You cannot beelieve (ha!) how fun this adorable bee mini-canvas with Cricut Joy is to put together. It’s so simple–and the free cut file for Cricut or Silhouette is so cute!
Bee Mini-Canvas with Cricut Joy
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we have been feeling a little buzzy lately. Flowers and gardens are growing–the heat isn’t too intolerable yet. Basically, this is the best part of the year for me. So, of course when a friend offered to let me take her Cricut Joy for a spin, I immediately thought “well, yes, please, I need a spring bee craft!” Thus the bee mini-canvas with Cricut Joy was born. Super fast, fun and kind of silly, it’s exactly what I needed for a farmhouse tray filler!
And let me tell you, this was a FAST craft. Done in less than 10 minutes, I was almost left with the feeling of “what now?!” But then I remembered that the kid is home and constantly wants snacks, so the answer was obvious: “back to adulting”. HA! If you’re ready to take a break from being an adult and have fun making a little spring craft with the Cricut Joy–or any Cricut cutting machine or Silhouette for that matter, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make this Bee Farmhouse Tray Filler Craft
- Start by grabbing the adorable bee happy bee cut file for Cricut or Silhouette here. You are going to love this free cut file with the bee–and you can absolutely add more text, if you want, but I was working with someone else’s Cricut Joy and even using a bit of their vinyl, so I was trying to be thrifty. Worked out perfectly!
- If you don’t have a Cricut Joy, don’t panic. Seriously. You can still make this fun summer bee craft without the Joy–it will work for any cutting machine. Heck, you can even cut it out by hand using the PNG file in the set as a template! Just get creative!
- I used permanent vinyl for this particular project even though I almost never do, because, again, I was using someone else’s supplies, so I was not being choosy. But the honest truth is that it worked like a charm. I usually do larger projects where having heat transfer vinyl is easier, in my opinion, but this project was perfect for permanent vinyl.
- You can grab one of the mini canvases here, if you’re not sure where to get them. I see them at the craft store all the time, though. So, you should be able to find one if you want to do a mini-art piece like mine.
How Do I Make this Bee Mini-Canvas with Cricut Joy?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- Bee SVG File
- Cricut Joy Premium Vinyl, Permanent Glossy (in black)
- Cricut Transfer Tape
- Small Canvas
- Cricut Joy (or other cutting machine) with Fine Point Blade Standard grip mat
- Weeder tool
If you have never used your Cricut Joy (or other Cricut cutting machine) before, here's a quick-start guide for doing this project: (If you are a Cricut veteran and just want a reminder, skip on down to step 7.)
- Open and log into Cricut Design Space then click on “+” to create a new project.
- Select the “Upload” button insert the SVG file this will load the file to the canvas.
- Select the bee image, including the text then click on “Weld” (bottom right corner) to get all the parts of the image to stick together when you go to cut them.
- Adjust the bee shape to fit your canvas, if desired, by clicking on it and using the arrow in the right corner of the image to scale.
- Choose the “Make It” button in the upper right corner when you're ready to cut the vinyl.
- Choose "mat" and "Premium Vinyl, Permanent" from the options in the material drop down menu, then follow the prompts to cut the vinyl.
- When the vinyl is done cutting, trim around the bee and letters with a pair of scissors, about 1/2 inch from the design.
- With your weeding tool, peel the excess vinyl around the image and discard (this is called weeding).
- Cut out a section of transfer tape that's a little larger than the bee image.
- Peel the transfer tape backing off and and place the transfer tape on top of the bee image. With your scraping tool, gently rub the vinyl to get it to it stick to the transfer tape.
- Peel off the vinyl backing, which will leave only the bee image on the transfer tape.
- Place the bee image (still attached to the transfer tape) onto the canvas, image side down, and press it in place.
- Using your scraping tool, rub the bee image onto the canvas to help it adhere to the canvas.
- Gently remove the transfer tape, allowing the vinyl image to stay on the canvas and then enjoy!
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