Our Top Picks
"Since almost all Cricut projects require some amount of weeding, this tool is essential for detailed cut out work."
"These pens infuse the ink to the surface of the shirt, coaster, or bag, so there's no stiff edge or fraying, like with iron-ons."
"When you’re really cranking on a project, you’ll appreciate having several mats available to keeping everything moving quickly."
"Working on a pack of cards or a 3-D project? This scoring stylus makes sure you have straight lines every time."
"This scraper makes clean-up a breeze and is great if you work on a lot of projects with vinyl that needs to be smoothed out."
"This cream lets you etch your designs into glass, using a stencil created on your Cricut machine."
"This tool is crucial for removing bubbles and puckers from softer materials like vinyl and fabric before you start making cuts."
"The LED backlight pad helps illuminate scoring to make it easier to spot what needs to be weeded in intricate designs."
"If you want to cut through balsa wood or leather, you’ll need one of these blades that can handle a heavier material."
"Want to add polished, professional-looking engraved designs on glass, leather, metal, and more? This tool is the key."
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Cricut Weeding Tool
This Cricut Weeding Tool—which looks a bit like something you’d find in the dentist’s office—is ideal for poking out tiny pieces of cut-out paper (or other substances). It’s also helpful for picking up items with adhesive on it (so they don’t stick to your fingers). And take advantage of the curved section of the hook to hold down pieces when you're making complicated projects. You’ll appreciate this tool when your nail or the pointy end of a scissor is too big for the task.
Reviewers note that this tool is simple, yet extremely effective. Many also note that it’s comfortable to hold, too. This tool can be used with any Cricut-related project.
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Cricut Infusible Ink Pens
Use these markers to create transfers that can then be used on Cricut blank products—such as t-shirts, tote bags, coasters, and more. These heat-transfer inks adhere to the end product completely—that means you’ll never have a stiff line or fraying edge around a transfer, as you would with an iron-on transfer. The colors are rich and vibrant.
Reviewers appreciate the colors and the ease of use with these pens, which can be used with the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore. However, some do note that it’s frustrating these pens work exclusively with Cricut blanks (that is, you can’t use them with any old white t-shirt you have hanging around).
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Cricut StandardGrip Cutting 12x12 3-Pack
Hear us out: Yes, your Cricut comes with a mat. But once you’re really cranking on a project, you’ll appreciate the convenience of having several available. As one reviewer notes, it’s not uncommon for projects to call for upwards of 15 mats. And while you can pull paper off after it runs through the Cricut machine, then reuse the mat, that’s a slow process—having more mats available is a huge time-saver.
These mats can be used with the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore machines. Make sure to pick the mat that’s right for your needs—each three-pack is intended for a different usage, such as with fabric or cardstock.
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Cricut Tools Scoring Stylus
Use this stylus in your Cricut Explore machine to score lines—it’s perfect if you’re making things that you want to fold up, like a greeting card or anything three-dimensional. If you’re making many cards (hello, winter holidays or wedding invites!) you’ll appreciate this time-saving device, and that it will prevent you from frustratingly uneven folds. Just note that some reviewers felt that the stylus did not score deeply enough.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Cricut Tools, XL Scraper
Make clean-up a breeze with help from this scraper, which scoops up tiny scraps of paper with ease. Plus, you can also use it to smooth out vinyl (bubble-free!). It’s significantly larger than the scraper that comes in starter packs or that may have accompanied your machine. It especially comes in handy when it’s time for bigger projects with lots of little pieces floating around.
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Armour Etch Cream
Are you interested in seeing your designs appear on glass? Bring on the windows and pint glasses! With the help of Armour Etch Cream, you can apply designs on glass surfaces. The first step is to create a stencil using your Cricut machine. Then, transfer the design onto glass, and place a layer of Armour Etch Cream on top. You’ll remove the cream after letting it sit for a while—reviewers note that the etchings work best if you leave the cream on for a bit longer than the instructions recommend.
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Before you get started on a project with a soft material, like vinyl or fabric, you want to make sure it is laying completely flat on the mat to avoid puckers and bubbles from ruining your designs. Press the Cricut Brayer along on top of the materials on your cutting mat to smooth lines and move air bubbles after you lay your material down. Reviewers note that it has a nice weight in the hand and is super simple to use.
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Cricut Bright Pad
Do your eyes ache while weeding as you struggle to figure out what to remove? The Cricut Bright Pad is a major convenience. This illuminated pad has an adjustable LED light so that you can weed and trace with ease—the backlight makes it easier to spot the scores in the paper, so you can easily take your weeding tool and get to work.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Cricut Explore DeepCut Blade or Cricut Knife Blade + Drive Housing
If you want to cut through balsa wood or thicker materials, you’ll need one of these blades.
Opt for the Cricut Explore DeepCut Blade if you have a Cricut Explore. Per Cricut, it can cut more than 50 materials, including most materials that are 1.5 mm thickness. Reviewers are full of praise for the blade (but note that you may want to do some test cuts, to get a sense of the appropriate settings on your machine).
If you have the Cricut Maker, go with the Cricut Knife Blade + Drive Housing which, like the DeepCut Blade, will cut through thicker substances, such as balsa wood and leather. Reviewers appreciate the blade’s sharpness but note it’s not suitable for intricate, small designs.
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Cricut QuickSwap Engraving Tip + Housing, Silver
Every dreamed of making your own engravings with initials, names, or a fun logo? This tool makes it easy to engrave glass, leather, metal, and more without anything besides your Cricut Maker machine. Unfortunately, this tool won't work on the Cricut Explore or the Cricut Joy.
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Cricut Ultimate Fine Point Pen Set
This set of 30 pens works in all Cricut Explore machines, including the Cricut Joy. (Note: With the Cricut Explore One machine, an adapter is required, per the manufacturer.) Use these pens to transfer drawn designs onto paper via your Cricut's design software or just use them to freestyle draw without the machine. Reviewers appreciate the pens’ vibrant colors—other packs are available with different color palettes and finished. According to Cricut, these pens are nontoxic, and after drying, the ink will stay in place permanently.