November 16, 2020 by Cricut
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So you just got your first Cricut cutting machine

Congratulations and welcome! Perhaps it’s got you wondering:

  • Now what?
  • What should I make?
  • How do I get started?

If so, you’re in the right place! That’s why we created the Cricut 101 series.


Cricut Joy with Smart Vinyl

We get it. We, at Cricut, remember what it’s like to be new to the brand.

We remember the excitement of starting your creative journey, the feeling that anything was possible–the thrill as you envisioned yourself making endless projects and gifts! But, if we’re honest, we also remember a little bit of fear.

  • Will I be able to figure out the technology?
  • What do I do first?
  • What supplies and equipment will I need?
Cricut Maker in craftroom.

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Cricut 101 series

From November 18, 2020 to January 8, 2021, join us on the Official Cricut YouTube Channel for a livestream series of beginner level lessons. Check out the schedule of topics below.

This series is totally free! Just follow these steps to join at the time of the live stream:

  1. Navigate to our YouTube
  2. Join in and watch
  3. Comment or ask questions

If you want YouTube to notify you of new episodes, subscribe and turn on notifications. The previously streamed videos may also be found on the Cricut 101 Playlist after they have aired.

This series covers basic topics that are most frequently asked by new members, including an unboxing Cricut Joy, Cricut Explore Air 2, and Cricut Maker. We also walk you through basic projects by material as well as projects that are perfect for beginners.

Cricut Explore Air 2 machine on desk with projects

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Cricut 101 live schedule

Please note that all scheduled times are noted in MST and may be subject to change. Continue to tune in here for the latest updates.

Don’t forget to subscribe and turn on notifications to receive reminders.

Jan. 6, 3 p.m.Create an Iron-on Project
Jan. 8, noonCreate an Infusible Ink Project

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Cricut 101 videos

Here are past videos that have run as part of the series.

Welcome and Unbox Cricut Joy: Welcome to the series and follow along with us as we unbox a new Cricut Joy machine, hook it up, register the machine, and make our very first cuts.
Three Ways to Make: Learn three ways to make on Design Space! We’ll take you through Ready-to-Make projects, customizing Ready-to-Make projects and how to make your own custom project in Design Space from scratch.
Create a Custom Project From Scratch: Learn how to create a gift tag project using Cricut Joy. This draw-and-then-cut project will show you how to create custom text and pull in images on Design Space to make a project that’s uniquely yours.
Create an Iron-on Project: Learn how to monogram a cotton face mask using glitter iron-on. You’ll learn over 8 different techniques perfect for beginners.
Unbox the Cricut Explore: Let’s unbox the Cricut Explore! You’ll see what comes in the box, learn how to register your machine, how to prep your workspace, and how to make your first test cut.
Unbox the Cricut Maker: Let’s unbox the Cricut Maker! You’ll see what comes in the box, learn how to register your machine, how to prep your workspace, and how to make your first test cut.
Create an Iron-on Project: Learn how to create a custom iron-on project and learn some Design Space tips and tricks.
Create an Infusible Ink Project: Learn how to make a simple pillow cover with Cricut Infusible Ink. This is a great project for beginners!
Create a Greeting Card with Cricut Joy: Learn how to create a customized greeting card using Cricut Joy and the Cricut Joy app. This project is simple, quick, and easily personalized even for beginners.
Create a Vinyl Project: Learn how to create a vinyl sticker for a mobile phone case. In this video you’ll learn how to weed vinyl, use Design Space, and use transfer tape to apply a vinyl.
Create an Iron-on Project: Learn how to create a custom iron-on project and learn some Design Space tips and tricks.
Create an Infusible Ink Project: Learn how to make a simple make-up bag with Cricut Infusible Ink. This is a great project for beginners!
How We Got Started Making: In this episode, Cricut employees share their experience getting started with Cricut. Nobody starts out as an expert!
Create Custom Organizational Labels: Learn to make custom organizational labels! We’ll also how you how to use Cricut transfer tape.
Make a Custom Iron-on T-Shirt: In this episode, learn how to customize a ready-to-make project, add an image to the Canvas, how to weed iron-on, and how to use the Cricut EasyPress.
Cut and Apply a Vinyl Sticker: Learn how to make a sticker for a metal tumbler! In this episode, you’ll learn Design Space techniques, how to prepare a blank tumbler, and application tips and tricks.
Make an Infusible Ink T-Shirt: We’ll show you how to browse for a project, customize a ready-to-make project, resize an image, and how to use the Cricut EasyPress.
Make an Insert Card: Learn to make a “Cheers” Insert Card using Cricut Joy and the Cricut Joy App for iPhones.
Create an Iron-on Project: Learn how to make an iron-on ‘Thank you!” ribbon using Cricut Joy. You’ll learn several Design Space techniques and how to use the Cricut Heat Guide.

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Additional resources

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