I’ve had the idea for a while to make Disney sleep masks featuring the Fab 5 (Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy and Donald) so when I learned that Cricut was coming out with the Easy Press 2 in 3 different sizes I was excited to see they had one in a smaller size. The 6×7 Easy Press 2 is perfect for those smaller projects, or if you’re doing things for little ones. Of course there’s the 9×9 and the 12×10 which can tackle those bigger projects, but I like the idea of having a smaller one since I do a lot of smaller projects.
To get started I made sure I had all the correct supplies. Of course there’s the Cricut Explore Air 2 for cutting. I bought my sleep masks, but you can cut them out with Cricut. I also picked up some the new StrongBond Iron-on Vinyl. I love having a wide selections of colors so I’m ready when inspiration hits. What’s awesome about this new iron-on vinyl is how strong it is. I mean now that there’s the Cricut StrongBond Guarantee I feel confident using Cricut’s iron-on products that have the guarantee. Add in that I know I’ll be using them with the Cricut Easy Press 2 so I can easily get the correct temp and time and it’s win-win.
What makes the Cricut Easy Press 2 different?
The Easy Press 2 is great because it heats up quicker, is simple to use, has a ceramic coated heat plate so there’s an even heat for flawless transfers, a safety base, and who doesn’t love that sweet raspberry color. It’s the perfect addition for those who are looking to press shirts, signs, sleep masks or whatever you can imagine.
How to make Disney Sleep Masks
The Cricut Design Space makes bringing things to life a piece of cake. I wanted to use characteristics for each Disney character, and used different shapes in the program.
I thought about what he’s known for. I’ve got the Disney Mickey and Friends cartridge and I pulled from that and my Cricut Access Premium Subscription. It was 2 yellow buttons and Mickey hands. Check out the Mickey Sleep Mask on Cricut
Supplies: Yellow Iron-on Vinyl, White Iron-on Vinyl
Polka dots and bows is the best way I can show my inner Minnie. I added the Minnie bow, and 8 circles to make the polka dots. Check out the Minnie Sleep Mask on Cricut
Supplies: White Iron-on Vinyl
This is my favorite. I chose to add the Pluto signature on this one because I thought it was so cute and sweet with his classic green collar, which was a thick line. Check out the Pluto Sleep Mask on Cricut
Supplies: Black Iron on Vinyl, Apple Green Iron on Vinyl
This one was my tricky one, but I went with his black vest, and blue pants, and since I didn’t want to put the hat on I put his name in green. Check out the Goofy Sleep Mask on Cricut
Supplies: Black Iron on Vinyl, Apple Green Iron on Vinyl, Neon Blue Iron on Vinyl
When it came time to cut and make the sleep masks it was quick and easy. I set my Cricut Air 2 to fast speed and let it do what it does best.
As I weeded my supplies I set up my Cricut Easy Press 2. Figured out what temp I should set it (I did 285 degrees), and how long I should press (15 seconds). With a quick heat up I was ready to press.
How to use the Cricut EasyPress 2
It’s recommended that you press the sleep mask first, then place the Iron-on Vinyl on the project. Hit the C and watch the clock count down. I like to add a little weight when I press, and am very thankful that you can get the Easy Press Mat so it can absorb the moisture and protect your surface. Once the press beeps your time is up, just flip your project or turn your shirt inside out and press it again to ensure you’ve got the best seal. Easy Peazy!
I’m so in love with the finished sleep masks. They were exactly what I had in my head, and having the Cricut Easy Press 2 in the 6×7 made it easier and quicker to bring them to life.
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