So, you got a Cricut machine and are wondering if you have everything you need to start making craft projects… I’m going to show you exactly what Cricut accessories you can get so that you can get take your crafting skills to the next level right away!

I have some good news: your Cricut will come with the really essential things you need!

When you buy your Cricut machine, it comes with the accessories you need to be able to use it straight out of the box. All the other available accessories are optional but allow you to do even more with this amazing machine! (

Let’s get started!

First, let’s take inventory of what you already have. Here’s a list of what your Cricut comes in the box:

Cricut Explore Accessories Included In The Box:

  • German Carbide Premium Fine-Point Blade and Housing
  • 12″ x 12″ LightGrip Cutting Mat
  • Fine-Point Cricut Pen 
  • Accessory adapter (for a scoring stylus or Cricut pen) 
  • Material sample (for the first project)
  • USB cord and power adapter

Cricut Maker Accessories Included In The Box: 

  • German Carbide Premium Fine-Point Blade and Housing
  • Rotary Blade and Housing
  • 12″ x 12″ LightGrip Cutting Mat
  • 12″ x 12″ FabricGrip Cutting Mat
  • Fine-Point Cricut Pen
  • Cardstock and fabric sample (for the first project)
  • Accessory adapter (for a scoring stylus or Cricut pen)
  • USB cord and power adapter

While you don’t need anything else to immediately get started using your Cricut machine, there are some accessories that are super useful to have so you can expand your craft-making abilities. 

Optional Cricut Accessories You Might Need

I’m going to tell you exactly what Cricut accessories I consider to be must-haves so you can get the most out of your Cricut!

Weeding Tool

If you cut vinyl, you’re almost certainly going to need a weeding tool to get all the bits of vinyl you do not want to transfer to your project removed.

You may purchase the Cricut weeding tool on Amazon.

Scraper Tool

A scraper so super useful when cutting paper, as it takes a while to get all of those little bits of paper up off your mat.

You may purchase the Cricut scraper tool here on Amazon.

However, if you get a Cricut Basic Tool Set, it includes both the weeding tool and the scraper tool. Plus, it’s a better deal!

You can also find these tools stocked at the major craft stores.

Cricut Deep-Cut Blade (Maker and Explore models) or Cricut Knife Blade (Maker model only) 

Both the deep-cut blade and the knife blade let you cut thicker materials, like thin wood and leather. Neither of them will come with your Cricut unless you got a special bundle that included it.

While you don’t necessarily need them for small projects, these blades significantly open up the number of opportunities for cutting with your machine. You’ll need to get the separate housing for the deep-cut blade and swap it out in the machine.

The housing for the blade can be found on Amazon. You may also find them stocked at the major craft stores.

Cricut Scoring Stylus or Scoring Tool 

One of the most important accessories I think a new Cricut owner needs is either a scoring stylus (for Cricut Explore owners) or a scoring tool (for Cricut Maker owners). These are simple tools help by marking fold lines on the paper to make it easier to put together.

Note: Cricut Maker owners can also use the scoring stylus if they want to, but the scoring tool will provide a deeper score.

Cricut Brightpad

The Cricut Brightpad illuminates projects for easier crafting and reduced eye strain. Use it for tracing, weeding, quilting, and more! It’s light, thin, and durable. 

Cardstock and Cricut Vinyl

If you want to begin making papercraft projects with your Cricut right away, you’ll need some cardstock. I recommend using 65 lb. paper!

Want to begin making vinyl projects with your Cricut? You’ll need vinyl.

I recommend both self-adhesive vinyl (Cricut or Oracal brands) and iron-on vinyl (Cricut or Siser brands) to give you the variety you need for making vinyl projects.

Transfer Tape 

Vinyl projects need at least one roll of transfer tape so you can transfer your vinyl to your project surface.

Use the Cricut StandardGrip Transfer Tape with grid lines to help you place your vinyl with accuracy on your Circuit projects! 

Cricut Pens 

One of my absolute favorite accessories is a Cricut pen.

When I first got my Cricut Explore, I didn’t realize it could write! Using your Cricut machine to address cards and letters is the best – I have even used my Cricut Explore for addressing Christmas Cards!

Cricut Easy Press 

If you’re going to do iron-on vinyl projects, the Cricut EasyPress is a great accessory and makes it fast and easy to iron things onto surfaces.

Cricut Mat

The StandardGrip Mat is a Cricut mat that is perfect for a wide range of medium-weight materials, including patterned paper and vinyl. If you plan on using cardstock or backed fabric, you’ll want the purple StrongGrip Cricut mat.

A Cricut machine is amazing on its own, but there are so many Cricut accessories available to help you take your crafting to the next level!

If you are a serious crafter or want to sell your crafts, I highly recommend considering adding these Cricut accessories to your inventory. 

Once you have bought all the accessories you have wanted to add to your Cricut collection, check out these 8 Things You Can Make With Your Cricut Machine!

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