Host a Galentine's Day craft party this year!

DIY Projects That Repurpose Your Ex’s Stuff Make Galentine’s Day Even Better

February 14th, 2018 • Cricut Blog Team

Happy Valentine’s Day! At this point in time, you might very well be preparing for a romantic dinner for two, and dreaming about that special someone. (Which is great: go you!)

But if you’re nursing a recently broken heart, or just suffering the usual frustrations over finding love in a busy world, maybe you have something else in mind. Here’s what we’re thinking: a Galentine’s Day celebration where you grab the girls and craft up a collection of special somethings. The catch? You’ll be empowering yourself by repurposing your ex’s leftover stuff into something you actually want!

Get out your Cricut Maker and imagine the possibilities…

Maybe you’ll turn his old shirt into something more self-affirming?

Fries before guys shirt
Fries before guys shirt

Or consider morphing those ratty leather gloves…

Leather gloves

Into boho-chic hanging earrings.

Leather earrings
Leather earrings

And how about upcycling his boxer shorts…

Cutting boxer shorts

Into (yep, we went there!) a toy for Fido?

Dog toy
Upcycled dog toy

Let us know which of these Galentine’s crafts are your favorites!

What are you making for your besties this year?

Leather Embossed Earrings with a Cuttlebug

Craft Creatively With the Cricut Cuttlebug

February 2nd, 2018 • Contributor: Nessa Myers, Cricut Blog Team

Want to add some texture to your crafts? Try our Cuttlebug! This die cutting and embossing machine needs no power and is quite portable. It's not just for cardstock, either. You can emboss leather, aluminum cans and more. 

Start exploring all the possibilities by trying out one of these fun projects today.

Thank You Cards by The Happy Scraps

One easy way to enhance your greeting cards is to add an embossed accent. Make these fun and easy Thank You Cards from The Happy Scraps for the next time you want to show your gratitude.

Wedding Table Numbers from See Lindsay

Make sure your guests know where to sit at your reception with these wedding table numbers from See Lindsay. As she mentions you can do either words or the actual number.

Wire Embossed Chicken Card

My mom and I share a flock of 11 chickens, so I am sure she would be delighted to receive this wire embossed chicken card. It's one of the hundreds of Ready to Make projects that we offer in Design Space. I can even change the colors to match our hens!

Rolled 3D Flower Art

How darling is this rolled 3D flower art by It Happens in a Blink? You just cut out the flower strips, emboss, roll them up and voilà!

Embossed Paper Napkins

Get that luxury party look without the matching price tag by embossing your party napkins! This simple tutorial from The Quiet Grove will wow your guests.

Colorful Can Flowers

Turn your empty soda cans into beautiful art! I am amazed that the Cuttlebug can also be used with aluminum metal. I would want to add a barrette to the back of this and wear it in my hair.

Embossed Leather Tags

If you crochet or knit, add one of these lovely embossed leather tags from 5 Little Monsters! This could be especially nice as a signature accent for your small business wares.

Butterflies and Dragonflies

I am longing for spring and summer when I can work in my garden again. For now, though, I can daydream a bit while I surround myself with flowers and these cute butterflies and dragonflies from Ann Makes.

Monogram Decor

This monogram decor from Everyday Jenny would be perfect for your entryway, child's room or she shed. You can take a standard letter found at a craft store and make it your own.

Leather Embossed Earrings

I love how you can run leather through the Cuttlebug to make embossed earrings! In just a few minutes, you can create a pair of your own with this Ready to Make project.

Which project will you make first? What else do you use with your Cuttlebug? Let us know in a comment!

Organize your silverware tray

Organize All the Things This Year!

January 25th, 2018 • Cricut Blog Team

It's January. Which pretty much translates to: the month of getting organized. Yes? Preparing for the upcoming year takes a lot of work, thought, and planning. But it can also be fun and creative. And exciting! Especially with the help of our Home Organization cartridge.

Create the Silverware Tray pictured above with this Ready to Make project!

Gardening tool labels

Keep your home organized and running smoothly with labels and images professionally designed for organization projects in every room of the house--even the garage! The labels are simple, clean, and modern, while the easy-to-recognize graphics will help even the littlest members of the household keep things tidy. Whether you’re labeling a basket or creating a chore chart, the Home Organization Cricut® cartridge will help your family banish clutter and simplify your lives!

~Organize your shed with this Ready to Make Gardening Tool Box project~

Give your craft room a makeover with these Craft Storage Boxes!

OK. Let's talk pantries. If you're like me, the pantry seems to be kind of a dark abyss of half-full cereal boxes, Jenga-like stacks of pasta and rice, and an infinite number of cans of tomato soup. Things get lost only to be found again long after I'd care to admit. So at my house, we just close that pantry door and try to forget about it.

Until now that is. Natalie, one of our talented Cricut project designers, used these images to show us how to clear out the clutter and revamp a pantry space. (Insert happy dance here.) You'll find all the details here on how to makeover your pantry and turn it into one of your favorite spaces.

What are you organizing this year? Tell us below!

Essentials for the beginning Cricut user

Key Essentials for the New Cricut User

January 19th, 2018 • Contributor: Jenny Alger from Everyday Jenny

Hi! It’s Jenny from Everyday Jenny. Did you get a new Cricut under your tree this year? Yippee! Now that you have your machine I’m sure you are excited to make all the things. But what else do you need to make your project perfect?

Essentials for Everyone

Supplies for all beginning Cricut users

There are endless possibilities of things you can make with your Cricut. These three items are a great place to start for all crafting needs.

Cricut Cutting Mat Variety 3 Pack

I love this option to get a variety of the mats to hold all sorts of materials. You can test out cutting different types of materials with each mat. You may find you like a certain grip better than another.

Cricut Essential Tool Set

The tool set is perfect for lots of crafts you will be making. I have used each of these tools many times, so the bundle is a great deal.  I especially love the trimmer to cut a perfectly straight edge on my materials and the scraper to clean off my mats.

Cricut Access

When you purchase Cricut Access you have unlimited access to over 30,000 images and 1,000 projects, plus over 370 Cricut Access Fonts.  Cricut Ready-to-Make Projects are a great way to get your feet wet and try out projects that have already been created for you by professional artists. Once you have a few projects under your belt you will gain confidence to continue creating.

What’s your favorite Ready-to-Make Project? Let me know in the comments below.

Now that I have gone over those items, here’s a list of essentials depending on the type of crafts you are planning on making with your machine. If you find that you want to focus on one area of crafting then these are for you.

Vinyl Crafts

Cricut essentials for vinyl crafters

Vinyl is such an easy and fun material to work with. You can create signs, decals, organize with removable labels, and much more.

Vinyl Sampler Set

If you know you want to work with vinyl, this sampler set is a great place to start. Get multiple colors to try out for lots of different projects.

Weeding Tool Set

Along with the essential tool set, I love this weeding set for vinyl projects because vinyl cuts can be really intricate. These tools are perfect for even the tiniest pieces of vinyl.

Cricut BrightPad

The BrightPad makes weeding much easier by illuminating the fine lines and helps to reduce eyestrain. It has five brightness settings and is nice and lightweight.

Iron-On Crafts

Iron-on supplies for the new Cricut user

If you customize everything from t-shirts to socks, then you probably love iron-on. (I think this is probably my favorite material!) Not only can you apply iron-on to fabric, you can also use it to wood, canvas and even some types of paper!

Cricut Iron-on Lite

Start with a few basic colors of Cricut Iron-on lite. Once you are comfortable working with this material, there is even holographic sparkle and glitter iron-on which are so much fun.

Cricut EasyPress

A Cricut EasyPress is an essential tool for iron-on application. The EasyPress gives you professional results and is lightweight and easy to store. I have loved making projects with my EasyPress.

Paper Crafts

Supplies for the beginning Cricut user doing paper crafts

Do you love making cards for your friends and family? If you will be making mostly paper crafts, you will want some of these essentials to make your paper crafts shine!

Cricut Scrapbook Paper

I love the variety of Cricut scrapbook paper. There are so many fun patterns and colors to choose from that you will want to buy a few different packs.

Cricut Pens

Add writing and colorful script to your cards with Cricut pens. You can even use them to address envelopes.

Cricut Cuttlebug Machine

This machine is great for embossing a wide variety of materials and adding those perfect touches to your paper crafts. It’s a great companion for your paper crafting needs.

Sewing Crafts

Sewing supplies for the beginning Cricut user

If you got the Cricut Maker for its awesome rotary blade and are planning on sewing up a storm, then you will want some of these amazing sewing essentials.

Cricut Sewing Kit

This kit comes with fabric shears, thread snips, seam ripper, pincushion and pins, measuring tape and a thimble. All of these items you will need if you are just building up your sewing stash.

Cricut Designer Fabric

Cute, coordinating fabric is a no-brainer to inspire your sewing projects. I especially love the Creative Rockstar and On Trend Sampler sets.

Cricut Washable Fabric Pen

Use this pen to easily draw out your patterns with your machine, making sewing a snap!

I hope this helped you to narrow down some of the fun items you are have been wondering about! Also, as one last suggestion, if you will be taking your Cricut places with you, or just want a great place to store it when it’s not in use then you also might want to consider this great rolling craft tote.

Have fun making all the things!

Cricut Access

What is Cricut Access?

January 16th, 2018 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

Hey there! It’s Jess from Everyday Party Magazine. I recently joined the Cricut Maker Facebook Group (you can join it here) as a co-administrator…and I am seeing just how many folks don’t have Cricut Access and aren’t even sure of what the benefits of having it are! Say what? I have had Cricut Access for several years now, and I cannot imagine not having it!

If you have a Cricut, you should have a Design Space account. This is free to set up and use, even without Cricut Access. You can upload your own fonts, images, and SVGs. You can even purchase cut files and fonts to use as needed for your projects. Images and fonts begin at just a couple dollars. You can also purchase digital cartridges. Cartridges have several cut files included. Finally, you can purchase fonts as needed as well.

However, Cricut Access has three subscription tiers.

The first subscription is for Cricut Access - Fonts. Cricut offers over 350 fonts, and this subscription costs as little as $4.99 a month when billed annually. (Or $6.99 per month if billed monthly) The monthly subscription can be canceled anytime.

The next tier is the Cricut Access - Standard. This subscription allows users access to the 350+ fonts, as well as 30,000+ images and cut files. Additionally, this subscription offers a 10% discount on images and fonts not included in the subscription. It also offers a 10% discount on product purchases, exclusions apply.

This subscription can also be billed monthly or annually. The monthly plan is just $9.99 (and can be canceled at any time), and the annual subscription is $95.88. Annual subscriptions save $24 on this plan!

The final tier (and best overall value) is Cricut Access - Premium. The Premium subscription is just that, premium! It includes all the fonts, all the images, but, it also offers a half off discount on images and text not included in the subscription. (Exclusions apply) This subscription also offers 10% off your purchase of product purchases (Exclusions apply).

While this subscription level has the most access and is the best overall deal, you can only purchase this subscription annually for just under $120.

All levels of Cricut Access allow you to upload your own designs and images. And Cricut Access automatically includes all of the fonts on your computer.

Disclaimer:

* 50% off does not include images, fonts, or cartridges from Walt Disney Company® (Disney Consumer Products, Inc.), Sesame Workshop™, Sanrio Hello Kitty®, Boys Scouts of America®, Anna Griffin®, Lia Griffith™, Simplicity®, and Riley Blake Designs licensors. Discount cannot be combined with other discounts, including Cricut Circle, promotions, and promotion codes and cannot be used for in-app purchases. Cricut reserves the right to add or remove content and to otherwise modify this offer at any time in the sole discretion of Cricut.

Which level of Cricut Access do you have? Let us know below!

Last Minute Holiday Projects

Last Minute Holiday Projects with Cricut

December 22nd, 2017 • Contributor: Kayla Brasher from Kayla Makes

We're officially down to the wire. What does that even mean?? I have no idea, I just know I've heard it all of my life when something is reallllly close, and y'all, Christmas Day is REALLY close!

Don't freak out just yet though, you still have the weekend to finish up all of those last minute projects you've been putting off. I get it, I'm the world's best procrastinator too! That's why I put together this fun little list of last-minute holiday projects you can knock out in no time.

Atomic Starburst Ornament from PMQ for Two

This ornament gives me all kinds of retro feels. Can you imagine an entire tree of these? All you need is a few colors of vinyl and some clear glass ornaments. In just a few minutes you'll have a gorgeous gift for yourself or someone on your list.

DIY Felt Mini Hoop Ornament from Flamingo Toes

Okay, so.. Bev from Flamingo Toes is super talented and did all of this by hand but if you're anything like me, you aren't the best at cutting by hand. That's where the Cricut Maker comes in and saves the day. It cuts even the tiniest felt pieces with ease and precision so I have no doubt it would make this project a breeze!

Jingle and Mingle Shadow Box Frame from Giggles Galore

If you're lacking on the home decor side of things then Mariah has you covered with this fab shadowbox frame. I'm positive I need those glittery jingle bells in my life, ASAP.

Felt Mistletoe from Happiness Is Homemade

Felt mistletoe?! Get out of here with the cuteness! Heidi created this entire project with her Maker in less than 30 minutes. That leaves plenty of time for a make-out sesh underneath! 😉

Easy Christmas Tea Towels by Happiness Is Homemade

Tea towels are one of those gifts that everyone loves because they're useful. Not to mention, SO quick and easy to create. This is the perfect project for a beginner! Grab some iron-on material and your Cricut Easy Press and you'll be done in under 20 minutes.

*Check out Design Space to find the files Heidi used on these tea towels + thousands more! If you haven't already, subscribe to Cricut Access to get easy access to these type of projects for as low as $7.99/month. You will have access to over 30,000 designs + you'll receive 10% off all purchases made on Cricut.com and Design Space.

No-Sew Gift Bags from Sweet Red Poppy

The Maker is the gift that just keeps on giving. Literally. Just look at this felt cuteness that Kimberly put together using her Maker and Cricut's Felt Sampler Pack. I would be beyond thrilled to receive such an adorable gift!

DIY Letter to Santa Felt Envelope from Giggles Galore

These felt envelopes that Mariah created with her Maker are amazing. Check out her post to see how she used them!

Christmas Tree Truck Mug from Whipperberry

I hope the red truck fad never ends. Just look at how Heather from Whipperberry added them to these adorable campfire mugs. Vinyl layering at its finest! Visit her post to watch how she layers vinyl with ease.

DIY Ho Ho Hot Cocoa from Coastal Bride

Gillian from Coastal Bride used her Cricut and some vinyl to create a gift that warms both your heart and your hands! Click over to find out how she created this cute hot cocoa bottle. Plus-- free cut file!

Cup Of Cheer Doormat from Kayla Makes

When you've covered decor inside the home and taken care of all the gifting, there is only one thing left to do. Create a festive doormat! Click over to the blog to see how I use my Cricut to create stencils for DIY doormats with every changing season.

Leave a comment and let us know what you're working on these last few days before Christmas!

<3 Kayla

Let's stay connected!

DIY Holiday Attire Ideas

Holiday Attire Ideas to Spruce Up Your Wardrobe

December 19th, 2017 • Contributor: Nessa Myers, Cricut Blog Support

One of the easiest ways to spread cheer this winter is to wear some holiday attire. Whether it's shirts, pajamas, socks or ugly sweaters, it's so easy to get creative and make your own with a Cricut. Try one of these ideas today!

Start With Hot Cocoa Socks

As the temperatures dip, my consumption of hot cocoa goes up exponentially. I fell instantly in love with these socks from Made by Melli. Hold a crafting party with like-minded friends and make some of these soon!

Be Inspired by Pop Culture

I was excited to see these shirts and pajamas inspired by two of my favorite Christmas movies. Every year I have to tune in as many times as I can to watch as Ralphie sticks his tongue to the flagpole in A Christmas Story, so making this "I Triple Dog Dare You" shirt from Doodlecraft is a must.

I can also proclaim my love for Elf and all things sugary with these "Elves Food Groups" tops made by Housewife Eclectic and Artsy Fartsy Mama.

Don an Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ah, the ugly Christmas sweater has become a staple of the holiday, hasn't it? If you don't have any luck finding one of these treasures at a thrift shop (or want to just customize your own to tacky perfection), try one of these DIY versions:

Dress the Family in Christmas Pajamas

I've been doing the "Need, Want, Wear, Read" method of Christmas gifts for my girls. In the past, I've defaulted to matching sleeper pajamas, but how fun would it be to make custom ones for them? The matching set for child and doll from Becoming Martha is especially sweet. I also love the fun sets created by Made by Melli and See Lindsay.

Wear a Festive Christmas Shirt EVERYWHERE

I usually wear a T-shirt around the house and on the go, so I would definitely feel more in the Christmas spirit if I wore one of these fun designs:

Which one of these are you going to make? 

Show us your holiday projects made with a Cricut Maker by using the hashtags #CricutMade and #CricutMaker!

5 Things a Cricut Maker can do

Five things I Didn’t Know My Cricut Maker Could Do

December 14th, 2017 • Contributor: Jessica Roe from Everyday Party Magazine

I was one of the lucky bloggers invited to the Cricut Mountain Maker Event in August to announce the launch of Cricut’s BrightPad, EasyPress, and Maker machines. I was instantly in love with the sleek new design of the Maker. It’s not a drastic looking change on the outside, but my Maker never ceases to amaze me with what it can actually do!

Device Charging

First, the Maker can charge your mobile device and has a spot specifically designed to hold a phone or tablet. This is so cool to me!

Image via Made by Melli

Fabric Appliques

Second, The Maker can cut and mark sewing patterns, and it makes making DIY fabric appliques a breeze. There are 25 patterns that come with the Maker, with more being released each month.

Image via Pineapple Paper Co.

Cuts Crepe Paper AND Leather

The new Maker can cut denim and leather with ease, but, it can also cut crepe paper!

Image via See Lindsay

Felt and Knit Fabrics

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The newest member of the Cricut family can also cut felt and stretchy knit fabrics.

Images via Everyday Jenny and Made by Melli

Cricut Maker Embosses

The Explore series tools are Maker compatible, but the Maker tools (rotary blade) will not work with the Explore machines. The tools can be used to emboss too!

Image via Becoming Martha

Bonus! Digital Sewing Patterns

Bonus! Cricut has partnered with Simplicity and Riley Blake Designs!

Image via Made by Melli

I am continually awestruck by everything the Maker can do, and I know the Cricut team is working behind the scenes every day to make it even better!

What have you done with your Cricut Maker? Show us with #CricutMade!

Cricut makes DIY easier!

3 Reasons Cricut Makes DIY Easier

December 14th, 2017 • Contributor: Cori George from Hey, Let's Make Stuff

Hey everyone! Cori from Hey, Let's Make Stuff, back with my top three reasons how a Cricut machine makes DIY easier. If you're hemming and hawing on whether or not to put a Cricut on your Christmas wish list (or get one for a crafty person in your life), here are three big things to consider. In particular, I want to go into why the Cricut makes things easier.

It's Super Fast

Like so many crafters out there, I am a busy mom -- I have twin toddler boys (who are seriously cute). Before I had kids, I had much more time to devote to different crafts. I could use scissors and a craft knife for paper crafts. I could cut out delicate patterns for sewing. I could design and craft all my party decorations from scratch.

Nope. Not anymore. My boys need me to cook them three square meals a day, push them on the swings, and love them like crazy. My crafting time has been drastically shortened (and rightfully so!). Which makes the Cricut my best tool for crafting more efficiently. It is remarkable how quickly I can pull together a project or party now.

I still get to put everything together -- gluing layers of paper or sewing together projects, for example, but the Cricut speeds everything up and gives me more time to actually make stuff. The speed is, by far, my favorite reason that Cricut makes DIY easier.

It's Super Creative

Often of the hardest parts about crafting for people is the creativity aspect. Let's say you want to send a Christmas card to your grandmother—you know she'll appreciate getting a handmade card as opposed to something mass-produced. But where in the world do you start? Do you want text? What font? What colors? What size? Want to add ornament embellishments? Christmas Trees? Holly? What materials should you use for your card?

If you're a creative person by nature, these are easy questions to answer. But if not, there are two ways the Cricut can make this creative process easier. The first is with a Cricut Ready to Make project. In Cricut Design Space, click on the left-hand menu for Projects and you'll be taken to a library of projects that are 100% designed for you. It takes the guesswork out of every aspect. Just click on a project and it will give you a list of materials and you can make it, right then and there.

Ready to Make Christmas cards

If you want a little more creative control, Cricut Access gives you an enormous library of images, shapes, words, and graphics for you to use to create your own design? Want to add a Christmas tree to your card? Cricut Access has you covered. Just click the Images button in that same left-hand menu and explore the range of options. As you can see, there are more than 2700 results for Christmas Tree alone!

Of course, you can always create your card completely from scratch in the Cricut Design Space, using the shape and text tools! I find that people usually start with Ready to Make projects, move to being more creative using Cricut Access's library, and then start to explore making their own shapes once they get the hang of how everything works. There are also tons of people offering SVG cut files for the Cricut, like my Christmas Bird cards.

It's Super Versatile

If you haven't heard (ha!), the Cricut is so incredibly versatile, no matter which one you own. It makes creating almost any project you can dream up more easily. Just recently I’ve made new labels for my spice jars, artwork for our bedroom, confetti, custom t-shirts for a friend's family trip to Disneyland, custom bachelorette wine glasses, decorations for a taco party, vinyl labels for a wedding shower favor, shirts for an outer-space-themed party, and several other random cut files for friends. If I had to hand-make all of these projects, maybe only the taco party would have gotten done!

These aren't even including the projects I've made and shared over on my blog, like these fun Christmas treat boxes. I love that I can make so many different projects with the Cricut—and that I can use it to help out my less-crafty friends with their projects.

Bonus #4: It's also a great machine for people with dexterity or eyesight issues. I have some issues in my hands which makes using scissors for any length of time quite painful. The Cricut does the cutting for me, which is so much physically easier for me as well. Bonus!

So tell me -- how does your Cricut make your crafting life easier? Want some additional ideas for your Cricut wishlist? I have you covered!

How does Cricut make DIY easier for you? Leave us a comment!

DIY Hanukkah Projects

Celebrate the Festival of Lights With These Quick, Easy DIY Hanukkah Projects

December 11th, 2017 • Contributor: Cricut Marketing Director Tiffany Isbell

Tomorrow kicks off 8 nights of celebration for the Hanukkah season.  As with all holidays, sometimes we leave things to the last minute!  Whether you want to give a last-minute card, decorate your house, or even get the kids involved, we have a little bit of something for each of you.

Design Space has a host of ready-made Hanukkah related images that you can use for quick projects.  We made these fun pillows in just a few easy minutes!

These fun cards are also easily made with just one or two sheets of cardstock. We even used metallic poster board on one of them. Don’t forget to use your scoring stylus for the best fold lines. There are many single cut cards for you to personalize.

Not to be outdone, here’s a fast and safe way to have your kids light their own menorah. We simply used silver and gold window cling on the glass from a picture frame. You could even use your own window! For this technique, we used a 3-step process:

  1. Find an image of a menorah
  2. Use the Slice tool to separate the flames from the base
  3. Change the flame color to gold so it will cut on a separate mat
Vinyl menorah

We can’t wait to see what you make for the holiday season! Use #CricutMade to show us your projects.

Happy Hanukkah ?