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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
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.
These DIY Princess Crowns are made perfect by using your Cricut machine.
Create them in minutes and have your princess enjoy her party in style.
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I loved preparing for this easy Princess Party. It was made complete by making this easy DIY Princess Crowns. Create them out of glitter cardstock and see how easy it is to cut with your Cricut machine.
You’re going to begin by opening the Cricut Design Space File above and setting your Cricut machine to Glitter Cardstock (get more information on this below). Load your glitter cardstock on to your mat and cut, select finish on your computer and set aside.
Next, select to cut your image again but this time mirror the image. Load your coordinating paper on to your mat and then cut again.
Run your cardstock images into your Xyron Creative Station right side up. This will turn your images into stickers and then you can sandwich them together. If you’re using wet adhesive, set it aside to dry. Connect the ends of your DIY Princess Crown together and use your easy craft adhesive. Use two clips to secure the ends together so that it will ensure that they’ll stay adhered.
You can connect some elastic to the paper princess crowns by using a hole punch or stapler. Or you can use these paper princess crowns as place card holders.
How do I cut Glitter Cardstock with my Cricut?
Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore have different looks in Design Space when it comes to choosing your materials.
If you have a Cricut Maker, you’re going to want to click on the ‘Choose More Materials’ link and it will pull up all that the Cricut Maker has been tested to cut. Just choose Glitter Cardstock and then press the Go flashing button on your Cricut Maker.
To cut glitter cardstock on your Cricut Explore, set your smart dial to ‘Custom’ and then the drop-down menu will include Glitter Cardstock. Select that and then press the Go flashing button on your Cricut Explore.
Begin by trimming down your Derwent Marker Paper to be 8.5X11″ so that it can fit into your printer paper tray. Print off the woodland animals for your DIY Cupcake Toppers and load them into your Cricut machine. For an easy tutorial on how to use the Print Then Cut feature for your Cricut, go here.
How do I make Paper Rosettes?
Making paper rosettes is really easy when you have the right tools. I like to use my Cricut Maker with the Scoring Wheel. The Cricut Scoring Wheel gives me deep impressions so that doing the accordion fold on each of the rosettes is easier. You can also use a scoring board and a paper trimmer to make the edges of the rosettes flat.
Now you’re going to cut out your rosette shapes and adhere them with the Xyron Tape Runner. I like to use clips to hold it together until the adhesive sets. Just some standard quilting binding clips are the best ones I’ve been able to find.
As your paper rosettes are setting, color each of the woodland animal shapes in any coordinating colors. I used Orange, Scarlet Red, and Brown for the squirrel and then Gray and Light Blue for the raccoon.Use your larger circle as the base and then use the Xyron Tape Runner to adhere the Derwent Marker Paper to the coordinating cardstock. Now use some strong adhesive to place the circle on to the middle of your rosette.
How to Turn a Rosette into a Cupcake Topper?
Use a wooden skewer and place that on the cupcake topper so that it can sit on your cupcake straight.
Now you’ve created the most perfect DIY Cupcake Topper using the grass rosette shape and some circles. Your children or your own party will be awesome with some personalized party decor.
This Magical White Chocolate Unicorn Bark is absolutely going to make you earn brownie points for such beautiful food. Grab the easy instructions on how to make it below. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
You absolutely loved my Unicorn Pancakes, take it a step further and make this magical White Chocolate Unicorn Bark. Load it up with sprinkles and handmade Unicorn horns and you’re set for the perfect Unicorn party.
Begin by making your Unicron Horns our of the pink fondant. You’re going to want to take a piece the size of a bouncy ball and then roll it out and taper it at the edges. Bring the two ends together and then twist. Set them aside to dry.
How do I temper chocolate in the microwave?
Next, place a piece of parchment paper on top of a baking sheet. You’re going to want to temper your white chocolate and that can easily be done in the microwave.
To temper chocolate in the microwave, begin with about 2/3 of your chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. You’re going to want to heat in 30-second intervals and stirring between each rotation. Once your chocolate is almost melted completely, add in your other 1/3 of chocolate to help bring the heat down.
To warm your chocolate, just microwave in 10-second intervals until it returns to the same consistency. But this recipe, we won’t worry about that.
Pour your melted white chocolate over the parchment and then spread with an offset spatula. You can absolutely just use a silicone spatula but I love the way and offset spatula spreads so use that if you have one. Next, warm your purple candy melts in the same fashion as the chocolate or go here to see how I’ve done it in the past.
Pour the warmed purple candy melts over the white chocolate bark and then swirl with a toothpick to create your white chocolate Unicorn Bark.
Now the fun part! Pour your sprinkles over the warm Unicorn Bark and then place your fondant unicorn horns all around and let it firm in the refrigerator.
How do you break chocolate bark?
The last step is the break the Unicorn Bark. To break my chocolate bark, I took the parchment paper off of the pan and then dropped it on my countertop. You can use a knife too. Just do whichever you prefer.
I love to serve this in some parchment bags or just pile it on a plate and allow others to serve themselves. Either way, you definitely have a hit on your hands with this white chocolate Unicorn Bark.
Make this magical unicorn bark for your next unicorn party. It's the perfect addition to your unicorn dessert table.
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4ozready-made white fondant
2ozready-made red fondant
Cornstarch for rolling
1cuppurple candy melts
1cupsprinkles of your choice
Start by lining a cookie sheet with wax paper. Cover your fingers in cornstarch, as well as your clean working surface (this will avoid any sticky messes). Fold both fondant colors and knead together, creating a pink-marbled look and roll 12-15 fondant spheres, about ¼ of an inch in diameter.
Roll each sphere into a long strip, about 1 inch in length.
Slightly fold over your strip and start twisting. Once you reach the end of the twist, pinch the tip. This will act as your unicorn horn. Gently place your fondant creations on your lined baking sheet.
Line a rectangular pan with wax paper. Add white chocolate and 2 tsp of your coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in thirty-second intervals until completely melted. Mix and pour into your lined pan.
Next, add purple candy and 1 tsp coconut oil into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in thirty-second intervals until completely melted and pour over your melted white chocolate. Use a fork to blend the white chocolate and the purple candy to create a marbled look.
Top your bark with sprinkles and your fondant horns. Let set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and break off into pieces.
What better way to end a Unicorn Birthday Party than with some Unicorn Pancakes?! See how I made them and what I’d recommend serving them with. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Unicorns are always a perfect birthday party theme, these Unicorn pancakes are sure to please your guests. I love this idea for a young girl having a slumber party with all of her friends and the food coloring always makes it magical. Learn how to make Unicorn Pancakes here!
Of course, you can always change the colors of the pancakes to any color you’d like or you can even use these as Princess Pancakes! Or better yet, turn these into Rainbow Pancakes!!
Begin by combining all of your dry ingredients and sift them together. Add your wet ingredients and whip until combined and smooth.
Divide your batter into two bowls and add your food coloring gel until you get the color you want. I used a few drops of red to get the pink and the violet was a bit more heavy-handed.
I like to allow my mix to settle for about 10-15 minutes but it’s not a vital step to take. You want to heat a skillet or a grill pan over medium heat and spray with non-stick spray or butter. When using butter, you always want to wipe the excess because it will burn in the pan and leave your pancakes kind of bitter.
Use 1/4 cup to drop your batter onto your skillet. Allow bubbles to form and then flip it when the edges are browned.
Top with your condensed milk and whipped cream. So delicious. These Unicorn Pancakes are sure to please!
Create the perfect unicorn party by making these unicorn pancakes. It's perfect for a unicorn sleepover party and to serve the next morning.
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2drops red gel food coloring
2drops violet gel food coloring
1/2cupof condensed milk
Start by sifting your flour, baking powder, and salt. Add sugar and whisk.
Add egg, milk, and oil and whisk until batter forms and is smooth.
Divide the batter into 2 bowls and color each one with its respective gel food colorings. Mix until each bowl of batter is completely tinted.
On a hot skillet (heated over medium heat) sprayed with cooking oil and/or coated with butter, pour ¼ cup of the batter and cook until bubbles form on top. Flip and cook until edges lift/turn a very light brown.
Stack pancakes on a plate and pour over your condensed milk. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles and enjoy!
So these Pinata Cupcakes are my new favorite food! See how easy it is to create this Pinata Cupcake recipe for Cinco De Mayo or a fun Southwestern party. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
Pinata Cupcakes are more about the topper than anything. You want to fill them with any candy you’d like but ones that have a type of shell coating on them. Fill these with Nerds, M&M’s, Skittles, Reese’s Pieces – the possibilities of fillings for your pinata cupcakes are endless.
I like to start with an easy store-bought mix that is inexpensive. Make sure you leave them unfrosted until you put your candies in them. Cut a small hole about the diameter of a nickel, and then fill the middle using a spoon.
Next, you’ll make your buttercream by mixing the butter, milk and powdered sugar. Whip it to a fluffy consistency and then frost your cupcakes. You’ll want a biscuit cutter that is the same diameter as your cupcake, so about 2″. Cut four circles of each color then slice them horizontally to make lines and then cut small fringe details in your pinata cupcakes. Just use your colors in varying patterns and the homemade pinata cupcakes and serve for the best fiesta ever!
Perfect for a Cinco De Mayo party or any fiesta you're going to throw, these Pinata Cupcakes are sure to be the perfect addition.
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2-3oz.pastel yellow fondant
2-3oz.pastel pink fondant
2-3oz.pastel green fondant
2-3oz.pastel blue fondant
Roll each of your fondant pieces so that they’re each about ¼ of an inch thick. Using a cookie cutter about the same size as the top of your cupcakes, cut 3 circles of each circle.
We used a fondant mat to facilitate the next step, but you can also line your working surface with wax paper. Using a paring knife, cut each circle into 4 strips. Then, on the bottom of each strip, cut out little tassels.
Using your paring knife, cut out the center top off each cupcake. Fill with candies and place the top back on.
In a stand mixer, beat butter, sugar and milk until smooth. Place the buttercream in a piping bag and frost each cupcake.