There are so many things you can make with a Cricut machine that make it a must-have tool for crafting… these are my favorite ways to use the Cricut Maker… the machine that has completely changed crafting!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
Hello! If you’ve been around the blog before, you undoubtedly know about my love of my Cricut Maker. I get a lot of questions about Cricut machines, and specifically about using the Cricut Maker. I’m tying the answers to many of those questions into one spot… and this is it! The answers tie in perfectly to my favorite ways to use my Maker, so I hope this will help clear up any looming questions you may have!
My Top 5 Favorite Ways to Use the Cricut Maker
1. To make one of a kind home decor
Q: What can you make with a Cricut Maker
A: Soooo many things! The Make it Now projects are a great spot to check out for project inspiration but really your imagination is the only limit as to what you can make with a Maker.
For example, you know how you get an idea for a decoration, pillow, plate, etc. in your mind that you must have but you can ever actually find this imaginary pillow/plate, etc? That’s why I love to use my Cricut Maker for home decor projects like this No-sew Christmas pillow.
I made this “hello” sign last week that I’m loving. Check out the tutorial here! 😉 Hint: it involves DIY shiplap that I cut with the Maker!
2. To cut a huge variety of materials
Q: What can the Cricut Maker Cut?
A: The Maker can cut literally hundreds of materials. Like over 300.
It would probably be easier to list what it doesn’t cut. It can cut anything from super delicate fabric and paper (even crepe paper) all the way up to leather, mat board and even wood. The Maker has a dropdown menu of cutting choices whenever you are making a project and even has the ability to make custom cut settings for other materials if they aren’t listed in the dropdown menu.
I’ve been giving my Knife Blade a workout lately with a ton of wood projects. I have to say, this “hello” cut surprised even me… I can’t believe the precision and clean lines with so much curvature in the font. Feel free to take a peek at the cut file in Design Space and stay tuned for what I made!
3. To make unique, personalized gifts
Q: Is the Cricut Maker worth it?
Y: Yes, yes and yes. Making gifts is probably my favorite way that I use my Cricut Maker and making even a handful of DIY gifts with the Cricut Maker in just one holiday season can pretty much pay for the cost of the machine. Even better than the money you can save making DIY gifts, in my opinion, is how personalized you can make gifts for every person on your list so every gift is truly unique. Some of my favorite gifts I’ve made with my Cricut Maker are:
- Wood DIY Punny Wine Tags
- A little wood hockey stick I cut out to give to my husband as a hint for the hockey tickets I got him as a gift (I didn’t do a post on this but I used this image in Cricut Design Space. This idea would work with any sporting equipment image… a much more fun way to give a ticket gift than a piece of paper!)
- DIY “HOME” coasters with Infusible Ink
Ok, there are too many to list, but you can see even more here.
4. To make inexpensive and custom party decor
Q: Can you use your own designs with a Cricut Maker?
For example, designing DIY party decor with a Maker is perfect not only for the cost savings, but because it allows you to create 100% unique party decor and party themes. There are thousands of images and ideas in Cricut Design Space, but you can also upload your own images very easily into Design Space to make any type of project or party truly one of a kind.
I’ve already started the decorations for my daughter’s 1st birthday and can’t wait to share them with you when it’s all over. (Not that I want to rush her turning 1 at all!)
I used my Cricut Maker to make so many fun pumpkin “costumes” for a Halloween party idea and check out that crisp felt cut!
5. With the Adaptive Tool System
Q: What accessories do you need for a Cricut Maker?
A: It depends on what you’re trying to make/cut.
The Cricut Maker has an Adaptive Tool System that allows you to use many tools to achieve whatever look/effect/cut you are going for. The cool thing about the adaptive tool system is that the Maker can continue to evolve in it’s functions without needing a whole new machine any time a new technology is introduced. The adaptive tool system has continued to grow it’s capabilities with the introduction of each new tool and I am HERE FOR IT!
Last week I got the latest QuickSwap tools that work with the Maker’s adaptive tool system and they are incredible! So far I’ve been experimenting with the fine debossing and engraving tips and I’m in awe of what they can do. Here’s a little sneak peak of one of the designs I’m working on for my daughter’s 1st birthday party… the hearts were made using the debossing tip and the texture looks amazing!
The adaptive tool system family now includes the standard blade housing, rotary blade, knife blade, wavy blade, scoring and double scoring blades, basic perforation blade, fine debossing tip and engraving tip. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
So can you see why I have mad love for this incredible machine?! 😉
If you have any other questions on the Cricut Maker (or any Cricut machine or accessory) please feel free to ask me in the comments below or email me.
If you have a Cricut Maker, what are your favorite ways to use it?