Cricut projects: must-try craft ideas for 2023 (2024)

By Rachael Phillips

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Ian Dean


New Cricut projects to try in 2023 for all Cricut craft machines.

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Plan your year ahead with these Cricut projects and Cricut ideas for 2023. Whether you’ve had a new Cricut for Christmas or you’re determined to make the most out of your craft cutting machine in 2023, there are plenty of projects for you to get stuck into.Below I've gathered together some fun new year's Cricut ideas for you to try.

From unique gifts and bespoke clothing to party favours and gift cards, there’s nothing you can't achieve with a bit of imagination and your trusty Cricut. And you may not just be using your Cricut for fun, if you’d like to turn your Cricut crafting into a business this year, then check out our guide onhow to make money with Cricutfor more inspiration.

If you don’t already have your Cricut and you’re wondering which model is the best, then you should take a look at our buying guide, which goes through all thebest Cricut machinescurrently available. If you don’t fancy a Cricut, then you can also take a look at our guide on thebest Silhouette machines.It's also worth looking at one of the best tablets for Cricut to pair with your machine.

In this guide, I’ve put together a list of my favourite projects to help guide you through a truly crafty year. But if you’d rather read your tutorials, then there are plenty of ideas on theCricut blogas well as my guides onhow to make a stencil with Cricutandhow to make stickers with Cricut.

Cricut projects: Cricut ideas

01.Cricut projects: light-up shadow box

If you're already missing the soft glow of the Christmas lights, then these shadow boxes are a great way to decorate your home. They are an easy project to do, so whether you're new to Cricut or a seasoned professional, you'll have fun making these boxes. Plus, Jennifer Maker is the ultimate Cricut guru, there is nothing that you won't learn by visiting her page. If you're looking for a new year's Cricut idea, start here.

02.Cricut projects: make a puzzle

Kayla's Cricut creations is a brilliant channel packed with different Cricut ideas. But if you're looking to make something that your loved one will cherish, then look no further than this tutorial for making a bespoke jigsaw. It's a great excuse to experiment with different materials and put your Cricut Maker or Explore 3 to work.

03.Cricut projects: St Patrick's Day tea towels

There's plenty to celebrate in March, but probably the most famous day of all is St Patrick's day. So celebrate in style by upgrading your tea towels. Auntie Tay has a great tutorial that shows you all the steps, from creating the graphics to attaching the decals to your materials. Of course, you don't have to stick with an Irish theme, but once you know how to do it, you can create anything you like. I'll be making some St David's ones - who doesn't want Dragons or a Welsh Lady on their tea-towels?

04.Cricut projects: make celebration cards

One of the best things about owning a Cricut Joy is that you never have to worry about forgetting to buy a gift card. This brilliant tutorial by Kim Byers teaches you how to make your own Cricut Joy card designs. She shares loads of handy tips, including how to contour your images, so they fit better on the card.

05.Cricut projects: engrave keychains

Key chains are a great gift for anyone. Cricuting with Delonda shares her tips on engraving and filling acrylic keychains with your Cricut maker. You will need to buy an engraving tool, but once you have one, the opportunities are endless. It's a fun and easy tutorial to follow along with, and at the end of it, you'll have a great new skill.

06.Cricut projects: create waterproof stickers

Who doesn't love stickers? They are a great way to personalise your items. I love using them on my suitcase so that when it's going around the belt at baggage reclaim, I can spot it's mine. But of course, they need to be durable and waterproof, so this is a great tutorial by Alli Standefer, who shares how she makes waterproof, die-cut stickers on the Cricut.

07.Cricut projects: personalise coffee cups

Mr Crafty Pants has put together a tutorial on customising your travel cup with the Cricut. You can also take these skills and customise mugs, water bottles, or anything you like, so long as you get the dimensions right. It's a very simple and easy-to-follow tutorial, and trust me, you're going to want to personalise everything once you get started.

08.Cricut projects: make a hoodie with HTV

One of the best things about the Cricut is that you can personalise any item of clothing. Eric Thomas Bland shares his tips on working with heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and walks through making your own hoodie. It's also a good excuse to get your Cricut heat press out and if you don't have one already, then check out our guide to the best heat press machines in 2023.

09.Cricut projects: create DIY home decor

Why buy home decor goods when you can make them? Designed to the Nines has put together 25 mind-blowing DIY projects for you to level up your home decor. Projects include a doormat, a popcorn tin upcycle, tumblers, and a sign. The projects are condensed, but if there's one you fancy, then she has the links to the full-length tutorials under the video.

10.Cricut projects: fall ideas using scraps

Don't throw away any leftover vinyl when you're done working on your project because here's a video that will share some ideas you can make using your scrap vinyl. If you're more of a fall than a summer person, then you'll love this round-up from Kayla's Cricut Creations, her makes include signs, candle decals, and a personalised pumpkin patch.

11.Cricut projects: print designer shirts

Learn how to sublimate on a T-shirt with this tutorial from MamaPlusCEO. It will teach you how to use the Print then Cut function to produce high-quality and professional-looking T-shirts using your Cricut and Cricut design studio. Note you will need to own or purchase a sublimation printer if you're going to follow this tutorial.

12.Cricut projects: DIY Christmas gift ideas

Sure, you can go to the shops to buy Christmas presents, but nothing is more personal than a homemade present. This video from Amy Makes That shares how to make personalised slippers, mugs, and gift tags ready for the holiday season. The projects are easy to follow and even easier to make so crafters at any skill level.

Cricut projects: frequent questions

Do I need Cricut Design Space?

Yes, you do. When it comes to creating projects in Cricut Design Space, you'll need to have the perfect image to hand. You can do this by using the library in Design Space, which has access to hundreds of images.

Do I need Cricut Access to design?

No, Cricut Access is a subscription service that offers hundreds of images, fonts and ready-to-make projects for free, as well as discounts on the best Cricut accessories. It's a nice option if you use your Cricut regularly.

Where can I find new SVG files?

You can upload your own SVG files when designing for Cricut. Short for scalable vector graphic files, SVG are two-dimensional images that can be layered and resized without any loss in quality. Check out our guide to thebest free SVG files for Cricut to learn more on where to find them.

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Rachael Phillips


Craft writer Rachael Phillips has written for The Evening Standard, The Independent, Fit&Well, The Radar, T3, and TopTenReviews. She also writes on many other subjects, including lifestyle, travel, food, internet culture and eco-living for online and print publications.

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Cricut projects: must-try craft ideas for 2023 (2024)


What is the new Cricut product 2023? ›

Beginning July 25, 2023, Cricut Venture will be available for $999 on and online at many retailers where Cricut is sold. To learn more about Cricut Venture and its features, visit

How do I get free Cricut projects? ›

Free Patterns
  1. Sign in to the Design Space app.
  2. Select My Stuff.
  3. Free Projects: Select Projects. Select the filter Ready-to-Make to view your free projects.
  4. Free Images: Select Images. Select Purchased to view your free images.
  5. Free Fonts: Go to the Canvas screen by selecting New Project. ​​​Select Text on the Canvas.
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What's the first thing I should make with my Cricut? ›

Vinyl. Vinyl is a great place to start with your Cricut. There are endless possibilities for creation, and the machine makes your custom vinyl creations look clean and professional. (I love using the gold vinyl!)

What all do I need as a beginner with Cricut? ›

Basic Tool Set
  1. Scissors. Cricut Scissors have hardened stainless steel blades for durability and smooth, even cuts. ...
  2. Tweezers. Cricut Tweezers lift and secure in one step with their reverse grip design - squeeze the handle together to open, and release pressure to clamp together. ...
  3. Weeder. ...
  4. Spatula. ...
  5. Trimmer. ...
  6. Scoring Stylus.

What is the last model of the Cricut? ›

ModelMax Cut SizeDate Introduced
Cricut Explore Air 2 CXPL202290 mm × 600 mm (11.5 in × 23.5 in)October 2016
Cricut Maker CXPL301August 2017
Cricut Joy JCTR101110 mm (4.5 in) by 1.2 m (4 ft)March 2020
Cricut Explore 3 CXPL203300 mm (11.7 in) by 3.7 m (12 ft)June 2021
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Are they discontinuing Cricut Maker? ›

At the time of this article, Cricut has not announced that they will be discontinuing the original Cricut Maker model.

How do I use Cricut without paying? ›

Cricut Design Space itself is free and you do not need to pay the monthly subscription. However, many people find it frustrating some of the projects and images on Cricut Design Space cost money. There ARE some free Cricut fonts and images that can be a great place to start.

Can I use Cricut without paying monthly fee? ›

Design Space is the free program that you use with your Cricut machine—it's what allows you to design projects and make them on your machine. Cricut Access is a separate optional, paid subscription that gives you access to extra features in Design Space (listed above) plus other member benefits.

Can you really make money with Cricut? ›

If you're a dedicated Cricut maker, you can earn money selling crafts locally, on an online marketplace, or through your own ecommerce website. If you're excited by the thought of turning your hobby into a source of income, you might be ready to start your own Cricut business.

What is the easiest Cricut for beginners? ›

All of the Cricut cutting machines are easy to learn. A beginner can be happy with a Cricut Maker 3 or a Cricut Joy. The decision is really about materials, speed, and cost. If you're not sure what a Cricut cutting machine or die-cutting is, check out the Frequently Asked Questions at the end of the post.

What Cricut can do the most? ›

Cricut Maker 3 is the most versatile Cricut machine, with additional tools and blades. It can cut 300+ materials. Cricut Maker 3 can cut Smart Materials. These clever crafting materials work without a cutting mat, so you can just load the material directly into your machine and go.

Is a Cricut hard to learn to use? ›

The good news is it's easier than I thought! From the get-go, I found the process of using my Cricut Maker easy and straightforward. That's not to say all the projects are easy, but the machine itself is intuitive.

What's new from Cricut? ›

Cricut Venture Update

This wide-format professional cutting machine can precision-cut 100+ materials up to 75 ft. (22.8 m) and even works at commercial speeds. It can also write, score, foil and more. The Cricut Venture requires a computer with Bluetooth® wireless and high-speed internet connection.

When was Cricut Maker 3 released? ›

In June 2021, Cricut released two new machines: the Explore 3 and the Maker 3. Both are redesigned, upgraded versions of the brand's previous Explore Air 2 and Maker 2.

What is the most updated Cricut machine? ›

Cricut Maker 3 is the latest, most powerful of the brand's digital crafting machines. It can use over 300 materials, and is capable of cutting, engraving and scoring. It also makes use of the new Cricut Smart Materials for longer, mat-free cutting.


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