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Christmas - Cricut

Baby, It’s Freaking Cold Outside – FREE Winter SVG Files

November 6, 2018

Who doesn’t love free? Grab these FREE Christmas SVG files available to download below. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

To follow along with our free Thanksgiving SVG files, we’ve now made you 16 FREE Christmas SVG files for you to make your own Baby, it’s cold outside Christmas coffee mug using some vinyl. Head to the bottom of the post to learn how you can win your very own 12X10″ Cricut EasyPress.

Supplies for your DIY Christmas coffee cup

Easy peasy to get this DIY holiday mug. Cut your vinyl using your electronic cutter. I prefer to use the Cricut machine. I just feel like my cuts are a lot cleaner and it cuts through material better compared to my Silhouette. I haven’t had the opportunity to use a Silhouette machine for about 3 years now so they may have gotten better.

Now weed out the excess vinyl. You can use a weeding tool or a safety pin to pull up the extras. Just remove whatever you don’t want as your image you’re transferring.

How do I apply vinyl to a cup?

After the image is weeded, cut your transfer tape to fit the image. Lay the transfer tape onto your image and then use your scraper tool to get it adhered. Do not press it too hard because you want the vinyl to come back off. Peel the transfer tape off. You should have the image onto the transfer tape.

Lay your transfer tape and image on your coffee mug and then use your scraper tool to transfer your image. Use your scraper tool to press on top of the transfer tape over your shape. Slowly lift the corner of the transfer tape and pull up. Your vinyl will remain on the mug.

Sometimes it helps to pull your transfer tape in a rocking motion and that will help loosen it off the vinyl.

Where can I find FREE Christmas SVG files?

grab tour FREE Christmas SVG files at the like below. They’re perfect for aprons, towels, shirts, and bags. Use your EasyPress, Heat Press or iron to apply the Iron-On Vinyl. And don’t forget to head to Creative Family for a 12X10″ EasyPress Giveaway! 

  1. Elf (Movie) Quote
  2. Hallmark Movie Watching Shirt
  3. Merry Christmas Y’all
  4. Baby’s 1st Christmas
  5. Farm Fresh Christmas Tree Sign
  6. Cookies for Santa Plate
  7. You Serious Clark?
  8. 3D Paper Ornament
  9. Baby, It’s Really Freaking Cold Outside
  10. Baking Spirits Bright
  11. My Favorite Color is Christmas Lights
  12. The Stars are Brightly Shining
  13. Christmas Calories Don’t Count
  14. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Shopping
  15. You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out (Christmas Story)
  16. I’m A Christmas Songs Kinda Girl

free christmas svg files to cut on your Cricut or Silhouette

Christmas - Cricut

DIY Felt Hedwig for your Harry Potter Christmas Tree

October 25, 2018

Use your Cricut to cut out this felt Hedwig ornament for your Harry Potter themed Christmas tree. diy Harry Potter ornamentThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Harry Potter. I’ve seen all the movies but have only read the first two books. Don’t get after me for my lack of HP knowledge but I can make a mean Harry Potter Christmas Tree. Create these felt Hedwig ornaments to hang along with your other DIY Harry Potter ornaments.

Supplies for your DIY Harry Potter Ornament

To make your Harry Potter Christmas Ornament, use your Cricut Maker to cut out all of your felt pieces along with your feather detail out of the iron-on vinyl.felt owl cutouts* Because of the small pieces that needed to be cut by the rotary blade, the blade will over cut on those pieces causing them to break away easier from the other felt. That’s ok. Just continue gluing those pieces to the top of the owl cut out and you won’t be able to tell. using the Cricut EasyPressYou can use an iron for your HTV or I have an < EasyPress so I just use that. The most important thing to remember when using iron-on vinyl is that you need to mirror your image. The most important thing to remember when you’re pressing the iron-on vinyl on your surface is to have no steam.

If you’re using foil iron-on vinyl, always wait for it to cool before you peel. I just wait until it is cool to the touch. You will need to give it a firmer pull when you take the carrier sheet off of your foil iron-on.

How do I glue felt together?

I use Aileen’s Fabric Fusion to glue my felt together. It is permanent and gives a great adhesion without having to add heat. It sets in 2-4 hours or there is a quick-dry fabric fusion that dries 5X faster.

Hot glue is also an option but it’s hot and it hurts when you burn your fingers 😉 applying fabric glue to feltglueing felt to feltgluing the beak to a felt owlTake the small tab and place a dot of glue at the end and then fold it in half. Use a clip to hold it in place while it dries.

Now that the front of your Harry Potter Hedwig ornament is mostly dry, it’s time to assemble the entire ornament.

Place glue on the front of your back piece (this will be the middle). Put your tab between Hedwig’s ears and then put a bit more glue on the bottom of that tab. Put your top piece over the glued area and the tab and then set aside to dry. hand holding 3 Hedwig ornamentsOnce your Harry Potter ornament is dry, thread some twine or ribbon through the loop and tie. You’ll now have your DIY Hedwig ornament complete. Stay tuned for more Harry Potter ornaments to be revealed throughout the season. felt Hedwig ornament

Christmas - Desserts - Holidays - Recipes

Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies

December 13, 2017

These molasses ginger cookies have been a staple of ours for the Christmas season. Grab the easy, delicious recipe here. This is the best Christmas cookie you’ll ever have.

I’m excited to be partnering with some of my favorite food blogging friends today to bring you a virtual Christmas cookie exchange. We all love Christmas Cookie Exchange Parties because you go to the party with one kind of cookie, but come home with dozens of cookies to taste! There’s nothing better than seeing all of the cookies out on all of their plates and getting to go around and fill up your bags with other people’s delicious recipes. Here are 40+ delicious cookie exchange recipes so you can find the perfect cookie to take to the party this holiday season!

Here’s my recipe, some delicious Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies! Who doesn’t love these warm spices during the fall months? These are always so good with a tall glass of ice cold milk. The trick to getting them flat is to push your cookies down before they’re in the oven so they can be pretty flat or else you’ll just get a big ball of cookie!

Ginger Molasses Crinkle Cookies

These ginger crinkle cookies are perfect for winter. We serve these cookies every Christmas and they're one of my favorites.

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, Molasses Cookie Recipe, Molasses Crinkle Cookie Recipe
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • granulated sugar for rolling cookies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside a bowl of granulated sugar for later.

  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together your shortening and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

  3. Add your molasses and egg and mix until combined.

  4. Add all your dry ingredients and spices then mix just until it is combined.

  5. Lay out a piece of cling film and place your dough on it. Wrap into a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  6. Take your dough and form it into balls and roll in the granulated sugar.

  7. Place on your baking sheet and press down gently with a cup to flatten the cookie.

  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes and place on a cooling rack after one minute for optimum chewiness.

These molasses ginger crinkle cookies have always been a staple in our house for the holidays as well as my grandmas Chocolate Chip Cookies and our Vegetable Dip. We’re pretty lucky to have a cook like her in the family. Check out below for more cookies in the cookie exchange!40+ cookie exchange recipes

Be sure to follow along on the Cookie Exchange Pinterest board for year round cookie recipe inspirations!

Follow Reasons To Skip The Housework’s board The Cookie Exchange on Pinterest.

cookies 1

Andes Mint Cookies

Double Chocolate Mint MnM Cookies

Hot Cocoa Cookies

cookies 1

Peanut Butter Cake Box Cookie

Raspberry Almond Meltaways

Olaf Nutter Butter Cookies

cookies 2

Snowflake Meltaway Cookies

Chocolate Turtle Cookie

Candy Cane Brownie Blossoms

cookies 3

Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Cranberry Almond Shortbread Bites

No Bake Eggnog Cookies

cookies 4

Double Chocolate Rum Balls

Magic Cookie Bars

Christmas Molasses Ginger Cookies

cookies 5 Rosettes

Mint Chocolate Truffle Cookie cups

Cornflake Christmas Wreath Cookies

cookies 6

Christmas M&M Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Easy Sugar Cookie

cookies 7

Jelly “Popper” Cookies

Key Lime Pie Bars

Gingersnaps with Dark Chocolate Chips

cookies 8

Maple Bacon Snickerdoodles

Peppermint Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Chocolate Thumbprints Cookies

cookies 9

Christmas Tree Brownie Pops

My Favorite Things Cookies

Old-Fashioned Gingersnap Cookies

cookies 10

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Holiday Confetti Sandwich Cookies

Lemon Oatmeal Lacies Christmas Cookie

cookies 11

Snowball Cookies

Healthy Biscochos (Vegan, Raw, & Grain-Free)

Almond and Milk Chocolate Ganache Thumbprint Cookies

cookies 12

Porcelain Sugar Cookies

OREO Dipped Christmas Cookies

Rolo Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies {Gluten Free}

cookies 14

Chocolate Mint Cream Cheese Cake Mix Cookies

Giant Monster Cookies

Crispy Coconut Pecan Butter Cookies

cookies 2

Candy Cane Sugar Blossoms

Candy Cane Frosted Sugar Cookies

 

Christmas - Clothing DIY - Cricut

DIY Christmas Pajamas with Cricut EasyPress

December 9, 2017

Create these fun DIY Christmas pajamas using the Cricut EasyPress and some Cricut Foil Iron-On.DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressThis 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.

Supplies

DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressPurchase 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.
DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressI’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. DIY Christmas Pajamas using foil iron-on vinyl and the Cricut EasyPressWhere would you use your Cricut EasyPress? It’s made things a lot easier in life.

Christmas - Crafting DIY - Cricut

How To Cut Crepe Paper with Cricut

December 6, 2017

KThis shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DonVictorHoney #HoneyForHolidays

Create this unique gift packaging with your Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar by cutting a crepe paper poinsettia. Learn all the tips and tricks I use to cut crepe paper with my Cricut.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I love using my Cricut Maker to make unique gifts, for this tutorial I’m going to show you how to cut crepe paper with it. Create a unique topper for your Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.It’s really easy, you just need the right materials. Here is what you’ll need –

Supplies

I first began by getting a membership to Lia Griffith. It’s worth it when you consider the printables and all the free .svg crepe paper flowers she offers you. Save the .svg to Design Space and then open the image onto your canvas.
I first started with grabbing some Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.The most important thing to remember is the grain of your paper and how that is loaded into the mat. Be mindful on how you want your petals to be shaped when cutting. For this project I had the grain going vertically. Even if you’re cutting you’re your crepe paper by hand, being midful of the grain is very important. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Place your rotary blade into you’re Cricut Maker adaptive tool. It will go in side B. Load your mat into your Cricut Maker and select Go. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.When you remove your crepe paper, peel it slowly so that the grain doesn’t stretch. I used a flower template from Lia Griffith and uploaded it to my software.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Glue each of the petals of the flowers to it’s coordinating size. I used hot glue for this but any glue will do. Next you’ll lay a bead of hot glue along the seam and place the floral stem wire. Do this to the large petals and the leaves.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.You can use floral tape to attach all the stems to each other but I have never been very good with it. Just glue all the stems together and then twist them with the leaves. Next, lay your smaller petals over the top of the larger petals. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.For the stamen, fold the cut piece in half and roll. Glue them together separately or all together. Cut off the excess floral wire and attach a piece of felt to the bottom. This is where you’ll glue it to the top of your Don Victor® Honey jars. Attach a gift tag and you’re set.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Don Victor® Honey honeycomb can be served on a warm piece of toast, French toast or warm biscuits. You may have to mash it but once it warms up against your food, it’ll soften right up. Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.Cutting crepe paper with your Cricut Maker is easier than you would expect. I’d love to see what project you’d make for your Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar. Be sure to follow Don Victor® Honey on Facebook and Pinterest for more great ideas.Have you ever tried cutting Crepe Paper with your Cricut? Come learn all the tips and tricks on how to do it with your Cricut Maker.

 

Christmas - Holidays - Home DIY

How to create a Christmas designer garland

December 4, 2017

Decorating for Christmas is one of my absolute favorite things to do. I’m going to show you how to create a Christmas designer garland using all items I found at At Home.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.This post is sponsored by At Home and all opinions are mine.

I grabbed a few garlands at At Home and that is one of the keys to getting a designer garland, use more than one. I chose the 9’ Berry and Pinecone garland and then a simple 9’ Canadian Pine garland. Before fluffing the branches out, twist them together. You’ll want to find your center point and then fold it in half.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.Above my window in the kitchen, I have two screws that I just leave in year-round. I used my center point and found the center of my window and then I just looped the garland around my screws and then it hung evenly on both sides of the window. I do that for my front door garland as well. Once I have it hung I begin to pull out each branch to make it a fuller garland.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.I start with the ribbons next. At Home has such a great choice of ribbons and all of them match other decor so that it can coordinate with whatever ornaments and picks you choose. I chose two types of ribbons. I chose a green mesh that has a hint of sparkle in it but it still looks rustic and then I chose a woven red ribbon. They were each 4” wide and make the perfect swag. I take the ribbon and then take a wired branch from my garland and wrap that around the ribbon. It bunches it together and then I do that about every 12-15”.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.Next, use your floral picks. For this Christmas designer garland, I found some pinecone picks to match the cones in the Berry and Pinecone garland and some glittered berry picks. I pulled them apart so that for every pick I’d get about 2-3 pieces. Don’t be afraid to do that when you’re creating your garland. You don’t want things in one area and then the rest of your garland missing out. You’re easily able to hide the messy parts with the garland. You’re able to just take a branch and manipulate it to how you want it and hide any messes.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.Now I grabbed these heart and pinecone hanging ornaments. I chose to hang a few from the side but since they have such a great design to just hang, I chose to put others towards the top and have them hang over the window rather than inside the garland. They have such a free shape so I didn’t want to force what they decided to do.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.Now for the final touch. I found these great winter homes that light up but they’re meant to just sit on a mantle and not hang. They have two holes in the sides of the houses so I threaded some floral wires through those holes and twisted them in the back. I then put them near the corners of the garland and twisted it around the middle of the garlands so I’d get a good secure hold.

Making a Christmas designer garland is so much easier than you think. With At Home you’re able to get all your decorations at a great price and achieve this look in less than 30 minutes. To find your nearest At Home store, click here. At Home does not offer shipping yet so you’ll need to find a local store.Create the perfect Christmas designer garland. Its the perfect addition to all those Christmas decorations.

Christmas - Holidays

Reindeer, Santa and Snowman Christmas Hot Cocoa Cups

November 30, 2017

These Christmas Hot Cocoa Cups are so easy to make using some of my favorite items from Oriental Trading Co. Thank you to them for sponsoring this post.This post does contain affiliate links.

Who doesn’t love these three symbols of the Christmas holiday? I took some candy and cocoa mix and made these easy hot cocoa cups. You can give them to your neighbors or kids in general just love them.Oriental Trading makes Christmas craft shopping so easy. I love heading online and seeing all the different things I can create.

I began with these plastic cups and then filled each of them with marshmallows for the snowman, crushed candy cane candies for Santa and hot cocoa mix for the reindeer.I used the templates below to cut the shapes with my Cricut Maker. You could certainly cut them by hand but the Cricut makes everything easier.

Supplies

After you’ve filled your cups with their ingredients, apply googly eyes to all of them. GlueDots are awesome for this or you can use a glue gun. Use the low-temp setting or else you will melt your cups.With the reindeer, you’ll want to shape your pipe cleaner into antler shapes. Hot glue the antlers to the top of the lid. Attach the red pom pom for his nose.For Santa, hot glue the Santa hat onto the lid. I placed one dot on the inside of the seam of the hat and attached the lid to it. I was able just to fold the hat over the entire lid and it was a perfect fit.  Add the mustache cut out and a small red pom pom for his nose.

For the snowman, glue his hat on to the lid and three mini black pom poms for the buttons. Add the holly berry to his hat.You can tie them all together in a bunch to gift them or just place them near a table setting for the kids to make their own hot cocoa cups. This makes the perfect addition to any meal or just a Christmas treat.

Other bloggers have also used Oriental Trading supplies to make other Christmas crafts. Check them out below.


Christmas - Crafting DIY - Cricut

Felt Gift Tags with your Cricut Maker

November 29, 2017

What is cuter than these felt gift tags? Just about nothing. Make them with your Cricut Maker and add them to any gift to personalize it. Enter to win a Cricut Maker of your very own at the bottom of the post. Good luck!Cut felt with your Cricut Maker and make Holiday Gift TagsThis post does contain affiliate links.

I honestly hate using the sticker labels for Christmas and I’m gonna be honest, not everyone in the family gets a gift tag. I usually save these felt gift tags for neighbor gifts or other family. My kids get their gifts in their own wrapping paper. I just slip whatever paper is their’s into their stocking and they’re set for the rest of the morning.Cut felt with your Cricut Maker and make Holiday Gift TagsThese felt gift tags are really for special gifts and that’s why I love them. They’re so easy to make with your Cricut Maker and the rotary blade attachment. Use some of Cricut’s new felt that is stiff enough for fine cutting and you’re set.

Supplies

Cut felt with your Cricut Maker and make Holiday Gift TagsBegin by applying your felt to your pink fabric grip mat. If your mat has lost some of it’s stickiness, I suggest using the applicator tool to help rub it down firmly. One thing to never do it clean your pink mat. I know that there are suggestions all over the internet but cleaning it is not recommended. A way to keep it from losing the stickiness is to try to never touch it with your hands. The applicator comes with a removal tool that are great for avoiding touching.Cut felt with your Cricut Maker and make Holiday Gift TagsLoad your mat into the Cricut Maker. Be sure that the mat is pressed against the rollers when loading your project. Doing this will ensure that your mat cuts on the 12×12″ area.Cut felt with your Cricut Maker and make Holiday Gift TagsOnce all your felt is cut, assemble your pieces together. I use fabric glue for this part or you could easily use hot glue. Use it at a high temp so that the felt will stick to each other.Tie your bow onto your gift and attach the felt gift tags by attaching the ribbon onto the loops included with your image. Gift to that special someone.Cut felt with your Cricut Maker and make Holiday Gift Tags

 

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