30 Easy Cricut Projects for Beginners [Yes! They are Free Too!] (2024)

Have you recently decided to hop on the Cricut machine bandwagon? Or maybe you received this fantastic machine as a gift (lucky you!).

No matter how you got it, one thing’s for sure: this machine can do it all! And we bet you’re just itching to start using it and create tons of amazing things!

Of course, the easiest place to start is with some simple and easy projects, so we have collated a list of 30 free Cricut projects for beginners.

We’ve collected the top 30 simple Cricut projects for beginners to help you navigate the machine (don’t worry, it’s not hard!).

In our list, you will find Cricut Maker projects for beginners and projects that can be done with an Explore or Cricut Joy.

These beginner Cricut projects will help you create beautiful pieces of art and decor that you, your friends, and your family will love!

1. Infusible Ink T-Shirt

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To start our round-up of Cricut beginner projects, we will begin with an easy Infusible Ink project. This project only uses one sheet of Infusible ink.

Your kiddos willlovesporting these super fun tee shirts. It is so easy to use different images and phrases; the possibilities are endless for making stylish, fun statement tees!

Click here to find the full step-by-step tutorial onhow to make an Infusible Ink shirt.

>>> Want More Infusible Ink Ideas? Check out our blog post full of Cricut infusible ink project ideas or see our post full of beautiful Cricut Infusible Ink Shirts for further inspiration!

2. Create Beautiful Faux Leather Keychains

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How cute are these faux leather keychains? This easy-to-follow tutorial shows you just how to make these stylish little accessories.

See Practical Perfection for the full tutorial. You can also browse our Cricut faux leather projects here for even more leather craft inspiration.

3. Make Adorable Baby Milestone Acrylic Tiles

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How cute are these DIY Cricut Baby Milestones Acrylic tiles? Follow our detailed tutorial on our blog to create these for a baby shower gift or yourself. You can use our design and choose colors that match the baby nursery and theme!

4. Make a Festive Banner

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Are you looking for Cricut crafts for beginners that use paper or cardstock? It is always helpful to tackle your first project with materials that you are already familiar with – plus paper and cardstock are cheap, so if you stuff up the project, it is no big deal!

We love a good banner! Grab some brightly colored paper and make one of these festive babies for your next party or gathering!

See the full tutorialto make a cardstock banner.We also have a full post ofcardstock Cricut ideasthat you can browse here.

5. DIY Cupcake Wrappers

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Dress up your cupcakes with these super easy cupcake wrappers! This is a really quick and simple project that you can create using some cardstock and your Cricut!

Whip up some of these cool wrappers after whipping up your cupcake mix and wow everyone at your celebration. Follow our step-by-step tutorial to this easy Cricut craft for beginnershere.

6. Create a Herb Garden with Mason Jars

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When Spring approaches, the thoughts of fresh green herbs fill our hearts with glee.

This tutorial helps you create simple and classy mason jar holders to house all your herbs! Great if you do not have much garden space or would like herbs to hand in the kitchen.

See how Amanda created these herb jars by following the tutorial here.

7. Make Funky HTV Personalized Canvas Sneakers

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Now if you have some canvas sneakers lying around that you want to jazz up a little, then this is the perfect tutorial for you.

By using a few pieces of HTV (Iron-On) and your Cricut machine you can create some funky sneakers that scream you!

You can follow the step-by-step tutorial here and create your own!

8. Create a Unique and Perfect Gift using Jars

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We’re obsessing over how unique and fun these spice and seasoning jars are! Make them up and give them as gifts for the foodie/griller in your life!

See how Sonja and Jane from Sustain my Craft Habit created these jars for Father's Day gifts.

9. DIY Birthday Board

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Always sending “happy belated birthday” cards? You’ll never have to do that again with this sophisticated (and handy!) birthday board!

See the full tutorial on Dollarcrafter.

Love Signs? Find our blog post full of stunning Cricut wood signs here.

10. Create a Personalized Camping Mug

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With this personalized camping mug, there will be no confusion about whose hot chocolate you are drinking around the campfire!

This is a great beginner vinyl craft that you can make with your Cricut and some adhesive vinyl!Follow all the steps in our tutorial to make your own!

11. Easy Peasy DIY Pantry Labels

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Jazz up your kitchen with oureasy-to-follow tutorial for gorgeous Cricut pantry labels!

If you are looking for a really easy Cricut beginner tutorial this is a great one to get started. Learn how to use adhesive vinyl using our Cricut and organize your pantry at the same time!

12. Easy but Beautiful Paper Flowers

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Impress all your friends with these absolutely stunning paper flowers. You’ll look like a pro but they’re so easy to make!

Check out how the Analytical Mommy created them.

13. DIY Custom Infusible Ink Wine Gift Bag

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Gifting a bottle of wine is always greatly appreciated and we just love how you can add a personal touch and elegance to your gift by creating your own Cricut Infusible Ink Wine Bag.

See the full tutorial to see how you can make your own Infusible Ink Wine Bag (which you can theme for any occasion other than Christmas!)

>>> Enjoy Infusible Ink? Read our tutorial on how to use Infusible Ink with a gray t-shirt!

14. Make a Mandala MacBook (or Any Laptop) Cover

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Take your Macbook or Laptop from drab to FAB with this absolutely stunning mandala Cricut cutout cover!

Such a quick and easy craft that you can make by following the tutorial by Tanya of Our Little Handmade Home.

15. Baby Onesie with HTV

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Any baby is just super cute but with this adorable DIY onesie they are bound to be even cuter! This is such a great beginner HTV project that takes no time at all to create.

Use our detailed tutorial to create one for yourself– once you know the steps you can create designs for t-shirts or any other clothing item!

16. Easy Cricut Subway Tiles

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These personalized tiles make awesome gifts. They are quick and easy to create using your Cricut and creating knockout text design in Cricut Design Space!

Follow our detailed tutorial to see how to create a simple but striking tile just like this.

>>> Read our Ultimate Beginners Guide to Cricut Infusible Ink to learn more about Infusible Ink!

17. Make a Custom T-Shirt with HTV (Iron-On)

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You’re not going to want to miss this tutorial for making tee shirts with your Cricut machine. Bedazzle them with gems and other fun accessories to make them pop!

Head on over to Amanda's Craft Corner to see just how to make it, or take a look at our very own beginners guide of how to make shirts with Cricut Machines!

18. Flower Pot Plants with Style

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Looking for Cricut vinyl projects for beginners? If you like Rae-Dunn-style decor, you’re going to love these darling flower pots that will add cheer to any space!

Head on over to Single Girls DIY for the full step-by-step tutorial.

19. DIY Inspirational Wooden Signs

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What’s your favorite inspirational quote? Why not put that Cricut machine to work and create a visually appealing (and inspiring!) wood sign to always remind you of your hopes and dreams!?

For the full tutorial head to The Inspiration Vault to see how they created this sign!

20. Cricut Faux Leather Key Fobs or Lanyards

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These bright and festive key fobs are oh so easy to make and are great for giving as gift toppers and stocking stuffers!

See the quick and easy tutorial created by Jamie of The Denver Housewife.

21. DIY Farmhouse Sign for $1

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Using only a few materials, you can create this gorgeous foam board sign in no time. It’s the perfect way to liven up a room!

Amanda of Her Happy Home shares just how in her step-by-step tutorial.

22. Personalized Cricut Water Bottle

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Another excellent idea for easy beginner Cricut projects – why not personalize some water bottles? Make everyone at the gym jealous of your water bottle with this motivating hydration helper!

Make your own DIY workout water bottle byfollowing the tutorial on Lovely Indeed.

23. Mailbox Makeover

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Be the talk of the neighborhood with this gorgeous (and simple!)Cricut mailbox number tutorial! Liberty from B4 and Afters takes you through the steps to give your mailbox a new lease of life.

24. Super Cute DIY Seed Pops

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These DIY seed pops are so much fun! They’re also great to give as gifts for baby showers and luncheons!

Check out the full tutorial on the Dollar Crafter blog!

25. DIY Cricut Mugs

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Even non-morning people will smile when they have a morning coffee with these fun DIY Infusible Ink mugs!

If you want to make your own infusible ink mugs, you will need a mug press for sublimation.

You can create your own by following the tutorial on Hungarican Journey.

26. DIY Outdoor Patio Cricut Cushions

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Looking for a way to spruce up your patio furniture?

Look no further than thiseasy tutorial for classy and sophisticated iron-on vinyl outdoor pillowsthat Kim from Today's Creative Life has put together!

27. Cricut Nail Art

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Create great-looking nails with vinyl nail stickers by following our tutorial on how to make nail decals.

Create themed nail stickers for all holidays or just to have awesome looking nails!

28. Infusible Ink Coasters

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Create gorgeous coasters using Infusible Ink transfer sheets. We created these stunning coasters by layering two different colors of Infusible Ink.

Follow our detailed tutorial to learn how to make your own Cricut Infusible Ink coasters.

29. Cricut Cosmetic Bags

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Create these gorgeous cosmetic bags using your Cricut machine and Infusible Ink transfer sheets.

If you do not want to create or need make-up bags you can use these blank bags for pencil cases too!

Check out the full Infusible Ink make-up bag tutorial here.

>>> Want More? Check out our blog post full ofInfusible Ink project ideasfor further inspiration!

30. Back-to-School Cricut Chalkboard Sign

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The first day of school is one of the most exciting and memorable days in a child's life.

Capture that moment by making your own DIY Cut chalkboard sign to commemorate the occasion!

This fun sign comes with questions that capture who your child is that year, allowing you to look back and reflect on the changes over the years.

Find the full back-to-school chalkboard sign here.

After more project ideas? Here is another list of ours full of vinyl cutting ideas.

We hope this list of easy Cricut crafts has inspired you to create wonderful works of art with your Cricut machine. These easy projects are sure to get you started and crafting!

Which of these Cricut ideas for beginners are you planning to make? Let me know!

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Cricut Machine

The Cricut machine is a popular cutting machine used for various crafts and DIY projects. It allows users to cut materials such as paper, vinyl, fabric, and more with precision and ease. The machine works by connecting to a computer or mobile device and using design software to create or import designs that can be cut by the machine. The Cricut machine has different models, such as Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore, and Cricut Joy, each offering different features and capabilities.

Infusible Ink

Infusible Ink is a special type of heat transfer material used with Cricut machines. It is designed to transfer vibrant, permanent designs onto compatible materials, such as T-shirts, coasters, and tote bags. Unlike traditional iron-on transfers, Infusible Ink becomes one with the material, resulting in a smooth, durable, and long-lasting finish. Infusible Ink sheets are available in various colors and patterns, allowing users to create customized designs.

Faux Leather

Faux leather, also known as synthetic leather or artificial leather, is a material that imitates the look and feel of genuine leather. It is typically made from a fabric base that is coated with a polyurethane or PVC layer to give it a leather-like appearance. Faux leather is commonly used in various crafts and DIY projects, including keychains, accessories, and home decor items.

HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl)

HTV, or heat transfer vinyl, is a type of vinyl material used to create designs that can be heat-applied to fabrics, such as T-shirts, onesies, and tote bags. HTV comes in sheets or rolls and can be cut using a Cricut machine. Once the design is cut, it is transferred onto the fabric using heat and pressure, resulting in a permanent and personalized design.

Vinyl Cutting

Vinyl cutting refers to the process of cutting vinyl material into specific shapes or designs using a cutting machine, such as a Cricut machine. Vinyl cutting is commonly used for various applications, including creating decals, stickers, signage, and personalized gifts. The Cricut machine allows users to design or import their own designs and then cut them out of vinyl material with precision.

These are some of the key concepts related to the Cricut machine and the projects mentioned in the article. If you have any specific questions or need more information on any of these topics, feel free to ask!

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