I have seen lots of pallet art projects and I was inspired to make something for my home. I loved the idea of making a christmas craft with pallets, but currently we are using all of our pallets as a walkway. We moved into the new house in September, and we don’t have grass. We are still unpacking boxes, and I haven’t been able to find my nativity scene figurines. I thought I would make a nativity themed piece of wall art from some leftover sassafras boards instead of pallets, along with some paint, a few battery operated tea lights, and my Cricut Explore.
“Deerly” Beloved DIY Cake Topper with Cricut Explore
- Assorted heavy cardstock dependent on theme and color scheme
- Wooden dowels
- Cricut Explore
- Cricut Design Space installed on your computer
- You could use a single stag or doe silhouette for a baby shower.
- Metallic cardstock is beautiful in person but does not photograph well.
Fashion & Aztec-nology with Cricut Explore and Design Space
I was giddy when FedEx dropped off my new Cricut Explore nearly 10 days ago. I am not a craft blogger but I love doing crafty projects. I have never owned a machine like Cricut, so I was excited to explore all of the features. The Cricut Explore is different than previous models, it doesn’t require cartridges (but you can use cartridges if you have them). You can buy projects or create projects using their software called Design Space.
|Not a flattering photo of me, but he sure does look cute!|
Here is what you need:
- Cricut cutting mat
- good quality, pre-washed cotton shirt (or a thrift shop find denim jacket would be gorgeous too!)
- Cricut iron-on vinyl
- aztec print design image file
- Cricut Explore
- Cricut Design Space software
Once the image is completely cleaned you can resize it.
You need to place the iron-on vinyl shiny side down on your cutting mat and load it into the machine.
Make sure you click “mirror image” on the final page before you cut the image.
When the Cricut is finished cutting your design, unload the machine.
You need to weed out all the excess vinyl carefully, you don’t want to ruin an entire design because you pulled too fast or too hard.
Preheat your iron and then iron the shirt. You can measure your shirt (or other material) and center your design.
Iron-on your transfer according to manufacturers directions, and then peel off the clear backing.
I made a smaller one and added it to Gabe’s shirt sleeve.
If you notice the leather bracelet in the above photo on the right, I made that using the same pattern and my Cricut Explore. I just cut the design into a leather bracelet that I picked up from a local craft store, and then slightly stained the leather to accentuate the cuts. The possibilities are endless with the Cricut Explore.