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Harry Potter Socks | Harry Potter Party Favors

October 30, 2018

These DIY Harry Potter socks are perfect for your next Harry Potter party. Create the perfect Harry Potter party favor and attach the free Harry Potter printable.  Harry Potter socksThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I’ve partnered up with LEGO to bring your next Harry Potter party to a whole new level. Create your very own Harry Potter socks and attach the LEGO Harry Potter printable to the top of the bag. Manage your own Mischief with these Mischief Managed socks made with your Cricut.

I don’t know if I’ve ever admitted that I’m addicted to any LEGO game and LEGO Harry Potter is my favorite of them all. I can’t decide if I like the Harry Potter years 1-4 or Harry Potter years 5-7 but they’re amazing. They’re even more amazing when you can be the only player in a family of 6. But now you can buy them both at the same time and you know I bought it again for my XBox One.

supplies for Harry Potter socks

Supplies for your DIY Harry Potter Socks

lego VoldemortTo make your Harry Potter party favors, cut the Mischief Managed picture with your electronic cutter. Be sure to mirror your image before it cuts. Lay your socks upside down on your surface. The opening will be on the table and the hole will be away from you. Pay attention to your sock position so that you can get your Mischief Managed socks facing the correct way.putting itv on socks put iron on vinyl on socksI use an EasyPress Mat but you can also use a folded towel. Use a surface that will help distribute even heat and won’t bend. Ironing boards are not ideal to use with the EasyPress. The middle easily bends and won’t allow you to get an even pressing. I use a wood board because that is what I have for my blogging backdrops. You can use your countertop but some materials will pull the heat from the EasyPress and the temperature will drop. using the small EasyPressPress your iron-on vinyl according to manufacturers instructions. Cricut has a new interactive guide to what kind of heat setting you need and how long to press it using an iron or the EasyPress. If you’re going to use an iron, read this post on how to really get your iron-on vinyl to stay.

Once you’ve pressed your Mischief Managed socks, go ahead and fold them and place them into your cellophane bag. It’s easier if your cellophane bag is flat so that you won’t have issues when you go to staple your Harry Potter treat topper on.  Harry Potter bag topper

More Harry Potter Party Ideas

I love LEGO’s and they’ve been a favorite of my boys. Malakai even loves the smaller LEGO’s and that works great for his small motor skills. I have yet to figure out a LEGO storage situation in our house though.

These Harry Potter socks are the perfect party favor. I’ve been having lots of Harry Potter fun with my Luna Lovegood confetti and I’m working on more felt ornaments for our Harry Potter Christmas tree to go along with Hedwig. Grab the free printable for personal use only above.  Harry Potter movie confetti  felt Hedwig ornament

Cricut - Sewing

Easy DIY Rice Heating Pad for Cramps or Back Pain

October 27, 2018

Add this simple Rice Heating Pad to your companion list on those cold winter nights. Warm these DIY heating pads in the microwave and simply reuse them for whenever you need a heating pad that doesn’t use electricity.rice filled heating pad

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Just this past week I got a call from my oldest son that he had thrown out his back. This was like de-ja-vu to the time when I started getting back pain when I was younger. He said he twisted to stretch his back and it just gave out on him. He had the hardest time in the car on the drive to take him home. I gave him some Aleve Back & Muscle Pain that I had on hand and told him to go lay flat on the floor on his back with this DIY Rice Heating Pad. 

I started getting back pain around age 13. I’ve seen specialists, physical therapists, alternative medicine doctors all to try and get my spine to act the way it’s supposed to act. I still have good days and bad but, taking Aleve Back & Muscle Pain when I have a flare can help neutralize the pain that my back causes me.

I know this is the same route my oldest son is headed. It’s a good thing for me as a mother to have experienced this same issue so that I can assist him in him finding what medicines and routines work for his own back pain.

I know that for him and I, heat works the best to help calm down the back and muscle pain. Find what works best for you and if ice is better for you, do that in conjunction with some OTC medication or prescribed medication.

Supplies for your DIY Rice Heating Pad

Cricut Maker
Cricut Design Space File

or

Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Acrylic Ruler

and

Flannel Fabric (1/3 yd cuts)
Long Grain White Rice
Heat N Bond Iron-On Adhesive Tape

buffalo check flannel pouches filled with rice

I’ve decided to make us some rice-filled heating pads that will warm up in a few minutes and can be taken with you wherever you may be. Just warm these homemade rice heating pads in the microwave and it will retain its heat for around 15 minutes. That’s the perfect amount of time for heat therapy that works for me.

How do you make a Rice Heating Pad?

To make your DIY rice heating pad, you’re going to need a few things. I used my Cricut to cut the flannel but you can just use a rotary cutter if you do not own a special crafting tool.  I’ve included the special file for the rice heating pads that you can cut with your electronic cutter or just cut your fabric to be 8”X11”. how to put fabric on the Cricut mat remove fabric from Cricut matYou’ll lay right sides together and sew a ¼” seam around the edges. Reinforce your first and last stitch so that the fabric won’t unravel as you add your rice. Leave a 3-4” opening at the top. Grab a small plastic or paper cup and remove the bottom so that this will act as a funnel for your rice in your rice heating pad. matching seams of fabricFill your DIY rice heating pad with the rice and then use some Heat n’ Bond tape to seal the edges. You can top stitch if you’d like but that’s just one extra step for me. Use your iron to seal the edges by pressing for about 30 seconds. turning fabric pouch ride side outsealing flannel fabric together

That’s it for automatic relief and it’s inexpensive. Heating pads at the store have cost me upwards of $30 and so if I can make this for pennies, why not you either?

How long do you heat Rice Heating Pads?

Start heating your rice-filled heating pad at one minute. Two minutes in the microwave if you want your DIY rice heating pad to be extra warm. Keep an eye on your heating pad so that it doesn’t smoke. Just warm your heating pad at one-minute intervals in the microwave. diy rice heating pad

I’m dedicated to helping heal my son and I want him to have a fulfilling life free of back pain. He is a lover of sports and I’m so happy to see him at his happiest on the field. 

Making this homemade heat pack is so easy and you’ll be on your way to an all natural health kick. Turn this into an aromatherapy heating pad by using a few drops of essential oils.  

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

Cricut - Halloween - Party Time

Jack Skellington Cupcake Toppers for your next Halloween Party

October 23, 2018

I am not the average person when it comes to the ideas of what can be created during the Halloween season. These Nightmare Before Christmas cupcakes are perfect for ringing in the Halloween season.  This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I haven’t met someone who doesn’t love The Nightmare Before Christmas. When I watch the movie I’m all in it for the songs and the animation. Jack Skellington is one of my favorite characters in the film because of his flair for dramatics. Make this Nightmare Before Christmas party food for your next Nightmare Before Christmas party. 

Supplies for your Nightmare Before Christmas party cupcakes

So the easy part, print off your Jack Skellington cupcake topper using Cricut Design Space. Then you’ll load them into your Cricut machine and allow that to do the cutting. Cut out the black cardstock of the silhouette so that you have something to place your Jack Skellington pictures to it.

How do I print with my Cricut?

So it’s not actually your Cricut that is printing. To print with your Cricut, you’ll need an actual printer which will print off your design and the registration marks. Place that printed paper onto your Cricut mat and then load it into your machine. The Cricut has an electronic reader near the blade and that will read your registration marks so that your machine will know where to cut.

*You will need to have calibrated your Cricut Machine before you’re able to cut precisely on your Cricut. Go here to learn how to calibrate your Cricut.

How to make Jack Skellington cupcake toppers

Use some hot glue to attach the Nightmare Before Christmas toppers to the toothpick or skewer. These Jack Skellington cupcake toppers are sure to be a hit at any party. 

Cricut - Scrapbooking

Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Page Layout with Xyron

October 22, 2018

I love this line from Graphic 45. Learn how I created a 3D effect using my Cricut and the
Xyron Creative Station. Learn how your can win your own goodies from Xyron and Graphic 45 below. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

The Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade paper is some of my new favorite scrapbooking paper. The paper is thick and cuts perfectly when using my Cricut. I used this circle shape from Paige Evans and then layered it on top of the same paper to create this 3D effect. 

Supplies for your Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Page Layout

I began by cutting the first page of the Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Paper Pad. I placed it on my Cricut cutting mat and then removed the tabs. Keep the page that is cut up so you can easily match the pieces. I didn’t do this so it took me a while to match up all the pieces. I started with the outside and then moved towards the center.

When I removed the pieces I just took a handful and placed the 3D adhesive dots on some and then ran the others through the Xyron Creative Station. I love the randomness of the 3D shapes and the others that are like a puzzle.

I used a hot glue gun to attach the feathers and then I added some Doodlebug enamel dots in random areas. Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade is a stunning line with pops of teal, purple and green. Its colors range in the cool range and so finding coordinating scrapbook lines to match.

Now for the giveaway!

Head to the Xyron Facebook Page and find the Graphic 45 creations by the other Xyron Design Team members and comment on the photo. You’ll be entered to win the Graphic 45 Christmas and a Xyron Mega Runner. There will be two winners so good luck!

Cricut - Halloween

Halloween Teresa Collins Journal with Xyron

October 19, 2018

Halloween is right around the corner, what better way to show your excitement by personalizing this Teresa Collins journal and adding a fun shaker tag. teresa collins notebook decorated for halloweenThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your Support.

I love this new Teresa Collins Journal that is available at Hobby Lobby. I also used some of her fabulous giant matte black sequins to add to this Halloween shaker tag to deliver to someone special who has a healthy love of Halloween.

hand holding sequins

Supplies for your Halloween Teresa Collins Journal

Begin by using your nesting dies and cut one large circle out of the white and the acetate sheet. Use the largest and second largest to cut out a black circle and a circle out of the foam. Use your Cricut Machine to cut out the Teresa Collins shapes.

Run your spider, spider web and the black outline circle through your Xyron Mega Runner. running paper through a xyron

Now let’s assemble our Halloween notebook

Start with your base white circle and place the black adhesive foam circle to the outer edges of the circle. Place your spider web in the middle and lay the spider on top. Add your jumbo sequins to the middle. applying spider web to cardround tag with spider putting sequins in a shaker cardNow lay your acetate circle over the top of everything and then adhere your outer black circle to the top. black glitter paper circleUse your orange HTV and cut out whichever word you want. I chose to write “This Halloween”. Weed your excess HTV and lay it on your Teresa Collins journal and press with your EasyPress. weeding htv

How do I use the EasyPress on Paper?

When you use your EasyPress on paper, you want to go for a low temperature. I use the 250ºF setting with a time limit of 10 seconds. applying htv to paper using the easypress on paper how to peel htv

Remove your carrier sheet from the HTV and then tie some ribbon around the Teresa Collins journal. Use some double-sided painters tape to adhere the Halloween shaker tag to the top of the notebook and ribbon.

I love how this Cricut Halloween shaker tag looks almost like a crystal ball. The glitter cardstock I chose goes perfectly with the saying on my Teresa Collins journal and it’s a perfect neighbor or friend gift. Happy Haunting. halloween journal with sequins

Cricut - Party Time

Harry Potter Confetti with your Cricut Machine

October 17, 2018

Did you know you can make your own confetti with your Cricut machine? Use your Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore to cut some Cricut party foil and add pizazz to your Harry Potter Party.
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How do you make confetti with your Cricut?

It’s so easy! You just need some party foil and any Cricut machine. Just open the Design Space file and cut away. The smallest image your Cricut can cut is 1/4″. Just keep that in mind. I don’t recommend cutting detailed images that small because the details can get lost. We had Malakai’s first birthday Harry Potter themed and now I’m having a Harry Potter themed Bunco party so my life is basically complete after this.

How do I cut Cricut Party Foil?

Cricut Party Foil is a little bit thicker than the Cricut Vinyl. It doesn’t tear as easily like the Cricut Adhesive Foil. It adds sparkle to any party with the option of 2 types of party foil in each pack. One is holographic and the other is solid. It comes in ten different colors so it’ll coordinate with any theme you want. luna lovegood glasses confetti

Supplies for your DIY Confetti

The only thing in addition that you’d need to buy is the Cricut Party Foil and the SVG file. Everything else is included with your Cricut machine when you buy it. Look through your Design Space and see what Cricut Access images you like and cut those to coordinate your party.

Is Cricut Access worth it?

Cricut Access costs $9.99 a month for images and $6.99 a month for fonts or you can pay in advance for a year for Cricut Access Premium and it’ll give you access to both images and fonts. It gives you access to any shape or font that has the green A in the upper left corner. Or you can pay around $1-$5 for shapes and they’ll be yours forever regardless. If you want to try it for one month and see if it’s worth it, I recommend that. I use a lot of Cricut Access images and it allows me to be more creative.

What setting do I use when cutting Cricut Party Foil?

The great thing about Cricut machines is that the settings have been preset for all Cricut materials. When you use your Cricut Maker to cut Cricut Party Foil, select All Materials in the middle right-hand side. You’ll search for Cricut Party Foil and select that.

When using the Cricut Explore, you’ll set your smart dial to custom and you’ll select Cricut Party Foil from the drop-down menu. Check your material before you fully unload the mat and see if it is cut completely through. If not, just press the C button again.

If you unload your mat and then try to cut again, the cut lines will not be the same. If you don’t unload it and it’s not cut all the way, press the C and it will cut the exact lines again.

I used my Cricut Maker to cut the Party Foil to make my Harry Potter confetti and I used the custom setting but I did have to cut through twice just because I didn’t want to pick out 300 pieces of confetti off my Cricut mat. luna lovegood glasses surrounded by confetti

That’s it. If you’ve ever wondered how to cut Cricut Party Foil, this is how. Check out other Cricut Party Foil ideas below.


Cricut - Thanksgiving

Custom Fall Wood Sign made with your Cricut

October 14, 2018

Grab these wooden leaves at your local Target and then use your Cricut Machine and EasyPress to customize it just in time for Thanksgiving. thanksgiving sign with cricutThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I love swinging into Target and checking out their Dollar Spot. Things are getting a little out of control with their “dollar” concept but sometimes they have awesome things for less than you’d expect to pay. That’s where I found this wooden leaf that was blank so I can use my Cricut machine to personalize it. Create this custom Fall wood sign today.wood leaf with thankful word on it

Supplies for your Custom Fall Wood Sign

Easy peasy. Just cut your image using your Cricut machine and then weed the vinyl so that your image is on the carrier sheet. weeding gold vinylWarm up your EasyPress to 315ºF and preheat your wooden leaf for 5 seconds. Lay your image onto your wooden leaf cutout and press for an additional 40 seconds.using EasyPress on wood Remove the carrier sheet and then add some ribbon or accents to the rope. I just have this sitting on a shelf but if you wanted to have it as a door hanger, just switch it upside down. removing the carrier sheet from itvwooden leaf with gold thankful words on it

Can I use Foil Heat Transfer Vinyl or Iron-On Vinyl on wood?

No. There are some things that Cricut doesn’t recommend but you can usually do it but using foil iron-on vinyl on wood just won’t stay. The adhesive on the back of the foil HTV just doesn’t attach as well as the Everyday Iron-On does. It will lift where it doesn’t attach and stretch and tear. I included a picture for reference.ruined foil iron on vinyl It’s so easy to make this custom fall wood sign using your Cricut and the Cricut EasyPress. The small EasyPress 2 is really handy and I have found that I use that one 95% of the time. I do a lot of sewing and so using the small EasyPress 2 on seams is a time saver. Check out other Fall crafts that your Cricut can make below.

Fall Paper Leaf Wall Hanging / Wooden Pumpkin for Fall- Larger Than Mat Cricut / Felt Flower Grapevine Wreath / Chipboard Pumpkin / Wooden Fall Leaf customized with Cricut / Quick & Easy Fall Banner / Welcome Fall Wood Pumpkin Sign / How to Cut Die Cuts for Your Planner / Halloween T-Shirt