Are you stuck for inspiration and want some new Silhouette project ideas?
Sometimes it feels like you’ve done it all before! I often feel that way, but after a spot of Instagram or Pinterest surfing, I realize there are still so many crafts to be crafted. Join me and let’s get inspired!
Fun Silhouette CAMEO Project Ideas
While this post is titled ‘Silhouette projects’, you can make all these projects with your Cricut as well. Just use whichever cutting machine you’ve got, they will all do the job!
For this post we’ve curated a bunch of awesome Instagram posts – make sure you like and follow the pages to get more great ideas like the ones we’ve shared below.
Make Custom T-Shirts
OK it’s an obvious project idea to start off with, but they’re my favorite things to make: custom t-shirts.
Whether they are for myself, my children, my friends, family or neighbors, I don’t care! I just love designing and making amazing t-shirts. It’s so satisfying creating a design, cutting it out, and pressing it to make my own t-shirt.
If you’re a bit bored with making t-shirts you could change things up by using foil HTV, making a multicolored HTV project (as I did with my Cricut recently), or making a t-shirt for your kids stuffed animals (see picture below)!
A simple but effective (and highly cool!) rabbit t-shirt. The text is not actually a font, *surprise*, but is a hand drawn and digitized design. You can find this SVG file for free at kimberdawnco.com, or find more free SVG files for Silhouette here.
T-shirts are not only for humans – here is one for a teddy bear. You could make matching t-shirts for both your children and their soft toys! You can buy the wee fellow on the right (with a blank tee!) on Amazon. So cute! It might even make a nice custom gift for your spouse!
Patterned HTV is another amazing vinyl product you can use to make amazing custom tees and tops. It’s so pretty! And it works especially well when making your own monograms. Find the best Pattern heat transfer vinyl here. Just make sure it is heat transfer or iron on vinyl if you are wanting it for a t-shirt. You don’t want patterned adhesive vinyl for this project.
Reverse canvas projects are a lot of fun and something a bit different. There is a bit of work involved cutting away the canvas and reattaching it afterwards, but they make for a great gift or a new custom piece of art for your wall.
Most reverse canvas projects tend to be quippy sayings in a stylish and pretty font, but you can make them with all sorts of designs. My advice is not to do the same quotes and sayings as everyone else – try and come up with your own! Or at least find a more obscure quote, haha.
Notice as well, that all the frames in the following examples have been painted or stained to make them extra special. You don’t have to do this, but it does make for a nicer finish!
Reverse Canvas In Progress
Today IS a good day for a good day! In this picture you can see the canvas has been cut away, the adhesive vinyl has been applied, and the canvas is ready to be re-stapled or glued back onto the frame (in reverse!).
This is a reverse canvas project with patterned vinyl. Unlike with the t-shirts above, you don’t want heat transfer vinyl for this project, you want adhesive vinyl. You will just be transferring the design with transfer tape, not heat pressing.
What’s important to you? Let everybody know about it by chucking it up on a sign. Family, coffee, fishing, or cooking! My sign would say ‘crafting’. Though that might be a bit too simple… maybe it would say ‘Le Olde Crafte Roome’ in French farmhouse style.
Custom signs at your wedding can help people know where to put the gifts, which table they are seated at, encourage them to sign the guest book, and much more. Of course you can use your Silhouette to make all sorts of special things for your wedding. The invitations, name tags on the tables, decorations, menus, the signs… go crazy!
Custom mugs and cups are another cool gift idea. I actually made mugs for the entire extended family last Christmas! They are easy to make and cost effective, but also unique and personal. If you have a mug press you can sublimate mugs, but if not you can just use Oracal 651 adhesive vinyl.
Had something special happen lately? Why not announce it on a mug with patterned vinyl? Haha… Nice nail polish as well, if you don’t mind me saying.
Custom door mats are another great project you can make with your Silhouette or Cricut cutting machine. The idea with these is to create a stencil with your cutting machine and then use an outdoor paint (spray or brush) to leave the design on the blank door mat.
If you can imagine a stencil, you can probably make it with your cutting machine and make any design for a door mat. The Adorable Mat Co’s post shows a range of mat ideas – greetings, quotes and even a really intricate design!
In this final section I’ll just give some more random project ideas. If you find some more awesome Silhouette project ideas on Instagram, let us know in the comment section below and we’d love to add them to the list.
Custom Pillows Or Cushions
Pick up some blank pillow case covers and pillow inserts and make your own custom cushion designs with your Silhouette. These are easy projects to make (although a bit costly for the blank cushions) which really stand out and look amazing. See the custom pillow I made recently.
Another cool Silhouette project? Tote bags! These make cool gifts, business promotional devices, gourmet shopping bags for customers, or just a nice tote for you and your family. Amazon sells blanks in bulk (12 packs) if you want to go crazy.
That’s all the inspiration I’ve got time for in this post. I’d love to hear where you go for inspiration and ideas. Leave a comment below and let everyone know the best spots on the web. As I’ve mentioned above, I love Pinterest and Instagram, but also find the many Silhouette and Cricut Facebook groups super helpful too.