Quick DIY Thanksgiving Tray made with Circut Explore Air 2

Cricut sent me a new Cricut Explore Air 2 in exchange for this post. All opinions are mine and 100% honest!

You can use your Cricut Explore Air 2 to make this sweet Thanksgiving tray with some of the gorgeous Adhesive Foil Vinyl.  

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If you've been following along recently, you guys all know that I love my Cricut Explore. I've been making all sorts of crafts, bags for my girls, and even coffee mugs. 

I've seriously been using my machine almost daily always finding new things to create... I love it sooo much, so much that I catch myself lost in the design space program looking through the over 60,000 images and that doesn't even include the make it now projects.  

I even use it to make stencils for my furniture makeovers.  Reverse stencils or even regular stencils.  It has become one of my absolute favorite tools & it's not just for card making or scrap booking (even though I've made some pretty cool custom cards that can possibly put store bought cards to shame...just saying).  I guess that's why I love it so much, I get to make things that are unique & special!

I recently attended an event at the Gramercy Hotel with Cricut. I got to play with the Cricut Explore Air 2.  I fell even more in love!!  I will be bringing the days event to you soon.

We designed & drew these on the new Cricut Explore Air 2 in a matter of a few minutes

We made these Southwest designed pillows and showed how fun & easy the new Cricut Explore Air 2 works!!   

I mean seriously guys...these pillows were a hit & they were so fast & easy to make.  They look like $40 pillows but...nah no where near that price.  Less than 15 minutes to make, and less than a $10 hit to the pocketbook!

After playing with it, I knew I needed one in my life.  And, then I came home to a beautiful new mint Cricut Explore Air 2 on my doorstep that I found as we were leaving for a soccer game.  Sa-weeetttt..  Guess where my mind was during practice?  
I will be sharing (maybe oversharing) many of my projects that I've been working on soon. 
So the question is... How does this new Air 2 compare to my original Explore? The Cricut Explore Air 2 will write and cut my projects up to 2x as fast!  Plus it has a Bluetooth connection built right in.  So I can even design on my iPhone, iPad or my computer without having to plug it into my laptop!  NOW that my friends is insanely awesome or in my case another way for me to get lost in all the designs to create while I lay in bed scrolling on my iPad...  

And, how have I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 for the holidays?  See I am a busy mom of 2 girls that are super duper active.  We run on getting some things done by the skin of our teeth.  I was up late last night creating my 3rd graders craft for her Halloween party.  I was making iron on cut outs for them to put onto canvas bags..they are so adorable, and I will blog about them very soon.  

So while I was waiting for them to cut, I quickly scrolled through the design space looking for something I could do for my Thanksgiving decor.  I needed something I could do quick and not take a ton of time up.

You can do a search for "thanksgiving" and this fantastic design came up.  See I love word art and this grabbed me almost immediately.  

Once you find what you'd like to use, you just click onto the insert image and it takes you into your design space.  You can then customize the size based on what you will be placing it on.

I was using this tray that I picked up on the clearance rack at Michaels.  I just measured where I knew I wanted the wording to be.

I set my size, grabbed the Adhesive Foil I wanted to use.  In this case, I used my teal color since I was making this for my kitchen/dining area.

Once it is all cut, this is where the fun begins.  Unload your mat from your machine, and get ready to start weeding.  Weeding is where you remove all of the negative (what you won't be using).  The words will all be staying put.  I use my Cricut weeding tool to remove all of the small pieces, like inside of the letters.

Now that it's all been removed, you will take transfer tape to move it onto the tray.  The transfer tape is to help move it all at one time, and to keep it even.

And, then you just place it where you'd like it to sit.  Slowly remove the transfer tape, making sure all of the letters stay in place.  A trick I learned is not to pull in upward way, but to keep the tape low & in a sort of rolling motion to bring it towards you.

I did this Thanksgiving project all while I continued to cut out the 24 iron on Halloween trick or treat crafts.  It was a fun, quick project that looks adorable.  I mean...how much easier can you get than that?  Find your design, or create one, cut, weed the negative, and place where you'd like it on your item of choice.  You now have a fancy decorative tray!

Want to see more of what the Cricut Explore Air 2 can do?  You can check out this cool video HERE!  The video shows all the great features that it can do.

What would you use your Cricut Explore Air 2 to make?  I have lots of ideas & tutorials coming to the blog soon so stay tuned.

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