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!

Free SVG files for Christmas - Kingston Crafts

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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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!

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

 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.

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

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!

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

 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.

10 Last Minute Halloween Projects with Cricut - Kingston Crafts

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

IF YOU LOVED THIS IRON-ON PROJECT CHECK OUT THESE POSTS:

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

Wood Wall Art with Cricut Iron On

I love collage walls and every time we move (thanks Army!) one of my favorite projects is reconfiguring our photos and art in to our new home. With a piece of scrap wood and my Cricut I can create wood wall art to fill those inevitable gaps in my collage!

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I love iron-on, and putting iron-on material on wood has become my newest obsession! Quicker, cleaner and easier than stenciling or vinyl - using iron-on allows me to create inexpensive home decor in just a fraction of the time. {FTC disclaimer: This is a sponsored blog post and contains affiliate links - if you make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.}

WOOD WALL ART

With a piece of scrap wood, Plaid paint and some Cricut iron-on you can create custom wood wall art in just a few minutes! This project took about 20 minutes (not including drying time) and is the perfect way to fill those awkward gaps in your collage walls.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

1. Measure wall space and cut block to size.

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2. Paint wood block and let dry (may need several coats).

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3. Scale image (I used this thankful image) in Design Space to fit block and cut iron-on. Remember to mirror your image!

4. Weed image and place on wood block.

5. Use EasyPress to apply iron-on to wood block using the recommended settings chart on cricut.com. They list wood as one of the materials!

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6. Remove clear film.

Wood Wall Art with Cricut Iron On

7. Drill hole in the back of the block for the nail and nail to your wall.

Wood Wall Art with Cricut Iron On

This was such a game changer for me - I can't tell you how many hours I've spent in the past trying to reconfigure my collage walls to fill the gaps. Now I can save time and stress and add some additional wall art to my collection!

This week I'm teaming up with some of my favorite bloggers to share our love for iron-on - and give away some goodies in the process. I hope you'll join us!

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

Personalized Door Hangers and How to Hang Them

In just a few minutes with your Cricut EasyPress you can customize wood door hangers without worrying about your terrible handwriting! 

how to personalize (and hang) door hangers - Kingston Crafts

Do you love those paint and wine nights? Door hanger paint parties? I do - but here's a little secret. I HATE my handwriting. So when they say "now just write (your last name, some cute phrase, whatever)" I just go refill my wine and snacks and wait for everyone else to be finished. I always tell the host "I'll just finish it at home" - but I NEVER did. 

Personalized Door Hangers

Then I figured out how to put iron-on on wood with my Cricut Maker! Along with a little help from my EasyPress and BrightPad I can create personalized door hangers in no time, I am actually USING the door hangers I create, and I am no longer lying to these poor host-y people which means I'll be invited back for more wine. ;)

{FTC disclaimer: I received some of these products for free but was not compensated for writing this post. This post contains affiliate links so I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

HOW TO MAKE PERSONALIZED DOOR HANGERS

1. Cut your iron-on on your Maker (or any other Cricut machine) - don't forget to mirror the image and put the shiny side on the mat!

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2. I used my BrightPad to help me weed the image, black is usually hard for me to "see through" but the BrightPad makes it so easy!

3. Lay the iron-on on your wood surface - in my case a snowman door hanger. 

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4. I put a towel down because I wasn't sure about applying heat to something that was painted - but it worked like a dream! Creating a project that is bigger than your EasyPress surface? Just heat the project in sections.

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5. Peel off the backing and voila! A personalized door hanger! Now that you've made it - how will you hang it? I've been using this trick for years and it works on wreaths just as well as it does on door hangers - and it doesn't ruin your door!

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:

Hang the hook UPSIDE DOWN on the back of your door. Add fishing line to door hanger, bring up over the top of the door, tie to Command Hook and cut off excess.

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This is totally gonna be my new thing. I did it for my Fall acorn door hanger too but was too lazy to tell you all about it. Ha!

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And finally - a little "behind the scenes" with my two biggest helpers. 

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IF YOU LOVE IRON-ON YOU'LL LOVE THESE PROJECTS:

DIY Valentine's Day Garland

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I wanna be that cool chick who decorates my mantel for every holiday - but Valentine's Day always had me stumped. Until I came across some heart shaped cards from Michaels! I grabbed a few packs, turned on my Cricut Maker, and in less than 15 minutes I had a DIY Valentine's Day garland that I'm proud to display! {FTC disclaimer: I received the Cricut for free but this post is mine all mine! This post contains affiliate links so I may make a few pennies if you buy something!}

I'm also thrilled to be joining 43 other makers to celebrate Valentine's Day with some DIY projects - I'm sharing all of them at the end of this post so be prepared to be inspired!

SUPPLIES
Recollections Heart Cards and Envelopes from Michaels
Cricut machine - I used the Maker but this could be done with any of the Explore machines as well!
Xyron Mega Runner
twine
scissors
white glitter cardstock (not pictured)
foam dots (not pictured)

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Open the card and lay the twine across the fold.

Use your Mega Runner to apply some adhesive at the top of the heart and at the bottom.

Fold the card closed.

Cut your XO images from glitter cardstock. I used this file in Design Space.

Add foam tape to the back of each letter and adhere.

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And voila! Need more inspiration? Check out all these great project ideas!

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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Love your Cricut and love Christmas? Check out these other fun projects: