Step by Step Beginners Guide to using the Cricut Maker 3

The Cricut Maker 3 is a cutting machine that can be used for various crafts and projects.

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Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to use the Cricut Maker 3. Don’t forget to stock up on SVG Designs for your new Cricut!

Cricut Maker 3 – Unboxing and Setup:

  • Start by unboxing your Cricut Maker 3 and ensure that you have all the components, including the machine, power cord, USB cable, cutting mat, and a blade.
  • Connect the power cord to the machine and plug it into a power outlet.
  • Connect the USB cable to your computer and the other end to the machine.
  • Turn on the Cricut Maker 3.
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Install Design Space:

  • Visit the Cricut website and download the Cricut Design Space software or app.
  • Install Design Space on your computer or mobile device.
  • Launch Design Space and create an account if you don’t have one already.


  • Open Design Space and start a new project.
  • Design your project using the various tools and features available in Design Space.
  • You can create or import your own designs, or use ready-to-make projects from the Design Space library.

Material Selection:

  • Identify the type of material you want to cut or work with.
  • Consult the Cricut Maker 3’s Material Settings Guide to determine the appropriate settings for your chosen material.

Load the Mat:

  • Place your chosen material on the cutting mat. Make sure the material is flat and free from wrinkles or bubbles.
  • Align the top left corner of the material with the top left corner of the mat.
  • Load the mat into the Cricut Maker 3 by sliding it into the machine from the front until it locks in place.

Set Cutting Options:

  • In Design Space, select your material from the list or choose “Browse All Materials” to search for a specific material.
  • Follow the prompts to set the appropriate cutting options, such as the material type, blade type, and pressure settings.
  • Make sure to double-check the settings to ensure they match your material and desired outcome.

Start Cutting:

  • Once you have set the cutting options, click or tap the “Make It” button in Design Space.
  • The software will analyze your design and show a preview of how it will be cut.
  • If everything looks correct, click or tap the “Continue” button.
  • Design Space will communicate with your Cricut Maker 3 and send the cutting instructions to the machine.
  • The machine will begin cutting your design based on the specified settings.

Unload the Mat and Remove the Material:

  • After the cutting is complete, the Cricut Maker 3 will pause, and Design Space will notify you.
  • Press the “Unload” button on the machine to release the mat.
  • Remove the mat from the machine and carefully peel off the cut material from the mat.

Finishing Touches:

Depending on your project, you may need to weed or remove excess material from the cut design. Use appropriate tools such as tweezers or a weeding tool to remove any unwanted pieces. See my article on how to weed vinyl.

Repeat and Explore:

If you have more designs or want to create additional projects, repeat the process from step 5 onwards. The best way to get to know your amazing new Cricut is to experiment with different materials, settings, and designs to explore the full capabilities of the Cricut Maker 3.

See the full list of what the amazing Cricut Maker 3 can do!

Remember to always follow the instructions provided by Cricut and refer to the user manual for specific details about your machine. Have fun creating with your Cricut Maker 3!

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