I love how easy it was to figure out how to make a sublimation yard flag. Such a simple project resulting in an adorable Easter gnome garden flag!
Sublimation Yard Flag
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are all about the fun crafts here – whether they’re fun for me to make or fun to display, but preferably both! That’s what I found with this insanely fast and fun gnome garden flag. The hardest part of this craft was determining my design, but even that was super fast.
And now, after just a fun few minutes of work, I had a super cute and adorable Easter gnome yard flag to hang in my yard! So, if you’re ready to make a fast and fun sublimation yard flag, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make a Gnome Garden Flag for Easter
- Start here by grabbing the cut file set for the little Easter gnomes I made. I imported the whole set into Cricut Design Space then ungrouped everything. Once they were ungrouped, I pulled together each of the elements I wanted on my yard flag then added a little text and darkened the colors a bit to my liking, then sent the design to make as a print-then-cut project. The trick here though is that, after mirroring the design, I printed it on my sublimation printer, then skipped the cutting and went right to the heat press!
- If you’re ready to tackle this project, but you need some sublimation-ready yard flags, here’s the easy-to-use set I grabbed. They are perfectly sized – and there are several of them in a package so you can make multiple yard flags with this method, one for each season!
- The one thing I would strongly recommend is, instead of using a little EasyPress Mini, get out the larger EasyPress 2. The larger surface will take less time to sublimate and have a more consistent result. I’m not nocking the Mini, let’s be clear – it does the job quite nicely on smaller pieces. But a larger pressing surface is good for these larger projects.
How Do I Make this Sublimation Yard Flag?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- Download the Easter gnome cut file set then upload the SVG to Cricut Design Space.
- Ungroup the Easter gnome designs so you can move the individual elements around. Move the elements around, deleting those that you do not want to use and building a single Easter gnome you love. If you using the sign, add text.
- Darken each of the colors of the Easter gnome designs, as desired. Note that the paleness and see-through nature of the yard flag will cause even darker colors to be faded, so darken your design 2-3 shades to compensate.
- Select the gnome design and identify it as a print-then-cut project. Note that the project will not need to be cut, just printed, so you do not have to have to use a Cricut cutting machine to complete this project.
- Resize the gnome design to be as large as the page will allow. I was able to get my gnome to be about 10 inches tall.
- Select "Make It". Then follow the prompts to mirror the design, then print on sublimation printer using your sublimation-ready printer.
- Once printed, lay the yard flag blank on your pressing surface, then place the gnome print face-down on the yard flag. Position the print where you want it to be, then use the heat-safe tape to secure it in place.
- Cover the print with a sheet of butcher paper, then, using your EasyPress, heat the design through the butcher paper for the amount of time and heat as noted by your ink and/or paper. Be sure to heat every portion of the design, taking the time to ensure the full design is sublimated onto the flag.
- Remove the butcher paper, peel away the heat-safe tape then remove the printer paper and discard.
- Place your flag on the flag holder and install it in the yard!
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More Fun Easter Cricut Crafts You Might Like
- Free Easter Cut Files and Clipart – These are the best clipart designs for Easter that are perfect for spring and more!
- Rae Dunn Inspired Bunny In a Pot Craft – Little bunny butts pooking out of pots as they dig for a carrot just scream “put me in a farmhouse tiered tray!”
- No-Sew Easter Basket Craft with Cricut – If your kiddo is anything like mine, they’re always asking for you to make something new for them – and this creation is so fun and cute!
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