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I'm so excited to tell you guys all about what we've been up to the past few days. I've partnered with Cricut to create a few fun DIY projects you can make at home with using the Cricut Explore Air 2….

I got my new Cricut machine over Christmas break but haven't had a chance to actually work with it until school started back up. So I was extra excited to drop my kiddo off at school the first day!

After grabbing a coffee, I made my way home and unboxed my new Cricut. I also received lots of tools and materials to get started creating, including the Cricut EasyPress 2! I'll tell you more about that in a couple of weeks, once I've had a chance to play around with it more.

Cricut Explore Air 2 Review and Valentines Day DIY Craft - Galentine gift tags via Misty Nelson, frostedblog @frostedevents

What is the Cricut Explore Air 2?

The Cricut Explore Air 2 is a DIY and crafting machine that cuts over 100 materials- cardstock, vinyl and iron-on to special materials like cork and fabric. It can write and draw too! This upgraded machine can cut 2x faster than previous Cricut Explore models and features Bluetooth® wireless technology.

Who is it For? What Can it Do?

It's for anyone who enjoys crafting and creating. It's easy to use so even beginners to the cutting game can start making in minutes. The software is simple to understand and guides you through cutting and crafting step by step. It's truly for everyone, whether you are an experienced crafter or a complete novice!

You can use the Cricut Explore Air 2 to make cards, invitations, tags, party decorations, home decor, t-shirts…… the possibilities are endless. It's great for making custom gifts for family and friends. You can use it for classroom projects or even to start your own business or side hustle.

Getting Started with Cricut Explore Air 2

Setting up my Cricut Explore Air 2 was easy breezy! It comes ready to go right out of the box. I plugged it up and connected it to my laptop and we were ready to go. After downloading the Cricut Design Space software I was ready to make my first project.

Deciding what to make might seriously be the hardest part! There are thousands of designs you can make with a Cricut Access plan. Tons of ready-to-make projects, hundreds of fonts and over 100,000+ images. Cricut Access subscribers have UNLIMITED access to premium images, fonts and projects. Plus you'll save on licensed designs from brands like Disney, Marvel, Anna Griffin and Hello Kitty.

Cricut Projects

After trying out a few of the Cricut Access projects I felt comfortable enough to create my own project. I'm working on Galentine's Day ideas for the blog so I thought it would be fun to come up with something for that. That's another thing I LOVE about Cricut! You can completely customize the fonts and images in Cricut Access to create your own designs, or you can even upload your own.

Cricut Explore Air 2 Review and Valentines Day DIY Craft - Galentine gift tags via Misty Nelson, frostedblog @frostedevents

Make Your Own Galentine's Day Tags

Here's the list of item's I used for this project:

  • Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine
  • White Cardstock
  • Pink Cardstock (or any color you prefer)
  • LightGrip Machine Mat
  • Glue (glue stick or adhesive runner)
  • Ribbon
  • Fine Point Pen, Black

Visit this link to access my project in Cricut Access https://design.cricut.com/#/design/197844913

Cricut Explore Air 2 Review and Valentines Day DIY Craft - Galentine gift tags via Misty Nelson, frostedblog @frostedevents

How to Make

  1. Open Cricut Design Space and click on New Project.
  2. Open my Galentines tags project via this link 
  3. You'll see the design appear on your canvas. Click on the green MAKE IT button at the top right.
  4. Now you're ready to load your paper. Place the white cardstock onto the LightGrip Machine Mat, lining it up along the guides from the top left corner.
  5. Load the mat into the machine.
  6. Open the pen housing clip and load the Fine Point Pen.
    Cricut Explore Air 2 Review and Valentines Day DIY Craft - Galentine gift tags via Misty Nelson, frostedblog @frostedevents
  7. The machine will prompt you when it's ready for the first step.
  8. After the text is drawn and the hearts are cut unload the mat and carefully remove the paper.
    Cricut Explore Air 2 Review and Valentines Day DIY Craft - Galentine gift tags via Misty Nelson, frostedblog @frostedevents
    Cricut Explore Air 2 Review and Valentines Day DIY Craft - Galentine gift tags via Misty Nelson, frostedblog @frostedevents
  9. Place the pink cardstock on the mat and load into the machine.
    Cricut Explore Air 2 Review and Valentines Day DIY Craft - Galentine gift tags via Misty Nelson, frostedblog @frostedevents
  10. Follow the prompt to complete the final cut.
  11. Remove the hearts from the machine mat.
  12. Glue the white hearts to the pink background.
    Cricut Explore Air 2 Review and Valentines Day DIY Craft - Galentine gift tags via Misty Nelson, frostedblog @frostedevents
  13. Add ribbon
    Cricut Explore Air 2 Review and Valentines Day DIY Craft - Galentine gift tags via Misty Nelson, frostedblog @frostedevents

I'm adding these to a treat bag of cookies for a few of my favorite gals. You can use them lots of other ways as well. Tie around a bottle of wine and surprise your best girlfriend with a sweet Valentine's Day surprise. Host a Galentine's party and use them as table decor. Stick one on a pick and add to a pretty vase of flowers. So many cute ideas!

Cricut Explore Air 2 Review and Valentines Day DIY Craft - Galentine gift tags via Misty Nelson, frostedblog @frostedevents

Ok ya'll! I hope you have fun making these and I'd love to see all of you're cute and creative uses for them so feel free to share on our Facebook and Instagram page.

I'm excited to explore the Cricut Access library and see what other fun projects I can make. And to create more of my own to share with you!

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I'll be sharing more on my new Cricut EasyPress soon. I can't wait to start making all kinds of fun things with it.

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