Create the ultimate Mothers Day Shadow Box without much effort at all by you. Let your Cricut do all the work to create these memorable Mothers Day gifts.
Making Mothers Day Gifts are always a fun thing to do but it can be hard to come up with ideas. I love that I can open up Cricut Design Space and I've got all the inspiration right there! Creating a Mothers Day Shadow Box can be as personalized as you want. Add some paper flowers to the backdrop or just some beautiful scrapbook paper.
My kids call my mom Nani and so when I saw this one shape that said MOM, I just used my contour tool and clicked on that word to remove it. I added in Nani using the Felix font in Cricut Design Space. I used some brushed metal vinyl and cut it on the Adhesive Foil setting and had it pass two times. It gave the perfect kiss cut to the vinyl and made it a dream to weed.
Supplies for your Mothers Day Shadow Box
- Shadowbox Frame
- Natalie Malan Juneberry Paper
- Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore Air 2
- Rose Gold Vinyl
- Transfer Tape
- Weeding Tool
- Scraper Tool
How to cut Permanent Vinyl (651 Vinyl)
- Prepare Your Vinyl
If you're cutting vinyl on a Cricut Machine, you'll need to cut your vinyl so that it fits on the mat. Most vinyl comes at 12″ wide so you will just need to cut your vinyl to size and then place it on your mat.
If you're cutting vinyl with a Silhouette machine, you can release the lever on the right side of the roller bar and adjust your tabs so that the vinyl will be fed incorrectly. You can use a roll feeder or the new Cameo 4 has a built-in roller so that you can cut up to 10ft.
- Cut Your Image
In your design software, you'll size your project to fit your vinyl and then send the file to your machine to cut. You do not want to mirror your image when you're cutting permanent vinyl. Cut with the carrier sheet placed directly on the mat and the top of the vinyl show.
- Weed Your Image
Life is a little easier when you weed your image when it's still on the mat. Use a razor or scissors to cut away larger pieces as you're weeding so that your design doesn't get ruined. Start with the corner and remove the negative part of the design you've cut.
The dollar store carries a great dental pick, or you can replace the lead in a pencil with a straight pin as long as they're the same size. You don't need fancy tools but it really helps to have a variety so that you're never without.
- Apply Transfer Tape
After you have removed all the parts of your vinyl that you don't want apart of your project, it's time to apply the transfer tape. There are a lot of versions of transfer tape but my favorite transfer tape is this one from Expressions Vinyl. It sticks to the vinyl and removes easily when you transfer your image to your final piece.
Start by peeling the corner of your transfer tape and lay it over your vinyl piece. It gets trickier the larger your piece so go slow. If you have a smaller piece, it's more forgiving and you can work faster.
Use a credit card or scraper tool to apply pressure over your vinyl cutout. Using lots of pressure means that you'll be able to lift it all in one piece.
- Remove From Carrier Sheet
After you've applied to transfer tape to the top of the vinyl, it's time to peel it up and apply it to your final project.
Peel up slowly from the carrier sheet to make sure that all your pieces are stuck and they won't rip. I like to place my vinyl transfer tape side down and then peel backward. Use your weeding tool to help guide some of the pieces on to the transfer tape.
The longer your vinyl sits on transfer tape, the easier it will lift. It just needs a little time for the adhesive to adhere to the top but you can do it immediately too with just a little patience.
- Applying Your Vinyl
Go slow and try just to have the transfer tape touch your final piece while you adjust your cutout. To me, this is the hardest part. If you have a large piece, it's helpful to have a second set of arms if you can.
Apply your permanent vinyl to the desired spot and then when it's where you want it, use the scraper tool again and rub. If you have a textured base, using a tennis ball or something similar to help get it into the grooves.
Peel your transfer tape off the project, again going slow and making sure that each letter adheres to your base.
You can reuse your transfer tape if you'd like or toss it. Having transfer tape when applying vinyl is a must. There are many things you can try and substitute as transfer tape but it's honestly worth every penny to have an excellent brand of tape.
how to apply foil adhesive vinyl
The foil adhesive vinyl is thicker than the standard 631 and 651 vinyl. I like to double-cut my foil vinyl to ensure I have a clean cut. Weed your image and then apply some transfer tape over your vinyl design. Use your scraper tool to give it a gentle rub and then remove the white backing off of the vinyl.
Next, lay it on the glass and then use your scraper again to gently rub the foil adhesive vinyl on the glass. Gently pull off the transfer tape and then remove the back off of the frame so you can add your background.
I used this Natalie Malan scrapbook paper available at JoAnn and it's insanely beautiful. She makes the most perfect compositions and the colors are always on point. I used her fabric from Coats to make these cute American Girl jumpsuits and I love the detail.
Cut the scrapbook page to be 9×9″ so that it would fit perfectly in the shadow boxes available at Michaels Stores. I realize this a busy pattern and so it can be hard to see if it's not in the right light but the pinks go so well with the rose gold vinyl. In person, you can see the shimmer of the metal vinyl and then the softness of the watercolor flowers and birds.
That's it! It's so easy to make a shadowbox using your Cricut. You can always use a solid color of scrapbook paper and then add paper flowers on top for more details but the design in the paper was enough for me. Go crazy and have a blast using your Cricut making Mothers Day Gifts.
Cricut Ideas for Mothers Day
Check out all the other great Cricut Mothers Day gifts below. You can make all of these using your Cricut machine.