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  Learn how to make DIY Pom Pom Earrings in minutes with this quick and easy tutorial! Make an adorable pair of earrings to match any outfit! Also learn how to make a DIY pom pom maker in any size using a piece of cardboard! This would make an adorable handmade gift for teens or tweens! 

I have been missing you guys so, so, so much lately! Hello Creative Family has been on the back burner for the last couple of months as I’ve been working on my very first craft book, being published this fall by Skyhorse Press! You guys, this book is just the cutest and I’ve been having so much fun making it! As soon as the cover is up on online retailers websites I’ll share the title with you and how to pre-order it… but for now “mums the word!” 

99.9% of my craft time has been going into crafts for the book, which means that when I am making other crafts they have to be quick, easy and oh so cute! Which is exactly what today’s project is! Back in April I headed to Salt Lake City for my annual weekend away at SNAP Conference. While I was there I got to hang out with fellow creatives, learn some interesting tips of the trade and spend time crafting with my friends. One of the nights we had a crafting in your pj’s party and the room was filled with tables set up to make different crafts. One of my favorite tables was the pom pom table. They had all kinds of fun colors of yarn, pom pom makers and different accessories to attach your pom poms to– like earrings! I love to DIY pom poms, and have taught classes in my community for making pom pom hair accessories, but I had never made pom pom earrings before! 

At home I usually use store bought pom-pom makers for making my pom poms, but when I teach classes I always teach my students how to make their own pom pom makers out of cardboard. One of the best things about DIYing your own pom-pom maker is that you are never limited as to what size of poms you can make! You could make a pom pom that’s half an inch wide, or a pom pom that’s 6 inches wide! Trust me, once you know how to make your own pom-poms you’ll be pomming everything– but today we’re going to start with these super cute DIY pom pom earrings! Ready to learn how to make them? Read on! 

DIY Pom Pom Earrings + Learn How To Make a DIY Pom Pom Maker!

Materials:

-Yarn (I love these little yarn bon bons for pom pom making. You can get a bunch of colors of yarn without breaking the bank.)

-Scissors (This is the pair I use

-Cardboard

-Earring wires (I use ones like these)

Want to buy your pom pom maker instead? This is the brand that I use and love. 

Directions: 

Step 1: Cut a rectangular shape out of a piece of cardboard. Cut a slit down in the cardboard going about ¾ of the way down the center of the length of the cardboard. I think it looks like a pair of pants! How wide your cardboard is across the two “legs” is how wide across your pom pom will be.

Step 2: Hold the end of your string of yarn against one of the “legs” of your “cardboard pants” and start winding the yarn around and around and around. The way your wrap your yarn will create different patterns in your pom-pom. You can decide whether you want to wrap one color of yarn at a time, make a few layers and then switch to another color of yarn, or if you want to wrap multiple colors of yarn at one time.

Step 3: Once you are satisfied with the thickness of your yarn cut the yarn and then with the yarn still wrapped around the cardboard pom pom maker, tie it tightly around the middle with a second piece of yarn. Make several knots to make sure that the center band of yarn is tied tightly. Leave the long strands hanging. This is what you’ll use to attach your pom pom to the earring. 

Step 4: Slide your pom-pom off your cardboard pom maker.  Use scissors to cut down the center of your looped ends.

Step 5: Now it’s time to give your pom pom a nice haircut to give it a  nice round shape. I like squishing it like a hamburger and cutting a circle around the edges of my pom-pom. Make sure you don’t cut the two long pieces of yarn that you’ve left hanging. 

Step 6: Take the two long pieces of yarn and tie your pom pom to your earring making sure that your knot is snug against the pom pom and the earring. I usually knot 3-4 times to make sure my knot is nice and tight. Trim the long ends of the yarn off with your scissors. 

Repeat steps 1-6 to make your second earring! Voila! You have a pretty pair of earrings! My daughter has been wearing her pom pom earrings to school and gets tons of compliments. They are so easy to make that we can quickly whip up a pair to go with any of her outfits! 

Tell me… Have you ever made pom poms before? What colors of yarn would you make for your pom pom earrings? Like this post? We’d love for you to pin it for later! 

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The post DIY Pom Pom Earrings + Learn How To Make a DIY Pom Pom Maker! appeared first on Hello Creative Family.

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  We’re sharing 16 Free Canada Day and Fourth Of July SVG Cut Files including our very own Canadian Flay and US Flag Heart cut files. So pull out those Cricuts and Silhouettes and craft up an easy project! Whether you are Canadian or American we’ve got the patriotic SVG files you need for an awesome July! Make sure you read to the end of this post for a chance to win a Cricut EasyPress!

It’s the first Tuesday of the month and you know what that means! It’s #TotallyFreeSVG day! This month our theme is patriotic SVG files plus we’re giving away a Cricut EasyPress so it’s a super exciting month!

Many of you won’t know that I was born and raised in the United States to an American father and a Canadian mother. My parents had two children, my sister and myself. My sister stayed in Washington (where we grew up) but when I was 19 years old I moved to Canada to go to school. When I was 22 I met my husband and ended up staying in Canada. We now have two children who by birth are both Canadian and US citizens. 

Each year when the beginning of July rolls around I go through a bit of an internal struggle– Celebrate Canada Day? Celebrate the 4th of July? Celebrate both? I went through the same struggle when I heard that this month’s Totally Free SVG theme was “Patriotic”. Should I make a Canada Day SVG file or a Fourth of July SVG file? I ended up deciding to create files that celebrated both my Canadian side and my American side with these 3 images. 

Note: Hearts have a red border around them so that you can see the white parts of the flag against the white background. Actual SVGs are just the heart flags but you could put a heart behind them as a border if you wanted to.

I love how these SVG files turned out. They are so simple but so perfect for how I feel about my mixed heritage. I love the idea of my children and I wearing shirts made with the bottom image on July 1st and July 4th to celebrate the birthdays of both of the amazing countries that I’m so lucky to have citizenship of. 

I’m going to be on a camping trip over Canada Day and the Fourth of July this year. My kids gave me a wine tumbler for Christmas and I had been trying for the longest time to come up with the perfect design to cut with my Cricut to put on my cup. I think I found it!

I’ll also be sporting a Canadian flag heart tank top on Canada Day…

And a US flag heart tank top on the Fourth of July. 

I think this would also make the cutest little onesie for a baby born with parents from the US and Canada. 

There are so many options of what you can do with these designs! Make sure you download them all here right now! (DESIGN FILES ARE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. PLEASE CONTACT ME TO PURCHASE A COMMERCIAL LICENSE.)

Speaking of making shirts and onesies… Here are some of my must have tools for creating adorable DIY tees! 

Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore (prefer shopping on Amazon? Find the Cricut Maker here and the Cricut Explore here.)

Weeding tools

Cricut EasyPress

Cricut Iron-On Protective Sheet 

-Brayer Tool

-Glitter Iron-On

-Everyday Iron-On (I especially love the sampler packs that make making cute projects like this SO EASY!)

Ready to see all of the awesome patriotic designs that my talented friends made?!?!?

American and Canadian Flag Heart – Hello Creative Family  (DESIGN FILES ARE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. PLEASE CONTACT ME TO PURCHASE A COMMERCIAL LICENSE.)

Freedom Rocks – Happiness is Homemade

True North Strong & Free – BrooklynBerryDesigns

Red White and Boom – seeLINDSAY

With Liberty and Justice for All – Pattern Revolution

Little Firecracker – Hey, Let’s Make Stuff

Canadian as Puck – The Simply Crafted Life

Mermaid in the USA – Happy Go Lucky

Oh My Stars – Pineapple Paper Co.

Let Freedom Ring – Kingston Crafts

Let’s Get Lit – Artsy-Fartsy Mama

Patriotic Pinwheel – 100 Directions

Fireworks and Freedom – The Country Chic Cottage

ROCK the USA – Crafting in the Rain

Land of the Free – That’s What Che Said

Sweet Land of Liberty – Everyday Party Magazine

Just look at all of the adorable things you can make with them! 

We hope that you have so much fun with these SVG files! Make sure you share with us all of the fabulous projects you make with them! Use the hashtag #totallyfreesvg on Instagram! Now are you ready for the giveaway?!?!

We’re giving you the chance to win this beauty! 

You can enter using this rafflecopter entry form:

 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Tell me…Which of these designs are you going to use first and what are you going to make with it? What themes of SVG file blog hops would you like to see us do this year? Like this post? We’d love for you to pin it for later! 

Make sure you also check out our other Totally Free SVG file blog hops! 

15 Free Summer Break & Teacher SVG Files

16 Free Easter SVG Files

16 Free St. Patrick’s Day Cut Files

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  Looking for an amazing Mothers Day, birthday or Christmas gift for mom? This Mothers Day Gift Guide is full of one of a kind, personalized gift ideas moms will love! 

Mother’s Day is just weeks away and you know how much I love a good handmade gift! We have a ton of great 1 hour or less handmade gift ideas here at Hello Creative Family, but I also LOVE to support other small businesses by buying handmade gifts from handmade artisans. Etsy happens to be my favorite place to shop for handmade gift ideas, so today I’ve curated a few of my favorite gift ideas moms will love in our latest Shop Handmade gift guide! Enjoy! 

Shop Handmade: 27+ Etsy Gift Ideas Moms Will Love

Made to Order Engraved Cutting Board from Sweet Pine Hills

Customized Family Tree from Eva Juliet

Custom Made To Order Cereal Bowls from KJ Pottery

Birthstone Rings from DANIBARBE

Gilmore Girls Coffee Mugs from Instant Good Vibes

Custom Night Sky On The Night You Were Born Artwork from Our Love Was Born

Ocean and Mountains Wood Jewelry Holder from Monstersalat

Mama Trucker Hat from To Little Arrows

Rainbow Laptop Keyboard Decals from Mixed Decal

Horoscope Constellation Necklace from Potion Number 9

Makeup Holder Cups from Pop Stash

Mummy and Me Floral Twirling Dress from Thief And Bandit Kids

Personalized Best Mom Ever Wine Tumblers from Lifetime Creations

Dainty Heart Initial Rings from Blushes and Gold

Mom and Child In Different Cities Map Artwork from Sole Studio

Bathtub Caddy from Timber Grove Studios

Mom Spa Kit from Peace Organics

Mr And Mrs Mugs Animal Mugs from Happy Cat Prints Co (Comes in a ton of different animals including otters, sloths, pandas and llamas!)

Rose Quartz Air Plant Holder from Falcon and Finch

Mother Daughter Necklace from Dear Ava Jewelry (Grandmother Necklaces available too)

Pink Ceramic Yarn Bowl from Creativity Happens

Personalized Pegdoll Family from Itzy Zazzy Design

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  Some people call them a bunny ear scrunchy others a knot or bow scrunchy, whatever they are called, they sure are cute!. Sew one with our easy 10 minute sewing tutorial using our step by step instructions with photos and our free Cricut Maker SVG cut file! This quick and easy sewing project makes a great handmade gift! Perfect for Easter basket stuffers, stocking stuffers, presents for girls and party favors!

I was a kid during the 80’s and 90’s when scrunchies were a very big thing. You couldn’t walk past a group of high school girls without seeing scrunchies lined up on a girl’s wrist or holding back a ponytail. Then came the 2000’s and the scrunchy disappeared. I would occasionally walk into a friend’s bathroom and see a scrunchy sitting on the counter next to a bottle of face wash, but other than to hold hair back during skin cleansing routines it seemed like scrunchies were a thing of the past– until recently. 

As with all good things, what once was hot always comes back around and it seems that scrunchies are back again, but this time they have a fun new twist! Bunny ears!!! Technically I think that what I see as ears are supposed to be a pretty little bow, but I can’t help but to see adorable floppy bunny ears each time I see one of these adorable scrunchies, so in my world it’s known as a bunny ear scrunchy. Especially given the fact that Easter is this weekend. 

Scrunchies were one of those things I loved sewing in middle and high school because they were so stinking easy and so fun to customize with different colors of fabric. I’m pleased to say that the bunny ear scrunchy is just as easy to make, in fact using my awesome Bunny Ear Scrunchy SVG file you can make one of these bad boys in 10 minutes flat! The bunny ears tie on like a little bow, and are easy to take off and switch from one scrunchy to another if you want to mix things up a bit! You could even tie the bunny ears to a regular hair elastic for another fun twist! 

These sweet little bunny ear scrunchies would be super cute in an Easter basket, as a stocking stuffer, for party favors or even as birthday presents. They are a fun way to add a small handmade touch to just about any gift!

Ready to learn how to make a 10 Minute Bunny Ear Scrunchy? Read on! 

Easy 10 Minute Bunny Ear Scrunchy Sewing Tutorial – With Free SVG To Cut Fabric With Your Cricut Maker

Materials:

-Bunny Ear Scrunchy SVG File (Find it here)

-10 inch by 20 inch piece of fabric

Cricut Maker

12 inch by 24 inch Cricut Fabric Cutting Mat

Cricut Rotary Blade

-Elastic

-Sewing Machine (this is the one I have

-Thread in coordinating colors

-Scissors (I highly recommend these precision scissors for ragging your quilt. I find my hand gets sore using regular scissors to do all the snips but it’s painless with the precision scissors.)

Wonder clips or Pins

Cricut EasyPress or iron

Cricut Brayer (Optional but comes in handy if you are using an older mat that has started to lose it’s stick to really push your fabric down onto the mat)

Directions:

Step 1: Save my Bunny Ear Scrunchy SVG File (Find it here) to your computer. Open Cricut Design Space and click the + sign to start a new project. In the toolbar on the left hand side of your screen click “upload”. On the next screen click “upload image”. 

Select the Bunny Ear Scrunchy SVG File from your computer. Name the file and click “Save”. 

Click on the image of the bunny ear scrunchy pieces and click “Insert Images”.

Click on the Bunny Ear Scrunchy Pieces in the tool bar on the right hand side of the screen to select them, then click “UnGroup”.

Next you want to size your pieces. Start with the long rectangle. Click on the piece and then locate the “Size” area in the top toolbar. Click on the unlock button and enter a width of 3 inches and a length of 18 inches. 

Next click on the pieces that will become the ears. Click on the piece and then locate the “Size” area in the top toolbar. Click on the unlock button and enter a width of 4.5 inches and a length of 11 inches. Once you are done sizing click the green “Make It” Button in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

Click “Continue” and then select your Cricut cutting machine from the machine drop down. Next select your cutting material (in this case cotton). Load your Cricut Maker with your rotary blade. Place your fabric on your pink fabric cutting mat, making sure to smooth out any bumps or wrinkles and ensuring that the fabric is stuck firmly to the mat. Load your cutting mat into your Cricut and push the little flashing Cricut C. 

Step 2: Once your fabric is cut you will have two pieces of fabric that look like this. 

Lets start with the bunny ears shall we? Fold the bunny ears in half lengthwise with the printed fabric facing in and pin or wonder clip in place. 

Sew around the raw edges of your bunny ears using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Make sure to leave a 2 inch gap in the straight area between the two ears so that you can flip your ears right side out. 

Flip ears so that the printed fabric is right side out. Push out all seams and press using your EasyPress or Iron. Fold in your hem of the straight area between the two ears and stitch closed using a 1/8 inch seam allowance. 

Set your ears aside and let’s start on the scrunchy! 

Step 3: Fold over the two ends of your scrunchy piece by 1/2 inch and press into place. Then fold your scrunchy piece in half length wise so that the printed fabric is facing the middle. Pin or wonder clip in place. 

Sew down the length of the raw edge of the fabric using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. 

Flip scrunchy tube right side out. Cut elastic. The length of your elastic will determine how far around your scrunchy is. I make mine anywhere from 6 1/2 inches to 9 inches.  Take into account that you will overlap the ends of your elastic by approximately 1/2 inch. 

Thread your elastic through your scrunchy tube so that one end of elastic is sticking out each end of the scrunchy. Overlap the elastic by 1/4-1/2 inch and then sew the two ends of the elastic together. 

Stick one end of your scrunchy inside the end on the opposite end of the scrunchy. Make sure that your seams line up. Stitch across the area where the two ends of the scrunchy overlap securing them into place. 

Step 5: Take the ears of your bunny scrunchy and tie them in a knot around your scrunchy, covering the area where you joined the two ends of your scrunchy together. 

Voila! Aren’t these the cutest little bunny ear scrunchies you ever did see? 

Tell me… Who would you make a DIY bunny ear scrunchy for? What kind of fabric would you use for yours? Like this post? We’d love for you to pin it for later! 

Make sure you check out all of our sewing projects here including a ton of 1 hour or less sewing projects! 

Free Reversible DIY Japanese Knot Bag Pattern & Sewing Tutorial for the Cricut Maker

15 Minute Sewing Project- Makeup Bag With Free Pattern & Instructions Using The Cricut Maker

30 Minute DIY Passport Holder Sewing Tutorial With Back Pocket for ID

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We’re combining two of our favorite things– air plants and string art to create one amazing project! Check out our DIY Air Plant String Art Tutorial to learn how to make this awesome home decor piece that’s easy, low maintenance and makes a great handmade gift! 

Now that we’ve passed into April and the weather outside is getting warmer, I can officially say that Spring is here. Plants and flowers are shaking off the winter frost and there are beautiful patches of perennials popping up across the country, especially the (absolutely gorgeous) super blooms in Southern California. There is so much to look forward to this month. It just so happens that Earth Day falls on the Monday after Easter this year on Monday, April 22nd.  

I think Earth Day is the perfect occasion to teach the little ones about the loving and respecting our planet. There are so many fun and educational Earth Day activities to take part in like nature walks, drawing animals and their habitats, recycling sorting games and more. As someone who loves plants, I’d love to take the opportunity to create a plant related project to brighten up my home.

That’s why I was so happy when I came across this air plant project idea that ProFlowers put up. It combines string art with fun air plants to create a unique living decor piece. I am so glad to see that the houseplant trend is still going strong. I absolutely love the way that plants can bring life and cheer to a living space. If there’s ever a space in my home that feels like it needs a boost, plants are an easy, budget-friendly option.

Ready to learn how to make your own gorgeous DIY Air Plant String Art? Read on for the step by step tutorial! 

DIY Air Plant String Art Tutorial

Materials:

-Wood board or frame (Wood panels like this work great)

-Small nails (I love these ones that have a head. It keeps the string from slipping off.)

-String  (I love these little yarn bon bons. You can get a bunch of colors for an inexpensive price.)

-Air plants (Find a beautiful selection here)

-Hammer

-Scissors (This is our favorite pair)

-Pencil

-Eraser

-Paint (optional)

Directions: 

Optional Step: If you choose to paint your wood make sure that you leave time to let the paint dry before starting the project. This project is easy to wing it as you go but if you have a complicated string art design in mind it may be best to draw it out on paper first.

Step 1: Mark where your nails will go with a pencil and make light markings on your wood.

Step 2: Hammer your nails in and try to make sure the nails are as straight as possible.

Step 3: Tie the string onto the starting nail and make sure it has a secure hold.

Step 4: Wrap your string around the nails, loop them twice for a better hold.

Step 5: Tie the string and cut the loose ends, make sure the string is pulled tight.

Step 6: Place air plants in the string design making sure they’re secure.

Enjoy! Now that your art is complete find it a place in your home.

I love how this project turned out.  Once you have the basics down you can use your creativity to create all different  kinds styling options.

You can create a boho look with leather string wrapped around an embroidery hoop or go bright and playful by painting a fun-shaped plaque bright coral for a pop of color. This also makes great dorm decor for any parents who have kids making their college decisions. The plants are super easy to care for, even a busy university student could handle them.

To care for the air plants you should soak their roots for 15 minutes every 1–2 weeks. After soaking, let them dry completely on a towel. Once they’ve dried then you can just place them back on the string art — super easy. You could even use fake air plants if you wanted, your secret’s safe with me!


Tell me… Have you ever made string art before? Where would you hang a DIY Air Plant String Art piece in your home? Like this post? We’d love for you to pin it for later!

The post DIY Air Plant String Art- Tutorial With Step By Step Photos appeared first on Hello Creative Family.

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Stuff those Easter Basket with Non-Candy Handmade Gifts! We’re sharing 27 Spring and Easter Crochet Patterns that your family will love! Adorable ideas for all levels from beginner crocheters to advanced!

Easter is coming up and that means that Easter crafting is in full swing! Do you ever stuff Easter baskets with handmade items? I love putting a couple of handmade gifts in my kids baskets. I know how much you all love crochet projects so I’ve collected some of my favorite spring and Easter crochet patterns from my favorite crochet bloggers as well as from Etsy. We’ve got crochet projects for all skill levels! These projects can be crocheted quickly, but don’t delay… Easter will be here before you know it!

PS. People ask me all the time to teach them to crochet. I learned how to crochet in a week with a crochet class that I took on Craftsy! The class is no longer available but this Crochet Basics and Beyond class from Kim Werker looks awesome.

I also am crazy about Creative Bug (you may remember my post on learning line drawing with Lisa Congdon) and love that you can pay just $4.95 a month and have access to all of their classes! They have a How To Crochet class with Carla Scott, the Executive Editor of Vogue Knitting International that looks great! I love that with online classes you can pause and rewind them as many times as you like and access them whenever you need a little refresher. 

27 Adorable Spring and Easter Crochet Patterns Perfect For Easter Baskets

Fluffy Baby Ducklings Crochet Pattern from Little Conkers

Easter Egg Cozy Crochet Pattern from Petals to Picots

Classic Stuffed Bunny Crochet Pattern from 1 Dog Woof

Easy Crochet Bunny Basket from Craftaholics Anonymous

Easter Bunny Baby Hat and Diaper Cover Crochet Pattern from IRAROTT Patterns

Crocheted Lamb Hat Pattern From Red Heart

Easter Bunny Slippers Crochet Pattern from Two Girls Patterns

Amigurumi Unicorn and Hatching Egg Crochet Pattern from Sayens Crochet Store

Easter Bunny Eggs Crochet Pattern from Lalylala Crochet

Chocolate Easter Bunny From Whisker And Wool

Spring Lamb Crochet Pattern from RNata

Spring Bunnies from All About Ami

Bunny Treat Bag Crochet Pattern from Miss Mary MAC Design

Easter Bunny and Flower Egg Cozy Pattern from Amigurumi Today

Crocheted Easter Basket Collection Patterns from Briana K Designs

Sleeping Bunny Tiny Amigurumi Charm Pattern from Gstore Patterns

Easter Shaker Toys Crochet Pattern from Maria’s Blue Crayon

Crocheted Bunny Blanket Pattern from The Hat and I

Snuggly Bunny Crocheted Pillow Pattern from All About Ami

Mickey Mouse Egg Warmer Crochet Pattern from Crochet Gift By Mary

Spring Cherry Blossoms Crocheted Wreath Pattern from Petra Patterns

Spring Hyacinth Flowers and Bulb Crochet Pattern from Happy Coridon

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  Love the song “Baby Shark”? We have a totally free Teacher Shark Free cut file for you! We are also sharing 15 Free Teacher SVG Files which are perfect for handmade teacher gifts and summer break! What are you waiting for? Let’s get crafting! 

It’s the first Tuesday of the month and you know what that means!!! It’s #TotallyFreeSVG Blog Hop day!!! This month my blogger buddies and I got together to make some awesome Free Teacher SVG Files! Spring break just ended, but we’re already looking forward to the end of the school year and having some fun in the sun! Today’s cut files are perfect for teachers as well as for teacher gifts. Some of them are also great for anyone who is looking forward to enjoying a more chilled out pace of life this summer. 

I went back and forth a few times over the past couple of weeks about what I should do for my Free Teacher SVG file this month, and in the end I decided to pay honor to the song that kids love and adults love to hate– Baby Shark! What’s with this song? Kids love it SO MUCH. In my 6 years as an elementary school parent I’ve noticed that teachers love to find things that kids are crazy about and use it as a way to connect. I thought it would be a ton of fun to make a Teacher Shark design that could be put on a shirt, coffee mug, or even as a piece of artwork for the classroom. 

This past month I purchased an  ipad and an Apple pencil and I’m having so much fun using it to bring my artwork to life. I drew up this cute shark, added a hand lettered style font saying and bingo, bango, I had an adorable design that’s perfect for the Cricut or Silhouette. 

Download our Teacher Shark Cut File here. Cut file is for personal use only. Please contact us if you would like to purchase a personal use license. 

I love the playful way this design looks on a shirt and think it would make an awesome teacher’s gift made using iron-on.

It would also be super cute cut out of vinyl on a coffee mug! 

Speaking of making shirts… Here are some of my must have tools for creating adorable DIY tees! 

Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore (prefer shopping on Amazon? Find the Cricut Maker here and the Cricut Explore here.)

Weeding tools

Cricut EasyPress

Cricut Iron-On Protective Sheet 

-Brayer Tool

-Glitter Iron-On

-Everyday Iron-On (I especially love the sampler packs that make making cute projects like this SO EASY!)

Ready to see the amazing Free Teacher SVG Cut Files that my crafty friends made?

Just look at all of the adorable things you can make with them! 

We hope that you have so much fun with these SVG files! Make sure you share with us all of the fabulous projects you make with them! Use the hashtag #totallyfreesvg on Instagram! 

Tell me…Which of these designs are you going to use first and what are you going to make with it? What themes of SVG file blog hops would you like to see us do this year? Like this post? We’d love for you to pin it for later! 

Make sure you also check out our other holiday SVG file blog hops! 

16 Free Easter SVG Files

16 Free St. Patrick’s Day Cut Files

15 Free Valentine’s Day SVG Files

12 Free New Year’s SVG Files

16 Free Christmas SVG Files

14 Free Thanksgiving SVG Files

11 Free Halloween SVG Files

Visit our Handmade Gifts Facebook group for ideas, inspiration and craft support! 

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Learn how to cut basswood with your Cricut Maker and make this adorable DIY Llama Wood Wall Hanging featuring a cute Print and Cut llama and the quote Whole Llama Love!

A few weeks ago my hubby and I decided it was time to make the leap and invest in an ipad and an Apple pencil for my business. I had always looked at an ipad as “one more thing” that I really didn’t need. I have an iphone I have an imac… do I really need an ipad too? The answer is 100% YES!!! I can tell you why the answer is yes in one simple word– Procreate. 

I’ve been taking part in SVG blog hops with some creative friends for 7 months and I’m always so impressed with the designs that they create. When I started asking them (and some other creative friends) how they make such incredible designs the answer kept coming back to “I use the Procreate app on my ipad with my Apple pencil.” I’ve been playing with my new setup for a couple of weeks now, and while I have so far to go still, what I love is that I can take any idea that’s floating around in my head, bring it to life and share it with all of you! 

I’ve been using the app a ton for the new book that I have coming out in the fall, and have used it for three projects already for all of you! Today’s DIY Llama Wood Wall Hanging project, my DIY Sloth Flare Pins project from earlier this week and a Teacher Shark SVG that you’ll be able to download on Tuesday! 

On Monday I’m going to be co-hosting Cori from Hey Let’s Make Stuff#HeyLetsCricutStuff Instagram Challenge.(Make sure you jump over to Instagram on Monday at 10am and check out our Hello Creative Family Instagram and Hey Let’s Make Stuff Instagram for a chance to win an awesome Cricut prize!) The theme for the week is animals and since I already did a project with my favorite animal on Wednesday (the sloth), I thought I’d follow it up with a project featuring my second favorite animal today– Llamas. 

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I’ve got a whole llama love for llamas ;) and my kids do too, so I put that punny little quote on today’s project. I think it would look adorable on a family photo wall, decorating a bedroom wall or even hanging on a front door. 

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I’m also super excited about this project because I had the opportunity to use Cricut Basswood for the very first time in it! The basswood cut like a dream. I considered painting it (which you may want to do) but I love that I could leave the piece “as is”  so that the wood grain becomes part of the pattern in this project. 

Here are a few tips about cutting wood and chipboard with your Cricut Maker :

Cricut Maker Knife Blade Success Tips:
  1. First things first– make sure you calibrate your knife blade after inserting it into the machine. This just takes a minute and uses a piece of paper. Definitely worth the time to have the precision cutting. To do this, log into Cricut Design Space. In the upper left hand corner you’ll see a square made of three lines. Click the square and a pop up menu will appear with calibration listed. Click on calibration and follow the prompts. 
  2. Make sure you size your design so that no area is thinner than a pencil eraser. This will help avoid the pieces breaking. 
  3. Make sure you move all 4 of your white star wheels all the way to the right hand side of your machine. The white star wheels can be found on the metal roller rod that your mat goes under at the front of the machine. You can see them evenly spaced in the image below. Push those bad boys all the way to the right. 
  4. Make sure that your cutting material is a maximum width of 11 inches wide.
  5. Position your wood, chipboard, or other cutting material in the upper left hand corner of your mat.
  6. Tape your cutting material to the mat using masking tape or painters tape. 
  7. Make sure you set aside time to complete your project. The knife blade works by making multiple cuts until it cuts all the way through the material. Depending on how big/complex your project is it could possibly take hours for your machine to cut.
  8. Speaking of time, you probably won’t want to set your machine and leave it. I highly suggest that you make sure you check your work every few cuts/do not leave your machine unattended. When your machine starts cutting, on the Cricut Design Space screen it will say something like “3 out of 12 cuts completed, 2o minutes remain”. If you are using a brand new knife blade it will cut faster than an older knife blade. For my first knife blade project I paused my machine at cut #6, peeled back the bottom tape and checked my work. The knife blade was so sharp that it had already cut all the way through my chipboard and I could see the shape I cut out in the mat. If I had left it for all 12 passes I’m sure it would have cut through the mat. You can check your work by using the pause button on the Cricut Maker machine. 
  9. Have fun! There are so many incredible projects that you could make with your Maker. The sky and your imagination is the limit!

Ready to learn how to make my DIY Llama Wood Wall Hanging? Read on! 

DIY Llama Wood Wall Hanging

Materials:

-Llama PNG File

-Whole Llama Love PNG File

Wall Hanging Template in Cricut Design Space

-Printer

-Cricut Maker 

-Cricut Knife Blade

Cricut Fine Point Blade

Strong Grip Cutting Mat

Regular Grip Cutting Mat

Cricut Basswood

-Masking tape

Cricut Iron-On (Alternatively you can use vinyl, but I love the way the htv adheres to the wood)

Cricut EasyPress 

Cricut Printable Vinyl 

-Ribbon

Directions: 

Step 1: Uploading Images to Design Space- Right click on the llama image and Whole Llama Love image higher up in this post and save them to your computer. Log into Cricut Design Space and open my Wall Hanging Template.  Click on “Upload Image” in the left hand toolbar. You will be using the llama as a “Print and Cut” image so select Complex as your image type and click continue. 

On the following screen you should see your llama with blue and white check boxes all around it. Click Continue.  

Click on the image on the right (The Print and Cut Image), name your image and click continue.

Repeat this process with your “Whole Llama Love” quote, however this time select your image type as simple, and your file as a cut image instead of a print and cut image. 

When you get to the below screen, click on the images you want to insert and then click “Insert Images”. 

Step 2: Prepping Images to Cut-  Next you will want to size each of your cut files. You can do this either by clicking on each image and using the sizing arrows in the bottom right hand corner. Or by clicking the image and typing in the dimensions in the size box in the top toolbar. 

I wanted my llama to be triangular at the bottom so I decided to use the slice function so that the llama fit onto the bottom of the wood banner perfectly. I always duplicate each piece that I’ll be slicing first. Then lay your llama on top of where you will want it on the banner, select both the llama and the wood banner pieces and press the slice button in the toolbar on the right hand side of the screen on the bottom. 

Delete any pieces you won’t be using and then click Make It. 

Step 3: Cutting- Print your llama design on the printable vinyl then put it onto the regular grip cutting mat, select Printable Vinyl as your material and have your Cricut Maker cut it out. Weed your llama removing the excess vinyl around the design. 

If using iron-on for your “Whole Llama Love” quote make sure to mirror the image first. Position iron-on material with the shiny side down on your cutting mat and have the Cricut Maker cut it out. Weed your quote removing the excess vinyl around the design. 

For your Basswood, position the basswood in the upper right hand corner of your strong grip cutting mat. Tape the basswood down using painters tape or masking tape.  Every so often pause your machine and check the progress of your cuts and see if the knife blade has already sliced all the way through. 

Step 4: Assembly- Using your Cricut EasyPress and the EasyPress Temperature Reference Guide adhere your quote to the basswood. Next position your llama on your basswood (you could use transfer tape for this, but since the design is relatively simple I chose to just peel and stick it like a sticker. 

Run a ribbon through the holes and hang! 

Voila! You have a beautiful DIY Llama Wood Wall Hanging! 

I think it would be super cute on a bedroom wall or even on a family photo wall! 

Tell me… Do you love llamas like my family does? Have you tried cutting basswood with your Cricut Maker yet? Like this post? We’d love for you to pin it for later! 

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  This fun craft will have you feeling nostalgic for the 80’s! Learn how to make DIY Sloth Pins using Shrinky Dinks! Includes a free template for the sloth, flowers and leaves along with step by step photos and instructions! A super fun kids crafts that adults will enjoy too! Let’s make flare pins! 

Hey friends! Today I’m bringing you a super cute (and easy) craft project that makes me feel all nostalgic for my childhood! I grew up in the 80’s and two things that were super popular when I was a kid were shrinky dinks and flare pins! I remember meticulously coloring in the shrinky dinks from my Rainbow Brite Shrinky Dink kit,  laying them on a cookie sheet, having my mom pop them in the oven, and watching them shrink down to tiny brightly colored charms through the window of the oven. 

Like many awesome things from the 80’s, shrinky dinks are now back in a big way! I’m currently writing a craft book that will be published in the fall and I have 2 shrinky dink projects in the book. Today I thought I’d put a “slothsome” twist on one of the projects from my book and make some adorable DIY sloth pins that you can recreate at home!  

This project is super fun to make. Kids will have a great time tracing and coloring in the sloth and then watching their creation shrink down in the oven. 

I created this sloth image that you can use as your template. (This image is for personal use only). I’m providing you with the image mirror imaged since you color what will become the back of your DIY sloth pin. 

Ready to learn how to make DIY Sloth Pins? Read on! 

DIY Sloth Pins Made With Shrinky Dinks

Materials:

-My sloth template (or freehand your own)

-A printer

-Shrinky Dinks Sheets (I love these Frosted Shrinky Dinks for this project because it helps to camouflage the pin back )

-Scissors (These are my Fiskars sparkle scissors)

-Colored Pencils and/or markers (I love combining both for my pins)

-A black pen

-A cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper

Pin backs

-E6000 glue or other jewelry glue (I love buying these small tubes of E6000. I find that they are easier to work with and don’t dry up on me)

Directions:

Step 1: Right click my template above and save it to your computer. Print it using your printer.

Step 2: Trace your sloth, flowers and leaves on your shrinky dink sheet and color in. You will want to trace and color on the frosted side of the shrinky dink page. Keep in mind that your colors will darken and intensify when your shrinky dink shrinks! 

Step 3: Cut your shapes out of the shrinky dink sheet.

Step 4: Follow the instructions on the shrinky dink packaging for shrinking your design. (If you’re a child make sure you have parent supervision for this part.)

Step 5: Put a small dot of E6000 glue on the round part of each pin back and press firmly onto the back of your shrinky dink designs. Leave to dry overnight.

Pin your DIY Sloth Pins to your favorite shirt or jacket and get ready to rock that slothsome 80’s look!

Tell me… Have you ever crafted using Shrinky Dinks? Do you love sloths as much as I do? Like this post? We’d love for you to pin it for later!

Love Sloths and DIY Sloth Projects? We think you’ll adore these crafts and DIYs!

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DIY Sock Sloths

The post DIY Sloth Pins Made With Shrinky Dinks- With Downloadable Template appeared first on Hello Creative Family.

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  We’re sharing how to use a We R Memory Keeps Foil Quill with your Cricut! In this post you’ll find step-by-step photos and instructions from unboxing, to setup, to completing your first Foil Quill project! It’s foiling made easy! 

If you love crafting and spend as much time on Instagram stories as I do, chances are that you have seen the new We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill. This amazing little tool turns your Cricut (or other cutting machine) into a foiling machine! I have yet to see the Foil Quill in a Canadian craft store, so last weekend I convinced The Hubs that we needed to take a trip “down south” and I hit up the closest Joann store. 

The Foil Quill comes in three options, a fine tip, a standard tip, a bold tip and there is also an option of getting all three tips in an “All In One Kit” which also comes with 3 rolls of foil.

My Joann store was out of the All In One Kit so I decided to go middle of the road and picked up a standard tip Foil Quill along with four rolls of foil– Aqua, fuchsia, purple and rose gold. You can find all these plus other colors here

Something that I didn’t get, that I’ll probably purchase later is the Foil Quill USB Drives. You can find the full selection of them here. They have designs specifically created to foil perfectly with the Foil Quill from Amy Tangerine, Heidi Swapp, Kelly Creates and Paige Evans as well as a Holidays collection and an icons and words collection. Also available at the store I went to was Foil Quill Placement Tape which I’ve heard is very similar to washi tape or painters tape. I didn’t end up purchasing because I have a a few rolls of washi tape in designs I’m not crazy about that I’m going to use up first. 

The thing that I had really wanted to buy, but that was out of stock when I went to my store was these packs of Foil Quill foil sheets. They are 4″ X 6″ in size and come 30 to a pack. I think that they would be perfect for smaller projects. The fact that they are precut is super convenient plus you get to try out a few different colors in three of the packs. You can find the full color range of them here

Pro-Crafter Tip: If buying Foil Quill Products at your local Joann Stores, make sure you pre-order online and do in-store pickup. Their FAQ says that if you order before 5pm you can pick up the same day in-store. The Foil Quill products fall under the cutting machine umbrella that is excluded from coupons, but they are a few dollars cheaper online than they are in the store. Each item I purchased was $3.00 more in store than it was online so I would have saved $15 if I ordered online and did in-store pickup. 

Save money on Foil Quill Products and order online for home shipping or in-store pickup at Joann Stores here. 

Bought your Foil Quill? Let’s get started! Here’s how to use your Foil Quill with your Cricut! 

Today I’m going to walk you through how to use a We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill with your Cricut! The Foil Quill comes with attachments for 4 different machines. It works with Cricut, Silhouette, Brother and Sizzix cutting machines. I’m going to walk you through how to use it with the Cricut but if you have another cutting machine I think you’ll find these instructions helpful too. The process is pretty similar. 

You can use your Foil Quill with any Cricut that has a pen attachment so the Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Explore One will all work. (Want to buy a Cricut? The previous links are to buy direct from Cricut or buy through Joann Stores here.)

Ready to get started? Let’s go! 

If you purchased the Foil Quill Standard Tip this is what your box will look like (front above, back below).

When you open it you will find an instruction booklet, the foil quill, 4 adaptors (for 4 different types of cutting machine– A is Silhouette, B is Brother, C is Cricut and D is Sizzix) and a metal protective plate. 

The first thing you will want to do is to select the adaptor for the type of machine you are using, in our case the C adaptor for the Cricut and slide it on the Foil Quill tool. You’ll then screw it on until it is fingertip tight. 

Next you will want to pop the pen adaptor out of your Cricut. My pen adaptor has been in my machine since the day I got it and I actually didn’t know that it could be taken out. You will want to reach underneath the pen holder and press up firmly but gently.

The adaptor will pop up and you can pull it out. 

Now that your pen holder is empty…

You can insert your Foil Quill tool. Insert it into the holder and then close the Cricut clamp to lock it in place. 

Next you want to plug in your Foil Quill. The cord isn’t super long so you’ll probably want to have an extension cord pretty close with a USB adaptor plugin or you can plug it into your laptop, or if you have a Cricut Maker you can plug it into the USB adaptor in the machine. 

Once it’s plugged in a light will appear on your Foil Quill. The Foil Quill comes with a metal protective plate. Insert this under the tip of your Foil Quill and let your Foil Quill heat up for 5 minutes. 

While your Foil Quill heats up you can prepare your design and your cutting mat. I decided that my first foiled piece would be an I’d Rather Be Crafting design from Cricut Design Space which is part of the Makers Gonna Make Cartridge. You can find my cut file for this project here (make sure you log into Cricut Design Space before clicking). 

Next you want to click on your image so it is selected and click on the linetype box in the top toolbar. Change your linetype from cut to draw. 

Everywhere that you see a black line is where your Foil Quill will “draw” leaving behind foil.  I always like to change the color of my line to the color that I’ll be using for my project just to see what it will look like (you can do this in the little square box next to Linetype). Also this is the time that you’ll want to size your design for your project. Next click “Make It” in the green box in the upper right hand corner of your screen.

Position your project where you want it on the cutting mat (the instruction book suggests leaving a 1 inch margin on all sides). Then click continue

Select your machine from the drop down menu and then your cutting material. 

Lay the material you are foiling on your cutting mat. 

Cut your foil to size (I used my Cricut TrueControl Knife and Cutting Ruler for this).

Lay your foil over your project and tape it so that the edges are pulled snuggly over your project (I have now started taping on all 4 sides).

Remove the metal heat plate and load your cutting mat into the machine and watch the Foil Quill work it’s magic.

If you are cutting your material using your Cricut, pause your machine after it’s done foiling and remove the foil before it starts cutting. If you are not cutting your material, remove your cutting mat from the machine, remove the tape and peel back your foil to reveal your design. 

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