Shark Head Costume

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

October 4th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Design Team Manager Dezi Moss

The scoring wheel does it again! Use your Cricut® Scoring Wheel to make this amazing shark head mask!

Materials:

DIY Poster Board Shark Head
  1. Poster board in gray
  2. Poster board in silver
  3. Cardstock in white
  4. Cardstock in black
  5. Cricut® Scoring Wheel
  6. Cricut® 12" x 12" StandardGrip Adhesive Cutting Mats
  7. Foam squares
  8. Hot Glue

1: Open Project Instructions

Begin by opening Cricut Design Space using this link to the project Gentlemen Shark Costume. This project makes one amazing shark in a tuxedo costume. Click here for a PDF of digital instructions.

2: Cut the Poster Board

Load your poster board onto a mat and let your Cricut Maker do the rest!

3: Fold on Score Lines

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Fold all of the score lines on each piece of poster board. Use a ruler to help the folds stay extra straight.

4: Fold Score Lines and Assemble Shark

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Fold score lines on mouthpiece. Glue tabs together to create a mouth opening. Once you have the mouth frame glue in the teeth. Set aside.

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Fold the poster board cuts that have fins. Glue fins together.

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Take the back piece that has the slit, and slip over the fin. Glue in place.

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Fold the piece with gills on the score lines.

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Use tabs to adhere the fin piece to the piece with gills. Adhere gills to sides of fin piece.

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Now you have two parts of the shark. The top and the bottom. Use the tab at the nose of the shark to glue them together. Do the same with the tabs on the sides.

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Adhere the eyes to the shark.

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

You are now ready for a killer shark costume for Halloween!

DIY Poster Board Shark Head

Slap an Iron-on tuxedo onto a shirt, and trick or treating will be a go.

XOXO,

Dezi

Hello Kitty Cup Cakes

How to Make Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

October 4th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

We saw the Hello Kitty Birthday Party before.  Now, let’s DIY the Cupcake Holders!  They’re so simple that you will be in LOVE with this fast project … and it makes your party sparkle 😊

Click here to get to Design Space and cut out your cupcake holders.  You will need:

You won’t even need any other materials or supplies for this project.

I actually used the Mat Move tool to select and move 2 of the cupcake holders onto my first mat.  This saves paper for both the actual cupcake holder and the glitter inside holder.

Here are the steps I used:

Step 1: From Your Mat Layout

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Swipe or use your mouse to move to the second mat.

Step 2: Move to the Second Mat and Select the Cupcake Holder

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Step 3: Click the Top Three Dot Circle and Select Move To Another Mat

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Step 4: It Will Highlight the Image on Your New Mat

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Step 5: Use the Directional Arrow to Swing the Image Around

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Step 6: Then Slide It to the Side so It Doesn't Overlap

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Next, let’s look at how to assemble.  It’s really quite easy, and I love this type of project.  I always start with the outside of the holder and then move to the inside.

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
  1. Find the slit
  2. Insert the tab
  3. Finish the outside holder
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Next, let’s tackle the outside.  Glitter paper is notoriously hard to bend, but you can do this!!

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
  1. Bend the glitter paper
  2. Swirl to find the slit
  3. Slide the tab through the slit
  4. Finish tucking the tab
  5. And it’s secure!

After that it’s all downhill since you simply tuck the inside into the outside.  Woot Woot! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders
Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

And voila!  Your cupcake holder is ready to go.  Rinse and repeat 11 more times 😊

It’s that easy.

Hello Kitty Cupcake Holders

Happy Hello Kitty Birthday to you and your Birthday Person!

t

No Carve DIY Cat Pumpkin

No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin

October 2nd, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Design Team Manager Dezi Moss

Carving pumpkins can take so much time! I never have the patience to finish carving until the end. Vinyl is a great solution to decorate a pumpkin super cute, and fast.

1: Open Project Instructions

Begin by opening Cricut Design Space using this link to the project, Cat Pumpkin. This project makes one cat pumpkin decal and cardstock ears.

2: Cut the Vinyl Pieces

Load your black and crème vinyl and let the Cricut Maker do the rest!

3: Weed

No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin

Use one of the sharp hook Cricut® Tools Weeders to weed the excess vinyl from your cut.

4: Transfer Your Design

No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin

Using Cricut® Transfer Tape, transfer your image onto the pumpkin. Begin by trimming a piece of transfer tape to fit your vinyl image. Stick the transfer tape over your entire image and use your scraper to burnish the tape onto the vinyl pieces.

No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin

Peel up one corner of the transfer tape and gently pull until the tape is off the liner. Place the transfer tape and vinyl onto the pumpkin and burnish on with your scraper tool.

5: Cut the Cardstock Pieces

No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin

Load your crème and black cardstock and cut out the cat ears.

6: Layer the Cardstock Pieces

No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin

Adhere the crème cat ear piece on top of the black ear piece using foam squares to create depth. Then adhere the inside of the ear onto the center of the cat ear.

7: Adhere Cat Ears onto Pumpkin

No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin

Use hot glue to adhere the cat ears onto the pumpkin.

No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin

Now put this darling pumpkin on your front porch and enjoy Halloween!

XOXO,

Dezi

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No Carve Pumpkin Idea: Cat Pumpkin
Tips to Cut and Make Party Foil Projects

Top 5 Tips on How to Cut and Make Projects with Party Foil

September 26th, 2018 • Contributor: Tiffany Isbell, Team Cricut

Party Foil is one of those materials that you might not have tried.  From Design Space to cutting and removing your party foil, let’s look at the top 5 insider tips on using party foil to your party’s success!  It has two options: solid and holographic. Now, who doesn’t need to add a little reflection and sparkle to their party?

1. Cricut Design Space – what’s in it for Party Foil?

Party Foil Celebrations. Did you know there was an entire image set designed JUST for using party foil – FTW! Well, now you do, and it’s included in the Cricut Access subscription too. These designs give you options from ceiling spirals and attachments to table décor.

How to Cut and Make Projects with Party Foil

To find it, simply go into the Image Search section and search for ‘Party Foil’ under the Cartridge/Image Sets.

Look at these great design choices:

How to Cut and Make Projects with Party Foil
How to Cut and Make Projects with Party Foil

2: You Can Choose Party Foil in the Custom Materials Setting

(Also in Design Space) There is a built-in setting for Party Foil under the Custom Materials setting so you don’t have to guess any settings.

How to Cut and Make Projects with Party Foil

3: Prepping your Party Foil

Party Foil comes in 48” length rolls. I used my TrueControl Knife to cut it down to 2 sheets of 24” length. Then, I cut it on my 12”x24” mat. You can also cut it down to 4 sheets of 12”x12”.

How to Cut and Make Projects with Party Foil

NOTE: I increased the size of my spiral to as big as I could make it fit on a 12”x24” mat. You can also reduce it to fit to the size of a 12”x12”.

How to Cut and Make Projects with Party Foil

4: Best Cutting Practices for Party Foil

When you are removing the spiral, BE CAREFUL! Party Foil is a lighter weight material so any fast pulling can rip it coming off the mat. Once it’s off, it is fairly durable and long-lasting

How to Cut and Make Projects with Party Foil

Also, watch out for creasing the material. As you pull the spiral from the mat, make sure to have the party foil release with a gentle curve so that the material doesn’t crease. A crease can mess up the way your spiral hangs.

How to Cut and Make Projects with Party Foil

5: What else can you do with Party Foil? A LOT …

Party Foil is simply another material option to make all sorts of party details POP.

My Favorites:

  • CONFETTI!  What a buttery smooth cut and look.  It’s perfect for confetti!
  • Napkin rings.
  • Cupcake wrappers.
  • Banners.
  • Drink toppers/stirrers.
  • And I could keep going.

I hope you give Party Foil a try for your next gathering whether it’s a seasonal party or just an everyday celebration!

Happy Making!

t

What do you like to make with party foil? Share below!

How to Cut and Make Projects with Party Foil
Finding Recently Added Images in Cricut Design Space

Finding Recently Added Images in Design Space

September 23rd, 2018 • Contributor: Anna Rose Johnson, Cricut Digital Content Product Manager

Hi there, it’s Anna Rose and I’m excited to be part of a new series talking about Digital Content. Digital Content refers to images and projects that we add to Design Space on a daily basis.  I’m kinda obsessed about getting the best images into Design Space, not only because it’s my job (best job ever!) but because I’m a Maker, like you. I love designing t-shirts for my family, cards for special occasions, and home décor that expresses who I am.

We design images at Cricut headquarters and partner with some of your favorite designers to make sure Cricut Access has the BEST images we can find. Because we are adding new art so often, you may not hear about the new images unless you stumble upon them while searching in the image library.

Today I want to tell you about an AWESOME feature to help narrow down the search. Did you know that we have a “Recently Added” category in Design Space’s image search? No?!? Well, it’s about to be your new, bookmarked link. Let me show you how to find it.

First, open up a blank canvas and click on “Images” in the left-hand navigation bar.

Recently Added Images in Design Space

This will take you to our “Featured” images, or the launchpad for your own image search! We featured seasonal-specific content on this page. At the top, click on the “Categories” link.

Recently Added Images in Design Space

You’re now on the Category page where we’ve grouped the thousands of images in our library into specific categories.

What you’re looking for is the “Recently Added” category. Click on that box to find everything newly added!

Recently Added Images in Design Space

Look at all of those fun images! I can see at least five different projects I need to make right now!

Recently Added Images in Design Space

The “Recently Added” category is updated fairly often, so you may have missed some of the amazing images we’ve added to the library over the past three months. Don’t worry, I got you! I’ve gathered my favorite new sets and if you’re ready for a wave of inspiration, let’s go!

T-Shirt Collection

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/new/images/cartridge/1402227

You guys. These are probably some of the best designs that we have ever put into Design Space. There is something for everyone in your family in this set.  Checkout the simple, line art style designs – those are my most favorite.

One-Cut Icons

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/new/images/cartridge/1461766

Because sometimes, you just need something simple to build something amazing.

Ready Set Sports

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/new/images/cartridge/1381305

It’s been a LONG time since we’ve put sports content into the image library! I love the mix this set has. You’ll find trendy sayings and simple images to build a custom t-shirt.

Totes Adorbs

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/new/images/cartridge/865818

This set was designed with tote bags in mind! They are totes adorbs, amiright?

Mini Moments

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/new/images/cartridge/865817

This set is perfect for all things baby! Who needs some new baby onesies? There’s 52 images to choose from, so get going!

Mi Casa Es Su Casa

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/new/images/cartridge/1397574

Pillows, home décor, banners, and more, this set is full of home-related phrases that will brighten up your casa 😊

Ocean Shells & Mermaid Spells

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/new/images/cartridge/1372241

For the mermaid in your life, this image set has some of the cutest designs for parties, t-shirts, or home décor.

Bless This Farm

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/new/images/cartridge/1375184

Life is better on the farm and this set will help you bring those sweet memories into your home.

Life Begins After Coffee

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/new/images/cartridge/1373911

Coffee, coffee, coffee! Oh, sorry, did you say something? I was over here imagining all of the things I want to embellish with the delightful images you’ll find in Life Begins After Coffee.

Damask Love – Designer T-Shirt Collection

https://design.cricut.com/#/design/new/images/cartridge/1403353

Our first designer t-shirt collection by the talented Amber from Damask Love. You’ll find coordinating shirts as Ready-to-Make projects in Design Space right now!

I can’t wait to see what you create with all of these new, fantastic images. If you ever have suggestions for images you’d like to see in the library, please send those suggestions my way!

Happy Crafting!

Anna Rose

DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

September 19th, 2018 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

Hey there, Cricut lovers! My name is Jen Causey and I’m the resident wedding expert for Cricut. I’m the creative gal behind the DIY wedding blog Something Turquoise, but today I have something extra special to share with you. I’m pregnant with my first baby and just a few weeks ago I helped throw my own shower. I pretty much went Cricut crazy with it and so the team asked me to share some of my creations with you.

My Cricut Explore Air 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle and Martha’s new Celebrations Party Supplies line (The Mint & Blush Collection), both sold exclusively at Michaels, took center stage at my shower. You’ll be able to see my entire shower both on MarthaStewart.com and SomethingTurquoise.com in the coming weeks.

This project is just fun, hands down. Being able to quickly and easily personalize balloons is the absolute best. After I figured out I could do this a few months ago, now no balloon will ever leave my hands un-personalized! It takes hardly any time at all, potentially less than 15 minutes and makes an enormous visual impact. My guests actually thought I had ordered custom balloons for the shower!

Photo Credit for Featured Image Above and Pinnable Image Below: Steve Cowell Photography

1: Create Your Design

DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

Create your custom balloon signs/sayings in Design Space using fonts and shapes. I used my favorite font, Watermelon Script,  to create these designs. Follow this link to access my canvas where you can personalize them yourself or use my designs.

Sadly I had two 36” gold latex balloons with the white vinyl lettering “ready to pop” and funny enough, we’re not sure if it was the extreme heat (it was 94˚ that day) or if they hit something sharp, but they both popped before we snapped a picture of them 🙁

2: Cut Out Vinyl

DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

Insert your choice of vinyl into your Cricut and watch it work its magic!

3: Weed

DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

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DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

Weed, aka. remove, all the non-design areas of the vinyl sticker using your weeding tools.

4: Apply Transfer

DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

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DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

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DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

Apply the transfer tape. Cut the transfer tape just a little bit bigger than your design, peel the backing off and apply starting from the middle and working out, on top of your vinyl design. Burnish with the scraping tool for the best adhesion.

For the shower itself, I created 6 (1- it’s a girl, 2- hadley jane, 2- ready to pop) of these cut files up to this step, step 4. The balloon application had to be done the morning of the shower.

5: Fill

DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

Blow up your balloons!

6: Apply Vinyl

DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

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DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

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DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

Carefully and gently apply the vinyl sticker sign to the balloon. Peel the vinyl backing from the transfer tape, center on your balloon and gently apply pressure. Then peel the transfer tape off the balloon.

There is a risk of popping, so just be gentle. If your designs end up being rather large or complicated, feel free to trim them down so transferring is a little easier.

DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

The gorgeous combination of the metallic balloons and the metallic foil I used made it hard to snap a good picture of without terrible reflections, so my apologies. They looked fabulous in person!

DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs

I actually shared a similar project for weddings on Something Turquoise and so if you’d like to see a different version of this project, follow this link!

Thanks for letting me share this peek into my crafty baby shower, I hope it’s inspired you to get creative and put vinyl on something new or unusual. I’m super excited to see you amazing and creative Cricut users, create these adorable balloon signs for your next baby shower or special event - so make sure to share them on social and tag @something_turquoise and @officialcricut!

DIY Vinyl Balloon Signs
DIY Tailgate blanket for your next game day

Celebrate Game Day With This DIY Tailgate Blanket

September 18th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Are you all ready for football season?! It’s here and I feel like people are readier than ever to pack up their cars and head to tailgate!

With the weather cooling off, I thought it would be fun to share an easy peasy project that not only is cute but also useful! And I used my brand new 10" x 12” EasyPress 2 which made this project even quicker! Win, win, all around!

1: Cut Your Materials

Here is the link to the project in Design Space. Click that to get started. Feel free to customize the project to your specific needs before you make it! The large “touch down” design will take up two full 12" x 24" mats. Make sure you mirror your image.

If you have never done an iron-on project, check out this post for an awesome tutorial!

2: Weed Your Design

DIY Tailgate Blanket

Now that you have cut your design, weed or pull away the extra pieces from your design. You will be left with the mirror image of your design.

DIY Tailgate Blanket

Pro tip: refer back to your canvas so that you do not miss any pieces. I hate when I think I got all of the insides of my letters out, I iron it on, and then notice that the inside of my “o” is still there! It is such a common craft fail! Thankfully these letters are so big, they were fairly easy to weed.

3: Determine Your Settings

DIY Tailgate Blanket

Have you checked out our new Interactive Quick Reference Guide?! Honestly, I am obsessed! Bookmark that site now! This guide allows you to choose the type of iron-on and base material you are using and then gives you step by step instructions on what to do.

Now you will never forget those important details!

Set your EasyPress 2 to 305 and the timer to 30 seconds. In a couple of minutes, you will be good to go!

4: Preheat

DIY Tailgate Blanket

As the Interactive Guides shows, we need to preheat our base material! There is a common misconception that in order to be successfully pre-heated it needs to be warm to the touch when you apply your design. That is not the case.

The goal here is to remove any moisture out of your material and smooth out all of the wrinkles from your surface. If it is cool to the touch by the time you place your design, that is totally okay!

Place your design on to the blanket. Arrange your words on your blanket by referring to the image on the canvas.

5: Press

DIY Tailgate Blanket

Cover your design with your protective iron-on sheet and then press your design. Note the time and temperature on the machine in the photo below are not the recommended settings. Always refer to the interactive guide to determine your settings based on the iron-on and material you are using!

As a reminder, for my project with SportFlex iron-on on my polyester blanket, I set my EasyPress 2 to 305 degrees and my timer to 30 seconds.

DIY Tailgate Blanket

Before you remove your liner, flip your blanket over and press the back. Peel the liner off and enjoy your big blanket!

We can’t wait to see your finished project! Don’t forget to share them on your Community Profile!

Happy crafting!

Karley Hall

 

Pin so you can make it soon!

DIY Tailgate Blanket for your next game day event
DIY Rosette Name Tags

DIY Rosette Name Tags for Your Party Guests

September 14th, 2018 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

Hey there, Cricut lovers! My name is Jen Causey and I’m the resident wedding expert for Cricut. I’m the creative gal behind the DIY wedding blog Something Turquoise, but today I have something extra special to share with you. I’m pregnant with my first baby and just a few weeks ago I helped throw my own shower.

I pretty much went Cricut crazy with it and so the team asked me to share some of my creations with you. My Cricut Explore Air 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle and Martha’s new Celebrations Party Supplies line (The Mint & Blush Collection), both sold exclusively at Michaels, took center stage at my shower. You’ll be able to see my entire shower both on MarthaStewart.com and SomethingTurquoise.com in the coming weeks.

This name tag project was my absolute favorite project from the entire event, while it was also the most time-consuming. It took me a little over 8 hours to create 40 of them, so make a note to yourself that this one takes time.

I used the Martha Stewart Wall Rosettes file in Design Space to start with, shrunk her designs down, and added a few shapes to create these unique name tags. Along with a rosette for each guest, I made funny baby sayings and a name tag banner.

On my shower welcome table I created a little “Name Tag Bar” display where each guest got to choose their rosette, find their name and pick a sticker saying to assemble their name tags and It was a major hit!

Photo Credit for Featured Image Above and Pinnable Image Below: Steve Cowell Photography

Supplies Needed:

Supplies for DIY Rosette Name Tags
  • Cricut Explore Air 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle
  • Cricut Cardstock 12x12, Sorbet Sampler
  • Cricut Sparkle Paper, Classic Sampler
  • Cricut Scoring Stylus
  • Self Stick Name Tag Pins
  • 8.5” x 11” White Sticker Paper
  • 8.5” x 11” White Cardstock
  • Home Printer
  • Glue Gun

Public Canvas: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/103070067

1: Create Your Design

DIY Rosette Name Tags

As I mentioned above, I used the Martha Stewart Wall Rosettes file in Design Space to start with, shrunk her designs down, and added a few shapes to create these name tags.

We have the two rectangle pieces of the rosette, the rosette center scalloped circle, the rosette backing circle, a banner tag with the guests' name and a silly sticker saying. The banner name tags and the stickers are available on my canvas for you to personalize. I chose to use the Print then Cut feature with both the name tags and the sayings.

2: Cut Out Scalloped Circles

DIY Rosette Name Tags

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

I used the amazing Cricut sparkle paper for the rosette center scalloped circles. I cut as many per page as I could; it turned out that 25 fit on a 12x12, so I only had to cut 2 pages. This paper is like glitter paper but it’s glossy and there is no loose glitter that falls off, it’s fabulous.

3: Cut Out Other Rosette Pieces

DIY Rosette Name Tags

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

Next, I cut the rosette rectangle pieces and backing circles, only two sets fit per 12x12 page so I had to cut 20 sheets of 12x12 to add up to 40. I used the Cricut Sorbet sampler cardstock pack which was the perfect fit for my shower theme.

4: Cut Out Banners

DIY Rosette Name Tags

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

I was able to Print then Cut 18 name tag banners at one time, so I ended up doing three sheets on white cardstock to reach my 40 person guest list. I was able to get 16 saying stickers per Print then Cut sheet, and I used 8.5” x 11” white sticker paper.

I used the fonts Mensch and Watermelon Script for this project. Both the tags and stickers were printed using my laser printer so that I could add toner reactive metallic foil to the prints.

5: Fold Rectangles for Rosettes

DIY Rosette Name Tags

Start to assemble the rosettes. Fold back and forth on the score lines until both rectangles look like an accordion.

6: Glue Together

DIY Rosette Name Tags

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

On the cut tabs, hot glue the two rectangles together to create an accordion circle shape.

7: Glue on Backing Circle

DIY Rosette Name Tags

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

Now glue the backing circle in place. It’s easiest to do this after you’ve completed the above two steps. Press one side of the accordion inwards and firmly hold it down.

DIY Rosette Name Tags
DIY Rosette Name Tags

Then add a few squirts of hot glue and use the circle backer to hold it in place. You’ll want to firmly hold the entire shape down flat on the table until the glue is cool. These folded rosettes are strong and will bounce up on you!

8: Glue on Sparkle Circle

DIY Rosette Name Tags

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DIY Rosette Name Tags

Next, glue the scalloped sparkle circle on the front of each rosette and hold until the hot glue is dry.

9: Add the Circle

DIY Rosette Name Tags

Peel the sticker backing off your name tag pins and adhere to the back of the rosettes. Now your crafting is complete and your guests get to do the rest from here!

10: Add Metallic Foil if Desired

DIY Rosette Name Tags

As I mentioned in step 4, I used my Minc Metallic Foiling machine to add toner reactive metallic foil to the name tags and the sticker sayings. You can do the same or you can choose to print the designs in color!

Thanks for letting me share this peek into my crafty baby shower, I hope it’s inspired you to get creative and customize files you find in Design Space. I’m super excited to see you amazing and creative Cricut users, create these adorable name tags for your next baby shower or special event - so make sure to share them on social and tag @something_turquoise and @officialcricut!

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DIY Rosette Name Tags for your party guests
Baby Shower DIY Fabric Banners

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

April 6th, 2018 • Contributor: Jen Causey from Something Turquoise

Hey there, Cricut lovers! My name is Jen Causey and I’m the resident wedding expert for Cricut. I’m the creative gal behind the DIY wedding blog Something Turquoise, but today I have something extra special to share with you. I’m pregnant with my first baby and just a few weeks ago I helped throw my own shower.

I pretty much went Cricut crazy with it and so the team asked me to share some of my creations with you. My Cricut Explore Air 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle and Martha’s new Celebrations Party Supplies line (The Mint & Blush Collection), both sold exclusively at Michaels, took center stage at my shower. You’ll be able to see my entire shower both on MarthaStewart.com and SomethingTurquoise.com in the coming weeks.

I knew I wanted to create custom banners for the gifts, drinks, and dessert tables but the typical banners are just that, typical. I thought long and hard about how I could make them unique and something that hadn’t really been seen before. I rented the gorgeous wooden room dividers as backdrops and so in thinking of having them hang off the wood, the thought of fabric entered my mind vs. paper. Then I thought ‘vertical is different’, every other banner I’ve seen is horizontal. So then a fabric, vertical banner using iron-on metallic foil was had to be!

Photo Credit for Featured Image Above: Steve Cowell Photography

Supplies Needed:

Supplies for DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners
  • Cricut Explore Air 2 Special Edition, Martha Stewart Machine Bundle
  • Cricut Iron-on, I used metallic foil in silver, gold and rose gold
  • Cricut Easy Press and Mat
  • Flannel Fabric
  • Scissors

Public Canvas: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/102712677

1: Create Your Design

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

Design your banner in Design Space or follow this link to use my exact designs. The font I used for this project is called Mensch.

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

Don’t forget to click “mirror image” before you cut, and also play with the cut spacing. I was able to save quite a bit of space by turning letters on the mat.

2: Cut the Iron-on

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

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DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

Add the iron-on to your cutting mat, colored side down and then watch the Cricut work its magic. I did three different colors of iron-on so I had three cutting mats.

3: Weed and Separate

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

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DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

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DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

Weed, aka. remove, all the non-design areas of the iron-on design using your weeding tools. Then cut out each individual letter.

4: Cut Fabric for Banners

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

Cut your banners. I did 5” wide by varying lengths. The gifts banner was 5” x 48”, the drinks banner was 5” by 52”, and the desserts banner was 5” x 58”.

Each had 15” at the top for hanging over the room dividers and each had about 1/4” spacing between each letter. I used flannel fabric since it’s a bit on the thicker side which made a sturdier banner.

5: Add the Iron-on

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

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DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

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DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

Using your EasyPress and EasyPress mat, adhere each letter individually using the heat setting appropriate for your fabric and choice of iron-on

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners
DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

If using metallic foil, remember to peel the backing off once the material has cooled; it’s called a cool peel. Visit this page for all the EasyPress heat and time settings.

6: Display Banners

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

To display these banners, as I mentioned I left 15” at the top of each to hang over the room dividers I rented. We simply taped them to the backside using packaging tape and that was it, super simple!

DIY Fabric Iron-on Banners

 

Thanks for letting me share this peek into my crafty baby shower, I hope it’s inspired you to get creative and think outside of the box when it comes to banners. I’m super excited to see you amazing and creative Cricut users, create these darling fabric banners for your next baby shower or special event - so make sure to share them on social and tag @something_turquoise and @officialcricut!