Do you want to know what the perfect pen will be for your next Cricut project? Then you’re going to love this easy hack for your next brilliant idea. This pen review for your next Cricut project will show how you can save money using any pen you want on your Cricut machine, and which pens are best to use.
Did you know you can use any pen on your Cricut machine? It’s true!
Recently, I shared a DIY tutorial on how you can use any pen on your Cricut machine for pennies compared to what you’ll be spending on name-brand pens and accessories.
As one reader pointed out, “I thought I would need a second job to be able to afford all of the pens and accessories.” Nope. Not anymore.
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I’ve had a lot of questions from readers asking: what pens are best to use on the Cricut machine with the DIY pen adapter?
The Ultimate Pen Review For Your Next Cricut Project
I tested three types of pens (ones you don’t have to spend a fortune on) that you probably have in your house right now.
The three types of pens I used for this test include:
It’s important to remember that before you use any pen on your makeshift pen adapter, you want to confirm the tip is fine or extra fine. This will ensure the pen fits perfectly into the pen holder and writes well, especially for very detailed writing.
The Fine-Line Markers Being Tested On The Cricut
I was really excited to test the fine-line markers with the pen holder mostly because if you’re a mom, love coloring, have kids, or all the above, I’m confident you have markers in your home somewhere.
The standard tube markers won’t fit in the pen holder, which is why the fine-line markers are so important. The results were lovely. During this test, I was practicing a few Valentine’s Day scripts for my daughter’s primary class.
As you can see, the marker writes really well in having flow. However, there are a few points in each letter where the machine rested or started a new line where an impact mark was made.
If you are looking for a cheap pen to use on an easy project or one that doesn’t require fancy script writing, then a marker will be perfect for you.
Fine Tip Pen and Gel Pens on the Cricut Machine
I tested the gel pens and the fine-tip pens, one right after the other since I knew they would be very similar in writing.
For these two pens, my main focus was on seeing how curves would fair in the drawing process (and since it was Valentine’s Day, what better way than to plaster hearts all over the paper).
Both the gel pen and the fine-tip pen did an amazing job at writing.
The pink gel pen did have a bit of a movement mark (on the far left-hand side of the heart in the image) but this was primarily due to the fact that I currently have three children running around while I’m trying to craft and the table did get a few shakes.
All Three Pens After Being Tested On The Cricut
There are a few pressure points depending on which pen or marker you use, the script you’re writing in, and also the image you’re having your machine draw.
The fine-tip pen I used for the heart in the top left-hand corner was not prepped (I didn’t check to make sure it was working before inserting it into the pen holder). Once that little issue was taken care of there weren’t any other problems with pens not working on the machine.
I would love to know what you think of using any pen on your Cricut machine! Leave a comment below and share, or feel free to ask any questions you may have about using your Cricut machine. I would love to help.
Micah Klug is a wife, homeschooling mother to five children, and author. She teaches time-tested solutions to help parents remember what matters most in life, including strengthening their home, faith, and family relationships. To learn how a child who grew up in an authoritarian home is now creating an environment of peace and joy in her own home visit this page. If you want to contact Micah, send her an email here or email [email protected].