Best Alternative Cricut Materials 2022

Best alternative materials Cricut Explore Air 2 With Paper Hero
Best alternative materials Cricut Explore Air 2 With Paper Hero (Image credit: Karen S. Freeman / iMore)

Whether you have a Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Maker, or Cricut Joy, there are tons of Cricut accessories and Cricut-branded materials you can use to get your creativity on. But what if you want to save a few bucks, or just expand your repertoire? Don't worry, there are plenty of third-party materials made by other companies that you can use with your Cricut machine. Here are some of the best alternative Cricut materials you can buy.

The Best alternative Cricut materials for your projects

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Oracal 651 Glossy Vinyl is one of the most popular materials for beginners and experts alike, you can personalize a mug or other beverage container with your name or a favorite design to start. The possibilities are endless with vinyl. I've customized everything from an Instant Pot to storage containers to my iPhone case — nothing in my house is safe from the Cricut treatment.

Paper is also great for beginners. It's quite inexpensive so you can buy a lot for a little bit of money, and make a ton of projects. You might make some mistakes, but that's ok! The Neenah Creative Collection Specialty Cardstock Starter Kit comes with 72 pieces of paper, so go ahead and make those cards, flowers, and lots more.

Don't forget the Cricut tools you'll need for your projects, as well as the best Cricut accessories. Of course, you'll need some Cricut blanks once you've personalized all the stuff in your house!

Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.