I have really been loving my new Cricut Explore Air 2. I’ve always been a bit of a crafter, and the possibilities with this machine are really endless. In case you didn’t know…coffee is my love language. There’s nothing like a cuppa hot coffee to perk you up in the mornings, am I right?! In fact, I actually have a “coffee bar” in my house! To celebrate my love of coffee, I thought it would be fun to create an easy Cricut coffee mug! Of course I wanted to include the popular phrase, “But First Coffee” on the mug. Because really, is there any other way to start your day?!
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Supplies Needed For Your Easy Cricut Coffee Mug
- Cricut Explore Air 2 machine
- White Coffee Mug
- 12” x 12” Cricut Cutting Mat
- Black permanent vinyl
- Transfer paper
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Weeding tool
- Scraping tool
- Computer/Tablet with Cricut Design Space Account (free)
Directions for making your “But First Coffee” Mug
- Sign into Cricut Design Space and start a new project.
- Upload your “But First Coffee”file by CLICKING HERE.
- Select “Simple” as the image type and click “continue.”
- Select “Save as a Cut Image” and hit save.
- Now, the image is ready to select and use.
- It will be larger than you need, so you will need to resize it.
- On the box that surrounds the text, you will see arrows at the bottom left.
- Click and drag to resize it smaller.
- I sized it to fit between the top 1 and 3 on the grid (2.953” x 1.692”) so it would fit the mug I used.*
- Place the vinyl you are using on to the mat and press to assure it is on well.
- Load into the Cricut and start.
- Cut out a rectangle around the text, and save the remaining vinyl.
- Gently pull off the vinyl surrounding the text and ensure that the text stays, pressing it or pushing it down with weeding tool/tweezers as needed, also taking out anything from the text that will not be used, like the middle of the “O”s, and discard.
- Cut a piece of transfer tape a little bigger than the text.
- Pull off the backing and place on top of the text.
- Using a scraping tool, or even a credit card, press down and pull back and forth, applying pressure as you go.
- Start gently peeling back the transfer paper ensuring that all the letters are adhering to it. (If they aren’t, gently put it back and go over it again.)
- Clean your mug with rubbing alcohol and dry with something that is lint-free.
- Place the transfer paper where you would like it to be on the mug and apply it. (It’s easier to start from one side and slightly bend the transfer tape and press as you go.)
- Use the scraping tool and use the same technique as before.
- Gently pull the transfer tape off, ensuring that all the letters have stuck. (You can go over it again if needed.)
*Tips & Tricks: You can adjust to fit the type of mug you are using, if different. You can eyeball it by placing your mug over the mat and judging how much larger/smaller you would like the text, then adjust it on the grid in Design Space.