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I recently went to a home decor store and wandered around drooling over all of their new holiday decorations. Everything was SO adorable! But the more I thought about it, I realized I could make the majority of those fun things myself with my Cricut Maker! If you’ve been on the fence as to wether or not you should get a Maker, I’m hoping this post will help in your decision as I show you the versatility and capabilities of this amazing machine while I create my Christmas mantel!
Can you believe that everything shown on my mantel (except the yarn ball garland) was created with my Cricut Maker?? I love the blue, red and white combination for Christmastime and when creating my decor myself, I’m able to customize my decorations exactly how I want them!
But the Maker is expensive… Yes, the Maker costs the most out of all the Cricut cutting machines but it also cuts the most materials, has the most accessories and gives you the MOST for your money! You will not only be able to cut paper and vinyl like most cutting machines were originally purchased for, you’ll also be able to cut felt, acetate, chipboard (remember my menorah!!) and fabric!
I love my Explore Air 2 but there are so many more accessories for the Maker! The Knife Blade, Scoring Wheel (also comes in a Double Score, shown here) and the Rotary Blade will take your crafting to the next level!
Speaking of fabric, one of the items I wanted to make was a stocking in coordinating colors. Thankfully, the Rotary Blade makes cutting fabric a breeze with the Maker! I found a pattern I liked in Design Space. I used the blue polka dot and white fabric pieces from 2 packs of Designer Fabric Sampler in Hello Lovely and cut mats 1 and 2 twice (the mats with the entire stocking), once with each color. (The project in DS comes with full instructions but I opted not to cut the mats with the toe and heel missing because I planned to use iron-on over my entire stocking to create the toe/heel look. I took a little detour with this project to create the look I wanted. This tutorial is my version of this pattern.)
For my toe and heel, I opted for the red Ho Ho Ho option from the Patterned Iron-On Sampler in Stripe. After cutting out my iron-on, I applied to my blue stocking material with the petite EasyPress 2.
Once both toes and heals were added to each stocking side, I put both right sides together and sewed around all edges except the opening. I sewed the two white stocking pieces together as well.
After sewing them together, I clipped around the curves of my stocking to make sure when I flip them right side out, my toe and heel stay in tact. Make sure when flipping right side out, you smooth out your curves to get the stocking shape. I then inserted the white stocking (don’t flip inside out after sewing) into the blue stocking, pushing all the way into the toe and heel.
Make a small fold with both blue and white stockings together to hem them together. Then fold down the top to create your cuff. I’m sure you can tell I’m not sewing savvy but I muddle through!
I wanted my blog name to be on my stocking, so I cut out “JOLLY” in Foil Iron-On in red.
Don’t you just love how it turned out!! It’s exactly how I wanted it!
I also created these letters (find the Design Space project here). Cricut Design Space is packed full of ready to create projects but also is super user friendly that you can create your own projects easily!! Technology and I normally don’t get along but I was able to put this project together with ease and made my vision come to life! Want more Design Space info? Cricut’s Blog is a wealth of information and then you too will be able to create in Design Space! And with the Maker being able to cut Chipboard, I feel like it opens the door to many more projects!! I used Heavy Chipboard, Green Felt from the Sky Sampler, Premium Vinyl Patterned Sampler in Holiday Fun and Rustic Lodge. My Knife Blade and Fine Point Blade came in handy with this project!
I just had to make the “O” in JOY a Christmas wreath!
I was able to use Cricut Party Foil in Silver and Teal to create my shimmery snowflakes.
Mini foil snowflakes added to a strand of twine created this sweet garland!
I was able to create my Christmas village with red and silver Shimmer Paper and white cardstock given a coat of teal blue water color paint. (Find my Design Space project here.) I was able to utilize the Scoring Wheel in order to make folding this thick paper super simple!
I love how my mantel pulled together and thanks to my Cricut Maker and it’s mad crafting skills, we are ready for the Christmas season!!
Consider adding the Cricut Maker to your Holiday wish list! If you had a Maker, what awesome project would you want to make??
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut . The opinions and text are all mine.