Are you searching for some Cricut projects to make as a beginner? Have you even heard of a Cricut machine? I’ve been using my Cricut for a few years now and only just discovered I’ve been pronouncing it wrong the entire time. Cri-cut instead of Crick-ut. I might have to add a K to the front of my machine, or I will forget.
Whether you only just got a machine, have been using one for years or you’re still thinking about it, I decided to create three fabulous projects for all skill levels.
Let’s get on with the show!
The Cricut Projects:
Beginner: How To Make A Decorative Swan Banner
What You Will Need For The Swan Banner
- White 12×12 Card
- Maggie Holmes Carousel Die Cut Shapes
- Maggie Holmes Bloom Flower Die Cuts
- Tape Runner
- Decorative Scrapbook Paper
- One white doily
- Stitched ruffle crepe paper
- Banner shape (made in Canva and available in the digital freebies library)
How To Make The First Of Your Cricut Projects
Upload your image to the Cricut design space and remove any white areas.
Attach the white cardstock to your Cricut mat and load into the machine. Cut out your banner and remove carefully.
Grab some patterned scrapbook paper and tear a strip to attach to the top of your banner.
Arrange where you want it to sit and attach the ruffle crepe paper on top using the tape runner.
Before you stick the flowers down, arrange your pieces of flowers and decide where all of your elements are going to go.
When you’re happy, get sticking!
Use your tape runner to add the doily in the centre and remove some of the die cut shapes. If you add a word banner underneath the swan, do not centre the banner between the top and bottom.
Treat the die cut banner and the swan as one piece; centre both as such.
The die cut shapes are already sticky so you won’t need to use your tape runner with these thick chipboard pieces.
You can attach a dowel rod at the back if you wish to decorate it or create several smaller versions to create a garland.
Intermediate: How To Make Bullet Journal Stencils
What You Will Need For The Stencils
- Cricut Stencil Material
- Sticky Mat
- Cricut Spatula Accessory
- Weeder Accessory
- Shapes(made in Canva and available in the digital freebies library)
How To Make The Stencils
Upload the Stencil image to the Cricut design space and remove any white with the magic wand tool.
Attach the stencil material to the sticky mat and load into your Cricut machine.
Prepare to cut and hit the Go Button!
When you are cutting, be sure to select the ‘Poster Board’ setting to ensure the stencil material gets cut twice.
Use the Cricut weeder accessory (the pokey thing) to remove the stencil material carefully. Use the spatula to lift off the mat. If your stencil material is self-adhesive, you can pull it apart. Be sure to remove the sticky pieces before attaching to your bullet journal or it will destroy the paper.
I remove the stickiness by putting it on textiles and removing several times. It lifts threads and means your bujo can remain pristine!
Advanced: How To Make Some Fabulous Frida Kahlo Wall Art!
Are you ready to learn how to make some Frida Kahlo wall art? I’m crazy about Frida. She is a heroine of mine.
At Christmas, I was lucky to receive some Mermaid markers, which launched me head first into the world of Jane Davenport. Jane also has an affinity for the beautiful Frida, which is what partly inspired this piece of art today!
What You Will Need For The Frida Wall Art
- Cricut Machine
- Piece of wood
- Turquoise Acrylic Craft Paint
- Peach Acrylic Craft Paint
- Black Acrylic Craft Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Mermaid Makers
- White paint marker
How To Make The Frida Wall Art
To prepare your wall art, paint some Gesso and draw a face. If you struggle with faces, try using this recipe.
When you’re happy, go over her face with a Sharpie.
Fill in the skin tones and paint the background. I used mermaid markers to add extra/darker details.
Fill in the whites of the eyes and darken any parts that require it.
Use black acrylic to paint her hair, and now you’re ready to get started making flowers.
How To Make Paper Flowers
- I used 12×12 White Cardstock and painted/decorated
- Patterned Scrapbook Paper
- Felt for the centres
- Cricut Access Flower Wreath cut files
- Spatula Accessory
- Weeder Accessory
- Cricut Scissors (from Accessory set)
- Mini faux flowers
- Faux leaves from a cheap flower arrangement
- Glue gun & sticks
- Faux Butterfly
Prepare your cutting mat to hold cardstock and cut the flower files. I used three different flower files and faux leaves but you can use green scrapbook paper, and the leaf cut files that come as part of the Access file.
Use your hot glue to assemble and attach the leaves. When dry, decide how you will arrange your flowers on Frida’s head and when you’re happy, use hot glue to attach everything.
What was your favourite of the Cricut projects here? My favourite project might be the swan as I’m in love with the carousel collection from Maggie Holmes and I’ve wanted to use that lil guy for months!