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Mini Christmas Canvas | Cricut EasyPress Mini. Use your Cricut machine, EasyPress Mini, and iron-on to create adorable mini reverse canvas Christmas signs.
Have you started any Christmas crafting yet? I know it’s early, but I like to give myself a headstart so I can slow down and enjoy the holiday as it gets closer.
Today, I am going to show you how to use the new EasyPress Mini to customize adorable mini Christmas canvases with iron-on. These little cuties can be given as gifts, used as ornaments on your tree, or hung up as wall decor in your home. Plus, it is a great project to use up some of your smaller iron-on scraps you may have leftover from previous projects.
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The Cricut EasyPress Mini is the newest addition to the Cricut EasyPress family. It works especially well for small or unique projects like hats, shoes, and pockets. It has the same technology as the other EasyPress 2 machines with an even heat plate and easy to use heat settings.
The Cricut EasyPress Mini is also a wonderful addition for sewists! It works so well for pressing seams, paper piecing, and applique projects.
How to Make a Mini Christmas Canvas
- 4″ x 6″ Canvas
- Craft Paint
- Paint Brush
- Cricut Machine
- Cricut Everyday Iron-On (Red, White, Black, Brown, Aqua, Gold)
- Cricut Foil Iron-On (Emerald Green)
- Cricut Glitter Iron-On (White)
- Cricut Holographic Sparkle Iron-On (Red)
- Cricut EasyPress Mini
- EasyPress Mat
- Screw Eye Hook
Create a Reverse Canvas
Start by preparing your mini canvases. I found these little 4″ x 6″ canvases at Dollar Tree.
To make a reverse canvas you need to cut the canvas off the back using a craft knife. You can also remove the staples and take the canvas off that way. Trim any excess canvas remaining on the frame.
Trim the canvas using scissors to fit on the backside of your frame. Use the fold lines as a guide.
Make Your Iron-On Design
Open the Cricut Design Space file I created. Resize the images to fit your canvas. Don’t forget to take into account that your design will be on the inside of the frame rather than covering the entire canvas.
Cricut Design Space File: Mini Christmas Canvas
Click the green Make It button. On the mat preview page select Mirror for every single cutting mat. Click the green Continue button.
For everyday iron-on set the SmartSet Dial to Iron-On. For specialty iron-on, set the SmartSet Dial to Custom, then select your material from the drop-down menu.
Place your iron-on on the mat shiny side down. Load the mat into the machine and click the flashing Go button. Repeat this process for all your layers.
Assemble The Mini SIgns
Weed the negative space on all of your iron-on designs.
Use the Cricut Heatguide to select the EasyPress Mini, your heat-transfer material, and base material.
Note: You need to use the Heat Guide for EACH material you are using to make sure you are using the correct settings for each one.
Preheat your EasyPress Mini to the recommended setting. Do this by pushing the power button once for Low, twice for Medium, and three times for High. It will glow yellow until it is pre-heated and then it will glow green.
Then, follow the instructions for how long to heat your material. Be sure to pay attention to whether it says Warm peel or Cool peel. This tells you whether to peel off the protective liner while the material is still warm or completely cooled.
Repeat this process for all of the layers. You can use the Iron-On Protective Sheet to help protect the areas you have already added to the canvas, if needed.
You could definitely use a regular iron or larger size of EasyPress 2 for this project, however since all of the designs are so small, it is much easier to work with the EasyPress mini. This helps to make sure the tiny layers are not shifting while transferring.
Staple the decorated canvas on to the backside of the painted frame.
Lastly, screw an eyehook into the top of the canvas and thread a ribbon through the hook.
These cute mini Christmas canvases would make the perfect gift. You could personalize them with a family name or the year.
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