Make vs. Buy with Cricut

7 March 2024

Gone are the days of spending a small fortune on your home! Custom-made home accents can be yours with Cricut and a little spare time. The decision between making something yourself or buying it ready-made has never been easier. Let’s explore some projects and the benefits of making versus buying.

Personalized welcome mat

Give your neighbors something to talk about with a custom doormat. Rather than splurging on a pricey personalized welcome mat, create your own for a fraction of the cost. By making your own stencil and painting it onto a plain doormat, you not only save money but also have the freedom to design it exactly as you like without breaking the bank.

This is an intermediate project that cuts Everyday Iron-On or Smart Iron-On to create a stencil, which you will use to paint your creation onto the doormat. Keep in mind that the completed project is approximately 18’ x 24” when purchasing the doormat.

Welcome home sign

A vertical welcome sign adds charm to any entryway, but buying a sign of this size can be costly. When you make your welcome sign, you’re not only saving money but you can customize the colors or change up the wood plank to fit your space and style. 

Achieve this welcoming look in under an hour. If you paint your wood sign, be sure it is fully dry before you apply the vinyl.

Monogrammed side table

Add a personal touch to your home office for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a custom piece of furniture. Whether you plan to upcycle a round table you already own, or purchase something to repurpose into a unique creation, you’ll save money and have fun making a unique table for your home. Note that this finished project is approximately 9 inches (22.9 cm) in diameter.  

Monogrammed decanter and wine glasses

Elevating your home bar with a custom wine and decanter set doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In 30-minutes or less, you can have a one-of-a-kind wine decanter set and save hundreds by making instead of buying your stylish stemware set. 

Making your projects allows you the freedom to design your glassware set to suit your style. This project cuts a vinyl stencil to create an etched glass wine decanter and wine glasses. You can also choose to personalize water glasses, a carafe, punch bowl, or pitcher instead. 

Decorative bird and branch pillow

Spruce up your living room with decorative pillows and impress your friends and family without breaking the bank. Achieve professional-looking results for less when you make your decorative pillow covers. 

This project uses Infusible Ink™ Transfer Sheet Patterns in Distressed Cool Water and Pillow Case Cover Blank in cream. You’ll find that the results are bright, beautiful, with seamlessly smooth transfers that never flake, peel, wrinkle, or crack. The design is approximately 10” x 10” but can be customized to fit.

For more ideas on how you can save money by making instead of buying head to Ways to Save with Cricut!