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New Cricut Machine? Start here!

If you have a new Cricut machine, then you’re in the right place! If you are getting Cricut envy you can buy one here. I am going to cover everything you need to know to get started with your Cricut. We will unbox your Cricut and make your first project together. I know it can be intimidating to use a new Cricut machine for the first time, so that’s why I bought a Cricut Explore 3 just to walk through it with you!

You can follow this Cricut tutorial whether you’ve purchased a Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Maker, Cricut Maker 3, or a Cricut Joy. The setup process is the same for all Cricut machines. The older machines, Cricut Explore Air 2 or Cricut Maker, the first sample project will be different, but the actual setup process is the same. Don’t worry, you can follow the prompts in Design Space to make your project if you bought one of those machines.

First, go ahead and unbox your new Cricut machine! Once everything is removed from the box you will want to make sure your Cricut can connect to a computer via Bluetooth and a USB cord. That way you have both options set up and ready to go.

Now we are ready to start working toward your first project!

The materials I recommend using to get started are vinyl, HTV (iron on), Cricut Weeding Tool, and my personal favorite, a Pin Pen Weed Tool from 143Vinyl. As always, use ALEX5 to save 5% when you shop at 143VINYL.

Once you’ve ordered materials, let’s set up all the things to use your Cricut. First you will need to go through and set up a Cricut ID. After that download Cricut Design Space.

To see the entire setup process, follow along with the video below to see how to get started with your new Cricut machine! Once setup is finished, join me in making your first project and using your brand new Cricut!

P.S. Looking for more discount codes for your crafts? Check out my resources page!

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Since 2016 I've been having a blast, totally obsessed with DIY-ing on my Cricut machine; but I also know just how insanely confusing it can be to navigate this big crafty world. So whether you're just starting or you've been crafting for years, I'm here to inspire your creativity so you're never afraid to jump into the next project!

hey, crafty fam!