Cricut Access Challenge: Glittered Hydrangea Balls

Glittered (or not!) Hydrangea Balls

Today’s project combines some of my very favorite things–hydrangeas, glitter and Lia Griffith projects–with one of my least favorite tools–the dreaded, dreaded glue gun!

I have long avoided using glue guns.  I know they are super useful, but they drive me crazy!

Here’s what I hate about glue guns, in no particular order:

  • They never, EVER EVER stand correctly. Seriously how *hard* would it be to figure out a way for them to stand correctly?
  • They are awkward to use as I anticipate a terrible burn and try to avoid it
  • They take forever to heat up
  • The dripping!!! OMG! The dripping!!!
  • And I always manage to burn myself while using them

Maybe someone, someday (Team Cricut…are you listening?) will finally re-engineer the glue gun and change my mind…but, until then, I try to avoid them at ALL costs!

Unfortunately–with a project like my Glittered Hydrangea Balls–it’s nearly impossible to complete without a glue gun.  That’s because the styrofoam ball is covered in dozens and dozens of tiny hydrangea petals that must be attached very closely together to achieve an authentic looking hydrangea bloom.


But, fear not, gentle reader!

My love of all things hydrangea, coupled with the copious use of glitter, has forced me to persevere in presenting this project to you.

To be honest, it also doesn’t hurt that this file is from Lia Griffith.  You do know that ALL of Lia’s gorgeous files are now a part of Cricut Access–including this one…dontcha?

I found this file by doing a simple search for “hydrangea” in the Image area and it looked like this:

There aren’t many hydrangea files.

I think that’s because hydrangeas pose a huge challenge to crafters…again because of the dozens of tiny, perfectly formed petals packed so closely together.

The first step to creating these Hydrangea Balls is cutting out the individual petals.

As I mentioned above, each one of these balls uses dozens of four petal flowers, like the ones pictured below.

You can cut them in the size the file suggests…or you could make the petals larger.

FYI: The Design Space file below has three differently sized flower petals, so you can decide for yourself.

No matter which petal size you choose, each grouping offers 30 petals on each image.

For my Hydrangea Balls, I prefer the middle sized petals.

Because I choose to cut all my petals at once, I usually cut a half dozen or so sets of petals. Doing the math that’s six times 30 or 180. Or seven times 30 would be 210. You decide, but consider that you may be assembling your Hydrangea Ball away from your Cricut and gauge for yourself. Having about 200 medium sized petals seems like a good place to start to me.


As an aside, I should mention that hydrangeas come in so many different colors, so you could change up your color from the classic Nikko Blue style to pink, lavender, green or even white and they will look splendid.  You can also cut two different tones of your color to give your completed Hydrangea Ball for added depth and visual interest.

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Once you have cut all the petals.  Remove them and place them in a pile.  We still need to work with the petals to give them dimension.

I usually use a boning tool to work the petals, but if you don’t have a boning tool a dowel or a pencil will work as well.

Here is what a boning tool looks like:

Once you’ve fluffed up all your petals, it’s time to warm up your glue gun (I know!!!! Gulp!) and get to work attaching the petals.

Work slowly and just put a dab of glue on the middle back of each petal.  You really want to pack each petal in tightly so none of the styrofoam peeks through the petals, but don’t be afraid if you have little cracks in your work.  You can fix that later.

At some point you will want to determine the top of your Hydrangea Ball and affix a ribbon to hang your completed project.  In my example I used a silvery ribbon, which I looped and affixed with a florist pin.  You can also use regular common pins if you like.

Working in sections, continue gluing petals all over the ball. Depending on the size of your styrofoam ball, you may find you need more petals, which you can easily cut with your trusty Cricut, of course.

When you’ve completed adding all the petals, give your ball a good look over.  You can always tuck more petals in areas that are missing or move the petals around to your liking.

As a finishing touch, you can spray your ball with spray adhesive and cover the entire thing with opalescent glitter.  Oooh! Shiny!

Or not.  If you hate glitter, you can leave it off, too.  After all…this is YOUR project and you can make it any way you like!  I happen to adore the messy, shiny stuff, but I know some people disagree with me.  That’s okay.  There’s room enough for all crafters in this space and as the French say: “Vive la difference!”


Here’s the Pinterest link to the project:

And the Design Space file on Cricut Community:

“Go forth and Cricut, my friends!”

Best always,

Miss Rita


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I do so appreciate your continued support.

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Christmas · Cricut

New to Cricut? Join one of my groups!

Cricut Maker
The Cricut Maker can cut just about anything–from wood to fabric–and is easily usable from an iPad or iPhone, too!

Are you one of the thousands of new Cricut owners this holiday season? 

Maybe you had an older Cricut machine.
Or you are brand new to Cricut-ing.
Or you’re an artisan that wants to do more with her craft.
No matter.
The reality is there will be a LOT of new Cricut users going into the New Year and we all have to start somewhere, don’t we?
Well, relax!  I am here to tell you that help is just a click away!
Yep! In just a few clicks, you can be hooked into one of the biggest networks of Cricut users on Facebook!
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A little history:

Back in 2013, my friend Malinda and I started a little group called “Cricut Newbies and Pros” on Facebook.  We were armed with just personal experience, a basic knowledge of how to manage user groups and two little rules–“Be nice” and “No Selling”.

In 2014, I was invited to be an official Cricut Product Expert by CEO Ashish Aurora.  Back then Cricut was a little known and somewhat expensive crafting machine, but five years later, his prediction that Cricut would be a household name has come true!

Over the last five years that little FB group grew into three of the largest and most knowledgable groups on Facebook.

That little Facebook group turned into three groups with a total membership of nearly a half a million members!  Each group is focused on a specific type of machine or need, but they are all  jam packed full of friendly, helpful members learning and sharing their knowledge and project ideas.

The Cricut Newbies & Pros groups are comprised of an unbelievably amazing and talented group of people–all teaching and learning about how to make good use of their Cricut machines.


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These days I am able to say I am a Cricut Product Expert or that I work with a Cricut without being met with inquisitive looks.  These days, if you craft or know someone who crafts you know what a Cricut is.

The fact of the matter is there will be thousands and thousands of new Cricut users in a few days…and most don’t even know where to start.

Are you one of those Cricut Newbies?  Take a deep breath!  I’m here to help! 

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Trot on over to Facebook–through the following links–and join one of my three groups–

Cricut Newbies & Pros for Maker and Explore:

Cricut Newbies & Pros for Expression, Personal, and Create:

Cricut Newbies & Pros for BUSINESS:

Our three very lively Facebook groups are still directed by me–“Miss Rita”–and are expertly run by an amazing (and volunteer) group of polished and experienced Cricut people, headed up by our amazing senior admin, Cindy Stanley.


And one more thing.  Be sure to join one of the original Cricut Newbies & Pros groups that are run by “Miss Rita To The Rescue!”

Because–even though we have been imitated–there is just no substitute for the real thing!

Happy Holidays, everyone!  I hope to see you on “Miss Rita To The Rescue!” and in one of these fabulous groups in the New Year! 

Let’s get crafting!!!

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Please note: This post may contain affiliate links, which means if you click on one of my links and buy something I will receive a small commission from your purchase. Thank you for using my links as this is how I support myself and keep MO in pickles and Ted E. Bear in chew toys–they both are insatiable!

But seriously….I do so appreciate your continued support!

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Remember if your order exceeds $50 and you use my code MISSRITA1 and link, you will receive an extra 10% off and free shipping on most items!  My code will *not* work for Access Subscriptions or machines (anything that plugs in).


Cricut · DIY

Need help With Your Cricut? Try Our Facebook Groups!

Are you new to Cricut? Looking for help or inspiration for using your Cricut machine?

May I suggest joining one of my three great Cricut groups where you can get amazing ideas and input!

While there are myriad choices of groups on Facebook, my groups stand head and shoulders above the rest. That’s because my top-notch admin team and I have been helping scores of Cricuteers for years (since 2013!) and our users are helpful and knowledgeable, too!

Joining a Facebook group couldn’t be easier. Here are our groups with descriptions of each one. Joining is as simple as following the link and requesting to join!

Don’t worry about being pushed into buying anything either, because we don’t allow any selling in our groups!

Cricut Newbies & Pros for Explore:

This group focuses on creating, designing, and using Design Space, the free Cricut software for all Explore Cricut machines and the new Maker machine, too.



Cricut Newbies and Pros for Older Machines:

This group focuses on creating, designing and using Cricut Craft Room (CCR) and Cricut’s legacy machines including Cricut Personal, Mini, Create, Cake, and the Cricut Expression and Expression 2.

Cricut Newbies & Pros for BUSINESS:

This group focuses on business related topics solely, such as help with pricing items, packaging & shipping, inventory & order tracking, payment methods, invoicing, social media & dot com options, etc.

I hope to see you there and Happy Cricuting!!