DIY PERSONALIZED TOTE WITH THE CRICUT EXPLORE AIR 2 AND EASY PRESS 2

Happy 2020! It’s a brand new year full of opportunity, organization and of course, more Cricut projects! I have been working up a Cricut storm, and planning projects for 2020, and am excited to share my latest with you today. Cricut’s iron-on material is quickly becoming my go-to material to work with, only because I can personalize everything I own.

For Christmas, I got the tote of all totes for teachers – seriously, it holds everything (I’ll link it below). The first thing I thought when I opened it on Christmas morning was ‘I need to add my name to this with my EasyPress!’ …so that’s exactly what I did.

If you don’t know, the EasyPress 2 is a machine that allows you to transfer iron-on vinyl to…well…almost anything you want. I usually opt for a cotton-poly blend when picking items, but you really can’t go wrong with the heating guide Cricut provides online! What I love about the EasyPress 2 is that there is an even heat across the entire plate which guarantees a great seal on your design!

In the last few months, I have shared a few projects that I have created with my EasyPress 2 + Cricut Explore Air combined, and today, I am showing you how to easily personalize (pretty much) any item you have!!

Here is what you need for this DIY:

Step 1

Log on to Cricut Design Space and create a new project. Choose a font (I used “Autumn in November”) and begin creating your design. Make sure that you measure the area where you are planning on transferring the design onto. In other words, don’t create a massive design for a small space!

Step 2

Once you have your design, load your Cricut Explore Air 2! Using the light grip mat (blue), roll out your iron-on material. Always face the shiny side of your vinyl down, and smooth out any air bubbles with your essential tools. This is a key step in any vinyl project…the worst is when your design is improperly cut because of air bubbles! Follow the prompts on Design Space, load the mat, and press the Cricut “go” button.

PRO TIP: When making anything iron-on, you MUST select “mirror on” or else everything will be backwards!

Step 3

Chances are, your design will not take long to cut (especially if you turn on “Fast Mode”), so get that EasyPress 2 warming up! Like I said above, Cricut provides an online “Heating Guide” and that will be your go-to for knowing the correct temperature setting based on the material you are transferring onto.

Using the EasyPress mat, place your tote on top. With this tote, I needed to get creative because unfortunately, it doesn’t lie flat (the snap closures prevent it from doing so). Lay the cut design in your desired press space, and use the settings on the EasyPress to iron away! For this tote, each part of my design, I pressed for 30 seconds, at 315 degrees.

Once you are finished ironing, let everything cool (I usually wait 30 seconds to 1 minute). I used a “warm peel” material, so I could peel when it was still warm.

Step 4

Load up all of your belongings into the tote and take it for a spin! I have been using this tote since school started in the New Year and it holds everything. However, I love it so much more now that it has my name on it.

Could it get any easier? I am so happy with my new personalized tote and to all of the teacher readers out there, you need this personalized tote (it seriously holds everything).

For more Cricut DIYS, check out the “Cricut” category on my blog.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.