DIY Fabric Printed Plate with Cricut Explore Air

I’ve gotten to know some pretty great people through Charleston Blog Society and it’s opened up some opportunities as well.  A few weeks ago Aimee, from Aimee Mars and member of CBS, reached out to me to work together on a DIY project she had in mind.  I was immediately intrigued and we started formulating our plan to make it happen.

DIY Fabric Printed Plate

What you’ll need:

  • 4 clear appetizer plates
  • Cotton fabric
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Cricut Explore Air
  • Gold HTV
  • Weeding tool
  • Iron
  • Mod podge
  • Sponge brush

First of all – materials…  You can find basic clear, glass plates at most home stores, but Aimee found the ones that we used on Amazon.  I found 2 cute patterns of fabric at Hobby Lobby, and just got 1 yard of each – and now we have lots leftover for future projects!

Once you have all your supplies, it’s time to craft.  Start by tracing out a template on your fabric.  Grab a plate, put it on the fabric where you want it (normal side up), and trace around the outside at an outward angle with your pencil.  This gives you enough fabric  to cover the bottom of the plate with some excess as well.  Next, cut the fabric circles out.
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Now you’ll need to get the HTV (heat transfer vinyl) ready.  I created a ‘love’ and ‘merry’ design in Illustrator with Isabella and Jacques & Gilles fonts, exported them as png files, then imported them in Design Space.  Note: This is how I create 90% of my Cricut projects.  Next, I cut out 2 of each design on gold HTV using my Cricut Explore Air – make sure to mirror the design so it works correctly when ironed!

When I was at Aimee’s place, I weeded out the excess HTV from the design and they were ready to transfer onto the fabric.diy-fabric-plate-christmas-gifts-6

Pull out your iron, and turn it on the cotton setting (high heat).  Place the HTV on your fabric so that it reads correctly, sticky side down.  Then use your iron to adhere the HTV to the fabric –  applying heat for a few seconds, lifting, and doing again until the design is attached to the fabric and you can remove the clear backing.

Note: Every iron is different, so some might take a little longer than others to heat & adhere.  Test it by slowly pulling away the clear piece and if the design is still attached, put it back down & apply more heat.
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Then place the fabric on the bottom of the plate, centered.  Slowly work your way around and make sure the fabric is attached to the plate.  Then use your hand to push out any air pockets so the fabric is flat on the plate.

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When the air bubbles are gone and the fabric is staying attached to the plate, let them sit overnight to dry.

Once the plates are dry, trim the excess fabric around the outside of the plate, as close to the edge as you can.  Then apply 1-2 coats of Mod Podge to the bottom of the plates, on top of the fabric.  This will help seal the fabric in and protect it.

Finally, when the last of the Mod Podge is dry, your plates are done!

 

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We got a seasonal fabric, and the more everyday fabric, but used gold lettering on both and they actually look kinda great together.  I can’t get over how much I love how they turned out!  Needless to say, Aimee and I will be collaborating on more projects in the future 🙂

You could seriously make these in whatever color & design you want – themed parties, gifts, etc. All of the ideas will be rolling in now!

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

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Bachelorette Banner

The one upside of my sister living far away, is that she needed some of my help to get stuff together for my bachelorette weekend.  Since she was flying down, and I live close to Savannah, it was easier for me to make some stuff for it.  And we all know that I was actually thrilled to have an excuse to play with the Cricut 🙂

Lauren had a bunch of ideas of decorations she wanted, and sent me links to them.  One of them was a banner that said “Last sail before the veil.”  I was pretty excited to make my own version of it and one Friday night my sister and I were designing and making the banner together via pictures and texts, hundreds of miles apart.

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What you’ll need:

  • White & navy cardstock (6 pieces each)
  • Cricut
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Tape

First, I needed to come up with a strategy to make the banner.  I decided to get navy and white card stock, and layer it so the top layer had cut outs, and the back was solid, with those colors alternated whether it was text or filler between words.

Next, I made a banner template in Design Space.  They had a basic flag shape that I liked, and I resized it to work with the 12×12″ sheets of card stock I bought.  Ultimately, I wanted to get 6 “flags” per sheet.  I used the Cricut to cut 19 plain white flags, and 3 plain navy flags on the card stock, and laid them out on the floor.

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Now the fun part 🙂  I needed to cut the flags for the top with the cut outs on them.  These were either going to be letters or anchors.  I added the letter / anchor to my template in Design Space, made sure it was going to cut them correctly, then started cutting.Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 3.49.55 PM

After these were cut, I removed the inside part, then put the cut out flag on top of the plain flag to see what it’d look like.  I saved the extra letters and anchors to reuse another way, but you can throw them away if you want.  Of course Cleo had to see what I was doing on the floor… and sit on them.
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Once all of the letter and anchor flags were cut out, I was pretty happy with what they looked like!

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Now glue the top and bottom flags together.  I didn’t have any normal glue on hand, so I used mod podge and a sponge brush.  I think regular glue would be a little less messy though..

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After those were all glued together, I let them dry over night.  The next day I attached them to 2 pieces of twine using tape: ‘Last Sail’ on one piece, and ‘Before the Veil’ on another piece, so they could be hung below each other.bach banner 05

I wanted to send Lauren a picture of the final product, so I taped them to our mantle to see what they looked like, before packing it away.

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After the first banner was done, I had all of the cut out letters saved, so I decided to make another banner!  I cut out some plain white flags, and glued the letters on top (this time using a stick of glue).

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When we got to the beach house, we hung them up before everyone got there!

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Bam! Two banners for the price of one — Not too shabby for $10!

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Decoupaged Christmas Trees

Let the decoupaging continue!  Seriously, I’m basically covering everything with maps right now… and can’t stop.  Well, it was about time that I make some map covered Christmas trees to go with the other coastal trees I have, so here are the EASY steps to make your own!

Decoupaged Christmas Trees

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard cones
  • Paper maps
  • Scissors
  • Mod podge
  • Sponge brush

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This is pretty straight forward if you’ve decoupaged anything before.  Start by getting your maps ready – I had to cut a few out.  The “trees” aka cardboard cones I got at Hobby Lobby were tall enough that one map wouldn’t cover the whole thing, so I found maps that were similar and would look good together on the tree.

Once you have all your supplies, and are ready to begin, start by using the sponge brush and applying a light coat of mod podge to the cardboard cone.

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Adhere the paper map to the cone.  You can put a little mod podge on the back first, but I had a little too much on the cone, so didn’t want to over do it.  Slowly press it on the cone, and make sure you get any bubbles or wrinkles out.

I started at the bottom, and worked my way up, so the top map would have the most showing, and overlay the previous one.  Continue to apply some mod podge and attach the maps to the top.decoupage tree_03

The top map is the easiest, because you can lay it out how you like, and just wrap it around until it’s all adhered to the cone.  The last step is to apply a thin layer of mod podge over the map to “seal” it in, and give it a more finished look. Voila —

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Naturally, after I completed 1 tree in black and white vintage maps, I had to do one in color maps to make a pair.

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I ended up putting these on the mantle, to the sides of our tv, and added some vases, a driftwood reindeer, glass buoy and metal tree to go with them. (Yes, that is a stocking, and pillow in front of the fireplace for Cleo. She’s extremely spoiled..)  You can find directions to make the wooden stocking holders here.

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The fun doesn’t stop there, haha!  After I finished the trees, I tried my hand at decoupaging some ornaments!  I had some cardboard ornaments that were much tricker than the trees because of their shape, but they worked (and are now hanging on our tree).
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In all honesty, my favorite decoupaged ornaments have been the ceramic hearts.  I’ve covered these heart ornaments in mostly low country maps, and added twine to hang them with.  The fun part has been making custom orders with specific cities for friends and other customers.

You can find all my ornaments on my Etsy shop!

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Now what else can I decoupage….?

NOEL Letters

This was one of the Christmas projects that I decided to do while perusing the aisles of Michael’s one day.  I grabbed the letters, and knew I’d figure out the rest later.  I did know one thing, I wanted each letter to be done in a different way, and made room for them on the bookshelf in our living room before I even started on them.

NOEL Letters

What you’ll need:

  • 6″ Wooden letters
  • Spray paint
  • Twine
  • Hot glue
  • Paper map
  • Mod podge
  • Sponge brush
  • Scissors

Since I decided I wanted every letter to be different, I needed to figure out what every letter was going to look like.  One would be wrapped in twine, one would be decoupaged (because I literally can’t stop), and the others would be painted different colors.

First: Painted N & L

This is as easy as it sounds.  I took the N and L outside, put down my handy cardboard and spray painted them silver and blue. Bam, done.

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Second: Twine wrapped O

Put a little bit of hot glue on the letter, and attach the twine.  Then wrap the twine around the letter, making sure to keep it tight, and close enough together so you don’t see any white coming through.

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About a quarter of the way around the O, I put another dab of hot glue, so it would be secure there as well.

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Not long after, I ran out of twine, but bought more and continued until the O was completely wrapped.

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Third: Decoupaged E

As I mentioned, I’ve been obsessed with decoupaging everything lately so it’s not surprising one of the letters would be covered in a map.  Probably not the smartest idea to decoupage the letter with the most sides, but I did anyways.

Start by printing your map and tracing around the E on the map with extra room on the outside so it when it’s cut, it will cover the sides.  Cut out the E shape and make a few extra cuts to make it easy to apply to the wooden E.

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Apply mod podge to the wooden E, and start to apply the map.  Instead of trying to do it all at once, I applied a little bit of mod podge to the letter (like the top of the E, then applied the map in that area, and moved on to another area.

Slowly work your way around the E, making sure you wrap the map around the sides, and keep any bubbles out.  Once it’s covered, apply another layer of mod podge on top to seal it in.

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Once the mod podge is dry, your letters are ready to be displayed!

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Dyed Blue Glass Bottles

If I’m in town, Sundays are my crafting days where I get a bunch of projects done and just get crazy with different ideas I have.  Last Sunday was for exactly that — starting lots of projects before I left for Thanksgiving.  I had pinned a few ways to make sea glass-esque jars, and decided to finally give it a try.

Dyed Blue Glass Bottles

What you’ll need:sea glass vase 01

  • Clear glass bottles
  • Food coloring
  • Mod podge
  • Dish soap
  • Sponge brush
  • Paper cup
  • Clear spray sealer

I have been starting a collection of random glass bottles that were different sizes and shapes — Some have been bottles of olive oil or balsamic vinegar, mason jars, pasta sauces, etc.  Seriously, the whole gamut. The goal has been to make some of them shades of blue so I have a nice eclectic mix of vases, and this was the perfect project for that.

First, you need to make the mixture you’ll apply to the glasses.  In your cup, mix some mod podge, a drop or two of dish soap, and food coloring (I did 16 drops of blue).  Stir all of that well until you have a blue-ish mixture.

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Note: Food coloring is key here.  The first time I used regular paint and it showed the brush strokes really bad.  Luckily you can just wash it off and start over.

When the mixture is the color you want, apply a light coat to the bottles to the outside with the sponge brush.  Since these were going to have water inside and become vases, I painted the outside.  Otherwise, you could paint the inside.  Completely cover the bottle, but again try not to apply it too thick or it’ll be uneven (I did on one, oops).

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Once all the bottles are covered, let them dry.  They’ll slowly get lighter and more translucent.

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After 24 hours, this is what I was working with.  Not quite the frosty sea glass look I was expecting, but I wasn’t disappointed either.

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When they’re dry, decide if you like the color, or want something a little darker.  I opted for a few more coats to get a bolder blue color (and to try to blend out some of the brush strokes).  Paint another coat, let it dry, and repeat until happy.  I ended up doing 3 coats to get a darker color, which looked like this:

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Once they’re all dry and you’re happy with the color, it’s time to seal them in.  Use a clear spray to coat the paint and make it more permanent (otherwise, washing them will wipe the paint right off).  I had some Krylon clear gloss sealer on hand so I used that, but a clear matte finish might be better for the sea glass look if yours are frostier.

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When they’re dry for the last time, you’re done!  Now you have some fun dyed glass bottles to use around your house.

The best part is you can make these any color you want, just mix up the food coloring to your taste!  I bet you’re going to see these blue vases make appearances around the house as I decorate for Christmas.. just a hunch.