When I first got my Cricut, I was a bit ignorant of what all it could do. Right out of the box, it can cut and score different soft materials, but did you know that it can also write, slice through thinner bits of wood, and emboss fabrics?
I didn’t know that my Cricut could do all of that until I started looking at the manufacturer’s accessory products. To be honest, it amazed me.
Cricut offers a lot of different accessories for their die-cutters, but some are definitely more useful than others, and we’ll be going over the must-have accessories they offer.
The Must-Have Goodies
When it comes to their accessory line, you’ll mostly want to look at their pens, blades, carry bags, and scoring tools. They offer you the most bang for your buck, and they greatly affect your Cricut’s capabilities.
Different accessories are built for different Cricut models. A bag that fits an Explore might not fit a Maker. Make sure you look for the tools that are designed for your specific model.
Cricut offers two different blades that will actually make a huge difference for your crafts. The deep-cut blade is the one that I recommend the most. It’s built to slice through wood and leather with ease.
That can make your Cricut a lot more useful than it is with stock parts. The deep-cut blade is available for most Cricut machines. So, you shouldn’t have any problems with compatibility.
The carbide blade is another great option. It’s a longer-lasting alternative to the fine blade that comes with most Cricuts. The carbide blade can usually cut through more materials before it needs to be replaced, and that makes it great for big crafts.
- Lasts longer and cuts more than the stock blade
- Works in tandem with the scoring tool
- Easy to replace
- Multiple variants
- Opens up new projects for your Cricut
- You can buy only the blade after you buy the appropriate housing for cheaper replacement costs
- Somewhat expensive to replace in the long-run
- Not all blades work on all Cricut machines
- Not necessary for most materials
- Still can’t cut harder woods
2. Scoring Tool
The scoring tool is an invaluable piece of equipment for anyone that uses a die-cutter. It’ll allow you to only partially cut through your materials, and that makes it very easy to fold them for your projects.
That doesn’t seem like an important function, but it’ll help a lot when you’re trying to make complex vinyl shapes.
- Allows you to score materials instead of cutting through them
- Works in tandem with cutting blades
- Its small size makes it easy to store
- Works on most materials
- Gives you more options for your Cricut
- Installs easily with most models
- Somewhat pricey
- Only used for scoring
- Blade tips need to be replaced
- Won’t cut through very hard materials
Is your handwriting a complete mess? I write like a surgeon after a 24-hour shift. When it comes to my crafts, I hate having to write my own phrases on my designs. With Cricut pens, I don’t have to, and neither do you.
The Cricut is designed to perfectly recreate fonts in the same way that you would if you were writing. However, you have to buy the pens separate from the unit. They’ll work with nearly any Cricut machine, though.
I recommend buying the pens on sale. They can run out fast, and they aren’t cheap. Cricut frequently puts them on sale for 25 percent off, though. So, you can take advantage of that to stock up on pens.
- Allows your Cricut to write for you
- On sale often
- Comes in many colors
- Lasts for multiple projects
- Easy to install
- Works on all Cricuts
- Expensive when not on sale
- While they last for multiple projects, they dry out faster than normal pens
- There are no alternative pens available
- Color spectrum could be more varied
Cricut offers a couple of different storage containers and travel bags for their machines. Each one accommodates specific models. So, you’ll have to pick the one that matches your machine.
The Explore Tote is the best carrying bag in my opinion. It has ample room for your Explore, and you can fit other models in it, too. The bag is visually attractive, super durable, and not too expensive.
Even if you don’t plan on carrying your machine anywhere, it’s worth buying a decent carry bag to keep your machine from getting dirty in between uses.
- Visually appealing
- Fits other models of die-cutters
- Works as a dust jacket for prolonged storage
- Can fit accessories
- More expensive than generic bags
- While it can hold some other types of die-cutters, its compatibility is still limited
- A lot of people don’t need to travel with their Cricut
- No extra compartments
5. Basic Tool Set
The toolset that Cricut offers has everything you need to work on the details of most projects. You can technically buy scissors, tweezers, and other basic tools from other brands, but the Cricut versions are very high-quality and travel-friendly.
- High-quality tools
- Matches Cricut’s design theme
- Guaranteed to work
- Fits in the Explore’s storage compartment
- A great match for the Cuttlebug
- More expensive than generic options
- You can buy the individual pieces from other brands
- There are better options out there
- You can get by without these specific tools
I would recommend any of these products to any Cricut user. There are other accessories that have a lot to offer, but these will help most people, and they’re items that really help you get the most out of your die-cutter.
If these accessories interest you, I definitely recommend that you look into buying a couple of them.
Hello there, my name is Carole Lokey from Texas. I am a die cutting and scrapbooking enthusiast and I have been sharing my passion with my friends and likeminded folks for close to 15 years now. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via the contact page. Learn More>>