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I have a fun Cricut project to share today. In honor of my daughter’s upcoming 9th birthday I made spa party favor bags using 2 kinds of iron on and my EasyPress2. Get all the details below and learn how to make these cute bags for your next party.
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About a month ago I received a Cricut Explore Air 2 and shared a guide to help you get it out of the box and create your first project. Today I’m talking all about the EasyPress 2 and how you can use this handy tool to make all kinds of iron on creations.
What is a Cricut EasyPress 2?
If you have worked with iron on before then you can think of the EasyPress 2 as the iron you’ve always wanted. It’s a heat press that works like a charm every time. This machine creates quick, consistent, professional heat transfers that really last. It has even heat and simple controls to help set the correct temperature and time for every project.
Create custom party favors with Cricut
My daughter is turning 9 and having a small spa party with a few close friends. Instead of paper treat bags, I used canvas zip makeup bags and customized one for each girl using Cricut Iron-On.
Here is what you will need to create a set of custom spa party favor bags.
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Light grip cutting mat
- Everyday iron on in a variety of pinks and red
- Holographic iron on
- Canvas bags
- Cricut EasyPress2 and EasyPress Mat
Start by accessing Cricut Design Space and pulling up the metallic kiss makeup bag project. Click customize and you are taken to your canvas to alter this design.
I made 5 spa party favor bags, so I duplicated the lips 5 times. Then I chose a brush script font and typed the names of each party guest. I needed to adjust the letter spacing for each name and weld them together so the names were one continuous line of text.
Once the design is finalized, click make it in the upper right hand corner. Cricut Design Space separates your design elements and guides you through the cutting process.
When cutting iron on you will need to select the mirror option and place the material shiny side down on the mat. Once your mat is loaded, click the continue button in the bottom right to start the cutting process.
Follow the same steps to cut the lips. I cut lips out of different colors of iron on, so I spaced the vinyl evenly on the mat and spaced my lips in the same manner in Design Space.
Once everything is cut, weed the excess vinyl away from the images and text using a weeding tool.
Now it’s time to get out the EasyPress 2 and transfer these lips and names to the canvas bags. Each material has a different setting on the EasyPress. This interactive heat guide will help you select the right settings on your machine.
Turn on the EasyPress 2 and set the temperature and time for your specific project. Lay the canvas bag on the EasyPress mat. When the EasyPress beeps, it’s time to start. Press it on the canvas bag to heat the fabric first.
Next, position the lips and name on the bag then press the EasyPress on top using gentle pressure and start the timer. When it beeps, remove the press, flip over the bag, and apply heat to the back for 15 seconds. Then peel back the plastic backing while the iron on is still warm.
Repeat this process for each bag until you have a set of pretty spa party favor bags!
My daughter is so excited to fill these bags with spa themed goodies and share them with her friends. I know this is something they can use and will really enjoy.
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