10 Beginner Silhouette Crafts That Aren’t Vinyl

If you just got a new machine but don’t know where to begin, check out these beginner Silhouette crafts that aren’t vinyl! These paper, faux leather and wood, and freezer paper crafts are perfect to try if you’re just learning to use your machine, and FREE files are included with some of the projects too!

Beginner Silhouette Crafts That Aren't Vinyl - You don't need to buy vinyl to craft with your Silhouette Cameo! Use paper, faux wood, leather, and a ton of other materials to DIY easy gifts, home decor, and fashion items for you and your friends!

Does it seem like most of the projects out there for Silhouette and Cricut users involve vinyl?

Just me? No? Okay, good.

Because even though you can do so much with vinyl and it’s a lot of fun to work with there’s so much more these machines can do. And I haven’t been talking about most of them. Like, at all.

But that’s about to change. Because today we’re talking about 10 projects you can make with your machine that have nothing to do with vinyl!


I remember when I first opened the box of my Silhouette Machine, I was so unsure of how to use it that I didn’t touch it for months. Terrible, I know. But I just wasn’t sure where to start. So I let it sit and collect dust while I debated which project to do first.

While that unsure and unconfident period seems like forever ago, in reality it’s only been four years. And while I still have a long way to go when it comes to figuring out all the cool things my machine can do, I’m getting there and taking y’all along for the ride!

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Let’s check out these beginner Silhouette crafts that aren’t vinyl you need to try!

Christmas Tree Earrings - I hate heavy earrings that pull on my ears after a while so I tend not to wear any. Faux suede is a great compromise, it looks stylish and is lightweight so it won't hurt your ears! You can make your own stylish Christmas tree earrings with the free SVG + PNG file on the blog.

Faux Leather Earrings

Halloween Gift Tags - I try to come up with fun ways to show our son's teachers appreciation throughout the year, usually with personalized gifts made with the print and cut feature on my Silhouette Machine. Halloween is the best time to give them a spooky and delicious treat, and it's the perfect opportunity to get your kids involved in crafting the special treat.

Print and Cut Gift Tags (+ a free video tutorial!)

Paper Pumpkin Lanterns - I love lanterns but I hate spending money on them at the store so I decided to make my own mini Halloween paper lanterns instead. They're an easy DIY, cheap, and family friendly. And can be made with a Silhouette or Cricut machine!

Paper Lanterns for the holidays!

Easy Straw Toppers 

Halloween Popcorn Bags - Hocus Pocus is my favorite Halloween movie and I watch it multiple times every year. These DIY paper popcorn bags cut with my Silhouette machine are the perfect movie-watching treat bag!

Glittered Paper Popcorn Bags

Beauty and the Beast Earrings | Disney Crafts | Disney DIY | Beauty and the Beast Crafts | Silhouette Cameo Crafts | Silhouette Cameo Wood Sheets | Faux Wood Crafts

Faux Wooden Earrings

Download these gender reveal scratch-off tickets and use them to creatively tell your friends and family whether you're team pink or blue!

Use scratch-off paper for a fun gender reveal

Print and cut your own Captain America planner stickers & deck out your Erin Condren Life Planner just in time for the new movie, Captain America Civil War!Print and cut your own Captain America planner stickers & deck out your Erin Condren Life Planner just in time for the new movie, Captain America Civil War!

Captain America Stickers for the Erin Condren Planner

Celebrate the release of The Force Awakens with this easy DIY Star Wars mobile! Perfect for those Empire-loving Star Wars fans!

Baby Mobile (Star Wars themed!)

Bleached Game of Thrones Shirt | Bleached Shirt | Freezer Paper DIY | Bleached T-Shirt | Game of Thrones Shirt | Game of Thrones DIY | Silhouette Cameo Crafts

Bleached t-shirt tutorial with freezer paper!

I definitely need to branch out a little more and try new things (like cutting wood!) this year but I still see lots of vinyl projects in my future! The Silhouette is so fun to use and makes crafting easy.

Are there any materials you’ve been dying to cut with your machine, but haven’t tried yet?

more silhouette fun!

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