I’m back at it again with Halloween Craft Lightning. For this round I’ll be showing you how to make easy pumpkin pillow boxes. These Halloween crafts will take you less than 15 minutes and that’s what I love about them. A super easy Halloween craft! Read to the end to find out how you can win your very own new Cricut Maker. This post does contain affiliate links.
I used a template for my Cricut Maker but you can use any Cricut for this with access to Design Space. The cut files may be included in Cricut Access but you must have a subscription for this. It’s really easy and you get discounts on all Cricut material and images that aren’t included in the membership.Cut your shapes using your Cricut and set aside. Begin with your pumpkin pillow boxes and crease them on the score lines of your box. Start with the outsides first and secure with adhesive.I used black cardstock and my Xyron Sticker Maker for the faces. Remove them from the sticker backing and apply it to the flat pumpkin pillow boxes. Use a rubber eraser to remove any of the excess adhesive.Now fold in the tops of the pumpkin pillow boxes and use your scraper to make the edges more defined. You want to place the piece that has the half circle cut out on the inside of your box so that you can grab the inside goodies easily.Take the green topper and fold it along the small score line. Place some adhesive on the folded portion and attach it to the top of your pumpkin pillow box. Voila! You’ve made the cutest pumpkin pillow box for Halloween!Check out the other Craft Lightning Halloween projects below and see what else you can make with your Cricut!
The kids started school last week so I wanted to make Leila a customized binder with vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and put my new Cricut Maker to work. This post does contain affiliate links.I love my new Cricut Maker. Let me say that again, I love my new Cricut Maker. I’ve had it for a week or so now and I’ve only dared cut vinyl but it gives me such clean lines and precision that I can’t wait to cut other material. I just need to add 80 more hours in the day for that to happen. Supplies
Click on the file to open the pre-made template using their Alpaca shape. This file is completely free and it’s adorable so it’s a win-win situation. I cut the black Alpaca’s out of the Magenta Glitter FX sheets and the pink Alpaca’s out of the gold lustre vinyl. The Glitter FX is a bit thicker than standard vinyl but it’s also a lot cushier and soft to the touch. Because of this, I did a double cut with my Cricut Maker and it peeled off very clean. It comes in other colors too and it’s a very subtle glitter look that I love. Sometimes the glitter vinyl is just pure glitter and it gets a little too busy for my taste. That’s why I love the Glitter FX and it’s even on sale at Expressions Vinyl.Once you’ve cut your shapes and you’ve peeled off the excess, unroll your transfer tape and lay the image on top of it. Doing it this opposite way will help the transfer tape from creating bubbles. Use your scraper tool and press from both sides to get a good stick. Peel away the backing slowly to insure you get all the shapes transferred.Next, lay your vinyl over your binder and use the scraper tool to get a solid stick. You’ll then grab your gold vinyl and repeat the steps so that they’ll line up and you’ll have a staggered effect on your customized binder. Next create your name in Design Space. I used the Sanies Script font to create my daughter’s name. I cut it out of the light pink permanent vinyl.Voila, you’re finished and your child is going to love their customized binder that you created using only vinyl. What type of thing will your child want on their customized binder? Or better yet, what do you want on your customized binder?
Start by uploading the cut file into Design Space. You can find an easy tutorial here. It’s relatively easy and it’ll be saved to your Design Space files forever!When cutting the luster finish of Expressions Vinyl, it can be a little thick. Use the iron-on + setting on your Smart Dial and cut once. While your vinyl is still adhered to the mat, weed your image. The thinner the letters, the harder the removal is but if you go slowly, it can be done. Lay your transfer tape over your weeded image and press firmly with your scraper tool.Once the image is transferred, lay it on to your tumbler and voila, you’re finished. You can pretend your Shelley Long doing the Freddy on your front lawn. 😉
This post is sponsored by Cricut and all opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. Have you ever wanted to create your own table numbers for your wedding or any event? I’m going to show you how to create your own table numbers using your Cricut Explore and your Cuttlebug. I’ve never used the Cuttlebug until this project and now I’m in love! I love being able to add texture to my projects and unless you buy embossed paper, it’s a little hard. Using embossing folders from the Cuttlebug is the easiest way to add texture to your projects.
For this project, I cut out my table numbers using my Cricut Explore. I’ve included the cut file below. Once you’ve cut your numbers, place them inside the embossing folder and run through your Cuttlebug. You can choose to do words or actual numbers but I like that I can give more of an illusion that I worked harder than I actually did and use the actual words. You can use glitter cardstock to make your table numbers too or even use wood. I love my Cricut Explore because of the many materials I can cut with it. I also love the Cuttlebug because you can emboss or die cut those same materials just as easily.
When using the Cuttlebug, you want to be sure to use the correct folders and plates. When you emboss, you’ll use the B plates and the A plate. Sandwich your embossing folder in between the two B plates and place it on the A plate. Place it in your Cuttlebug and use the handle to crank it through.
Both my images were more than 7″ long so I had to get creative. I matched up the polka dots before I ran it through again so that I could have a clean embossing. The more complex the image, the harder it will be to match but it can be done so don’t let size hold you back.Place some hot glue on the back of your numbers and add the skewer so that they’re even heights. The heavier the cardstock, the less skewers you’ll need but you want it to hold up all night. Secure it again with a little bit more glue on the back.
Place it in your centerpiece and you’re done. I decorated this board with some of the flowers I cut for our Twin Baby Shower we threw a few months ago. Happy Wedding!
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Keeping your drink cold in the summer is essential. Learn how easy it is to make these Patriotic Coozies using your Cricut Explore. 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.
Begin 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. Cut 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. You’re finished and it’s so easy to create your own Patriotic Coozies.
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Leila just turned 7 and she requested a Moana birthday party to bring out her Polynesian pride. I was happy to do that for her and I’m happy to see her embrace her Tongan roots.Oriental Trading provided us with all the Moana gear. I didn’t want to go full on Disney, so I held back on a few of the licensed images and created some of my own. I found some images of Maui online and printed them on Tattoo Paper from Expressions Vinyl. My Cricut could not read the registration marks on the paper because of the sheen so I just had my husband cut them out. These fun flamingo drink holders held a bucket of flower candy, sunglasses, a pineapple sucker and a crepe paper hibiscus flower for their right ear. I made chocolate lava candy using candy melts and a pyramid silicone tray. Just place the brown candy melts in the tray and microwave until they’re melted. Let them set and then pop them out. In a squeeze bottle add red candy melts and squeeze over the top to simulate lava.These pineapple cups were all the rage. The girls were obsessed with them. I used a mini grass skirt for the wrapping around the table. Each of the girls got a mean slice of cake and devoured it with their wooden forks. I placed the forks on their own faux palm leaves which add the perfect island touch. The cake was a MESS! I let it stay out of the fridge too long and it got too soft before I put the faux moss on it. It was a store-bought cake and I used this recipe to make the cake look like Te Fiti. I found these Pop figurines from Michaels and the topper is from My Minds Eye and I got it at Zurchers.I decided to pre-make some slime so I didn’t have to deal with 10 girls getting dirty. I used some foam slime ballz from Flora-Craft that I got from them and I used their easy recipe. I grabbed these dollar jars from Michaels where they had the rest of the slime materials. I added some stickers from some Moana clipart. We had a water balloon fight and the boys had to retire early cause they forget girls can’t take that force. The kids had so much fun at this Moana birthday party. They left with lots of goodies and they left with one of my favorites, this pineapple filled with jelly beans.
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I love using foil iron-on and Cricut by far makes some of my favorite iron-on vinyl. We’re fortunate enough that my kids get to celebrate two cultures. Fireworks play a huge role in their American heritage and their Tongan heritage. For this post, since we’re here in Utah, I’ll be making a DIY Patriotic Shirt and sharing with you the Cricut Explore cut file.
The foil iron-on is just as easy to use as the standard iron-on but it is a little thicker so you have to use your custom settings on your Smart Set Dial. It will be available in the drop-down menu where you select your custom material and use the Neon Iron-On setting. Be sure you remember to mirror your image or you’ll hate yourself for wearing a backwards shirt ;).
You’ll want to follow this method for using Iron-On, warm up your shirt first with the iron and then place the Iron-On where you desire. This starts the bond almost immediately and you won’t get lifts that are almost always problematic if you’re not used to this material. Make sure your iron is set on medium heat with no steam.
The shirt is going to be the background color so that is why I chose a white shirt. I laid my red iron-on first and let it hand under the heat for about 10 seconds using a lot of pressure. Peel up the plastic and then do your blue iron-on, making sure I didn’t touch the hot iron to the red foil. You will now match up the silver to form the USA. I have already sliced your image so it’s set to go and you don’t have to worry about any of the designing.
Once all your foil is on the front of the shirt, turn it inside-out and press really well on the back to ensure a tight seal of the foil. When you care for your shirts, wash them inside out on gentle.
Now enjoy the DIY Patriotic Shirt and party the night away. Happy Independence Day!!
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This baby shower that I helped throw for my friend was amazing! She just delivered her twins and I’m so proud of her – mainly because I can barely handle one infant, let alone two. When we had her baby shower, I wanted the girls to be able to take something with them when they left. We like to party simple so we just gave everyone a bag of popcorn adhered with labels we created using these super cute images from Cricut Design Space. I also made the mini onesie boxes and adhered a label using the same method. Links to the canvasses are at the bottom of this post.I didn’t want a piece of paper taped on our cellophane bags so I created super easy labels in Cricut Design Space. Making labels with Cricut is so easy and it’s a feature I use often. For a step-by-step process on the Print-then-Cut method can be found here.First, choose your design and choose what shape you want your labels to be. I chose a white circle and placed the image on top of the circle. I then selected both shapes and attached them, then you’ll choose to flatten them. I did it for the green and the pink labels.Next, you’ll use the Printable Vinyl available online or at your local craft store. You can use the sticker paper but it’s too thick for me to pull through my printer and the vinyl is more flexible for the cellophane bags.Before you fill your bags with popcorn, add your label you made with Cricut on to the front. Now add your popcorn and tie with your twine.For the mini onesie boxes, I used the Sorbet Sampler Cardstock and cut the shape. I did use hot glue on the fold to be sure that it held together. I then filled them up with candy and looped them close. For the fronts, I cut out a circle using white glitter cardstock and adhered the label to that. For the font, I used Lemon Tuesday which is free for personal use. I love this font.