• Crafts with Kids,  Cricut Crafts

    Make Cute Kids’ Necklaces with Acrylic Blanks

    My obsession with Zindee acrylic blanks continues.  This time I’ll show you how to make cute kids’ Halloween necklaces with acrylic blanks.  For this project, use the mini ghost blank and the mini candy corn.  The blanks come with protective brown paper over them. To learn how to decorate the acrylics, check out my previous post. Supplies Needed for These Cute Kids’ Necklaces –wire –crimper tool –crimping beads -lobster clasp -pom pom beads To decorate acrylic blank: -vinyl -Diamaond Glaze Assembling the Necklace Cut the wire an ample length to hang down to child’s upper chest.  Knot one end of the wire and attach the crimping bead over the knot (depending…

  • Gifts to make

    Acrylic Keychains Make Great Teacher Gifts

    I recently discovered the most amazing craft.  Check out my first post about acrylic keychains here.  They are so cute and fun to make.  These acrylic keychains make great teacher gifts. There are dozens of styles to choose from.  Check out Zindee.com, where I buy all the blanks.  In my last post, I shared how I created my own design using a circle blank and glitter. Now I’m going to share some secrets for making the more detailed designs. Supplies to Make Acrylic Keychain Gifts Zindee sales the key chains 10 for $2.00.  They are a nice quality.  Definitely order them through Zindee.  The suede tassels are a deal here. You…

  • crafts,  Cricut Crafts,  Gifts to make

    How to Decorate Acrylic Keychains

    I discovered a fun craft that is great for all levels of crafters.  This post is how to decorate acrylic key chains for beginners.  They are fun to make and even more fun to give as gifts.  This post will focus on beginner level designs, but I will post more showing how to make more advanced designs.  All the keychain blanks have been purchased through Zindee.com Necessary Supplies to Decorate Acrylic Keychains As I said, this post will focus on beginner level designs anyone can make.  My daughter even made her own. Must-haves for this project: *Cricut *vinyl (love this brand) *Mod Podge *Transfer tape *acrylic circle *Diamond Glaze You…

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    How to Create a Craft Space on a Budget

    If you are like me, you can spend hours looking at Pins of dream craft spaces.  I imagine designing a functional craft space is easier if you aren’t facing budget constraints.  I’ll show you how to create a craft space on a budget. Craft Storage on a Budget Ikea is the king of functionality!  I love Ikea, but unfortunately for me the closest Ikea to me is two and half hours away.  Several years ago they used to ship things via UPS.  I ordered one of the tables in my craft space about 8 years ago and paid less than $10.00 for shipping.  However, now they only deliver via their…

  • Cricut Crafts,  Gifts to make

    DIY Gift for Dog Lovers

    You ever see something for sale and think “I could make that”?  Me too!  My latest challenge is a great DIY gift for dog lovers. I love the way they turned out, and my friend does too. I’ll share how to make these.  These would also be great as reverse canvases.  See my tutorial on making reverse canvases here.  Similar plaques sell online for about $30.00 each.  You can DIY for much less. What You Need for this DIY Gift Start with unfished wood.  These pieces were cut to 11″ x 12″. Home Depot or Lowes will cut wood to size for you.  That’s the cheapest way to go, or…

  • Cricut Crafts

    How to Make a Mickey Mouse Icon Mandala with Cricut

    I have a short post today.  Just want to share a little technique I discovered while playing in Cricut Design Space.  I made a short video showing you how to make a Mickey Mouse icon mandala with Cricut. The video shows how to use the duplicate feature and the slice tool to make the mandala.  Click here to view. Step by Step Directions for Making a Mickey Mouse Mandala For those that learn better by reading-this is for you.  Start by uploading a Mickey Mouse icon or making one with the circles in design space.  Next, insert a damask image from Design Space.  There are several from which to pick.…

  • Cricut Crafts

    How to Apply HTV on Metal Tumblers

    Who doesn’t love a fun tumbler?  I bought my daughter a new tumbler in a beautiful color and wanted to make it a little special.  I’m going to share some tricks I discovered while learning how to apply HTV on metal tumblers.  Here is my first attempt.  It’s not perfect, but my daughter is quite pleased.  She loves how glittery it is. Tricks for Applying HTV on Metal Tumblers The Cricut Easy Press has been my go-to tool for applying HTV to just about any surface you can think of.  I recently applied HTV to a hat using the Easy Press check out the post here.  It was definitely awkward…

  • Cricut Crafts

    Decorative Signs for your Classroom for Cheap with Your Cricut

    I love the look of wood signs.  However, they can cost a few bucks to make and are hard to hang in your classroom.  I’ll show you how to make decorative signs for your classroom for cheap with your cricut .  Plus they are light-weight and easy to hang.  The door to my classroom is metal, and I am going to hang this sign on the inside using magnetic tape. I wanted to make a sign for the beginning of the year.  Since I am not planning on keeping it up all year,  I didn’t want to spend a ton of money making it.  Using foam board, wood grain Contact…

  • Cricut Crafts

    How to Put HTV on a Baseball Cap

    I’m getting ready for a trip to Hawaii, so I wanted a cute way to protect my face from the harsh rays.  Pink is my favorite color, so when I found this cap, I grabbed it.  I’m going to show you how to put HTV on a baseball cap.  It was a little more challenging than I expected but totally doable. What You’ll Need baseball cap HTV in assorted colors-a great time to use scraps Cricut Design Space Cricut EasyPress hand towel parchment paper Hight temperature heat resistant tape Hobby Lobby sells caps for $2.99, so if you have a Hobby Lobby I recommend picking one up there.  If not,…

  • Cricut Crafts

    Make the Tools You Need to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl

    A while ago I posted about how to layer heat transfer vinyl. In the post I showed you some tools that are essential to making projects with HTV.  I am going to show you how to make the tools you need to apply heat transfer vinyl. The first tool you need is the Cricut EasyPress, no I can’t show you how to make that.  I have the original 9″ x 9″ and have found it meets all my needs.  A pressing board and pressing pillows are the keys to successful HTV projects. A pressing board allows you to work on any surface without worrying about damaging the surface with the heat.…