Make sentimental gifts that will bring someone joy for birthdays, weddings, Christmas, etc. A Cricut handwritten recipe gift will be cherished for years to come!
I watched my mother run her fingers over the familiar handwriting, tears welling up in her eyes. I’d found one of Grandma’s old recipes and transferred it as a present for my mother, and she was visibly overcome with emotion.
Giving sentimental gifts will mean more than any store-bought give ever will. Those gifts will not get tossed out when the next great thing comes out. They will be cherished for a lifetime.
My Grandmother made a huge impact on my life and the lives of everyone in our family. We learned so much about unconditional love, helping others, and baking from her!
So, when I happened upon her handwritten recipe card of one of my favorite desserts, I knew I had to do something special with it.
As it happens, I was walking through the Dollar Tree the next day and I spotted these nice looking oven mitts. Light bulb moment!!
I love using Dollar Tree items with my Cricut machine! They have some great items just waiting to be personalized.
I came home and got busy. This is what I came up with, and it turned out better than I had imagined.
Materials Needed for DIY Oven Mitt
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- oven mitts – I got these from Dollar Tree
- iron-on vinyl
- Cricut cutting machine – always check prices between Cricut.com and Amazon (click links to compare!)
- Heat Press or Iron or EasyPress 2 or 3
Directions For Sentimental Gifts: How to Upload Handwriting to Cricut
I found an app that has changed my life!! Well, maybe not quite that dramatic, but it definitely has changed my crafting life!
Enter Adobe Capture CC … have you heard of it?? I read about it somewhere, so of course, had to try it and worked wonders.
Since this part would be very hard to describe, I made a video of how to use the app to upload the recipe to Cricut Design Space. Make sure to turn on the volume on and watch it at the top or side of the post.
If you do better with written directions, there will be a printable card at the bottom of the post!
So, once the handwritten recipe file is cleaned up, upload it to Cricut Design Space. It uploads perfectly! No need to do anymore cleaning up!
(Update: CDS has released a new remove background feature that might be able to clean up the text if you have Cricut Access. I don’t have access to it, so I don’t know for sure!)
Save it and add it to your canvas. Size it to fit the oven mitt. Hit “Make it”. Make sure to check the mirror setting on the preview screen.
Place some HTV shiny side down on a cutting mat. Set the cut to iron-on vinyl and go. (Watch my cutting and weeding HTV video tutorial here if you need additional help.)
Pro Tip: For small font like this, I always make sure my blade is sharp. Poking it into a ball of aluminum foil does the trick!
Now, I’m not going to lie… weeding this was not easy. Old script font has a lot of little pieces.
Crank up Alexa, roll up your leaves, take a shot… well, that might or might not help! But anyway, devote some time to it.
I find it easiest to pull the excess HTV off at an almost 180-degree angle.
You made it through the hardest step! Take a breath…
Applying HTV to Oven Mitt
Peel off the plastic backing, sit back, and admire your work!
I have to say, this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever made! Knowing my Mom (or a family member) will always have my Grandmother’s writing at her fingertips makes my heart happy.
I might have to make a few more of these sentimental gifts to give to my whole family!
If you’d like even more unique gift ideas, check out sentimental gift ideas from around the blogosphere.
And if you are a fan of DIY handwriting gifts, you might like these other Cricut handwritten gift ideas:
- Mom Hat with kids handwritten names
- DIY Dad shirt with kid’s handwriting
- Tote bag with kid’s artwork
- Coasters with kid’s drawings
If you need some more inspiration on other gift items you can make with a Cricut, feel free to browse my Ultimate Resource of Cricut Ideas or additional gift ideas. If you have those hard to shop for teenagers, check out my list of gifts that your kids will cherish.
Here are the printable instructions!
- Oven Mitt
- Old Recipe Card
- Phone with App
- Heat Transfer Vinyl
- Open Adobe Capture app on smartphone.
- Use the shapes tab. Get image centered in view and use slider to get rid of all background noise.
- Crop if needed.
- Click Refine tab. Click down on brush. Use finger to remove any extra black spots.
- Click Smooth tab and make sure the bottom button says On.
- Once it's complete, click arrow button. Save to phone.
- On main screen, click on image. Click on share function, then Export As, Then SVG.
- Export SVG to somewhere you can access it with Cricut Design Space.
- Open CDS. Upload image.
- Size to fit oven mitt.
- Cut it out on mirror setting of heat transfer vinyl. (Place HTV shiny side down on mat)
- Weed out extra vinyl.
- Apply to oven mitt with heat press or iron.
- Enjoy the look on the recipient's face when they realize what it is!
The weeding can be a bit tedious if you have a lot of script font, but it's worth it!
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What memorabilia do you have that would bring joy to someone you know??
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