The Best Cricut Accessories - Cricut Explore Air 2

The Best Cricut Accessories - Cricut Explore Air 2

If you have a Cricut Explore Air 2, keep reading because I have the best Cricut accessories to make your crafting life a lot easier!

Crafting with the Cricut Explore Air 2 is a great experience, but with the right accessories, it can become even more rewarding. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just starting out, having the right tools at your disposal can make all the difference in your projects. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the top accessories for the Cricut Explore Air 2 that will take your crafting endeavors to the next level.

Me with my Cricut in 2019!

I have been using my Cricut since the very early stages of my running my accessories and stationery store, Quinn's Pins, back in 2019. I still use the same Cricut today as it's super reliable. It has allowed me to grow my business. From Stickers, Mirror Decals and Suncatchers, I am able to create as many of these products as I like and get them restocked quickly for my customers.

The Best Cricut Accessories

Cricut Explore Air 2 Cutting Mats

One of the most essential accessories for any Cricut Explore Air 2 owner is a set of cutting mats. These mats provide the perfect surface for cutting various materials, including vinyl, cardstock, and fabric.

The Cricut Explore Air 2 cutting mats come in different grip strengths to accommodate different materials and project types. Whether you're creating intricate designs or cutting larger pieces, having the right cutting mat is crucial for achieving precise and clean cuts.

There are many different brand of mats that you can go for, whether you'd like to stick to the Cricut branding, or find a cheaper alternative. Personally I use the REALIKE Light Grip Mats and they're a great alternative!



Cricut Tools Set

The Cricut Tools Set is a must-have Cricut accessory for every Cricut Explore Air 2 user. This comprehensive set includes essential tools such as a weeder, scraper, spatula, and scissors, among others.

These tools are designed to help you weed intricate designs, lift delicate pieces from the cutting mat, and smooth out vinyl and other materials onto surfaces. With the Cricut Tools Set, you'll have everything you need to tackle any crafting project with ease and precision.

If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, I find that this Weeding Tool Set is a great collection of tools for crafting.


Cricut Vinyl Sheets

One of the best Cricut accessories? Vinyl! Vinyl is a versatile material that can be used for a wide range of crafting projects, from mirror decals and suncatcher stickers, to custom signs and more. Vinyl sheets have a huge array of vinyl sheets in different colors and finishes, allowing you to unleash your creativity and bring your ideas to life.

Whether you prefer matte, glossy, or metallic finishes, their selection of Vinyl has something for everyone. You'll have endless possibilities for creating unique and eye-catching designs! Here is a Vinyl Set that I personally recommend, there are also plenty of options on the Cricut website.


Cricut Pens

Take your projects to the next level with the Cricut Pens, specially designed for use with the Cricut Explore Air 2. These pens allow you to draw intricate designs, write personalized messages, and add decorative elements to your projects with ease.

This is such a fun Cricut accessory! The Cricut Pens come in a variety of colors and tip sizes, giving you the freedom to experiment and create stunning artwork. Whether you're making handmade cards, scrapbook pages, or planner stickers, the Cricut Pens will add a professional touch to your creations.


If you're looking for an alternative, the Realike Pens are a great option and will save you some pennies!


Cricut Blades

Cricut blades one of the essential accessories for the Cricut Explore Air 2, as they play a crucial role in achieving precise and clean cuts across various materials. You can read more about Cricut Blades and their uses on their blog post.

Types of Cricut Blades

These blades come in different types, each designed for specific cutting tasks. The fine-point blade, for example, is perfect for intricate designs and detailed cuts, while the deep-point blade is ideal for thicker materials like chipboard and leather.

Additionally, the rotary blade is excellent for fabric cutting, ensuring smooth and accurate cuts without fraying. By using the appropriate blade for your project, you can achieve professional-quality results with ease and precision.

With Cricut blades, you'll unlock endless possibilities for creativity and innovation in your crafting endeavors with the Cricut Explore Air 2. Shop their range of blades here.

Cricut Transfer Tape

Cricut Transfer Tape is an indispensable accessory for users of the Cricut Explore Air 2, serving as the bridge between your cutting mat and your final project. This specialised tape allows you to effortlessly transfer intricate designs and lettering from your cutting mat to various surfaces, such as glasses, suncatchers or directly to a surface such as a wall or window.

With its adhesive backing and grid-lined surface, Cricut Transfer Tape ensures precise alignment and placement, minimising the risk of misalignment or wrinkling during the transfer process!

If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, I highly recommend the Zwanzer Transfer Tape.


Cricut Scraper

If you're looking at getting a Cricut Tool Set that we spoke about earlier, you'll find that a scraper is included. However I felt this needed it's own section as it's super useful!

The Cricut Scrapers are a game-changing Cricut accessory, designed to make projects easier and more efficient. The scrapers allow you to quickly and effectively smooth out materials on your cutting mat, ensuring optimal adhesion and preventing bubbling or wrinkling.

Cricut Scrapers are also amazing at cleaning up any left over vinyl or debris from your Cricut mat. Due to the Cricut mats being so sticky, they can easily cling to left materials. By keeping the mat as clean as possible, means you can prolong the life of each mat. This one is an XL Cricut Scraper and is super useful due to its larger surface area!

Alternatively, this 3PC Scraper Set is a great alternative!


Cricut Printable Sticker Paper

Another amazing Cricut accessory is it's range of sticker paper. With Cricut Printable Sticker Paper, you can easily create custom stickers and labels for a variety of projects. Simply print your designs onto the sticker paper using your printer, then cut them out with your Cricut Explore Air 2. See my blog post on How To Make Stickers With The Cricut Explore Air 2.
Personalise notebooks with your own stickers or craft custom gift tags effortlessly. Simply design and print your creations, and let your Cricut cutting machine automatically detect and precision-cut the shapes for your desired custom stickers.

Types of Sticker Paper

There are multiple sticker paper types available, such as holographic, clear and waterproof. So the possibilities are endless! Check our my range of stickers!
Alternatively, the Joyeza Sticker Paper is a great alternative if you're looking for glossy sticker paper!

Cricut Scoring Stylus

The Cricut Scoring Stylus is one of the best Cricut accessories for creating precise score lines on paper, cardstock, and other materials. This accessory allows you to create intricate folds and score lines for cards and envelopes or other projects, without the need for manually scoring each line.
The stylus is compatible with the Cricut Explore Air 2's scoring functionality, making it easy to add professional-looking creases to your projects with ease. The Cricut Explore holds the Scoring Stylus as well as a cutting blade, meaning you can cut and score at the same time!


Cricut Explore Air 2 Accessories

The Cricut Explore Air 2 is already a powerful crafting machine, but with the right accessories, it becomes even more versatile and efficient. From cutting mats to sticker paper, vinyl packs to pens, there's a wide range of accessories available to help you take your crafting endeavors to new heights.

By investing in these top accessories for the Cricut Explore Air 2, you'll unlock endless possibilities for creativity and innovation in your projects. 


Unique Gift Ideas

As I said earlier on in this blog. I started up my own accessories and stationery store, Quinn's Pins, from the comfort of my little bedroom back in 2018, owning a Cricut in 2019. 

Since then I have filled my shop with beautiful, unique products, all designed by myself, now in my home studio! So, if you're looking for some unique gifts for friends, be sure to take a look at my store! I love creating products that are cute as well as products that my customers can relate to. So be sure to check out my range - many made with my Cricut Explore Air 2!

Take a look at my 'Good Things Are Coming!' Suncatcher, made with my Cricut!

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