Ever since it was released, Cricut has completely revolutionized the crafting world. In fact, it has inspired a whole new generation of makers looking for a side hustle. There are so many things to make and sell with Cricut that there’s a little corner of the market for everyone.
For crafters, making a profit from their hobbies is a dream come true. While many people have started selling Cricut Maker projects, the sheer demand and variety of items still make it a very profitable industry to join.
Below, I’ve brainstormed 50 things to make and sell with Cricut to spark some inspiration for your new Cricut craft business. With a little bit of ingenuity and creativity, you can turn Cricut crafting into a bustling side hustle or even a full-time career!
Plus, make sure to read this in-depth article about how to make money with a Cricut.
Which Cricut Machine Should I Buy?
There are a few kinds of Cricut cutting machines available, and some will allow you to create more than others.
For example, the Cricut Maker 3 can cut and design with over 300 types of materials, including wood and fabric. The Cricut Explore is also a powerful machine, but materials are more limited to paper and vinyl for the most part. Lastly, there’s the Cricut Joy, which is a small, portable machine that can cut smaller-sized projects made with thinner materials such as sticker paper, vinyl, and paper.
Which machine is right for you is largely dependent on what you plan on making. If you want the most variety possible, I recommend the Maker.
The good news is that whether working with wood is your forte or you want to stick the vinyl on different surfaces, you can find something to make and sell that you love!
Starting a Profitable Cricut Business
With the abundance of things you can make, there are so many options for creating profitable Cricut items. Some of the most profitable Cricut projects include:
- Wedding and home decor
- Baby gifts
Before you begin crafting with the intention of selling, you’ll want to consider the following things to ensure you’re making the most money possible with your machine.
Ask yourself what is currently a trendy item people might be shopping for. A good hack is to look at the Instagram hashtags #cricut or #cricutmade. See what’s popping up under the trending tags to get a sense of what people are loving right now.
Years ago, you would have seen wooden signs everywhere with cute quotes. Nowadays, Starbucks cups have taken the Cricut world by storm.
Find a Niche
You need to find a way to stand out from the crowd. While many people are hopping on the Cricut trend, you can still make a profit by finding your own little Cricut corner to hang out in. A niche could mean you only make a couple of kinds of products, like pillows and blankets. Or it could mean you only make products for a specific group of people, such as movie lovers or sports enthusiasts (just be aware of copyright law!).
Great niches to work in are weddings and anything baby-related. Think about it… they’re both not going anywhere! You can even get specific within that niche, like only making wedding invitations or gender-reveal party decorations.
Ask yourself what you want to be known for. When someone needs that, they’ll think of you first! And when you specialize in something, you make better quality products, which benefits everyone.
Calculate How Much Time It Takes
Using a Cricut is supposed to make crafting much faster. While this certainly is true for most products, you don’t want to sell an item for below $10 if it took you an hour to make! This also includes how long it takes to make and upload the design as well as the printing itself.
You have to choose the things to make and sell with Cricut based on the timeframe for each item.
Is It Customizable?
What is stopping a customer from buying a t-shirt from you rather than a big retailer like Amazon (where chances are the product is cheaper)?
One of the greatest assets that Cricut sellers have is the ability to make customizable pieces quickly. Try to include some customizable pieces in your inventory, and they will sell like hotcakes.
In addition to time, you want to make sure the product is cheap enough to begin with. For instance, if you make t-shirts, you need to buy blank shirts before adding to them. Then you need to make sure the markup makes sense for the product after you add the vinyl and will earn enough profit to warrant your time.
You can learn more about the most profitable crafts to sell in this post.
Some things will be easier to ship than others. Users often expect free or heavily discounted shipping. Offering free or cheap shipping is also one of the best ways to stand out on Etsy since users won’t want to pay more than the advertised price.
Try to keep shipping costs as minimal as possible. For instance, shipping something like vinyl decals will cost you next to nothing compared to heavier wine glasses.
Profitable Fabric Cricut Projects
You have a few options for making fabric designs. The Cricut itself can cut fabric, or you can choose to embellish blanks like t-shirts or baseball caps. A Cricut can also cut iron-on vinyl that will transfer to your material by bonding with heat. You can also use infusible ink, which, unlike the iron-on, doesn’t flake or wrinkle.
Whichever method you choose, here are some easy fabric-based items to get started selling.
1. Tea towels
2. Pillows (seasonal pillows or ones with quotes on them are hot sellers)
3. Baby onesies (or any other baby clothing)
4. Custom t-shirts
5. Tote bags
6. Baseball caps
7. Beanies or other winter hats
8. Sweatshirts (hoodies or crewnecks do great!)
10. Pot holders
Things to Make and Sell with Cricut Using Vinyl
Vinyl may be the most popular material that people use the Cricut machine for. Vinyl is an adhesive that you can use to embellish surfaces. You can apply it to just about anything! It comes in an abundance of finishes and colors, including glitter, holographic, metallic, shimmer, permanent, and removable.
11. Wedding signs (or other wedding decor)
12. Planner stickers
13. Candles (create custom labels!)
14. Decorative plant pots (plants are booming right now)
16. Tumblers (once again, Starbucks ones do well)
17. Suitcase tags
18. Wine glasses (and so many other kinds of glassware such as beer glasses, food canisters, champagne flutes, etc.)
19. Christmas ornaments (find more awesome Christmas crafts you can make and sell with the Cricut here)
20. Mugs (Cricut even sells a special tool for making mugs)
Things to Make and Sell with Cricut Using Paper
All of the Cricut machines can cut with paper, and it’s one of the cheapest items to buy material-wise. You can use thick materials like tissue paper and cardstock to thicker cardboard. Here are a few items to try selling:
21. Gift tags
22. Cards (for birthdays and other celebrations)
23. Place cards (especially for weddings)
I24. Invitations (weddings, baby showers, gender reveal parties, birthdays, etc.)
25. Party banners
26. Menu cards (for special events)
27. Paper flowers (as wall decor or on your paper items)
28. Wall art (especially quotes!)
29. Valentine’s Day cards
Unique Cricut Craft Ideas to Sell
All in all, the types of projects you can make with Cricut are nearly limitless. The more expensive Cricut models (such as the Cricut Maker) can cut materials like wood, leather, acrylic, and more. If there’s a product you want to make, chances are you can make it with a Cricut!
Here are some more unique Cricut projects you may not have thought of to make and sell.
31. Cake toppers (or cupcake toppers)
32. Wooden signs
34. Acrylic keychains
35. Leather earrings and other jewelry (typically made with leather or faux leather)
36. Canvas prints
37. Makeup bags
38. Phone cases (always a popular item)
39. Cutting boards
40. Welcome mat (the funnier, the better)
41. Drink tray
42. Drink koozies
43. Garlands (for Christmas and special events like birthdays or bridal showers)
44. Pet collars and name tags
45. Placemats (seasonal ones are great)
46. Magnets (there’s even magnetic vinyl)
48. Personalize toys (add names and other elements to kids’ stuff)
50. Laptop sleeves
How to Sell Cricut Projects
There are many ways you can sell your Cricut projects. Some are better than others! Here are the three top platforms and methods people use for selling their Cricut items.
Set up an Etsy Shop
Perhaps the number one place for small-scale sellers, Etsy is an uber-popular place to sell Cricut Maker projects. You can reach people all over the world with your small business as long as you can find the right audience! Selling on Etsy comes with its own challenges, and it can be hard to stand out from the crowd, but when you do, you can earn a full-time income just by selling Cricut projects.
Check out these tips for selling on Etsy.
Not a fan of Etsy? Here are some Etsy alternatives where you can sell handmade items.
Facebook has a few ways you can sell your Cricut products. First, you can make a Facebook Marketplace listing. This is a free way to list your products to a local audience. Marketplace works great for connecting directly with people planning events, wanting custom work done, or shopping for seasonal items.
The other way to sell with Facebook is using Facebook groups. While there are many Cricut groups where you can sell to other crafters, think about where your audience would hang out. For instance, if one of your products is custom wine glasses, try joining wine groups. You can advertise your products to local wineries and directly to wine lovers!
The third way to sell your crafts is by setting up a Facebook Page Shop. With this option, you’ll create a Facebook business page and then upload your listings directly to their shop function. Customers can shop and make purchases right from your Facebook page. There is no fee to get started, but Facebook does charge transaction and selling fees. This post has a helpful tutorial on how to get started using this last method.
Another great way to reach your local audience is by signing up for craft fairs. There are many wonderful people who organize these types of events year-round. Just think of farmer’s markets and Christmas-themed craft fairs on streets or community centers!
You can find these events on community bulletin boards and websites or by joining local Facebook groups such as ones specializing in small business owners.
Final Thoughts on Things to Make and Sell with Cricut
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert Cricut user, making crafts with your Cricut machine is a fun and fulfilling business. Not only can you make a profit, but you’ll also enjoy the time spent making your products and seeing the joy they bring others.
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