These cute Valentine’s decorations were made using my Cricut Explore Air 2. Read on to see the how-to for the sign and a cute pillowcase. Also, if you have wondered what what materials you can cut with your Cricut Explore Air 2 this post covers that too!
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I was excited over the summer when I scored a bunch of 12″X 12″ pallet wood signs for a quarter each at a yard sale. Score! They have been sitting in my garage waiting to be made into cute signs. I found these “starry lights” in the Target Dollar Spot section for $3 and the ideas starting brewing. Once I thought of this saying from the song Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran, I knew they would be perfect to add to my sign to have lights for my stars.
Here are the materials I used for this project:
- 12X12 pallet sign
- Starry lights from Target Dollar Spot (or other battery powered string lights, 10 count)
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut Outdoor Premium Glossy Vinyl, White
- Cricut Adhesive Foil, Gold
- Here is a link to the design in Cricut Design Space. It’s sized for a 12X12 board—-> HERE
(I really wanted to use glitter vinyl for the project, and originally cut out my stars in some cute bronze glitter, but they didn’t show up as well. So I ended up using the gold foil instead.)
First I took out my lights and counted how many I had so I knew how many holes I could drill. I also measured how far apart each of the lights were so I knew if they would reach from hole to hole.
Next, I designed my words and stars in Cricut Design Space. Then I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 on the vinyl setting and cut out my words in outdoor glossy vinyl. The stars were cut from gold adhesive foil.
I weeded my vinyl and then lined it up on my pallet sign so I could mark where I wanted to drill the holes. Even though I had 10 lights, I only did 8 holes since I had to stretch the lights to reach and some would not show.
Then using transfer tape, I carefully lined up my words and stars and put them on the board. I used hot glue to secure the battery pack to the back and the lights in place.
I also wanted to add some fun colors to my couch, so I decided to use some Cricut iron-on and create a custom pillow.
What materials can I cut with my Cricut?
One of the things I love about my Cricut is all the different materials I can cut with it. When I first was introduced to the Cricut machine years ago, I thought it was something used only to cut paper. My friend made tons of cute homemade cards, and I loved making those with her, but I didn’t think I would ever want my own Cricut because I don’t make a ton of paper crafts. Last year I had the chance to talk to Melissa from Cricut at a New Year’s eve event and she explained all the stuff you can make using the Cricut machine. That night we made some cute paper pendant banners as a project. But she also cut out the party’s photo back drop out of some light cardboard material and even cut out some vinyl for the location we were at because their store hours had come off the window. I was impressed.
Since I have had my machine I have used it to cut felt for a banner, card stock, paper, vinyl, glitter vinyl, glitter iron-on and regular iron-on, just to name a few materials. It also has the capability to cut chipboard and faux leather. You can find a list of all the materials you can cut with your Cricut Explore Air 2 by clicking —> HERE. I am excited to try out all those materials!
Here is what you will need for this project.
- 20″X20″ white pillowcase (I used the Gurli style from Ikea)
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut Glitter Iron-On, Lipstick
- Love Design —-> HERE
This design was easy to create in Design Space. First I inserted a heart shape and sized it to what I wanted for my pillow. When resizing the image, I clicked the “lock” image that appears in the bottom left corner when an image is selected and unlocked it so I could make the heart shape a little longer.
Then I added the Love text.
Make sure you select mirror image when you go to cut your iron-on, and select Glitter Iron-on from the custom settings. Follow the instructions provided with the iron-on and voila you have a cute Valentine’s pillow!
I love being able to make cute, unique homemade decor with my Cricut. Right now Cricut has an awesome home decor giveaway going on. You have a chance to win over $2500 in prizes, including credit to Hayneedle and a Cricut Air 2 bundle. So go head on over right now and enter——> HERE. The giveaway will close February 24th, 2017.
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