Sunday, July 22, 2012

Monday: CCR Carts; 3D Lanterns, and Playground Equipment

Welcome back to another Design Team project for My Cricut Craft Room! This week I chose to make a project with Cricut Craft Room (CCR) carts. For today's project, I used 3D Lanterns, and Playground Equipment. I also used Birthday Cakes and Cricut Sampler.

To get started, I cut four separate lantern pieces (stained glass pattern) at 10 inches. I cut two pieces in a light yellow card stock, and the other two pieces in white card stock. I adhered them together in an alternating pattern. White, yellow, white, yellow. I did this to give the "lantern" some interest. I backed each panel with vellum, so that you could not see through to the other side through the cut image. You could certainly stop here if you just wanted to use the lantern as a lantern. I wanted to take my project a step further to show you you don't have to use a cut at face value. Don't be afraid to step outside of the box and make something unique. What's the worst that could happen?

I began to brainstorm the idea of a mobile for a nursery, child's room, etc. You could hang this over a crib, or just in the corner of a bedroom or playroom as a decoration. In any case, please be mindful of where you put it, so little hands can't pull it down. It is meant to be a decoration, not a toy. :)

I moved on to cutting all the various animals and shapes that I wanted to hang on my mobile. You don't have to do animals, you could do almost anything. I wanted mine to be unisex, so I stuck to neutral colors. I think a  princess themed mobile would be really cute for a girl, or maybe a dinosaur theme for a boy. The possibilities really are endless.

Cuts are as follows:

  • Duck - CCR Basics
    • 2.22w, 2.208h
    • Water: Cricut Sampler; 2.639w, 1.208h

  • Monkey - Birthday Cakes
    • Shadow - 2.792w, 2.569h
    • Layer 1 - 3.472w, 2.417h
    • Layer 2 - 2.663w, 2.417h
  • Giraffe - Birthday Cakes
    • Shadow - 2.764w, 3.056h
    • Layer - 2.625w, 2.903h
  • Horse - Playground Equipment
    • Shadow - 3.728w, 2.875h
    • Layer 1 - 3.083w, 2.681h
    • Layer 2 - 2.653w, 2.194h
After all your pieces are cut and assembled, all that's left to do is attach them. I used some jute to attach mine to the lattern, but I think in hindsight it would be easier to use ribbon or twine.

I hope you liked today's project, and please don't be afraid to think outside of the box with your cuts! If you have any questions, please let me know. Remember to subscribe so you can keep up with new projects as they're added! :)

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  1. Love your project, I need to think out side the box more.
    MCCR DT sister

  2. This is truly unique and fun. Great job.
    L.B. MCCR DT sister

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  4. Super mobile. Love the added animals and fun colors of paper you used!
    Jessica S
    MCCR DT Sister

  5. Melissa you did such an awesome job on this
    mobile. TFS
    New follower here , hope you stop by my blog
    Ava DT Sister MCCR

  6. What an adorable project Melissa!! The Lantern is beautiful.
    My Cricut Craft Room Design Team

  7. Adorable project Melissa and I am now a follower on your blog also!!
    MCCR DT Lead Shelley

  8. What a super idea. I love the way this turned out! Super cute!

    Nadja, MCCR DT Sister

  9. Love this! Thank you for the inspiration!! The lil animals are so caaaute!! Great job!

    Heather Lynn
    MCCR DT Sister

  10. Melissa - this is a wonderful project! What a cute and unique addition to a nursery! Love the animals! Great job, DT SIS!

  11. Love it really really Cute!

    MCCR DT, Lisa Ch


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