• Rachel Lynn

Must Have Cricut Tools

Updated: Mar 9

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So you’re super excited because you just bought yourself a Cricut machine and are looking for ‘must-have’ tools and accessories for beginners. Whether you have a Cricut Explore Air or a Cricut Maker (or any other die cutting machine!) you’ll want to check out these Cricut essentials.

Okay, not all of these are must-haves, but they do make your crafting a whole lot easier!

Essential Tool Set

A lot of these tools can be bought in bundles to save money. The Cricut Essential Tool Set comes with pretty much everything you need to get started – which is great for beginners! If your cricut didn't already come with this, you're going to need it!

The kit includes:

  • Spatula

  • Weeder

  • Scraper

  • Scissors

  • Tweezers

Weeding Tool

If you're planning on cutting vinyl or HTV on your cricut, then I highly recommend one of these thingymajiggers! It's a soft silicone that slides onto your fingers and has little slots to quickly pull through your weeding tool to rid you of your trash materials. It's on the smaller side, so it works best with smaller, intricate projects but the perk of the thing is that it's small and not annoying!

TShirt Ruler Guide

For those of you planning to make Tshirts, this Tshirt Ruler Guide is for you! This pack comes with a few different size guides that you can use to line up your designs and make them centered, straight and pretty!

Easy Press Mini, 9"x 9" Easy Press, 12" x 10" Easy Press

If you plan on using HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) then these are a must-have! The Easy Press Mini works great on smaller HTV projects, like adding a custom name to a keychain, or even for pressing seams and hems while sewing. The 9" x 9" Easy Press works great if you're applying HTV to tote bags, onesies and aprons. The larger, 12" x 10" Easy Press is perfect for applying HTV to T-shirts or larger tote bags.

Easy Press Mat

The Cricut Easy Press Mat goes hand-in-hand with the Easy Press. This mat is created to essentially replace an ironing board. The material makes it easy to slide into a t-shirt when applying HTV, and it is large enough to use with the large easy press. The best part? You can just lay this down on your craft table or floor and go to town with your pressing! No hauling out the squeeky old ironing board!

Screens for screen printing

Love putting your designs on T-shirts, but don't love HTV? You could use these simple screens for screen printing to apply your criut designs with screen printing ink to make your shirts last longer!

Screen Printing Ink

Of course if you are taking your t-shirt designs up a notch and trying screen printing - you will want the very best screen printing ink! This Speedball brand ink is so smooth and easy to use. It comes in a varitey of colors - and you can even easily create your own colors by mixing two or more together! Once you start, you won't be able to stop!


So you have the screens and the screen printing ink. Now you need a squeegee. There are expensive versions out there, but I found that this inexpensive version of a squeegee does the trick just fine!

I hope these tools help you and your creative initiatives as you use your cricut to make fun and beautiful things! Let me know in the comments below if you use any of these tools and what you use them for, I'd like to know!

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