Mother's Day DIY Vinyl Flower Pot With the Cricut Air 2

A flat lay of supplies needed to make a DIY vinyl flower pot using the Cricut Air 2. Some of the supplies shown are a clay pot, paint, and a jade plant.
 

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.

SUPPLIES

  • Clay pot (I used a 4.5” diameter pot from Dollarama)

  • Acrylic outdoor paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Vinyl (any contrasting colour to your paint)

  • Clear Matte / Transparent contact paper

  • Sealer / Mod podge outdoor / matte (optional)

  • Kids artwork / writing

  • Scanner

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Cricut Air 2 / Cricut Maker

    • Standard Grip Mat

    • Weeding tool

TIME NEEDED

  • Approx. 30–45 mins

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Using outdoor acrylic paint, start painting your little flower pot to whatever your inner artist wants to get out!

 
A flat lay with a hand painting a clay pot with white acrylic outdoor paint
 

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.

 
Little hands writing the word "mama" in a sharpie marker
 

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.

 
A screenshot of the what settings used to scan the handwritten artwork
 

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.

 
A screenshot of Photoshop and where to find the adjustment layer icon
 

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.)

 
A screenshot of Photoshop and where to find the white eyedropper tool in the curves window
 

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.

 
sara-wilde-collective-mothers-day-cricut-plant-pot-vinyl-diy-13.jpg
 

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!

 
A screenshot of Illustrator and the settings used for Image Trace
 

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.)

 
A screenshot of Illustrator and how to delete excess artifacts
 

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!)

 
A screenshot of a vector image of the word MAMA handwritten
 

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.

 
Screenshot of Cricut's Design Space using the SIMPLE image type
 

13. Select + erase by clicking on all the grey areas > CONTINUE.

 
Screenshot of Cricut's Design Space select + erase
 

14. Click SAVE AS A CUT IMAGE > CLICK SAVE.

 
Screenshot of Cricut's Design Space save as a cut image
 

15. Select your new cut image and click INSERT IMAGES.

 
Screenshot of Cricut's Design Space grid layout, with an arrow pointing to the width and heigh
 

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.)

 
Screenshot of Cricut's Design Space prepare mat's screen
 

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!

 
A Cricut Air 2 machine in Mint with a MacBook Pro laptop, cutting teal vinyl
 

19. Using your weeding tool, remove all the excess vinyl. Remember to point the tool AWAY from the cut letters.

 
Using the Cricut weeding tool to remove excess vinyl
 

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!

 
Placing contact paper on vinyl lettering
Removing the back plastic from the vinyl letters
 

21. Your pot should be dry by the you finished all these crazy steps, so go ahead and place it on your pot!

 
Placing vinyl lettering on a painted flower 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!

 
A painted flower pot with the words "mama" in vinyl lettering