There are SO MANY Cricut Projects you can do with your Cricut machine. Here are some of our easy beginner Cricut ideas to try!
We had an idea this year to share a few Cricut projects as we go through the months, and I think I'm completely obsessed! This cute little chalkboard was my very first ever craft project using Cricut design space and turned out so stinkin' cute – I'm pretty proud. 🙂
So, here's the thing.
There is a learning curve when you're trying to figure out how to use a Cricut – you can't just take the Cricut right out of the box and start designing everything you ever dreamed of. It takes some time to get familiar with how it all works.
Full disclosure – I had never used a Cricut cutting machine so I'm a complete newbie and I'm not gonna lie, I was kind of freaking out when I first started.
But, after I watched a few getting started videos, I got the feel of how it all worked and felt MUCH more comfortable. So, if you take the plunge (or you've taken the plunge already and never gotten it out of the box) you can do this!
To get started first with your Cricut projects, you're going to need a Cricut machine. We have a few Cricut bundle deals available right now – some over $200 off! The Cricut I purchased was the Cricut Explore Air 2 bundle in mint (it's just the cutest!).
If it's in your budget to get the bundle I HIGHLY suggest it. I wouldn't have known what in the world I would need if I had to walk down the Cricut aisle and pick out the different supplies.
Cricut has so many different heat transfer vinyl types, rotary blades, knife blades – and just a TON of different Cricut material you can purchase.
Buying the bundle made it super easy and convenient to just go through the box and open what I needed to get started with all of the Cricut ideas I had in my head. It was also nice to look through everything and familiarize myself with the products.
You'll also want to get familiar with Cricut Design Studio. This is the program that runs on your computer to communicate with your Cricut so you can create all of your projects. It downloads the files (they're called svg cut files) from the program to your machine. I'd take a few minutes to get used to the set up and play with some scrap vinyl before you get too into this project.
Another cool thing you get when you purchase the Cricut Bundle is 1 free month of Cricut Access. This gives you access to a gazillion projects. There are soooo many Cricut ideas in there! You can cancel after the free month or continue for $9.99 per month. Projects are also sold individually. But if you plan to do a ton of crafting it looks like it's really worth it to keep your Access subscription.
DIY Farmhouse Cricut Chalkboard
It's a good idea to start with beginner projects (and less than 30 minutes). This Farmhouse Chalkboard was one of the included Cricut projects for beginners.
- Cricut Machine – we used the Cricut Explore Air 2
- Vinyl, any color
- Chalk paint (if needed)
- Wooden Beads
- Jute Twine
- Ribbon (varying widths)
How to make Farmhouse Signs with Cricut:
This Farmhouse Cricut Chalkboard came together SO easy. Months ago I purchased this little round chalkboard on clearance at Michael's. So, it's been just waiting to get repurposed into a darling piece of home decor.
If you need to paint the edges of your chalkboard, feel free to! The mint green color wasn't the look I was after so I put on about 3 coats of my favorite white Waverly chalk paint. I then I added just the smallest amount of the Waverly antique wax on top, rubbing off as I went so it didn't get too dark.
The vinyl design I choose just needed 1 color of vinyl so I chose white so it would look like it was written in chalk.
Cut out the design on the Cricut machine:
I followed the instructions that were given through Cricut Access once I had picked the design.
- Cut vinyl to about a 6″x6″ square
- Place on sticky mat
- Run through the Cricut machine following the directions given
- Weed off the vinyl pieces not needed using the weeding tool
- Apply transfer tape
- Adhere to chalkboard using the scraper tool
Then I rubbed a piece of chalk all over the design to give it an authentic chalkboard look.
How to make a Farmhouse Wood Bead Garland:
To take it a step further with the whole Farmhouse vibe I made a little hanger using some jute twine and 1″ wood balls. I just eye-balled it and hot glued that to the back. We have a full tutorial on DIY Wood Bead Garland if you'd like a step by step guide 🙂
It was really cute like that but I thought wouldn't it just be darling with the addition of a bow. So I made the old faithful Re-Fabbed bow with some ribbon I already had on hand and it was just the perfect finishing touch for this Cricut project.
Now I just need to find a home for this cutie! I can't decide between my bedroom, bathroom or guest bedroom. But, goodness it really is so good to be home and I'm just so thankful.
If you're looking for some more DIY inspiration, here are a few of our favorite garland crafts:
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