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Adorable Birth Stat Elephant Tutorial: DIY Baby Gifts are the Best!

Giving DIY baby gifts mean so much to the recipient and this birth stat elephant baby gift is one of the cutest!

Personalized newborn baby gifts are so cute, don’t you think?  Personalized keepsakes don’t get any more adorable than one for a new baby in your life.

They don’t have to be difficult either.  With a Cricut cutting machine and some iron-on vinyl, you can make this birth stat elephant for any baby to love on and parents to swoon over!

But beware, you might want to have another baby just so you can make one for yourself…ha ha!

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Materials Needed for DIY Baby Gifts

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Birth Stats Elephant Tutorial

I have printable instructions and a full video tutorial on applying the iron-on to the ears so make sure to turn on the volume and watch it below (or at the top of the post!)

You can easily design the elephant birth stats in Cricut Design Space yourself, but if you have Cricut Access and want to use my template click here.

Sometimes CDS might open and tell you to download, but you should just be able to click on Open.

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Then this should pop up. Click on customize to open up the Cricut birth stats template.

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You probably have to do some detaching and ungrouping to get to the point where you can edit the template!

Also, if you are new to CDS, make sure to check out my series of Cricut Design Space 101 tutorials to get started.

I have a full set of free split letter script monograms you can use or I also have a video tutorial on how to design a split letter monogram in CDS you can watch.

I actually traced the ear of the elephant and uploaded it to CDS so I could size it.  I ended up making the monogrammed name about 2.3″x2.3″ and the birth stats 2.5″ across by 3.5″ tall.

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Cut the images out of iron-on vinyl.  Make sure to turn on the mirror setting in the preview screen and place the HTV on your mat with the shiny side down.  Cut it on the iron-on setting.

I did not attach all of mine because I wanted to be able to manually place them.

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Weed off the extra vinyl and cut the plastic backing so you have separate pieces of the birth stats.

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Using an EasyPress 2 to Apply Iron-on

Since the elephant is polyester, I set the temperature on the small EasyPress to 315F.  If you need more help on how to use an EasyPress, make sure to check out my Cricut EasyPress 2 review.

This would also be the perfect project for an EasyPress Mini (I didn’t have one yet when I made this birth stat elephant keepsake!)

Once the EasyPress is preheated (it only take a minute or so!), press the ear for a few seconds to get the moisture out.

Apply the largest sections of text to the ear where you want them.

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Since I will be pressing twice (kind of like layering), I will be pressing them on a little bit differently.

Press the first layer with two hands on the EasyPress and a lot of body weight for about 3 seconds. 

Wait 30 seconds for the iron-on to cool and then peel off the backing.

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Place the other pieces of the birth stats where you want them making sure the plastic backings don’t overlap. 

Place a Teflon or protective sheet off the whole ear and press lightly for 20-25 seconds.

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Remove the plastic backing. Flip the elephant over and press the back of the ear for 15 seconds.  Pressing the back side really helps the HTV adhere even more.

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Repeat the same steps for the other year.  Press for a few seconds then center the monogram letter.

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Press with two hands and a lot of body pressure for 3-5 seconds.  Let cool for 30 and then remove the plastic backing.  Center the name.

Cover with a protective sheet and press for 20-25 seconds.  Remove plastic, flip over elephant and press the other side for 15 seconds.

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Flip him over and ooooh and awww over how cute he is!

He would go perfect with an engraved birth stat plaque if you have a Cricut Maker or a paper flower shadow box with the baby’s name on it.

Newborn Keepsake Birth Stat Elephant Video Tutorial

Click here to watch my full tutorial on making this birth stat elephant on my YT channel.

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Another great gift idea is a DIY block cute nightlight with my free SVG cut file or a cute personalized minky blanket!

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Make sure to check out my list of personalized gifts to make for family members with a Cricut.

If you’d like to save this tutorial for later, hover over the top left of the image below and PIN It now.

DIY unique baby gifts using a Cricut and EasyPress. Make an adorable birth stat elephant! #cricut #babygifts

Here are the printable directions!

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DIY Baby Gifts: How to Make an Adorable Birth Stat Elephant

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Difficulty: Medium
Estimated Cost: $10

Make cute personalized newborn baby gifts that they will love! Learn how to easily make a birth stat elephant.

Materials

Instructions

  1. Design the birth stats or use my file in CDS. See post for link.
  2. Cut out of iron-on vinyl on mirror setting. Weed off extra vinyl. Cut into sections.
  3. Set EasyPress to 315F. Press the ear for 3 seconds.
  4. Center large sections of vinyl on ear. Press with two hands and a lot of body weight for 3-5 seconds.
  5. Let iron-on cool for 30 seconds. Remove plastic backing.
  6. Place other pieces of birth stats on ear. Cover entire ear with protective sheet and press lightly for 20-25 seconds.
  7. Remove plastic backing. Flip over the elephant and press the backside of the ear for 15 seconds.
  8. Repeat the same steps for the other ear. Pressing the split monogram first.
  9. Enjoy your adorable keepsake!

Notes

See post for step by step picture and videl tutorial. Link to CDS file in post also.

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Lisa

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Since the elephant is Polyester, can I sublimate on it. This Elle is so cute!

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Saturday 4th of December 2021

I haven't tried, but probably! Since it's a darker grey the sublimation might just be muted.

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Terra Noel

Thursday 2nd of September 2021

Hello,

Are we able to download these fonts? Or do you have the name of it? I tried searching what showed for me when editing but I couldn't find it. I really like how you have the N as well, but I would need a J. I was thinking about doing his full name instead but for some reason can't add his middle and last name now? It only allowed me to change his first.

Thanks!

Dee Couchman

Monday 3rd of May 2021

Hello, Love this idea! I bought an elephant for a great nephew who will be here in a couple of weeks. When I click on the link to get the image, it opens up cricut design space but bypasses the option to "customize?" Newbie here lol Can I get some guidance please? Dee

suzanne

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

how do i edit it? there is no customize button when i open it up in design space

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