25+ Easy Projects to Make with the Cricut Explore Air

Tons of beginner Cricut projects you can make with a Cricut Explore Air or Cricut Maker! Whether you’re making them to sell or just want to DIY things for yourselves - this list of ideas has something for everyone!

The Cricut Explore Air is the tool that everyone who makes crafts should have. With millions of awesome Cricut projects to make with the Cricut Explore Air, the possibilities are truly endless. These Cricut project ideas are just a small example of what you can make!



5 Types of Projects to Make with Cricut Explore Air

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My Cricut Explore Air

Three years ago I bought myself an electronic cutting machine for all of the awesome crafts I was going to do. I made a handful of t-shirts (like these awesome Hunger Games shirts ), cut out vinyl for my son’s 1st birthday party , and basically let it collect dust in my craft room because every time I tried to use it, it took like 10x as long as I had to finish the project.





What seemed so easy for some reason never was. I never even got into complicated projects like print and cut, I really just wanted to cut vinyl, and for some reason it just never worked right the first time. That electronic cutting machine went to a friend or a family member, never to be used again.

Then I tried out the Cricut Explore Air . And before I go any further, let me tell you how to say Cricut because as a newbie to the craft industry, I literally called it Cri-Cut (like cry-cut) forever thinking that it was some fancy name that only use crafters knew how to pronounce. It’s not. You pronounce it like cricket, the insect.



And if you’re a little more observant than I was, you’ll notice there’s cute little cricket antennas in the logo. I’m going to chalk my stupidity up to being pregnant and post-partum brain fog.

The Cricut Explore Air is the tool that everyone who makes crafts should have. With millions of awesome projects to make with the Cricut Explore Air, the possibilities are truly endless. These Cricut project ideas are just a small example of what you can make!

When I got my Cricut Explore Air, I opened the box, which for me is a huge step in the right direction. As my friends know, I’m the queen of unopened boxes.

I turned on the machine. I opened the Cricut Design Space and created a simple design of only letters. And I cut some vinyl.

And you guys, it cut.

It cut like butter. The first time, the second time, and the last time.

I literally finished my project in just a few minutes, not the hours it always took me to finish my project with my other cutting machine.

And I barely even had to use all of the cool tools that came with my machine!

The Cricut Explore Air is the tool that everyone who makes crafts should have. With millions of awesome projects to make with the Cricut Explore Air, the possibilities are truly endless. These Cricut project ideas are just a small example of what you can make!

As soon as my project was finished, I immediately called my sister and asked if she wanted my old machine and shipped it to her the next day. I’ve been so busy that I’ve only done a couple of projects since, but so far every single one has been just as seamless.

I can’t wait to try out all of the awesome features and really use my machine, not just use it as a space filler in my cute craft room . So many different types of material to cut and so many projects to try.

There are some major differences between the Cricut Explore Air and the new Cricut Maker – you can read more about those in this Cricut Maker post here !

The Cricut Explore Air is the tool that everyone who makes crafts should have. With millions of awesome projects to make with the Cricut Explore Air, the possibilities are truly endless. These Cricut project ideas are just a small example of what you can make!

Cricut Projects to Make with the Cricut Explore Air

Just in case you’re as afraid of using an electronic cutting machine as I was, let me give you a little taste of what you can make with it. These projects are all completely different and all made with the Cricut Explore Air . And I can’t wait to try all of them!

Here are just a few different types of things you can do! I also included some example Cricut projects you can make with the Cricut Explore Air from some of my favorite crafty friends!

Don’t have a Cricut Explore Air yet? You can get one right here !

#1 – Cut paper products with the Cricut Explore Air

You can go as simple or as complex as you want – just look at this intricate design from my friend Cori at Hey, Let’s Make Stuff!

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Winter wonderland luminari from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff

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You can either design your own thing in Cricut Design Space, use designs already there (like I did with this St. Patrick’s Day rainbow game), or just use designs already made for you in Cricut Design Space!

Speaking of Cori, she also has an amazing course called Hey, Let’s Cut Stuff that teaches you how to use the Cricut, use Illustrator to design SVG files, and more. It’s a must-try if you have a Cricut Explore Air! Here are some other fun ways to cut paper with the Cricut Explore Air!

Sea life themed Themed cards to go with personalized gifts for kids

Monthly Mom & Me Date Box (make great gifts for kids who have everything ) from Play Party Plan

Orange birthday party decorations made with the Cricut Explore Air

Orange You Glad It’s Summer Party from Giggles Galore (so many fun paper details in this party)

Greeting cards made with the Cricut Explore Air

Tea Bag Gift Cards (you can make tons of card ideas!) from Create and Babble

Flower magnets made with the Cricut Explore Air

Paper flower magnets from Everyday Jenny

Disney countdown blocks made with the Cricut Explore Air

DIY Disney Countdown Blocks from Suburban Wife City Life

Paper flower wreath made with the Cricut Explore Air

Paper flower wreath from Artsy Fartsy Mama

These once upon a summer first birthday ideas are perfect for a one-year-old girl! One of the cutest girl themes I’ve seen in a long time! Tons of DIY decorations, princess touches, creative party ideas, and even take home gifts for guests. Such a fun and modern theme!

Custom cupcake wrappers (and other party decorations) from Play Party Plan

#2 – Cut vinyl with the Cricut Explore Air

Cutting regular vinyl and heat transfer vinyl with the Cricut is a piece of cake and makes creating custom bags, t-shirts, home decor, and more simple. The possibilities are endless when it comes to vinyl!

If you’re planning to cut anything with vinyl, I highly recommend getting a Cricut EasyPress – seriously the best thing ever for getting your vinyl to stick forever!

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Christmas tea towels from Happiness is Homemade

Canvas project made with the Cricut Explore Air

Reverse Canvas Drawings from Sew What Alicia

Stenciled cup made with the Cricut Explore Air

Monogrammed galvanized cups from Major Hoff Takes a Wife

Birthday favor bags made with the Cricut Explore Air

Birthday Gift Bags from Tried and True Blog (these would be great to put all of the candy in from these birthday party games !)

These easy DIY Beauty and the Beast shirts are perfect for a trip to Disney, for a Beauty and the Beast party, or to wear to the new Beauty and the Beast movie! With Belle, Chip, and Beast options there

DIY Beauty and the Beast shirts from Play Party Plan (I make new shirts for every trip even if we’re only spending one day at Disney World !)

Car window decal made with the Cricut Explore Air

Car window vinyl decal from The Crafty Blog Stalker

Painted sign made with the Cricut Explore Air

DIY painted citrus sign from The Happy Scraps (uses the vinyl as a stencil for this fun painting project)

Pencil pouch made with the Cricut Explore Air

Narwhal coloring zippered pouch from Hello Creative Family

Dinosaur memory game made with the Cricut Explore Air

Fabric Scrap Dinosaur Matching Game from Swoodson Says (this would be so fun to do with these other dinosaur games )

#3 – Use the pen tool on the Cricut Explore Air for drawing

You can use the pen tool to do amazing things like address Christmas cards or even turn your own doodles into Cricut drawings like these cute Valentine’s Day cards! And if you’ve never used Cricut pens before, my friend Cheryl has a great tutorial here !

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Color me happy Valentine’s Day cards from 100 Directions

Easter cards made with the Cricut Explore Air

DIY Easter Cards (with a cutout to hold crayons) from Frugal Coupon Living

Planner stickers made with the Cricut Explore Air

DIY planner stickers from Liz on Call

Hand lettered sign made with the Cricut Explore Air

Modern Calligraphy Art from Keys to Inspiration

Coloring book made with the Cricut Explore Air

DIY adult coloring book from Jordan’s Easy Entertaining

#4 – Print and cut free printables with the Explore Cricut Air

I make a lot of free printables and the Cricut allows you to actually get them to the perfect size with the print and cut feature! Things like cupcake toppers, envelopes, and more!

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Printable Santa Letter + Envelopes from Printable Crush

Labels made with the Cricut Explore Air

Print and cut organization labels from The Country Chic Cottage

T-shirt decals made with the Cricut Explore Air

Print and cut t-shirt decals from Jennifer Maker

Kitchen Aid decal made with the Cricut Explore Air

Watercolor Kitchen Aid decal from The DIY Mommy

Printable stickers made with the Cricut Explore Air

Custom party stickers from Make Life Lovely

These once upon a summer first birthday ideas are perfect for a one-year-old girl! One of the cutest girl themes I’ve seen in a long time! Tons of DIY decorations, princess touches, creative party ideas, and even take home gifts for guests. Such a fun and modern theme!

Fairytale 1st birthday party ideas from Play Party Plan

#5 – Cut custom materials with your Cricut Explore Air

This is probably the thing I’m most excited about. The Cricut can cut a ton of different materials, not just vinyl or paper. It can’t cut quite as many things as the Cricut Maker but it can still cut a ton!

Here are some fun projects you can make with the Cricut Explore Air with more custom materials.

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Leather necklaces from Kingston Crafts

Felt flowers made with the Cricut Explore Air

DIY felt flowers from Weekend Craft

Etched glass cups made with the Cricut Explore Air

Glass etching (using stencil film) from Too Much Love

Stencil made with the Cricut Explore Air

DIY stencils from laminating sheets from Daily Dose of DIY

Magnets made with the Cricut Explore Air

DIY photo magnets from It Happens in a Blink

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Tons of beginner Cricut projects you can make with a Cricut Explore Air or Cricut Maker! Whether you’re making them to sell or just want to DIY things for yourselves - this list of ideas has something for everyone!