Being a mom is hard. Like really, really, hard. It doesn’t seem that very many people can agree on parenting styles. But I think we can all agree that it’s not easy being a mom. Mike (If you’re a new reader, that’s my husband) works on the road. So it’s usually just me and the 4 kids all day. Being that kids are pretty much my only adult interaction day in and day out, I will jump on the chance of going out for a mom’s night. It’s just nice to interact with other people who don’t watch you pee. Last weekend I volunteered my mother-in-law to host a little mom’s night. Okay, so it was more like voluntold, but you get the idea. It was just a simple evening of company and making these adorable DIY funny planters.
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I think by now you all know how much I love a good pun. So of course, we decorated these planters in plant puns using my EasyPress 2 on burlap ribbon. Full disclosure, we did have a couple oops moments. But they were learning moments, and I have included them in the tips section of this post. I really love that the Cricut EasyPress™ 2, Raspberry – 9″ x 9″ can be used for a project like this. When looking for inspiration for this project on Pinterest, I saw a lot of great pun planters. But I wasn’t really a fan of putting the vinyl directly onto the planter. I know from experience that it can be hard to apply the vinyl to curved surfaces. That’s why I opted to use Cricut Everyday and Glitter Iron On, some adorable burlap ribbon, and my Cricut EasyPress™ 2, Raspberry – 9″ x 9″.
You might be wondering why I would choose to lug around my Cricut EasyPress™ 2, Raspberry – 9″ x 9″ and everything that goes with that. And a couple of months ago I would have totally agreed. It would have been difficult to take my EasyPress 2 to a mom’s night. But, thanks to the EasyPress Tote, taking your EasyPress with you to a fun craft night with friends, or to events like a baby shower (think custom baby onesies for the new mom) easy. Check out this video on how much fits into one of these bags, it’s amazing!
Tips for Hosting the Perfect Mom’s Night
Maybe I just have some pretty great friends, but I don’t really find mom’s to be too picky about their mom’s night. Although, if you really want to go all out, there’s nothing wrong with that. Cricut Design Space has some great decorating ideas to add that little something special to your mom’s night.
That said, if you’re a simple girl like me, then you only need a few essentials to have a great mom’s night:
I don’t really have any issues with the friends and food part (although, admittingly I’ve got like 3 friends). My biggest challenge with mom’s night is the fun part. I’m not that crafty. I’m all about the simple DIY crafts. That’s why I love this simple DIY funny planter craft.
Tips for Using Your EasyPress to Make Funny Planters
Like I mentioned before, I did learn lots from making these. Here are some tips for using your Cricut EasyPress™ 2, Raspberry – 9″ x 9″ to make these DIY funny planters:
- Choose a flat ribbon. I bought a cute burlap ribbon with beaded trim. I really loved the earthiness of the burlap and the prettiness of the beaded edge. But these beads didn’t work so well with the EasyPress. We were not able to get a good even pressure on the Cricut Iron-On vinyl. Once we removed the beaded trim, it worked much better! My mother-in-law added the beaded trim back on to the ribbon after.
- Heat up your ribbon first. Before you apply the HTV, you will want to heat up your ribbon for about 5 seconds. It does give this tip in the instructions, but I ignored it on the first ribbon and that Cricut Iron On protection sheet was hard to get off.
- Use the Cricut online guild for setting checks. It’s really important that you use the right temperature and peel method to get the best Cricut Iron On transfer as possible. I ripped the Cricut Iron On packaging that had the instructions. But thankfully, Cricut has a great online tool that helps you determine the perfect temperature and peel method for iron on vinyl. Just choose your type of iron on vinyl, if you’re using a Cricut EasyPress or iron, and if you’re using a Cricut EasyPress Mat or towel. All our Cricut Iron-On vinyl was from their Everyday and Glitter lines and used the same heat and peel settings. So, we didn’t have to layer our plant puns.
- Apply the ribbon from the middle out. It was easier to apply the ribbon for these DIY funny planters starting from the middle. Add a dab of glue to the middle and press. Continue to add a dab of glue and press leaving the back unglued. When everything but the back if glued down, glue the back together and trim off the extra. Glue the ends to the pots as well to prevent fraying.
How to Make DIY Funny Planters
For this craft you will need:
- Cricut (I have this Cricut Maker)
- Cricut EasyPress™ 2, Raspberry – 9″ x 9″
- Cricut EasyPress Mat or Towel
- Cricut EasyPress Tote (for travelling with your Cricut EasyPress)
- Cricut Everyday Iron On Vinyl
- Plant Pun Cut File on Cricut Design Space
- Burlap ribbon
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Plant Pots (I got ours from my local craft store. But I found these cute ones on Amazon that would be perfect too!)
- Plants and Soil
Funny DIY Plant Pots:
I’d love to know your favourite planter pun in the comments below. If you like this easy DIY, don’t forget to share it.