Easy ‘Mother Lover’ Earth Day Gift Cricut Tutorial
Are you searching for a quick Earth Day gift tutorial to make a show-stopping Spring gift? If so, my ‘Mother Lover’ Cricut tutorial is perfect for you!
It’s always a good time to show a mama in your life some love. And this project is so perfect for this time of year, with both Earth Day and Mother’s Day right around the corner.
This would make such a cute gift for a nature-loving new mom!
My quick and easy Cricut tutorial – coupled with any one of my favorite nature books and/or toys – makes a show-stopping gift! Get ready to hear some oooh’s & ahhh’s!
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This is the second Earth Day shirt I’ve made this year for my kids – I just can’t help myself. My son is currently obsessed with learning about the National Parks (random, right?!) and with the Lorax book and movie, and he’s doing tons of fun Spring nature projects at school.
Because of all of this, I feel like we are talking A LOT about the environment, so this shirt is perfect for my little tree hugger.
If you’d like to make your own, follow along with me:
Step 1: Gather your supplies
- Blank onesie or t-shirt (mine is a 4T raglan I found on clearance at Old Navy)
- Cricut Everyday Iron-on vinyl in white (or your favorite heat transfer vinyl)
- Light box (optional)
- Cricut EasyPress (or a standard iron)
- Cricut Explore Air 2 and cutting mat
- Weeding tools
- Cricut EasyPress Mat (or thick towel)
- Additional font* (See Step 2)
- Globe svg (See Step 3)
Step 2: Download font & upload it to your Cricut Design Space
I used a font called “My_handwriting” for this project, which is not a standard font in Cricut Design Space. You can get it for free from dafont.com and upload it to Design Space.
*Always double-check the licensing for the fonts you download. I am using this font for personal use and will not be selling these onesies for profit. However, there are plenty of completely free fonts on dafont.com.
I also used this font for a shirt for my little girl for Earth Day. If you download this font for this project, check out my Don’t Be Trashy – recycle shirt tutorial. With one more svg download, you can whip up both shirts pretty quickly!
Anyway, back to the task at hand…
- 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 files 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).
Step 3: Download the globe image & upload it to Cricut Design Space
Isn’t this the perfect svg for this project? I love that it isn’t too intricate, which makes weeding a breeze. To include it on your shirt, you’ll want to:
- Go to onlinewebfonts.com and download the svg to your computer.
- Open Cricut Design Space and in a New Project, click on the “Upload” button on the left sidebar.
- Click on the “Upload Image” button and then the “Browse” button to navigate to where you’ve saved your image.
- Double click on the file
- Add an image name and tags and click “Save.”
- Now your image will be saved to Recently Uploaded Images under the Upload tab.
- Click on your image and hit the “Insert Images” button, which will take you back to your canvas for further manipulation.
Step 4: Adjust the sizing of the graphic and add your text
Once you have both the graphic and text uploaded to Design Space, play around with the sizing until you are satisfied with the overall look.
I wanted the text to curve round the Earth, so I used a combination of the Rotate button/arrow and the Curve button in Design Space. Again, it’s all up to you if you want to curve the text at all. Just have fun playing around with it!
Once I was happy with the overall layout, I “Attached” the text to the Earth image so my Cricut Explore Air2 would cut the entire decal out of one piece of white vinyl. I did this by rubber band selecting all of the text and the graphic and hitting the “Attach” button on the Layers tab.
The final dimensions for a 4T shirt were roughly 7″ wide x 7″ tall.
Step 5: Cut & weed your vinyl
Make sure your Cricut is set to “Heat Transfer” and each image has “mirror” selected.
Once the decal is cut, remove it from your cutting mat and weed the excess vinyl leaving only the mirrored vinyl on the plastic vinyl sheet.
Step 6: Iron/transfer the decal
Place a thick towel or your Cricut EasyPress Mat on you work surface and preheat your iron or Cricut EasyPress to 315 degrees. Transfer away! Remove the plastic backing and there you have it – the cutest custom gift for your little tree hugger (or their mama)!
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IF YOU NEED HELP BRAINSTORMING OR CREATING YOUR OWN CUSTOM GIFT, PLEASE REACH OUT TO ME! I’D LOVE TO HELP!
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