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How to make money using your Cricut

Updated on October 10, 2015
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Samantha is a mom of 4 who loves crafting, DIY home improvements, and interior design.

Cricut Machine

If you are new to the crafting world a Cricut machine is a die cut machine that can cut out various materials to be used for different craft projects. There are tons of different accessories that can be purchased to go with this machine including the software Sure Cuts A Lot2 which enables you to cut whatever you want without having to buy all the expensive cartridges. See my other hub regarding this software. You'll also need a cutting mat, extra blades, or cartridges based on your project (if you chose not to purchase the software).

The cricut allows you to cut paper, vinyl, heat transfer vinyl, fabric, and even draw/type on paper. All of these options mean you can make just about anything with the help of this machine. Through out this article we'll go over several cool projects that can be sold at craft shows, fairs, online, etc. to make you some extra money while enjoying your craft.

Personalized Tumblers

A very popular project has been personalized Tumblers. People will make these as teacher/coach gifts or even for an entire team. They can be personalized to just about anything: Favorite sports team, sororities, hobbies, holidays, etc. What you need is a Tumbler which can be purchased at online wholesalers for cheap (the larger quantities you buy the cheaper they are), various colors of high quality sign vinyl, and a Cricut Machine.

Window Decals

Window Decals are a very cheap way to make some personalized gifts that could also be sold. All you need is high-quality sign vinyl and some transfer tape.

T-shirts, Hoodies, & Bags

A fantastic great way to make some money using your Cricut machine is to make personalized garments for teams, sororities, clubs, and family events. Tshirts can be purchased for a few dollars and heat transfer vinyl can be purchased for as little as $1 a foot depending on what type you buy. You could sell these to team parents who want to show their support for their kids on the side lines, you could sell these to people who are planning a family reunion, or even singly to anyone who wants a personalized shirt. Hoodies are also a great choice for the cooler months. Sports Bags, Book bags, and Totes can also be personalized so nobody walks away with the wrong bag. Camping chairs could be personalized so you don't take home the wrong chair. You could even do dish towels and hand towels or wash clothes. The options are endless.

Personalized Artwork

There are several different ways to create artwork using your Cricut Machine.

Option 1: Use a frame without the back and stick vinyl directly to the glass. These could have monograms, family names, fun quotes, etc.

Option 2: Use pallet wood and either leave as a single strip or glue several strips together depending on how large you need it. You can stick the vinyl directly to the wood then spray paint over it, once it's dry you peel off the stickers and bam you have a sign with perfect lettering.

Option 3: Wall Decals- This is very similar to the window decals but can be put directly onto a wall so you can personalize any room in your home.

After reading this article do you feel like you could successfully use your Cricut to make some money?

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      Jennifer F Hall 4 months ago

      I was hoping that you could tell me what kind of fonts work well using SCAL2 and the expression? i have hundreds of fonts but they take forever to cut. ? Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appreciated

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      Samantha Adams 6 months ago from Auburn, GA


      Thanks for reading! I usually search goodwill for frames that have more character and then I spray paint them if they're not pretty enough. I haven't purchased any in bulk. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

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      Samantha Adams 6 months ago from Auburn, GA

      Lisa, thank you for reading. I've been doing it for a couple years now and am still trying to figure it out. Its a learning curve. I use sure cuts a lot software to avoid purchasing cartridges and there are a ton of videos on how to use it. Maybe search for a beginners video or a video for a tutorial on your exact project.

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      BK 6 months ago

      Any suggestions on places for ordering picture frame in bulk to reduce upfront cost?

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      Lisa 16 months ago

      Hello, I love your ideas and I want to just use the vinyl also, but I am having such difficulties learning how to use the circuit. I love doing things on my glass blocks. I had watched video after video but cannot find someone who explains how it really works. Do you have any suggestions on videos that are very thorough? Thank you.