Wednesday, November 1, 2017

How I decorate my Faux Mantel using my Cricut Air 2- Interchangeable Holiday Decor

I know, I know...yesterday was barely Halloween...but Christmas is my favorite holiday and I couldn't help myself. Also, I jumped at the thought of being able to participate in such an awesome holiday campaign, especially since at the very end of this post, you'll be able to enter to win a brand new Cricut Maker, just in time for the holidays! :)

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I saw this Make It Now project, and was inspired to use the same idea but for some Christmas fun. While my project didn't contain the cardstock on the outside, I did use some cardstock for the mat inside the frame. You can check out the FB video tutorial I did below. Warning, it's long and I dropped the camera a couple of times. (I'm a mess, but fun, I promise!) I'm still trying to get my new office nook properly set up, so please bear with me. If you want to recreate the frame project, you can go here for the file in Design Space!

I told you I'm a mess...but ROSIE is in the video so all is forgiven, right? Love that silly bird!

You will need the following:

-A white shadow box or frame
-THIS file in DS3
-Cricut Cutter
-Cricut Gold Adhesive Foil, Matte
-Cricut Air 2

Here's my awesome Air2 in action! I get very excited every time I get to push that blinking 'c'! :)


All you need to do  is the following.

Go into Design Space, and open a new project.

Insert a square or rectangle onto your canvas. Size accordingly. My shadow box was 8"x 8" so I made the square that size.

Duplicate the square/rectangle, then create a frame by making the second shape about 1.5" to 2" smaller than the first one. Center the two squares, then hit 'slice'.

Delete the smaller squares until you are left with a frame.

If you are using the same size frame as I did, feel free to just cut the frame I have in my project file here.
Place the mat/frame inside the shadow box and apply the vinyl lettering to the glass on the outside of the frame. I used Cricut Gold Adhesive Foil in Matte.

Here's the finished project:

These plain white ornaments got the same treatment as the frame...some Cricut Gold Adhesive Foil, Matte. If you want the lettering to be permanent, just use some Cricut Outdoor Vinyl. 

This plain white charger from the Dollar store got some Gold Glitter Vinyl and the words to my favorite Christmas Carol. I honestly think this is my favorite Christmas faux mantel vignette I've ever done! I think gold and white are officially my favorite Christmas colors. They're truly just classic and classy!

I'm in LOVE!

 The Christmas ornaments found a home in a thrift store set of apothecary jars.

I think I might customize some more ornaments!

I'm loving my entryway table! I don't have a traditional fireplace mantel, so I use my favorite table instead!

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  1. Love this! I bought some ornaments on clearance last January to try this. Guess it's time to dig them out and give it a try :)


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