Cricut Joy Craft Ideas
Cricut is a popular brand of crafting machines and I’ve been using those machines since 2013. The most affordable Cricut Machine is the Cricut Joy Machine and you can make a variety of craft projects from mini decals to large wall art. Keep reading and watch the video to see Cricut Joy Craft Ideas For The Absolute Beginner (with pictures).
In case you’re in a hurry…
Cricut Joy Project Ideas
If you’re looking for inspiration to start using the Cricut Joy Machine, this post is for you! I gathered some ideas to use the Cricut Joy Machine to make some fun crafts to decorate your home, to give as gifts, or to sell and start a side hustle!
Cricut Joy Vinyl Project Ideas
–>> Get Cricut Joy Smart Vinyl Here (it’s the BEST deal online!)
Soap Bottle Decal
Simple Made Pretty made this cute soap bottle decal in 5 minutes using black permanent vinyl and a Cricut Joy Machine.
Nail Art Vinyl
Take your holiday nails to the next level by adding some Cricut Joy cut sticker vinyl.
Mini Rolling Pins Vinyl
These mini rolling pins have been popping up all over Instagram and they are the cutest to decorate by using a Cricut Joy Machine.
–>>Get inspired to make some Rolling Pin vinyl art decals here
Cricut Joy Personalized Candle Jars
I also personalized these Dollar Tree jars after making my own soy candles! I found the SVG designs for Sweet Pumpkin Pie and Sweater Weather at my favorite place to find FREE SVG files.
–>>Make your own soy candles in this post
If you love mugs as much as the Instagram world, you will love being able to make your own decals for your mugs using the Cricut Joy Machine.
–>>Learn how to make a mug decal using Cricut here
Create beautiful personalized ornaments for Christmas using a Cricut Joy Machine. These would make a cute gift or decorate your own tree.
–>>See the tutorial to make ornaments using Cricut Joy vinyl here
I found some mini ornaments at the Dollar Tree during Christmas and used scrap vinyl and Cricut Joy to add decals to them!
Cricut Joy Night Lights
These Dollar Tree nightlights can be personalized using a Cricut Joy machine and vinyl.
–>>See the tutorial to make the Cricut Joy Night Lights here
Personalized Wine Glasses
I used Dollar Tree wine glasses and a funny SVG to create a cute teacher wine glass gift! Add some chocolates inside and you have a great teacher present.
–>>See the tutorial to make these teacher wine glasses here
Cricut Joy Wall Art
Sometimes I just take a piece of scrap wood (either from old projects or found in the scrap section at lumber stores) and paint them and add my own Cricut Joy decal. Add a sawtooth hanger on the back and you have an easy farmhouse sign! This nativity wood sign has been super popular with my readers…
–>>Learn how to make the Nativity sign and grab the Free SVG file here!
Use Dollar Tree decals for a farmhouse sign then add your own design as I did with this farmhouse Unicorn sign. My followers on Instagram went crazy when they saw this Cricut/Dollar Tree hack! I used a Dollar Tree Unicorn Decal then added my own Quote (Don’t Stop Believing) to the sign for an easy #5minutecraft!
–>>Learn more about using Dollar Tree Decals on Farmhouse signs in this video!
Or this Free Hugs sign that I made for Valentine’s Day…
Then I changed the vinyl on that sign for Spring…
Rae Dun-inspired Pumpkins are super easy to make with your Cricut Joy machine. Pick up some Craft Pumpkins and add Cricut decals to make these easy Cricut Fall Craft!
–>>Learn how to make these personalize pumpkins
Personalized Easter Eggs
Rae Dun-inspired Easter eggs are super easy to make with your Cricut Joy machine. Pick up some white craft eggs for $1 and add Cricut decals to make these easy Cricut Easter crafts!
–>>Make some Rae Dunn Inspired Easter eggs here
Cricut Command Center
Use Cricut Joy to make a Dollar Tree DIY Cricut Command Center. Add vinyl decals to Dollar Tree Signs to create an organized command center.
–>> Find the Cricut Command Center Tutorial here
If you want more inspiration using your Cricut Joy machine, Follow Me On Instagram! I’m always sharing a sneak peek into my latest DIY in my Instagram stories, Reels, and saving the how-to videos as highlights.
Cricut Joy Iron-On Craft Ideas
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DIY Monogram Tea Towel
Amber Oliver used scrap HTV to make these adorable monogrammed tea towels. These DIY tea towels would make a cute gift or classy decor in your own home!
Cricut Personalized Drink Koozies
Use iron-on or heat-transfer vinyl to make some fun drink koozies! I made some for my kid’s teachers one year and they loved them!
–>>See how to make these teacher koozies using Cricut
Custom Oven Mitts
These personalized oven mitts that Amber Oliver made using scrap iron-on are too cute! Think of the possibilities to personalize oven mitts and pot holders to give as a housewarming gift, hostess gift, or use for yourself!
–>>Learn how to make custom oven mitts here
Over-sized Canvas Wall Art
Yes, you can make large projects using the Cricut Joy Machine, including this large art canvas.
–>>See the tutorial to make the Cricut art canvas here
Iron-On T-Shirts using Cricut Joy
I made this skull and bones St. Patrick’s Day shirt for my son back in 2017 and everyone loved it so I added a free SVG file to make it in my library! Upload the image, size it depending on the size of the T-shirt (and that it’s small enough to cut using the Cricut Joy machine), and iron the image.
Cricut Joy – If You Can Read This Socks
These “If you can read this” socks are funny and make cure gifts. You can change the saying on the second sock to say whatever you want. I’ve made several of these socks and even offer a BUNDLE SVG file in my shop so you can make these socks in minutes and give them as gifts (or use them for yourself, hehe).
–>>Go here to see the tutorial on how to make these socks
–>>Go here to get the SVG Bundle with different sock quotes!
Iron-On/Heat Transfer Vinyl Pillow
This adorable red truck pillow is made with heat transfer vinyl (this is my favorite HTV) and you can find the SVG file to make this pillow here! I sewed the edge of the pillow with red pom-pom ribbon for more detail
Cricut Joy DIY Hat
The Cricut HatPress makes it so easy to make custom hats like the one I made for Mother’s Day.
Cardstock Cricut Joy Craft Ideas
–>> Get Cricut Joy Cutaway Cards Here (it’s the BEST deal online!)
Cricut DIY Earrings
I love how Artsy Fartsy Mamma used scrap cardstock to make these beautiful geometric earrings! When you can use your Cricut machine to make wearable items, you’ve become the ultimate Cricut crafter!
–>>See the tutorial to make geometric earrings here
Cricut Paper Flowers
Try making these paper flower corsages! There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to making paper flowers but once you get the hang of it, you will never buy another silk/fake flower again!
–>>See how to make a paper flower corsage in this post!
Cricut Paper Greeting Cards
I bought my first Cricut machine to make greeting cards (and those greeting cards provided income through my Etsy shop!). The first project you make using Cricut Joy should be a greeting card (Cricut even sends you materials and instructions to make your first greeting card project!). There are so many greeting cards available in Cricut Design Space Make-It-Now posts!
I love looking through the Make-it-now projects on Cricut and the greeting cards are super easy when you need a last-minute Birthday card like this cake card I made recently!
EOS Lip Balm Cards
Use a Cricut Joy machine to cut these cute little cards to give as favors or gifts!
–>>See how to make EOS Lip Balm Cards in this post
DIY Cricut Joy Paper Lanterns
Size the cardstock correctly to make some adorable paper lanterns using Cricut Joy.
–>>See how to make Paper Lanterns using Cricut this post
Cricut Cardstock Home Decor
It’s so easy to cut paper shapes and use them in your home decor. Check out how I used my Cricut Joy machine to cut these paper bats and used tape to secure them to this Dollar Store Burlap Wreath…
–>>Learn How to make this Halloween bat wreath here
During Valentine’s Day, I cut some paper hearts and used them to cascade down a wall…Oh, and those pink pillows (The XOXO and heart) were made with my Cricut Maker machine! I try to use Cricut Joy to make my own home decor items before spending money on home decor. Most of the trendy decor you can buy is usually something handmade that you can replicate using your Cricut Joy machine!
Holiday paper cut images are not the only things you can make! In my daughter’s bedroom, I cut some paper butterflies and taped to the wall like they are flying away. She enjoyed those butterflies for 4 years until the day we moved. I still have the butterflies to use again if she wants to… which is also a benefit of using paper decor… you can easily pack it up to be used another time!
Cricut Joy Welcome Door Mat DIY
A DIY Doormat is a Cricut Joy project that I’ve made several times! These welcome mats are super easy to DIY and personalize with your own creative design (while saving money) and I’ll show you how to make a Cricut stencil using this Cricut Joy Stencil Material.
Keep in mind, for larger door mats, you’ll want to adjust the cut file to size in Cricut Design Space for the Cricut Joy Machine.
Valentine’s Day Cricut Welcome Mat
I made this Love Shack doormat after hearing the song on the radio and thought, that would make a fun doormat!
–>>Learn how to make the Love Shack Doormat here
Cricut Joy Fall Doormat
I made a Fall doormat in 2019 that went viral on Instagram and Cricut users everywhere wanted to try making their own welcome mat with this hack!
–>>Learn how to make the Hey There Pumpkin Doormat here
DIY Halloween Doormat
Once you start making doormats, it can become an addiction! LOL! Check out this Halloween doormat and by the way, all the SVG files to make these welcome mats are FREE in my digital resource library!
–>>Learn how to make the Halloween Doormat here
–>>Get the Writable Vinyl for Cricut Joy Here (it’s the best deal online!)
Kitchen Organization Labels
Organize your entire kitchen by using vinyl and Cricut Joy to make DIY kitchen labels! I used the Writable vinyl to make the labels in this project.
–>> Get Cricut Joy Writable Vinyl Here
Cricut Joy MugPress & Infusible Ink
Make custom mugs using the Cricut Joy machine, infusible ink, and the Cricut MugPress. You can start a small business selling Cricut Mugs with the Cricut Joy!
–>> Get the Cricut MugPress Here
Wrap-Up About Cricut Joy Craft Ideas
Cricut Joy is a crafting machine that cuts paper, vinyl, and cardstock. It can even emboss in various textures and fonts. Decorate your home with easy Cricut Joy crafts. With the Cricut Joy craft machine and the right type of SVG images, crafting is fun and simple. Just plain fun. We’ll show you how to get started on a budget.
New to Cricut?
Here are some Cricut Basics!
–>>If you want a Circut Machine but aren’t sure which machine is for you, be sure to read this post, How to Choose Which Cricut Machine is Right for you.
–>>Want more tips on finding inexpensive Cricut supplies? Read this post, How to Save Money on Cricut Craft Supplies.
What Cricut Accessories Do I Need?
Cricut Essentials make putting the pieces together a joy. From tweezers that handle delicate parts to Cricut EasyPress for foolproof iron-on, every Essential makes a great project even greater, every step of the way. These are the Cricut Tools & Accessories I recommend for the serious crafter:
Cricut Easy Press
I highly recommend purchasing the Cricut Easy Press if you plan to do any iron-on or heat-transfer projects. The Cricut Easy Press will make your Cricut DIYs so much easier! The Cricut Easy Press comes in 3 different sizes, however, I own the 9 x 9 and it’s the perfect size for most projects.
–>>Get the Cricut Easy Press here!
Cricut Easy Press Mat
If you purchase the Cricut Easy Press, don’t forget to get the coordinating Easy Press Mat, which will protect your surfaces and projects from burning. Alternatively, you can use a folded towel, however, the mat is sleek and easier to store in the craft room 😉
–>>Get the Cricut Easy Press Mat Here!
Cricut Bright Pad
The lightweight, low-profile Cricut BrightPad makes crafting easier while reducing eye strain. It illuminates fine lines for tracing, cut lines for weeding, and more.
–>>Get the Cricut Bright Pad Here!
Cricut Cutting Mats
I suggest having a variety of cutting mats that are customized to match the weight of commonly used crafting materials. With three different mats specifically designed to work with different weights of materials, you can ensure success in all your projects.
–>>Get the Cricut Machine Mat Variety Pack Here!
Cricut Tool Set
You will thank me later for telling you to just get the Cricut Tool Set instead of buying each tool individually! The tools included in the Cricut toolset are all helpful when using your Cricut machine.
–>>Get the Essential Tool Set Here!
My favorite non-Cricut brand materials
You can find other brands of vinyl, iron-on, contact paper, and more outside of Cricut.com. A few of my favorites are:
- Oracal 651 Permanent Vinyl (find it here or at your local craft store)
- Siser HTV
- Dollar Tree clear contact paper (or shelf liner)
- Various fat-quarter fabrics at Walmart
- Felt sheets at local craft stores
Learning how to use your Cricut is really easy and fun once you get the hang of it. If you don’t have a Cricut Access Membership, I highly recommend it. I’ve had a Cricut Access Membership for years and it’s definitely worth the cost for all the benefits!
My favorite online resources to find SVG files to make Cricut craft projects:
–>>Click here to see the latest bundle with the best SVG files at Design Bundles!
–>>Click here to get Unlimited access to over 4 million fonts and designs for just $1!
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How To Choose a Cricut Machine
I bought my first Cricut machine in 2013… it was called the Cricut mini and was one of the first Cricut machines that didn’t have a keyboard. It was a great machine but as soon as Cricut released the Cricut Explore machine in 2014, I quickly bought it. A year later Cricut released the Cricut Explore Air and I bought that too. Then in 2017, Cricut released the Cricut Maker Machine and of course I bought it too. So you can say I’m pretty experienced with Cricut machines and have in-depth knowledge about using Cricut and various Cricut projects.
–>>If you want a Circut Machine but aren’t sure which machine is for you, be sure to read this post, How to Choose Which Cricut Machine is Right for you.
32 Easy Cricut Projects for Beginners
I love learning about new Cricut projects and Cricut Explore Air 2 Projects, but some Cricut crafts seem more advanced than others. I put together this list with Easy Cricut Projects for Beginners to help others find Cricut tutorials for beginners and free Cricut projects. Most of the projects featured in this post can be made using a Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Explore Air 2, but some of these beginner projects require a Cricut Maker Machine (Cricut beginner projects using fabric).
–>>If you’ve had your Cricut machine for some time but are scared to use it, you should try these 32 Easy Cricut Projects for Beginners.
How To Save Money on Cricut Supplies
I love finding a good deal on Cricut vinyl craft supplies and I tend to stock up on Cricut craft supplies during sales (Cricut.com has the best Black Friday sale!) but Cricut supplies can be expensive! One question I’m frequently asked is where can I buy Cricut supplies? Well, not only will I share where you can buy Cricut supplies, but where to find discount Cricut supplies! My favorite store to find Cricut supplies cheap is the Dollar Store.
–>>Want more tips on finding inexpensive Cricut supplies? Read this post with, 30 Cricut Craft Supplies from the Dollar Tree.
15 Cricut Project Ideas Using Scraps
These 15 Cricut Project Ideas Using Scraps are easy Cricut projects that a Cricut beginner can make! If you have scrap Cricut craft materials and are looking for Cricut projects using Cricut Design Space and a Cricut Explore machine, this post is for you! This post is filled with Cricut project ideas inspiration and fun Cricut projects using vinyl, heat transfer (HTV), cardstock, and more! Don’t throw away those small pieces of leftover vinyl, iron-on, or cardstock! Save your Cricut scraps to make these fun Cricut Projects Using Scrap materials! Keep reading to find 15 Easy Cricut project ideas to use up those extra bits of Cricut vinyl, Cricut iron-on, and Cricut cardstock.
–>>Read the full post, 15 Cricut Project Ideas Using Scraps here!
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