Are you trying to decide if you want to buy a Cricut or are a Cricut beginner and confused on where to get started? You’re in the right place because guess what? Most people (myself included) had the exact same questions when starting out. So, don’t get frustrated and let’s tackle the Cricut Beginner FAQ now:
1. What the heck is a Cricut?
A Cricut is a brand of cutting machine that you can use for all sorts of crafting projects. It takes designs that you create or upload (like those you get free from us) in to their Design Space software and cuts them out.
It sounds simple, but I guarantee that you will be amazed at the number of projects you can make in a fraction of the time you would be able to do them by hand. I’m talking sewing patterns, planner stickers, wooden signs for your home, monogrammed mugs and so much more!
This machine is perfect for the creative person who always wants to do DIY projects but is short on time so they sit on your Pinterest board instead 😉 Also, if you have a homemade business or Etsy shop, I can pretty much guarantee you will get a ton of value out of this machine.
Stay tuned for #4 below for a whole list of projects you can create.
2. Can I upload my own images to use with Cricut?
Yes! You can upload your own images or any of our free SVG & Me cut files that are already formatted to be totally compatible with Cricut Design Space.
There are all sorts of image file types out there. The best kind (that we provide) are SVGs, which stands (lemme put on my nerdy glasses here) scalable vector graphic. Basically, it uses math formulas to create the image based on points between lines. Don’t worry I can see your eyes glazing over and won’t go in more depth than that.
The benefit of this is that the SVG graphics can be enlarged without getting that blurry pixelated look you see with other file types, making them absolutely awesome for crafting projects of any size!
If you haven’t already make sure you check out our Free SVG Library which has tons of designs that you can upload to Design Space today to get crafting in minutes. Watch a tutorial on how to upload our designs here:
3. What different materials can I cut with Cricut?
Everyone tends to think of Cricut machines as cutting paper or vinyl, but the truth is there are a LOT more things that a Cricut can cut. In fact, the Cricut Explore Air 2 can cut over 60 types of materials!
For instance, it can cut chipboard, balsa (super thin) wood, magnet material, aluminum (aka soda cans), and so much more! For thicker materials, you will want to upgrade to the deep-cut blade for the best cut quality.
Check out some examples of the wide range of materials you can cut!
AND the new Cricut Maker can cut EVEN more materials (100+ in fact) with 100x the pressure power of the Explore Air 2. It’s specialty you ask? Fabric! It’s got a brand new rotary blade which makes it a must for seamstresses that can now prep a project in minutes instead of hours.
Want to see a full list of materials and the cutting settings for each? Check this out.
4. What kinds of DIY projects can I make with a Cricut?
Honestly, perhaps the best AND most overwhelming part of buying a Cricut is that it is SO versatile that you don’t know where to begin. So, resist the information overload and try to focus on one project at a time.
The funny thing about Cricut projects is that, when I was starting out, I will think of a zillion projects or see some on Pinterest and think “hey, I wanna make that!” Then, I sit down to make a project and my mind would go totally blank!
Well, to help with this, I came up with a HUGE list of Cricut projects (that will continue to grow so keep checking back for updates). You can browse through, pick one from the list, and get crafting in no time flat! And…it now comes with a FREE printable version you can refer to for inspiration. So, make sure you head over and download that if you don’t have it.
5. Will it be easy for me to learn how to use Cricut Design Space to create my own custom projects?
Yep, and I’m here to help! Check out our Cricut tutorials page here which is an awesome place for beginners to start! We add new videos each week and even provide helpful free resources and checklists so make sure you check back often.
You don’t even need to own a Cricut to start practicing with Design Space. By the time you get your machine, you’ll be a step ahead!
6. What supplies do I need to get started?
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