Thursday, October 6, 2011

DIY Monogrammed Gift

Recently, my sweet aunt, Auntie Mo, let me borrow her Cricut. Oh my goodness, it is the coolest little cutter ever, & I am so grateful to her that she is letting me play with it - thank you so much Auntie Mo! I love you!

The first project that I made was a housewarming gift for my sweet friend Shelley & her husband, Scott.  They just moved to Austin from Dallas - and I couldn't be more excited about it!

The gift was actually really easy & inexpensive to make, & I think it turned out so cute.

The tin bucket included a pumpkin spice candle, set of 3 kitchen towels, polka dot oven mit, 2 etched wine glasses, & wine bottle stopper (etched with an R but hard to see in the pic).


I first cut 2 Rs using the cricut & adhesive vinyl, & attached it to the tin bucket & candle.  This took several tries (& several more cuts of new Rs) because of the thinness of some parts of the R. 

I used the leftover vinyl backing as a stencil for the wine glasses. I stuck the vinyl stencil to each wine glass, & smoothed out all the bubbles.  Next I applied etching cream to the glasses, straight onto the stencil.  After 10 minutes, I wiped it off, rinsed with soap & water, peeled off the stencil, & washed again. See, super easy, & look how pretty!



Last I printed the card from my computer. And that's all I did!  Put it all together & it was ready to go.  

Total cost was $17!

Here is a breakdown of the costs, and where each item was purchased.

Tin bucket: Target - $2.50
Wine glasses: Dollar Tree - $1.00 X2 = $2.00
Candle: Home Goods - $3.99 (same candle sold at Target for $8.99) I peeled off the label with goo gone.
Kitchen towel set: Target -  $3.99
Oven Mit: Target - $1.32 (on sale from $3.99)
Wine bottle topper: Hobby Lobby - $3.20 (used 40% coupon - orig was $7.99)
Total cost: $17.00

So, what do you  think?



PS:
The etching cream is from Hobby Lobby & the brand is Armour Etch. It was $8.99 for a small bottle, but I used my 40% off coupon. I'm not counting this in the total price for the gift because I only used a tiny amount, & plan to use it for a lot more!

If you use etching cream, whatever you scrape off can go right back into the bottle - so I'll probably not be running out of this stuff for a while! This was a tip I found online.

The adhesive vinyl is from Michael's - I'm not including this in the price since I also plan on using this for several more projects as well. I can't remember the cost, but I couldn't use a coupon since it's a cricut brand product.  I've since learned that you can order vinyl online pretty cheaply.  A great tip I found online is to use contact paper as transfer paper for the vinyl - it's way cheaper & can be found at Target for about $6 for a giant roll.

To see what else I've monogrammed, go HERE.

Linking up HERE.




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66 comments:

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Super charming! I love it and have been wanting to do some monogrammed wine glasses too! Popping over from Romantic Home- would love if you would come share at Feathered Nest Friday sometime!

The Inspired Nest said...

That is a great gift! The Cricut is the bomb! I just personalized a glass canister with etching cream! I can't quit etching everything! I know your friend will be so thrilled!
Lacy

Paula said...

Super cute! and very crafty. I love it, it looks very high end :)

Linda said...

Fabulous gift idea. My mum has just given me a Cricut and I'm looking forward to getting use out of it.

Love your post!

Krista-Artista said...

What a wonderful gift idea. It's beautiful and affordable. I really wish I had a vinyl cutter! I found you via Delightful Order's link party.
Krista
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live by the sun, luv by the moon said...

Great idea. Just wish I had one of those handy dandy machines!

Heather said...

What a great idea for a gift. I love it..it's going on my pin board for sure...thanks for sharing your talents:)

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

Very cute gift and so thoughtful! I have not tried the etching cream yet, but I got a load of it in a garage sale craft box. Score! Can't wait to try it out :)

Mandi@MandiBeingCrafty said...

What a cute idea! Wish someone would give me something cute like this haha!

Jamie said...

I think Hobby Lobby has a brand of vinyl that is not Cricut and you can use a coupon. I just got shelf liner at Michael's (cute pink and green) because I thought it would work but haven't tried it yet. Can't wait! Great gift!

BigBearswife said...

beautiful gift! I love personal gifts

Chantelle @ Mommyx3=Insanity said...

Love this!!! I have been wondering about this whole etching thing I have been hearing about! You explained it beautifully with a great money saving tip about the cream at the end. Great job I LOVE how this looks! Lucky couple to have such a great crafty friend like you!

Angela Lynn said...

Awesome gift! Love it :)

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Phil and Darby Hawley said...

What a great idea! So original and genuine!!!

Diane said...

I think it is lovely! And so very thoughtful!
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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there~ Just stopping back by to say thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

Kathleen said...

Hi. I've visiting from Flamingo Toes. I love what you made! It is awesome! Do you happen to remember what cricut font you used? Blessings!
AlwaysSewLove

Lili said...

that is a neat gift! great job!

Joi M. McKinney said...

Very nice housewarming gift! Great idea...thanks for sharing!

Carole @ Blue Chateau Interiors said...

What a lovely gift. Love the font you chose. I'm thinking I definitely need a Cricut.

Nice tip on saving the "used" etching cream.

Visiting from CRAFT.

paige said...

super cute! Thanks for linking up to the Creative Genius Link Party!

Little Bird Threads said...

What a brilliant housewarming gift and so personal. Just love it!!!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

What a cute housewarming gift!

Cowgirl Crafter said...

Great idea. I love it and plan to do some etching one of these days :-)

Krista-Artista said...

I've given you "The Versatile Blogger" award on my blog http://www.krista-artista.blogspot.com/ Please come on over and check it out!

Danielle said...

This is beautiful.

Thanks for linking up:>

Heidiopia said...

So cute! BEt they'll love the personal touches. And i bet your bank account is happy, too. :)
Visiting from TGC~
Heidi @ Show some Decor

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

Oh my goodness what a wonderful gift! I just kept thinking noooo way! I can't believe you could give such a wonderfully personalized gift for so inexpensive! Great job! And I have to say I have thought about doing the etch thing a few times and am thinking I am finally going to give in and try it!
:o) Thank you so much for the inspiration and for linking up!!!
Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

Lisa @ akawest said...

Oh, I want someone to lend me their Cricut! You did an awesome job creating a gift.

Angela @ Our Family Journey said...

I love it!! I have been wanting to monogram my coffee mugs. Thanks for sharing what I need! I soo want a cricut but I don't know how much I would use it. Which one do you have?

Thanks again!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

Looks great! And etching is so fun!

Robyn Rasmussen said...

I LOVE what you have done for this great monogramed set! I wish I had seen this last week for the wedding I went to. Thanks so much for stopping by and following my blog~I am happy to follow back!
-Robyn from http://tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

Hey cute girl!

This is adorable! I finally was able to follow! YAY!
Thanks for linking up!

Have a great day!
Kirsten

Debby said...

This is such a great gift! Loving the monogrammed items, so classy :)
found you on Inspired by you Wednesday... have a great one!

Katalina Jewelry said...

Great gift bucket! The monograms make everything look so elegant!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

That is wonderful...love it...from one Austinite to another...but now transplanted to Big D...you did a great job and I am putting this down for future reference, great wedding gift idea

Our Delightful Home said...

Great gift idea!

~Mrs. Delightful
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Marilyn said...

How beautiful.. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this.. So super creative and perfect. Officially following ya with smiles.. I'm Marilyn from http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com and I would LOVE for you to link this to my Pin Inspirational Thursdays Party happening now pweease.. TY.. Off to indulge in all this burst of creativity here.. :))

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Really appreciate the inspiration! Thanks for joining us at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

Delightful Deets said...

Love this! What a great gift idea! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
Delightful Deets

Becolorful said...

I bought a Silhouette this fall and I really haven't had much time to learn how to use it yet but after seeing what you have pulled together I am itching to get started. I love the etching design especially because I have never tried that before. Thanks so much for linking up and inspiring me on Motivated Monday at BeColorful
Pam

Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said...

Turned out great! I love the font you used. Thanks for linking up, and I can't wait to see what you have this next week at I Made It! Monday.

Jennifer said...

So wonderful!! Great little tips too!
Thanks for linking up to Show & Share!!

Jonnique said...

I love it!

industrial anti fatigue mats said...

Super charming collection you have. My grandmother has just given me a Cricut and I am looking forward to getting use out of it.

Valerie said...

what a great gift idea! Six (yes 6!!!) of the younger girls I work with just got engaged within the last few months.

Anonymous said...

Looks great! What Cricut cartridge did you use?!

CindyML said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Saw it on Pinterest. I have a cricut and have done some etching.

What Cricut cartridge did you use? I have searched high and low and cannot find a swirly font.
Thanks for the cute ideas! CIndyML

Julie P said...

This is so cute! Yes, can you please share what cartridge you used?!

Anonymous said...

Would Love to lnow what Cricut cartridge you used?
Thanks

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Julie Chapman said...

What a wonderful gift. I'm pinning this as soon as I post this comment. I would LOVE to know what font/cartridge you used for this. I just got a cricut and have sooooo many girls that are graduating this year. Great idea for their gifts! Thank you so much!

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srogers said...

Hello!

Just curious which cricut cartridge did you use for this? It's absolutely precious! and I've been searching for this type of font!

Thanks!

Sherry said...

Can you tell us what cartridge you used.. This is awesome. Thanks

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OfficeTrainingLady said...

Where did you get the fancy R in the wine glass bucket set. I have been looking all over the cricut site and cannot find anything that pretty! help.

Patricia Burris said...

I would also like to know which cartridge you used. I have been looking for a monogram cartridge for a long time!

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