Personalized Wedding Hangers made with Cricut Explore Air

It’s no surprise that I enjoy all of the DIY wedding projects that you can do to personalize your big day and now that our wedding is over, I’m channeling my crafty talents for friends! I love the photos with the bride’s gown and bridesmaid dresses hanging up on matching, personalized hangers before everyone gets dressed, but could never write all those names myself because I have terrible handwriting… So I decided to see what I could whip up for my friend’s wedding, and make some hangers using vinyl and my Cricut instead!

DIY Custom Wedding Hangers

What you’ll need:

First, I measured the top of the hanger area to see the area I was working with.  My hangers allowed the biggest name to be ~4″ wide, and 1.5″ tall.

Now I needed to work on the names.  Since I have Illustrator, it’s easy for me to create images in there and be able to take advantage of all of the flourishes and letter options that some fonts include.  I wrote out each of the bridesmaid names & ‘Bride’ in the font that was prominent from the Save the Dates, Carolyna Pro Black.

Once I played with all the letters to get them the way I wanted, I exported each name as a separate png file with a transparent background.

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Open up Design Space and create a new project.  Now upload one of the files you just exported.  Click ‘Upload Images’ from the menu on the left.

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After the image is imported to Design Space, choose the type of image it is.  With just the text, these are Simple images.  Next, click to erase any part of the design you don’t want on there to clear out the background.  If your image has a transparent background, then you can just click ‘Continue.’

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Then choose how you want to save the image in Design Space: print then cut, or just cut image.  For this project, you’ll save it as a cut image.

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Once saved, the image is ready to import to your project.  After you import the image, you’ll see it on the grid.  Resize the image to fit the dimensions of the middle hanger area, ~4″ wide, and 1.5″ tall.  You’ll want it to be as tall as it can, and the length can vary based on the name.

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When the image is sized just right to fit on the hanger, it’t time to cut – click the ‘Go’ button.  Put the vinyl on your mat so it sticks, turn the Cricut machine knob to the vinyl setting, connect the machine to your computer, and click ‘Go.’cricut-wedding-hangers-09

Load the vinyl, then click the C when it blinks to start cutting the vinyl.  When it’s done cutting, unload the vinyl, remove it from the mat and cut out the shape of the name from the vinyl with your scissors.
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Pull out your transfer tape and cut a piece big enough for the name.  Take off the backing, and place it on top of the vinyl you just cut & weeded, then use the scraper tool to make sure the transfer tape it on well.

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Carefully pull off the white backing from the vinyl, so the vinyl stays adhered to the transfer tape.  Center it on the hanger and apply it to the hanger.  Use the scraper tool again to make sure the vinyl is adhered to the hanger well.cricut-wedding-hangers-13Carefully pull off the transfer tape from the vinyl / hanger.  Do this slowly so nothing stays attached to the transfer tape.  When the transfer tape is removed, you’re done with the hanger!
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After I applied the silver vinyl to the hanger, I wasn’t sure if it was the best color to pop on the hangers.  Naturally, I wanted options and did the same thing in 2 other colors to figure out my favorite.cricut-wedding-hangers-15White definitely pops the most on the wooden hanger, so that was the winning color!  Then I repeated the steps above for the rest of the names on white vinyl.
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When there was a hanger for each bridesmaid and bride, I was done!  The white really pops and looks great with the bridesmaid dress colors my friend chose. These look way better than anything I could write myself and I can’t wait to see these in action in April!cricut-wedding-hangers-18 cricut-wedding-hangers-17 cricut-wedding-hangers-21cricut-wedding-hangers-20

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

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Hermosa Jewelry

Haley is one of Hunter’s friends from college and I had the privilege of meeting her a few years ago.  She makes beautiful jewelry and I’ve even been gifted some pieces by the Huz.  Haley was the perfect entrepreneur to finish my local gift spotlight for Valentine’s Day, and this one is for anyone looking for a special something for their lady.

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What’s your company’s story?

I started making jewelry when I was 12 years old after inheriting a large box of costume jewelry.  I have always been intrigued with how things work and putting things together.  My mom started taking me to the local bead store to purchase beads and materials that I could combine with the vintage costume jewelry.  I began gifting my designs to my friends and as I got older, I caught the attention of the ladies at the law firm I worked at after school.  One of the lawyers had a jewelry show for me when I was 15 and that is where I realized that I could make money from a hobby that I thoroughly enjoyed.   I started working at a bead store and continued selling my designs through high school and college.  My senior year at the University of South Carolina, I won acceptance into the USC Technology Incubator, where I received funding and resources to grow my company.  That is when I knew, this was going to be my job after college.

I renamed my company from Designs by Haley to Hermosa Jewelry in 2009 after receiving my grant from USC.  I wanted to create a brand and it was time to upgrade my logo and name.  “Hermosa” means beautiful in Spanish which is just what you feel when you wear my unique designs.  I studied International Business, Marketing, and Spanish and studied abroad in Seville, Spain for a semester.  I wanted to incorporate my Spanish influences and Hermosa ended up being the perfect name and appropriate meaning.

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What style of jewelry is your favorite?

My favorite styles that I make are the one of a kind large statement necklaces.  I don’t like to dress like everyone else, and so I use my jewelry to express my own individual style.  I also love my Convertible necklaces made with magnets that you can connect to wear different ways and lengths.  I love creating pieces that are versatile and multifunctional.

Where can people buy your jewelry?

I sell my products at my studio and showroom in Mt. Pleasant (1304 Erckmann Drive, Suite D Mt Pleasant, SC 29464), local and regional events and home shows, select boutiques and specialty shops, and online at hermosajewelry.com.  You can also find Hermosa Jewelry at these retailers or come to an upcoming event.

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If you’re looking for the right piece, Haley has put together some suggestions for every woman…

For the classic girl: Pearls

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For the minimalistic girl: Delicate necklaces

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For the fun and outgoing girl: Tassels

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For the outdoorsy girl: Horns

hermosa_hornWant to learn more? Find Hermosa Jewelry on Facebook, Instagram or email Haley!  Plus you can use the code KELDER15 for 15% off until midnight on February 13th!  Now you have no excuse not to spoil your lady…

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Rediscovering my Crafty Side

This month’s skirt! magazine is focused on going All In.  You can find my original post on their blog here.

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When I was a little girl, I enjoyed making little projects with all the craft supplies my mom would keep in her closet for rainy days.  Ironed bead designs, coloring, painting and anything with tissue paper.  As I got older, competitive sports took most of my time, but I still scrapbooked and did random projects.  In college, I didn’t do many creative things (in my opinion), besides painting some banners for Relay For Life.

After college I moved across the bridge with my friend into an apartment and occasinoally painted canvases, but still nothing too crazy… It wasn’t until I moved into my own apartment that I really tapped back into my crafty side!

Now that I had my own place to decorate, I really wanted to make it my own!  I hung my random paintings I made earlier, then got the itch to make more for all the empty spots on the walls.

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It all started with using some of the natural elements I love from the coast…shells.  I put starfish on burlap, made a wreath for my front door, and put lots of mini starfish on canvases.  The blog that I started to keep my family up to date with my life quickly turned into a DIY blog with all of my projects for the apartment – and Coastal Kelder was born!

Today, Coastal Kelder has turned into a bigger (and more professional looking) DIY blog, with favorite recipes, travels, home projects & life updates mixed in, as well as a shop on the side!  I would never have imagined that – and even my friends and family were surprised by the new / rediscovered craftiness inside of me.

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In honor of one of the first natural elements I worked with, and what has become a huge part of my brand, I’m sharing one of my shell DIY projects with you: an oyster shell wreath!

DIY Oyster SHell Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • Oyster shells
  • Craft ring
  • Liquid cement
  • Clear acrylic gloss spray

Choose the craft ring size you need depending on your space.  I’ve made both larger oyster shell wreaths, and mini 6″ ones and both sizes look great.  I also recommend using flatter shells, so they’re easier to fit together and secure to the craft ring.

First, make sure your oyster shells are clean, scrubbed and ready to craft with.  Then arrange them on your craft ring until you’re happy with the look.  I think either sides look great, and it’s just your preference!

Next, use the liquid cement to attach the shells to the craft ring.  When the glue is dried and the shells are secure, spray the tops of the shells with the gloss spray to seal the shells and add some shine.

Finally, hang your wreath on a hook or with ribbon!

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It’s never too late to rediscover something that makes you happy, or find time for new hobbies & learning something new!  The world is your oyster after all…

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Birdseye Bow Ties

It’s pretty clear that I love Charleston and all of the local shops and entrepreneurs in the area.  In the spirit of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, I wanted to spotlight 2 local companies that have created their own beautiful, handmade products.  Since women tend to think ahead, we’ll start with some gift ideas for men 😉

One of Hunter’s co-workers wore a Birdseye bow tie to their holiday party, and Hunter loved it, so I reached out to the owners to talk to them over beers at Hometeam and learn a little more about their unique, wooden bow ties!

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What’s your company’s story?

Birdseye Bow ties is a 2 man operation run by Josh Zalabak and Jon Ivey. We are both passionate woodworkers who use any free time we have to build an array of furniture, frames, and of course, bow ties. My (Josh’s) wedding in October of 2016 prompted us to look into wooden bow ties as an representation of my interests, as well a cool and unique groomsmen gift.

What Jon and I found upon searching for wooden bow ties though, were numerous examples of bow ties that were flat pieces of wood, cut to shape, and then wrapped with a fabric knot. We thought these bow ties looked odd, as they had no dimension to them, and the knot was a different material than the rest of the tie. Unsatisfied, we decided to see what we could come up with ourselves. Luckily for us, we started about 10 months before the wedding, allowing us to work out A LOT of kinks. The response to the ties from everyone we showed them to was overwhelmingly positive, so we decided to run with it, and here we are!

How did you come up with the idea of wooden bow ties?

The idea of wooden bow ties was originally conceptualized by the desire to have the woodworker side of me (Josh) represented in my wedding. Little did we know, there were already a number of business out there who had thought of this! However, being the impossible-to-please woodworkers that we are, we had to find a way to make a better looking wooden bow tie!

We think we’ve been able to accomplish just that, by steaming and bending the wood. That allows us to create the loops that a tied, fabric bow tie would have, as well as a knot that is actually the same material as the rest of the tie. Both of those conditions were very important to us when we started making the ties. We used Jon’s experience with steaming and bending wood, that he gained working with a mentor of his, a world renowned canoe builder.

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How many prototypes did you make before coming up with your process today?

It took us roughly 6 months to get to the process we currently use. In the course of that 6 months, we probably made and trashed over 100 bow ties as we determined the size and shape we liked, as well as the thickness of the wood, and the types of wood that would work best for us.

When was Birdseye Bowties officially launched?

We began making the bow ties in January/February of 2016. Our first opportunity to sell the ties came in late November however, at the West Ashley Holiday Farmer’s Market. After that, we had a booth at the Holiday Market in downtown Charleston throughout December 2016.

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Which bowtie is your favorite?

We love them all! And we often find ourselves telling people that our favorite is the one they’re looking at. Since each piece of wood is so different from the next, they all have unique qualities to love. BUT if we had to choose…

Josh: Walnut Butterfly, because walnut is such a beautiful, dark wood, and the Butterfly is the classic Bow tie shape.

Jon: Birdseye Maple Batwing. A narrower bow tie style with our namesake wood, Birdseye Maple.

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What’s your favorite place to eat in Charleston?

Josh:  My wife and I love Leon’s Oyster Shop on Upper King st. All of their food is amazing, but especially the chargrilled oysters and the fried chicken!

Jon: Pane E Vino. Great Italian food!

How would you spend a day off?

Josh:  These seem few and far between, but in the summer we can be found at the beach every opportunity we get! If it’s a day off alone though, chances are I’ll be doing some kind of woodworking.

Jon:  Spending time with his wife and twin, 2 ½ yr old daughters!

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Want to learn more? Find Birdseye Bow tie on Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook, or email them!

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Christmas Oyster Pillow

It wouldn’t be the holidays if I didn’t make a Christmas pillow, right?? Well my friend Meg gave me some inspiration from Maine, and I made it one week night.  Naturally I opted for a coastal vibe…

DIY Christmas Oyster Pillow

What you’ll need:

  • White pillow cover
  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Silver HTV
  • Navy blue HTV
  • Gold glitter HTV
  • Cricut weeder tool
  • Iron

Alright, since this is made with the Cricut – you’ve gotta open Design Space first.  I put together a design using oyster shells, a star fish and ‘Merry Christmas.’  It’s important to “attach” all of the oyster shells together so they will cut the same way you design them.  Since I was cutting the star fish, oysters and words in different colors, I didn’t need to attach them together too.

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Cut each of the pieces out the using your Cricut.  I opted for silver oysters, navy blue text & gold glitter star fish for the top, so each was cut on different HTV.  Like always, remember to “mirror” the design before cutting so it will iron on the pillow cover correctly.

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Once everything is cut, you’ll weed out the extra from the design using the weeder tool.christmas-oyster-pillow-05christmas-oyster-pillow-02

When all of the pieces are weeded, you’re ready to iron!  Put the pieces together (right side up) on your pillow cover.
christmas-oyster-pillow-03Use your iron – on the cotton setting, or high heat – to apply the HTV to the pillow cover.  I’ve said it before, but every iron is different so apply heat for short periods of time until all parts of the design are applied without pulling up.christmas-oyster-pillow-04Add an insert, and you’ve got yourself a coastal Christmas pillow!

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This was totally a selfish design – one I came up with and knew I wanted on our couch during December.  Maybe next year I’ll list these in the shop, but until then it’s just for me… and sharing with you!

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