If you have been a reader of my blog for a while then you know I am a huge fan of Cricut. I love to incorporate my Cricut machine into just about any craft that I make. Since I use them so much I’m sure they come across easy to use and I’m here to tell you that they actually are very easy to use. Today I will be showing you a Cricut Maker 3 unboxing. And, in the near future I will show you that it might all look intimidating but in reality it is very easy to use.
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Like I mentioned, today I will be doing a Cricut Maker 3 unboxing. Along with that I will share what is included with the Cricut Maker 3 and items that I think are perfect for a beginner Cricut crafter or really and Cricut crafter. Along with that I would like to also share resources and answer some common questions that come across someone’s mind when they are thinking of buying a Cricut machine.First off let’s start with what the Cricut Maker 3 can do. As you can see here on the box it gives you a quick run down. For example it can cut 300+ materials, cuts 2x faster, if using smart material you don’t need to use a cutting mat, but personally my favorite is the adaptive tool system. This system allows you to use a variety of cutting tools that no other machine can use. Some of those tools are the rotary tool (cuts a variety of fabrics), the engraving tip (I’ve used this to personalize puppy dog tags), or the perforation blade.Next, let me show you what the machine comes with if you do not buy a bundle. Included is:
- Cricut Maker 3
- Premium fine point blade
- Power adapter
- USB cable
- Material for a practice cut
- Free trail subscription to Cricut Access ( for new subscribers)
It also includes a premium fine point blade which comes assembled on the machine already.
Now Cricut does offer bundles with their machines that include a great selection of supplies that can help you get started on your new crafting journey. For someone who has not had a Cricut machine before I highly recommend those bundles because they are a great value.I didn’t end up getting the bundle because I already have a good selection of Cricut supplies. But I would like to share items that I think every beginner should consider purchasing with the machine.You will for sure need cutting mats. The one that I use the most is the standard cutting mat. Even though the Cricut Maker cuts smart material without the use of the mat it is still good to have if you want to use the smart material scraps. And we all know you are using those scraps, I know I do. Plus if you don’t use smart materials then a cutting mat is needed.Next up, I personally really enjoying using vinyl and iron-on so a scraper and weeding tool set is a must. You can also get the basic tool set which is great for Cricut beginners. One thing I wish I had since the beginning is the XL scraper instead of the small scraper.Since I started making cards with my Cricut Joy I have not bought a birthday, wedding, or greeting card. Now with the Cricut Maker I can make up to four at a time. So if you are someone that enjoys making and giving cards then you’ll need the card mat and insert cards. If you don’t like your penmanship like me you can also get Cricut pens and have your machine do the drawing and writing for you.Y’all I can not begin a craft project without my brayer. I use it all the time to make sure my material is properly adhered to my cutting mat. Especially when the cutting mat has lost some of its stickiness.Although you won’t need this next one right away I do suggest having replacement blades on hand for when your blade goes dull. Nothing is worse than wanting to start a craft project and it isn’t working out because the blade is dull.Now that we have done the Cricut Maker 3 unboxing lets set it up. If you do not have a Cricut Design Space account you will need to start by creating one first. Cricut Design Space is free but if you want Cricut Access that comes with a fee (more on that later). Once you sign up go to the top right hand corner and click your name then click settings. There you will go to the machines tab and click start next to the new product setup.Since I am setting up a Cricut Maker 3 I chose the smart cutting machine option.I then chose my machine.Included is a USB cable but personally I always choose the bluetooth setting.I paired my machine and laptop together and I was fully setup and ready to do my first cut.
At the end of the setting up process it prompts you to do a test cut and that’s exactly what I did. This step by step is helpful for beginners because it tells you exactly what to do. It even shows you images that tell you which buttons to press.
Since I was using smart material I did not need a cutting mat. I went ahead and loaded up my smart vinyl into my machine. The machine then did the cutting.
Once it finished cutting I unloaded the vinyl and peeled off the cut piece.
Here is how my test cut turned out. The test cut is a great way to get you started. But another great starter tool is Cricut Learn. There you will find a series of videos that will help you start on your Cricut journey. I always hear people say “I bought a machine but it’s just sitting unopened because I’m nervous to use it” I’m here to tell you no need to be nervous. Head over to Cricut Learn and watch those easy step by step videos. They will get you on the right path and show you that there is nothing to be nervous about. Now lets get to some common questions that most new consumers have on their mind while deciding to buy a Cricut machine.
- “Is it easy for someone like me?” In my opinion yes it is easy. The “hard” part can be getting a hang of the software (which really isn’t hard). Once you get familiar with Cricut Design Space it’s easy.
- “Will I be able to learn how to use it?” Yes you will. With Cricut Learn and tutorials that I will be posting you will get a hang of it in no time. A lot of the craft projects that I share and very beginner friendly and easy. I like craft projects that aren’t too time consuming.
- “Do you need to be an advanced crafter to use it?” No you do not. Although there are crafters out there that make advanced crafts with the help of their Cricut you don’t have to. You can be a beginner crafter and do some easy and simple projects. Then later you can advance your craft.
- “How much will it cost to use it?” “What hidden costs are there?” “Do I have to pay for a subscription?” Although you can use Cricut Design Space for free and they do offer a minimal amount of free images I suggest purchasing Cricut Access. Cricut Access gives you access to thousands of images, fonts, exclusive content, and projects. You can also get a discount on items on the Cricut shop website by being a Cricut Access member. Cricut Access has 3 plans: Free, Standard $9.99 a month or $95.88 a year ($24 savings), and they have Premium $119.88 a year.
- “Are there maintenance things I need to think about?” I always make sure to dust my machines to keep them clean. If I’m not using them I make sure to have them closed. Other maintenance I would consider is replacing the blades when they have gone dull. By not replacing them you can destroy a lot of material. It is best to always have a good sharp blade to ensure nice clean cuts everytime. Mats can be another maintenance cost because if you do not have a good mat your material can slide around when the machine is trying to do the cuts. With the material sliding around a non sticky mat it can also mess it up.
- “Can I use my own designs?” Yes you can upload your own designs. You can upload svgs to cut out and other formats too for print and cut.
I hope me showing this Cricut Maker 3 unboxing and answering these common questions helped you to make your decision easier. I truly enjoy all my Cricut machines and use them at different times for different reasons. They have all been good to me and I love that I can use them to personalize so many things in my life. When my boys were in elementary school I used them to create party favors for their holidays classroom parties and I loved that they were unique and different. I have also used them for the holidays, to personalize clothing, make home decor, create party supplies, and so much more.