Summertime is here (it's pretty much always here in Florida) and it is time to make some crafts with these free SVG files. You can upload these to Cricut, Silhouette, and Glowforge to make fun summer decor!
Included in the free SVG Files are:
- Flamingo SVG file
- Blow Up Pool SVG file
- Coconut Drink SVG file
- Sunglasses SVG File
- Cute Watermelon SVG File
- Plus - cupcake topper backers!
If you are having any trouble - learn how to download and upload all of the free SVG files on my website here.
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Project Ideas for the Summertime SVG Files
- Paper Banner
- Cake Topper
- Cupcake Topper
- Drink/Straw Decor
- Wall Decor
- Shadow Boxes
- DIY Cards
Materials Needed for Summer Crafts
This will mostly depend on the item you are making but my go to is always paper-crafting.
If you are making cake toppers and party decor with your Cricut or Silhouette Machines plan on using:
- Foam Mounting Tape
- Cake Sticks
- Paper Straws
For Glowforge you can make these files out of wood or acrylic.
Uploading to Cricut Design Space
Once you have downloaded the free SVG files you can upload as a layered file to your design space.
Within Design Space you can change the sizing and colors of each individual piece - if you need to you can always ungroup pieces, duplicate single layers for more height or offset.
SVG files should be a building block that you work with. You can modify and make them your own with small tweaks.
Building the Designs (Out of Paper)
I cut all of my free SVG designs out of paper and vinyl but the layering technique would be similar with all vinyl or HTV - as for wood and acrylic you may need to remove some pieces so it's not overly bulky.
For each design I like to keep them in small containers so that I have all of the pieces together. This is extremely helpful if your SVG Files have small delicate parts.
For pieces like the seeds and eyes or even the black part of the sunglasses, I chose to use vinyl so that they were all lined up nicely and it was quick to attach. Just remember to test your machine settings so your material cuts well.
If you choose to use vinyl remember to make your transfer tape a little less sticky by placing it on your shirt and removing it a few times. This will help prevent it from sticking to your paper and tearing it.
I like to switch between a mix of craft glue and foam mounting tape to give definition to my files. Layers are important when creating paper party decor. If you are using heat transfer vinyl on a t-shirt, just take your time layering each piece.
As for my paper - I tend to stick with a 65-80 lb weight. It is easy to cut on my Cricut and is sturdy enough to work with. I also try to avoid white core papers as much as I can, white core paper when cut distracts from the whole project in my opinion because you can see that white outline contrasting with the piece behind it.
Have Fun With It
Crafting should be a great way to release stress and brighten up your day. I mess up all the time when creating and I just keep going and learning.