Mother's Day DIY Vinyl Flower Pot With the Cricut Air 2
Calling all dad’s, mama’s, or caregivers in general! Mother's Day is just a couple of weeks away. And today on the blog I’m showing you a fun little DIY to do with that plant loving mama in your life.
Clay pot (I used a 4.5” diameter pot from Dollarama)
Acrylic outdoor paint
Vinyl (any contrasting colour to your paint)
Clear Matte / Transparent contact paper
Sealer / Mod podge outdoor / matte (optional)
Kids artwork / writing
Cricut Air 2 / Cricut Maker
Standard Grip Mat
Approx. 30–45 mins
Using outdoor acrylic paint, start painting your little flower pot to whatever your inner artist wants to get out!
2. While waiting for your pot to dry, you can either download my Zoey’s cute handwriting here, or you can ask your little one, or big person, OR fur baby, to write “mama” or “mom” or “mommy” or stamp a paw.
3. If you don’t have access to a scanner, check out your local library! Or there’s some scanner apps for your phone out there you can also use. Scan your artwork in as black and white, 300 DPI (to get the best resolution for the next step!) Below are the settings that I used.
4. If you are still finding the drawing to be a little light, open it in Photoshop. (Don’t have photoshop? Here’s some alternatives.) Here’s where we play around with the curves.
4.1 Click on NEW FILL OR ADJUSTMENT LAYER in the LAYERS window and choose CURVES.
4.2 Use the white eyedropper tool to select your whites (click on the artwork’s white areas or where you would like it be whitest.)
4.3 Use the black to select the grey’s to make them darker / black. Feel free to play around with the squares in the grid to make it have even more contrast.
4.4 LAYER > FLATTEN IMAGE and SAVE and now we will take it into Illustrator to trace it! (Don’t have Illustrator? Here’s some alternatives!)
5. Create a new document in Illustrator (8” x 11” landscape is fine.) Place your image (FILE > PLACE) on a new art board and go to WINDOW > IMAGE TRACE
6. Click the arrow to open up advanced options. Check “ignore white” and “preview”. Here are the settings I found that worked with the image I had. Play around!
7. In the very top toolbar, click “expand” and voila! A vector image of your awesome artwork that we are ready to take into Cricut’s Design Space…almost.
8. Ungroup your object by going to OBJECT > UNGROUP (or shortcut SHIFT+COMMAND+G for MAC) and remove any other artifacts that might be around your drawing. (Select with the arrow tool and hit DELETE on your keyboard.)
9. I also rotated my artwork and moved the individual letters a bit more together. (This is called kerning and this is my OCD design nerd coming at you!)
10. You can now save this as two different files - illustrators native format which is .AI to keep the original, and also EXPORT AS > JPG for Cricut (when it asks you the options for CMYK, RGB, etc. it doesn’t matter what you choose, just make sure it’s the highest resolution.)
11. Launch Cricut’s Design Space and create a new project.
12. Upload your saved file, choose SIMPLE IMAGE TYPE > CONTINUE.
13. Select + erase by clicking on all the grey areas > CONTINUE.
14. Click SAVE AS A CUT IMAGE > CLICK SAVE.
15. Select your new cut image and click INSERT IMAGES.
16. Make sure that your image is the at least 3” wide and then click MAKE! (Because I had some scraps of vinyl, I moved the image down a bit.)
17. Get your standard grip mat and place your vinyl with the plastic side down (it’s the side that doesn’t feel as smooth.)
18. Turn the materials dial on your Cricut to Vinyl and cut!
19. Using your weeding tool, remove all the excess vinyl. Remember to point the tool AWAY from the cut letters.
20. Take your contact paper and peel it away from it’s backing. Place the sticky side down on top of the letters and flip over your letters to now remove the vinyl backing. This helps us place the vinyl perfectly!
21. Your pot should be dry by the you finished all these crazy steps, so go ahead and place it on your pot!
21. Peel off the contact paper (you can reuse this stuff!) and feel free to use a sealer (mod podge or spray) to seal it (especially if it will be outside.)
22. Check out the Watering Can to look for some amazing plants to fill that up!
23. Happy Mother’s Day!