Kids Crafts Feed

Non-traditional Christmas Ornaments (Gelatos Color of the Week: Metallic Grape)

Metallic Grape Ornament

Now that Thanksgiving has passed in North America my family has moved it's focus onto Christmas.  In preparation for creating some new ornaments this year I picked up a package of these Styrofoam balls from the craft store and I decided to decorate each of them differently, and this is the first ornament.

I dug through my fabric stash for some white background fabric and came up with these three patterned fabrics: houndstooth, polka-dot, and a light cream with some screen printed white flowers on it.

Grape - Supplies

Supplies-

 

I started off by ripping my fabric into about 1" strips. 
Grape - Supplies

 

I took my Gelato and scribbled it all over my craft mat, not minding the little chunks that were there.
Grape - Supplies

 

Next, I sprayed a lot of water onto the Gelatos and used my spatula to blend it together as I smashed out the chunks. I also gave the fabric strips a good spritz.
Grape - Supplies

 

I then took all of the fabric strips and kneaded them into the diluted Gelatos. 
Grape - Supplies

 

I then let all the strips dry by tossing them on my craft mat as I used my heat gun on them.
Grape - Supplies

 

I love how all of them turned out, but the fabric with the flowers on it was my favorite since the screen printing acted as a resist to the diluted Gelatos.
Grape - Supplies

 

After heating up my glue gun I began wrapping the Styrofoam ball with the dyed fabric alternating the patterns and directions I wrapped.
Grape - Supplies

 

I also hot glued a ribbon onto it as well so I could hang it on my tree.
Grape - Supplies

 

Stay tuned to my blog for how I decorated the remaining ornaments!

 

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Faber-Castell to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

ERIN Sig


Magnetic Back-To-School Photo Board

Back To School Photo Board_edited

Taking back to school photos is a big deal for us. We love to look back through the years to see how much the kids have grown!  Well, this year I got smart and created a magnetic photo prop so I can easily switch out the grade and if it's for the first day of school or the last. No more last minute scramble to get things together for a photo!

 

You can watch this video on how it all came together:

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Step 1 - Use ScanNCutCanvas to trace the first printable (or print it and then scan it in) and then cut it out on vinyl.
Back To School Photo Board -Step 1

Make sure you do a test cut first so you only cut through the vinyl and not through the backing.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 1 - test cut

 

Step 2 -Weed out the vinyl design and then use a piece of the gridded transfer sheet to transfer the letters onto the metal board.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 1 - grid transfer2

 

Step 3 - Print design onto the printable magnetic sheets and then scan it into the ScanNCut machine using Scan To Cut Data.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 2 - Scan to cut data

 Make sure you use the color recognition feature for great scanning of color or black and white images.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 2 - Color Recognition

Once scanned, choose to cut around the outside and the inside of the letters. Perform a test cut and then have the machine cut out the design.

Back To School Photo Board -Step 2 - Weed Magnetic Sheet

 

Step 4 - Arrange the magnetic pieces as desired onto the metal board and then store the unused ones on the backside of the board.

Back To School Photo Board CloseUp1
Back To School Photo Board CloseUp1

I hope this simplifies your back to school photo taking as much as it has ours!

Happy scanning!

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

ERIN Sig


The Perfect Mother's Day Gift

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Title

Mother's Day is right around the corner and if you are looking for a beautiful gift that is personalized just for her, this is it! It's a meaningful way to forever treasure a child's handwriting...and it's practical too!

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

1. Have your child write out the word she'd like to put on the jewelry box.
Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Title

 

2.  Scan the paper in using the "Scan To Cut Data" function on the ScanNCut.  Once it's scanned in you can select all the letters, unify them, and resize them if necessary and then save the design.

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Scan to Cut Data

 

3.  Remove the paper from the mat and place the vinyl onto it. Adjust the ScanNCut blade setting (doing a test cut if necessary) and then cut out the design.

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Vinyl

 

4. Remove the vinyl from the mat and weed out the parts of the design that you are not using.  Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Weed Vinyl

 

5. Place a piece of adhesive transfer paper over the vinyl design and burnish it with your ScanNCut spatula or other tool to cause the vinyl to stick to the transfer paper.  Next, peel off the transfer paper and place it onto the glass of the jewelry box. Burnish it again to cause the vinyl to adhere to the glass and then remove the transfer paper.
Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Title

 

6. Cover the edges of the jewelry box with tape to protect it and then apply a thick layer of etching cream over the entire surface of the glass. Make sure you spread it evenly and get it into the corners well.

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Applying Etching Cream

7. Wait the amount of time instructed on the etching cream directions and then remove the etching cream. I find the easiest way to do it is to gently scrape it off with a pallet knife and then to use baby wipes to remove it from the glass. 

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Cleaning

 

8. Next, remove the vinyl from the glass and clean off the whole glass surface with water and a clean towel.  

You now have the perfect gift to show Mom how loved she is!

Mother's Day Glass Etched Jewelry Box - Makenna

 

Here's the video instructions on how to create this awesome gift:

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

ERIN Sig


Get Crafty For Your Valentine!

Heart Candy Kirigami - Title

This is a fun decoration for Valentine's Day, but it can also be filled with candy and used as cute gift wrap since it looks like a little piece of candy! While it looks pretty fancy it's actually really easy to make, especially when you use your ScanNCut to cut out the pieces you need.

To get started making this project I downloaded the original design, and asked permission to adapt the design it and after I got his blessing I then imported it into ScanNCutCanvas and got to work adding the heart details and duplicating each of the segments to create THIS (free) cut file that you can download and use.

 

To see how to create this project, watch THIS video:

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

  • Open up the FCM file in your ScanNCut and cut out all of the pieces with both pieces of cardstock. You will need 9 – 10 segments cut for each “candy”.

  Heart_Candy_Kirigami

To assemble:

  • Choose one segment to be your “hook”. All of the other pieces will hook onto this and will fan equally around in a circle.

Heart Candy Kirigami - Step1
Heart Candy Kirigami - Step1

  • Once they all interlock flip the piece over.

Heart Candy Kirigami - Step2b
Heart Candy Kirigami - Step2b

  • Again choose a “hook” and begin hooking all the other segments onto it to finish off the project.

Heart Candy Kirigami - Step3
Heart Candy Kirigami - Step3

Now you get to choose how you use it. Will you fill it with candy and give it away or are you going to make some decorations out of it?

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 

ERIN Sig


Tie-Dye Family T-shirts

Title1

Do the kids need a fun summer project? Are you looking for a family reunion project? Then these colorful T-shirts are just what you're looking for!

Supplies:
ScanNCut machine and accessories
USB Flash Drive
Cousin.fcm cut file (free download HERE)
White T-shirts
Tie-Dyes (I used 3 colors: fuchsia, yellow, and turquoise)
Freezer Paper
Iron-on materials (I used flocked in royal, glitter in aqua, and hologram in black)
Gloves (your dye usually comes with some)
Craft Mat


Instructions:

Follow this video on how to create these shirts or read the instructions below.


1. Download the FREE ScanNCut file “Cousins.fcm"onto your USB drive and insert it into your ScanNCut.

Cousins dot fcm cut file



2. Cut circle design out of freezer paper.

  • To do that first tap on “patterns,” then “saved data,” and then the USB icon. Find the “Cousins.fcm” cut-file, select it, and then click “ok”. 
  • Next, click on the mat icon. On this screen you can delete the word layer and keep circle layer. Resize and move your circle if you need to and then hit “ok”.
  • Then hit “cut” and insert a mat loaded with a piece of freezer paper on it into the machine.
  • Adjust your blade to 1 and have it cut out your design. (NOTE: always do a test cut to determine the correct settings...mine may be different then yours depending on blade and mat usage.)
  • Once the design is cut out go ahead and unload the mat. You can now use your spatula to gently remove the freezer paper design from the mat. You want to be sure you take your time so you don't rip it.

Step 2 - cut circle

 

3. Iron freezer paper stencil onto T-shirt, waxy side down. Use a pressing cloth and set your iron to cotton without steam.

Step 3


4. Take another large piece of freezer paper and fold it in half with the waxy side out and place it inside your shirt to prevent the dye from seeping through the back side of the stencil.

Step 4 - block dye from seeping through
5. You're now ready to break out the dye!

  • Follow the manufacture's instructions for mixing up the dye and any safety precautions.
  • Wear gloves if you don't want to have colorful hands!
  • Dye your T-shirt! You'll see in the video that I try out a couple of different techniques. Play around and see what you like, most tie-dye kits come with enough dye to create numerous T-shirts.
  • (NOTE: I did not wet my shirts prior to dying them since I didn't want the dye to bleed too much.)
  • Using a brush to spread the dye around gives fairly crisp edges to your stenciled design.
  • Squeezing the dye around the stencil and then pushing it around with a brush allows the dye to bleed a little bit but still maintains the overall design.
  • Not using a freezer paper stencil and just squeezing dye in a circular pattern creates an unpredictable circle.

Step 5
Step 5


6. Wait the manufacture's instructed amount of time for the dye to work it's magic and then remove the freezer paper stencils, and then wash and dry the shirts per the instructions.
NOTE: I just let mine dry over night and then washed and dried them in the morning.
Also, to show the difference between using a freezer paper stencil & not using one, I created one extra shirt (pictured on the far right below) by just squeezing the dye onto the shirt in a circular pattern and I did not use a freezer paper stencil for it. You can see in the washed & dried shirts below how it bleeds much more then the stenciled shirts.

Step 6b

7. Choose which type and color of heat-applied material you want to use for the lettering and determine what size you're going to need it to be.

  • I used Glitter Flake Aqua, Hologram Black, and Flock Royal.

Step 7 -Heat Applied Materials

8. Place your heat-applied material onto the mat with the shiny side down, matte side up. You want to cut through the material but not through the clear plastic transfer sheet. This sheet is important since it will hold your design all together so you can easily position it onto your T-shirt and iron it on.

Step 8

9. Cut the word design out of your heat-applied materials.

  • Plug your USB drive into your ScanNCut, click on “patterns,” then “saved data,” then click on the USB icon and then choose the “Cousins.fcm” cut-file and then click “ok”.
  • Click on the “mat” icon. This time, select and delete the circle design.
  • Resize if needed and then click the “mirror” icon (it's the icon with the two triangles on it). Move the word design where you want it and then click “ok”. (You can double check that the writing has flipped to mirrored by clicking on the magnifying glass if you're nervous about it really being mirrored.) Keep clicking “ok” until you're at the cut screen.

Step 9

10. Change your machine settings and do a test cut.

  • You change the machine settings by clicking on the wrench icon, scrolling to page 2 and there you can adjust the cut speed and cut pressure. When set correctly perform a test cut and then when ready cut out the design.
  • Settings for heat-applied materials:

           Glitter – Blade: 4, Pressure: 4, Speed: 1

           Hologram – Blade: 2, Pressure: 2, Speed: 1

           Flocking – Blade: 4, Pressure: 4, Speed: 1

  • (NOTE: always do a test cut to determine the correct settings...mine may be different then yours depending on blade and mat usage.)

Step 10 -test cut

 

11. Weed out the negative parts of the heat-applied material.

  • Trim down your heat-applied material if needed, it makes it easier to weed out the design and you'll be able to use the leftovers later.
  • Be gentle! You don't want to rip your material.
  • Make sure you weed out the centers of letters.

Step 11

 

12. Place your heat-applied material onto your T-shirt and then iron it on.

  • Turn iron to the hottest setting an do not use steam.
  • Use a pressing cloth and keep the iron on it using pressure for 25-30 seconds. 
  • It's helpful to turn your T-shirt inside out and iron on the “wrong” side too.
  • After the design is cool completely, remove the clear plastic transfer sheet.

Step 12 shirt2 - glitter

And here's my finished shirts!

The one done with a freezer paper stencil with the dye brushed on & flocked letters:

Tshirt1 - flock
Tshirt1 - flock

The one done with a freezer paper stencil with the dye squeezed on & glitter letters:

  Tshirt2 - glitter
Tshirt2 - glitter

The one done with the dye squeezed on without a stencil & hologram letters:

  Tshirt3 - hologram
Tshirt3 - hologram

 

 

sponsor: Brother International 

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from this link it won't cost you a penny more but I make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony)

ERIN Sig