9 projects to make with a die cutting machine

Curious about a cutting machine and what it does? We’re sharing 9 simple projects we’ve made with one and what you can make, too!

Today’s post is sponsored by JOANN and Cricut. As always, opinions are our very own.

You know our love of crafting runs deep around here and has since we started our tutorial based site nearly a decade ago! The biggest question we get, after sharing a project that 99% of the time has vinyl used as a stencil, is HOW did we cut our stencil out and WHAT machine do we use? We are here to answer any and all questions today and spill all of our trade secrets on sign making, (vinyl cutting,) and everything in between. 

DIY Letterboard Ledge... make your own letter board for a fraction of retail! Customize to your own space, easy to make DIY! #diy #letterboard #homedecor

Our key weapon in making signs is a good crafting tool and our most favorite and versatile tool EVERY crafter should have in his or her arsenal of DIY tools is a good cutting machine. Introducing, the Cricut Explore Air™ 2. This machine stands above ANY other die cutting machine, even previous Cricut Explore models, because it cuts and writes up to 2X faster…. oh, that and it cuts over 100 types of material. Say wha?! I know. Impressive. ??

Besides sign makers, we are moms who party plan, run kids around sports activities, decorate our home, church leaders over the craft cabin at summer camp, and organize all the things. This means we are cutting out invitations, thank you cards, personalized name stickers to go over our kids Hydroflasks, ironing vinyl onto the back of their uniforms, making tassels of all shapes and sizes out of paper, card stock, or leather for craft activities at camp, or cutting vinyl lettering to label all of our storage containers, snack bins, or anything else that needs labeled. See how handy having the Cricut Explore Air 2 is already? It cuts over 100 materials — everything from card stock, vinyl and iron-on to specialty materials like glitter paper, cork, leather, poster board, and bonded fabric. Wow, right?!

It is easy to use, cuts quietly and is so precisely that you can get all of your projects done in no time. The best part is you can design on your iPhone, laptop or even your iPad. Browse and play with thousands of images, fonts, and ready-to-make projects, or create your own design from scratch, just upload and cut out your own artwork absolutely free. The machine and programs have already done majority of the work, you just get to execute and enjoy! LOL 

Check out that cobalt blue! *whistle*  Looking good, and exclusively at JOANN. While you’re at JOANN, pick up all of the accessories like vinyl rolls, iron-on, glitter vinyl, and transfer paper so you can get started making right away. I know this would be my favorite gift under my Christmas tree and as a thank you, I could make you a card, a custom t-shirt, or even tassel earrings! (Yes, that is your official hint, husband. ?)

DIY Letterboard Ledge... make your own letter board for a fraction of retail! Customize to your own space, easy to make DIY! #diy #letterboard #homedecor

Want to see the variety of fun DIY’s we’ve created with our own Cricut cutting machine? I know you do!

Sign using vinyl as a stencil over wood:

How to make a desert sweet desert wood sign. Loving Lolly Jane's addition of a floral wood cactus cutout, so cute! Easy to make wood sign tutorial!

DIY gather mini signs, so cute! Shop now: etsy.com/shop/lollyjane

Pillow using layered vinyl as a stencil and painted over fabric:

Easy to make Merry & Bright stenciled pillow cover!

Card stock cut into bunting:

An easy fall paper bunting tutorial. A quick home decor idea or cheap gift idea!

Sign with glitter vinyl lettering on wood:

Easy Valentines Day mantel. Layer an empty frame, quick 14 sign for Valentine's Day mantel decor then fill in with random coordinating accessories. Love this easy Valentine's Day mantel!

Vinyl stencil over coir doormat:

Super cute DIY Halloween Doormat... EASY to make in just minutes and for under $15! Great addition to welcome your spooky guests or trick-or-treaters! Click picture for the full tutorial at LollyJane.com! #diy #halloweendecor #diydoormat #halloweendecor #crow #halloweendiy

Vinyl cut into triangles to create patterned wall OR use as stencil and paint on wall:

Paint this EASY Accent Wall and make your space pop! With a little math, painters tape, and quality paint, your space will go from blah to oooh-la-la in no time at all!

Vinyl cut and adhered onto jars:

Adorable and EASY mason jar idea! Apply little faces to clear mason jars and fill with colorful candies to make quick Easter mason jar craft favors! Sooo cute!

Fabric cut into bunting:

Cute upcycled lemonade stand from LollyJane.com

Vinyl used as a monogram stencil on backpack:

Super easy monogram stencil backpack, quick makeover!

No matter the stage of life you’re in, whether it’s a mom of littles, teens, adults, or an empty nester, YOU can find a project to make with your own secret weapon… the Cricut Explore Air 2. Next time you’re at JOANN, or online, take a peek! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Follow along with @joann_stores @officialcricut and #handmadewithjoann #cricutmade for even MORE inspiration!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of JOANN & Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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