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Birthday Parties - Cricut

DIY Cricut Cake Topper – Kids Space Party with your Cricut Maker

January 16, 2019

I love creating party decor and so when Cricut released the Knife Blade, I knew I had to make myself a Cricut cake topper. We put together an Outer Space Party to celebrate my nephew turning 11. See how easy it is to make your own cake topper with Cricut.make a cricut cake topper

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I have loved the versatility that my Cricut Maker has given me and I especially love creating things that I normally would buy but wasn’t the aesthetic I was looking for. I’m able to make my own pretty fast and to me, it’s more practical because I have everything I need here at home.

cake on a rocket shaped cake stand

Supplies for your Cricut Cake Topper

cricut maker and bladesHow to make a cake topper with your Cricut

You’re going to, first of all, need a Cricut Maker. Cricut released their Maker’s in August 2017 at a party that was beyond all parties. They have since been released in a few different colors like blush and blue but my trusty champagne color is perfect and gets the job done.

Begin by securing your 3/32″ basswood to a strong grip mat. I use some painters tape or masking tape to hold it on there securely. When you use the Cricut Knife Blade, you want to be sure that your project will not shift as your cutting. The tape helps prevent that. Next, load in your Cricut mat into the Cricut Maker.

Send your Cricut Design Space file to cut and choose basswood from the menu of materials and then it’ll show you to load your Knife Blade and select go.cricut cake topper for space party

Can I use Bluetooth with the Cricut Knife Blade

Yes, but it’s a little tricky. Cricut recommends using the USB cable to hook from a desktop to your Cricut Maker to avoid a call that can interrupt or even a game that can interrupt your cut. This is why the Knife Blade is not available on their mobile app.

I use Bluetooth to my Cricut Maker because my desktop computer is in the hallway and my Maker is in my bedroom and a hassle to move each time. I have only had one issue where it thought my Cricut was done but it was just a long pause so I had unloaded it and it wasn’t cut all the way through.

Don’t think that you cannot ever use Bluetooth with your Cricut Knife Blade, you can but there are risks involved so be aware of that.

how to use a Xyron

What kind of adhesive can I use with Cricut Chipboard and Wood?

You have two choices but you cannot mix the two. You can use a dry adhesive like a Xyron Creative Station or a wet adhesive like Mod Podge. This method is mainly for the Cricut Chipboard but it’s a rule I follow so I don’t ruin other projects.

I prefer to use my Xyron Creative Station with Cricut Chipboard or with any wood cutouts. It won’t leave a sheen or brushstrokes on my project and keep my Cricut cake topper clean.

How long does the Cricut Knife Blade cut for?

This really depends on your design. I can cut a circle in a matter of 3 minutes because it has that one line to follow and it doesn’t need to lift up and rotate the blade. My spaceship Cricut cake topper and stars took about 65 minutes.

Because it can take up to 5-6 hours to cut something, this is also why Cricut tells you to use the USB cord. Believe it or not, this cut was pretty fast and so I didn’t need to lug my Maker near my computer to be sure it wouldn’t cancel or shut down on me.

After I cut all the pieces for my wooden Cricut cake topper, I cut the same images out of cute outer space cardstock from My Minds Eye along with some glitter cardstock and orange cardstock for the mini window. Run them through my Xyron Creative Station and began adhering them to the wood.

I used this same method of making the window float as I did on these 3D rockets. Lay the thread on the back of the silver glitter cardstock and then adhered that as my first layer of the wooden Cricut cake topper. Then lay the second layer of the printed cardstock.cricut glitter cardstock

spaceship cake topperspaceship cake topper

For my wooden stars, I did the same thing.  Just lay the glitter cardstock over the wooden Cricut cake topper and set it aside.

How to make an Outer Space Cake

You’re going to need an 8″ hemisphere cake pan and any cake mix you like. Bake the cake according to package instructions and then allow it to cool completely.

I then took some black gel food coloring and added a small amount to my white frosting. Frost your cake and then you’re going to want to stick some black candy melts to resemble the craters on the moon.

Place your Cricut Cake Toppers into the cake and serve. What child isn’t going to love this space party? space party ideashow to make your own cake topper

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Birthday Parties - Crafting DIY - Cricut

DIY Space Party 3D Paper Spaceships

January 6, 2019

Create the coolest 3D Paper Spaceships for your next Outer Space Party. It’s the perfect addition to your tablescape and really easy to put together. And find out why I love my Xyron Creative Station.3d paper spaceships

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I have had the honor of being on Xyron’s Design Team the last 9 months and today is my last project of the year for them. I’m going to be having a space party next week and so I wanted to add some space decor to the table to coordinate everything. These 3D paper spaceships are perfect!

What is a Xyron Creative Station?

A Xyron Creative Station is a crafting adhesive that turns your paper into an automatic sticker. It comes in a 5″ size where you can use the 3″ and 5″ refills or a 9″ size which you can use the 5″ and 9″ refills. There are several kinds of cartridges you can find from permanent to removable adhesive or create some laminated magnets or just laminate without heat.

Xyron is one of my favorite companies to use when I have small pieces I need to adhere to something. Usually, I will cut an item that is really detailed and a liquid glue just can’t seem to work very well and often times it soaks the fine cardstock and then you lose the details in your project.

The Xyron Creative Station is perfect for small and large jobs. Below I used it for adhering the cardstock to my 3D paper spaceships but I’ve also used it to make some 3D scrapbook layouts, felt stickers, and some pretty intricate cards for Mothers Day.

This is by far the most versatile Xyron item but it well worth the investment. If you’re really just looking to make tiny pieces into stickers, the 1″ sticker maker is perfect for that. I found, though, that after I purchased my 1″, I moved to a 3″ and then to a 5″ and now I just use my 9″ Creative Station for everything.

Give your past crafts a look and see what Xyron product would be most beneficial to you.

How to make your 3D Paper Rockets

I used my Cricut Maker and created a file in Cricut Design Space. For these paper spaceships, I used my Cricut Knife Blade and some 2mm thick chipboard. Begin by opening the file and getting your paper set out.

I used this “Blast Off” line paper by My Minds Eye and it has the perfect holographic pattern and a minimalistic space theme. I’ve got the matching napkins and a little moon cake that I cannot wait to show you!  supplies to make a paper spaceship

Supplies for your 3D Paper Spaceships

So I began by cutting out my 3D spaceships with the chipboard. I created this file in Cricut Design Space and created a slit that was .1″ wide so that it was wide enough to have the chipboard snug with the scrapbook paper adhered.  cutting adhesive roll off Xyron creative stationAfter I cut matching pieces out of cardstock and my stars, I ran them through my Xyron Creative Station.

How do I make a piece of paper float on a craft?

Begin with the stars. Cut a piece of twine or fishing wire about 3.5″ long. Lay your string on the back of the star and adhere the other side over it. You’ll have two halves put together with a string in the middle. This will help create a floating look on your 3D paper spaceships.  placing invisible thread on yardstick adhering cardstock to Cricut chipboard hook 3d paper model togetherPlace the star in the middle of your chipboard spaceship piece and then lay the cardstock over the chipboard. This will secure the star so that it is actually “floating” on your paper spaceships. Place the other cardstock over the coordinating pieces of chipboard and then place the two slits together so it is standing straight.

3d chipboard paper spaceships

Desserts - Holiday Parties - New Years

New Years Eve Cupcakes – Watch the Ball Drop

December 27, 2018

New Years Eve Cupcakes have never looked more delicious and festive. Make these cupcakes for your next New Years Party and add some flair to your dessert table.new yers eve cupcakes Pinterest

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When we celebrate New Years, we love celebrating in Tonga. They’re right on the International Dateline so they’re the first ones to count down and celebrate the new year. I wanted to make something that would be a fun New Year’s Eve dessert so I made these New Years Eve Cupcakes.New Years eve cupcake ingredients

Supplies and Ingredients for your New Year Cupcakes

cutting white fondant in circles

Begin by cutting your rolled fondant into circles. Use a biscuit cutter to cut a circle just smaller than your cupcake top.

Use your edible marker to draw your roman numerals on the 3, 6, 9, and 12 areas and then place silver dragees in between. I used two dragees in-between each roman numeral.silver dragees on fondant

How to make Grey Buttercream

To make grey buttercream you need to start with a standard American buttercream recipe. Mix your room temperature butter until it’s nice and fluffy and then add your sifted icing sugar. You want to sift your powdered sugar to avoid lumps in your buttercream. Add a splash of milk to loosen up the buttercream and then add about 1/2 teaspoon of black gel food coloring to get your perfect grey buttercream.

The longer your icing sits, the darker it becomes so just keep that in mind when you’re adding in your black gel food coloring.

how to make grey buttercream

Put your grey buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a star tip,  Ateco #9 is perfect to get a good rosette.

I like to place my piping bag in a cup, fold over the top onto the rim and then add my frosting so that I avoid getting the top of the piping bag dirty.

Place your clock toppers on your New Years Eve Cupcakes and serve. I’ve said before that I don’t like the taste of pure fondant so this decoration is a perfect size for people just to lift off and set it aside.

cupcakes with New Years fondant clocks

New Years Eve Cupcakes - Easy and Adorable
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Resting Time
1 hr
Total Time
30 mins
 

Create these amazing cupcakes for your New Years Eve Party. Make a fondant clock topper to count down at the stroke of midnight.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cupcake, cupcake recipe, cupcakes, new years dessert, new years party food
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • Black gel food coloring
  • 4-5 oz. White Fondant
  • Black Edible Marker
  • Silver Dragees
Instructions
  1. Cool your cupcakes on a wire rack. In a medium sized bowl, beat butter, icing sugar and milk using an electric mixer. Beat on medium and gradually increase to high.
  2. Once the ingredients start combining, add a small amount of black gel food coloring. Continue beating until completely tinted.
  3. Scoop your buttercream into a frosting bag and frost each cupcake.
  4. Roll out your white fondant so that it’s about ¼ of an inch thick. With a small, circular cookie cutter (about 1 ½ inches in size), cut out 12 fondant circles.
  5. Start decorating your fondant clock: add silver sprinkles where the 12, 3, 6, and 9 should be. Draw out two lines in between each silver sprinkle with your food black marker. Use decorating frosting to draw out the clock’s “hands.”
  6. Place one fondant clock on each cupcake and serve. 

New Years cupcake recipe

Christmas - Desserts - Holiday Parties

Adorable and Delicious Christmas Wreath Cookies

December 24, 2018

Turn store-bought sugar cookie dough into adorable Christmas Wreath Cookies. Make baking during the holiday season easy on yourself and turn these cookies into a holiday tradition.

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Sugar cookies for me are the quintessential cookie. Rich, buttery, and crispy – it’s perfect in every way. These Christmas Wreath Cookies are perfect for the holidays. They’re festive and they can taste absolutely delicious with the buttercream frosting.

There are a few tricks to getting your sugar cookie to hold its shape while you’re baking it. After you’ve mixed it, put it back in the fridge for another 30 minutes to rest. Then you’re going to roll it out, use your cutters and then pop it back in the fridge for 10 minutes to have the butter solidify again.

Chilling your sugar cookie dough before you bake it will keep the cookie cutter shape and makes icing cookies easier because it’s going to hold its shape and not look like a disaster.

Supplies for your Christmas Sugar Cookie Wreaths

Prepare your sugar cookie dough according to recipe instructions. If you’ve used store-bought dough, just start rolling it out on a floured surface. I like to roll my cookie dough between two sheets of parchment paper. This just makes for easy cleanup.

Dip your cookie cutter into some flour and then punch out your shapes. Transfer those onto a lined baking sheet and bake according to the recipe instructions. Allow them to cool completely on a wired rack while you make your buttercream frosting.

How to make American Buttercream Frosting

Use room temperature unsalted butter and use a whisk attachment on a stand mixer or a handheld electric mixer and whip your butter until it is airy and creamy. Add in your icing sugar one cup at a time until it is fully incorporated. Add in your gel food coloring and continue to whip for an additional 5 minutes to incorporate as much air as possible.

 

 

Add your frosting into your piping bag and begin piping leaves on your Christmas Wreath Cookies. You want to press down the piping tip on the cookies and squeeze then release and pull straight up.

Oh man! That is some confusing directions! Place your Nerds candies around the wreath cookies to make it look like ornaments or lights.

These wreath Christmas cookies are so fun and perfect for family get-togethers.  I especially love how they complement a fun Christmas dessert table with my Buttercream Santa Hat Cupcakes, my Rudolph Cookies, my Reindeer Cupcakes or even my Christmas Tree Cake Pops

Sugar Cookie Holiday Wreath Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
42 mins
 
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cookies, christmas dessert, christmas party food, sugar cookie, wreath cookie
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • Your favorite recipe for sugar cookies enough to make 12
Buttercream Frosting
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 4-5 tbsp milk
  • ¼ tsp Kelly green gel food coloring
  • Multicolored candies
Instructions
  1. Once you prepare your cookie dough, roll it on a floured surface so that it’s about ¼ of an inch thick. With a cookie cutter, cut out a wreath shape – we had a cookie cutter that also cut out a circle on the inside. If you don’t have one, you’ll use two different-sized circular cookie cutters to achieve the look.
  2. Bake and allow to cool completely.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and milk on medium speed. Gradually increase to high. Once the ingredients start mixing, add food coloring. Mix until buttercream is smooth and forms semi-stiff peaks.
  4. Using a frosting bag and Wilton tip #32, frost each cookie then add multicolored candies (they will act as the Christmas lights for your wreath!). 

Christmas - Desserts - Holiday Parties

Christmas Cupcakes with a Fondant Tree Cake Topper

December 21, 2018

With Christmas being next week, I am baking my heart out! These Christmas cupcakes are perfect to have at your next holiday party. Make these easy fondant Christmas Tree cupcakes and be the star of the party.

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I’ve been a Christmas cupcake machine lately with my buttercream Santa Hat Cupcakes, Reindeer Cupcakes and now a fondant Christmas Tree cupcake recipe to top it all off.

With easy to find ingredients, what better way to show off to others with these easy Christmas cupcakes.

Supplies for your Christmas Tree Cupcakes

I don’t have time to make homemade cupcakes but I do have time to take store-bought cupcakes and jazz them up into the cutest cupcakes you’ve ever seen.

Tip: Head to your grocery store bakery and ask to buy non-frosted cupcakes. Or ask for plain frosted cupcakes and add the Christmas fondant tree topper yourself.

How to make fondant Christmas trees

Start by rolling your fondant into 2″ spheres. You’re now going to take the top and form it into a triangle. Take your kitchen shears and start cutting small pieces in the tree shape and these will act as your pine leaves.

Making the buttercream is really easy. Just cream together the butter and icing sugar adding milk to make it looser. I like to whip my buttercream in a stand mixer for a good 5 minutes to get all that air inside.

Use a knife or offset spatula to frost your cupcakes and then add your coconut flakes to the top. Take the remaining frosting and use the get food coloring colors of your choice and mix those together.

You can use a piping bag but a small Ziploc bag is good enough to make the small dots for the ornaments.

I used yellow gel food coloring to decorate the top of the tree as the star. I like how the blue and red are almost pastel colored so that they really shine on the Christmas Tree Cupcakes.

Place your tree on your “snow” covered cupcakes and serve.

I particularly don’t like to eat a big chunk on fondant so I like these because they’re easy enough to just take off and set it aside while I scarf down my Christmas Tree Cupcakes!

Fondant Christmas Tree Cupcakes
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes
  • 6-8 oz. green fondant
  • ¾ cup butter softened (1 ½ sticks)
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 3-5 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Yellow gel food coloring
  • Blue gel food coloring
Instructions
  1. Ensure that your cupcakes are cool before decorating.
  2. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and roll out a dozen 2-inch fondant spheres.
  3. Start shaping each fondant spheres into cones so that they take the shape of Christmas trees. Use scissors to cut little indents all around the fondant tree (this will give it texture). Set lightly on a lined baking sheet.
  4. To make the buttercream, use an electric mixer and beat butter, icing sugar and milk on medium speed. Gradually increase speed to high and beat until completely smooth.
  5. Frost each cupcake with an offset spatula and add shredded coconut on top.
  6. Add some buttercream on the bottom of each tree and place on in the center of each cupcake.
  7. Separate the remainder of your frosting in three different bowls. Color each one with your gel food coloring.
  8. Add each buttercream color into a sandwich bag, cut a small hole in one and corner and pipe out little dots on your fondant Christmas trees. We kept the yellow for the top part of the tree – this will act as your fondant tree’s “star.” Enjoy!

Christmas - Desserts - Holiday Parties

Buttercream Santa Hat Cupcake Recipe – Perfect for the Holidays!

December 10, 2018

These Christmas Santa Hat Cupcakes are perfect for any celebration during the winter holiday season. Learn how to make your own and make your guests (or you) as happy as can be. christmas Santa hat frosting on cupcake

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Custom Christmas cupcakes are all the rage for holiday parties. Why not impress your friends or loved ones with these super cute with this Santa Hat Cupcake Recipe.

I was always the one who had to have a tag attached to everything or customize our treats. I feel like I spent my time doing things that other people don’t really appreciate. Santa cupcakes are super easy and you’re putting buttercream on top of your cupcakes anyways.chocolate cupcake with red buttercream frosting

I use the non-taste red food coloring gel and it does make a difference in the end. Your buttercream is still sugary and you don’t have the metallic taste that you’d get from other red food colorings.

buttercream ingredientsSupplies for your custom Santa Claus Cupcakes

Tip: Go to your local grocery bakery and ask to buy non-iced cupcakes.

Begin by whipping together your room temperature butter. I like using salted butter but you can have control over your salt intake by using unsalted butter and adding in a bit at a time – just to offset some sweetness.

Use an electric mixer to whip up your butter and then slowly add the icing sugar. Add a splash of milk to make it smoother and then at the end, split the icing 80/20.

Color the 80% portion with your red food coloring and cocoa powder and mix it really well. Put your red frosting in an icing bag or a Ziploc will work just as well and cut off the corner. Use a knife or offset spatula to ice the base of the cupcake in white. dollop of red frosting to mimic a Santa hat

You’re going to want to start at the bottom and press a large amount at the base and then pull up slowly to get a triangular shape of frosting. Cut the mini marshmallows in half and place it on top. Voila, you’re done!chocolate cupcake with red frosting hat

Santa Hat Cupcake Recipe
Prep Time
25 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Perfect for your Christmas get together, create these easy Santa Hat cupcakes using some delicious buttercream frosting.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cupcake, christmas dessert, christmas party food, cupcake, cupcake recipe, cupcakes, santa cupcake
Servings: 12 cupcakes
Author: Lindsay
Ingredients
  • 12 of your favorite chocolate cupcakes
Butter Cream Frosting
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp red gel food coloring
  • 6 mini marshmallows
Instructions
How to make Buttercream Frosting
  1. In an electric stand mixer, beat together butter, sugar, and milk on medium speed, gradually increasing it to high.
  2. Once the ingredients are combined and form stiff peaks, your buttercream is ready.
How to make your buttercream Santa hat
  1. Scoop out about ¼ cup of white buttercream and with an offset spatula, frost each cupcake.
  2. Add cocoa to your remaining buttercream and mix on high. Add red gel food coloring and mix until completely tinted.
  3. Using a piping bag, pipe out a tall, triangular shape onto each cupcake.
  4. Cut each mini marshmallow in half and top the buttercream hats. Ho Ho Ho

Recipe Notes

Ensure your cupcakes are cool before decorating

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Cricut - Holiday Parties - New Years

New Year, Same Mess & More FREE SVG Files for New Years

December 4, 2018

Ring in the New Year but also don’t forget that you’re still a complete mess! Grab this and many other free SVG files for your next handmade New Years shirt. 

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Celebrating New Years is always something I look forward to. My husband is from Tonga and they’re right on the International Dateline so they’re the very first ones to celebrate the New Year.

We ring in New Years in Tonga at our local church meetinghouse. We grab lots of balloons and string and have the most fun time dancing around the sports court.  No lie, it’s one of the most fun nights we have on the island. Here is our Christmas tree that we have in Tonga and we had a craft night where all the kids cut paper snowflakes and we blew up more balloons for the tree. I remember my husband telling me that some Christmases all they got were balloons and they were so excited. Here is the family a few years back on our trip. We try to go to Tonga every few years but it’s getting expensive since we all require seats on the plane. It’s definitely a humbling experience going there and I tell you all about our trip to Tonga in this post.

But enough about Christmas lets talk about New Years and how you can get 12 free New Year SVG files!

Like I said above, New Years is always a fun time of year for us. But believe me, when I say, I’m the same mess that I was in 2017. I can’t get my act together so this New Year, Same Mess SVG file is perfect in describing me.

Supplies for your New Years shirt

Click on the link above to the free SVG file and save it to your computer. You’ll then upload it into your electronic software. To upload an SVG file into Cricut Design Space, follow these instructions. To upload an SVG file into your Silhouette software, Persia Lou has a great step-by-step tutorial on how to do that.

Next, cut your free New Years SVG file with your electronic cutter. Remember to mirror your image so that it cuts properly. I prefer using my Cricut and that’s just because I’m used to it. I haven’t used a Silhouette in a few years but they cut the iron-on vinyl just as good.

After you’ve unloaded your vinyl from the cutter, you want to remove any of the images that you do not want to go on your New Years shirt. Use a weeding tool or a safety pin and take off the vinyl. You now have your entire New Year, Same Mess image still attached to the carrier sheet.

Being by preheating your fabric to the suggested settings. Lay your iron-on vinyl on top of the shirt and then press for the recommended amount of time. Turn the shirt over and press again. Depending on what material of HTV you use, you want to check if it is a warm peel or cool peel.

Use this handy Iron-On Vinyl Guide to know what setting you should be using with your HTV.

What does it mean to cool peel or warm peel heat transfer vinyl?

It’s simple, cool peel means to allow your HTV to come back down to room temperature before you peel off the carrier sheet. Warm peel means to pull the carrier sheet off of your material while it is still hot.

A lot of foil iron on is cold peel. You want to allow it to cool down so that your foil HTV doesn’t wrinkle. You’ll have to use a little bit of force to take the carrier sheet off of the cool HTV but it won’t peel off your shirt.

What if I don’t want a workout shirt?

Easy, put this on any shirt you own to let your friends, family, and strangers know you are one hot mess! It looks super cute on this baseball shirt and quite frankly, you can wear it all year round.

You can use these free SVG files on anything. Make yourself a mug like I did last month with our Christmas SVG file hop. Follow the links below to grab your own and make whatever your heart desires.

Now for your other FREE SVG files, just click on the link and you’ll be taken to the blogs to download their own files.

Pop! Clink! Kiss

That’s So Twenty Eighteen

Champagne Squad and Rose Squad

Midnight Kisses, New Year Wishes

New Year, Same Mess

Kiss Me Now, Midnight is Past My Bedtime

New Years Resolution: Be Just as Awesome as I Was Last Year!

Kiss Me… at Midnight

This is My Year to Sparkle

Available for Midnight Kisses

Happy New Year 2019

Cheers Y’all

free New Years svg file

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!