10/31 | Our View On The Cricut Maker vs. Explore Air 2

I’ve been a Cricut lover for a very long time. I’ve used all of their machines and have loved seeing how they progress as time goes on. Before the Cricut Maker came out last August I was using the Explore Air 2. When I heard about the Maker I didn’t hesitate to order it, I couldn’t wait to see all the improvements and differences in the machine. After a year of using the Cricut Maker, I thought it was time to write about the Maker vs Explore, and explain a little about the Difference between Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker. If you’ve ever been wondering “Why should I buy a Maker“, this post is for you!

Adaptive Tool System

Everyone talks about the Makers adaptive tool system. It’s the first of it’s kind and it opens up so many more crafting opportunities. Now with the rotary blades, we can make sewing projects in a flash. The scoring wheel is a must for any paper craft projects. You also have the option of the Knife Blade, which can cut many types of wood. Today’s project is a cute DIY Cakestand we made from Cricut Chipboard! So we’ll get to show you what it can do.  The Maker also has 10x the cutting power as the Explore Air 2. That means you get to spend more time crafting and less time worrying if your machine has cut perfectly. The Explore Air 2 can only cut things like cardstock, iron on, and thin leather. It’s still a great machine, but with all the crafting options of the Maker, it’s tough to compete.

Redesigned Machine

Cricut has definitely changed the game when they decided to redesign the Maker. It has a simple, sleek design that looks bomb in any craft room. There’s no more material dial like the Explore Air 2 has, it’s all in Cricut Design space now, which I love. They also designed the Maker with a lot more storage for tools, as well as a dock for your phone or tablet. They’ve also added a USB port perfect for charging your devices or plugging in your BrightPad when weeding. One super small difference between the two machines is the ability to choose “Fast Mode” for the Maker, and it has quickly become one of my favorite add-ons.

If you love your Explore Air 2, you’ll adore the Maker. I think those are some great Top reasons to buy a Maker. I  want to show you all how we made an adorable cake stand out of Cricut Chipboard and some patterned cardstock. It turned out so cute. It’s perfect to make for a party or get together, and since you have the freedom of choosing your colors and patterns of cardstock, you can make it for any occasion.


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Step 1: Prepare your mat to cut with the Knife Blade. Place heavy-duty Chipboard down on StrongGrip Mat. Apply masking tape to make sure it stays in place.

Step 2: Follow steps on Design Space to cut using the Knife Blade.

Step 3: Change the Knife Blade to Fine Point Blade.

Step 4: Cut out all layers of cardstock using cardstock colors of your choice and your LightGrip mat.

Step 5: Organize all paper with the coordinating piece of chipboard.

Step 6: Using the ATG gun apply adhesive to the paper and stick to the cardboard.

Step 7: Start building your cake stand. We simply worked with it for a second and it came together effortlessly.

It’s THAT easy to build 3D projects with Cricut. Leave us a comment what you’re going to do with your new cake stand!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.