In this post, I’m sharing a list of must-have supplies for Cricut beginners. Included in the list are Cricut tools, vinyl, and blades that you need to purchase with your Cricut so you can get started with crafting with your Cricut.
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List of Must-Have Supplies for Cricut Beginners
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Almost all the papercrafts on Cricut require cardstock so I’d highly suggest getting one set of cardstock for the starter so you can create multiple projects using a variety of colors. You’d need cardstock to create cards, flowers or any other 3D papercrafts.
If you’re shopping from the Cricut website, you can THESE CARDSTOCKS.
However, if you’re shopping from Amazon THIS CARDSTOCK pack would be the best to get.
2. Vinyl Bundle
A vinyl bundle is great for beginners as it allows you to test and practice different projects in a variety of colors. I, myself purchased a bundle of 15 different vinyl which includes both iron-on and adhesive vinyl.
There are two main categories of vinyl; iron-on and adhesive. Iron-on or heat transfer vinyl is designed for fabrics or soft surfaces and can be further categorized into the mesh, holographic, glitter, foil, patterned, SportFlex (for stretchy materials), and mosaic. For now, I’d suggest getting the basic everyday vinyl to play around.
Adhesive vinyl, on the other hand, is used for hard surfaces like glass and plastic. Adhesive vinyl is of two different types; permanent and removable. I’d suggest getting the removable bundle as it allows you to easily remove the vinyl if you make any mistakes.
|Iron-on Vinyl (Heat Transfer Vinyl)
|SportFlex (for stretchy materials)
You can use the vinyl bundle to create custom t-shirt graphics, shadow boxes or to add a quote to wine glasses. The sky is the limit!
You can either get the Cricut vinyl or you can get other brand vinyl like Siser and Oracal.
Click the links below to order your vinyl bundle pack:
3. Basic Tool Set
The Cricut Basic Toolset is EXTREMELY important to get as well. It was so hard for me to work without them because I couldn’t get the stuff off the mat using the spatula or get rid of the gunk using the scraper tool.
The Basic Tool Set comes with 5 different tools to make crafting with Cricut easier. This set includes a spatula, a weeder tool, a scraper, a pair of microtip scissors, and a tweezer. Each of these tools has its own special function. To read about all these tools in detail, check out the post: Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Cricut Tools
Click the links below to get your Essential Tools Set.
4. All the Mats
There are four different types of Cricut mats and each of these mats are used for different materials. The mats come in four different colors so it’s easy to differentiate one category of the mat from others. Here’s a quick look at what each mat is used for:
- LightGrip Mat (blue): Used for cardstock, Vellum, vinyl or other lightweight materials
- StandardGrip Mat (green): Used for thicker heavyweight cardstock, faux leather etc.
- StrongGrip Mat (purple): Used for wood, thicker leather, cardboard etc.
- FabricGrip Mat (pink): Used for all types of fabrics
To read more details about the mats, check out my post: Ultimate Guide to Cricut Mats for Beginners
As a beginner, it’s best to get all the mats so you can experiment with different projects. One mat that you CAN leave out is the FabricGrip mat if you’re 100% sure you will not be doing any sewing projects.
Cricut has in total SIX different types of blades but the good thing is, you don’t need them all if you’re JUST starting out. As a beginner, who just wants to do vinyl and papercrafts you’re good with just the premium fine point blade that comes with your Cricut.
If you’d like to cut fabrics, you don’t have to worry about anything either because the Cricut Maker comes with the rotary blade that can be used right off the bat.
However, if you’re still interested in doing other projects, you can get other blades as well. Check out my post: A Complete Guide to Cricut Blades for Beginners to read in detail about all the blades. This will help you in deciding which blades are the best for you.
The Cricut Maker and Explore Air (1&2) can write and draw as well besides cutting. If you’d like to use your Cricut to create handmade tags and labels, I’d suggest getting different colored pens so you can try out this fun feature too. You can learn all about writing/drawing with Cricut in this post: How to Write with Cricut.
Here’s a list of pens that you can get which are compatible with both Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore.
- Pilot Precise V5 Pen
- Crayola Fine Line Marker
- American Crafts Galaxy Markers
- American Crafts Slick Writers
- American Crafts Glitter Markers
- American Crafts Precision Pens
- BIC Round Stic Ballpoint Pen
- Jot Marker
7. Glue Tape
Glue tape is one extremely essential tool that you would find quite handy for all sorts of papercrafts such as cards, cake toppers, banners, and scrapbooking. They are quite handy to work with as they don’t make your project all gooey and sticky and if you make a mistake, you can easily remove the material and re-apply the tape.
It’s best to have a set of glue tape by your side as it makes paper crafting easier. Click here to check out the glue tapes on Amazon.
With that, we have reached the end of the post where I shared a list of must-have supplies for beginner Cricut crafters. Go ahead and order these supplies before you get started with your Beginner’s Cricut Course so you can follow along and complete each of the lessons as we get to them.
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