I love love. Whether I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend, friends, or family, it brings me so much joy to show my loved ones just how loved they are. You already know I’m a huge fan of DIY projects, and this holiday is no different; I adore making DIY Valentines!
At the start of the year, my amazing boyfriend got me a Cricut Explore Air 2 for my birthday, and I haven’t seen the light of day since (sort of kidding). I loooove making new projects with my machine! For this Valentine’s Day, I decided to make mugs that can (and should!) be filled with tasty treats! I put together a tutorial for you, complete with free SVG cut files if you have a cutting machine (SVG downloads at the bottom of the post). Enjoy!
First off, you need a Cricut. This one’s mine–ain’t she a beaut?
1. In Cricut Design Space, set “mugs” as your canvas. This will help you figure out what size to make your graphic! I always size mine to be a liiiittle bigger than the image they show.
2. Upload your SVG file in the “upload images” tab, then insert that image into the project.
3. Once the image is uploaded, right click on it and “ungroup.” This will make every piece of your graphic a different layer, but don’t worry–we’re going to re group them in a sec!
4. For everything you want to be different colors, select those layers and “attach” them. For this one, I wanted my text to be pink and my hearts to be gold, so I grouped all the text together. I then did the same for the hearts, so I had 2 layers: text, and hearts.
5. Change the hearts to be a different color than the text. The color you choose doesn’t have to be the same as what you’re printing–it just needs to be a different color so that the Cricut machine knows that they need to be cut separately.
6. When you’re ready to cut, hit “Go!” Be sure to select “mirror image,” since we’re using an iron-on.
See what I mean about the different colors printing separately? You can see the two layers on the left.
7. Since I was cutting out my letters first, I put the pink vinyl down to start. Make sure to put your vinyl shiny side down, or follow the instructions on the package.
8. Once your vinyl is cut, it’s time to start peeling! Slowly peel away the excess vinyl so you see only the graphic you printed out.
9. Now it’s time for weeding! This is a tedious but very necessary task. I have a special weeding tool that I use for this, but you can also use a bobby pin or anything small and sharp that will help you get out the spaces between O’s, K’s, E’s… all of those little guys.
10. Once you’re done weeding, apply the vinyl to your mug! Make sure it lines up well (it should slightly stick to your mug, but not so much that you can’t adjust its position). P.S. I buy these mugs from Amazon all the time, and they’re perfect for this project!
11. Put a towel or cloth between your iron and the mug (so the vinyl doesn’t burn), and get to ironing! You’ll need to apply a bit of pressure and hold the iron down for a minute or so on each spot. This mug probably took 4 full minutes of ironing to make everything stick.
12. Peel off the plastic, and voila! Now it’s time to put on the hearts. Line them up the best you can according to the design (remember you can adjust as needed before ironing down). Once the hearts are ironed on, you’re done!
The thing I love about these mugs is that the pink goes so perfectly with Strawberry-flavored Pocky! I also mixed in Cookies & Cream because hey, I’m crazy like that. How great would this mug’o’treats look on your BFF’s desk? She’ll love you forever.
I also added in pom poms because I think they just look so festive! And they’re super cheap–I think a big bag of these was $4 at Michaels.
Okay, that’s settled… Pocky looks cute in every single situation here.
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