Crafting with Cricut

November 27th 2013

Crafting with Cricut

Have you heard of Cricut? (Pronounced like ‘cricket’, not ‘cry-cut’, by the way.) They make at-home cutting machines for crafters and makers – it’s basically like a printer but with a blade, and you can cut a variety of materials to make loads of different projects.

Crafting with Cricut

Cricut invited me along to an introductory day a couple of weeks ago at the lovely Homemade London in Marylebone, to meet the team and get a hands-on demo of the machines and see what can be made with the results.

Crafting with Cricut
Crafting with Cricut
Crafting with Cricut

Here are some of the demo products. The machine can cut card, vinyl and iron-on transfer material, so you can make projects as diverse as die-cut greeting cards, jar or wall decals and cushion or T-shirt designs.

Crafting with Cricut

The machine comes with a sticky-surfaced cutting mat, which you attach your material to and gets fed in like a regular printer. You also need access to the online Craft Room, the software you use to put together the designs. With some machines you can make your own designs from scratch, but with the Mini you use designs from Cricut which are purchased in themed packs. If this sounds limiting, it actually isn’t because the packs have a vast variety of designs, and you can also put together shapes and letters and merge them into one piece.

Crafting with Cricut

Here’s how the software looks. You basically have an onscreen replica of your cutting mat which you load up with designs. You can resize, rotate and merge the shapes before sending to be cut.

Crafting with Cricut

Here’s what I made in our taster session. Everyone needs a spangly fox cushion, right? Cricut kindly sent me a Mini and some materials to have a go at home as well. I was worried I wouldn’t remember how to do everything properly, but the setup and software are all pretty straightforward really. So I’ll be sharing some more projects I’ve made using this cool little machine soon.

Comments (5)

  • Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife

    November 27th 2013 at 4:41 pm

    My aunt has one and is always making the cutest cards and gift tags with it!

  • Stacey

    November 27th 2013 at 6:49 pm

    My mum has one of these and I love using it – it just makes lettering so much easier! I do feel like a bit of a pain though as hers is quite bulking and she keeps it on a shelf etc – would be better with easier access!

    1. Katie

      November 27th 2013 at 7:08 pm

      This one’s tiny – desktop size – which is ace!

  • Lauren

    November 27th 2013 at 10:48 pm

    this sounds awesome! never heard of this before but definitely sounds like something that would be worth investing in. im assuming its pretty easy to use as well!

  • Angela @Little Apple Tree

    December 1st 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I have mad crafting envy. There are so many projects that I see online, which really need a cricut to achieve the right look. (You just won’t get the same perfect lettering if you do it by hand…) Would love to have a go with one someday!

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