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

Love Create Celebrate

 

 

Pro Tips On Faux Leather + Adhesive Foil Home Decor

February 7, 2017 • Contributor: Heather Thoming of WhipperBerry

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

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

 

Room Image

Create An Intricate Decorative Faux Leather Pillow

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

 

Chair Image

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

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

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

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

DIY Your Wall Gallery With Beautiful Adhesive Foil

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

 

Wall Gallery

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

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

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

 

Wall Gallery

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

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

 

Wall Gallery

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

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

 

Wall Gallery

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