Minecraft Birthday Banner and More

Are you searching for Minecraft files to create for your kids? I definitely was, and I sat in front of my laptop for days trying to create these printable images and cut files. Not a quick thing to do, but my kids are so into Minecraft, Super Mario, Roblox and many more.

Let me show you step by step how to create this Minecraft Birthday Banner. But first don’t forget to grab my free svg file in my resource library.

So you’re going to cut all the pieces with your cutting machine using my free cut files (they are in my free resource library — request and get the password at the bottom of this post).

Design Space

I am making a banner and there are two files for this.
– Upside down Triangle (.svg)
– Print out for the top of the triangle (.png)

Once you are in Design Space, go to the left side panel and upload.
Upload, and then Browse (search for the folder that you downloaded from my blog). You will find multiple printables and svg files like food labels, invitations, water bottle printables, for shirts and banner. If you are unable to upload, there’s a possibility that the folder hasn’t been unzipped.

Tip: When you upload images, see the difference of the screen when you upload an actual cut file vs. printable (see below images).

This is what the screen looks like when you upload a cutting file (Photo 1).
Name the file, put a tag if you’d like.
Then click Save.

This is what the screen looks like when you upload a cutting file (Photo 1)

This is what the screen look like when you upload a .png file (Photo 2)
Choose Complex and click Continue.

This is what the screen look like when you upload a .png file (Photo 2)

Click Continue again.

Then click on the left box for Print Then Cut.
Name the file, put a tag if you’d like.
Click Save.

Then choose 2 of the files that you’ve uploaded.
Click insert.

Then click on both image resize both to 5 inches in width.

See how the upside down triangle has holes. But the print out doesnt have one?
Make a duplicate of the triangle and move it to the right side.

Then select both of these layers on the left.
Click on Align and choose Align Top.

Then select both of these layers on the left. Click go up on the top panel to click align


Then Align again, and choose Center Horizontal

Then Align again, and choose Center Horizontal

Both is still selected. Now go to the bottom right panel and click Slice.

Both still selected. Click Slice

Now move the printed layer to the right.
Select the images to the left and delete.

Now move the printed layer to the right Select the images to the left and delete

We still have 2 layers if you look at the right side panel.
Select both layers.
Click Align, scroll to Align Top.

Then align again and center horizontal

The layers are still selected. Now click group.
This will keep the layers together and in place.
So no matter where you click on the image, either layer will not move.

Next, click on text and type letter H.
Then on the top left panel, change the font.

Then click on system.

Go to the search box and type Minecrafter for font (you can download it from dafont.com).
Then click Enter.

Change the font color to Green.

Grab a shape.
Change the color to White.

Change the shapes color to White.

See how the shape is covering the letter H?
While the image is selected, click Arrange.
Then select Move Backwards.


Resize the shape.
Grab the letter and place it on top of the White Circle.

Then resize the letter H.

So now, im going to move the letter H away from the banner..
Select these 3 layers and group it.

Then duplicate the grouped layers 17 times.

Ok now, double click on the letter H. There will be a box that shows up.
Finish up typing the text to HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

Then click on the Happy Birthday and see the dimensions on the top panel.
This would be ok, if i were to use a 12×12 cardstock. However, I only have a cardstock paper sized 8.5 x 11 in inches.

While the Happy Birthday is selected. I’m going to click Ungroup.
And then click Make It.

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Preview Screen

We are now on the preview screen and it will show you multiple mats.
Mat #1 and #2 shows you it’s a Print Then Cut.
Verify the material size.
(No need to mirror, since I will be using a label sticker).

Mat #3
Im going to change the material size to letter size.

Now on mat #5.
I’m doing the same thing, change the material size to letter size.

Scroll down to Mat #14.
Change the material size on that as well.

Moving An Object From 1 Mat To Another Mat

Now let me show you what im going to do next.
See how there’s multiple brown mats and there are only 2 layers on each mat?

Im going to choose one of the brown mats, and it doesnt matter which one you choose. I just prefer to click on the last one.
Click on the shape and 3 dots on the top left will pop up.
Choose move the object.

The screen below will ask you to select which mat you’d like to place the object to.
Choose the mat.
Then click Confirm.

Click on the object to move.
Rotate the object.
Then place it where it’s necessary, so you we can maximize the space.

Then go back to mat #13 (this will be a repetitive process).
Click on the object.
Choose the mat.
Then click Confirm.
Move the object.
Rotate the object.
Then move where it’s appropriate.

Then do the same for the rest of the brown mats (repetitive process).

Print Settings

Lets go back to Mat #1, and click Continue.

Click Send to Printer.

Turn on the system dialog
Turn off the bleed button
Click print

And right here im going to change from layout to print settings.
And right here, make sure that it is in color
Then for print quality, im choosing best
Then click print

So once it’s done printing, im just going to take the print out
place it on the cutting mat.
Take it to the cricut machine to load.

Cut Settings

Then go back to the screen to change the cut settings.
Go to the right side and click Browse All Materials.

It now takes you to this screen, then I’m going to type paper.
You can pick and choose what is the best setting for your project.

The machine I am using is the Cricut Maker on this project so you will see that this setting will cut through the paper. And the reason I am doing this is because, when I used this same setting on my Explore Air. It did a kiss cut instead.
Click done.

On this screen, you can choose the pressure to less, more, or stay on default.

Then go back to your machine and see if it’s starts blinking.
If it is, click start.

Once its done cutting, unload the mat and prepare the next mat.

And right here, I wanted to show you how to change setting for other materials.
Just click on this arrow.
Just make sure that you are on the right mat.

You can either browse all materials if necessary.
But for me I already have my cardstock as my Favorite. So im just going to click Cardstock.

Choose the pressure.

Prepare and place cardstock on the cutting mats.

Then load the mat to the cutting machine.
Once the machine starts blinking, click the start button.

And I wanted to show you that when you are trying to remove a smaller piece of cardstock like this one, you can use the cricut spatula to help you lift the paper off of the cutting mat.

And sometimes i like to fold the mat on a taco shape and i gently peel off the cardstock off of the cutting mat.

Take the cardstock and print out. Remove the backing of the label.
Line it up on top of the banner and press.

Grab the circle.
Use a double sided tape or glue for this.
Place it on top of the banner.

Then do the same for the letter and place it on top of the shape.
Use a double sided tape or glue for this.

Finish up the banner.
And add a twine to it.

Check out the other printables I created, such as for the water bottles, food labels, invitation and a couple shirts. So don’t forget to grab these files on my resource library for you to use.

Minecraft Birthday Banner

I am so happy how everything turned out, and I can’t wait for my son to see it. He will love it!
Let me know what you guys think of this project. And I hope that you all enjoy and Happy crafting!


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Dollar Tree Cutting Mat – Kindergarten Practice Sheet

Cricut Engrave Tool and Adhesive Vinyl

Got kids in kindergartner that is learning to write? I’ve got an awesome practice sheet for them!

I know it is such a weird time for all of us. And just like many of you, we are trying to stay as normal and positive about it as possible. Some school districts just started this week and some started early. As for my kids, they started early. Online Learning 2020, here we are!

We have 3 kids and they all have their own designated area where to do their online learning. Although my kindergartner was struggling to write and that is when an idea came up that I’ve seen online. And that is engraving one of those Dollar Tree cutting mats, which it can be used as a practice sheet for writing. Along with a combination of using Dry Erase Markers. I thought “wow, that is a brilliant idea!” Thanks to whomever came up with that hack and shared it with us.

So in case you haven’t seen it, I created my own file and wanted to share this project with all of you. In hopes that may be helpful to you and your child to help guide them practice their own writing. I thought making it look fun will encourage them to write on it.

So you’re going to engrave and cut all the pieces with your cutting machine using my free cut files (they are in my free resource library — request and get the password at the bottom of this post).

Let me show you how I did this project step by step on how to make these Kindergarten Practice Sheet with your Cricut machine. But first don’t forget to grab my free svg file in my resource library.

You can also watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure.

SUPPLIES USED:

Cutting Mat

These cutting mats are sized to 11 x 14 in inches.

Design Space

Once you downloaded the svg file from my resource library.
Go to upload, upload again and find the file where you downloaded the file, then double-click the file.
It will take you to this screen (see below) and this is where you save the file.
You can put tags on it also if you prefer.

Click on the file and click insert.

Grab a shape and use that as a reference.
Resize the shape to 11 x 14.

Place the image on top of the shape, so you know how much you would like to stretch the image by dragging the arrow on the right bottom of the image (see image below).

Select the image and click Ungroup under the Layers tab.
Once you ungrouped an image, you will see all the layers has been separated (see photo difference).

Keep in mind, that some of the layers may still need additional ungrouping, such as the name (which you can change it to your child’s name).

Select the grid line layer/image and change it from cut to engrave.

There’s no need to change the other layers if you are using adhesive like myself. If you decided that you wanted to engrave the entire image. Just got to each layer and change it all from cut to engrave.

Feel free to move the pieces around to your own liking.
If you decided to cut the letters just the way it shows above.
Make sure to select all of the letter images/layers, and click attach (attaching layers, will keep the letters all together and it will cut at the same mat).

You can repeat the same process if you want to do the same for the other layers. Or, you can keep it the way it is if you prefer.

Once you’re ready to engrave and cut, just click “Make it

Preview page/screen

This is the preview screen, and see the curve arrow on the top right of the grid? I’m going to grab that and rotate the image, just by dragging.

Change the material size to 12 x 24.

And then turn on the mirror.

Select the grid and I’m going to move it down and a bit to the right where I want to be engraved (see image below).

Then on Mat #2, there are 2 layers with the same color which it is also movable.
You can do what you prefer, but I’m going to move the other image down to the 4th inch of the grid to be cut.

Turn on the mirror.
(Repeat the process to all of the remaining mats)

Once you are done turning on the mirrors on all of the mat.
Just go back to Mat #1
Change the settings, by going to Browse all materials.
– Choose Kraftboard (for engraving).
– Place the Engraving tool into Slot B.

choose kraftboard for engrave
Tools and Materials

Get the tools ready, as well as the materials to load.

This is the Cricut Engraving Tool and insert it on Slot B (so sorry for my poor photo).

Engraving Tool, insert it to Slot B

Place the Dollar Tree cutting mat shiny side down. Which means the rough side should be facing up.

Place the cutting mat, shiny side down


Gently guide the mat in, as it’s being fed into your machine and hit upload.
Once “C” starts blining. Click “C” to start.

Once it’s done engraving, you will see a check mark on the mat.
Next, go to Mat #2.
I am using an adhesive vinyl for this image.
– Change setting from Kraftboard to Vinyl (to cut the adhesive vinyl).
– Remove the Engraving tool and place the Fine Point Blade into Slot B.

Upload the mat.
Once the “C” starts blinking, press the start button.
Once it’s done cutting, unload the mat.
(Repeat the process, till all vinyls are all cut).

Weed the vinyl

I start to weed all of the vinyls.
I even cut some of the bigger images, due to it’s easier for me to place. This is what works for me, but it is completely up to you if you choose to place the vinyl as a bigger piece.

See the engraved grid? I will be placing the vinyl images in between these solid lines.

Place the transfer tape on top of the vinyl, and then burnish.

Flip the vinyl over to remove the backing of the vinyl.

Place and line up the alphabets in between the solid lines.

Burnish the vinyl letters, so the vinyl sticks to the cutting mat.

Then, gently remove the transfer tape.

Repeat the process, till you are done.

More photos for reference.
(Forgive me, but I just noticed that I forgot the letter Ww. Don’t worry, I fixed the svg file for you guys).

Now that I’m done placing all the vinyls.
I just grabbed one of my dry erase markers to see how it writes onto the cutting mat.
How awesome is this?

Just grab a wet paper towel and wipe the dry erase marker off of the cutting mat.
This is so cool! I love it!

Wipe with water and paper towel

And that’s it! Let me know what you think about this project. I hope that this is helpful and useful to you, as it is to me and my boys. Happy online learning and always stay safe!


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MOM Keychain For Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mommies out there! Real quick! Here’s a simple project that I had just finished and wanted to share with you guys.

Let me show you quick and simple step by step on how to make the Mom Keychain. But first don’t forget to grab my free svg file in my resource library.

So you’re going to cut all the pieces with your cutting machine using my free cut files (they are in my free resource library — request and get the password at the bottom of this post).

You can also watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure.

SUPPLIES USED:

These are easy and so simple to make. I hope that you enjoy making this for your mom, friends and family. Let me know or share your creation with us. Happy crafting!


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Design Space Is Moving

If you haven’t heard just yet, Design Space is moving next Wednesday, January 29, 2020, the web browser version of Design Space will no longer be available.

So when you type in design.cricut.com, you will get a message that you are currently using the web version of Design Space. You will be directed to download the desktop app. And I would suggest to download it now before the switch happens.

So basically we are saying goodbye to the browser version of Design Space. Per Cricut’s website, the update will roll out over 7 days so you may not get it right away. Which it’s pretty simple, and not to worry because everything should be there for you. Your projects and images, the only difference is that you’ll be opening Design Space from your desktop vs. a web browser.

It is supposed to be a faster connections between the software and our machine when we cut our projects, which I am ecstatic about. This should provide us a better experience, so woohoo Cricut!

Here’s the step by step on how to download Cricut Design Space app onto your computer in case you needed help.

Step 1
Once you type in design.cricut.com.
Screen below is what you will see.
Now, click on new project or plus (+) sign.

Step 2
You will get a message Heads UP!
Click download now.

Step 3
This screen will pop up and click download button.

Note: I am using a MacBook, and this is what I see when it’s downloading.

Step 4
Once it’s done downloading.
Double-click the file.

Note: It shows below that it’s opening and running.

Step 5
This screen below will pop up.
Click on the Cricut Design Space app

Step 6
This pop up will show and click “open”

Step 7
This “Invalid Launch Path” popped up for me and I am unsure if it will for you. If it does, do not worry.
Just click ok, and go to the next step.

Step 8
Open the application folder.

Step 9
Click on Cricut Design Space app and just drag it to the application folder as shown below.

Step 10
This image below is the default pop up, but ensure to click “Replace”.

Step 11
It is copying and transferring to the Application folder.

Step 12
Once it’s done transferring, the Cricut Design Space app has been installed. See image below for when I copied and pasted the app n my desktop for reference.

It’s pretty easy right? Well, I hope that I was able to help you update your own Cricut Design Space app into your computer or laptop and I look forward to using this app as much as everyone else. Happy Cricuting!

Valentines Day Pouch Tic Tac Toe Glitter HTV

These valentines pouches from Dollar Tree would be a great blank to use to create a simple gift and give it to someone special. You can make anything you want. What is great is that there’s already a heart on it. So all you have to do is, you can simply put someones name, a quote that you love or a game just like Tic Tac Toe.
And that’s exactly what I made for these.

So let me walk you through on how I made my Valentines pouch. But first don’t forget to grab this free svg file in my resource library.

You can also watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Once you’ve downloaded and uploaded the file onto your workspace. Ensure to resize the image to your liking and cut all the pieces with your cutting machine using my free cut files (they are in my free resource library — request and get the password at the bottom of this post).

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Note:  The size of glass beads are about an 1″ but, keep in mind that some may be smaller, and you may need to adjust your letters. I always suggest to do a test cut on the image/texts so that you don’t waste your materials.

Prepare
Once all the vinyls has been cut by your cutting machine. I trim all the vinyls and put the scraps aside, in case I may have in the future.

Step 1
Weed all of the vinyls.
Tip: I poke from the corner of the vinyl, and pull the vinyl towards me.

Step 2
For HTV – if you are struggling finding the cut lines, other crafters uses baby powder, cornstarch or a light box.
Now i am ready to press the htv on to the pouch.. I am using the cricut mini press and i have it on a low setting, only because i wanted to make sure i dont burn or melt  anything.
As i am gliding, i am also putting pressure onto the mini press.
Once im done i just remove the carrier sheet.

Step 3
Place a teflon sheet over the HTV and pouch. Then go over it with my mini press, just to make sure the htv is completely adhered on to the pouch.
Note: There’s no need to do this step if you dont need to, this is just something i prefer to do.

Step 4
For adhesive vinyl – I am going to cut a piece of a transfer tape and remove the backing of the transfer tape.
Then place it on top of the vinyl, rub then remove the backing.
Tip: When your tape is too sticky, just blot it on to your jeans to remove a bit of the stickiness.

Step 5
Place the adhesive vinyl on top of the glass bead and rub it for it to stick onto the surface.
Then remove the transfer tape.
Repeat this process till you get all the glass beads done.

And that’s it! Look how cute and simple these turned out to be. Let me know what you think of these and how it all turned out for you.
Happy crafting!


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Must Have Budget Friendly Tools For Cricut

Are you one of the new Cricut owners that prefers not to purchase the additional tools or materials by Cricut? It’s either you don’t want to spend more money on them or just simply it’s out of your budget.

When I finally decided that I wanted to purchase my first Cricut machine, I started to save money from my selling tie-dye shirts and wraps. It wasn’t easy, but thankfully, it only took me a few months. Being a stay-at-home mom taught me how to budget religiously.

As much as I want to own all the Cricut tools matching my machine, I know for a fact it’s just not gonna happen. I needed to see first if this Cricuting was going to work out with my kids around and with my extreme couponing.

This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure.

I purchased my first Cricut Explore Air from an app called Offer up. It was brand new and the materials that came with was:
Standard cutting mat
– Black marker
– Gray bag
– Cardstock materials for first time set up

Budget Tools and other materials
– Credit card or Gift card (old), used as a scraper/application tool
– Scissors (mine)
– Tweezer (mine)
Test Probe Set, 5 piece from Harbor Freight, as a weeding tool

Test Probe Set, 5 piece from Harbor Freight, as weeding tools

– Self Adhesive Contact Paper (can be used for practice)
– Self Adhesive Contact Paper, Clear (transfer tape)

– Parchment Paper, used as a Teflon sheet

Parchment paper

But if you prefer to purchase the Cricut brand tools, don’t worry. I made a post of the Cricut starter tools and materials for it. Read here.

For Starters – Cricut And Other Materials You May Need

How many of you out there that received a Cricut machine for Christmas? I know for a fact, that there will be lots of newbies searching for tips, tricks, hacks, ideas and all of the what’s this and what’s that, right?

So let’s talk about the basic tools and materials what you might need to know for starters.

This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure.

Mats
There are 4 different types of cutting mats. There’s a blue, green, purple and pink mats.
Each of these mats has their own purpose, and if you look at the top right corner of the mat. It will state what type of grip mats they are.

Tools
I have this basic set of tools from Cricut. And you don’t have to purchase this one, if you don’t have the money or don’t have the need for it. I will talk about the budget friendly tools here.
Image below is the Basic Tool Set and the Scoring Stylus Pen.

Portable Trimmer
When I was a Cricut newbie, I did not purchase this trimmer right away. Because I wanted to see if my scissors itself will do. As it turns out when you have so many projects in line, a trimmer is a must-have. It saves you time and it makes the cutting so much faster and cleaner, so it’s totally worth it. I definitely would recommend having a cutter next to you.

Vinyls
By now you are probably a bit confused when it comes to which vinyl to use or how can you tell which is which and how to use it? Don’t worry, I will talk about it as simply as I can.

The companies that carries adhesive vinyls are Oracal and Cricut. These are the names of the company that are popular across the board when it comes to Cricut crafting groups. So let’s talk about the vinyls.

There are 2 kinds of vinyls that you will see in what most Cricut community uses and will be talked about.
Adhesive Vinyl (there’s a permanent and removable)
Heat Transfer Vinyl (aka HTV)

Adhesive vinyl comes in a permanent and a removable.
Removable vinyl is recommended to be used on walls or any surface that you don’t want to be ruined.
Permanent vinyl is used on mugs, tumblers, car decals, wood signs, food containers, any surfaces that you want to put it as permanent etc.

Transfer Tape
Transfer tape is what helps you transfer the adhesive vinyl image to the project (like mugs etc).

And there are tons of different kinds of transfer tapes that you can purchase. I personally have multiple different kinds, and I use each of them depending on what my project is. Big or small.

Heat transfer vinyl also known as HTV which it’s used for fabric like onesies, shirts, towels, blankets and so forth. And what most you will find what HTV Cricut crafters uses are manufactured by Siser or Cricut.

Teflon sheet, which it’s placed between the HTV and the press plate when pressing. This will protect the upper hot plate from any vinyl that may stick.

Pens
Cricut also carries pens (fine and medium) that you can use with your Cricut machines to write and draw.

Blades
If you have one of the Explore machines or the Maker, you will need to know which blades that belongs with your machine.

For Explore machines. See all blades below:
– Fine Point blade
– Deep Point blade

For Maker machines which it’s the ultimate cutting machine and has adaptive tool system. See all blades below:
– Scoring wheel (single/double)
– Fabric blade
– Fine Point blade
– Rotary blade
– Knife blade
– Perforation blade
– Engraving tip
– Deboss blade
– Wavy blade

The tools I mentioned above are for Cricut owners that wanting to know what starter tools that they many need. I didn’t want to talk about too many things and add on to the confusion. I wanted to focus on the simple things first, spread a little knowledge.

Please comment below if you have any questions.

Happy Cricuting and enjoy your machine!

Christmas Cardboard Box Car

All aboard! It’s Polar Express Pajama Day! All the kindergarteners at my sons school just finished parading around the campus to show off their train cars.

Thought it’d be a great idea to share how we made ours, for others to see for their own next Polar Express Pajama Day. It is super fun for the kids to do and so easy to make!

My son is into Marvel these days and he wanted Iron Man theme for his car. I actually found the image on Google and just traced it for my cutting machine to cut the file for me.

If you don’t own a cutting machine, you can always use a xacto knife or scissors and cut the images manually.

If you have a cutting machine, you’re going to cut this image using my free cut files (they are in my free resource library — request and get the password at the bottom of this post).

This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure.

SUPPLIES USED:

Step 1
Cut up and remove the 3 flaps on top – leaving one (this will be used for the dashboard).
Also cut up and remove all the flaps on the bottom.

Step 2
Paint the box on all sides and let it dry.

Step 3
Put some glue for the cut up images, texts and paper plates.

Step 4
Decorate it with any Christmas decorations that you prefer. As for the dashboard, I just drew the gauge with a black marker and my son decorated his dashboard with pom-poms.
Then stapled the ribbons on the box, so it can hang on to his shoulders.

And that’s it! Such a fun project to do with my son. He was so proud and just loves it! Let me know what you think of this project, just leave me a comment below.

If there’s any tutorial you guys would like to see, just comment below and let me know. Happy crafting!

And The Stocking Were Hung Wood Sign

I’ve been seeing these stockings were hung signs for a few years now. And this year, I decided to give it a try and make one for my family. We all know that not everyone has a fireplace to hang their stockings with, each Christmastime. I am so excited to try and make this, knowing this is something my hubby and kids will love once it’s finished.

You can purchase the wood from Home Depot and the size for this was 9.25″ X 1″ X 6ft. And I asked someone to cut this down for me, so if you don’t have a cutter yourself. Juts ask someone at the lumber department if they would cut it for you. I don’t know about other Home Depot stores, but where I went to had a sign that there’s a limit of 5 cuts, and the smallest size they can cut is up to 7″.

Let me show you step by step how to do this decor sign for Christmas. But first don’t forget to grab my free svg file in my resource library.

So you’re going to cut all the pieces with your cutting machine using my free cut files (they are in my free resource library — request and get the password at the bottom of this post).

This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure.

SUPPLIES USED:

Note: When purchasing the wood, ensure to check the entire wood before check out, due to splits/cracks.

Prepare
I started preparing the wood by sanding it on each sides and corners, to smooth out the the loose thin pieces of wood and rough edges of it.

Step 1
Start applying the gel stain onto the wood, by using the foam sponge. You can use a paint/foam brush if you’d like, foam sponge is just what I prefer to use. Once done staining, let it dry.
Tip: You can seal the wood if you’d like.

Step 2
Paint the wood knobs red, and then let it dry.
Tip: You can also seal the wood if you prefer.

Step 3
I am making 5 Santa’s, so I take my measuring tape to find the center. And the center of the wood is at 18″.


Then create the markings to find the center at all times. In my case, I used a washi tape for that. I placed the first Santa on the center of the wood (at 18″ ) – See how the Santa’s nose is the center? I keep that in mind as well.


Once the vinyl is placed onto the wood along with the transfer tape, press and burnish the vinyl. Then gently remove the transfer tape.
Then, place the next Santa’s head 1″ away from the end of the right hand side of the wood – it’s always good to give it a bit of space.
Once the Santa’s head had been placed. This gives me an idea where I will be placing the next Santa’s head will be.
So, I measured both Santa’s nose to nose to find where the center will be. Repeat this process onto the next vinyl placement onto the wood.

Step 4
Finish up placing all the vinyl needed (all red hats, eyes and text).

Step 5
Grab the wood knobs and dab some E6000 on it, and then put some hot glue. Then place the wood knob as Santa’s nose as quickly as you can, before the hot glue starts to cool and harden.

Also, don’t forget to place hanging hooks on the back of the wood.

This turned out great! I am so happy I decided to make this. This is something my family and I will enjoy during Christmastime. It is a lovely decor to have as an additional item with our holiday. As usual, my kids love it! Happy crafting!



Reindeer Lollipop

Do you need something to make for your kids school class before they go on Christmas break? Well, look no further. Lollipop reindeer is what I thought of to make for my kids Kindergarten class. It is fun to look at, and there’s a lollipop with it! What kid doesn’t like a lollipop with a reindeer on it?

There is only one week left for me to get the Christmas baggies together and this goodie will be in one of them.

Do keep in mind that you don’t need a cutting machine to make these. There will be a printable pattern that you can download, print and cut it yourself manually.

But if you do own a cutting machine. You’re going to cut this image using my free cut files (they are in my free resource library — request and get the password at the bottom of this post).

Watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

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Prep
Once all the cardstock has been cut with your cutting machine. I prefer to line things up like a production line.

Step 1
Draw the mouth by using the black marker. Repeat.

Step 2
Put a dab of glue on the cardstock paper for the eyes. Then place the googly eyes on top of the glued cardstock. Repeat.

Step 3
Fold the cardstock in the center, then insert the lollipop on the hole. Then run the double-sided tape on the reindeers ears and press it together. Repeat.

That was it!
How easy was that? I can’t wait for my son to give these out to his class. He has been waiting for me to make these, and I finally had time to do it.

Let me know how easy and fun this project is for you. Just leave me a comment below.

If there’s any tutorial you guys would like to see, just comment below and let me know. Happy crafting!