The tools in the Cricut Tool Set have so much functionality, but what do the tools actually do?! I mean, do you REALLY need a dental pick? (Answer: yes you do!)
I recently went to the Bay Area for a fun-filled Crafternoon with Cricut. I had a lovely afternoon hanging out with the other bloggers at the event, as well joining Melissa from Cricut and Tanea from Auntie Tay for dinner in the City. Sometimes I can’t believe this is my job!
I came home from the event with a new gold Cricut tool set (so pretty!). My old tool set worked just fine, but this one is so darn pretty. You can get it at JoAnn or HSN. I thought I’d take a few minutes to talk about all of the different tools in the set and how they’re intended to be used, plus a few other ways I often use my tools.
The Cricut Weeder
The weeder tool, which looks like a dental pick, is used for removing negative space vinyl from a project, like I did in my Conversation Heart Pillows. The weeder is a MUST if you’re working with vinyl at all—trying to get rid of that excess vinyl is practically impossible without it, especially with materials like the glitter iron-on.
I also use my weeder often when I’m using adhesives like glue dots. Instead of picking them up with my fingers, I use the weeder, and it keeps my fingers sticky-free.
And though I’m sure it’s not supposed to be used for this, I used my Cricut weeder to clean the inside corners my kitchen cabinets before we painted them. It got all the gunk up like you wouldn’t believe. In fact, I bought a second one which I keep in our toolbox in the garage for random jobs like this.
The Cricut Scraper
The scraper tool is a lifesaver when you need to clean your mat after cutting something with a lot of negative bits. I find it works best with paper, but other materials can be scraped up as well. I often put my mat over my knee and scrape the leftover paper directly into the trash can — I find that the mat is flexible over my knee, and it scrapes well without pulling up any of the adhesive on the mat. I also tend to use this with the Cricut logo facing down — I find that works better for me.
I also use my scraper as a bone folder, when folding on scoring lines to get a crisp edge. In fact, I haven’t pulled out my old bone folder in months, since the scraper works just as well. And I use it as a burnishing tool when using Cricut’s transfer tape — it works like a dream for that as well.
The Cricut Spatula
The spatula is a must-have if you work with paper. Pulling paper off a Cricut mat can often mean tears or curls if you’re not careful. The spatula is SO thin so it slips easily under paper projects, allowing you to carefully ease them off the mat. I use this one all the time and clean it often, since it can get gunky after a while.
I also use this as an additional scraper sometimes, though I’m really coming to love my actual scraper tool so I don’t use it as often anymore.
The Cricut Tweezers
If you are doing projects with a lot of embellishments, you’ll want a pair of tweezers. At first, I found the Cricut’s tweezers to be a little awkward — they are sort of backward from how traditional tweezers work. You squeeze them and they open, instead of squeezing them shut.
But after a while, I realized that this is brilliant. It means you can pick something up and then let go of the pressure and the tweezers hold on tight to whatever it is. It’ll save you from dropping small pieces time and time again and your hand doesn’t cramp up squeezing tight. I don’t use mine often since I don’t use a lot of embellishments, but when I do, I’ve come to really like this pair.
The Cricut Scissors
It’s nice that the Cricut comes with a pair of scissors but, honestly, I never use them. I have several pairs of other scissors that I like more for Cricut stuff, including my tiny Olfa precision scissors and my serrated Havels. Maybe I’m sort of a scissors hoarder. Maybe I have 18 pairs of scissors. Maybe don’t judge.
The Cricut Scoring Tool
If you want to do any projects that involve score lines (like folding cards in half or making 3D projects like boxes), the scoring tool will make it happen. You can insert it into the secondary tool holder in the Cricut Explore itself and the Cricut will use it to make score lines wherever they are present in the Design Space file.
I have also used this as a scoring tool not with the Cricut — I needed to fold some paper in half for a non-Cricut project and used the scoring tool plus my quilting ruler and it worked brilliantly. The basic tool set does not come with the scoring tool (you can buy it separately), but the gold set does.
The Cricut Trimmer
Another bonus in the gold tool set is a 12″ trimmer with a pull-out ruler, which I didn’t photograph. I use this all the time for both Cricut and non-Cricut projects. It can cut pieces of material quickly into the size you need, which saves me from wasting material. It also comes with a trimmer replacement blade. Sweet!
Hope you found this list helpful! Do you use your Cricut tools in an innovative ways?
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