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Cricut Christmas Playlist

Get into the Christmas spirit with this curated playlist hosted on Spotify.

This is the perfect soundtrack to your Christmas crafting and you’ll have it playing on a loop whilst the Cricut magic happens.

Here’s a small selection of what treats await:

There are more than 30 tunes in total, including Celeste’s soundtrack to this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert – A Little Love, and Cricut’s very own craft ambassador Zooey Deschanel’s duet with Leon Radbone – Baby It’s Cold Outside.

Pour a glass of mulled wine, warm cider or a cosy hot chocolate and get your Christmas craft on!

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Create this Christmas

Make this Christmas more meaningful than ever with handmade gifts and home decor from the heart. From a show-stopping wreath to hang for years to come to yarn ornaments you can wrap with the little ones. Find peace and joy in the making process, whichever project you pick. 

Cricut tree decorations

Yarn Wrapped Ornaments

These simple yarn-wrapped ornaments will make a big impact on your tree, and they’re wonderfully easy for smaller helping hands to assemble.

Cut chipboard on the Cricut Maker and wrap with yarn, glueing the ends in place. Add a yarn loop and hang on the tree. We chose a tree, star and reindeer but you can choose whatever shape you like.

Cricut made tree decorations

Yarn Wrapped Ornaments: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5f90f0b01f8e960390726eac

Homemade Infused Oil Labels

Bring the fun, the festive, and some amazing flavour to the dinner table with tasty olive oil infusions adorned with custom labels.

Homemade infused olive oil with Cricut labels

Let Cricut Joy draw and cut your labels. Add lemon, chilli peppers and garlic to oil bottles, and fill with olive oil. Carefully peel backer away from label and adhere to the bottle with even pressure.

Homemade Olive Oil Labels: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5f907dd8b949880d4c326397

Mistletoe Wreath

Handmade Mistletoe Wreath

You may want to kiss yourself after you make this head-turner. This festive wreath won’t wilt, shrivel, or shed. We expect you’ll keep it hanging all winter long … and every subsequent season.

Mistletoe Wreath: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5f90eafcffe1100e282eb7cb

Handmade Mistletoe Wreath

Virtual Cocktail Box

There is crafting — and there are craft cocktails. This original gift kit blends them together, adding more magic to the art of mixology. It’s also a clever and fun way to bring friends together for a virtual cheers.

Virtual Cricut Cocktail Club Kit

Use Cricut Joy to create labels for your cocktail ingredients and apply to the containers. Cut the box label and weed away excess vinyl. Use Transfer Tape to help apply the letters to the box. Add tissue paper to the box, fill the containers with the ingredients and place inside the box. Send to your Cricut Cocktail Club cohorts and enjoy a virtual get together.

Virtual Cocktail Box: https://design.cricut.com/landing/project-detail/5f90c2461506d30cfc1b240e

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Getting started with Cricut

Getting started with your Cricut machine shouldn’t feel daunting, here are some tips and tricks to get you started on your Cricut journey!

First of all, download Cricut Design Space, and follow the steps to set up your machine. The screen will guide you through plugging in your new Cricut machine and will help you cut out your first image.

Once you have cut your first project, have a play with Design Space! Start with a simple vinyl decal or a cut-out image to create a card. You can use the spare materials that came in the box to get you started. Search in the image library for something that catches your eye, add it into the canvas, resize it to fit then click ‘make it’ to cut it out of your chosen material!

To start with, focus on one material, get to grips with that then everything will be simpler for you from there. This material could be vinyl or cardstock or even iron-on, whatever takes your fancy!

The free projects category is another great place to start. Each project has instructions for you to make it as is or click customise to open up the project in the canvas to be able to edit it. This is a great way to play around with a project without starting from a blank canvas.

There is lots of help available to you as you need it, here are some places to find it:

Join a Facebook group:

On Facebook, you will find lots of Cricut Facebook groups to join. As a beginner, these are a great place to get expert help and answers to all of your questions.

These groups are also a great place to make Cricut friends and join the Cricut community! You come across inspiration for your upcoming projects too. Search in a group for a topic, no doubt others will have asked similar questions before, or create a post asking for help – There are no silly questions; we’ve all been there!

Many groups have lives, workshops and online events to join in with, as well as units or files full of information to help you.

The following Facebook Groups are led by Cricut Product Experts (These are group admins who have been approved by Cricut):

Our demonstrator on Hochanda TV shows also has a Cricut-focused Facebook group: The Cricut Club UK by Emma Jewell Crafts

John Lewis workshops:

If you purchase your machine from John Lewis you can get a free workshop.

Simply click the link on the product page on the John Lewis web site, complete the form, send a copy of your proof of purchase and you’ll be sent a link to view the workshop. Follow along at your own pace, pause, replay and watch as many times as you want to.

Cricut Wednesdays at Hobbycraft:

On Wednesdays Hobbycraft run ‘Cricut Wednesday’, where you will find a resident Cricut expert answering Cricut questions on the Hobbycraft Facebook page and sometimes Instagram stories and you’ll discover takeovers from Cricut experts, video tutorials and inspirational projects too.

You’ll find Cricut experts instore and check out your local custom crafting store for a wide range of Cricut supplies.

Find virtual Cricut events from Hobbycraft here: www.hobbycraft.co.uk/store-events

Find Inspiration on Social Media:

Follow Cricut across social media to get news, tips and inspiration. You’ll also see tutorial videos and lives to help you with your machine.

You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok and Pinterest.

Follow fellow Cricut lovers on Instagram too by searching the hashtag #cricutcreated to find Cricut content and inspiration created by Cricut users. You’ll see creators using their machines for everything from home décor, sewing, organisation, paper crafting, model making and more, so it won’t take long to find someone whose projects will inspire you.

Follow @Make.e on Instagram

Cricut YouTube channel:

The Cricut YouTube channel has hundreds of easy to follow videos, these are a helpful resource for beginners as you will find short videos with everything you need to know.

Find the Youtube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/OfficialCricut

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How to find free images in Design Space

There are lots of free images available to you in Cricut Design Space! Here’s how to find, and make the most of, your free images.

These images are available to you with or without a Cricut Access subscription. If you subscribe to Cricut Access, many more images will be available to you without an additional charge. Alternatively you can purchase images and fonts individually. Once you have purchased an image individually it remains on your profile, free to use on any future project. Cricut Access images are only free to use whilst you have an active Cricut Access subscription.

How to find free images

Open up a new project, then head to images in Cricut Design Space. You’ll find this in the left-hand bar in the Desktop version or in the tool bar at the bottom of your screen on the app.

Free images in Cricut Design Space

Free this week, is the first place to browse free images. Each week Cricut make around 1,000 images in Design Space free for the week.

You can find these under Highlighted Categories. Click on Free this Week, to discover the selection of images that have been chosen for that period. Remember that if you use these images in projects after the free week is up, you may be charged.

Free images in Cricut Design Space

Another place to find all free images is to head to the All Images screen and then click the green Browse All Images link. Use the filter function to apply a filter to Free under the Ownership heading. This will narrow your search to only images that are free. You will find this in the side bar on desktop. To access the filters on the app, click the funnel icon to bring up the filter menu.

Free images in Cricut Design Space

You can also find free images in Shapes; the Shapes panel is a great place to find free quick and simple shapes and lines for your projects. Click Shapes, to bring up a menu of simple shapes, then click on the shape you would like to add it into your canvas. These shapes are always free to use.

Free images in Cricut Design Space

How to find free projects

As well as free images, there are also free projects. Again these can change so you may be charged for a project you have previously cut for free.

In Design Space, filter the Ready to Make project category to Free.

Cricut Design Space Free projects
Free projects in design space

Enjoy using your free images for all of your Cricut makes!