Welcome the cricut section of the Erie County Public Library Idea Lab Maker guides. This forum was created to help beginners learn about the cricut.
If you are new to the cricut we suggest you make your way through the tabs above before continuing. If you have used a cricut before feel free to explore the tabs on the left of the screen.
Ready to start making?
Learning resources on this Maker Guide
Cricut Design Space: learn how to work with text, images and shapes in the Cricut software. This section also has information on how to install the software and prepare your projects.
Materials and Tools: information on what kind of materials the Cricut can work with, what mats to use for your project and more about the Cricut tools.
Working with Vinyl: teaches you how to weed and apply both vinyl and iron-on vinyl.
Projects: offers a few beginner level projects to help you get started.
A Cricut is a cutting machine that allows you to create beautiful crafts with a variety of materials. Depending on the which Cricut model, it can also draw, emboss and create folding lines. In the Idea Lab, we have the Cricut Maker.
Before you can start using the Cricut you need to download the Cricut Design Space software. The first link below will take you to the download page. If you need instructions on how to download this software to your device click the link Install Cricut Design Space.
Now that we have the design space software installed, let’s take a look at the canvas. This is the space in the software where you will create your designs. The video below gives you a quick overview of the tools in this space. Don’t worry about remembering all of the tools right away. We will look at a few of them closer in the first project.
In this project you will make a vinyl sticker using the text function in Cricut Design Space. There are two learning options to choose from. Option 1 is a step by step written guide with visuals. Option 2 is a series of walkthrough videos showing how to complete each portion of the project.
In this project you will learn how to:
Option 1 - Written Guide
Option 2 - Video Walkthrough
You have finished our quick intro to Cricut course. Wondering what to do next? Here are a few suggestions.
Try out more beginner level projects on our projects page.
Cricut Design Space: Learn how to work with text, images and shapes in Cricut design space. There is also information on how to install the software and prepare your projects.
Materials and Tools: Learn what kinds of materials the Cricut can work with, what mat to use for your project and more about the Cricut tools.
Working with Vinyl: Learn how to weed and apply vinyl and iron-on vinyl.