Sweet Little Chill Pills – Easy Cricut Project
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Chill pills—the one size fits all gift that is unique, fun, and oh so easy to make. My daughter loves crafting these cute bottles to give to friends and family. She makes sure I always have one in my purse in case of a bad-breath emergency. All you need is some empty pill bottles, and some paper.
These chill pill bottles were made using the Cricut Die Cut Machine, because my kids are naturally drawn to computer aided crafting. It’s like their fingers were created just for designing stuff on tiny little screens. If your kids are younger, or you don’t have access to a die cut machine, you can create these just as easily by hand. Just skip all the computer stuff, cut your labels, decorate them and enjoy! If you want the Cricut instructions, continue reading.
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HOW TO CREATE THE LABEL USING CRICUT DESIGN SPACE AND DIE CUT MACHINE
Step 1: Measure the bottle. You’ll want to measure the height of the existing label or bottle print, and the width around the bottle. Make sure your measurement will cover all words and graphics on the existing bottle. Write down the measurements for all your bottles.
Step 2: Open a new canvas in Cricut Design Space.
Step 3: Select the shape tool on the left side of the canvas and add a square to your canvas.
Step 4: Resize the square by clicking the icon that looks like a padlock in the tool bar at the top of the page to unlock the proportional resizing. Type in the width and height of your bottle. Select the color of the rectangle from the right sidebar. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each bottle.
Step 5: Now that you have created your label, it’s time to write on it. We had a lot of fun coming up with silly names for the chill pills. Be creative! Select the text tool from the left sidebar menu, then choose your font using the top menu. I like to filter my fonts by clicking the cone shape and choosing “has a writing style” for projects like this where I want the Cricut to write on it using the pen. Choose a font create your label language. You can resize by dragging the corner of your text box. Click the middle of the text box, and hold to drag your entire text box into position on the label. Choose your pen color from the left layers menu, also make sure that the “write” icon is clicked (rather than the default icon for cut)
Next, you will need to weld the text to the label so that Cricut knows that the text needs to be written on the label. To do this, click your mouse and drag a blue outlined box over the entire label and writing. This selects both the label and the text box. On the right layers menu, there are options at the bottom. Choose “weld” from the options.
Step 6: This step is optional. You can add other decorating elements to your bottles using the “Add Images” icon on the left menu bar. We decided to add some images to our bottles, and to apply them using cut vinyl. Be careful about the size and how intricate the image is. Tiny cuts aren’t always easy to weed, and can look messy.
If you choose to do Step 6, choose colors in the layers panel at the right that aren’t exactly the same as your pill label. This moves your vinyl images to a different mat than the labels for cutting.
Step 7: Send your project to the machine by clicking “Make it” at the top right. Look at the mats displayed on the left side to make sure that all the labels are on separate mats from the vinyl images. Cricut allows you to drag elements to different mats if you need to make changes, but choosing different colors in step 6 should prevent you from having to make mat adjustments.
Make sure that you take the time between mats to choose the correct material on the cutting dial of the machine. Cut the labels out of cardstock and the images out of vinyl. Follow all the prompts. The machine will tell you when to insert the pen into the left pen holder. Push down until it clicks before closing the clamp.
That’s it! This is such a fun beginner project for the Cricut crafter. I’d love to see pictures of your chill pills. Add them in the comments!