Your Cricut Explore Easter Egg Hunt Bag
What would be more special than to decorate a gift bag for an Easter Egg hunt including the seeker’s name? Personalising is super easy using the Cricut Explore and its online software, Design Space. There are lots of images to choose from, or upload your own.
Note: The term ‘Cricut Explore’ refers to all the Explore machines: Explore, Explore Air and Explore One.
1. Using a laptop / Mac / iPad /iPhone, log on to your Design Space account and make sure you are connected to your Explore machine. Select ‘create new project’ from the landing page. Within ‘insert images’, locate the ‘Create a Critter’ cartridge; search for and select a rabbit (#226142) and a carrot (#258651).
2. Search for and select a grass border (#289339). Insert the images on to the design screen.
3. Resize the grass to fit across the bottom of the gift bag. Resize the rabbit to fit the height of the gift bag. Images can be resized as required by first highlighting the image and then dragging the corner point; the size appears in a black text box as the image is altered: or within the ‘Edit’ window.
Top Tip!…Use the ‘gifts’ setting within ‘set canvas’ to give a visual template for your gift bag: customise the size accordingly. All the images can then be resized visually rather than having to be measured.
4. Resize the carrot image. Delete the flower and face from the carrot image using the ‘contour’ button as follows:
‘Ungroup’ the carrot image and separate the layers:
highlight one layer, select ‘contour’ from the ‘layers’ (laptop/Mac) or ‘action’ (iPhone/iPad) window;
click on the parts of the image not required; they should then have a light blue outline;
click away from the image to return to the design screen;
repeat for all the layers to leave the carrot base, top and bottom.
5. Create three copies of the carrot top and bottom layers. Two will be placed within the grass on the bag; the third will be the name tag.
6. Using the circle from ‘insert shapes’, ‘attach’ a circle to the top of the base and one top layer of carrot: these will become the tag.
7. Using ‘add text’, write a name, change it to ‘has writing style’ and select the font. Resize the name and position it over and attach it to one of the carrot bottoms.
8. Cut the layers from the appropriate cardstock; loading a Cricut pen when prompted on screen.
Top Tip!… Use the ‘sync’ window to drag the grass and carrot top on to the same mat colour if using the same green card for them all.
Top Tip!..Use the scraper tool to apply the cardstock to the cutting mat to ensure good contact.
9. Carefully remove the cut images from the cutting mat using the spatula; this will minimise the damage to the image and mat.
10. Glue the rabbit and carrot layers together using PVA glue. Glue the grass to the bottom of the bag front using a hot glue gun and glue stick. Glue the rabbit and two carrots to the bag front.
11. Tie twine or ribbon through the carrot tag and tie it on to the bag handle.