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Craft EVERYWHERE with Cricut Joy! We’re sharing 3 Cricut Joy Projects that are perfect for quarantine and can be made in different rooms of the house!
Hey crafty friends!
The Cricut Joy is Cricut’s new small but mighty cutting machine that makes crafting on the go easy– whether that means out and about crafting with friends, or in any room of your home! In today’s post I’m going to show you how I crafted in my teeny tiny powder room, in my kitchen and even from on top of a bar stool in my living room while watching The Tiger King!
The Cricut Joy is perfect for small spaces, the machine itself measures is just 8 inches wide, 4 inches deep and 4 inches tall, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used to create some big projects! With the Cricut Joy’s new mat free cutting technology you are able to print a design that is 4 feet long, repeated up to 5 times for a total cutting area of up to 20 feet! You can find Cricut Joy Smart Vinyl, Smart Iron-On and Smart Infusible Ink here.
Another feature that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE about the Cricut Joy is the Cricut Joy Card Mat and Cricut Card Inserts. This power duo makes making a handmade card in minutes a cinch! Take a pre-cut, pre-scored card, slip it into the Cricut Card Mat, cut it using your Cricut Joy, slip a pre-cut insert into the card and you’re done! They even comes with pre-made envelopes. It couldn’t be easier!
Today I’m going to be sharing with you three, easy crafts that are perfect for quarantine crafting and take 15 minutes or less each to make! I also wanted to show how easy the Cricut Joy makes it to craft anywhere so I didn’t make any of these projects in my craft room!
Read on to learn how I made:
- A “Show You Care, Spare A Square” Bathroom Toilet Paper Decal in my powder room!
- Smart Label Pantry Organization Labels in my kitchen!
- “You’re Cute And I Ain’t Lion” Greeting Cards in my living room!
Plus check back over the next two weeks and I’ll be sharing a “Quarantine Princess” shirt and an adorable puppy love water bottle!
“Show You Care, Spare A Square” Bathroom Toilet Paper Decal
For this project I decided to bring my Cricut Joy into our teeny tiny powder room to do a bit of crafting! With toilet paper in short supply, this is the perfect decal to place on the roll above your toilet paper holder to remind family members to be mindful of their toilet paper usage. I love the messaging for after the quarantine too, reminding people to be caring of the earth with the amount of toilet paper they use!
Step 1: Open the “Show You Care” cut file. Click “Make It”.
Step 2: Follow the prompts on your screen, laying each color of vinyl onto your cutting mat with the color side facing up, loading the mat into your machine and pressing “Go” to cut. When each mat finishes being cut unload it from your Cricut Joy and then load the next mat as prompted.
Step 3: Weed your vinyl, removing the excess vinyl from around each design, leaving just the design behind on the white paper backing.
Voila! You have an adorable wall decal that will remind people to be mindful to how much toilet paper they are using!
Smart Label Pantry Organization Labels
For this project I brought my Cricut Joy into our newly remodeled kitchen! It was so fun to see that my Joy matches my kitchen decor! Quarantine is the perfect excuse to get those pantries organized! I love using mason jars to keep my pantry items in. The jars are clear and with the labels you can immediately identify what is inside. Mason jars are also airtight and so much easier to keep tidy than having assorted sized plastic bags stacked on the shelf!
-Mason jars or other food storage containers
Step 1: Open the Cricut Joy Pantry Labels cut file. Click Customize and select the labels you would like to make. Size them to the size that you would like for your storage containers. Click “Make It”.
Step 2: Follow the prompts on your screen, loading a pen into your Cricut Joy along with the roll of Cricut Smart Labels. Your Cricut Joy will first write the words and draw the design. Then it will prompt you to load your cutting blade back into the machine so it can cut the labels. When your labels are done cutting unload your machine.
Step 3: Weed your smart labels, removing the material from around your labels and leaving just the labels behind on the paper backing. Peel your labels off of the paper backing and apply them to your food storage containers.
Voila! Organize your pantry in minutes with your Cricut Joy and Smart Labels!
“You’re Cute And I Ain’t Lion” Greeting Card
For this project I set my Cricut Joy on a barstool in front of my TV. I may just be a wee bit hooked on Netflix’s Tiger King right now. Every episode I watch gets progressively more crazy! My niece turns 1 in just a few weeks, and while I won’t be able to celebrate with her, I definitely wanted to make her a handmade card to let her know that her Auntie is thinking of her. My sister and her husband don’t watch much TV, so I know they haven’t watched Tiger King, but as soon as I saw this cute card in Design Space it jumped right out at me! I used Cricut’s incredible Card Mat and Card Insert Kits to make the card. I wanted to give it a bit of extra birthday bling, so I cut a 4 inch by 5.25 inch piece of pink glitter paper to stick inside. This card is purr-fect for a birthday celebration, but equally good to use as an everyday greeting card!
Step 1: Open the “You’re Cute And I Ain’t Lion” cut file. Click “Make It”.
Step 2: Follow the prompts on your screen. Load a card into your card cutting mat so that the inside part of the card is sitting inside of the pocket and the front of the card is laying with the back against the sticky part of the mat. Load the card mat into your Cricut Joy. You’ll first be prompted to load your Cricut pen and after the writing is done you’ll be prompted to load the cutting blade back into the machine.
Note: I found that this design was pretty intricate to cut. Before unloading your mat check to see if the card is cut all the way through, if it isn’t press the “try again” button and the Cricut Joy will make a second pass cutting your card. I left the blade/pen holder empty for the first part of the second pass where it was writing, and then loaded the blade when it was time to cut.
Step 3: Unload your mat and carefully peel your card up. Remove any cut pieces of paper that didn’t fall out. Slip a card insert inside the card.
Voila! You have an adorable lion card, fit for the Tiger King himself!
There you have it! 3 Cricut Joy projects that you can make collectively in 45 minutes or less in the tiniest of spaces! My Cricut Explore Air 2 and my Cricut Maker have a permanent spot on my craft room table, but I love that I can take my Cricut Joy just about anywhere with me so that I can get my craft on in every room of my house, and eventually back out in the world!
Tell me… What’s the first project you would make with a Cricut Joy? What feature about this new machine most intrigues you?
Like our Cricut Joy Projects? We’d love for you to pin them for later!
Did you like our lion card? You might like our DIY Ice Cream Card too!