Hello there and happy Monday! Anybody longing for a weekend do-over? I’m actually loving Monday this week because it means it’s the week that my lovely cousin Jamie gets married! She will be a beautiful bride and her wedding will be amazing, no doubt. I helped her with some fun DIY’s for her reception… I can’t wait to see them in action!
Helping Jamie with her wedding made me a wee bit jealous, I’m not gonna lie. Not because I want to get married again (I’ll keep Ryan around 😉 ), but because I sooo wish I had my Cricut when I got married! I did a ton of DIYs for my wedding. The week of the wedding I frantically called in reinforcements because my projects were really too ambitious. It was so important to me to have a wedding that reflected our personalities and that people would leave our wedding/reception saying “that was so them!”
I think we did a pretty good job with personalizing our wedding, but dang! I would have been so much more budget-friendly, elegant, easy, and even more personalized if I had my Cricut then.
Well I don’t have to be jealous now, because I am partnering with Cricut as a part of their “It’s your story, make it personal” campaign to make some of the things that I would have made for my wedding if I had my Cricut then. (But I AM super jealous of the ahhmazing giveaways that Cricut has going this month, more on that later!)
One of the things that I ended up recruiting helpers for at the last minute was my wedding guest gift bags for the hotel rooms. They were kind of last minute and honestly I ran out of time to make them exactly how I wanted them. Well now I get a gift bag do-over!
Wedding Guest Gifts Bags & Essentials
For all of the projects in these wedding guest gift bags (as well as for the gift bags themselves) I used the Cricut Explore Air, standard grip mat, weeder Tool, transfer tape and a scoring stylus. Whether you make one of all of these ideas, your wedding guest gift bags will provide a warm welcome to your wedding guests and they will know they’re in for a good time at the wedding later!
DIY Wedding Guest Gift Bags
White gift bags (I got these at the dollar store, they come in a 2 pack for… you guessed it, a dollar)
Welcome cut file (if you’re not from Ohio you can easily find SVG or JPEG state cut files online)
Adhesive Foil (I used Stainless Gold and Stainless Teal)
Scrapbook adhesive runner
Adhesive foam mounts (optional)
Open welcome cut file in Cricut Design Space.
The file is set to cut 2 different mats since we’re using 2 different materials. Set the dial on the Cricut to Light Cardstock and cut out state shape (or whatever shape you’d like on the front of the gift bag) out of cardstick of your choice.
For the 2nd mat, set the dial to “Custom” and select Adhesive Foil from the dropdown menu.
Cut “welcome” out of adhesive foil; weed negative space with weeder tool.
Cut transfer tape to size of the welcome piece , remove transfer tape backing and press onto “welcome”. I like to use the scoring stylus to rub the letters under the transfer tape; this will help them to adhere to the tape when you lift it. Peel adhesive foil backing away from transfer tape and letters.
Position where you’d like the “welcome” to go and lay down transfer tape. Use the scoring stylus to gently rub the letters so that they adhere to the cardstock. Slowly peel transfer tape away from cardstock and letters.
Fold thick ribbon over top edge and bottom of bag, securing with scrapbook adhesive.
Apply adhesive foam mounts on the state shape and gently press onto front of bag. If you don’t want the shape raised, you can simply adhere it with the scrapbook adhesive.
DIY Hotel Room Door Hanger
Door hanger template
Glitter cardstock (optional)
Scrapbook Adhesive Runner
Cricut Design Space App
Design text layout for door hanger based on dimensions of door hanger (3 ½” x 8½”). I designed mine in Pages on my MacBook but you can use Photoshop, Word, PicMonkey or any other program that you can print from. Print onto cardstock.
Open the door hanger template in the design space app.
Ok guys, ready for some magic? Have you used SnapMat yet? It takes the guess work out of where exactly (and I mean exactly!) where the Cricut will cut, because you can line it up exactly how you want it yourself. Best.Feature.Ever.
After printing the door hanger, position the printed cardstock on the cutting mat.
Pull up the door hanger template in the Design Space App (if you saved it on your desktop it will show up in your projects on the app if you’re signed into your Cricut account) and tap “Send to Mat” and on the next screen tap “SnapMat”.
You will see a frame in which you will position your cutting mat with the printed cardstock. Once it’s positioned properly in the frame, the app will automatically capture the image.
You will see your cutting mat with the hanger template and your printed cardstock so that you can position the door hanger so that it cuts perfectly around the sign text.
Tap “Go” (make sure you set the dial to light cardstock first) and it will get to cutting! (You will have to make sure your Cricut Explore Air and iOs device are paired before you can use this feature). Carefully remove the door hanger from mat.
Turn the Cricut dial to “Custom” and select Adhesive Foil; cut the ampersand and eye lashes; weed negative space. Apply ampersand and lashes to door hanger with transfer tape.
I had some beautiful glitter cardstock that I used for an envelope (more on that later) so I decided to add some behind the door hanger for a little more durability. Who am I kidding and added it because GLITTER! I cut it to size and attached to the back of the door hanger with scrapbook adhesive.
Cut a slit in the side of the circle so that the hanger can be hung on a door knob or handle.
DIY Luggage Tag Favors
Luggage tag template
Clear Luggage tag
Pull up luggage tag template in design space. Set the dial to “Custom” and select Adhesive Foil from the dropdown menu. Cut mat 1, followed by mat 2 (if using different materials like I did). Weed negative space.
Apply the luggage tag words and heart to the back of the address tag with transfer tape.
DIY Thank You Card & Envelope
Contrasting color glitter cardstock
Acetate paper (optional envelope liner)
Open card/envelope template in design space. Because of the size, the Thank You card and envelope will print on 2 different mats. Start with mat #2, the Thank You card. Turn Cricut dial to Light Cardstock, insert scoring stylus into the chamber left of the blade and cut.
Remove the cardstock and weed negative space. Attach glitter cardstock to inside of thank you card so that it shows through the “Thank you”.
Mat #1 is the envelope, set the dial to Cardstock + if using heavy glitter cardstock and cut. I also decided to make an envelope liner out of Acetate, if you’d like to make one, turn the dial to Cardboard and re-cut mat #1. Cut off sides and bottom of envelope liner and attach to envelope with scrapbook adhesive. Fold edges of envelope and secure with scrapbook adhesive.
DIY Monogram Water Bottle Labels
Cut white adhesive vinyl into 2½” x 7″ strips .
Turn the Cricut dial to “Custom” and select Adhesive Foil. Cut out a monogram or whatever you’d like on your water bottle labels out of adhesive foil; weed negative space.
Attach monogram or initials onto white vinyl with transfer tape and attach vinyl strips onto water bottles.
So I got a little carried away and also made labels for a pack of pocket tissues and monogrammed a tin of mints and favor boxes. It was just so easy! #MonogramAllTheThings!
You can find pretty much everything for wedding guest gift bags at the dollar store. We added snacks, Shout wipes, hand sanitizer, mints, pain reliever, makeup wipes, lint rollers, etc. Another personal touch, the favor boxes had Buckeyes in them. Get it? Ohio… Buckeyes… And just yum.
What would you make for wedding guest gift bags?
So, about this giveaway (I know you’ve been waiting). If you are getting married (or no anyone that is, you can nominate), run over to the Cricut Contest Page! This week the prize is $1,500 in wholesale wedding flowers from FiftyFlowers. The huge online flower wholesaler delivers fresh flowers, farm to doorstep. They have the standard favorites and flowers/plants you’ve never seen before. You can select flowers by type, color, DIY Combos or pre-arranged arrangements.
Check out full contest details, including info on next week’s Grand Prize, $1,500 from Celia.Grace.com toward a wedding dress, $1,500 from FiftyFlowers.com, a Canon Camera, Printer, Ink and Photo Paper AND a Sandals Resort vaca in the Caribbean!
See why I’m jealous?!
Whether you, a friend or family member is getting married, or you just like to look at pretty things, there is so much wedding eye candy on the Cricut Wedding Page.
Thank you, Cricut, for sponsoring this post and giving me a do-over on my wedding guest gift bags.