Cricut Explore Air 2 – My First Projects!

Cricut Explore Air 2 – My First Projects!

Friends, let me tell you about the first projects I made using my Cricut Explore Air 2 Mint Machine!

(If you missed my first post about the machine, please click here Cricut Explore Air 2 Mint Machine; First thoughts. This is a sponsored post where I received free product in exchange for my honest review; all opinions are truthful and are mine. There are some affiliate links in this post which simply means that I get a small commission if you purchase through those links, at no cost to you. More details can be found in my Disclosure page. Thank you for supporting my small venture!)

I’m happy to say this machine is incredibly easy to use and I have so many things to tell you, so keep reading!

Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine – My First Projects

Project 1:

Inside the box there were supplies for a first project. I was impressed! You know how horrible it is when you buy a new toy or machine only to find out there are no batteries included? We’ve all been there and it’s so frustrating! Well, Cricut did right by the customer!  They sent everything you need for the first project which is a cute little card that reads “Enjoy” on the front. They sent these pieces of cardstock…

Cricut Intro - online guide and paper

…and this black pen. Isn’t this storage compartment in the front of the machine just the greatest?

Cricut Intro - From of machine with pen storage

For these projects I opted to try out the Design Space app on my phone and test out the Bluetooth feature. I was anticipating a little bit of a learning curve, but it is SO EASY and I had no issues with these projects at all! The app gives you all instructions to connect to bluetooth and to walk you through the entire project.


Writing and cutting:

When you first set up your machine and connect it to your phone and account it will give you the option to start the first project. I found that this really helped me get excited about using the machine.

An amazing feature of the Cricut software is that it walks you right through the steps for each layer of the project. First it told me to add the black pen, load the mat, then it drew the design, cut the lines needed, and finally it told me it was completed. As you can see the pen is inserted into the holder on the left, and the blade is on the right. I love that they can both be in there at once, it makes the project quick and easy.

Cricut intro - black pen writing

I took the papers, followed the instructions and assembled the card. It only took a few minutes to make in total. Absolutely cool!

cricut intro - inside of card

I really couldn’t believe how smooth and simple the entire project went. Not only that, but the machine performed flawlessly.

Cricut Introduction - card completed700px

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Project 2:

With that card completed, I wanted to go into the Cricut Design Space and create one of their pre-designed projects to test out that process. I chose to do an iron-on transfer project. I found this great “Love” jeans with Cricut Iron on Glitter in Silver (aff link, sold separately) design, but decided that I’d put it on my daughter’s t-shirt rather than her jeans. It didn’t really matter where I would put it since it didn’t change the design or material in any way.


Cutting iron on vinyl:

Here is the image when you open the project on your phone app.

First Cricut project - Glitter Love tee layout on phone700


You always want to check the settings. If you are cutting an iron-on material, you always want to make sure you set the machine knob for that, and click the button on your phone (or computer) that Mirrors the image. It’s just the way the iron-on vinyl adhesive works, but it’s important to know because it’s the opposite of the usual vinyl project. This project was set up as iron-on, so it notified me of this setting. Which is another awesome feature!

First Cricut project - Glitter Love tee layout on phone1-700

Next, I cut my Cricut Iron on Glitter in Silver (aff link, sold separately) to fit the size of the decal. As you can see above, the image of the mat is shown so you know how large your design will be, or you can adjust as needed.

first Cricut project - cutting glitter iron -on vinyl700

Then I placed the size of iron-on vinyl I needed onto the Cricut LightGrip Adhesive Cutting Mat, 12 by 12 (aff link, sold separately) and followed the machine instructions in the app to prep for cutting. Here’s a shot of the middle of the cut.

first Cricut project - cricut cutting iron on vinyl


Finally, I weeded the cut out image…this means taking off the parts that I don’t want iron-ed onto my shirt. Here is the transfer vinyl with the sticky side up. That sticky side will be placed down on the shirt where you want the design to be placed.

first Cricut project - weeded iron-on vinyl2-700

Here is the image from the non-stick side, so you can easily see exactly where you are placing your image as you put it onto the shirt. The way they set up their iron-on vinyl makes the process so simple.
first Cricut project - weeded iron-on vinyl700


Applying Iron on vinyl:

Place the image where you want it. This needed to be centered, so I measured between the sleeves and below the collar to make sure it would be lined up perfectly.

First Cricut project - placing iron-on decal onto shirt700

Finally, just follow the instructions from the iron-on vinyl packaging and iron the image onto your shirt. Those instructions worked perfectly for me!

And there you have it! An awesome glitter tee for my little girl who just loves all things glitter!

first Cricut project - cricut cutting iron on complete700

What do you think?

Isn’t it cute? There are so many more options with this machine, and I will be sharing more very soon! I’m especially excited about my next project which will be one that I will get to design myself!

What do you think? Does this help to understand a little about how to use the Cricut Explore Air 2? Do you have more questions? I’d be happy to answer them, so comment away!

Thanks for checking out my projects!


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