How to Make “Wheelie” Great Summer Birthday Treats

How to Make “Wheelie” Great Summer Birthday Treats

*Includes a complete Cricut tutorial!

These non-edible summer birthday treats are the perfect way to celebrate a summer birthday early with classmates before break begins. My son’s birthday is in July, so he’s pretty much guaranteed to never to have to go to school on his birthday. While there is a definite upside to this, when he’s three and all his preschool friends get to celebrate at school, it can be a little tough.

We just kicked off the last week of school before summer break, and my son’s teachers were kind enough to let me bring in treats for an early celebration. I made these super simple summer birthday treats with the help of my Cricut. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Cricut though – you can make them by hand too!

Make these "Wheelie" great Summer Birthday Treats using the Cricut tutorial at www.nataliemenke.com

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Step 1: Gather your supplies for your summer birthday treats

The exact supplies I used:



Step 2: Download font & upload it to your Cricut Design Space

As I explained in my previous Cricut tutorial, the key to writing with your Cricut is finding a very thin font that will fill itself in as it writes so you don’t end up with bubble letters. You can purchase Cricut Access, which includes writable fonts, but I do not subscribe to it and prefer to pick out my own fonts from dafont.com.

For this project I used the font “Handwriting” by Jeremy Paz, which is a 100% free font at the time of this posting. This font is thin enough so that the Cricut pen will fill in each letter as it “outlines” it when you select “Draw” instead of “Cut” for your text.

Text for the note to be included with the Hot Wheels car and cellophane bag for the Summer Birthday Treats: "I am 'wheelie' excited to turn FOUR in July! - Your friend, Colin"

*Always double-check the licensing for the fonts you download. I am using this font for personal use and will not be selling these summer birthday treats for profit. 

Download directions:

  • Go to Dafont.com and search for the font name or click on the link above. Next, click on the gray “download” button to the right of the fonts.
  • Once the zip file has downloaded to your computer, open the file and double-click on the TrueType font file to open it.
  • Then hit the “install” button at the top of the document.
  • Once the install is complete, open Cricut Design Space and select your new font from the font drop-down menu. (If you are already working in Design Space, you’ll want to refresh it or log out and back in so you can see the new font selection).

For the text, I wrote:

I am “wheelie” excited to turn FOUR in July!

Your friend, Colin

Make these "Wheelie" Great Summer Birthday Treats using the Cricut tutorial at www.nataliemenke.com

Step 3: Finalize the Layout & Select Drawing and Cutting Functions

I planned to tuck a note with the above text in each of the bags along with a Hot Wheels car. I started by making a rectangle on the Design Space Canvas that was roughly the same size as the back of the Hot Wheels packaging. Mine was 4″x5″.

This rectangle serves two purposes:

  1. It creates a template so you can visualize the placement of the text.
  2. It will tell your Cricut where to cut the cardstock after it draws the text.

Inside the rectangle, I played around with the text sizing and spacing until I was happy with the overall look. Next, click on the text and select “Draw” from the “Linetype” drop-down. Now your Cricut knows to draw the lines of the text instead of cut around them.

Screenshot of Cricut Design Space showing the Draw Linetype feature for writing with downloaded fonts on your Cricut Explore Air2 for the purpose of making these summer birthday treats on www.nataliemenke.com

Now you’ll want to let the machine know that you want a rectangle cut out around the text. Select the rectangle you recently inserted and make sure “Cut” is selected from the “Linetype” drop down.

Screenshot of Cricut Design Space showing the Cut Linetype feature on your Cricut Explore Air2 for the purpose of making these summer birthday treats on www.nataliemenke.com

Next, “Attach” the text and the rectangle so your Cricut Explore Air2 can both write and cut every piece at once. I did this by rubber-band selecting all of the text and the rectangle and hitting the “Attach” button on the Layers tab.

I needed 18 total summer birthday treats, so I made sure I was drawing and cutting two notes per sheet of cardstock. To do this, simply “copy and paste” the attached rectangle and text so there are two identical notes in your Design Space canvas. You will cut two notes per 8″x11″ piece of cardstock. (I had to reload 9 times.)

Copy and Paste the Summer Birthday Treat project to have two notes in Cricut Design Space

Cut two "I am 'wheelie' excited" notes from one sheet of cardstock for these summer birthday treats at www.nataliemenke.com

Step 4: Send the project to your Cricut and watch the magic happen!

Adhere one piece of cardstock at a time to one of your Cricut cutting mats, and load your machine like normal. Follow the prompts and watch as the design takes shape!

Step 5: Assemble each summer birthday treat bag

Make these "Wheelie" great Summer Birthday Treats using the Cricut tutorial at www.nataliemenke.com

I’D LOVE TO HEAR IN THE COMMENTS BELOW IF YOU USED THIS TUTORIAL TO MAKE THE SUMMER BIRTHDAY TREATS!

More later! The craft room is calling, and I must go…

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