cricut paper projects

Projects and Ideas With Paper

After vinyl, the paper is incredibly popular for Cricut projects. It’s definitely the cheapest and easiest to find among all the materials. Cardstock is usually the first choice, as it’s sturdy and can handle a lot of folding, cutting, and art supplies. There are hundreds of thousands of varieties of paper, though, and you can experiment to see what you like best. The types of paper listed for each project is merely a suggestion. Paper also has the advantage of working well in every Cricut machine.

With paper, in particular, you’ll want to make sure your blade is sharp and clean. Anything out of the ordinary will tear the paper. Dull blades are the biggest culprit when you find tears in your paper. Make sure you’re using the appropriate blade for the weight of the paper as well. Some thicker papers might just need a second pass rather than a sharper blade. It’s good to have some spare paper that you can do test runs with.

If you’re using a new cutting mat, you’ll need to condition it before you put your paper on it. New mats are very sticky, and you won’t be able to get the paper off again without tearing it. Conditioning is quick and easy, though. Simply touch the mat with your hands. The oils on your skin will decrease the stickiness without damaging your mat. Touch repeatedly until mat feels less sticky, and make sure to get all of the edges and corners. Test the mat with some scrap paper before using it for your project.

Paper can be found at just about any store. However, some specialty stores and websites will actually give you a cheat sheet on how to cut their different papers with different cutting machines. You might find a list of all of their papers and which blades and settings to use for them. Some will even offer

Instructions

for creating a custom material for specific papers. Check out the help section of specialty paper websites to see if they have this.

The Cricut machines don’t just cut paper; they can also write and draw. Cricut offers a wide selection of different pens, and there are other brands that will fit in the machine as well. A couple of the following projects take advantage of this feature, but you can incorporate it into the others as well. You can draw or write anything on any of your patterns. With the Cricut Explore One and Cricut Explore Air 2, you’ll need to swap out pens if you want to change colors. The Cricut Maker has two tool carriages, so you can do at least two colors at once without swapping.

Project 1: Paper Bouquet

Flowers are nice, but it doesn’t take long for them to wilt. How about some paper ones instead? They’ll last you forever! Use this bouquet as décor in your home or for an event. Budget-conscious brides can even carry this down the aisle instead of an expensive floral arrangement! You will find plenty of templates in the Cricut Design Space for different flowers. You can also search online for more, or you can try your hand at making your own. A bouquet can be made up of one type of flower, the same flower in different colors, a variety of flowers, or a variety of flowers, all in the same color. It depends on the look and feel that you are going for, so use whatever method sounds best to you. You can use plain cardstock, patterned cardstock, or use watercolor to create a color gradient you love. For the stems, pipe cleaners are easier to work with and can be covered with tissue paper or something similar. Or, it can be left visible for a crafty look. The floral wire will give a more realistic look, but it’s thinner and takes some work. You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Cardstock
  • Glue gun
  • Lightstick cutting mat
  • Weeding tool or pick
  • Green pipe cleaners or floral wire

Instructions

  1. Open Cricut Design Space and create a new project.
  2. Select the “Image” button in the lower left-hand corner and search for “paper flowers.”
  3. Select the image with several flower pieces and click “Insert.”
  4. Copy the flowers and resize for variety in your bouquet.
  5. Place your cardstock on the cutting mat.
  6. Send the design to your Cricut.
  7. Remove the outer edge of the paper, leaving the flowers on the mat.
  8. Use your weeding tool or carefully pick to remove the flowers from the mat.
  9. Glue the flower pieces together in the centers, with the largest petals at the bottom.
  10. Bend or curl petals as desired to create multiple looks.
  11. Glue the flowers to the ends of the pipe cleaners or sections of floral wire.
  12. Gather your flowers together in a vase or wrap them with tissue paper.
  13. Enjoy your beautiful bouquet!

Project 2: Leafy Garland

Garlands are an easy way to spruce up any space, and there is an infinite variety of them. Create a unique leafy one to give your home a more naturalistic feel! Feel free to change the colors of the leaves to suit you, whether you stick with green or go a little more unnatural. Tweaking the size of the bundles you make and how close you put them together will change the look of the garland. You can use different types of leaves as well. Experiment a little bit to see what you like best. Bending the leaves down the center and curling the edges a little will give you a more realistic look, or you can leave them flat for a handmade look. You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Cardstock – 2 or more colors of green, or white to paint yourself
  • Glue gun
  • Lightstick cutting mat
  • Weeding tool or pick
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape

Instructions

  1. Open Cricut Design Space and create a new project.
  2. Select the “Image” button in the lower left-hand corner and search for “leaf collage.”
  3. Select the image of leaves and click “Insert.”
  4. Place your cardstock on the cutting mat.
  5. Send the design to your Cricut.
  6. Remove the outer edge of the paper, leaving the leaves on the mat.
  7. Use a pick or scoring tool to score down the center of each leaf lightly.
  8. Use your weeding tool or carefully pick to remove the leaves from the mat.
  9. Gently bend each leaf at the scoreline.
  10. Glue the leaves into bunches of two or three.
  11. Cut a length of floral wire to your desired garland size, and wrap the ends with floral tape.
  12. Attach the leaf bunches to the wire using the floral tape.
  13. Continue attaching leaves until you have a garland of the size you want. Bundle lots of leaves for a really full look, or spread them out to be sparser.
  14. Create hooks at the ends of the garland with floral wire.
  15. Hang your beautiful leaf garland wherever you’d like!

Project 3: Easy Envelope Addressing

Christmas cards are wonderful to send out, but they can take forever to address. Address labels just don’t look as personal, though. Use the Cricut pen tool in your machine to “hand letter” your envelopes! You can use this for your batch of holiday cards or even for other cards or letters. This takes advantage of the writing function of your Cricut machine. For the most realistic written look, make sure you select a font in the writing style. It will still write other fonts, but it will only create an outline of them, which is a different look you could go for! Cricut offers a variety of Pen Tools, and there are some other pens that will fit as well. For addressing envelopes, stick to black or another color that is easy to read so that the mail makes it to its destination. You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Envelopes to address
  • Cricut Pen Tool
  • Lightstick cutting mat

Instructions

  1. Open Cricut Design Space and create a new project.
  2. Create a box the appropriate size for your envelopes.
  3. Select the “Text” button in the lower left-hand corner.
  4. Choose one handwriting font for a uniform look or different fonts for each line to mix it up.
  5. Type your return address in the upper left-hand corner of the design.
  6. Type the “to” address in the center of the design.
  7. Insert your Cricut pen into the auxiliary holder of your Cricut, making sure it is secure.
  8. Place your cardstock on the cutting mat.
  9. Send the design to your Cricut.
  10. Remove your envelope and repeat as needed.
  11. Send out your “hand-lettered” envelopes!

Project 4: Watercolor Heart Sign

Watercolor designs are very trendy right now and surprisingly easy to make. You don’t need any prior artistic experience to make this sign! You can pick up cheap watercolors from almost any store. You certainly don’t need expensive ones for this design. Play with different colors and different textures of paper to get exactly what you want. Watercolor paper is designed to handle lots of water, but other thick papers can handle paint as well. Thin papers will warp and buckle when they get wet. For the most unified look, pick out a frame that coordinates with the watercolors you use. You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paints and paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Lightstick cutting mat
  • Weeding tool or pick
  • Frame

Instructions

  1. Paint your watercolor paper in soft gradients. Use a lot of water and gradually blend two or three colors into each other. Set aside to dry.
  2. Open Cricut Design Space, and create a new project.
  3. Select the “Image” button in the lower left-hand corner and search for “heart.”
  4. Select the heart of your choice and click “Insert.”
  5. Place your watercolor paper on the cutting mat.
  6. Send the design to your Cricut.
  7. Remove the outer edge of the paper, leaving the heart on the mat.
  8. Use your weeding tool or carefully pick to remove the heart from the mat.
  9. Glue your heart to the center of a blank piece of paper, cut to fit your frame.
  10. Place your sign into your frame.
  11. Set or hang wherever you need a little color!

Project 5: Patterned Gift Wrap

Wrapping gifts can be fun, but it’s even more fun to make them personalized! Using doodle designs creates a cute and handmade look that everyone will love. You can customize the gift for the occasion or even for the person. Invite kids to color in the outlines for an even more personal touch! You can pick other types of designs as well. This uses the Cricut writing function. If you decide to use different colors, you’ll need to switch pens between them. You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • White kraft paper
  • Cricut Pen Tool in color(s) of your choice
  • 12×24 cutting mat
  • Weeding tool or pick

Instructions

  1. Open Cricut Design Space and create a new project.
  2. Select the “Image” button in the lower left-hand corner and search for doodled images appropriate for the gift you’re wrapping, for example, “Christmas doodle” or “birthday doodle.”
  3. Select the images you like and click “Insert.”
  4. Copy, resize, and rotate the images to create a pattern you like for the size of your wrapping paper.
  5. Change the colors of the doodles if desired—leaving them black creates a coloring-book feel, or you can make them in different colors.
  6. Place your paper on the cutting mat.
  7. Send the design to your Cricut.
  8. Remove your wrapping paper from the mat.
  9. Wrap your gift in your customized wrapping paper!

Project 6: Birthday Star Cupcake Toppers

 

Cupcake toppers can be expensive, and often just get tossed aside. Make these cheap but cute ones on your own instead! Your options are limitless, and you can select a theme for any party or occasion. These gold stars are quick and simple to make and will look good no matter whose birthday you are celebrating. Change the colors and shapes as you see fit. You can scale this up to use as a cake topper as well. Keep the same designs in your Cricut Design Space to print more designs to match—a banner, favor bags, food labels, invitations, and more! You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Cardstock – Glittery gold and white
  • Glue stick
  • Glue gun
  • Lightstick cutting mat
  • Weeding tool or pick
  • Toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Open Cricut Design Space and create a new project.
  2. Select the “Image” button in the lower left-hand corner and search for “star.”
  3. Select the star you like best and click “Insert.”
  4. Place your gold cardstock on the cutting mat.
  5. Send the design to your Cricut.
  6. In Design Space, select the “Text” button in the lower left-hand corner.
  7. Choose your favorite font and type, “Happy birthday!”
  8. Place your white cardstock on the cutting mat.
  9. Send the design to your Cricut.
  10. Remove the outer edge of the paper, leaving the text on the mat.
  11. Use your weeding tool or carefully pick to remove the text from the mat.
  12. Use the glue stick to attach the text on top of the stars.
  13. Use the glue gun to attach toothpicks to the back of each star.
  14. Stick your toppers onto your cupcakes!

Project 7: Holiday Gift Card Holders

 

Gift cards make a wonderful choice for any occasion. They let the gift recipient pick out their own present and receive a great deal of pressure from you! However, it’s boring to hand over a gift card in the packaging that it was in when you pulled it from the shelf. Instead, make this cute cardholder. It can double as a card if you choose to write a message inside! This project takes advantage of a premade template in Cricut Design Space. It provides all of the pieces you need, and you can follow the following

Instructions

to assemble it. Try cutting the different pieces out of different colors or patterns of paper for some variety. You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Holiday-themed scrapbook paper
  • Cricut Scoring Stylus
  • Light grip cutting mat
  • Weeding tool or pick
  • Glue stick
  • Ribbon, twine, or string to match your paper

Instructions

  1. Open Cricut Design Space and create a new project.
  2. Select the “Image” button in the lower left-hand corner and search for “gift card.”
  3. Select the gift cardholder template and click “Insert.”
  4. Insert the scoring stylus into the Cricut, making sure it is secure.
  5. Place your paper on the cutting mat.
  6. Send the design to your Cricut.
  7. Use the weeding tool or carefully pick to remove the template from the mat.
  8. Bend the large outer piece and the inner cardholder where they have been scored.
  9. Bend the three tabs on the inner cardholder inward and the one tab on the other side outward.
  10. Apply glue to the three tabs and attach.
  11. Glue the inner cardholder to the large outer piece with the outward-facing tab.
  12. Glue two decorative pieces to the inside and two to the outside.
  13. Place the gift card in the holder and tie closed with ribbon, twine, or string.
  14. Present your gift card to the recipient!