What is it?

The Cricut (pronounced like "cricket") is a versatile electronic cutting and drawing machine. Designs created on a computer using Cricut Design Space can be cut or drawn onto material such as paper, cardstock, and vinyl. The Cricut can be used to create a variety of projects including custom t-shirts, signs, greeting cards, stickers, and so much more!


What can I do?

What does the Makerspace provide?

  • Cricut Explore Air 2
  • 12"x12" Cutting Mats
  • Blades (fine point and deep cut)
  • Scoring Stylus and Scoring Wheel
  • Cricut Basic Tool Set (spatula, weeding tool, scraper, tweezers)
  • Cricut Fine Point Pens
  • Heat Press (with assorted teflon sheets and pillows)

Take It Home

Want to get started using a Cricut at home? 

Check out a Cricut Explore Air 2 from our Library of Things with your Algonquin Library card!

  • Checkout is one week with one renewal if no one else is waiting.
  • Includes the Cricut Explore Air 2 cutting machine, 3 cutting mats (light, standard, and strong grip), and a tool kit all in a convenient carrying case!

How do I use it?

Whether you're new to Cricut or need help with a specific project, our One-on-One appointments can guide you through the process. Here's how to book yours:

  • Fill out the One-on-One request form or call the Makerspace at 847-458-6060 option 7 to set up a one-hour long appointment.
  • Before your appointment: Get started by creating a free Cricut account. Let us know if you will be bringing your own laptop or if you would like to use one of ours. If you choose to bring your own laptop, download the Cricut Design Space software beforehand (choose "Cricut Explore Family" when selecting a machine).

Already a Cricut Pro?

Reserve time with the Cricut using our Equipment Reservation request form or call the Makerspace!

What do I need to bring?

You can bring your own materials for use with the Cricut, subject to approval by Makerspace staff. Alternatively, you can purchase materials from our selection (see our Material Price List for details). All materials must be compatible with a 12" x 12" cutting mat.

Here are some common Cricut materials:

  • Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Vinyl
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
  • Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
  • Cricut Brand Pens and Markers

Tips and Tricks....

  • Be prepared to spend more time than expected on any given project. Crafting takes time!
  • Bring extra materials for practice and mistakes.
  • We will always do our best to help you with your project but cannot guarantee success.