What Cricut Accessories Do You REALLY Need?
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If you just got a new Cricut Machine, or are planning to get one, and are wondering what Cricut accessories you truly need. This guide will show you the must-have Cricut supplies and how to use them.
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There are very few supplies you need to get started with. Your Cricut Machine already comes with a cutting mat, blade and Design Space which is all you need to get started. But if you plan on creating vinyl projects or other fun designs with your Cricut machine, there are some supplies you’ll want to go ahead and get.
Must-Have Cricut Accessories
Cricut Tool Set
The Cricut Tool Set is very useful and one of the first cricut accessories you will want to pick up. The tool set includes a weeder, tweezers, scissors, scraper and spatula. The weeder is a must if you plan to do any weeding with script font or intricate designs.
You might also want to get an XL scraper. The scraper that comes in the tool set is great for smaller projects, but the XL scraper is so much faster and more effective for larger projects.
The Scoring Stylus is a must if you want to make cards, boxes or anything else that requires folding. Your Cricut Machine can hold both a blade and scoring stylus at the same time – so you can cut and score at the same time!
Cricut Explore Blades
The Cricut Explore comes with a sharp carbide fine-point blade which is great for cutting vinyls, papers and card stocks. This can easily be replaced if the blade ever dulls.
If you plan to cut thicker materials like thin wood and leather, you will need to get the Deep Cut Blade with the housing. Once you have the housing, you can continue to buy new blades without the housing for replacements.
Finally, in the Cricut Explore series there is the Bonded Fabric Blade which is used for bonded fabric or fabric with an iron on.
Cricut Maker Blades
The Cricut Maker has several additional blades that are not compatible with the Cricut Explore series. Depending on the projects you plan to do, you might also want to grab a few of the extra blades for the Cricut Maker.
- Knife Blade – Create puzzles, models, leather goods, toys, and more
- Scoring Wheel – Creates extra-deep score lines for perfect folds and a flawless finish on both thick and thin materials
- Rotary Blade – Cuts soft, flexible materials, such as Silk, denim, Cotton, burlap, and canvas
- Debossing Tip – Debossing any design you want, including decorative patterns, monograms, logos, seals, etc.
- Wavy Tool – Quickly creates a fun wavy edge on a variety of popular materials
- Engraving Tip – Engrave unique and permanent designs on a variety of materials
- Perforation Blade – Create perfect tear-offs and easy peel-aways using cardstock, paper and more
In most Cricut Explore boxes, you’ll also get either a 12×12 green StandardGrip cutting mat or 12×12 blue LightGrip cutting mat. As far as cricut accessories goes, cutting mats are a must have! You can’t cut your vinyl without one. You can use either of these mats for most cutting projects. But there are times that you may want a different mat. Here is a breakdown of how to use each cutting mat:
- StandardGrip (green) – Use to cut heavy cardstock, iron-on, vinyl, and more
- LightGrip (blue) – Use with standard paper, light cardstock, vellum, and more
- StrongGrip (purple) – Use with specialty cardstock, matboard, and backed fabric
- FabricGrip (pink) – Use to cut most fabrics with Rotary Blade or Bonded-Fabric Blade
If you are cutting larger projects, Cricut also has 12×24 mats in each grip.
The Cricut pens are an amazing accessory for your Cricut Machine! If you are like me and have messy handwriting, the cricut pen feature is great for addressing cards and letters. And saves a lot of time if you have a lot of cards to send out.
Vinyl, Cardstock & Other Materials to Cut
Depending on whether you have the Cricut Explore Air 2 or the Cricut Maker, you can cut from 100 – 300 different types of materials! Typically, you will probably pick up your materials as you need them. But, it’s a good idea to have cardstock and different types of vinyl on hand. To learn more about the different types of vinyls and how to use them, I recommend reading my post on the best types of vinyl for your Cricut machine.
You will also need blanks for your cricut projects. These are items such as shirts, tumblers, hats, aprons, bows, etc. that you would like to customize. Learn where to find the best blanks for your Cricut projects and find inspiration for project ideas!