If you own a Cricut Craft Cutter, I hope you realize how versatile it really is and the fabulous things you can do with it beyond just designing and cutting beautiful greeting cards. I am making a lot of our Christmas gifts, this year, and my Cricut is an indispensable tool when it comes to creating custom, etched glass projects. The candle holder I finished, today, took about 30 minutes to complete, once I decided on the personalization and designs I wanted to use. Applying the vinyl stencils “straight” on the rounded surface was the most time consuming part.
Using my Cricut, I cut the letters and designs from self-stick vinyl and then, instead of applying the letters and designs, I used the sheets they were popped out of, to create a design on the outside of a clear, glass candle holder.
I used the etching compound inside the open spaces of the vinyl designs I had placed on the glass, applying it with a small paint brush.
The etching compound only needs to sit on the glass for 5-10 minutes, before rinsing it away with cool water.
Once the etching compound is rinsed away, simply remove the vinyl sticker to reveal the beautiful design etched into your glass project.
I have used this technique to personalize mugs, pie plates, salad bowls, cookie/candy jars and cake pans. You could also make beautiful vases or plates. The possibilities are really only limited by your imagination and what would have been an expensive custom gift if you purchased it at the store, becomes a frugal way to give gorgeous gifts that will be appreciated for years to come. Be sure to explore all the possibilities that your Cricut craft cutter offers for your Christmas gift needs.
The next simple gift I made, this afternoon, was a magnet board. I had seen a couple different pictures on Pinterest and decided I would try to create my own. Never having made one before, I sort of went into it blind, but with a general idea swirling in my head. They can be made to hang on the wall as a sort of message center or to sit on the counter to hold recipe cards while you bake.
I learned several things, in making this first board, that I will change up as I make the next ones. I covered this board (a 97¢ aluminum cookie sheet purchased at WalMart) with fabric, which is cute, but tricky and time consuming. Plus, the extra layers of fabric, make it harder for the magnets to be strong enough. Next time, I plan to spray paint the cookie sheet and then decoupage either fabric or scrapbook paper to it for the designs and decorations. That will cut down on bulk and make a nice finish on the outside of the board. I will also use button-type magnets, instead of the little cut and stick strip magnets. Button magnets will be more powerful. And finally, note to self, creating a recipe card from heavy scrapbook paper and then laminating it, front and back, means that the strip magnets will not be strong enough to power through the layers of laminate and cardstock, PLUS fabric to stick to the aluminum sheet tray. I was a little over-zealous about protecting that recipe card, but I’m going to see if the paint and paper method and using the button magnets might remedy the situation. Plain, unlaminated cards had no problem being held up by the strip magnets, but I would prefer them to be laminated for easy clean-up. So, I will experiment with that a little bit on my next boards and let you know what happens. Even with all the changes I expect to make in future projects, I still think this board turned out really cute.