Cricut Tutorial: Easter Crate Placecards

April 11, 2020

Make Placecards Out of Box Card Designs!

I have spoken about this once on my blog, and no doubt I will speak about it again and again, because this is a common hack that I use for holidays and entertaining.  I LOVE making placecards out of box card designs.  This Cricut Tutorial for Easter Crate Placecards is a perfect example. 

Easter crate placecard

Isn’t she lovely?  Placecards make me unnaturally happy.  Miniature versions of things are cute…and this one is no exception.  

Box cards are the perfect foundation for a perfect placecard.  Box cards are, by design, already designed to stand up on their own.  They fold flat, and pop up, and are ready to go for your holiday table, or party table. 

 

Box card from below

Box Cards Are Gathering/Theme Friendly

If you read my blog or watch my YouTube channel long enough, you will see a lot of box cards turned into placecards (although, in my defense, I also make box cards to use as cards, because they’re just kind of awesome anyway).  Box cards are often very theme friendly, because cards themselves are theme-friendly!  

Need a placecard for a birthday party?  Search for birthday box card designs.  Christmas? Easy.  Thanksgiving? Totes.  We will have so many fun themes to explore over the years, my friends.

The file for this box-card-turned-placecard is here: Lori Whitlock Box Card Easter Crate

Need help getting the file from Lori’s website and into Cricut Design Space?  I have a step by step video tutorial for that!  If you are new to importing SVG’s, I would start there.  

 

Just a Few File Adjustments to Be Made

Obviously, we need to make the file smaller…that’s kind of a given.  This file was pretty small to begin with, so there’s wasn’t a ton of manipulation to be done.  But to make the placecard functional, you need NAMES.  

I usually like this part of the project…figuring out a creative way to get a name into a box card design.  In this case, I just added a leaf in Design Space and put the name on the leaf in the front of the design.

Design Space screenshot placecard name

And A Couple of Embellishments!

This project was pretty straightforward in terms of construction, but I did make a couple of quick embellishments.  I like to use the Cat’s Eye inks to add dimension to paper pieces, and I did that here, all with the same Cat’s Eye set.  I inked the egg to make it look more round, the flowers to give them some depth, and the leaf to give it a little outline.

Inked egg
Inked base of flower
Inked edge of nametag

For some reason, the blank white inside part of the flower was bothering me….kinda like it was looking at me (?) So I decided it needed an embellishment too (so it would stop looking at me funny, don’t judge).  So I finished it off with some bling.

Empty flower center
Final bling embellishment

Assembly Is Simple, Just 3 Main Pieces

This box card has only 3 main pieces, the crate, and 2 insert pieces (where we added all the flowers and bits).  

Inside image of construceted Easter crate placecard

The assembly tutorial video below will walk you through making the adjustments in Cricut Design Space, doing the embellishments, and putting the pieces together.  Boom. Easter crate placecards!  

Materials used for this project are listed below.  Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.

 

My favorite glue can be found on my blog resources page, along with Cricut machine recommendations and supplies. 

Most of the papers used in this project are from the Recollections packs that are frequently on sale at Michael’s. 

Cricut paper used for the green insert was: Cricut cardstock 

Patterned paper used in this project was from an Echo Park Easter pack that I can’t find online at the moment, but this is a similar pack.

The Cat’s Eye chalk inks can be found here.  I find they are frequently out of stock in the stackable variety, but you can still usually find singles.  There are dew drop chalk inks that I also enjoy, which are here.

Enjoy!

Love,
Amanda

Valentine’s Day Napkin Fold and Placecards

February 12, 2020

Valentine's Day Napkin Fold and Placecards

Do you love love?  Why not add a little extra love into your place settings for Valentine’s Day? 
This year, we are having a small gathering of friends over for Valentine’s Day dinner, so I wanted to make a special table preparation with a fun and simple napkin fold and placecard.

The placecard design is a manipulated Lori Whitlock box card design, purchased from her website here: 
https://shop.loriwhitlock.com/box-card-valentine-truck-back-end/
You can see when you open the link, the original card design has an XOXO on the back of the truck, and I removed that and made space instead for the names of our guest.  Finally, the design gets miniaturized, assembled, and multiplied!

Construction on these guys wasn’t too bad.  The first one took the longest, somewhere around 10 minutes, but the remaining 5 I did much faster and I think I was finished with those in about 30 mins total.  Video tutorial for adjusting the box card into a placecard, and for assembly is available here:

 

Finally, I wanted to do a fun napkin fold for the table.  In my opinion, napkin folding is an under-utilized entertainment art form. 🙂  Guests tend to be really impressed, and it typically doesn’t take that much time.  I did a really simple heart napkin fold, which comes together in just under a minute (although the video tutorial is a little longer than that because I stopped to explain, etc.).  It’s a quick watch, and I mostly managed to keep my head out of the way while filming 🙂 

Items used in this project are linked for you below. 
AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: Some of the links below may be affiliate links. If you order through these links I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. If you do use the links below, thank you in advance for your support of this blog! 
Cricut machine (if you are new to Cricut, you will want the bundle so you get all the tools and mats and goodies!) 
Cricut paper: The red paper and the black wheel paper are both Cricut cardstock, available here.
The silver paper for the bumper and tail lights is Cricut pearl paper, available here.
The red sparkle paper used for the license plate holder is Cricut shimmer paper, available here.
The Cricut black pen 0.4mm was used to write the names on the placecards.
Pick up stick for tiny paper pieces.
My favorite glue used for almost all of my projects.
Cats Eye chalk ink.
Red bling used for tail lights / Clear bling used for rear view mirrors.

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! Thanks for joining me today, and until I see you again, do what makes you happy.

Love, Amanda

Cricut Tutorial: Succulent Placecards

January 15, 2020

Succulent Placecards

Don't You Love a Rustic Wedding?

Today’s mandatory activity is a Cricut Tutorial for the design and construction of lovely little succulent placecards for the wedding of two friends that we adore.  Isn’t it one of the best feelings in the world when two people you love decide to wed?  When they told us the good news, I did something highly uncharacteristic of myself…I WOKE A SLEEPING CHILD to tell him the good news.  This flies in the face of all good sense, but I was that excited. The next thing I did was immediately start thinking about all of the beautiful things I wanted to make and create for the special day.  To my delight, all of my suggestions were accepted, and welcomed (and I don’t think I pushed any ideas down their throats!) This is the first tutorial in what is likely to be a small series, because I will be creating a number of goodies for the decor and reception.  

Rustic wedding decorations are easily my favorite to conceptualize and construct.  I think they jive with my personal aesthetic really well, so when I have a bride who has given me free reign, that is when my heart goes pitter pat, when I can make something that I want to make, instead of having to try to figure out someone else’s vision. 

Cricut Skills and the Canva Website

For the purposes of this post and accompanying tutorial, I created 2 different rustic options with the same succulent image, so I could show you a few different techniques in Cricut Design Space, like adding a background to a print then cut image, and welding pieces together. 

Additionally, I will walk you through Canva, which I now use to design everything.  When I started designing my blog, I was really really stuck.  Not only did I not know how to start a website, or design and website (or a logo, or branding, or thumbnail images for videos, etc…you get the idea), I found Canva.  I think it really saved me, or at the very least accelerated my timetable for launching this blog significantly!  Now that I am familiar with Canva, it’s my go-to for all of the photos and elements and backgrounds I need for blog posts AND project designs.

If you’d like to see the full tutorial on the design and construction of these placecards, I have linked the YouTube tutorial above.

Below is a list of materials I used for this project. Many of the links are affiliate links. If you make purchases through these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.

Cricut machine: If you don’t have one, you will want the bundle in order to have all of the mats and tools needed to get you going!

Cricut pen

Canva for design and images

Pearl cardstock

Kraft cardstock

Adhesive foam squares

Glue

Finally, my bone folder is a Martha Stewart Crafts bone folder...it’s the pink one, embellished with rhinestones because I was feeling a little “extra” the day I purchased. Any bone folder will do nicely for paper projects, but if you love mine it’s still available at a few stores (although, as I’m writing this, it’s out of stock most places, but with the ability to notify you when it’s back in stock).

Next up, let’s get some table numbers and food selections on the back of these placecards to help streamline the flow at the reception!

Love,

Amanda

I'm Amanda, and I put the AMANDA in A MANDAtory Activity (and I like a good bad pun). This blog is a focused on baking and crafting for gatherings and gifts! I LOVE making things a little extra special and I love sharing those ideas with you. Have a look around, or read more here.

Amanda

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