Must Have Cricut Maker Accessories and Tools for Original and Cricut Maker 3!
What are the must have Cricut Maker accessories? Let’s take a look at the essential Cricut Maker supplies you need to get started!
I have been using Cricut cutting machines for about a decade now. I have owned 5 different Cricut machines and have accumulated a ton of Cricut accessories.
But which Cricut accessories or supplies do you really need? I get asked this all the time, so I finally decided to give you a list of my essential Cricut Maker accessories and also a few more for the Cricut Maker 3.
If you have Cricut Explore machines, such as the Cricut Explore Air or Cricut Explore Air 2 or 3, no worries, I will let you know, which Cricut tools are only for the Maker when applicable.
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In order to use a Cricut, you need to have access to Cricut Design Space so you will need a computer (laptop or desktop), iPad, tablet, or smartphone.
Cricut Design Space is free to download and use, but you’ll need a subscription to Cricut Access if you want all of the files offered. There are tons of SVG files elsewhere to use if you don’t want to pay for the monthly subscription.
Both machines also can be purchased in bundles and we will talk about these once we go through all the great Cricut Maker accessories you might need.
If you are not the one with a Cricut machine, but wondering what to gift someone that does, then make sure to check out my gifts for a Cricut user post!
Must Have Cricut Maker Accessories List
To give you a better idea of the Cricut Maker accessories, I wanted to show you pictures of what they look like and a description of what they do. Simply click on Read More to hop on over to check out full descriptions on either Amazon or Cricut.
Mats are essential to have with a Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore. Even if you have a Cricut Maker 3, I would recommend mats because there are only certain Smart Materials that can be cut without a mat.
There are 4 different mat colors that correlate with materials they will be ideal to cut with. They all come in 12 in x 12 in size and 12 in x 24 in size. You will use the 12x12 more, but at least one 12x24 is great to have for bigger projects.
The differences between Cricut Mats:
Green Mat = standard grip mat. This is the mat you will probably use the most for cutting cardstock, certain vinyls, iron on vinyl, and more.
Blue Mat = light grip mat. This mat is ideal for light paper, light cardstock, vellum, and other light materials.
Pink Mat = fabric grip mat. Needed if you will be cutting fabric on your Cricut Maker.
Purple Mat = strong grip mat. For securing and cutting thicker materials such as chipboard, balsa wood, thick cardstock, kraftboard, and more.
You will need a new mat every few months depending on how much you are using them!
Cricut Maker Blades
One of the main reasons people opt to go with a Cricut Maker is the huge suite of blades and tools available only for the Maker series.
Most of the Maker blades are also compatible with the quick swap housing so you only need one housing and then can purchase just the tips to swap out.
The extra blades and tips are definitely not needed but they expand what you can make with the Cricut. I would suggest only getting the ones you think you'll use at first and then add on as you go.
If you got a Cricut Maker 3 and want to cut fabric, then you will probably need to get a rotary blade (it comes with the original Cricut Maker.)
I do have to admit I like the engraving tip. This is part of the quick swap housing which I mentioned above. Once you buy one of the blades/tips with the housing then you can just but the tips for a lot cheaper.
For example, this engraving tip and housing are $25 but you can buy just the tip (here) for $17.
If you are getting or have a bunch of blades, then organizing them and keeping them safe comes in handy. You can store blades in the fold-down organization drawer of the Cricut Maker itself, but I like being able to see the numbers on all my blades!
Not a must at first, but very helpful when you start accumulating blades!
Another fun tip is the Cricut foil transfer tip. I happen to love this kit (you can see some fun Cricut foil projects here) and use it all the time. This tip works with both the Maker and Explore machines.
Again, it's not a must-have, especially if you are working with mostly vinyl and iron-on. But if you want to add shininess to cards, it is fun!
Most of the following Cricut tools are much needed. I will let you know if they are more of a fun Cricut accessory! All of these tools can be used with the Cricut Explore machines and the Cricut Makers.
There are other brands that make very similar products and I'm sure they probably work well too. I only have the Cricut brands, so I can only speak to them.
The basic tool set is a great set to start with. You will use almost everything in this pack and if it's on sale, it's a great deal!
You will definitely need a weeding tool, a scraper, and the spatula (if working with cardstock). I also use the scissors a lot, but I'm not a big tweezer fan. I think it's just because I have thick fingers and it's hard for me to use because a lot of other crafters use them a lot!
I did not have a brayer for the first few years I used a Cricut, but when I finally got one, I can't believe I lived without one for so long!
I use mine all the time! If you are planning on cutting vinyl, iron-on vinyl, fabric, and Infusible Ink then you will want to invest in a brayer. It helps so much with getting the material flat and secure on the cutting mat.
I wouldn't say this one is essential, but it definitely comes in handy when cuts don't go all the way through. If you have some other kind of precision crafting knife, then you probably won't need this one.
Another item that is not essential, but is one I use a lot. The self healing mat helps prevents cuts from the trucontrol knife to go all the way through and also is super helpful with the rules and angles for cutting fabric.
An Easy Press is not an essential to using the new machines, but I would recommend getting at least one size if you want to use heat transfer vinyl to make Cricut shirts, pillows, tote bags, or other HTV projects.
I'm not going to go into what materials you need, because it all depends on what type of project you want make and start out with! Most beginners will start out with vinyl projects or paper crafts such as cards.
The list is so long! Make sure to check out my post on Cricut Maker projects to get a ton of ideas on different materials you can work with.
Then browse all the materials here! These are the Cricut brand materials but there are a lot of other brands that sell materials compatible with Cricut machines.
Again, this only works with the Cricut Maker 3. It holds the long rolls of Smart vinyl and iron-on for those long cuts that you can make with only the Maker 3 and I love mine and use it all the time!
Are the Cricut Maker Bundles Worth it?
If you haven’t purchased a Cricut Maker yet, you might be wondering if you should get one of the bundles. A lot of times you can save money, but only if you end up using what is in the bundle!
If bundles are on sale and close to the price of a machine, then, YES, that would be worth it. The cheapest I’ve ever seen a Cricut Maker sold for is $250, but usually, anything under $300 is a good price. Since the Maker 3 is new, I don’t have the best price for this to find yet!
There are quite a few different bundles you can choose from, so make sure to look at each of them closely. You can find all of them on Cricut.com here and Amazon here.
If you can get this Cricut Maker Essentials Bundle on sale for $299 then that would definitely be worth the price. I use everything that’s included in that bundle and they were listed on the Cricut accessories must have list.
Or better, if you can get a good sale on this Cricut Maker Everything Materials bundle for $319 (some of the sales are this good!) then the machine and all of those supplies is a great deal. You might never use a few of the items but for $70 more than the cheapest price on the Cricut Maker I’ve seen, you are getting a lot!
I hope all this info on Cricut Maker accessories helps when deciding what you need to get started!
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