Cricut Machine Project Ideas

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

As the makerspace trend grows, Cricut machines are the envy of tinkering students and teachers alike. These project ideas can help your elementary students use this versatile machine to create art, analyze characters, and create their own book.

Cricut Machine Projects

The Cricut machine can be used for so many different purposes. It saves students and teachers from endless cutting, helps create unique products, and offers an array of options for artistic application. These projects will help you guide students from understanding the basics of a Cricut machine to applying their skills and creating their own art, analyzing literary characters, and building a book to help a child learn the alphabet.

Shape Art

In this project, students will create unique art by using the Cricut machine to cut out various shapes. Providing students with a great deal of shape choices is essential for this project. Although students may select similar shapes to their classmates, each student can have their own vision of an artistic work that brings their creativity to life.

  1. If necessary, begin by introducing or reviewing the basic mechanisms of the Cricut machine.
  2. Provide students with a catalog of shapes available to them for this project.
  3. Depending on the age of your students, you may want to provide them with some guidelines about what type of art is acceptable. If additional support is needed, provide an example.
  4. Have students sketch out a unique work of art utilizing some of the shape options.
  5. Provide time for students to use the Cricut machine to cut out their shapes.
  6. Provide art supplies, such as glue, glitter, and coloring materials, so students can enhance their works of art.
  7. Provide time for students to build their works of art.
  8. Have students share their work with their classmates.
  9. Consider showcasing the shape projects around the classroom or in the hallway for others to view.

Character Bios

After reading a book or story, students can review the aspects of one character using Cricut machine cutouts. In this project, students will create a scrapbook or fill a suitcase for one character from a book or story they've read.

  1. Have students select and read a book or story.
  2. For primary students, provide or have them create a large suitcase outline. For upper elementary students, have them create a book with blank paper and a construction paper cover.
  3. Provide students adequate time to preview the options for the Cricut machine.
  4. Provide time for students to write a list of items that they will include in their suitcase or cutouts that will work well in their scrapbook.
  5. If necessary, introduce or review the basic mechanisms of the Cricut machine.
  6. Provide time for each student to use the Cricut machine to cut out their selections.
  7. Provide additional art materials, such as markers, glue, or glitter, so students can add enhancements to their project.
  8. Provide time for students to complete their projects and present them to classmates in teams or partners.
  9. Consider showcasing student projects in the classroom or media center.

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