Preppy Bridal Shower Decor Tutorial

Preppy Bridal Shower Decor Tutorial

Editor’s Note: This post is sponsored by Cricut. I was sent a Cricut Explore Air machine and was paid to create this tutorial. All editorial and opinions are my own.

I am so excited to share this fun Cricut tutorial with you today! I teamed up with the brand to celebrate their Wedding Campaign, “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal” and to share with you how fun it is to incorporate Cricut crafting in your wedding planning (plus some amazing weekly contest prizes to celebrate the campaign! Details on this week’s WEDDING DRESS contest at the bottom of this post.)

If you’re not familiar, Cricut is a personal electronic cutting machine that makes crafting a breeze and so, so much fun! Now while I like to think of myself as creative and crafty, I’ll openly admit that I was a little intimidated when the Cricut Explore Air machine showed up at my door. Thankfully, those feelings quickly left as I set the machine up and started using it. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make really beautiful, professional-looking crafts. And I couldn’t wait to share with you guys because a Cricut machine would be a bride-to-be’s BFF for creating personalized wedding decor and gifts! I wanted to show you how fun and easy it is to create a few goodies so I decided to go with a bridal shower theme and make some Outdoor Dining Leaf napkin rings from Cricut’s Make It Now collection and I also designed a foil adhesive Bridal Shower welcoming sign to attach to my antique French mirror. And the best part is that you can easily re-create both of these – I’ve shared the step-by-step guide below:

First up, I’ll show you the steps in creating the Outdoor Dining Leaf Napkin Rings:


Makes four napkin rings
– Cricut Explore Air
– Green cardstock of your choice. I went with pearlized cardstock by Cricut in two different green hues to create a natural yet ethereal look.
– Glue gun and glue sticks
– Paper towel roll cut in 2-inch segments OR two toilet paper rolls cut in half


Mat: Standard grip
Blade: Regular
Setting: Cardstock

DSC_0959 Directions:

1 | Locate the Make It Now project on Cricut’s Design Space application. You can either do this on your computer (just download the Design Space application) or your iPhone (with the Design Space App). I used my phone and hooked up the bluetooth to the Cricut Explore Air in a matter of seconds – so easy! Once you’ve found the Outdoor Dining Leaf Napkin Ring project, just apply one sheet of green cardstock to your cutting mat and load it into your machine by pressing the arrow icon. Next, press the flashing “C” button and the machine will begin scoring and cutting the leaves for you:
DSC_0967 2 | Once you’ve cut both sheets of leaves, simply peel the sheet off of the mat and remove the leaves:DSC_0968 3 | Next, cut the cardboard tubing you have (toilet paper roll or paper towel roll) into 2 inch segments and apply a thin line of hot glue across the cardboard. Carefully apply a row of leaves on top of the glue. I found a row of 5-6 leaves work best and I made sure to overlap them to make sure no cardboard would show and to create a natural look. Continue hot gluing and placing the leaves until you finish each napkin ring:DSC_0972 DSC_0975 4 | Voila! You have custom napkin rings that can be used again and again. I love these for a bridal shower but you could easily re-use them for dinner parties in your newlywed nest!

DSC_1032 Next up, I made a fun foil adhesive sign that can be attached to anything. I chose to apply it to my floor length antique mirror but I know it would look just as amazing on a piece of acrylic, a glass photo frame or a smaller mirror:DSC_1017 Here are the super easy directions to re-create the sign for yourself (and customize it to say any name!).


– Cricut Explore Air
– Cricut adhesive foil, gold
– Cricut  vinyl transfer tape


Mat: Standard grip
Blade: Regular
Setting: Vinyl

DSC_0991 Directions:

1 | If you have Cricut’s Design Space, just click here to bring up my custom design. It’s titled “ClassicBride_BridalShowerWelcome” and should look just like the above screen when you open it. Customize it so it looks exactly how you’d like it (you’ll probably just want to change the bride’s name) and then press “Go.”

Cricut Fonts Used:

  • Cheers & Lillian: Waverly type (Cricut font)
  • Put on your pearls; party shoes; It’s time to toast to: TW Cen MT (Cricut font)DSC_0990 2 | Attach the foil adhesive sheet to your loading mat and load into the Cricut. Press the flashing “C” button for it to start cutting your design.DSC_0997 3 | Gently pull the foil layer away to reveal the letters. Some pieces will remain so you’ll need to use your weeding tool to remove them:DSC_0998 4 | Weed those left over bits right out! Just carefully grab the corner of a piece you don’t want and peel it back with the weeding tool.

5 | Cut all of the elements out so it resembles this set-up:DSC_1006 6 | Next, cut out the right amount of transfer tape and apply it on top of each element. Use the spatula tool to rub the transfer tape down and get rid of any air bubbles:DSC_1010DSC_1009 7 | Next, carefully peel the transfer tape back, making sure that the lettering comes with it:DSC_1011 8 | Apply the transfer tape to the mirror (or frame or whatever you’d like!):DSC_1013 9 | Repeat the process for the other elements:DSC_1008 10 | Apply all elements to the desired surface and carefully remove the transfer tape:DSC_1016 11 | And voila, you have a beautiful custom sign to celebrate the bride!DSC_1018 DSC_1031


Stay tuned for another fun exclusive Cricut Tutorial next month! And if you decide to make one of these tutorials shown above, I hope you’ll share it!

Curious about this week’s contest that I teased to in the intro? Cricut has partnered with Celia Grace to give one lucky bride-to-be a $1,500 credit toward the wedding dress of their choice! If you’re not familiar with Celia Grace, they create exquisitely handmade wedding dresses that are both breathtakingly beautiful and most of their fabrics are handmade, natural fibers, or small-batch textiles to reduce the environmental footprint. Whenever possible, they source handmade silk woven on traditional looms which not only preserves a beautiful art form but also helps the women around the world who are preserving this art form and who often times need the help the most. Enter the contest here!

ps. Even if you’re not getting married, you can “nominate” someone you know who is getting married!

Contest Details: During each week of the “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal” campaign, Cricut will be hosting an amazing giveaway and if you enter during any week, you’ll also be entered to win the grand prize at the end of the campaign! Entrants can enter once a week. Cricut will be hand selecting the winners, and all winners will be contacted via email to confirm their entry details. Confirmed winners will be announced on Cricut’s Instagram account.


Credits: Photography and styling: Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog; last image provided by Cricut | Cricut Explore Air and Cricut supplies: courtesy of Cricut | French linen napkins: Le Jacquard Francais | Mirror and plates: French antiques | Placemats: Waverly



  1. September 7, 2016 / 10:40 AM

    What a unique idea! It looks great.

  2. Sarah
    September 7, 2016 / 10:55 AM

    Thanks, Gillian! xx

  3. Sarah
    September 8, 2016 / 1:17 PM

    Thanks so much, Jessica! xx

  4. Sarah
    September 8, 2016 / 2:21 PM

    Thanks, Noah!

  5. Ankita
    September 10, 2016 / 12:42 AM

    Your ideas are so interesting,so creative and so beautiful also.I love these.Great job!!!!

  6. Sarah
    September 12, 2016 / 9:35 PM

    Thanks, Ankita!

  7. The Wedding Filming Company
    September 14, 2016 / 10:01 AM

    Wow! Great!
    Very creative ideas. I like napkin rings because they can be in everyday life / on each event.
    I like the most the idea with writing. How long did it take you to make all these decorations? Are you taking orders?

  8. Sarah
    September 14, 2016 / 11:53 AM

    Hi! I made everything over a few days so it did take awhile but luckily, the Cricut does most of the work! No, I’m not taking orders 😉 but you can easily make everything I did in this tutorial yourself with the Cricut! xo

  9. September 19, 2016 / 12:59 PM

    Such a cute mirror design — and totally reusable afterwards!

  10. Sarah
    September 20, 2016 / 12:01 AM

    Thanks, Chelsea! xo