Which materials can I cut with my Cricut Explore machine?

Cricut Explore machines cut so many materials that the only limit is your imagination. From something as delicate as tissue paper to thick leather, this amazing machine can do it all! Some of the popular materials that the Cricut Explore can cut are:


  • Paper - Standard, Cardstock, Vellum, Poster Board
  • Vinyl - Standard, Premium, Dry Erase, Chalkboard
  • Iron-On - Heat-Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
  • Craft Materials - Washi Tape, Craft Foam, Glitter Paper
  • Upcycled Materials - Chipboard, Cereal Boxes, Aluminum Cans
  • Fabric - Felt, Denim, Polyester, Burlap, Canvas
  • Plastic - Stencil, Window Acetate, Silicone
  • Thick Materials - Leather, Balsa Wood, Magnet Materials


Cricut Explore machines are not food safe, and cannot cut fondant or similar materials.


The recommended blade type, cutting mat and pressure setting for various materials are listed below:


Material Multi-Cut Pressure Setting Blade Type Cutting Mat
Tissue Paper 4x 142 Regular LightGrip
Notebook Paper Off 145 Regular LightGrip
Plastic Packaging Off 155 Regular LightGrip
Foil Mulberry Paper Off 155 Regular LightGrip
Epoxy Mulberry Paper Off 155 Regular LightGrip
Copy Paper Off 158/Paper Regular LightGrip
Heavy Office Paper Off 158/Paper Regular LightGrip
Parchment Paper Off 158/Paper Regular LightGrip
Construction Paper Off 158/Paper Regular LightGrip
Cricut® Vinyl Off 171/Vinyl Regular StandardGrip
Dry Erase Vinyl Off 171/Vinyl Regular StandardGrip
Cricut® Chalkboard Vinyl Off 171/Vinyl Regular StandardGrip
Light Printed Paper Off 175 Regular LightGrip
Window Cling Off 175 Regular StandardGrip
Vellum Off 180 Regular LightGrip
Cricut® Iron-On Off Iron-On Regular StandardGrip
Cricut® Glitter Iron-On Off Iron-On + Regular StandardGrip
Washi Tape Off 190 Regular LightGrip
Adhesive Backed Foil Off 192 Regular StandardGrip
Cutting Mat Protector Off 195 Regular LightGrip
Transparency Off 260 Regular LightGrip
Duck Tape Off 260 Regular StandardGrip
Light Chipboard (0.55mm) Off 260 Regular StrongGrip
Printed Paper Off 272/Light Cardstock Regular StandardGrip
Light Cardstock Off 272/Light Cardstock Regular StandardGrip
Kraft Paper Off Light Cardstock + Regular StandardGrip
Light Glitter Paper Off 286 Regular LightGrip
Cricut® Cardstock (Solid Core) Off Cardstock Regular StandardGrip
Cardstock (White Core) Off Cardstock Regular StandardGrip
Adhesive Backed Cardstock Off 299/Cardstock Regular StandardGrip
Flocked Paper Off 310 Regular StandardGrip
Silk* Off Fabric Regular StandardGrip
Cotton Fabric* Off Fabric Regular StandardGrip
Polyester Off Fabric Regular StandardGrip
Burlap* 2x 264 Regular StandardGrip
Canvas Off Fabric + Regular StandardGrip
Denim* 3x 321 Regular StrongGrip
Poster Board Off Poster Board Regular StrongGrip
Corrugated Paper 2x 275 Regular StandardGrip
Heavy Watercolor Paper (140lbs) 2x 280 Regular StrongGrip
Tight Woven Burlap* 2x 300 Regular StandardGrip
Glitter Epoxy Printed Paper 2x 303 Regular StandardGrip
Wool Felt 3x 311 Regular StrongGrip
Glitter Cardstock 2x 325 Regular StrongGrip
Air Dry Makin's Clay Off 340 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Adhesive Backed Wood 2x 255 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Chipboard 2x 300 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Felt* 2x 320 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Stiffened Felt* 2x 320 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Faux Leather 3x 229 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Shimmer Leather 3x 254 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Light Leather 3x 256 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Birch Wood 3x 299 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Cricut® Stencil 3x 317 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Craft Foam 4x 123 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Adhesive Backed Cork Board 4x 135 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Heavy Chipboard 4x 220 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Aluminum Metal 4x 308 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Cricut® Magnet 4x 320 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Acetate 5x 340.5 Deep Cut StrongGrip
Heavy Leather 5x 337 Deep Cut StrongGrip


* With Stabilizers - They are used to hold fabrics and other woven materials flat and firm on the cutting mat, and to prevent stretching during cutting. We have used Wonder Under and Heat n Bond. You can find similar brands at your local craft and material stores.


If your material is not listed here, you can still give a try with the closest matching material's settings, provided the thickness of your material is less than 2.0 mm.


To know how to use the "Custom" material settings in Cricut Design Space with your Explore machine, please visit this help article.