5 Things I LOVE About My Cricut Explore Air 2

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Have you come to a crafting crossroads? Is there a project you wish you could make – but you’re not quite sure how? Does your son or daughter need a special t-shirt for school tomorrow? Investing in the right tools is the best way level-up your crafting-game and become a craft “superhero”!

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Today I’ll share 5 things I love about my Cricut Explore Air 2 and explain a few capabilities that really surprised me. Thanks to Cricut, the design process is so much easier which makes it addicting and FUN!

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#1 – Wall Art Using Iron Ons?

I LOVE to make wall art for my home. But for years I lacked the right tools, so executing my projects became so frustrating. I would have never thought in a million years that I could use IRON ONS to design a sign!

With my Cricut Explore Air 2 I was able to design my sign then cut the letters onto white SportFlex Iron On Vinyl. Then I pressed it using my EasyPress.

Subway Sign Made with Cricut Explore Air and EasPress
Cut the letters using SportFlex Iron On Vinyl with the Cricut Explore Air 2. Then I used my EasyPress to iron it onto a painted canvas.

With Cricut, you can dream up a design and create it from scratch, or simply use an existing design in Cricut Design Space. Choose from a variety of methods to apply it to clothing, bags, pillows, glass…ornaments. You can cut everything from cardstock, vinyl and iron-on to specialty materials like glitter paper, cork, and bonded fabric.

#2 – Using Pens for Fancy Calligraphy

Calligraphy has always been something I wanted to learn, but I really don’t have the knack for it. I discovered that can use my Cricut Explore Air 2 and their pens to actually write letters, envelopes or even invitations!

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I wrote out ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Then applied a holiday font called “Santa’s Workshop” to the poem. Then I set it to “Draw” instead of cut…and it came out so cute!

Twas the Night Before Christmas with Cricut Explore Air 2

#3 – Personalize Your Gifts

My friends, Kelly and Angie created some gorgeous ornaments for the holiday season, including this cute personalized 1st Christmas for her nephew.

#4 – Start a Fun, Handmade Decor Business

For my recent holiday pop up shop, Cricut made my “handmade” items really stand out. I was able to create signs so much faster, and people really do appreciate “handmade” over store bought items.

#5 – My Family & Friends Love Using It

Once my husband and daughter learned they could make their own Tshirts, they were SO into using the Cricut. They really dove in the first night we opened the box. Mark experimented a bit and made his own frisbee tshirt (he also loves any and all gadgetry, and the Cricut really intrigued him).


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Any of the projects mentioned in my post using a Cricut Explore Air 2 and a Cricut EasyPress. However, if you want to cut balsa wood for wooden letters or signs, I recommend a Cricut Maker Machine.

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Clearly we are having a LOT of fun with our new machines! I’m not your typical crafter since I usually only make home decor. But my family and friends love using it for tshirts, personalized gifts and lots of cute things…so I’m more than happy to expand my horizons. With their help I’ll include fun crafts for all ages and stages. Stay tuned for more!

Happy holidays + happy crafting!

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