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3 Beginner Cricut Projects to Try

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Get started with these 3 beginner Cricut projects.

Now that you have a Cricut, it’s time to start creating. Deciding what to create can be a challenge, there are so many options! I’m going to show you a few projects using paper, vinyl and iron on that you can recreate right now.

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The beginner Cricut projects below showcase 3 of the most popular materials; paper, vinyl and iron on. Watch this video to learn more about all the materials Cricut can cut. These materials are easy to use and the designs are already created for you. Just grab your machine and get started.

Beginner Cricut Project 1 – a Cricut Joy Card

Cricut joy and card

The Cricut Joy is a small machine that can make all kinds of things. This machine takes up very little space and is a breeze to set up and use. One of the things I like best about the Joy is the ability to quickly make cards for any occasion.

Using a card mat and Cricut card inserts you can easily make one of the hundreds of designs available. Simply pull up a design in the app, load a card onto the card mat and into your Joy, then cut! It’s truly that easy.

This card is made using the Hey Thanks Rainbow card and the Princess Sampler cards and inserts.

Cricut Joy with card mat

I’ve stopped buying cards and instead make sure I always have a pack of cards and inserts on hand.

Beginner Cricut Project 2 – a custom coffee cup

beginner cricut project customer vinyl travel mug

After you’ve worked with vinyl a few times, you are going to want to add it to everything. One of my favorite items to customize are mugs, cups and tumblers. Adding a cute phrase or fun graphic can turn a plain cup into something you want to use every day.

I made this travel cup using my Cricut Explore Air 2 and gold permanent vinyl. When customizing anything, it’s easiest to grab a pre made design in Cricut Design Space. For this project I used the design Life Happens Coffee Helps.

design space graphic

These designs are ready to cut, just size the graphic or phrase to fit your blank and click Make it. Design Space will walk you through how to load your machine and cut the vinyl.

Watch a full tutorial of Cricut project, step by step to help you get started.

Once the vinyl is cut and weeded, use transfer tape to move the design from the backing to your blank. Then push the design down and peel back the transfer tape. Voila! That’s it, a customer travel mug you can use or gift to someone.

Beginner Cricut Project 3 – Iron on tea towel

Cricut tea towel

Cricut iron on is a vinyl that adheres to fabric. You can use this material to customize t-shirts, bags towels and more.

For this project, start with an inexpensive tea towel or flour sack towel. You will need a machine, either the Joy, Explore Air 2 or Maker and an EasyPress or iron.

Begin in Design Space with a premade graphic that you like. Size it appropriately and click make it. I used Bakery Icon for this project.

Whenever you work with iron-on, be sure to mirror your design, this is so important! On this screen, just click the little mirror button before you cut. When you place iron on on a mat, it goes shiny side down and the design is cut into the back.

mirror vinyl in Cricut design space

Once your design is cut and weeded, place it on the towel and use your EasyPress or iron to adhere it to the fabric. When it’s placed on the towel the design will be right side up.

Cricut easypress mini

This tea towel will be so cute in my kitchen. Consider giving a custom set of towels as a gift too.

These beginner Cricut projects are all easy ways to get started with your machine. In fact, you can make all 3 and bundle them together as a nice gift for someone you really like.

3 beginner Cricut projects to make

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Beginner Cricut Projects

Do you have a favorite Cricut project? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. Or tag @creativeramblings on Instagram or Facebook.

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