30+ Easy Cricut Projects – Simple Ideas for Beginners
#1: Money Tree
#2: Burlap Zippered Pouch
#3: Personalized Socks
#4: Geometric Heart Shirt
#5: Can Koozies
If you are wanting to step-up your heat transfer vinyl game and start layering multiple colors, this is a great entry-level project for learning how to layer vinyl onto can koozies.
#6: Print and Cut Vinyl Shirt
While I feel that print and cut using printable transfer vinyl is not the easiest first project, I love this step-by-step tutorial from Jennifer Maker (with video!) about how to use the printable transfer vinyl on a shirt.
#7: Personalized Insulated Tumblers
This is a great first project! It is inexpensive, easy to make, personalized, and such a great gift.
#8: DIY Glass Etching
Did you know that you can create a stencil with your Cricut and use etching cream to create perfectly etched works of art? Custom wedding monogram stemware made with this technique is one of my favorite gifts to make.
#9: Hot Cocoa Mug
To be honest, making hot cocoa mugs for my kids was the FIRST project that I ever made when I unboxed my Cricut Explore Air 2. It was a great project to start with because you learn some key basics: designing, sizing, and placing permanent vinyl onto a curved surface.
#1: DIY Stenciled Staircase
Thinking about a project to spruce up the interior of your home? Look no further than a painted staircase riser using a repeating pattern and some paint.
#2: Tea Towels
I made 30 tea towels for my co-workers last Christmas, each personalized with their name and an image. It was a huge hit! This tutorial explains how to make your own tea towels. These can be a great item to make for your own home, as a gift, or to sell.
#3: DIY home decor
#4: DIY Modern Calligraphy Art Using Pens
Hankering to try the writing feature that Cricut Explore and Maker machines have? This tutorial has very comprehensive explanations of the process, from designing in Cricut Design Space to using a calligraphy pen for the lettering.
#5: Farmhouse Signs
Farmhouse decor is a very popular decorating style in the last couple years and this project is an inexpensive way to freshen the design in your own home.
#6: DIY Serving Tray
Creating a serving tray for your home is the perfect first project for a beginner Cricut enthusiast. The tutorial also includes a link for this beautiful floral design.
#7: Pillow Cover
Another twist on using heat transfer vinyl is by making pillow covers to update décor, add seasonal flair to your home, or make personalized gifts for family and friends.
Just for fun
Print and cut stickers are one of my favorite things to make with my Cricut Explore Air 2! Follow these tutorials to make your own custom stickers.
#2: Car Decals
Car decals are a great beginner project, usually involving a single layer of vinyl and no bigger than 8×8 inches.
#3: Gift Tags
Gift tags can be used for a variety of holiday and gift-giving events, so this is the perfect, year-round project to build your Cricut confidence, as its one of the most simple crafts you can make.
#4: Debossed Gift Card Holders
This website shows you how to use your machine and the scoring tool/stylus to deboss foil kraft board for one-of-a-kind gift card holder. The image designs even come directly from Cricut Design Space, so they easy to find and access.
#5: Gift Bags
Another great way to practice using heat transfer vinyl (HTV) as a newbie to crafting is by making a personalized gift bag like the one here.
#6: Kids Storage Box
As kids, my friends and I would decorate Tide soap boxes with craft paper and stickers and write on them with markers. Make your kids the envy of the neighborhood with this storage boxes. Let your kids decorate them to make it their own.
#7: Adult Coloring Book
If you have some time on your hands, you may want to try to make your own coloring book using Cricut pens!
#8: Printable Decals for your Kitchenaid Mixer (or, well, anything you own!)
The best part about having a Cricut machine is that you can slap a custom made sticker on everything you own, including your Kitchenaid mixer.
#9: 3D flowers
Paper flowers have so many uses, such as party decorations, feature walls, used on reverse canvas, and on cards. You can cut them in a variety of sizes and shapes with very little effort for a stunning effect.
#1: Fall Door Wreaths
What better way to spice up your front door for every holiday than with a DIY wreath using inexpensive materials that can be changed out often? This link has a great video tutorial on how to make a burlap wreath.
#2: Porch Decor
#3: Addressing Christmas Cards
I use my Cricut pens to address cards year round but this tutorial shows how to use your machine to address your envelopes for the Holidays.
#4: Santa Letters
What is more timeless than helping your kids write letters to Santa? Using your Cricut and following this tutorial will make your letters stand out for Santa.
#5 Easter Cards
I love that this simple tutorial can be adapted for any holiday and includes a fun activity for the little ones.
#1: Birthday Banner
#2: Party Supplies
Take your party to a whole new level with your Cricut machine. Follow this guide for easy decorations for your next bash. What I love it that these ideas can be adapted to any theme.
#3: Custom Cake Toppers
Speaking of party decorations, custom cake toppers have been all the buzz on social media and you can adapt this tutorial to a design that fits your party theme.
#4: Graduation Decorations
This link has some perfect ideas for graduation party decorations. There are tons of smart tricks and tips integrated into this article as well, which makes it perfect for beginners. Who doesn’t love making things easier?
#5: Party Headbands
How adorable are these headbands? They make the perfect addition to any party wardrobe.
#6: Mermaid Tail Favor Boxes
This tutorial explains in depth how to make a favor box for your next party.
#7 First Birthday Decorations
Besides weddings, babies first birthday is one of the biggest bashes around, and I love the ideas from Play Party Plan for creating a smashing first birthday celebration.
#1 DIY Leather Journal
Since the Maker has a deep cut blade or knife blade option, you can cut hundreds more materials, including leather. This journal is a wonderful project and makes a beautiful gift.
# 2: Wooden Book Mark
#3: Hair Accessories
Hair bows and barrettes are a huge fashion trend. With the Cricut maker, you can create your own. Follow these easy steps to make bows and other hair accessories.
#4: Leather Key Fobs
Leather keychains make a great gift, are simple to make, and can be personalized with permanent vinyl to include names, sports teams, graduation year, and more. I love that depending on the color and style, these can be masculine or feminine and suitable for anyone on your gift list.
#5: Leather Wallet or Business Card Holder
Another fun leather project is a DIY leather business card holder or wallet. This is best if you have some skills with hand sewing.
#6: Quilted Baby Blanket
Since the Maker can cut fabrics, it makes making a quilted baby blanket like the one below a breeze to make.