Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Felt Flowers with the Cricut Maker and FAQ's

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

I have only had my Cricut Maker a couple of months, but I have already put it to good use making several projects. One of the projects was making felt flowers, which I used on a Fall wreath. This was my first time using felt (can you believe it?!) and it was so easy with the Cricut Maker. I am going to share the tutorial with you and answer some frequently asked questions about the Maker.

5 FAQ's about the Cricut Maker and Felt Flower Project

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Supplies Needed for Felt Faux Flowers:


Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks

I customized the Felt Flower Baby Headband pattern by duplicating the pieces three times, so I could make three flowers. After following the directions to cut the felt, I used the Hanging Felt Succulent Garden project to make two succulents and cut them as well. You could also make these flowers out of paper or cardstock for a variety of uses in home decor!

5 FAQ's about the Cricut Maker and Felt Flower Project

The Maker cuts through the felt like butter, with precise, clean cuts. Once you have all your flower pieces, you can assemble them using a hot glue gun.

5 FAQ's about the Cricut Maker and Felt Flower Project

5 FAQ's about the Cricut Maker and Felt Flower Project

I put a dab of hot glue on each of the edges of the petals, slightly overlapping them, giving the flower a 3-dimensional quality. I glued two of the flowers together with a dab of glue in the middle, offsetting the petals. The middle was made by rolling up the straight piece of gray felt and securing with hot glue. I layered a few of the leaves together and attached to the back of the flower using the hot glue. 

5 FAQ's about the Cricut Maker and Felt Flower Project

5 FAQ's about the Cricut Maker and Felt Flower Project

These felt flowers can be used on anything from a wreath, to a headband, to pillows!

5 FAQ's about the Cricut Maker and Felt Flower Project

Now to the good stuff! Here are my answers to 5 of the top questions crafters ask about the new Cricut Maker!

Cricut Maker FAQ's and Answers:


Will I use the machine enough to justify the price?

The Maker machine is so versatile that you can use it for everything from crafts to gifts to home decor. If you are a sewer, then the features that allow you to cut fabric and patterns would definitely be a time saver. I feel like over time, I will definitely recoup the purchase price in savings from being able to make my own home decor, cards, gifts, and more!

What materials can I cut?

With the adaptive tool system, you can cut hundreds of materials. Below are just a few:

Iron On Vinyl
Premium vinyl
Leather
Faux Leather
Felt
Fusible Fabric
Chipboard
Balsa Wood
Cardstock
Paper
Sticker Paper
Washi Paper
Window Cling
Poster Board
Kraft Board
Craft Foam
Party Foil

Will it be easy for me to learn the software?

Even though I am pretty computer savvy, I still feel like the Design Space software is very intuitive and user friendly. If there is something you are not sure how to do, there are tons of tutorials out there on blogs and YouTube that can walk you through it. There are also hundreds of Make it Now projects in Cricut Design Space that walk you through the steps.

5 FAQ's about the Cricut Maker and Felt Flower Project

5 FAQ's about the Cricut Maker and Felt Flower Project


What kind of DIY projects can I make?

The possibilities are endless! Some of the Ready Made projects in Design Space are: Backpacks, Pillows, Quilts, Wreaths, Banners, Signs, Vases, Iron on t shirts, Gift Boxes, Personalized 3-D cards, and so much more!

Some of my personal favorite DIY projects are:
(Click the link below to be taken to the tutorial)

Custom Workout Shirts
Iron on Beach Chair
Hand Painted "Home" Sign
Vinyl Labels for my Craft Room
Monogrammed Oven Mit
Christmas Ornaments
Faux Leather Earrings (My most popular project on Pinterest!)
Treat Boxes and Party Decor

I could go on forever, like Bubba telling Forrest Gump about all the kinds of shrimp!


What add-ons do I need to use the machine and how expensive will it be?

The Maker machine itself is $399.00 and comes with the basics you need to complete most projects (including the Rotary Blade and Fine Point Blade) If you want to cut thicker material such as chipboard or balsa wood, then you will need the Knife Blade, which is sold separately for $45.99. One other accessory that I recommend because it makes life easier is the Weeding Tool Set, which retails for $14.99. It contains Fine Tweezers, Hook Tweezers, Weeder, Piercing Tool, and Hook Weeder which helps when you have projects with intricate designs or lettering.


5 FAQ's about the Cricut Maker and Felt Flower Project

If you want to learn more about the Maker, see what comes in the box, and learn about how it is different from my Cricut Explore Air; check out my post "What to Expect With the Cricut Maker"

Are you thinking about buying a Cricut Maker? If you have a question that I did not answer above, leave it for me in the comments and I will answer it for you!

5 FAQ's about the Cricut Maker and Felt Flower Project


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