What Is A Cricut and What Can I Do With It

Have you been eyeing a Cricut machine but you’re not quite sure what it is or what you would do with it? See what comes in a standard Cricut Explore Air 2 box (including an unboxing video), and check out Cricut project ideas. This post contains affiliate links. 

While browsing through my phone last week, I came across an unboxing video that I did when my Cricut Explore Air 2 arrived. Buried in photos of kid Christmas parties and programs, I forgot about it along with way. Luckily, I found it before one of the kids deleted it, and I thought that I would share it with you today.

Many readers have chimed in that they received a Cricut Explore Air under the tree for Christmas, but others have said that their machine is still on the way or that they are intimidated to open the box. For those of you, I have this unboxing video for you, as well as a peek at the items that come in a Cricut Explore Air 2 box.

What is in a Cricut Explore Air 2 box?

For those of you on the fence, here is what comes in a standard Cricut Explore Air 2 box. Keep in mind that this will vary if you purchase a “bundle.” Often on Amazon or HSN, Cricut will offer different bundles that may include extra accessories. These items would be listed when you purchase the Cricut. What you see below is what comes in a standard, Cricut Machine only, box.

What comes in a standard Cricut Explore Air 2 box?


See the items unboxed in action here:

For those with a Cricut on the way, I can’t wait for you to unbox your own at home! For those of you on the fence on whether or not to purchase one (or what it even is), here’s a quick explanation and project overview.

What Is A Cricut and What Can I Do With It?


What Is A Cricut?

A Cricut machine is a cutting machine. It cuts shapes, text, and photos. While many people think of a Cricut as something that cuts card stock or vinyl only, it can cut faux leather, adhesive foil, balsa wood, and more. With the Cricut Explore One, Cricut Explore Air, and Cricut Explore Air 2 (the current models sold by Cricut), the machine has a writing and scoring adapter in addition to cutting. A Cricut is popular with crafters, party planners, DIY enthusiasts, and more!

What Can I Do with a Cricut?

Wow! Listing everything would be a long list! But, here’s a short list of Cricut project ideas.

  • School projects- My elementary aged daughter can use my Cricut machine. She has used it on several projects this year already!
  • Card stock projects– Crafters and party planners can make greeting cards, party invitations, party decorations, costume pieces, Bible journaling embellishments, and more!
  • Vinyl projects– Use permanent vinyl for outdoor projects (update a mailbox maybe) and kitchen items (like mugs) that can be handwashed. Use removable vinyl for wall projects.
  • Iron-on projects– One of the most popular uses for the Cricut, iron-on vinyl (also known as heat transfer vinyl) is used to make custom shirts, bags, hats, and more!
  • Craft foam projects- Craft foam projects are fun for kid crafts, wreaths, and more.
  • Window cling projects– Imagine making your own window clings for holidays! With the Cricut, easily cut window cling material into different shapes and decor, like these Preschool Shape ideas.
  • Print and Cut projects- Working in conjunction with your home printer, the Cricut allows crafters to print photos or images out on their computer and then cut them with the Cricut. From printable magnets to sticker paper, there are so many options for customized gifts or favors for weddings, etc.
  • Faux Leather projects– One of my favorite mediums, create lovely jewelry items or fashion accessories with faux leather or add a leather look to cards, pillows, ans more.
  • Adhesive Foil and Washi Sheet projects- Would you like to add a custom look to a photo frame or your phone case? Adhesive foil and washi sheets are excellent for these projects! The adhesive foil adds a shiny, metallic look to any project, like these pretty Family Ornaments that I made last year.
  • Stenciled wood projects- I discovered stencil vinyl this year, and I love it! Create your own adhesive stencil with stencil vinyl, adhere it to wood, and then paint. Remove the stencil vinyl after the paint has dried, and, there you go! Create custom wood signs and more with stencil vinyl.


If you can dream it, the Cricut Explore Air can help you do it!


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