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Cricut Projects for Beginners

If you are getting started with your Cricut, you are probably looking for some good Cricut projects for beginners. As you create your first few projects, pay attention to the functions that you use to create the project. Once you understand the functions of Design Space you can create anything you can imagine.

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When you are starting a new Cricut project I like to start by thinking about what specifically I want to make and what images I am going to use on the project.  This helps me to start to plan out the project and the list of supplies that I will need.  For example, if you are making a card then your list of supplies would be much different than your list of supplies for making a shirt.

Even within the category of a shirt, you still have choices.  Is that shirt going to have a design on it that is cut from one color of iron on vinyl, or will it have multiple colors that you will layer on top of each other?  Or you could even decide to go the path of using infusible ink on your shirt or printable iron on vinyl.

My point is that you should think about what you want to make before you just head to the store and start buying supplies. Also, start with the basics and something simple. Learn to use Cricut Design Space. I have several resources for learning on the Classes page of this site.

Cricut Projects for Beginners – Cards

Cards are a great Cricut projects for beginners because they don’t require a large initial investment cost for supplies, and this allows you to get started and really learn to use your Cricut.  Once you begin to feel more confident in your Cricut skills, then you can adventure into some of the more advanced cards like pop-up cards, box cards,  tri-fold cards and explosion box cards.

Click HERE to see my tutorial for making a basic card in Design Space using simple shapes.

Any papercraft project would be a great introduction to using your Cricut machine. I have a great heart papercraft project HERE. I also have a tutorial on how to make rolled paper flowers that would be great for a beginner.

cricut papercraft project Cricut projects for beginners

Cricut Projects for Beginners – Stickers

Stickers are another great Cricut projects for beginners, and you will learn how to use the Print then Cut feature.  You could have the stickers cut into a shape like a circle or they could be cut in the shape of the images that are on the stickers.  The choice is yours.  You could make your own personalized planner stickers.

Click HERE to see my tutorial for making stickers.

Cricut Projects for Beginners – Labels

Similar to stickers, labels would be a great Cricut projects for beginners.  There are several different ways you could create the labels.  You could do them using the Print then Cut method, much like a sticker, or you could cut the words or letters for the label from vinyl to apply to the surface of the item you are labeling.  You could use predesigned words or type up your own words with the text function. This would be a lot like my decals tutorial that you can find by clicking HERE.

Cricut Projects for Beginners – Decals

For me, decals are much like labels, but they are usually of images instead of words.  Typically they are made from 651/permanent vinyl and applied to a car, glass, bottle or other object.  They are made to be durable and stay on the object for a very long time.  If you use 651/permanent vinyl you do not have to seal these decals with anything after applying them.  I have had a Disney car decal on the back window of my car for years now, and it has held up through car washes and the elements.  

Click HERE to see my tutorial on making decals.

Cricut Projects for Beginners – Shirts

Making custom shirts has become a very popular trend.  If there is a saying that you love, you can probably bet that someone has put it on a shirt.  My suggestion for making shirts is to start with a simple image or saying that has just one color in it.  This will help you get comfortable with he process of making a shirt.  Also I recommend starting with a in expensive shirt for your project.  There is nothing worse than getting a expensive shirt and then pressing the design on backwards because you forgot to mirror the image.  Trust me, you will make mistakes but that is how we learn.  

Make sure to check out my shirt tutorials from the links below, including
Making a Shirt with your Cricut
Layering Vinyl on a Shirt
Multi Colored Layered Vinyl on a Shirt
Print than Cut Image on a Shirt

All HTV/iron on vinyl projects

All of the projects I listed on this page can be a great way to get used to using your Cricut machine.  I feel that once you learn to use Cricut Design Space you can create any project that you can image.  If you are struggling with how to make your next project idea come true, leave a comment below and tell me what you are trying to do or sign up for some one on one help from me.  I offer a Project Specific consultation time where you and I can video conference and figure out the steps you should follow to create your next project.

MORE Cricut Projects for Beginners

I am doing a series of Easy Cricut Projects using the same image in each project, so that I can show you how to use this same image with different materials. This will also show you how to work with designs that include multiple colors and then layer the materials, such as iron on vinyl and adhesive vinyl.

Click HERE to see those projects!

If you found this helpful, you should join my Teach Me Cricut Design Space Facebook Group. You can ask me questions and I will share all of my best tips and tricks with you. Or if you want a more personal experience, you can join my Patreon group.

I also have a lot of great resources on my Classes page of this website including my Teach Me Cricut Design Space Online Course. In this course I take you step by step through how to use every button and function in Design Space. I have compiled the most frequently asked Cricut questions along with the answers to those questions into one online course. This is my most in depth and detailed Cricut resource ever! It contains over two years worth of Cricut knowledge and research in one course!

What to know a secret?

Guess what? I was once in your shoes! I was once a Cricut beginner! You can actually look way back on this blog and find my early posts and see how far I have come on my journey!

You can also see that I love helping people. I think we should spend more time having fun crafting than trying to figure out how to use a software program! This is why I break everything I know into easy to follow steps. And because I have written down the steps, added screen shots and videos, you will know that you have the best resources for learning.

I also use a lot of analogies in my tutorials. If I can relate something in the Cricut Design Space software to an every day situation or something most people would encounter in every day life, I feel that helps people to learn. One great example of this is how I compare Cricut Access to Netflix.

So if you feel like you are always struggling with Cricut Design Space and wish there was one place you could go to learn how to use all of the buttons and features so you could spend your time just enjoying crafting then you should check out my Teach Me Cricut Design Space Online Course. This course is like having a direct line to my brain and downloading all of the information I know about using Cricut Design Space!

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