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.
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.
A weeding tool is probably the tool you'll use the most. You'll use a weeder to remove excess material like vinyl and iron-on vinyl from around and inside letters and images. It is kind of like a dental pick!
You can get a weeding tool in a few of the tool sets. The smallest Cricut tool set you can get is the starter tool set. It says for Cricut Joy, but you can use the weeding tool, spatula, and scraper tool with every machine. And in my opinion, it is best for a Cricut beginner and comes in the best color!
A spatula is used to pull off cardstock from the mat when making paper crafts and a regular size scraper will be used for transferring vinyl.
Another tool set offered is a weeding tool set. This includes the basic weeding tool plus fine tip tweezers, hook tweezers, piercing tool, and a hook weeder. The different weeding tools help with different tasks and you get to choose which one works for you best!
The TrueControl knife gives you a craft knife and accurate cutting at the same time. You'll have better control when making precision cut lines in cardstock, vinyl, fabrics, and more! You might remember me using it when I made the larger than mat Mickey Mouse characters.
A portable trimmer is perfect to make those super straight lines in cardstock and vinyl. It makes cardmaking super easy!
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!
With the purchase of a Cricut machine, you will get a fine point housing and fine point housing blade (Cricut Joy machine's is different than the bigger machines). You'll need to purchase new replacement blades every so often. I recommend the premium fine point blade since it lasts longer.
How long a blade lasts depends on how often you use your machine and what materials you are cutting (thicker materials like cardstock will dull your blade faster than vinyl).
You can also purchase a deep point blade and housing (black) to cut thick materials up to 1.5mm like chipboard, poster board, and rubber sheets with the Cricut Explore machine line and Cricut Maker family.
Another fun tool kit is the foil transfer kit! It happens to be my favorite Cricut tool. I love how easy you can add sparkle and shine to so many craft projects! Cricut Joy has its own smaller foil transfer kit.
Cricut has a ton of different pens and markers that you will use for a wide range of products. There are free hand markers, fine point markers, gel pens, glitter gel pens, and more! Pens can be used with all Cricut machines, except the Cricut Joy has its own size pens and markers.
Cricut came out with two craft lights, a floor model, and a tabletop model. These lights are amazing to light up the surface area of all your craft projects with an adjustable head, light brightness, and light color.
The BrightPad has an adjustable LED light that makes weeding vinyl and iron on vinyl easier. I find it most helpful when weeding glitter iron-on vinyl! You can also use it to trace paper and quilt piecing.
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…
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!
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
Then I need a weeding tool (#1) to remove the excess vinyl.
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.
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!
Peel off the transfer tape and a brand new custom mug in minutes!
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