Learn how to easily make this fun and personalized Dollar Tree Elf. I show you how they can look using different colors and materials and designs. I’ve even updated to include 20 more free file designs in SVG, DXF, EPS & PNG Formats this year 2020!
I just thought, how fun. With all the kids having to wear facemasks, these Dollar Tree Elves are sure to please!
These are great for gifts, home decor or even selling them specialized to order! How will you personalize your Dollar Tree Elf today !?!
I’ll even show you how easy it is to use the Cricut Easy Press Mini to apply HTV on an elf in a video for those who love to see a project come alive this way.
Let’s jump right in and have some fun!
Dollar Tree Elves – These popular Elves go quick! I mean REALLY quick. I learned my lesson the hard way, meaning I had to wait a whole year for mine…Eeek! I did survive though 😁
- Cricut HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl)
- Cricut Easy Press Mini
- Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker
- Weeding tools
- Green Cricut Mat
- Suctioned Vinyl Weeding Scrap Collector
- Non-Stick Heat Pressing Sheet
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Feel free to sign up for my free Resource Library/Newsletter just above and use my Cricut Design Space files located here. There are files for 2019 which are Cricut Design Space Files only. This year, 2020 I designed files for SVG, DXF, EPS, and PNG formats. I also bought a font I fell in love with for crafting. The font is called: Birthday Party – A cute & quirky handwritten font found here. But you can also pick from one of the many Cricut Design Space fonts for free as well.
Here are the 2019 Files shown below.
Here are the 2020 Files shown below.
I’ve noticed most elves had a name, year and a snowflake as an example. I wanted to add a few more ideas out there to show how you can personalize the Dollar Tree Elf even more.
Use your imagination and go wild!
Prior to cutting, Cricut’s software will remind you to “Mirror” your mats since you are using HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) This is a VERY important step for not wasting material. Mirror each mat if only cutting HTV.
Be sure to place HTV on the mat, Shiny side down, dull side up! This is because you want the Cricut to cut the vinyl portion but not all the way through the clear carrier sheet. This will be more clear when you see the weeding process.
Once you place the HTV shiny side “down” on your green mat, load it into your Cricut cutting machine by pressing the load (arrow) button to load your mat into the machine.
When the button with a “C” on it starts flashing, push it and it will proceed to cut your HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) for you. So Awesome!!! Ok, so I have to admit I love watching my Cricut cut or engrave, you name it, It’s just fun to watch! 😜
Once the cutting is complete you will need to hit the load button one more time to unload your mat.
Weeding is the process of removing the excess HTV surrounding your design. I like to weed with the dull side up and shiny side down. I always start in a corner and use a weeding tool to start the process. It will take you no time to become a pro at weeding any of your designs!
Applying HTV with an Easy Press Mini
Oh, how I love my Cricut Easy Press Mini! I honestly had no idea just how much I’d use the cutest little iron/press. It’s just so stinking cute and easy to pull out and use for small items. It also does an amazing job of applying HTV to my Dollar Tree Elves.
Easy Press Process
For this project, I am using Cricut’s Every day HTV and Glitter HTV. The Dollar Store Elf is primarily of a polyester blend fabric.
I checked the Cricut’s Heat Guide settings which prompted a Medium Heat setting (two green lines) on the Easy Press Mini. Pre-heat 5 sec and a 25 – sec press while using a Heat Pressing Sheet over design element.
I’ll show you the process but it’s simply as easy as 1, 2, 3 & 4. YaY!
Pre-heat 5 sec
Cover with Heat Pressing Sheet – UPDATE – This year I only used the Heat Pressing Sheet for a layered design or when my Easy Press Mini may come in contact with the edge of a Heat Transfer Design. This system works great.
You can use either method. If you are new to using HTV and the Easy Press Mini, just be careful not to keep the medium heat on over 25 sec. I filmed another video shown below showing this process in 2020. 😊
Warm Peel per Heat Guide for this project
Once I was done with the 25-sec press I moved onto the next image. When done with this image I then removed the clear carrier sheet from my previous press. That’s it, so EASY!
PREFER TO WATCH THE VIDEO ???
Dollar Tree Elves 2020 Video
Here is a great gift idea using HTV if you know a Gamer in your family or friends.
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