Create Small Crafts with Big Impact with Cricut EasyPress Mini

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When I first got my Cricut EasyPress 2, there were so many things that I was excited to use it for.   But as I was coming up with ideas, I felt like the size of EasyPress that I currently had might have a few limitations when it came to smaller more details projects.  Obviously, I wasn’t the only one who felt this way as Cricut has added the Cricut EasyPress Mini to the Cricut EasyPress line.

Cricut EasyPress Mini

The  Cricut EasyPress Mini allows you to iron on materials to almost all your small or unique shapes projects like hats, shoes, pockets and even stuffed animals.  It has all the same technology and benefits of the Cricut EasyPress 2 (even heat plate and easy to use heat settings) for effortless heat transfers.

I know that we’re still a ways off (or least I am) from doing decorating for the holidays.  But this year, I decided to get a head start on an new banner for mantle and the Cricut Easy Press Mini was the perfect tool to help me accomplish this.

I love the rustic look of a burlap banner so I decided it would be the perfect material to start with for my project.

Materials needed for this project:

  1. *  Cricut EasyPress Mini
  2. * 1/2 metre of burlap fabric
  3. * Cricut Patterned Iron-On (I used Sampler – Stripe, Sampler – Winter, Sampler – Nordic Christmas)
  4. * Twine
  5. * Mini Clothespins
  6. * Cricut Access

To create the base of the banner, I used design space and searched for a shape of bunting that I wanted for my project.  I went with a classic shape and cut enough pieces out to hold all the letters.  In order to determine the size of each piece, I decided how long I wanted the end product to be, and divided it by the number of letters and spaces. That gave me a baseline as to the width of each piece.

Using the font – Follies (available with Cricut Access), I spelled out the phrase “Happy Holidays”.  I then chose 4 different iron-on materials and assigned it to alternating letters.  Once I had decided on the font I wanted to use, I adjusted the size so that it fit inside each piece of the banner properly.  Always test each letter, as depending on the font, the width of the letters can vary dramatically.

After all the letters and bunting pieces were cut out, I arranged everything in order to ensure the colors flowed evenly.

Using the Cricut EasyPress Mini, I applied the iron-on to the burlap.

EasyPress Mini application

After each letter was applied and the plastic protective later was removed I threaded the twine through the precut holes.

Cricut EasyPress mini letters

Once I had everything evenly spaced, I used the mini clothespins to secure each panel in place and to give a little extra flair to the piece.

Cricut EasyPress mini clothespins

Although I won’t actually be decorating for the holidays for another month or so, I know that I have this great banner ready to go when the time comes thanks to my Cricut EasyPress Mini.

Cricut EasyPress Mini Banner



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