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My daughter and I were looking for a unique way to direct people to their spots for Christmas dinner this year. We wanted it to be simple to use and adorable. My daughter tends to gravitate to 3D projects so when I pulled up this template on the Cricut Design Space I knew I found a winner!
We didn’t have the glitter paper or cream that the designed specified but we have found that sometimes we like to change it up anyway. I had gold paper and a really cool red for the banner so we decided to use those. All the projects are like this, it’s one of the reason I love using the Make It Now templates.
3D Place Cards Project
- Cricut Explore® machine
- Cricut 12″ x 12″ StandardGrip mat
- Cricut Scoring Stylus
- Gold cardstock (1)
- Green cardstock (1)
- Red cardstock (1)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Tiny wood slices (we used the round cedar closet things)
First you have to calibrate your machine with the template. Double check your machine setting is paper.
The template starts with the tree so you will need your green. Check that the paper is flat and lined up with the edges of the sticky part of the mat.
I have multiple mats so I just used each of those so I didn’t have to wait to cut. If you have one mat, peel of the mat from the paper. Not the other way around. It will cause the paper to peel and will be harder to get your scored pieces out.
Once you have your stars cut, cut around them in a rectangle shape and peel the mat off of that small piece. It is easier to remove the shapes when you don’t have a huge piece of paper to deal with.
The last cut you make is the banner for the name on the place card. Again, we used the red color instead of the cream color. It just looked more festive to us!
We have found when we cut the banner shapes you need the scorer tool to get them out, the cuts don’t pop out as easy. Not a problem because Cricut has all the tools you could need. Make sure you purchase that tool basic starter set if you are buying accessories. (Or better yet put it on your Christmas list!) I use them a lot.
Once you have all the shapes ready you need to fold them on the lines that are scored in the middle.
You also need to separate the slits on the two trees that don’t have the fold lines. Fold the other trees that do have the fold lines. These will be used to create the 3D effect.
Once you have that done slide the trees with slits together. Fold the scored trees along score lines and glue into opposite sides of the pieces with slits.
Glue folded stars together to create a 3D star. Glue the star on top of the tree and the tree to the wood slice base.
Add a little decoration and you are done! It’s really that easy. The hardest part is getting the shapes out of the main piece of paper (which is NOT hard at all) and not burning yourself with the glue gun. You get an adorable place card that will strike the festive mood for your guests.
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