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Cricut - Home DIY

Cool Gaming Wall Art, Perfect for Teens

December 12, 2018

My teenage sons are too cool for me anymore. They’re obsessed with Fortnite and so I decided to make them some cool gaming wall art that they can hang from their room with pride.
Check out the easy tutorial below. 

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Supplies for your Video Game Wall Art

Begin by unwrapping your frames and cutting about an inch off the edge of your Wild Whispers scrapbook paper. Use some tape to center your image on the mat and then go ahead and put the backing back on the frame and close it up.

Then out of your black cardstock, open up the Design Space file above and cut out the gaming art pieces. Run the cut video game art pieces through your Xyron Creative Station and then adhere them to the front part of the plexiglass to the frame.  I used the repositionable cartridge for my Xyron because I wanted to make sure I could get the artwork lined up straight. Placing straight items, in this case, was not my strong suit. 😉 three frames with video game artUse your Command Strips and put them in the upper corners of your frames and then line them up on your wall.

That’s it! These gaming art pieces were so easy to create and it’s perfect for any teen room decor.  desk with video game artwork

Christmas - Crafting DIY - Holiday Parties

Buffalo Plaid DIY Wrapping Paper with Deco Art Craft Paint

December 3, 2018

Buffalo Plaid is so trendy right now and I am here for it. Create the most glamorous Buffalo Plaid DIY wrapping paper easily by using DecoArt paint and stencils.

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Thank you to Deco Art for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Supplies for your Custom DIY Wrapping Paper

Use your Dove Grey first for the base of your buffalo check wrapping paper. Because this wrapping paper is white, I’m just going to use the grey and black colors to add to my design. You could use white tones and do this on black wrapping paper too.

When making your own Buffalo Check DIY Wrapping Paper, be sure that each color is dry before you move on to the next step.

Begin with your crosshatching lines using Dove Grey. Allow at least one inch in between the lines and do two coats. Once your first coat is dry, take your Lamp Black paint and where the first lines cross over, put a square of your black ink. I just dabbed around the square with my foam brush and then filled in the remaining area with my additional paint.

Repeat the steps now using your Neutral Grey and going over the crosshatched lines in black.

I wanted rustic looking squares for my DIY wrapping paper and so I wasn’t worried about getting lines straight. If you want lines straighter, use a painters tape and a thicker base paper and you should be just fine. 

What kind of paper do I need to make my own custom wrapping paper?

You don’t need anything special to make your own wrapping paper. I love using the kraft mailing paper that costs maybe $4 each. Add any stamps or marker to the paper and you have your own custom wrapping paper.

I used this white postal paper and there is no sheen to it. It’s thin enough that it’ll crease well and thick enough so that you won’t see what’s inside. 

Did you also know you can make stamps with your Cricut?

True story, folks. Your Cricut can cut stamp material. You’ll need to use the Cricut Knife Blade if you’re cutting the thick orange rubber but Brother makes a stamp material that you can cut with the Cricut Explore models.

See how easy it is to make your own holiday wrapping paper using Deco Art Americana acrylic paints?! I did this on my dining table and had two going at the same time with about 30 minutes dedicated to drying. I’m definitely using this on meaningful gifts and not my kids’ because they don’t appreciate stuff like this. Head to your local craft store and pick up all these supplies and begin making this today! 

Christmas - Clothing DIY - Cricut

Toddler Christmas Shirts for the Holidays

November 26, 2018

We all love Christmas but we love it more when our kids look the part. Create this children’s Christmas shirt using the FREE Christmas SVG file. free Christmas svg on shirtThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Malakai has been all over the place lately. I often wonder how I ever did parenting with three kids, not in school and my house was clean. I blame the cleanliness on one thing – we have too much crap laying around here. While cleaning out drawers of old clothes I came upon this red baseball tee. I figured it was perfect to make Malakai a cute Christmas alphabet shirt with this free Christmas SVG file.

Supplies for your Kids Christmas T-Shirt

So now that Malakai is in preschool, he’s starting to learn his letters. I made these letters in the shape of a tree to bring in more excitement for Christmas.

This free Christmas SVG file doesn’t need to be used for a toddler shirt. Place it on a wood plank or even a shirt for you.

toddler red Christmas shirt

Where can I find FREE Christmas SVG files?

The best places I have found to get FREE Christmas SVG files is blogs. Use Google, use Pinterest, use Etsy as inspiration. Just search for free SVG files and the item you’re looking for and things will pop-up like crazy.

I also like to buy my SVG files. Etsy is awesome, there are also blogs like Hey, Let’s Make Stuff, Happiness is Homemade, Pineapple Paper Co., and Everyday Party Magazine are all sites I like to buy my SVG files from.

Home DIY - Thanksgiving

FREE Thanksgiving SVG File and Pillow Idea

November 15, 2018

Thanksgiving is Halloween and Christmas’ little brother, it’s almost always forgotten. Use this FREE Thanksgiving SVG file to help jog your memory. free thanksgiving svg pillow ideaThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.I’ll be honest.

I don’t have any Thanksgiving decorations. I don’t quilt anything fall-like, I just don’t really make anything Fall style. I love Halloween so I don’t know why I’m like this. Maybe it’s hereditary. Every Halloween I’d pass out candy and decorate the tree at the same time. That’s what every 14-year-old does, right?

Supplies to make your DIY Thanksgiving Pillow

Download the image above to your computer as an SVG file. When you have a Cricut, it’s really easy and is free to do. If you have a Silhouette machine, you have to purchase an additional program license to be able to upload your own SVG files. I personally liked the designer edition for Silhouette and it’s worth every penny.

Reverse the image when you cut it to make sure that it goes on the correct way.

Weed your image using a safety pin or a weeding tool. Just remove what you don’t want to be on your pillow and pull that off of the carrier sheet. When you cut an image out of HTV or Iron-On Vinyl, you don’t want to cut completely through. You want it to kiss cut the image so that you have that carrier sheet to hold your HTV where it should be while you’re pressing.

Lay your pillowcase down over a folded towel or use an EasyPress mat. Press at 315ºF for 30 seconds. Be sure to double check your settings and that they match what HTV material you’re pressing. Every kind of HTV has different settings so be sure to follow manufacturers instructions.

This image is from my Mischief Managed Harry Potter Socks but it’s the right temperature and length for what you’re trying to do.using the small EasyPress

After you’ve pressed, follow the instructions if your HTV is a cold or hot peel. Most smooth HTV is hot peel but shiny foil is cold peel. Again, all HTV is different so follow the manufacturers instructions. 

thanksgiving svg file on a pillow

 

Crafting DIY - Thanksgiving

DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards with Xyron + Waffle Flower

November 12, 2018

Create the perfect Thanksgiving place setting with this place card ideas using Waffle Flower stamps and your Xyron adhesive. diy thanksgiving place cardThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I’ve said it so many times, I don’t do Thanksgiving but now that I have a blog, I need to actually have something that you guys will want to make yourselves. I do however love a good table setting so these Thanksgiving place cards are perfect to add to your tablescape. These Thanksgiving place cards are unconventional and I love them! 

Supplies for your Thanksgiving place cards

supplies to make a thanksgiving place card

Being by spraying the wooden discs with your Color Shine. I started with the Peach Color Shine and finished with the Mustard Color Shine. This dries almost immediately so you can move on to the next step ASAP.

Now let’s start with adding the names to your wooden discs. I took some printed off names that I liked the look of the font. This font is called Solidar Light and it’s a perfect script font. Use your paper and a pencil and draw across the back of the paper and then you’ll turn it over on the wood block (script font upwards) and then draw over the script font. The lead of the drawing on the back of the paper will create a tracing template for your wooden discs. I used a similar technique on my DIY Wooden Disc Sign years ago.

If I was to do this again, I’d just get a black sharpie from the beginning but I do love how it’s iridescent in some places. I used the gold marker and then went over it in a black ink so that’s why it looks so iridescent.

Next, stamp your Waffle Flower stamps onto your paper. Use watercolor paper or any other kind of paper that will be able to handle the ink blending.  I use Tim Holtz archival ink and then allow it to dry for 5 minutes.  Color in your cute little mice however you want to match your Thanksgiving tablescape and your scrapbooking paper. I used these Derwent Markers on my cupcake toppers but I didn’t use any water when I made those. Experiment and have fun.

Fussy cut around the stamped and colored image. The festive mice can be used from Fall to Winter and really can be customized any way you want.

Use some 3D adhesive foam to add the mice to your Thanksgiving place cards. I added some leaves for a little extra touch. I then took some of my scrapbooking scraps and cut banner pennants out of them. Use your Xyron Mega Runner to add them behind the mice. 

Your last step will be to attach the “stem” to your pumpkin place card. Cut a floral wire in half and thread it through the hole at the top. Use a pencil and wrap the wire around to create the curl.

These DIY Thanksgiving place cards are the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving tablescape. 

Birthday Parties - Clothing DIY - Cricut - Movies

Harry Potter Socks | Harry Potter Party Favors

October 30, 2018

These DIY Harry Potter socks are perfect for your next Harry Potter party. Create the perfect Harry Potter party favor and attach the free Harry Potter printable.  Harry Potter socksThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I’ve partnered up with LEGO to bring your next Harry Potter party to a whole new level. Create your very own Harry Potter socks and attach the LEGO Harry Potter printable to the top of the bag. Manage your own Mischief with these Mischief Managed socks made with your Cricut.

I don’t know if I’ve ever admitted that I’m addicted to any LEGO game and LEGO Harry Potter is my favorite of them all. I can’t decide if I like the Harry Potter years 1-4 or Harry Potter years 5-7 but they’re amazing. They’re even more amazing when you can be the only player in a family of 6. But now you can buy them both at the same time and you know I bought it again for my XBox One.

supplies for Harry Potter socks

Supplies for your DIY Harry Potter Socks

lego VoldemortTo make your Harry Potter party favors, cut the Mischief Managed picture with your electronic cutter. Be sure to mirror your image before it cuts. Lay your socks upside down on your surface. The opening will be on the table and the hole will be away from you. Pay attention to your sock position so that you can get your Mischief Managed socks facing the correct way.putting itv on socks put iron on vinyl on socksI use an EasyPress Mat but you can also use a folded towel. Use a surface that will help distribute even heat and won’t bend. Ironing boards are not ideal to use with the EasyPress. The middle easily bends and won’t allow you to get an even pressing. I use a wood board because that is what I have for my blogging backdrops. You can use your countertop but some materials will pull the heat from the EasyPress and the temperature will drop. using the small EasyPressPress your iron-on vinyl according to manufacturers instructions. Cricut has a new interactive guide to what kind of heat setting you need and how long to press it using an iron or the EasyPress. If you’re going to use an iron, read this post on how to really get your iron-on vinyl to stay.

Once you’ve pressed your Mischief Managed socks, go ahead and fold them and place them into your cellophane bag. It’s easier if your cellophane bag is flat so that you won’t have issues when you go to staple your Harry Potter treat topper on.  Harry Potter bag topper

More Harry Potter Party Ideas

I love LEGO’s and they’ve been a favorite of my boys. Malakai even loves the smaller LEGO’s and that works great for his small motor skills. I have yet to figure out a LEGO storage situation in our house though.

These Harry Potter socks are the perfect party favor. I’ve been having lots of Harry Potter fun with my Luna Lovegood confetti and I’m working on more felt ornaments for our Harry Potter Christmas tree to go along with Hedwig. Grab the free printable for personal use only above.  Harry Potter movie confetti  felt Hedwig ornament

Clothing DIY - Cricut

Make your own custom shoes with your Cricut

October 12, 2018

Custom shoes are not cheap but making your own can save you a whole lotta money so try this hack today and make your own custom shoes. black, grey and black shoes with halloween decalsThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Have you ever searched the clearance center and buy things because they’re cheap. You have no clue what to even do with it but you saved a lot of money…this is my save a lot of money project. I bought size 11 sneakers from Target for $3 each and figured I’ll give them to my sister because that’s her shoe size. I did have to make my own custom shoes though before she got them in her hot little hands.

I like these DIY custom shoes because the vinyl is the same color as the actual shoe. It’s glitter iron-on vinyl and it just adds a bit of shine when it hits the right light. I’m all about wearing subtle glitter.

To make your own customized shoes you’re going to need a few things.grey shoes with skeleton on the back

DIY Custom Shoes Supply List

Do I need a Cricut to cut Iron-On Vinyl?

You do not need a cutting machine to use iron-on vinyl, however, I recommend one. The Cricut or Silhouette will be able to make perfect cuts of your iron-on vinyl. You can hand cut your own iron-on vinyl, you just need to remember to do it as a mirrored image. You can even use some decorative paper punches but each HTV is different so I’m not sure what force you’d need to cut through the shape and the carrier sheet.

When you cut iron-on on your Cricut or Silhouette, the image will kiss cut the carrier sheet, almost like stickers are. You’ll have whatever image you want to adhere stay on the carrier sheet and remove anything you do not want.customize your own shoes with iron on vinyl

How do I make customized shoes?

This is really easy. Measure the area of your shoe that you will use your glitter iron-on vinyl. Be sure that your image will fit and will be cohesive with your shoes.

Use the shape that you’ve cut out of iron-on vinyl. Use the mini iron and have it on it’s highest setting for glitter iron-on. Just move your mini iron over the cut image and go over it until you can see it releasing from the carrier sheet.

Glitter iron-on does ok without the carrier sheet but you have to be careful. You cannot hold it in one spot for longer than 3-5 seconds. Just swiftly move your mini iron over your image until you’re satisfied with the adhesion.

That’s it. It’s so easy to make these DIY customized shoes and you can make it match any season or any wardrobe. I remember my great grandma had a striped rainbow shirt and the matching Keds shoes and she was fly. You can be just as fly as Grandma Jarvis if you try hard enough.spider vinyl ironed on to shoes

Crafting DIY - Cricut - Halloween

Easy Skeleton Halloween Garland

September 26, 2018

To celebrate the new book, Hot Glue: Hacks and Crafts, I’m making the cutest Skeleton Garland. The perfect DIY Halloween Garland.Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmade This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.\

I love quick and easy Halloween crafts. One of my favorite projects are these Pumpkin Pillow Boxes that I made for Craft Lightning last year. See how easy it is to create this inexpensive Halloween garland using items from the dollar store. Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmade

Supplies for your Skeleton Halloween Garland

Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmadeYou’re going to begin by cutting your mini party hats for the Halloween garland. Just print off the party hat template above or if you have a Cricut, use the Cricut Design Space File already made for you. (It got crunched in the process so don’t cut the lines that squiggle ;))

How to fold a cone party hat –Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmade

To fold a cone-shaped party hat, you’re going to want to start by rolling the edges on a pencil just to get it in the rounded shape. I just rolled each side with a pen I had on hand and then I placed a small dot of hot glue on to the tab. Fold over your party hat by matching the pointed end first. Then align the bottom while the glue is still warm. Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmadePlace a bead of glue on the inside of your mini party hat and add the Halloween Tinsel to it. I cut the tinsel into 3″ sections and just stuffed it in the party cone. Trim any excess if you’d like. Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmadeAdd a large amount of the hot glue to your skeleton’s head and then place their mini party cone hat on top. Give your skeleton a haircut if he needs it. You’re going to do this to all of your skeletons. Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmade

You can run your twine through the ribcage of your mini skeletons or add it and wrap it around each of the skeletons necks. You may have to also use some hot glue to get the skeletons to stay where you’d like them as you’re hanging them.

Where can I find these Halloween Garland Supplies?

I found all of the tinsel and the skeletons at the dollar store. My paper is from My Mind’s Eye but they’re sold out and I don’t want to point you in that direction. Just your local scrapbooking store or even a Joann or Michaels will work great. I linked all the supplies above to Amazon so that you can find these easily online.

That’s it! So easy and such a fun DIY Halloween garland and it’ll be a classic to have around for years. Make your dollar store purchases go even further with thiseasy halloween skeleton garland. They're ready for the party with their adorable mini party hats. #halloween #hotglue #cricutmade