Let’s craft using my new Cricut: Unboxing

Ever had the itch to DIY?


I have! I literally get it everyday. I always see things I love, and think ‘ I wonder if I can make that.’ Most things I don’t attempt but there is a lot I do. 


As I was designing my pantry I decided that I wanted to create my own labels along with a load of other items and possibly even create a line of homewares – well maybe that’s a dream for another day.

That’s when I decided to buy a Cricut

I am a person that likes to take action, so I decided to head out that day to Spotllight and buy a Cricut….that was about a year ago. Since then our house has been in a such a state of renovation that I haven’t been able to find the space to get it out and set it up; I have 3 kids under 5 so it’s not something I can just leave unattended on the dining room table.


Fast forward a year later and I finally took it out of the box and registered my Cricut Air Explorer.


The Set Up

I was expecting a relatively complicated setup but it was actually really simple. I followed the instructions below;


  1. Plug in the machine and power it on.
  2. Connect the machine to your computer with the USB cord or pair it via Bluetooth.
  3. Go to design.cricut.com/setup in your browser.
  4. Download and install Design Space for Desktop (help article).
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to sign in or create your Cricut ID, and set up your new machine.
  6. You will know the setup is complete when you are prompted to do a test cut.



I use canva for all of my social media posts and I create designs on there all the time for my blogs and YouTube so I was delighted when I found out I could use it for my cricut designs.

My First Attempt was a fail

With Christmas fast approaching, we decided to gift some home made cookies to a number of people and we thought it would be a nice touch to add a little Christmas design on the box. I designed a lovely Christmas design, uploaded it on my cricut design studio and resized for printing. I then printed and realised the writing is way too small so, although it printed beautifully, I couldn’t remove the excess vinyl and retain the lovely script. I also realised that you need transfer tape.

As I had added a Christmas hat to my design I realised I could just pull it off with my Scorer and I just stuck it to the box like a sticker. Not very glamorous but it did the job.


I feel less worried now, knowing the process is user friendly. Now it’s time for me to go and buy some transfer tape and start designing using Canva.

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