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DIY Craft Easter Basket

April 7, 2020

We’re spending all our time at home doing fun crafts, playing games, and being silly.

I’ve come together with 3 other bloggers to bring you our DIY Easter Baskets. I’ve linked the participating blogs at the bottom of this post for you to check out!

My DIY Easter Basket is filled with Cricut homemade crafts and Crayola Chalk & Crayons.

During one of our last Target trips we grabbed a couple things for my kids Easter baskets but 90% of it got used right away. So what did that mean for their baskets? I’d throw whatever remains into a bin they could access freely and I would create an all new basket for them.

I love making crafts for my kids with my Maker. For these baskets I made Chalkboards, Stencils, Coloring Sheets, and Name Tags. I’ll do a quick how to on each of these items and link the Design Space File for you to use yourself!

Chalkboards

I made two different dinosaurs for my son and for my daughter I made a flower and a butterfly. I used Chipboard since I had it on hand. I’ll be trying this with other materials and will write a Blog on those as well.

Here’s what you’ll need:

The design file –
Click Here for Boys
Click Here for Girls

Cricut Maker
Chipboard
Cricut knife blade
Cricut Chalkboard Vinyl
Strong Grip Mat
Standard Grip Mat
Masking Tape
Chalk

How to:

  1. Turn on your Maker and Open up your file in Design Space
  2. Put your Chipboard on your Strong Grip Mat
  3. Tape all four sides with your masking tape
  4. Insert your knife blade
  5. Make sure your knife blade is calibrated (you’ll receive a print in design space, it requires a piece of copy paper)
  6. Load your machine, Select Heavy Chipboard, and begin your cutting. (Please note, this material can only be cut while on a desktop or laptop)
  7. Before you unload your machine check that you Design cut all the way through. If not just hit make again. (If you unload your machine and need to cut it again, the cuts will not line up so you will want to check it BEFORE you unload.
  8. Once it’s cut, unload and remove the tape and pull your materials off.
  9. I recommend that you Cut all your Chipboard patterns first so you won’t be switching materials and blades repeatedly.
  10. Now for your Chalkboard Vinyl, you’ll want to swap out your knife blade for your find point blade.
  11. Put your Chalkboard Vinyl on your Standard Grip Mat, Select materials and begin your cutting. (you can select chalkboard Vinyl from design space or turn your dial to a thicker vinyl setting)
  12. Slowly pull the mat from your materials.
  13. Pull the cutout from your sheet and slowly press it onto the corresponding Chipboard. It takes some practice but it’s not as hard as it sounds. Just line it up and press it down.
  14. Repeat till you have all your desired cuts matched with their boards
  15. You’re ready to grab some chalk and get started!

Stencils

I made 16 and split them between my two kids. Super simple and cute. They’ll use them for chalk play, painting, and drawing.

What you’ll need:

Cricut Explore or Maker
Design Space File – Click Here
Stencil Sheets
Light Grip Mat

Fine Point Blade

How to:

  1. Turn on your machine and open up the file.
  2. Load your light grip mat with your stencil sheet.
  3. Select your material – Stencil Film. (If you’re on an explore this is a “custom” so you’ll select the material in design space after your selected custom on your dial)
  4. Before you unload your machine check that your Design cut all the way through. If not just hit “make” again. (If you unload your machine and need to cut it again, the cuts will not line up so you will want to check it BEFORE you unload.
  5. Unload and Gently remove your materials and Stencil cut outs.
  6. Repeat for all desired mats and sheets.

Coloring Pages

Something cute and simple. My kids love these and they’ll be a regular craft in our house.

What you’ll need:

Cricut Maker or Explore
Design Space File – Click Here
Card-stock
Light Grip Mat
Fine point pen
Fine point blade
Crayons

How to:

  1. Turn on your machine and open the file in design space.
  2. Load your light grip mat with your card-stock
  3. Load your pen into your machine as well as your fine point blade.
  4. Load your materials into your machine.
  5. Select your card-stock and Begin to draw and cut your design.
  6. Unload and carefully remove all materials and cutout.
  7. Slightly bend the Crayon inserts and put a standard side crayon through.
  8. You’re ready to get Coloring

Name Tags

I really wanted to do these on Chipboard or basswood but I didn’t have the material on hand so I did a basic version on cardstock. The design is set to use a backing material. If you choose to do cardstock just print and Cut the mat with the names attached to the design.

What you’ll need:

Cricut Maker
Design Space File – Click Here
Light Grip Mat
Card-stock
Fine point pen
Fine point blade

How to:

  1. Turn on your machine and open the design file.
  2. You’ll want to hit customize so you can change the names!
  3. Insert your pen and blade.
  4. Place your card-stock on your mat
  5. Select materials and load.
  6. Begin your draw and cut
  7. Unload and remove your design.

Viola. You have your name tag. Again if you choose to do a backing follow the steps to my chalkboard project and use glue to attach them.

There we have it, you’ve read all about my DIY basket!
Now you can head over to my sweet friends’ pages to see their baskets!

Check out Brianna’s Blog and her Instagram.

Check out Madeline’s Blog and her Instagram

Check out Cheyenne’s Blog and her Instagram

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