Making Cricut inspired gifts and wrap for Christmas

I have been sent a fabulous Cricut Explore Air machine and I can honestly say I do not know what I would have done without it. I have been busy making gift tags, cards and even T-shirts for the children. It’s so easy to use and set up, you could spend hours making different items for yourself or for other people. 

The Cricut Explore range of electronic die cutting machines are the must have tool for any one looking to create bespoke decoration, DIY projects and gifts for the home.  The machine has a titanium blade which cuts over 50 materials from tissue paper right through to balsa wood and everything in between. I was amazed to learn that it cuts through wood too. It’s amazing. 

You can watch my video below, it shows you how to set up the Cricut machine and how to make the sample card that comes in the box! I thought it was really easy to set up, the instructions were on screen and on a little leaflet in the box, it took me about 10 minutes to get set up. 

With Cricut’s easy to use design software, Design Space,  you have the creative freedom to create just about anything!  Browse the pre-designed make-it-now projects or create something from you own designs and the image library of 50,000+ images.

Christmas gift tags with Cricut

I loved making gift tags with the Explore Air machine, it was so easy. In Design Space there are a collection of ready made tags, which were a lot of fun to make and I made some of my own up too. I loved these layered up Christmas trees with the baubles, it was three layers of card stuck together using foam tabs. You can use whatever colours you like, and as one was being cut I assembled another together. 

Christmas gifts made with Cricut

I created my own T-shirts for the children using the iron on transfer, they looked brilliant. A tip for making these is to put the iron on fabric shiny side down and with the glitter fabric you have to use the Iron on plus option on the machine. Oh and don’t forget to use the mirror option with iron on.  I made a few errors before I got the desired effect. I loved designing these in the Design Space. I used a font and images that are included in the Cricut access account. They simply iron on to the t-shirts. The two coloured t-shirts are easy too, you iron on one colour, then iron on the second colour. It was so much easier than I thought it would be and I love them. 

I used the vinyl to make Christmas chalk boards to decorate the house and I also made some cups and glasses for Christmas gifts. Such simple ideas make for great presents, all year round too. You can make super Christmas presents or birthday presents later on in the year. I have a lot of ideas for Valentines Day in February, so watch this space. 

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