DIY and Crafts

Craft enthusiasts, here’s what you need to know about the Cricut Maker 3

Decorations, stickers and cake toppers are about to get a crafty upgrade with the Cricut Maker 3Dubbed the ultimate smart cutting machine, crafts are about to get a lot more fun and exciting with the Cricut Maker 3

What machine are we reviewing today?

The Cricut Maker 3, a powerful craft machine that can cut, emboss, draw and engrave all at the touch of a button. Think cute totes, hats, cards, stickers, cake toppers and wall decals, you name it and the Cricut can probably make it.

Purchase the Cricut Maker 3 for $669 (usually $788) from Spotlight (SHOP HERE) or from $675.03, from Amazon (SHOP HERE).

What can the Cricut Maker 3 do? The elevator pitch, please?

This primo machine can cut more than 300 different types of material (including vinyl, leather and matboard) up to 3.6 metres without having to use a mat. There are 13 compatible tools for cutting, writing, scoring, foiling and embellishing, plus you can pair it to your devices effortlessly with Bluetooth.

The Cricut Maker 3 is even equipped with a docking slot and a USB port to charge your devices. Simply download the Design Space app (a free trial is offered for new subscribers) on your device to draw your designs and the Cricut will print them. This app offers an easy setup, unique fonts, and a variety of high-quality images you can use for your projects.

Nicola and Hayley got their Halloween craft on with the smart Cricut Maker 3, creating bat wall decor to add some spook to their homes. Here, they’re carefully peeling the vinyl off the backing paper. 

Is the Cricut Maker 3 worth it?

Without a doubt. It’s a machine the whole family can make use of – everything from making T-shirt transfers for the kids’ soccer team to creating stylish labels for an organised pantry. We used the machine ahead of our Halloween celebrations and we found we could add a bit of flair into a kids’ room, or at the very least frightening them with a cauldron of bat wall decals. Maybe it’ll be enough to spook them into picking up their dirty socks?

Are there any downsides to the Cricut Maker 3?

Other than the expense of setting yourself up with the machine and accessories, you will have the ongoing cost of materials. Also, the canvas size is limited to the width of the machine.

Pro tip: When transferring a large vinyl decal to the wall, make sure to use vinyl transfer tape. Trust us, it’s a game-changer.

Is the Cricut Maker 3 good for beginners?

No design experience is required with the Cricut Maker 3. It took us some time to get our heads around the initial setup (downloading the Cricut Design Space app and uploading our bat designs), but after a few hiccups, we nailed it!

Tip: Watch a YouTube tutorial or two, but try not to get sucked into the cat video abyss.

Where can I purchase the Cricut Maker 3 in New Zealand?

The Cricut Maker 3 is available at: 

Words: Nicola Feeney and Hayley Pearce

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