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Easy Cricut Project Ideas to Make for Beginners

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Learn more about what a Cricut can do, what it cuts, and what else it can be used for. Get Cricut project ideas that are perfect for beginners.

collage of cricut maker, strawberry earrings, and ornaments with vinyl decals

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What Does a Cricut Do?

A Cricut is a machine that is used for crafting. It is mainly used for cutting various materials, but it can do more than that.

The machines have different capabilities, so if you’re interested in options other than cutting, go for the Cricut Maker, which can cut many more items.

In addition to cutting, the Cricut Maker can use different blades that can engrave, score, foil, and write with pens.

The complete list can be found here.

What Can a Cricut Cut?

Most Cricut users cut vinyl, iron-on vinyl (or HTV), infusible ink sheets, and paper with their Cricut.

A Cricut Maker can cut fabric, burlap, leather, felt, balsa wood, stencil vinyl, craft foam, and chipboard, while a Cricut Explore can cut bonded fabric.

If you have a Cricut Maker but are afraid to use it, check out this post on making your first project with your Cricut Maker.

Cricut Project Ideas

Your Cricut can make so many things. Anything can be made cuter with a decal or iron-on vinyl!

If you’re a holiday crafter, these craft projects make great gifts. Here are some of my favorite Cricut gift ideas.

I’ve added links for the projects I’ve made in each category. Eventually, I want to have links for everything.

Vinyl Projects

Vinyl can be put on any solid surface object.

It comes in removable and permanent versions. Removable vinyl is great if you change your mind often, and it can also be used for stencils.

collage of cricut vinyl projects

Permanent is great for gifts and items you want to last a while. It’s also ideal for outside projects.

Iron-On Vinyl Projects

Iron-on vinyl is also called heat transfer vinyl, or HTV for short. It works best on soft surfaces.

cricut projects made with iron-on vinyl
  • Throw Pillows
  • Koozies
  • T-shirts and other clothing
  • Tea towels
  • Aprons
  • Napkins
  • Table Runners
  • Placemats
  • Tote Bags
  • Pencil Pouches
  • Makeup Bags
  • Baby clothes
  • Wine Bags
  • Hats
  • Stuffed animals

Infusible Ink (or Sublimation) Projects

Infusible ink and sublimation sheets can be used on materials with a special coating—the ink bonds with the surface when used, creating a permanent design.

There are also infusible ink markers.

cricut projects with infusible ink

Paper Projects

Paper crafting is another popular way to use a Cricut. You can cut regular paper, scrapbook paper, or cardstock.

paper projects made with cricut

Other Materials

The Cricut cuts other materials as well. Here are some of my favorite uses.

collage of cricut projects with other materials

Cricut Pen Projects

You can also use a Cricut to write or draw on paper. There are many colors, pen weights, and pen types available. My favorite are the watercolor markers.

collage of cricut marker projects

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