I volunteered to cut out some images with my Cricut to make inexpensive birthday party decorations for this guy, who doesn't like to sit still for a selfie.
It took two hours Saturday morning to cut the shapes. It takes longer to remove the pieces from the cutting mat than it does for the machine to cut. I'm glad I didn't pay more for the faster machine.
I was going to give the pieces to birthday boy's mom to assemble, but after I saw the piles of work that were created I knew it was going to be more time consuming than either of us expected. While I knew she would struggle to find that time I have no such struggle, so I finished the project.
The first image is eleven layers thick. The dimension is great; Elmo is further forward than Big Bird, who is further forward than Cookie Monster.
The second image is seven layers thick.
The completed project: two signs on foam-core board to hang on each side of the park pavilion, and two double-sided table decorations.
It took an entire day to make these, but it was good practice and the decorations turned out great. I'll have to cut a couple of smaller ones to give to her for scrapbook embellishments.
So, not counting my time, how did we do on the 'inexpensive' front? The images were $1.49 each, the words were free. I had just bought a multi-pack of 100 sheets of cardstock for $10, so at a dime a sheet, there is $2.00 of paper in the project. I spent $1.00 for the foam core board and fifty cents for a sheet of posterboard I used half of. Add in a couple of bucks for a glue stick, and the project came in at $8.23. Not bad at all! Tiffy can buy me a cherry chicken salad sandwich for lunch today (the Monday special at Ware's) and we'll call it even. Who would not trade a sandwich for custom made birthday decorations?