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Can you believe that Halloween will be here in only a few more weeks? It’s crazy how fast this year is flying by. This weekend we worked with our new Cricut machines. We are partnering with Cricut this holiday season for some really fun projects (so keep an eye on our blog & social channels). With Halloween around the corner, we decided to make a happy llama ween trick-or-treat bag for my daughter. She is super into llamas right now so we wanted to create her a llama-themed bag for all her Halloween fun.
These bags are super easy to make. You can create them with just a few supplies and they take no time at all. They are so simple it’s really easy to do with the kids. Let them create a design on the Cricut design studio and help them iron it onto a bag. It’s a great fall weekend activity for the entire family.
Gather Your Supplies:
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To create this project you will need:
- Cricut Explore Air 2
- Cricut Easy Press 2 (or you can use a regular iron)
- Cricut Everyday Iron-On Vinyl
- Canvas Tote Bags
With these simple supplies, you can easily create our Llama trick-or-treat bags or any other design you desire.
We used the Cricut design studio to create our design. It is really easy to use. Simply download the design studio and then connect your machine. You can browse through their images and texts or even upload your own. I used a template for a tote bag to give me a good sense of the size I needed to use for my lettering and image. Once you have the design exactly how you want it simply click on make it and the design studio will walk you through the entire process step by step. Make sure you have your machine connected to your computer and they will give you prompts to load the machine and when to precess the start button. It’s very easy.
Cut Your Design:
When you have the design ready just follow the directions on your design studio to cut it out. A couple of tips. Make sure to cut your design with the mirror image turned on, since this is an iron-on design you will need it to cut in the mirror to transfer correctly. Also (I learned this the hard way), make sure to put your iron-on paper shiny side down on the mat.
Weeding isn’t Just for the Garden:
When you have your design cut out you are ready to prepare it for ironing. Start in the corner and peel off the vinyl. That will leave you with just your design on the transfer paper. Look over your design and remove any small pieces that shouldn’t be there. A lot of the letters will need to have pieces removed and even our llama had spots on his ears and body that need to be taken out to make him look correct. I just use a toothpick but Cricut has a great weeding tool you can purchase as well that’s really helpful.
Prepare for Ironing:
Now that you have your iron-on is ready to go we are ready to start ironing. I used the Cricut Easy Press 2 and loved how easy the process was. You can use an iron as well but I just love the Easy Press and highly recommend it. To get it ready make sure you have it plugged in and turned on. For bags we need it to be at 145 degrees celcius and 30 seconds. Your machine will have a red light until it is heated properly, when it is ready it will beep and turn green. So when you hear the beep you are ready to go!
Let the Ironing Begin:
The ironing process is really simple. You will start by prepping the bag and heating it for 30 seconds before you put your vinyl on. Simply use your Easy Press and press it onto the bag for 30 seconds. Just press the time button and it will count down for you and beep when finished. This will pre-heat the area and get out any wrinkles or creases. It seems unnecessary but just trust me it’s an important step.
Now add your iron-on design where you want to it. I do mine in pieces. I put the llama on first, then the three words (one at a time). Just to make sure they don’t over lap. Since I did the letters in different colors and the llama in a different color I had to cut them all seperately. So I ironed them seperately as well. If you have one single design then that won’t be necessary.
Once you have heated the transfer you then need to flip the bag over and heat the back side as well for 30 seconds. This just helps it adhere to the bag completely. Let the design cool for a few seconds. You want to peel it when it is still warm but not to hot. You can test a corner to make sure it is adhered. When it’s ready peel off the transfer paper and you have your completed bag!
It’s Trick-or-Treating Time:
Your bag is now ready for Halloween fun! You can wash them, I usually wash them inside out just to be safe but have never had any problems with them coming off. Your kiddos are going to love these for trick-or-treating this year. I hope you have fun making them!
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