See some fun ways to upcycle your vinyl tube

4 Ways That Cricut Lovers Can Upcycle Vinyl Tubes

April 20th, 2018 • Contributor: Shelby Jones, Cricut Social Media Specialist

We are celebrating Earth Day with upcycling something that we think most of you may have lying around your house! You know those cardboard rolls that hold all your Cricut cuttables like vinyl and iron on? We challenged some of our Cricut Blog Contributors to see how they could upcycle their leftover iron on and vinyl rolls!

A tip we love before your supplies are finished is to use your roll as storage - just roll that vinyl up and use your cardboard as storage! Nifty eh?

Store your vinyl inside the rolls.

Now you’ve finished the last bit of that roll and you think to yourself what could I possibly create with these? Sure, you could just recycle but who doesn’t love another excuse to DIY and add another project on that To Make list...well!  We’ve got our favorite 4 for you today!

Kaleidoscope

Cori from Hey Let’s Make Stuff made a DIY kaleidoscope from supplies you probably have around your house! This kid-friendly project would be the perfect next rainy day solution!

Find the tutorial here: https://heyletsmakestuff.com/diy-kaleidoscope/

Flower Container Board

Kayla from Kayla Makes had us COMPLETELY fooled that she even used her old cardboard rolls! Kayla said, “Whenever my kiddo completes a chore or does something nice for someone she gets to choose a flower, pull it off and take the prize inside!” We are thinking this could even be fun as a jewelry organizer or whatever your heart desires!

Find the tutorial here: https://kaylamakes.com/2018/04/13/recycling-empty-vinyl-rolls-earth-day/

Noisemakers

Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts made these noisemakers that would be perfect for Cinco De Mayo or really any fun party! Dress up your cardboard rolls and you’ve got yourself some party accessories!

Find the tutorial here: http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2018/04/cinco-de-mayo-noisemakers-with-cricut.html

Pen Organizer

If there is one thing we love more than Cricut supplies it is seeing Cricut supplies happily organized!  Jenny from Everyday Jenny created this DIY organizer that is simple enough to make a few and lets you get creative with how you want to personalize each set!

Find the tutorial here: http://www.everydayjenny.com/diy-organizer-with-cricut/

Have we sent you on a scavenger hunt yet for all your empty rolls? We want to see how you upcycle your leftover rolls!  Share with us on Instagram with #CricutMade.

Like what you see? Be sure to share this to your Facebook or Pinterest to refer to later or share with a friend!

Make these cute pinwheels with your kids

12 Kids’ Projects You Can Make Together

April 14th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

I don’t know about you, but I love using my Cricut Explore® machine to craft with my kids. We’ve made custom T-shirts, party invitations, puzzles, vinyl decals, and everything in-between. One thing I never get tired of is seeing my kids’ faces while they watch the machine cutting. Their looks of anticipation and amazement are priceless!

The pinwheels above are a great example of a project to make with your kids. All you need is some double-sided patterned paper, brads, and paper party straws. Make as many as you like! Your kids will love decorating the garden, spinning them indoors, and giving them to friends—and you’ll love how much they smile.

Crafting with kids is a great time to experiment with different materials, too. I’ve collected 11 kids’ projects that take you on a tour of some of the materials you can cut with your Cricut Explore machine. There’s nothing quite like the sense of wonder kids have when they discover something new!

Dry Erase Vinyl

Your child can leave notes on their locker and have fun doodling with these Locker Speech Bubbles made with dry erase vinyl.

Poster Board

Kids can practice sewing as they learn about some of the different constellations when you make Constellation Project Leo out of poster board.

Printable Sticker Paper

Create a cute zoo sticker book to tell a story with these fun Safari Animal Stickers made with white printable sticker paper.

Vinyl

Dress up plain Mylar balloons with these tasty Ice Cream Cone Balloon Stickers created with vinyl.

Craft Foam

Delight your children with these faux foods for their play kitchen. You just might even inspire them to try a new food for real! Just use some craft foam to make these Play Food items.

Printable Magnet Sheets

Go team! If you are a football family, make these fun Magnet Paper Dolls for your refrigerator using our printable magnet sheets.

Duct Tape

These Diamond Magnets remind me of tangrams, the puzzle you use to create different types of objects using an assortment of shapes. Add the other tangram shapes to make a complete set.

Paper

Have a colorful flying contest in your household with these fun Fastest Flyers Paper Planes! You use Print Then Cut on cardstock, then assemble.

Leather

Keep your colored pencils neatly organized in this leather Pencil Holder. You can even roll it up when you are done.

Printable Vinyl

This set of Alphabet Wall Decals would be adorable in a nursery or playroom. Just use printable vinyl to create them in a snap.

Window Cling

You can create different scenes on a whiteboard with this set of Window Clings. This material is also perfect for windows, of course.

Hope you have fun crafting with your kidlets this weekend!

Love,
Nicole

Note: This post was updated by Cricut staff on 4/4/18

Meet the new SportFlex and Patterned Iron-on

Check Out the New SportFlex and Patterned Iron-on

March 29th, 2018 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hi there! I am a HUGE fan of Iron-on…I may have a hoarder style amount of it at my house and office. I love it, you can put it on anything, and I think I have. But, my favorite things to use Iron-on for are shirts and bags. It’s a simple way to make an inexpensive shirt or bag totally custom.

Meet the new Cricut Patterned Iron-on

Cricut recently released two new types of Iron On and I am SO EXCITED to start creating with them. The SportFlex Iron-on is perfect for rec-tec athletic shirts. It’s thin, lightweight, and is stretchable and flexible! It can even be layered. The new SportFlex Iron-on features the Cricut StrongBond Guarantee, making it longer lasting than ever before!

The Patterned Iron-on is a beautiful alternative to standard single color iron-on. It’s perfect for all fabrics!

I decided to try the new SportFlex on a few shirts for myself and a friend. You can grab the cut files here and here. You will need Cricut Access to create both shirts.

Meet the new Cricut SportFlex Iron-on

Heavily Meditated is in the Karly font.

Meet the new Cricut SportFlex Iron-on

Everything Hurts is in the Enviro Com font.

My bloggy friends used the new Patterned Iron-on to embellish simple bags, and I am so in love with both of their bags!

How darling is this Easter Bag from Over the Big Moon? So much better than a basket that won’t get used again!

Patterned Iron-on project by Over the Big Moon

And uh, I’ll be right back, gotta run to Target to get one of those bags to make my own simple monogram! Pineapple Paper Co. has such a great eye for design, right?

Patterned Iron-on project by Pineapple Paper Co.

Have you done projects with SportFlex or the Patterned Iron-on yet? Tell us about it below in the comments and tag us on social media with #CricutMade.

You can use iron-on to decorate wood

You Can Use Iron-on for That??

March 16th, 2018 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

Hey Cricuteers, Kayla here today and I have a confession, I love iron-on! It's by far my personal favorite when it comes to Cricut cutting materials. From iron-on lite to glitter, foil and holographic sparkle, there are so many options and even more possibilities when it comes to this versatile material.

Today, I'm showing you some fun ways you can use iron-on that aren't your typical t-shirt or baby onesie. Let's jump right in!

Hats

You can use iron-on for hats

Iron-On lite adheres nicely to baseball caps. I used a mini iron to create the hat above and it worked perfectly for me.

You can use iron-on for hats

These bride tribe hats by Something Turquoise were created using the coolest trick! Click over to see how they used one of their Cricut tools to get the iron-on to stick.

Wood

You can use iron-on for wood

I can easily remember the first time I saw someone use iron-on on a wood surface. I was blown away! Think of all the cute things you can make! It has a lot more staying power than adhesive vinyl and is just as easy to apply.

For this decorative wood slice, I used Cricut's foil iron-on in gold and my EasyPress.

Paper

You can use iron-on for paper

This Jungle Rules nursery wall hanging is a project from Design Space. Cat (one of Cricut's FIT scholarship winners) used Iron-On Lite on a sheet of paper to create this custom look.

You can use iron-on for paper

Last fall I added gold iron-on to a sheet of cardstock to create this print. It has the look of a foiled print without the hassle or cost of foiling.

Neoprene

You can use iron-on for neoprene

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You can use iron-on for neoprene

These Bridal Party Koozies from Something Turquoise are super cute and make the best wedding favors. They opted for glitter iron-on but any of the varieties will stick well to neoprene.

You can use iron-on for neoprene

These neoprene popsicle holders were all over the place last summer. Why didn't anyone think of this when I was a kid?!

Shoes

You can use iron-on for shoes

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You can use iron-on for shoes
You can use iron-on for shoes

Cricut Design Space has a ton of fun ideas for using iron-on on your shoes. Check out this tribal pair, this lucky pair and this cute polka dot pair for kids. All of these projects are included in your Cricut Access subscription if you have one. Also, check out these Lucky Chucks for tips on how to put it on.

Have you created a project with iron-on that stands out from the crowd? We'd love to hear about it! Leave a comment down below!

Wisteria Explore Air 2

Get Ready for Sparkle & Shine With the New Wisteria Air 2!

March 15th, 2018 • Contributor: Emily Miller from B. Lovely Events

Hey, Lovelies! Emily here from B. Lovely Events and I am swooning over the new purple Wisteria Air 2. Talk about your favorite color coming to life.  It also goes perfectly with the Pantone color of the year, Ultra Violet. It’s vibrant, it’s fun and it has a shimmer finish that I just can’t get enough of! Adding this beauty in your craft room will really sparkle things up.

Meet the new Wisteria colored Explore Air 2

The new Wisteria Air 2 is the gift that keeps on giving because it comes with a bundle of materials that really sparkle and shine! There are so many cute projects that you can do with them. With vinyl, iron-on, card stock and pens, you can really let your creativity run wild.

I personally love the silver holographic sparkle that comes in both iron-on and vinyl. There are pink, teal and gold that are really lovely too though!

Wisteria Explore Air 2

Just for you, I have made 3 fabulous projects that I made using the materials that come with the new Wisteria Air 2 to give you some inspiration when you get yours.

You Were Born to Shine Bag

You Were Born to Shine Bag

Who doesn’t love a good makeup or knick-knack bag? This girl does! I picked up a clutch from the store and customized it with silver holographic sparkle iron-on. I found a cute saying and uploaded it into Design Space for the Air 2 to cut out.

You can also use the Cricut fonts to make your own saying too! I ironed it on with the new Wisteria EasyPress (More to come on that in my next post) and it came out beautifully in just a few seconds!

You Were Born to Shine bag

I just love the sparkle to it!

MerMom Wine Glass

Mermom Wine Glass

The teal and the pink holographic sparkle vinyl are dreamy and perfect for all things mermaid! I love the mermaid trend that this happening right now and I can never turn down a customized wine glass. This MerMom glass uses both colors to create dimension and add a little bit more pop of color. I just love this cute glass and I am totally a MerMom!

Love Card

Love Card

The cardstock that comes in the Wisteria Air 2 bundle is all foiled and gorgeous! I love the light pink and silver together and you can make so many fun projects with it.

This Love Card in Design Space is so cute and great for all sorts of occasions or even just because! The rose and silver burst paper coordinate beautifully together to make this adorable love card and matching envelope.

Love Card

These lovely projects are just a small sampling of what you can do with all of the goodies in the Wisteria Air 2 bundle. I just love that you can craft right out of the box with your new favorite machine!

Love Card

Cheers!

Emily- B. Lovely Events

Easy Vinyl Crafts

Make These Easy Vinyl Gifts in Under 30 Minutes

March 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I’m so excited to be back here with all of you today. Annnnnd I am super excited to share my love of vinyl with you. Isn’t vinyl amazing? I first started working with vinyl about 10 years ago. It has literally changed my crafty life! You can use vinyl on so many surfaces, it’s easy to work with and the results are perfect every single time. I just love it!

Let me show you how easy it is to cut out vinyl & create fun projects with your Cricut® machine! (I used my Cricut® Maker for these projects. The Cricut® Explore Air 2 works amazingly well with vinyl, too!)

When you are working with vinyl, you will want a few essential supplies in addition to your machine & roll of vinyl.

Supplies Needed:

Supplies for easy vinyl projects

*I’ll tell you more about all the different types of vinyl later on in this post. Keep reading!

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1: Put Your Vinyl on Your Mat

Put vinyl on the mat

First, you will put our vinyl on your cutting mat. I usually use the StandardGrip mat or the LightGrip mat when I’m working with vinyl.

TIP: Leave your vinyl on the roll (instead of cutting a sheet off) when you put the vinyl on the cutting mat. This will prevent waste after your cut.

TIP: If you love the designs I used in this post go here. They are all cute designs you can find in Design Space.

2: Cut Out Vinyl

Cut out your vinyl

Send your design to your Cricut to cut out.

TIP: Make sure you adjust your cut settings to the type of vinyl you are using. It makes a difference.

3: Weed Your Vinyl

Weed away excess vinyl

Weeding! You either love it or hate it, ha! I find it kind of relaxing. Basically, you are removing all the excess vinyl using a weeding tool or pick.

Weed vinyl

Soon you will have something that looks like this.

4: Apply Transfer Tape

Apply transfer tape

Next, you will put a piece of the clear transfer tape over your vinyl. I love that the Cricut transfer tape has grids. It makes it easy to line up your designs.

5: Apply Vinyl

Apply your vinyl

I love to keep “vinyl blanks” in my craft stash. Things like candles, clipboards, notebooks, buckets & mugs are perfect for adding a little bit of vinyl, too. Need a gift idea? Add some vinyl to a travel tumbler, & you have a perfect teacher gift idea. Add some vinyl to a candle for a unique gift or add vinyl to a cute bucket & fill with candy for a fun birthday gift.

The possibilities are endless! You can personalize just about anything with a little bit of vinyl. Let me show you how I made these personalized candles.

Apply vinyl

To apply your vinyl, flip it over & carefully remove the paper backing leaving the vinyl on the transfer tape.

Apply vinyl

Next, place your vinyl where you’d like it. When it looks like a good spot, rub it on using your fingertips or a tool.

Apply vinyl

Next, carefully remove the transfer tape. The vinyl will stick to your surface. Annnnd you will love the results!

Apply vinyl

Doesn’t that look amazing! Such a cute little gift idea in just a few minutes!

Let Me Share Some of My Favorite Types of Vinyl!

Types of Vinyl

I made these candles using the standard Cricut® Vinyl.

It’s not about a fear of commitment or even your ever-changing tastes, moods, or preferences—it’s about freedom! Cricut® Vinyl lets you create easily removable decals, labels, and more for personalized kitchen containers, gifts, home decor, and anything else you can think of. With every color under the rainbow, from bright, bold, and beachy to stately and sophisticated, you’ll find the perfect hue for every project. For use with all Cricut® cutting machines.

Types of vinyl

Cricut® Holographic Vinyl is all about a rainbow of color and freedom of creativity! This multicolor, shimmering material makes eye-catching creations and accents. Create cute treat buckets & more with Cricut® Holographic Vinyl. It is easy to cut, apply, and remove without residue, perfect for special occasions and seasonal crafts plus everyday celebrations! For use with all Cricut® cutting machines.

Types of vinyl

Take vinyl outdoors with Cricut® Premium Outdoor Glossy Vinyl, the same vinyl you love for its versatility and ease—with strength to weather the storm! Create car-window decals, exterior labels, outdoor décor, and so much more. This vinyl removes easily for the ultimate freedom of ever-changing expression yet withstands outside elements, which makes outdoor vinyl perfect for seasonal and special-occasion exterior decorations. Use with all Cricut® cutting machines.

I like to use the outdoor vinyl on things that will get a lot of use like this teacher tumbler.

Types of vinyl

Cricut® Glitter Vinyl is my favorite! Glitter Vinyl lets you create easily removable glitter decals, labels, and more for projects with glamor and a little bit of sass. Personalize jars, labels, treat buckets, home décor, party favors and so much more. With so many glittering colors from bold brights to shimmering metallics, you’ll find the perfect color to impact any project. And when you’re ready for a change, it’s simple to make a change with this easy-to-use, versatile material. For use with all Cricut® cutting machines.

*Only works with Cricut® StrongGrip Transfer Tape.

You can also find Cricut® Vinyl Dry Erase, Cricut® Vinyl Chalkboard & Cricut® Printable Vinyl, too! Check out all things vinyl right here.

I asked some of my favorite Cricut® bloggers to share some of their best vinyl projects. Each of these fabulous projects were completed in 30 minutes or less using vinyl & a Cricut® machine. Be sure to check out the 20 vinyl projects linked below. Don’t forget to pin some for later! Enjoy!

Easy Vinyl Projects

Let me know what you’d like to create with vinyl! I’d love to hear in the comments below.
Let me know your favorite type of vinyl as well. If you have any questions, leave those, too!

FIT Students with Cricut Maker

See How These Student Designers Made Magic with Cricut Maker

March 7th, 2018 • Contributor: Lauren Duletzke, Cricut PR Manager

In October 2017, Cricut launched a scholarship contest called Project Maker with students in Home Products and Accessories Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Challenged to create cohesive collections using diverse materials with Cricut Maker, over 50 students participated and submitted innovative concepts in the home and fashion accessories categories. A key focus for the students was to make sure their designs could translate for the everyday craft hobbyist, making it easy for anyone to recreate their collections.

After months of sketching, creating in Design Space and prototyping, 10 student finalists were chosen to physically produce their collections and present to a panel of Cricut judges in New York City. Here is an amazing look at their journey through the contest.

Meet the Scholarship Winners

While all of the students created impressive collections, 3 students were chosen as the scholarship prize winners. Their unique use of materials combined with the ease of project creation and premium collection aesthetic blew the judges away.  

Not only did these students receive a scholarship prize for the collections but their collections are now available in Design Space for our community to create. Let’s meet them:

Saumya Sharma, Accessories Design

Saumya Sharma, Accessories Design

Her collection Essentials and Not is an 8-piece accessories collection ranging from projects like a headphones-keeper, wallet, keychain and a small backpack. The leading material used is leather for the base products and Cricut Foil Iron-On for the leaf pattern.

Saumya’s inspiration for her collection comes from her favorite palm plants, which her dad grew at their home in India.

“When I was in school, I loved making things with my own hands, but I didn’t always have the resources or skill to do it the best way. The Cricut maker helps people like me bring to life our ideas.”

Saumya Sharma, Accessories Design

Make the collection in Design Space: Essentials and Not

Catherine Clock, Home Products

Catherine Clock, Home Products

Her collection Jungle Chic is a collection of tropical chic nursery projects, for either a boy or girl’s room, including wall art, room decor and furniture design. She used a variety of materials including Cricut Cardstock, Felt, and Iron-on. Cat’s inspiration comes from the mixing and matching of prints, one of the leading trends in home design for 2018.

“Cricut gave me a chance to take everything I've learned and put it into action.”

Catherine Clock, Home Products

Make the collection in Design Space: Jungle Chic

Chloe Sooyeon Kang, Accessories Design

Chloe Sooyeon Kang, Accessories Design

Her collection Blooming You is a fresh and bright inspiration to the contrast of New York City’s hectic industrial vibe. Chloe sees her collection as a way to brighten up any woman's wardrobe with a focus on personalization, given the vinyl elements used across the bag.

She also used one of this year’s most popular accessory materials, PVC plastic, to create her collection and embellished with Cricut felt floral pieces on snaps.

Chloe Sooyeon Kang, Accessories Design

Make the collection in Design Space: Blooming You

Tell us what you think about these student collections in the comments below. You’ll see tutorials on some of the winners' favorite projects coming to the blog soon. We will also be adding some of the other student finalist projects into Design Space in the near future, so you can make more of their beautiful collections.

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

5 Ways to Create with the Cricut BrightPad™

March 2nd, 2018 • Contributor: Ginger Bowie from Ginger Snap Crafts

Hello there! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts. I was here just a few weeks ago sharing my farmhouse inspired DIY sign. I hope you’ll check out that tutorial if you haven’t yet. It turned out so cute!

I’d also love for you to hop over to my blog sometime as well. I love sharing easy DIY projects with my Cricut. Today I am excited to be here introducing you to the Cricut BrightPad™ and sharing 5 creative ways to create with your Cricut BrightPad™.

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

If you haven’t met the Cricut BrightPad™, let me introduce you!

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

The lightweight, low-profile BrightPad™ makes crafting easier while reducing eye strain. It illuminates fine lines for tracing, cut lines for weeding, and more.  

• Lightweight, durable Cricut BrightPad™ with adjustable LED light 
• 5 brightness settings 
• 6H Hardness* Surface (scratch resistant) 
• 9 in. x 11.5 in. lit area 
• 6-ft. USB power cord with wall power adapter 
• Nonslip base for ease of use on desk or table

I absolutely love this sleek little device! My favorite use for the Cricut BrightPad is for weeding iron-on. For any of you that have ever used iron-on before, you know how hard it is to see the cut lines! It’s tough! Annnnd the Cricut BrightPad™ makes this so much easier. You can see one of my cute iron-on projects here.

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

The Cricut BrightPad™ comes in a nice, sturdy box with a place to store your power cord underneath. I would recommend saving the box and using it for storing your Cricut BrightPad™. Just as a side note, the cord is super long & makes weeding from the couch while watching your favorite show easy. Ha!

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

Tip: I would also recommend picking up this weeding tool set. It has just about every weeding tool imaginable!

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

The Cricut BrightPad™ has 5 brightness settings, so it’s easy to pick one that is perfect for your project. Above you can see what this piece of iron-on looks like just sitting on my craft table underneath my tools.

Can you see any cut lines? Not at all. Below you can see how it looks with the BrightPad lit up underneath. Those lines just pop! It makes it so much easier to weed.

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

I’m not sure what I did before my Cricut BrightPad™.

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Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

I asked some of my favorite Cricut bloggers to share how they use their BrightPads to create. Below are their top 5 answers!

1: Weeding Glitter Vinyl and Glitter Iron-on

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

If you’ve ever used glitter vinyl, you know how tough it is to weed. Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain shows how easy it is weed glitter vinyl with her Cricut BrightPad™.

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad

Lindsay from See Lindsay shows us how the Cricut BrightPad™ helped her weed this very intricate glitter iron-on design.

2: Weeding Regular Vinyl Projects With Lots of Words or Intricate Designs

BrightPad uses

When you are weeding lots of words, it can be a struggle to get all those negative spaces out. Sydney from Tastefully Frugal shares how she used her Cricut BrightPad™  to weed her DIY Subway Art project.

3: Tracing Designs and Creating Your Own Custom Hand-lettering Cut Files

BrightPad uses

Liz from Liz on Call shares an amazing tutorial on how she created her own custom hand-lettering project using her BrightPad and iron-on to make this fabulous music bag.

BrightPad uses

4: As a Backlight for Small Crafting Projects (like when you are making handmade jewelry)

BrightPad Uses

Melanie from It Happens in a Blinks shares how she uses her Cricut BrightPad™ as a backlight for making her own custom jewelry. So clever!

5: For Tracing on Fabric to Make Embroidery Patterns

BrightPad Uses

For those of you who embroider or cross-stitch, you can see how Dani from Pop Fizz Paper uses her Cricut BrightPad™ to make custom embroidery patterns.

What creative uses to have for the Cricut BrightPad™? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear! Don’t forget to pin this post for later!

Uses for the Cricut BrightPad
EasyPress Heat Map

EasyPress vs. Heat Press vs. Iron: Which One Is for You?

February 16th, 2018 • Cricut Blog Team

If you love working with iron-on, you have probably looked at our EasyPress and wondered if it's a must-have for your crafting collection, or if you would be better off with an iron or heat press. Let's explore some of the pros and cons of each type.

Irons

Irons can do more than just get the wrinkles out of your clothes; they can be used to adhere iron-on and help with other crafts. They don't take up much room comparatively, so can be worked into many households.

PROS: 

  • It's very portable, which is great when you want to craft on the go.
  • Many people already own one.
  • The least expensive option on average of the three

CONS:

  • The temperature can vary wildly throughout the surface of the plate. You might end up with iron-on that doesn't stick as well as it could. It could also be scorched.
  • A small surface means you will have to move it several times potentially to cover your entire design.
  • Since it sits upright while in use, a hot surface is exposed that can lead to burns.

Heat Press

If you have a small crafting business, you've likely considered buying a heat press. These machines consist of a base and two plates. You place your product between the plates, close, then let the heat and pressure adhere the iron-on to your item.

PROS

  • Large work surface
  • Heat and pressure make results last longer and adhere better than an iron

CONS

  • Not as portable as the other options
  • Since both plates are heated, you would have to be extra careful not to be burned. 
  • Most expensive on average between the three options

EasyPress

We designed the EasyPress to have the convenience of an iron with the durability of a heat press. Since the temperature is even throughout, firm pressure while pressing down is all you need for lasting results. It's so easy to craft with iron-on when you use this!

PROS:

  • Even heating throughout the surface for better results than an iron
  • Portable
  • Safer and less expensive than a heat press
  • Larger surface than an iron
  • Comes with an insulated safety base to protect from burns while crafting

CONS:

  • Not as large a surface as a heat press
  • Costs more than many irons

Which one(s) do you own? What would you add as pros or cons for each? Tell us below!

Host a Galentine's Day craft party this year!

DIY Projects That Repurpose Your Ex’s Stuff Make Galentine’s Day Even Better

February 14th, 2018 • Cricut Blog Team

Happy Valentine’s Day! At this point in time, you might very well be preparing for a romantic dinner for two, and dreaming about that special someone. (Which is great: go you!)

But if you’re nursing a recently broken heart, or just suffering the usual frustrations over finding love in a busy world, maybe you have something else in mind. Here’s what we’re thinking: a Galentine’s Day celebration where you grab the girls and craft up a collection of special somethings. The catch? You’ll be empowering yourself by repurposing your ex’s leftover stuff into something you actually want!

Get out your Cricut Maker and imagine the possibilities…

Maybe you’ll turn his old shirt into something more self-affirming?

Fries before guys shirt
Fries before guys shirt

Or consider morphing those ratty leather gloves…

Leather gloves

Into boho-chic hanging earrings.

Leather earrings
Leather earrings

And how about upcycling his boxer shorts…

Cutting boxer shorts

Into (yep, we went there!) a toy for Fido?

Dog toy
Upcycled dog toy

Let us know which of these Galentine’s crafts are your favorites!

What are you making for your besties this year?