Did you know you can use stencil vinyl and your Cricut Explore to make DIY nail decals? Read this post to find out how easy it is to create nail stencils and make your own nail art. This post contains affiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for your support.
I love DIY nail art just like the next person but I had never tried to create my own DIY nail decals before. I grabbed some stencil vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and cut it with my Cricut Explore and it turned out perfect. Next time I attempt it, I will use brighter colors but I’m not a bright nail person.
I already own a mini OPI light so I’m able to do my own gel polish at home and that’s just what I’m going to have to do from now on. You can find a similar system here but I got my OPI kit at Sephora and it came with all the basics. You certainly don’t need a light to do this and this can be done with regular nail polish. Just allow it to dry for quite a while before painting on your decal.
I painted my nails with the gel base coat and allowed it to set in the light for 20 seconds each hand. I then painted one coat of black and I had them set under the UV light for another 20 seconds. Next, I topped it off with the no wipe top coat and let that set under the light for at least 30 seconds. I did wipe them with alcohol before I put that chrome powder on so that I would have a clean nail and I’d get a good shine. Don’t use too much of the powder, a little goes a long way. Rub the powder into your nail until you see the shine that you want. You can use an eyeshadow applicator or a makeup sponge wedge. Next, you’ll apply your Unicorn decal that we’ve cut with our Cricut or any other cutting machine you have and then apply the black paint. Allow it to set with the light for 20-30 seconds to be sure that the decal won’t go anywhere. Place another top coat on and set it under the light for an additional 30 seconds. Here is a great tutorial on how to cut vinyl with your Cricut and here is one on how to cut with your Silhouette. Because these are so small you won’t really need transfer tape. I just used a weeder tool and removed it straight from the backing and put it straight onto my nail. Here is a great youtube tutorial on using it with the Sally Hansen gel polish where you don’t need a UV light. To get a kit of all the colors and applicators without the UV light, click here. Again, you don’t need to use the chrome powder or fancy polish. This is your own, go for it!
This DIY Mermaid Shirt was so fun to make and is perfect for Leila and her cousins. See how easy it is to use the new Cricut Iron On Designs available now. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Leila and two of her cousins are obsessed with these t-shirts I made them coincide with a mermaid themed birthday party they’re going to be having later in May. Super cute and super easy and created in less than 2 minutes.
To use your EasyPress without the mat, preheat your Cricut EasyPress to 340°F and then set the timer to hold for 50 seconds.
When using the EasyPress Mat and EasyPress together, preheat your EasyPress to 340°F and then set the timer for 30 seconds.
Wait 24 hours before washing and wash inside-out.
Allow your EasyPress to heat up while you prepare the t-shirt. I grabbed each girl a hot pink shirt from Happy Crafters. They have really good prices and they’re better quality than the ones you can grab from your local craft store. For the Cricut Iron On Design, I chose this super cute mermaid. I made Leila and her two cousins matching ones for all under $20.Place the EasyPress on your blank shirt and preheat it for 10 seconds. Lay your design straight out of the package onto your desired spot of the shirt. Then place your EasyPress over the design and use medium pressure. Press for 50 seconds.The EasyPress fits over all their larger designs perfectly. There is no need to move it around, just press and you’re set.
After you’ve pressed your Cricut Iron On Design for 50 seconds, turn your shirt over, while the carrier sheet is still attached, and press the back of your shirt for an additional 10-15 seconds.Place your shirt to the side and allow it to cool 2-3 minutes before you pull the carrier sheet off of your Iron On Design.
When you begin to pull it, it takes a little bit of force to initially get the carrier sheet off. Your design has adhered so don’t worry. Begin with one corner and pull straight back. Voila! Your DIY mermaid shirt is complete and awesome!
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Have you seen the new Cricut Iron On Transfers? They’re the perfect addition to turn any old tote bag into a fashionable spring tote bag. See other great spring projects to make with you Cricut below.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
The new Cricut Iron On transfers is really simple to use and come in a variety of designs. I got the chance to see most of them at Cricut headquarters a few weeks ago and they’re amazing. I have seen them available at JOANN stores but I have yet to see them at Michaels but I’m sure they’ll be there soon if they’re not there now.To begin, set down your EasyPress mat onto a firm surface. Use a wooden table or even the floor. You want to avoid using ironing boards or other heat sucking materials (that’s a real term). You also want to avoid any surface that will bend when you apply pressure.Preheat your EasyPress to 340° F and then the timer for 50 seconds. Preheat your blank tote bag for 10-15 seconds.
Your designs will come ready to press. Just remove them from the package and lay it on to your preheated material. Place your EasyPress over the Iron On Design and then press the Go button. It will heat for 50 seconds and then remove it.Turn your piece over and press the back for an additional 10-15 seconds to secure the bond. With the Cricut Iron On Designs, you want to peel it off after it has cooled. Give it 2-3 minutes and then with a firm pull, pull off the carrier sheet.The peel feels a lot different than compared to traditional Iron On. You have to pull it harder and the design almost feels like it’s going to come off with it. Just start with a small corner and then test it. You can always lay the carrier sheet back down and press longer if you need to.There it is! My spring Craft & Create Cricut Challenge. Even though I didn’t use my actual cutting machine that Cricut offers, I do love their EasyPress just as much. The new mat has made pressing a lot more assuring and it’s given me great results. Check out the other projects below and be sure to visit them!
We now have the release for the new Cricut SportFlex™ Iron On and I’m going to show you how to use it. I love Cricut products and I love when they release something I can use for my kids. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Leila has just started doing tumbling and cheer and she loves it. We found these blank polyester shirt and matching pants on Amazon and created our images in Design Space.
Begin by going into Design Space and cutting your SportFlex™ Iron On. Using the Sportflex™ is just like using standard Iron On. You want to be sure to mirror your image and place the shiny side down on the mat. I noticed that when I used it, it wouldn’t stick very well to my other mats so I had to use the strong grip mat for the Cricut SportFlex Iron On.Use the SportFlex™ cut setting on your Cricut and begin cutting. Weed out the part of the image that you do not want on your shirt. The fine point blade should not cut completely through the Iron On. You need that carrier sheet for pressing. If it has cut completely through, your project is not ruined but it will take some time to piece it all together before you press. Preheat your Cricut EasyPress to 305ºF and preheat your fabric for 5 seconds on the EasyPress Mat. If you’re layering your Cricut SportFlex™ – press the first layer for 20 seconds, peel warm and lay your second layer and press for 25-30 seconds. Turn it around while the carrier sheet is still on and press for an additional 15 seconds. Again, peel off the carrier sheet while the Cricut SportFlex™ is still warm. If you’re doing one layer, just press for 25-30 seconds on the front and then flip your shirt over and press on the back for 15 seconds. Again, peel while the SportFlex™ is still warm. If you can’t tell, Leila loves her new gymnastics shirts that we made. She helped me every step of the way and it’s a simple project that all ages can do. The stretch of the SportFlex™ is like no other. It’s perfect for activewear and it has Cricut’s new StrongBond Guarantee.
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Go Away! Not really but that’s what I want to tell people when I’m trying to sleep. Create this DIY Sleep Mask using your Cricut Maker and grab the free cut file to use with any cutting machine.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
There is nothing more important than taking care of yourself. I’m joining in with a few other bloggers to share different ways to take care of yourself and to show you other self-care items you can make with your Cricut.Jessica with The Do It Better Yourself Club has released a fun woman’s pajama pattern and to celebrate she’s put together a free ebook with all of our projects. Check it out here.
Begin by uploading the Go Away! png into Design Space. You can use this method here. Cut your interfacing to size so that it will fit your pink fabric mat. When cutting fabric, you want to have it right side down. Use your rotary blade to cut both the interfacing and the cotton material.Now cut your Go Away! image using a coordinating color of Iron-On Vinyl. When cutting the vinyl, be sure to mirror your image and to use the fine tip blade. Apply your image to your sleep mask before you being to sew it. Use an iron using these settings or use your EasyPress at 305°F and press for 25-30 seconds. Warm up your surface first for 10 seconds, press and then turn it over and press again for 10 seconds then peel.Take your cotton front and place the elastic band so that the ends are meeting with the ends of the mask. Now lay your other cotton piece, right sides facing together, and then lay your felt interfacing on top. Sew a 1/4″ seam 3/4 around your DIY sleep mask. Turn it so that the cotton pieces are facing out and your elastic band is secured. Press the mask so that it lays flat and tuck in your fabric edges that weren’t secured originally.Top stitch over the sleep mask completely and you’re set to have the best night sleep of your life!For me, sleep is always hard, because with Fibromyalgia, your brain never shuts off. My mind is always going and I seriously have the weirdest dreams. Using a sleep mask (and some Tylenol PM) is really the only way that I know how to get a good night sleep. Everything is dark and I have zero distractions. It’s pretty easy now but it has taken a long time to get to this point.
This American Girl doll jumpsuit was so fun to make. And the mini pockets! Use Natalie Malan’s Crisp Petals fabric to make them timeless.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support. I did receive this fabric in exchange of this post. All opinions are my own.
Begin by prepping your Crisp Petals fabric. I used three pieces for each romper that were 12″x24″. I like to have the fabric store cut them in the 12″ increment so that I don’t have to do it at home but it’s not essential.I am a very impatient seamstress. Taking my time is not my forte but the end product is worth the time investment. Don’t ask me to actually make my own clothes with pockets and a cinched waist! The instructions for this project are really straight forward. Before you purchase a pattern through Design Space for your Cricut Maker, you’re offered the instructions for the project to see if it’s something you can actually achieve. For me the hardest part of these doll clothes is the shoulder seam where the straps meet. I just ended up sewing them under the seam so you can’t see that part. The Crisp Petals line designed by Natalie Malan is now a new favorite of mine. The cotton is sturdy and it feels soft. Coats did a wonderful job manufacturing this fabric. Cricut also offers a coordinating cardstock to this fabric. All her work is gold!While I don’t show you step-by-step in this blog post how to construct this American Girl doll jumpsuit, the instructions by Simplicity are pretty easy to follow for anyone familiar with sewing. If you’re new to sewing, making mini clothes is not a route I suggest taking first. Cricut offers many quilt patterns that you can easily incorporate Natalie’s fabrics on. I plan to make some cosmetic bags using some other of Natalie Malan’s Crisp Petals line and use coordinating zippers by Coats. You can grab her coordinating cardstock at your local Joann store or look on Cricut.com.
What better way to fall asleep than in your own DIY Pajama Shirt? Create this with your Cricut and some Happy Crafters Heat Transfer Vinyl. Enter the giveaway below!This post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Happy Crafters for sponsoring this post.
There are several companies that offer printed heat transfer vinyl but the selection that Happy Crafters offers is amazing. The shirt that they sent us is amazingly soft and I’m going to be ordering all my shirts from here now on.
Begin by cutting your heat transfer vinyl for your DIY Pajama Shirt. Always remember when you’re cutting heat transfer vinyl to reverse the image. You want to place the shiny side down on your mat when cutting. The blade should only go through the vinyl, leaving the carrier sheet intact. Weed your image and leave the part of the image that you want on your apparel on the carrier sheet. You’ll remove the negative areas. When using the Cricut EasyPress, place a towel on the surface below your apparel. Set your EasyPress to 305°. If you’re using an iron, use this method here.Press the solid color first and press for 15 seconds. Remove the carrier sheet. Now lay the patterned heat transfer vinyl down and use the carrier sheet from the solid and place over the top. This will make sure that your solid color doesn’t burn or melt. Press for 25-30 seconds.Now turn your DIY pajama shirt inside out and press from the back for an additional 10-15 seconds. This will make sure that your edges are sealed and you won’t have any lifting. You’re all done! This DIY pajama shirt is perfect for lazy days and nighttime. Now check out other bloggers projects and enter the giveaway below!
Create these fun DIY Christmas pajamas using the Cricut EasyPress and some Cricut Foil Iron-On.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Using an EasyPress is a cost effective way to use Iron On Vinyl. I’ve always wondered if I could have the space for a heat press and in my small home, I just can’t swing that space. I love the EasyPress because it’s space efficient and it works really well.
Purchase red and silver foil iron-on and cut the file from Design Space. Preheat your Cricut EasyPress to 275° and plan to press for 15 seconds each press. Don’t forget to place a towel on a hard surface. I like to fold my towel in half so that the surface has a little give to the fabric.
Next, decide where you want your image to be on your Christmas pajamas. I pressed my red first and then the silver foil iron-on. When using foil iron-on, peel away the carrier sheet after your image has cooled. If you peel it before, you get the wrinkled look…like I did. I’d give it a good 15 minutes between each press just to ensure it’s adhered.
I’d make these DIY Christmas pajamas for myself because I know I’m really Santa’s favorite. But these ones I made for my daughter to have on Christmas Eve. Where would you use your Cricut EasyPress? It’s made things a lot easier in life.