I have older nieces and nephews. I’m not fooling myself, they would prefer cash over anything that I might pick out as a gift. But, I do like to try to find fun ways to gift the cash. I’m always looking for a new idea, so when I saw the plastic lip balm pouches, I got so excited. I had to design one right away.
I am sharing that design with you guys. I designed a birthday themed lip balm pouch money holder and I also have a piece that can be used as a fun back to the money holder or work as a great starting point for designing your own card.
Why Are There SVG and PNG files?
Materials Used for the Lip Balm Pouch Project
Lip Balm (if pouches are sold out)
How to Create the Lip Balm Holder Money Card in Cricut – Printable Verison
Step 1: Upload the Free Files (Or Your Purchased File) into Cricut Design Space
Step 2: Print Then Cut in Design Space
The files are .png files. That means in Cricut we will treat it as a print then cut file. Using the file as a print then cut saves so much time. If you are new to Print then Cut, I will walk you through how to do it. I also have a video tutorial (above) which might be helpful to see it step by step.
- If you notice, on my design, there is a little blank circle at the top. This is the intended space for the dollar amount you are including in the lip balm pouch. I left it blank because people will include different amounts. Before you print then cut, you should add your dollar amount.
- To add the dollar amount, select Text. Enter your amount and select your favorite font.
- Next, pull the dollar amount on top of the circle, resize it to fit and change it to whatever color you prefer.
- Some of my files for sale have a blank spot on them where you can personalize with names or sayings. You would do the same thing, select text, resize and put it over top of the blank or anywhere on the card that you want to add something.
- Now you have two separate layers, the $ amount and the card itself. We need to get these into one print then cut piece. To do this, select both layers. You can either highlight them both on the layers panel or drag your cursor over both of them to select.
- With all your layers selected, hit the Flatten button. Now you have one piece ready for Print then Cut.
- Select the Make It button.
- Select Send to Printer button.
- The Print SetUp box pops up. Select your printer from the drop down. Hit Print.
- Important note: Make sure your printer is set to High Quality for the best possible print.
- Once your card is printing, select your materials. I am using 65lb cardstock for the front, so I selected 80lb cardstock.
- Attach your printed card on your mat. I always use a Brayer to make sure the paper is attached well.
- Send it through your Cricut.
- Remember, when removing the cardstock from the mat, always flip the mat over and peel the mat away from the paper so your paper doesn’t curl.
Add a Fun Backing to Lip Balm Pouch
I like adding a backing to my money holder. I usually use glitter or metallic cardstock. I think it serves two purposes. One, it adds a pop of fun and two, it makes the card feel more substantial. If you wish to skip this step, go onto the lip balm pouch section.
- Upload the back / blank template file into Cricut Design space. Follow the same steps as above with the birthday file.
- However, when you get to Upload Type screen, you can select Cut Image instead of Print then Cut.
- If you do select Print then Cut you can easily change it to Cut once it’s on your Design Space canvas. To do this go to the Operation drop down and select Basic Cut.
- Make sure it’s sized correctly to fit on the back of the happy birthday lip balm pouch money holder.
- Select the Make It button.
- Make sure you change your material to Glitter Cardstock if that is what you are using. I usually change my pressure to more as well since I have an older blade on my Explore Air right now.
- Again, once it’s cut, flip the mat over and peel the mat away from the cardstock to prevent curling.
Prepping the Lip Balm Pouch
Now the key piece. The lip balm pouch. I’ve noticed the blank lip balm pouches are sometimes hard to find.
If the blank pouches are sold out or if you just want to repurpose your lip balm packaging, you can use the pouch from the packaging. Just make sure it’s the type with a pouch that is an attached piece and not one that is just one solid piece. You want to be able to easily remove the pouch from the package.
To prepare a pouch from a lip balm package:
- Carefully remove the plastic pouch. My Cricut Spatula works well.
- You will notice that you probably have some packaging stuck to the sides that were glued down to the package. We will want to get that off. To do that, get some nail polish remover with acetone and a cotton ball or towel. Go around the edges and get them nice and wet with the nail polish remover. Once the nail polish remover soaks through, the paper from the packaging will fall off.
- Now you have a clean ready to use lip balm pouch.
Assembling the Lip Balm Pouch Money Holder
And you have quickly created a super fun and cute way to make gifting money more interesting!
How To Print and Cut by Hand
In my purchased files on Etsy, I include a version of the printable card that is easy to cut out by hand. No Cricut needed (shhhh, don’t tell my Cricut that). Just be sure you open the files that say Cut By Hand.
You can use free software such as Canva or Inkscape to print these cards.
These files have no hanging hole at the top. If you would like one, you can use a hole punch to put one in. They also are outlined in black so you can easily see where to cut. And you can easily write in your dollar amounts or special notes.