Make a cat puppet for your little one in minutes by using your Cricut machine. I have a cut file for you below that you can use to get started on these finger puppets right away. You have to love a handmade gift for the little ones! Be sure to make our llama finger puppet as well as they make a cute pair!
You can make your own wedding mason jars in minutes with some cut felt and a little twine. Okay, maybe you are not planning a wedding but these jars are just too cute to resist for any occasion. So, I am actually in two blog hops today. One is for crafts made with items from the dollar store. The other is for quick 15 minute crafts using felt. This fits in with both of those! That is what I call a win-win! You can also see more great ideas at the bottom of this post so don’t miss those.
Is there anything better than a smiling llama? I think not! I made a llama finger puppet pattern using the Cricut. It is perfect for the little ones that love the Llama Llama series of books. Pick up your supplies and make one for your child or to give as a gift.
This is a part of Craft Lighting this week where we are sharing 15 minute felt crafts all week. If you have missed any of the fun, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for today’s ideas and also catch up with day 1, day 2, and day 3.
Coffee sleeves make a really great and inexpensive gift idea. I thought I would show how to both cut one and customize it with your Cricut machine today. Of course, if you just want a plain version it would be super simple to cut from felt with scissors. But who doesn’t want a little bling?
This is a part of Craft Lightning week where we are sharing felt projects all week that can be made in 15 minutes or less. You can see today’s ideas at the bottom of this post. You can also catch up with the ideas from day 1 and day 2.
This wall hanging craft is super easy to make. You see, I share quite a few Cricut tutorials around here but wanted to share something that you could make even if you don’t own one! This farmhouse style felt leaves hoop art will look great on your wall or use it as a non-traditional wreath. Either way, you are sure to love how quickly you can whip your own up! This post is sponsored by DecoArt however all projects and opinions are my own.
This post is also a part of Craft Lightning where we are sharing 15 minute felt crafts all week. You will want to be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for today’s ideas. You can also click here to see the ideas from day 1.
I get the question of what Cricut accessories do I need all the time. If you are confused about what comes with the machine and what else you need to buy, this is the post for you. You might just be getting started with your machine or are looking to buy one. However, even if you have had your machine a while, you might see something on this list that you didn’t even know existed!
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What Cricut accessories come with my machine?
First of all, what do you get in the package? It varies depending on the machine you buy so I have outlined those below. This is what comes in a standard package if you just buy the machine. If you buy yours as part of a bundle deal, you will obviously receive more.
Want to compare machines? Be sure to click here for our comparison between the Maker and Explore Air!
- Cricut Maker: Cricut Maker machine, Rotary Blade + Drive Housing, Premium Fine-Point Blade + Housing, Fine-Point Pen, FabricGrip Mat 12” x 12”, LightGrip Mat 12” x 12”
- Cricut Explore Air: Cricut Explore Air Machine, Fine-Point Blade + Housing, Fine-Point Pen, Accessory Adapter, StandardGrip Mat 12″ x 12″
What Cricut mats do I need?
There are currently four different types of mats for Cricut machines. Do you need them all? How many do you need? First, lets run down what the mat types are and what they are used for.
- LightGrip: Thin paper and vinyl.
- StandardGrip: Thicker cardstocks, iron-on, and vinyl
- StrongGrip: Chipboard, really thick cardstock, posterboard, and wood.
- FabricGrip: Fabric of all types and crepe paper. (Only used for the Maker machine.)
Don’t see a material listed? Click here to get the specific mat and blade recommended for different types of materials.
From that list, you should be able to determine which mats you need for the types of crafts that you are going to tackle. Now, how many mats do you need? That really depends on how often you will be using your machine. For me, the mats are the first thing that wears out. I like to keep a few spares of the mats I use most often. They are definitely a must when it comes to Cricut accessories.
Remember that mats are in 12 x 12 and also 12 x 24 size. If you want to do larger projects, consider just stocking up on the larger mats and using them all of the time.
PROTIP: The stronger mats will lose their sticky overtime and basically become the lighter grip versions. So, if you can, start with a stronger grip then move it to lighter materials as it wears. This will extend the life overall and save you some money!
What is the difference between the blades?
The following are all of the blades that you can get with any of the machines. See the notes to see what machines they work with and what materials. My recommendation is to change your blade once you notice that your cuts are not as crisp. I would say keep a spare on hand of your most frequently used blades.
- Fine Point Blade: Great for paper, vinyl, and more. Your machine comes with a housing and blade so just buying the blade replacements is the way to go.
- Premium Fine Point Blade: A better version of the one above that will last you longer. Purchase it with the housing the first time then just buy replacement blades.
- Bonded Fabric Blade and Housing: Bonded fabric can be cut with a fine point blade but you want to keep the one for fabric separate from the one you use for paper, etc. This color coded option makes that easy.
- Deep Cut Blade and Housing: You will want this for cutting thicker materials like foam and chipboard. Again it is color coded so you won’t get them mixed up.
- Rotary Blade Kit: The Maker is currently the only machine that the rotary blade will work with. This kit is to replace yours once it is worn or gets chipped. NOTE: These last a really long time so you may just wait to order one instead of keeping the kit on hand.
- Knife Blade: Not out yet but will be coming in 2018. Only for the Maker machine.
The blade and the mat are obviously the most critical Cricut accessories but there are others that you may not know about below!
What types of pens can I use?
Yes you can also write with your Cricut machine. There are a variety of pens available on the Cricut website here. You can also look for an adapter that can modify the hole size to fit a wide variety of readily available pens. I find that the Cricut pens do everything that I need to do but you may find that you need a different type of pen for certain projects. I would keep pens on hand if you really want to use that function for your crafts.
The best thing about the Cricut Maker is that it cuts fabric! No bonding required! To go along with this, Cricut has made a washable fabric pen that fits the Maker. You can pick up one here. These are really a must if you are cutting many patterns on the Maker and want to mark your pieces.
Other Cricut accessories that will make your life easier!
Sometimes you don’t really have to have a tool but it sure does make crafting easier. I find this with a ton of the Cricut supplies. I thought I would list some of my favorites below. You can find even more on the Cricut website but these are a few Cricut accessories that I have found really useful.
- Scoring Stylus: If you are doing much paper crafting, this scoring tool will help to mark your folding lines. A must for certain types of crafts!
- The Essential Tool Set: Comes with a ton of tools and some that I really do love. The tweezers are perfect for lifting things from your mat. Especially critical to keep your mats as clean as possible. The scoring stylus above is included in this package along with a basic weeding tool that is essential for vinyl. The spatula in this set is one of my faves. Lifting things from the mat is easier with this tool. The small scissors and paper cutter are nice but you may already have tools like this that you love.
- Basic Tool Set: Basically everything above in the essential tool set minus the paper cutter and scoring stylus. This is also a more affordable option.
- Weeding Tool Set: A must for anyone working with vinyl. Seriously these will save your sanity. It includes weeding tools with pointy tips as well as tweezers.
- XL Scraper: Ever used a credit card to press down your vinyl? This is actually the perfect tool for it. You can also to scrape on your old mats to clean them. Overall a handy tool!
- Brayer: This one is actually on my own wishlist. If you are cutting fabric with the Cricut Maker, this one is a must. Use it to press down your fabric onto the fabric mat and extend the life of your cutting mat.
NOTE: A ton of these are sets which offer the best value if you are going to purchase multiple tools. However, most tools are sold individually. Just see one tool that you want? Click here to see all of the tools offered.
Can I use my cartridges with my Cricut Maker?
Yes you can! The Cricut Maker does not come with a cartridge adapter but you can buy one! Click here to get it on the Cricut website. Remember that you can download your existing cartridges to Cricut Design Space and then use them on any machine, anytime, anywhere!
I hope this gives you an overall better understanding of all of the Cricut accessories available. Be sure to pick up a few from their website or on your next trip to the craft store. After all, you want to be prepared for any crafting emergency! Be sure to leave any questions you have below and I will get to them as quickly as I can!
This double photo frame is one of my favorite projects of all time. You can make this for your home using your Cricut machine to cut the vinyl. Yes we even have a free template that makes it super simple! This quick and easy project is perfect for those that want to add a little rustic, farmhouse style to any room in their home.
We are wrapping up a week of DIY Valentines today that you can make with your Cricut machine. There have been some fabulous ideas this week and I wanted to add them all here so you don’t miss any! You will find step by step instructions for each one at the links below. Break out your Cricut and get started on some fabulous Valentine’s Day projects.
I thought I would show you how to make Valentine shirts today in minutes with your Cricut machine. This is the last post in our Valentines series. You can see all of the ideas at the bottom of this post. Follow along below as I make one adorable shirt plus you can grab the cut file below and make your own.
I have some quick and easy Valentine’s Day snacks for you today plus a treat box that you can make in minutes with your Cricut. Sounds like fun right? These are perfect to whip up and send to school with your little ones. If you love your Cricut and Valentine’s Day, you will want to be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for tons of ideas from our series this week. We have had some great ones with more to come!