Mother's Day gift basket

HOW TO MAKE PERSONALIZED DIY MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS WITH CRICUT

Mother’s Day is upon us! I loved using all of my Cricut supplies, tools, and machines to create some custom Mother’s Day gift basket items for my mother and mother-in-law!

Gather your supplies!

– Cricut Mug Press
– Cricut ceramic mug blanks (large or small size)
– Infusible Ink in your favorite colors and patterns
– Cricut Joy (or any Cricut cutting machine)
– Basic Tool Set
– Design Space 
– Cricut Access
– Infusible Inks
– Infusible ink pens and markers (not required)
– Heat resistant tape
Cosmetic bag blanks (set of 3)
Smart Iron On
Insert cards
Card mat

Mother's Day gift basket supplies

I got the pretty plastic baskets from Dollar Tree, and loved them so much I bought 11 of them, ha! The terrazzo tile tissue paper and cellophane also came from Dollar tree.

Ok, let’s get going on the DIY projects, shall we?

Personalized cosmetic bags

I turned on my Easy Press 2, opened my package of three cosmetic bags, and decided on a design for my mother-in-law (who we call “Llama”).

Cricut cosmetic bag blanks

She loves the color red, so I decided on some red smart iron on.

smart iron on

Using a ruler, I measured the width of the bag before I headed to Design Space to get started on the design process.

Measuring cosmetic bag for iron on

I created a simple rectangle that was approximately 8.5″ in length, and added “LLAMA” over the top. Then I sliced the text out of the triangle.

Cricut Design Space

It was time to cut the design, but first I had to mirror the design so it would iron on facing the correct direction.

Cricut Design Space

Using my Cricut Joy, I cut out the design (shiny side down).

Cutting iron on with a Cricut Joy

Once cut, I weeded away the excess design with my weeding tool.

Weeding a LLAMA iron on design in red
Weeding a LLAMA iron on design in red

I laid out the design over the cosmetic bag to get a vision on how it will look.

 LLAMA iron on design in red for Mother's Day gift

The Easy Press 2 was heated and ready to go at 315 degrees (according to the Cricut heat guide). I placed it over the design and let the timer go for 30 seconds.

iron on with Easy Press 2

Once the timer went off, I removed the Easy Press 2 and put it back on its stand.

 LLAMA iron on design in red for Mother's Day gift basket

After everything cooled down, I gently pulled away the protective backer revealing my super cool, personalized design.

LLAMA iron on design in red for Mother's Day gift bag

I love how this cute bag turned out and the color is so vibrant!

 LLAMA iron on design in red for Mother's Day gift

Time to make my mom’s bag now!

I found some excess holographic iron on from a previous tea towel project and decided to use it in a super simple design. I love the holographic iron materials on so much!

Off to Design Space I went – I made a simple heart and text that read “NANA.

Cricut Design Space

My Joy quickly cut the design and it was time to wee away the excess.

Cutting iron on with a Cricut Joy
Weeding away iron on
Weeding away iron on
Weeding away iron on

After the design was placed on my bag to my liking, I used the Easy Press 2 to adhere it (315 degrees for 30 seconds).

NANA iron on design in red for Mother's Day gift basket

Once everything cooled, I gently peeled away the backer to reveal the holographic design.

NANA iron on design in red for Mother's Day gift bag

I love how simple yet cool this cosmetics bag is, and can’t get over the holographic effect. It’s going to look great in the Mother’s Day gift basket.

NANA iron on design in red for Mother's Day gift basket

Time to make some mugs for the gift basket using my Cricut Mug Press

I turned on the Mug Press, grabbed two 12 ounce mugs, some infusible ink, my Joy, and got to work!

Cricut Mug Press, mug blanks, infusible ink
Cricut Mug Press and Joy

In Design Space, I designed my customized art using a mug template, then sliced the text from the design just as I did on the cosmetics bag.

Cricut Design Space

After mirroring the design it was time to cut!

Cricut Design Space
Cutting infusible ink with a Cricut Joy

After the design was cut it was time to weed away all the excess material.

Cutting infusible ink with a Cricut Joy

I used my hands for the most part, but you can use the weeding tool if that works better for you.

Weeding away infusible ink for mug in Mother's Day gift basket
Weeding away infusible ink for mug in Mother's Day gift basket

Finally I pulled away the material on the wrap edges so it could properly stick to the mug underneath the handle.

Weeding away infusible ink for mug in Mother's Day gift basket

Time to wrap the mug and prepare for the Mug Press!

Apply infusible ink to mug

Once the design was carefully and firmly pressed to the mug blank, I put it in the Mug Press, which is super simple to use and does all the work for you.

Apply infusible ink to mug

After the beep letting me know that the mug was finished, I gently pulled it out by the handle (which always stays cool), and set it on my mat to cool down.

Mug out of Mug Press cooling down

After it cooled down, I pulled away the wrap revealing my beautiful new mug. It’s going to be the best part of the Mother’s Day gift basket!

What I love the most about these mugs is that they are microwave and dishwasher safe. You can read all about the Cricut Mug Press here.

Finished LLAMA mug out of Mug Press gift for a Mother's Day gift basket

Time to do another mug in a more complicated design.

For my mom’s mug I found a wooded design in Design Space, and removed some of the stars to leave some room to add “NANA.”

Cricut Design Space

I mirrored the design and started the cut.

Cutting infusible ink with a Cricut Joy

Once cut, I weeded away all the excess material until it was time to apply the wrap to my mug.

Cutting infusible ink with a Cricut Joy

The weeding tool really helped with this one!

I added the mug into the Press and waited for the final beep indicating it was ready.

The mug looked so cool I decided to make another one for my dad using the text “PAPA.”

Finished NANA mug out of Mug Press gift for a Mother's Day gift basket
Finished NANA mug out of Mug Press gift for a Mother's Day gift basket

The final DIY projects for the basket are simple insert cards!

I pulled out my card mat and chose the papers I wished to use.

Cricut card making kit for Mother's Day
Cricut card making kit for Mother's Day

I inserted the back flap of the card into the mat and pressed the card closed.

Cricut card making kit for Mother's Day - adding card to card mat
Cricut card making kit for Mother's Day - adding card to card mat

After choosing a pre-made design in Design Space, I cut it out.

Cricut card making kit for Mother's Day - Cutting on the Joy

I used the weeding tool to remove the excess paper fro the design.

Cricut card making kit for Mother's Day - weeding paper away
Cricut card making kit for Mother's Day - weeding paper away

After the paper was weeded away, I tried out the pink insert card and then the yellow to see which one I liked best.

Cricut card for Mother's Day gift basket

I decided to go with the yellow.

Cricut card for Mother's Day gift basket

And finally, it’s time to put the whole Mother’s Day gift basket together.

My daughter painted some cute mini vases for each basket – I love them!

Mother's Day gift basket ideas – Get creative with your Cricut!

Here’s a closer look at some of the items I made with Cricut.

Mother's Day gift basket ideas – Get creative with your Cricut!

I wrapped each piece in the cute tissue paper.

Wrap mug with tissue paper
Wrap mug with tissue paper
Wrap cosmetic bag with tissue paper

And added it to the basket.

Mother's Day gift basket ideas – Get creative with your Cricut!

After one gift basket was filled, I moved onto the other.

Mother's Day gift basket ideas – Get creative with your Cricut!
Mother's Day gift basket ideas – Get creative with your Cricut!

Here are the other items from World Market that I added to the baskets. I hope the moms like it all!

Links to the extra goodies included in the basket in case you’re on the hunt:
Tea towel, Scones, Beer bread, Cheese, Salami, Bruschetta, Punched metal votive, Candle 

Mother's Day gift basket ideas – Get creative with your Cricut!

And here is one of the finished Mother’s Day gift baskets!

I love that the tote can be reused for storage, a beach day, or anything else. you can also choose to wrap the basket in cellophane. That was my original plan, but decided to skip that step.

Mother's Day gift basket ideas – Get creative with your Cricut!

I hope I’ve shown you just how easy these projects are to make with Cricut and inspired you to get creative!

I’ve blogged about my love for Cricut many times, and it’s probably pretty obvious that I’m a huge fan and truly love their products. This is a sponsored post, but all opinions and projects are 100% my own.

xoxo
Audrey

Mother's Day gift basket ideas – Get creative with your Cricut!

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Mother's Day gift basket – Cute and Easy ideas to make personalized gifts with your Cricut. Give a gift she will truly love!
Mother's Day gift basket – Cute and Easy ideas to make personalized gifts with your Cricut. Give a gift she will truly love!
Mother's Day gift basket – Cute and Easy ideas to make personalized gifts with your Cricut. Give a gift she will truly love!
Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the cute and colorful look quickly and affordably!

EASTER DECOR IDEAS FOR YOUR PORCH AND WINDOW BOXES – EASY & AFFORDABLE!

Looking for some easy outdoor Easter decor ideas for your porch or window boxes? I’ve got you covered!

When I took down my DIY Valentine’s Day porch and window box decor our porch looked really sad and bare, so I decided it was time to start thinking about Easter decor ideas.

I went out my favorite craft store, Michaels and picked up a few supplies:

Colorful Easter egg garland (3 strands)
A bunny bag (similar options here)
Mini dowel rods (similar)
Colorful plastic eggs
Felt egg decorating kit
Clothes pins

I sat outside on a nice day and got my Easter decor craft on!

Before we start, here is our very plain porch and window boxes after I removed the Valentine’s Day decor. It needed some color and new life!

The porch after Valentine’s Day came down and Easter decor went up.

And our large window box all bare except for the 6 faux sweet grass/boxwood bushes. They come in a set of 6 and look pretty realistic I think.

The big window box after Valentine’s Day came down and Easter decor went up.

Here’s a look at our smaller window boxes with the hearts and fair lights removed.

The two smaller window boxes after Valentine’s Day came down and Easter decor went up.

Need a reminder of what the porch, large window box, and smaller boxes looked like for Valentine’s Day?

I loved the way they looked at night with the fairy lights, and was sad to finally remove the fairy lights that had been up since I put the Halloween decor up, ha!

Enough about that – let’s get the outdoor Easter decor projects going, shall we?

I grabbed two strands of colorful Easter egg garland and quickly and easily added them to the 6 faux sweet grass bushes in the large window box.

After one egg garland strand was placed, I added the second. This garland is definitely my favorite Easter decor element.

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!

I fluffed the garland strands up a bit until I was happy with the look. The pop of color they bring is great and it’s a huge bang for the buck. So quick and easy!

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!

Here is what each faux sweet grass bush looks like in the set of 6 if you’re in the market for your own faux flower box greenery.

Time to place the other strand of egg garland in our smaller window boxes! Thse boxes are quite a bit smaller than the large one, so I was able to cut the garland in half using wire cutters.

Talk about even more band for my buck!

I climbed our extension ladder and placed each half strand in each box.

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!

These are soooo cute don’t you think? If you’re ore into neutral colors, Michaels has other more muted color combos.

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!
Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!

In each of the smaller window boxes I have faux cedar bushes that come in a set of 3, and really love them for all seasons. I do eventually want to add a couple more bushes to each window box to fill them up a bit more.

Time to add some Easter decor to a faux potted plant for the porch!

Out came my package of mini dowel rods (similar) and colorful plastic eggs to create some DIY egg picks.

Originally, I started out with a glue gun until I changed my mind on the best way to attach the two pieces. I didn’t like the way the eggs looked with the dowel glued to the egg, so I chose a plan B.

By breaking part of the dowel rod in half, it exposed a pointy edge which I simply pushed through the egg bottoms.

It’s not the most classy way to do it, but it worked for me. It also allowed me to have sticks of varying height, which is always a plus.

I repeated that step on 6 eggs until I had enough to work with.

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!

All I did was simply stick them into my faux fern plant. If you’re wondering why I used so many faux plants it’s because it is still technically winter here in the midwest and we have more snow forecasted soon.

Once spring is officially here, I’ll swap some faux plants out for real ones. 🙂

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!

I love this simple Easter decor planter and how it adds a pop of color to our front porch.

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!

This snack bowl is always out for our delivery drivers, so I had to add that back into the mix.

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!

Next, I took a canvas bunny bag and thought I’d try to use it as a wreath, which I think is a bit unexpected. I try to add some fun for the kids in our neighborhood when I can!

These bunny banners would also be cute on a front door.

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!

I stepped back to admire my easy and affordable Eater decor, and I have to say the window box garland is still my favorite!

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!

These deck lights stay up year-round and I love the glow they provide. I got the modern white chair on clearance at Home Goods last year, but did find a set of them here if you’re in the market. This chair is so cute and holds up to the elements great!

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!

I used pillows I had on hand, but do wish I would have ordered this pillow for the porch chair – so cute!

Now for a quick look at the Easter decor garland in our small window boxes – just a simple and cute pop of color!

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!

Until we get to April, I decided to hang my DIY pom pom wreath on the front door, and love the pop of color it brings!

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!

Closer to Easter I will also display our DIY felt egg decorating kit on the porch or in the windows.

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the festive, cute, and colorful look quickly and affordably!

Vivienne had fun helping me decorate them!

Easter felt egg decorating kit from Michaels perfect kid activity
Easter felt egg decorating kit from Michaels
Easter felt egg decorating kit from Michaels
Easter felt egg decorating kit from Michaels

And last idea for my easy Easter decor is inside on our dining room table.

Out came my glass bunny I found in the Target dollar spot a couple years ago. And then some faux succulents, colorful plastic eggs, and a crystal bowl. I simply placed them together on the table for a little festivity inside.

spring home tour colorful easter eggs in a crystal bowl next to a cute glass bunny
spring home tour colorful easter eggs in a crystal bowl next to a cute glass bunny

Ahh, I love the affordable and cute pop of color the eggs bring!

spring home tour colorful easter eggs in a crystal bowl

I hope my Easter decor ideas have inspired you to add a little festivity to your porch and window boxes if you have them.

xoxo
Audrey

Easter decor ideas for your front porch and window boxes. Get the cute and colorful look quickly and affordably!

You might also like my DIY Halloween outdoor decor ideas.

A fun & unique outdoor Halloween decor tour – at both day and nighttime! Full of affordable festivity & spookiness!
Free fall art printables — 17 designs — colorful and neutral options!

HAPPY FALL Y’ALL – 17 FREE ART PRINTABLES FOR YOUR WALLS

Who’s ready for some free fall art printables?

I know fall isn’t technically here yet, but I’ve already decorated the inside and outside of our home, ha! I figured I’d mix a couple fall art printables into our gallery walls while I’m at it.

Colorful holly jolly art in frame

4 CUTE AND COLORFUL HOLLY JOLLY ART PRINTABES

I’m spreading cheer with my free holly jolly art printables! Anyone else in the best mood around the holidays? I just love this time of year. I designed four simple, but cheerful options, so hopefully one or two catch your eye.