My Love For Hoop Wreaths:
Call me crazy, but I’m already thinking about spring decor. Moving from winter to spring decor is my favourite decorating change of the entire year. Everything is fresh and bright and new. Fresh flowers, light colours, warm sunshine. These are the 3 things that come to my mind when I’m dreaming of spring decor (even right now in the middle of winter). Also, I’m dreaming of no more snow suites because – well – kids. I’m sure you will be able to check out my snowsuit rant on Instagram soon, but today I’m here to talk about my favourite spring decor. That is – hoop wreaths.
Easy DIY Hoop Wreath With An EasyPress 2:
I love hoop wreaths. They are simple, minimalist, and easy to make yourself. You all know from my last DIY hoop wreath post that I love a hoop wreath with flowers. But today I’m going to share with you an easy DIY hoop wreath project using a fabric filled ring. My inspiration for this spring hoop wreath actually comes from a Christmas hoop wreath I saw at my friend’s house. Maybe it’s because spring is my favourite season, but I spent most of that evening thinking of ways I could turn that holiday wreath into a spring wreath. This is what I came up with.
For This Easy DIY Hoop Wreath Project You Will Need:
- Cricut machine
- ‘Welcome’ design (You can make your own in Design Space or use mine for free HERE)
- StandardGrip Mat
- Hoop Ring (I used an 18″ quilting ring)
- Fabric (I used a simple cotton – but you will need enough to cover your hoop wreath. Add 2 inches from the diameter of you hoop wreath. My hoop ring was 18″ around, so I choose a fabric that was 20″ wide)
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- An EasyPress 2 (Scroll down below for why you need an EasyPress 2 and not just an iron for this project)
- EasyPress Mat (or large cotton towel)
DIY Hoop Wreath Tips:
Some optional things you might need that I found came in handy are a bow or some decoration for the top to hide the clamp, a Weeder Tool and BrightPad to weed away the excess vinyl, and a Spatchua Tool.
I did use a Cricut Maker to cut out the vinyl needed for this project. If you follow me regularly then you know that I just recently upgraded to the Cricut Maker. I’m loving all the upgrades like cutting fabrics without baking and using the new Knife Blade. If you’re thinking about getting a Cricut Maker, then be sure t check out my Absolute Beginner’s Guide to the Cricut Maker post. But you can cut out the iron-on vinyl on any Cricut machine.
Another thing you might notice you need an EasyPress Mat. This is to whisk away moisture when you are applying the vinyl. If you don’t use one, you will notice that your fabric and the surface you are pressing on is wet. You can use a cotton towel as well, but you may notice your fabric and work area is still damp (it just won’t be as damp).
How To Make Your DIY Hoop Wreath:
This whole project takes just under an hour to complete.
You may be curious about why I recommend the EasyPress 2 and not just a regular iron.
Iron VS EasyPress 2:
If you’re in a pinch, an iron will work for iron-on vinyl. It can do the job. But it can be pretty tough to apply iron-on with just an iron. When you’re using an iron with iron-on vinyl it almost impossible to get consistent results throughout your entire project. This is because of 2 main reasons. First, an iron doesn’t stay at a specific temperature. It will heat up to the temperature you set it to, and then cool. You’re not getting a nice consistent temperature to really help that iron-on vinyl to stick properly. Another major flaw with using an iron to apply iron-on vinyl is that an iron cannot provide consistent pressure throughout your whole project. This will usually result in some of your vinyl sticking really well, and some not so much. If you are having issues applying iron-on vinyl using an iron, I would put money on it being simply because you are using an iron. Making the switch to an EasyPress 2 can make all the difference.
MORE ON CRICUT EASYPRESS 2 + WHERE TO BUY ONE
EasyPress VS EasyPress 2:
This section of the post is for those of you who already have an EasyPress and are not sure if you should take the plunge and upgrade or not. I will say that some things have remained the same. The EasyPress 2 still has safety features like the cooling base and automatic shutoff. The EasyPress 2 also still has the same relative shape and display as the EasyPress. However, Cricut has done some major upgrades with the EasyPress 2. They are:
- You can now upgrade the EasyPress’s firmware thanks to a handy little port in the back of the EasyPress.
- The EasyPress 2 also comes in 3 different sizes – 6: X 7″, 9″ X 9″, and 12″ X 10″ My recommendation is if you can only get one, get the biggest. It’s easier to do a little project well with the largest EasyPress 2 (12″ X 10″).
- The EasyPress 2 also heats up faster and hotter (up to 400 degrees F in just 3 minutes for the biggest EasyPress 2) than its predecessor the EasyPress.
- There is a thicker heat plate on The EasyPress 2 which means an even more consistent temperature for your project (+/- 5 degrees F).
- The EasyPress 2 remembers the last heat settings. So, if you make a lot of one product (like shirts) your EasyPress 2 will remember the setting every time you turn it on.
- Upgrades to the safety base for the EasyPress 2. It now keeps your EasyPress cooler.
Will you be trying this project? Have any questions? Let me know in the comments below and I will get back to you!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.