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Who needs a fun little crafting time in their life right now? I love spending time in my craft room when I am inspired by a great idea! Today, I partnered with Cricut to share some of my favorite Cricut Maker projects with you.
As I went through my blog posts, and instagram I couldn’t believe how many fun projects I have made over the past year or two. I am highlighting some of favorites below, I hope to inspire you to make your own Cricut Maker crafts!
Cricut Maker Projects: Iron On Vinyl
Making iron on vinyl projects is the main reason I use my Cricut Maker. I love making fun shirts to celebrate holidays, travel adventures and our favorite characters. One of my favorite things to do is create special birthday shirts for my boys like this Minecraft birthday shirt. I also love to create special shirts for our visits to theme parks like my Jessie shirt for our Disneybound in Toy Story Land or when I made everyone sweet Simpsons shirts for Universal Orlando!
More recently, we made matching LEGO witch shirts for our first visit to Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND California. Many kids like to dress up in their Halloween costumes like we do for Disneyland’s Halloween Party but we opted to wear super cool matching shirts feature a witch LEGO Minifigure. We stuck with typical Halloween colors and used green and purple Iron-On Vinyl on a black t-shirt.
I just created a fun t-shirt celebrating the release of Pixar’s Onward at home. As soon as I watched the movie with my boys I knew I wanted to make a ‘Q’ shirt for Quinn. Barley, the older brother in the movie wears it and I assume it stands for Quest. This shirt works best with gold and silver Iron-On Vinyl on a black shirt.
How fun were all the Princess shirts when they slipped into pjs during Ralph Breaks the Internet? That’s another fun design I immediately knew I wanted to make into a DIY shirt with my Cricut Maker. This is a easy beginner Cricut project because you use don’t need to layer the design.
Baby Yoda is everyone’s favorite character right now, whether you love Star Wars or not. I created Baby Yoda tote bags for a Disney Cruise extender gift last month. The Baby Yoda SVG could be used to create a fun t-shirt, baby blanket or paper craft as well. I think the olive Iron-On Vinyl is the best shade of green best for Baby Yoda.
Cricut Maker Projects: Christmas
Naturally you could make festive Christmas T-shirts, ugly Christmas sweaters, adorable Christmas jammies or Christmas ornaments! Not all of my projects use iron on vinyl. My projects below are paper crafts or use adhesive vinyl.
My first Baby Yoda project was a Baby Yoda snowflake. I love how easy snowflakes can be to make with paper and scissors. I shared a simple Baby Yoda design you could manually make but the cutest Baby Yoda snowflake is best made on the Cricut Maker! Let the machine make all the tiny, intricate cuts.
Two years ago my boys first discovered Fortnight and were hooked. I say were…but really I mean “are” because they still love Fortnite. Anyway, I made a Fortnite Tomato Head ornament using vinyl and felt! I started with a plastic bulb that I painted red, then added details using vinyl and felt I cut with my Cricut Maker. It was so easy and I didn’t have to worry about making jagged cuts withs scissors.
Cricut Maker Projects: Halloween
DIY Halloween costumes are my favorite types of projects. I used images within Cricut Design Space to make my son a VSCO shirt for his VSCO skeleton costume this year. Utilizing existing graphics within the software allows me to make projects on the fly!
The Cricut Maker in particular is awesome for Halloween costumes because it can cut fabric including felt. I am not really much of a sewing person but I assume cutting pieces of fabric for small projects is awesome. I do work with felt a lot because you don’t have to hem it. Unfortunately cutting felt with scissors is a nightmare, that’s where the Cricut Maker can come in and save the day! How perfect did our Beagle Boy costume turn out?!?
Last year I made a Duke Caboom costume because Keanu Reeves is super cool. A lot of the costume is white clothes and red duct tape but the maple leaf details were cut using my Cricut Maker.
My original Fortnite Tomato Head project was the costume my youngest son requested. It was challenging to DIY the actual head but it turned out quite well. Part of my success was due to the face details I was able to cut using my Cricut Maker!
Once I made the costume, it was easy to replicate just head on a red painted pumpkin and smaller face details out of vinyl. I also cut the green felt leaves for the pumpkin using my Cricut Maker!
Why a Cricut Maker?
A Cricut Maker is an electronic cutting machine that uses svg files to cut designs from various materials. I also have a Cricut Joy which is fun and portable but I think my Maker is my favorite Cricut machine.
Cricut Makers are better than Cricut Explore Air machines because they have additional blade options like the knife blade for wood or rotary blade for fabric. More blade options mean different materials can be used for easy projects.
I haven’t tried any wood projects yet but I know lots of crafts like to use balsa wood to make fun things.
What Cricut Maker Projects have you made?
This post was originally published March 25, 2020.