What is a Cricut machine?
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I was Googling this myself about a year and a half ago. My sister mentioned when we were in a craft store that she wanted to get one. I had no clue what it was. I had seen the name on things in the craft store but it was in the scrapbook section. I assumed it was some fancy machine for people who were crazy about scrapbooking. I enjoy scrapbooking but I’m not super into it. So I never paid any attention to the Cricut or its accessories.
I decided I wanted to check into it and try to get one for my sis for her birthday. After finding out what this baby could do, I knew I had to have one too! This is not a scrapbooking machine. It’s a make anything you can dream up machine! That’s what I would say if I had to answer the question “What is a Cricut machine?”. Let your imagination go wild!
What can you make with a Cricut machine?
The possibilities are almost endless, but here’s a list of some of the things you can do with this amazing machine.
- Design your own T-shirts
- Make signs and wall decor
- Window clings
- Party decorations and favors
- Vinyl designs for glasses, mugs and tumblers
- Paper flowers
- Felt flowers
- Gift tags
- Wall decals
- Decorate shadow boxes
- Create your own designs for canvas bags
- Gift boxes
- Decorate glass blocks
- Paper bows
- Decorate can koozies
- Make your own stencils
- Make your own nail decals
The list could go on and on.
Now that I’ve given you some ideas of what you can make with the Cricut, let’s talk about the functions and materials you can use with the machine.
Materials you can cut with the Cricut:
The Cricut cuts, writes and scores.
These are materials you can cut using the Cricut machine.
- Paper (all different types)
- Cardstock (all different thicknesses and varieties)
- Heat transfer vinyl
- Balsa wood
- Adhesive foil
- Adhesive wood
- Aluminum foil
- Bonded fabric
- Bonded felt
- Cereal box
- Cork board
- Craft foam
- Duct tape
- Faux leather
- Freezer paper
- Poster board
- Washi tape
- Wax paper
- Window cling
- Wood veneer
- Wrapping paper
There are so many things you can use!
You can design something in Cricut’s software, print it on your printer and then cut it out on the Cricut. This is called Print & Cut. This feature works great for cards and invitations.
You can also put a Pen into the Cricut and it will write or draw what you’ve designed.
As you can see, there are so many different ways you can use this machine. If you’re a crafter, you are going to want one!
I’ve used mine so much! My sister recently got married. I made her shower and bachelorette invites, favors for the shower and bachelorette, centerpieces for the shower, decorations for both parties, and a Bride hanger for her dress. I’ve also used it to make a shadow box for my mom for Mother’s Day, cards for birthdays, signs for our house, T-shirts for an event, car window decals, coffee mugs, and lots more. I’ve definitely got my money’s worth out of my machine.
I hope I’ve answered the question “What is a Cricut machine?” and you now understand well enough to make an informed decision whether you want to buy one or not.
Now that you want one, let’s compare Cricut machines.
The next thing that was overwhelming was trying to figure out which one would be best for my needs and fit my budget.
The Cricut Maker
The latest and greatest Cricut machine! The fantastic thing about this model is that it cuts fabric without stiffening it or putting any sort of backing on it! I’m going to tell you this is a game changer and definitely worth the extra money. I’ve run into the problem with my Explore Air that I want to cut fabric but I don’t want it stiff or any adhesive on it many times. This machine eliminates those troubles and cuts the fabric as it is.
The Explore Air 2 Cricut machine.
The difference between this and the original Explore Air is that it cuts twice as fast. I haven’t used this version, but I can tell you faster cutting is a plus as far as I’m concerned but probably not completely necessary if you’re just using it for fun. For a craft business, you would probably want to go with the Explore Air 2 or Maker. It has embedded Bluetooth so you can use it wirelessly too.
The Explore Air is the older model and not the latest Cricut machine but still a great option if budget is an issue.
It can be used wirelessly. Cuts, writes and scores just like the Explore Air 2 but a bit slower.
With both machines you can import your own designs into the software. Usually an svg or png file works great. Cricut also has a monthly membership you can purchase where you have access to a complete library of images and fonts.
Both machines are Windows and Mac compatible and there is an app you can use for mobile devices.
Here are a few projects I’ve made with mine for a little inspiration. Mine is not the latest Cricut machine but still does everything I need it to do. I hope you like my projects and feel inspired to make your own Cricut projects!