How to Make a Mid-Century Modern Christmas with Cricut

Making mid-century modern Christmas ornaments with Cricut.

Being big fans of Mid-Century Modern decor, many years ago we bought a silver tree. We have a green one too and each year we decide which one to use. We let our daughters decide. The 3D gem shapes from the Sprinkles and Confetti collection at Cricut reminded me of Mid-Century Modern so I used them to create Christmas tree ornaments. Using hot pink and light green cardstock added to the modern theme. Our tree needed a modern feeling tree topper so I used the star design from Indie Art from Cricut to create a paper topper. Follow along as I work through the process of making DIY Holiday decorations for our tree.

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Ornaments 1 (dark pink)

Ornaments 2 (teal)

Star topper

scoring cardstock
The scoring blade is essential for making these ornaments. 

cut cardstock
Cut and scored ornaments.
Use extra caution removing them from the mat, they can easily tear.

fold on score lines
Fold all the score lines.
I found working from the middle to the outer folds worked best.

glue edges
The Best Glue Ever worked well for gluing the ornaments together.
Using the Medium Point No Clog Writing Cap application tip applied the right amount of glue.
Holding the pieces together for a few minutes was all that was needed for a tacky adhesion.

leave to dry
Let them dry thoroughly.

add wire for hangers
Using a thin wire, I cut lengths of about 6 inches to create a hanger.

bend a knot at the wire end
Bend the end of the wire into a “knot”.
Feed the end of the wire through the top of the ornament.

create a hook
Fold the wire in half, twist, and then fold into a hook shape.

ornaments on the tree
Ornaments hanging on the tree.

Now onto the Star Tree Topper

cutting the kraftboard
Cutting the Kraftboard with the Fine point blade.

using red tape
After cutting 2 stars, cover 1 with red double-sided tape.

cut foil ready to transfer
Cut out 2 of the pinwheel designs onto Adhesive foil, weed, and apply transfer film.

transfer the foil vinyl
Apply the film to each of the stars.

adding the wire to the star
Using a long length of wire, twist it together for additional strength.
Remove the red film for the tape.
Place the folded wire onto the star. 

join the 2 stars together
Join the two stars together making sure the wire is sealed in place.

star on the tree
The finished star on the top of the tree.

all together on the tree
The ornaments and star together on our tree.

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How to Make an Alternative Halloween Pumpkin with Cricut

Make an alternative bucket pumpkin with Cricut.

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I was intrigued when I first saw the bucket camping lights people were making. We don’t camp so I thought they might be a great alternative to a carved pumpkin as a DIY Halloween Craft. So I pursued how to make the bucket lights and changed it a bit for an alternative Halloween Pumpkin with the assistance of my Cricut Maker. I used the Cricut to cut out the bats from vinyl and felt. The Cricut Maker has exchangeable blades that were used. The Rotary Blade™, with its gliding, rolling action, cuts through virtually any fabric and I used it for the felt. I used the Fine Point blade to cut the permanent vinyl. Both of these blades come with the Maker, there are additional blades available.


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cutting vinyl for alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Begin by using the bat template from Cricut for cutting vinyl. Using an entire sheet of 12 x 12 black vinyl, cut out this design.

bats - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Bats after being weeded.

cover bucket - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Using the bats like a sticker, apply them to the bucket in a random design.

cut felt - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Cut out the felt.
Using the same design as the vinyl. Edit the file to only have the medium sized bats.
Then cut the felt with the Rotary Blade.

glueing felt - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Glue two felt bats together.
Follow the next step before gluing together.

using wire - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Place a rolled wire between the two felt bats.
Allow them to dry overnight.

join wires after glue dries - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Bundle the wires together.

ribbon rolls - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Decorative ribbon from Dollar Tree.

making bow - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Using both entire rolls of ribbon, make a bow.
Wrap the wire from the felt bats around the bow.

bow to lid - alternative pumpkin with Cricut

This is where it gets a little tricky.
I tried hot glue and super glue to attach the bow to the lid.
Neither worked.
I then drilled a little hole in the center of the lid, wrapped another wire around the bow,
and fed it through the lid to hold the bow in place.

finished bat bucket - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Here is the Alternative Halloween Pumpkin or “Bat Bucket” done.

bucket with light - alternative pumpkin with Cricut
Here is the bucket with the light inside turned on.

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