Making Stickers with your Cricut

Have you tried making stickers with your Cricut? This is a great project that uses the Print then Cut feature. I am going to take you through the whole process step by step. This is a great back to school project. You can also use these same steps to create your own personalized planner stickers.

making stickers with your Cricut

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Insert a solid shape

First we are going to insert the solid shape that we want our sticker to be. This is actually a really important step to making stickers with your Cricut. This will be the shape of your sticker, and the shape you choose will tell the Cricut where to cut. Make sure that you use a solid shape, and not just the outline of a shape. When you look at the shape on the Design Space canvas if you can see the grid lines through the image it is not solid and it is just an outline of an image. If this happens to you, you can use Contour to make it solid.

For this example I am going to insert a circle since I want a round sticker.

insert a shape in Cricut Design Space

Next I want to set up my round sticker for the color and size I want the finished sticker to be. I click on the circle, and go to the top of the screen and click on the box that the first blue arrow in the image below is pointing too. This opens up the color selector. I am going to change the color of this circle to white.

Now I will go over to where the second blue arrow is in the image below. I am going to change these dimensions so this is a 1 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ circle.

change the color and size of a shape in Cricut Design Space

After that is updated, your shape should look like the image below.

Cricut Design Space

Add your sticker image

the next step in making stickers with your Cricut is to find a cute paw print image to add to my sticker. First I click on the Images button on the left. This will show me all of the images in Cricut Design Space.

Learn to use Cricut Design Space

This opens up a new screen where you can search for images. If you have not used the search function, head over to my YouTube channel and watch the video HERE. For this project I typed the words paw print into the search to find an image I liked. Then I clicked on it and hit the Insert Image button in the lower right corner of Design Space.

Learn to use Cricut Design Space

Now you can see that I have the paw print image in my working project canvas of Cricut Design Space. Next, I have to size that paw print so that it fits inside the white circle I made.

Learn to use Cricut Design Space

If you click on the paw print image, in the lower right corner where the blue arrow is pointing you will see a icon that looks like a double arrow. If you click on this and drag it in or out you can easily resize the image. The other way to resize would be to use the height and width information like we did with the circle, at the top of the screen.

Learn to use Cricut Design Space

I want to make sure that this paw print image is perfectly centered on top of the circle. To do that I am going to use the Align function. Make sure that you have both the circle and the paw print selected. To do this I just made a big selection window around both of them. Then I went to the top of the screen and clicked on Align. There are several different choices under Align. I picked the Center option, as shown in the image below.

using Align in Cricut Design Space

Change from Cut to Print then Cut

For this next step, we are going to look at the Layers Panel to the right of the screen. You can see the preview of both the circle and the paw print on the layers panel.

Cricut Design Space Layers

Each item is on a separate layer currently. Both of those layers are set to Cut, which you can see from the portion of the image that I circled. It is kind of small, so let me zoom in for the next picture. Now you can see that is says Cut next to both of the image previews. If we hit Make It right now, the Cricut would cut out both a circle and a paw print. This is NOT what we want. We want to print the paw print from our home printer, and then cut the circle around the paw print. So how do we change that? With Flatten!

StickerLayersPanel CloseUp

Flatten in Cricut Design Space

Flatten will change any cut image into a Print then Cut image in Cricut Design Space. If you want to learn even more about the difference between Cut and Print then Cut I would recommend the article HERE.

With both the paw print and the circle selected at the same time, I am going to click on the Flatten button in the lower right corner of the screen, as indicated by the blue arrow in the image below.

Use Flatten for Print then Cut projects in Cricut Design Space

After you click on the Flatten button I want you to look at the Layers Panel. Do you see what changed? Instead of being two layers the image is now one layer. Also, instead of saying Cut next to the image, it now says Cut / Print. Above the image preview it also says Flatten.

Learn to use Flatten in Cricut Design Space for Print Then Cut

This is why I always check the Layers Panel for my projects. If you want the project to Print then Cut it should always be a one layered image and say Cut / Print next to it.

Make It in Cricut Design Space

Now we are finally to the point where we can hit Make It to make the stickers. When you do that, this should be the next screen that you see.

Make Stickers in Cricut Design Space

In the upper left corner is the Project Copies button. I have circled it in blue in the image above. From here, you can change the number so that you can easily create more stickers and fill the sheet as much as you can. Change the number and hit Apply and that will refresh the preview. This will allow you to see if you can fit more images on your sheet. I ended up being able to get 20 paw print stickers on one sheet.

Right below that, you see a small preview. You can see that it says Print and then Cut. That is telling you it will first print the image you see on the screen. After that you will put the page you printed on a Cricut cutting mat to be cut.

Let’s take a look at the large mat preview over to the right of the image above. There is a thick black line around the outside of the paw print image. This is the Registration Mark that Cricut Design Space uses to perfectly align where the Cricut should cut around your printed image. You will see this in action when you watch the video at the end of this article.

Print then Cut

The next two steps are going to be easier to see in the video. First you will print the page from your home printer. If you need help determining what is the best printer for you, check out the Buyers Guide to the Best Printers for Cricut Projects.

Before I printed my first set of stickers, I did a test print with a piece of copy paper to verify the way that the paper feeds into the printer. There is nothing worse than hitting Print and then finding out you had the sticker paper in wrong and your images printed on the back side of your sheet.

I did want to note, I prefer the Cricut Printable Vinyl Sheets which says it is for making printable decals over the Cricut Sticker Sheets. I have found that the backing on the Cricut Printable Vinyl Sheets is more flexible so it rolls nicer through my home printer.

Once the sheet is printed, place that sheet on your Cricut cutting mat lining it up with the grid lines on the mat. When you load it into the Cricut a light will come on and scan the registration marks. This is how the Cricut detects where to cut.

To see how the whole process of making stickers with your Cricut comes together, check out the video below.

Making Stickers with your Cricut Video

I would love to get your feedback to see if this article helped you to understand the process for making stickers with your Cricut. Drop me a note below in the comments or join my Facebook Group called Teach Me Cricut Design Space.

If you find that your stickers are cutting slightly off center from your images, you might need to calibrate your machine. The directions for this can be found on the Cricut site which I have linked HERE. I also have a whole page with tips and tricks for troubleshooting the most common Print Then Cut project errors.

Making Stickers with your Cricut Waterproof

If you are looking at making stickers with your Cricut and want them to be waterproof I highly recommend the Neato brand Super Glossy Waterproof Full Sheet Vinyl Labels. I created some sloth volleyball stickers with the sloth svg from Crafting Spree that you can purchase HERE.

Make Stickers in Cricut Design Space

I have to be totally honest, I was worried that these would not cut! I have heard other people online say that glossy sticker paper can sometimes throw off the print then cut sensors on the Cricut Explore, which is the machine I have. I closed the lid to my Cricut to reduce the glare that might come off the glossy paper and I am happy to report that they cut out PERFECTLY!!!!

sloth waterproof sticker

Since the package said waterproof I wanted to test that. I took one of the stickers and ran it under the bathroom faucet. I am happy to report that the water ran right off! The color did not bleed or smear at all! I would highly recommend this product for making waterproof stickers. You can click HERE to purchase yours. If you like this image, I used it for a print then cut shirt project you might want to check out HERE.

Making Stickers with your Cricut Waterproof – Video

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.

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!


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13 Responses

  1. Thank you for a really clear and understandable tutorial. I’m going to make stickers! Print and cut seemed really difficult before I saw your video. Thanks again. Linda

  2. I read this yesterday and embarked on my own sticker project, my first project at all with my new Maker and then ran into trouble and emailed you a few minutes ago. Then I read this again and realized that I missed the first important thing you said, so make the circle filled in…my project is just a border of a circle (thicker than a line but still) with words and a flourish inside. Now I’m wondering if that’s the reason my test print was kind of fuzzy and my fonts were blown up like a balloon even when one of them was a thin font. Anybody experienced this?

    1. Yes, that is exactly why your words and flourish were fat and fuzzy looking. This is called “bleed”. When you do a print then cut project if you turn on the bleed it will make the areas that the Cricut is going to cut fatter/thicker so that if it cuts just a little off, it will still be cutting inside the printed area. I like to leave the bleed on for all of my print then cut projects because when I first started using Print then Cut it showed me exactly where the Cricut was going to cut, so if my words were thick and fat on the inside of my sticker, I knew that I did something wrong when I was creating it.

      If you would have put those stickers on the Cricut cutting mat with the letters fat, the Cricut would have cut all of those words out . . . which is not what you want for stickers.

      I talk about bleed more in this tutorial, and I recommend leaving it on as a way to visually check that you have things set up correctly for a print then cut project.

  3. Thankyou for sharing Shawn you are my go to teacher when im in need of assistance your tutorial are soo explanatory and very easy to understand as i am still navigating my way in understanding how this fantastic machine works. Iv made many many errors along the way but my determination will persevere watching your tutorial has given me better understanding. I am so delighted to give the stickers ago.
    Thankyou my teacher you are a blessing!! 😊😙

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