If you're friends with the Plunge Project on Facebook, you may have seen me talking about a cool partnership I've been working on with Provo Craft -- you know, the awesome people who make the Cricut. Well, I'm super excited to announce what we've been teasing about for the past couple weeks: a DIY wedding series I like to call Wedding Crafting with Cricut! I got my new Cricut Expression 2 in the mail a couple weeks ago, and I haven't stopped playing with it since! It's amazing how much you can do with it; I wish I had this thing when I was planning my own wedding! Not only could it have saved me some major money when it came to a lot of the decor, but it totally could have expanded my wedding crafting abilities. (If you haven't gotten yours yet, be sure to do so at any craft store near you or on online at the Cricut store -- It's also a great present to ask for for the holidays! I promise you'll be pleased.) So over the next couple months, I'm going to be exploring those crafting abilities and sharing five Cricut crafting projects for the DIY bride! First up? Unique cut-out letter save the dates and custom envelopes!
I originally caught this idea on Martha Stewart Weddings, but until I had my Cricut, I didn't have the capabilities to do it on my own. Now, I'm able to create everything you see above, including the envelope. And yes, I did use my own wedding date although it's over a year past ;)
To create this project, you'll need:
- Cricut Craft Room Free Online Design Tool
- Cricut Craft Room Basics (free when you download the Craft Room)
- Cricut Alphabet (comes pre-loaded on the Expression 2)
- Cardstock of choice
- 1/8" thick ribbon of choice
- Large eyed needle (at least 1/8" tall)
To create the envelope:
The envelope is created by welding together a few shapes within the Cricut Craft Room Basics cartridge:
- In the Craft Room, start with a 5" x 3.5" rectangle in the middle of your mat.
- Add a 3.542" x 3.5" rounded rectangle to the left and right of the original rectangle, allowing the rounded corners to hang over the edge of your original rectangle.
- Rotate a square into a diamond shape, stretch it to 4" x 3.361", duplicate it so you have two and add one to each side of your envelope.
- Finally, use a 5.208" x 3.5" scalloped heart for the top and bottom of your envelope.
- Make sure everything is welded together correctly so you have the exact outline of your finished shape, and cut!
- Peel your envelope shape off the mat, then fold the corners in and attach it all together with a couple pieces of double stick tape. Your finished envelope should come out to be 5" x 3.5".
To create the save the date:
The save the date itself is the easy part! To create it, open Craft Room and follow these instructions:
- Add the numbers you need to your digital mat. I made mine all 2" tall.
- Add two 0.4" x 0.125" rectangles to the top of each number for your ribbon to go through. Don't weld the shapes.
- Add a larger 4.5" x 3" rectangle to your mat for the actual save the date card and cut everything on your mat.
- Peel your shapes off the mat.
- Now, you can print your actual save the date text on the 4.5" x 3" card you cut. I simply used my home printer to do this.
- Once you have all your pieces ready, you're all set to assemble the final save the date! Start by threading your ribbon through the save the date card, as shown below.
- Tie a bow around the card, leaving long tails so you have enough extra ribbon to attached all your numbers.
- Thread the ribbon through each number to create your wedding date.
- Tie a bow at the end to finish it off, and ta-da -- unique save the dates!
Posts in the Wedding Crafting with Cricut series include:
- Cut-out Number Save the Dates & Custom Envelopes
- Vinyl Name/Monogram Sign
- Paper Flowers
- Fifth post TBD
Disclosure: Provo Craft provided products free of charge in exchange for this series.