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Are you looking to start your own small business by making Cricut Projects to Sell? Get tips and ideas about how to get started making professional projects (and some money!) with the Cricut Maker!
Are you an avid crafter or DIY enthusiast? Do you walk around craft shows thinking “I could make money selling my crafts!” If you’ve been wondering how you can start selling handmade crafts that you have made with a Cricut machine, this is the post for you! Even if you don’t own a Cricut yet, this post may convince you that you need a Cricut Maker to take your business to the next level.
Have you been comparing the Cricut Maker vs. the Cricut Explore Air 2? Want to know what makes the Cricut Maker different than earlier models? Check out my detailed comparison of the two machines for more information.
*This post is intended for beginners, specifically those interested in the capability of Cricut Maker. See the end of the post for more business related posts from some of my favorite Cricut bloggers and a post right from the Cricut blog about starting an Etsy Shop!
Make Money with the Cricut Maker
Can you make money making DIY projects with your Cricut? Yes! It’s a lot of work, you will have ups and downs (just like any business!) and you will learn a lot along the way, but it is definitely possible to make money selling items that you make with your Cricut Maker. A huge part of my business is based on Cricut projects, and it’s something I love to do!
Cricut Maker is an incredibly powerful machine – it cuts over 300 different materials from fabric to paper to chipboard. It also has an adaptive tool system that includes a variety of tools and blades, so you can make just about any DIY project that you might want to sell.
Depending on the type of projects you want to start with, you’ll need to grab different tools along with your Maker.
What Do I Need to Get Started – and How Expensive Will It Be?
The Cricut Maker comes standard with: the machine, a fine point blade, rotary blade, FabricGrip and LightGrip mats, and a Cricut pen – that will get you started with a TON of material options and projects to choose from. The base price for the standard package is $399, but there are ALWAYS sales to watch for!
With a standard machine purchase, you’ll be able to cut vinyl, iron on, Infusible Ink transfer sheets, felt, thin leather, and more just with the fine point blade. The rotary blade will give you the ability to precisely cut many kinds of fabrics.
If you’re interested in cutting thicker leather or materials up to 2.4mm in thickness (like matboard, chipboard, or thin wood), engraving, or using specialty blade features, you’ll need to purchase add-on tools for a separate price.
Here are the Cricut Maker tools and blades that have been released so far:
- Knife Blade (I’ve made a functional DIY cake stand with it!)
- Rotary Blade (comes with the machine – cut virtually any kind of fabric without a backing)
- Scoring Wheel (which is perfect for a project like this Watermelon rosette banner)
- Engraving Tool (you can even engrave jewelry)
These other decorative tips are fun and can make your projects look even more custom and professional:
- Debossing Tool
- Wavy Blade
- Perforating Blade
*Note: When you purchase just the machine, enough materials are included only to make a sample project. Consider purchasing a Machine Bundle to get a starter supply of materials!
What Kind of DIY Projects Can I Make With a Cricut Maker?
The short answer to this question is: anything you want! But the long answer is a little bit harder. If you’re looking to sell your DIY crafts, my personal recommendation is to pick one or two things that you already LOVE to make (or maybe that people are already asking you to sell!)
Think about how you can use Cricut Maker to enhance your projects. Do you love to make DIY home decor? Maybe personalize your projects with a monogram (I absolutely adore monograms!) or make custom wall art. If you love to plan parties, DIY party supplies for kids would be a great idea! If you loved making all of the wedding supplies and decor for your own wedding, maybe you should share your talent with others!
Here is a list of DIY Cricut Ideas to Sell:
- Jewelry (handmade earrings, necklaces, and bracelets, including personalized items to wear)
- Personalized Tumblers or Cups (these are an incredibly popular trend right now!)
- Vinyl Decals (cost effective and easy to ship anywhere)
- Personalized Office or Teacher Supplies
- Handmade Cards & Party Invitations
- Paper Flowers
- Personalized Cake Toppers
- Small Kids’ Items (hairbows, headbands, etc.)
- Custom Shirts
- Holiday Items (ornaments, cards, baskets, stockings, and more)
- Baby Gifts (bodysuits, ornaments, blocks, blankets, etc.)
What Materials Will I Need to Get Started?
As I mentioned, the machine comes only with a small amount of materials to make a test project. You will need to decide what project(s) you are going to start with and purchase materials separately.
*NOTE: There are Cricut Maker Machine BUNDLES that are sometimes available and are a great way to get additional materials for a good price.
Here are some of my favorite Cricut materials that I use regularly:
- Vinyl (it’s available in bulk)
- Iron On (here’s Iron On Vinyl in BULK)
- Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
- Infusible Ink Pens
- Kraft Board
I recommend watching for bundle deals, or buying your supplies in bulk, especially vinyl. Cricut offers great deals on bulk supplies, and with a Cricut Access subscription, you’ll save even more on supplies in the Cricut online store (click to read more about Cricut Access perks over at Cricut and read below for more details).
In addition, Cricut offers a wide variety of high quality material “blanks” to make your projects. Depending on the type of project you’d like to make (especially if you’re looking into Infusible Ink projects), the Cricut material compatible blanks are a great place to start!
- T Shirts
- Baby Bodysuits
A little more about Cricut Access – a Cricut Access subscription is a GREAT way to save extra money if you plan on buying a lot of materials via the Cricut website. With an Access subscription (available monthly or yearly) you get an EXTRA 10% on product purchases, plus there are occasionally Access-exclusive sales on the Cricut website. PLUS, you get a discount on licensed designs and fonts and unlimited access to THOUSANDS of designs.
Is the Cricut Software Easy to Learn?
Yes! Cricut Design Space is designed to be perfect for beginners! It is easy to start with and then learn grow into designing and importing your own designs. With the 100,000+ images and hundreds of fonts in the Design Space library, plus a helpful community of content creators (there are a TON of FREE Cricut tutorials available – which means no additional investment except educating yourself!), you’ll be a pro in no time. PLUS, you can use Cricut Design Space with whatever device you have available – a computer, phone, or tablet.
Where Can I Get Designs to Make Cricut Maker Projects?
So, I’m not going to lie, this is the most difficult part for some people to understand when making Cricut Projects to Sell. I could write an entire post on this subject (maybe I will write one!) There are rules when it comes to using designs. Lots of rules. And I’m not a lawyer. So, if you have specific copyright and licensing questions, I’m not the right person to ask. BUT, in my opinion, you have a few options:
- Use Cricut Design Space designs available for free or with a Cricut Access subscription. This is by far the easiest method for beginners. A TON of designs qualify for commercial use under Cricut’s “Angel Policy.” You can read more about the Angel Policy on the Cricut website, but the big takeaway is that not EVERY design within Design Space is eligible for commercial use (i.e. Disney, Marvel, other licensed work).
- Create Your Own Designs – if you have the ability and programs, create all of your own designs. If you create unique designs, it is the safest way to protect your business from copyright violations. Plus, all of your designs represent your business!
- Download Designs from other sources – this is the option that requires the most amount of work, knowledge, and/or investment for commercial use, and can be confusing if you’re just getting started. Lots of websites offer Free SVG Files to use with your Cricut, including myself – but read carefully because a lot of files are for PERSONAL use only.
Is the Cricut Maker Worth the Price?
In short, absolutely! But the amount of money you make selling your projects is not guaranteed, obviously. The more research, knowledge, and expertise you have in your craft and selling your project will definitely help!
The main advantage to owning Cricut Maker to help start a small business is the versatility of the machine – you could start with a initial investment then expand your tools, materials, and projects as you gain experience (and hopefully make a little money!) And as time goes on, the adaptive tool system may expand to include options that will just make your projects more unique.
If I were starting today, I would definitely consider the Cricut Maker a good investment and it would be my choice of cutting machine. If you dream of owning a DIY craft business, I think it’s a great machine to kick off your inspiration and make your dream a reality.
Additional Resources for Starting a DIY Cricut Business
Get more information about starting a business with your Cricut Maker including where to sell your items, how much you should charge, and more tips to have a successful business! There’s always something to learn about making money with your Cricut!
- So You Want to Start an Etsy Shop?
- Ultimate Guide to Make Money with your Cricut
- How to Make Money with your Cricut Machine 2020