I get it. Starting out as a beginner Cricut user can be super intimidating.
You don’t know what to buy, what you need to learn and where to begin. Since you don’t have an unlimited budget or time, these Cricut hacks are some great tips from experienced crafters that will save you serious cash and frustration. Check them out!
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1. Mechanical pencil + needle = weeding hook?!
2. Use Glad Press ‘n Seal instead of transfer paper as a very cheap substitute!
This is an awesome hack in a bind. I also think that a great budget friendly substitute that works a bit better is use contact paper that works great for transferring images for about $5 on Amazon or at Walmart. (via Artsy Fartsy Mama)
3. Remove tiny pieces from Cricut cutouts with a sticky lint roller.
A lint roller can also be used to remove glitter or left over debri from your cutting mat AND helps keep them sticky at the same time! Seriously, this is like a 3-for-1 hack 🙂 (via Pinterest)
4. Cheap Way to Clean Your Cricut Mat
My favorite way to quickly and easily clean my mats is just plain Dawn soap and warm water. Or, if its just a quick clean up I will use a non-alcoholic baby wipe. However, some people swear by Awesome spray (yep, that’s the brand name) that you can get at Dollar Store. I’ve been told to only use it on the older mats (with flowers) though. I try to keep things as natural as possible and steer clear of harsh chemicals, so Dawn and warm water or baby wipes is the way to go for me!
5. How to “Resticky” Your Cutting Mat
Is “resticky” a word? I don’t think so, but it gets the point across so we’re going with it!
When you first get your mat, it will feel SUPER sticky. However, over time, it will start to loose the stickiness, so this is a great trick to make it last longer so you don’t have to replace them so often (again saving money!)
Simply tape off the edges of your mat with painter’s tape and spray this magical stuff lightly over your mat to get your sticky back. Buy a bottle of Easy-Tack here. For more info on this method, check out this post by The Scrapmaster.
Also, (bonus hack!) I mentioned above that new mats are almost too sticky. Well, you may want to press your hands all over them a few times to help “wear” them in before your first project. Also, make sure to use the right mat. The green mat will be too sticky for cardstock at first so you’ll want to use your blue mat.
6. Use a tennis ball to get decals to stick to textured walls.
Super smart! Makes the vinyl stick really well while being gentle on your walls. Win win!
7. If you lose your burnishing tool, use a credit card or old gift card to rub the design well for an easy transfer after weeding.
8. Cut freezer paper using your Cricut to create a stencil that is practically free.
A great trick if you want to make a wooden sign for instance.
9. Keep the plastic sheet that comes with your mats and put it back on after use to prevent pet hair or dust from sticking to them.
10. Cut out cardstock sizing templates to easily visualize the correct design size for your project.
This is such an easy hack using just cardstock and our free sizing templates (download here). Once you cut them out, you can use them as a quick reference tool to help decide the correct size design for shirts, vinyl decals, and all sorts of different projects!
11. Wrap masking or painters tape around your hand to easily remove scraps when weeding.
You won’t believe how much this simple tip will speed up your weeding process which can get quite tedious for more intricate designs like mandalas.
12. You know you can load your mat from either direction.
Yep! You can put the top of the mat or the bottom of the mat into your machine first when loading your project and it will cut the exact same way!
This is especially helpful when the top area of your mat starts to lose it’s stickiness because you can simply flip it around to prolong the life.
But if you use this hack…make sure you read through #14 which will really come in handy!
13. To clean your Cricut blade, poke it in and out of a ball of aluminum foil.
This is perhaps one of my favorite and most useful hacks. You won’t believe the difference and how much more life you can get out of a blade when you do this regularly. It’s like maintaining your car or any other piece of equipment.
I find especially after cutting things like glitter cardstock or adhesive vinyl, this trick does wonders to clean off any debris for a smoother next cut.
14. Flip around your cutting mat and mark the inch measurements for easier placement when loading upside down.
As I mentioned in hack #12, you can load your mat either top or bottom first. However, the only downside of that is that when you load it with the bottom first, it is harder to place materials in the correct position because it has cm measurements instead of inches.
The solution? Use a sharpie and mark the inch measurements right on the mat for reference! Easy peasy!
15. Spice up your designs with new fonts! Find a TON of free ones at dafont.com.
Just be careful if you are using them on products you are selling – you will need a commercial use license.
16. Download Inkscape to create your own SVGs for free!
Need help learning how to master Inkscape? Check out our free training on How to Create SVGs Using Inkscape!
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