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Christmas - Cricut - Home DIY

The Cutest Homemade Christmas Farmhouse Pillow and FREE SVG File

December 19, 2018

Having a farmhouse Christmas is something new in decorations that I am trying this year. Learn how easy it is to make your very own farmhouse pillow for Christmas and grab the free SVG file to make it on your Cricut, Silhouette or Brother.

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I’ve changed up my Christmas decor to be more farmhouse by adding more felt banners, white snowflakes and just a more homey look all around. I love this Merry Everything pillow and I’m also contemplating if I should leave it up year round so I can say goodbye to the Debbie Downers.

Supplies for your Christmas Farmhouse Pillow

Upload your image into your design software. Cricut Design Space is extremely new user-friendly. Silhouette America’s software is a lot like Adobe Illustrator. Now that I’m becoming more familiar in Adobe Illustrator, it’s making me more confident in using Silhouette’s software.

You want to be sure to mirror your image before you cut. You’re going to not want to cut completely through the carrier sheet of your Iron On because it will hold your image together and have protection between your Iron On and the heating vessel.
If you’re going to adhere your HTV with an Iron, use these instructions here. If you’re going to use a Cricut EasyPress, use these settings available here.

Pay attention to the material you are pressing on. It always depends what material you’re pressing your image on and what type of Iron On Vinyl you’re using. A lot of the shinier, metallic HTV requires a cold peel method which some people say to wait 30 minutes to be safe. This will prevent your HTV from wrinkling.

For the most part, most HTV is warm peel so after you’ve pressed your image, remove the carrier sheet right after. Be careful not to burn yourself. It’s helpful to have a pair of tweezers on hand when you’re going to be using this method

How do I keep my Iron On Vinyl from lifting after washing them?

After you’ve pressed your image, be sure to wash your items inside out and on a gentle cycle to prevent the HTV from lifting. Hang dry your Christmas farmhouse pillow to make it last longer. Care is just as important as the application so follow all of the manufacturer’s recommendations.

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Easiest Way to Make Your Own Custom Doormat and a FREE Happy Holidays SVG File

December 18, 2018

Have you wanted to learn how to make your own custom doormat? Use these tips and tricks to learn the easiest way to get crisp lines on your doormat and while you’re at it, download the FREE Happy Holidays SVG file to cut with your Cricut, Silhouette, or Brother ScanNCut.

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There are a few things to know before you make your custom doormat and I’ve compiled some of my favorite tips and tricks to achieve crisp lines, reduce bleeding from your paints and how to save you time.

Supplies for your DIY custom doormat

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A few weeks ago I made this Hocus Pocus Spell Book Doormat and I learned a lot of things you shouldn’t do while making a personalized doormat.

Don’t use stencil vinyl. It will not stick to the fibers in these types of doormats. You want to use something that you’ll be able to get a good adhesion while also allowing crisp lines when you’re painting your doormat.

What should I use when painting a doormat?

You want to use some freezer paper. I linked to my favorite above and it fits perfectly in a Cricut or Silhouette. This Happy Holidays SVG file can be uploaded to any electronic cutting software. I don’t know much about the Brother ScanNCut but I do know that you will have to have the designer edition of Silhouettes software which is an extra expense.

To upload a photo or SVG file into Cricut Design Space is free. It’s a pretty simple thing to do. I like uploading SVG files better than PNG or JPEG files because everything is done for me and I don’t need to do any additional edits. To see how to upload an image into Design Space, click here.

How do I make stencils with freezer paper?

You can use an x-acto knife when cutting freezer paper or an electronic cutter. To make a stencil with your freezer paper, lay your printed image on a cutting mat and then lay the freezer paper shiny-side down on top. Cut your freezer paper over the image and you’ve made a stencil.

To cut freezer paper with your Cricut or Silhouette, lay your freezer paper shiny-side facing down on the cutting mat. Cut it as you would regular vinyl and then weed the image while it is still on the mat.

How do I iron freezer paper?

Lay your image on your surface shiny-side down and use the cotton setting on your iron with no steam. You want to press well so that you have no lifting on any of your pieces so that the ink doesn’t bleed through.

Any middle areas of letters just place them where they should go and press again with your iron.

Use some appropriate ink and use a foam stippling brush to put your ink on the areas. If you’re using fabric ink or regular acrylic craft ink, pay attention to the instructions on how to use them.

To stencil, you want to have a plate of your ink and then an open area so that you can blot off the excess ink. When stenciling, the less the better. You’d want to have to paint more than getting a blob of paint and risk bleeding.

How long should I wait before removing freezer paper?

Allow your ink to dry completely before peeling your freezer paper off your custom doormat. I like to wait at least fifteen minutes if I’m using acrylic paint. If you use fabric paint, wait 30 minutes and then set it again with the iron.

The same technique can be used on t-shirts but you will need to use fabric paint for that.

That’s it! That is how easy it is to make your own custom doormat. It’s inexpensive and you can make it match any holiday.

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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

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

 

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Rainbow DIY Bookends with your Cricut Maker

September 9, 2018

Create these perfect Rainbow DIY Bookends using your Knife Blade on your Cricut Maker. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I’ve been super busy at home and mainly my bedroom…not that kind of busy. I’ve been making a craft area in my master bedroom and also using it as my blog studio. When I was designing this area I wanted lots of white with rainbow accents. That’s when I came up with the idea of making rainbow bookends so I figured what better way to make them than with my Cricut! They’re pretty easy to make, just a bit of a long process waiting for the glue to dry. Let’s get started on our DIY bookends! 

Supplies for your Rainbow DIY Bookends

How do I cut wood with my Cricut Maker?

The easiest wood to cut with your Cricut Maker is Basswood. It is still durable even though it’s 1/16″ thick. If you cut Balsa with your Cricut Maker, it can easily break and is too flimsy for this project. It may save you a few dollars on the wood but it’s not worth it.

Where can I buy wood for my Cricut Maker to cut?

I have found that Hobby Lobby has the best selection, then Joann’s and then Michaels. It may just be my certain stores that don’t have a great selection but craft or hobby stores are where you want to go to buy the wood sheets.

How thick of wood can my Cricut Maker cut?

The best results I’ve had is when I cut 1/16″ basswood. You can cut 3/32″ as well. The maximum size that your Cricut Maker can cut is 2.4mm and that is equivalent to 3/32″.

How do I assemble my DIY bookends?

So this is the easier part. I began with painting my rainbow in my desired colors and allowed it to dry. I started by gluing together 3 of the base pieces of the artboard and then glued my base wood piece to it. I used some binding clips to hold it tight as the glue was drying. Did you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricut

Next, you’ll do your outer layers of the rainbow. Again, use your binding clips to hold it together until it is dried. You can also use hot glue if you want but my crafting glue is what I had on hand and it dries crystal clear. Did you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricut

Don’t put on the rainbow cloud pieces yet! Did you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricutDid you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricut

After you’ve allowed your rainbow to dry, adhere it to your clear acrylic bookends. I placed glue on both ends and then placed it on the bookends. I then put some books to either side of it to hold it up straight as I waited for it to dry.

Once it’s completely dried and set, it is now time to add the clouds. I made a notch in the clouds that is 1/8″. This will help me press the cloud straight to the bookend and be square with the shelf. Just use some binding clips to hold it in place again and then allow it to dry.  Did you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricut

How long does the Cricut Maker Knife Blade take to cut wood?

The thing that took the longest was the drying of the clue. Since these aren’t intricate, the cutting was fairly fast. The Cricut Maker will make 14 passes when cutting on the 1/16″ basswood setting.

You need to plan on having your Cricut Maker connected to a desktop or a laptop. The reason for this is that the Knife Blade can take sometimes hours to cut and you could have your phone turn off, or get a call and then your project will be lost. For all the Cricut Maker Knife Blade tips I recommend, go here

I’ve displayed these in my Craft Room for some fun motivation to get creative on any project I make. Now check out some more home decor items you can create with your Cricut.

Home DIY

Ruffled Easy Burlap Wreath

July 26, 2018

Create this easy and quick ruffled burlap wreath. It takes less than 15 minutes and it’ll be something that can hang on your door year-round. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

This ruffled easy burlap wreath was a breeze to make and to put together. Just use some simple burlap ribbon, hot glue, and a wreath form and you’re set with a wreath that will be beautiful through any season. We’re back at it for more Craft Lighting and this time our medium is Burlap. Burlap isn’t a favorite thing of mine to use but I do use it because I love the finished product. When I touch it, it stinks and makes me itchy. I’ve learned just to buy the ribbon in the width that I need and that helps alleviate some of the things I hate about working with burlap. You can make an easy burlap wreath in minutes so follow along below.Create this DIY Burlap Wreath using 3 items. Ruffle the burlap ribbon to give your wreath dimension. #burlap #craftlightning

Supplies

Start with your wreath form and burlap ribbon. Place a dot of glue on the back of the form and place your starting point of the burlap ribbon. Every inch or so, fold a piece of the burlap ribbon to create the ruffle for your easy burlap wreath.If you have a sewing machine and a ruffle foot, you can do it that way as well. That would be the easiest way to do it but not everyone has those at their disposal. You could also use some straight pins to attach the burlap ribbon to your wreath form. Create this DIY Burlap Wreath using 3 items. Ruffle the burlap ribbon to give your wreath dimension. #burlap #craftlightningI like to use materials I have on hand to make simple and easy crafts. I go to the craft store too often so I need to use what I have rather than always buying more. But what is crafting if you don’t have every tool you think you’ll need? Create this DIY Burlap Wreath using 3 items. Ruffle the burlap ribbon to give your wreath dimension. #burlap #craftlightningI’d love for you to make this easy burlap wreath and hang it on your front door for all seasons to come.

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Messy Hair Don’t Care Hoop Art with Cricut

May 3, 2018

To celebrate the beautiful Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2 Bundle, available exclusively at JOANN stores, I’m making this super cute Messy Hair Don’t Care hoop with Cricut to display in my daughter’s room. Not only does she have messy hair, she has a messy room which coordinates perfectly.Create the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #Vinyl This post contains affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small commision. Thank you for your support.

Cricut’s holographic sparkle vinyl has the perfect ability to catch different tones in the light. It’s a lot more vibrant than their glitter vinyl, which has it coordinating with the Cricut Wisteria Explore Air 2. Everything Cricut related that you need is included in this amazing bundle and you’ll have an amazing hoop art project in no time.

Supplies –

Usually, when you buy canvasses at JOANN, they come in a pack of 2 or more which is more economical. I just took a utility knife and removed the canvas material from the frame. It’s similar to what I did when I made my reverse canvas.Create the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #Vinyl Next, you’ll cut your design for your hoop art with Cricut Design Space. I designed it and sized it to fit a 9″ wooden embroidery hoop. Remove the excess Cricut sparkle vinyl and keep the words on the white paper.Create the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #Vinyl Lay your transfer tape over the top of your vinyl and use your XL scraper tool to rub over the top. Peel off the transfer tape and that will also remove your vinyl from the white carrier sheet. Lay it on the center of your canvas material. You’re going to want to peel slowly as you remove the transfer tape.Create the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #Vinyl You could easily use your EasyPress and use Iron-On Vinyl to do this same technique but I love the look of the pink sparkle vinyl and that’s what I had that was included in the Cricut Wisteria Explore Bundle. They also have silver and gold in the Iron-On in the same sparkle included in the box.Create the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #VinylCreate the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #Vinyl After your image is on the canvas, go ahead and lay the material over the bottom of the hoop and then lay the outer circle hoop and push down to secure it completely. After it’s secured, use some scissors and cut away the excess canvas material.

Add a cute ribbon on the top to hang or use a Scotch wall hook and hang it inconspicuously. Create the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #VinylI love how this is displayed with these coordinating felt balls and this adorable planter with fern leaves as the hair. It literally has messy hair and it doesn’t care 😉

I love using my Cricut Explore because of the Bluetooth capability. I often use it in conjunction with my Cricut Maker and it’s a pretty little thing sitting nice and cosy with her sister. The Wisteria color is a favorite of mine and it coincides with Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra Violet.

So you want to know what’s included in the Cricut Wisteria Explore Bundle?

  • Wisteria Explore Air 2
  • Wisteria XL Scraper and Weeder
  • Holographic Sparkle Vinyl in pink, teal and purple
  • Iron-On in gold and silver
  • New Foil Embossed Paper in pink and silver (for all your paper crafts)
  • SportFlex Iron-On

Create the cutest hoop art using your Cricut Wisteria Explore machine, available exclusively at JOANN stores. Use Cricut Sparkle vinyl to create the perfect shine. #CricutWisteria #ad #Cricut #CricutMade #Vinyl

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Easter - Home DIY

Metallic Clay Pot Crafts with an Easy Arrangement

March 19, 2018

Making clay pot crafts is so easy and inexpensive. Use some metallic paint and create these farmhouse style clay pots filled with an easy arrangement of faux flowers.Create these metallic terracotta pots using clay pots from the craft store and some metallic paint.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Create these metallic terracotta pots using clay pots from the craft store and some metallic paint.Supplies –

Create these metallic terracotta pots using clay pots from the craft store and some metallic paint.Paint your clay pots using two coats of the metallic paint. Allow each coat to dry in between so that you reduce your brush strokes and any paint lifting.

Cut your faux flowers off into individual sprigs. You’ll want to glue the foam ball into the terracotta pot and then begin poking the foam balls with the wired faux flower sprigs.Create these metallic terracotta pots using clay pots from the craft store and some metallic paint.Arrange it to how you like and then display it wherever you desire. I placed mine on this farmhouse style shelf right outside my front door.

Be sure to check out the other clay pot crafts that bloggers did for this months Craft Lightning.