9/13 DIY or DIE: An Easy Paper Arbor Decoration with Cricut Explore Air

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DIY or DIE arbor decorationFor this project, made with the Cricut Explore Air machine for Cricut’s Wedding Campaign, “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal,” I found a beautiful lacy doily design in Cricut Design Space, enlarged it and cut multiple of the design (we’re talking about 16 here) and tied them together with twine to make a painfully easy arbor or archway decoration. The supply list for this DIY project is super minimal but the visual impact is huge. While I decided to use a design already available in Design Space, I also think a spirograph design (PicMonkey has a few) would be fun, or you could use cardstock in varying shades of the same hue to create a cool ombrè effect. After cutting the doily design, I added a little something extra with small flower accents. The options are limited only to your imagination!

If you’re not familiar with Cricut and their cutting machines here’s the rundown: You know all those cool vinyl decals, precision-cut paper goods and unique lettered signs you’ve seen on Pinterest and moped over not being able to pull off yourself? Well, with one of these bad boys, you can. The Cricut Explore Air can cut over 60 materials, making it a veritable wanna-be DIYer’s dream come true (click here for a list of all the shizz the Cricut can cut). I was more than a little overwhelmed when I first got my machine, because, again: DIY-dumb. But after playing around with it (and feeling the overwhelming need to label my silverware holders), I got super giddy about all the stuff I could do with the machine. There are easy tutorials and instructions available on Cricut‘s site and YouTube, and there is pretty much no limit to the amount of creative awesomeness you can bring to life. Not to mention, Cricut is going to have some baller-ass giveaways and prizes every week this month — we’re talking wedding dresses, craft goodies, wholesale wedding flowers and even a honeymoon (OMG). Stay tuned at the bottom of the post for more deets.

DIY or DIY: An Easy Arbor Decoration With Cricut Explore Air

Supplies:

Easy Arbor Decoration SuppliesCricut Explore Air

12×12 Cardstock (I used 15 pieces, fitting an arbor about 4.5 feet wide, with 4.5 feet of decor down each side)

Twine or Ribbon

Standard Grip Cutting Mat

Weeder Tool

Spatula Tool

Scraper Tool

Wine and a Great Soundtrack

How To:

Step 1:

Launch Cricut Design Space. Click “New Project.” Click “Insert Image” and enter “doily” in search box. Click on design so green checkmark appears and click “Insert Image.”Selecting Doily Design

Step 2:

When design is imported, drag it to the farthest upper left corner of the Design Space grid — this will help maximize the amount of paper used and ensure Cricut Explore Air cuts from the appropriate spot. Stretch the design to 11 inches — if you go all the way to 12 inches, it will be too large to cut.

Placing Design in Upper Left Corner

Stretching Design

Step 3:

Remove background layer from design by clicking on eye in lefthand sidebar under “Layers” tab.

Removing Background from Design

Step 4:

Affix cardstock to the standard grip mat (ProTip: I had two mats at the ready, so as soon as one was done cutting I could load the next one, expediting the process.)

Click “Go” in Design Space, make sure your Cricut Explore Air is powered on and open and follow the instructions in Design Space. (Hint: You can change the quantity of pieces you’d like cut on the instructions page.)

Cutting Design on Cricut Explore AirStep 5:

Pour some wine and set Pandora to your favorite station, because this takes a while.

When each mat is finished cutting, carefully peel away outer border. Using the spatula tool, gently lift the design from the mat.

Lifting Design from Cutting Mat

Once the design is separated from mat, use the weeder tool to remove any small pieces that remain within design.

Removing Small Pieces Using Weeder Tool

Clean mat by using the scraper tool to remove small negative pieces left behind.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 until desired number of designs are reached.

Step 6:

Lay out cut designs side-by-side in arrangement that will fit your arbor or archway. Gently tie designs together using twine.

Optional:

Affix additional decoration, such as paper or live flowers, glitter, etc.

Tie Designs Together Using Twine

Step 7:

Affix finished garland to arbor or archway using nails, tape or twine.

Step 8:

Finished Arbor DecorOgle your handiwork!

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