Tag Archives: Wood

Crafting - Fourth of July - Home Decor

American Flag Wall Art with Ribbon – Quick Patriotic Craft

May 16, 2019

Create this quick & easy Patriotic American Flag Wall Art using some ribbon, hot glue, and a stick. This American Flag decor is sure to welcome anyone into your home for 4th of July.

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I am more of a Fall and Spring kind of girl but I love decorating for Independence Day. This American Flag Wall Art is easy to complete in less than 15 minutes and will be perfect for your own 4th of July patio.

So you’re going to need ribbon, lots of it. I would have run to the store to grab more but I didn’t have any time. You can make this as full or as sparse as you want it but you’ll at least need 4 yards of each.

Supplies For Your DIY American Flag

I stuck with the color palette of Red, White, and Blue but I also added some silver to give it some dimension. All the ribbon is different textures and widths but they all stay within my color palette.

I cut the Blue and Silver dotted ribbon to be about a 1/2 yard and the Red/other ribbons to be 1 yard each. I also worked from the front back so anything that I wanted in the front of my American Flag decor had to be glued first.

Just place a bead of glue along the back of the dowel and begin placing your ribbon any way that you’d like. I started in the smaller corner of the blue and then I laid the red ribbon behind it.

How To Hang Your American Flag Wall Hanging

I bought some picture hanger screws from my local Michaels but you can just use a plain screw in the back. I used one on each end of my American Flag on the back of the stick. It had loops in the hardware where I just threaded some ribbon through to create a suspension. You can do that before or after your paint your stick.

Next, on the back side of your door, use some mini command hooks and hang it upside down. Place your suspension ribbon in the hook and then let it hang over the front of your door. I hang a lot of my other door hanging decor this way too.

I love all the different weights of the ribbon and how they blend together to create the stripes of the American Flag.

What other things are you planning to create for your 4th of July decor?

You can grab the Red, White, and Boom free SVG file here and make your own custom doormat following these directions here.

Easter - Movie Crafts

Harry Potter Easter Eggs with Paper House Productions

April 16, 2019

Easter is right around the corner. Create your very own Harry Potter Easter eggs to add some magic to your holiday.

Harry Potter Easter Eggs

If you’ve been a reader of the blog then you’ll know that I love the Harry Potter series and that I love scrapbooking supplies. What better way to intermingle the two things I love and create a stellar project with just some Harry Potter Washi Tape and some wooden Easter Eggs. These Harry Potter Easter Eggs are perfect decor because they don’t spoil!

Harry Potter Easter Egg Craft

When I was told that I would be on the Harry Potter Design Team with Paper House Productions, I was extremely excited. I love seeing where this little blog takes me and it also gives me an opportunity to share with you the products that I love.

This Harry Potter scrapbook line is perfect for any wizard scrapbook layout or a simple enough Easter craft using some wooden eggs I got in the Target Dollar Spot. Read on to see how easy these were to make.

Harry Potter Easter Eggs

Time needed: 2 minutes.

Harry Potter Easter Egg Craft

  1. Wrap your Wooden Eggs in Washi Tape

    Start with a clean wooden egg and start your tape at the base and wrap around to cover the entirety of the egg.

Use the smaller, thinner Harry Potter Washi Tape rather than the wider tape. The thinner one allows more of a snug adherence and the edges won’t lift like they do in the image below.

Supplies for your Harry Potter Holiday Craft

So tell me, what would you make using your Harry Potter Washi Tape? Would you make Easter eggs just as I did? See you guys next month with another Paper House Productions Harry Potter project.

Check out all the other Paper House Productions Design Team projects here.

Home Decor - Parenting Tips & Tricks

DIY Hot Wheels Storage & Display for all your Die Cast Cars!

April 11, 2019

Is your child obsessed with Matchbox Cars and you don’t know where to put them? I’ve got an easy way to make your own Hot Wheels storage display that any cars crazed kid will love.

Hot Wheels Storage Ideas
This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Malakai is crazy for his cars and he has a bit of OCD tendencies when he wants to arrange them. They’ve got to be facing the correct way and he wants to know they’re going to stay that way. My husband and I came up with this toy car storage solution so that I won’t have cars all over my desk and they can be displayed just how he likes them. Create this Hot Wheels storage to make your life a little easier like it’s made mine.

If you didn’t know, Malakai was born premature so he really does have OCD tendencies when it comes to really anything. He will cry for longer than I like to admit and so for my sanity this had to happen. We also have about a 1500 sq. ft. house and so a large toy car storage solution isn’t very practical for us.

We used some inexpensive 3X.5″ planks and some L brackets to set this up. My husband also decided to give his brother my Ryobi nail gun so this was done the old-fashioned way with some nails and good ole elbow grease and some math. I’m glad it’s up though because his toy cars were getting out of control. 

Supplies for your DIY Toy Car Storage

  • 3X.5″ Wood Planks
  • L Brackets
  • Nails and Hammer or Nail Gun
  • Wood Putty
  • Mouse Sander and Sand Paper
  • Wood Stain
  • Cheesecloth
  • Drill
  • Wall Screws

How to make a Display for your Diecast Cars

We began by measuring the small area of our corner. Our cutout on this wall is 34″ high and so we began by figuring out how high we wanted it to go. I didn’t want it to be exactly where the wall cut off so we measured and cut two boards 32″ high as our endcaps.

We then measured how wide we needed the wooden planks for your car toy display. The other side of this corner wall is a large window so one side was longer than the other. The width on the smaller length of the wall is 34″ wide and on the longer side we cut the boards to be 50″ wide.

Cut your wood planks to those lengths and then cut one side on each board on a 45-degree angle to create the corner pieces and so that they’ll match flush.

The base of our toy car display is right on top of our baseboard. He can have cars on the floor and then build up the car display case and place them on each shelf having their eyes look right at him and he’s as content as can be.

How to attach your Hot Wheels Storage to the Walls

In the corners, we used the L Brackets so that the boards would not bend and they were supported. You can use a Kreg Jig but don’t ask me how to do it. This isn’t so much a permanent fixture in our home so I wanted it just to be up and something that can easily be taken down for when we move.

Secure one side of the bracket to the board before you assemble completely. Put two on each corner piece. Each board is 3″‘ apart, Use some finishing nails and secure the wooden planks together and then use your wood filler to fill in the nail hole and seams.

Wait for it to dry and then sand the wood filler as smooth as possible. Use a mouse sander because that’ll cut your time in half with that tool alone.

One thing we didn’t do while it was off the wall was stained it and that was the worst mistake we made. Stain your wood using some mixed stain and a cheesecloth. Wipe it on your wood and let it sit for a few minutes then wipe with a clean cloth.

​​​​​​​And just so you know, I did have to wait until Malakai was at the babysitter before I could arrange the cars the way I wanted them to look. They’re already on the floor. LOL

Birthday Parties - Cricut Crafts

DIY Cricut Cake Topper – Kids Space Party with your Cricut Maker

January 16, 2019

I love creating party decor and so when Cricut released the Knife Blade, I knew I had to make myself a Cricut cake topper. We put together an Outer Space Party to celebrate my nephew turning 11. See how easy it is to make your own cake topper with Cricut.make a cricut cake topper

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I have loved the versatility that my Cricut Maker has given me and I especially love creating things that I normally would buy but wasn’t the aesthetic I was looking for. I’m able to make my own pretty fast and to me, it’s more practical because I have everything I need here at home.

cake on a rocket shaped cake stand

Supplies for your Cricut Cake Topper

cricut maker and bladesHow to make a cake topper with your Cricut

You’re going to, first of all, need a Cricut Maker. Cricut released their Maker’s in August 2017 at a party that was beyond all parties. They have since been released in a few different colors like blush and blue but my trusty champagne color is perfect and gets the job done.

Begin by securing your 3/32″ basswood to a strong grip mat. I use some painters tape or masking tape to hold it on there securely. When you use the Cricut Knife Blade, you want to be sure that your project will not shift as your cutting. The tape helps prevent that. Next, load in your Cricut mat into the Cricut Maker.

Send your Cricut Design Space file to cut and choose basswood from the menu of materials and then it’ll show you to load your Knife Blade and select go.cricut cake topper for space party

Can I use Bluetooth with the Cricut Knife Blade

Yes, but it’s a little tricky. Cricut recommends using the USB cable to hook from a desktop to your Cricut Maker to avoid a call that can interrupt or even a game that can interrupt your cut. This is why the Knife Blade is not available on their mobile app.

I use Bluetooth to my Cricut Maker because my desktop computer is in the hallway and my Maker is in my bedroom and a hassle to move each time. I have only had one issue where it thought my Cricut was done but it was just a long pause so I had unloaded it and it wasn’t cut all the way through.

Don’t think that you cannot ever use Bluetooth with your Cricut Knife Blade, you can but there are risks involved so be aware of that.

how to use a Xyron

What kind of adhesive can I use with Cricut Chipboard and Wood?

You have two choices but you cannot mix the two. You can use a dry adhesive like a Xyron Creative Station or a wet adhesive like Mod Podge. This method is mainly for the Cricut Chipboard but it’s a rule I follow so I don’t ruin other projects.

I prefer to use my Xyron Creative Station with Cricut Chipboard or with any wood cutouts. It won’t leave a sheen or brushstrokes on my project and keep my Cricut cake topper clean.

How long does the Cricut Knife Blade cut for?

This really depends on your design. I can cut a circle in a matter of 3 minutes because it has that one line to follow and it doesn’t need to lift up and rotate the blade. My spaceship Cricut cake topper and stars took about 65 minutes.

Because it can take up to 5-6 hours to cut something, this is also why Cricut tells you to use the USB cord. Believe it or not, this cut was pretty fast and so I didn’t need to lug my Maker near my computer to be sure it wouldn’t cancel or shut down on me.

After I cut all the pieces for my wooden Cricut cake topper, I cut the same images out of cute outer space cardstock from My Minds Eye along with some glitter cardstock and orange cardstock for the mini window. Run them through my Xyron Creative Station and began adhering them to the wood.

I used this same method of making the window float as I did on these 3D rockets. Lay the thread on the back of the silver glitter cardstock and then adhered that as my first layer of the wooden Cricut cake topper. Then lay the second layer of the printed cardstock.cricut glitter cardstock

spaceship cake topperspaceship cake topper

For my wooden stars, I did the same thing.  Just lay the glitter cardstock over the wooden Cricut cake topper and set it aside.

How to make an Outer Space Cake

You’re going to need an 8″ hemisphere cake pan and any cake mix you like. Bake the cake according to package instructions and then allow it to cool completely.

I then took some black gel food coloring and added a small amount to my white frosting. Frost your cake and then you’re going to want to stick some black candy melts to resemble the craters on the moon.

Place your Cricut Cake Toppers into the cake and serve. What child isn’t going to love this space party? space party ideashow to make your own cake topper

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

Cricut Crafts - Thanksgiving

Thankful Fall Wood Sign made with your Cricut

October 14, 2018

Grab these wooden leaves at your local Target and then use your Cricut Machine and EasyPress to customize it just in time for Thanksgiving. thanksgiving sign with cricutThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I love swinging into Target and checking out their Dollar Spot. Things are getting a little out of control with their “dollar” concept but sometimes they have awesome things for less than you’d expect to pay. That’s where I found this wooden leaf that was blank so I can use my Cricut machine to personalize it. Create this custom Fall wood sign today.wood leaf with thankful word on it

Supplies for your Custom Fall Wood Sign

Easy peasy. Just cut your image using your Cricut machine and then weed the vinyl so that your image is on the carrier sheet. weeding gold vinylWarm up your EasyPress to 315ºF and preheat your wooden leaf for 5 seconds. Lay your image onto your wooden leaf cutout and press for an additional 40 seconds.using EasyPress on wood Remove the carrier sheet and then add some ribbon or accents to the rope. I just have this sitting on a shelf but if you wanted to have it as a door hanger, just switch it upside down. removing the carrier sheet from itvwooden leaf with gold thankful words on it

Can I use Foil Heat Transfer Vinyl or Iron-On Vinyl on wood?

No. There are some things that Cricut doesn’t recommend but you can usually do it but using foil iron-on vinyl on wood just won’t stay. The adhesive on the back of the foil HTV just doesn’t attach as well as the Everyday Iron-On does. It will lift where it doesn’t attach and stretch and tear. I included a picture for reference.ruined foil iron on vinyl It’s so easy to make this custom fall wood sign using your Cricut and the Cricut EasyPress. The small EasyPress 2 is really handy and I have found that I use that one 95% of the time. I do a lot of sewing and so using the small EasyPress 2 on seams is a time saver. Check out other Fall crafts that your Cricut can make below.

Fall Paper Leaf Wall Hanging / Wooden Pumpkin for Fall- Larger Than Mat Cricut / Felt Flower Grapevine Wreath / Chipboard Pumpkin / Wooden Fall Leaf customized with Cricut / Quick & Easy Fall Banner / Welcome Fall Wood Pumpkin Sign / How to Cut Die Cuts for Your Planner / Halloween T-Shirt

Electronic Crafting - Halloween - Home Decor - Movie Crafts

DIY Wooden Hocus Pocus Tombstones

October 11, 2018

Emily Binx, Thackery Binx, and William Butcherson are remembered making these easy
Hocus Pocus Tombstones. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Making these wooden mini tombstones was really quite simple. I just used 3 different colors of spray paint and some pigment ink. Spray until you don’t think it needs any more. Learn my techniques below.

The trick to making your wood look like concrete is to vary the color. I had two tones of grey and one tone of brown. I chose the Kryon colors because they have that little removable tab. You want the removable tab so that when it sprays, you will achieve spurts of color rather than a continuous stream. 

Supplies for your DIY Hocus Pocus Tombstones

How do I make wood look like cement?

Begin with your lightest shade of grey/beige and use it to base coat your wooden blocks. Next, use your brown but make sure you remove the small plastic tab so they paint will splatter. Do a few strokes of that. Don’t do too much and try and focus on the edges. Now use your mid-tone paint and repeat the steps. Now that you have your big globs of paint on the wood, you’ll put the small plastic tab back on the paint and just do an overspray. Hold your paint vertically and then move the can as you spray. Rotate between the three colors and spray in various areas. I had this in a box and kept moving it around so some of the paint would smear. Just add paint until you’re happy with the end product.

After the paint had dried on my Hocus Pocus tombstones I took some green pigment ink and blended it into the edges. Use as little or as much as you like, I just like to smear it on there and then use some of your blending sponges to have it look like faux moss.wooden headstone

How do I put vinyl on wood?

Use some standard vinyl and weed your image, use some transfer paper and apply that to your weeded vinyl. Make sure your wood is cleaned and free of any lint or sawdust. Peel the transfer paper off the carrier sheet and you vinyl should be stuck to the transfer paper. Lay the vinyl image on your piece of wood and use a credit card or scraper tool to press down the vinyl. Slowly lift the transfer paper off of your wood, leaving the vinyl image adhered to your wood.

What I recommend is using some iron-on vinyl, better known as HTV, on your wood. I weeded my image and kept what I want to keep on my carrier sheet. With the Cricut EasyPress, I used 305°F and pressed for 20 seconds. Warm your wooded surface before you place the image. Warm it up for about 5 seconds, place your HTV and then press for the 20 seconds.

There it is, a super cute Hocus Pocus Halloween craft. It ties in perfectly with my Hocus Pocus Door Decoration or my Hocus Pocus Spellbook Door Mat. I have a transom window on my front door and I added these really cute zombie hands out of Cricut Window Cling to remind me when William Butcherson jumped right out of his grave. Grab the Cricut file here. Happy Haunting!

Cricut Crafts - Halloween - Home Decor - Movie Crafts

Amuck, Amuck, Amuck! Hocus Pocus Door Decoration with Cricut

October 3, 2018

I love the movie Hocus Pocus so I had to make some Hocus Pocus decoration for my front porch. Halloween is the perfect time to bring out your inner Winifred.
This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

So with my Fibromyalgia, decorating for holidays is kind of rough on my body. I do a few hours at a time and then I have to rest for just about the same amount of time. Using my Cricut for things like this save me a lot of energy and time so it’s quickly become something I can’t live without. Although, I am ashamed I sent my son to school with his book report and he had drawn everything. I didn’t think I’d ever let anything out of the house that wasn’t perfect. That day was also a teaching moment to me that I don’t have to do everything for them and nothing has to be perfect. You just have to be happy. I’m perfectly happy with being imperfect. This year’s front porch for Halloween was no different than other times. I had to do something grand that I love but I also had to pick something that wasn’t going to make me lose my energy. This front door Hocus Pocus decoration is just the right amount of project I can handle.

Supplies for your Hocus Pocus Door Decoration

So you first want to gather all your supplies and open the Cricut Design Space File. You’re going to need three of the blades that the Cricut Maker use. You’ll need the Knife Blade, the single Scoring Wheel and the Fine Point Blade.

How do I cut wood with the Cricut Maker?

To cut wood with your Cricut Maker you will need the Cricut Knife Blade. The blades on the knife blade are really sensitive so it will shatter if you’re not careful. Leave the cap on when it’s not in use to keep it from dulling.

To prepare the wood you’ll need to use some masking tape and a Strong Grip Mat. You want to tape your material to the actual mat because the knife blade makes several passes so that it can slowly build up the pressure between each pass and you don’t want your material to shift.

Each time the Cricut Knife Blade passes, the pressure gets a little firmer so it is essentially working as a Xacto blade would work. You can’t just cut through wood with one pass and expect it not to split.

Load your knife blade into the Adaptive Tool System on your Cricut Maker. Place your piece of basswood on to your Strong Grip Mat and then use some masking tape and tape the edges down. Load it into your machine and select go. The Cricut Maker will take around 12 minutes to do three 4″ circles for your Hocus Pocus Halloween decoration. Use your glitter iron-on and the EasyPress 2 to get your iron-on vinyl to stick to the wood. I used a temp of 340° and I only did about 15 seconds. Any longer than that the wood would start to warp. If the wood warped under my EasyPress, I just flipped it over and pressed for a little bit longer to keep it hot and then placed something heavy on top so it would lay flat.

What kind of glue can I use on Cricut Chipboard?

When you’re wanting to use glue on your Cricut Chipboard you have to choose if you want to use a wet adhesive like Mod Podge or if you want to use a dry adhesive like Xyron. You cannot mix the two on top of each other. When you want to paint chipboard, you want to seal it first. You can seal your Cricut Chipboard with some Mod Podge or spray sealant. Then you’ll paint as usual.

For this project I used the black kraft board and ran those top circles through my Xyron, then on the other side I used some wood glue to adhere it to the wood circles. 

How do I assemble a paper fan?

I used this really cute cardstock from My Minds Eye for the paper rosettes. You’ll first put the rosette cardstock on your mat and then load in your scoring wheel. The project will score first and then it will require the fine point blade to cut the shape out. Accordion fold your paper rosettes and then add some scor tape along the ends to connect 3 of your fans together to form the rosette for your Hocus Pocus decoration. Now that you have the fans glued together end-to-end, it’s time to make it pop. Just press on the center of the accordions and your rosette will expand. See here on how easy it is to make a paper rosette. Use the round wooden circle and place some hot glue on the edges and lay it in the middle of your rosette. And now you’re ready to assemble your Hocus Pocus decoration. Use some 2″ wide ribbon and start at the bottom and work upwards. I left about 4″ in between each paper rosette. I used about 48″ at the top and then folded it back over to create a loop. 

What is better, the Cricut Explore or the Cricut Maker?

Confession – I have an Explore Air 2 and a Cricut Maker. While I love both, I’m always using the Maker and really only bring out the Air 2 when I’m in a rush and don’t want to wait to finish cutting one project at a time.

I’ve used my Maker since August of 2017 when it was released and I sort of found that I love this machine more than I ever thought I would. The ability to cut basswood and now the scoring wheel can give me crisp and deep score lines has changed my crafting ways in the best way possible.

The force of the Cricut Maker is greater than the Explore and so I feel like my cuts are cleaner and I don’t have to worry about double cutting my images as often. 

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

Celebrations - Cricut Crafts

Make Your Own Wooden Cake Topper with the Cricut Maker

September 19, 2018

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. Make your own DIY cake topper by learning how to cut wood with your Cricut. #cricutmaker #cricut #cricutmadeThis 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.

Supplies for Princess Cake Topper

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.

Make your own DIY cake topper by learning how to cut wood with your Cricut. #cricutmaker #cricut #cricutmadeCan 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.

Make your own DIY cake topper by learning how to cut wood with your Cricut. #cricutmaker #cricut #cricutmadeHow 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. Make your own DIY cake topper by learning how to cut wood with your Cricut. #cricutmaker #cricut #cricutmade

Check out other bloggers ideas on how to cut wood on your Cricut machine.