This week at Cricut we are thinkingi about the Teens & Tweens in our lives. I have a couple here at my house, and I can tell you that they LOVE to create with my Cricut machines. Today, Kristen Swain joins us with a cool way for your teen or tween to dress up their bedroom! Check out Kristen’s funky, zebra-patterned flowers below!
Hey, all! Kristen here with a colorful teen decor project you and your teen could create together. Bright, glittered ZEBRA print flowers tied into a bouquet and placed into a cool jar. Not only does it have gems around the jar, but the paint is blackboard paint and can be drawn on, written on, or doodled on, and when your teen wants to change the message . . . simply wipe it off and add another one! I have to tell you, often when I am creating my kids will wait to check out the finished project before fighting over who get it . . . This time, they were bickering on who would get it for their room before I was even half-way done!
This project is very green, made with a small salsa jar . . . something that you could easily find around your own home! After washing it, the sticker just didn’t want to come off. I decided not to let that stop me and incorporated it into my project. I used masking tape to tape off the space around the label, and then used chalkboard paint to paint the center section of the jar. Allow to dry overnight. The next morning, I peeled off the tape and discovered that it worked perfectly! Even if you have a smear or two of paint, you can easily clean it up by gently scraping it off the smooth glass surface of the jar.
Next, I created the flowers. I selected several colors of bright cardstock that I wanted to use. Next, I used the Cricut Imagine machine to print the zebra pattern onto them using the Teresa Collins Black & White Patterns cartridge. I love the possibilities of this cartridge! I love that I print the patterns on any color of paper and achieve so many different results! After printing my papers, I loaded them back onto mats and cut out the rose shapes using the Giant Flowers cartridge.Next, I assembled each rose, and then secured a bamboo skewer to each one by adding several adhesive squares to the skewer and inserting it through the center of the rose. Finally, I wrapped each skewer with floral tape, to make the ‘stems’ green.
To finish my project, I glued a length of blue rose ribbon around the lip of the jar. added some marbles inside the jar (from the dollar store) to sturdy the flowers, and added gem border strip stickers to the top and bottom of the chalkboard paint section. I gathered the blooms together and sprayed them with white spray mist for a bit of shimmer and shine. You could certainly create this bouquet with less colors, matching any room decor. I may even create one of these fun flower jars for myself!
Designed By: Kristen Swain
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression 2 Electronic Cutting Machine, Cricut Imagine Machine
Cricut Cartridges Used: Imagine Teresa Collins Black & White, Giant Flowers
Other Supplies: Cardstock (pink, orange, gold, yellow, teal, and blue), Jar, Chalkboard paint, Chalk, Rose Ribbon/Cardstock (American Crafts), Spray Mist (Marshmallow by Tattered Angels), Bamboo skewers, Gem Border sticker, Floral tape, Adhesives