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Getting Starting with the Cricut EasyPress 2
If you are new to the Cricut EasyPress 2, you are in the right place. I’m going to show you how easy it is to get started with your Cricut EasyPress 2. I purchased the original when it first came out and loved it! I didn’t have space for a big Heatpress so the Cricut EasyPress made the most sense for me. The original only came in one size (9″ x 9″) and only had temps up to 350 degrees but the Cricut EasyPress 2 comes in 3 convenient sizes with temps up to 400 degrees! Pick the size that works best for the types of projects you do.
Cricut EasyPress 2 Sizes:
- 6″ x 7″ Cricut EasyPress 2 – Great for onesies, bibs, and small cosmetic bags.
- 9″ x 9″ Cricut EasyPress 2 – Great for t-shirts, bags, and other medium-sized projects.
- 10″ x 12″ Cricut EasyPress 2 – Great for sweatshirts, larger shirts, blankets, and so much more!
Cricut EasyPress 2 Temperature Settings
The Cricut EasyPress Interactive Quick Reference Guide makes it so easy to figure out what temperature and time settings you need for the type of material you are using. It will also help with telling you if you need a hot or cold peel. Here are some common material settings for the Cricut EasyPress:
- Cotton/Poly Blend using Everyday Iron-On Vinyl – Set temp to 315 degrees – Apply heat for 30 seconds with gentle pressure/Flip material and heat for another 15 seconds/Peel backing while warm
- Cotton/Poly Blend using Glitter Iron-on Vinyl – Set temp to 355 degrees – Apply heat for 30 seconds with gentle pressure/Flip material and heat for another 15 seconds/Peel backing while warm
- Burlap using Everyday Iron-On Vinyl – Set temp to 305 degrees – Apply heat for 30 seconds with firm pressure/Flip material and apply pressure for another 15 seconds
- Cotton Canvas/Muslin using Everyday Iron-On Vinyl – Set temp to 340 degrees – Apply heat for 30 seconds with gentle pressure/Flip material and heat for another 15 seconds/Peel backing while warm
- Faux Leather using Everyday Iron-On Vinyl – Set temp to 280 degrees – Place a protective sheet on top of the Faux Leather material – Apply Heat with gentle pressure for 30 seconds/Peel backing while warm
There are a lot more material options on the Cricut EasyPress temperature guide to help you with your next iron-on vinyl project.
Making personalized shirts, tote, bags, and so much more has never been easier to the Cricut EasyPress 2. Using the Cricut EasyPress 2 Mat which is available in a variety of sizes protects your surface and materials. It makes it easier to apply the pressure you need to transfer your iron-on material to your t-shirt or whatever you are using. I love the EasyPress Mat because it allows me to use it on other surfaces without worrying about the heat transferring to my counter or desk.
Iron-On Vinyl on Wood
Did you know you can use iron-on vinyl on wood? Yes, it is true! I’m going to show you how to do your own personalized name sign using the Cricut Maker, iron-on vinyl, cardstock, and the small Cricut EasyPress 2.
Personalized Wood Sign using Cricut EasyPress 2
- Cricut EasyPress 2
- White Iron-on Vinyl (or your preference of color)
- Cardstock (for 3D flowers)
- Cricut Quilling Tool
- Round Wood Cutout (I got mine at Target Dollar Spot a few months ago but here is a similar one)
- Cricut Access
- Paper Flowers Project
- Glue gun
Let’s Get Started!
Open Cricut Design Space, use the text tool to write out the name you want to place on the wood circle. Select the font you want to use. I used bold font to make it stand out and a script font for the middle name. You can always do the reverse – a script for the main name and bold for the middle/last name.
When the name is to your liking prepare it to cut – remember we must mirror the design since we are using iron-on vinyl. Select iron-on vinyl as your material. Load the mat and cut! Weed your design using your weeding tools.
Power the EasyPress 2, set the temperature (by pressing the thermometer button and using the up arrow) to 300 degrees. Be sure to place your Cricut EasyPress Mat under the Wood Charger to protect your surface. Apply the iron-on vinyl on the wood charger (arrange it to your liking). Apply firm pressure for about 40 seconds (press the clock icon button on your EasyPress until you get to 40). Give it a few seconds to cool then peel off while warm.
To cut the 3D flowers, load your cardstock to the Cricut mat and select Medium weight, 60lb paper as your material. I did a combination of two types of flowers in pink, light pink, and purple color. You can use the colors you prefer. There are also a variety of other 3D flowers you can choose from. You can even make them using felt! I cut about 10 flowers in two sizes. Arrange them to your liking on the wood.
To roll the flowers use the nifty quilling tool from Cricut to make it easy to roll the flowers. It gives you perfect 3D flowers every time. I whipped these babies up in no time! I’m going to be 3D flowering everything!
Use the glue gun to stick the 3D flowers to the round wood charger. You are all set!
Wouldn’t these make the cutest gift for a baby shower or birthday? I love that it could be easily personalized with just a few cuts of the Cricut Machine and the use of the EasyPress 2. I did use the mini size for this project but the other sizes would work too. You’ll get a nice even layer of heat.
Learn all about the Cricut Maker by heading over here – it is the perfect partner to the Cricut EasyPress 2.
What will you make with your Cricut EasyPress 2?