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Cricut - Fourth of July - Holidays

Patriotic Craft with Easy Paper Rosettes

May 23, 2018

This patriotic craft is so fun for Memorial Day or Fourth of July. The easiest way to make paper rosettes and use Xyron adhesive to ensure a hold that’ll last all summer. Create this patriotic craft making easy paper rosettes using your Cricut and Xyron Adhesive. The perfect summer patriotic craft. #Cricut #FourthOfJuly #Patriotic #Craft #CricutMade #XyronThis post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commision at no extra cost to you.

These patriotic paper rosettes are perfect for Memorial Day or Fourth of July. It’s a fun twist to standard patriotic craft or Fourth of July craft.

Supplies

So begin by cutting your paper rosette shape. Now you’ll have 3 white rectangles, 3 blue rectangles, 1 circle and 1 cut-out circle. Run your blue rectangle and the cut-out circle through your Xyron Creative Station.Create this patriotic craft making easy paper rosettes using your Cricut and Xyron Adhesive. The perfect summer patriotic craft. #Cricut #FourthOfJuly #Patriotic #Craft #CricutMade #Xyron Now lay the blue rectangle over the white rectangle and the red cut-out circle on the larger white circle.Create this patriotic craft making easy paper rosettes using your Cricut and Xyron Adhesive. The perfect summer patriotic craft. #Cricut #FourthOfJuly #Patriotic #Craft #CricutMade #Xyron Use the score lines that are on the rectangles and fold them accordion style.Create this patriotic craft making easy paper rosettes using your Cricut and Xyron Adhesive. The perfect summer patriotic craft. #Cricut #FourthOfJuly #Patriotic #Craft #CricutMade #Xyron Do that to all three fans and then we’ll use our Xyron Mega Runner and run a line of adhesive on the white side of the end of the rectangle and then lay it over a piece of the blue fan.Create this patriotic craft making easy paper rosettes using your Cricut and Xyron Adhesive. The perfect summer patriotic craft. #Cricut #FourthOfJuly #Patriotic #Craft #CricutMade #XyronCreate this patriotic craft making easy paper rosettes using your Cricut and Xyron Adhesive. The perfect summer patriotic craft. #Cricut #FourthOfJuly #Patriotic #Craft #CricutMade #XyronCreate this patriotic craft making easy paper rosettes using your Cricut and Xyron Adhesive. The perfect summer patriotic craft. #Cricut #FourthOfJuly #Patriotic #Craft #CricutMade #Xyron Next, place your adhered fan on to a flat surface. Just press down in the middle and the fan will start folding in.Create this patriotic craft making easy paper rosettes using your Cricut and Xyron Adhesive. The perfect summer patriotic craft. #Cricut #FourthOfJuly #Patriotic #Craft #CricutMade #Xyron Create this patriotic craft making easy paper rosettes using your Cricut and Xyron Adhesive. The perfect summer patriotic craft. #Cricut #FourthOfJuly #Patriotic #Craft #CricutMade #XyronNow I use some hot glue to hold that small circle together but you can choose what works best for you. Now you’ll place the eagle cut-out circle over the middle. So easy and such a quick patriotic Fourth of July craft.Create this patriotic craft making easy paper rosettes using your Cricut and Xyron Adhesive. The perfect summer patriotic craft. #Cricut #FourthOfJuly #Patriotic #Craft #CricutMade #Xyron These paper rosettes that I made with my Cricut go perfectly with these Fourth of July party poppers and the super cute patriotic coozies.

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.

Christmas - Holidays

Reindeer, Santa and Snowman Christmas Hot Cocoa Cups

November 30, 2017

These Christmas Hot Cocoa Cups are so easy to make using some of my favorite items from Oriental Trading Co. Thank you to them for sponsoring this post.This post does contain affiliate links.

Who doesn’t love these three symbols of the Christmas holiday? I took some candy and cocoa mix and made these easy hot cocoa cups. You can give them to your neighbors or kids in general just love them.Oriental Trading makes Christmas craft shopping so easy. I love heading online and seeing all the different things I can create.

I began with these plastic cups and then filled each of them with marshmallows for the snowman, crushed candy cane candies for Santa and hot cocoa mix for the reindeer.I used the templates below to cut the shapes with my Cricut Maker. You could certainly cut them by hand but the Cricut makes everything easier.

Supplies

After you’ve filled your cups with their ingredients, apply googly eyes to all of them. GlueDots are awesome for this or you can use a glue gun. Use the low-temp setting or else you will melt your cups.With the reindeer, you’ll want to shape your pipe cleaner into antler shapes. Hot glue the antlers to the top of the lid. Attach the red pom pom for his nose.For Santa, hot glue the Santa hat onto the lid. I placed one dot on the inside of the seam of the hat and attached the lid to it. I was able just to fold the hat over the entire lid and it was a perfect fit.  Add the mustache cut out and a small red pom pom for his nose.

For the snowman, glue his hat on to the lid and three mini black pom poms for the buttons. Add the holly berry to his hat.You can tie them all together in a bunch to gift them or just place them near a table setting for the kids to make their own hot cocoa cups. This makes the perfect addition to any meal or just a Christmas treat.

Other bloggers have also used Oriental Trading supplies to make other Christmas crafts. Check them out below.


Christmas - Crafting DIY

Easy Farmhouse Christmas Wreath

November 6, 2017

This easy farmhouse Christmas wreath was so easy to make and I used all items I had on hand.
It’s simple to make in 15 minutes or less!Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garland
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You only need a few items to create this simple farmhouse Christmas wreath. I’m so glad to be participating in Craft Lightning for the holidays. To see my other Christmas wreath I created for Craft Lightning, click here.

Supplies

  • Wreath Form
  • Moss
  • wire garland
  • glue gun

Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garland You’ll want to spend the few extra dollars to get a green wreath form. I didn’t think that far ahead and just decided I could easily spray paint it. Don’t. The paint eats the foam and it turns sticky. I knew this but I didn’t think very far ahead. I used a 12″ wreath form that I picked up from my local Joann store.Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandI also grabbed these wire garlands. For a wreath form this big, you’ll use all of one and a bit of the second. Just grab a smaller wreath form and you’ll only need to grab one wire garland. Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandI began by hot gluing all the moss on the wreath form. I used what I had on hand but if I was going to buy the moss, I’d pick the moss ribbon or something that comes in a sheet rather than the small bits of moss. I used 2 full packages of the small moss.Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandJust find random places to fill in the wreath and get a good covering. It doesn’t need to go all the way to the back because that won’t show. Just cover the wreath form as full as you want it.Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandTo wrap the wire garland, start with the wire in the back of the form. Wrap it all around the form in the clockwise direction. When the wire intersects, begin wrapping it around the opposite way. This will help the X’s form in the wreath. The tighter you wrap, the more definition in the farmhouse Christmas wreath you’ll get.Create an easy farmhouse Christmas wreath using moss and wire garlandThat’s it! So easy and fun to create this farmhouse Christmas wreath and bring the look into your own home.

Check out all the other Craft Lightning projects below and follow along for more quick holiday crafts.

Halloween - Recipes

White Chocolate Cashew Halloween Crock Pot Candy Recipe

October 19, 2017

I love cashew chocolate clusters but it’s even easier in your Crock Pot. Make this delicious white chocolate cashew Halloween crock pot candy today!This post may contain affiliate links. 

This recipe was so easy. We’ve all seen Crock Pot candy but this is a new twist on it. I’m so excited to be joining the ladies at Simple Simon for their Slow Cooker Spooktacular series. Head to the bottom of the post to find out how you can win one of your very own!Supplies

First, place your whole cashews in the Crock Pot. Then place the white almond bark on top. Then add your bag of white chocolate chips. Don’t stir just yet! Place your Crock Pot on low and cook it for about an hour. After an hour, go ahead and give it and stir. Some people will say to let it go for another hour but that burnt mine the first time. Just stir it until the chocolate is melted after that first initial hour and then scoop them.

Use an ice scream scoop or just two spoons and place it on some parchment paper to set.

While your chocolate is still warm, sprinkle your Halloween sprinkles on top. I created these fun candy boxes with my Cricut Maker and here is the link to the Design Space file if you want led to make your own on any Cricut. The paper is from My Minds EyeMy word of advice and something I learned the hard way ?, line your Crock Pot with some cling film or place something as a barrier if you have a hot spot. My hot spot is on one particular side about 2” up. I burned the candy that was in that area but I was also able to salvage a lot of it too.

This recipe can be customized for any holiday but Halloween is one of my favorites. It’s perfect as fall neighbor gifts or add Christmas sprinkles and pass them out then. Head here to Simple Simon to win your very own slow cooker. Good luck! 

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

This post may contain affiliate links.

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

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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

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.


Crafting DIY - Cricut - Fourth of July

DIY Patriotic Coozies using your Cricut Explore

June 30, 2017

Keeping your drink cold in the summer is essential. Learn how easy it is to make these
Patriotic Coozies using your Cricut Explore. 
Create personalized coozies using your Cricut ExploreThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Fourth of July is the all-time funnest holiday of the year, hands down! I love the fireworks, the food and just the ability to let loose. I created these stars with the Heidi Swapp font from Design Space and I’ve included the file below. Add them to these Dollar Spot Coozies and you’re set.

Supplies

Create personalized coozies using your Cricut ExploreBegin by cutting your design on your Cricut. Be sure to reverse the image for Iron-On, you’ll be so mad at yourself if you don’t ?. Now remove the excess Iron-On. Leave the actual image on the plastic transfer sheet, only remove what you don’t want. Removing Iron-On is relatively easy. I find it easier than removing actual vinyl because it’s not so sticky. Create personalized coozies using your Cricut ExploreCut your plastic so that your images are separated. Next, place it on your Coozie and press it. I use this method all the time on how I adhere my Iron-On and it works like a charm. The key to get a great adhesion is to press and press hard. Let it cool a little and start peeling off the plastic. If you have a place that hasn’t quite stuck, just lay the plastic back down and press again. Create personalized coozies using your Cricut Explore Create personalized coozies using your Cricut ExploreYou’re finished and it’s so easy to create your own Patriotic Coozies.