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Christmas - Cricut - Home DIY

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.

Cricut - Home DIY

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

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.

Halloween

Insect Prints – Free Halloween Printables

October 16, 2017

I love the time that leads up to Halloween. It’s so beautiful outside and the decorations have always been a favorite of mine. I’m going to show you how I styled these free Halloween printables.Free Insect and Spider Printables for Halloween

As Halloween creeps closer, I just want all my decorations out. But then I think about how I have to just put them back in a few weeks and then put up the Christmas decorations. It’s so much work!Free Insect Printable for Halloween-1These free Halloween printables are the perfect addition to any decor. There are spiders and insects to choose from. Just pop them in some easy frames and display. You won’t feel overwhelmed by the thought of these decorations.Free Halloween Printable of Spiders-1

Supplies

I printed these off my HP printer at home and used 4×6″ photos. I sized them to fit as I printed them out so that it would cover the entire surface of your photo paper. I made these so that you can print them up to 8×10″ and have larger Halloween prints.Insect Printable for Halloween-1I tell you, these are super easy to  accomplish and you’ll feel 1000% better that you got something done. I know I do! Grab these free Halloween printables just using the links above. You can send them to the print shop if that’s easier but I find it a lot easier to use my HP Printer.

Happy Halloween!Free Spider Printable for Halloween-1

Crafting DIY - Cricut - Halloween

DIY Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker

October 5, 2017

Have you ever wanted to create your own Cactus Pumpkins? In this post I will show you how easy it is with just a few supplies. Be sure to read until the end to find out how to enter to win your own Cricut Maker and a $75 gift card from Oriental Trading. (Giveaway has ended)Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingThis post does contain affiliate links. Thank you to Cricut and Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.

Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingI get to give away two Cricut Maker’s this week! To check out the first post, go here and for the second opportunity, don’t go away! This post is all about making homemade Halloween decor with your Cricut Maker and using pumpkins I got from Oriental Trading. These are super simple and can be customized to any colors of your choice.

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Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingBegin by painting your pumpkins. I just did random colors on random sizes with foam brushes.Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingWhile they are drying, create your flowers and spikes in the Cricut Design Space files I linked to above. I used hot glue and glue dots to adhere to them each other. When cutting, use the intricate cut cardstock setting. This will double-cut the paper and give you a good crisp cut. Sometimes I did have it cut two times but this is when my mat was starting to lose its stick.Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingWhen creating the stamens, you’ll begin by rolling the edge that doesn’t have the tab. Once you’re stamens are rolled, you’ll fold that tab under and secure it with some glue.Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingI did about 3-4 layers of the green paint on all the pumpkins and I also painted the stems. Adhere the flowers and cactus arms with hot glue.Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingFor the spikes, cut your file on the holographic vinyl setting and just apply them randomly with your hands. No special tools needed for this easy pumpkin.Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingThese cactus pumpkins are perfect for Halloween and I love how colorful they are. Sometimes Halloween is too black and white so it’s nice to have a different color thrown into the mix.Create your own Cactus Pumpkins using your Cricut Maker and pumpkins from Oriental TradingI’ve also teamed up with other bloggers to show what else you can make with your Cricut Maker and items from Oriental Trading. These two companies are a match made in heaven and the possibilities are endless.


Home DIY - Round Ups

Get the Fixer Upper look from World Market

April 27, 2017

Have you wanted to get the Fixer Upper sytle in your home but don’t know where to start?
World Market is a great resource to get the farmhouse look.
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I love the Fixer Upper Style and what I love most about it is the industrial meets farmhouse style. World Market is an excellent place to get all your Fixer Upper style needs so I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Fixer Upper items. Just click on the photos and it’ll take you to the item.Stripe kitchen towel Round Evan Mirror Nihal Baskets Gulianna Collection Gray wash clockGlass pie sign Lavendar WreathCorrine Chandelieraccordian light 3-TIER GLASS DRYING RACKCharlotte tote basketAmelie cake stand

Again, World Market has some of the funnest things around when you’re looking to implement the Fixer Upper style in your own home. What’s your favorite Fixer Upper item?

Cricut - Home DIY

Make your own Fixer Upper style Kitchen sign with your Cricut Explore

March 27, 2017

Fixer Upper is one of my all time favorite HGTV shows. Learn how easy it is to create this Fixer Upper style sign for your kitchen using your Cricut.Create your own Fixer Upper style sign with your Cricut ExploreThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post.

Materials

magnolia homes kitchenFirst, begin by downloading the Kenzo font for free and use this pre-made Cricut template for your Fixer Upper kitchen sign. Everything is done for you. Just load your black vinyl onto your 12X24″ Cricut mat and select Go! You’ll want to use a standard blade for the vinyl and I used the Vinyl+ setting on my smart dial just to be sure I got a smooth cut. My German blade has lasted 2+ years and I’ve really never had to replace it. Once I start getting missed cuts or tears in my paper, that’s when I know it’s best to change my Cricut blade. It’s super easy, just press the button on the top and pull out the blade, throw the new blade in there and release the button. It’s so easy!After I’ve cut my vinyl, I’ll use the hook tool as a weeder and remove all the negative space. I then add my transfer tape on top of it and give it a good scrape using my scraper tool or a credit card will work just as well. Be sure to use quite a bit of pressure so that the image will lift easily when you’re ready to pull up the image.Prepare your wooden surface by sanding it lightly and then brushing off the dust remnants. I spray painted my sign black, to begin with, and then once I place the letters on it I’ll spray it white to reveal a reverse effect.

The pre-made template is just the right fit for the 3’X6″ wooden board. I had leftover wood so I just used that for the size. Whatever you have on hand or whatever size works for your space, be sure to edit the image so that it’ll look great on your board. I made the letters 5″ so that I had a bit of a white edge but I didn’t want too much of an edge because that doesn’t seem to be the look of the Fixer Upper kitchen sign that says SUPERMARKET.Now that I’ve weeded out my vinyl and attached it to the transfer tape, adhere it to your dry board. It’ll go on directly over the black spray paint. Use your scraper tool and be sure the letters are pressed down well. Lift off your transfer tape and begin to spray with white paint. My board had some imperfections and I loved that, If you want a cleaner look, paint at least 2 coats of white spray paint.After the white paint has dried, use your weeder tool and peel up the letters from the board. You should have crisp letters that are black and a white background. I used the scraper tool to rough my board up a bit. You could also use a metal spatula and just brush it along the edges and a little over the writing. Age that wooden board as much as you like or as little as you like.Adhere some foam mounting tape or some command strips and hang it above your kitchen sink. I love all the projects the Cricut Explore allows me to do and I’ve made so many different things for my home, my children and myself especially! Also, if you know me well, you know that I had to move everything out of the way to get a ‘clean’ shot of my home. There is crap everywhere and I have no space for anything. Do I throw it away or just buy a new house??

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Crafting DIY - Home DIY - Mother's and Father's Day

Quick and Easy Mothers Day Wreath, the Perfect Gift

March 19, 2017

This quick and easy Mothers Day wreath makes the perfect gift. It’s the perfect addition to your door in the Springtime.This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I’m so excited to be joining in on another Craft Lighting. I’ve made so many easy crafts that are darling and make the perfect gift for anyone but today we’re going to make the perfect Mothers Day gift by making an easy Mothers Day Wreath with cupcake liners and some ribbon.Spring wreath ideas

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Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaThis mothers day wreath was so easy to make. Just buy a bunch of cupcake liners and the best place to buy bulk is online. I grabbed these ones at the dollar store and I bought 8 packages which was more than enough for a 16″ wreath form. The reason I like these ones is because they are not a true white, they are more of an antique finish and almost have a wax paper consistency.Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaCreate this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaTo begin, take one of your liners and grab the bottom and pull up so that it creates a longer, skinnier liner. Place some glue on your wreath form and quickly add the liners. Repeat this as much as you like. I chose a lot of liners because I want a full wreath but you go for it however full you want it. I also suggest you use the low temperature on your glue gun or else you’ll end up with a lot of burns…just talking about a friend of mine.Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaCreate this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaYou’ll leave a space blank and add your flowers. I grabbed my faux poppies from Michaels and removed them from the stem. I placed quite a bit of glue on the back of the flower and pressed. I began with my flowers and added my leaves as I went to fill in the spaces. Once your flowers are arranged how you like it, add in more liners to complete the look. Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaNext take some ribbon, I love this muslin ribbon and it matches the antique look I’m going for. You can take long strands and tie them together in the middle so you have a sort of tail looking ribbon or you can take extra tong strands and tie them in a bow. I like the look of flowy ribbons so I did the first option. I think that with this muslin ribbon it looks better the longer it is. Cut the ends on a diagonal and then attach it to your wreath. You can also do this a number of ways by just gluing the knotted part of the ribbon to the underside of the form, you could also tie your ribbon on beforehand and then glue all the liners to the form. Again, this is your project so do it how you like.Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath ideaOnce it’s dry and complete, give it to your mama. I know my mom will love her Mothers Day wreath and its something that looks great all year round. I’d love to see your creations so tag me on Instagram or Facebook. Happy Mothers Day!

Check out all the other Craft Lightning projects and gather more inspiration for the perfect Mothers Day gift that won’t take you a lot of time!” Create this Mothers Day Wreath in less than 30 minutes. Perfect Spring wreath idea