Where to Find Cricut Classes for Beginners

You finally got a Cricut, and you have even opened up the box, but you have no idea what to do next. Or maybe you have got a little further than that – you have set things up and looked at the manual. At some point, you might have hit a wall that left you feeling like you had no idea what to do or how your Cricut worked.

When this happens, it can be easy to get the urge to chuck the machine out the window or take it back to the store for a refund. Don’t give up! There are lots of resources to help you learn how to use your Cricut so that you can create the things you dreamed of when you first got your machine.

FAQs

Q: What Level of Class is Right For Me?

A: If you have done a little learning and playing, but you haven’t completed any projects with your Cricut, you can count yourself as a beginner. Or, if it has been a while since you have done anything with your Cricut and you don’t remember how to do anything, you can also count yourself as a beginner. 

As you look at various classes, knowing if you and the classes are at the same level can be difficult. When in doubt, ask for a list of what the course covers, and that will help you know if a specific class will be beneficial for you. You don’t want to take a beginner class only to realize you already know the stuff they are teaching, and you don’t want to miss the fundamentals because you jumped to the intermediate classes too soon.

Q: What are the benefits of Cricut classes? Are they worth taking?

A: Classes create a structured way to learn how to use your Cricut. They can also be fun and provide you with ideas for projects while pairing you with people to share your experience with. While you can look up how to do different tasks one by one, taking classes can introduce you to concepts that you may not be aware of. You can learn more things and learn more efficiently if you take classes instead of discovering things in a hodgepodge manner as you go. 

As a beginner, classes are clear and organized to learn the basics of your Cricut. This will create a solid foundation rather than accidentally having knowledge gaps because you are unaware of what you should study.

Q: Can I get personal help?

A: Most classes don’t offer personal help, but if you have a friend, neighbor, or family member who uses a Cricut, they might be able to help you out. This can be a good route to go if you are looking for help with a specific concept – rather than asking a friend to teach you everything, ask them to help you with the one or two things you don’t know how to do or have forgotten. 

When asking for help, don’t limit yourself based on location as to who might be a good person to ask. Current technology allows us to give and receive help from around the world. Your friend living eight hours away can teach you what you want to know without planning a road trip.

Q: Is it hard to learn how to use my Cricut?

A: While there is a learning curve to using a Cricut – especially the software – most people agree that learning to use your Cricut is pretty easy. Design Space (Cricut’s design software) is fairly intuitive, and many crafters say that it is one of the easiest programs to learn and use. Take things one step at a time, and before you know it, you will be able to complete the tasks you want with ease. 

When you get frustrated or discouraged, remember how far you have come and know that you can figure this out. If you are struggling with design space, look for classes that focus on using the software.

Q: Are online or in-person classes better?

A: Both online and in-person classes have advantages and disadvantages. The answer to this question comes down to what works best for you. In-person is traditional, and many people feel like it is easier to connect as a group when in person.

Online classes can be offered both as live and recorded sessions. The live option works much like the in-person option, and participants can ask questions and receive answers. Recordings don’t have the same group class feel or the ability to ask questions. However, they offer the ability to pause and rewind as needed. This allows you to work at your own pace and go back as often as you need to that one step you can’t seem to remember. As online learning has become more common, the way classes are presented online has also improved. Consider your learning style and situation to decide what will be best for you.

Q: How much do classes cost?

A: Classes can range from free, to a little bit, to a lot. While you can take an individual class or workshop, there are many options for full courses or monthly subscriptions to courses. These courses come with specific project instructions, cut files, and other resources. 

While a class might be somewhere from $15-$30, courses can easily run around $200-$300. Those course costs might seem like a lot; however, the individual classes can add up if you use those to learn everything. Many people also find the extra resources that come with different courses valuable. Many courses also offer payment plans. Think about how much you want to learn and decide whether a few classes or an entire course would serve you better.

Q: Can’t I learn everything I need to about using my Cricut on YouTube?

A: YouTube is a goldmine of information, but as with an actual goldmine, it can take a lot of time and work to find what you are looking for. Like asking a friend, YouTube can be a wonderful resource if you have forgotten how to do something or are trying to learn a specific task. 

One of the many benefits of a class over YouTube is that classes are set up to walk you through everything you need. If you are using a course, the classes will nicely build upon each other to create a comprehensive understanding of your Cricut machine. If you choose to rely on YouTube, be prepared to put in time finding videos you like and filling in gaps that you might discover as you continue to learn more.

Where to Find Cricut Classes Near Me

You know how you can run across something every day when you don’t need it, but when you want it, you can’t find it anywhere? If that is happening to you now that you want to take some Cricut classes, here are some places to look for them. 

Craft Stores

Craft stores are an excellent place to find classes. Not only can they teach you what to do, but you can also find everything you need for your projects there. 

Michaels, Joann’s, and Hobby Lobby are a few companies that offer Cricut classes and have stores across the country. Be sure to check with your local craft stores, too; there is a good chance that they either offer classes or know who might be offering them. 

Community Classes

A few other places you can check for Cricut classes may include the local community college, community centers, and even your local library district.

Online Platforms

Another option when looking for Cricut classes is to look at online classes. Digital classes allow access to many more resources while eliminating location constraints. Cricut has its own set of classes at learn.cricut.com, and they even have a beginners section. 

When looking at online classes, be aware of the many different class styles. Some of these classes are live and interactive, closely replicating traditional group classes. Others are recordings that allow you to move at your own pace and on your own timeline. Some options for online classes include access to a community of Cricut users where you can ask questions and share experiences.

Final Thoughts

As you look at different classes, consider what you want to get from the class, how much it costs, and your time commitments and constraints. Creating with your Cricut should be a fun experience, and the classes should be too. By taking a little bit of time to consider your own goals and expectations, you can narrow down your choices to those that will best fit your needs. 

If you have friends or family who use Cricut, consider asking them what their favorite resources were as they learned how to use their Cricut. Personal recommendations are amazing – you can ask lots of questions and learn exactly what you can expect. You can also learn why someone didn’t like a resource and avoid classes that you might not enjoy or find beneficial.

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