How To Set Up A Brand New Cricut Maker & Do Your First Project!

Have a brand new Cricut Maker still sitting in the box? This step by step tutorial and video shows you how to get it set up and walks you all the way through completing your first project!

Having a brand new Cricut machine can be a little daunting; they are so powerful and there are so many possibilities for using them. But don’t worry, they aren’t actually complicated or hard to use! I’m going to walk you through the setup process for a brand new Cricut Maker machine, step by step: from pulling it out of the box and plugging it into your computer all the way through completing your very first project! (And if you don’t have a Maker, I’m working on setup tutorials for the other machines and will publish those ASAP, but in the meantime, the steps are pretty similar so you should be able to follow along with this tutorial!)

For those of you who are just getting started, I also have a complete guide to the accessories & supplies that every Cricut beginner needs (and which ones are just “nice-to-haves” that you can splurge on later if you want). And if you’re still on the fence or still have questions about the Maker, check out my post answering all the common questions about the Maker!

How to set up a brand new cricut maker do your first project

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How To Set Up A Brand New Cricut Maker In Under An Hour

  • Time spent doing stuff: 40 minutes
  • Time spent waiting around: 15 minutes
  • Total project time: 55 minutes


  • Cricut Maker
  • USB cable (included in the box with the Maker)
  • Power cord (included in the box with the Maker)
  • Rotary Blade + Drive Housing (included in the box with the Maker)
  • Fine Point Blade + Housing (included in the box with the Maker)
  • Fine Point Pen (included in the box with the Maker)
  • FabricGrip Mat 12″x12″ (included in the box with the Maker)
  • LightGrip Mat 12″x12″ (included in the box with the Maker)
  • computer, tablet, or mobile device that is connected to the internet


  • the packet of first project materials that came with your Maker (or two pieces of cardstock and a small scrap of fabric)
  • gluestick


Check out the video below to see the entire Cricut Maker setup and first project from start to finish! The video will walk you through plugging in your Cricut Maker and connecting it to your computer, and then show you how to use the Design Space online software to make your first project.

Grab your Cricut Maker and your computer, and follow along with the video below to get started! (The link you need to go to in order to start setting up your machine is

***UPDATE:*** Cricut has recently changed their new machine setup tutorial and it no longer includes a full initial project. I’m working to get a new video filmed to walk you through the new setup tutorial, but in the meantime the first steps to get the machine actually connected to your computer and registered are still the same, it’s just everything after that part that has changed…sorry!

And don’t forget to check out my other Cricut tutorials and project ideas!

I hope this helps you to get started with your Cricut! If you’re brand new to Cricut, check out some of my beginner tutorials:

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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Reader Interactions

  1. Dara Drake says

    4 years ago

    I updated my Cricut Explore 1 and now I have to sign in everytime I go out to do something else and I lose what I was working on.

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      4 years ago

      That’s really weird, updating the firmware on your machine shouldn’t cause that issue! Are you using a mobile device like a phone or tablet, or are you using the desktop version of the software?

  2. Rachael Johnson says

    4 years ago

    I’ve just gone to set up my new cricut maker and realised it doesn’t have a full starter project… so dissapointed!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      4 years ago

      Yeah, isn’t that a bummer! They recently changed the initial setup tutorial to just include a test cut rather than a full project. 🙁 I’m working on re-filming this video to walk through the new tutorial, but I’m also working on a separate little video course that will walk you through doing an entire first project of my own design. Hopefully that will fill in some gaps for other people just starting out!

  3. María says

    6 years ago

    Thanks very much for the cricut video, i have cricut explore air . Nice to meat you

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