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Party Packaging Trends to Try

You’ve found the perfect present…but let’s not forget about the presentation!  We’ve got some great new packaging ideas that are much simpler than they look.  In just a few steps, you can create your own original bags, boxes and wrap.

Papercraft designer, Lia Griffith, teaches us how to use a Cricut® die cutting machine to make these cute cardstock gift bags with coordinating tags.   Cut and score with your machine; then add a pretty ribbon to complete the bag.  Think of all the color and print options to choose from!  Check out the video from Creativebug here.

Cricut® Crafts Diy Gift Bags

If you’re feeling a little more artistic, you can hand-paint your own paper.  From swirls to stripes, there’s no way to go wrong with a one-of-a-kind design.  You’ll need sketch paper, an array of paint colors and a variety brushes, of course.  For painting tips, look here for the video.   Be creative and don’t forget to have fun!

Diy Painted Gift Wrap

You can also make your own paper box, using a bone folder.  Choose the size and pick decorative paper to fit your occasion.  In a few simple folds, you can have a handmade gift box.  Click here for details.

Diy Paper Boxes

Fun meets fashion with these fancy packages.  Add tissue fringe, tulle, tassels, washi tape and more.  There is no limit on patterns or colors!  A few to try:  Washi Tape Embellished Gift Tube and Tissue Fringe Gift Tube.   Mix different mediums for a totally unique look.

Party Packaging

You don’t have to be the ultimate overachiever to give a well-dressed gift anymore.  These packaging ideas are fast, easy, and ready to party!

Pantry Organization

Organize Your Pantry with the Cricut Explore

Happy New Year friends! January is by far my most favorite month of the year, not just because it’s my birthday month, but because I LOVE to get organized! Let’s be honest, it’s impossible to only organize your home one month out of the year, but it helps beat the winter blues by taking time in January to deep clean the house. This year I thought it would be great to start with my pantry. That’s one place that always seems to get cluttered and crazy!

Our friends over at Cricut® have organized my dream pantry using the Cricut Explore. Let’s take a peek at all of these amazing projects!

Pantry Organization Pantry Organization with Cricut ExploreThis entire pantry scene will be showcased on Cricut.com next week, but until then, here’s how you can make several of these projects on your own. And get excited friends… many of these images are BRAND NEW and will be for available for sale on January 15th! Yay for getting organized!

Here’s what you need to make these projects:

Cricut Explore® Machine

Cricut Design Space™ Software

12” x 12” Standard Grip Cricut® Mat

Cricut® Printable Sticker Paper

Cricut® Metallic Pen, Silver

Cricut® Vinyl, in the color of your choice

Cricut® Transfer Tape

Cardstock, in the color of your choice

Twine or string


Glass jars and Containers

Photo-3Ready to get started? Let’s make the tags drawn with the pen tool first. These are perfect for spices, cooking supplies, or even labeling drawer fronts! Photo-4To make the pantry tags, open Cricut Design Space™ and follow the instructions to cut and draw the images from cardstock.

Photo-5Use adhesive to layer the tags with the font on top and add them to your jars with string or twine.

Photo-6The project file in Cricut Design Space™ includes tags for several popular baking supplies, but you can easily customize the labels fit your own needs.

Photo-7Ready to try another easy organizational project? Let’s try some vinyl labels!

All you need is vinyl in your favorite color, plain white cardstock for your backing, and Cricut® Transfer Tape.

Photo-8To get started, follow the instructions in Cricut Design Space™ to cut the images from vinyl and cardstock.

Photo-9 Use Cricut® Transfer Tape to transfer your vinyl image to white cardstock.Photo-10Gently remove the Cricut® Transfer Tape from the label.

Photo-11Use adhesive to adhere the label to your container. These versatile crates can be used for so many projects. They can be painted, stained or left raw (my favorite trend right now).

Photo-12All right, your pantry is looking pretty good! Let’s make one more project from our Cricut® pantry! These Print Then Cut labels are super easy to make and customize.

Photo-13To make these labels, just use your home office inkjet printer paired with the new Cricut® Printable Sticker Paper!

Photo-15First, follow the instructions in Cricut Design Space™ to Print Then Cut the labels from sticker paper.

Photo-16Next, adhere stickers to the surface of your container. These photo boxes and baskets are perfect for pantry organization!

Photo-17 That’s it! So easy. There are so many ways you can get organized with your Cricut Explore® and a few supplies from Michaels.

Here are a few more photos of this dream pantry. I hope they help you to get organized in the new year, and maybe even inspire you to try cooking something new!


Explore System Shot

Announcing: Cricut Explore™

Cricut Explore

Anyone who’s been around the craft world for a few years is familiar with the Cricut™ Die Cutting System. And, it’s been an awesome system, I know mine has seen a lot of use over the past decade between birthday cards, scrapbook layouts, holiday décor, scouts and even a motorcycle rally I helped my dad with. They’ve made a few changes over the years, we’ve seen the size get bigger, and then smaller. We’ve seen cartridges go by the wayside for an online downloadable system, but we’ve seen nothing like the newest generation, the Cricut Explore™! Take a quick peek at some of the projects that you can create with this new machine:

Cricut Design StudioThe main thing I noticed with this system is that the cartridges are gone – you’re going to do everything in the Cricut Design Space™, a free online design program that lets you either choose cartridges you already have, or select new ones then design your cut online before you hit start! No more moving the first dial to 4″ and the second dial 1/8″ to the right to get your letters in the middle of the paper. No more cutting the same thing 8 times before you get the right size. You design it and go. So simple!


Cricut Design Studio


Also, with Design Space, there are hundreds of pre-designed projects from Cricut that you can make, just select your project and follow the instructions – all right there on screen. Now, that’s pretty cool.



New Blade

It looks like Cricut listened to you as well. They created a blade housing that allows you to cut and write at the same time – making it quicker to do the more complicated projects! No more switching your markers and your blades and having to re-align your paper to the perfect position.




Cricut Explore


They’ve even added an easy button! Dial up your material selection and the machine will cut with the right depth for your project. Or, select a custom material and tell the machine how deep to cut. The options are endless!

We know you’re going to love this machine as much as we did when we saw it. Get ready – all this crafty goodness will be in stores in March!

- Cara