Valentine’s Day is almost here, but it’s not too late to whip up a last minute Valentine’s gift. We revved up our Cricket Maker, found some supplies, and came up with our “Love & Kisses” gift jar. As a final touch, we filled it with Hershey’s Kisses.
If you’re scrambling for a last minute gift, this is quick, easy and fun to make. We’ve even provided the “Love & Kisses” quote as an SVG cut file in our free Resource Library to get you started. This is a versatile image that you could use for other projects as well. And, because it’s an SVG file, you can make it as large as you want without sacrificing the resolution. If you want to learn more about how we used it on our jar, read on.
What you’ll need:
- The cut file (get it from our Resource Library)
- Cricut machine (we used the Cricut Maker)
- Adhesive Vinyl (we used Cricut red foil vinyl)
- Transfer tape
- A weeding tool
- A glass jar with a lid (We used a pint-sized Kerr mason jar with a blank side)
Embellishments (Your Choice)
- Red ribbon (for the edge of the lid)
- Cardstock (for the card and the heart on the top)
- Origami paper (to cover the lid)
- Candy or other goodies to fill the jar
Upload the Cut File to Cricut Design Space
After downloading the SVG cut file from our Resource Library, you’ll need to upload it to Cricut Design Space. Save the file to your computer so you can find it easily.
Start a new project and upload the file
Log in to Cricut Design Space on your computer and click New Project.
Click Upload located on the left side of the screen.
Click Upload Image.
Click Browse, find the SVG file and click Choose.
On the Upload Image screen, click Save.
Insert the image
In the Recently uploaded images section, select the “Love & Kisses” file, and click Insert Images.
Once loaded onto the Canvas, make sure the image looks okay and resides on only one layer in the Layers panel. (Depending on the size of your jar, you may need to resize the graphic. Don’t make it smaller than the original because of the tiny cuts.)
Cut the vinyl
We had shimmery, red foil vinyl which we thought would look great for this project. Other types of adhesive vinyl would work as well. If you’re planning to wash the jar, you’ll need to use something more durable like permanent vinyl.
In Design Space, click the green Make It button on the top right of the Canvas. The project should only show one mat. For vinyl, we used the Cricut Standard mat (green). Cut a piece of vinyl large enough for your image and stick it face up on the mat. Make sure it’s adhered tightly to the mat since the file for this project is intricate. Position the mat in the machine.
In Design Space, click Continue. On the Set material screen, click Browse All Materials to find your material in the list. We used “Adhesive Foil” in the Vinyl section.
Make sure the Load tools and mat section is correct and that you have the Fine-Point blade loaded into your machine.
On your Cricut machine, press the flashing Load/Unload button. When the mat is loaded, press the flashing Go button. Wait for your vinyl to be cut. When it’s done, press the Load/Unload button again to unload the mat.
Weed the vinyl
This file has some intricate detail which makes it a bit difficult to weed. Be patient. Leaving the cut out material stuck to the Cricut mat while you weed it may help.
Start at a corner and slowly pull the excess foil from the backing. You may have to use scissors to cut off pieces of the excess foil that get in the way as you weed. We used a sharp weeding tool to pick out the tiny details.
Your letters should look something like this.
Prepare the jar and attach the vinyl
Wash the area of the jar where you’ll stick the image with something such as rubbing alcohol to prepare it.
Cut out a piece of transfer tape slightly larger than the final image and attach it to the vinyl. Rub the tape securely down over the image. You can use your Cricut scraper to help it adhere. Once you’re sure the letters are stuck to the tape, start at an edge and slowly remove the tape and the letters from the backing. It may help to remove the material from the mat and turn it upside down to remove the transfer tape.
Stick the transfer tape with the vinyl where you want it on the jar, press down to make sure the vinyl is completely adhered, and then remove the transfer tape slowly making sure the vinyl stays on the jar as you go.
Here’s what our jar looked like once we stuck on the vinyl. Looking good!
This is where you can really get creative and have some fun!
Decorate the lid
We cut out a circle of red origami paper and stuck it to the top of the lid. Then we used the Cricut machine to cut an intricate heart out of white cardstock. We folded it in half, and glued it to the top with glue dots. Another way to decorate the lid would be to add a “skirt” that goes under the rim.
We glued a wide red ribbon around the edge of the lid.
Add a card and fill the jar with candy
We made a heart-shaped card, cut out a copy of the “lips” portion of the graphic in the red foil, and pasted it to the card. Then we strung the card on thin red ribbon and tied it around the neck of the jar.
Now just fill the jar with a candy of your choice and give it to someone you love on Valentine’s Day or anytime of the year to spread some love and kisses!
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