What Materials Can A Cricut Machine Cut? Here Are Over 100!

What materials can you use with your Cricut machine? You’ll be amazed at this list of 100+ different materials a Cricut machine can cut!

Many people think a Cricut machine is just for cutting paper or vinyl, but it can do SO much more than that! There are over 100 different materials that a Cricut Explore machine can cut, and the new Cricut Maker has a rotary blade and a deep knife blade that can cut even more! So if you’re wondering what different materials a Cricut machine can cut, check out this awesome list below!

For those of you who are just getting started, I also have a complete guide to the accessories & supplies that every Cricut beginner needs (and which ones are just “nice-to-haves” that you can splurge on later if you want). And if you’re still on the fence or still have questions about the Maker, check out my post answering all the common questions about the Maker!

What different materials can a Cricut machine cut

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The Ultimate List Of Over 100 Materials A Cricut Machine Can Cut

A Cricut Explore machine can cut pretty much anything as long as it is 2.0mm thick or thinner. And if you have a Cricut Maker, that machine has 10x the cutting force and can cut materials up to 2.4mm thick!

Cardstock and Paper

The Cricut is great at cutting paper and cardstock, but it doesn’t just cut scrapbook paper! Check out all the different kinds of paper a Cricut machine can cut:


Another great material that the Cricut machine can cut is vinyl. Vinyl is awesome for making signs, decals, stencils, graphics, etc.

If you’re interested in trying out vinyl with your machine, here’s a great tutorial on how to cut vinyl with a Cricut.

Iron On

Iron on vinyl, also known as heat transfer vinyl, is one of my favorite materials to cut with my Cricut! You can use iron on vinyl to decorate t-shirts, tote bags, or any other fabric item.

Fabrics and Textiles

The Cricut does a great job at cutting fabrics, but you definitely want to add a stabilizer like Wonder Under or Heat’n Bond before cutting. These fabrics and textiles can be cut with a Cricut Explore machine, but there are even more that you can cut with the rotary blade on a Cricut Maker machine.

Other Materials

Besides fabric, paper, and vinyl, there are tons of other specialty materials a Cricut can cut as well. Here are a bunch of fun ideas!

Cricut Maker

If you have the Maker, you can cut even more things! The Cricut Maker has 10x the cutting force of the Explore machines, plus it has a rotary blade and a knife blade that allow it to cut even more materials. The Cricut Maker can cut materials up to 2.4mm thick, plus over 125+ types of fabric, including:

  • Chiffon
  • Cashmere
  • Fleece
  • Jersey
  • Jute
  • Knits
  • Moleskin
  • Muslin
  • Seersucker
  • Terry Cloth
  • Tulle
  • Tweed
  • Velvet

If you want a full list of all the materials a Cricut Maker can cut, plus cut settings, you can find that here.

Ultimate list of 100+ materials you can cut with a Cricut machine

I hope this list helps inspire you to make some new projects with your Cricut! If you’re brand new to Cricut, check out some of my beginner tutorials:

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. jenilee dagdag says

    4 months ago

    can the Cricut maker cut through sterling silver or gold? for example to create necklaces?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      4 months ago

      It depends on how thin the sheet of metal is, but in theory it should be able to! The Maker can cut materials up to 2.4 mm thick, which just means that is the thickness of material that will fit under rollers. The Maker can actually cut through softer materials like leather or even wood that are that thick, but I doubt it would cut through 2.4 mm of metal. I’ve seen it do 40 gauge copper and 38 gauge aluminum before, plus I know it can cut aluminum cans. So if you have a thin enough sheet of metal it should cut through it just fine, but it won’t cut through thick metal.

      It can engrave thick metal though! As long as it is less than 2.4 mm thick so that it will fit under the rollers, the Maker can engrave metal using the Engraving tool.

  2. Judy Gilson says

    4 months ago

    I have Cricut Explore Air. I have rolls and rolls of Velvet Ribbon – 3″ wide, – it has the satiny backing. Has anyone used this to either make bows or cut out designs for cards or projects? obviously I would have to put the satin side on to the mat – would I have to do anything else other than setting the blade to a thicker cut? Would the velvet jam up the blade or mess it up with multiple cuts?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      4 months ago

      I would suggest using the pink FabricGrip mat for this; it has an adhesive that is better designed to hold fabric and ribbons. The velvet shouldn’t mess up the blade, but you definitely will need to do some test cuts to make sure you have the depth settings correct. If you find that the ribbon shifts around on the mat, you can try taping it down with masking tape or painter’s tape. Also, velvet “sheds” a lot, and the little bits of fluff can get inside the blade housing and cause issues sometimes. First, do some test cuts and adjust the depth, but if you’re finding that it’s not cutting all the way through, or the cuts are spotty after a couple of cuts, you might want to clean out the blade. Take the blade out of the clamp, then push the little plunger at the top of the housing to pop the actual blade out of the bottom. Pull the blade out, clean it off, and blow gently into the housing to get rid of any dust and debris. Then push the plunger again and carefully put the blade back into the housing. When you release the plunger it should “grab” the blade and hold it firmly. Then you can put it back in the clamp and try again.

      Good luck!

  3. Abdul says

    3 months ago

    Hi I am looking to purchase a Cricut machine but unsure if I need the explorer or cricut. I wish to cut acrylics and Perspex sheets no greater than 2mm thickness.

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