Once you become experienced using your silhouette machine, it's silly to think there are 10 best craft ideas. A silhouette machine is limited only by your imagination. But when you first purchase your silhouette machine, you might be at a loss for what your options are.
Using the following 10 craft ideas, you can begin to understand what kind of potential your silhouette machine has and -- more importantly -- just how creative you can get with it!
Remember, while these are 10 ideas, there are actually more than 10 types of materials you can cut with your silhouette machine!
Paper and Crate Paper
If you're just getting started, one of the easiest materials to work with is paper, especially crate paper that is a little stiffer.
1) Paper Dolls
To make paper dolls, cut out a simple silhouette of a person, a dress or pants and a shirt, hair, and maybe a necklace or a watch. Then layer one on top of the other and glue them down, and you have simple paper dolls!
2) Textured Holiday, Birthday, Thank You and Get Well Cards
It's hard for companies that mass produce cards to compete with the look, texture and personal touch a silhouette machine creates. Not only can you give your cards the look and feel you want, but cards made from a silhouette machine also say exactly what you want them to!
3) 3-D Snowflakes
Once you've figured out just how versatile you can get when cutting paper with a silhouette machine, the next step is to try creating something three dimensional. It takes more thought, but you'll be surprised at how much you can accomplish with a few folds and some well-placed glue!
Once you've figured out how to use the silhouette machine well with paper, a whole new world opens up to you: vinyl! What's great about vinyl is that it can be heated and adhered or you can buy vinyl that has a sticky back. Vinyl will stick to plastic, metal, ceramic, glass, stainless steel, paper, cardboard or even leather!
Not complex at all, making vinyl coasters is a good way to get a feel for how to work with a slightly more complex material.
5) Water Bottle Monogram
Generic water bottles are available in both plastic and metal. Liven up your bottle with a personalized monogram!
6) Car and Truck Bumper Stickers
With a silhouette machine, you can make custom bumper stickers of all kinds, whether it's a family silhouette or a "Gone Fishin'" one for the outdoor enthusiast in your family.
7) Stencil with a Vinyl Cameo
You can't beat a silhouette machine when it comes to making stencil cameos. Rather than spending hours upon hours with an exacto knife, with a silhouette machine you can quickly create a clean, beautiful cameo that you can use over and over.
Cloth is kind of the good-versus-great silhouette machine benchmark. If you can become proficient cutting cloth with a silhouette machine, you may not be an expert, but you're well on your way!
8) Tote Bag
A good tote bag can't be overappreciated. Make your own with custom designs using your silhouette machine.
9) Shirts T-Shirts
Once you get to the point that you can make letters and patterns out of cloth with a silhouette machine, you've opened up a world of opportunities. From pajamas and underwear to onesies and windbreakers, you can do just about anything!
10) Rose Rings and Flower Wreaths
Though extremely ambitious, if you get it right, rose rings and flower wreaths are getting into the world of expert silhouette machine creations!
While most people who work with silhouette machines think one material is harder to work with than others, don't limit yourself. Try them all! Maybe you'll have a knack for a complex material while working with simpler ones just isn't your cup of tea. The only way you'll know is to try!