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Why do I always wait until the last minute? I needed to create a Valentine’s Day tablescape and wanted to keep the cost as low as possible. I had already purchased pretty napkins to go with my Pretty in Pink theme, but I could not find a suitable table runner anywhere.
Did I mention I waited until the day before I needed to style the table to actually go out to look for a runner?
Why didn’t I think of it earlier? I could easily use my Explore Air 2 to make a Cricut Valentine’s Day project! Last year I made this cute Valentine t-shirt, and that was quick and easy.
I went to Cricut Design Space and did a quick search of their Valentine’s Day Projects. There were loads to choose from, but I already had a vision in mind so I used their fonts to create my own.
I opened up a “new project”, selected text in the left hand column, and typed in X and O in capital letters. Then, I browsed the fonts available and decided on a brush stroke font that was both bold and whimsical.
I already had a package of Cricut iron-on vinyl and foil pink iron-on vinyl. Now, I just needed to find something to iron on to.
I spotted a roll of Kraft paper in the corner, and before I knew it I had made myself a whimsical table runner that would be the perfect base for my table!
Cricut iron-on vinyl can be used with cardstock, and since the Kraft paper was on the sturdy side, I knew it would work just fine.
How to make an easy last minute Cricut Valentine’s project with Kraft paper and iron-on vinyl….
Supplies I used for this project:
- Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker
- A roll of heavy Kraft paper as long as your table plus 12″ for overhang
- Cricut Foil iron-on vinyl in pink
- Cricut Patterned Iron-On (I used Natalie Malan Sunset Blossom Sampler pack)
- EasyPress 2 and EasyPress Mat
- Weeding tool
- Cricut Design Space with Cricut Access
STEP ONE – I logged into Cricut Design Space and created my easy design. You can find my design here. I choose this design for it’s simplicity and versatility. You could really use it for any Cricut Valentine’s project.
You can easily change the size to suit your own project by selecting customize.
STEP TWO – Cut the design six times (or more if you prefer). Two of each of three different patterns. I used a standard grip mat.
HOT TIP #1 – ALWAYS REMEMBER TO MIRROR YOUR IMAGE WHEN CUTTING IRON-ON PATTERNS
HOT TIP # 2 – PLACE YOUR VINYL ON THE CUTTING MAT SHINY SIDE DOWN
STEP THREE – Weed your design, removing all the negative areas of vinyl and leaving the image intact.
STEP FOUR – Check the EasyPress heat guide and set temperature and time accordingly.
Since I was working with such a long length of Kraft Paper, I found it easiest to lay it out on the table and complete the iron-on process right there.
Arrange your design however you like. I knew that I would be placing a lace tablecloth draped across the middle, so I wouldn’t need any of the design in the centre.
Carefully slide the mat (or folded towel) under the first X and 0 and press according to the recommended heat settings.
The metallic requires a slightly lower temperature than the patterned iron on, so I did both the metallic images first.
Carefully peel the packing sheet off the design.
HOT TIP # 3 – SLOW AND LOW IS THE WAY TO GO WHEN REMOVING THE TRANSFER BACKING FROM THE IMAGE.
Continue until all the images are pressed in place.
Stand back and admire your quick and easy Valentine’s table runner!
All that is left to do is set the table!
After I was finished, I got to thinking how many other things you could use this image for. T-shirts, tote bags, pillow covers, the list goes on and on!
If you get a chance to create your own fun Cricut Valentine’s Day Project using my XO image, I would love to hear about!
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you to get creative with Cricut to make easy last minute projects and crafts no matter with occasion!
“Love comes in all shapes and sizes. And with Cricut, anyone can become a Valentine’s Day match-MAKER!”
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