Doing your own art projects has never been easier or more fun thanks to the easy to use line of die-cutting machines from Cricut, the preferred crafting machine of Martha Stewart. Oh yeah, Martha Stewart, the DIY queen, has her own Cricut line. That’s how good these small machines with endless possibilities are to use.
Cricut die makers can be used to cut paper, vinyl, fabric, felt, fondant, and a long list of other items, with a seemingly endless array of ways that the machine can help you be creative. With the ability to personalize shirts, jackets, and onesies, create wall art, make projects for kids, turn paper into stunning installments, and enable users to become master quilters, the ways in which a Cricut maker can turn you into a DIY master are exciting.
Cricut makers can be used to create stunning stencils with machines that are strong enough to work with glassware and metal jewelry. If you have a piece of leather, like a wallet or belt, that you want to customize, you can do so with a Cricut machine. Finding the perfect greeting card for a loved one can be difficult, but with a Cricut maker, you can design and create the card that says exactly how you feel. Create custom stickers and decals that decorate your laptop or phone case, add a vinyl motif to a piece of furniture to make it unique and one of a kind, and create sticker wall art that creates the home setting you’ve been envisioning.
We love that Cricut makers are offered in a variety of styles that allow you to find one that fits your budget and needs, whether you want a maker that will enable you to have fun and be creative in your spare time or something more robust that can take on your dream of starting a side business in the arts and crafts world.
Want to find the Cricut maker that works for you? We’ve selected our three favorites below.
1. Cricut Maker
With access to hundreds of digital sewing patterns, a rotary blade for fabrics, a knife blade for thick materials and an adaptive tool system that enables you to work with a seemingly endless list of materials, the Cricut Maker is the ultimate in die cutting machines.
Pros: Choose from hundreds of patterns, cut your pieces and sew everything together with the Cricut Maker, which works with just about any material from fabric to paper to chipboard. A rotary blade can easily cut through material, while a fine point blade acts as an X-Acto knife and cuts heavy duty material. The Cricut Maker has several convenient built-ins additions, like a docking slot that charges and holds your tablet or phone while you work and materials for your first project to get you started.
Cons: The original Cricut Maker is the most expensive item on our list and some options, like the new knife blade, must still be purchased separately.
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2. Cricut Explore Air 2
Up to two times faster than most die cutters and featuring a double tool holder, Bluetooth wireless technology and the ability to cut, write and score 100 materials, the Cricut Explore Air 2 is easy enough for beginners to use, but can handle the demands of an expert crafter.
Pros: Using your own images or one from the large Cricut library of pre-made designs and projects, the Cricut Explore Air 2 can make vinyl stickers, personalized home décor, greeting cards, apparel and more. Using Cricut’s Design Space software or the Cricut Design App, it’s easy to do any project in minutes with the ability to upload your own design. The Smart Set Dial ensures that you make the perfect cut every time, regardless of material or design, and the embedded Bluetooth allows for wireless cutting.
Cons: Unlike the Cricut Maker, the Cricut Explorer Air 2 doesn’t have a rotary blade or knife blade, an adaptive tool system or access to the Cricut digital sewing patterns. The online Design Space requires a subscription of $10 per month to use the Cricut Explorer Air 2, which customers complain is not specified in the product description.
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3. Cricut EasyPress
Press a vinyl sticker onto just about any fabric in seconds with the Cricut EasyPress, which is portable, easy to use and comes with built-in safety features.
Pros: With a pro-level performance and a safety base that has an auto-shutoff feature, the Cricut EasyPress has a 9-inch x 9-inch ceramic-coated heat plate that presses your iron-on project in 60 seconds or less. The temperature and time can be adjusted base on the material and size of the vinyl, with the Cricut not leaving the same hotspot on the fabric that comes with using a household iron.
Cons: Customers don’t recommend this press for everyday use, for example, if you run your own pressing business, but say that it’s perfect for occasional projects. Many users also recommend using the heat setting at 350 instead of the suggested 305 to get an even press. Sometimes more than one press is needed.
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