Birthday Girl Tee

Some of us love it when everybody knows it is our birthday. And for those of us who love being the center of attention, this Birthday Girl Tee is perfect. Using just one color of iron on vinyl, it is very quick to make, and can be used year after year!

Speaking of Birthdays and Parties … I have a bunch of friends who are sharing party crafts of their own! Be sure to scroll down to check out all their awesome party craft projects that you can make on your Cricut!

To make this Birthday Girl Tee, you’ll need:

T-shirt that fits the birthday girl
A sheet of iron on vinyl – pick a contrasting color or pattern
Cricut machine
Weeding tools
Iron or Cricut Easy Press

To cut out the design, you can use the Cricut Design Space File I have here. I have it sized for an adult Large tee. You may need to resize it depending on the size shirt you’re using.

Make sure that you mirror the design before cutting – essential when cutting out iron on vinyl.

Once the design has cut, go ahead and weed the design. Then follow the instructions to fuse on the iron on. Different types of iron on have different temperature recommendations and fuse times, so be sure to double-check those before fusing down your iron on.

Once you’ve got it fused in place, you pull back the carrier sheet, and you’re all done! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

Ready for all those other fabulous Cricut Party ideas I promised you? Check these out!

I love party favors, so this party-cracker style favor from See Linsday is perfect!!

Artsy Fartsy Mama created this favor box that looks like a slice of cake – and how adorable is that face detail in the candle??

How adorable is this Donut Party invitation that Charynn at Pineapple Paper Company whipped up!?

I am in love with this St. Patrick’s Day Party Pack from Michelle’s Party Plan it!!

And these awesome party crafts from my co-hosts for this series…

Jessica at Mad in Crafts made this adorable and easy to make circle garland.

Over at The Country Chic Cottage, Angie whipped up some mason jar lid coasters, perfect for keeping your tables neat at your next party.

Jen from 100 Directions made these adorable party flags, perfect for putting on cupcakes!

Custom Birthday Streamers

I love customizing birthday parties! And one of the easiest ways is by customizing the party decor – including these easy-to-make custom birthday streamers! Yes, the custom birthday streamers are put together with a sewing machine, but sewing on paper is super simple. You don’t need to have any sewing experience to make these streamers!

All week long, I’ll be sharing party projects you can make with your Cricut, and so are a bunch of my crafty friends! Be sure to scroll down to check out their fabulous Cricut Party Craft Ideas!

To make these birthday streamers, you’ll need:

Scrapbook paper – I went with assorted pinks and aquas to go with the Party Decor
Sewing Machine with thread
Cricut Machine and mat
Cardboard tube (such as a paper towel roll or roll from Cricut Vinyl)

In Cricut Design space, pick your design. I went with the numbers 4 and 0 for this fortieth birthday party. To add interest, I looked through Cricut images and found a unicorn head that matches the unicorn theme. Since the unicorn head is a Cricut Access image, and I have Cricut Access, I get to use this image for free!

Duplicate the image until you’ve filled an area 11.5″ x 11.5″. That is the largest area you can cut on a 12″ x 12″ cutting mat (and on 12″ x 12″ paper). Then cut out all your pieces. Since I was using assorted papers, I cut out multiple pages of each before I started putting them together.

The easiest way to put them all together is to stitch them on the sewing machine. This is super simple, and you don’t need any sewing experience.

One trick is to bump up the stitch length as high as it will go. You don’t need the stitches close together on paper.

Give yourself several inches of thread to start. You can use this to tie up the streamers after you’re done making them.

Stitch through the middle of your designs. Between each image, add a couple stitches. This will give you length on your streamers, and also allow them to spin freely.

Once you’ve started adding pieces, tape the thread ends to your cardboard tube, and start rolling the streamer onto the cardboard tube. This will keep the streamer from getting tangled while making it, and transporting it.

Keep adding more and more images to make your streamer. It will take lots and lots to get a good length! Eventually, your cardboard tube will have a big roll on it.

You can hang up these custom party streamers the same way you hang up your crepe paper streamers. In fact, I think it is fun to have both of them up at the party!

You can make your Custom Birthday Streamers with whatever theme you like – use the images you want, and the letters or numbers you want! You can just use letters – HAPPY BIRTHDAY NAME – or just images (I used blue and red trains for a train party I hosted several years ago). There are so many ways to take this basic technique and make it your own!

Be sure to head to Mad in Crafts, 100 Directions, and The Country Chic Cottage to check out other fabulous crafts you can make with your Cricut Machine!

Simple DIY Cards

As a creative person, when I want to send a card, I feel like it should be a DIY card. One that I made or embellished in some way. But in the moment where I want to write the card, I don’t also have time to make it. So, it is handy to have a stack of pre-crafted DIY cards that are just ready for a quick sentiment and a signature. That’s where these simple DIY cards come in! Grab some supplies, and you can whip up a stack of fun cards that are ready to go when the occasion arises!

To make your cards, you’ll need:

Plain scrapbook paper
Decorative scrapbook papers
Paper cutter
Envelopes
Ink and rubber stamps
Adhesive (I like a double sided tape rather than a wet adhesive)
Decorative Washi Tape

Start by cutting your paper. You’ll want to make sure that the papers fit in your envelope – that is super important! So, make sure to cut it smaller than the envelope size. Cutting a 6″ x 8″ strip will fold into a 4″ x 6″ card.

Cut small squares while you’re at it. I like 1 1/2″ x 1 1 /2″ for my squares, but go with what works for you.

Fold your papers in half to make the cards.

Now cut your decorative papers. You’ll want to cut these at least 1/4″ smaller than the front of your card. So, for a 4″ x 6″ card, cut 3 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ or smaller.

Then use your adhesive to secure a decorative paper to the front of each card.

Use a coordinating washi tape to add a stripe of color across the front of each card. Mix it up with different colors!

On each of the small squares, use the rubber stamp to add a sentiment.

Secure the sentiments to the fronts of the cards, and your cards are complete!

Store each card with an envelope to have it ready to go! These cards are quick, simple, and offer the perfect handmade touch!

Want more projects like this one? Check out:
Simple DIY Gift Card Holders
DIY Stampable Gift Tag

100 Books for 100 Days of School

The days have flown by – if you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate 100 days of school, this free SVG file for 100 Days of school is perfect! These 100 books are also a great way to celebrate having read 100 books – either on their own or having 100 books read to them. If you’re celebrating 1000 books before Kindergarten, just duplicate one of the zeros, and now you have an SVG for 1000 books before Kindergarten! Such a versatile cut file!! Be sure to scroll all the way down for the details on how to get this file, and check out all the other fun 100 days SVG files – all totally free!

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After you cut the file out of vinyl (make sure that you mirror the image if you’re using iron on), you need to weed it. Then you’re ready to apply it on a surface.

For adhesive vinyl, use transfer tape to apply the vinyl to your surface. For iron on, you can use a hot iron or the Cricut Easypress to apply the iron on.

Follow the instructions for the type of iron on and surface you’re using to know the temperature settings and time you need to heat the design. Once it has set, you can remove the carrier sheet.

It is that simple to make a 100 days shirt! This tee would be great for a teacher to wear on the 100th day, a librarian, or any student in class! You can also print out the PDF of the 100 image to use as a coloring sheet for students. If you have small handwriting, you might even be able to add the names of some books to the spines!

Leave a comment below to let me know how you’re using this 100 days smarter SVG file. And be sure to check out all the other fabulous totally free SVG files that you can find at the links below!

 

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ProCRAFTinator SVG

Let’s get serious. When we sit down to craft, everything else can wait. Do you become a ProCRAFTinator when your creative wheels start to turn? Dishes, laundry, even picking up the kids from school can all wait once I’ve started crafting. And we know that an all-night crafting session is the best use of our time!

To celebrate all of us Procraftinators, I’ve created a ProCRAFTinator SVG file so you can proclaim your love of procraftination on shirts, mugs, folders, and more! Just scroll down, sign up for the 30 Minute Crafts Newsletter, and you’ll get access to the free SVG file!

 

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Frozen Elements Tee

The sequel to the popular Frozen movie is here with Frozen 2. And if you or someone you know is a fan, they’ll know exactly what these Frozen elements are. And I’ve hand-drawn a cut file for you to add them to a shirt (like I have done here), or add them to anything else you like!

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I won’t spoil it for you. I was given early access to the film, and loved it. As expected, it had a great story and fun music. Viewers will be reminded to do the “next right thing” and possibly even to think beyond what they have seen themselves for the right answer.

You can make a shirt like this one by getting the free download of this cut file (sign up below). You can then use your digital cutting machine (like a Cricut or Silhouette) to cut it out. If you don’t have a digital cutter, I’ve given you a graphics file so that you can cut the design by hand from freezer paper to make a stencil, or you can place it behind a shirt that you put on a light box to trace it. All kinds of ways to use this fun file!

If you have a digital cutting machine, here is what you do:

  1. Download the file (below) then import it into your software.

2. Cut the file onto vinyl. Note that if you’re using heat transfer vinyl you’ll need to mirror the image.

3. Weed the negative space from the vinyl.

4. Following the manufacturer instructions, heat set the vinyl on your shirt using a Heat Press, EasyPress, or Iron.

5. Allow to cool, then remove the carrier sheet.

 

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Plan Your Work Free SVG File

Are you ready for the New Year? Are you a planner addict (or an aspiring planner addict)? Well then, my friends and I have the perfect set of SVG files for you! All of this month’s FREE SVGs are all about planning! Including my free file: Plan your work & work your plan!

Fill out the form below to get your link to this free SVG file. And scroll down for links to even more fabulous SVGs for planner addicts!

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Make your own Angry Birds Hatchlings

We got a chance to see the new Angry Birds 2 movie, and my kids absolutely loved it! Their favorite part of the movie was the adorable little “hatchlings,” so I thought I’d make a set of hatchlings, and show you how to make your own!

As a mom, I really enjoyed the messages within the movie. Working together. First impressions aren’t everything. And finding creative uses for things (you’ll understand that one after watching the movie!). My kids thought it was a funny story that kept them entertained. And they really, really loved the side-story that was going on with the hatchlings.

If you’d like to make your own Angry Birds Hatchlings, you’ll need:

4 skeins of embroidery floss in each color
googly eyes (I used eyelash eyes for the pink hatchling)
hot glue
yellow/orange construction paper
scissors
pom pom maker

Open up the pom pom maker and start wrapping the floss around one side.

You’ll want to use two skeins per side, for a total of 4 skeins per pom pom.

Trim off about 10 inches from the last skein to save for tying up your pom pom.

With sharp scissors, cut along the groove to create the fluff.

Tie the 10 inches that you kept aside along the center. This is super important as it is this part that keeps all the threads together. Make your knot TIGHT.

Once it is all tied up, you can pull the pom pom maker apart.

Fluff up the pom pom and trim any stray pieces that are too long.

Glue on the eyes.

Cut a beak and feet, and glue into place.

Repeat this process, making two more hatchlings if you would like the trio. However, you can make as many adorable little hatchlings as you like!

And be sure to check out the new Angry Birds 2 movie!

Mandala Dot Rocks

If you’ve been wanting to get into rock painting, but don’t have any painting or drawing skills, then this is the perfect technique for you! These Mandala Dot Rocks are super simple to make – you don’t even need a paint brush!

This craft is part of Craft Lighting Week. All week long, along with my friends Angie and Carissa, I’ll be sharing a fast and fun 15 minute craft that involves painting rocks! And we’ve invited some of our crafty friends to join in! Be sure to scroll down to check out their projects!

To make these Mandala Dot Rocks, you’ll need:
Rocks
Paint
Small Plate
Toothpicks

Dip the toothpick end into the paint. Then dot the paint onto the rock. You can make large dots or small dots, or vary the size. I like starting with a dot in the center, and then working my way out.

Once you’ve added all your dots, let the paint dry. Then add a layer of varnish to seal the paint in before using the rocks outdoors.

If you thought these Mandala Dot Rocks were fun, check out these other Rock Painting ideas!

These Gold Leaf Painted rocks from Country Hill Cottage are fantastic!

And 365 Days of Crafts made these awesome motivational rocks.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for more painted rock ideas!

Star and Sparkle Earrings

I love jewelry that does double-duty. These Star and Sparkle earrings are perfect for a patriotic party, like the 4th of July. But they’re also great for everyday wear! These earrings are festive and stylish!

These star and sparkle earrings are today’s Craft Lighting Patriotic craft. All week long, my friends Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Beth from Kingston Crafts are joining in with some of our other crafty friends to share fast and fun Patriotic-themed crafts that can be made in 15 minutes or less! Be sure to scroll all the way down to check out their awesome Patriotic Craft ideas!

To make the star and sparkle earrings, you’ll need:

  • Star chain (found at JoAnn’s)
  • Blue crystals and white beads
  • 4 headpins
  • Jewelry Pliers – round nosed pliers, needle-nosed pliers, and wire cutters.
  • Earring wires

Trim down two lengths of star chain. One slightly shorter than the other. String the beads onto the head pins. You can lay out your earring to get an idea of how it will look.

Time to close up those head pins! This takes a little practice, but is such a fun technique to learn. Once you know how to wrap the tops of these head pins, you’ll be able to make all kinds of jewelry and charms!

Start by wrapping the end of the head pin around the round nosed pliers, giving yourself a little room between the loop and the bead. Before moving to the next step, thread on the end of the star chain.

Wrap the head pin wire around that room that you gave yourself.

Trim the wire flush with the wrappings. Then use pliers to push in the sharp end so that you don’t scratch yourself with the earring when you’re wearing it.

Repeat with the second star chain and beaded headpin. Then open up the loop at the bottom of the earring wire, and string on the star chains.

Close the earring wire, and your earring is complete!

Repeat to make a second earring. You can pair these earrings with the Patriotic Beaded Bracelet I made earlier this week.

Check out these other fun and fast patriotic projects you’ll want to make this summer!

Kati from Houseful of Handmade made this wooden star bowl in less than 15 minutes.

I’m loving this faux pallet flag sign from Swordfights and Starry Nights.

How fun are these fireworks treat bags from 5 Little Monsters.

Get the details for making this felt USA banner over at Hey Let’s Make Stuff.

This patriotic tote bag from Burton Avenue is perfect for 4th of July and all summer long!

Everyday Party Magazine whipped up a great fireworks inspired tee.

Get in the fireworks mood with this fireworks themed tote from Gingersnap crafts.

Artsy Fartsy Mama has a great favor box for your patriotic party!

Over at Kingston Crafts, Beth personalized some slap bracelets and shows you how you can, too!

I don’t know what is more American then BBQ, and Angie shows you how to make a festive Condiment Holder over at The Country Chic Cottage.