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10 things you didn’t know you could do with Cricut

We often say that the possibilities are endless when you own a Cricut machine as there are so many different types of projects you can create. In this round up of 10 things you didn’t know you could make with a Cricut, there are a few more ideas that might surprise you!

1. Doormats

Welcome visitors to your home with an extra personal greeting by creating your own doormat. Simply cut a stencil from stencil or removable vinyl and use it to paint a long-lasting doormat that will wow your guests and the postman!

Good Vibes doormat: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5a1de0068482993133c2378f

2. Doll house furniture



Project by @make.e on Instagram

To create miniature versions of your furniture there is no better tool than the Cricut maker! Emily (better know on Instagram as Make.e) has been creating a gorgeous dolls house with her Cricut Maker, we want to move in!

3. Body art stencils

Body artist Cat Finlayson cuts stencils on her Cricut machines to create intricate body art! Cat uses the stencils to add paint to a model’s body in intricate custom patterns. This technique would work great at home for children’s glitter tattoos and face paint too! Cat explains how she creates her stencils in her blog post here.

4. Engraved jewellery

Add an even more personal touch to a keepsake gift by engraving a name onto a charm before gifting it to a loved one. This thoughtful touch is made possible by the engraving tool on the Cricut Maker.

You can create your own using this project link: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5e5d79f6d7188a0f8cccdd55

5. Cut and sew a backpack

The rotary blade on the Cricut Maker takes the faff out of pattern cutting and marking. You can cut out all of the pieces for your own classy backpack on your machine, then sew them together to create a backpack to carry all of your things around in!

Classy kids backpack: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5b3a92aedac8370844b94320

6. Pawsome puzzles

Creating a personalised puzzle is great gift! Use the print and cut function to print out a photo then cut it into puzzle pieces, perfect for game night!

Poppy dog puzzle: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5acf9bec9f6b796b389497fd

7. Tracing board for kids

Create an educational tracing mat tool for your little ones using the Cricut Maker. Children can trace the letters with white board markers, then you can wipe clean ready for next time!

Karley Hall shows you how to create your own in her video:

8. Vinyl tile upgrade

Want to freshen up a kitchen or bathroom on a budget? Or perhaps you are renting, so new tiles are out of the question. Use vinyl over the top of your existing tiles to create beautiful new ones!

https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5bc43cc6d628a5062e8d8da4

9. Get off on the right foot with these baby shoes

Welcoming a new member of the family calls for a beautiful handmade gift. You can create a stunning pair of moccasins for baby using your Cricut Explore or Maker using this Design Space project: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5ac2b096d2bf3b09b67942db

10. Stamp of approval

Want to create your own stamps? You can use your machine to cut layers of craft foam to create a stamp that’s personal to you!

Acorn stamp: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5bd76b953821960622787f9a

There are hundreds more Ready to Make projects in Cricut Design Space if you’re in need of more inspiration. Head to design.cricut.com or the iOS / Android app store to download the free app.

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The art of tablescaping

Instagram is awash with images of beautiful tablescapes making an event of even the most mundane Sunday brunch. Here, we’ve put together our top tips for nailing this trend.

What is tablescaping?

It’s way simpler than it sounds. Tablescaping is simply the act of creatively decorating your tabletop. Traditionally, you’d have seen these beautiful table settings at events and weddings but these days, even a casual meal with friends can be reason enough to dress to impress.  

You’ll see lots of celebrities like Laura Jackson and Fiona Leahy adding charm to their dinner parties by adding creative touches to their tables. But with a bit of imagination and a touch of DIY, you can get the look at home for a fraction of the cost.

Here are our top tips for stunning tables:

  • Pick a theme / Find your inspo

Is it casual-chic, stylish-spook, Autumn-harvest or Winter-sparkle? There’s lots of ways to be inspired, whether it’s a colour, an occasion, a season or a place. There are loads of ideas that have been shared on Pinterest, so this is a great place to get started!

  • Make the most of what you have

Find playful new ways to repurpose things you already have in your home. Like giving your old white tablecloth a new lease of life by dying it with tumeric or adding some iron-on vinyl to napkins for personalised name settings. You could also go on a nature walk to collect pinecones or pick some fresh flowers from your garden. Sometimes the best things in life are free.

Things you might need:

Level 1- the basics: Dishes, silverware, glasses, napkins and a tablecloth

Level 2 – the décor: Candlesticks, flowers and garlands

Level 3 – the extra touches: Anything from pumpkins and fruits to mirrors or trinkets

  • Upcycle or recycle

Grab those empty jars and pots, some paints, yarns or vinyl and start decorating. Or if you find your table is still missing something, head to a charity shop. They’re filled with all sorts of treasure that could be perfect for your table but won’t break the bank.

Learn the art of Tablescaping

5 ways to DIY your table with Cricut

  • Add some height!

The best decorations don’t always have to be on the table. Create decorations to hang from the ceiling for that extra wow-factor. Rosette fans and banners are a perfect choice and all you’d need is your Cricut, some card, glue and string.

Design Space Rosette Fans Project

  • Get crafty with your table settings

It’s all in the extra-finishes, and who doesn’t love a table-setting keepsake to take home with them? Grab some napkins and turn them into a personalised masterpiece using iron-on vinyl.

Custom napkins Design Space project

  • Give your old table runner a new lease of life.  

Transform your table runner from drab to fab by adding iron-on elements that match your theme perfectly.

Table runner Design Space project

  • Not enough placemats? No problem.

Choose from an array of images on Cricut’s free app, Design Space. And cut your own placemat out of card!

Placemats Design Space project

  • Add the finishing touches

Add some feature points to your display, like this papercraft basket or snowflake jug made from removable vinyl. Super affordable, super-easy and super-chic!

Jug Design Space project

And one more tip…don’t forget to share your Cricut tablescapes using #CricutCreated on social media.

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Where to find Cricut

You can now find Cricut products in many retailers in the UK and Ireland.

Hobbycraft 

Hobbycrat offers a vast range of Cricut machines tools and accessories both in-store with 102 locations in the UK, and also online. In many stores you will find a Cricut Expert who is more than happy to help with any questions you may have, and during Cricut Wednesdays there is usually a Q&A on the Hobbycraft Facebook page.  There’s even a network of stores with Custom Crafting areas where you can try the machines yourself. Visit the Hobbycraft website for more information.

John Lewis 

You will find Cricut in John Lewis stores with a haberdashery department, plus you’ll also find a range of machines, tools and consumables online.

Very

Visit the Very website to discover Cricut machines and extensions and take advantage of ‘Take 3‘ where you can spread the payments over three months (credit provided, subject to credit and account status).

Littlewoods

With a website for the UK and another for Ireland, Littlewoods offers machines and extensions with opportunities to spread the cost in regular installments.

Currys PC World 

Cricut Joy and a range of consumables are now available online at Currys PC World and in around 50 stores nationwide.

Ryman 

Not only does Ryman offer a place to purchase machines, consumables, and ready made starter bundles, there’s also inspiration and tips for getting started with Cricut.

Argos 

With over 1,000 locations across the UK, you can arrange for your Cricut Joy machine to be delivered to the most convenient Argos location for you. Or, alternatively, order for home delivery. You can earn and pay with Nectar points too! Cricut Joy is also available on the Argos Ireland website.

Amazon.co.uk 

Our biggest range can be found in the Cricut Amazon store. Browse by product type and be inspired by the vast range of colours, finishes and effects on vinyls, iron ons, papers and more.  

Hochanda 

We are proud to be featured in Hochanda‘s scheduling, offering a chance to see the machines being demonstrated before you buy. The TV shopping channel regularly has offers on Cricut machines and consumables, but don’t hang around as the offers don’t last for long!

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Beginner’s guide to Cricut Design Space

All Cricut machines use free Cricut Design Space software where you can choose exactly which shapes or images to cut, draw and all of the other functions the machines are capable of. Handily it also automatically determines how much pressure to use based on each specific material you are cutting so there’s no guesswork, and no alterations to make to the machine.

Design Space helps you every step of the way. Let’s find out more about the app.

You can upload your own images or use the library of over 160,000+ images in Cricut Design Space. You can use your own fonts alongside the library of fonts already available in Design Space. You’ll find hundreds of ready to make projects too.

You can also make use of Cricut Access, a monthly subscription that gives you access to images, fonts and projects whilst you are a subscriber. Find out more about Cricut Access here: https://cricut.com/en_us/cricut-access.html

Cricut Design Space stores your projects in the cloud to be used across your devices, which means you can design a project on the bus home on your phone, then cut it from your laptop once you get there!

We always advise checking the specifications for your devices and computers here to check that Cricut Design space is compatible:

Cricut Joy has a simpler app you can also use, to help you create quick projects on the go. Find out more about the Cricut Joy app here.

You might also find this post useful: How to find free images in Design Space.

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Cricut member turns creativity to good during lockdown

Like so many Cricut members, Carol West combined the cutting expertise of her Cricut Maker with the power of her sewing machine to whip up some face coverings during lockdown. We spoke to Carol to find out how she combined her creativity with her love of motorbikes to make over 5,000 face coverings for schools, care homes, GP surgeries and the local community.

Q. Hi Carol, could you tell us a little bit about how you first got started with your Cricut machine?

I’ve always loved arts and crafts. I actually used to be a classroom assistant at a Junior School and “cutting and sticking” was my speciality! So I’ve always had a bit of a creative side. As luck would have it, I came across the Cricut Maker at my local arts and crafts shop and snapped it up – it turned out to be the week of lockdown, so it was perfect timing to keep me occupied! As a passionate biker with my own Harley-Davidson motorcycle I was excited to use my Cricut machine to make vinyl stickers for my bike, iron-on patches for my jacket, and a mask to wear riding.                                                        

Q. That’s great timing. How did you get involved with making masks for others – what was your first project?

Well, it’s funny because making masks actually turned out to be my first project. Once lockdown started, the news started to come out about how to keep safe and wearing masks. I saw the mask template on Cricut Design Space, and thought it would make a good face covering to help with my other passion in life – my motorbike. So I made a pink sparkly one for myself as my first project.

Soon after this, it was being reported that there was a shortage of masks for those who needed them most. Cricut had an initiative called ‘millions of masks’ where the creative community was encouraged to use their skills to make masks where possible. I made about 100 to begin with and put a post in a local Facebook group to say I had some masks if anyone wanted any. 

The local school were making face shields, and had asked about masks, so they took my first batch and I carried on to supply them as they needed them. 

From there I just kept producing them! I joined a group on Facebook called Volunteer Riders UK who are bikers who were delivering PPE across the UK free of charge.  I joined with a view to being able to go out on my bike to do deliveries.  But someone on there said they needed masks and I said I could make them. From there it became a full time thing for nearly 4 weeks – I was able to make around 200 masks a day, one day I managed 370!

For eight hours a day, I’d sit in my designated craft corner, making masks. I ordered material online, used old bed sheets and relied on donations, too, including two bags of fabric samples from a woman who used to make curtains.

I’ve made over 5,000 now!

Q. That’s really amazing. Who did these masks go to, was it just schools?

The amazing thing about making masks is being able to help so many different people. The masks have gone to care homes, respite care, GP surgeries, community midwives, social workers.

I sent some to a cake baker who was making around 6 deliveries a day and was worried about her baby at home so she wanted masks.  I made a large batch for a group of ladies who make wigs for cancer patients, and when they received their masks they asked for more for their customers to be able to have some.  A family of a little girl with cystic fibrosis had some. 

Some of my masks have gone as far as the Outer Hebrides for carers on the island who were struggling with getting masks and the ones they had were making their faces sore.           

For doctors and nurses, I made superhero masks, adorned with comic-book characters like Wonder Woman and Batman, which they wore over their medical- grade masks. If the masks were going to GP clinics, I made them with floral patterns or geometric designs.

The feedback I have had has been very positive, people like the masks as they are comfortable and washable.  The ladies in the Hebrides were very very happy with theirs!

Q. Wow. What gave you the drive to help in such a powerful way?

I am the daughter of a retired nurse and my daughter is a paramedic – so for me making masks was doing what I can for those that needed help.  My mum taught me to always give what I can for those in need.

When I discovered I could use my creativity and Cricut machine to do so much good for people, it was really an easy decision to make.

I’m not the real hero this year though, it’s the NHS staff of carers, doctors, nurses and more who deserve endless praise for the work they’ve done for the whole nation throughout the pandemic.

Q. What’s next for you, are you still making masks?

Now I am just producing for local families or individuals who ask for masks. I’m still making them, but on a smaller scale than before. I’m really proud to have contributed to both Cricut’s Millions of Masks campaign and the national effort more widely.

I’m looking forward to continuing my creative journey and making more creations.

Since March, Cricut has seen that over 1.9 million masks have been made using patterns on the company’s Cricut Design Space software. Various patterns are available including a cardboard template and a no-sew face covering and even designs with embroidered patterns. Follow the links below to make your own face covering using Cricut patterns in Design Space:

Face covering with window

Cricut Maker (fabric) face covering

No sew face covering

If you don’t have a Cricut machine, you can download the face mask patterns here:

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Make and mend, not spend: Britain is now a nation of crafters

We heard from a lot of Cricut members telling us how they were turning to their hobbies even more during lockdown. Some used their crafty skills for good, making face coverings for themselves, their families and their communities and some saw the benefits of spending some time crafting to help stay mindful, aid mental health and spend time crafting together as a family.

We decided to look into this a bit deeper and carried out some research into the nation’s crafty habits and we have to say we weren’t too surprised at the results!

  • Three quarters (79%) of Brits said they now craft more than they did pre-lockdown
  • The majority (96%) said they now plan to continue making their own products, rather than buying them from their usual shop
  • 78% plan to create more activities from scratch or holiday from home
  • Nearly half (46%) cancelled plans, instead preferring (or ‘in order to’) to spend more time crafting
  • Hosting a garden party (73%) was the most popular activity to recreate from home

We also discovered that the nation is proving selfless and generous, with 82% creating in order to gift presents to family and friends.

Half (49%) of Brits are also using their newfound skill to create cancelled experiences at home. Hosting a traditional garden party tops the list (73%), followed by a recreating a baby shower or pre-wedding celebration (39%). The cancellation of this year’s Glastonbury may also be influencing our choices as a fifth (22%) are also hosting their own music festival.

It’s not just crafting we’ve been trying – three quarters of us (73%) have learnt a new skill. The top skills being practised after crafting include DIY and Baking (34%), followed by a new language (6%) and learning a musical instrument (3%).

84% of Brits also revealed that social media has inspired them to become more creative. With celebrities like Stacey Solomon leading the way with her tap to tidy trend, showcasing how easy it is to recreate these craft skills at home.

This research shines an interesting light on our attitudes to getting creative during lockdown. A positive legacy from the lockdown is that people have used their unexpected time at home to develop a new hobby or skill, something which they can hopefully continue to love and progress with once things return to the new normal.

With more people developing craft as a hobby than ever before, those looking for inspiration for new ideas and projects can look to Cricut to find them in abundance. Our range of Cricut machines cater for every person, whatever stage of the crafting journey they are at, whether this be beginners’ level such as home organisation and personalisation or crafting connoisseur dreaming up grand projects.

The research survey was carried out by Cricut to a total of 6,145 people across the UK.