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Must Have Cricut Tools and What They Do!

Wondering which Cricut tools you need to get started and what they do? I’m breaking down all the must have tools for Cricut!

This post is a sponsored conversation by Cricut. However, all opinions are my own.

One of the questions I get asked a lot is what are the Cricut tools you need to get started with any of the Cricut cutting machines.

So today we are going to talk about the tools for Cricut, which ones I think are must-haves, which ones I think are great to have, and which ones you might only need for specific crafts.

Cricut has come out with a lot of tools over the years and I can tell you there are some I could definitely not craft without. I have been using Cricut machines for almost 10 years (I started with the Cricut Expression that needed cartridges!) so I know a thing or two about the Cricut accessories.

So first let’s go through the most popular tools and then I’ll give you my top 5 must have Cricut tools.

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Does Cricut Come with Basic Tools?

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As you know, there are three different families of Cricut machines and each of them comes with different accessories in the box.

Let’s run down each machine, and what is included in the basic machine box (not machine bundles). If you are still wondering about the different machines, make sure to check out my post on which Cricut is best for you.

Cricut Maker – comes with the most tools. Watch my unboxing video here.

  • Rotary Blade + Drive Housing
  • Premium Fine-Point Blade + Housing
  • Black Fine Point Pen
  • FabricGrip Machine Mat
  • LightGrip Machine Mat 

Cricut Maker 3 – You can learn more about the Cricut Maker 3 here.

  • Premium Fine-Point Blade + Housing

Cricut Explore Air 2 – check out my review of the Cricut Explore Air 2 here

  • Premium Fine-Point Blade + Housing
  • Fine Black Point Pen
  • LightGrip Machine Mat

Cricut Explore Air 3

  • Premium Fine-Point Blade + Housing

Cricut Joy

  • Cricut Joy Blade & Housing
  • Fine Point Pen, Black (0.4 mm)
  • StandardGrip Mat, 4.5″ x 6.5″

Unlike my must-have Cricut Maker accessories list, this time we are going to talk about tools that you’ll use with any of the Cricut machines.

Cricut Tools and What They Do!

So now let's go through the Cricut tools and what you need to know about them.

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Cricut Handheld Tools

These first tools are ones you use (as opposed to the machine using!)

Machine Tools

The following are tools that you will actually place inside a Cricut machine. Depending on which Cricut you have, there are a variety of tools and different blades to open up the world of unlimited crafting possibilities!

Cricut Lights and Organizer

Cricut brand also has a few lighting options for a craft room and blade storage option.

My Top 5 Must Have Cricut Tools

So now that we’ve gone through what Cricut tools are out there, let me throw in my two cents on which are the best Cricut tools for beginners.

As I mentioned before, we all craft differently and have different specialties of what we like to make, so my personal preference list will probably be different from other crafters, but here we go…

  1. Weeding Tool – if you are going to be working with any type of vinyl or iron on vinyl, then a weeding tool is a must-have. I probably have about 5 and I still always lose them! They are something I pick up and use all the time and then put down somewhere else. So having multiples are a time saver!
  2. Scraper – again if you are going to be using adhesive vinyl to make decals or as stencils then you’ll need a scraper. Again I have many because they seem to get lost easily! Since both of my top 2 Cricut tools come in a set, I recommend getting the starter tool set, which is a great set for beginners and newbies.
  3. Brayer – honestly, I didn’t own a brayer for a few years when I first started using a Cricut or crafting for that matter. And now it’s one of those tools that I think “how did I ever live without it??”. I use it almost every time I cut something. When mats lose stickiness, a brayer is a must have to get materials to stick and lay perfectly flat to get the best cut.
  4. Cricut mats – unless you have a Cricut Joy, Cricut Maker 3, or Cricut Explore 3 and only plan on using Smart Materials, then a Cricut cutting mat is a must. I purchase in at least 3 packs and try to clean them as much as possible to prolong their life. I use the green and blue mats the most (and I also love my card mat!)
  5. Portable Trimmer – Rounding out my top 5 favorite Cricut tools would be the paper trimmer. It makes creating neat straight lines super quick and easy for cards and also a lot of my printable tags.
must have cricut tools

It was pretty hard to narrow down, but if I was starting out in my Cricut journey now, those would be the top 5 tools to start with.

Once you get going and want to add on, I’d recommend the TrueControl Knife and foil transfer kit!

I made a quick mug using my Cricut Explore Air 2 and I used four of my top 5 Cricut tools for just a simple project! I always use my brayer (#3) to make sure my vinyl is nice and flat on my Cricut mat (#4) before I load it to make a cut.

using cricut brayer
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Then I need a weeding tool (#1) to remove the excess vinyl.

using weeding tool cricut

Then I used my scraper tool (#2) to transfer the vinyl to transfer tape. I like to scrape the front and back of the cut image.

using scraper tool cricut

Then I peel off the backing of the transfer tape and center it on my coffee mug. Again using my scraper, I rub all over to make sure it’s nice and stuck to the mug. You’ll notice I even use my brayer to keep my mug centered and still!

vinyl on mug

Peel off the transfer tape and a brand new custom mug in minutes!

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If you are in need of more inspiration for craft projects, make sure to check out my Ultimate Guide of Cricut Ideas, heat transfer vinyl projects, and Cricut cardstock ideas.

So what about you, what Cricut tools are your must haves??

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day!

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