Check out this ultimate resource for Cricut Ideas! Ideas for DIY Cricut home decor, gifts, wall decor, iron-on vinyl, easy 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?
- The Cricut Explore 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!
- You can upload almost any image for free to cut or print. Or you can pay a small fee for access to Cricut All 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!
- 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!
For more information, please check out the Cricut Explore homepage by clicking here!
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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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:
- Learn how to make a shirt using a Cricut from start to finish in a full video tutorial.
- Learn how to edit a Starbucks logo image in CDS and then apply it to a cup in this step by step Cricut video tutorial.
- Learn how to cut and roll 3D Cricut flowers to make a shadow box in this video and step by step directions.
- Learn how to make invitations with a Cricut along with other party favors in this video Cricut tutorial.
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.
The possibilities are endless. Yetis, tumblers, bags, apparel, signs, mugs, wine glasses, tiles, shadow boxes …. the list can go on and on! You can also use the print and cut feature to make stickers to add to anything or etch into glass!
Here is a list of some fun Cricut gift 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 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. You can even use Spotify to add music to a sign.
Click here to view Cricut home ideas and tutorials!
Easy Cricut Projects
Are you just starting out with your Cricut Explore 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 Explore 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.
Take a look at some pretty Cricut easy projects and tutorials.
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!
Cricut Machine Project Ideas
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!
Cricut Wall Decor
Some of these are pretty easy and some are better for people who have gotten used to their machines a bit.
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!
If you have an EasyPress or are wondering about it, make sure to check out my EasyPress 2 directions here.
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.
- Part 1: Cricut Design Space for Dummies – An Overview of Cricut Design Space
- Part 2: All Things Font in Cricut Design Space – watch this video to find out where to get free fonts, how to upload, how to attach cursive letters, and much more in this tutorial. (click on the purple title!)
- Part 3: Accessing Extra Characters and Fonts to use in Cricut Design Space – learn how to easily access those secret glyphs to make your font stand out in CDS.
- Part 4: Making a Split Layer Monogram in CDS – learn how to design a basic split letter monogram and an ornate one
- Part 5: How to Write and Cut in One Step
- Part 6: How to Make Layers and Upload
- Part 7: How to Use Slice in CDS
- Part 8: How to Weld in CDS
- Part 9: All About Using Patterns
- Part 10: How to Use Cricut Offset
- Part 11: How to Make Stickers with a Cricut
I recently launched a full 30 video Cricut 101 course for beginners that takes you through every part of the machine and CDS.
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.
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!
- Wordmark.it – 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.
- 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!
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 Cricut.com! Here is a great coupon just for you: Sign up for Cricut Access™ Standard and get 10% off all orders on Cricut.com and in Cricut Design Space™ !!
- 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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