DIY Custom Props for Family Christmas Pictures

Grab some chipboard and your Cricut Maker and make your own custom props for family Christmas pictures this year!

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Don and I have had the greatest joy this year of sponsoring five Plebes (freshmen) at the Naval Academy. The kids stay with us almost every weekend and have taken over our lives in the craziest, best ways possible. They refer to each other as sister and brother and have built a bond we couldn’t be prouder of. We went from a family of two to a family of seven almost overnight (plus - of course - Baloo) - so we decided to celebrate with a family photo shoot just in time for Christmas! And yes - Don and I are 100% going to send these out as our actual Christmas cards. :)

DIY CUSTOM PROPS FOR FAMILY CHRISTMAS PICTURES

This project was so fun to make - the kids even helped me paint the letters before the photo shoot. What a great way to have the whole family involved in the process!

The possibilities for these are endless. Create your own custom words and phrases props for family reunions, weddings, birthday parties and more.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Cricut Maker

  • Cricut Knife Blade

  • Cricut Strong Grip Mat - 12x12 or 12x24

  • Cricut Chipboard (you will need one sheet for each letter)

  • painter’s tape

  • paint (I used FolkArt Acrylic paint in Titanium White)

  • foam brush

HOW TO MAKE DIY CUSTOM PROPS FOR FAMILY CHRISTMAS PICTURES

1. Type your word (I used the Martha Stewart - Mirror Droplet font but you can use any font you like).

2. Ungroup the word then select all of the letters and adjust the height to 10.5 (why this doesn’t work before you ungroup I’m not sure!). Check each letter and make sure none of them are wider than 10.5. Larger letters like W or M will need to be adjusted to fit. Once you have sized all the letters you are ready to cut!

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3. Tape down your chipboard before you begin. Don’t forget to move your star rollers all the way to the right if you haven’t already! NOTE - I used a 12x24 Strong Grip Mat so I could make the process go a little bit faster because I was able to tape down two pieces of chipboard at once, then just flip the mat to cut the next letter.

DIY Custom Props for Family Christmas Pictures

Cut one letter per piece of chipboard then remove any tape as necessary.

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Paint each letter as desired.

Gather the family and start creating fun memories!

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Mason Jar Christmas Gifts with Ball®

The best gifts come in a jar! Create a custom Christmas gift that can be treasured (and re-used) for years with a dozen quarter-pint Ball® jars and your imagination!

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Christmas is coming – and that means gift giving! Tired of struggling to find the perfect gift for someone? Create your own with this 12 Days of Christmas gift box that can be customized for anyone and used year after year.  {FTC Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Newell Brands, makers of Ball® Jar Fresh Preserving Products; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.}

MASON JAR CHRISTMAS GIFTS WITH BALL®

The best gifts come wrapped in a jar! So, grab a dozen quarter-pint Ball® jars and a divided box (I found mine in the Fall section of Michaels and it was on sale! Yay!) and you could have this project completed in an afternoon. That includes drying time!

This would make a wonderful new family tradition – your kids will love helping you shop for and fill the jars each year. My husband and I worked on this together and had a blast!

I was able to find almost everything I needed in one trip to Michaels, and used embellishments I already had at home for an added touch. *Indicates items purchased at Michaels.

 SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • divided wood box*

  • 12 4 oz./quarter-pint Ball® quilted jelly jars*

  • spray paint – I used Rust-Oleum Universal in Pure Gold and Cardinal Red*

  • Cricut Maker*

  • Cricut Premium Vinyl in White*

  • ribbon*

  • adhesive – liquid glue/glue dots/hot glue gun*

  • painters tape

  • sandpaper

  • number stickers

  • buttons or other assorted embellishments

  • assorted small gifts or food items

  • colored napkins

  • optional – screwdriver (if box has handles)

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HOW TO MAKE MASON JAR CHRISTMAS GIFTS WITH BALL®

1. Remove the lids and bands from all jars and remove bar code sticker if necessary, then spray paint all lids and bands and set aside to dry

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2. Remove hardware from box.

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3. Tape off open end of box.

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4. Gently sand any raised area on the box (in this case, the painted phrase on the front and back).

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5. Spray paint the box until fully covered and set aside to dry.

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6. Once the box is completely dry, add Christmas phrase to the front and back. I created this free SVG cutting file just for you to make this project even easier! Click the link then right click and select “save as” to download the SVG to your computer. I cut it out with my Cricut Maker in white vinyl.

7. Fill jars with assorted treats. See below for some fun gift ideas!

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8. Put lids and bands on each jar and use adhesive to add ribbon and embellishments to each jar lid.

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9. Add numbers to the tops of each jar. Note – you will need FIVE 1s for this project. 1, 10, 11 (two 1s), 12 – so make sure you have enough before starting this project, because…uhhh…I didn’t. Another option would be to cut the numbers with your Cricut or other die cutting machine!

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10. Add your jars and voila! A custom, heartfelt, handmade project for the favorite people in your life. Want to add a pop of color to the box? Open a paper napkin and tuck it in to each compartment of the box before adding the jars.

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Want to include homemade goodies in these mini Ball® jars? One of the best things about them is not only are they food safe, the seal on the lid keeps your food items fresh. Check out a few other easy to find (or create) ideas:

sweet tooth: candy, mini cookies, sprinkles, trail mix

child: legos, plastic beads, coins, goldfish crackers

crafter: buttons, washi, chipboard embellishments, rolled ribbon

meaningful: handwritten notes from family members, favorite sayings, bible verses

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Wooden Christmas Sign with Cricut Maker

Christmas is almost here and that means we’re decking the halls! You can create this Wooden Christmas Sign with the Cricut Maker and have a custom home decor piece you’ll treasure for years.

Wooden Christmas Sign with Cricut Maker

I love BIG statement pieces for my holiday home decor, but they can be expensive! So I grabbed an old printer’s tray I found at a thrift store and created my own using images I found in Cricut Design Space. Don’t have a printer’s tray? You can purchase pre-made wood signs at most mass craft stores and then re-size your image to fit. {FTC Disclaimer: This is a sponsored blog post but the opinions are mine all mine! This post also contains affiliate links which means I may make a small commission if you make a purchase at no additional cost to you.}

Wooden Christmas Sign with Cricut Maker

One of the best things about the Cricut Maker is the variety of materials it can cut. For this project I was able to cut glitter cardstock, chipboard and vinyl - and all I had to do was switch between my Knife Blade and my Fine Point Blade. It made creating a large scale project so much easier! This is my largest project by far and I can’t wait to make more. So grab some supplies and let’s make this thing together!

SUPPLIES NEEDED

HOW TO MAKE A WOODEN CHRISTMAS SIGN WITH THE CRICUT MAKER

1. Measure tray (or whatever wood sign you are using) and size B&B image to fit.

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2. Below is the what the entire file looks like in Design Space. Hide the santa sleigh image, then cut B&B sign from vinyl color of your choice. The sign image was sliced since it is so large, you can edit for size if needed.

NOTE: The flourishes on my finished project are slightly different than the flourishes in the DS file - I wanted to keep the price for the file reasonable! :)

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3. Tape two sheets of chipboard to a 12x24 Strong Grip mat. Be sure to tape them in the middle as well. You do NOT need to split the image before cutting.

4. Hide the B&B sign image and unhide the santa sleigh to cut. Replace your fine point blade with your Knife Blade. Cut the santa sleigh three times total - all from chipboard.

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TIP: DO NOT remove the tape from the center where the two pieces of chipboard meet. If you mirror one of the images it will shift where the two sheets meet, which will make the finished piece even sturdier.

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While you are waiting for the sleighs to cut - rough cut around the vinyl pieces and place to fit on the printer’s tray.

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Apply transfer tape to each piece then apply to the tray.

Place two sheets of glitter cardstock on a 12x24 Standard Grip mat and cut the same santa sleigh image.

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Adhere chipboard layers to create a thick finished project.

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Drill two holes - one in santa’s head (sorry Santa!) and one in the left reindeer antler. Adhere green glitter cardstock then use a pin to poke a matching hole.

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Decide where you want the sleigh to hang from the sign. Screw cup hooks in to the underside of the printer’s tray to line up with the holes in the sleigh, then add chain. TIP: The chains will not be even on both sides, one will be a little shorter than the other to make the sleigh hang even.

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This sign can be customized in a variety of ways - from the color of the vinyl and glitter cardstock to the hanging image to the size of the project - I can’t wait to see what you create from the original image in Design Space. Happy crafting - and happy holidays!

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

Free SVG Files for Christmas

Get ready for the holiday season with these free SVG files from some of my favorite crafty people!

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One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is giving handmade gifts. With 15 of my favorite people we’ve created a round up of FREE svg files - you are sure to find something for everyone in your life!

FREE SVG FILES FOR CHRISTMAS

Besides being - you know…FREE - the best thing about these svg files is that they lend themselves to almost any project! Want to make a t-shirt or tote bag? Cut it from iron-on. How about a card? Get out a piece of cardstock and have at it! Window cling, vinyl, bonded fabric - the possibilities are endless.

I was raised in a family where food is love…so baking treats for my family and friends over the holidays is the way I show them how much I love them. I created this SVG file so I can give them a kitchen towel or apron along with their goodies! Click here to download (click the link then right click to download to your computer).

Free SVG files for Christmas - Kingston Crafts
Free SVG Files for Christmas - Kingston Crafts

I am RIDICULOUSLY lucky to be part of a creative girl tribe and every month we’ll share FREE svgs for upcoming holidays and events (see links below). Head on over to our Thanksgiving round up for last month’s SVGs. Next month - Valentine’s Day!! woohoo!!

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Easy Christmas Party Favors in Cricut Design Space

With just a few sheets of paper and some inexpensive bags or cups you can create quick and easy Christmas party favors with images in Cricut Design Space!

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I love to give little gifts to folks when they come to our house, especially over the holidays! What I don’t love? Spending a lot of money to do it! I grabbed some inexpensive paper bags and party cups and created these custom Christmas party favors in just a few minutes. {FTC Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a small commission on any purchases at no additional cost to you.}

EASY CHRISTMAS PARTY FAVORS IN CRICUT DESIGN SPACE

If you just want to create one of these you can do it with just a scrap of cardstock. Want to do a bunch? I was able to cut multiple poinsettias from one 12x12 sheet of cardstock. Easy and inexpensive - and uses things you’ve already got in your craft room.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Cricut machine (I used my Maker but this could also be done with an Explore)

  • Cricut mat (I used light grip because I prefer it when cutting paper)

  • red cardstock

  • green cardstock

  • adhesive (foam tape, glue pen, glue dots)

  • favor bags and/or party cups

Easy Christmas Party Favor in Cricut Design Space - Kingston Crafts

1. Find desired image in Cricut Design Space. I chose this poinsettia because it looked like the easiest to put together! Ha!

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2. I wanted the petals to be all the same color (again - to make this as easy as possible) so I changed the color of each petal to match.

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3. Cut poinsettia petals and leaves.

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4. Remove pieces from mat and assemble.

TIP: you can use glue dots to add a bit of depth, or use a glue pen if you want the ability to move your petals around before they dry.

5. Add a sequin to the center for a little extra bling and apply to your gift bag or cup.

TIP: If applying to a cup, use a glue dot on the top of the poinsettia and some foam tape on the bottom. This will make up for the angle of the cup.

6. Fill with goodies and enjoy!

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These would make great hostess gifts, be a fun way to wrap gift cards, the possibilities are endless! You can change the image for any occasion so this idea can be used year round.

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DIY Pom Pom Garland

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A few days ago on my IG stories I was giving myself a shout out for finding some fabulous deals at TJMaxx - including a faux fur pom pom garland.

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Originally $36 - I thought I got a screaming deal at $24.99. UNTIL...I found snowballs in the Dollar Spot at Target and decided to create my own! Hot diggety! 

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SUPPLIES:
snowballs from Target
"rope-y" ribbon (I bought gold and silver at Hobby Lobby but they had a few other colors too)
hot glue gun

Lay "rope" out on your workspace. Apply hot glue and add pom pom.

Once glue has hardened flip pom pom over and add additional glue to hold it to the rope. Repeat until you have a garland full!

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Add to your tree and feel smug the rest of the holiday season! :) Merry Christmas everybody!

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Quick Christmas Coaster Garland

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With your Xyron Creative Station and some $1 coasters (thanks Target Dollar Spot!) you can create this fun and festive garland in just a few minutes! {FTC disclaimer: I received some of this product free of charge. This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

SUPPLIES:
disposable coasters
Xyron Creative Station or Creative Station Lite
twine

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Separate the coasters in to two piles. Run one pile through your Xyron machine and remove the clear film.

Take the second pile of coasters and lay them pattern side down on your work surface.

Lay the twine across the center of the coasters (leaving a "tail" on each end), then peel the adhesive coasters from the Xyron backing one at a time and match/adhere them to the non-adhesive coasters.

Hang and enjoy! This would also be a fun and easy project to do with the kids!
 

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Holiday Sandwich Board Welcome Sign

Want to create a fun and festive welcome for your guests this season? Create a sandwich board! We used an old shoe store mirror (repainted with Rust-Oleum Universal Pure Gold spray paint) but you can create one with foam core, wood, or whatever tickles your fancy - then get out your Cricut and some vinyl and get your craft on! {FTC disclaimer - I received some of these products free of charge. This blog post also contains affiliate links so I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

Cricut Maker or Explore Air
We wish you a Merry Christmas image in Cricut Design Space
Cricut Vinyl - we used white
Cricut 12x24 mat
sandwich board

I started with this Merry Christmas image from the Love SVG Season to Sparkle cartridge (one of my FAVORITES!!):

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Then added the rest of the phrase using the VeryBerry font (can be downloaded from multiple places online), welded the words, attached the entire image and I was ready to go!

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Creating the sandwich board was so easy - we found this old shoe store mirror at an auction and got it for less than $10. We covered the mirror on both sides, spray painted the entire piece, let dry, then removed the paper and cleaned the mirrors off before adding the vinyl. So easy and fun!

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24 Hour Craft Day on HSN - October 3rd!

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HSN 24 Hour Craft Day is HERE!!! Tune in starting at midnight Eastern October 3rd for 24 hours of crafty goodness, including the Cricut Maker Bundle that everyone has been waiting for - Anna Griffin will be launching it at midnight! I've got some AMAZING new holiday products from Diamond Press to share and much much more...I hope you'll join me at 8am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm and 11pm for some crafty goodness and lots of laughs! {FTC Disclaimer - this post contains affiliate links which means I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

 The Cricut Maker bundle is $399 and comes with TONS of freebies AND has an Auto-Ship option!

The Cricut Maker bundle is $399 and comes with TONS of freebies AND has an Auto-Ship option!

 The Xyron 5" Creative Station bundle comes with $50 worth of adhesive refills and the machine...all for $39.95! The machine by itself costs $50!

The Xyron 5" Creative Station bundle comes with $50 worth of adhesive refills and the machine...all for $39.95! The machine by itself costs $50!

 The NEW Diamond Press Holiday bundle is so so good! You can order it with the machine (above) or without (below) - and Diamond Press has new machine colors for the season! GAAAAAHHH!!!

The NEW Diamond Press Holiday bundle is so so good! You can order it with the machine (above) or without (below) - and Diamond Press has new machine colors for the season! GAAAAAHHH!!!

 These Diamond Press Nestable Tag Dies are PERFECT for your gift giving this season!

These Diamond Press Nestable Tag Dies are PERFECT for your gift giving this season!

 These Nestable Word Frame Dies are SO intricate and incredible - you won't believe how easy they are to use!

These Nestable Word Frame Dies are SO intricate and incredible - you won't believe how easy they are to use!

 The Diamond Press Border Dies always sell like hotcakes - and we've got a special holiday set just for you!

The Diamond Press Border Dies always sell like hotcakes - and we've got a special holiday set just for you!

Letterboards? For $29.95?? Yes please! Urban House has vertical and horizontal boards in white and blue - and they have THE cutest holiday images and gold letters available as well!

I hope you'll tune in and join us - we've got a great day of crafting ahead!

Gift Idea for Him - Infused Bourbon with DIY Tag

Looking for a last-minute gift idea for the men in your life (besides some Paper Hatchet cards - wink wink)? You've still got time to make a delicious apple and cinnamon infused bourbon! The best part? Besides the fact that it is bourbon? We've hacked a printable tag from Southern Living so you can use regular mason jars instead of needing to buy special bottles.

You just need a few ingredients:
1 chopped apple (we used honeycrisp)
2 cinnamon sticks
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 (750-milliliter) bottle bourbon
1/4 cup simple syrup (which is just water and sugar - you can make your own)
8 oz mason jars (this recipe will fill three with a little left over - you can always use bigger jars!)

Follow this easy recipe and let your concoction sit at room temperature for four days, then pour in to the mason jars and seal. Then you are ready to make your tag! {FTC Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post of my own free will. ;) There are some affiliate links included which means I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

The Southern Living tags required smooth jars to adhere to - we've made a tag you can tie on to any size/shape jar with just a few quick changes.

SUPPLIES:
Southern Living free printable tags (you get four of the apple/cinammon tags)
trimmer (I am OBSESSED with my Fiskars Rotary Trimmer. OBSESSED. I rambled on about it on FB just this morning!)
scissors
Xyron 1 1/2" Sticker Maker
patterned paper (we used a wood pattern)
twine
crop-a-dile or hole punch

Print tags and trim 1 5/8" of the right edge of the entire page, then trim tags on the cut lines and make a pennant cut on the other end of each tag

Run all of the tags (printed side up) through your Xyron Sticker Maker.

Cut patterned paper in to 1 3/8" x 4 1/4" strips, then center tags on to patterned paper and make a pennant cut on one end to match the shape of the tag. 

Punch a hole on the flat edge of the tag, string through twine and wrap around the lid of the mason jar, then tie to secure.

This is a great gift idea for friends, neighbors, coworkers - and would also make a great Father's Day or birthday gift for that hard to buy for man in your life. Happy bourbon infusing and Merry Christmas!