Elephant Baby Gift Set with Cricut Explore Air 2

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Use the Cricut Explore Air 2 to make this adorable Elephant Baby Gift Set!



It's no secret that the Cricut is my favorite crafting tool. There are just so many things you can create using a Cricut machine, and I've been wanting to show how you can cut the same image using different materials to create a project. In this case, I made an adorable baby gift set that anyone can make and is the perfect gift for any new baby!

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Cricut Explore Air 2 machine

I have owned other cutting machines in the past, and unfortunately for me, projects took a lot of user error and wasted materials to get things right. When I was first introduced to Cricut, I was nervous to learn to use a whole new machine. One thing I learned right away is that the Cricut team works hard to make sure that their machines are user-friendly, and that they listen to their customers. Even if you feel that you aren't crafty or technology-savvy, you don't need to worry. You can do this!

But what about the Maker?? I honestly love both my Cricut Maker and Explore Air 2 machines for different reasons. They are both incredible machines, and you can't go wrong with either one. My shortened opinion is that if you are a crafter who enjoys creating more with paper, vinyl, and iron-on, then the Cricut Explore Air 2 is definitely for you. In fact, that's why I'm sharing how to make this baby gift set using this machine!!

Cricut Explore Air 2 machine Smart Dial

One of my favorite things about the Explore Air 2 machine is the Smart Set dial, which makes cutting materials even easier. The dial saves you the headache of having to manually adjust the blade depth or speed settings, and you will get the perfect cut the first time! Plus, you won't be wasting materials by "testing" out the cut settings. The "custom" option allows you choose from the ever-growing list of materials in the Design Space program so that you get the perfect cut every time!

Without further ado, here's how you can use the Explore Air 2 machine to make this adorable Elephant Baby Gift Set!

Elephant Baby Project in Cricut Design Space

When you open the Elephant Baby Gift Set Project in Design Space, you'll see all of the projects in one place to make a couple of gifts and a card. Select "Customize" to make adjustments to sizes and colors of the design. When finished, click the green "Make It" button in the top right corner.

I'll go through the steps for each project to make things a little more clear:

Elephant Baby Onesie

For this project, you will need:

Measure the front of the onesie to determine the size the elephant needs to be. I used a newborn-sized onesie, and my design was about 3.25" x 2.25". Adjust the size of the lighter gray elephant in the Elephant Baby Gift Set Project, and then click the green "Make It" button.

The next step is the Mat Preparation screen. When you cut iron-on vinyl, you need to make sure to "Mirror" the image so that it isn't backwards on the onesie. I actually already mirrored the image in the project to save you step, but it's still good to learn how to do it:

If you click the toggle below the mat preview (see the arrow above), it will mirror the image for you. This is VERY important when your design has wording, otherwise it will be backwards on your project when you iron it!! Luckily this design is only an image, so it won't matter which direction it goes.

Set Cutting Materials in Cricut Design Space

In the next step, you will need to connect to your Explore Air 2 machine via Bluetooth or cord. Then, you need to set your material. You can turn the Smart Dial to "Iron-On", or you can get more specific by turning the dial to "Custom" and clicking on "Browse All Materials" (see image above).

Select your Materials in Cricut Design Space

This screen will have that ever-growing list of materials I was telling you about earlier. Here, you can scroll down to "Iron-On" and choose the specific type of vinyl you will be cutting to ensure a perfect cut.

Cricut Explore Air 2 machine cutting Iron-On Vinyl

Lay the Holographic Iron-On Vinyl face-down on the green StandardGrip Mat and load it into the machine by pressing the flashing arrow button below the dial. When the button with the Cricut logo begins flashing, you can then press it to cut your project out.

Weeding Cricut Holographic Iron-On Vinyl

After the vinyl has been cut, you'll need to "weed" the vinyl. Use weeding tools to carefully peel away excess vinyl (or the parts of the design that you won't be using).

Baby Onesie with Cricut EasyPress Mini

Adjust the setting on the EasyPress Mini to your shirt and vinyl specifications*. Once the light turns green and the machine beeps, it's ready to use. When the EasyPress is up to temperature, place your onesie on the EasyPress Mat and preheat the area for 5 seconds. Lay the vinyl down on the onesie, with the clear carrier sheet facing up.

*Instead of the specific temperature settings like the rest of the EasyPress family, the EasyPress Mini has three heat settings: Low, Medium, or High. Every project is a little bit different, so I recommend always referring to the Cricut EasyPress Heat Transfer Guide.

Peeling away Iron-On Carrier Sheet

Set the EasyPress Mini over the vinyl and use a separate timer to keep track of the countdown. Turn the onesie over and press again for 15 seconds. Peel off the carrier sheet while the vinyl is still warm.

Baby Onesie with Iron-On Vinyl Elephant Image

Isn't this onesie sweet? The onesie is totally washable, and now that you know how easy it is to apply vinyl, you can make a whole tiny collection of them! That origami-like elephant is modern, chic, and the holographic vinyl adds a pop of color that works for both boy or girl babies - which is helpful for baby shower gifts!

*By the way, Holographic Iron-On has the StrongBond Guarantee, which means that if you aren't completely satisfied with the iron-on vinyl on your projects, Cricut will replace it for free. Seriously! Now you don't have to worry about baby clothes not making it through multiple washes!

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Elephant Baby Onesie

Elephant Baby Night Light

For this project, you will need:

Cricut Design Space Menu

Measure the glass of the LED Night Light to determine the size the elephant needs to be. My design is about 3.5" x 2.5". Adjust the size of the darker gray elephant in the Elephant Baby Gift Set Project, and then click the green "Make It" button.

Turn the Smart Dial to "Vinyl", or to "Custom" and then select Premium Holographic Vinyl from the material settings menu.

Cricut Explore Air 2 machine cutting adhesive vinyl

Lay the Holographic Vinyl on the green StandardGrip Mat with the vinyl-side up, and load it into the machine by pressing the flashing arrow button below the dial. When the button with the Cricut logo begins flashing, you can then press it to cut your project out.

Weeding Cricut Adhesive Vinyl

After the vinyl has been cut, you'll need to "weed" the vinyl. Use weeding tools to carefully peel away excess vinyl (or the parts of the design that you won't be using).

Glass with adhesive vinyl, transfer sheet, and scraper tool

Cut a piece of transfer tape and lay it over the vinyl. Use the scraper tool to press it down well.

Vinyl on Glass and peeling away transfer sheet

Remove the backing from the vinyl, then center the elephant on the glass. Use the scraper tool again to press the vinyl down and to remove any air bubbles. Slowly peel the transfer tape away from the vinyl. If the vinyl is still sticking to the transfer tape, lay it back down and press it again with the scraper tool.

Baby Elephant Night Light

Put the glass back into the base and plug in the USB cord. Now you have an adorable elephant night light! Just like the onesie, that origami-like elephant is so sweet, and the holographic vinyl looks amazing in the light and works for both boys or girls.

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Elephant Baby Night Light

Elephant Baby Card and Envelope

For this project, you will need:

Loading tools in Cricut Design Space

Open the Elephant Baby Gift Set Project, and click the green "Make It" button. You don't need to adjust the size on this one! I made this so that both the inside of the card and the envelope are cut out of Foil Embossed Cardstock, and the main card piece is cut out of Foil Poster Board.

When cutting the card pieces, make sure to check Smart Dial settings. For the envelope, turn the dial to "Cardstock" or to "Custom" and then select Foil Embossed Cardstock from the material settings menu. For the card, turn the dial to "Poster Board" or select Foil Poster Board using "Custom".

**With this project, make sure to look at Step 2 to see which tools (Scoring Stylus or Black Pen) to load into the machine before cutting.

Cricut Explore Air 2 machine cutting cardstock

Lay the paper on the blue StandardGrip Mat with the design facing up, and load it into the machine by pressing the flashing arrow button below the dial. Be sure to also load the Scoring Stylus/Black Pen when prompted to score/write, and cut in one step. When the button with the Cricut logo begins flashing, you can then press it to cut your project out. Repeat the process for all three pieces.

Elephant Baby Card pieces cut out of cardstock

Carefully remove the papers from the mat. On the inside of the card, add a small amount of adhesive along the thin cut lines around the outside of the elephant. Place the rectangle cut out of Foil Embossed Cardstock face-down over the cut-out. Hold in place until the glue has set.

Elephant Card Front

Fold the card closed along the score line, but be careful not to touch where the pen has written "hello". The ink takes a while to dry on the Foil Poster Board and may smudge easily!

Elephant Card Envelope

Fold the envelope along all of the score lines. To assemble, fold in the side pieces first and add a little bit of adhesive along the edges. Fold the bottom section up, and press down on the sides well for the glue to stick. Lastly, fold the top tab down but don't seal it shut yet!

Elephant Card Set

Write a message to the mother-to-be inside the card and then place it in the envelope. Use a little bit of adhesive to seal the envelope. Isn't this card set so cute? You can also easily customize the front of the envelope (name, address, etc) in Design Space for the pen to draw if you want!

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Elephant Baby Card and Envelope

What do you think of this Elephant Baby Set? This will be such a special handmade gift for a future mother-to-be at her baby shower or to greet a new member of your own family.

Elephant-Themed Baby Gift Set

Do you see what I mean about how versatile the Explore Air 2 machine is? I was easily able to cut one design, using a variety of materials to create such a unique gift set. This, my friends, is exactly why the Cricut will always be one of my favorite crafting tools!

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Elephant Baby Gift Set with Cricut Explore Air 2

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