Cricut Crafts

How to Upload Images to Cricut Design Space and Make Layers

Learning Cricut Design Space can be intimidating at first. Even if you are just a beginner, you still make great projects.  I’ll show you how to make beginner, intermediate, and what I consider advanced projects. It all starts with learning how to upload images to Cricut Design Space and advances to making layers.


Uploading silhouette images is super simple.  Click on the image below to watch a video with a step-by-step tutorial of uploading silhouette images.


silhouette image of Mickey and Minnie Mouse
Click on the image to learn how to upload this to Design Space.
Mickey & Minnie True Love
Finished product made with the silhouette.

This is one of my favorite shirts.  I always get a ton of compliments when I wear it.  It’s super easy! Any beginner can make this.


Once I was comfortable with the process of uploading silhouettes, I was ready to move on to a single layer image.

Click on the image below for a video tutorial showing step-by-step for uploading the image of Belle.  For these types designs, I always do a Google search for coloring pages.

image of Belle.
Click the image to watch the video.

Here is the first shirt I made using this method. I uploaded a coloring page of Lilo and Stitch then I used a flower from Design Space.  I made this shirt for a trip to Disneyland.  It is a pretty intricate cut and took my Explore Air a long time to cut, but turned out incredible.

DIY Disney Cricut Shirt

Advanced Level

I won’t lie.  It took me about a year to get to this level of making layers and actually layering the vinyl.  Check out my tutorial on layer HTV here.  Click on the image of Boo to learn how to make layers in Cricut Design Space.

Boo from Monsters Inc.
I can’t wait to make a shirt with this!

Here are some examples of layered HTV designs I’ve made.

DIY Valentine's Decor on a budge

layered HTV design

So, don’t be afraid to experiment.  As you can see, even beginners can make some incredibly cute things.  Get to crafting!

If you need more tips and lessons on how to use Design Space, check out my book in my Etsy shop.

Let me know think about what you read!

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