Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Fun Teacher Gift Using Vinyl

A couple months ago I pinned this on Pinterest...

I thought it was such a cute idea, and I am always looking for fun gifts for special people in our lives, especially teachers!  I pinned it and made a mental note to try and remember it come Christmas time.  Then last week I was contacted by My Vinyl Direct about doing a craft tutorial for them, to say I was excited would be an understatement!  I have been wanting to cut vinyl with my new Cricut Expressions 2, but have been too chicken to try it!  So when I had to choose vinyl to do a craft with, I remembered this pin and thought using vinyl for our teacher's name would look really cute!  

I found this plastic can that is almost like a fake paint can on the Dollar Spot at Target, score!  I know other craft stores sell them, but probably not for a $1!   

 Probably the hardest part for me during this craft project was making all the letters line up nicely.  I am terrible at math, and dimensions, it's all a foreign language to me!  So with a little help from my wonderful husband, I was able to get all the letters to fit just right on the can.  Molly's teacher has a very long name!  So making it work in a small space took some trial and error!

 I got all my settings just right...LOVE the Cricut Craft Room!  {Plus it's free!}

I lined my vinyl all up nicely on my cutting mat...I ordered this vinyl in Silver Grey.
{Did you know their vinyl is not just for Cricut's, but Silhouette's too!}


Our teacher's name all cut out

 This little hook thing came in super handy while trying to peel off the vinyl!

 Worked perfectly!

The teacher's name on the can
Hindsight is 20/20...I should have moved her last name over more, but once I got started I was scared to pull the vinyl off.  I had to cut the letters small and thin, so I was worried that the vinyl would rip.  But the vinyl stuck to the plastic great!  It's on there pretty tight and there are no letters peeling. 

 Next I filled the can up with M&M's...I am not sure why this looks like it's not full, 
because it is pretty full!  This little can took a 19.20 oz bag of M&M's! 

I cut this little tag out using my Cricut.  On the back is a cute little saying about the teacher being "magnificent" and "marvelous", so that's why we are thankful she is our M&M teacher.  

I am so happy that my first time cutting vinyl with my Cricut turned out great!  The vinyl was awesome to work with.  I have to be honest, I was so nervous before I started!  I watched and read a lot of tutorials on cutting vinyl with your Cricut, and then finally decided to just do it.  The people at My Vinyl Direct are awesome to work with, and seriously, look at their prices!  Their vinyl is awesome quality and cheap!  They have a ton of colors to choose from, and they offer same day shipping!  I can't wait to get some more vinyl from there to do some more projects!  Speaking of projects, come back Thursday to see a fun piece of art I did using some pink vinyl for Molly's room!   
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*I was given vinyl from My Vinyl Direct to use for a craft at my home, all opinions expressed are my own*


Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

So cute... what a great gift! I love the tag saying what each color is for!

Zion said...

How cool. I am sure she loved (or will love) it! I have never used a cricut or anything like. You did a great job.

Kelly said...

What a neat idea!