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How To Use The Cricut Mug Press

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I am super excited to teach you how to use the Cricut Mug Press. I watched my delivery notifications like a crazy person the other day waiting on its arrival.

Cricut always intrigues me with their new products. So I’m always super excited to get the newest thing that they drop.

By the way, if you would like to watch the full video, you can check it out here on by Pink YouTube.

So when I got it, I jumped right in. I used my iPad for the first time to make this custom mug. Also, I used the Cricut Joy and Infusible Ink transfer sheets along with Cricut mug blanks.

I initially wanted to make my own design using Cricut Design Space elements. But after confusing myself I opted for a pre-made design for my Infusible Ink Sheet.

You can check out what’s in the box in this Cricut Mug Press Unboxing And Set Up.

cricut infusible ink galxy mug with stars, sun and moons in pinks purples and blues.

I made a couple of mistakes but the Cricut Mug Press didn’t disappoint even considering the mistakes I made.

How to use the Cricut Mug Press

  • First, start with a compatible mug. Make sure to only use Cricut Mug Blanks and those that are made for Sublimation Heat Transfers.
  • If you make your own design, you can use the Cricut premade Mug design setup. But whatever you do, don’t forget to attach your design before you go to cut.
  • Cricut Infusible Ink Transfers for the Cricut Joy work amazingly whether you are using the Joy or the Cricut Maker. The Infusible Ink sheets for Joy are sized perfectly for the mug size.
  • If you are using Infusible Ink markers, place 3 layers of butcher paper over the design so that you don’t end up with ink all over your heat plate.
  • Before you place the mug into the press, make sure it is pulled tight over the mug.
  • Allow your cup to cool completely to prevent burns and ghosting.
finished cricut mug with infusible ink, cricut joy and cricut mug galaxy mug with stars, sun and moons in pinks purples and blues. press in the background

I made a few of these when I used my Cricut Mug Press the first time and I wanted to prevent you from mask the same mistakes. Although my mistakes were all user errors.

The great thing is that learning how to use the Cricut Mug Press properly means that you end up with dishwasher and microwave-safe professional-quality mugs in minutes.

close up of cricut infusible ink galaxy mug with stars, sun and moons in pinks purples and blues.

If you are having trouble with your Cricut Heat Press for mugs, make sure that there is no firmware updates and then you should be all set to go.

Helpful products for this project

  • Cricut Mug Press (grab yours here)
  • Mug Blanks
  • Cricut Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets the small ones made for mugs
  • Cricut Joy or other Cricut Machine
finished cricut mug with infusible ink, cricut joy and cricut mug press in the background
Yield: 1 mug

How To Use The Cricut Mug Press

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $15

Want to learn how to use the Cricut Mug Press? Check out this easy-to-follow tutorial and learn to make professional-quality mugs with the mug press and infusible inks.

Materials

  • Cricut Infusible Ink Transfers
  • Cricut Mug Blanks
  • Lint Roller
  • Heat tape

Tools

  • Cricut Joy or other Cricut Machine

Instructions

  1. Choose a design in Cricut Design Space making sure your design fits your size mug (small 12oz or large 15oz).ipad pro 12 on a desk with cricut design space on the screen
  2. It is pre-sized so click make it. Mirror your design, and click continue. top view of a cricut joy next to ipad pro 12 with cricut design space on the screen
  3. On the next screen, select mat cutting, and then choose Cricut infusible Ink as your material.
  4. Insert the mat into the joy, and allow the joy to read it.
  5. Click go, and then power on your Cricut Mug Press.
  6. Once the cut finishes pull out the mat. Place the mat face down and remove the mat from the material. (see video) white table with top view of ipad pro 12 and cricut joy mat peeling the mat off the material
  7. Crack and peel away the voided area. Place the matte/color side down onto your mug.cricut mug blank showing an infusible ink transfer sheet on the cricut mug Make sure that there are no bubbles or gaps between the mug and the design and tape down the edges.
  8. Place in the press, close the lever, and allow the heat press to work. top view of hand pulling a cricut mug out of the cricut mug press
  9. Once the press beeps, remove the mug using the handle only.top view of cricut mug cooling after applying cricu infusible ink and allowing it to cool
  10. Set aside and allow to cool fully. Once cooled remove the transfer sheet. top view of peeling infusible ink off cricut mug blank
  11. Step back and enjoy your amazing new mug! finished cricut mug with infusible ink, cricut joy and cricut mug press in the background

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Sam

Friday 26th of March 2021

What is this SVG called? I can't seem to find it in Design Space and yet I see it all over the place lol. like on the Cricut Mug Press box.

Jamela P

Saturday 10th of April 2021

I'm not sure, I just searched mugs under images and it came up.

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