Are you looking to start your own small business by making Cricut Maker Projects to Sell? Get tips and ideas about how to start making professional projects at home with your Cricut Maker. You can make extra money while working from home (in your pajamas!) or just for some supplemental income.
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 to sell handmade crafts that you have made with a Cricut machine, this is the post for you!
Even if you are a beginner, you can make money with your Cricut! There are a lot of projects that are incredibly easy to perfect and make in bulk. Remember, every crafter or vendor at a craft show started somewhere! And that includes me!
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Just like any business, there are some dos and don’ts of making a Cricut business work for you. Some of these projects will work for you, and some might work better for someone else.
What Cricut Machine Should I Buy to Start a Business?
Have you been comparing the Cricut Maker vs. the Cricut Explore Air Machines? Want to know what makes the Cricut Maker different than earlier models? Check out my detailed comparison of the two machines for more information. Here’s the cliff notes, though: I am going to tell you to buy the Maker, and here’s why.
If you can afford it, buy a Cricut Maker. Cricut Explore Series machines are GREAT machines, but they have limited functions. If the only thing you ever want to sell is shirts that you make with your Cricut, then go with an Explore Air 2 or 3.
But, if you have ever considered making home decor, wood projects with your Cricut, or any projects with thick materials, the Maker is the way to go.
*This post is intended for beginners, specifically those interested in the capability of Cricut Maker.*
Cricut Maker Projects to Sell
Can you make money by selling your Cricut Maker Projects? 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 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:
- Cutting Machine (Buy a Cricut on Amazon | Cricut | Michaels)
- Adhesive Vinyl from Cricut | Expressions Vinyl | Michaels | Heat Transfer Warehouse
- Transfer Tape from Amazon | Cricut | Expressions Vinyl | Michaels | Heat Transfer Warehouse
- Iron On Vinyl (HTV) from Cricut | Expressions Vinyl | Michaels | Heat Transfer Warehouse
- Cricut EasyPress from Cricut | Michaels or Heat Press from Heat Transfer Warehouse
- Infusible Ink Sheets for Sublimation Projects at Cricut | Michaels
- Cricut Mug Press (if you’re using Infusible Ink, it’s a must own!)
- Printable Vinyl is what I recommend for Stickers from Michaels | Expressions Vinyl
- 12×12″ Craft Printer for Print the Cut Projects
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!
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.
What Kind of 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!) Harry Potter projects are a constant favorite of mine!
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!
There are an infinite amount of things to make with a Cricut! I’ve organized the Maker project ideas by blade/tool for easier browsing!
Cricut Fine Point Blade
The fine point blade is the standard blade that comes in every Cricut machine. You can cut SO many materials just with this blade, including vinyl, iron on vinyl (heat transfer vinyl), cardstock, and the full line of sublimation materials (one of my favorite product lines.) The fine point blade can make really intricate cuts, like this Halloween cake topper.
One nice thing about the Fine Point Blade is that almost all of the projects for the other machines can be made on the Cricut Maker. Here are some of my favorite Cricut Maker Project Ideas and Cut Files (I’ve included some beginner Cricut projects, too):
- Wooden Tray Perfect for Fall or Thanksgiving
- DIY Wooden Farmhouse Sign
- Giant Paper Flowers Backdrop
- Cricut Infusible Ink Tote Bag
- Little Monster Halloween Shirt with Free SVG
- Stink Stank Stunk Grinch SVG File
- Christmas Lights Banner with Free SVG
- Hugs & Kisses Y’all Free SVG File
- Crafting Mug with Free SVG File
- Easy Chalkboard Ornaments
- Cricut Pineapple Earrings
- Pinch Proof SVG File
- Easy Cricut Dinosaur Tracks
- Starbucks DIY Fall Cup Decals
Cricut Deep Point Blade
The deep point blade is generally used by Explore Air 2 owners to cut thicker materials like Cricut Genuine leather, thick felt, craft foam, cardboard, and similar materials. To be perfectly honest, when using the Cricut Maker you will usually want to skip the deep cut blade and use the Knife Blade – you’ll get a better result!
Cricut Knife Blade
When the knife blade launched, it revolutionized the craft cutting world. FINALLY, crafters could cut materials like basswood, chipboard, balsa wood, and thick materials that traditionally had to be cut by hand, with a saw, or with a professional level laser like the Glowforge or xTool.
The Knife Blade is one of my favorite things about the Cricut Maker because it allows me to take my crafts to a whole other level of design and stability. It’s one of the best things to hit the crafting market, especially for beginners!
One of my all-time favorite projects I’ve made with my Maker is this DIY Cake Stand – yes, a cake stand! It does take several passes to cut some of the thick Cricut products, so keep that in mind. It’s a powerful machine, but it’s not a laser.
You can also make easy and sturdy cake toppers (like this St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun trap) with the thick materials that the knife blade can cut.
And if you have small children to craft for – this Paw Patrol dog house party favor was made possible with the Cricut Knife Blade! In fact, the Cricut Maker is so great for making party decorations and supplies that I have a whole post dedicated to party supplies you can make with your Maker!
More Cricut Maker Projects Made with the Knife Blade:
- Halloween Earrings that you can cut with thicker materials (acrylic will have to be cut with a Glowforge or similar laser)
- DIY Name Puzzle
- Cut Thin Acrylic with the Cricut Maker
- Interchangeable Home Decor Sign
- Lantern Lampshade Luminaries
- DIY Wooden Bookmark
- Cutting Matboard with the Cricut Maker
- DIY Pallet Wood Sign
- Chipboard Puzzle Made with the Picture
Cricut Rotary Blade
The rotary blade is an underrated tool by anyone that doesn’t cut a lot of fabric with their Cricut Maker (including me!) But every time I use it, I’m so impressed with how cleanly the Maker machine cuts fabric. Even if you just craft with felt, it’s a game changer! I made a DIY Felt Headband in just a few minutes, and I’ve even made my own personalized cocktail napkins! One of the most impressive felt crafts I’ve seen made with the rotary blade are these 3D Christmas Trees by Hey Let’s Make Stuff.
Cricut Foil Transfer System
Probably my favorite of the Cricut tools (I really do love it!), the Foil Transfer Tool can make some amazing projects. The tool uses the pressure of the machine to press foil onto your project (most craft foils are heat activated instead of pressure-activated). Foil projects are so much fun and are some of the most professional looking craft projects I have made with my Maker.
Foil Transfer Tool Projects:
Next, I’m moving to the Cricut QuickSwap tools and blades – you can use the same tool housing for all of these – you just need to switch the end (tip!)
Cricut Scoring Wheel + Double Scoring Wheel
The single scoring wheel and double scoring wheel were the first tools released in the “QuickSwap” line – even before consumers knew there would be more tools! The scoring wheels work like the original scoring stylus but SO much better. They result in crisp, perfect folds, which is really helpful in making projects like this Rosette Banner for a Watermelon party and these DIY New Year’s Eve party supplies.
If you like making homemade cards with your Cricut, using the scoring wheel is especially helpful if you’re using thick cardstock or cover stock. I used it to make DIY Christmas cards with the Cricut Maker, and they remain one of my most popular holiday posts.
Cricut Engraving Tip
When the extended range of the QuickSwap tools was launch, the engraving tip was the one I was really excited to try! The amount of force the Cricut Maker can apply allows one to engrave metals like aluminum to make signs, jewelry, and more. The first project I tried with the engraving tip is one of my favorites – I made a monogrammed necklace with my Maker!
Cori from Hey Let’s Make Stuff made an adorable engraved bracelet with the Maker, and these Engraved Stainless Steel Servers from Well Crafted Studio are really impressive! Angie from the Country Chic Cottage engraved leather with her Cricut Maker and also has a great Cricut Engraving Tool video that outlines all of the materials you can use with the engraving tool!
Cricut Debossing Tip
The debossing tip puts depressions in your projects and works great with materials like paper and soft leather (sometimes with extra passes!). I love these Debossed Birthday Gift Card Boxes from Heidi at Happiness is Homemade.
Some of the other cool projects I seen are: a Debossed Leather Keychain by Vanessa at Tried and True Creative (along with other great QuickSwap tool projects) and these DIY Debossed Bookmarks by Jen Goode at 100 Directions.
Cricut Perforation Blade
The perforation blade is really cool in that you can use it to create “tear off” projects like these flyers that Hey Let’s Make Stuff created (that’s the first thing I think of when I think of this blade tip!) But another great idea is to use the perforation blade to make cardstock envelopes that are easier to open like Cheryl at That’s What Che Said:
Steph over at Crafting in the Rain also made a cool DIY card with the perforation blade.
Cricut Wavy Blade
The wavy blade is a great way to add a little detail to your projects – it reminds me of the days when we would use pinking shears to edge fabric projects! You can change any line to a wavy line. I absolutely adore this felt banner cut with the wavy blade from Hey Let’s Make Stuff.
I hope that gives you some ideas on what you should make to sell with your Cricut Maker!