Rainy Days with the Cricut Explore Air 2

Cricut Explore Air 2

We have had a crazy amount of rain lately. Seattlites are used to some rain, a reasonable amount that kinda gets your head wet but isn’t enough to require an umbrella. This week we had the insane kind that fills your rain boots and makes it impossible to go outside. That means me, the kids, and the two dogs have been stuck inside more than we are comfortable with.

After a couple of days inside, I was desperate for some activity that would keep the kids happy and wouldn’t require me to leave the house. I quickly discovered that rainy days with the Cricut Explore Air 2 in the house can be quite fun! We pulled out some old clothes from the kids’ drawers and gave them a quick revamp using the art found in Cricut Design Space. (Note the stains on the kids’ clothes – I told you they were old!)

Materials

Cricut machine
– Old shirts
– Printer
– Cricut Iron On Vinyl – We used silver glitter
– Cricut Printable Iron On
– Iron
– Towel, t-shirt, or some other scrap fabric to put between iron and iron on material

Instructions for Iron on Vinyl Project

1. Spend 8,000 hours looking through all the options on Cricut Design Space to find images you like. Seriously, we searched for a solid hour because there were so many to look at. Talk about a way to fill your “trapped inside” time!

2. Once you pick your image, measure your shirt to see how big you want your cutout. For most little kid shirts (3-8 year olds) six inches wide is a good estimate.

3. In Cricut Design Space, add your image to the grid and adjust it to be the correct size.

Hipster Cat from Cricut Design Space

4. Hit the green GO button in Design Space to see the print layout. Because this is an iron on project, you need to click the reverse image button in the preview area.

5. Cut out a piece of your iron of fabric and put it on your Cricut Adhesive Mat in a way that makes the print layout work. You want it to be liner side down, which for the glitter vinyl means the matte-looking side is up.

Cricut Explore Air 2

6. Connect your computer to the Cricut Explore Air 2, load the mat, and click the flashing button on the machine.

7. Once your image is cut out, use the weeding tool to get rid of all the vinyl you don’t want.

Cricut Explore Air 2

8. Turn your iron on the cotton/linen setting and make sure the steam is off.

9. Preheat your shirt by running the hot iron over the area you want to apply your image. It just needs a quick 10 second warm up.

10. Lay your cutout on the shirt with the liner side up.

Cricut Explore Air 2

11. Put a towel, another shirt, or a piece of fabric over the liner and press down with your iron. Use medium pressure for about 25 seconds.

12. Once done, peel the liner off.

Cricut Explore Air 2

13. Flip the shirt inside out and give the inside a quick press to make sure the vinyl is adhered.

Cricut Explore Air 2

Instructions for Printable Iron On Project

1. Spend the same 8,000 hours image hunting, but pick out a printable design.

2. Print the image onto the Printable Iron On paper, making sure the white side of the paper is printed on.

3. Set up your image in Design Space as I described above, but put the paper onto the Adhesive Mat with the image side up.

4. Press the flashing button and watch the magic. The machine has a sensor that reads the guide lines and cuts out the image perfectly. For realz – it is cool.

Cricut Explore Air 2

5. Preheat the shirt as I described above, but peel the cutout off the backing and place it directly on the shirt.

6. Follow the rest of the instructions as I described above.

Cricut Explore Air 2

Now you have two “new” shirts that the kids are stoked to wear, you killed no less than 1 hour of “trapped inside” time, and your kids think it is super cool that they can pick out whatever they want in Design Space.

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