Make this farmhouse wood block calendar for under $3 using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and discover the 5 things I love about my Cricut Explore Air 2! This Cricut project is fun and inexpensive!
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I recently got a Cricut Explore Air 2 and I have been crafting up a storm ever since! I am amazed at everything I am able to create using my Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut EasyPress 2 and I wanted to share with you the 5 things I love about my Cricut Explore Air 2 so that if you are on the fence about purchasing one you can make an informed decision! I hope these things will help you to decide if the Cricut is for you or not.
I’ll also show you how to turn basic items from the dollar store into an expensive-looking farmhouse wood block calendar. It is an easy Cricut project to make and would be a great gift idea or addition to your farmhouse decor.
Cricut Explore Air 2
I have the Cricut Explore Air 2 machine and it is capable of cutting everything from cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on to a range of specialty materials like glitter paper, cork, and bonded fabric. From cards to custom T-shirts to home decor, Cricut makes it easy to bring your ideas to life.
You can design on the go on your laptop, iPad or iPhone. Browse and play with thousands of images, fonts, and ready-to-make projects. Or create your own design from scratch. The possibilities are endless!
5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Explore Air 2
If you are debating whether or not you should buy the Cricut Explore Air 2 then I hope this post will help give you some clarity! If you already have a Cricut Explore Air 2 then this post will show you how to create a dollar store DIY farmhouse calendar using your Cricut and may even show you some things you didn’t know your Cricut could do!
The Cricut Explore Air 2 can cut and write up to 2X faster than previous Cricut Explore models and cuts more than 100 materials — everything from cardstock, vinyl and iron-on to specialty materials like glitter paper, cork, and bonded fabric. I had one of the first Cricut machines to come out and while I liked it, I never really got into using it. I made a couple of scrapbooks with it and that was it! With the new Cricut Explore Air 2 machine, I can create SO many things because it cuts a wide variety of materials. It also cuts them much faster than older models so I can make more projects in less time.
The Cricut Explore Air 2 allows me an easy way to make home decor, clothing, personalized products and so much more. With my new Cricut, I can make a huge variety of Cricut projects! From Cricut vinyl projects to iron-on vinyl on clothing, I can make all of it using one easy to use machine!
Cricut comes with Design Space which is an easy-to-use program you can design all of your projects with. By subscribing to Cricut Access you also have access to thousands of images, fonts and ready-to-make projects all at your fingertips! I love that I can upload my own graphics and even create my own projects from scratch and share them with others! I love that I am not limited to just Cricut-created products and I can literally make anything!
Crafting is easy with my Cricut and because it is so amazing my sister bought one as soon as she saw all the cool things I made with mine. I love being able to have crafting nights with my sister and create things together using our Cricut machines! Cricut makes it easy to have a fun girls night crafting together and being creative.
My Cricut Explore Air 2 makes it easy to make and sell crafts. This holiday season my kids got really excited about this feature and we created a bunch of crafts together that they sold to friends and family. It was a great way to teach them about business and a great way to bond with my kids! We had so much fun crafting and creating together. And it paid big!
Making Cricut projects is the best part about owning a Cricut Explore Air 2! I have a really fun and easy dollar store DIY Cricut vinyl project for you. It costs under $3 to make and the end result looks amazing!
Dollar Store DIY Wood Block Calendar
This dollar store Cricut craft is fun and easy and fits in to my farmhouse decor beautifully. It is simply gorgeous!
You’ll need the following supplies to make your wood block calendar:
- Tumbling Tower game (from Dollar Tree)
- Giant foam dice (from Dollar Tree)
- wood stain
- Cricut permanent vinyl in white and black
- white chalk paint
- hot glue and glue gun
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut transfer paper
Begin by staining each of the wood blocks to your desired color. I had leftover stain from my DIY farmhouse mirror project so I used that (Jacobean stain). Allow to dry.
Begin gluing the stained wood pieces together as shown in the photo. You will have 8 across the bottom and 5 pieces up each side. Finish with 8 pieces across the top.
Then glue two pieces on the top as shown in the photo above. This will be where your month pieces will go.
Paint each of the foam dice with white chalk paint. Allow to dry and add more coats as needed until they are completely white.
You can grab the Cricut Design Space file for the months and dice letters here:
Cut out the numbers in black vinyl and the months in white vinyl.
Next, apply the numbers in the correct order on the foam dice pieces. On one cube, place numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. On the second cube, place numbers 0, 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8. You won’t place a number 9 anywhere, but the 6 will function as the 9 once you flip the cube upside down. This will ensure that you can create all the number combinations needed for any given month.
Weed the pieces and use Cricut transfer tape to apply them to the dice and wood pieces.
Finish by adding your wood block pieces to the top of the calendar and the dice pieces inside the frame to display today’s date!
These DIY wood block calendars are really nice gifts! Since I used leftover wood stain and chalk paint my only cost was the $2 at the Dollar Tree for the tumbling tower game and foam dice along with my vinyl which was very minimal since it doesn’t use much at all! A pretty inexpensive DIY project that looks like an expensive home decor piece in the end!