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The Unofficial Book of Handmade Cricut Crafts

Create Personalized Gifts with Your Electric Cutting Machine

Photographer Andrea Marvan

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 twenty-five 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 the Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore Air 2, and Cricut 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.

Projects include: 

  • Glitter cups with hidden picture
  • Tic-Tac-Toe Board Game with Photo Faces Game Pieces
  • Flower Shadow Box Frames
  • Etched Keychains
  • Milestone Baby Blankets
  • Personalized Growth Charts
  • Family Name Welcome Sign
  • "Oh, Hello!" Welcome Mat
  • Etched Glass Casserole Dish
  • and so much more!

Crystal's hope is that the techniques learned throughout the book, along with the 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?!")

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

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