How to Make Money With a Cricut (Cricut Project Ideas to Sell)
Brainstorming Cricut project ideas or Cricut projects to sell? In this article, we’ll share some fun things to make and sell with Cricut, as well as some essentials you need to know about how to make money with a Cricut. There are plenty of possibilities, but also important rules that you need to know.
What Can You Make With a Cricut?
So, what’s a Cricut machine and what can you make with it? The Cricut is a machine most commonly used for cutting DIY and craft projects. For example, a lot of people use it to cut different types of paper and vinyl. It can also act as a scoring tool—a tool that creates crisp, clean folds for projects like cards. Certain models can also cut thicker materials.
This makes the question of "what can you make with a Cricut" very broad and open-ended. Honestly, you can make a lot of things with a Cricut. Some of the more common projects out there include things like T-shirts and greeting cards, but you’re only limited by your creativity. You could use your Cricut to add gold foil to your business cards. You could take your own illustrations and turn them into kiss cut stickers. You could make die-cut postcards, cardstock picture frames, and gift bags. There are so many things you could do.
That’s part of the appeal of selling your creations: the seemingly endless possibilities. There are plenty of Cricut projects for beginners too—even easy Cricut crafts to sell.
The Cricut machine itself, regardless of the model, requires Cricut Design Space—free software that comes with the machine. You set up your design in this software, which then sends it to the machine for cutting (or making).
You may want to supplement your Cricut with other design software, such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator, especially if you plan to cut out things like artwork and graphics. Note that the Cricut is not a printer—it does not print out graphics. Instead, it can cut things like card stock, sticker paper, vinyl, and other materials for you.
Can You Sell Things Made With a Cricut?
The short answer is: yes, you can! However, there are some restrictions that you need to be aware of.
Make sure to review Cricut’s Angel Policy. This outlines the guidelines that Cricut requires when it comes to commercial use (if you want to make money with Cricut devices).
However, here are some highlights (as of the publication of this article) to keep in mind:
- Cricut allows users to produce up to 10,000 commercial products per year. For most small businesses, artists, and crafters, this is a pretty generous number. If your projects start branching into mass production, it may be time to invest in an industrial device or manufacturer.
- Users are not authorized to sell Cricut products that are unassembled. So, for example, it is not appropriate to cut out Cricut-owned letterforms and sell them individually, as is.
- Cricut does not permit the use of licensed third-party content in any commercial products. For example, content from the Walt Disney Company is available to Cricut users, but users are not permitted to sell products made from this content. Note that this also includes distribution (e.g. you can’t make Disney shirts and give them away at a charity event—this is against the terms of service and copyright restrictions).
- Note that these limitations are for commercial use, not personal use.
So, can you sell things made with Cricut? Yes! Just make sure you are aware of its limitations, and you’re good to go.
If you’re looking for Cricut project ideas to sell, there are plenty more of them in this article—just scroll down and check them out! From holiday items to beginner-friendly ideas, there’s plenty of inspiration.
What Are Cricut Maker Projects to Sell? Are Cricut Machines Different?
It’s important to note that there are different Cricut models, each with different perks. The Cricut Maker, however, is considered "Pro Level", by Cricut themselves. It has the ability to work with more materials and more attachments. For example, thin wood and fabric are both materials the Cricut Maker can handle.
So, if you’re thinking about Cricut Maker projects to sell, you have even more options to consider. You could make coasters, fabric flower bouquets, or doll clothing. The Maker model is stronger too, and has a stronger scoring tool. This means folds are easier than ever on common materials like paper.
When it comes to what projects you’d like to sell, think about the materials best suited to your Cricut model. The Cricut Explore Air, for example, is a good model with tons of possibilities—but it’s not suited for wood.
Want to check out what the different Cricut models can do? Check out the official comparison here. Then, you can choose the machine best for you—or further understand your machine’s capabilities.
Top Questions About What to Make and Sell With Cricut
Let’s take a look at some popular questions about Cricut projects and selling the crafts you create using your Cricut. We’ll look at some fun design ideas, important info for your business ventures, and other tips too.
1. Can You Sell Things You Make With Cricut Access?
So, can you sell things you make with Cricut Access? Yes. Does it have limitations? That’s also a yes.
If you’re unfamiliar, Cricut Access is an optional subscription service for Cricut users. It includes hundreds of fonts and a large collection of graphics too. Having a collection of content like this is a no-brainer—what designer doesn’t want content like this in their toolkit, right?
However, make sure you’re clear on the terms and conditions when you use content from Cricut Access. It’s an awesome resource, but it’s not necessarily without restrictions that need to be considered and respected. Again, you should refer to the Cricut Angel Policy for official terms and licensing.
Many assets licensed by Cricut Access have third-party restrictions, so make sure you clearly understand the usage rights for any assets you want to use commercially (or sell).
Not sure where to find Cricut Access in Design Space? Check out the screenshot below.
Keep in mind that Cricut Access is not your only option. You can also create your own graphics and artwork. You can even create your own fonts! This way, you fully own all the rights to the graphical content.
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However, it’s not always practical to create every part of our design from scratch. If you’re looking for an even larger library of content, consider checking out Envato Elements. It has thousands of fonts, thousands of graphics, and more—all with a simple, no-nonsense commercial license.
2. What Happens to My Artwork When I Upload It to Cricut Design Space? Is It Public?
When you upload content to Cricut Design Space, it is not made available to other users by default. As of the publication of this article, there is also not a redistribution of copyright ownership when you use Cricut Design Space. Your artwork is still yours. Cricut is not going to resell or redistribute your work.
That said, it’s important to note copyright when you’re making Cricut projects you plan to sell. Just as you wouldn’t want someone using your work without permission, do not haphazardly use random images from the Internet. It is both unprofessional and can get you into a significant legal mess.
Instead, make sure to use fonts and imagery that you have appropriate licensing to use if you plan to sell your creations. It’s also in good taste and a good business practice to respect the work of other creative professionals.
3. What Are Some Good Cricut Projects for Beginners? Are There Some Easy Cricut Crafts to Sell?
Absolutely! There are plenty of beginner projects out there that are easy to jump right in and try. However, keep in mind that, like all things, there’s always going to be a learning curve. If you focus too hard on things being "easy", then you might miss out on pushing yourself to make something really good.
Here are some beginner-friendly ideas you might want to try:
- Create a Customized Journal. Get some blank kraft journals, and then use your Cricut to cut out inspirational phrases and shapes out of cardstock or other paper. Attach them with glue or work with an adhesive paper.
- Create Simple "Peek a Boo" Artwork. Start with a solid color piece of paper. Cut out a shape or phrase. Then, place paper of another color or pattern behind it. Add a frame, and you’ll get a stylish, masked look.
- Create Your Own Bookmarks. You can create some really interesting shapes and curves with Cricut. Use decorative paper or your own artwork to easily cut out decorative bookmarks.
4. I’m Not Sure What to Make and Sell With Cricut! What Are Some Cricut Project Ideas?
Coming up with ideas is often one of the most difficult parts of the design process—so we totally understand where you’re coming from.
It’s a good idea to think about what you enjoy first. The best ideas are not necessarily the easiest ones, but rather the ones that most inspire you. If you love to cook, how about creating cake toppers or fun packaging for food gifting? Think about projects and items that you’d actually like to use yourself, rather than focusing too hard on the best-selling Cricut projects and chasing too hard after trends alone.
Here are some fun ideas you can use and expand upon as you brainstorm your own Cricut crafts to sell:
- Wedding Favor Tags or Place Markers. There are so many possibilities here. From pretty paper flowers to layered papers, weddings and formal events are a whole genre of content to explore.
- Faux Leather Accessories. Yeah, you read that right. Many Cricut machines can cut faux leather—use it to cut out cute shapes like hearts, stars, or even flowers to create a cute custom headband. Use your cutouts for keychains, earrings, and more.
- Create Custom Confetti. Birthdays, graduations, or even just someone’s favorite colors. Try different shapes, colors, patterns—you can even upcycle or used recycled paper to make it more eco-friendly.
- T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, and Wearables. Who doesn’t own a T-shirt? You can get really niche with clothing too. Have a specific hobby? Maybe consider making T-shirts that cater to that interest.
On a business note, think about your target audience. Who do you want to appeal to? Once you identify who that audience is, it’ll be much easier to make money with Cricut projects—because you can focus on their interests and attracting them!
5. Can You Tell Me How to Make Car Decals With Cricut to Sell?
Car decals are fun and popular Cricut vinyl projects—you’ll need to create your design, cut it, and then prepare it for your customers. Here are some tips on how to make car decals with Cricut to sell or share:
- Make Sure to Work With Outdoor Vinyl. This way, it’s water- and UV-resistant, which are qualities you’re going to want when applying contents to a car.
- Remember to Choose a Visible Color! White is a popular choice, so you can clearly see it against a car’s back window. This will vary based on your desired location, of course.
- Weeding Vinyl Can Be Tricky. Weeding refers to the process of removing the excess vinyl from your cut design that you don’t need. Consider trying a weeding tool (which looks kind of like a pen with a curved, pointy tip), tweezers, and/or an X-Acto knife to help you clear the extra vinyl.
If you’re interested in seeing a step-by-step tutorial for Cricut car decals, let us know! There are plenty of other cool Cricut vinyl projects out there too. Take some time to search, look around, and create an inspiration board. It can be an awesome way to come up with new ideas.
6. What Are Some Fun Cricut Christmas Ideas to Sell?
There are so many possibilities when it comes to Cricut projects and Cricut Christmas ideas to sell. From customized home items to festive wearables, the sky’s really the limit. Here are some ideas to help get you started:
- Custom Ornaments. Start with a blank or solid color ball ornament, and then add your own artwork or phrase. You could also use foam, felt, or paper to create fun ornaments with your Cricut machine.
- Greeting Cards. Whether you want to incorporate beautiful die-cuts or you’re looking for a tool to help you easily score your cards, greeting cards can be an awesome project to share and sell.
- Gift Tags. You can make so many different types of gift tags with your Cricut. They’re a beginner-friendly project, too. Try out different papers, patterns, and more.
- Countdown Calendar. Use your Cricut to add dates and other fun, festive elements to surfaces like clear foam core, acrylic, or dry erase board.
7. What Are Some Cute Valentine’s Day Cricut Ideas to Sell?
Likewise, Valentine’s Day is a great time for custom gifts too. Think about the kind of things you’d like and how you could add your own creative flair. Here are some Valentine’s Day Cricut ideas to sell to help inspire you:
- Matching Couple’s Gear. How about matching T-shirts? Or create fun decals to add to items like headphones, smartphones, and laptops. Stickers and name tags can be simple, easy, fun projects too.
- A Bouquet of Flowers. A bouquet made of paper isn’t going to wilt! This could extend to wreaths and other hangable decorations, too. You could also try this out in other materials, like fabric.
- Customize an Acrylic Box. Stock acrylic boxes are often used for storage or display, but you can turn one into something awesome with your Cricut! Make it into a makeup brush holder, a jewelry box, or a catch-all for kitchen utensils.
- Custom Paper Dolls. Super cute gift idea, right? Create and cut custom paper dolls for your customers. Think of all the paper clothes you could make!
What Cricut Projects Would You Make and Sell?
When it comes to what to make and sell with Cricut, there’s almost an endless stream of possibilities. Which Cricut project ideas to sell were your favorite? Or maybe you have a unique idea not listed here!
Remember, the best-selling Cricut projects typically have something in common: they’re fun, imaginative, eye-catching, and appeal to their target audience. Think about who your ideal customer is. Once you know who that customer base is, it becomes easier to consider them, appeal to them, and reach them. Creativity and ideas are important, but like all businesses, knowing your market matters.
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Or maybe you have a great idea, but you’re not quite sure if it’s right yet. Take a look at Placeit, an awesome online tool for creating mockups.
For example, if you have a cute T-shirt design, you can create a mockup to see what it would look like on a model before you even print and cut the design. The best part is, you can do it all from the comfort of your browser. It’s easy, and it’s free to get started.
Why not get started on your next Cricut project ideas right now? Good luck, and happy designing!
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