These DIY Mugs are the perfect plant lover gift idea- just pair the hand lettered mugs with a tiny plant and you’re good to go! Download the free hand lettered designs to make your own with Cricut or Silhouette!
I love gifts that are both a little bit customized to the person you’re giving it to and a little bit cheeky. This plant lover gift idea fits both of those criteria and it’s dang cute to top it all off. I’m sharing this DIY gift idea tutorial, the free hand lettered designs for you to use, AND a rockin’ giveaway to top it all off. I’ve teamed up with some of my favourite Cricut Loving bloggers to each share a gift idea made with the Cricut and then we’re celebrating with a giveaway for a Cricut Joy and some goodies (including my friend Crystal’s new book) to make it an amazing prize. Details right here!Cricut Joy Christmas Giveaway
You can see all of their gift ideas and projects down at the bottom of this post… but first, let’s talk about these plant mugs!
The first thing you’ll need to do is download and cut the design you choose to use. You can grab both at the link below. I have both ‘crazy plant lady’ and ‘plant parent’ available- and I think I’m going to keep both for myself, ha!
If you’re thinking- what the heck is a Cricut Joy, I’ve never seen that tiny machine, here’s the basics. It’s a tiny Cricut. It comes with a fine point blade so as long as you’re cutting material like vinyl or cardstock, you’re rockin. And since it’s tiny, it’s cut width is of course… tiny. But it can cut long designs, just not wide. Also- it can cut with no mat! There’s specific material made for the Cricut Joy that can be used with no mat which makes it super speedy to pull off a project. Check out more about it here if you like!
If you haven’t cut out downloaded files on your Cricut before, I have this tutorial which walks you through that, but essentially, here’s the run down.
Once you’ve downloaded the file (and unzipped the folder by double clicking), open a new project in Cricut Design Space. Then, click ‘upload’ and select the file (one at a time). click through all the options (you won’t need to crop or edit the images I shared), making sure to select ‘cut only file’ and then give it a name. Then, insert it into your canvas, size it according to your surface and hit ‘make it’!
To help the mugs hold up to washing, choose a permanent adhesive vinyl (I used the smart material, which is made for the Cricut Joy so you can cut without a mat). I have these waterbottles made with this vinyl that we put through the dishwasher for about a year now without any issues. So I’m trusting it for mugs too!
Once it’s cut, weed the design (remove all the pieces you don’t want to transfer to your project) and apply transfer tape. Make sure to smooth it down super well and then trim the excess off to make it easier to apply.
Apply the vinyl to the mug after peeling off the backing, I like to press down the middle first, then smooth it out carefully when applying it to curved surfaces. Smooth it down really well before calling it ‘done’! I added a tiny plant wrapped in tissue to finish the gift off. I’d maybe tie a ribbon to it before gifting and yes, if you’re wondering I’d like to receive this. Ha!
Such a fun project for a plant lover, right?! Ok, now let’s check out everyone else’s projects!
Buffalo Plaid Earrings – Hey, Let’s Make Stuff
Foiled Plant Art – The Country Chic Cottage
How to Make a Customized Candle Gift – Lydi Out Loud
Plant Lover Gift Idea – Lemon Thistle
DIY Santa Snack Plate – Hello Creative Family
Holiday Gift Tag Labels – Liz on Call
Merry & Bright Infusible Ink Mug – Happiness is Homemade
Baby it’s Cold Outside Scarf Girl – Paging Supermom
Personalized Coasters with Infusible Ink – That’s What Che Said