Monogrammed Champagne Flutes with Cricut

I’ve mentioned we’re in full blown wedding season, right?  Luckily it’s nothing like last year, but we’ve had some fun spring weddings and I’ve loved being apart of different events for all of them!

My friend Kali hosted a brunch the morning of Liz’s wedding asked for help with monogrammed champagne flutes – done.  I had been wanting to use this fun chrome gold that really catches the light so it was the perfect project.  These turned out better than I could have imagined and are a great DIY gift for a bride’s new initials!

Monogrammed Champagne Flutes

What you’ll need:

I wanted the monograms to be style of the drink spikers I did for Liz’s bachelorette weekend so followed the same steps creating them.  Then I imported each png monogram file into Design Space as cut files.

Now you have a bunch of monograms!  Once all the monograms you need are imported, cut them on your chrome vinyl with your Cricut on the vinyl setting.

Once all the monograms are cut on the vinyl, cut them out individually.  Then use the weeder tool to weed the excess vinyl away.  The chrome vinyl is a little more sensitive to bends, so be careful as you pull the excess away.Now your monograms are ready to apply to the glasses.  Cut pieces of the transfer paper to cover the monogram and use your scraper tool to get it on well.Then peel the paper backing off the monogram and place the vinyl on the champagne glass where you want it.  Press it on well and slowly remove the transfer paper. Voila – monogram applied!Finish applying them on the rest of the glasses and you’re all set! Bridal party is ready for a champagne brunch 😉 I loved how these turned out with that chrome vinyl so I decided to make one for Callee’s wedding day with her new initials the week of her wedding. These are definitely a gift idea I’ll keep handy for future bride friends and their wedding days!

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

 

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Bachelorette Beach Drink Spikers

Okay, here’s the last bachelorette weekend craft that I have this spring (at least that I know of).  My friend Kali wanted to give beach spikers at Liz’s beach bachelorette weekend that I could customize and would match the personalized sunglasses I made.

Side note, I had no idea what a beach spiker was, but apparently it’s a lil contraption that you can dig into the sand so your drink or phone will stay out of the sand. Who knew?

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BEACH DRINK SPIKERS

What you’ll need:

Kali found some white drink spikers and had them sent to our house and I ordered teal vinyl for the monograms.  Once everything had arrived, I started work!

Here’s my lil shortcut on making monograms with the Cricut –> I use the Monogram Maker maker website to choose the style and make the monogram image.  Once I have the monogram, I take a screenshot of it on my computer (command + shift + 4 for Mac users). The screenshot will be saved to your desktop.

Now open Design Space and upload the screenshot of the monogram.  Because there is a white background, you’ll need to make sure to select and erase the background so only the letters are left.  Then save it as a cut image.

Repeat those steps for all the drink spikers you are making –  I had 11 monograms altogether.  Next I resized the monograms to be ~2″ wide which would fit perfectly on the spikers I had.
Next, cut the monograms out on your vinyl using your Cricut Explore Air (on the vinyl setting).  Cut out each monogram from the vinyl and weed the excess vinyl with the weeder tool. The last step is to apply the vinyl monograms to the drink spikers using the transfer tape.  Put transfer tape on top, use the scraper to get any air bubbles out and make sure the transfer tape is on well, then remove the backing.  Apply the monogram to the spiker, press it on well, and slowly peel back the transfer tape.Done! I was so happy with how these turned out and loved the teal & white colors together.  I put them on the floor to send Kali a picture and Cleo had to pop in and check them out. I thought they looked perfect wrapped up with the sunglasses too!  Thanks for the great photo, Catherine 🙂

Mixed Greenery Wreath

Another season, another wreath!  I feel like I haven’t posted a craft in forever, and this was on my list of projects to do before May.  I finally found time to knock it out in-between busy weekends, and it didn’t take long (1.5 hours, aka 2 Law & Order SVU episodes).

Mixed Greenery Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • Monogram wreath form
  • Silver spray paint
  • Greenery of your choice
  • Wire cutters
  • Wreath wire

I saw these wreath forms at Michael’s a few months ago, and thought they’d be great to build a wreath on (and show off my new last initial). Spoiler alert: This wreath will be hung at our wedding in a few weeks.

I learned my lesson from other projects, and remembered to paint the wreath form before I built the wreath out.  I grabbed some basic silver paint and painted the W part, but left the rest natural since it’d get covered with greenery.

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While that was drying, I headed to Hobby Lobby to see what greenery options they had.  I ended up buying 3 different varieties.  One was more grassy, and it would be the foundation, so I bought more of it.  I got some faux eucalyptus, and a sprig of another fun greenery to add to the grass for some character.

Use the wire cutters and cut the greenery off the sprig or bunch so they are individual pieces that are easy to attach to the wreath.
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Cleo was really digging the eucalyptus, and sat on it or chewed it every time I sat down to work on the wreath.  At least she’s cute, because she’s not a great assistant.wedding_wreath 02

Okay – time to build the wreath!  Using the wire cutters, cut some wreath wire, ~5″ long.  Attach the grassy pieces to the wreath using the wreath wire, wrapping it around, then twisting close on the back.  Each piece of the grassy greenery took 2-3 pieces of wreath wire to attach it securely to the wreath form.

Slowly work your way around the wreath, then go back around again and fill in the bare places until the wreath feels full. The picture below is just one time around, I did ~ 2 more until it looked “right.”

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Once the grassy pieces are attached, layer the faux eucalyptus on top.  You don’t want to completely cover the grassy pieces, but instead leave it so you can see both, and it’s mixed in well.
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After one layer of light eucalyptus, I was ready for the last part: Adding the smallest pieces of greenery.  These looks like small green berries (?) and were another shade of green, so it added some pops of bright green in.

I added 5 pieces of this greenery on top, attached with wreath wire, and spaced out even more so it wasn’t everywhere.  Voila — you have a faux mixed greenery wreath with your monogram in the middle!

wedding_wreath 08 The wine cork wreath stayed on our front door until after the wedding when my last time officially started with a W!  Here’s what the wreath looked like on the front door of the Island House at the wedding.

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Cricut Crafts & House Updates

In December I decided to invest in Coastal Kelder, and bought a Cricut Explore Air with some of my Etsy profits.  Hunter’s friend thought I’d like it, and I asked my crafty friend Kathryn A LOT of questions before I pulled the trigger.  If you’re not sure what a cricut is, it’s basically the crafter’s best friend.  It can write, draw, and cut almost any material, so an assortment of projects are suddenly doable.

My Cricut arrived right before Christmas, so I waited until after the holiday craziness before really sitting down and playing with it.  Guys… it is SO cool.

After I learned the basics, I wanted to start playing with the writing capability (since the vinyl I ordered was still en route).  When you’re in the Design Space application, you can choose to use fonts with a writing style, and it will do all the work for you.  It’s so fun to watch when you click go and it starts writing (or cutting).  Needless to say, some of my Christmas thank you notes were addressed by the Cricut 🙂

The downside is that it can only “write” Cricut fonts with a writing style, so not all the fun fonts that I own.

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Once my vinyl sampler pack came in, I set aside an afternoon one weekend to just explore the capabilities.  Look at all the fun vinyl colors!

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For not being a monogram girl, it’s kinda surprising that my first undertaking was making monograms haha.  Start small, I guess?  Well I started playing with the idea of adding a monogram to the oyster shell jewelry dishes that I make and was happy with the results!

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At this point, I saw the light and headed to Michael’s & Marshall’s to find more things to experiment with.  Slate coasters were my next project.  I used our name as the guinea pig as I perfected the process, then showed my family.  I knew I had a winner when my sister wanted some to mark their 5th anniversary coming up and my brother-in-law called them “classy.”
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At Marshall’s I grabbed some wine glasses and drinking glasses, and finally sat down to play with applying vinyl to them too.  Honestly the hardest part is coming up with what you want to do because the possibilities are literally endless.  I came up with a quote for my trial run, then applied it to 4 glasses.  I had some trouble with the top of the i, but other than that they turned out well!

Let me know if you have any ideas of things to make!  I’m having a hard time narrowing down my next projects..
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In other house news, we’re still working on getting the house exactly how we want it — especially before we host our families in May.  Lately our focus has been on our master bedroom and the living room.

The last old thing that remained from the previously dark purple and gray master bedroom was the fan.  It was even too small to actually cool the room, so it had to go.  We found a good looking white fan at our neighborhood Lowes and were sold.  It blended in better with the room and the light kit was just more our style.

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In the living room, we finally got a rug!  It’s crazy to think about how long this took us, but ultimately we’re a team so it took a little more time to find a rug that we both loved and that would look great in the space.  We ended up finding it at West Elm, which has quickly become our new favorite home store.

It adds so much color and a little definition to the space, and we’re both so happy to finally have a rug!  I can’t wait to get a new couch to go with it and continue to work on the space.

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Apologies for the lack of posts lately — I’ve been busy, and promise to share everything now that I’m back in town for more than 4 days! PS – The wedding is in less than 4 months, so you can bet some fun wedding crafts are happening 😉

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

Monogrammed Anchor Door Hanger

You know when someone knows you really well, and they give you an unfinished door hanger so you can paint it as you please… That’s exactly what Holly (and CD) did as part of their engagement present they gave to us when they stayed here for the 4th.  She knows I love all things coastal, and got us some great home goods, but I was excited to paint the anchor, and hang it on our door.

Monogrammed Anchor Door Hanger

What you’ll need:

  • Unfinished wooden door hanger
  • Paint
  • Twine
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue gun

Holly found our door hanger on Zulily, but it looks like they have lots of similar ones on Etsy too.

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The first step was to figure out what colors to paint the anchor.  I wanted to use a navy blue, but since our front door is black it didn’t make sense.. So I decided to go with a light teal anchor and then some sort of white / gray for the circle and W in the middle.

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After I finished the teal, I had the hardest time deciding what part should be gray and what should be white, so I decided to sleep on it.  The next day, I thought a white W would pop the most, and went for that.  I used 2 coats for both the gray and white part to make sure no wood was showing through.  The hardest part was getting all the sides painted, especially on the W.
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When all the paint dried, I still thought it looked a little plain and thought about stenciling small sailboats on the teal in a navy blue — apparently I was really trying to get navy on this.  Luckily both Lauren and Maggie told me not to do it because it might get too busy.  Instead, I opted to grab some twine and wrap it around the top and bottom for a some texture (secured with hot glue).

Once that was done, I took down the American burlap wreath, and put the anchor on the door!

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Another door hanger is done!  And the teal matches the teal side table we have out front with the rocking chairs (don’t look at my struggling hanging baskets).  Thanks for thinking of me, Holly!

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