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!
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!
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:
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!
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!
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!
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!
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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!
Creating with Your Cricut!
I realize there are so many great Cricut tutorials and resources available on the web…many of which I use. However, I’ve picked up some useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts by using my machines so much, and this series is all about sharing and explaining everything I know! If there is something you want me to cover, be sure to leave me a comment! Otherwise, be sure to check out all the posts in this series by clicking on the images below and check out my Cricut Project Gallery for even more ideas!