5 Reasons Why I Love My Cricut Maker + Children’s Art Travel Mugs

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We came up with the idea to make children’s art travel mugs for the girl’s teachers at school this year! “Don’t worry, my mom can make it!” It seems I’ve turned into a bit of a crafting superhero and I’ve got my Cricut Maker to thank for that! The Cricut Maker is easily one of the easiest and versatile little superhero’s on the block!

10 years ago, if you told me that I’d be able to cut vinyl, make wood ornaments or make my own T-shirts, I would have told you that you were crazy! A cutting machine like no other. Technically, I don’t even think you can call it a cutting machine as it does so much more than just cut!

Why do I love the Cricut Maker so much? Let me count the ways!

  1. If you can dream it, you can make it! With the right tools, there is almost nothing you cannot do. From cutting wood to embossing and engraving, you can work with so many different mediums. Perforated edges? No problem? Chipboard home decor? We got you!Children's Art Travel Mugs
  2. It sparks curiosity and creativity in my girls. Coming up with the idea to create children’s art travel mugs was mostly their idea. Though they don’t use it without me, it gets them thinking less about buying gifts and lets them explore their own ability to create one of a kind gifts that let people know you care. “We could totally make that right mommy?”Children's Art Travel Mugs
  3. There is a whole community out there that are just waiting to help you learn how to use your Cricut Maker. From the classes at Michaels to the plethora of Cricut groups on Facebook, anytime you get stuck, there is always someone there who can help!Children's Art Travel Mugs
  4. Like the Pinterest rabbit hole, Cricut’s Design Space is full of amazing ideas. Just when you think that you know all the things your Cricut Maker can make, one scroll through Design Space and you’ll have a million new ideas. From completed projects to images, fonts and so much more, Cricut Design Space is literally like having access to your own personal designer.Children's Art Travel Mugs
  5. One of the things that I love the most about my Cricut Maker is the ability to truly personalize every single thing that you make. You have 100% complete control over everything that you make. You can even upload your own file like your children’s art. Maybe they drew that incredible picture of Dad that you want to hold onto forever? Simply scan it, remove the background and save it as a cut file and the world is your oyster.Children's Art Travel Mugs

Speaking of children’s art, both of my girls inherited an amazing talent for drawing from their Dad. It’s almost a love language for them to draw you a picture to say they care. When we sat down to talk about gifts for their teachers, art was naturally going to happen. We went through their stacks of art and selected their very best.

Admittedly, I am very much an “I’ll figure out” before actually seeing if it’s possible kind of person. We had the art selected for the children’s art travel mugs and then the panic kicked in. What if it wasn’t possible? I searched on the Cricut website and found this article HERE with instructions on how to upload files and then make them cuttable. Admittedly, I am also a skimmer, so this was still a bit of a trial and error process but it was very easy.

For the Teacher Christmas gifts, the girls chose to gift their teachers their children’s art travel mugs that hold both hot or cold, some chocolate, Peach Jam that I made in the summer and some bath salts.

Step by Step How to Make your Own Custom Children’s Art Travel Mugs.

Step 1: After selecting your child’s art, you will want to scan it to your computer to upload it to Design Space.

Step 2: Upload into Design Space, I chose to select the 3rd option ‘Complex’ for image type and then proceed to remove the entire background. The patterned checkerboard background indicates an area that has been removed and will not cut. The solid areas represent the image you will use on the design screen.

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Step 3: For this project, you will want to save as a cut image. Name your item and add a few tags if you wish. Upload onto the design screen and then get to work adjusting the size to fit the surface you’ll be putting it on.

Step 4: Select & cut your vinyl. For this, the girls both chose to use the Holographic Premium Vinyl. Place your vinyl down onto the standard grip mat, select the material, insert the correct blade and follow the prompts for cutting vinyl with your Cricut Maker.

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Step 5: Remove your vinyl from the mat after it’s been cut, weed out the vinyl that you do not want to transfer onto your mug. Cut your transfer tape and place on top of your vinyl image, using your scraper to adhere the transfer tape to your vinyl ensuring that all the vinyl transfers over to the tape and then place onto your travel tumbler in the desired space.

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Use the scraper to go over the vinyl ensuring that all pieces have correctly adhered to the travel tumbler and voila!

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