Halloween Teacher Gift + Cricut Explore Air 2 Review

I often get asked what my favorite craft tool is.  My response is pretty easy, I love my Cricut.  It is such a versatile tool that allows me to create all kinds of projects from home decor to party favors.  I am thrilled to share with you my Cricut Explore Air 2 Review and a quick and easy Halloween project with you today.  Plus, you do not want to miss an epic giveaway at the end of this post!


I have owned a Cricut machine for 7 years. Actually, my first machine wasn’t technically mine.  My mom was home sick from school one day and happened to be watching QVC while the Cricut Expression was being featured.  She called me and told me that she just bought this really cool machine and she was pretty sure my dad was going to kill her for spending that much money on a craft machine.  It didn’t take long before I was borrowing the machine to make projects. Eventually I just quit returning it to my mom and it found permanent residence at my house.


I eventually upgraded to the Explore and truly love all the features of that machine, which is why I was a little hesitant to try out the new Cricut Explore Air 2. Could it really be that much better? The answer is yes, the Cricut Explore Air 2 has won me over.  It is up to 2x faster than the older machine and with the embedded Bluetooth® feature I can create on the go.  When you are a busy mom of three constantly on the go, every minute counts. Having the ability to select Fast Mode when I need to make a quick project, like a last minute teacher gift for Halloween, is an absolute dream.


Halloween is almost here, but I have you covered with a quick and easy Halloween Skeleton Treat Bag that will make great gifts for teachers, neighbors or co-workers.

What you will need:


I selected the Skeleton Shoe design from the Cricut Design.  I love that you can customize any of the projects in Design Space or you can make them as is for a quick and easy project.


Set the dial to the Iron On setting and cut out the images on the vinyl. Make sure you click mirror image before cutting the vinyl.


Lay the iron on designs on top of the black favor bags and cover with a light cloth and firmly press and hold the iron in place for 10-15 seconds.



Fill with candy and deliver to your favorite people, just in time for Halloween.


That’s it you’ve created a fun Halloween project in less than 20 minutes with your new Cricut Explore Air 2™ Machine.  With all that extra time what will you do?

The Cricut Explore Air 2™ Machine has lots of the same features that you’ve come to love with the other Cricut machines.  To see all the great features and the fast mode check out this video.

I bet you are asking yourself…didn’t she say something about an epic giveaway?!? I did, and I am so excited to share it with you.  I love my new Cricut machine so much I want you to have one too!  That’s right I’m giving one lucky winner the chance to be the proud owner of a Cricut Explore Air 2™ Machine.  In addition to the new machine you’ll receive all the things you need to create quick and easy projects for your home, holidays and more!  One lucky winner will win this awesome Cricut Explore Air 2™ Bundle Giveaway, valued over $375.00, October 26, 6am CST – November 3, 11:59 pm CST

Prize bundle includes:

  • 1 Cricut Explore Air 2™
  • 1 variety pack of Cricut mats
  • 1 Cricut pen set
  • 1 cutting tool kit
  • 1 roll Iron On
  • 1 roll Vinyl
  • 1 roll Transfer tape
  • $50 Michaels gift card

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All projects, ideas & opinions are entirely my own. However, this is a sponsored post written on behalf of Cricut.

Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind www.gigglesgalore.net. With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. DAWN CAPECCI says:

    I would use to make projects that i can not currently do with my cricut expression.

  2. I would love to make a cool Halloween mast with the cricket air 2!

  3. Taylor Closet says:

    I would make ton of Holiday Cards for family and friends and create projects with my children

  4. Raquel Devoulin says:

    I’ve always wanted one of these and have yet to pull the trigger – but soooooo many possibilities! I would start with some custom napkins for our Thanksgiving feast.

  5. I would make some Christmas gifts!

  6. I would love a circuit! nI have never owned one, only used a friends a couple of times! I would love to make some christmas gifts using this, I LOVE handmade gifts!

  7. So many possibilities! First I’d make invitations and decorations for my sons birthday.

  8. Katie Ingram says:

    I started out with the smallest cricut several years ago…have since upgraded and gifted the little expression to my sister. I would love to win an Explore Air 2 and gift my older one to my sister again for an upgrade!! I love using the cricut to make gifts and cards and just all things homemade. Just adds the extra touch! Glad I found your blog!

    • Thanks for stopping by and following along for more creative ideas and projects. The Cricut is a great tool to help create personalized gifts, good luck!

  9. I would love to create cute monograms and fun things for the kids!

  10. I love your projects. Would love a cricut air 2. Is it louder then the air? I like how fast it is from what I saw in the video. And so many things can be cut on it? Wow.

    • Wendy, it is not any louder than the Cricut Explore Air. I love the faster features and feel like it’s really going to allow me to create even more amazing projects. You will be amazed by how awesome it is, good luck!

  11. Whitney Littlejohn says:

    I want one of these so bad!! I’m refinishing my craft room and this would be amazing to start new projects with!!!!

  12. I want to make a cute holiday shirt. Then maybe a onesie gift for my friend who just had a baby.

  13. Trisha Burgess says:

    I would love to make different things for my daughters cheer hair bows! She would love the skull you have above on one!

  14. Krystal Dunlap says:

    I would make some cute shirts for my kids!

  15. Christine H says:

    I like wooden deer silhouette project. I don’t have a cricut yet, so there are so many things I could do!! Making cute birthday party invitations, custom shirts, craft kits for my little one, and just having fun making collages!!! I feel like I could really use some CriCut in my life, lol. 🙂

  16. I would love to use this to make home decor for my walls. I’d also use it to make things for church!

  17. I’ve never tried a cricut, but I would like to make a banner for my kids room with their names

  18. Wow!!! That looks like a ton of fun!! I would make Christmas cards and Christmas gifts for sure! I would be awesome! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you!

  19. I would love to make Christmas gifts for my kids teachers!

  20. Ashley Cook says:

    I would love to make holiday crafts — Christmas cards, ornaments, place cards for the table, and decorations!

  21. I would make vinyl decals, cards, and so much more! I love all of the freedom and possibilities a Cricut gives you.

  22. I wold like to make some Christmas gift bags.

  23. I dont even know where to start. I would use it a lot for church projects for all the events i help decorate for!

  24. I never have used a circuit before but i want to design prints for clothing for children’s clothes!

  25. I would make some Christmas gifts! And maybe some Christmas cards also.

  26. jenny stratton says:

    I would love to make Christmas cards and stencils.

  27. Kristy Graboski says:

    I would make some shirts for my family and friends for the holidays!

  28. Bobbie Smith says:

    I would just LOVE to make Christmas projects with my granddaughters. This would be great to make so many memories with them.

    • I love that you would use it to craft with your granddaughters and make precious memories with them, that brings a big smile to my face. Good Luck!

  29. Shawna Saunders says:

    wow. I was searching for a review on the cricut and found your blog. I have been into paper crafts.lately and wanted.one.for.a very long time. I want to do Christmas ornaments.

  30. Jamie Williams says:

    I like to make whatever comes to mind but lately since our husky is dying we want to make a tribute to him and memorial.

  31. I would make Holiday Cards for family.

  32. Hayley Hatch says:

    I would definitely make Christmas cards!

  33. I would make pillow coves

  34. ALLYSON TICE says:

    I would use this to make wooden signs for my house and for Christmas gifts!

  35. Sonya Morris says:

    I would use it to make Christmas decorations.

  36. Dana Matthews says:

    I would make Christmas cards!

  37. Katie Bellamy says:

    I’ll be making Birthday decorations for my daughters bday! 🙂

  38. Mary Gasseling says:

    I would use it to make paper crafts that I couldn’t before

  39. Brandi Dawn says:

    I like to make greeting cards! For all occasions!

  40. Marilyn Nawara says:

    I would use it for making Christmas Cards and scrapbooking.

  41. I would make wall decals.

  42. I’ve been wanting one of these! My whole family will love this. I would make decorations for every single holiday!!

  43. Ashley Wheeler says:

    I have Soo many projects to do around my house if I won this.!! Designs for my kids rooms, holiday decor

  44. elizabeth miller says:

    I love making cut outs to go on tshirts. I really love to make them with the glitter paper. My 11 year old and her friends love that doing them this way, they can be made exactly how they want them.

  45. Christmas decorations an crafts

  46. Ellen Casper says:

    I would make Christmas gift tags.

  47. I want to create a journal for my wife. She has been hinting.

  48. Joan Smirth says:

    I plan to make some cute sweatshirts for my grandchildren.

  49. Stephanie Phelps says:

    My favorite project is the Baby Wood Blocks. I love to do for my granddaughters room

  50. Megan Parsons says:

    I would make some vinyl decals and scrapbooking embellishments.
    Love the skull bag you made!

  51. I would use it to make Christmas decorations!

  52. Darlene Owen says:

    i would make the 3d apple basket

  53. Sarah Cool says:

    I would love to make unique birthday invites and thank you cards! I would also love to make cute themed party favor bags with the iron on decals!

  54. Michelle C says:

    I would love to make personalized shirts for Christmas for my kids!

  55. holly lawson says:

    I want one of these for Christmas! I would make Christmas shirts for my family and gifts for teachers with it!

  56. tasha wilkerson says:

    I would make a wall with decor showing what we are thankful for this year!

  57. In the Hammock says:

    I would love to make some tshirts!! Thank you so much for the contest!

  58. I would love to make my daughters bday invitations and banner for her upcoming birthday…

  59. I love your Home State Burlap Canvas! Maybe it’s because I am from Texas too, but it’s such a simple yet beautiful idea! 🙂

  60. I would make Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations. Thank you for the chance!!

  61. There re o many things I would liketo do but first I would decorate some shirts

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