One of the biggest selling features, and high points for me about the Cricut Explore is the amazing list of materials it can cut. You may not even realize that it goes way beyond paper and vinyl! Once you check out this list of things the Cricut can cut, you’ll see how your project possibilities really are endless. I’ve included some links to projects using some of these materials below too, so be sure to click through to read more about them. (Some links may be affiliate)
What can the Cricut cut?
- Aluminum foil
- Art board mat frame
- Cork (adhesive backed)
- Craft foam
- Cutting mat protector (plastic sheet)
- Duct tape
- Fabric (when stabilized) – canvas, linen, oil cloth
- Foil (adhesive)
- Freezer paper
- Iron on vinyl – lite, flocked, glitter, printable
- Leather – heavy, light, faux
- Magnet sheet
- Paper – copy, watercolor, flocked, photo
- Plastic packaging
- Poster board
- Post-It notes
- Rice paper
- Soda can (flattened metal)
- Sticker paper
- Tattoo paper
- Tissue paper
- Vinyl – regular, glitter, chalkboard, printable, stencil
- Washi paper
- Washi tape
- Wax paper
- Window cling
- Wood veneer
- Wood – thin like balsa, birch
- Wrapping paper
You can find all of those materials listed above with on the Smart Set Dial, or in the drop down menu of Cricut Design Space when you have your dial set to “Custom.” Some of the materials even have multiple thicknesses to choose from so you can get just the right amount of pressure, or multiple cuts, if needed. Be aware that some of the materials require a deep cut blade to cut best. You can also create your own custom setting if you are trying to cut a material that isn’t already on the Cricut list, and it will be saved for you.
Here are some cool “non-paper-and-vinyl” projects I’ve done or seen.
|Balsa Wood Hedgehog|
|Cricut Leather Pouch|
|Cut fabric ruffles with Cricut|
|Cricut Craft Foam|
|Felt Bows with Cricut Explore|
So tell me what’s the craziest thing you’ve cut with your Cricut! I’d love to hear!
And if you’re looking for answers to more common Cricut questions, read through these posts:
What is the Cricut machine and what can I do with it?
How does a Cricut work?
Can I upload my own images with Cricut?
How easy is it to upload my own images with the Cricut?
Will it be easy for me to learn the Cricut Design Space software to create my own custom projects?
What different kinds of DIY projects can I make with the Cricut?
What tools and accessories do I need to use a Cricut and how much do they cost?
Will I be required to use cartridges with the Cricut?