If you're on the hunt for last minute Valentine's Day gifts that you can make yourself then you're in luck. I've been brainstorming fun DIY gift ideas and have come up with a couple of great handcrafted goodies sure to put a smile on someone's face. Being single doesn't keep me from wanting to surprise the people I care about with gifts. In fact, it gives me more time to make cool stuff (and that's not just me justifying my single lady status).
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The Cricut Maker has been my favorite piece of technology since I got it and the fun is just getting started! Thanks to a huge library of images and projects and a plethora of materials at the ready, I don't see myself slowing down anytime soon. So, let's jump right into these fun DIY Valentine's Day gift ideas for anyone in your life.
Click here to open these designs in Cricut Design Space.
DIY Wild Thing Tote
When I saw the Animal Print Infusible Ink on the Cricut website that song popped in my head. Wild thing.... you make my heart sing... you make EVERYTHING... groovy. Apologies if that just got stuck on repeat in your head. It's been playing nonstop in mine too. It was only right to use that as a foundation for the first DIY Valentine's Day gift idea - a fun Wild Thing Tote!
- Design Space File
- Cricut Canvas Tote
- Cricut Infusible Ink
- Iron-On Vinyl
- Butcher paper (included with Infusible Ink)
- Cricut Maker or another cutting machine
- EasyPress 2 or other heat press
Start by opening the design Cricut Design Space (click here). If you're not using the large canvas tote, press and hold ctrl+a to select everything on the canvas and resize the image to fit your tote. Click on Make It.
On the Prepare screen, click on each mat and turn Mirror on. Click Continue.
On the Make screen, select Infusible Ink Transfer Sheet as the material and make sure the Fine Point blade is loaded.
Place the Infusible Ink transfer sheet liner side down on a standard grip (green) cutting mat. Load the mat into your Cricut machine and press the flashing C to start cutting.
Weed the cut sheet to remove any negative spaces before transfer. Cricut recommends using the cracking techinque with your fingers to weed Infusible Ink Transfer sheets. Gently roll the cut design so that the cut lines separate and are more visible. Use your fingers or tweezers to carefully remove the negative pieces, being careful to leave the design on the liner.
Insert an old towel or EasyPress Mat inside the tote with a piece of cardstock on top.
Use a lint roller to clean up any dust and lint from the bag.
Preheat the EasyPress to 385°F. Cover the tote bag with a piece of butcher paper larger than the EasyPress heat plate.
Preheat the bag for 15 seconds. Remove the butcher paper.
Place the weeded design face down (liner side up) and cover with the butcher paper. Press with light pressure at for 40 seconds.
Slowly lift the EasyPress, then slowly remove butcher paper, and slowly remove the liner while it's still warm. If the transfer sheet sticks to the shirt, remove it with tweezers.
Weed the words from the Iron-On vinyl using the hook tool and tweezers.
Let the EasyPress cool down to 315°F.
Place iron-on face down, liner side up and place a clean sheet of butcher paper over the iron-on vinyl, covering anything the EasyPress plate will be on.
Press with light pressure and hold for 30 seconds. Flip the bag over and press for another 15 seconds. Slowly remove the liner while it's still warm.
DIY Candy Heart Inspired Coasters
I remember loving those candy conversational hearts when I was in school. I'm not a fan of the flavors these days, but I still love the sentiment behind them. I thought it would be nice to give that sentiment a more permanent place in life. I used infusible ink and blank Cricut coasters to do just that. You can change the text to anything you want, but these are my four favorite candy heart phrases (what are yours?!).
- Design Space file
- 4 Blank Coaster
- Infusible Ink transfer sheets
Open the design in Cricut Design Space (click here).
Preheat the Cricut EasyPress 2 to 400°F. Clean the coaster with a lint-free cloth.
Use an EasyPress mat covered with cardstock (to protect the surface).
Position the designs on the coasters. Place a coaster, design face down, on the cardstock and cover with a clean sheet of butcher paper.
Center the EasyPress over the design and press with no pressure for 240 seconds without moving the EasyPress. Lift the press and remove the butcher paper.
Allow the coaster to cool completely before touching the coaster or removing the transfer sheet.
Depending on the size of your EasyPress, you may be able to do multiple coasters (or even all four) at one time.
The EasyPress 2 has a built-in timer and since you're not applying pressure you don't have to stand right there for the entire 4 minutes. Just don't wander too far because 4 minutes isn't that long when heat is involved. And don't try to touch them before they've had time to cool. They'll be really, really, super HOT!