Like many decisions in life, buying a Cricut machine is not something that you decide to do on a whim. Due to the high price for the actual machines, as well as the many materials and extra tools that you will require as well, it’s best to think of these machines as investments to ensure you’re fully prepared.
It took me MONTHS to finally bite the bullet and buy a Cricut machine – more specifically, the Explore Air 2 – and there were two major factors that played into the final decision.
Firstly, I was fed up with waiting to see if the Cricut Maker was ever going to become available here in Australia. That was the machine I really wanted, but I didn’t hear any news about it for months, so I gave up hope.
Secondly – and most importantly – AfterPay became available at Spotlight, which is where I bought mine. This meant that I could have the machine straight away, and pay it off in fortnightly increments.
That was a MUCH better option that paying $400+ upfront, so that made this really big purchase a lot less scary. However, mere DAYS after I purchased my Explore Air 2, Cricut announced the Maker was now available in Australia.
I was super disappointed, but what’s done is done. I still love my Cricut Explore – even if it does continue to intimidate me, months later – and am going to tell YOU all the signs that you should look out for that point to the verdict that you do, in fact, need a Cricut machine. Then hopefully none of you will feel as indecisive as I was! 😂
YOU ENJOY A LOT OF PAPER-BASED CRAFTS
Cricut Machines – particularly the Maker – can do a lot of things, with many different mediums, but using paper is usually where most people start. Now, this machine isn’t going to be able to fold paper cranes for you and trick all your friends into thinking you’re an origami genius, but it can cut out any kind of shape you imagine PERFECTLY.
In fact, it can do the exact same shape, or a range of different ones, a million times over if you want it to! (Of course, there is the possibility of dulling the blade, but that won’t happen for a while.)
No more sore hands, not-quite-straight-cuts, or accidentally slicing some skin off your finger anymore once you have a Cricut machine because it will take care of all the dissecting for you! Just think of all the homemade cards, garland, collages, and so many more things that you’ll be able to make in the blink of an eye with a Cricut machine 🙌
YOU LOVE PERSONALISING THINGS FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Personalised items are all the rage right now, both in shops and in the crafting world. People love buying simple items – such as drink bottles, phone cases, diaries/planners, keychains, purses, gift wrap and so much more – and adding people’s names, favourite quotes, or even a cute icon to make it more personal and special.
Thanks to the Cricut machines, this it SO MUCH EASIER to do now thanks to the wonderful material that is called vinyl! As anyone with a Cricut will tell you, vinyl and Cricut machines go together like cookies and milk. It is so much fun to cut out whatever design you want from vinyl, then adhere it to whatever kind of item you would like with the very helpful item that is transfer paper.
Working with vinyl was actually the first project I did with my Cricut machine, where I personalised my labels for my baking shelf jars. I was instantly obsessed with this material, and shared another DIY project – a Mean Girls inspired one – using it only two days later 🙊
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YOU WANT TO BRANCH OUT INTO NEW THINGS
I wouldn’t even know what vinyl was if I hadn’t bought a Cricut machine, and now I have it in every colour. I hope to make a lot more labels using it, and I have quite a few DIY Christmas ornaments planned for this year as well. But that’s not all!
Cricut machines can cut so many things, including paper, vinyl, iron on materials, various thickness cardstocks, fabrics, poster board, foil, birch, canvas, cork, craft foam, denim, faux leather, magnetic sheets, light chipboard and more.
Of course, this all depends on what machine you buy and what blades you get to go with it, so make sure you do your research before purchasing! If I could do it over, I would definitely buy the Maker as it allows you to do a lot more, BUT it is $100-$200 more than the Explore, depending on where you live, so also keep that in mind.
YOU PREFER DESIGNING OVER EXECUTION
Let’s face it: a lot of the time, you have this gorgeous project planned out in your head, but the end result ends up being… not as pretty as you’d hope. This happens to all of this (… right? 😅), and is nothing to be ashamed of, but it can be quite disheartening, which is honestly the main reason I love my Cricut machine.
I no longer have to worry about my poor cutting skills or my stumpy fingers accidentally bending something the wrong way, because now I have a Cricut machine to do most of the work for me! That means I can spend more time on the actual design to ensure that it’s perfect, and then watch my creation come to life in front of me.
For those who don’t know, Cricut machines can also write for you! That’s right, you don’t even need to have nice handwriting anymore, because your Cricut has you covered! Truth be told, I haven’t used my pen yet because I haven’t had a reason to, but a quick Google search will allow you to see the awesome kind of things this feature can do for you.
Okay, I am done talking now 😂 I realise this post came across as an ad, but this is 100% NOT sponsored at all! I bought my Cricut machine with my own money and haven’t had any contact with Cricut themselves – but I’d totally be up for collaborating, if anyone over there is reading this 😉
I really do love my Cricut machine. It makes me SO happy that I can finally make the things that I see in my head, and don’t have to worry about my awful handwriting or less-than-stellar scissors skills ruining the end product. However, I have been hesitant to share many Cricut projects on here as I’m not sure how many of you own one yourselves.
So, if you would like to see more Cricut projects in my DIY section, then please let me know and I’ll be sure to make that happen for you! Now tell me, since you’ve finished reading this post: are you convinced you need a Cricut machine yet? 😜
Until next time,