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DIY Keychain

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This is a fun craft to do with kids and is perfect for gift giving! You can personalize the colors and designs for each recipient and be as creative with it as you want to be.

 

Supplies:

ScanNCutDX Machine and Accessories

Universal Pen Holder

1 Shrink Plastic Sheet

Permanent Colored Markers

Permanent Black Marker

Hole Punch

Key Ring

Jump Rings

Washi Tape (optional)

Eye Ring (optional)

Beads (optional)

Tassel (optional)

 

 

Instructions:

  1. On the ScanNCutDX, Click on “patterns,” then click on the word art icon. Select the design LO-AH06. Keychain2
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  2. Resize it to 5” wide and click “set” to set it on the mat. Then press “ok.” Keychain3
  3. Place the Universal Pen Holder in the stand so that arrows on the stand and pen holder align.Keychain5 Uncap the black permanent marker and place it into the pen holder so that it’s touching the bottom of it. Keychain6While holding down the stand, pull up the dial in the direction of the arrow from the initial position, slowly turn the dial to the left until the pen is firmly secured, and then lower the dial so that the teeth are engaged and the pen is held in place. Take the pen holder out of the stand and insert it into the ScanNCutDX.
  4. Place a sheet of shrink plastic onto the standard cutting mat, adding washi tape to the sides if needed, and insert it into the machine. Keychain19
    Select “draw” and “start” to begin drawing the design on the shrink plastic. Keychain4
      When it’s finished cutting, unload the pen holder and remove the marker.
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  2. On the ScanNCutDX, press the “home” button, and then “ok.” Next, click on “scan” and “direct cut,” select what device you want to use, and then “start” to scan in the design. 20190428_210228
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  3. After it’s scanned, crop the image if needed and click “preview,” and then “ok.” Keychain9
  4. If you desire a border around the design, click the outline icon and set the distance you want and then click “ok.” Keychain10
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  1. Select “cut” and “start” to begin cutting out the design. Keychain12
    Once it’s finished cutting, unload the mat and remove the cut design from the mat.
  2. Using colored permanent markers color in the design. 20190428_144316
  3. Cut two holes in the cut-out…one on top, one on the bottom. Keychain14
  4. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for shrinking the plastic. 20190428_150041
  5. Use a jump ring to add a key ring to the top of the heart. If desired, use jump rings to add beads and a tassel to the bottom of the heart. 20190428_151542
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    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😉.)

 

 

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Non-Traditional Easter Wreath

Get ready for Easter, it’s almost here! 20190308_134931 BROTHER Sponsored Post copy

This spring project help get your home ready to celebrate and is a different twist on a standard wreath.

 

Supplies:

ScanNCutDX machine and accessories

12” x 12” White Vinyl

3” x 7” White Vinyl

5” x 12” Light Pink Vinyl

5” x 12” Dark Vinyl

Vinyl Transfer Paper

11” Circular Wood Sign

Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

FREE ScanNCut file: Click HERE to download

 

Instructions:

  1. Place the 12” x 12” white vinyl onto a ScanNCutDx mat and load it into the machine. On your ScanNCutDX, press “pattern.”

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Click on the second icon, scroll down to the icon with the donkey and fairy and press it.

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Scroll down and click on the floral wreath (AR-O036)

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Resize it to 10.5” wide

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Select “cut,” and turn the “half cut” setting on by clicking on the wrench and clicking “on.”

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Press “start.” After it’s finished cutting, unload the mat and remove the vinyl

 

 

  1. Download the free ScanNCut file and load the design onto your ScanNCutDX.

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Delete the banner by selecting it, then clicking “edit,” then “delete.” Next, click “ok” three times.

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Place the 3” x 7” white vinyl onto a ScanNCutDx mat and load it into the machine.

Select “cut” then “start.” After it’s finished cutting, unload the mat and remove the vinyl

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  1. Press the home button and reload the downloaded pattern back onto your ScanNCutDX.

            Delete the words by selecting them, then clicking “edit,” then “delete,” and then “ok.”

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Next, click on “object edit” and increase the number of designs to 2.

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Place the 5” x 12” dark pink vinyl and the 5” x 12” light pink vinyl onto a ScanNCutDx mat and load it into the machine. Next, click “ok” three times.

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Click on “scan” and scan in the cutting mat.

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Drag the two banners into the correct placement. Then press “ok.”

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Select “cut” then “start.” After it’s finished cutting, unload the mat and remove the vinyl

 

  1. Weed out all of the vinyl sheets by removing the negative vinyl. For the banners, keep the dark pink for the outline and the light pink for the centers.

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  1. Cut a piece of transfer paper to 11” x 11” and remove the paper backing. Place the sticky transfer tape on top of the floral wreath and use a scrapper or spatula to burnish it onto the vinyl.

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  1. Slowly peel up the transfer tape to remove the vinyl from the backing.

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Place it so the wreath is centered on the wood sign.

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Burnish it again, and then slowly remove the transfer tape.

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  1. Cut the used transfer tape down to 5” x 11” or use a new piece and remove the backing paper. Place the transfer tape down on top of the dark pink outline of the banner.

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Burnish it onto the vinyl and then slowly peel it up.

Without removing the banner outline, place it on top of the light pink banner pieces.

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Burnish it onto the vinyl and then slowly peel it up.

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Place the two layer banner where desired on the wood sign, burnish it and slowly peel off the transfer tape.

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  1. Use the same transfer tape and same steps to transfer “Happy Easter” on top of the banner.

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  1. Place rhinestones in the flower centers.

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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😉.)

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DIY Reindeer Antlers

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Tis the season for fun and whimsy! These antlers are fun to make since you can dress them up and embellish them any way you want. I can just picture someone making personalized ones for their whole family and then taking family photos for holiday cards…too cute!

Supplies:
ScanNCutDX machine and accessories
ScanNCut Brayer
Craft Felt: 4 dark brown, 1 light brown, 1 white, 1 red, 1 green
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Embroidery Thread
• Embellishments
• FREE Cut file: https://www.erinbassett.com/Freebies/Cut_Files/Antlers.fcm


Instructions:
Note: In the instructional video that accompanies this project I show how I create my own designs on my tablet and then turn them into ScanNCut files. You can download the finished ScanNCut file for free here: https://www.erinbassett.com/Freebies/Cut_Files/Antlers.fcm and then skip down to step 3.

You can also watch a video of how to create this project here: https://youtu.be/AfJ4x3Q7niQ

  1. On your tablet in a drawing app, create a design and save it as a .jpg Antler

    2. Open ScanNCut Canvas Workspace (https://canvasworkspace.brother.com) click on the main menu and select “project,” 2
    then click on the “image tracing” icon. 3

     Select “normal tracing.”
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Choose the .jpg file you created and click “ok”
Make any adjustments if needed.
To save it, or transfer it to your ScanNCut machine: click the main menu button, select “download” and then choose “ScanNCut Transfer,” then “close.”
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3. On a Standard Cutting Mat, adhere your felt using the brayer.
Place the mat between the guides and on your ScanNCut click the “load” button.
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4. Click on “retrieve data” then choose the WiFi icon.
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5. Make any adjustments, such as deleting the patterns you are not cutting at this time.
You will need to cut the 4 antlers out using the dark brown felt, the large ear pieces on the light brown felt, the smaller ear pieces on white felt, the bow and holly berries on red felt and the holly leaves on green felt.
To delete patterns: click on “edit” and select the pattern you want to delete. Next click on the trash icon to delete it.
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6. To make sure your patterns are arranged properly to cut on the felt click the “scan mat” icon, then “start.”
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and then click on “edit” then “Object edit” to make any necessary changes.
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To resize: click the “resize” icon and then click the + or – buttons.17To rotate: click the “rotate” icon and then choose how you want to rotate it.16


When finished editing, click “ok” in all the screens and then select “cut.” Make sure the auto-blade is inserted into the blade holder.
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7. When finished cutting, unload the mat and remove the felt pieces.
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8. To get the pattern for the bow: in CanvasWorkspace, click on the “filter” icon, type in “bow” and select “all categories.” Click on the bow project and then click on the “edit in CanvasWorkspace” icon.

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9. Select the butterfly type pattern and delete it.
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Select the bow, left click and choose “ungroup” and then click on the bow and drag it to a new location on the mat. The perforation marks should be left behind. Select all of them and delete them.
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Send the bow pattern to the ScanNCut using ScanNCut Transfer.
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10. Cut out the bow.
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11. To get the pattern for the holly berries: go into “patterns” on the ScanNCut machine.
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Choose the layered patterns icon, then choose the holiday icon.
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Next choose the holly berries,
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change the size if desired,
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then select the “d” pattern and click “set” to add it to the mat. Next select “add” and select “e” and click “set to add it to the mat.
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Send the patterns to the ScanNCut using ScanNCut Transfer.
Apply red felt to the cutting mat, insert it into the machine and cut the berries out.
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12. To get the pattern for the leaves: delete the berries and then choose “add” and select each of the leaves, “set” them on the mat, and then cut them out. 40

 

To assemble the antler headband:
13. For the antlers…
Add embroidery stitches to desired pieces of felt.
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Using hot glue, glue the edges of each of the front and back antlers together leaving a large area open.
46E0EEDE-C808-4ADD-B285-8B40FC7FDB5EStuff the inside of each antler and then continue to glue all the edges closed except for the bottom edge
Apply hot glue to the inside bottom edge and then adhere it to the headband. Repeat for other antler.


14. For the ears…
Apply a small amount of hot glue to the backside of the white ear and adhere it to the center of the light brown ear.
Apply hot glue to the left bottom corner of the ear and fold it to the bottom middle of the ear. Apply hot glue to the right bottom corner of the ear and fold it to the bottom middle of the ear.
Apply hot glue to the bottom edge of the ear, fold it backwards and adhere it to the headband, repeat steps for the other ear.
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15. For the bow…
Apply hot glue to each of the side tabs and then fold them in so the tabs adhere in the center.
Wrap the long tab around the center of the bow and use hot glue to adhere it in place. Adhere it to the headband.
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16. For the leaves…
Apply a small amount of hot glue to the tip along the center cut overlap the piece on the other side of the cut line. Repeat for the remaining leaves. Embroider leaves if desired and adhere them to the headband.
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17. Use hot glue to add any other embellishments to the headband.

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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😉.)

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Thankful Home Décor...Using the Vinyl Roll Feeder on my ScanNCutDX

Fall is a great time to refresh your home décor! While this sign may look like it took a lot of work, thanks to the ScanNCutDX Roll Feeder it was a piece of cake!

Here's a video of how I made it, and the written instructions are below.

ThankfulSupplies:
ScanNCutDX Machine and Accessories
• CanvasWorkspace for PCs (Mac version coming soon!)
• 6 foot x 10 inch board
• Primer: Valspar All-Weather Exterior Primer Sealer
• Paint Valspar SeasonPLUS Exterior Paint : in Fiesta.
Sandpaper
Paint brushes or rollers
• 1 Black Brother Vinyl Roll (6 feet)
• Yellow and Red vinyl sheets
• Brother Grid Transfer Tape
FREEThankful” and “leaves” patterns

 

 

I had some help preparing this project. 😁

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Instructions:
1. Sand the board to remove any splinters or rough edges. Thankful11

2. Paint a coat of primer over the entire board and allow to dry. I used an exterior primer to protect from the elements.Thankful12

3. Paint board with orange paint and allow to dry before repeating the process until you reach full coverage. I used an exterior latex paint to protect from the elements when displayed outdoors.Thankful13

4. On the ScanNCutDX machine, click on “roll feeder,” then follow the instructions in step 1 to set it up with the black roll of vinyl installed. Thankful14
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5. Download the FREE patterns: https://www.erinbassett.com/Freebies/Cut_Files/leaves.fcm
https://www.erinbassett.com/Freebies/Cut_Files/THANKFUL.fcm
Load “Thankful” onto your ScanNCutDX by clicking on step 2. Thankful15Click where you are getting the pattern files from. Thankful15b(Note: I saved them to my computer and used ScanNCut CanvasWorkspace PC Edition to send them wirelessly over the internet to my machine. You can also save it to a USB drive and insert it into the machine or plug you computer directly into your machine.)


6. Select “cut” and then “start” to have the design cut out. Thankful16(Tip: if you haven’t cut this material in your machine yet you will want to perform a test cut to make sure it cuts correctly.)
Unload the project when it’s finished cutting.
Remove the roll feeder.


7. Remove the negative areas of vinyl from the pattern and trim off any excess vinyl. Thankful17

8. Begin to peel back the backing from the grid transfer tape about two inches and line it up with the top of the vinyl pattern. Thankful18While holding the project firmly with the left hand smooth out the layers of grid transfer tape and vinyl pattern to adhere the transfer tape to the top of the vinyl. Thankful18b Thankful18c
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9. Burnish the grid transfer tape onto the vinyl using your nails or a spatula. Thankful19

10. Carefully peel back the transfer tape and vinyl. Thankful110

11. Line up the design so that it’s centered on the board and burnish it again so the vinyl sticks to the board. Thankful111

12. Carefully and slowly lift off the transfer tape. Thankful112

13. To cut out the leaves, load the pattern onto your ScanNCutDX or use the built in leaves in the “pattern” section. Thankful113If you choose to use the downloaded ones, click on “retrieve data” choose where you’re retrieving it from and then select the leaves pattern. Thankful113b

14. Place a sheet of vinyl onto the mat and load it into the machine. Thankful114

15. Select “ok” until you get to the cut screen and then select “cut.”
Next, click on the wrench icon to adjust your settings. Thankful115aScroll down to Half Cut and select “on” then click “ok” and “start.” Thankful115b

Using a remnant piece of vinyl? Thankful15cScan in the vinyl remnant on your mat by clicking on the “scan” icon. Thankful115dOnce it’s finished scanning you will see the remnant on the screen and can move the leaves onto the remaining vinyl to be cut out.


16. Once the leaves are finished cutting, unload the mat and then weed out the negative vinyl. Thankful116

17. Apply the leaves like stickers to the board. Thankful117

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). 

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Catch a Leprechaun this St. Patrick's Day!

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BROTHER Sponsored Post

This St. Patrick’s Day you can try your luck at catching a leprechaun, and if you’re kind to him you might be able to convince him to share his gold with you!  Just remember that leprechauns are very clever, so don’t take your eyes off of him for a minute or he will disappear!

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

Here's a video on how to create this:

 

Make the box

    1. Place the 12”x12” green cardstock onto the ScanNCut cutting mat and insert it into the machine. Insert USB4 directly into your ScanNCut and retrieve box #5. (Alternatively, you can also load open it in CanvasWorkspace and transfer it over to your ScanNCut using the ScanNCut Transfer feature. If you are using this method, change the size of the box by selecting all of it, grouping it, and then pulling the corner handlebars out until the design fills the inside of the red boarder, and then transfer it to your ScanNCut.) Box Screenshot
    2. If you are resizing it on your ScanNCut, resize the box as large as it will go by selecting all of it and then clicking on the mat icon, and then the resizing icon. Adjust the height/width. Fullsizeoutput_6cc
    3. Cut out the design by pressing “ok” through the screens and then press “cut”. If you are not sure of the correct blade depth setting, perform a test cut first. To add a test cut press the back arrow, then press “add”, then press “test” and select the shape you want to use. Press “set” to add it to the mat. Now when you press “cut” and “start” it will perform the test cut and then pause for you to evaluate the cut and determine if you need to make any adjustments. If all is well, press “start” again and it will continue to cut out your design. 20180211_112341
    4. Unload the mat from the machine and gently remove the paper.
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Add a clover shaped window

  1. Place your unfolded box onto the mat, keeping in mind where you want your clover window to be. Load the mat into the ScanNCut. Fullsizeoutput_6a9
  2. Load the clover cut file onto your ScanNCut using the same method you used for the box. Fullsizeoutput_64f
  3. Scan in the mat. 20180214_091347
  4. Drag the clover to where you want it to cut, zooming in if needed to make sure it’s centered in the panel and not on a fold line. Resize the clover by selecting it, clicking on the mat icon, and then the resizing icon. Adjust the height/width. Fullsizeoutput_6b0
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Assemble and fill the box

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  2. Partially fill the box with a treat to allure the leprechaun. Make sure you leave room for the leprechaun to fit! Fullsizeoutput_6be

To create the rainbow

  1. Cut your remaining cardstock so that it is larger than the circle you will be cutting out. Circle sizes
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  3. Load the rainbow circle cut file onto your ScanNCut using the same method you used for the box. Fullsizeoutput_6cb
  4. Move the correct circle to the center of the correct color paper and press “ok” until you get to the “cut” screen. Press “cut” and “start” to cut out the circles. 20180211_124851 20180211_124932
  5. Remove the papers from the mat.
  6. Adhere the circles together in the proper order – red on the bottom, orange on top of that, and so on. Fullsizeoutput_6ba
  7. Using your paper trimmer or scissors, cut the radius of the rainbow circle, then rotate the circle so that the radius cut line is horizontal and then cut the radius again as shown below. Circle cut
  8. On one edge of the rainbow fold it back about ¼”. Cut the orange-yellow-green-blue-purple layers off at the fold line, but leave the red layer to act as a tab that you can use to adhere the rainbow to the lid of the box. Fullsizeoutput_6bb Fullsizeoutput_6bc
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  2. Pull apart some cotton balls and glue them to the lid of the box as clouds. Fullsizeoutput_6c0

Now that your box is complete you can place it in a safe spot so that when the leprechaun goes inside you can cover up the clover window and have him trapped!

Good luck!

 

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). 

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