30 Home Decor Projects You Can Make With a Cricut Explore

It’s no secret around here that one of my favorite, most-used, and most-reliable tools in my crafting arsenal is my Cricut Explore. After making the switch from my old Expressions II Machine to a snazzy new Cricut Explore a few years ago (read why I stayed Team Cricut here), my machine has a permanent spot on my craft counter and is used weekly, and sometimes even daily! Not only do I use it for a variety of paper and party crafts, but I heavily rely on it to make inexpensive, easy, and quality decor, labels and accessories for our home! In fact, owning and using my die-cut machine is one of the main ways I am able to decorate our home so quickly and cheaply move after move after move! Over the years, I have received many questions and requests for some detailed Cricut tutorials that I thought it was time to kick off a new series: “Using the Cricut Explore for Home Decor.” I realize there are a ton of Cricut Explore videos and tutorials out there, but as I often do, I am going to focus my projects and tutorials specifically on tips, tricks and tools you can use to make things for your home. Before I start to dive into the nitty gritty of this (monthly) series, I thought I’d first make a good ol’ case for why I think a Cricut Explore is a worthwhile and valuable craft investment. This is in no way a sponsored post or a Cricut commercial…but if you’ve been looking for a good reason to add one to your craft stash, here are 30!

A Cricut Explore can be used for SO much more than paper crafts! Check out these awesome 30 home decor projects that you can make with a Cricut Explore!

Make Your Own Wall Decor

One of my favorite ways to update our homes is to add vinyl decals to our walls. From dots and dashes, to animals and phrases, they are a quick, easy and completely removable solution! BUT…vinyl decals can also be expensive when bought from a shop or retailer, especially if you have a big wall to fill. When you can cut your own, you can dramatically change your room for the simple cost of a roll of vinyl or contact paper! Here are 5 of my favorite wall decor updates!

GOLD POLKA DOT WALL FROM CONTACT PAPER

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own vinyl wall decals!

VINYL “TILE” BACKSPLASH

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own vinyl wall decals!

OWL STATEMENT DECAL

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own vinyl wall decals!

VINYL FLOWERS ON BUILT-INS

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own vinyl wall decals!

3D PAPER FLOWER WALL TREATMENT

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own 3D Paper Wall Decor!

Make Your Own Artwork

We are not yet in a place where we can invest in quality, statement artwork. But with lots of big and bland walls in our rentals, I am ALWAYS looking for cheap, easy and impactful ways to create my own art. Using a Cricut Explore allows me to get really clean, professional, and impactful results with minimal effort! Here are some of my favorites in recent years:

CHEVRON ARTWORK FROM CARDSTOCK

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own artwork!

STATE SILHOUETTE ARTWORK

DIY State Silhouette Artwork

WALLPAPER STATEMENT ARTWORK

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own artwork!

USA MAGNETIC MEMO BOARD

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own memo boards!

EASY-SWAP “POLAROID” GALLERY FRAME

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own nursery artwork!

Make Your Own Typography Artwork

In addition to cutting out shapes and images, one of my all-time favorite ways to use my Cricut Explore is to make typography-style artwork. Anyone who has cut letters out of anything (paper, vinyl, fabric) knows how tedious and tough in can be! Being able to make clean and precise wording to me is worth the investment alone!

DIY X-LARGE TYPOGRAPHY ARTWORK

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own typography artwork!

MINI GOLD TYPOGRAPHY ARTWORK

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own typography artwork!

TYPOGRAPHY-EMBELLISHED USA

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own typography artwork!

FUN WALL PLAQUES

Use a Cricut Explore to make your own typography artwork!

ALPHABET WATERCOLOR ARTWORK

Create your own alphabet playroom art using a relief painting technique with the Cricut Explore!

Embellish Your Home Decor Accessories

The die-cut machines available these days are now able to cut an array of materials from fabric to leather and everything in between. While I haven’t experimented with too many materials, I have been able to use my machine to embellish a variety of things around our home including pillows, vases, and furniture!

HEART-FELT PILLOW

Use a Cricut Explore to make cut out fabric for home decor projects!

MONOGRAMMED MEMO BOARDS

Use a Cricut Explore to make add your own monogram to your items!

DIE-CUT FLOWER VASE

Use a Cricut Explore to make your home decor accessories!

VINYL-COVERED DRESSER

Use a Cricut Explore to update pieces of furniture!

Make Your Own Stencils

I love being able to cut paper or vinyl into pretty much any shape for any surface; but sometimes, it’s better to paint on a label or decorative feature. Being able to cut any shape from freezer, stencil or adhesive papers allows me to make my own stencils for a variety of projects! While making and using stencils certainly takes some practice, it’s pretty awesome to be able to add any image, in any shape, size and color to any project at any time!

STENCILED FALL PILLOWS

Use a Cricut Explore to make stencils for a variety of home decor projects!

STENCILED SANDBOX COVER

Use a Cricut Explore to make stencils for a variety of home decor projects!

STENCILED BASKET LABELS

Use a Cricut Explore to make stencils for a variety of home decor projects!

Make Your Own Labels

Last but not least, most of you regular readers know that not only do I label almost everything in our home, but I most frequently make those labels with my Cricut Explore. From text labels to images, the software and the machine just make it TOO easy to quickly add a label to (almost) any surface! Here are just a few of the labels I’ve made with my Cricut Explore!

IMAGE-LABELED TOY BINS

Use a Cricut Explore to make labels for every room in the home!

KITCHEN UTENSIL JARS

Use a Cricut Explore to make labels for every room in the home!

LAUNDRY ROOM BINS

Use a Cricut Explore to make labels for every room in the home!

CRAFT ROOM LABELS (3 DIFFERENT METHODS!)

Use a Cricut Explore to make labels for every room in the home!

BATTERY KIT

Use a Cricut Explore to make labels for every room in the home!

RECYLING BIN LABELS

Use a Cricut Explore to make labels for every room in the home!

GARDEN STAKES

Use a Cricut Explore to make labels for every room in the home!

MAGNETIC BASKET LABELS

A Cricut Explore can be used for SO much more than paper crafts! Check out these awesome 30 home decor projects that you can make with a Cricut Explore!

CLEANING KIT LABELS

A Cricut Explore can be used for SO much more than paper crafts! Check out these awesome 30 home decor projects that you can make with a Cricut Explore!

If you do have an e-cutter, I hope this round-up inspired you to give some new projects a try around your home! If you don’t have one, but DO love to make things for your family and your home, I really couldn’t recommend investing in one more! Next week, I’m going to be breaking down the “essentials” you need to make the projects you see here, and then I’ll be tackling some common techniques needed/used in home decor projects in the coming months. If you have anything specific you’re dying to know or want me to cover, be sure to leave me a note in the comments!

A Cricut Explore can be used for SO much more than paper crafts! Check out these awesome 30 home decor projects that you can make with a Cricut Explore!

And with that, I’m closing out the week! I hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here next Tuesday!

Megan Signature

P.S. I’ve launched my Cricut Explore for Home Decor series! Check out all the tutorials by clicking on the images below:

Are you ready to use your Cricut Explore to make home decor? This post breaks down the essentials you need to get started! Are you ready to use your Cricut Explore to make vinyl decor, labels and more? This post breaks down everything you need to know about working with vinyl! One of the best features of the Cricut Explore is that you don't have to buy every image you want to cut! This tutorial shows you exactly how to import and cut your own images! Attaching Images to one another is one of the easiest yet most misunderstood functions when using the Cricut Explore. This tutorial explains whey, how, and why to use to perfect your projects! One of the best functions of the Cricut Explore is that you can cut words using any font on your computer! This tutorial explains how to download fonts and use them in Cricut Design Space.

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