I'm so thrilled for you! Why? Because I love the Explore Air 2 cutter and I just know that you will love it too. But first, you need to figure out how to actually use the machine.
So here is a handy list of easy Cricut Explore Air 2 tutorials for beginners. All the way from set up to your first project and beyond. We have you covered.
We love the versatility of the Explore Air 2, there is a reason why this machine has been coined with the term ‘ultimate DIY machine'.
Now if by chance you happened to check out this page before you bought the machine, then we have some super handy posts for you:
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- Grab a Cricut Explore Air bundle, and save some money.
- Read our review of the Cricut Explore Air 2.
Okay, let's get stuck into some helpful links. Here is our list of the best Cricut Explore Air 2 beginner tutorials to help you get started.
We will also share some Cricut Design Space tutorials at the bottom of the page to help you get your head around the software.
Cricut Explore Air 2 Tutorials for Beginners
The best way to get started with a new machine is to simply watch a few Cricut Air 2 tutorial videos, and then go and try each of the skills you learn before watching a video about a new skill or technique.
Here are some of our favorite Cricut Explore Air 2 tutorial videos.
1. Quick Introduction to the Circut Explore Air 2
This quick Cricut Explore Air 2 video will walk you through the features of the machine. Great to watch if you don't know what all those buttons are for.
2. Learn How to Set Up Your New Machine
Are you ready to get your machine out of the box? This Cricut Explore Tutorial will walk you through the setup process and will also show you how to complete your first quick card.
3. How to Cut Vinyl with the Explore Air 2
Ready to get stuck into an actual project? This Cricut Explore Air 2 instructional video will show you how to cut vinyl. They have an easy tutorial for you to replicate.
4. Learn How to Use the Print and Cut Feature
Want to make some stickers? This video tutorial will show you how to create stickers with the Print then Cut feature.
5. Here is a Great Video Full of Ideas of What to Make
Feeling ready to tackle more projects? This video covers a range of Cricut Explore Air 2 projects for beginners. Great to get the creative juices flowing. Which of these will you be making?
6. How to Cut Fabric on the Cricut Explore Air 2
Now let's tackle a project with some fabric. There are some tips and tricks that you should know before you tackle a fabric project. Watch the video below to educate yourself.
7. How to Use Cricut Explore Air 2 on your iPhone
Now it is much easier to use a desktop to do all your design work, but did you know that you can use your iPhone to do some design creating work in Cricut Design Space? Here is a video to show you how.
8. How To Engrave on Metal
Engraving metal with the Cricut Explore Air 2 is possible! This is probably a more advanced tutorial so I highly recommend you start with vinyl or cardstock first.
9. Using a Pen in Cricut Explore Air 2 (Installing – Writing – Drawing)
Want to create your own cards, labels, or even coloring pages? This tutorial on how to use a pen in a Cricut Explore Air 2 is a fabulous one for beginners!
10. Cutting Cardstock with the Cricut Explore Air 2
I always recommend that beginners start with cardstock projects because cardstock is cheap – so if you screw up the project – no big deal! This is a great tutorial on how to create a cardstock topper for a cake.
11. 20 Shirt Making Techniques
Bought the CEA2 so that you can create shirts? I get it! I love creating shirts. here is a video with 20 great techniques that you can use to make your own shirts.
Cricut Design Space Tutorials
Next, we have tutorials on how to use the Cricut Design Space software.
The Cricut Design Space software is pretty easy to navigate, but we always find that the easiest way to learn the basics is by watching some good old YouTube videos.
Here are some of our favorite tutorial videos:
1. Cricut Design Space for Beginners
Here is a tutorial from Cricut on how to use CDS. It is a long video so prepare yourself for the long slog.
2. How to Download and Install CDS
Want something simpler than the massive video above? In this video, we will show you how to download and install Cricut Design Space. Let's start with one small step.
–3. How to Upload Free Fonts to CDS
Next up, we have a video walking you through how you can download fonts from places like DaFont and how you get them to work on CDS.
4. How to Make Text Vertical in Cricut Design Space
Wondering how to create vertical text for signs? We have you covered. It is really easy, see how in this video.
5. How to Slice, Weld, Attach, Flatten & Contour
Let's have a look at all those functions in CDS and what exactly they mean. These are pretty important buttons so pay attention as you watch the video below.
You can also dive into more lessons beyond the beginners' lessons by working your way through all the Design Space videos here on Cricut's channel.
So what you are waiting for? Are you crafting yet?
These tutorials will teach you all the basic skills you will need to whip up some fabulous craft projects.
We would love to know what you are working on right now, please leave us a comment below.