last minute halloween candy bag DIY / Cricut Explore Air 2 comparison

Last minute projects are so my jam! Whether it is a teacher gift, birthday present, or holiday decor, chances are I am scrambling at the last minute. Even when I come up with ideas well in advance, I can't seem to get my act together ahead of time.

Yesterday on my Instagram stories, I shared 3 quick and easy projects that I did with my children to decorate and prepare for today - which just so happens to be Halloween!

First up was making a cute DIY candy bag out of an old shirt and the most adorable iron-on pumpkin face (tutorial below). Then, we cut out a variety of standard shapes to decorate our front door like a monster. And, last, we cut out a bunch of black bats to stick on our walls and windows. Everything took very little time and effort and turned out better than I had imagined.

Supplies: old t-shirt, scissors, sewing machine or hot glue gun, iron-on vinyl, iron, dish towel, Cricut Explore Air 2

Process: Start by using scissors to cut around the arm and neck holes of your t-shirt. I used one that I had tie-dyed with the kids last summer. Turn the shirt inside out and sew or hot glue along the bottom seam to create the bag. Next, open up the Cricut Design Space and type in "carving", there are a variety of jack-o-lantern faces to choose from (my favorite was #M3FF30). After selecting the image you want, make sure to adjust the size so that it will fit onto your bag. Now, place your iron-on material shiny side down on your Cricut mat. Turn the dial to iron-on, mirror the image, and press GO. Once the Cricut Explore Air 2 is finished cutting, remove the excess material that you don't want on your bag and follow the iron-on instructions according to the package.

Time: This took me no more than 30 minutes and that includes the time it took to search for the jack-o-lantern face that I wanted!

I love my partnership with Cricut and have felt so spoiled over the last 3 years working with them. I have also been completely impressed with the original Cricut Explore machine they gave me at their launch party back in 2014. And yet, this new machine, the Cricut Explore Air 2, is proving to be even more effective. It is twice as fast and effortless!

Here is a little video to tell you more about it: Cricut Explore Air 2 Features

Happy Halloween!

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