cricut vinyl projects

Projects and Ideas With Vinyl

 

Vinyl is one of the most common supplies to use with Cricut machines, no matter which one you have. The Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, and Cricut Maker all easily cut through vinyl. The Cricut EasyPress makes using heat transfer vinyl incredibly easy. Vinyl can serve as the design itself, a removable sticker, or a stencil. These ten projects were chosen to cover a wide range of methods and different types of vinyl. Feel free to follow the instructions exactly, or change the types of materials listed.

There are several different types of vinyl. Most of the projects specify which vinyl to use, but you could use different ones depending on the use of the object. The four basic categories that all vinyl falls under are permanent, removable, iron-on (or heat transfer vinyl), and window cling. Permanent vinyl is designed to last and is good for outdoor projects, projects that are going to get a lot of handling, and projects you’ll want to be able to wash. Removable vinyl is just that. It’s adhesive and can be removed again. It’s not suited for outdoor use or heavy handling. It’s often used for stencils or temporary stickers. A heat transfer vinyl transfers to a surface using heat and pressure from something like an iron or a Cricut EasyPress. Finally, window cling is another type of vinyl with temporary use, but it’s not actually adhesive. It uses static to adhere to glass or other very smooth surfaces.

Cricut offers a wide variety of vinyl types. They have different colors and patterns, shimmer, glitter, holographic, glossy, dry erase, chalkboard, printable, and stencil vinyl. For the most part, whatever you get will come down to personal preference and what you want to use it for. However, some may only be available in permanent, temporary, or is otherwise limited. The best thing to do is search by the usage first, then choose a color and finish from that listing.

 

 

Vinyl transfer tape is a crucial component no matter what type of vinyl you are using. If you are shopping Cricut brand, they offer regular and Strong Grip transfer tape. The Strong Grip is for tougher vinyl, such as glitter.

If you are buying different brands of vinyl, they will often come with transfer tape to use with them. If they don’t, you should be able to find it separately at the same store.

Project 01: Treasure Chest Jewelry Box

Turn a simple wooden box into a treasure chest! This is a cute project for yourself or your child. Choose the type of wooden box you like best. You can find one with flat or rounded lids and in all different sizes. You could get one that’s already in the color you like, a light color to stain or paint yourself, or even an older box that looks like it could be a treasure chest. White vinyl is a good basic that will show up on any wood, but you could change the color depending on how you want your box to look. Scale this up to create a toy or storage box. You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Plain wooden box with lid
  • White vinyl
  • Vinyl transfer tape
  • Cutting mat
  • Weeding tool or pick
  • Small blade

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 “keyhole.”
  3. Click your favorite keyhole design and click “Insert.”
  4. Select the “Text” button in the lower left-hand corner.
  5. Choose your favorite font and type “Treasure.”
  6. Place your vinyl on the cutting mat.
  7. Send the design to your Cricut.
  8. Use a weeding tool or pick to remove the excess vinyl from the design.
  9. Apply separate pieces of transfer tape to the keyhole and the word.
  10. Remove the paper backing from the tape on the keyhole.
  11. Place the keyhole where the lid and box meet so that half is on the lid and half is on the box.
  12. Rub the tape to transfer the vinyl to the wood, making sure there are no bubbles. Carefully peel the tape away.
  13. Use a sharp blade to cut the keyhole design in half so that the box can open.
  14. Transfer the word to the front of the box using the same method.
  15. Optional: Add details with paint or markers to make the box look more like a treasure chest. Add wood grain, barnacles, seashells, or pearls.
  16. Store your jewelry in your new treasure chest!

Project 02: Motivational Water Bottle

Everyone needs a motivational boost to keep their workouts going. Turn a boring water bottle into your personal cheerleader! Choose the type of water bottle that you like the best, whether it’s a plastic, glass, or metal one. This could also work on a reusable tumbler if you prefer to have a straw. The glitter vinyl will give a fun accent to your necessary hydration, but you can change it to a regular color if you want to be a bit less flashy. Use one of the suggested quotes or one of your own. The important thing is that it motivates you to keep moving! You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Sturdy water bottle of your choice
  • Glitter vinyl
  • Vinyl transfer tape
  • Light grip cutting mat
  • Weeding tool or pick

Instructions

  1. Open Cricut Design Space and create a new project.
  2. Measure the space on your water bottle where you want the text, and create a box that size.
  3. Select the “Text” button in the lower left-hand corner.
  4. Choose your favorite font, and type the motivational quote you like best.
    1. I sweat glitter
    2. Sweat is magic
    3. I don’t sweat, I sparkle
  5. Place your vinyl on the cutting mat.
  6. Send the design to your Cricut.
  7. Use a weeding tool or pick to remove the excess vinyl from the text.
  8. Apply transfer tape to the quote.
  9. Remove the paper backing from the tape.
  10. Place the quote where you want it on the water bottle.
  11. Rub the tape to transfer the vinyl to the bottle, making sure there are no bubbles. Carefully peel the tape away.
  12. Bring your new water bottle to the gym for motivation and hydration!

Project 03: Customized Makeup Bag

Bathroom counter a mess from all your makeup? Make yourself a cute bag to store it in! This can be any size bag or pouch you’d like, from one that holds a few items to a train case. The only requirement is enough blank space for the design. Pink and purple create a classic, feminine look, but you can use whatever color combination suits you best. This is the first project using heat transfer vinyl, so you’ll need a Cricut EasyPress or iron to transfer the design onto the bag. You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Pink fabric makeup bag
  • Purple heat transfer vinyl
  • Cricut EasyPress or iron
  • Cutting mat
  • Weeding tool or pick
  • Keychain or charm of your choice

Instructions

  1. Open Cricut Design Space and create a new project.
  2. Measure the space on your makeup bag where you want the design, and create a box that size.
  3. Select the “Image” button in the lower left-hand corner and search “monogram.”
  4. Choose your favorite monogram and click “Insert.”
  5. Place your vinyl on the cutting mat.
  6. Send the design to your Cricut.
  7. Use a weeding tool or pick to remove the excess vinyl from the design.
  8. Place the design on the bag with the plastic side up.
  9. Carefully iron on the design.
  10. After cooling, peel away the plastic by rolling it.
  11. Hang your charm or keychain off the zipper.
  12. Stash your makeup in your customized bag!

Project 04: Perpetual Calendar


Woodblock calendars are a cute addition to any décor. Many teachers use them on their desks, or they fit in anywhere in your home. You can find unfinished block calendars online or at most craft stores. They’ll usually have two wooden cubes for the numbers, two longer blocks for the months, and a stand to hold them. Painting the wood will give you the color of your choice, but you could also stain it or look around for calendars made of different types of wood. You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Unfinished woodblock calendar
  • Acrylic paint in color(s) of your choosing.
  • Vinyl color(s) of your choosing
  • Vinyl transfer tape
  • Cutting mat
  • Weeding tool or pick
  • Mod Podge

Instructions

  1. Paint the woodblock calendar in the colors you’d like and set aside to dry.
  2. Open Cricut Design Space, and create a new project.
  3. Create a square the correct size for the four blocks.
  4. Select the “Text” button in the lower left-hand corner.
  5. Choose your favorite font, and type the following numbers as well as all of the months: 0, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  6. Place your vinyl on the cutting mat.
  7. Send the design to your Cricut.
  8. Use a weeding tool or pick to remove the excess vinyl from the text.
  9. Apply transfer tape to each separate number and the months.
  10. Remove the paper backing from the tape, and apply the numbers as follows.
    1. 0 and 5 on the top and bottom of the first block
    2. 1, 2, 3, 4 around the sides of the first block
    3. 0 and 8 on the top and bottom of the second block
    4. 1, 2, 6, 7 around the sides of the second block
  11. Remove the paper backing from the tape on the months, and apply them to the long blocks, the first six months on one and the second six months on the other.
  12. Rub the tape to transfer the vinyl to the wood, making sure there are no bubbles. Carefully peel the tape away.
  13. Seal everything with a coat of Mod Podge.
  14. Arrange your calendar to display today’s date, and enjoy it year after year!

Project 05: Wooden Gift Tags


Dress up your gifts with special wooden tags! Balsa wood is light and easy to cut. The wood tags with gold names will give all of your gifts a shabby chic charm. Change up the color of the vinyl as you see fit; you can even use different colors for different gift recipients. People will be able to keep these tags and use them for something else, as well. An alternative to balsa wood is chipboard, though it won’t have the same look. The Cricut Maker is the best choice for this project, though the Cricut Explore One and Cricut Explore Air 2 can get by using the Deep Cut Blade.

Supplies Needed

  • Balsa wood
  • Gold vinyl
  • Vinyl transfer tape
  • Cutting mat
  • Weeding tool or pick

Instructions

  1. Secure your small balsa wood pieces to the cutting mat, then tape the edges with masking tape for additional strength.
  2. Open Cricut Design Space and create a new project.
  3. Select the shape you would like for your tags and set the Cricut to cut wood, then send the design to the Cricut.
  4. Remove your wood tags from the Cricut and remove any excess wood.
  5. In Cricut Design Space, select the “Text” button in the lower left-hand corner.
  6. Choose your favorite font, and type the names you want to place on your gift tags.
  7. Place your vinyl on the cutting mat.
  8. Send the design to your Cricut.
  9. Use a weeding tool or pick to remove the excess vinyl from the text.
  10. Apply transfer tape to the quote.
  11. Remove the paper backing from the tape.
  12. Place the names on the wood tags.
  13. Rub the tape to transfer the vinyl to the wood, making sure there are no bubbles. Carefully peel the tape away.
  14. Thread twine or string through the holes, and decorate your gifts!

Project 06: Pet Mug


Show your love for your pet every morning when you have your coffee! A cute silhouette of a cat or dog with some paw prints is a simple but classy design. You’re not limited to those two animals, either. Use a bird with bird footprints, a fish with water drops, or whatever pet you might have! You can add your pet’s name or a quote to the design as well. You have the freedom here to arrange the aspects of the design however you’d like. You could put the animal in the center surrounded by the paw prints, scatter the prints all around the mug, place the animal next to its name and paw prints along the top, or whatever else you can imagine. Think of this as a tribute to your favorite pet or dedication to your favorite animal, and decorate accordingly. You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Plain white mug
  • Glitter vinyl
  • Vinyl transfer tape
  • 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 “cat,” “dog,” or any other pet of your choice.
  3. Choose your favorite image and click “Insert.”
  4. Search images again for paw prints, and insert into your design.
  5. Arrange the pet and paw prints how you’d like them on the mug.
  6. Place your vinyl on the cutting mat.
  7. Send the design to your Cricut.
  8. Use a weeding tool or pick to remove the excess vinyl from the design.
  9. Apply transfer tape to the design.
  10. Remove the paper backing, and apply the design to the mug.
  11. Rub the tape to transfer the vinyl to the mug, making sure there are no bubbles. Carefully peel the tape away.
  12. Enjoy your custom pet mug!

Project 07: Organized Toy Bins


How much of a mess is your kids’ room? We already know the answer to that. Grab some plastic bins and label them with different toy categories, and teach your child to sort! You can use the type of bins that suit your child or their room best. Many people like to use the ones that look like giant buckets with handles on the sides. There are also more simple square ones. You could even use cheaper laundry baskets or plastic totes with or without the lids. Once your child is old enough to read the labels, it will be easier for them to put away toys and find them again to play. You can add images to the designs as well—whatever will make your child like them best! You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Plastic toy bins in colors of your choice
  • White vinyl
  • Vinyl transfer tape
  • Cutting mat
  • Weeding tool or pick

Instructions

  1. Open Cricut Design Space and create a new project.
  2. Select the “Text” button in the lower left-hand corner.
  3. Choose your favorite font and type the labels for each toy bin. See below for some possibilities.
    1. Legos
    2. Dolls
    3. Cars
    4. Stuffed animals
    5. Outside Toys
  4. Place your vinyl on the cutting mat.
  5. Send the design to your Cricut.
  6. Use a weeding tool or pick to remove the excess vinyl from the text.
  7. Apply transfer tape to the words.
  8. Remove the paper backing and apply the design to the bin.
  9. Rub the tape to transfer the vinyl to the bin, making sure there are no bubbles. Carefully peel the tape away.
  10. Organize your kid’s toys in your new bins!

Project 08: Froggy Rain Gear

Kids love to play outside in the rain. It can be hard to get them to dress properly for it, though. Decorate a raincoat and rain boots with a cute froggy design that will have them asking to wear them! A simple raincoat and boots that you can find at any store for a reasonable price become custom pieces with this project. The outdoor vinyl is made to withstand the elements and last for ages. You can customize this even more by adding your child’s name or change up the theme completely with different images. You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Matching green raincoat and rain boots
  • White outdoor vinyl
  • Vinyl transfer tape
  • 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 “frog.”
  3. Choose your favorite frog and click “Insert.”
  4. Copy the frog and resize. You will need three frogs, a larger one for the coat and two smaller ones for each boot.
  5. Place your vinyl on the cutting mat.
  6. Send the design to your Cricut.
  7. Use a weeding tool or pick to remove the excess vinyl from the design.
  8. Apply transfer tape to the design.
  9. Remove the paper backing and apply the design to the coat or boot.
  10. Rub the tape to transfer the vinyl to the rain gear, making sure there are no bubbles. Carefully peel the tape away.
  11. Dress your kid up to play in the rain!

Project 09: Snowy Wreath

Wreaths are a popular decoration year-round. This one is perfect for winter. You can buy premade grapevine wreaths at almost any store, or you can get really crafty and assemble one yourself. The berry stems can be found in the floral sections of craft stores. Silver will fit the snowy theme well, but you could also use red for a holiday-themed look or an entirely different color. You can also change up the whole project to theme it toward your winter holiday of choice. You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Grapevine wreath
  • Silver berry stems
  • Spray adhesive
  • Silver and white glitter
  • Piece of wood to fit across the center of the wreath
  • Wood stain, if desired
  • Drill and a small bit
  • Twine
  • White vinyl
  • Vinyl transfer tape
  • Cutting mat
  • Weeding tool or pick

Instructions

  1. Thread the silver berry stems throughout the grapevine wreath.
  2. Use the spray adhesive and glitter to create patches of “snow” on the wreath.
  3. If you want to stain your wood, do so now and set it aside to dry.
  4. Open Cricut Design Space and create a new project.
  5. Select the “Text” button in the lower left-hand corner.
  6. Choose your favorite font and type, “Let it snow.”
  7. Place your vinyl on the cutting mat.
  8. Send the design to your Cricut.
  9. Use a weeding tool or pick to remove the excess vinyl from the text.
  10. Apply transfer tape to the words.
  11. Remove the paper backing and apply the design to the wood piece.
  12. Rub the tape to transfer the vinyl to the wood, making sure there are no bubbles. Carefully peel the tape away.
  13. Drill two small holes in the corner of the wood and thread the twine through.
  14. Hang your wreath and sign for the winter season!

Project 10: Antiqued Kitchen Sign

Aged wooden signs are easy but effective décor, and they are very chic right now. You can create one of your own with little effort! Spray paint is easy to use. It would create the aged look by not laying down an even coat. Use it in short, sweeping bursts to avoid getting too much in one spot. You can change up the colors if you’d like, or add another coat to customize the look. There are also different stains and finishes you can use. Take a look at crackle paint for a really aged look. Use the vinyl to spell out one of the phrases below, or use one of your own that represents your home best. You can use the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air 2, or Cricut Maker for this project.

Supplies Needed

  • Wooden sign of the desired size
  • Black and white spray paint
  • Vinyl
  • Vinyl transfer tape
  • Cutting mat
  • Weeding tool or pick

Instructions

  1. Paint the sign black and set it aside to dry.
  2. Open Cricut Design Space and create a new project.
  3. Select the “Text” button in the lower left-hand corner.
  4. Choose your favorite font and type a phrase for your kitchen sign. See below for some possibilities.
    1. Eat Here
    2. Marketplace
    3. Family
    4. Gather Here
    5. Diner
  5. Place your vinyl on the cutting mat.
  6. Send the design to your Cricut.
  7. Use a weeding tool or pick to remove the excess vinyl from the text.
  8. Apply transfer tape to the words.
  9. Remove the paper backing and apply the design to the sign.
  10. Rub the tape to transfer the vinyl to the wood, making sure there are no bubbles. Carefully peel the tape away.
  11. Use white spray paint on the whole sign. Do so messily, leaving some spots of black for the aged appearance. Set aside to dry.
  12. After drying, peel away the vinyl letters.
  13. Hang your sign and enjoy!