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The best Cricut materials in 2022

The best Cricut materials are shown in a photo of a Cricut Joy surrounded by card stock
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Searching for the best Cricut materials can be fun, but it can also sap your time when you'd rather be crafting. In this guide we'll pick top materials for Cricut that we think you'll love. These are the basic types of Cricut materials to help you craft cards, 3D models, stickers, and heat transfer designs.

A cricut machine, although there are many kinds, is an electronic cutting machine that can cut out designs from various materials - vinyl, papers, card, transfers, and some machines can even cut more hardy materials such as leather. A Cricut machine allows you to design and cut in a more time efficient and precise way than any scissors ever could. We have a guide to the best Cricut machines we'd suggest reading.

Users can access software such as Cricut Design Space, and use the best software for Cricut, to create pre-made or bespoke designs on phones, tablets and computers, to ensure the design is absolutely perfect.

There are a huge range of Cricut materials on the market, from delicate floral papers to neon vinyls

There are plenty of Cricut machine options to choose from, read our Cricut Maker 3 review, the Cricut Joy review, and our Cricut Mug Press for an idea of what each does. If you're creating shirt and bag designs you'll need one of the best heat press machines, such as an EasyPress 2. Each and every Cricut machine does something a little unique, and designs cater to different budgets.

Using the best Cricut accessories and materials for your Cricut can significantly help how well your designs come out, and how show-stopping you're able to make them. There are a huge range of Cricut materials on the market, from delicate floral papers to neon vinyls. 

Cricut of course produces its own materials, but there are others out there that are compatible with the machines. Keep reading for our selection of the best Cricut materials, with details on which work best with the different machines out there. 

The best Cricut materials available now

01. Cricut vinyl sampler

The best Cricut materials for experimenting

Specifications

Machine compatibility: For use with all Cricut cutting machines
Used for: Permanent projects, lasts up to 3 years

Reasons to buy

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Wide selection of colours
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Useful way of trying out materials

Reasons to avoid

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Smaller in size than big sheets
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Works out less cost efficient

This Cricut vinyl sampler pack is great for crafting permanent designs that need to be a bit more sturdy. Coming with six sheets measuring at 12 x 12 inches, each in a different colour, making choosing a favourite more easy. 

These brightly coloured vinyl materials are water and UV-resistant, which will even last when placed outdoors. This is the ideal selection for those looking to try before making a full sheet investment. These vinyls are easy to weed and go on to most surfaces with a smooth, bump-free application.

The best Cricut materials include transfer tape

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02. Cricut Transfer Tape

This best Cricut material is essential

Specifications

Machine compatibility: For use with all Cricut cutting machines
Used for: Transferring vinyls to a variety of surfaces

Reasons to buy

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Makes transferring easier
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Can be used with all machines

Reasons to avoid

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An additional cost to cutting out vinyls

Cricut Transfer Tape is used with all different kinds of vinyls, from the patterned and holographic to metallic and matte, transfer tape is designed to transfer custom vinyls to a variety of surfaces. The clear material has a grid which makes it easy to position designs against their surface, to get a super precise finish.

It is very difficult to uplift a vinyl once it has already been stuck to a surface, especially without damaging the vinyl, so transfer tape is pretty essential in ensuring that the design is perfect and smooth from the start.

The best Cricut materials is demonstrated by a photo of glossy materials

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03. MiPremium Chameleon heat transfer vinyls

The best Cricut materials for retro shirt designs

Specifications

Machine compatibility: For use with all Cricut cutting machines
Used for: Transferring designs to a wide range of fabric, including clothing

Reasons to buy

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Makes transferring easier
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Can be used with all machines

Reasons to avoid

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An additional cost to cutting out vinyls

The MiPremium Chameleon heat transfer vinyls aren't an official Cricut project, but these beautiful vinyls from MiPremium are eye-catching and designed to give the impression of a gradient colour change when twisted and turned. 

Made from highly durable, heat transfer film, these vinyls are perfect for customising clothing, because they offer great elasticity and stretch when moving around. Users will need to apply the iron on vinyls with the EasyPress or a heat press, in order to secure them to a surface.

The best Cricut materials are represented by photos of glitter vinyl

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04. Cricut Glitter Iron-On material

The best Cricut materials for shirt and bag design

Specifications

Machine compatibility: For use with all Cricut cutting machines
Used for: Ideal for t-shirts, team or club wear, bags, aprons, home decor

Reasons to buy

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Add glamour to designs
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Able to stick to many surfaces

Reasons to avoid

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Can be itchy if used on clothes

Any design is possible with this glamorous Cricut Glitter Iron-On vinyl material, making it the perfect vinyl to customise clothing, home projects and so much more. The glittery touch is perfect for special occasions such as festive holidays and birthdays, and will look great around the house used in permanent projects.

This vinyl will last around 50 washes when used on clothing, so whilst it’ll last for a considerable amount of time, don’t expect it to live forever. It can be used for both standard Cricut Maker and Explore series, but also the smaller Cricut Joy – but for this one look for the smaller sized rolls.

The best Cricut materials represented by a photo of patterned material

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05. Cricut Joy Patterned Adhesive-Backed Deluxe Paper

The best Cricut materials for scrapbooking

Specifications

Machine compatibility: For use with Cricut Joy
Used for: Scrapbooks, cards and invitations

Reasons to buy

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Create designs with a luxury feel
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Several designs in each pack

Reasons to avoid

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Only able to use on one machine type

Looking for fun mix and match designs? Then look no further. The variety of designs available in this adhesive-backed deluxe paper will add joy to any maker's craft box. With the variety of designs in each pack, it's never been easier to create super fun projects. 

Making things even easier, there is no need for glue! These papers are all adhesive-backed. For anybody looking to create a mess-free, unique project, this is just the ticket!

The best Cricut materials are represented by a photo of holographic material

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06. Vinyl Frog glossy holographic vinyl pack

The best Cricut materials for fun waterproof projects

Specifications

Machine compatibility: All Cricut machines
Used for: Multi-use projects on most flat surfaces

Reasons to buy

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Brilliant colourways
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Affordable bundle

Reasons to avoid

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Can be tricky to weed

Add some glamour to projects with Frog's glossy holographic vinyl pack - each of the six shiny sheets offers a different gradient of rainbow colours. These vinyls are great to use for both indoor and outdoor projects as they're waterproof, making them long-lasting and the ideal match for a permanent project or gift.

After removing the protective film, the vinyl cuts smooth, leaving a perfect finish along the edges. Be mindful that this vinyl is quite thin as it has a foil like texture, so it’s handy to be quite delicate when handling it. 

The best Cricut materials include a photo of coloured card stock

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07. Cricut Smart Paper sticker cardstock

The best Cricut materials for papercraft decorations

Specifications

Machine compatibility: Cricut Maker 3, Cricut Explore 3
Used for: Papercrafts, cards, decorations

Reasons to buy

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Works without a cutting mat
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Adhesive-backed

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn’t work with all machines

The Cricut Smart Paper sticker cardstock range of materials from Cricut is a part of its Smart Materials range, meaning you don't need a cutting mat to use these sheets. These can be used to create a variety of projects from personalised cards to scrapbook pieces, and seasonal decorations.

This set comprises ten sheets of adhesive-backed pastel cardstock from the Smart Paper range, in five different colours. Luckily, users can skip the glueing stage, and just cut, peel and go! 

We're loving these new pastel colours, they look brilliant when layered upon one another, and create beautiful bold designs. But Cricut also do similar packs in black, white, and bold primary colours. There simply couldn’t be an easier way of Cricutting.

A photo of Infusible Ink, one of the best Cricut materials

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08. Cricut Infusible Ink transfer sheet patterns

The best Cricut materials for professional-quality shirt designs

Specifications

Machine compatibility: Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore, Cricut EasyPress, Cricut Joy, Cricut Mug Press
Used for: Cut designs for t-shirts, coasters, baby bodysuits, tote bags, and more

Reasons to buy

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Looks incredibly professional
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Never cracks or peels

Reasons to avoid

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Need specific machines and add-ons, more tricky process

For those who want to level up their Cricut skills, the Infusible Ink range adds another layer of professional-level creativity. Transfers for t-shirts, other clothing items and household projects are able to be applied with these ready-to-cut sheets in a wide variety of complementary patterns.

The Infusible Ink process is different to the iron-on process or vinyl application, where in this instance, the transfer becomes one with the material itself, allowing for a seamless finish that won't crack or flake.

With this in mind, note you'll need a compatible Infusible Ink blank, which is sold separately, and Cricut EasyPress as well as your cutting machine of choice. The smaller Cricut Joy and the Cricut Mug Press can use this material, but you'll need to select the size and type appropriate for these machines.

A photo of the Cricut Chipboard, one of the best Cricut materials

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09. Cricut Heavy Chipboard

The best Cricut materials for picture frames and wall art

Specifications

Machine compatibility: Cricut Maker series
Used for: Create sturdy wall art, photo frames and home projects

Reasons to buy

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A unique Cricut material
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Several ways to use

Reasons to avoid

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 Can sometimes shred

Cricut Heavy Chipboard (2mm) proves Cricutting doesn’t just have to be about applying vinyls to mugs or making invitations with patterned card. With the Cricut Heavy Chipboard, users are able to create more robust projects, and although it’s nothing like wood, it’s easy to make items like photo frames, or add extra 3D elements to a project. 

This pack comes with five sheets so there’s plenty in there to trial out new ideas, but for those looking to make a big project, things could get a little expensive. If you're in doubt, Cricut offers a low-cost sampler pack.

A photo of various fabrics, some of the best Cricut materials

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10. Cricut Designer Fabric

The best Cricut materials for home furnishings and decor

Specifications

Machine compatibility: Cricut Maker series
Used for: Create quilted art and toys

Reasons to buy

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A unique way of using Cricut machines
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Great for home projects

Reasons to avoid

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Can only use with one series of Cricut machines

Cricut Designer Fabric is ideal for making a cushion or two, or if you want to add some sweet accents to a project? Perhaps you want to add a patchwork effect to a teddy bear? Well, these gorgeous designer fabrics are perfect for just that. 

Made from pure cotton, each pack contains five sheets of great quality fabric in unique prints from a designer. The Cricut Maker will ensure that the fabric is perfectly cut by marking up all the pieces of the chosen pattern with just a few clicks.

As this is a fabric pack it's only used with the Cricut Maker and Cricut Maker 2. You can also source your own fabric fat quarter bundles or fabric sheets; you'll then need to cut them to size to fit the Cricut Maker's board and template size.

The best Cricut materials includes foils, photos of these are featured

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11. Cricut Foil Transfer Sheets

Add a shine with these top Cricut materials

Specifications

Machine compatibility: Cricut Maker series, Cricut Explore
Used for: Brilliant for adding extra effect to cards, invitations and gifts

Reasons to buy

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Adds extra effect to Cricut projects 
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Lasts well

Reasons to avoid

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Fiddly to use sometimes

The Cricut Foil Transfer Sheets are for making projects that are a touch more luxurious. The addition of Cricut Foil Transfers to a design project can really help elevate it to another level. This pack comes with 24 sheets but you can also buy a cheaper eight-piece bundle.

Available in several colours, these foils add a professionally finished touch to any project. Used in conjunction with Cricut Design space, which suggests how to lay the foil sheets onto the base material, beautifully embellished cards, invitations and more are finished in just a few short minutes. Our favourite is the autumn shades of bronzes and reds, but there are also green, silver and pink tones.

Photos of faux leather bundles, some of the best Cricut materials

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12. Cricut Faux Leather

The best Cricut materials for crafting fashion accessories

Specifications

Machine compatibility: All Cricut machines
Used for: Fashion accessories and scrapbooking

Reasons to buy

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A unique fabric to use with Cricut
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Adds a professional touch

Reasons to avoid

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Isn’t pre-glued
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Expensive for big projects

This faux leather from Cricut is certainly a unique way of decorating projects. Easy to cut, this faux leather gives the effect and feel of real leather as it has a pebbled texture, but without the need for a thick, leather cutting blade. Perfect for creating jewellery and other fashion projects, or to embellish artwork with an additional layer, this thin faux leather can be cut into unique shapes.

The best Cricut materials include this photo of a rainbow designed vinyl

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13. Vinyl Frog Permanent Rainbow Vinyl Rolls

Create fun stickers with this leading Cricut material

Specifications

Machine compatibility: All Cricut machines
Used for: Stickers, household projects, decals, and more

Reasons to buy

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Stickers, household projects
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Decals, and more

Reasons to avoid

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Affordable, brilliant colourful design
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Long lasting

Beautiful for any project, this permanent rainbow vinyl is complete with a glitter gradient texture to help projects stand out. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor projects, this vinyl roll is suitable to be used on glasses and kitchenware as it's durable and waterproof. Add this vinyl to celebratory wine glasses or gift boxes to create a real showstopper that will be sure to turn heads.

The best Cricut materials, includes a hologram rainbow design

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14. Teckwrap Holographic Sparkle Chrome Adhesive Craft Vinyl

The best Cricut materials to add a bit of gloss to your window stickers

Specifications

Machine compatibility: All Cricut machines
Used for: Window stickers, wall decals and scrapbooking

Reasons to buy

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Unique design
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Easy to cut

Reasons to avoid

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It's an expensive option
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Sometimes fiddly to apply

Calling all sparkle lovers. This holographic rainbow vinyl roll is the perfect addition to any crafting box for those who like to stand out from the crowd. Ideal for making showstopper designs such as celebratory window stickers and wall decals, this vinyl is easy to cut, and although not an official Cricut product, works great with the machines.

This holographic rainbow vinyl material is great for even small add ons to bigger projects. It’s easy to get a lot of use out of the majority of the roll and ensure minimal waste as it so adaptable.

A photo of chalk vinyl, one of the best Cricut vinyl materials

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15. Cricut Chalkboard Vinyl

This premier Cricut material can make a handy reminder board

Specifications

Machine compatibility: All Cricut machines
Used for: Labels, removable decals and message boards

Reasons to buy

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Easy to remove
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Can wipe writing off,
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Adds another layer of texture

Reasons to avoid

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 Isn’t permanent

Any surface is able to be turned into a chalkboard with ease. After cutting into the desired shape, the vinyl is quick and easy to apply to a smooth surface, before acting as a ready made chalkboard – just draw and wipe off with an eraser or paper towel. This vinyl will stick to any smooth surface, from walls and glass to ceramic and metals.

It’s an easy vinyl to peel off, making it the ideal choice for temporary message spots such as the fridge or mirror. But we love the fact you can use it to create notice and reminder boards.

Best Cricut materials: frequent questions

What is Infusible Ink?

Infusible Ink is a system of Cricut DIY products that unlike other Cricut materials that are applied with adhesive, becomes one with the material itself for a more professional finish.

Can I use any mug with a Mug Press?

Cricut's own mugs are definitely the best option when it comes to the Mug Press. Although other mugs may fit, materials such as Infusible Ink and vinyls don't tend to stick as well.

What do beginners need with a Cricut?

The basics for a beginner are a weeding tool, a scraping tool, tweezers, scissors and some vinyl.

What tool cuts vinyl on a Cricut?

A lot of the time the blade used will be the fine point blade, which was designed to make intricate cuts on a variety of materials from cardstock to vinyl.

What materials does a Cricut Explore Air cut?

You can cut felt, leather, cardboard, wood, bonded fabric, some metals and even some acrylics.

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Mollie Davies is a freelance UK based journalist with a background in health and lifestyle. After graduating with a degree in English Literature and History from Cardiff University, Mollie began her career in social media and marketing. Whilst at university, Mollie interned in features journalism and after graduating, alongside her job, started to build her writing portfolio. She has gone on to work as a freelancer for publications including Cosmopolitan, The Metro, HelloGiggles, Fabulous, Women's Health and more.