8 Great Cricut Projects for Summer

Summertime always seems to bring out my creativity. It must be the warm weather and longer days. I’ve been creating so many fun projects with my Cricut machine lately and each time I fall more in love. Here are a few of the great summer Cricut projects I’ve seen on various blogs lately. This ball cap that Refresh Restyle made is the perfect accessory for an afternoon by the water! Functional style accessories are always a win in my book. I’ve been having so much fun making shirts with the Cricut the past few weeks. I wanted something cute to wear on our upcoming vacation and this tank top did the trick! Head over to Designers Sweet Spot for all the details. This darling cooler is the perfect addition to any summer party! Shrimp Salad Circus shares so many great details on how to create this fun project with ease. Every household in America has at least a few pairs of inexpensive foam flip-flops. Create and Babble added some excitement to these otherwise ordinary sandals with a fun summer design! The longer days of summer also mean less sleep. A Worthey Read  made this fun  coffee mug that is fitting for any time of the year but especially after those late summer nights. If you have a pool party coming up, you need to check out these perfect party cups by Boxwood Avenue. For some reason, tasty drinks are even tastier when they are in cute cups like these. There is one summer accessory that is absolutely necessary to have on hand at all times: a large tote…
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Handmade Butterfly T-shirt Project

Handmade t-shirts are a great project to keep the kids busy during summer break. Here’s how to make this cool butterfly t-shirt with Heat Transfer Vinyl.     I have been making t-shirts like crazy over here. So many shirts, so little time! Recently I spotted this aqua tank on clearance at Walmart for $5.00. I’ve been putting things together for our vacation, and it’s time to make something special for me to wear! This Art Nouveau style butterfly graphic is available on the Cricut website, free with standard access membership. To make the shirt, the design has been enlarged, simplified and recolored. Here’s what to do: Supplies Needed (affiliate links have been included for your convenience): Aqua t-shirt or tank top Heat transfer vinyl in black, light pink (variegated), teal, and aqua (with aqua pattern) Heat press or iron Cricut Ironing pad or ironing board Silicone mat (keeps the warm vinyl from sticking to the iron) Cricut Maker or other Cricut machine Standard grip cutting mat Weeding tool Scissors Directions: Download the free design from my file here: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/99788949 Cut all vinyl according to Cricut directions, placing shiny side of the HTV DOWN on the sticky mat. Weed out the design of each color vinyl before assembling. Trim away excess plastic as you work. Beginning with the variegated pink vinyl butterfly, use the heat press to iron the vinyl on the t-shirt. Place the center of the shirt on the Cricut heat mat. Center the design so it’s about 2″ up from the underarm seam of the top. (I…
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How to Spot Clean Upholstery Stains

Don’t be put off by stained upholstery, there are several ways you can spot clean it to look as good as new! Upholstery Stains We don’t have a lot of upholstered furniture. It may sound odd, but the majority of our pieces are just wood, or they are painted wood. In our house we have a sofa and a few chairs that are upholstered but that’s it. I don’t spend a lot of time messing with cleaning upholstery now that our kids are grown, but I did today. My recent re-decorating of our living room is about complete, as I found the finishing touches at the thrift store this week. These two fabulous side chairs were donated to the store, practically brand new. They have a bit of water damage on them, probably from one of our recent summer rainstorms. It looks like they were perhaps under a window that was left open during a storm. The water damage is mostly at the back of the chairs, and a little bit on the arm and back of the seat. You can see the slight stains in these photos. Sad for them, good for me because I scored these chairs for just $14.00 each! I was not concerned with the damage at all, water is just water and it does clean very easily. Here’s how to do it: How to Spot Clean Upholstery You will need the following supplies for cleaning water spots: Spray Bottle 3 Tablespoons White Vinegar (do not use other types of vinegar or they may make the…
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Beautiful Coastal Living Rooms to Inspire You

If you lived in a landlocked state like I do, you probably don’t get many opportunities to visit the coast. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t bring the coast to you! I love the idea of bringing coastal vibes into the living room especially during these hot summer months. In a way, it creates a bit of a summer escape. Here are a few coastal living rooms to inspire your summer decor!  Although Setting for Four no longer lives by the water, she has plenty of memories that revolve around the coast. You can tell she is a pro by the beautiful way she incorporates this love of water into every area of her decor! If you’ve been following me for any amount of time, you know that I have a special love for vintage decor. Virginia Sweet Pea shares a great example of how coastal decor and vintage style can go hand in hand to create a beautiful space. One of the best things about coastal decor is that it is so easy to combine with your current design aesthetic. Green With Decor shares a bright and trendy take on her blog. A little paint can go a long way. The paint color that It All Started With Paint chose really accentuates the coastal vibe in this cozy living room. Town & Country Living shares a bold take on coastal decor on her blog. This might be one of my favorites yet! Although this isn’t a picture of the entire room, it demonstrates perfectly how a few beachy details can really bring a room to…
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The Best Grad Party Decor for 2018

Graduation season is here! If you have a grad to celebrate this year, here are some fun decor ideas to make your party a success. These ideas range from simple centerpieces to entire party inspiration making it easy to put together a celebration that is perfect for your graduate.   1. Rustic “Keys to Success” Popcorn Bar | Hostess with the Mostess 2. DIY Giant Balloon Message | Studio DIY 3. Then & Now Centerpieces | Kathi’s Creative Therapy 4. DIY Graduation Garland | Kristi Murphy 5. Graduation Centerpieces on the Cricut | The Country Chic Cottage 6. Sequin Inspired Grad Party | Pear Tree Blog 7. Graduation Party Memory Book | Must Have Mom 8. Black & Gold Grad Party | Pretty My Party 9. DIY Tassel Garland | Inspired by Charm 10. The World is Your Market Grad Party | Kara’s Party Ideas 11. Nautical Grad Party Centerpieces | Jacolyn Murphy 12. Congrats to the Graduate T-Shirt with a Cricut | Designers Sweet Spot 13. Large Photo Board | By Sophia Lee 14. Stylish Chic Graduation Party | Pizzazzerie 15. Graduation Lantern Centerpiece | Daily Dose of DIY Are you hosting a graduation party this year? Do you have any great ideas that we didn’t share? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!  More Inspiration Here is a bit more party inspiration for any celebration you may be hosting this summer.  Tasty Recipes for Your Grill (That Aren’t Just Burgers) Super Tasty Homemade Brownie Recipe How to Pair Wine with Food for Summer Entertaining   Don’t forget to pin this post for later! 

Paint a Marbled Wooden Tray in Just 15 Minutes

This project is part of the Craft Lightening Series, easy to paint in a 15 minute flash!  Craft Lightening Blogger Challenge I am excited to team up with a very talented group of bloggers for this group of Craft Lightening projects! Each of these projects can be completed in just 15 minutes, great for those who love to craft but don’t have a ton of spare time. This month the theme is wooden crafts. All of the projects in the linkup will be using some sort of wood for the base. Here’s how you can Paint a Marbled Wooden Tray in Just 15 minutes! Supplies Needed (affiliate links are included below for your connivence. I will make a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you.): 11″ x 14″ Wooden sign ( purchase here) Deco Art Pouring Medium Deco Art Clear Pouring Top Coat Americana Decor Acrylic Craft Paints in Buttermilk Yellow, Warm White, Bluegrass Green, Bahama Blue Deco Art Metallic Craft Paint in Champaign Gold Painter’s tape (I used Frog Tape) Empty soup can or plastic cup for holding paint, plastic knife for stirring Directions:  Lay the sign on it’s back with a piece of plastic or newspaper under it to catch any drips from the paint. Line the edge of the tray with the Frog Tape to keep the paint from spilling on to the edge. Pour the paint can 1/4 of the way full with the Deco Art pouring medium. Add the different colors of Acrylic craft paint to the can, I used 2-3…
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8 Beautiful Cricut Projects Made with Wood

Cricut projects are taking over the DIY world! I’m a huge fan of the Cricut machine and the versatility it provides. I recently heard that the Cricut machine can be used to cut lightweight woods to create more dimension in your projects! I decided to take a look around and see what others have created using this method. In the process, I came across a few other beautiful projects that involve wood so I thought I would share. This beautiful sign is a perfect example of using wood with the Cricut machine to create a unique project. Love Create Celebrate shares an amazing tutorial on how to craft a beautiful sign of your own over on her blog. Newton Custom Interiors designed this fun piece using an existing wood sign she bought at a retailer. If you have a wood sign that you’re not loving, maybe you should check this project out and recycle it into a piece you’ll display with pride. If you’ve been on Pinterest in the past year, I guarantee you’ve seen a sign similar to this one. Christina’s Adventures made one for herself (along with a few other beautiful signs), if you’ve been wanting a farmhouse sign of your own this tutorial is for you. Although this project could be created using vinyl cutouts, My Sister’s Suitcase preferred the dimension that wood cutouts provide. She used multiple materials to create this sign and shares the pros and cons of them all. How beautiful is this sign made by Brooklyn Berry Designs?! She made this one for a wedding, but it would also make a…
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Patriotic Projects for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a special day for many reasons. For many, it is the day that summer officially begins. Pools begin to open, it’s finally acceptable to wear white pants again, backyard cookouts are in full swing. But more importantly, it’s a day set aside to remember the service members who have sacrificed their lives protecting our freedom. To honor these brave men and women, we wear patriotic colors and wave our flag proudly. Here are a few patriotic projects that are perfect for your Memorial Day celebration.  If you’ve jumped on the Cricut train, this project is perfect for you! Kelly at Here Comes The Sun shares all her tips for creating this patriotic tee that will complete your Memorial Day outfit. D.D.’s Cottage and Design created this simple banner as a patriotic addition to her mantle. This patriotic wreath is the perfect way to dress up your front door for summertime. Kenarry shares an excellent tutorial on how to create this wreath. You could even trade out the sign on top with a phrase of your choosing! While this isn’t exactly a project, I couldn’t help but share. This creative balloon flag created by Ella Claire is such a fun way to decorate your backyard for a Memorial Day cookout! This is my favorite patriotic project. (I may be a bit biased.) I had so much fun creating this pillow last year, I’m so excited to display it again this year! Head over to Designers Sweet Spot for all the details! This inexpensive craft would be a wonderful patriotic centerpiece or decoration for your front porch…
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Spring Cricut Crafts You Can Create This Weekend

Spring is a time for celebrations of all types. Mother’s Day, graduations, baby showers, bridal showers, the list is endless. If you are like me, you enjoy creating unique gifts for the people you love. One of my favorite tools to use when creating these gifts is my Cricut machine. Here are a few spring Cricut crafts you can create this weekend to prepare for any celebration this season sends your way. Flowers are a beautiful gift but within only a few days, they are gone. These delicate paper flowers could be used to decorate for any event or as an easy addition to a spring wreath! Head over to Create and Babble for an excellent tutorial that will guarantee crafting success. This is one of many Cricut crafts I have created this spring. A custom t-shirt is a great gift for the grads in your life. I’ve shared all the details over on my blog, Designers Sweet Spot. Spring Break may be behind us, but summer is on its way! Refresh Restyle gives you all her tips on how to customize an overnight bag for trips to Grandmas or afternoons at the pool. Speaking of the pool, what better way to prepare for summer than customizing your own tumbler? A Little Craft in Your Day also shares how to get this cute graphic to make your crafting even more simple. Celebrations are usually synonymous with tasty treats! Get a head start on your party planning by creating these cupcake wrappers from Sugar Bee Crafts. If you’re stuck in a springtime decor rut, check out this beautiful spring…
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Congrats to the Graduate T-Shirt Craft

Graduations are coming up quick! Here’s a fun t-shirt you can make as a gift for your graduate!   Crafting a T-Shirt I recently started using a Cricut Maker for a few projects on my sewing blog. Now I have become seriously addicted to making things with the Cricut! This easy project has a bit of snarky humor in it. Our youngest son is graduating this year and we love to make grammar jokes at our house. It’s a nerdy homeschool thing that we do. Who knew grammar was so fun? Haha! For this project, I am partnering with a group of talented crafty bloggers to bring you all kinds of end of the school year crafts you can make with a Cricut machine. Be sure to visit the links at the bottom of this post to be inspired! Supplies Needed: A black t-shirt White Iron on Heat Transfer Vinyl or HTV as it’s called A Cricut Machine Standard 12′ x 12″ Cricut Green Cutting Matt Iron and Ironing Board Weeding Tools (for removing the vinyl you don’t use) Directions: Download this FREE file from my profile in Design Space.   Place the vinyl shiny side down on the cutting matt. Smooth out with a roller or press firmly to remove wrinkles and bubbles. Load the matt into the Cricut machine, press the cut button. Remove the matt after it’s finished cutting the words to be placed on the shirt. Remove the unnecessary vinyl with the weeding tool, pull it off gently from the matt side of the vinyl, leaving the words…
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