In addition to playing with yarn, I also like to play with my Cricut Maker! Alas... I also have to feed my family and clean my house once in a while. I've crocheted lots of helpful things for around the house, but this kitchen mess called for a Quick Cricut Craft - a DIY Dishtowels Bucket!
Disclaimer: I received the Cricut Maker free for review. The opinions and text are all mine.
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While I would never claim to be perfectly "green," I do try to use dishtowels and cloth (and crochet!) napkins, dishcloths, etc instead of paper most of the time. Which is great... except for the never-ending pile of dirty towels and napkins on the countertop. Gross.
Even when they get picked up every day (haha) and taken upstairs to the laundry, it's just not a great look the rest of the time. And getting the kids on board with some clever hiding place or immediate cleanup scheme? Have you met teens? This had to be no harder to get them on board with than just throwing them on the countertop.
So, a quick trip to Target was the answer! In the infamous "dollar" section I picked up a good-sized metal bucket for $3. I've seen these for sale at lots of craft stores too - cheap and cheerful!
Bringing it home, I dug through my stash of vinyl and found some plain white Cricut Outdoor Vinyl - perfect for a metal container meant to hold nasty wet dishcloths!
Once I had my supplies picked out, the whole thing took less than 30 minutes:
- Fire up Cricut Design Space™ and start a New Project
- Pick a font (which of course took the most time) - I went with Liberty Script, one of the Cricut Access Fonts!
- Send it to the Cricut Maker to be cut
- Weed the vinyl (aka, take off the extra bits) - I used my Cricut BrightPad to make it even easier
- Put on the Transfer Tape (like clear contact paper, but stickier!)
- Apply it to the bucket (just like adding a big sticker)
- Put it in the kitchen and smile!
And just like that, dirty towels have a new, prettier, cleaner home in my kitchen. This keeps them all in one place, and all I had to do was point it out to the rest of the family to get them on board - which is a big win in this mom's book! It even makes transporting the mess to the laundry easier!
If you'd like to make your own DIY Dishtowels Bucket with the Cricut Maker, I've shared the file I used here: CLICK HERE. Or you can make your own with your own favorite font - Design Space makes it about as easy as can be! Clickable links to all the supplies I used are included in the steps above - and here's a pin to save the idea for later: