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Cricut Craft Room How To's

Updated on February 14, 2017
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Welcome to my user guide and step by step tutorials on how to use a Cricut paper craft cutting machine. Have you seen the new must have machine for paper craft makers, bakers and artist? Be prepared to get excited and inspired after seeing what this mighty cutting machine can do! I have put together a money saving list for you so you can find a machine that best fit your budget and crafting needs.

The Cricut paper craft cutter is one amazing craft machine that can produce your brilliant ideas into stunning Holiday Home Decorations, Scrapbook designs, Cake decorating and cupcake designs, stickers, Picture Frames and Elaborate patterns for fabric makers. Anything that you can imagine can be done with the Cricut!

I have been using a cricut cutting machine since 2008 and I have discovered along the way some very helpful tips and work around's that can save yourself hours of frustration in the beginning. The most popular projects that I first wanted to get started with, had given me some trouble because of the learning curve I had trying to figure out how to use the computer crafts Cricut Design Studio Software! I read over and over on forums and still could not get a very good grasp on the software. After many hours and weeks of research I did find the ultimate learning tutorials that helped me get on my way to making remarkable creative projects. Now my possibilities are endless! I want to help you do the same so you don't have the troubles I did when you are first starting out.

I've discovered while learning how to use the cutter many Cricut websites and ebooks are outdated and incomplete.

The software can cause some problems to you and your creative process so this is why I set out to find the best affordable tutorial. And what I found is the ultimate quick learning guide that helped me get up and running very easily. I highly recommend this guide because it helped me answer all my question. You will find all the resource here. A fantastic way to get ideas and help on projects is theGreen Bug Cricut Magazine. This magazine is published every month and covers everything from start to finish with new craft projects. Start learning how to use the software at its full potential with step by step guides from top crafting experts in every issue. What I've have learned from this monthly issued publication is how to install and setup the software and how to get the machine setup properly so I could do the complex design projects I purchased the Cricut cutter for in the first place!

There are many hidden features that I would have never know about unless I had this information on hand. Lets get started with the reviews on the Cricut materials and cartridges, cutting machines, projects and supplies, along with video guides and how to's. If you are new to this craft, start browsing projects listed for beginners. Have fun and enjoy the world of endless possibilities!

Best Bargains On The Cricut- Get A Great Deal With Free Shipping!

cricut cake
cricut cake

I've have found the best deals on the cutting machines that will fit all your crafting budget needs. The list below starts with a machine for cake makers with the fully loaded cutter to its cheaper alternative for the home kitchen baker. And for the paper craft or fabric cutting machine the best price on the top of the line version to it's smaller counter part.

Welcome To The Project Idea Center for Crafting with a Cricut Machine

Cricut Craft Center
Cricut Craft Center

Easy As 1, 2, 3

for beginners

*Load Materials

*Select cartridge and image

* Cut and peel off mat

*Assemble

Choose the material you would like to use such as paper, fabric or vinyl. To start select some clipart or images for the cartridge library you have. Place material onto the material mat and load into the Cricut cutter. Here comes the exciting part! Press cut and watch the magic begin. After the Cricut machine is finished, peel the design from material mat. Pop out all the cut material and assemble the parts that are finished to use in any general crafting project. Experiment with the basics so you may become familiar with all the parts and materials. The instructional books are a good starting point for setting up the machine with a test project. Look around your craft room and think about all supplies laying around that you can bring to life!

How To Make Chinese Lanterns - 3D Chinese Lantern How To's

Cricut Craft Cutter Chinese Lanterns
Cricut Craft Cutter Chinese Lanterns

Download Chinese Cricut Lanterns

Here I will show you a great way how to make many different types of Chinese paper lanterns. These lanterns are perfect for outdoor spring and summer gatherings. The hanging d├ęcor adds a fantastic touch for candles hung from a tree in the backyard.

Download The Chinese Lantern Patterns For Free from the link below.

Chinese Lanterns

Halloween Costumes and Project Idea's with a Cricut Craft Machine

Walter
Walter | Source

Halloween Costume Making Ideas

A Handmade Flying Monkey Costume for A small dog made with a Cricut Craft Machine

Another great way to use your cutting machine is to make shapes for fabrics to make custom made costumes for children or small dogs like my little French bulldog Walter pictured here. My Mother In Law used her Cricut cutter to help make the patterns to make Walter's flying monkey costume for Halloween. Animal costumes are a fun project to design and make because they grab much attention from family, friends and social media. This Halloween Walter Belvedere and I will both be dressping up in our matching Flying Monkey costumes!

Try my fun craft making costume ideas here. Everyone will enjoy on Halloween!

Cricut Halloween Happy Haunted House - scary step by step project

This is a fun Halloween craft project, (FYI: it is a very large project to complete-Advanced Project) This is why we are posting the project nice and early for those who dare to take it on. Lets start out with some of the supplies you will need to begin. The first and most important is the Happy Hauntings cartridge, this cartridge is full of scary Halloween projects that we will be using in this tutorial. For now we will focus on the building of the Haunted House. What you will need (4) 12"x12" heavy black cardstock for the Cricut cutting. We will be able to fit two of the house assembles on each 12 inch page. We will also need a 12'x12" page in velum for the Houses windows. (in white or yellow.) Also we will need a extra large adhissive mat to place our card stock into the Cricut cutter. Once you have all these materials we are ready to get cutting!

Halloween Lanterns using Cricut

A good how to video for making 3D Halloween Lanterns. This video also is a great reference for making my Chinese paper craft Lanterns.

Sewing Appliques for Crafts Clothing Apparel and Embroidery - For all your applique needs

Appliques
Appliques

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Project - 3d pumpkin party favors

Cricut Craft Project
Cricut Craft Project

New Cricut Cake Unboxing - machine instructions

Lets see what comes inside the box when you first get your new Cricut cutter. First up is the food safe Cricut cutting mat. The next runner up is the instructional Manual and how to DVD. After removing some very good packing material the big granddaddy of them all folk's is the sweet Cricut Cake machine. The power adapter will be underneath the unit and the cake basic cutters cartridge will be boxed up next to that. Also some smaller tools to look out for and make sure they do not get lost a toothbrush for cleaning the Cricut Cake and the cutting blade.

Cuttlebug - the little guy that can

Cuttlebug cutter embosser
Cuttlebug cutter embosser

A Cuttlebug Embosser and Die Cutter goes wherever you find inspiration and applies it's unique rolling technology for crisp, clean cuts! This a professional quality embossing machine that works with all leading Cricut cutting dies including the designer line and embossing folders. A super little machine that is very lightweight and portable but packs a huge amount features like the bigger machines that are not as compact and movable. If you are looking for a small but powerful craft machine, I highly recommend the Cuttlebug with all its features and wonderful low price.

Happy 4th of July Cricut Project - Beautiful dessert decor

4th of July desserts
4th of July desserts | Source

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      Asher Socrates 18 months ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Yes, it does take a bit of an investment to get started. But the pay off is quick and valuable if you have these kind of skills and creativity. This is a good start for income because handmade crafts are in demand and have a huge market and are very popular in social media and websites as you already know.

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      peachy 18 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love handmade crafts but never bought those kits. Trying to save money

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'd love to try this.

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      Asher Socrates 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @happynutritionist: Thank you very much!

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      Wow, great details and instructions...love this creative page:-)

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      psiloveyou1 4 years ago

      The haunted mansion is way cool!!! I've made tons of things with my Cricut, but I haven't done any buildings.

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      Asher Socrates 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @JoshK47: Thank you!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Excellent information - thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Asher Socrates 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @anonymous: Hey Di, Thanks for visiting! 7â³ is the biggest you can cut when using the standard 12Ã12 mat. I've been thinking about making some modifications to the design and seeing if there is a way to go larger. I have a 24" cutter that may just work for the customization. I will post my findings when I get everything together. Thanks again, Asher

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great job on all your projects. What size did you cut the Haunted Mansion in? I too used 12 X12 heavy card stock but 7 inches is the biggest I was able to cut it. Thank you in advance, Di.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very nicely done! Blessed.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      These are really great projects.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      These are really great projects.

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      Wow...thanks for sharing this, it never ceases to amaze me the things out there I know nothing about. Your good at making lenses!

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      Asher Socrates 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      @kimmykova: I'm trying. Thanks a lot for stopping by

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      kimmykova 5 years ago

      I'm so getting into this for the holiday this year. Keep up the great work on this wonderful lens.

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      reeferplanet 5 years ago

      I love cutting vinyl! Thanks for all the helpful tips. Is there a set just for cartridges? I use mine for toolbox stickers, the really awesome ones.