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We’ve just celebrated Mother’s Day here in the UK and this year we made my mum, Ant’s mum and Aiden’s step mum a rolled roses box frame. We used the Cricut Maker to cut the roses and vinyl for the front of the frame then personalised them for each person, like the one below.
We loved how nice they looked so I decided to make a small one for us, to celebrate the coming of Spring. The following tutorial is picture heavy to make it easier for beginners to follow along.
Rolled Roses Box Frame Cricut Tutorial
You will need:
A Cricut Maker – here’s mine on my shiny new trolley from Hobbycraft! The super wonderful husband added the storage baskets on the side for my vinyl rolls and we’ve ordered a magazine rack for the other side that will store my 12×12 papers 🙂
- A box frame. I used a 6×6 white frame from The Range.
- Medium Cardstock in your choice of colours.
- A glue gun and glue sticks.
- A quilling tool.
- White vinyl
- Cricut transfer tape.
Open Design Space and click on Images. In the search box, search for #M3D7E1.
This file is free for me because I have Cricut access. I’m not sure if you have to pay for it if you don’t subscribe.
Click on the image of the spiral and click on Insert Images.
The image will open in Design Space. Click on Duplicate and move one spiral underneath the other.
While holding the Shift key, click on each layer so that they’re both selected and click on Attach at the bottom of the layer palette. This will keep your images in the right place when you click on Make It.
Click Save and name your file.
Cutting The Roses
Click Make It. Design Space will prepare the mats and you can change some options here before starting to cut.
I wasn’t sure how many copies I would need but I estimated around 30-36 should do. Set the number of copies you will need for your frame and click apply.
Click Continue. Design Space will work out how many it can fit on a 12×12 sheet of card and will tell you how many mats you will need to cut.
I wanted to cut mine on A4 paper because I didn’t have enough of the same colour sheets in 12×12. I went back to Design Space and duplicated the image until I had 6 flowers and arranged them vertically rather than horizontally.
When you’ve set your number of copies, click Continue and select your material type. I’m using a light cardstock. I’m using the green mat throughout.
The Load button will start flashing on the Cricut Maker when your material type has been selected. Hold the mat and apply gentle pressure while pressing the Load button then let go and let the mat load.
When the machine is ready, the Go button will start flashing. Press the Go button and let the machine do the job.
Assembling The Roses
When all the spirals have been cut, it’s time to start assembling the roses.
Using a quilling tool, slide the outer end of the spiral into the tool.
Roll the spiral gently and try to keep the edge of the spiral lined up.
When it has all been rolled, slowly let go and let the flower unroll until it’s the shape you want it.
Hold the flower and turn it upside down. Apply hot glue to the last circle of the spiral.
Press the circle onto the bottom of the rolled rose.
Your first flower is now finished. Only another 30 or so to go!
When all the roses have been made, cut a piece of white paper to the same size as the inside of your frame. Attach the roses, using hot glue, in any design you wish. We did 3 lines of different colours on the first ones we made for Mother’s day, but this time I wanted it to look a bt different so I placed them on randomly.
Cutting The Vinyl
It’s now time to cut the viny for the front of the frame.
I used a free download from lovesvg.com for the spring vinyl design. Download the file and unzip it.
In Design Space, click on Upload file.
Click on Browse and browse to the folder where you unzipped your file.
Select the file by clicking on it and then click on Insert Images
The image will open on the canvas in Design Space.
You can resize the image by clicking and holding the circle with the arrows and dragging it to the required size.
Make sure all the layers are selected and click on Attach at the bottom of the layer palette.
The image will turn to all the same colour. Clicking Attach tells the software that you want it to keep the image as it is. If you don’t click Attach, the software will rearrange the image on the mats to save materials.
Click Make It.
If your laptop is still connected you can just choose Vinyl for the material type. If not, connect your laptop or phone to the machine.
Follow the instructions to load the mat and start the cut when the machine is ready. There’s a progress circle to show how much cutting is left to do.
Attaching The Vinyl
Unload the machine when the Load button starts to flash again and remove the vinyl from the mat.
Peel away the excess vinyl.
Weed the tiny areas in the letters with the weeding tool or a pair of pointy tweezers. The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that I missed a bit in the F on Life. Don’t worry if this happens, you can weed it using the weeding tool of tweezers once it’s been applied to the frame glass.
When it’s all weeded, cut a piece of transfer tape big enough to cover your design.
Stick the transfer tape to the design and rub over it using the Cricut scraper tool.
Remove the backing from the vinyl and place the design on the glass.
Using the scraper tool again, rub over the whole design. Whilst you need to apply pressure, make sure you don’t apply too much and break the glass.
I’ve found the easiest way to remove the transfer tape is to pull it back on itself, keeping it flat on the glass. Go slowly and use the scraper for any stubborn bits that didn’t stick.
And that’s it!
Your new rolled roses box frame is ready to hang where ever it will give you joy 🙂