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Make your own Christmas Gift Bags using stencils from DecoArt

December 11, 2018

Creating these DIY gift bags is easy as 1, 2, 3! Use your Cricut to cut the paper and add some stenciled art with DecoArt stencils and acrylic paint.

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Last week I used some DecoArt Americana acrylic paint to create these super cute buffalo plaid wrapping paper and today I’m showing you how easy it is to create your own Christmas gift bags.

Supplies for your Homemade Gift Bags

Cut all your gift bags out using your Cricut. You’re going to want to leave the bags flat to decorate the DIY gift bags.

Using washi tape to hold your stencil down is helpful. You’ll want to dip your brush in the color you want and blot off the excess. Pounce your brush until it’s fairly dry to help prevent seeping. I used the small brush to go over the berry area in the opposite color of the stencil. For the red cardstock, I used the Thicket paint for the stencil first and then I went over the berries using the red. I did the same thing for the blue paper but just reversed the colors. Add some coordinating ribbon to your homemade Christmas gift bags for the final touch.

That’s it. So easy and it makes such a difference in presentation. People will know that the gift is ultra special by these homemade touches. It’s simple and makes all the difference in the world.

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Rainbow DIY Bookends with your Cricut Maker

September 9, 2018

Create these perfect Rainbow DIY Bookends using your Knife Blade on your Cricut Maker. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I’ve been super busy at home and mainly my bedroom…not that kind of busy. I’ve been making a craft area in my master bedroom and also using it as my blog studio. When I was designing this area I wanted lots of white with rainbow accents. That’s when I came up with the idea of making rainbow bookends so I figured what better way to make them than with my Cricut! They’re pretty easy to make, just a bit of a long process waiting for the glue to dry. Let’s get started on our DIY bookends! 

Supplies for your Rainbow DIY Bookends

How do I cut wood with my Cricut Maker?

The easiest wood to cut with your Cricut Maker is Basswood. It is still durable even though it’s 1/16″ thick. If you cut Balsa with your Cricut Maker, it can easily break and is too flimsy for this project. It may save you a few dollars on the wood but it’s not worth it.

Where can I buy wood for my Cricut Maker to cut?

I have found that Hobby Lobby has the best selection, then Joann’s and then Michaels. It may just be my certain stores that don’t have a great selection but craft or hobby stores are where you want to go to buy the wood sheets.

How thick of wood can my Cricut Maker cut?

The best results I’ve had is when I cut 1/16″ basswood. You can cut 3/32″ as well. The maximum size that your Cricut Maker can cut is 2.4mm and that is equivalent to 3/32″.

How do I assemble my DIY bookends?

So this is the easier part. I began with painting my rainbow in my desired colors and allowed it to dry. I started by gluing together 3 of the base pieces of the artboard and then glued my base wood piece to it. I used some binding clips to hold it tight as the glue was drying. Did you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricut

Next, you’ll do your outer layers of the rainbow. Again, use your binding clips to hold it together until it is dried. You can also use hot glue if you want but my crafting glue is what I had on hand and it dries crystal clear. Did you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricut

Don’t put on the rainbow cloud pieces yet! Did you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricutDid you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricut

After you’ve allowed your rainbow to dry, adhere it to your clear acrylic bookends. I placed glue on both ends and then placed it on the bookends. I then put some books to either side of it to hold it up straight as I waited for it to dry.

Once it’s completely dried and set, it is now time to add the clouds. I made a notch in the clouds that is 1/8″. This will help me press the cloud straight to the bookend and be square with the shelf. Just use some binding clips to hold it in place again and then allow it to dry.  Did you know you can make your own bookends? Create these rainbow bookends using your Cricut Maker and wow everybody you know. #cricutmade #cricutmaker #cricut

How long does the Cricut Maker Knife Blade take to cut wood?

The thing that took the longest was the drying of the clue. Since these aren’t intricate, the cutting was fairly fast. The Cricut Maker will make 14 passes when cutting on the 1/16″ basswood setting.

You need to plan on having your Cricut Maker connected to a desktop or a laptop. The reason for this is that the Knife Blade can take sometimes hours to cut and you could have your phone turn off, or get a call and then your project will be lost. For all the Cricut Maker Knife Blade tips I recommend, go here

I’ve displayed these in my Craft Room for some fun motivation to get creative on any project I make. Now check out some more home decor items you can create with your Cricut.

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DIY Reverse Canvas with Cricut Wisteria EasyPress Bundle

May 2, 2018

Using the new Cricut Wisteria EasyPress is so easy to create reverse canvas projects. Not only is it beautiful, it’s a practical thing to have for every crafter of every skill level.Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaThis post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support.

Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaCreating a reverse canvas is so easy and now that you have or are considering an EasyPress, it just makes it that much more achievable to get professional looks with little materials. I love it because it’s 9×9″ evenly heated and the Wisteria EasyPress is lightweight, portable and easy to store.

Supplies –

To begin, find yourself some awesome Iron-On Designs that are included in the Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. The Cricut Wisteria items are only available at JOANN stores and guys, it’s beautiful. You’ve got the metallic finish and it’s the perfect shade of purple to coincide with Pantone’s color of the year, Ultra Violet.Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaIf you can remove the staples of the back of your canvas, use that. If they’re in there pretty deep, go ahead and cut around the back of the canvas. My canvas had a painted side to it and a more rustic side on the back with no paint. I decided I wanted a farmhouse reverse canvas so I used the back side.Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaPreheat your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress to 340ºF. If you prefer Celcius, just hold the temperature button on the EasyPress and it will switch over, do the same thing to switch it back to Fahrenheit. Then set the timer for 30 seconds. If you do not have an EasyPress Mat, set the timer for 50 seconds.Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaSet your removed canvas over the EasyPress Mat and then warm your surface for about 10 seconds. Lay your Cricut Iron-On Design over the top and then take your Wisteria EasyPress and hold it over the design for 30 seconds. Use medium pressure and allow the design to cool for around 1-2 minutes.Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaUse a firm hold and pull up the transfer paper. It may take a bit of a tug when you first pull up on the paper. As long as it doesn’t lift up the actual design, you’re ok. If the design does lift, go ahead and press your design for 20 more seconds and allow it to cool all over again.

Now that you have your design pressed, now it’s time to stain your frame if you’d like. Just brush the stain over the top, allow it to soak in for 30 seconds and then wipe. I just used a foam brush to paint it on and a paper towel to wipe it off. You can also use a lint-free towel to wipe it off too. Allow it to dry completely.Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaTurn your frame upside down and then lay the image over the frame. Make sure to set the image to where you want it. Then you’re going to start stapling the back of the canvas to the back of the frame. Begin in the middle and pull as you go. Go back and forth, side to side pulling taught. Be sure to staple all around the edges and then trim the excess canvas.Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteriaDisplay your awesome reverse canvas and relish in how easy it was to make!

So, what’s included in your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress Bundle? Here is everything:

  • Wisteria EasyPress
  • Exclusive Iron On Designs
  • Elephants and Phrases that are perfect for Onesies
  • Makers Gonna Make & Love Phrase Designs that are perfect for t-shirts
  • Floral Design
  • ‘Awesome’ Phrase Design

Learn how easy it is to create a reverse canvas with your Cricut Wisteria EasyPress bundle. #ad #CricutMade #Cricut #CricutWisteria

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DIY Box Tops Collection Box

January 18, 2018

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Create this DIY Box Tops Collection Box to keep track of all your earnings for your local school. Get them on participating boxes of General Mills available at Walmart.Create this DIY Box Tops Collection Box to add to your schools. Make children excited to be collecting Box Tops. #ad #EarnWithBoxTops #pta

Supplies

  • Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks, 40-ct box
  • Pink, Yellow, Purple and Gray Cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Sciccors
  • Glue

Begin by gathering all your supplies and set them aside besides the pink paper. Empty your box of Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks and trace your empty box onto the pink paper. Cut out the pink paper in the sides, front, back, top and bottom. You’ll want to be sure to get a square cut so that you can get exact sides.Cut the long side of the box on three sides so that you’ll have a flap to be able to place the Box Tops inside and remove them. On that tab you’ll glue two ends together on a ribbon and glue that to the inside of the box so you have a tab.Attach the pink cardstock to all sides of your Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks box using adhesive. You can use any Box Tops for Education for this DIY Box Tops collection box. When I was at Walmart, I grabbed a whole bunch –

  • Honey Nut Cheerios™
  • Yoplait® Original Fridge Pack
  • Totino’s™ Combination Pizza Party Pack
  • Old El Paso™ Taco Dinner Kit
  • Mott’s Medleys® Fruit Snacks

Create this DIY Box Tops Collection Box to add to your schools. Make children excited to be collecting Box Tops. #ad #EarnWithBoxTops #ptaYou’ll then use either scissors or and electronic cutting machine and cut out your image in the yellow and purple cardstock. Cut out your coin piece out of the gray cardstock. Adhere it with some glue and you’re done.At our school, we like to display our Box Tops for Education collection box at the front of the foyer. It gives students the ability to remember that they have these valuable Box Tops in their backpack. When we’re waiting to bring them to school, I like to keep them in a large clear jar so that when it’s ready to be taken to the school – I just place them in a baggie.To make it easier than ever to redeem Box Tops they now have an app, New Box Tops Bonus App. You can download it in the iTunes store or in Google Play. Earn even more cash to help your school get what it needs through the Box Tops for Education® Bonus App. Turn your everyday receipts into cash for your school. It’s free and as easy as 1-2-3. Here’s how it works:

  • Buy: Find offers. Buy Products.
  • Scan: Scan your receipt.
  • Earn Watch earnings stack up.

You can earn Bonus Box Tops in the Box Tops Bonus App in combination with the on-pack Box Tops clips and any other coupon, discount, store program or promotion.Box Tops for Education has helped our school in so many ways. It may seem small but when everyone gets together and collects them, it adds up in a big way!  Now if you buy 5 participating items + Scan receipt with Box Tops Bonus App = Earn $5 (50 Bonus Box Tops). Offer available through 1/31/18.

What is your favorite way to collect Box Tops for Education?

Cricut - Halloween - Kids

Classroom Halloween Craft – Spooky Suckers

October 12, 2017

This is the perfect classroom Halloween craft to create for your childs Halloween party.
Create these different spooky suckers using napkins and Tootsie Roll pops. 
Thank you to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this post.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template

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I love helping in my kids’ classrooms but I especially love class parties. Halloween is always one of the best and I’m always looking for an easy craft to make with all the kids. What more do kids need on Halloween than candy? More candy!Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template
Last year we made cotton ball ghosts and ran out of cotton balls. This year I want to be extra prepared so I got 200 suckers and 150 napkins to make sure I don’t run out of supplies. Do you think I’ll have enough? 😉

We’ve all seen those ghost suckers that are super easy but I wanted to add more characters. I decided on a witch and a bat. I’ve cut all the shapes out with my Cricut Maker but I’ve also included a template down below so that you can easily make them without an electronic cutting machine.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template

Supplies

To begin, tie all the napkins around the suckers first and attach a twine string at the base of the sucker to hold it on.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateNext, draw some faces. I wanted to keep it simple so I just drew an open mouth and two small eyes on the ghost. With the witch I tried to attempt a nose with a wart. Just use a fine black pen for these images. For the bat I drew some fangs using a silver marker so it would show on the black napkin.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateYou’ll now want to assemble your witch hat. If you’re hand cutting these, don’t worry about the middle area of the base of the hat. Just place some glue on the tab and roll your hat into a cone. Now adhere it to the base. If you have the tabs, just place glue on each one and fold it under the cone.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateFor the bat wings, just place some hot glue on the edges of the wings and place them on the sides of the sucker.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateYou can easily have the kids cut out the shapes but for a class of almost 30 students, cutting ahead of time is a lot easier for me. Or you could just trace them beforehand as well.Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free templateThat’s it, the easiest kids classroom Halloween craft using suckers and napkins. Make one or make them all! Happy Halloween!Create the perfect classroom Halloween craft with suckers and a free template

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How to clean tile grout with Borax

August 29, 2017

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Have you ever tried to clean your tile grout using Borax? I’m going to show you how easy and
effective it is.
How to clean your tile grout with Borax
Have you ever used 20 Mule Team® Borax for your cleaning needs? I have always used it to clean my tile grout and it’s such a great booster. For this post I’m going to show you how easy it is to clean tile grout with Borax.How to clean your tile grout with BoraxI grabbed some 20 Mule Team® Borax from my local grocery store, Lee’s in the “additives” section of the laundry aisle, and just mixed it with some baking soda. Follow the recipe below to create your paste and get scrubbing.

  • 1/3 cup 20 Mule Team® Borax
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • hot water to form a paste
  • toothbrush or grout cleaning brush

Once I mixed the mixture up into a thick paste, I slathered it onto the grout lines between my tile and let it sit for a minute or two. If your paste starts to become non-pliable, just add more water to continue with a paste consistency.How to clean your tile grout with BoraxAfter it sat for a minute, I began to scrub with a non-important toothbrush. The dirt lifts up almost immediately. 20 Mule Team® Borax is such a great booster and it helps in the cleaning process and makes it a little bit faster. Not only can you clean your tile grout – it can help you remove mattress odors and even help you clean your silverware. So many options with Borax.How to clean your tile grout with BoraxAs you can see the paste should last you almost your whole floor. You can reuse the dirty paste if you’d like or just mix up a new batch. I used a lot of paste and you don’t have to use this much if you don’t want. How to clean your tile grout with BoraxWhen I chose this tile and grout, I was not thinking clearly. I didn’t think how dirty it would become just after a short while. We’ve lived in our house for almost 10 years and I’ve had the tile professionally cleaned with no result ever coming into comparison for the Borax method. How to clean your tile grout with BoraxIt does take a bit of elbow grease but the fact that the grout is now the same color it was 10 years ago is a miracle all in of itself. I won’t clean my grout any other way now. Even though it is commonly used in the laundry room, there are so many other ways to use Borax. I especially like to use it to help clean my cast iron sink. What are some of the ways you plan on using Borax to help you in your home?

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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??

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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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

Supplies:

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