What is a Cricut?

The Cricut (pronounced like the insect) is an 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, tumblers, and so much more!


What can I do?

What does the Makerspace provide?

  • Cricut Explore Air 2
  • 12"x12" cutting mats (light grip, standard grip, strong grip)
  • fine point blade
  • deep cut blade
  • scoring stylus
  • scoring wheel
  • weeding tools
  • heat press with teflon sheets

How can I use it?

If you would like to set up a 1 on 1 appointment to learn how to use the Cricut, follow the steps below:

  • Call the Makerspace at 847-458-6060 option 7 to set up a one hour appointment.
  • Before your appointment, get started by creating a Cricut account.
  • Let us know if you will be bringing your own laptop or if you would like us to provide one for you. If choosing to bring your own laptop, download the Cricut Design Space software on your computer before your appointment (choose "Cricut Explore Family" when selecting a machine).

If you are already familiar with using a Cricut, give us a call and set up a time to reserve the machine!

If you want to get started using the Cricut from home, check out a Cricut machine from our Library of Things!

What materials can I use?

You may provide your own material for use with the Cricut as approved by Makerspace Staff. The Makerspace also sells some material for purchase. View the price list.

Material must fit on a 12"x12" cutting mat.

Common materials include:

  • paper
  • cardstock
  • vinyl
  • heat transfer vinyl
  • infusible ink transfer sheets
  • Cricut brand pens and markers

Keep in mind....

  • Be prepared to spend more hours than expected on any given project. Crafting takes time!
  • The Makerspace does not guarantee the success of a project.

Project Examples