14 Christmas Cricut Projects using the EasyPress

This post first appeared on Cricut’s blog where I'm a contributor. Christmas is almost here, so we have rounded up 14 easy Christmas Cricut projects that you can make with your EasyPress!

14 Christmas Cricut Projects using the EasyPress - Kingston Crafts

I know I’m not the only one excited/freaking out that CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE!!

If you are creating handmade gifts this holiday season then hopefully you’ve already discovered the Cricut EasyPress, because the time and energy and frustration it is going to save you is going to make your Christmas merry indeed! {FTC Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links which means I may make a small commission if you make a purchase.}

Christmas Cricut Projects using the EasyPress

The EasyPress combines the speed of a heat press and the convenience of an iron for finished projects that will last the test of time, even after repeated washes. You can adjust the temperature which allows you to use a variety of materials on a variety of surfaces, so the possibilities are endless. It’s the perfect companion for any of the Cricut cutting machines.

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If you don’t yet have an EasyPress then I think you are totally justified in sending this blog post to your family as a big ol’ hint to put one under the tree for you. It is going to change the way you create!

So without further ado – I give you 14 (YES! 14!) Christmas projects put together with the EasyPress!

14 CHRISTMAS GIFT PROJECTS USING THE CRICUT EASYPRESS

Christmas means presents – and we love this personalized gift sack from Make Life Lovely. This is a gift that would be treasured by your kids for years to come.

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Speaking of kids, who doesn’t love children in festive holiday outfits? Mom Endeavors and The Country Chic Cottage both dial up the cuteness factor with these easy t-shirt projects.

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The only thing better than cute t-shirts? PAJAMAS!!!!!! Love these from Desert Chica!

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If we’re making clothes for the kiddos then we surely deserve to make something fun for ourselves – and these t-shirts from Happiness is Homemade are amazing. Did I mention she shares the FREE cut files on her blog! Gangsta Wrapper! Ha!

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Tea towels are an inexpensive way to create customized gifts for friends and family, and All For the Memories and Kingston Crafts share some cute ones that are sure to inspire you.

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Tote bags are another easy way to create something personal without breaking the bank. This tote from Fawn Prints would make a great take-home favor from your holiday party!

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Custom pillows are the perfect holiday project because not only do they add a special touch to your home décor, they also make great gifts! This beautiful wreath pillow from Sugarcoated Housewife would make a great hostess gift.

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Placemats are another example of a project you might make as a gift but then decide to keep for yourself! J These placemats from Coastal Kelder take just a few minutes but would add glam to any tablescape.

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Are you ready to have your mind blown? The EasyPress allows you to apply iron-on to WOOD! Yes! These three wood projects will inspire you to take your creativity to a whole new level. WOOD! Can you believe it? Game changer!

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Wood ornament from Becoming Martha

Finally, I hope you’ll find time to celebrate with your girlfriends – and what better way than a craft night! This stocking making party from Not So Cli-Shea looks like the PERFECT way to spend an evening with your BFFs.

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EASYPRESS 2 GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate this season of creativity I’m giving away a Cricut EasyPress 2 mini! This 6x7 size is perfect for smaller items, easy to store and has the same great features as the larger machines. I’m also including the coordinated size mat so you will be ready to create! Leave a comment and let me know what YOU would create (or have created) with your Cricut EasyPress. Winner will be randomly selected and notified on December 22nd. I can’t wait for someone to get it in their hot little hands!

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IF YOU LOVED THESE CRICUT PROJECTS CHECK OUT THESE FREE SVG FILES JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!

Create Custom Onesies with the Cricut EasyPress

Create custom onesies in just a few minutes with pre-made Cricut Iron-On Designs! Looking for last minute baby gift ideas? Want to create inexpensive but custom onesies? Then these babies are for you! See what I did there?

Create Custom Onesies with the Cricut EasyPress! Kingston Crafts

The new Cricut Iron-On Designs come in two sizes - large and small. They have so many fun designs (there are currently 50 available) and the small ones are the perfect size for custom onesies. Don't have little ones in your life? You can make custom tote bags, t-shirts, home decor and more in just minutes. {FTC disclaimer - This is a sponsored post but the opinions are mine all mine! This post also contains affiliate links which means I will earn a little something if you buy an item - at no additional cost to you!}

Create Custom Onesies with the Cricut EasyPress

I've said before that I avoided Cricut projects involving iron-on because I HATED using an iron - until the EasyPress came to my rescue! Now I put iron-on on everything. Even wood! These new iron-on designs are incredibly easy to use - if you are new to crafting or just short on time pick up some to keep in your stash and have gifts ready in minutes.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

HOW TO MAKE CUSTOM ONESIES

1. Turn on and set EasyPress (see recommended settings for temperature and time).

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2. Remove iron-on designs from packaging and cut apart. I cut them with the backing just in case I didn't use them all, so I could save them for another time.

3. Lay onesie on your top of your EasyPress Mat* and "pre-heat" the onesie. It makes the surface nice and smooth and ready for your iron-on design!

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4. Apply iron-on design to front of onesie.

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5. Use EasyPress to apply heat to iron-on design. The instructions on the packaging were for 50 seconds at 350. If you are using the EasyPress Mat I'd reduce the time to 35-40 seconds. You can always add a little more time if you need it, but 40 seconds was plenty for me!

The instructions also suggest flipping the item over and ironing on the back for a few seconds - I did that too!

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6. Wait a minute or two for the iron-on to cool and then remove the liner. If you are used to warm peel (removing the liner right away) like me...then cold peel will freak you out a little bit. ;) It will be a little stiffer to remove than you are used to but trust me - it is better to wait for these to cool!

*The Mat has been a game changer for me. I was using towels before - but the iron-on goes on SO much more smoothly and evenly now!

Now find a cute baby and get them in some cute custom onesies! Click on the photo for the link to the narwhal and twinkle twinkle little star - the bow and "hello I'm new here" are sneak peeks of the New to the Crew collection coming soon!

This would be a fun (and easy and inexpensive) baby shower party activity - what a great gift for the mom-to-be! These Cricut Iron-On Designs come in a variety of themes (they aren't just for custom onesies!) so grab some to keep in your stash to create custom gifts and projects in no time. Enjoy!

Thinking about an EasyPress? Then check out my review of how EASY the EasyPress is to use!

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

Easy Custom T-Shirt with Cricut Patterned Iron On

Hooray! Cricut has just released patterned iron on and my little customizing everything heart couldn't be happier! Today I'm going to share some tips and tricks for creating an easy custom t-shirt in just a few steps with the new Cricut Patterned Iron On. {FTC Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Cricut and contains affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission. #ad #CricutStrongBond #CricutMade #Cricut}

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We're moving to Maryland in six days. I should be packing, calling utility companies, taking care of work deadlines...but instead? I'm making t-shirts! This shirt is a play on the old "love honor and obey" wedding vows...since the Army is moving us to Maryland and of course I would follow Don anywhere!

EASY CUSTOM T-SHIRT WITH CRICUT PATTERNED IRON ON

Easy Custom T-Shirt with Cricut Patterned Iron On

SUPPLIES NEEDED
Cricut Maker (but this project could be created with any Cricut machine) with Design Space
EasyPress
EasyPress Mat or towel
White Iron-On Lite
Filigree Blue Iron-On Sampler
Brayer (optional)

If you haven't laid your eyes on the new Cricut Patterned Iron On get yourself on over to cricut.com immediately! There are currently nine sampler packs available - everything from florals to watercolors to bolds and more. The packs come with three 12"x17" sheets (one of each pattern). I love that you don't have to buy a whole roll of one pattern - these samplers allow you to create a bunch of different projects from one pack. Onesies, tote bags, throw pillows, t-shirts - this is a game changer!


HOW TO CREATE A CUSTOM T-SHIRT WITH CRICUT PATTERNED IRON ON

Select your project in Design Space (for any of you crab lovers I share this t-shirt design here) and size to fit your shirt.

I cut my letters with White Iron-On Lite and my crab with one of the Filigree Blue Iron-On samples. Don't forget to put your iron on shiny side DOWN and mirror your image before you cut. TIP: I use the Cricut Brayer to give the iron on a strong grip to the mat - ESPECIALLY when I am using one of my older mats!

Once you've cut your images peel off the excess material.

Place the Cricut EasyPress Mat (if you haven't gotten your hands on this yet it is AMAZING) on your work surface then lay your t-shirt over it and place your iron ons.

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Use the EasyPress recommended settings chart on cricut.com to set the temperature and timer based on the material you are using, and get to pressing! (Note: I used two different temperatures - one for the Iron On Lite and one for the Patterned Iron On.)

Cricut has added a TON of information to the settings chart, including whether to do a warm peel (peel off the backing immediately) or a cold peel (let the iron on cool before peeling off the backing). It also now has two separate charts for those who are using the EasyPress Mat and those who are using a towel. I can already tell a huge difference with my projects!

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And just like that - a custom t-shirt! This Patterned Iron On from Cricut is going to change the way you create. I can't wait for you to give it a try!

IF YOU LOVED THIS IRON ON PROJECT, THEN I THINK YOU'LL LOVE THESE POSTS!

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

Cricut Explore Gold - DIY Glitter Pineapple Clutch

I'm a pretty nice person...generally speaking. But if I see you in the clearance aisle of the Target purse/accessories section then it is every man for herself because I NEED all of the fun plain satchels and clutches and backpacks so I can add glittery stuff to them! Exhibit A - this grey pleather tasseled clutch I grabbed up this Fall. I just needed my Cricut Explore Air and some glitter iron on (it will change your life - seriously) and in about 15 minutes I turned it in to a sparkly accessory that would be perfect for a night out. {FTC disclaimer - I received some product in this blog post free of charge - but the project and opinions are mine all mine! This post also includes affiliate links - which means I might make a few pennies if you buy something!}

SUPPLIES:
Cricut Explore Air and Design Space
Cricut Standard Grip cutting mat
Cricut Tools Craft Basic Set
Cricut Glitter Iron On in Gold
Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Metallic Paint in Pure Gold
foam brush
leather or canvas clutch (with tassel - or you can create your own tassel)

In Design Space, size image to fit clutch and cut from glitter iron on. Remember to select the "mirror image (for iron on)" box! 

The image was originally set to cut in three pieces - here is a quick tutorial on how I used the slice feature to customize my pineapple image and make it easier to cut and apply: 

Once you've cut your image, use the weeder from the tool kit to weed the excess iron on material from the backing so only the image remains. Then iron on to your clutch using a thin towel between the clutch and the iron.

Quick tip: when using glitter iron on sometimes you can end up with tiny bits of glitter ironed on to your project. I simply use my fingernail (or one of the tools from the kit) to loosen and then wipe away with a dry paintbrush.

To add a little extra pizazz to my tassel, I laid out a piece of wax paper and fanned out the tassel, painting about 1 1/2" of each tassel strand with gold paint and rotating as I painted until they were completely covered.

Let tassels dry then throw on something cute and take your new bag for a night out on the town!

Check out a few more of my favorite gold Cricut projects!