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!
Did you know that you can make your very own custom printed napkins at home using the Cricut EasyPress 2? I got a chance to sample the 6×7″ EasyPress 2 and I can’t say enough good things about it.
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This past August, Cricut held an event called Mountain Make-a-Thon and it was so much fun to just be with other creative people making creative things with our Cricut. At the Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon, they announced they were coming out with a new and improved version of their original EasyPress. This time the EasyPress 2 comes in 3 different sizes, 6×7″, 9×9″, and 12×10″.
This smaller EasyPress 2 makes it my third so I guess you can say that I’ve got some EasyPress experience. I love the small size and it’s perfect for making your own custom printed napkins.
Absolutely, you can! You’re going to want your setting to be around 250°F and press for around 10-15 seconds. Because these were napkins, I was able to use the new EasyPress Mat that is designed for the 6X7″ model. If I was using cardstock, I would want my EasyPress 2 and Mat to be larger than my paper so I don’t make any dents in my paper project.
How do you make Custom Printed Napkins with your EasyPress 2?
It’s really simple. You’re going to want to go into Design Space and create a file and be sure that it is sized to fit onto your napkin. Load your Everyday Iron-On into your Cricut machine and don’t forget to reverse your image!
What is the difference between Cricut Iron-On Lite and Cricut Everyday Iron-On?
Cricut has reformulated their old Iron-On Lite. The Everyday Iron-On is something that I noticed a huge difference in quality when I compared it to the Iron-On Lite. It releases easier from the carrier sheet and it gives you a better result. It also comes with the StrongBond Guarantee. Which means that if you use the Everyday Iron-On as instructed and you’re not satisfied with the results, they’ll replace it for free.
How do I use the Cricut EasyPress 2?
This part is probably the easiest of this whole thing. You’re going to want to weed your image and leave what you want to press on to your custom printed napkins on the carrier sheet.
Preheat your EasyPress 2 to 250ºF. The new EasyPress 2 heats up a lot faster than the original and it can now go up to 400ºF. Keeping your EasyPress 2 on the Safety Base is also important so that other items can remain protected.
Place your napkin on to the EasyPress Mat. Place your image on to your napkins and then press for 10-15 seconds. Remove your Everyday Iron-On while your image is still hot. Some HTV is a cold peel process so be sure to read all the manufacturers instructions.
Allow your custom printed napkin to cool and then you’re set to go on with your party!
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Using your Knife Blade on the Cricut Maker is a game-changer. Learn how easy it is to create a wooden cake topper out of basswood below. This post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support.
First of all, this princess party turned out better than I could have imagined and it was all made easier with my Cricut Maker. Learn how to cut wood with your Cricut Maker and what wood is best to use when using your Cricut Knife Blade.
What kind of wood can I cut with the Cricut Knife Blade?
You can cut any wood that is 2.6mm thick. I recommend using basswood that is 1/16″ or 3/32″ wide. If you cut balsa wood the passes are not as many with the knife blade but you have a very fragile piece of wood. The best wood for your Cricut cake topper would be something sturdy.
What wood should I use for a wooden Cricut DIY cake topper?
I would 100% use basswood. It will hold up far better than balsa wood. It gives you a sturdy wooden cake topper that can be reused if you store it properly. You can also layer the basswood and make it thicker and sturdy.
What adhesive should I use with my wooden Cricut DIY cake topper?
I really like Aileens Wood Glue to layer the basswood together. You can use binder clips or even quilting binding clips to press it together while it dries. Or even easier, use a heavy book. The only thing that would concern me there is maybe glue can be pressed out and can adhere your wooden cake topper to the book.
For this particular DIY cake topper, I used my Xyron Creative Station and it worked well. It is not sealed on top of the paper so you’re more prone to grease spots if you do it this way.
Can I cut intricate images with the Cricut Knife Blade?
The recommended smallest area you should cut is about the size of a pencil eraser and don’t go thinner than the width of a pencil. I have tried to cut really intricate settings and it either split the wood or would break as I was removing it from the mat.
Should I remove small inner images as I cut with my Cricut Knife Blade?
If you remove the small areas that are lifting as you cut your images, it will throw the cut out of sync. It will begin to cut areas a bit off of the actual cut line because it doesn’t have a surface holding it in-place like before. Some of the smaller intricate pieces will pop up as your cutting but I would only recommend removing it if it’s getting in the way of the blade and stopping the cut.
How can I make my homemade DIY cake topper food safe?
Many sealants are only labeled food-safe after going through a rigorous FDA approval. I would recommend using Mod Podge because it is non-toxic but it is not declared food-safe. Most craft supplies are not food safe. But since you don’t actually want it to get on your food, I’d cover the stakes of your cake topper with some cling film after you’ve applied your Mod Podge.
If you don’t want to seal it, go ahead. Just stick the wood straight into the cake and call it good. I would only recommend sealing it if you painted or stained it and planned to reuse it.
Check out other bloggers ideas on how to cut wood on your Cricut machine.
Did you know that you can use your Cricut to make personalized cutlery? Create this personalized mermaid party cutlery for your next mermaid party. This post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commision from your purchase at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.
This months theme for Craft Lightning is wood. Just give us some wood and 15 minutes and we’ll have some easy and quick mermaid party decor that will leave your guests in awe. Create custom wood cutlery with some vinyl and your electronic cutting machine. I use a Cricut. I know people have their preferences when it comes to a Cricut or a Silhouette. I’ve owned both. I haven’t used a Silhouette in probably 4 years. I love the design software but the cuts I would get were not great. I recently made these rosettes using some fibrous paper and the detail that Cricut was able to get just gets me every time. I have learned when cutting fibrous paper with my Cricut, I do intricate cuts with it on regular speed. Those stars are 1/4″! Anywho, let’s get back to business. This personalized wood cutlery was super easy to make. I just used some sparkling holographic vinyl and cut it into shapes that were 1/4″ wide.
With your Cricut Maker, select it from the main list. If you have a Cricut Explore, use the vinyl+ setting on your Smart Dial.
Just peel and place on the bottom of your wooden cutlery and you’re set for the perfect mermaid party. I’m planning a mermaid party for Leila this year so I’m really excited. I’m having The Sugar House Bakery make her amazing cakes and cookies. I’ve got Oriental Trading helping with the holographic details. My mother-in-law is also coming and she’s never been to the states. I’m nervous…On another easy breezy note, check out the other things that these creative bloggers made with wood. It’s all made under 15 minutes for Craft Lightning. I love these challenges.–
New Years Eve is always a celebration. Learn how to make these New Years photo booth props with your Cricut. Thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this post. Head to the bottom of the post to win your very own Cricut Maker!
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Photo booths are a must have at a party with a lot of guests. Not only is it time that they’re spending with you, it’s time that you don’t have to spend thinking of what to occupy them with. Photo booth props are easily made with your Cricut Maker or your Cricut Explore.
Cardstock (I used green, gold, white, black, pink and brown)
Remember that you don’t have to cut everyone of these shapes if you don’t want. All you have to do is click on the eyeball that is next to the shape and it’ll disapear, or just delete it. I don’t want you paying for a shape that you’ll never use. Or buy the Cricut Access program and get over 30,000 shapes available to you.I’ve used the subscription services when I had my Silhouette and now that I use Cricut. I’ve gotten a better deal out of Cricut. I’ve been able to find a lot of shapes that I’ve been able to manipulate and give me the look that I want. It’s a great addition and only $10 a month for something that you’d get a lot of use out of.I used the standard grip mat and chose the intricate cut setting for Cricut cardstock. If I am using any cardstock thicker than the 80 lb. weight, I’ll usually just hit go again and it’ll give me 4 swipes of the blade. This will insure that you don’t have any tears when lifting your paper from the mat. For the glitter cardstock, do the intricate cut but have it pass through 4 times. When choosing intricate cut it’ll pass through twice for each press of the go button.Once all your shapes are cut, just assemble them according to the image. I always like to separate my image cuts into piles so that I don’t get any pieces missed. My favorite adhesive for cardstock is this one by Tombow. It dries quick and it’s also great for 3-D projects.I let all the New Years photo booth props dry overnight and then I adhere the skewer to the back. I just use hot glue for this part because it’s the best and most durable for photo booth props. Once all your sticks are adhered you’re ready to go.I like to have these in a jar just to the side of the booth. In the past I’ve used lots of different photo backdrops but my favorite thing to use is this sequin fabric. It pops and is perfect for ringing in the New Year.
The Cricut Maker is such a wonderful and useful tool. This post I’m going to show how easy it is to throw a Bachelorette Party using the Cricut Maker free projects included when you get your own. Read to the end of this post to see all the ideas and to win a Cricut Maker of your own.
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I love the Make It Now feature in Cricut’s Design Space. It is such a saving grace when I’m having bouts of creativity-loss. When you buy a machine through Cricut, they gift you with exclusive access to certain Make It Now projects. When they released the new Cricut Maker, they included 50 free projects to get you started. The project I have chosen is the Bridesmaid Invitation and the bachelorette Party Kisses and Diamonds straw and donut toppers.These invitations are the perfect way to ask your best girlfriends to be a bridesmaid and they straw and donut toppers are the perfect accent to a bachelorette party.
Begin with printing your invitation on your printer. I use a 60lb cardstock from Michaels and it’s perfect for my HP Printer. Anything too thick will not pull through. Once you have your file printed, place it on your mat and load it in the Cricut Maker. It will read the registration marks and begin cutting and scoring. Unload your mat.Load your black pen into the Cricut Maker (this was included) and your regular cardstock and cut your envelope, small card and your Bride Tribe symbol. You can use black cardstock or vinyl as well but the pen is easier for me. I did color in the edges to fill in the writing.Add your glittered cardstock to the mat and cut the envelope insert, invitation back and small card.
You’ll then print off your tattoo paper images and add that to the mat. The sensors on the Cricut Maker are better than the Explore so these will cut. Place them into your small insert for the card as a special surprise for your friends.To assemble these, add your larger pink glitter square to the inside of the envelope. Next fold in your edges and place a small amount of adhesive to the sides of the envelope and place the end on the adhesive. The printed invitation will now be placed on the smaller glitter cardstock so that the color will peak through the holes your Cricut Maker created. Place some adhesive on the small squares and adhere them together. Place your tattoo inserts behind the square and adhere it to the invitation.For the straw and donut toppers, cut your white background first, then the standard cardstock and last, the pink glitter cardstock for the lips. Adhere your diamond tops to the bottoms and place them in your donuts. For the lips, there are two slits cut in it and you just thread your straw through there.Want to check out the other 49 FREE projects included with your Cricut Maker?! Click the pictures below to see how some of my blog buddies created these projects with their Maker!
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These rainbow cupcakes were such a dream to make and they look so fun with the color variations on the inside. Your kids will be going crazy for these delicious rainbow cupcakes and asking for more gold once they’ve eaten them all gone. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Rainbow cupcakes are such a fun addition to any party or any part of your day. Celebrate sunshine with these easy to make rainbow cupcakes.
What I used is the Duff Goldman Tie Dye mix and just mixed it according to package directions. I separated the batter into 6 different cups and added the included color drops as directed to the cups. I used my 1 Tbsp. scoop and added them into the cupcake wrapper in the order of the rainbow .I preheated my oven to 350 degrees and baked them for 20 minutes or until you press down in the middle and they bounce back up. Allow them to cool completely and then ice them with some of my secret weapons, bakery bought cream cheese icing!
I topped them off with some gold coins from the dollar store but you could even get more fancy and use the gold coin chocolate. That’ll send you into more of a sugar high! This recipe is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day party food or even a Rainbow themed kids party. I know it’s technically a tie-dye mix but change it up and add a little sunshine to your life.
Make the perfect St. Patricks Day Rainbow cupcakes or use them for a rainbow themed party. They're so fun!
1boxRainbow Cake Mix
2cupsprepared Cream Cheese Frosting
1packagegold cupcake liners
Make the cupcakes according to the package instructions. Scoop out a tablespoon at a time into each cupcake liner. Try and keep the colors as smooth of a transition as possible and try not to let the colors bleed into one another.
Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting them.
Use a large, round tip and a piping bag to get a smooth finish on your buttercream.
*This post does contain affiliate links, thanks for your support.Malakai had so much fun at his Harry Potter birthday party. What a better way to celebrate “The Boy Who Lived” than incorporating Harry Potter. We had lots of good ideas thanks to other Harry Potter birthday parties that have been thrown by others but it was fun to put a little spin on it.
I just cut the top off of some greenery I grabbed from Ikea and glues it to the top of the babies heads. I used red velvet cake but you can get any kind you want. I especially love these Butterbeer Cupcakes from Sugar & Soul. I spread it with cream cheese frosting and dipped it in some brown sprinkles. You could also ground up some Oreos and dip them in to have it look like dirt.
I got these Honeydukes chocolate bar labels from Etsy here. They’re printable and a no brainer. They fit perfectly on Hershey bars. We had our local bakery make a replica of Hagrid’s cake and had them personalize it. I also especially love the Gryffindor smash cake. They just used a printable paper and I attached the little snitch on top. I also bought some paper stars that just added a pop to the Harry Potter table. They’re actual pages out of the book folded into tiny stars and they’re adorable. Grab them here. Get Away Today was a huge help in bringing all the decorations together. They had some Harry Potter candy from the original Honeydukes for us. They also lent us their Sorting Hat and scarves for our photo booth. I used some printable snitch wings and attached them onto some Ferrero Rocher candies and yum…
Grab the balloons here and grab the confetti here. I just stuffed the confetti into the clear balloons and then took them to my local party store to fill up.
I used the large cauldron for drinks, the medium for the Harry Potter photo booth props and the small one to hold the extra candy along with the prop Harry Potter glasses. You can see Malakai’s Harry Potter Snitch invitation here.
I grabbed a lot of candies and props for the Diagon Alley area of the party from Oriental Trading. here, here, here The skull statue and the beakers are all from Michaels and I grabbed dowels, hot glue and brown spray paint while I was there and made some fun homemade wands. I got all the table linens from Oriental Trading as well.