Find out where the best (and worst) places are to buy supplies for your Cricut crafts, and which materials are worth stocking up on when they’re on sale.
There are a lot of options when it comes to where to buy Cricut supplies, and every retailer has it’s pros and cons. I have shopped with pretty much every supplier I can find, and over the years I’ve found the best (and the worst) places to refill my stash. I am constantly getting asked in blog comments and IG DMs about where the best places are to snag the hottest Cricut stuff, so today I want to spill the beans on all of it. Here are the deets on where to buy Cricut machines, tools, and supplies.
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Where To Buy Cricut Machines
When it comes to shopping for a new Cricut cutting machine, Easy Press, or Brightpad, I almost always recommend buying it from Cricut’s actual website. Yes, you do have to wait for shipping, but Cricut often has bundles available so you can get the machine AND materials and tools all together. This is especially helpful if you’re a total beginner, because you probably have no idea what materials and tools you need to start with.
Michael’s Craft Store And JoAnn’s Fabric Store
If you want to get a new Cricut Maker or Explore Air 2 in your hands immediately, your best bet of finding one in stock is at Michael’s or JoAnn’s. They typically have a good stock, but if the store is far away from where you live, I suggest ordering online for in-store pickup. They’ll have one waiting for you, and if they’re sold out, you didn’t waste a trip.
Walmart and Target
If you’re looking for a Cricut Joy, you can usually find them at Walmart and Target. The materials you’ll want to stock up on may be slim pickin’s, but if you’re buying it as a gift or are just impatient (I feel you!) this is a good option.
Where NOT To Buy Cricut Machines
There really isn’t a “bad” place to buy Cricut machines, but there are some places that most people just don’t have much luck at. Hobby Lobby is notoriously known for having low stock in machines, which can be frustrating if you’re looking for a certain color.
Facebook Marketplace is also crawling with Cricut listings from people who just aren’t using their machines that often. But they likely only discount their resale by about $20 or $30 if it’s still in almost-new condition, and you don’t get the free Cricut Access trial. You also may not get any supplies with it either.
Read More: Cricut Joy Buyers Guide
Where To Buy Cricut Tools
Michael’s Craft Store
Michael’s, in my personal opinion, has the best stock of Cricut tools. They always have the basic ones in stock, and they usually have some limited edition tool kits like the Martha Stewart collection and large starter kits.
Walmart has gotten really good about keeping tools in stock. You won’t find any specialty sets there, but the basic weeding tools, cutting tools, and blade replacements are usually there. This is a great place to go if you find yourself in need of a new tool when you’re knee deep in a project.
Again, Cricut’s website is your best bet if you’re looking for something specific. Another great perk from shopping through their website is they run sales often. They have 50% tool sales very frequently so you can snag what you need for way cheaper than stores are allowed to offer. Sign up for their email list so you get notifications when they run a sale.
Read More: How to Use All The Basic Cricut Tools
Where NOT To Buy Cricut Tools
I don’t usually recommend shopping for Cricut supplies on Amazon because a lot of the listings are third party sellers who mark up the pricing higher than they should. I’m not saying not to use Amazon, but I am saying it should only be used as a last resort if what you want is sold out everywhere else.
Read More: How I Store My Cricut Supplies In A Rolling Cart
Where To Buy Cricut Materials
JoAnn’s has a great stock of Cricut branded materials, along with other brands of vinyl, paper, and fabric that you can use with your machine just the same as the Cricut stuff. Along with their great selection, they run sales very often. My favorite things to buy from JoAnn’s for my own Cricut supply stash are rolled vinyl and fabric swatches.
I’m a big fan of Hobby Lobby for paper crafting. They have a huge paper section and put them on sale for 50% off at least once a month. I can buy a whole pack of cardstock, tons of pattered and specialty paper, and a big mixed paper bundles for under $50 when that sale is going on, then I’m all set for months of crafting.
I’m always impressed with how much Walmart has when it comes to Cricut Vinyl. They don’t usually have specialty vinyl or many pattern options, but if you’re looking for basic vinyl for everyday projects, you can usually find what you need there. That’s a great option for people who live in small towns that don’t have craft stores nearby.
For the same reason I recommend Cricut’s website for tool shopping, I also recommend for materials. Cricut.com has the best selection of materials, and they run big sales around every holiday, along with random pop up sales, too. Cricut.com sometimes has material bundles available, and once a month they offer a Mystery Box that comes with all kinds of surprise goodies. The mystery box sells out QUICK though, so make sure you’re signed up for Cricut’s email list so you know when it’s available immediately and have a shot at getting one in your cart.
I know I just said not to buy a Cricut machine from Facebook Marketplace, but it’s actually a pretty good place to buy materials. A lot of times, people get materials as gifts, in a Mystery Box, or part of bundle, and some varieties don’t suit their style. Other times they just loaded up on a sale day at the craft store and realize they’re never going to use it all.
Whatever their reason, people sell Cricut materials secondhand just to earn back a little of what they spent. Look for materials that have been removed from their packaging or are random “lots” of materials. You’ll get the best deal on these items versus the ones still in the package.
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Buy a machine & materials bundle and save up to 54%.
If you're buying a new machine, you're going to need materials to actually use it. Retailers have a number of Cricut bundles that include a machine and materials, like classic vinyl, iron-on vinyl, cardstock, and glitter vinyl.
Vinyl is heavy, so you'll need some sturdy shelving, preferable a cabinet with a back so records don't fall irretrievably off the back. Vinyl should be kept off the floor (water, kids, pets) and should always be stacked vertically.Does Cricut still charge a monthly fee? ›
Cricut has announced in a new blog post that its automated cutting and printing craft machine will no longer require a subscription for unlimited uploads next year. The company took a step back when it announced it would postpone the change until 2022.Can I use Cricut without paying monthly fee? ›
Design Space is free to use, and it's not optional: it's the only way to operate a Cricut machine. You do not need Cricut Access in order to use it. There are some limited free fonts, images, and ready-to-make projects already in Design Space that you can use without a Cricut Access subscription at all.Is owning a Cricut worth it? ›
It's efficient. Not only does a Cricut do tons of different things, but it does them way more efficiently than you could possibly do by hand. It will save you time, save you from aching hands, and can even save money and materials by efficiently spacing the designs it cuts on your material. It's easy to use.What should I buy first for my Cricut maker? ›
At a minimum, you'll need a weeding tool and a scraper tool. Cricut offers a few beginner kits, including a Basic Tool Set and an Essential Tool Set. These kits come with the most essential handheld tools, including tweezers, a weeding tool, scissors, a small spatula, scraper, a scoring stylus, and a paper trimmer.What should I buy for Cricut beginner? ›
- 12×12 Green Standard Grip and Blue Light Grip Mats (1 each)
- Basic Tool Set (Or Essential Tool Set)
- Portable Trimmer (or Essential Tool Set)
- 2 Rolls Of Transfer Tape.
- 3-6 Rolls Of Vinyl Of Your Choice (I suggest two black, two white, and two metallic)
In general, the Cricut Maker is the best cutting machine from Cricut for most people as we discovered in our in-depth Cricut Maker review. The exception is if you want to work with smart materials, in which case skip to back to the top machine on our list, the newer Cricut Maker 3.Can you make a full time income with a Cricut? ›
YES, absolutely! There are many, MANY ways in which you can use your Cricut machine to start a profitable business! From making and selling products to teaching classes and leading workshops, we'll discuss a lot of different ways to make money with Cricut in this post for you!Is there a better machine than a Cricut? ›
The best alternative to Cricut Maker is the Silhouette Cameo 4. There are plenty of similarities between to two machines. In terms of speed, it's pretty on par with the Cricut Maker 3, with both being very fast, and like the Maker 3, the Cameo 4 has an integrated roller feeder.
Using the desk drawer below your workspace is a convenient and easy craft storage idea. Use a combination of drawer dividers and small containers to organize essentials within reach. Store craft supplies in one layer (no stacking) to make it easier to see what you have and what needs replenishing.How do I catalog my vinyl record collection? ›
To get started, go to Discogs.com and create an account. Discogs differs from other record-cataloging Web sites by having the largest and most accurate music database. The site's search function allows you to search for anything aside from users, so if your friends use it, make sure to exchange links or usernames.Is Cricut maker being discontinued? ›
With the launch of Cricut Maker 3, many folks have wondered if the Cricut Maker being discontinued. According to my folks at Cricut, there are no plans to discontinue Cricut Maker any time soon, and support will continue.How do I get Cricut for free? ›
Go to Design Space, design.cricut.com. Once you're logged in, click on “Cricut Access” from category drop-down (located on the left-hand side navigation of Design Space). Follow the directions on the pop-up screen and it will walk you through the process to start your free trial.Why is Cricut charging me to cut my own design? ›
If you are being charged in the app for images you have already purchased, have linked, or have access to through your Cricut Access plan we recommend signing out of the app. Then sign back in to refresh the account. Your images and fonts should appear without a charge.Why is Cricut charging me 9.99 a month? ›
Before the design information is sent to the cutter, the designs are optimized and processed in the cloud. Once Cricut's new plans go into place, users will be forced to pay a monthly or yearly subscription if they want to upload more than 20 designs in a month.How much is Cricut subscription UK? ›
Cricut machines to buy
While it's free to get, if you want to use all of the projects, fonts and images on the app, you either need to purchase them individually or sign up to Cricut access, which costs £7.49 a month.
Watercolor, glow-in-the-dark, new labels and more now available at Cricut.Do you need a license to sell Cricut designs? ›
Currently, there are no restrictions in the Cricut Angel Policy on where you can sell your finished products. You can sell on a third-party web site e.g. Folksy or Etsy or you can sell on your own website or via social media channels. You can even sell your items in a bricks-and-mortar store.How long do Cricut designs last? ›
When applied correctly, our vinyl can stay attached to a surface for up to 3 years or 50+ washes.
Inkscape is the best free software for Cricut. It's an open-source vector graphics editor which can work with both raster and vector images. You can use Inkscape for your cutting machine and other applications.
Cricut Explore One
It has all of the precise cutting, writing, and scoring capabilities of the Explore Air machines, and you can cut all the same materials (there are more than 100!).
The nickel-and-diming is a lot if you're just a hobby crafter, and you're going to end up spending a lot more if you don't have the skills to build your own designs in Design Space. However, if you sell your crafts on Etsy or elsewhere, I do think a Cricut could be a good investment.Which Cricut is best for crafting? ›
After our latest tests, we think the Cricut Explore 3 is the best electronic cutting machine for hobbyists. Crafters who need to cut more types of materials may prefer the Cricut Maker 3. Electronic cutting machines carve images out of vinyl, cardstock, iron-on transfers—some can even cut leather and wood.Is it hard to learn Cricut? ›
Cricut Design Space
Every cutting machine company has its own software. And the software is going to be the most difficult thing to learn with any cutting machine. Out of all of them I've tried, Cricut is the most straightforward and easiest to use. There's still a learning curve for sure.
Silhouette Cameo 4 is the closest competitor in the market to Cricut's digital die-cutting machines; indeed, many crafters choose this machine over the Cricut. With this powerful and precise machine, one is able to work with over 100 different materials.What vinyl is better than Cricut? ›
While Cricut will but any brand of vinyl, there are some manufacturers that outshine the rest. The best adhesive vinyl is Oracle Brand found here. Remember 651 is permanent and 631 is removable.What do most people use Cricut for? ›
Yes, many people use their Cricut cutting machines to make custom t-shirts, mugs, vinyl decals, and other crafts that they sell online or at craft fairs.Can you upload your own drawings to Cricut? ›
You can upload your very own original art to Cricut Design Space too! Whether you've drawn something on a piece of paper or digitally, save it as either a JPG, PNG or SVG file an import it in the same way as you would a downloaded image.Can I sell Cricut projects on Etsy? ›
Etsy is the go-to place for selling all kinds of DIY products. One of their best-selling products is Cricut. Since anyone can buy Cricut machines, Etsy sellers can promote their designs and have buyers handle printing, which would cost less.
You can sell up to 10,000 completed projects annually (i.e., cards, scrapbook pages, finished cakes), using cuts made with Cricut products. You can use all images and fonts that are part of the Cricut Image Library Subscription (content with the green Cricut “a” in Design Space).Is there anything like a Cricut but cheaper? ›
Some simple Cricut alternatives, like the Sizzix Big Shot or the Bira cutting machine, are aimed at beginners. Other Cricut dupes, like the Silhouette Portrait, have more features but are still more affordable than Cricut machines.Which is better Cricut or heat press? ›
However, when it comes to pressure for projects, which is really important with Infusible Ink and Sublimation, a traditional heat press is far better at getting even pressure. If you are limited on space and want something portable I would recommend the Cricut Easy Press.What's better a Cricut or Silhouette? ›
For me, the clear winner is the Cricut, especially now that I have gotten used to the Cricut Design Space. The machine is sturdier, stronger and performs better. And for the vast majority of users, Cricut Design Space is far more user friendly and will fit their needs perfectly.How should vinyl be stored flat or upright? ›
Records shouldn't be stored horizontally, or flat. As you will see, archival record boxes are designed for the records to be stood and stored vertically. Storing vinyl records flat can place too much pressure on the records lower in the stack causing damage over time.Should I Store markers horizontally or vertically? ›
The rule of thumb is to store any capillary-action marker on its side or horizontally. However, this also depends on the marker's nibs. Some examples of capillary-action markers are Sharpies and highlighters.How do you store lots of markers? ›
Another great option is these angled bins. They are just angled enough that the tip of the markers can point down to help keep them from drying out. This is a great option for having lots of markers right at hand for kids who love to color all day long.
How long do Infusible Ink Pens/Markers last? Infusible Ink Pens/Markers will last a minimum of four full 8.5 in x 11 in pages of writing or drawing.