We recently created this red, white and blue party using the Cricut Explore™ and so many of the projects would be perfect for the 4th of July! This “star” party could be used for celebrating your sports star, rock star or classroom super star! Just change up the colors of cardstock you cut to create your own take on a “star” party!
Start by creating a simple invitation on white cardstock. Embellish using twine and these stars which are formatted to the perfect sizes for a 5″ x 7″ invitation. Make it Now
Every party setup needs a hanging decorative element. These star garlands are so easy to make using the Explore! Cut dozens of stars in minutes! No need to punch the small holes for the twine, they will be cut with the machine too! Make it now
Adorable navy stripe party cups tie into the party theme when you simply add stars! Add red striped straws to up the cuteness factor! Make it now
Whether you are hosting 4th of July or a birthday party, cupcakes are always popular for parties! Cut cupcake wrappers and star toppers with the click of one button. Make it now
Serve up treats in these mini open boxes perfect for popcorn, chips and other snacks! Make it now
This “happy birthday” cake topper will dress up a basic cake! Don’t forget, you can use this cut design with any paper! (How cute would this cake topper be in glitter gold?) Make it now
These simple square boxes are perfect for party favors! Fill them with small toys, candy or treats to send home with your guests! Make it now
Here are a few fresh ideas for embellishing gift boxes and bags! Simply add cut out stars, ribbon or twine! Make it now
After the party, use this cute star notecard template with rounded corners to send thank yous to your guests! Make it now
:: sources ::
party styling/design :: kim stoegbauer, the tomkat studio
photography :: rennai hoefer, ten22 studio
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wow! you did an amazing job! i’d be busy trying to replicate that + make some fancy Christmas cards if i won
I’ve always wanted a Cricut. Would be great to win one!!! I’d like to try and make a cake topper for the 4th of July celebration.
Hatd to choose what I would make first, everything is so cute and fun! I think I’d choose to do the star banner first. Great ideas, as always. (:
Hard to choose what I would make first, everything is so cute and fun! I think I’d choose to do the star garland first. Great ideas, as always. (:
the sprinkle mug from studio DIY
Oh how I’d love to win a Cricut Explore! I love the star banner. That would be my first of many, many projects!
All the ideas you come up with are great. This is a something I will be doing for our upcoming 4th of July party
I really want this
Oooh, the Outdoor Dining invitation is gorgeous!
I would definitely love to win a “Cricut Explorer” and have fun making an invitation or maybe a banner. I would want to do it all.
This would be wonderful for my daughter’s birthday party next month. She’s a forth of July baby!
The July 4th banner.
I would like to duplicate your projects! You are such an inspiration!
I would definitely do the star banner for the fourth of july, so cute!!!!
It even cuts out the holes for the string!?! Amazing!!! I love this machine! <3
LOVE this Kim….I think if I won, I would make the Happy Birthday cake topper 🙂
I so love the invitation and cake topper…they are so cute!
Great job! Love all the parties you put together and seeing what you have done makes me want a Cricut of my own even more!
If I won the Cricut Explore, I would definitely be making some 3D animal heads, like the awesome elephant one! New decor for the little guy’s room!
Make monograms 🙂
and SO much more!!
I’d like to make a ribbon style banner for an upcoming baby shower!
My son needs a tote back for kindergarten. I would love to make a bag stencil.
I would love to try to do the pillow design with “hello,” it’s so trendy now.
I love cricut! If i won, I would use my Cricut to create all the decor for my daughter’s 1st birthday!
Love all the red white and blue!!! So many options!!!
So fun! The possibilities are endless! Would LOVE to have a Cricut!
Wow! I love that you can make everything you need to decorate for a party with Cricut Explore. Thank you for the wonderful ideas and for the opportunity to win a Cricut Explore.
I love red, white, and blue themed anything! My favorite holiday is July 4th (it also is my Moms’ birthday). I love making cards so I am sure the first project would be card related.
I love the the whole theme.
Love your patriotic party collection!!
Love the star-spangled party decor!
Off of the Cricut Design Space, I would make the Ice Cream Cone box first if I won. I also love the star banners that were created in this post. Would look perfect in my entryway with my 4th of July wreath!
I love the style of Tomkat Studio. It is simple, clean and oh so classy. If I win, I would probably make a summer party of some sorts.
This looks so fun. I would love one of these, it would make life so much easier and more creative too.
Love it, too cute!!! I would love to make some fun birthday banners, but there are so many things I would love to make!!!
Awesome job. Sure can do alot with the Cricut Eplore!!!!!!!
I would make the deer vintage thermos first.
I love this theme! I think I would do all the decorations for my daughter’s birthday if I were to win.
I would love to win the circuit, the first thing I would make is the the cake topper.
Everything looks great! Thanks for the inspiration!
I’m not sure which project I’d make first–there are so many great ones! Thanks for the inspiration!
The Feather Wreath looks beautiful! That would be fun to make!
I would love to win a Cricut Explore. I really like the “Happy Birthday” cake banner so I think that’s what I would make first.
I have so many ideas in my head for the Cricut!
I so want to make the 3D Stegosaurus!!
I would like to win the circut so my wife can do anything she wants to do. For an early birthday present and I’ll even try to do a birthday card.
Thanks for the inspiration! Love everything you do.
Love the design you created! This will be my birthday party inspiration.
Love love the stars, creates a wonderful design. I could only imagine how much fun it would be to own one and create.
I love the Rosettes!
I love the 3D projects! I would start with one of of those!
Thanks for sharing !
The ideas and the out coming works is just awesome !!! I have to steal some or all of your ideas 😉
I like that one shape makes such cute party favors and doesn’t look under done. Happy Birthday America!
Go USA #1!
I would start with one of the 3d shapes. I think that little donut box is super cute! 🙂
Hi Kim, as always, your ideas inspire me ! Loved how simple and elegant this look !
I love the stars and striped party ideas! So simply yet elegant!
I would most likely start with a layout or card. Looks like some great card designs. I like the idea of making a canvas bag too.
So many possibilities.
I would really like to make the 3D projects. I like the favor boxes the most. They look really cute!
I love the this! The colors and design create such a party atmosphere! who doesn’t love stars!!
Love the party idea and the whole theme of 4th of July! You did a great job designing. Thanks!
Love the invitations, they’d be fun to make
This looks great! So fun for a summer 4th of July party….Thanks for having this giveaway.
I love all the wonderful projects and would love an Explore but have no idea which project I would start with!!
I want to make the phone holder
love the ways you showed your patriotism. Happy 4th of July!
I am hosting a bridal shower soon so I would definitely make cupcake toppers and garland!
Love the twine on the invite! Cricuts are amazing!
This is fantastic! We did a “red, white, and two” birthday for my daughter’s second birthday last year using many of these elements that would have been SO much easier with a Cricut! Now I want one for future birthdays!
I forgot to say – I’d def start with the star garland!
Wow!!! I love love love this!!! I would def add this decor on 4th of July.. And i would make star garlands and put it in my sons room it would match perfectly to his star sheets from PB!!
How exciting! Would love this:)
I really want to make boxes. Little boxes for treats. I also want to cut felt. Seriously, I want to start making my Christmas crafts and decor with this little bugger ASAP. 🙂
I’m loving the stars. I’m picturing a starry night scene with glitter papers.
Everything! I REALLLLLY want this. I love to craft with leather and would love to try out this machine!
I would LOVE to make a heart themed party! <3
love this theme I’d make the star banner.
Love the star party theme! My friend wants a garden tea party for her birthday, but I want something a little more modern & fun. This has given me inspiration to do a “Tea under the Stars” theme using gold and plum colors for early evening. I’ll definitely start with the star garland to add a touch of sparkle to hang from the trees. And definitely want to use the “happy birthday” cake topper to top a plum colored cake. Fun…thanks for the inspiration !
I would definitely make all of the projects you have designed! #tomkatlove
The invitations are lovely. I want to make those darling little boxes too!
I LOVE those stars!
I love the stars! I’d make them!
It all looks so cute but easy with the cricut. Great job!
I would make the outdoor dining invite for my husbands 40th!
I love all projects for the cricut! I love it for making heat vinyl projects like pillows and t-shirts!
3d projects look like so much fun!!!!! I could spend all day crafting if I had the #explorecricut
I would love to make the cupcake wrappers for my birthday party I will be hosting for myself. Awesome if I won the circuit explorer, the things I could make myself I would go wild with decorating. Thank you for getting my brain going!
I would love to embellish invitations and make that star garland! So many possibilities with different colors and glitter!
I love the favor boxes and 3-D projects! I’m a second grade teacher and would love to have a Cricut to use for my classroom and at-home projects!
I love this design. Being a military wife, I often am drawn to the patriotic designs. This would be great for a welcome home party or send off. : )
I would make the graduation gift box and the Anna Griffin banner – almost anything AG, really.
You are so creative, I love all your creations!
I love the bushel and peck pillow. So cute!!
Thanks for sharing! Such a fun theme!
the polk a dotted beach day bag is super cute! and my husband’s birthday is July 3rd so your 4th of July/Birthday party ideas are perfect!!
Cute idea, Kim!
The seahorse rosette!
I love the phone case on the design center. That is an awesome project I would love to try.
The first thing I would probably make is the sprinkle mug! It’s so cute!
I am interested in purchasing this machine but am not sure how involved it is to learn how to use. Are there classes on getting started? Love ALL of your blogs, items, etc. Kim:). You are so talented!!! Have a great day!
i absolutely adore the items for the “summertime soiree” – they would be awesome for decorating my beach-themed crafting room!
Sweet! I was loading cartridges into my machine this weekend and when I went to the site, I saw the different projects and instantly knew they were yours! Can’t wait to try some of them out for my July 4th party setup!
Awesome ideas for my son first birthday using the explore!
I love the outdoor floral arrangement, SO CUTE!
Perfect fit for my last name! I would so use this for EVERYTHING!
I’d love to make dining name tags for our outdoor weekend festivities.
I would be excited to try out the napkin rings. So creative!
I have so many little projects in mind for my little one’s birthday party…starting with a birthday banner and decorations.
I love all the different fonts you can use with the Cricut- would love to win one!
I love all the 4th of July stuff!
so many pretty and cool things i want to make but I love alpacas so that pillow would be the first thing! 😀
I have been looking for 4th of July party decoration ideas. I would make some pennant banners and decorations.
I would make one of the cards or journals.
I would love to win a Cricut – I’d use it for cupcake and party decorations.
I would so love to win this. With two weddings soon to be coming it would help with the creating at a fraction of the cost and still have that elegant charm!
I would love to make the 4th of July favors first!
The star banner!! 🙂 SO cute
I was lucky to use a Cricut to help with my wedding decor 3 years ago, and it saved me from so many paper cuts! I would probably use it to make personalized birthday cards, and spruce up packaging for all the handmade gifts I give.
Want one! Need one!
Would definitely use for my three daughters’ birthday invitations and party decorations. Crossing my fingers big time on this one!!
I would love to make glitter mugs for all the girls in my sister’s bridal party!
The first thing I’d make would be glitter beach totes for all the sparkle-loving beach-goers in our family!
the 4th of july “light up the night” favor
Oh man! Where to start?!?!?! I think the first one I would do would be the jar and coaster design for outdoor dining. I love the idea of decorating mason jars! 🙂
I think “photo booth props” are so much fun at parties.
My projects are the star garland, cake topper, 4th July favors and all the boxes (open box for popcorn and gift boxes)
Too many lovely ‘home decor’ projects to pick, but i would certainly try the pillows and trays.
I am a fashionista, would try one of the bracelets or necklaces.
I love the feather wreaths.
Thank you for hosting this opportunity to win an explore! I love the amazing cuts it makes – I have been to a demo and I have to own one of these beauties! xoxo
Would loveeeee to win this!!! I would use it to cut fabric pieces! I make dolls and just recently started thinking about selling them, it would be much easier to cut all those different pieces I need to produce more of them. Also, leather! I’ve been making these leather bookmarks but since I need 2 of the same for each… I have a hard time them being the same lol. This is some of the things I’d like to create, I’m always up for new crafty challenges!!
I would make items for my niece’s birthday parties, a Minnie Mouse party in December, and a dolphin/under the sea party in October. Ohhhh, and maybe some Halloween decorations.
4th of july projects!
Love the Love sweatsuit idea!
Tons of cute projects, but I’m really partial to that feather wreath. I could see making it in holiday colors.
I like the clean lines of the 4th of july party favors done on the cricut!! I hope I win it so I can throw a fabulous welcome home party for my husband!!
What an amazing giveaway! So many endless possibilities & so many great design inspirations. I would love to try out the 3D animals for my girls room. Thank you!
I want one to do all sorts of party ideas….I am an Activities Director and would use it for all mt themed party….National Girlfriends Day is coming up so I would start creating all sorts of cute decorations for that soiree.
Love this!!! I could definitely use it in a million different ways 🙂 great post and giveaway!!
I would use it to make my cards look more professional.
These 4th of July items are great…I would definitely use a circut explore to make some decorations.
I would use it to make decorations for my daughter’s 16th birthday this year. She is a big Paris fan so anything I could use for that.
I would use it for my many parties!!!
The outdoor floral arrangement… LOVE
There are so many to choose from. I would make the donut box. It’s such a cute box for some mini dounts.
I would make the Happy Birthday Cake Topper. B’day day is less than 2 weeks away! Would like great on my sister’s and I (we are identical twins) cake.
i would make the cards, lots of cards. I really like all the cut-out designs.
I have wanted one for so long, I would totally love to make some nautical themed items for my home! thanks
I have a cricut mini – which I’m loving (just made DIY address announcements with it). It looks like the cricut explorer has some pretty amazing uses…I’m loving the versatility.
I love to entertain. The cricut would come in handy!
Im not sure what I’d do – they all look amazing. The family reunion idea is awesome since I’ll be attending one in August in Texas!
I would make invites for daughter’s birthday!
Oh My Goodness – I love all of the Patriotic fun!! I would LOVE to win this giveaway…been eyeing up that machine for some time now!!! 🙂
Just beautiful as usual!
So many projects so little time … but my nephews have a birthday coming up and I would love to help out with party decorations 🙂
I would make banners and cups
It’s hard to decide what I’d make first, but it would have to be t-shirts for a family reunion, then cards…lots of intricately cut cards.
So cute Kim! Would love to win!
Love, love love this!
I would make shirts.
I love the confetti project. Having just designed a party set of my daughter’s 1st birthday, this would be the cutest edition to the pack! Adorbs!
I would use the Cricut for party banners, placemats and party decorations – especially colorful pinwheels.
Love all the cricut ideas
Love this 4th of July party & the giveaway! I’ve been wanting a Cricut for awhile!!!!
I love the star garland and the happy birthday sign on the cake! I’d make those first!!!
Beautiful! I am in need of this new Cricut!!!
If I win the Cricut. I will build my baby boy first Birthday Party with the great ideas from Cricut. I have in mind Circus Party it will looks great with all the beautiful things I can create from this machine.
I can wait to see if I win.
My baby will love it.
I would love to try Cricut Explore! My classroom could use some cuteification, and the possibilities are endless.
I would love to make the “4th of July Favor” and the “Nerdy Iron Man T-Shirt” for my husband! He would love that. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you!
It would be amazing to win this! The ideas are coming like crazy!
I’d love to make one of the fabulous wall signs.
I LOVE the 3D animals; leopard, elephant, dinos!
Fun! The party wouldn’t stop! Boxes, banners, decor of all kinds would be made! 🙂
My moms birthday is the 4th of July, this party package would be perfect to help us celebrate!!
Ohh I wouldn’t know what to make first!! Fathers Day is in September here in Australia so those projects look awesome and also my son is having a Monsters theme 4th birthday so something for it!
I have long been interested in a Cricut. My SIL has one and uses it all the time for fun projects for her kids.
Would love to make the Happy Birthday cake topper!
Red, White & Blue is always so refreshing! luv the projects! Thank you for sharing!
I would love to start with the pillowcases and leggings…SUPER FUN!
So many choices! I would start with invites!
Fantastic, so many ideas to star with.
I would make the 3d auto desk vase.
I’d make a birthday party banner for my sons party! But the possibilities are endless
There are so many awesome things I could use this for!!! Hope I win!
I would love to make one of the (finely) detailed cards.
Cool. Hope I win! 🙂
I would make the Summer Soirees Seahorse party items first! And then I would be loaning it out for my future daughter-in-laws bridal shower & whatever decorations her and my son wanted for the wedding.
First I have to make these clouds (in white) for my daughter’s Toy Story party — how perfect?!?!!? https://us.cricut.com/design/#/newlanding/project/5709
I would make that cool 3d head. Love all the projects!
I love the 4th of July stuff, but I would say the masks are really cute and could be used at Halloween so I would make those first. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.
dying to get a cricut explore- would be so great with PTSO projects, bday party planning, & fun gifts
I LOVE the paper flowers and vase from the Cricut Page! I would fill every room with those. 🙂 https://us.cricut.com/design/#/newlanding/project/6327
I would make the star favor boxes or the family reunion tote
This is so cool!
I’m looking forward to the many keepsakes and decorations to create with my new cricut explore!! thanks for the opportunity to win:)
So many great projects, but I would love to use it for when my sister gets home from deployment. Make it an extra special homecoming.
So many gorgeous possibilities for parties!!!!
I don’t have one but would LOVE LOVE a Cricut!!! So many projects I would do…too many to name!
WOULD LOVE TO MAKE ALL OF THEM . THANK YOU FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN
Such a great and fun giveaway! Thank you 🙂
I would probably make party decorations! Such a neat crafting tool.
I would love to try out the confetti! So many fun things you can do with that!
So, so cute.
I would make star garland or the little white boxes with the stars on it!
I love decorating for the 4th and love your star garland idea!
I want one!!
I adore Fourth of July decorations, mostly because of the opportunity to get the kids involved and the whole casual feel of the day. I visited the Cricut design center and I think the project I’d first try would be the Splendid Soiree rosettes … I would love to see the Cricut score, not just cut. I haven’t tackled anything like that in awhile except by hand and I think that would be a perfect addition to any Fourth of July banner!
My first project would definitely be a canvas tote bag with an iron on transfer. Love them!
Crossing fingers, toes, eyes and all. Would love a Cricut Explore so I can make tags, stencils, banners and more for my marshmallow creations!! 🙂
I would start off with the “My Old Man” card if I were to win the Cricut Explore!
I would love to make things for a scrapbook and for parties that I host. Thanks for this contest.
Have so many things I could use this for!!
I would make the the Griffin banner treat bags but I LOVE u our star decorations for the party.
Oh I just love those corner page bookmarks and I would probably make a bunch of those for gifts! They are so great! Then it would be the popcorn boxes (larger ones) for movie night! Oh wow, just loving the ideas! And I would so love to win a Cricut, how fun would this awesome crafting machine be??!!!
I would make cupcake toppers for my upcominghiuse party!!
Love it – it would make creating my patriotic bulletin board so much easier!!!
I’ve been wanting one of these for so long! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
I think that I would make a tshirt for our upcoming Disney trip like the reunion shirt.
Love all the fun projects you create with your Cricut!You are so amazing! Thanks for sharing!
I would make the star garland first! Absolutely adorable!
My 16 year old daughter LOVES to craft–she has been asking for this!
I would LOVE a cricut explore! There are so many things I can’t wait to make with it.
I’m not sure what the first project would be but I can see my daughter and I buried in craft projects! I’ve never used one but, boy, would I love to learn all the things I can do with it.
I would make the star garland! I love it and want to make it for my daughters room!
I would make the vine balloon garland. So much more interesting that just a string.
Pillows, garland, cards, onsies……I think I would have to try it all!
Perfect decor for my birthday which is on the fourth!
I would try to make the water bottles 🙂 Great for school!
thanks you for sharing these amazing ideas and also for the amazing giveaway – fingers crossed!
I love the projects shown here – but I would absolutely create items from the black, white and gold party you put on a couple a months ago – the bags were amazing! Again, thanks for sharing
This would be great for my classroom!
I would make 4th of July decorations!!! 😀
I’ve always wanted to try this out
I would love to win a new Cricut Explore Machine. I love coordinated party décor & would start crafting on the Explore with Bottle Wraps & Rosettes.
I’m a favor box designer so the adorable Ice Cream Cone Box by Studio DIY would be a fun one!
Classy and festive. I love this. Hoping 🙂
I would make the liberty crown! 4th of July is next week!
I’d love to win one…I’d give it to my daughter, who’s a crafty girl! Thanks for the opportunity!
I have been eyeing the lil treat boxes for awhile. Def on my To do list !
I love to make custom party banners for friends and family do that would no doubt be my first project!
You can never have too much confetti!
I just love everything TomKat puts out! Great combo, TomKat and Cricut!
I cannot go a day without popcorn. Those beautiful star treat boxes (used for popcorn!) would be the first thing I make!
I would love to try out the Crituit Explore. I love the star garland that you created with it!
I would LOVE to try the Cricut Explore!!!
I would make the dinosaur skeleton projects. My five year old would LOVE that!
The first project I would do on the Cricut Explore would be the cupcake wrappers and star toppers!! Super cute to make any time of the year. Thank you for the giveaway!!
I love the Cricut. I would make birthday banners and bows! Tired of using sciccors ;).
So many great projects! Some of my favorites are the butterfly mobile, the hot air balloon mobile, the luminaries, and the donut box. Thanks for the chance to win!
I would make a cake topper
I projects are so cute and could be used for so many parties.
Would love to win! Thanks for the chance! Would love to make fun banners for parties!
We would def make the birthday banners.. We are all about themed banners in this house:)
I love the donut box!
Creative possiblities are endless! Love the star design banner!
I would make invitations, photo props and use it for scrapbooking!
My husband is Active Duty in the Navy, and has been deployed to Bahrain for over 7months so the first thing I would LOVE to make would be welcome home banners for him, we are hoping to have him home next month
I would make the 3D shark autodesk 123D!
I would make birthday banners.
I love the outdoor dining floral centerpiece!
Thanks for the great giveaway!
I would love to try to make the You & Me Greeting card! So pretty!
I would definitely make a stencil for these thirty and on sites I’ve been hand cutting!
I would love to win this, I use the cricut machine to make my nieces & nephews scrapbooks for their 5th birthdays, this would be a huge improvement on the cute little scrapbooks!
<3 your designs!! They are ALWAYS crisp and clean!
I think I would make the Outdoor Dining Floral Centerpiece first……I love the flowers.
I love the blog! Especially with the color combinations. It’s good for the eyes and attracts kids as well. I like how you organize all the things needed. What I love most is the invitation card.. it’s amazing!! Is it hard to makes those cards? I would love to make one for my niece upcoming birthday.
Where did you get the diagonal red stripe paper? Love the invites.