Learn how to use your Cricut to embellish some basic items and create beautiful dollar store Thanksgiving pieces.
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Using a Cricut, or any cutting machine can be intimidating. I’m here to help! Learn a few basic techniques and let this machine do the heavy lifting for you.
Now let’s talk about cutting and applying vinyl to some basic dollar store items for Thanksgiving. Vinyl is a permanent material that can be cut into words or graphics and applied to any solid, smooth surface. Shop for vinyl in every color and pattern here.
How to cut vinyl with Cricut
Take a look at the video above to watch and learn exactly how to cut vinyl.
Cricut comes with a software for your computer or an app for your phone called Design Space. You will use this to choose your graphic or type words that will be cut out. Once the design is created and sized appropriately hit that Make It button and you’ll begin the cutting process.
Cut a piece of vinyl to put on the cutting mat, I like to use something just larger than what I need and I always save my scraps. Check out this craft room tour to see how I store my vinyl
Stick the vinyl with the colored side up on the mat. On your Cricut Explore Air 2, set the dial to vinyl. Then back in Design Space follow the prompts for cutting.
When everything is ready, the arrow button will flash on your machine. Push that button to load the mat. Then when the Cricut button flashes, but that button to cut.
So easy! I told you this machine does the heavy lifting for you.
Once the cut is complete, unload the mat and begin weeding the excess vinyl that you don’t want to transfer to your blank.
You have the option of mirroring vinyl to add to the back of a see through blank like the glass cutting board I am using.
Watch the video to learn how and when to click that mirror button and make this switch.
For the small plastic containers, there is no need to mirror. Just type the phrase you want and cut it normally.
Once these items are cut and weeded it’s time to transfer the vinyl to the blanks.
How to transfer vinyl
Once the vinyl is weeded, it’s time to transfer it over to your blank. To do this you will use transfer tape. The other option is picking up the pieces by hand but that is just messy and not effective.
Transfer tape helps take your design from the backing to the blank in perfect order. Press the tape onto the vinyl and use a scraper to push it really well. Then peel off the backing.
Now, place the vinyl onto the cutting board and use the scraper once again to push the vinyl down. Pull off the transfer tape and the vinyl is left, permanently adhered, to the cutting board.
Vinyl care instructions
Once your dollar store Thanksgiving pieces are created, you can use and wash them regularly. I tend to hand wash these pieces to keep the vinyl in great shape.
Dollar store plastic shouldn’t be put in the dishwasher anyway so it’s best to keep these items in the hand wash pile.
Dollar store Thanksgiving gift ideas
This glass cutting board looks great on a Thanksgiving table as a trivet for hot dishes. And the plastic containers are ideal for sending leftovers home with your guests.
If you can’t be together for the holiday, pull together a care package and drop it off or mail it to your loved ones.
Send them this custom trivet for their own table, and fill those containers with some family favorite treats that they can enjoy.
You can use your Cricut to customize just about any blank. Try different colors of vinyl and choose from thousands of graphics found in Design Space.
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