In one week, the Winter 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang will commence and I couldn’t be more excited! I grew up glued to the screen admiring Kristi Yamaguchi, Michelle Kwan, Tara Lipinski gracefully dance across the ice during the Winter Olympics. And I watched live the nail-biting Kerri Strug performance at the 1996 Summer Olympics. I’m pretty sure I shed tears and then declared I would become an Olympic gymnast like every other girl in the world.
Fast forward two decades later, I am not a gymnast nor an Olympian. But the spirit of Team USA is still strong within me and I wanted to make a fun craft for my kids to use to cheer on our American athletes. Last year, I discovered an amazing material that does not tear, fray, or fade called Oly*fun. It is also very easy to use with a cutting machine like a Silhouette or Cricut.
- Oly*fun sheets in red, white, green, black, blue, and yellow. You could also use other materials like cardstock, felt, or fabric.
- Craft glue (I highly recommend a precision tip glue such as Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue)
- Hot glue gun
- 3/16in. wooden dowel
Click here to download the FREEBIE cut file for the Silhouette machine.
I hope my kiddos will enjoy watching the Olympics as much as I did as a child. It is inspiring to see young athletes’ dreams coming true after years and years of hard work and dedication. It is a beautiful reminder of our world’s vibrant diversity and culture. Our family plans to attend the Summer Games of 2028 when it will be held in Los Angeles!
Is it just me or is there something nostalgic about Halloween? Flashbacks of sorting, comparing, and trading Halloween candy, breaking open a bag of stretchy cobwebs, and watching Hocus Pocus on repeat. I’m trying to pace myself with the month-long Halloween celebration and will watch the movie when the 31st gets closer. In the meantime, I will just craft about the movie! Amuck! Amuck! Amuck!
Awhile back, I heard from a fellow crafter about this really neat and versatile material called Oly*fun. Calling itself the “everything material,” it can be used indoors or outdoors (water resistant) and it doesn’t tear, fray, or fade. What??? I. must. get. my. hands. on. this. material.
And so I did and got cranking on a…Halloween craft (duh!). Because you can never have enough Halloween decor especially with such an easy material to work with! A felt hanging banner was fun to make earlier this summer but lemme just tell you…using Oly*fun truly made crafting fun and QUICK! I pressed the material firmly on the cutting mat and I actually didn’t need any stabilizer, which is a big time-saving step. My Silhouette CAMEO essentially treated it like paper. TIP: I do recommend double cutting to ensure to clean cut. And you guys, it peeled off so effortlessly. It didn’t curl like paper can from a sticky cutting mat. The edges were always cleanly cut. Not one single fray. Simply amazing!
If you get your hands on this miracle material, here are the cut settings that worked for me!
I have a whole bunch of colored “sheets” left and am already brainstorming the next project to make with Oly*fun!