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10 Projects You Didn’t Know You Could Make with a Cricut EasyPress

Aside from the obvious application of vinyl heat transfers on t-shirts, there are so many other creative uses for the Cricut EasyPress.  And we thought it would be fun to compile a list of 10 projects you didn’t know you could make with a Cricut EasyPress!

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The medium sized raspberry Cricut EasyPress on a patterned surface surrounded by vinyl materials.

What is a Cricut EasyPress?

A Cricut EasyPress is essentially a high temperature iron (ie. heat press) that you can use to apply heat transfer vinyl (HTV) or sublimation inks to surfaces such as fabric, wood and more. It comes in three sizes (12″x10″ , 9″x9″ and the Cricut EasyPress Mini). Cricut also recently released their larger Autopress machine which applies the right pressure, temperature and time automatically (rather than by hand).

The Many Uses of a Cricut EasyPress

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If you own a Cricut machine such as the Cricut Maker, Explore or Cricut Joy, a Cricut EasyPress is a natural companion for your vinyl crafting. However, it can also do so much more!

With a plan to find 10 unique projects and uses for the Cricut EasyPress, we quickly exceeded that amount. It’s not only iron-on vinyl that can be used with an EasyPress: use foil, mesh and even fusible fabrics to give each project a completely different look.

In addition to these options, the list of base materials that can be used is pretty impressive. From fabrics to papers and even wood, the Cricut EasyPress is completely versatile.

As someone who has also used an industrial heat press, I can say using the Cricut EasyPress gives you similar professional results. There are different sizes and colors to choose from to cover all your at home heat pressing needs.

So whether you plan to heat press on small accessories and knick-knacks such as custom hats, keychains and coasters or larger items such as embellished blankets, table cloths and DIY throwback retro t-shirts, there’s an EasyPress just for you.

Note: Since we first wrote this post, Cricut has released several new presses including the Cricut Mug Press (check our our ultimate guide), the EasyPress Mini, the Cricut AutoPress (we haven’t had a chance to use this yet), and a Hat Press. The list of ideas below do apply with most of the new presses as well.

Let’s get started!

10 Cricut Easy Press Projects You Didn’t Know You Could Make

Cricut Easy Press Iron-On Projects with Fabrics

Overhead view of the Cricut Easy Press 2 surrounded by fabric.

There is no limit to the number of fabrics you can use as a base material for the Cricut EasyPress. From cotton to polyester, silk, nylon, burlap and even faux leather, there’s always a surface to heat press.

Using the Cricut EasyPress 2 on a Drawstring Bag
We’ll show you how using the EasyPress 2 to embellish a drawstring bag with an iron-on vinyl design is like adding icing to a cake for crafty-types.
Check out this project
drawstring bag
DIY Family Vacation Tshirts with Cricut Venture
Create lasting memories with matching DIY family vacation t-shirts made quickly and easily with Cricut Venture.
Check out this project
DIY Fall Tea Towels with Everyday Iron On Vinyl
Spruce up the kitchen by easily applying a quirky vinyl decal to your kitchen hand towels.
Check out this project
How to Make a Gift Bag for Christmas with Cricut EasyPress 2
Make your own beautiful, reusable Christmas gift bag with the Cricut EasyPress 2 and some iron-on vinyl.
Check out this project
Personalized Gift for Grandpa with the Cricut Maker
See how we used our Cricut Maker and EasyPress 2 to create a personalized gift for grandpa that he’s sure to love!
Check out this project
DIY Leather Passport Covers
You can iron on faux leather cut with the Cricut Maker to make adorable passport covers.
Check out this project
DIY Leather Passport Covers

In addition to these inspiring EasyPress project ideas with fabric, there are tons of projects in Cricut’s Design Space to choose from!

A collection of projects made with the Cricut Maker on a white surface.

Using the Cricut EasyPress on Wood

Did you know that you can use the EasyPress on WOOD? That’s right, wood!  

The iron-on vinyl adheres to the wood much better than regular adhesive vinyl leaving you with a smoother, more durable bonded finish. We’ll also be sharing our tutorial on making personalized wood slice keychains similar to these using the EasyPress soon.

The medium sized Cricut Easy Press beside oval shaped wood slices.

Here are a few addition project ideas with wood:

DIY Wood Bathroom Sign
Learn how to use your Cricut EasyPress on wood to create a fun and silly bathroom wood sign.
Check out this project
DIY Wood Bathroom Sign
DIY Hot Cocoa Bar Sign with Cricut
Making a cozy spot for enjoying hot chocolate on a Winter's day with this DIY hot cocoa bar sign.
Check out this project
Large Wood Slice Sign with Iron-On Vinyl
Using Iron On Vinyl on wood is an easy way to add style to any project! Plus it super easy using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and your Cricut EasyPress.
Check out this project
Large Wood Slice Sign with Iron-On Vinyl

Using the Cricut EasyPress for Sublimation

Vinyl is not the only material you can use for heat transfer projects. Sublimation crafts are growing in popularity and involve transfering special dyes onto a specially coated surface with the application of heat. We have a whole guide to sublimation for beginners which describes the process in detail.

Cricut makes sublimation crafting super easy with their Cricut Infusible Ink line. From fabrics to ceramics, metals and more, there are an endless supply of simply projects you can make with Infusible Ink and a Cricut Heat Press. Here are just a few easy Infusible Ink projects to try using a Cricut EasyPress.

Adorable Mermaid Themed Cosmetic Bags
Sharing our experience on how to use Cricut Infusible Ink on a cosmetic bag.
Check out this project
DIY Tote Bag with Infusible Ink
Learn how to cut and press infusible ink onto a canvas tote bag with the help of the Cricut heat press.
Check out this project
DIY Coasters with Infusible Ink
Learn how to make fun ceramic coasters with the Easy Press and Infusible Ink.
Check out this project

Using the Cricut EasyPress in the Craft Room

In addition to the traditional uses for a Cricut heat press mentioned above, our Cricut EasyPress Mini is one of our favorite craft room tools. It’s especially useful for the iron-on decoupage method, smoothing out wrinkled ribbon, removing sticky labels from surfaces and other small projects.

How to Mod Podge on Plastic
Can you decoupage on plastic? 100% yes! How to mod podge on plastic tutorial with this beautiful fall luminary.
Check out this project

Using the Cricut EasyPress for Pressing Flowers

Pressed purple and blue hydrangea flowers in front of the raspberry Cricut Easy Press 2.

Save yourself time by using the Cricut Easy Press to press fresh flowers. Simply sandwich the flowers between two absorbent materials and apply the heat press.

With this method, there’s no need to wait weeks for your pressed flowers to be ready. Use them to make these lovely crafts.

How to Make Resin Jewelry with Flowers
If you’ve ever wondered about how to make resin jewelry with flowers, this is likely the easiest project you can try! We’re sharing our step-by-step tutorial along with techniques for preserving flowers in resin.
Check out this project
how to make resin jewelry with flowers
Pretty Pressed Flower Mason Jar Luminary
Pretty DIY mason jar luminaries made simply with pressed hydrangea blooms.
Check out this project

Using the Cricut EasyPress for Laminating

Using a laminate fabric is great for things that you want to keep dry and easy to wipe clean, such as makeup cases and tote bags. We love this idea of applying a flexible, clear iron-on vinyl to a pretty printed cotton material to create a durable laminate fabric.

Laminate Fabric – MADE EVERYDAY
Have you ever laminated paper? Like an index card recipe or something like that. It’s so cool! The paper becomes durable, water resistant, and you can even use dry erase markers on it over and over. Well did you know you could laminate fabric?? Yep.
Check out this project
Laminate Fabric - MADE EVERYDAY

Using the Cricut Easy Press on Paper

Cricut EasyPress projects using paper.

All types of paper, such as cardstock, chipboard and scrapbook paper can be used with the EasyPress.

Just imagine the personalized designs you could add to the papers! You could make custom notebooks for yourself or as a gift giving idea.

Using the Cricut EasyPress on Perler Beads

Our kids love crafting with perler beads so being able to use the Cricut EasyPress for fusing the beads together was a real bonus! We love this tutorial for making perler bead art using the Cricut EasyPress. Just imagine all the possibilities for keeping your creative kids busy!

Using the Cricut EasyPress on Felt

Teal, gray and mustard colored felt fabric on top of a Cricut heat press mat.

With so many benefits to using felt, it’s no wonder it’s one of our favourite materials to create with.

We were very excited to learn that we could use the EasyPress directly on to felt, as with  these DIY felt holiday pillows. The EasyPress would’ve come in handy when I made these beach themed felt throw pillows years ago!

Using the Cricut EasyPress on Shoes

Have you ever gone shoe shopping with something specific in mind only to not be able to find exactly what you’re looking for? Knowing I can use the Cricut Easy Press to change the look of shoes by simply applying some decorative iron-on vinyl makes shoe shopping even more fun!

And now that Cricut has released the EasyPress Mini, there’s even more options for crafting with small and oddly shaped objects.

Using the Cricut Easy Press to Heat Set Fabric Paint

A painted canvas table runner underneath the CricutEasy Press 2

I recently stenciled a colourful canvas table runner for my dining room and the fabric medium called for setting the fabric paint with a heat. Instead of using an iron I used the Cricut EasyPress, which was a quicker method and with a more accurate temperature setting.

Using the Cricut EasyPress to Fix Peeling Decals

Do you ever find the decals on your printed tees start to peel away? The next time this happens to you, take out the Cricut EasyPress and apply some heat using the EasyPress heat settings guide to fix those peeling edges.

We hope you’ve found inspiration with these Cricut EasyPress projects. If you’re ever unsure of which temperature to use and settings to follow, refer to Cricut’s EasyPress Interactive Guide. They’ve done all the pre-work for us so we can confidently use the EasyPress for best results.

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A collage of projects created using the Cricut EasyPress 2

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Carol tabor

Friday 27th of September 2019

Can I use my ironing board as a base for the easy press.

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