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Foil Iron On Project!

The holidays are right around the corner, and I don't know about you guys but I am ALL ABOUT shimmery and shiny decorations and gifts. There's just something about a little glitz and glam that makes the holidays special, you know?

These foil iron on tote bags I made are gorgeous, easy, and quick gifts for teachers, kids, family members, neighbors, casual acquaintances, dog groomers...you get the idea!

Cricut Explore Air 2
Canvas Tote Bags

The first thing I did was bust out Cricut Design Space on my iPad. The idea popped in my head during dinner, so instead of running upstairs and turning on the computer and all that noise, I just got on the iPad quick, designed it, and saved it for later. Boom. The best part is that these two designs were free with my Cricut Access subscription. HOLLA.

So after scaling the size of the images I wanted for the tote bags I had, I'm ready to rock with the project! Anytime you do iron-on projects, EVER, be sure to click that little box that says "flip the image" so it cuts backwards (meaning you'll be ironing it on the right way). It's so tricky and easy to forget that some crafters make GIANT SIGNS or use bright yellow post its to remind them about it. The struggle is real, y'all. 

Here you can see I have the image flipped, the vinyl shiny side down, and I'm ready to cut! The new Cricut Explore Air 2 allows the option to cut 2x faster for certain projects, but iron on is not one of them. That's a good thing, because you don't want to rush this cut! Especially when the blade isn't going all the way through the paper, but just through the liner. 

After removing the excess vinyl (weeding) from the liner, it's time to fire up that iron! The instructions included with the foil iron on recommend ironing whatever surface the foil is going to be put on to help it stick better. 

Since I was putting this on tote bags, I let the iron get nice and hot and then ran it all over the front of the tote bag. Then, line up the foil iron on image, cover it with a thin cotton towel, and slowly run the iron over the image to help it adhere. Again, don't rush this part. It's worth making sure you get it done well the first time so it doesn't peel away! 

Voila! Two gorgeous, handmade, gift ready tote bags for just about anyone in your life! 

Happy crafting, y'all!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


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