I’m so happy to be here at My Craftily Ever After today! Ashley did me a huge favor by guest posting on my blog back in August when I had surgery, and I’m here today to return the favor for her!
This year, I’m throwing a Girls’ Night at the Oscars for my friends (the Academy Awards air on February 22). I’m making each of them this fun Walk of Fame Swag Bag, filled with a few goodies to take home — just like the real stars (except with less diamond-encrusted Cristal and more chocolate). I used my trusty Cricut Explore, but the cut files should also work on a Silhouette.
I was going to give you the same cut files for this but then I realized I don’t know all of your names (and I’m guessing you all don’t share my sister-in-law’s name either)! So instead, I created a version for everyone — Leading Lady.
Black tote bag
Gold iron-on vinyl
Pink glitter iron-on vinyl
Gold glitter iron-on vinyl
You can download the cut files here. You may notice that there are extra bits in the cut file — black letters and some odd pink shapes. Just click the “eye” next to each of these to hide them, and cut only the gold star, pink glitter star with cutouts, and gold glitter movie projector layers. (One of these days I’ll figure out how to upload a file without these extra pieces!)
Using your cutting machine, cut out the three layers — the big gold star, the pink glitter star with cutouts, and the small gold glitter movie projector.
Using a high-heat, no-steam setting on your iron, iron the gold star to your tote bag (making sure to lay a dishtowel between your iron and the project). Allow to cool.
Then iron on your pink glitter star. I used a bit of painters tape to help secure it in the middle of the gold star. You’ll notice that the Leading Lady and the circle cut out are on the pink layer — make sure to “weed” out the vinyl you don’t want to adhere to the bag.
Finally iron on the glitter movie projector in the circle cut out.
And that’s all! I love how it turned out, and the pink glitter iron-on vinyl is a particularly excellent match to the pink marble of the actual Walk of Fame stars.
Iron-on Vinyl Tips and Tricks
Here are a couple of tips for working with iron-on vinyl — I’ve learned these the hard way!
- Make sure you reverse your image! If you don’t, your image will be backward once you iron it on. Then you’ll have to drive back to the store to buy more. Not that I’ve done that. Today.
- Really work to adhere the image with your iron. It often takes longer than you might think. If the edges aren’t sticking, press longer.
- When you are ironing on multiple layers, make sure to press with your iron, instead of using a back-and-forth motion. You don’t want the glitter layer to shift.
- Do not use more iron-on vinyl top of the glitter layer — it has to be the top layer.
Swag for the Bag
So what do you put in a swag nag for a Girls’ Night at the Oscars? I themed everything gold and pink to match the Walk of Fame star.
Of course, you need a little bling — earrings and a bracelet are fun.
A little notepad for when Ryan Gossling passes you his digits.
Some bath salts for soaking your feet after hours wearing your Manolos, and some chocolate to eat to indulge in while you soak.
And of course a small bottle of rose brut, to help you get through the evening!
Other ideas include nail polish, a scented candle, lip balm, popcorn mix, flip flops (for when the heels become too much!), bottled water, and maybe a copy of People so you can catch up on all the celebrity gossip.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this project. I’ll be sharing my Girls’ Night at the Oscars post on February 9 on my blog, so I hope you’ll stop by and walk the red carpet with me!