Cricut materials with glass rocks

Getting scrappy with Cricut materials

April 7, 2021 | Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

It’s hard to see good things go to waste. Especially as Earth Day draws near, we just can’t bare to throw away that weeded vinyl or leftover Infusible Ink™. What do you do with leftover scrap materials? It’s a question we often see in the community, but there are numerous creative solutions we’ve seen from our members, too! Below are a few, fun ideas to reuse/repurpose scraps you might have lying around or tucked away for when inspiration hits next.

Happy Birthday Card using Cricut Foil Transfer Tool

Add foil accents with the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool

September 24, 2020 | Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

We have a shiny surprise to share with you!

The Cricut Foil Transfer Tool is now available, and it’s the easiest way to make your projects shine using foil. The foil tool works with the Cricut Explore® family of machines and Cricut Maker®. For the Cricut Joy™ Foil Transfer Tool, see more here.

The detailed foil lines make the process look complicated, but it’s actually quite easy to add foil embellishments to a wide variety of crafts using the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool. Just drop the tool into your compatible machine and watch it work.

There are hundreds of ways you can use the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool. Here are just a few examples to help fuel your creativity.

I'm a sucker for you card with foil accents created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Wedding invitation with foil effects created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Christmas tree gift tag and wrapping paper with foil effects created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Faux leather feather earrings with foil accents created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Vellum box with foil accents created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool.
Thanks gift tag with foil effects created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Happy Birthday Card with Foil accents created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Favor box with foil effects created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Thank you gift tag with foil effects created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool
Merry and Bright Tag with foil accents created with a Cricut and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool

Three tools in one

The Cricut Foil Transfer Tool comes with three different sized tips: fine, medium, and bold

The Cricut Foil Transfer Tool is actually three tools in one. It comes with 3 tips (fine, medium, and bold) so you can transfer foil onto your crafts in different line thicknesses – even within the same project!

Even better, because the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool is fully integrated into Design Space®, you can create using all the various linetype options. Add a combination of foil, cut, score, write, or other linetype option all within the same project on your canvas.


Changing tool tips

It’s easy to change between tool tips, too. Simply press the plunger down, remove the tip, insert the new tip, and release the plunger. It’s just like our other tools!

Easily switch between different tip sizes with the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool.
Easily switch between different tip sizes with the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool.

Using the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool

The Cricut Foil Transfer Tool works as a companion to your cutting blade and you’ll need both tools to create intricate designs. The housing units on these tools are not interchangeable despite how similar they look to each other. So, be sure to keep both on hand!

However, the cutting blade and foil tool both utilize the B clamp on your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore machines.

Insert the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool into clamp B on your cutting machine
Insert the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool into clamp B on your cutting machine.

Drop the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool into the B clamp and your Cricut machine will implement the exact amount of pressure to transfer the foil from the sheet onto your paper, kraftboard, or other base material. See a complete list of materials compatible with the tool here

Throughout the cut process, Design Space will intuitively prompt you to switch out the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool when needed. It will also eject your mat just enough so that you can remove your used foil and tape in-between steps. No guesswork needed!

Still a little confused? Watch a detailed process of how to prep your mat with foil and tape.


What’s included with the tool

What do you think? Are you ready to elevate your creations with stunning foil effects? The Cricut Foil Transfer Kit includes everything you need to get started:

  • Cricut Foil Transfer Tool with three different tips
  • 12 sheets of foil (6 silver and 6 gold)
  • 48 pieces of pre-cut tape
A 3D paper box with gold foil floral pattern created with a Cricut cutting machine and the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool.

Endless (shiny) possibilities

There are so many different possibilities – cards, invitations, gift boxes, and more! We can’t wait to see what you create. If you use the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool in a project, share it with us! Tag @officialcricut and use #CricutFoilTransfer.

For more information about the Cricut Foil Transfer System, visit our help section. We also have a playlist of helpful videos on YouTube to guide you through the process.

Find the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool at Cricut.com or your favorite craft retailers.

7 ways to craft a spectacular graduation celebration

May 13, 2020 | Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

A pandemic has caused schools to cancel graduation. But, rather than foregoing the festivities and celebrations during this milestone, seniors everywhere are embracing alternative solutions. Parents, families, friends, and other loved ones are going all out for graduation. Here are a few of the ways they’ve crafted memories for the senior(s) in their life.

Simple Graduation Cap Chocolate Treats

Attach a square piece of cardstock and add a thin ribbon to a snack-size peanut butter cup for an easy graduation treat.

Meg Roe Bryant Peanut Butter Cup Graduation Treats

Meg Roe Bryant “used a 1.25 inch square punch to make the flat top of the hat and wired ribbon as the tassel.”

Square shapes are also easily cut in Design Space by utilizing the shapes tool. Cut multiples of the same image by increasing the number of “project copies” when you “make it.” Add the ribbon with wire (or perhaps a staple). Then, “put it together with glue dots,” suggests Meg.

Her daughter, Emily, graduates from high school this year.

Creating a Special “Congradulations” Card

Karyl Patredis found that word spread about her creativity when her son’s preschool teacher asked her to make a specially-crafted card for a Frisco High School graduate.

Karyl Patredis Graduation Card

Karyl used the “Create a Friend” cartridge on Design Space to create a special graduation card. “People cards are one of my favorite things to make,” she says.

  • The character is cut from cardstock (using a StandardGrip Mat), color-matched to fit the graduate, and then glued together.
  • The sash is made from ribbon, sealed at the ends with a lighter.
  • The “2020” was cut with iron-on and pressed with her EasyPress Mini.
  • The base and background of the card are made using a paper cutter and bone folder.

Adopt-a-Senior Gift Baskets

The card for her son’s preschool teacher wasn’t the only thing Karyl made for a special graduate. Karyl’s community allowed her to “adopt-a-senior,” where she found Hayden, a future Ouachita Baptist University student. Messaging with her mother, Karyl got a few items that Hayden would like and “the little gift basket was born!”

Karyl Patredis Adopt-a-Senior Graduation Gift Basket

Karyl “used all things Cricut to decorate.” Vinyl was used for the bucket and little book inside while iron-on was used for the mask and T-shirt.


Mara Lee Ford Graduation Cap Gift Box

Mara Lee Ford designed her own gift basket in the shape of a graduation cap. Using thick black cardstock, she designed a custom box within Design Space and filled it with…

  • Atomic Fireballs “because their future is hot”
  • Smarties “because they are so smart”
  • A Ring Pop in lieu of their class ring
  • A roll of toilet paper labeled “only use in case of emergency”
  • And a few local gift cards

To make the gift box, Mara:

  1. scored black cardstock eight times about 1.5 inches apart, lengthwise
  2. rolled the scored cardstock into a circle and sealed the edges with double-sided tape to create the base
  3. cut a circle of the same material for the bottom
  4. scored a square about 1 inch along the edges to fold under for the top
  5. cut a .25 inch wide rectangle for the card slot on top
  6. then assembled together all the parts
  7. and, decorate with vinyl lettering

Mara made two for seniors she adopted in her community and another for “a dear friend who has been struggling with the loss of her daughter’s senior year.” Made in one day, Mara struggled through trial and error but “found my Cricut to be cheaper than therapy.” Looking for a simpler design? Here’s a graduation gift box from Design Space.

Personalizing a Standout Graduation Cap

Melayna Neupert from South Carolina crafted custom graduation caps for her and her sister, Deannah. They are celebrating their last year at Francis Marion University.

Melayna Neupert Personalized Graduation Cap and Regalia
Deannah Neupert Personalized Graduation Cap and Regalia

“I used my Cricut to cut out rolled flowers in a variety of sizes,” says Melayna. As a graduate in Early Childhood Education, Melayna will be teaching second grade this fall. And, she’s already crafted the names of her future students to post outside her very first classroom.

Melayna and Deannah Neupert Graduating from Francis Marion University

Deannah graduates from FMU this year in Biology and Chemistry to attend grad school at MU for her PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. On top of the creative play on words for her sister’s cap, Melayna used a template for giant flowers and scaled them down to create the yellow flowers for decoration. Design Space has numerous 3D flower images for inspirational flowers fit for your personalized cap.

Need help with paper flowers? Check out these resources and tutorials:

DIY Social Distance Graduation Celebrations

Anna Villalobos cried for two weeks when she realized Angel, her youngest child, and his classmates would never have a high school graduation. Coincidentally, Anna and her husband purchased a storefront property earlier in the year where she knew “would be the place where I could do something for them.”

Anna Villalobos Graduation Storefront Photo Booth for Cobre High School Class of 2020

“When I realized this was something these young adults would never get back, I decided to dry my tears and do something for them,” says Anna. Not only did she use her Cricut to cut out 83 individual graduation caps, Anna also cut out their names to honor each individual student.

Annabelle in front of her personalized graduation cap decoration by Anna Villalobos

The backdrop was created with tablecloths decorated with images cut from black glitter and other cardstock. She created stencils to decorate the “books” on the bench.

Anna and son Angel Villalobos in front of outdoor Cricut graduation photo booth for Cobre High School
Excited graduate in front of outdoor Cricut graduation photo booth for Cobre High School

Learn about designing with your own images, stencils, and 3D decorations:

Graduation Photo Props and Decorations

Tracey Bryant Roberts created props and custom decorations for graduation after seeing her nephew, Colton, “quarantined from his friends of 13 years.”

  • Tracey Bryant-Roberts Graduation Banners
  • Tracey Bryant-Roberts Graduation Banners
  • Tracey Bryant-Roberts Graduation Hat Props
  • Tracey Bryant-Roberts Graduation 2020 Props
  • Tracey Bryant-Roberts Graduation Decorations

Separated by 1100 miles, Tracey was determined to give Colton a special graduation somehow. “These graduation decorations were made to lift his spirits and to help my sister with his open house,” she says. Tracey’s graduation banners are available for the Design Space community. And, here are some ready-to-make graduation photo props.


Elysa Skousen made custom cut yard signs to celebrate her niece’s graduation. “I started these so we could have them for her yard and not rely on a rental service,” says Elysa. With a bit of research, she decided on corrugated plastic and vinyl.

Elysa Skousen Congrats Coroplast Sign with Vinyl for Social Distance Graduation Celebration

To make the letters, Elysa…

  1. used the Extreme Font cartridge for her layered letters
  2. sized and cut all the letters and graphics to fit her 12”-24” mat
  3. made a plastic stencil for the back layer (white) and taped the pieces together to trace onto corrugated plastic boards
  4. cut the letters with a knife tool, a self healing mat, and “lots of patience!”
  5. then, cut the front layer (black) using vinyl before setting them onto the corrugated plastic with transfer paper

Her niece, Alexys, graduates from high school this year.

Graduation Parades

Shelley Miller‘s oldest is a senior in high school, but he “hasn’t been in an actual classroom since March 13th.” As a small town with a graduating class of only 28 seniors, the high school celebrated with a convoy.

Shelley Miller's Graduation Convoy Banner Sign

“Instead of them being able to walk the halls in their cap and gowns, they got to drive around in them,” says Shelley. The banner is made from a Dollar Tree table cover sized to the tailgate. In Design Space, Shelley used a Friends font (being that it is one of her son’s favorite shows) and “rearranged the letters to fit on 12×12 mats” for outdoor vinyl. Then, she transferred it to the banner very carefully with contact paper.

Did you celebrate a graduation this year? Please share what you made in the comments!

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!

Cupcake topper
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! 

 

Succulent Thank You Gift

March 17, 2017 • Contributor: Cris Stone of Kiss My Tulle

Many years ago, I was a preschool teacher and really loved it. In addition to getting to watch kids learn and grow under my influence, I also got to know the families well, too. Well enough that every time a holiday or school rolled around, I got a little something in on my desk from different parents who wanted to show me how appreciated I was. It meant a lot to me – not because the gifts were big or fancy, but because they took the time to show me that they were thinking of me.

This March, most schools are letting out for spring break and it’s the perfect time to tell your child’s teacher “Hey! I appreciate you!” with this simple DIY featuring the lacy labels cartridge, which is included as part of Cricut Access.

The cartridge features any number of gorgeous designs but this simple “JOY” one struck a cord with me because I just love the happiness that word brings me.

 

Succulent Thank You Gift

Succulent Image

So why not take ten minutes and show your kid’s teacher some love with this DIY succulent thank you gift featuring the lacy labels cartridge? Be sure to take a moment to show us your creation! #CricutMade

5 Cool Ways To Use Cardstock For Spring

March 15, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Manager Lauren Duletzke

It’s that time of year again… our clocks go forward and we’re reminded that spring is on the horizon. In fact, the first day of spring is less than a week away – March 20th! Let the countdown begin…

We love spring so much at Cricut because we start seeing pops of color return to the trees and blooming flowers. As soon as we see that color return, we’re instantly inspired to make projects that will breathe new life into our homes and relationships. There’s nothing like sprucing up your space with a pop of color or designing something fun for an upcoming party. Spring is that perfect time of year to try new things, so today, we’re going to show you some unique ways you can use cardstock.

People typically think of cardstock as a card-making material, but we decided to take it to the next level… we’re going to show you some amazing dimensional cardstock projects that will blow your socks off. And the best part, you can make these projects so easy using Cricut and Design Space!

 

Hopping Easter Bouquet

Easter Bouquet

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, this springy colorful cardstock bouquet will add a fun touch to your dining room or an entry-way side table. All you need is a variety of cardstock, flower wire, and a couple other helpful tools, to make this bouquet. You can Make It Now in Design Space, which provides the full how-to!

A Romantic Rose Wall

A Romantic Rose Wall

Flowers don’t have to just come out of the ground… you can make them bloom from your wall! This wall installation, designed by Idieh Design, is the perfect paper statement to add some lovely dimension to your walls. Heidi used fishing wire to hang the flowers and the best part, the rose design is a one-cut project! All you do is roll up the paper cut and glue the bottom flap of the rose… you can find Heidi’s full instructions here. I made them too, and it’s so easy! It took me about 3-5 minutes to cut, roll, and glue one rose.

Celebrate Cake Topper

Celebrate Cake Topper

Add a little sparkle to your cakes with the adorable glitter cardstock cupcake topper by The Wedding Lady. Making cupcake toppers is so easy – all you need is cardstock, bamboo skewers, and a paint brush! And the coolest part about cutting font projects in Design Space is that we have over 400+ fonts to choose from OR you can use own (literally fonts on your computer will aggregate in Design Space… pretty crazy, huh?!). Some of my favorite fonts to use for cake toppers are Lipstick Lettering, Elegant Cake, Quarter note and Cursive 101.

Animals For Your Baby’s Nursery

 Animals For Your Baby’s Nursery

This cardstock lion is such a cute way to dress up your baby’s walls in a way that will seriously impress your family and friends. To be able to say you made a dimensional lion for your baby’s nursery? How cool is that? Now this project takes anywhere from 1 – 2 hours depending on your level of skill with Cricut and using cardstock… but when I tell you once you get the hang of it, these types of projects are super easy to make. Go check out this Make It Now project in Design Space here!

Heart Bottle Wrap

Heart Bottle Wrap

When spring hits and you start having friends over for backyard BBQs, serve your beverages with a little extra personal touch. This milk bottle has been reimagined by our Cricut team with a fun cardstock wrap with a heart pattern cutout. Just grab some cardstock in your favorite color, twine, adhesive, and a plain bottle to complete this project! You can Make It Now in Design Space here.

Now that we’ve shown you some of our favorite unique cardstock projects, what do you think? Can you go outside the box with cardstock this spring? Tell us in the comments or share your favorite projects via social with the hashtag #cricutmade! We can’t wait to see what you make for spring.

 

Gum Ball Party Favor Tag

February 17, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica from Every Day Party Magazine

Gum Ball Party Favor Tag. Hi everyone, I'm Jess from Everyday Party Magazine!  I am thrilled to be here today. I blog about parties, party DIY's, and recipes. I love sharing ways to host an amazing party, while staying on a budget. One of my favorite party tools is my Cricut Explore Air 2. I use it at least once a week. It is truly an invaluable tool.

 

Gum Ball Picture

One of my boys just turned 13, and he's too cool for a real party, but, he, like me, believes any celebration requires a party favor. This boy also has a sweet tooth a mile long, and was crazy excited to text me a picture of the mini gum ball machines he saw at Cracker Barrel while skiing recently. I knew they would be great favors for his 13th birthday celebration. I ran to my local Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and grabbed a few mini gum ball machines, and let them sit on my desk for weeks ... Until I saw the Wrap It Up Cartridge fro Cricut. There is an adorable gum ball machine cut file, and I knew it would be perfect for the mini gum ball machines.

I sized the cut file down and changed the colors so it would fit the party favors. I also added some text to the gum ball machine globe.  My son hated the text, so his just say, From Caden. Either way, it's a perfect place for text.

 

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The kids all helped add the tiny paper gum balls to the tag, and even though it was a little labor intensive, it wasn't difficult to make a dozen of them!

I separated each tag into a pile, and assembled one at a time, I found that this helped reduce losing pieces. I layered the red on top of the white, then the silver and the black on top of the red. Once that was done, I passed it off to one of the boys to add gum balls. We used my Tombow tape runner, but you could use a glue stick or even a Xyron machine.

I punched a tiny hole in the top to add baker's twine and tie it onto the mini gum ball machine. (I could have made this hole with my Cricut, but, honestly, I didn't think about it.)

 

Gum Ball Supplies

Finally, I tied the tags onto the tiny gum ball machines with baker's twine. I think they are absolutely adorable! I hope you enjoy. Here is the cut file so you can make it fast on Cricut Design Space. 

 

Gum Ball Supplies

#SayItWithCricut – Sharing Global Traditions

November 7, 2016 • Contributor: Ariel Garneau

Hi! My name is Ariel and I'm the voice behind PMQ for two. I create accessible, affordable and colourful home decor and DIYs. I have a passion for creating and enjoy creating a home from each house we live in. As a military family, we move often, so my projects are transportable and my style gets to evolved with each new adventure. To visit my project gallery click here, and to read more about me click here.

 

Supplies

 

Materials

**This project is divided in two, making the poppies, and the wording for the shadow box.

 

Part 1: Making the poppies. For this box I made 24 poppies.

Step 1: Purchase this pattern #MA3E13 from 3D Floral Home Decor for 0.99$

Step 2: Cut out 24 poppies (in sets of 2) from the red velvet paper.

 

Cricut Machine Cutting

 

Step 3: Cut out the centre of the poppies on black cardstock, and then cut out another 24 centres using different shades of pink card stock.

The centre part is meant to be from one piece of paper, but I wanted to soften the look of the poppies with different shades of pink, so I cut them in half to have pink tendrils and a black pole core.

 

Paper Flower Step Out

 

Step 4: Cut the black pieces where the pattern changes.

Step 5: Fold the solid piece in half along the length, and then roll it into a ball. Using super glue, secure the open end to the rolled part.

 

Flower Center

 

Step 6: Affix the tendril part of one of the pink centres to the black part using super glue. Once it's dry, roll into around the black part and secure with super glue.

 

How to create a paper flower

 

Paper Flower Center

 

Step 8: Glue the completed core to the centre of the combined poppy.

 

Attach center of the poppy

 

Step 9: Open the pink tendrils on the now dry and assembled poppy.

 

Poppy

 

Step 10: Repeat 23 more times. This may take a while, especially with all the drying times, usually by the time you're done doing all of one step, the first piece is dry and ready to move onto the next step.

Once they're assembled, roll the edges of the leaves and crease the top layer by folding them in half. It will give the poppies more dimension.

 

Paper Flowers

 

Step 11: Cut-out a square piece of gold glitter card stock that is the size of the inside of the shadow box.

Step 12: Star super gluing the completed poppies haphazardly to the card stock. If you glue them too close to the edges you will have to trim the leaves in order to get the piece into the box.

Step 13: Once completed, insert the backing into the shadow box and seal it.

 

Part 2: Wording for the shadow box

Step 1: Ensure your shadow box is clean and dry. Remove any left-over stickiness from a price tag or other.

Step 2: Upload the following image to your Cricut Design Space account as a cut file.

 

In Flanders Fields Au Champ D'Honneur

 

Step 3: Size and cut the words out of white vinyl for the size of the glass on your shadow box. I used an 8x8" shadow box, so the text is sized accordingly.

 

Quote in Cricut Design Space

 

Step 4: Using your Cricut tools, remove the negative space around the words and weed-out any remaining pieces trapped in the loops of letters.

 

Step Out Quote

 

Step 5: Using transfer tape, transfer the wording from the cut mat, to the exterior side of the glass pane in the shadow box. I centered mine, but you could place it near the top or near the bottom.

 

Finished In Flanders Fields project

 

And voila! You've completed your poppy shadow box for Remembrance day.

To see the after and more beauty photos, click through PMQ for two here.

 

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