How to Make a Custom Christmas Mug With Your Cricut Machine

Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for the coffee-lover in your life? This custom Christmas mug is easy to make with your Cricut machine. If you’re looking for an easy get-started craft for your new Cricut machine, this coffee mug project is the perfect option! You could totally even pair this with a batch of this easy Christmas Gingerbread Cake Bites recipe. It would make a fantastic hostess gift. Here’s a breakdown of each machine  if you’re still on the fence about which Cricut machine you should buy. Otherwise, enjoy this easy-to-follow Cricut coffee mug tutorial!

 

Materials 

Cricut Explore Air 2 machine

White Coffee Mug (Used Walmart Mainstays OPP White Mug)

12” x 12” Cricut Cutting Mat

Black permanent vinyl

Transfer paper

Rubbing Alcohol

Scissors

Weeding tool  

Scraping tool  

Computer/Tablet with Cricut Design Space Account (free)

Instructions:

Sign in to Cricut Design Space and start a new project. Upload file and select “Simple” as the image type and click “continue”.

Custom Mug for Last Minute Christmas Gift-Giving 

Select “Save as a Cut Image” and hit save. Now, the image is ready to select and use.

What’s great about this last-minute custom mug is that you can use any design on your Cricut machine with similar results. Once you have the basics down, the possibilities are endless.

 

It will be larger than you need, so you will need to resize it.

On the box that surrounds the text, you will see arrows at the bottom left.

Click and drag to resize it smaller. I sized it to fit between the top 1 and 3 on the grid (2.953” x 1.692”) so it would fit the mug I used.

 

Place the vinyl you are using on to the mat and press to assure it is on well.

Load into the Cricut machine and start your custom mug making. Cut out a rectangle around the text, and save the remaining vinyl.

 

Gently pull off the vinyl surrounding the text and ensure that the text stays, pressing it or pushing it down with weeding tool/tweezers as needed, also taking out anything from the text that will not be used, like the middle of the “O”s, and discard.

Cut a piece of transfer tape a little bigger than the text. Pull off the backing and place it on top of the text.

Using a scraping tool, or even a credit card, press down and pull back and forth, applying pressure as you go.

Start gently peeling back the transfer paper ensuring that all the letters are adhering to it. (If they aren’t, gently put it back and go over it again.)

Finishing Your Custom Christmas Mug Gift 

Clean your mug with rubbing alcohol and dry with something that is lint-free. Place the transfer paper where you would like it to be on the mug and apply it. (It’s easier to start from one side and slightly bend the transfer tape and press as you go.)

Use the scraping tool/credit card and use the same technique as before, applying pressure as you rub over it back and forth, ensuring you do it well so it sticks. Gently pull the transfer tape off, ensuring that all the letters have stuck. (You can go over it again if needed.)

 

Tips/Tricks/Notes:

*You can adjust to fit the type of mug you are using, if different. You can eyeball it by placing your mug over the mat and judging how much larger/smaller you would like the text, then adjust it on the grid in Design Space.

 

Compare Cricut Machines Which One Machine Should You Buy?

Compare Cricut Machines to Find the Best One for Your Needs

 

If you’re an artsy person then you’ve probably heard about Cricut machines. A Cricut machine can help you create amazing crafts like customized t-shirts, custom Christmas mug gifts and so much more!

The problem with the Cricut machine is that there are many different models of Cricut out there. What’s a person to do when they have no idea what the best Cricut machine to buy is? Well, I can relate to that feeling! I decided to compile my own list Cricut machines with their features and the best reasons to purchase each model. This guide is meant to help you buy the Cricut Machine that matches your needs best.

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What is the difference between Cricut machines?

Below you’ll find a detailed list of each Cricut machine to help you determine which option is going to work best for your crafty desires this year.

Cricut Maker Machine

The Cricut Maker Machine allows you to easily create anything that comes to mind. You can make iron-on shirts and other crafty options as well as vinyl decals and leather crafts. This Cricut machine includes a docking slot to easily place your phone or tablet. You can upload personalized designs to the Cricut Maker Machine to create more customized crafts.

If you’re into sewing projects, then this is the Cricut machine for you as it has a rotary blade that will allow you to cut through material, including fabric with ease and more accurately. The downside to the Cricut Maker Machine is that the cutting area is relatively small and the knife blade is sold separately.

Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine

The Cricut Explore Air 2 machine is pretty awesome for the beginner user as well. Some of the amazing features that caught my eye with this Cricut machine include its smart cutting dial that allows you to cut at the right depth and pressure for the material used.

This Cricut machine has embedded Bluetooth for wireless cutting and provides you with a machine that gives you the power to make vinyl stickers, greeting cards and so much more! The only real downside I could find about the Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine is that it’s slightly louder than other Cricut machines available for sale.

Cricut Explore Air 2 starts at only $199! Save up to $50. Valid through 12/31.

Cricut EasyPress Machine

If you want a professional level experience with a new Cricut machine then you may want to invest in this beauty. The Cricut EasyPress Machine is best for its value as it allows you to have a portable, lightweight cutting machine.

You’d want this Cricut machine if you do a lot of layering crafts or iron-on projects that have an extra layer. The Cricut EasyPress Machine allows you have a portable and compact way to work on your Cricut projects, the downside is that you may not get an even amount of pressure or heat with the Cricut EasyPress Machine.

Cricut EasyPress Mini Machine

The Cricut EasyPress Mini Machine is the best-budget Cricut machine option out there. If you want an easy to store heat press then this is your go-to option for all of your crafting desires. This easy-to-use machine is perfect for beginners and advanced Cricut users who appreciate a user-friendly, reasonably priced, infusible ink option Cricut machine. While you can’t use the Cricut EasyPress Mini Machine to complete large projects, it will do for the smaller craft enthusiasts.

Cricut EasyPress 2 Machine

Are you looking for a way to make shirts with a Cricut Machine? If so then the Cricut EasyPress 2 Machine will fit the bill! This machine features an advanced heat plate design with a ceramic-coated surface to ensure your shirt making time is efficient and easy.

This Cricut machine is often used by people who like to make larger blankets, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and so forth. You’ll enjoy the precise temperature control and user-friendly design. This is a little more expensive, but well worth it if you plan to make and sell your creations.  

Cricut Explore One Machine

The Cricut Explore One Machine allows you to easily upload and cut your favorite designs. You can design everything with a free cloud-based service that works with PC, iPhone, and Mac. This Cricut Machin works with different materials but doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity or a dual cartridge.

I recommend the Cricut Explore One Machine for most of your DIY vinyl projects as it’s the best option for cutting vinyl accurately and efficiently.

Cricut Cuttlebug Machine

The Cricut Cuttlebug Machine is the best embossing machine out there. If you’re looking for an embossing or die-cut option then you’ll really want to invest in the Cricut Cuttlebug Machine. This machine features an embossing folder and can cut through materials such as thin leather and foil with ease.

This Cricut machine comes with many accessories, as well as a foldable design making it easier to store away when not in use. This Cricut machine does have its downsides, as it doesn’t make complex cuts. 

Cricut Mini Cutting Machine

This versatile machine is perfect for anyone who wants a portable Cricut machine that makes cuts easier. The Cricut Mini Cutting Machine is the best portable option for your smaller projects.

The new DIY’er or craft enthusiast that only wants to make smaller craft items and cuts will enjoy the Cricut Mini Cutting Machine best and it’s pretty reasonable in price.

Cricut Explore Electronic Machine

Are you looking to make vinyl decals? If yes, then the Cricut Explore Electronic Machine has been said to be the perfect machine for vinyl decals. With features such as no cartridge required, although it is cartridge compatible, and $100 worth of images and products include with the free software, the Cricut Explore Electronic Machine gives you more bang for your buck.

The app for this machine won’t be compatible with Android, so it could be a downside for all you Android users and it’s slower than other Cricut cutting machines. While you can’t get the job done quickly with the Cricut Explore Electronic machine, the fact that you get some free SVGs and can use your own personalized designs makes it a great machine to make vinyl decals for your friends, family, or customers.

Now that you’ve read all about the difference Cricut Machines for 2019, I hope that you have a better understanding of which Cricut machine will get the job done.

No matter what type of crafter you are or desire to be, the truth is Cricut Machines make it possible for anyone to learn how to make exceptional craft items for their home, customers, family, and friends. I hope that my extensive list of features, pros and cons and other details about each Cricut Machine will help you get on board to be a new owner of a Cricut Machine today.

 

How to Make an Easy Winter Sensory Bottle

This winter sensory bottle is perfect for the Frozen 2 fan in your life. A winter sensory bottle is an ideal way to calm an overstimulated child.

What is a Sensory Bottle?

Sensory play helps with brain development and emotional and cognitive growth in young children. Sensory bottles are a great way to incorporate this type of healthy play into your child’s life.

Long sealable water bottles with rounded edges make the best sensory bottle containers. 

By filling the bottle with water or glue and adding sparkly elements and objects, sensory bottles are an easy craft to do for kids or if you’re feeling adventurous, with them.

Small items like beads, pom poms, sequins or mini erasers work well. 

How to Make an Easy Winter Sensory Bottle 

I like to take a minimalist approach to things, especially when it comes to kids’ crafts. What I love about this easy winter sensory bottle is that you don’t need thirty items to create it.

Just a few elements and it comes together quickly and looks simple and elegant. Sometimes less truly is more when crafting.

 

Materials Needed for Sensory Winter Bottle 

1 (16 oz.) plastic storage/sensory bottle (available at Michaels or similar but smaller here: 

2 to 3 (6 ounce) bottles Elmer’s Glue in clear  

About 1 cup of warm water

About 1 tablespoon glitter or confetti (if desired)

Toys (if desired)

For this project, we used:

Instructions to make Sensory Bottles 

Empty one bottle of glue into the bottle. 

Fill the empty glue bottle about half full with warm water (about ¼ cup) and seal with the lid. Shake well to combine the remaining glue with the water. Pour into jar with glue and shake or stir to combine.

If you are adding glitter or toys, add part of the glitter and toys into the glue mixture.

Seal the jar and shake well. If the glitter or confetti does not move easily, add more warm water. If the glitter or confetti moves to quickly, add additional glue. Continuing adding in layers with the glitter and toys until you achieve your desired effect.

When the contents of the bottle move according to your preference, seal the bottle and glue the lid closed to avoid spills.

If desired, cover the lid with duct tape or additional decorations.

 

Sensory bottles or calm down jars work well when you need to redirect a child. They’re also easy and fun to make as a DIY craft with kids. Preparing the items ahead of time on a tray to allow for fine-motor skills practice.  

Kids will enjoy making these DIY Winter Sensory Bottles for themselves or to give as a gift to a younger sibling, friend or relative. 

This winter-themed calm down jars would be a great addition to a fun Frozen 2 themed birthday party. Elsa and Anna fans will enjoy making these winter sensory bottles as a fun party activity. They also make a cute party favor. 

Consider these Frozen 2 printable coloring pages and activities paired with these Princess Anna Mickey Ears cupcakes for a Disney party that is sure to please! 

 

 

 

Burlap Wrapped Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

These Mason Jar lid ornaments are a great way to use up any extra mason jar accessories you may have lying around. Every once in a while I’ll go on a mason jar purchasing spree and buy several sizes and styles. I tend to re-use pasta sauce jars and pickle jars in the name of an eco-friendly, zero-waste kitchen so when it comes to mason jars, I prefer to use them more decoratively.

Too Many Mason Jar Lids? Make These Ornaments!

Often the mason jars I purchase wind up being used as a flower vase or penny jar rather than food storage. Because of this, I tend to have several extra mason jar lids and collars lying around in a drawer. What better way to make use of these extras than by creating this charming mason jar lid for your holiday decorating.

Mason Jar Lid Ornament

I love that they’re basic enough to use for winter decorating or to put on a tree. The versatility of the design also works well as a custom gift tag to add on to a present that doubles as an ornament. I often have extra burlap lying around, so these are the perfect way to use that up as well. I’ve made burlap-wrapped wreaths and wall hangings, but never mason jar lid ornaments; this was my first time trying this out!

Burlap Wrapped Mason Jar Lid Ornament

Burlap Wrapped Mason Jar Lid Ornament

Materials

  • Mason jar lid with rings, regular mouth
  • Jute twine
  • Metal snowflakes or another flat ornament (not wider than the lid)
  • Burlap or jute decorative trim
  • Laminated burlap sheets
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue

Tools

Instructions

Remove the hanger from each ornament. Set aside.

Place a mason jar lid on the laminated burlap sheet and trace with a pencil to create the number of circles needed for the ornaments. Cut apart the circles with scissors.



Using hot glue, attach the burlap circles to the top (outward facing) side of the mason jar lid. Then, use hot glue to attach the ornament in the middle of the burlap circle.


Run a strand of hot glue around the inside edge of the mason jar ring and insert the lid, pressing into place.

Cover the metal ring with the burlap ribbon using hot glue, working from the front to the edge. Cut the ribbon at the end.

Cut a piece of jute twine about 5 inches long. Fold the jute twine in half and knot the loose end about 1 inch from the end. Hot glue the loose ends of the jute twine on the inside rim of the mason jar ring. Bend the jute twine around the edge and place a small dot of hot glue on the top to attach the knot.

Re-using items lying around the house is a great way to ensure your home is as eco-friendly and waste-free as possible. Creating decorative items for your home or using them for gift-giving is just an added bonus. These mason jar lid ornaments may be just the quick craft to help clean and declutter your kitchen space.