Do you ever get ideas in your head and think, “Ohhhh, this is gonna be good!” Anything. A new recipe, a decoration you bought, a way to magically get your kids in bed on time… (ps – share if you came up with that last one!). That’s what I thought when I decided to make these DIY napkin rings. This is gonna look goooood! I never actually know until my project is done, but I was excited about this one from the get-go.
*This post was sponsored by Cricut. As always, opinions are 100% my own. For more information, please see my disclosure page.*
The Martha Stewart Explore Air 2 machine is so versatile. I feel like a broken record go on and on about all of the amazing things that the machine can do, but then I asked on Instagram if everyone knew that this machine could cut leather and 94% of my audience said “No!”. 94% of you still didn’t know! So I’m sharing all of the magic of this Martha Stewart Cricut Machine now.
What you need to make your Leather Napkin Rings:
- Martha Stewart Explore Air 2 Cricut Machine
- Martha Stewart EasyPress
- Cricut Metallic Leather (gold)
- Martha Stewart Iron-On vinyl (gold)
- EasyPress mat
- Deep Cut Cricut Blade
- Strong Grip Cricut Cutting Mat
- Leather Cut File in the Cricut Design Space: HERE
- The Vinyl Cut File in the Cricut Design Space: HERE
How to Make Leather Napkin Rings:
- You need a Strong Grip Cutting Mat (to hold the leather down)
- A Deep Cut Blade (the black housing)
- You need to move all of the white stars on the bar to one side (see photo in bottom left above)
- You need to cut off the piece of your leather sheet that would roll under the star wheels
I used the above tips to cut leather on the Cricut Explore Air 2 for my napkin rings. Once they were cut, I knew I wanted to add a subtle holiday flare to them, so I decided to use iron-on vinyl. With the Martha Stewart EasyPress it is soooo easy to add vinyl to your designs. It’s a better version of an iron! Better because it’s more portable, provides even heat, and has specific heat settings! You just heat it up, and press it down on your vinyl. That’s it.
So go ahead and print that second Design Space File on some Martha Stewart gold iron-on vinyl. Make sure to put the shiny side down, and to select “Mirror ON” before you print the design (i.e. it should print backwards).
Peel your leather arrows off of the mat. Then place your vinyl words on top of the leather (you will have to cut out the words individual, and then remove the parts of the vinyl that are not needed, just leaving the letters underneath the shiny protective layer). Place your word on top of your leather and use the recommended settings for “faux leather” with the EasyPress to apply your design. Peel off the plastic protective layer while it’s still warm, and your napkin rings are done!
I could not love this project more! I love the subtlety of adding gold onto gold. Every guest will notice it when they sit down at the table, but it’s not an overbearing part of the table design.
And how good do those metallic napkin rings look?! I may make some more in a brown leather just because I love them so much!
What do you think?! If you recreate these, or try another leather project on your Cricut, I’d love to see it!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.