Your Cricut is a wonderful machine, but it needs a lot of accessories to get the most out of it. While there are plenty of “official” accessories out there, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best. That’s why I’ve put together this handy list full of all the great little tools I use every day with my Cricut machine. After years of trial and error with various craft projects, I’ve found my favorites – and they range from tiny additions to giant machines.

If you’re looking for just the right things to add to your crafting table, I recommend starting with these Cricut accessories.

Scotch Bright

Cricut makes great large rolls of transfer sheets to help you transfer the vinyl from the adhesive sheet to where you want to put your artwork, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the best tool for the job. Whether it’s for convenience, price, or just the right amount of glue, when I’m working on multiple projects at once, I prefer to use lint roller sheets instead. The handy little roll on the pretty handle makes it easy to apply glue to the project and peel it off the paper, and the tear-away nature of the lint-free sheet makes it super easy to separate it from the roll and get your creation wherever you go.

It couldn’t be easier for smaller projects, and it’s much cheaper than using official transfer sheets most of the time.

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There are many starter tool kits for Cricut users, and Cricut makes some of the best for the price. There’s a weeding pick to help you lift things you’ve already cut, a putty knife to get larger projects out of the rug without tearing, tweezers for cleaning and precise placement, and scissors to help you easily get to the right part of the cut. And if you need a piece from the router, you can use the scraper to clean up your cutting mat or make it easier to apply what you’ve cut.

Of course, there are more tools available for advanced users, but this kit is all you need to get started – and really what every Cricut user should have when starting out.

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The HTVront heat press is an automatic system that eliminates the need to press the vinyl onto the material. When using a manual heat press, you can run into problems where you press too long or unevenly, resulting in your design not being as good as you’d like it to be. Automatic printing works the same way across the material every time, so your prints look great.

Winkler

I prefer precision cutting when I can do it, especially when it comes to saving what I cut on my Cricut from the rest of the sheet. I’m not the most precise with scissors, so I always recommend a good trimmer. The Weenkler Trimmer has the correct width for all sheets of vinyl and the extension allows you to cut large pieces with the same level of accuracy.

It doesn’t get much easier than this as far as tools go, and it makes all your scraps look more uniform for your next project.

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Your Cricut simulator comes with the same StandardGrip mat that everyone else has, but it’s not always the best mat to work with. Cricut actually makes three more types of mats for different materials and situations. The LightGrip Mat is great for paper projects where you need to be extra careful, while the StrongGrip Mat is perfect for thicker vinyl and other harder materials. There’s even a FabricGrip mat, just in case you need to cut fabric. It’s not always easy to find each of these at your local craft store, so I recommend starting with each just in case. And this set of four straight from Cricut is the best way to do it.

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It’s quite common for Cricut users to cut a whole bunch of stuff at once and then spend the evening weeding through that stuff so you have a big pile of projects to work on. And the one thing that every Cricut project has in common is that more light always makes it easier. When you’re at home, you have a lot of control over the amount of light you have to work with, and the BrightPad Go is a great way to help with light when you’re out and about. This rechargeable tablet lets you control the brightness of the backlight and is slim enough to take anywhere. It’s perfect for working on a project for a few hours when you’re away from home, so you can always keep creating.

Twixie

Pros:

  • Fits any finger size
  • Keeps the surface clean

Cons:

  • Scraps may stick to the inside

It is necessary to have room for small weeding residues. I’ve ruined a few projects by accidentally spilling a bit of Infusible Ink on a t-shirt, so I find this little cup extremely useful. The top flaps help prevent clippings from falling out and help get them off the weeding hook.

Reaf

One of the most common things Cricut users tend to do when they decide to do something with clothing is to make a family t-shirt set. Whether it’s a family vacation or someone’s great idea to stand out at a big outdoor event, a custom t-shirt design can be made in no time. Applying this design to a shirt to make it look right isn’t always that easy, especially if you’re applying the design to different shirt sizes. That’s why it’s a good idea to have an alignment guide so you can make sure you’re getting the right fit for each shirt size.

This four-pack of shirt guides will help you put graphics on almost any type of shirt without complications and can be used over and over again.

Although this particular brand is temporarily sold out, you can find similar styles on Amazon.

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