Cricut Hacks That Won’t Cost a Dime
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We love to craft but we love to save money too and sometimes it seems like those two things don’t go together. So, whenever we find some great ways to save money on our craft projects, we love to share them. These Cricut Hacks That Won’t Cost a Dime are some of our all-time favorite economical tips!
When you can save money on craft supplies, you can buy and make even more. Keep reading to find out how you can save some cash on your Cricut projects.
Cricut Hacks That Won’t Cost a Dime
1 – Save those empty wipes containers.
You can use them as a place to contain all those little pieces of vinyl that you weed away from your projects. You can cover it with adhesive paper or cardstock if you want to, but it’s not necessary. This is a really helpful way to keep your workspace neat and tidy.
2 – Put redeemed gift cards to use.
Old gift cards are perfect for burnishing vinyl! Use it just as you would a squeegee and rub it across your vinyl or transfer tape to help it adhere better.
3 – Use parchment paper for easier application of adhesive vinyl.
This is an especially helpful tip when you’re trying to layer vinyl. Simply place the top layer on a piece of parchment paper and pull back a little at the top to reveal the adhesive. Line it up over your design and gradually pull back more of the parchment paper, a little at a time, until the top layer is perfectly placed.
4 – Attach two glue sticks together for longer use.
When you’re in the groove and working on a large project with hot glue, it can be frustrating to have to stop and add more glue sticks. All you have to do is apply some hot glue to the end of one glue stick and glue it to another! Hold for 15-20 seconds until set. Now you can keep crafting for a longer time without having to refill your glue gun.
5 – Apply HTV to a t-shirt perfectly every time.
To line up and center your design, we like to use the folding trick. Fold the shirt in half lengthwise, lining it up at the sleeve seams. Lay the folded shirt on the heat press mat and press along that fold for 15-20 seconds. Now you’ve got a center line to help position your design perfectly.
6 – Use your household hair dryer when applying vinyl to a textured surface.
That’s right. We’re going to make use of your hair dryer. Apply your adhesive vinyl to the textured surface and be sure to burnish well. You might want to use your fingers to help get it into all of the grooves. Use the hair dryer to apply a little heat to help it adhere even better.
7 – Save your transfer tape!
Save your transfer tape and reuse it for other projects BUT if you don’t happen to have any, we’ve got alternatives you can use instead. Best of all, you probably have them on hand already. Painter’s tape works really well as does a lint roller. The lint roller is good for smaller projects and isn’t quite as sticky as the painter’s tape.
8 – Tape vinyl down to your mat.
With materials like glitter heat transfer vinyl, it will have a tendency to want to roll up. Use some pieces of painter’s tape on each corner to help it stay flat on your cutting mat so you can get a better cut.
9 – Add an offset to Print then Cut images.
By adding an offset you can turn a Print then Cut image into a beautiful sticker. Add the offset (it’s a free feature on Cricut Design Space) and change the color as desired. Turn your whole design into a Print and Cut sticker in just a few easy steps!
10 – Use non-Cricut brand markers in your Cricut machine.
This is such a great way to use markers that you already have on hand.
11 – Turn any font into a drawing font.
If you have a font that you’d like to use with pens and the drawing function, but Design Space only wants to draw the outline, we’ve got a great hack for you. Using our Lines file as well as a font (we’re using our font Atmospheric), place the lines over the text, and with both selected, choose Intersect (under Combine). Change the Operation from Basic Cut to Pen.
Now your Cricut will draw not only the outline of the text but it will also fill in with all the lines too.
12 – Stop paying for Cricut Access.
Did you know that you don’t need to pay in order to use Cricut Design Space? It is free software used with your Cricut machine. But some people think that this is the same thing as Cricut Access. It’s not!
Cricut Access is a subscription that allows you to use Cricut’s library of cut files and fonts. If you have a Makers Gonna Learn subscription, you don’t need Cricut Access. So, if you’re not actually using their files, cancel your Cricut Access subscription and save some money!
Note: There are a few premium features for Cricut Design Space that are available through your Access subscription. You can easily make most of your crafts without ever needing these premium features.
13 – Use this amazing stencil hack for flawless results.
After you have laid your stencil down on the surface, apply your paint/ink using the same color as the base color you have on the blank. This may seem like a waste of time, but it really helps to give you crisp, clean lines. Be sure to apply a very thin layer of the base color. Once that layer is dry, you can go over the stencil with your chosen color.
14 – With this trick, you can easily apply vinyl to rounded surfaces.
When working on a rounded surface like a mug or an ornament, it is sometimes difficult to get it to lay flat. Our trick is to snip around the design – just where the transfer tape and backing are. Be sure not to cut into the design itself. This gives you leeway as you apply the vinyl to the surface and you’ll be able to get it to lay flat!
Tanner, Courtney, and the rest of the Makers Gonna Learn Team are all here because we love die-cutting and especially love sharing fun projects and tutorials with fellow makers. We are all great friends and are always having a blast when we are together- you will see this on camera, especially during live streams! We are here to inspire and support you in your crafting journey!