a smaller less expensive cake from your local grocery store or warehouse club, and then buy a undecorated sheet cake from a warehouse club and keep it in the kitchen. The cake you buy for the dessert table can be simple and inexpensive too.  Just spend a few minutes with your Cricut, and make a custom topper! 

I wanted to use a more delicate font for the Class Of text, and thankfully, Cricut Access has PLENTY to choose from. I used Pen & Ink. Next, I ungrouped the letters, and placed them so that each letter touched the next, then, I selected all the letters and welded them together. The 17 font was more bold. I ungrouped that text as well, but I didn't weld them. Finally, I added a star to the background to make the cake topper more stable.  You could upload your child's school logo or a photo of your graduate too. If you want to use this style, you can access the cut file here.

 

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I cut each layer from card stock in the school's colors. Next, I used my Xyron Creative Station to make the Class Of text a sticker. Once I did that, I stuck it onto the star, and carefully rubbed the exposed adhesive on the back off with my finger. I used my Xyron Mega Tape Runner for the 17, and only applied adhesive where it would touch the star. 

I used a bamboo skewer as the cake pick, and hot glued it to the cake topper. 

Finally, I stuck the cake topper into my simple white store bought cake and it was party ready!

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Cupcake topper

Cupcake topper

Cupcake topper

Cupcake topper

Be sure to hop over to my blog for more graduation party inspiration. And share all of your favorite Cricut party projects using #CricutMade! 

 

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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. 

 

Cricut mat

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

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