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When family and friends learn that I have a Cricut, one of the first questions is typically if it’s possible to make money with a Cricut. As a long-time entrepreneur passionate about helping other women fulfill their entrepreneurial goals, I totally get it and say “You definitely can!”.
The Cricut Maker is an easy way for anyone to create beautiful projects without having any previous experience in designing or cutting fabric. It’s also a great tool for crafters who want to learn how to use their machines better.
I recently received the new Cricut Explore 3 and Cricut’s new Smart Materials to test out. The Cricut Explore family is their most popular cutting machine and it’s now up to two times faster than the previous model.
The Cricut is an electronic cutting machine that allows users to cut designs into paper, fabric, vinyl, wood, leather, and other materials. Crafters have used it since its introduction in 2005, and now there are many models available.
What does the Cricut Explore 3 do?
What doesn’t it do? The Cricut Explore 3 can cut over 100 materials including vinyl, HTV, glitter paper and bonded fabric. You can view all of the materials it cuts here on their website.
Does the Cricut Explore 3 need a computer?
You can use Cricut’s free software Design Space. It’s available Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. The majority of my projects are done using my iPhone and connecting wirelessly to my Cricut.
There are, however, some limitations with the app. You are unable to use the Knife Blade or the Print and Cut option. Those must be done using a desktop or laptop.
What are Cricut Smart Materials?
I’m most excited about the introduction of Smart Materials. I’ll be honest – I’m not a fan of using mats to load material. One of the reasons I love my Cricut Joy is because most of my projects are done without one. Smart Materials are engineered to just load and cut.
The following Smart Materials are available in a variety of colors and styles:
- Smart Vinyl™ Permanent and Removable
- Smart Paper™ Sticker Cardstock
- Smart Iron-on™
The newly introduced Roll Holder helps to keep rolled material aligned, for clean, precise cuts. It even comes with a built-in trimmer to ensure edges. It fits rolled material from 4-75 feet.
All that’s great, but how can I make money with my Cricut Explore 3?
The great thing about making money with your Cricut is that the possibilities are endless! It’s fairly easy to get started with simple projects with your Cricut Explore 3 right out the box. I would recommend choosing a few products to start with so you’re not purchasing a lot of supplies right away. Also, make sure that you are keeping track of your expenses and income for a few reasons. This will help you with setting your prices and for any tax reporting that will need to be done.
50+ ways to make money with your Cricut
Sell Printable Designs Online
If you love crafting and creating things, then selling your creations online might be something you would enjoy doing. You can sell your work through Etsy, eBay, Amazon, or any number of other sites.
Create Custom T-Shirts
One of the easiest ways to start earning extra cash is by designing custom t-shirts. There are tons of websites where you can upload an image and customize it however you want. Once you design it, you can print them up at a local shop or even order them online.
Start an Etsy Shop
Another easy way to earn extra cash is through selling items on Etsy. This website allows people to sell handmade goods directly to customers. You can set your own prices and ship anywhere in the world.
Sell Craft Kits
If you love crafting, then you might consider starting an online store where you can sell craft kits. These kits usually contain everything needed to complete a project, such as scissors, glue, fabric, etc.
Sell Digital Artwork
You can also sell digital artwork. This includes images, graphics, logos, icons, illustrations, photographs, and other visual elements. Many people use websites like Etsy to sell their work. However, you can also sell your art through social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.
50+ More Ways to Make Money With a Cricut
Here are 55 specific items to get you started with your brainstorming. Cricut’s Design Space has great project ideas for any skill level. I highly recommend having a Cricut Access™ subscription to access additional fonts, projects and images.
- Canvas banners
- Family names and icons for rear windows
- No Soliciting Decals for doors
- Custom tumblers
- Holiday buckets
- Mailbox Numbers and Personalizations
- Customized Lanyards
- Spice Jar Labels
- Monogrammed plates
- Cutting boards
- Bumper Stickers
- Cookie/Snack jars
- Personalized Baby Bottles
- Drawstring bags
- Kitchen Labels
- Personalized Baby Onesies
- Cake toppers
- Journals with inspirational quotes on the cover
- Throw pillows
- Water bottles
- Holiday stockings
- Jewelry dishes
- Scrabble Tile Wall Art
- Keychains using leather
- Santa’s Cookies Plates
- Leather earrings
- Coffee mugs
- Stenciled doormats
- Personalized pet collars
- Tooth Fairy Pouches
- Thank you stickers for small businesses
- Canvas Wall Art
- Pennant banners
- Pencil pouches
- Planner stickers
- Pot holders
- Custom towels
- Wall Art using removable vinyl
- Sleep masks
- Diaper Caddies with personalization
- Personalized Ornaments
- Window decals
- Wall Quotes
- Personalized Pots for Plant Moms
- Customized Piggy Banks
- Make-up brush holders
- Garden signs
- Personalized face masks
- Food and water bowls for pets
- Personalized make-up bags
- Treat jars for pets
- Personalized Wine Glasses
I hope these ideas help, and best of luck with your Cricut experience. Even if you choose not to sell the products you create, crafting with Cricut is something you and your family will truly enjoy.