Attention crafters! Cricut products are majorly discounted for Prime Day

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TikTok has proven that getting crafty is easily one of the quickest ways to cure boredom. The line of Cricut devices are currently on sale for Prime Day, and it’s a great way to dive into something new for the summer without overspending on the commitment. 

You’d be surprised what people are creating with the hand-sized Cricut Joy that’s only $138 for Prime Day. The device isn’t an everyday paper cutter or label-maker. It’s that and everything you could dream of doing for your art and science projects in grade school. Think of it as a mini 3D printer, but for paper and vinyl materials.

For more skilled creators, the brand’s Cricut Explore Air 2 makes everything from cards and custom stickers to personal art for your home, and you can nab it for $169 (Orig. $249.99). Additionally, Cricut is giving shoppers a deal on the Cricut Maker Vinyl Bundle to save you $120. The Cricut Maker is special because you can cut fabrics, however, in this bundle, you’re stacked with 20 removable vinyl sheets and six permanent vinyl sheets to start you off.

Cricut Explore Air 2, $169 ($249.99)

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Cricut Maker Vinyl Bundle, $279 (Orig. $399)

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Cricut Joy, $138.75 (Orig. $159.99)

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Take your design from your phone or tablet and the Cricut Joy cuts — and even draws — for you. Not to mention, you can make an affordable gift, and shoot, even custom wrapping paper for any holiday, birthday or celebration in literally no time. 

The brand sent one my way with a few of its Cricut Joy accessories, which honestly are a lifesaver when scissors aren’t enough. Plus, there are several ways to take advantage of this nifty little craft machine. Here’s my review of how the Cricut Joy works and what you can use it for.

1. Use the Cricut Joy to personalize everyday gifts

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What You Need: 

Unbelievably, TikTok and Instagram alone can give you wild ideas on how to use this gem daily or for special occasions. While the brand offers actual mugs and even a Mug Press (now $185), you can still customize your dull glassware without it. The Cricut Joy app lets you choose your project. Add or create your own shapes to the app and use your favorite Smart Vinyl to bring your design to life. To help you extract each piece of the fonts and shapes, the Basic Tool Set will come in handy to pull and apply the vinyl to objects.

Cricut Mug Press Premier Value Bundle, $185 (Orig. $236.94)

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Cricut, Basic Tool Set, for Diecut Projects, $14.34

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2. Use the Cricut Joy to make custom cards

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What You Need: 

You can literally stop buying last-minute cards and make a card last-minute from home that looks like it took forever to select. The Cricut Joy app gives you a step-by-step breakdown of how to make the card using the brand’s Card Mat 4.5″ x 6.25″ and Insert Cards. The app connects your device to the Cricut Joy and offers a plethora of design options for your card. Once you select a card from the app, the directions will do the rest and cut out your custom design. Once you’re done, let the sentimental messaging begin.

3. Use the Cricut Joy to organize your life

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What You Need: 

Not many people talk about optimizing the space in your fridge, but it can make a huge difference. My carton of oat milk was too bulky, so I swapped it out for a plastic carafe I had lying around and made a milk label for it. All you need for this is the brand’s smart vinyl in whatever color you want.

My Cricut Joy review

Overall, the Cricut Joy is a gem for those who love to craft whether it be as a hobby or for a small business. However, it’s also a great device for those who are just starting out in the DIY space. Considering the app gives you step-by-step directions and a full catalog of design ideas, it’s kind of like being in your own little crafting factory. You plug in your favorite shapes, text and fonts, and with the press of a button, your cutouts and drawings look like a professional made them. 

It may seem wild to invest so much in a crafting machine, but it’s worth it. When you’re away from your friends and family, this palm-sized gadget can do a lot to add a little personalization to help make you all feel just a little bit closer.

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