Did you know that you can make your very own custom printed napkins at home using the Cricut EasyPress 2? I got a chance to sample the 6×7″ EasyPress 2 and I can’t say enough good things about it.
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This past August, Cricut held an event called Mountain Make-a-Thon and it was so much fun to just be with other creative people making creative things with our Cricut. At the Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon, they announced they were coming out with a new and improved version of their original EasyPress. This time the EasyPress 2 comes in 3 different sizes, 6×7″, 9×9″, and 12×10″.
This smaller EasyPress 2 makes it my third so I guess you can say that I’ve got some EasyPress experience. I love the small size and it’s perfect for making your own custom printed napkins.
Absolutely, you can! You’re going to want your setting to be around 250°F and press for around 10-15 seconds. Because these were napkins, I was able to use the new EasyPress Mat that is designed for the 6X7″ model. If I was using cardstock, I would want my EasyPress 2 and Mat to be larger than my paper so I don’t make any dents in my paper project.
How do you make Custom Printed Napkins with your EasyPress 2?
It’s really simple. You’re going to want to go into Design Space and create a file and be sure that it is sized to fit onto your napkin. Load your Everyday Iron-On into your Cricut machine and don’t forget to reverse your image!
What is the difference between Cricut Iron-On Lite and Cricut Everyday Iron-On?
Cricut has reformulated their old Iron-On Lite. The Everyday Iron-On is something that I noticed a huge difference in quality when I compared it to the Iron-On Lite. It releases easier from the carrier sheet and it gives you a better result. It also comes with the StrongBond Guarantee. Which means that if you use the Everyday Iron-On as instructed and you’re not satisfied with the results, they’ll replace it for free.
How do I use the Cricut EasyPress 2?
This part is probably the easiest of this whole thing. You’re going to want to weed your image and leave what you want to press on to your custom printed napkins on the carrier sheet.
Preheat your EasyPress 2 to 250ºF. The new EasyPress 2 heats up a lot faster than the original and it can now go up to 400ºF. Keeping your EasyPress 2 on the Safety Base is also important so that other items can remain protected.
Place your napkin on to the EasyPress Mat. Place your image on to your napkins and then press for 10-15 seconds. Remove your Everyday Iron-On while your image is still hot. Some HTV is a cold peel process so be sure to read all the manufacturers instructions.
Allow your custom printed napkin to cool and then you’re set to go on with your party!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
Using your Knife Blade on the Cricut Maker is a game-changer. Learn how easy it is to create a wooden cake topper out of basswood below. This post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support.
First of all, this princess party turned out better than I could have imagined and it was all made easier with my Cricut Maker. Learn how to cut wood with your Cricut Maker and what wood is best to use when using your Cricut Knife Blade.
What kind of wood can I cut with the Cricut Knife Blade?
You can cut any wood that is 2.6mm thick. I recommend using basswood that is 1/16″ or 3/32″ wide. If you cut balsa wood the passes are not as many with the knife blade but you have a very fragile piece of wood. The best wood for your Cricut cake topper would be something sturdy.
What wood should I use for a wooden Cricut DIY cake topper?
I would 100% use basswood. It will hold up far better than balsa wood. It gives you a sturdy wooden cake topper that can be reused if you store it properly. You can also layer the basswood and make it thicker and sturdy.
What adhesive should I use with my wooden Cricut DIY cake topper?
I really like Aileens Wood Glue to layer the basswood together. You can use binder clips or even quilting binding clips to press it together while it dries. Or even easier, use a heavy book. The only thing that would concern me there is maybe glue can be pressed out and can adhere your wooden cake topper to the book.
For this particular DIY cake topper, I used my Xyron Creative Station and it worked well. It is not sealed on top of the paper so you’re more prone to grease spots if you do it this way.
Can I cut intricate images with the Cricut Knife Blade?
The recommended smallest area you should cut is about the size of a pencil eraser and don’t go thinner than the width of a pencil. I have tried to cut really intricate settings and it either split the wood or would break as I was removing it from the mat.
Should I remove small inner images as I cut with my Cricut Knife Blade?
If you remove the small areas that are lifting as you cut your images, it will throw the cut out of sync. It will begin to cut areas a bit off of the actual cut line because it doesn’t have a surface holding it in-place like before. Some of the smaller intricate pieces will pop up as your cutting but I would only recommend removing it if it’s getting in the way of the blade and stopping the cut.
How can I make my homemade DIY cake topper food safe?
Many sealants are only labeled food-safe after going through a rigorous FDA approval. I would recommend using Mod Podge because it is non-toxic but it is not declared food-safe. Most craft supplies are not food safe. But since you don’t actually want it to get on your food, I’d cover the stakes of your cake topper with some cling film after you’ve applied your Mod Podge.
If you don’t want to seal it, go ahead. Just stick the wood straight into the cake and call it good. I would only recommend sealing it if you painted or stained it and planned to reuse it.
Check out other bloggers ideas on how to cut wood on your Cricut machine.
These DIY Princess Crowns are made perfect by using your Cricut machine.
Create them in minutes and have your princess enjoy her party in style.
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I loved preparing for this easy Princess Party. It was made complete by making this easy DIY Princess Crowns. Create them out of glitter cardstock and see how easy it is to cut with your Cricut machine.
You’re going to begin by opening the Cricut Design Space File above and setting your Cricut machine to Glitter Cardstock (get more information on this below). Load your glitter cardstock on to your mat and cut, select finish on your computer and set aside.
Next, select to cut your image again but this time mirror the image. Load your coordinating paper on to your mat and then cut again.
Run your cardstock images into your Xyron Creative Station right side up. This will turn your images into stickers and then you can sandwich them together. If you’re using wet adhesive, set it aside to dry. Connect the ends of your DIY Princess Crown together and use your easy craft adhesive. Use two clips to secure the ends together so that it will ensure that they’ll stay adhered.
You can connect some elastic to the paper princess crowns by using a hole punch or stapler. Or you can use these paper princess crowns as place card holders.
How do I cut Glitter Cardstock with my Cricut?
Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore have different looks in Design Space when it comes to choosing your materials.
If you have a Cricut Maker, you’re going to want to click on the ‘Choose More Materials’ link and it will pull up all that the Cricut Maker has been tested to cut. Just choose Glitter Cardstock and then press the Go flashing button on your Cricut Maker.
To cut glitter cardstock on your Cricut Explore, set your smart dial to ‘Custom’ and then the drop-down menu will include Glitter Cardstock. Select that and then press the Go flashing button on your Cricut Explore.
Making this DIY Fall T-Shirt is easier than you could ever imagine. Use the pumpkin SVG file to make your own at home. Plus see how the three of us took the same pumpkin SVG and made it our own. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I’ve teamed up with Everyday Party Magazine and Pineapple Paper Co. to show you guys the easiest way to use one pumpkin SVG file and create three different projects. We all use a Cricut but this can easily be used with any craft cutting machine.
To begin, head on over to this shop and purchase your pumpkin SVG file. The top and the bottom are separated at the stem so that you can make it two different colors. I wanted it all solid so I welded the shape and then cut out my whole pumpkin.
How do I mirror an image in Cricut Design Space?
Whenever you’re cutting Iron-On Vinyl or HTV, you want to be sure and mirror your image before you cut. When you use Cricut Design Space to mirror your image, you will be taken to the mat preview screen. You can just slide the indicator over to choose what you want your image reversed.
If you pressed go before you have mirrored it but not yet cut it, you can select the edit button in the lower right-hand side of the mat and then mirror it on that screen
If you forget to mirror your image and you’ve already cut your vinyl, it is ruined. I hate to be the bearer of bad news. You’re going to have your letters turn out backward and no one wants that.
I have wasted a lot of product because I have forgotten to mirror my image. I don’t want to talk about it anymore.
What weeding tools will I need?
A weeding tool is something that is going to remove the negative image from your carrier sheet. Leave whatever part of the image you want on your DIY Fall T-Shirt on the carrier sheet. If a piece happens to fall off, you can stick it back on but save that for the end.
You’ll need something that is sharp and that most likely has a hook. I like to use a spare piece of transfer tape to collect my HTV scraps. I like the Cricut Weeding Tool Set because it has everything you’ll ever need. If you don’t want to buy all of them, just buy the one weeding tool that is packaged separately.
Some people use safety pins and others prefer the tools. I think the weeding tool is something important to have because you’ll use it a lot more than just removing vinyl.
How do I attach my pumpkin SVG to my T-Shirt?
I like to use my EasyPress whenever I am pressing HTV to any surface. A lot of people use heat presses which you can find at a similar cost to the EasyPress. I use the EasyPress because I have zero room in my home to store an industrial heat press.
When using any heating object, always have a cushion of some sort underneath your material. If you use a heat press, that is all in your machine but if you use an EasyPress, I highly recommend getting the EasyPress Mat.
Follow all manufacturers instructions on time and temperature when you’re pressing your pumpkin SVG to your DIY Fall T-Shirt. Pay attention to the material of your shirt and what they recommend for that too. Some Iron-On Vinyl will have a high temp but your material won’t handle it. With cotton blend shirts, Cricut recommends 305ºF for 25-30 seconds for their Everyday Iron-On Vinyl.
Begin by trimming down your Derwent Marker Paper to be 8.5X11″ so that it can fit into your printer paper tray. Print off the woodland animals for your DIY Cupcake Toppers and load them into your Cricut machine. For an easy tutorial on how to use the Print Then Cut feature for your Cricut, go here.
How do I make Paper Rosettes?
Making paper rosettes is really easy when you have the right tools. I like to use my Cricut Maker with the Scoring Wheel. The Cricut Scoring Wheel gives me deep impressions so that doing the accordion fold on each of the rosettes is easier. You can also use a scoring board and a paper trimmer to make the edges of the rosettes flat.
Now you’re going to cut out your rosette shapes and adhere them with the Xyron Tape Runner. I like to use clips to hold it together until the adhesive sets. Just some standard quilting binding clips are the best ones I’ve been able to find.
As your paper rosettes are setting, color each of the woodland animal shapes in any coordinating colors. I used Orange, Scarlet Red, and Brown for the squirrel and then Gray and Light Blue for the raccoon.Use your larger circle as the base and then use the Xyron Tape Runner to adhere the Derwent Marker Paper to the coordinating cardstock. Now use some strong adhesive to place the circle on to the middle of your rosette.
How to Turn a Rosette into a Cupcake Topper?
Use a wooden skewer and place that on the cupcake topper so that it can sit on your cupcake straight.
Now you’ve created the most perfect DIY Cupcake Topper using the grass rosette shape and some circles. Your children or your own party will be awesome with some personalized party decor.
Create these perfect Rainbow DIY Bookends using your Knife Blade on your Cricut Maker. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.
I’ve been super busy at home and mainly my bedroom…not that kind of busy. I’ve been making a craft area in my master bedroom and also using it as my blog studio. When I was designing this area I wanted lots of white with rainbow accents. That’s when I came up with the idea of making rainbow bookends so I figured what better way to make them than with my Cricut! They’re pretty easy to make, just a bit of a long process waiting for the glue to dry. Let’s get started on our DIY bookends!
The easiest wood to cut with your Cricut Maker is Basswood. It is still durable even though it’s 1/16″ thick. If you cut Balsa with your Cricut Maker, it can easily break and is too flimsy for this project. It may save you a few dollars on the wood but it’s not worth it.
Where can I buy wood for my Cricut Maker to cut?
I have found that Hobby Lobby has the best selection, then Joann’s and then Michaels. It may just be my certain stores that don’t have a great selection but craft or hobby stores are where you want to go to buy the wood sheets.
How thick of wood can my Cricut Maker cut?
The best results I’ve had is when I cut 1/16″ basswood. You can cut 3/32″ as well. The maximum size that your Cricut Maker can cut is 2.4mm and that is equivalent to 3/32″.
How do I assemble my DIY bookends?
So this is the easier part. I began with painting my rainbow in my desired colors and allowed it to dry. I started by gluing together 3 of the base pieces of the artboard and then glued my base wood piece to it. I used some binding clips to hold it tight as the glue was drying.
Next, you’ll do your outer layers of the rainbow. Again, use your binding clips to hold it together until it is dried. You can also use hot glue if you want but my crafting glue is what I had on hand and it dries crystal clear.
Don’t put on the rainbow cloud pieces yet!
After you’ve allowed your rainbow to dry, adhere it to your clear acrylic bookends. I placed glue on both ends and then placed it on the bookends. I then put some books to either side of it to hold it up straight as I waited for it to dry.
Once it’s completely dried and set, it is now time to add the clouds. I made a notch in the clouds that is 1/8″. This will help me press the cloud straight to the bookend and be square with the shelf. Just use some binding clips to hold it in place again and then allow it to dry.
How long does the Cricut Maker Knife Blade take to cut wood?
The thing that took the longest was the drying of the clue. Since these aren’t intricate, the cutting was fairly fast. The Cricut Maker will make 14 passes when cutting on the 1/16″ basswood setting.
You need to plan on having your Cricut Maker connected to a desktop or a laptop. The reason for this is that the Knife Blade can take sometimes hours to cut and you could have your phone turn off, or get a call and then your project will be lost. For all the Cricut Maker Knife Blade tips I recommend, go here.
I’ve displayed these in my Craft Room for some fun motivation to get creative on any project I make. Now check out some more home decor items you can create with your Cricut.
Do you love alphabet magnets but hate the look of them? Create these easy DIY alphabet magnets and be stylish as your child is learning how to spell. This post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support.
DIY alphabet magnets are easier to make than you think. I’ve included a free printable for you or if you have a Cricut or Silhouette, I’ve got the .png images of the individual letters. Use your Xyron Creative Station with the Laminate Magnet cartridge and create these in a matter of minutes.
Just print off the free printable and cut out the letters individually or you can do it by line. You’ll see that cutting out individual letters first isn’t really necessary because it all gets covered by the laminate protector and backed with the magnet sheet.
After you’ve run your letters through the Xyron Magnet Laminate, cut them out individually. The magnet sheet is thin enough that regular scissors do the trick.
What is the Xyron Magnet Laminate Cartridge?
The cartridge has two sides that runs through the Creative Station. It has the top side as a laminate and the bottom section is a thin magnet sheet. The Xyron Laminate Magnet cartridge comes in a 5″ size. You can use it on your 9″ Creative Station or a 5″ Creative Station. It is a refill cartridge that comes in a sturdy box so when you have it in storage, you won’t damage your cartridge.
Combine Photo Play Paper and Xyron to create these simple, yet stunning scrapbook pages. Use your Cricut Maker to add the perfect dimension to these already perfect papers.
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I love using the new Cricut Scoring Wheel so that’s exactly what I used to add dimension to these Paper Play papers. The line is Stuck On You and comes with coordinating ephemera. Ephemera usually ends up being my favorite part of any scrapbook line because it’s adding dimension and you don’t have to try hard. Photo Play Paper has a line for any occasion.
Begin by placing the quilted background of your Photo Play Stuck On You paper. I used the black and white cactus scrapbook paper for my background and a bold lime polka dot for the quilted background. Be sure to adhere it using your Xyron Mega Runner for a guaranteed stick. When using a scoring tool on these backgrounds, the best way to get a detailed scoreline is to fold the paper both ways. This will give you crisp lines and it will pop on your scrapbook page. After I framed the photo, I added the LOVE banner from the ephemera pack and placed it at the bottom of the page. These scrapbook pages are minimal, yet they are beautiful. These Photo Paper Play papers are perfect for that minimal look and then you can add your flair. Use the stickers to add dimension and some 3D foam dots for added lift. Using your electronic cutter really adds the pop you need and it shows that you can use minimal designed paper and add more dimension to your scrapbook page.
Photo Play Paper is a quality paper with a thicker feeling and sheen than other scrapbooking companies. I can’t wait to use more of their items to create projects for Christmas and other year-round holidays.