The Unofficial Book of Handmade Cricut Crafts: Creating Personalized Gifts with Your Electronic Cutting Machine (Paperback)
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From the author of The Unofficial Book of Cricut Crafts and the creator of Hello Creative Family and Cutting Machine Crafting comes a brand new book, all about making handmade gifts with your Cricut cutting machine!
Throughout the pages of this book, author Crystal Allen will walk you through thirty new Cricut projects that can be personalized and given as gifts, no matter the occasion. With her easy approach, "pro-crafter tips," and step-by-step photos, you'll feel like you're crafting with your best friend.
Whether you are a skilled crafter or new to DIY, you will find exciting ways to use your Cricut Maker, Explore, and/or Joy.
If you're new to the Cricut scene, you'll want to pore over the pages that help you unbox your Cricut, giving you a general understanding of the parts of your machine, as well as tips for using Cricut Design Space and Cricut Access.
If you're an experienced Cricut crafter, you can skip ahead to the projects, which use the most popular materials your Cricut can cut. These include fabric (cotton, felt, and fleece); basswood and chipboard; leather; vinyl; paper; and heat transfer vinyl. Tips for using infusible ink are also included.
- Glitter Cups with Hidden Message
- Tic-Tac-Toe Board Game with Photo Faces Game Pieces
- Milestone Baby Blankets
- Leather tool roll
- Wood Welcome Sign
- Magic Sequin Infusible Ink Pillows
- Hello Doormat
- Birth Stats Toddler Stool
- Wood Veneer Earrings
- and so much more!
Crystal's hope is that the techniques learned throughout the book, along with the (free!) included cut files, will inspire you to create designs of your own that you can not only gift, but also sell on creative marketplaces such as Etsy and even at craft fairs.
With your Cricut cutting machine and this book, you'll always be prepared with a handmade gift idea for any occasion including holidays, birthdays, graduations, baby showers, housewarmings, weddings, and more! Show love and appreciation with personalized, handmade gifts that are easier to make than you ever thought! (Seriously, get ready to hear a lot of "You made this?!")
About the Author
Crystal Allen is the owner and creative director of Hello Creative Family, a website for families looking to ignite their creativity with simple, playful, and fun crafts, DIYs, and recipes. Raised by two creative parents, Crystal is a firm believer that creative parents raise creative kids. With an emphasis on projects that take sixty minutes or less to make, Hello Creative Family’s goal is to inspire families everywhere to carve out a bit of time to get creative and create a handmade, homemade, heart-made home. She is the author of Caticorn Crafts and The Unofficial Book of Cricut Crafts. Crystal resides in British Columbia, Canada.
Andrea Marván is a writer and photographer with a passion for design, travel, and all things handmade. Being a creative person herself, she loves using photography to tell captivating stories about makers and creative individuals. Most recently, her work has been published in magazines such as UPPERCASE, Little U, Montecristo, Maple, and Edible Vancouver. She resides in Vancouver, B.C, Canada.
"Crystal Allen has done it again! Another fabulous Cricut book that is perfect for both those just getting started and experienced Cricut crafters." —Angie Holden, owner of The Country Chic Cottage
"So many fun Cricut projects! I love that Crystal shares projects that both beginner and experienced Cricut users will want to make." —Kara Harvey, owner of Kara Creates
"Where has this book been all my life? If you've been looking for an all-encompassing reference guide for your Cricut machine, the search is over! Crystal has created the 'how to' manual we all wish we had when we got our first Cricut. From easy-to-understand terms and instructions to gorgeous project ideas to important Cricut hacks and more, this is a must-have for anyone who wants to make magic with their machine." —Beth Kingston, HSN on-air craft expert, owner of Kingston Crafts
"The Unofficial Book of Handmade Cricut Crafts will definitely become your go-to resource whenever you need a quick and easy homemade gift idea for any occasion! There are SO many incredible Cricut craft projects to choose from, and your gift recipients will absolutely LOVE their custom personalized gifts! Crystal Allen just made 'handmade with love' even easier with this fabulous collection!" —Heidi Kundin, of HappinessIsHomemade.com, author of Homemade Bath Bombs & More and DIY Tie-Dye
Praise for The Unofficial Book of Cricut Crafts
"They could have named this 'Everything you could ever need to know about your Cricut'! From choosing a machine to getting started in Design Space to tips and tricks for every material you could dream of—this will be your go-to resource for information and inspiration. A must for all Cricut owners!" —Beth Kingston, On-Air Craft Expert for the Home Shopping Network and host of Hometalk TV
"Whether you are brand new to the Cricut or an advanced Cricut crafter, you will love The Unofficial Book of Cricut Crafts! It is an easy to understand, comprehensive guide to all things Cricut… from how to use Cricut’s Design Space software, to the workings of each machine, to the materials they can cut and everything in between. It’s also filled with so many creative project ideas that are simple to recreate with clear, detailed instructions and step by step photos for each tutorial. With her book, Crystal will inspire you to take your Cricut crafting to the next level (or to finally take that Cricut machine out of the box and get to creating!)." —Lydia Nordhoff, of Lydi Out Loud
"The Unofficial Book of Cricut Crafts is the how-to guide we all wished came in the box. Crystal Allen shares her expertise with each Cricut model as well as project ideas with the files to make them yourself. My favorite way to learn something is with a best friend at my side while sharing a computer screen, and Cricut Crafts provides just that. Crystal is the Cricut best friend you always wanted, sharing instructions for the Design Space software, helpful craft tips, and great resources to have you feeling confident and crafty in no time. This is a must read for anyone who wants or already has a Cricut." —Brooklyn Berry, of BrooklynBerryDesigns.com