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Must Have Cricut Tools And Accessories

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Do you have a brand new Cricut machine and want to know which tools, supplies, and accessories you need to get started? This is a list of must have Cricut tools and accessories perfect for beginners. Let me help you get the most out of your machine!

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Now that you have your Cricut machine and are ready to learn all about it, you’ll want to know all about the must have Cricut tools and accessories. What are truly the musthaves when it comes to Cricut crafting?

Having the right accessories make using Cricut easier and also a lot more fun! These accessories also help you explore the amazing features that Cricut has to offer.

First, let’s go over what comes in the box when you buy a Cricut machine. The Cricut machine comes with everything you need to get set up. I’ll specifically be going over the Cricut Maker since that is what I use!

What Comes With The Cricut Maker

  • Cricut Maker machine
  • Rotary Blade + Drive Housing
  • Premium Fine-Point Blade + Blade Housing (pre-installed in the B clamp).
  • Pen and Accessory Adapter (pre-installed in the A clamp)
  • FabricGrip Mat 12” x 12”
  • LightGrip Mat 12” x 12”
  • Welcome Book
  • Quick Start Guide
  • USB Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Materials for test cut

Must Have Cricut Tools And Accessories

Aside from the accessories that come standard with the Cricut, these are some of the accessories I use on a regular basis that I think make crafting with the Cricut easier.

Weeding Tool

Cricut weeding tool

One of the most amazing must have supplies for Cricut is a weeding tool. It’s used for removing or ‘weeding’ out the unwanted parts of your cut design that you don’t want or need. The more intricate the cut, the more you will appreciate a weeding tool.

Spatula

picture of Cricut spatula

This tool helps lift images from the Cricut cutting mat, preventing images from tearing or curling. It’s especially useful if you work with paper. Pulling paper off a Cricut mat can often mean tears or curls if you’re not careful. I make stickers all the time with my Cricut and they can curl easily if they’re not removed carefully. You can also use it to scrap and remove any little bits left on the cutting mat.

Scraper

picture of Cricut scraper

This can be used to clean unwanted scraps from the Cricut cutting mats, just like the spatula. I like the scraper because it covers a bigger area than the spatula if you have a lot of little bits left behind on your mat. It’s similar to a squeegee, but the scraper is very rigid on the edge, so I don’t like to use it to smooth or apply any of my vinyl or craft projects. It can gouge the project if you’re not careful since it’s not very soft.

Squeegee

picture of a vinyl squeegee

Probably my most used item when crafting. It’s less harsh and rigid than the scraper so it’s great for smoothing materials onto the mat, such as vinyl, to remove air bubbles or wrinkles. I use mine all the time when working with vinyl.

I use it when applying the transfer tape to cut vinyl to ensure that the transfer tape is pressed down onto the vinyl to make it easy to remove from the backing. It also helps the vinyl being applied with no bubbling. This squeegee isn’t made by Cricut, but you can find these wherever you buy vinyl.

Tweezers

picture of Cricut tweezers

Tweezers are just as helpful as spatulas. It’s another thing that can be used to help prevent tearing or marring of your materials. Tweezers with sharp points make it simpler to pick up the vinyl right from the middle. They are also nice to pick up tiny scraps from the cutting machines and keep your workspace clean.

Scissors

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Even though Cricut sells scissors of their own, these are the scissors I use for every project. It’s a staple, and investing in a good pair makes a world of difference. I’ve used Fiskars Easy Action scissors for years and I would recommend them to anyone. They’re nice and sharp, have a soft grip handle and are easy on the hands because of the handle design.

Extra Cricut Mats

I go through mats pretty frequently, and usually buy a new Cricut mat every 2-3 months. Mats can lose their sticky with a lot of use and depending on the project, you’ll want your mat to be very sticky. Cleaning the mats can extend their life, and there are ways to try to re-sticky them, but I find that it’s still not the same as when they’re brand new.

Which Cricut Cutting Mat To Use

picture of a blue cricut mat

You can get different types of grips and lengths based on your specific project needs. The blue, LightGrip mat, is perfect for paper, thin scrapbook paper and thin cardstock.

picture of a green cricut mat

The green, StandardGrip mat, is great for vinyl, regular cardstock and textured paper.

picture of a purple cricut mat

The purple, StrongGrip mat, is good for thick cardstock, poster board and magnet material.

picture of a pink cricut mat

The pink, FabricGrip mat, is perfect for all fabrics.

The best way to extend the life of your mat is to keep the clear film cover on the mat when you’re not using it to keep the mat free from paper scraps and dust. Also, use the scraper to scrape away excess pieces and the spatula to carefully remove cut images rather than using your fingers. Lastly, use the recommended material types on the mats.

Cricut Essential Tool Set

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Cricut sells an Essential 7-Piece Tool Set. It includes a trimmer, scoring stylus, spatula, weeding tool, scraper, a pair of scissors and a pair of tweezers. It comes with everything you need to take on vinyl decals, iron-on decor, cardstock creations, and so much more.

This set is awesome for beginners just starting out! Most of the tools you only need to buy once, you’ll just have to replace the weeding tool later on as it gets dull.

I hope that this guide on Must Have Cricut Tools And Accessories helps you gather everything you will need to make your Cricut crafting more fun!

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