Making detailed parties is something I love to do, but something I don’t always have a HUGE budget for. That’s one of the many reasons I love having my Cricut Maker to craft with! I can make a lot of my own party supplies and create custom party decorations to match the party theme. The Cricut Maker has the capability of cutting 100s of materials, from fine fabric to thick chipboard due in part to the Adaptive Tool system, which allows Cricut to design tools that you can use to create endless projects. With the release of the Knife Blade, I MADE my very own DIY Cake Stand, which was one of the most exciting projects I’ve made in a long time! The next tool for the Cricut Maker Adaptive tool system that has been released is the Scoring Wheel, which makes it so much easier to create fold lines in paper and other crafting materials. Of course I had to try it out to make some party supplies for an upcoming party, so I decided to try the new Cricut Scoring Wheel out on one of my least favorite party decorations to make: a rosette. But not just any rosette–I decided to make a set of 1/2 rosettes to create a DIY Watermelon banner!
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I’ve been dying to plan a Watermelon Party and have been looking at watermelon party ideas all. the. time. For some reason the watermelon theme feels just like SUMMER. Rosettes are usually difficult to make and they are so time consuming to sit and fold allll of the pieces, then glue them together, and make sure they don’t fly apart. But with the new Cricut Scoring Wheel, I was able to create the pieces of the rosettes with deeper score lines than I’m used to, making the process much easier!
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What do you need to make this DIY Party Banner?
–Cricut Maker (you can use another Cricut Machine, but the Maker is the only machine that has the capability to use the Cricut Scoring Wheel)
–Cricut Scoring Wheel
–Cardstock in Green, Pink, White, and Black
-Skewer or Lollipop Sticks to hold the rosette flat on one side
-Glue (we used school glue to attach the folded pieces and hot glue to secure them)
How to Make a Watermelon DIY Party Banner:
Open the Watermelon Banner file in Cricut Design Space using the link below and click “Customize” to resize the design and duplicate it depending on how many rosettes you’d like for your banner.
Once you’ve sized your pieces, I found it easiest to “HIDE” the watermelon slice and work just with the rosette pieces at first. Click “Make It” when you’re ready to cut.
In the middle of the page you can see that the Cricut is prompting you to use the Scoring Wheel in Clamp B. If you don’t have the Scoring Wheel yet, you can click “Edit Tools” on the right and change it to the Scoring Tool to be loaded in Clamp A. Once you have your material selected and loaded, start scoring (and cutting!)
When the scoring portion has completed on the mat, the machine will prompt you to switch to the Fine-Point Blade to continue cutting your design on the first mat.
You can see the “01” clearly marked on the scoring wheel in the above picture. It’s because the Cricut Scoring Wheel actually comes with a DOUBLE scoring wheel for scoring even thicker materials, like poster board. “01” indicates the single wheel, and “02” indicates the double scoring wheel.
Follow the prompts until you’ve completed scoring and cutting all of the rosette pieces.
Go back to the Canvas, “hide” the rosette pieces and get ready to cut the watermelon slice designs.
While the watermelon slice pieces are cutting, fold your rosette. Each “slice” uses 2 rosette pieces. Secure with glue and across the top of the rosette with a skewer 0r lollipop stick inside the folds to hold the rosette flat on the one side, creating that watermelon slice look.
After all of the other colors have finished cutting, attach them to the rosette using glue (or with a Xyron Creative Station like I have!)
Aren’t they just adorable?
I used the individual watermelon rosettes to create the DIY Watermelon Banner just using some grosgrain ribbon attached across the top:
We have a TON more ideas on Pinterest in our WATERMELON IDEAS BOARD!
Confused by the Cricut? Want to know where to start? Check out what our friends at Hey, Let’s Make Stuff created:
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