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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.

If you are still deciding on a Cricut, make sure to check out my post on which Cricut is right for you. Or if you have a Cricut Joy, I have a post all about Cricut Joy accessories that I love.

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What Comes in the Cricut Maker Box?

First, let’s talk about what comes in the Cricut Maker box so you don’t buy things you will already be getting. I do have an unboxing a Cricut Maker video if you want to see it all!

Cricut will sometimes change what comes in the boxes for different stores, so make sure to read the full description of the box you are getting to know for sure.

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But this is what is usually included in a Cricut Maker box:

  • premium fine point blade and housing
  • rotary fabric blade and housing
  • fine point black pen
  • 2 cutting mats (12×12) – one fabric grip (pink) and one lightgrip (blue)
  • USB cable, power adapter, welcome book, materials for a practice project

So you get a few things to make a small project right away, but there are really so many more things you will probably need depending on what kinds of projects you want to make.

What Comes in a Cricut Maker 3 Box?

The newest Cricut Maker 3 comes with a few different items in the box itself. Make sure to read all about the new Cricut Maker 3 and how it differs if you want to know more about the differences. I do have a reel on IG here of the unboxing!

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  • premium fine point blade and housing
  • Welcome card
  • USB cable and power adapter
  • Materials for practice cuts

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.

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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.)

You can read all about the Cricut Maker blades in my post to see what they can do.

Cricut Tools

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.


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.

If you have a Cricut Maker 3, make sure to check out the Smart Materials that you can use without a mat!

Cricut Maker 3 Accessories

All of the Cricut accessories listed above will work with both the original Cricut Maker and the Cricut Maker 3.

But since the Cricut Maker uses smart materials, it has a separate accessory that only works with it.

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 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!

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!

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