Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter

Naomi from How To Heat Press is joining us for the first of three guest posts that will help you to explore your Cricut! Today, she’ll show you how easy it is to customize a pencil case with your Cricut and adhesive vinyl. She’ll share tips for using heat transfer vinyl (also known as iron-on), too. The best part is that once you master this project, you can use the same process to customize so many different projects with your Cricut and vinyl.

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About How To Heat Press

How To Heat Press was started by Naomi and Dan in 2016. They’ve been using heat press and cutting machines for years, and they love all the wonderful projects you can create with these machines. How To Heat Press provides information about heat press and cutting machines (with a focus on Cricut machines), heat press and Cricut tips and tutorials, and t-shirt business tutorials.

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Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl

Tutorial by How To Heat Press

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter

Do you want to make a cool custom pencil case with Cricut?

This project is a Cricut Basic, but if you haven’t done it before, you’ll need to know a few things!

Depending on what your blank pencil case is made of, you could use adhesive vinyl or iron-on vinyl.

The pencil case I’m using for this project is only suitable for adhesive because it’s made of a type of flexible plastic. This would immediately melt if I applied heat. But if you had a blank pencil case made of fabric, you would use heat transfer vinyl (iron-on) instead.

How To Make A Custom Pencil Case

Here is what I am using to complete this project:

Now let me show you how I customized this pencil case for my daughter.

1. Choose Pencil Case Design

The design I am using for this pencil case is very simple… It is just my oldest daughter’s name: Galilee!

Does that even justify being called a design? I’m not sure! Nevertheless, sometime the best designs are the most simple.

You can really put anything you like:

  • Make a text design like me
  • Choose a free SVG image
  • Use a combination of text and image

It’s up to you, and will depend on the surface area on your pencil case.

To make this simple design, I opened a new project in Cricut Design Space. I created a text box by clicking the text icon on the left menu, and then selected the font ‘Leckerli One’.

If you wanted to use this font yourself, and didn’t have it in Design Space already, you can find it free here on Google Fonts.

Once I had typed out the name, the text was spread out and needed to be joined up so that it would be cut as one piece.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | Cricut Design Space editing

To do this I selected the text and clicked ‘advanced’ and ‘ungroup to letters’ (top edit panel).

I was then free to shift the letters together so that they were touching. Once the letters were touching, I clicked weld (bottom right of the canvas).

Welding cannot be undone, so make sure everything is in the right place before clicking it. This makes the whole design a single layer that will be cut as one piece.

The final step before cutting was to size the design. I made this design 6 inches (15 cm) to fit the blank pencil case.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | Cricut Design Space editing

2. Cut Design in Adhesive Vinyl

Now I’m ready to cut the design out of adhesive vinyl.

Because I’m using vinyl, I do not need to mirror the design. If you are using heat transfer vinyl, you will need to mirror the design as it is applied in reverse.

Set material settings to ‘vinyl’ for Cricut Maker, or set the dial to ‘vinyl’ for Explore Air 2.

Adhesive vinyl goes color side up, and backing paper side down on cutting mat.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | Cricut Maker cutting vinyl

3. Weed Vinyl

Once your design has been cut, weed away the excess vinyl.

This just means pull away any piece of vinyl that you don’t want to end up on your pencil case (or other surface). The Cricut Basic Tool Set has the perfect tools for doing this.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | vinyl before weeding

5. Apply Transfer Tape

For this type of project, make sure you’re using the Standard Grip Transfer Tape, not the Strong Grip Tape!

Place the transfer tape over the weeded design. Press down from the middle of design towards the outer sides, one side at a time, to reduce the chance of air bubbles. Then burnish (rub/press down) with a squeegee (also included in the Cricut Basic Tool Set).

Remove the vinyl backing paper carefully to make sure all of the vinyl is stuck to the transfer tape.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | vinyl name in script font on transfer tape

6. Apply Vinyl To Pencil Case

The final step is to apply the vinyl decal to the pencil case.

You can measure out the perfect spot with a ruler, or just have a good guess as to where it will be centered (like I did).

Position the vinyl on top of the pencil case and start by pressing it down in the center of your design. From the center, press it down out towards one side, and then starting from the center again, press it down out towards the other side. 

Once the whole decal is down, burnish it again to make sure it is stuck onto the pencil case.

Now start to remove transfer tape by rolling it back onto itself at a sharp angle, and slowly roll it back carefully, in case some has not stuck down.

Cricut Basics: How To Customize a Pencil Case with Vinyl by How To Heat Press for Underground Crafter | vinyl name in script font on pink glittery pencil case

A Custom Pencil Case

That’s all there is to it – now you can make vinyl designs to put on anything and everything!

To be honest the vinyl I used wasn’t the best quality, but it was super cheap!

I’ve used it before on other projects and it lasts well… it doesn’t crack, peel, or fade, but it’s just not as nice or easy to work with as something like Oracal 651.

What is Oracal 651 used for?

Any adhesive vinyl project really.

It’s another permanent vinyl that’s great for:

  • mug decals
  • car and window decals
  • permanent wall decal

However, the result with the much cheaper vinyl is still good, and my daughter loves it (which has got to be the most important thing).

Thanks for reading!

Cricut Basics: Customize Projects in Design Space (And, Decorate Your Crafts Supplies with Washi Sheets!)

Customize Projects in Cricut Design Space (And, Decorate Your Craft Supplies with Washi Sheets) by Underground Crafter | Have you ever wondered how easy it is to make custom projects in Cricut Design Space? Watch how easy it is to use to make your own projects and see what I did to decorate and organize my craft supplies with Washi Sheets.

Have you ever wondered how easy it is to learn to make your own custom projects in Cricut Design Space? In this post I’ll share my tips and a short video along with a project I made to decorate and organize my craft supplies. As a total cutting machine newbie last year, one of my biggest fears was learning the design software. I was concerned it would be overly complex and only suitable for graphic designers. It turns out that Cricut’s software is beginner-friendly and there are a lot of supports to help you if you’re having problems, too.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. This post is sponsored by Cricut, but the opinions and thoughts are my own.

Cricut Design Space, the cloud-based software you use to design your projects and then send the information to your machine, has recently been updated. I was a little bit nervous that I’d have to learn “everything all over again” but it turns out that the interface is even more intuitive now and the differences between the desktop/laptop versions and the tablet versions are minimal (which is great if you switch back and forth, like I do). For today’s project, I used Design Space on my iOS device (with my own video included below), so I thought I’d share Cricut’s walk through video of the Mac/PC version for comparison.

(You can find the system requirements for Design Space here if you’re new to Cricut and not sure if your device will be compatible.)

Now, when you login to Design Space, your Home tab allows you to see new Make It Now projects…

Customize Projects in Cricut Design Space (And, Decorate Your Craft Supplies with Washi Sheets) by Underground Crafter | Have you ever wondered how easy it is to make custom projects in Cricut Design Space? Watch how easy it is to use to make your own projects and see what I did to decorate and organize my craft supplies with Washi Sheets.… or to access your own projects and search from the Categories drop down menu on the same screen.

Customize Projects in Cricut Design Space (And, Decorate Your Craft Supplies with Washi Sheets) by Underground Crafter | Have you ever wondered how easy it is to make custom projects in Cricut Design Space? Watch how easy it is to use to make your own projects and see what I did to decorate and organize my craft supplies with Washi Sheets.

Once you are working on your Canvas tab, it’s easy to filter your searches so you can find the right fonts and images.

Customize Projects in Cricut Design Space (And, Decorate Your Craft Supplies with Washi Sheets) by Underground Crafter | Have you ever wondered how easy it is to make custom projects in Cricut Design Space? Watch how easy it is to use to make your own projects and see what I did to decorate and organize my craft supplies with Washi Sheets.

And, editing size is very straightforward, too.

Customize Projects in Cricut Design Space (And, Decorate Your Craft Supplies with Washi Sheets) by Underground Crafter | Have you ever wondered how easy it is to make custom projects in Cricut Design Space? Watch how easy it is to use to make your own projects and see what I did to decorate and organize my craft supplies with Washi Sheets.If you still need some more Design Space support, check out Printable Crush’s Getting Started in the NEW Cricut Design Space, which is a kick off to her 24-week Cricut series, or Cricut’s Design Space tutorials page. And, of course, you can always find more support in the Cricut Help Center, including the toll free phone number!

As for this week’s project… You may have seen that I recently did some major organization of my craft supply area. I discovered a few things during that process. First, I had quite a few crochet hooks, like these large white plastic ones, with no size listed on the handle. Those are getting much less use than my other hooks as a result.

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(Spoiler alert: Here’s the “after” picture with the sizes labeled with washi.)

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And, then there was this. Over the years, I’ve been stuffing the notes from all of my crochet and knitting designs into a folder. The thing is bursting and it is not pretty.

Customize Projects in Cricut Design Space (And, Decorate Your Craft Supplies with Washi Sheets) by Underground Crafter | Have you ever wondered how easy it is to make custom projects in Cricut Design Space? Watch how easy it is to use to make your own projects and see what I did to decorate and organize my craft supplies with Washi Sheets.

I decided that a notebook system would be way better for this process, and Cricut Washi Sheets seemed the perfect way to organize and decorate both.

Customize Projects in Cricut Design Space (And, Decorate Your Craft Supplies with Washi Sheets) by Underground Crafter | Have you ever wondered how easy it is to make custom projects in Cricut Design Space? Watch how easy it is to use to make your own projects and see what I did to decorate and organize my craft supplies with Washi Sheets.Customize Projects in Cricut Design Space (And, Decorate Your Craft Supplies with Washi Sheets) by Underground Crafter | Have you ever wondered how easy it is to make custom projects in Cricut Design Space? Watch how easy it is to use to make your own projects and see what I did to decorate and organize my craft supplies with Washi Sheets.

How To Decorate with Cricut Washi Sheets

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Washi Sheets are great as a semi-permanent decoration for paper, plastic, and more. You can remove and replace washi sheets, too, as your needs change or if your project gets dirty.

Materials

Customize Projects in Cricut Design Space (And, Decorate Your Craft Supplies with Washi Sheets) by Underground Crafter | Have you ever wondered how easy it is to make custom projects in Cricut Design Space? Watch how easy it is to use to make your own projects and see what I did to decorate and organize my craft supplies with Washi Sheets.

Instructions

Watch the short video, or read on for the tutorial.

Create Your Design

  • Open Cricut Design Space. I searched “Washi” in the Make It Now projects before getting started for inspiration. If you choose to adapt an existing project, like the Washi Triangle Art, select the project and then choose “Customize” instead of “Make It.”
  • You can also search for images. I used the cat from this cartridge that I found in my search.
  • Use the text editor in your Canvas to choose fonts that you like.
  • Drag and drop your images and fonts to edit size and/or placement.
  • When you’re ready to get started, click “Make It.”

Cut Your Design

  • Prepare your Cricut Washi Sheets on your cutting mat.
  • Set your Cricut’s pressure setting wheel to Custom. Choose “Washi Sheets” from the drop down menu.
  • Choose “Go” and follow the instructions for cutting.
  • Once your washi sheet is cut, remove it from the mat.

Weed the Washi Sheet

  • Trim down your piece with a scissor or trimmer before weeding so you can save the unused washi sheet for another project.
  • Washi sheets are much more delicate than materials like vinyl or faux leather, so be gentle, especially when weeding fine cuts like the insides of letters.

Attach the Cut Washi Sheet Pieces

  • Remember that washi sheets are semi-permanent and can be picked up and reset. This can be a good thing if you happen to mess up on spacing and run out of room (ask me how I know). Washi sheets are adhesive, though, which means they can also accidentally get stuck to themselves or to you and torn if you aren’t careful.
  • I recommend starting with clean hands and a clean surface for your best results in placement.

 

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If you make your own Cricut Washi Sheets project, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and you’ll never miss one of my free patterns, tutorials, or recipes again!

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Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek T-Shirt) tutorial

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground Crafter Back in December, I made some custom, iron-on t-shirts to give as holiday gifts.

This post contains affiliate links. This post is sponsored by Cricut but all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Naturally, I used my Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Iron-On. I used the images included with Cricut Access to customize the t-shirt for my sister…

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground Crafter…but I was having trouble finding images that said “brother-in-law” to me. Since her husband is from Kentucky, I did some searching for Kentucky quotes and came up with this.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterI didn’t use a Cricut font because I had a specific font in mind, so I had to make this quote image in another program and then learn how to upload an image into Design Space. Now that I know how easy it is to upload images into Design Space, I’m going to show you! In this tutorial, you’ll see how to do three things:

  • Create a custom quote image in Canva,
  • Import an image into Cricut Design Space, and
  • Make your own custom iron-on t-shirt using quotes or images with Cricut.

So, let’s get started, shall we?

Part 1: How To Create a Custom Quote Image in Canva

Canva is a free, online graphic design software. I use it a lot to create images for the blog and I have a few templates saved. You do need to set up a free account and login to get started.

To set up your quote image, after logging in, choose “Use custom dimensions.” I chose 7 x 7 inches for my image because I wanted the quote centered and square(ish), but you could make a rectangle if you prefer. Once you have your dimensions selected, choose “Design.” If you’re making a quote, choose “Text” from the left side menu to get started.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterChoose “Add heading” from the Text menu to start with largish font. Since this t-shirt will ultimately be gifted to a friend who is a playwright, I chose a quote I had seen in her Instagram feed by Tennessee Williams. Select “Add Heading” and paste in your quote. Choose your fonts, colors, etc. from the top menu. Canva also has graphics you can use.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterIf you want to make another, just select “Copy this page” (just to the right of your image) so you don’t need to set it up again. You can paste in your new quote at that point. Once that’s done, choose “Save” from the “File” drop down in the top menu. When your image is saved, choose “Download.” I downloaded my images as PNG since those are a bit higher quality. (You can upload JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, SVG, or DXF files into Design Space, by the way.)

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground Crafter


Part 2: How To Import an Image Into Cricut Design Space

Now that your image is designed, open up Cricut Design Space. Choose “Upload Images” from the left side menu. You’ll be prompted to upload images and you can choose any JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, SVG, or DXF file. Once your file is uploaded, choose the image type. For quotes that are going to be cut, “Simple Image” is best, but make the selection that makes the most sense for your image and final project.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterUse “Select & Erase” to remove the background (if appropriate for your image). I just clicked on the white background, and it was removed so the only image remaining was my quote. Choose “Continue” to move on to the next step.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterNow, you can decide if you want to save this image as a Print Then Cut or as a Cut image. Since my image was going to be used as an iron-on, I saved it as Cut image and then chose “Save.” Now you can select the appropriate image from your saved images and choose “Insert Images” to add it to your project.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterSee how easy it is to upload an image into Cricut Design Space? Now you can see how I made my literary geek quote t-shirt.

Part 3: How To Make Your Own Literary Geek Quote T-Shirt

Materials

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground Crafter

Instructions

Start by choosing “Set Canvas” in Cricut Design Space. You can choose from many different canvas options, but I used “Classic t-shirts” for this project.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterOnce you’ve uploaded your image, adjust your canvas. Select “Canvas” from the menu at the right and choose the t-shirt size. Then choose “Edit” from the same menu to adjust the size of your image. Since this image is going to be cut only, you don’t have to worry about how it’s positioned on the canvas, but it does help to give you a sense of scale so you can see how proportionally large your image will be once it’s cut.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterChoose “Go” once you’re satisfied with your image sizing. Choose the right size (or a close approximation!) for your piece of Cricut Iron-On. Don’t forget to choose the check box for “Mirror Image (for iron-on)” before cutting.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterChoose Iron-on on your machine. Place the iron-on material on your cutting mat with the shiny side down and the clear backing side up and cut.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterUse your Cricut Tools Weeder to remove the space around your words or image. If your image has a lot of curlicues (like the script fonts in my quote did), then go slowly to avoid tearing your letters.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground Crafter

Use your iron to press your t-shirt so it is relatively wrinkle-free before you start. Place the Cricut Iron-On right side up so that the iron will be touching the clear backing side and the iron-on is touching the shirt. Press the iron down firmly following the iron-on instructions until your quote image is firmly attached. Allow to cool completely before removing the clear backing sheet

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterI had so much fun that I ended up making two quote t-shirts for my friend.

Cricut Basics: How To Upload Images in Design Space (and Make Your Own Literary Geek/Quote T-Shirt) tutorial by Underground CrafterWhat kind of quotes do you geek out on?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.

I’ve mentioned before that I have a stack of old jeans in my closet. (I know I’m not the only one, either.) I’m forever looking for crafty ideas to use up some denim, and I have found my new favorite.

This post contains affiliate links. This post is sponsored by Cricut but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional materials for this project were generously provided by Fiskars.

When Fiskars sent me the 45 mm Easy Change Ergo Control Rotary Cutter to try out, I knew it would be perfect for chopping that pile of jeans up. You can definitely use scissors when cutting denim, but edges will be fraying all over the place. A good rotary cutter will attack that jeans pile with surgical precision so you can leave the pieces in a stack indefinitely as they await their new life in a future craft project.

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.These lavender sachets are great for freshening up your drawers and they make wonderful gifts, too. If you can’t get lavender at your local Farmers Market, you can substitute handmade or store-bought potpourri. (Similarly, if for some strange reason, you don’t have a stack of old jeans in your closet, you can substitute cotton fabric for the denim.)

I made this sachet for my sister, who was recently married (hence the ironed-on phrase). You can customize yours appropriately, too, or, if you want to make a batch to store in your handmade gift closet, you can leave them blank.

If you make your own Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachet, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my crafty tutorials or free patterns again!

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachet

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Materials

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.

  • Dried lavender or potpourri. I used Lavender by the Bay’s loose dried French lavender for crafting that I bought at my local Farmers Market. It’s so fragrant! One 8 ounce bag would make three to five sachets, depending on how much you stuff each one.
  • A sewing machine or sturdy, hand sewing needle (to work through the denim) with cotton thread.
  • A small amount of Coats transparent polyester thread with a sturdy, hand sewing needle (for closing up the last part of the sachet).
  • Clover Mini Iron, or standard sized iron.
  • Ironing board or other iron-safe surface.
  • Spoon.

Instructions

Prepare the fabric

  • Lay the jeans out on your cutting mat. With your rotary cutter and acrylic ruler, trim the bottom hem, side seams, and pockets off of one leg of the jeans. Unfold the leg into a long strip.

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.

  • Cut the leg into 6″ (15 cm) squares. I maximized the available squares on my jeans by cutting around areas that were very worn or had tears or holes, so I frequently cut against the grain. This just makes the resulting pile of denim squares look more interesting!

Customize and adhere glitter iron-on

  • Trim the Cricut Glitter Iron-on to 4″ (10 cm) across using the Cricut Gold Tools and Trimmer Set or a pair of scissors.
  • Use Cricut Design Space to customize the words or images for your iron-on. I used one of the free fonts, A Frightful Affair, and sized the phrase so that it would measure about 3″ (7.5 cm) wide. Your finished sachet will measure about 5″ (13 cm), so be sure that your final iron-on image leaves you an inch or so on each side of the fabric piece to work with.

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.

  • To cut the Glitter Iron-on, set your machine’s materials dial to Iron On. Don’t forget to click the check box for “Mirror Image (for iron-on)” before cutting. Place the iron-on on your cutting mat with the shiny side down and the clear backing side up and cut.
  • Use the Cricut Tools Weeder to remove the space around your words or image.
  • Position iron-on at the center of a piece of denim with the clear backing facing up and the iron-on touching the denim. (Letters and images should look right side up as in the image below at right.)

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.

  • Using your Clover Mini Iron, press firmly on the clear backing sheet following the iron-on instructions until the letters are firmly attached. Allow to cool completely before removing the clear backing sheet.

Assemble the sachet

  • Place two fabric squares together with right sides facing. Using your sewing machine or sturdy hand sewing needle, sew three sides completely closed. I used a 1/2″ (1 cm) seam allowance. Since you will be stuffing the sachet, be sure to back stitch to make the seams more durable.
  • Sew the last side about half closed. Trim the thread tails so they don’t snag on the stuffing.
  • Turn the sachet right side out. With the spoon, stuff the dried lavender inside, pausing frequently to shake and allow the lavender to settle. For your own sanity, do not overstuff!

Upcycled Denim Lavender Sachets tutorial by Underground Crafter | These fragrant sachets will brighten up your drawers or make great gifts! Find a new life for your old jeans with this easy, low-sew tutorial.

  • Once the sachet is full enough, use the Coats transparent polyester thread and a sturdy hand sewing needle to sew the last seam closed. Start with the thread knot on the inside of the sachet so it will be hidden. Then fold the raw edges towards the inside so the seam allowance will be similar to the rest of your sachet. Sew along the edge. Back stitch to finish and then draw the needle through the inside of the sachet. Trim the thread on the outer edge so the thread tail recedes into the sachet.
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DIY Christmas Tree Decoration Tutorial

DIY Christmas Tree Decoration tutorial by Underground Crafter | Transform these unfinished wood trees into festive decorations with your favorite embellisments. Also makes a great holiday crafts project for kids!It can be difficult to make my apartment look festive during the holidays with two, shall we say, “behaviorally challenged” cats. Just the other day, we came home to a toppled miniature artificial tree with ornaments strewn on the ground. Both cats looked suspiciously at the other as if to say, “It was definitely not me, but him.”

This post contains affiliate links. Supplies for this project were generously provided by Oriental Trading, Kreinik, Cricut, and Minwax.

So, when I came across these DIY unfinished wooden Christmas trees at Oriental Trading, I knew they would make great (translation: safe from cats) desktop decorations. A personalized wooden tree could also double as a gift tag. And, if you’ll have more than the typical amount of children around during the holidays, these would also make a fun kids craft to keep little hands busy while the grown folks are chattering on about something or other.

There are obviously many ways to decorate these, but I’ll share what I did!

DIY Wooden Christmas Tree Decorations

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Materials

  • Unfinished wooden Christmas trees.
  • Paint and/or wood finishing cloths. I used:
  • Craft paint brush and container with water to wash your brush.
  • Newspaper or plastic to cover your painting space. (If crafting with children, aprons or old t-shirts may also be in order!)
  • Lots of embellishments! I used:
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    Instructions

    • Start by painting or staining the wood. I used the Minwax Wood Finishing Cloth in Walnut for the trunks and bases of the trees. If you use paint, be sure that you wipe any excess from the groove in the base or the tree won’t fit in after the paint dries.
    • After the trunks dry, apply the paint for the trees. I recommend painting one flat side and the little nooks between the branches first, because you may end up with excess paint dripped on the back while that side dries. You can cover these drips over when you paint the back.

    DIY Christmas Tree Decoration tutorial by Underground Crafter | Transform these unfinished wood trees into festive decorations with your favorite embellisments. Also makes a great holiday crafts project for kids!

    • While the paint is drying, prep your embellishments.
    • I trimmed a piece of Cricut Adhesive Foil to 12″ (30.5 cm) x 4″ (10 cm) with the trimmer. Then I inserted the star shape in Cricut Design Space, which I sized to 0.5″ (1 cm) height. I ended up making about 30 stars, but you could make more or less.
    • To cut the Adhesive Foil, use a Cricut Strong Grip Mat and set your machine’s materials dial to Custom. Select “Adhesive Foil-0.25mm (Cricut)” from the drop down menu.
    • I trimmed the piece down a little further with the micro-tip scissors to make it easier to work with and then used the Cricut Tools Weeder to remove the space around the stars.

    DIY Christmas Tree Decoration tutorial by Underground Crafter | Transform these unfinished wood trees into festive decorations with your favorite embellisments. Also makes a great holiday crafts project for kids!

    • I also used a crochet hook to make a 30″ (76 cm) chain with the Kreinik Twist.
    • Once the paint was dry, I applied the stars at random.

    DIY Christmas Tree Decoration tutorial by Underground Crafter | Transform these unfinished wood trees into festive decorations with your favorite embellisments. Also makes a great holiday crafts project for kids!

    • Then I wrapped the garland chain around a few times. You could tie it on the back, or connect with a slip stitch.

    DIY Christmas Tree Decoration tutorial by Underground Crafter | Transform these unfinished wood trees into festive decorations with your favorite embellisments. Also makes a great holiday crafts project for kids!

    As you can see, this is a pretty easy project, and, with the exception of drying time, it won’t take too long. If you wanted to do the project with young children, you could prep the adhesive foil, chains, and other embellishments ahead of time. The children can paint the trees with washable paint and then decorate with a child-safe glue.

    You can find more Christmas crafts ideas here on Oriental Trading, or shop for deals on their coupon page.