I am a part of the Cricut Influencer Program. I received a Cricut Explore Air cutting machine to facilitate fabulous DIY projects like this one. All opinions are my own.
It’s that time of year- holiday gift giving! And don’t forget those teacher gifts too. While I know teachers really do love the gift cards (always #1 on those “what gift does a teacher really want” lists), I still love to make something as well, especially for those teachers who go above and beyond. So that means it’s also time to get crafting and make a great Cricut made DIY gift.
First of all meet Mrs. Joos- she is our above and beyond! For several years she has worked with my twins as their Intervention Specialist (aka- Special Education teacher). And she is an angel! Not only has she unlocked learning for these two, she has shown time and again that she truly cares for them as well.
So when I was scrolling through the Cricut design space for a teacher gift project- the “Live, Love, Teach” design by Kim Byers jumped right out at me. If that’s not our Mrs. Joos… She puts her heart and soul into teaching and particularly with my kiddos!
Next I had to decide what application to use for this perfect design. I know that often during the school week, the teachers are allowed to dress a little more casual. And since graphic tees are so popular right now, I decided I would make a teacher graphic tee for her.
When I went to select the project I realized it was a “print then cut” design, which means I would not be able to cut the apple out separately (and not really the application I wanted to use). At that point I decided to make my own version of this design to be able to use 2 colors of Iron-on Lite. The hardest part was choosing the fonts! Thanks to Cricut access and my system fonts I had so many to choose from to make it look just how I wanted. All I had to do was make 3 text boxes. And to finish off the look, I went with a simple one cut red apple (an access image found in the Design Space) in place of the “a”! You can find my final design space project here.
The biggest thing to remember when making a t-shirt with Cricut: mirror the image before making your cut! Especially when using lettering! A new (to me) product I used on this customized tee shirt project was the Iron-on Protective sheet. Use it instead of a piece of fabric during ironing; makes it a smooth process.
Then to customize it a bit more, I created an iron on with the hashtag text #itsworthit in Holographic Blue for the back (school color of course). Our school district (Worthington-> that’s the “worth” part) has been encouraging the use of this hashtag on everything via social media. So I felt it was apropos for the blogger to use it on the gifts! (I also cut it out of blue glitter vinyl and put it on some nice water bottles for their other teachers as well.)
I just absolutely LOVE how this turned out! And I cannot wait to give it to her. What teacher in your life deserves this special tee?
This looks so fun!
Great idea! You make this look so easy 🙂
Mary Hoover says
Malini- Actually the Cricut actually makes it easy! And whenever I have run into something I didn’t understand- they have great “how to videos” too.
What a cute gift idea! Love it!
Mary Hoover says
Thanks Julie! We couldn’t wait, so took it to her today. She loved it too!