50 Fun Silhouette Cutting Machine Projects
Please note, that a most of these crafting projects can be done using the other brands of die-cutting machines, not just the Silhouette brand.
Paper Based Projects
An incredible place to begin with the Silhouette cutting machine is by making crafts out of paper and card. The materials are modest in price, really simple to discover, and you won’t feel terrible in the event that you botch up a project. And trust us when we say, you will. One thing you will discover when playing around with a Silhouette cutting machine, is that you will never get it right first time, or second or third, and you will ultimately finish your first few projects with a lot of trial and error. But it will get easier. We promise!!!!
Using Paper or card you can make cards for any occasion (including birthday’s anniversaries or Christmas) or even beautiful and stylish invitations, make wall art to hang in your home, or make adorable little bookmarks for the avid readers in your lives. Other paper based projects ideas to give you imspiration can include gifting tags and even 3D models.
Checkout some other Paper based ideas below
- DIY Wedding Invites
- Zipper Cards
- Paper Succulent Wall Art
- Woodland Bookmarks
- Christmas Gift Tags
- 3D Paper Houses
- Your very own Mini Notebooks
One of the most popular and versatile materials you can use with a Silhouette cutting machine is vinyl. With vinyl, you can make pictures, posters or and even funky wall art, or simply just stick it to wood or plastic. With heat transfer vinyl, you can make custom made clothes and garments along with a huge range of other products
From something as little as a name tag to a piece as large as wall art for a whole room, your only limits are your own inspiration and creativity. Other examples of what you can do are below. Click on a link for guide as to how to create them
- Heating Container Labels
- Botanical Faux Wallpaper
- A Chalk Globe
- Shadow Box Photo Frame
- Reindeer Head Holiday Banner
- Bespoke Mug
- Harry Potter Inspired Onesies
As this whole article states, the Silhouette is capable of cutting most materials, and the Silhouette cutting machines are also capable of cutting fabric. If you are planning on utilizing your Silhouette cutting machine to cut any form of fabric, please ensure you purchase a different blade from the one you use for paper. Do not mix these blades or even your scissors up. Keep fabric and other equipment separate When cutting any form of fabric it is an awesome idea to purchase a sprayable starch before you put it through the Silhouette cutting machine. This will help make the fabric easier to work with and make it less demanding to cut.
Your projects can include a vast array of fabric, including cotton and felt, and the sky’s the limit from there. It is worth noting that Silhouette create their own unique sew-able interfacing fabric that makes it extremely simple to press your plans onto different materials. On the other hand, you could utilize a standard fabric and apply a Heat’nBond sticky material.
Check out these links below for a couple of more thoughts on the best way to utilize your Silhouette cutting machine with fabric:
A considerable amount of the crafting projects are able to be made with your Silhouette cutting machine, as mentioned above, these include paper or transfer material, yet an amazing and fun project you can attempt with your die cutting machine is to make your own unique stamps, utilizing the Silhouette’s Stamp kit to design and make your own beautifully crafted stamp. If you do give this a try , please ensure that you either buy the starter set, or at the very least buy the stamp material, along with the special mat for stamp material, and finally an acrylic block for the stamp. Check out the link for these below
Here are a few thoughts for how to utilize the Stamp as a project
A few crafters experience difficulty getting great results from their stamp, so for a few hints and traps, check out the video below.
Another amazing project that you can make using a Silhouette cutting machine is an impermanent tattoo. You can do this with the Silhouette’s Temporary Tattoo paper. See the link below
The huge benefit about the temporary tattoo paper is that you can utilize it for different sorts of projects such as wood transfers.
Glass Etching Projects
Should you wish to scratch your Silhouette project onto glass, all it takes is vinyl, exchange paper, and etching cream. Like the majority of these projects, there’s an amazing glass drawing starter unit you can utilize which ensures that you have all of the right supplies for the job in hand. See below
Still unsure on how to glass etch? Check out this video below
Pen Holder Projects
Along with the using material with your Silhouette, you can also take advantage of the pens or pen holder, to create amazing drawing projects
A common question that people ask is why would you utilize the pen holder or outline pen as opposed to simply printing something out with an inkjet printer? Well, using a beautiful font (or even transforming your own unique penmanship into a text) you can tackle a tedious task like wring out envelopes or lists whilst maintaining that beautiful writing style.
You can also add a definitive individual touch to any archive: transform your penmanship into a textual style and utilize that. There’s a considerable measure of inventive potential here, and it’s a great deal less demanding to do than you’d might suspect. so why not give it a go…
Another task that your Silhouette cutting machine can do which most printers can’t, is to utilize white pens on dark paper, or use glitter pens to create amazing bespoke products.
Check out this awesome video below on how to really get the most out of your Silhouette pen holder
Using pre-glued or sticker paper is another incredible way you can get considerably more out of your Silhouette cutting machine. Whilst heat exchange material or transfer paper and vinyl will enable you to follow an outline for all time, you can use sticker paper for a temporary project, or to simply stick things to paper. Check out some of our examples below
By using the heavier type of card stock, vinyl, or even plastic organizer dividers, you can make stencils for use with paint, or even if you are feeling really adventurous, spray paint, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Stencils open up a wide assortment of projects you can carry out, all of which will begin with the silhouette cutting machine.
- Coffee or Drinks Tray
- Reusable ‘Hello Sunshine’ Stencil
- DIY Patterned Material
- Nail Art
- Stenciled Pallet Wood Floor
The Silhouette Cutting Machines adhesive magnet paper makes it simple to make customized and bespoke crafts. The things you can make can be for homely purposes, for ornamental purposes, or you can even utilize the Silhouette’s attractive paper to make an interactive toy for your children.
Tutorials on the Silhouette Cutting Machine
As a reward, on top of the awesome things we have shown you what can attempt with your Silhouette, here’s a list of tutorials that will demonstrate to you the best methods to get the most out of the Silhouette Studio software.
- Step by step instructions to Convert a PNG or JPG to a Cut File
- Welding Text and Shapes
- How to Create a Honeycomb Stencil
- How to Create Your Own Designs
- How to Alter Clipart
- Silhouette Studio Mobile App
What projects are you are making with your Silhouette cutting machine? Tell us in the comments section below .