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Last Updated on February 21, 2023 by Jessica Hinkle
I’ll confess making Cricut paper crafts is one of my absolute favorite things to do. Whether you’re new to crafting or you’ve been doing this for a while, you can make a gorgeous project that fits your experience level. Today I’m going to show you some easy paper projects for beginners and a few that are a bit more intricate.
Another great thing about crafting with paper? It doesn’t matter what cutting machine you use. From the Cricut Maker down to the Cricut Joy, there’s a project for you. So, if you want to learn more about all the amazing types of projects you can make with paper, you’ve come to the right place.
Let’s get started!
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One of the first things I imagine when I think Cricut paper crafts is, of course, greeting cards! This gorgeous hot air balloon pop-up card by Better Life Blog looks like something you could buy from a store. The step-by-step instructions are so detailed that even beginners could tackle this paper project.
As Cricut project ideas go, this one has got to be one of the simplest. A Country Girl’s Life offers this adorable Valentine’s Day Card as a free PDF that you can cut with your scissors, and also an SVG that you can cut with your cutting machine. Either way, this is too cute to pass up!
What a great way to incorporate a little girl or boy into your paper projects! Angie Holden from The Country Chic Cottage gives a great tutorial on using your Cricut to make a touching Mother’s Day card. This project also uses a Cricut pen to write a cute message inside the card!
This is such a fun idea for wishing your family and friends a Merry Christmas this holiday season! All of the glitter, with none of the mess. This craft shows you that sometimes using simple shapes makes a big impact.
No matter what the occasion is, using your Cricut for some quick holiday decor is a fun way to try new types of projects! Like these amazing Valentine’s Day gnomes – Cricut crafts don’t get much easier than this!
These little pots of gold by Burton Avenue are so much fun! This craft not only uses paper, but also adhesive vinyl. Are you feeling lucky? You should be. The SVG file for these treat boxes is free!
If you’re looking for beginner Cricut projects, good news! These candy bar/money holders for St. Patrick’s Day from Craftara Creates are so simple and have free SVG cut files.
This SVG bundle from DesignBundles.net is perfect for every paper crafter this Easter! You can make little chocolate egg holders in the traditional Easter shapes of bunnies and chicks or you can make something special for each child with fun shapes like unicorns and dinosaurs!
This paper flower shadow box is a great gift for Mom this Mother’s Day. Grab the free SVG files for the paper flowers and the mom monogram, or switch it up by putting your own designs on the front!
If you’re an expert with paper crafting and are looking for a more intricate project, then you’ve come to the right place. This summery welcome sign from Craft with Sarah is absolutely gorgeous. The tutorial will show you how to work with a design that’s larger than your cutting mat, and the finished product is absolutely worth the time and effort!
Need a fun project for Halloween? This paper bat wall display is a little bit spooky but a whole lot of amazing! If you want, you can even add some score lines to the design and use your scoring wheel with a Cricut Maker!
This Thanksgiving thankful tree by Sarah Maker is a great first project for a new crafter! Simply cut the leaves and then gather the whole family to write what you’re thankful for.
There’s something extra wonderful about 3D paper projects. These super cute 3D pumpkins from Analytical Mommy come with free SVG files and Cricut tutorials. Make a whole pumpkin patch for a gorgeous fall table centerpiece!
There are SO many great projects to be made at Christmastime, but this amazing gingerbread house is definitely at the top of my list! No more messy cookies and icing that get thrown away in a week. Make this paper gingerbread house and keep it for the whole holiday season.
I guess you could say that snowmen are one of my favorite things to see during the winter. It only seems right then that some of my paper craft projects are snowman themed! You can grab the free pattern in my resource library!
Did anyone else realize that there are a ton of quick and easy Christmas gifts that can be given in mason jars? And this adorable poinsettia jar topper from Ruffles & Rain Boots is the perfect addition to the gift. This project is great if you have Cricut Access since the design used is included with your membership!
I love to make personalized Christmas gifts and what’s better than a personalized Christmas ornament? In this tutorial I’ll teach you a few tricks about altering an SVG file in Cricut Design Space so you can personalize your Christmas crafts too.
Easy Cricut projects are my favorite projects. And these 3D trees? They are SO easy! Make a few of these to scatter around the house and it’ll feel a lot like Christmas in no time.
The struggle is real. Giving gift cards as a Christmas gift can feel so impersonal, but everyone loves a gift card, right? These gift card holders are the perfect handmade solution. Put your special touch on gift-giving this year!
Setting up a Christmas village takes forever, doesn’t it? Not anymore! This simple paper Christmas village is the perfect addition to your Christmas decor, and it can be set up in a matter of seconds!
Another great Cricut paper project you can make for Christmas are these pull-tab Christmas gift tags. Keep the gift recipient’s name hidden until Christmas morning! It’s just one more layer of fun to add to the Christmas excitement.
Here’s another great craft for anyone who has Cricut Access. These Christmas crackers are so fun! Heidi from Happiness is Homemade will give you a step-by-step tutorial on how to make them and fill them with fun treats!
Shadow boxes are a great craft that you can make to keep or give as a gift. You may think they look hard to make, but I promise you’ll get the hang of it in no time after you watch my tutorial video!
A great Cricut paper craft to make for beginners is lanterns! You can grab my free SVG file for this graduation lantern for a great party table centerpiece. I’ve also got lantern SVG files for baby showers, Christmas, the 4th of July & more!
Amy from Leap of Faith Crafting has the perfect tutorial for anyone who wants to make their own cake topper. She’ll show you how you can make your own custom cake topper for any occasion!
Party supplies can get expensive when you want to throw a themed celebration. But Craftara Creates is showing us that making our decorations is totally worth it! This tutorial has a free SVG file and will show you how to create your own tissue paper pom pom! Isn’t this adorable?!
This money cake SVG file is sure to make a birthday party gift that anyone will love. It’s available for purchase on DesignBundles.net for just a few dollars!
Speaking of birthdays, isn’t this birthday cake box from Artsy Fartsy Mama just too cute! The glitter cardstock accents on this really take the cake!
Need to make a few gift boxes? The Best Vinyl Cutters will give you a free template along with their tutorial for a stunning pillow shaped gift box. Use whatever paper you like to make gift boxes for all different types of occasions.
Yes, you read that right. You can make a piñata with your Cricut! Now, full disclosure, for this project you’ll need to use a stiffer paper like poster board or kraft board. But the outcome of this project is well worth extra expense! Giving out party favors and candy has never been so fun!
Inspire the creativity and imagination of the kids in your life with this awesome paper dragon mask. Use it for a Halloween costume or even just a fun session of playing dress-up!
Using paper craft projects to entertain your kids has got to be one of the best ideas ever! These neon pinwheels from Ginger Snap Crafts are adorable, and so simple that the kids can help you assemble them.
This unicorn lollipop holder from Shawn Mosch would be such a great party favor at a little girl’s birthday party. Not to mention, this craft is simple, colorful, and FUN!
Gifts are always fun to receive, but this exploding heart treat box has got to be one of the most fun ways to receive a gift. Tuck treats and other small gifts into the box, then load up the sides of the box with hidden messages, small pictures, or even money!
Paper candy holders are great for any occasion! Just think of how adorable it would be to hand out your Easter, Halloween, or Christmas candy in these adorable little packages!
These printable hand sanitizer gift tags from A Country Girl’s Life are so cute! I bet you could even create your own design from simple shapes in design space if you wanted to use this idea for other holidays or events!
There are SO many things to think about when you’re planning a wedding. You want everything to be just right, and to reflect your own personal style. Why not make your wedding invitations with this elegant SVG file from DesignBundles.net?
There are some crafts that just make you stop and say, “Awww!”, and this is one of them! These amazing His & Hers vow books from Modern DIY Bride are fantastic keepsakes that will last long after the wedding is over.
Sparkler send-offs are so fun, but it can be a bit of a struggle to get all the sparklers lit around the same time for the big moment. These DIY wedding sparkler tags are such a great idea! Things like this really show the value of Cricut paper crafts!
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes – the gender reveal! Katelyn Fagan from Home Cleaning Family shows us in this tutorial how she made gender reveal scratch off cards when she was having twins, but it can easily be adapted to fit your gender reveal. So fun!
These little ducky baby shower decorations by Angie Holden are so cute! From the banner to the water bottles, these cute and coordinated paper decorations will make for such a special baby shower.
Jamie from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom really knows how to get the kids interested in finishing their summer reading list! These simple paper bookmarks are a great project to get your kids involved with to spark their interest in reading.
Paper Cricut projects are not all just for fun and games; we can also make some super useful tools for our everyday lives! This cash budgeting envelope SVG file from DesignBundles.net is a great example of that!
Another super useful paper project for you are these DIY notebook dividers from DIY Danielle. Whether you need simple colors or fun designs, your options are nearly endless. She will also show you how you can label your dividers with sticker cardstock!
Simple decor can be so gorgeous. These framed paper peonies from Sustain My Craft Habit are great for Mother’s Day or even just some quick Spring decor. You can find the peony design on Cricut Access.
Layered paper mandalas are some of the most stunning Cricut paper crafts you can make in my opinion! If you’re looking for an SVG file to help you make your very own, check out the designs below on DesignBundles.net.
If you’re looking for a beginner Cricut project, this one is perfect for you! These 3D paper butterflies are gorgeous and can be sized up or down to suit your needs. Check out this post for a 3D paper bee!
If you’re looking for a fun way to display your paper flowers, why not make a wreath? There are so many ways you could design something like this. Let your creativity flow!
This simple, earthy, boho wall decor is a great way to practice your paper crafting skills. These feather designs come from Cricut Access, or you can purchase a bundle like this one to create your wall display.
Tired of paper flowers? Why not try out a paper cactus instead! This adorable paper craft from A Worthey Read is giving us emoji heart eyes!
This stunning butterfly project from Creatively Beth is so unique! Get the kids involved with this project for a fun summer paper craft!
Wow! What a list! Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced pro I hope you found some inspiration to grab your cardstock and get crafting.
Chris Butler has helped thousands of crafters learn how to use their Cricut machine without feeling overwhelmed. She is a best selling author and an up and coming designer. For fun Chris enjoys designing SVG Files, hanging out with her family (preferably at the lake), traveling, and volunteering at her church. She is a wife and mom of two crazy fun kids.