Holiday Designs with the Cricut Mini // Review and Giveaway

I wish I could say that I am a crafty gal. I can bake a little, I can DIY a little, but I don’t have a ton of skills when it comes to paper crafting. I would love to be able to handcraft cards, invitations, banners, and the like, but I just didn’t have the skills necessary to do it!

…until I met the Cricut Mini™! Don’t let the ‘mini’ fool you — this machine can crank out some amazing designs! The best part is that it’s totally user-friendly, even for the DIY-impaired like me!

How the Cricut Mini works

I’m not going to lie — I was leery of the Cricut. It looked simple enough, but like I’ve said, I am no Martha Stewart. I opened up my Cricut box and was so happy to find a welcome packet that had the easiest step-by-step cards that walk you through the entire process!

It literally breaks it down so even could navigate the Cricut Mini! Basically, the Cricut Mini attaches to your computer via a USB cable, and you create your designs in the Cricut Craft Room™, a program that you download on to your computer. It’s beyond simple, and I think that even my mom could figure out how to get up and running!

My Test Project

The Welcome booklet also comes with a few sheets of cardstock paper so that you can do a quick little project to get familiar with the Cricut Mini. Here’s what my screen looked like while I was in the Cricut Craft Room creating my simple thank you card craft:

The red space indicates what will be cut, and you can place it wherever you’d like on the grid, which represents your paper. The Cricut Mini system comes with a plastic sheet that has a grabby texture that grips your cardstock. Once you affix your paper to the plastic sheet, you feed your paper in to the Cricut Mini and press cut! It’s truly the easiest thing ever.

See how it’s a grabby surface? I pulled the card up, and the letter cut outs stayed behind :). 

Here’s my finished product:

Even with this being my first time ever using the Cricut Mini, this took me all of 5 minutes to create. So cute! You can purchase a huge collection of designs and patterns from the Cricut Shop, and now, they even offer rentals for a discounted rate! So if you don’t want to purchase a Christmas themed set of designs, you can rent them!

Holiday Bundles and Deals from Cricut

Holiday Rental Bundles are available for purchase until December 31 and consumers can choose between two 60-day rental options. The Holiday Basics Rental Bundle is available for $19.99 and enables users to rent more than 700 digital winter images found in the Cricut Craft Room including Christmas Cheer, Joys of the Season, Snow Friends, Very Merry Tags and more.

For $29.99 users can purchase the Holiday Deluxe Rental Bundle which grants access to those images, plus nearly 500 additional images including Teresa Collins image sets, Holiday Cards, Ornaments and many more images.

Check out what you can create with the Holiday Rental Bundles:

Buy it!

Right now, you can pick up a Cricut Mini AND a holiday bundle of 1200 images for $99.99!

Win it!

One lucky Freckleberry Finds reader will take home a Cricut Mini! Open worldwide. Ends 12/11.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Comments

  1. I don’t know what I would make to be honest. I have just begun to dabble in the world of crafts and would LOVE try it all! :-)

  2. Cassandra Eastman says:

    I would love to use it for scrapbooking!!!

  3. My daughters 1st birthday is right around the corner. I’d make the decorations for her party!

  4. I would love to use it to make gift tags!!

  5. Id use it for scrapbooking for all my kids!

  6. Everythinngggg :)

  7. Joy Newlan says:

    I would use it for scrap booking and shadow boxes

  8. I would make garlands and cards.

  9. I would use it for scrapbooking, I’ve always wanted one!

  10. Bulletin boards!!

  11. I would definitely use it for scrapbooking!

  12. bethelderton says:

    I’d use it in a way similar to scrapbooking only to decorate dollhouses.

  13. vinyl lettering and designs!

  14. I do volunteer work and would make decorations for the walls, door and windows of various hospices and childrens’ hospitals nearby.

  15. I think that this would be good for scrapbooking.

  16. I would use it for scrapbooking and making cards.

  17. Jennifer Rote says:

    This would be great for scrapbooking,

  18. carly dunavant says:

    OH MY GOSH. THE POSSIBILITIES WOULD BE ENDLESS. WE HAVE A LOT OF FUNDRAISING OPPS AT WORK AND WOULD PROBABLY USE IT TO MAKE LABELS, TAGS AND ART!

  19. kelly thompson says:

    i’d make a string of hearts for the christmas tree

  20. I’d make a Christmas banner.

  21. I would use it for scrapbooking

  22. I would make holiday cards

  23. I actually wouldn’t make anything, my sister and I are very close and she is very craft but doesn’t have a lot of money to spend on supplies. I would gift this to her. I can only imagine the things she would make.

  24. Kristina Sullins says:

    I think I would make some greeting cards

  25. Kasi Erwin says:

    I’d make gift tags and Christmas ornaments/decorations!
    - Beth Ann Erwin rafflecopter

  26. I would use it to make Christmas cards and craft projects through the year….

  27. CARDS

  28. Cards for sure!

  29. Jenny Sims says:

    I would love to do handmade holiday cards with the cricut!

  30. Cards!

  31. I would make Christmas cards for my relatives and friends.

  32. Nothing short of EVERYTHING!

  33. I’d love to make that tiered Christmas tree!!

  34. Leslie Galloway says:

    I’d love to make Christmas decorations… like a banner for the mantle, and maybe some NOEL cupcake toppers. So much fun!

  35. I would use it to spice up my wedding invitations

  36. I’d love to make Christmas decor for the house!

  37. Holiday cards

  38. Cards, invitations, crafts for quilting/clothing for my daughter!

  39. I would make Christmas decorations and also all kinds of cupcake toppers!

  40. Linda Greene says:

    I would use it for scrap booking and Christmas cards.

  41. I’d start by making holiday place cards for the table, then birthday cards.

  42. I’ll be making lots of christmas cards

  43. Birthday cards!

  44. I would love to make holiday cards

  45. Kathy Artis says:

    Birthday & holiday cards

  46. sheila musselman askins says:

    i would make Christmas Cards!

  47. Megan Parsons says:

    I would use it for scrapbook pages!

  48. I’d love to make some signs for home decor!

  49. All the neat things my daughter and I could do with it! We would love to put decal on wine glasses.

  50. For scrapbooking and church bulletin boards.

  51. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would use it scrapbooking

  52. Penelope Merriweather says:

    I would use it for my photo collage for my dad! Thanks for this giveaway!

  53. I love scrapbooking, so it would help greatly with that! Plus I am interested in making little decorations and fun messages and pictures. Thank you for this raffle opportunity!!

  54. I love to make my own cards, this little tool would be terrific!

  55. Lots of fun elements for my Smash Books! Thanks for this great giveaway.

  56. Daughters wedding favors

  57. I would use it for scrapbooking! I have 4 that are “in-process” and need to be finished!

  58. Margaret Smith says:

    I would love this for mostly scrapbooking, but I also love the house and figure scene and would love to try to make that. Thanks so much.

  59. We would use them to decorate gifts, make cards, scrapbook…I could go on and on! It would be so much fun!

  60. Any and everything from scrap booking to holidays

  61. I use my friends when my kids have projects from school a lot so I really could use one of my own and I also go to her house for scrapbooking and it makes it so easy to get it done fast love it would love to win Thanks for the chance.

  62. Gina Torrey says:

    I have a good friend who has a full size Cricut, and lets me use it any time, however it would be nice to have the mini at home to use in an instant for Christmas/birthdays/showers and the scrapbooking I promised I would get to whenever my kiddos grew up! lol

  63. I am not sure where I would start to be honest but oh the possibilities!

  64. michelle warner says:

    i would make everything i would do the christmas tree up above, that looks so cool

  65. Laura marschel says:

    I’d make iron on designs for my kids clothes.

  66. Lots of fun crafts for my preschooler!

  67. I would make scrapbooking pages and cards.

  68. Paul T/Pauline T says:

    letter stencils for my kid’s room —– Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran ….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  69. shelby brigham says:

    scrapbooking or holiday cards

  70. Laura Lane says:

    a scrapbook

  71. Would like to win this

  72. Debbie Petch says:

    I like to decorate my crafts and always find it difficult to get the lettering right.

  73. I’d make some cool holiday cards!

  74. Stephanie Gossett says:

    I would make Vinyl Letters!

  75. Jim Lipscomb says:

    A variety of cut out hunks of paper

  76. Becky Worthman says:

    Well I scrap, but I’ve got great ideas for holiday ornaments (gifts and decorations for our tree) that this would be perfect for!

  77. Cards of all kinds!

  78. This is perfect for my craft and a scrapbook projects!

  79. I’d use it for scrapbooking

  80. I would make my own Christmas cards and invitations.

  81. Homemade Cards for every holiday :-)

  82. i would make my own cute matte for my picture frames

  83. I would make Christmas and party decor!

  84. Christmas cards!

  85. Lisa Neely says:

    I would use the cricut mini for cards and scrapbook pages. Thank you for wonderful review on this. You did a marvelous job and I’m looking forward to either winning it (which would be cool) or purchasing it in the future.

  86. I wouldn’t make anything with the Cricut Mini. I’d give it to my daughter, she’s the creative one in the family.

  87. I’d make cards everyday!!

  88. Joanna-Gloria says:

    I would make fantastic cards and tags

  89. Ann Fantom says:

    I would make embellishments for my scrapbook pages

  90. Christmas gift tags.

  91. I would use it for scrapbooking!

  92. I am a big scrapper and would love to win this for my scrapping pages

  93. I’d get back into my scrapbooking, which is sooooo far behind!

  94. I would use it for scrapbooking!

  95. make a invitation card for my daughter’s Birthday party

  96. Elizabeth A Bailey says:

    I can think of tons of things… I love to scrapbook… but first I think I’d start with christmas cards.

  97. Scrapbooking and holiday cards, galore!

  98. Theron Willis says:

    Mexican Day of the Dead inspired cutouts similar to what Mexicans use for festive decorations.

    Hope to win!

  99. Christmas Cards

  100. Christmas cards

  101. I would make all sorts of DIY projects for my upcoming wedding

  102. christmas cards!

  103. Danielle Porter says:

    There are so many options with it! I would probably be on Pinterist all day finding new things to make with it! But I would probably start by making cards and letters. I love sending people mail. ;-)

  104. Cards, scrapbooking items, everything and anything I can think of :)

  105. ELIZABETH C. says:

    I would make cards for birthdays and other holidays for friends and family.

    Love3570@aol.com

  106. I would make chocobo shilouette ;)

  107. I would make awesome labels for my whole sewing room!

  108. I would make name tags for Christmas gifts.

  109. Rachel Briggs says:

    Hand(and Cricut)made cards!

  110. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would make Christmas cards.

  111. I’d make cards.
    Thanks a lot for this amazing giveaway!

  112. I would love to win this!! I have so many great ideas, but cannot afford one of these awesome machines!!

  113. I’d like to experiment with mini cutouts to decorate my walls!

  114. this is new thing for me

  115. Pauliina Oksanen says:

    I would make christmas cards :)

  116. I am just imagining all of the projects I could do with this. THank you

  117. My daughter would love one, it has been on her wishlist before.

  118. This would be so fun for completing many of those pinterest project’s I’ve got my eye on.

  119. Becky Caldbeck Parker says:

    I would love to win this!

  120. Christine Waddell says:

    What a great addition to my scrapbooking supplies!!!

  121. debbie jackson says:

    scrapbooking and making cards
    debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  122. Robert Pyszk says:

    I used to work at Micaels I love crafts.

  123. Mary Calabrese says:

    I would love, love, love this!

  124. Adrianne B says:

    I would make greeting cards and invitations!

  125. i would use it for my scrapbooks and school projects

  126. Scrapbooking!

  127. Audra Weathers says:

    I’d like to make some 3D Christmas ornaments and a tree star topper.

  128. scrapbook pages and vinyl lettering

  129. Christmas cards :) :P

  130. mrsmchappell says:

    I would like to make cards and gift tags! Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  131. I would use it for scrapbooking.

  132. jessica Hardin says:

    I would use it to help with party decorations…

  133. Christmas Cards

  134. I would make everything! Stickers, ornaments, scrapbooks, christmas cards, birthday cards, birthday invitations, shower invitations, everything! However, if I win, I would gift this to my mother-in-law.

  135. I would LOVE to make some Christmas crafts!!

  136. stephanie64030 says:

    What wouldn’t I make with this?! Lol, I’ve been wanting one of these for so long. I’d love to make greeting cards, party decorations, scrapbook things. There’s sooo many things you would be able to do with this!

  137. I would like to make art for the girls room with the Cricut Mini!!!

  138. I would love to try cricut, it looks so great and fancy!

  139. Tara Liebing says:

    I would mae some Christmas tags and cards first

  140. bday invites for my daughter

  141. Many things! scrapbooking and greeting cards

  142. I’m not 100% sure yet, but I know I would find a ton of things to do if I had one!!!

  143. I love making greeting cards. This would make the possibilities limitless for what I could put on them! :D

  144. I’d love to use this to make stationary!

  145. I would use it to make Christmas/Birthday cards.

  146. I would make a card for my Aunt, my favourite relative. She is not on the internet so I try to send her a different card every time I write.

  147. Maria Alvarado says:

    cards, letters, different shapes

  148. Use it for scrapbooking

  149. I would use it to make gift tags

  150. I would use it for scrapbooking, making cards, and for when I homeschool!

  151. I would use it to finally finish my daughter’s baby book.

  152. I would probably make Christmas cards for the family!

  153. I’m a scrapbooker, so I would use it for my hobby.

  154. Scrapbooking for my daughter’s pictures.

  155. I’d use this for the scrapbook I started for my God-daughter 8 years ago that I try my best to update yearly :)

  156. I would make a lot of design for cakes

  157. I would make oranaments, cards, crafts!

  158. learn to scrapbook with it!

  159. I have a picture hanging that needs small vinyl words that say: Count your blessings. That is what I would do first!!

  160. I would use it for cards and scrapbooks!

  161. domestic diva says:

    I would make greeting cards.

  162. Birthday Cards!

  163. I would make decorations for parties and stuff like that!

  164. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I would make some party favors for my nieces birthday!

  165. I would make cards, ornaments, and toys for my boys!

  166. Erin Phelps says:

    I would use it for everything!

  167. I’d love to try some scrapbooking with all the pictures I have of my girls and look for new projects.

  168. i would love to first try to make some gift tags for packages

  169. Ellen Casper says:

    Scrapbooking items

  170. I would use it to make my daughters scrapbook for her.

  171. I would use it for scrapbooking and card making

  172. Awesome giveaway! I’d love to add this to my crafting arsenal!

  173. Ash Johnson says:

    I use it to make super-cute cards.

  174. kimberly holgate says:

    i do paintings and i love to use layer designs on them one piece of painted paper ontop of another but my hand cutting skills are lacking would make that easier

  175. Sonya Morris says:

    I would make cards.

  176. amy pugmire says:

    I would love to make christmas cards

  177. I love to make banners celebrating the season for my home hallway, this would be perfect!

  178. Michelle Frame says:

    I would make cards and scrapbook pages

  179. I love making cards!

  180. I would use it to make a holiday banner.

  181. Jennifer W says:

    Cards for every occasion!!

  182. I would love to make cards.

  183. it’s ideal for scrapbooking or making holiday cards
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  184. danielle lima says:

    greeting cards

  185. I would love to make some cards

  186. Lindsey M says:

    I would love to use it for christmas and birthday cards

  187. I would love to use it for scrapbooking, invitations, cards, decorations, party favors…thanks!

  188. http://pinterest.com/pin/97812623128754936/ pinned on my great giveaways board :)

  189. I’d make cards and artwork with the kids.

  190. Kelly Powell says:

    Anthing and everything – umlimited possibilities with this machine.

  191. gift tags

  192. lisa bolduc says:

    i wouldnt make anything, i would give it to my mom who would use it for her scrapbooking

  193. nichol tone says:

    Holiday Cards

  194. I would love to use it to finish my wedding scrapbook!

  195. We would make our gift tags.

  196. Custom greeting cards!

  197. Brooke Adametz says:

    I’d make decorations for the kids birthday parties and holidays!

  198. Melissa Nix says:

    I would make cards for everyone!

  199. I make cards to give my family and friends and i like to make them as personal and special as possible. I also love making paper crafts:) This cricut will help greatly in my crafts since i don’t have to spend hours drawing designs on paper and cut them painstakingly with scissors:( i have entered rafflecopter as Ann H

  200. Not sure but I always see projects that use a cricut so I’d definitely use it!

  201. Krystal vdl says:

    I love using them for making party decorations especially for my son’s birthdays.

  202. Rayna Miller says:

    I will make Christmas cards.

  203. I’d make cute decor for my apartment

  204. I would make a card telling my mom merry christmas and then give this cricut to her since she has been wanting one!!

  205. I would make gift cards.

  206. Krista Semchyshyn says:

    Thank you cards :) oh, there are so many things I could do with it

  207. OMG I SOOOO Want one! I would so make tons of things for a scrapbook! :)

  208. Rachelle jones says:

    I would love to use this to make crafts with my 4 year old :)

  209. I would make my own vinyl wall letters!

  210. Tenielle S says:

    There is so much to make, I wouldnt know where to start :)

  211. I would LOVE a Cricut!!! I would make Christmas stuff!! Cards!! The list goes on!!!

  212. Kristy Paynter says:

    I would make a lot of things from gift tags to cards to scrapbooking my boys’ books. awesome! Thank you.

  213. Allison J says:

    I just started scrapbooking so this would be a major help with that!! I also love to make all decorations, invitations, etc for my daughter’s birthday parties!

  214. Sewing projects.

  215. cards, personalize picture frames and start that scrap book I have wanted from my children for a really long time now

  216. Tifany Ede says:

    I would make Holiday cards, invitations, scrapbook stuffs, and tons of stuff with a cricut if i had one!!

  217. Crystal S. says:

    I would put it to great use and make everything I could myself:) Gifts, cards, art, decorations, etc!

  218. I’d use it for scrapbooking, greeting cards, holiday decorations, anything just because! I’d probably search for things on Pinterest to make too.

  219. scrapbooking or greeting cards!

    dani marie ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

  220. I would really love to use this for scrapbooking. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  221. Cards and gift tags

  222. Christmas cards!!!

  223. Heather Swarthout says:

    Anything and everything, you name it! Okay so maybe tons of cards :)

  224. John Hutchens says:

    I would make some holiday cards with the kids

  225. scrapbooking and sarcastic cards.

  226. serena ames says:

    give it for a gift

  227. I’d like to make holiday cards and invitations. Thanks for the chance.

  228. scrapbooking, fabric, cards, vinyl….lots of things!

  229. Definitely cards and crafts!

  230. great for scrapbooking, greeting cards and craft projects

  231. I would give it to my wife for scrapbooking

  232. Candice Hull says:

    I would use it for homeschooling my oldest son and for scrapbooking
    thank you

  233. ANGELA CISCO says:

    Gift tags

  234. I would make cards, cards, and more cards!

  235. I would make labels for the kids desks in my sons class :)

  236. I’d make stencil design for my clothing and glassware.

  237. I’d use it for tons of projects, but I’d probably decorate packages that I send out a lot.

  238. I would make cards, labels, friendship books and slams for pen palling!

  239. This is an awesome machine! I would make decorations for my students to bedazzle as Christmas gifts for their parents.

  240. Elizabeth C. says:

    I would love this! I would make banners, signs, cards, smash books…the possibilities are endless! :)

  241. This machine is awesome! I would make decorations that my students can bedazzle and give to their parents as holiday gifts.

  242. I would use it in all of my crafting. I scrapbook and make a lot of decorations for my home.

  243. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    scrapbooking snow flakes and names and such
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  244. I would love to give this to my mother so she could get back into scrap booking.

  245. would LOVE to complete scrapbooking for my sons yearly albums! :)

  246. Tammy Horn says:

    I would make all sorts of crafts with the daycare children!
    tmhorn@cox.net

  247. I would make cards.

  248. Alison Wood says:

    I’d use it for my scrapbooking and for craft projects with my stepdaughter.

  249. Julie Jones says:

    I would make card embellishments to go with my quilling cards.

  250. I would start with some banners and garlands.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  251. I would make custom thank-you cards.

  252. Make cards for EVERYTHING!

  253. would use it for lettering, xmas cards and other crafty things

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  254. I’d make invitations.

  255. Lisa McGrattan says:

    Something for scrapbooking.

  256. Chelsea O. says:

    DIY decorations for my daughters 2nd birthday

  257. scrapbooking!

  258. I would make gifts and home decor!! Not to mention anything I can find On Pinterest!!!

  259. I would use it to make cards. I have always admired handmade cards :D. I would also make some stencils as well.

  260. I am a scrapbooking person so i would do lots of scrapbooking with it. Thank you for the opportunity.

  261. i would create little books for each member of my home school and my kids to give to the families for a present

  262. It’d be great for bulletin board/ vision board

  263. I’d love to make some awesome placecards for holiday dinners!

  264. Carolyn Daley says:

    I would make personalized cards, gift tags, and cute shapes for scrap-booking.

  265. christmas cards

  266. I’d use it to make my wedding invitations, and to make decorations for friends of mine who throw frequent parties.

  267. I would make cutouts and pictures for my bulletin board at work.

  268. Desiree Dunbar says:

    I’d love to make holiday ornaments and homemade greeting cards.

  269. My wife would use it for scrapbooking

  270. kathy pease says:

    I would make greeting cards and decorations

  271. Anything and Everything!

  272. christina moore says:

    I would use it for scrape booking and cards

  273. i would use it to make a scrapbook for this coming Christmas!

  274. I would make decorations for my Christmas tree.

  275. Melanie Montgomery says:

    My mom makes her own cards

  276. Birthday Cupcake Toppers

  277. Tracy Allen says:

    I’m very drawn to the pleated Christmas tree in your photo – but really I’m looking for a way to make all kinds of things from the beautiful papers I see in the craft stores.

  278. Greeting cards!!

  279. Jennifer Peaslee says:

    I would use it to finally start my scrap book!

  280. Sarah Harding says:

    I’d make cards or cut outs for my daughters dioramas at school

  281. I would make all kinds of scrapbook things and cards.

  282. I would give it to my sister because she is super crafty and me not so much. It would be a wonderful christmas gift! thankss
    fb: Rab pom

  283. Brenda Elsner says:

    I would use it to make gift tags, cards, scrapbooking.

  284. Michelle Tucker says:

    I’d make ornaments. I love handmade ornaments, so pretty.

  285. Victoria R. says:

    I’d love to make homemade cards with the Cricut Mini!

  286. Scrapbook page titles!

  287. I would make Birthday Party invitations for my Son’s next birthday :)

  288. I would probably use it for scrapbooking.

    email/ daveshir2005@yahoo.com

  289. I’ve been wanting to make some fancy gift tags. :)

  290. Samantha Meyer says:

    I would spruce up my scrapbook – and it would help me to save on buying holiday cards

  291. Party decorations! I have my daughters combined birthday party in Feb. and our son’s first birthday in May

  292. Melanie Johnson says:

    I would make holiday cards.

  293. I would make cards.

  294. Gift tags

  295. First thing: mustaches for pictures!