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!
Materials Needed for DIY Baby Gifts
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- elephant – I got this super cute one off Amazon or a pink elephant here
- Iron-on Vinyl
- Cricut cutting machine– always check prices between Cricut.com and Amazon (click links to compare!)
- Cricut mat and tools
- EasyPress 2
- EasyPress mat
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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.
Then this should pop up. Click on customize to open up the Cricut birth stats template.
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 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.
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.
Weed off the extra vinyl and cut the plastic backing so you have separate pieces of the birth stats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Repeat the same steps for the other year. Press for a few seconds then center the monogram letter.
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.
Flip him over and ooooh and awww over how cute he is!
Newborn Keepsake Birth Stat Elephant Video Tutorial
Click here to watch my full tutorial on making this birth stat elephant on my YT channel.
Make sure to check out my list of personalized gifts to make for family members with a Cricut.
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Here are the printable directions!
- HTV/Iron-on vinyl
- Design the birth stats or use my file in CDS. See post for link.
- Cut out of iron-on vinyl on mirror setting. Weed off extra vinyl. Cut into sections.
- Set EasyPress to 315F. Press the ear for 3 seconds.
- Center large sections of vinyl on ear. Press with two hands and a lot of body weight for 3-5 seconds.
- Let iron-on cool for 30 seconds. Remove plastic backing.
- Place other pieces of birth stats on ear. Cover entire ear with protective sheet and press lightly for 20-25 seconds.
- Remove plastic backing. Flip over the elephant and press the backside of the ear for 15 seconds.
- Repeat the same steps for the other ear. Pressing the split monogram first.
- Enjoy your adorable keepsake!
See post for step by step picture and videl tutorial. Link to CDS file in post also.
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