Last updated on October 23rd, 2019 at 10:19 am
What is the Cricut Explore machine and what does it do? If all of your friends have this amazing electronic cutter, but you’re clueless about what it is and what you can do with it, this post is for you.
If you follow my blog, you know that I am a HUGE fan of my Cricut Explore electronic cutter. Today I’m kicking off a Cricut Explore series! I’m excited to answer a bunch of questions I always get about my Cricut Explore (in particular I have the Air 2, but this series works for all Cricut Explore machines). I think these posts will really be helpful if you’re on the fence about getting one for yourself or if you have one and have never taken it out of the box.
What is the Cricut Explore?
The simplest explanation is that the Cricut Explore is an electronic cutting machine that looks sort of like a printer. But instead of printing your designs on paper, it uses a very precise blade and a series of rollers to cut out pretty much anything you can imagine.
The Cricut line of cutting machines have been around for years. When I first learned about the Cricut, I thought it was just a machine for scrapbookers. It cut out cutesy paper shapes and fonts that came on cartridges. I hadn’t made a scrapbook since college so I had absolutely no interest.
Then I got to see a demo of the Cricut Explore in 2014. The Cricut Explore is different than the older Cricut machines. Instead of cartridges, you can get access to their enormous library of cut files. You can upload and cut your own files. You can use the software on your computer or tablet, online or off. It cuts more than 100 different materials. You can also draw, score, and engrave with it.
This machine is masterfully engineered as well—I never cease to be amazed at the precision with which it cuts materials.
At its most basic, you design something you want to cut in the Cricut Design Space software, place your material on the cutting mat, confirm your settings, and GO!
The uses for the Cricut Explore machine are far beyond the scrapbooking sphere. If you love any type of DIY, party ideas, or crafts, you’ll love the Cricut Explore.
What Can I Do With the Cricut Explore?
If you need something cut out (or drawn or etched or scored), odds are, the Cricut can cut it. Here are just a few project ideas:
- Paper pennants for a party
- A leather cuff bracelet
- Iron-on vinyl for t-shirts
- Paper gift boxes and tags
- Stencils for wood signs
- Vinyl quotes for coffee mugs
- Felt coasters
- Greeting cards
- Customized tote bags
- Monogrammed water bottles
- Paper flowers for bouquets
- Vinyl labels for your pantry
- Coloring pages
- Decals for model airplanes
Heck, I even saw someone cut out a metal part for their car because they couldn’t find that part at the junkyard. Awesome.
Hope this post helped you start to discover why you might want a Cricut Explore! I love my Cricut so much I’ve created an in-depth series on how to use it called Cricut Academy! So if you’re on the fence and not sure you’ll be able to learn, I’ve got your back.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.