Cricut makes some of the best crafting machines out there – and whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or use them for your work, they really do it all: the critically acclaimed Maker machine can cut over 300 materials, including leather and mat board. Another machine, the Cricut Joy, can be used to create custom graphics for t-shirts or add decals to household items like mugs and phone cases.
Now both machines are available at significant discounts from a few different retailers – and right on time for Mother’s Day shopping, so you can either give a gift yourself or give the Cricut to the smart mom in your life at a cheaper price. Read on for more information on each tool.
Cricut Maker ($ 299, originally $ 399.99; amazon.com and walmart.com)
This table machine can easily cut through balsa wood, leather, fabrics and paper. It’s especially good for DIY sewers as it can cut out and mark patterns. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can also download digital sewing patterns – the company works with Simplicity and Riley Blake Designs on these – or you can upload your own.
If you want to expand your craftsmanship, you can also purchase accessories from the complementary product line, which includes scorers, embossers, perforators and other cutting tools for various effects.
And could we add, it looks good too? You don’t have to hide this machine in the craft closet when someone comes by as it comes in pretty shades of pink, lavender, and light blue.
Cricut Joy ($ 139, originally $ 179.99; amazon.com and walmart.com)
The Cricut Joy is great for people who do anything with labels and decals – which is also an ideal first effort for those new to crafting. Whether you’re making spice jar labels, designing a monogram, creating team jerseys, or helping your child with a project, this machine can trace and cut any shape or design on a variety of materials, from vinyl to card stock to label paper. You design everything through a handy app that includes a project library and a selection of fonts. And despite its small footprint, the Joy is a powerhouse – it can process up to 20 feet of material at once.
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