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!

DIY Custom Props for Family Christmas Pictures - Kingston Crafts

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.

DIY Custom Props for Family Christmas Pictures - Kingston Crafts

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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Mason Jar Christmas Gift and Free SVG File - Kingston Crafts.png

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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Mason Jar Christmas Gift and Free SVG File - Kingston Crafts.png

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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Mason Jar Christmas Gift and Free SVG File - Kingston Crafts.png
Mason Jar Christmas Gift and Free SVG File - Kingston Crafts.png
Mason Jar Christmas Gift and Free SVG file - Kingston Crafts.png

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Cornucopia Place Card Holders


This post first appeared over at HSN's The Buzz where I am a contributor. Add that extra handmade touch to your Thanksgiving table, by making your own Cornucopia Place Card Holders!

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Make your Thanksgiving table a little more special with these custom cornucopia place card holders using a few craft supplies and some items you have around the house.

CORNUCOPIA PLACE CARD HOLDERS

These cornucopia place cards holders are so easy to make and can easily be customized to fit your Thanksgiving table. Plus, this project is a great way to use up those scraps of craft supplies that you may have laying around! {FTC Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links which means I may make a small commission on purchases without any cost to you.}

SUPPLIES FEATURED:

HOW TO CREATE CORNUCOPIA PLACE CARD HOLDERS

1. Cut a toilet paper tube in half the long way.

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2. Apply hot glue to one inside edge of the tube and overlap one end until you have formed a cone shape.

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3. Use a small piece of aluminum foil to create a “tail” and insert it in to the skinny end of the tube.

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4. Apply hot glue along the top of the tube then roll the burlap until it covers the tube.

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 5. Secure the other end with hot glue.

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 6. Cut some of the excess burlap from the open end of the tube, then add hot glue around the inside of the tube and tuck in the burlap ends.

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 7. Shape the aluminum foil end of the tube until it curves up to form the cornucopia shape.

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 8. Add felt leaf embellishments to the cornucopia and the place card with hot glue. The leaves could be cut with any die cutting machine – I used the Cricut Maker.

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 9. Adhere the place card to the center of the cornucopia with hot glue.

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What a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving and the people who will be gathered around your holiday table. Fill with candy to make a fun take home party favor!

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Looking for the wow factor? This gorgeous Staub Pumpkin Cocotte is not only a stunning focal point of your centerpiece, you can leave it on your stove top to add a special touch to your kitchen all season long!

Now, if Cornucopia Place Card Holders are just not enough for your Thanksgiving table, then check out my Create Custom Home Decor with Cricut Adhesive Foil!

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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.

Wooden Christmas Sign with Cricut Maker - Kingston Crafts

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! :)

Wooden Christmas Sign with Cricut Maker - Kingston Crafts

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.

Wooden Christmas Sign with Cricut Maker - Kingston Crafts

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.

Wooden Christmas Sign with Cricut Maker - Kingston Crafts

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

Wooden Christmas Sign with Cricut Maker - Kingston Crafts

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.

Wooden Christmas Sign with Cricut Maker - Kingston Crafts

Adhere chipboard layers to create a thick finished project.

Wooden Christmas Sign with Cricut Maker - Kingston Crafts

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.

Wooden Christmas Sign with Cricut Maker - Kingston Crafts

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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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.

Easy Christmas Party Favor in Cricut Design Space - Kingston Crafts

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!

Easy Christmas Party Favor in Cricut Design Space - Kingston Crafts

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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10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut

This post first appeared on Cricut’s blog where I'm a contributor. With Halloween fast approaching, we’ve got 10 last minute projects you can make with the help of your Cricut machine!

10 last minute Halloween Projects with Cricut

Halloween is in TWO WEEKS! How did that happen? I know I can’t be the only one running around making last minute preparations so today I’ve got ten last minute Cricut projects that are going to make you the hit of the neighborhood this Halloween. Many of these projects can be made on both the Explore machines and the Maker machine so let’s get crafty!

10 LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN PROJECTS WITH CRICUT

Mantel looking a little bare? In just ten minutes you can create this gorgeous boo banner from Frog Prince Paperie.

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Who has time for carving pumpkins at the last minute? This no-carve project from Sweet Rose Studio can be color coordinated for any theme and can be made again next year!

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 If you haven’t tried Cricut Window Cling it is PERFECT for last minute décor ideas – easy on, easy off! Check out these spider web window clings from Hey Let’s Make Stuff.

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These DIY felt masks from Tastefully Frugal are not only a quick and easy solution for Halloween, they are great for play time all year round!

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 These faux spider earrings from Hey Let’s Make Stuff would be a cool accessory for your costume, but would also be fun to wear to work or if you aren’t big on dressing up for the holiday.

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With these cut files from Liz on Call the possibilities are endless! Make them smaller for cupcake toppers, use them on cards, or make them larger than life for fun wall or table décor.

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

Having a Halloween party this weekend? These bat napkin rings from Creativities Galore and this spider serving bowl from Laura’s Crafty Life will make any table festive, and just take a few minutes to create.

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts
10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

The best part about Halloween? The snacks! With your Cricut Explore or Maker you can customize sweet treats in no time. Check out these witch cupcake toppers from 100 Directions and these purple people eater treats from I Love My Disorganized Life!

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts
10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

Have a fun and festive Halloween – can’t wait to see what you create! Oh, if you want one more bonus last minute Halloween project, then check out my own Last Minute Halloween Home Décor with Cricut!

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts
10 last minute Halloween projects with Cricut

Create Baby Wall Decor with the Cricut EasyPress 2

I love creating personalized gifts - especially for new little ones! Thanks to my Cricut Maker and EasyPress 2 I can create custom baby wall decor that really makes a statement.

Baby Wall Decor with Cricut

CREATE BABY WALL DECOR WITH CRICUT

Iron-on is one of my favorite materials to use with my Cricut but I have always felt limited by the size of the EasyPress. Cricut is releasing two new sizes this Fall - 12x10 and 6x7 so now you have the perfect size EasyPress for any project. I am so excited about the larger size (and shoutout to the new raspberry color!) because it allows me to create larger scale projects like this canvas in less time and without worrying about getting full coverage. Perfect! {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 on any purchases at no additional cost to you.}

Loving that tee-pee print? It is a FREE printable from A Joyful Riot! I am obsessed with it!

SUPPLIES NEEDED

HOW TO CREATE BABY WALL DECOR WITH CRICUT

1. Tape around edges of canvas - this will give your finished project a white edge.

Baby Wall Decor with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

2. Cut cardstock to desired size and apply repositionable/temporary adhesive, then apply it to the center of your canvas. I used my Xyron Creative Station with Repositionable Adhesive and it worked like a dream!

3. Use dauber to apply paint around the edges of the cardstock then use paintbrush to paint the rest of the canvas. Let dry and repeat if necessary, then remove cardstock and tape.

4. Create image/phrase in Design Space. I've got this project saved in Cricut Community so you don't have to start from scratch! Use the sizing option (don't forget to unlock the image) to make your image fit perfectly in to the open space on your canvas. 

Baby Wall Decor with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

5. Cut your image from Iron-On material. I used the Maker but this could also be done on an Explore machine. Don't forget to mirror the image before cutting!

Baby Wall Decor with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

6. Remove excess iron-on and use weeding tool to remove centers of letters.

7. This is where the 16x20 EasyPress Mat really comes in handy! Because the canvas is raised (not flush to the table) I need padding underneath. By folding the large mat in half I have enough cushion to apply the iron-on!

8. Center image on canvas and cover with Iron-On Protective Sheet. This will protect your paint from the heat of the EasyPress.

9. Use the EasyPress recommended settings chart to determine temperature and time for your canvas. I did 340 degrees for 30 seconds. The greatest thing about the EasyPress 2 is I could do this entire large project in one fell swoop! No more multiple passes on the same project!

10. Remove clear film from design and voila! Custom Baby Wall Decor!

Baby Wall Decor with Cricut - Kingston Crafts
Baby Wall Decor with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

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Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag

This post first appeared over at The Crazy Craft Lady where I'm a contributor. Summer is still in full swing here – and as much as we love it we also know it means toting lots of “stuff” for the kids! Of course we want to look cute doing it, so today we’re going to learn how to make an easy DIY Summer Tote Bag in just a few minutes!

Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag - Kingston Crafts

One of my favorite things about this time of year (besides - you know - SUMMER!!) is that you can find inexpensive tote bags everywhere! Tote bags are easy to customize and can be done in just a few minutes, whether you are a beginning crafter, and expert maker, or even someone who thinks you don’t have a creative bone in your body. This project is for you! {FTC Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a small commission if you purchase something - at no additional cost to you.}

DIY SUMMER TOTE BAG

I’ll add iron-on to anything that will stand still – from clothing to leather clutches to wood and more. Tote bags are some of my favorites because there are so many options available! Inexpensive totes can be found in craft stores, on Amazon, in the Target Dollar Spot (where I found these blue striped totes), at discount stores and more.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

HOW TO MAKE A DIY SUMMER TOTE BAG

1. Select an image for your tote bag. Look for a “single layer” image – that means no layering different colors or lining up separate pieces. Single layer iron-ons can still give you a bright pop of color! 

Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag - Kingston Crafts

2. Measure the length and height of the front of the tote bag and adjust the size of your iron-on accordingly, then cut out with your Cricut. Don’t forget to place your iron-on shiny side down on the mat, and always mirror your image before you cut!  

Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag - Kingston Crafts

3. Remove the excess iron-on material and place shiny side up on the tote. 

Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag - Kingston Crafts

4. Use the Cricut EasyPress (or household iron) to add iron-on image to the tote. 

Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag - Kingston Crafts

5. Remove clear film. You DIY summer tote is finished!

Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag - Kingston Crafts

I used my Cricut Maker and EasyPress, but you can also cut iron ons with other die cutting machines or manual punches and you can use your household iron to apply them. Want an even easier way to customize your tote? Look for pre-made iron-on designs online or in your local craft store.

Pre Made Iron On Onesies - Kingston Crafts

I suggest stocking up on tote bags when you find them, because once you do your first iron-on you’re never going to want to stop! These are great for hostess gifts, birthday party favors, a girls night project and much more. In fact, I bought several of these tote bags and created one for the 4th of July!

Easy DIY Summer Tote Bag - Kingston Crafts

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

Custom Pencil Cases for Girls and Boys

With just a few minutes, your Cricut machine and these cute pouches from the Target Dollar spot, you can create custom pencil cases for girls and boys just in time for back to school!

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We have ten nieces and nephews and know how crazy back to school time can be for their folks. We ALSO know what it is like to have a name that is hard to find on customized supplies (Alexandra? Mackenzie?) - so when I found these pencil cases at the Target Dollar Spot I thought it would be a quick and easy project to finish in an afternoon and let them know we're thinking about them as they head back to school in a few weeks!

CUSTOM PENCIL CASES FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

Grab your Cricut (I used a Maker but you could also use your Explore), the Cricut EasyPress - I LOVE THAT THING SO MUCH) and your favorite iron-on colors and let's make some custom pencil cases!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

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HOW TO MAKE CUSTOM PENCIL CASES FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

1. Select your fonts in Design Space. I used Quirky for the girls and Varsity Letter Narrow for the boys (both are Cricut fonts). You can get the file here then just customize it with your own names!

2. Type out and size the names to fit the pouches. To create one single cut file (like I did for the girls names) ungroup the name then one at a time select each letter and move until they are touching. You can also use the letter spacing tool to move the letters closer together.

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3. Put a box around the name then select weld and you will have one single cut file.

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4. Cut the names out of iron-on. Don't forget to mirror the image and put your iron-on shiny side down on the mat!

5. Remove the excess iron-on and place on the pouches.

Custom Pencil Cases - Kingston Crafts

6. Use the EasyPress to apply the iron-on to the pouches. Cricut has come out with larger EasyPress Mats and I grabbed up the big one because it lets me have multiple projects ready to go without having to move stuff on and off the mat!

Custom Pencil Cases - Kingston Crafts

7. Remove the clear film and voila! Custom pencil cases!

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