Your detailed guide on how to use the basic Cricut tools and how each of them works to make projects on Cricut easy and precise!
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Do you wonder – What all the Cricut tools do? And do you really need to buy all of them?
I get it. It can be very confusing. There are so many tools in various shapes – a spatula, a hook, a tweezer and so many more!
What do you start off with?
The answer is the Basic Cricut Tool Set.
It is the perfect starter set if you are just starting out with a Cricut and I have a full guide for you to understand the use and function of each so you can get the most from it.
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Basic Cricut Tool Set
The basic Cricut Tool set should definitely be the first purchase with your Cricut machine.
Whether you plan on working with vinyl or paper, this tool kit has everything you need!
It is available in various colors and comes with five basic tools:
- Weeding Tool
- Micro tip scissors
All of these tools together will help making your projects with the Cricut a breeze.
Let’s dive into details of exactly what each of these tools do.
The weeding tool is a must-have and probably the most used tool. And will be yours too – especially when working with vinyl.
When you cut a design in vinyl or iron-on on the Cricut machine, you need to remove the excess material in your design which is called negative space.
The sharp tip helps pull out the negative space from your design. It is designed such that you can easily pick up the vinyl in the negative space without damaging or poking holes in the liner below.
It is definitely sharp and you want to make sure you are careful when using it and store it safely to prevent damage to the tip.
The weeder in the basic tool set is a great starter tool but once you get comfortable with a weeder, you might want to also consider getting this weeding tool set which comes with different shaped weeders that make weeding very easy.
The next tool in the basic tool set is a tweezer. But these aren’t regular tweezers. They are reverse tweezers.
Reverse tweezers, as the name suggests behave in a reverse compared to normal tweezers.
Reverse tweezers open when squeezed and close when released. This makes them the perfect pair of tweezers when dealing with tiny pieces that you might have to when using the Cricut.
With regular tweezers, if you are holding small pieces, you may be tempted to squeeze hard to make sure you don’t drop the tiny pieces But with the reverse tweezer, the force of the tweezer holds the pieces for you.
This takes a little getting used to but with a little bit of practice, you will realize that it is the best mechanism ever!
The scraper is one of the most versatile tools in the toolset.
It has many uses including
- Scraping off leftover tiny negative pieces from the mat
- To burnish the transfer tape onto a design
- To apply vinyl to a surface
- When folding on scoring lines to get a crisp edge.
Let’s take a closer look –
- Scraping – When using paper/cardstock or veneer etc., once the cut is complete, the negative pieces are left on the mat. The scraper helps easily scrape it off without damaging the adhesive.
- Transfer tape – When using vinyl, you need to apply transfer tape to lift it off of the backing. Applying transfer tape with the scraper tool makes it failproof. You can use the scraper tool to smooth on the transfer tape, you make sure that the vinyl transfers onto the tape in the best possible way.
- While applying vinyl to the blank, you need to make sure that the vinyl is adhering well and that there are no bubbles. The scraper tool accomplishes is this with ease.
- Scored lines need to be folded carefully. The scraper acts as a bone folder making it easy to get the perfect paper crafts.
The regular scraper included in the toolset is a great starter tool. If you are ready for an upgrade, the XL scraper is a great next tool.
the spatula included in the tool kit is great when using paper or other stiff materials on the mats.
It helps carefully lift the materials off of the mat without damaging them.
You simply slide it underneath and push it to pull the material off of the mat. I routinely use it with not just paper, but also veneer and basswood.
There is no crafting without scissors. The microtip scissors included in the basic tool kit are great for working with small pieces of material.
It is super sharp and great to have around when working with the Cricut.
So, that was the basic tool kit which is a great starter tool set to buy with the Cricut.
When you are ready for an upgrade, I recommend getting the Essentials tool set which comes with a few extras like a scoring stylus (great for paper projects) and the portable trimmer (to cut material easily in a straight line).
There are many other accessories that you can buy with your Cricut that make it easy and efficient to use. Read about all the Cricut Accessories and blades here.