If you are looking to buy a Maker 3 (be sure to read our Cricut Maker 3 review) or if you have already bought a Maker 3 (YAY!), understanding which Cricut Maker 3 tools, accessories, and supplies you need to buy can be a bit overwhelming.
I LOVE LOVE my Cricut Maker 3 and I love whipping up a large variety of projects on it. So I wanted to share a list with you of what I believe to be the must-have Cricut Maker 3 accessories, tools & supplies.
I don't want you to waste your money, so start thinking about the type of project/s you wish to create with your cutter.
That way you will buy the Cricut tools and accessories that suit your interests. I've tried to make it very clear when tools are only required for a very specific type of project – such as working with fabric etc.
But let's first remind ourselves of what we already received in our Maker 3 box so that we don't double up on unnecessary tools.
What Comes with the Cricut Maker 3
So before we talk about the Cricut Maker 3 Must-Haves, let's look first at what you will get in your box:
- Cricut Maker® 3 machine
- Premium Fine-Point Blade + Housing
- Welcome card
- USB cable
- Power adapter
- Free trial subscription to Cricut Access™ for new subscribers (See if you should grab a Cricut Access Membership here)
- 100 ready-to-make projects online
- Material for a practice cut
Now, let's have a look at which tools I would highly recommend you purchase to be able to enjoy a variety of project crafts.
PS. If you haven't set up your machine yet, we have a fabulous FREE quick-starter guide on how to set up your Cricut Maker 3 here.
Must-Have Cricut Maker 3 Tools
Below you will find a list of the tools that you should purchase with your Cricut Maker 3. I will discuss what each tool will be used for.
As I mentioned, have a think about the type of crafts you would like to make, so that you can only purchase the tools that will support your crafting type.
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1. Cricut Knife Blade
You will receive ONLY the standard Fine Point blade in the box.
The standard blade is for most ‘normal' materials that most people cut like vinyl or cardstock. You can read more about the Cricut Maker Blades here.
Now, if you want to work with REALLY thick material, you will need to purchase the Cricut Knife Blade. This blade is an extra-deep blade that can slice through dense material that is up to 2.5 mm in thickness.
It is perfect for cutting materials such as balsa wood, matboard, and chipboard.
I didn't purchase this until well after a year of using my machine. It is challenging to work with thicker material, so I suggest that beginners start off with paper or cardstock projects instead.
Grab the Knife Blade with housing here (nice-to-have but not essentials for beginners).
2. Cricut Rotary Blade
The Cricut Maker 3 is perfect for cutting fabric which is why this is the favorite home cutting machine for sewers and quilters.
If working with fabric is your craft, and cutting patterns is what you will be using your Cricut Maker 3 for you will need to purchase the Rotary Cricut cutting blade.
This blade is only essential if you KNOW that will be doing fabric projects.
3. Cricut Mats
The Maker 3 does not come with any mats as it is designed to cut Cricut Smart Materials (Vinyl, Iron-On, and Cardstock) without the use of a mat.
If you wish to work with other brands of materials or materials that are not Smart Materials then you will need to purchase mats suitable for the material you will be cutting.
To cut most materials like adhesive vinyl, HTV (Iron-On), or infusible ink sheets you will need to use the StandardGrip Cricut Mat. This is the mat that you are likely to use most often so is definitely worth investing in.
If you are purchasing the Rotary blade because you will be using your Maker 3 to cut fabric, then you will also need to purchase the pink FabricGrip Cricut Mat.
If you intend to cut thicker materials with your machine, you will need to purchase the StrongGrip Cricut Mat as this mat has a stronger adhesive to keep the materials in place when cutting.
For beginners I highly recommend that you purchase the Standard and LightGrip mats as a minimum.
You can read more about the different Cricut mats here.
4. Scoring Stylus and/or Scoring Wheels
Scoring is brilliant if you love creating things that need to be folded, such as cards, envelopes, boxes and other 3D paper crafts.
The Scoring Stylus can be used if you do not have the Scoring Wheels to use with your machine. Both the stylus and the scoring wheel can be placed in Clamp A of your machine to create the fold lines on your project.
These are really handy to have in your stash as well.
Grab the Scoring Stylus from here. (Great and cheap way to add a scorer to your stash)
Grab the Scoring Wheels here. (More advanced than the stylus, I upgraded to these after about 6 months)
5. Cricut Pens
Cricut pens are used to draw shapes and to embellish projects with beautiful text. You can also create coloring pages with pens as well, or use them to create beautiful cards.
These pens are acid-free, non-toxic, and permanent after 24 hours of drying time.
If you are not sure if you will enjoy working with pens and markers, I suggest you buy a small set of black pens to try out before investing in more pens. There are also generic pens that you can use in the cutter, but I suggest you start with the Cricut ones first as they are a perfect fit for the machine.
Pens are really great to create cards, label envelopes, create labels, create coloring pages and so much more.
If you want to work with fabric, I also suggest you grab one of the washable fabric pens as well.
6. 12 x 24″ Mat
The standard Cricut mat size is 12 x 12″, and this is the size that I use 90% of the time when I craft, but there is a place for the larger mats (for beginners I suggest you just get some 12 x 12″ mats to get started).
I LOVE the longer 12 x 24″ Cricut Mat, so that I can create larger vinyl decals and cut larger sewing panels for my projects.
If you think you will be creating large-scale projects then I would suggest purchasing the mat type for the material that you will be cutting for larger projects.
However, if you will be using Cricut Smart Materials to create your large-scale projects then purchasing these mats will not be necessary as the machine can cut up to 12 feet in length without a mat.
Must-Have Cricut Maker 3 Accessories
Now that we have had a look at the best tools to buy for the Cricut Maker 3 machine, let's look at some of the best Cricut Maker 3 accessories.
1. Cricut Roll Holder
As the Cricut Maker 3 can cut projects up to 12 feet in length when using Smart Materials there is an optional roll holder for the machine.
You do not need to purchase the roll holder to use the new rolls of Smart Vinyl however we think that it definitely helps in making sure that vinyl remains steady when cutting.
So if you plan on using the rolls of Smart Vinyl this is probably a great addition.
The roll holder also comes with a built-in trimming blade so that you can quickly cut your vinyl project before removing it from the machine.
2. Cricut Trimmer
A Cricut Trimmer is really handy if you are a scrapbooker or cardmaker. You can quickly and professionally trim down your paper or cardstock on this fabulous trimmer.
Cricut just released their trimmer that has a 13″ cutting width which is really handy. Grab your Cricut Trimmer here.
3. Cricut Brayer
The Cricut Brayer is essential if you plan are working with fabric. You will need to use a brayer to smooth out your fabric over your Fabric mat. Especially handy for the thin and flimsy materials.
The tweezers are great to help you lift off the fabric from your mat. The pink mat only has a thin layer of adhesive, so you really have to be careful about touching your mat, and please don't scrape it either.
You can grab the Brayer and Tweezer Set here.
4. Cricut Basic Tool Set
The Cricut Basic Tool Set is a must-have. You will definitely use these tools.
The Scraper & Spatula are used to aid you in lifting projects off your Cricut mats, which helps to preserve the adhesive on your mat. They are definitely a necessity.
The weeder and tweezers are great for your vinyl projects. And we all know what scissors are used for.
You can grab the essentials tool set here.
5. XL Scraper
I love my XL Cricut Scraper. Whilst you can use it to clean up your mats, I love using mine when I'm applying adhesive vinyl.
It just helps to ensure that the adhesive sticks really well to my product. You do get a small-size scraper in the essential tool kit, so if money is tight, you can leave this tool until you have some cash to splurge.
6. Cricut Sewing Tool Kit
The Cricut Sewing Kit is a great companion tool kit if you plan on cutting fabric with your machine.
It includes 8″ Fabric Shears, Thread Snips, Seam Ripper, a Pin Cushion, Set of Pins, Measuring Tape, and a Leather Thimble.
7. EasyPress 2
Planning on working with iron-on transfers or HTV (heat transfer vinyl)? An iron can be very unreliable because you have to guess how hot it is, as well as guess how long you are applying it for.
Take the guesswork out and get an EasyPress 2 instead. You can set the temperature and set the timer electronically. I love my EasyPress.
I also love the EasyPress Mini. Once you have your stash set up and you want to spoil yourself, grab one of those as well, they are great for smaller projects like hats, onesies, socks etc.
Not sure which size to get? Here is a helpful post about which Cricut Easypress 2 size to buy.
8. Cricut Mug Press
The Cricut Mug Press is Cricut's latest machine added to their range of presses. If you think that you will be creating sublimation mugs then this is definitely a machine that you should consider.
You can use the press with mugs or tumblers that are suitable for sublimation printing, and if you do not have a sublimation printer then you can use Cricut Infusible Ink sheets (you can read more about Infusible Ink Sheets further down).
If the Cricut Mug Press is for you, you can get yours here.
Must-Have Cricut Supplies for the Maker 3
Now, you might have just purchased all the Cricut Maker 3 tools and accessories that you will need, but what about the actual supplies that you will need to purchase.
Here is a list of some of my favorite crafting supplies:
1. Cricut Smart Materials
Cricut's Smart Materials range is what you can use when you want to use your cutting machine without a cutting mat.
All you have to do when using these materials is load the material directly into your Cricut Explore 3 and press go!
2. Adhesive Vinyl
Adhesive Vinyl is a fabulous product to have on hand. You will use this vinyl for things such as sign making, decorating glassware, home decor projects and so much more.
Adhesive vinyl comes in a large variety of colors, as well as speciality types.
Whilst you can buy the vinyl from Cricut, I prefer to buy the bundle packs from Amazon. It works out much cheaper and I find it just as easy to cut, weed, transfer and apply.
3. Transfer Tape
Adhesive vinyl is like a sticker, but it is a lot more flimsy than a sticker so it is really tricky to move from one surface to another with your hands. So in order to move it, you will need some special transfer tape for vinyl decals.
Again whilst I do have Cricut transfer tape, I absolutely love this bulk roll transfer tape from Amazon (and it is so much cheaper too!).
4. Heat Transfer Vinyl or Cricut Iron-On
Iron-On Vinyl (or HTV) is my favorite product, you can apply this to fabric such as t-shirts, tote bags, aprons, etc. You can also apply it to wood and metal as well.
Again, you can find it in a variety of colors and speciality types. I really love the glitter range, but you can get foil, patterned, holographic and more.
You can also purchase Cricut Iron-On in the Smart Materials range of products.
This bulk pack from Amazon is a great buy for beginners. The vinyl is easy to cut, weed and apply. You will love it.
Felt is ideal for kids' crafts, stuffed animal toys, textured baby decor and more. You can easily cut felt with the rotary blade.
If you want to try out the Cricut Knife Blade, you might want to grab some Chipboard.
You can use chipboard to create some puzzles, photo frames, or to design some 3D models.
7. Cricut Infusible Ink Sheets & Markers
Cricut's infusible ink sheets are great to work with. You can use them with Cricut's range of infusible blanks like baby onesies, t-shirts, mugs, coasters and so much more.
The great thing about infusible ink sheets is that you can also use them on any other sublimation blank because the sheets are essentially pre-printed sublimation sheets.
8. Paper and Cardstocks
Lastly, is the essentials. I always recommend that beginners start with a paper or cardstock project.
It is cheap material, so if you make mistakes it won't be such a big deal and it is easy to work with as well. So make sure to have some in your stash.
Cricut Maker 3 Everything Materials Bundle
And lastly, we also recommend Cricut Maker 3 bundles as they offer such fabulous dollar-saving value. Not only that but it includes a lot of the tools and supplies that I spoke about above, and you can buy it with one single purchase – nice!
If you haven't purchased your Cricut Maker 3 yet, you can grab a machine and supplies bundle.
This Cricut Maker 3 Everything Materials Bundle above contains everything you usually get when you buy the machine only as well as the following:
- Smart Vinyl – 3′ Removable Sampler – Red, White, Black
- Smart Vinyl – 3′ Removable Sampler – Grass, Ocean, Maize Yellow
- Smart Vinyl – 3′ Permanent Sampler – Red, White, Black
- Smart Vinyl – Permanent Matte Metallic, Champagne – 3 ft
- Smart Vinyl – Permanent Matte Metallic, Silver – 3 ft
- Transfer Tape (21 ft)
- Smart Iron-On – Holographic, Blue – 3 ft
- Smart Iron-On – Glitter, Gold – 3 ft
- Smart Iron-On – Glitter, Silver – 3 ft
- Smart Paper™ Sticker Cardstock, Bright Bow
- Multi-Pen Set, Black (5 ct.)
- Essential Tool Set
- Basic Tool Set
There are so many more things you could purchase to compliment your Cricut Maker 3, but these are the ones that I pick up most often and that I have found to be valuable for my crafting process.
Where to next? Now that you have grabbed all your tools, materials, and supplies, it is time to get that machine set up. Hop over to our full guide on how to use the Cricut Maker 3 here.
If you have any tools that you love, please leave us a comment below.