Spring tie-dye plaque with Cricut Explore

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a cute tie-dye spring plaque made using the new Cricut Explore machine

Remember this free Spring printable that I shared a few weeks ago? Well since getting my new Cricut Explore machine I have been dying to upload my own image and see how it works to cut it out.  So I decided to turn my printable into a stencil for a plaque…but there was a major project fail that happened, but it turned out even better than I had anticipated.

how to use your own images using the Cricut Explore machine


  1. log into www.Cricut.com/Design to get started
  2. Click on the blue Create New Project button
  3. On the far left, click upload image
  4. Click on basic upload to upload a jpg, png, gif or bmp then select your image from your computer
  5. Choose how complex of an image you are uploading and select the appropriate button (wait while the image processes, could take a few seconds)
  6. Name and save your image
  7. Once uploaded you need to select the negative space and turn it transparent
  8. You can use the zoom buttons to get in closer for the hard to get to places like inside the “e” or little dots inside my tree
  9. Once done, your saved uploaded images will appear at the bottom of the upload screen. Select the image you want to use
  10. Size and position the image as needed then cut!

a cute tie-dye spring plaque made using the new Cricut Explore machine

So remember how I told you that it was a big fail at first? So I originally had cut it out as a stencil and painted it onto the plaque. But I left it on too long and when I took it off about half of the paint came off too. So I decided to just fill in all the space with more paint.  Then I cut the spring printable our in vinyl and applied it over the top. We may have lost an arrow in the process, so to fill in the blank space I put some ribbon over the top.

a cute tie-dye spring plaque made using the new Cricut Explore machine

I love how it turned out, the imperfections are kinda awesome

a cute tie-dye spring plaque made using the new Cricut Explore machine

I can’t wait to keep trying my own images on my new cricut!!


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  1. Oh my gosh! This is totally fun! I love all the different colors! Now I’m super excited for spring 🙂

  2. I’m dying to get a Cricut – I want to be able to make cute projects like these too!! 🙂

  3. Wow! I love this. Makes me more motivated to get a cricut now. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. So cute! I think I’m finally getting a cricut this weekend. AHHH! Can’t wait to make this. 🙂
    Love all your thrifty ideas – though I rarely comment I follow along and have pinned a ton of your stuff!

    bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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