Personalized Gift Box with the Cricut EasyPress

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Hi there and welcome back.  Today, I am sharing how I made this personalized wooden gift box.

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You may recall last week, I made this personalized flask and matching etched shot glasses for my son to use to ask his friends to stand up with him in his wedding.  We wanted to present them in a wooden box.

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I decided to use Cricut Vinyl Iron On rather than adhesive vinyl.  Adhesive vinyl can be hard to adhere to wood because it doesn’t want to grip easily.  Iron on is the perfect solution.  The small 6 x 7 Cricut EasyPress made it even easier.

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We are really pleased with how this whole gift set turned out.  Watch the step by step tutorial to find out what settings I used on the Cricut EasyPress and a few tips when applying iron on to wood.

Masculine Gift Set with the Cricut

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Have I mentioned my son is getting married?  He is.  Be prepared for lots and lots of wedding projects in the near future.  This fun little set is how he is asking his friends to be groomsmen and best men.

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I designed my template for the flasks and for the shot glasses right in Design Space.  I have a separate tutorial on etching the shot glasses, you can find it here.

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In this tutorial we are focusing on the flask and the box.  I think the box takes it from ordinary to extraordinary.  I have a another tutorial coming soon in which we will finish the box to take it to the next level.

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I can’t wait to show you how this came together.  I’ve got a step by step tutorial so you can make a gift set for your next anniversary, wedding, birthday, or even Valentines!

You can find the full tutorial here:

Toiletry Travel Kit with Cricut

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I am excited to say I am going on a “girls’ trip” soon!  I thought it was time to add a little cuteness factor to my travel bag.  I used Cricut Premium Vinyl and my Cricut Maker to make this fun little bag.

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You can absolutely use the Cricut Explore to make this as well.  I started with a blank toiletry kit like this one and used my Design Space File.   This is a great beginner project for every Cricut user.

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I will walk you through every step of the way in the detailed, step-by-step tutorial below.

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Watch the tutorial here:

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Wine Gift Bag with the Cricut

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Cheers!  Today, we are making fabric wine bags.  I just love making these personalized bags.

 

Often, I find I want to do a little more than just a single bottle of wine.  I think adding a fabric wine bag that the recipient can reuse is an excellent way to take an everyday gift and make it a little more special and add that touch of handmade love.

 

 

 

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Pair it with a couple of wine glasses and your simple gift is on a whole other level.  Fabric scraps are perfect for this project!  Wouldn’t it be fun to make it out of Halloween Fabric and add “witches brew” on the side?  How about a bottle for the bridal party to enjoy while they are getting ready… add the word BRIDE.  You could make it out of fun floral fabrics for a girls night at a friends house, or add a monogram for an everyday hostess gift.  Tons of possiblities.

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I used the Cricut EasyPress to add the word “Cheers”.  I just love the 6 x 7 EasyPress for this project.

 

It’s even fun without any personalization.

 

Don’t have a Cricut Maker yet?  (you need one).  Don’t worry… simply cut the pattern out with cardstock and use that as a template to cut the fabric by hand.  Easy peasy!… (but seriously.. you NEED the Maker!)

OK, are you ready to get stocked up on gift bags for the holidays?  You can start now by grabbing the pattern HERE.  It’s made from Basic Shapes in Cricut Design Space, so you can use it for free.  Here’s the step by step tutorial:

How to Iron On HTV on Wood with the Cricut EasyPress 2

Hello!  Happy Saturday!  Speaking of Saturday… next weekend I am headed to a wedding reception for a married young couple.  I wanted to give them a little bit of handmade fun to help celebrate the occassion.  I came up with this wood themed set.

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I used the Cricut EasyPress 2 to add all of the personalization!  It looks like its engraved or wood burned, but it’s not!

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I thought about the fact that soon they would be celebrating their “First Christmas as Mr. and Mrs” and thought they needed a keepsake…. and besides, it matches!  WOOD PRESS-1-4

The EasyPress 2 makes it so easy to customize all of your handmade goodies (and we won’t tell if you personalize store bought items, too! ) 🙂

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These gifts are “made with love” and I can’t wait to share them with the Bride and Groom.

You know, I had to make a tutorial to go along with this!  I think this is a really fun and really inexpensive gift idea and with the holidays around the corner, you just might want to grab some wood slices and create your own!

Here’s the video tutorial!

How to Create Cut Files from Drawings

Did you know you can use your very own handmade drawings to create cut files you can cut with your Cricut?

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I draw this “shop girl” on my Ipad and changed her into a cut file which I was then able to cut out in Cricut Iron On.  I used my EasyPress to make this adorable one of a kind tote bag!  Fun, huh!

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I did the same thing with this little cutie patootie!  She will look so cute on Evie’s PJ set.

You don’t need to know how to draw, really.  I found an image online and used that for inspiration to redraw and create this one.

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This little lady I did draw freehand, and let me just say… I can’t draw, but the app makes it possible to draw, erase, draw it again…. erase it again… and so on.  Believe me, I did plenty of both!

How fun would it be to have your kids create a drawing, import it into Cricut Design Space, and then iron the design onto a cute tote bag for grandma?  I would love to receive a gift like that.  Wouldn’t your kids think it awesome to sport a shirt with their very own creation?

So, are you ready for a tutorial?  I cannot wait to see what you make!

Etched Glass with the Cricut Maker

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I have always wanted to try etching glass, and today I did just that!  I don’t know why I waited so long!  It’s easy, fun and very inexpensive!

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I used the Cricut Maker to cut out Premium Permanent Vinyl to use as my stencil.  I don’t recommend using removeable vinyl and it doesn’t stick as well and the etching creme can easily seep underneath your design (ask me how I know).  You will also want to pick up a bottle of Armour Etch.  It will last you forever, because most of it goes right back in the bottle after you use it.

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With the holidays right around the corner, I’m always looking for gift ideas for stockings, hostess gifts and small gifts for friends.  You could easily make wine glasses, casserole dishes, candy dishes, vases, canisters… whatever fits your gift recipient’s needs.  I thought the shot glasses would also be a fun bachelor party gift, or newly engaged couple gift or even a shower gift.

I have included a step by step tutorial for you.  It’s really easy!  Try it!

Are you the Thelma to my Louise?

Hello!  I cannot believe it’s almost Fall and I’m already beginning to think about Halloween, Hoodies, Crisp evenings and all that goes with the changing of the seasons!  This summer has been so busy with family visits, friends, trips and just plan ole day to day stuff, that I haven’t been able to keep my projects updated on the blog.  The next few posts will be some really quick and easy projects featuring none other than the Cricut!thelma

This fun project was made using the Cricut Premium Vinyl!  It’s so amazing!  It’s been redesigned to not only weed easier, lay flatter, but it also is “Permanent”.  This makes it perfect for customizing these fun flasks that I purchased at Walgreens (yes, I said Walgreens).

Here’s a super quick video tutorial:

Thanks for stopping by!

Rae Dunn Inspired Jewelry Dishes

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by!  Today, I have another quick and easy gift idea for you.  How about a set of Rae Dunn Inspired Jewelry Dishes?

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Pretty cute, don’t you think?  They are amazingly easy and very inexpensive.  I made this set for under $8.

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I tried a set in black as well for a more authentic “Rae Dunn” look.  I think they would make fantastic bridesmaid gifts, bridal shower gifts, stocking stuffers, birthday gifts or even a just because gift.

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You could add a name, a monogram, a favorite sports team logo, a short poem, or any other  image you can cut out in vinyl.  Every girl (and guy) needs a place to put their bling, small personal items and whatnots.  I especially like the one with the wedding date… no more forgetting the anniversary, right?!  How about adding a pair of earings and using the bowl as the gift bag.. just add a little ribbon and WOWZA, you just stepped it up a notch.

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In the video I show you a really easy way to add this gold trim around the bowl as well as a few polka dots.  Polka dots make everything better!

My friend, Teri, and I recorded this live in our Urban Makers Facebook Group, you’ll here her in the video.  I uploaded it to youtube afterward, so it’s no longer live, but you still get to join in the fun!