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65 Cricut Ideas for Beginners to Advanced to Inspire You!

Check out this ultimate resource for Cricut Ideas. Ideas for DIY Cricut home decor, gifts, wall decor, iron-on vinyl, easy Cricut projects, Cricut Christmas ideas, and Cricut How To Videos!! 

Congrats! Maybe you’ve just received your first Cricut machine, taken it out of the box, and now wondering what to do with it??

Or you’ve had your Cricut for a while now and have only made cards with it and thinking “I need some new Cricut ideas”??  Or maybe you don’t own a Cricut yet, but wondering about this machine and what it can do for you??

No matter which one you are, you have landed in the right place! I have a ton of written Cricut tutorials and also Cricut how to videos to get you started!

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What is a Cricut Cutting Machine?

  • A Cricut cutting machine is your personal DIY cutting machine.  You can make custom vinyl stickers/decals, personalized home decor, unique greeting cards, custom-designed apparel, amazing gifts and more!
  • There are three different lines of Cricut machines. Cricut Explore Air family (Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Explore 3), Cricut Maker family (Cricut Maker and Cricut Maker 3), and the Cricut Joy.
  • You can upload almost any image for free to cut or print.  Or you can pay a small fee for access to Cricut Access.
  • With Cricut Design Space, you can design your own cut files from anywhere you have Wifi.  It is a simple and easy to use free program! (see bottom of the post for a list of CDS tutorials)
  • Cuts tons of materials including basic and specialty Vinyl colors, Heat Transfer Vinyls, Cardstock, Faux Leather, Adhesive Foils, Specialty Paper, Poster Board, Fabric and more!

To learn more about the different Cricut machines, check out our post on which Cricut is right for your needs.

If you’re wondering if it’s worth the money, you can read my Cricut Explore review here, or my Cricut Maker review, or read about the newest Cricut Maker 3 and must have Maker accessories.

The super mini Cricut Joy is out now too! Make sure to check out my post on three easy projects to make with the Cricut Joy. that includes a Cricut Joy how to video.

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If you have a Cricut Maker, make sure to check out my roundup of Cricut Maker projects.

So, now let’s get into some Cricut inspiration and check out some easy Cricut projects!

Cricut How-To Videos

I know everyone learns differently, that’s why you’ll find a how to video tutorial in the majority of my Cricut tutorials. Some of them will have a quick overview video and others will have a full length YouTube Cricut video tutorial embedded in the post.

To check out all of my Cricut how-to videos, make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

My most popular and best beginner how to Cricut videos to start with are:

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65 Cricut Ideas to Get You Inspired!

Simply click on the colored text next to each Cricut idea project to check out the full detailed step by step tutorial.

Easy Cricut Ideas

Are you just starting out with your Cricut Explore Air and want some easy Cricut project ideas?  Creating amazing Cricut projects just takes practice.

I'm not going to lie, it takes a while to figure out your machine.  The Cricut has made it easier with the preprogrammed blade settings.  If you have the Cricut Expression, figuring out the settings was half the battle!

I remember having to redo cuts so many times because they would rip or wouldn't cut deep enough.  Now, with Cricut Design Space that problem is pretty much gone.

The Cricut Maker has taken it a step farther with its new blade technology and the extensive list of material setting.

So let's take a look at some great first projects!

Cricut Gift Ideas

One of the things I love most about my Cricut is that I can make personalized and sentimental gifts for anyone. Everyone loves customized gifts either with their favorite saying, sports team, or their name.

You can make gifts for the holiday season, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, really anytime!

Cricut Home Decor Ideas

Want an easy and cheap way to decorate your house?  Then the Cricut machine is your answer!

My house is full of Cricut home decor and wall decor that I made from old scrap wood or pieces I get from friends.  It's amazing to have your own unique decor in your house that wasn't purchased at Home Goods or Target.

You can be proud and smitten knowing how easy it is to make home decor when you own a Cricut.

Cricut Shirts and Iron-On Vinyl Projects

More amazing Cricut ideas have to do with using heat transfer vinyl or HTV, especially making Disney shirts!  Cricut has Disney cartridges and Disney cut files in their store.  There is no limit to the amazing gifts and apparel you can make for your Disney loving friends!

You can also design and make almost any personalized shirt, pillow, or bag with HTV.  You can browse through all of Cricut projects if you like!

Please check out my 3 Part Cricut Tutorial on how to make a t-shirt with iron by clicking here!  I have video tutorials on designing an image in CDS (in the previous link!), cutting and weeding video tutorial here, and finally a video tutorial on ironing on the HTV here!

Click here to learn how to make Cricut Disney shirts including Cricut Design Space Tutorials on how to split the images!  If you need help with a heat press you can find a video tutorial here!

I also have a roundup of 65 iron-on Cricut projects from around the blogosphere and a start to finish in-depth tutorial for making shirts with a Cricut for beginners.

If you have an EasyPress or are wondering about it, make sure to check out my EasyPress 2 directions here.

Cricut Ideas for Christmas

Christmas is my favorite time to bust out my Cricut and craft to my heart's content.  Making projects to sell, give as gifts, or use for decorations is so easy and rewarding!

Read my full list of Cricut Christmas Ideas with their tutorials here and more Christmas project ideas here!

If you love Christmas crafting and free stuff, make sure to check out my roundup of over 30 cute free Christmas SVG files to craft with!

Cricut Design Space Tutorials

If you need help with Design Space software, I have a Design Space 101 Cricut how-to video series to walk you through some of the features.

I recently launched a full 30 video Cricut 101 course for beginners that takes you through every part of the machine and CDS.

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Cricut Machine Project Ideas

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The list keeps going on and on, right?  Possibilities for Cricut ideas are endless!  I asked some of the best craft bloggers around the web what their favorite Cricut machine ideas were and this is what they told me.

Find the full roundup of Cricut projects here!

Recent Cricut Releases

Cricut introduced Infusible Ink in 2019 which has changed the game when it comes to making a variety of items.  Find out all you need to know about Infusible Ink here.

Four new blades and tips were also released in 2019 to work with the adaptive tool system of the Cricut Maker.  I was one of the first to try out all of these amazing blades and made a bunch of new projects using the Cricut Maker blades.

The newest Cricut machine released is the compact Cricut Joy! This little but mighty machine can cut a ton of materials and is super portable. Learn all about the projects you can make with a Cricut Joy here.

Cricut foil transfer kit was released in 2020 and in my opinion, it’s a game changer! It is affordable and really kicks up crafting to the next level with extra shine! Make sure to browse through my Cricut foil projects.

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Favorite Apps and Websites to Use with a Cricut

There are a few websites and tutorials I use often when creating designs in Cricut Design Space.  They save a ton of time!

  • – I have this on my toolbar!  That’s how much I use it.  You can enter any text you want to use and it will show you the text in every font you have on your computer!  You just scroll through and you can click on some that you are deciding between and then it will show you just those.  It’s a lifesaver!
  • Monogram It app – this is a free app for making simple monograms.  You can pay the $0.99 and get the full version which I have that gains you access to more fonts and monograms.  I design it, save it, email it to myself, and then upload it in Cricut Design Space.
  • FontLab Pad – I use this to attach my script words together.  I just type in the words I need, select what font I want, download it to my computer, then upload it to CDS.  It’s so much easier than trying to move all your letters separately to connect to each other.
  • The late Melody Lane Youtube channel – Melody has tons of great video tutorials and resources for Cricut users.
  • Inkscape – this is a free program that you can design SVGs in to then upload to CDS.  I have a few CDS tutorials you can find here but I am definitely no expert.  I learn from watching Troy Tube’s tutorials!
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Where to Buy a Cricut Machine

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There are a few great places to buy a Cricut machine and accessories!

  • Shop at! Here is a great coupon just for you: Sign up for Cricut Access™ Standard and get 10% off all orders on and in Cricut Design Space™ !! That’s where I get most of my Cricut vinyl from.
  • Expressions Vinyl – they have a great assortment of all sorts of vinyl!
  • Sometimes you can find deals at craft stores like Michael’s, Joann’s, and Hobby Lobby.
  • Amazon – they can have great sales on Cricut machines and accessories!

I hope this has given you some great Cricut ideas.  As I said, the possibilities are endless once you get a grasp on what your machine can do.  Feel free to scroll through all my new and older Cricut projects by clicking here!

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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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