Cricut Maker 3 Unboxing

I am back with another Cricut Maker 3 post that is part of this mini Maker 3 series. I recently showed an unboxing of the Cricut Maker 3 and now I will be sharing a review as well as answering some more commonly asked consumer questions.

Disclosure: I am part of the Cricut Blogger Program and I receive products/compensation in exchange for craft ideas. But all opinions are 100% my own. Some of the links used here are affiliates. Read my full disclosure HERE.Cricut Maker 3 UnboxingI have made a couple of things using my Cricut Maker 3 and have really loved it and I can not wait to share those projects with you soon. I love that I do not always have to use a mat when cutting things out because of the Smart materials that you are able to use with this machine. Plus the fact that it is faster than the original maker is pretty cool too. A big reason why I recommend the Cricut Maker 3 to fellow crafters is because of the exclusive tools that can only be used with the Maker series (quick swap tools). Those tools include a perforation blade, wavy blade, debossing tip, and an engraving tip. In this old post I share all about this Maker series only tools. When I wrote the post it was for the Maker but they also work for the Maker 3. Another reason this machine is a go to is because of the 300+ materials that it can cut Later in this post I will share some of them. If I had to give this machine a rating I would give it a 9 out of 10. Cricut Maker Adaptive ToolsIn my Cricut Maker 3 unboxing post I answered many commonly asked questions that someone who is thinking of buying a Cricut machine might ask themselves. In this post I will answer a couple more questions that you might be asking yourself. I know that when researching something pricey you want to get as much information as possible to make your informed decision. Lets start with:

Will I use it enough for it to be worth it? Or, will I really use it?

If you are looking at buying a Cricut machine it is most likely because you enjoy crafting (like I do) so in my opinion it will be worth it. I use mine pretty often and even though I have different models of Cricut machines I previously gravitated towards my Maker often and now it is my Maker 3. The amount of materials it can cut out make it a go to machine. In the past couple of years especially after the pandemic I have seen so many people start small businesses from their homes and a Cricut Maker 3 would be a great addition to that business because of the variety of products you can make with it. The most popular small business I have seen is a t-shirt business but you can also start a drinkware, stationary, small accessories (keychains), hair bow, or a home decorations business (just to name a few). The way that your machine can help you make money in my opinion totally make it worth it and will definitely have you using the machine often. Now if starting a small business isn’t something you would like to do then just being a crafter will have you using this machine often. Some of the reasons I use my machine is to make scrapbook page details, to personalize clothing for my boys, customize gifts, make greeting cards, make home decor pieces to my style, to make labels (I love a good organized space), to make party decorations, and when my boys were younger to make classroom party favors for all the kids in their class.

What can I make?

As mentioned above there are many things that you can make with the Cricut Maker 3. This will be a little repetitive with as to what you can make but I want to share some examples. As you can see in the picture I shared I made some very nice sturdy napkin rings for Thanksgiving dinner. My machine was able to cut out chipboard very easily to make these napkin rings. Other things that you can make is fun seasonal home decor, unique Valentine cards, or party favors. Your machine can help you take a classic game like tic-tac-toe but make it a bit unique by having it cut out fun gaming pieces that are not X’s and O’s. I also really enjoy making things to give gift cards in that are not just a  plain card. For example if I have some time I like to make a little box to place it in and I like to make the box match something the recipient enjoys. I once made a makeup box for someone who really enjoys makeup. Then if I do not have much time I look up one of the pre-made cards on Cricut Design Space and quickly cut one of those out. Or what I recently did since the Maker 3 has a card mat that will cut out 4 cards was cut out a variety of cards and stored them in a box for when I am running out the door and need a card even faster.   

What materials can I use with it?

This is a pretty loaded question because the Maker 3 can cut over 300 different types of material. Isn’t that amazing!!! Of course for some of the materials that you want to cut it might require a different blade than the fine point blade that it comes with, so just keep that in mind. Here are some of the materials it can cut:

  • Basswood
  • Balsa
  • Adhesive foil
  • Fabric (a HUGE variety of them)
  • Burlap
  • Chipboard
  • Craft foam
  • Denim
  • Felt (different varieties)
  • Fleece
  • Faux leather
  • Genuine leather
  • Glitter cardstock
  • Magnetic sheets
  • Organza
  • Outdoor vinyl
  • Parchment paper
  • Photo paper
  • Quilt batting
  • Tulle
  • Vellum
  • Acetate

And of course some of the common ones like:

Here is a bigger list of the material that the Cricut Maker 3 can cut. Just make sure the materials you are wanting to cut are no thicker than 2.4 mm.Cricut Maker 3 cutting vinyl

Am I worth it to spend this on myself?

Oh friend what a question right. In my opinion YES!!! I know don’t get me wrong with the way our economy currently is I am sure this question is being ask many times when it comes to anything that you want to buy for yourself. But just know that yes you are worth it. Now of course with the crazy economy you might have to budget a little longer for it than you would of a couple of years ago. But yes you are worth it. I started my Cricut journey approximately 15 years ago when my first son was only a couple months old. I would watch the informercials in the middle of the night when feeding him. I’m sure I asked myself this question when watching that because let’s be honest I ask myself this question often. But I started thinking “what can I make with it?” “how do I justify this purchase to myself?” and immediately this ideas came: I’ll use it to make 1st birthday decor, decorations for his scrapbook, and the one that convinced me decorations for the diaper cakes I was making and selling at that time. Once I bought it and began using it for my diaper cakes I then expanded into making party decorations and selling them on Etsy. That is where my Cricut journey began, also asking myself if I am worth it a deciding yes. And it couldn’t have come at a better time because at the point in my life I was new mom and I felt I was losing myself because I stopped doing things for me and was only focused on my son. After I bought my machine I began getting more of a life balance my son was still my number one priority but I started crafting during naps and making a little money for me (stay at home mom here) and that made me so happy. Cricut suppliesAs you can see even though I have the amazing pleasure of working with Cricut my journey with the company started a very long time ago when I took the chance and invested in expanding my crafting journey for both my personal life and business life. I really do love my Cricut Maker 3, when I’m not in the most happy mood I just go over to my craft area and begin making something with it and it helps distract me for that time and that means a lot to me. I also love seeing my family and friends reaction and happiness when they receive a gift from me that has a special detail added that I did with them in mind. I hope that I have helped you make your decision easier by answering these commonly asked consumer questions. But if you have more questions that you need answered comment them down below and I hope that I can help answer that for you. Happy crafting!Cricut Maker 3 Review

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