Use a Cricut Mat in a Silhouette Cameo

September 5, 2014Allison Murray
Save money by using a Cricut Mat in a Silhouette Cameo! Seriously... they tend to run HALF of the price and work just as well if not better!

Save money by using a Cricut Mat in a Silhouette Cameo! Seriously... they tend to run HALF of the price and work just as well if not better!

Do you ever have days where you’re just flat out in a snit? The other day I really, really was and I don’t even know why. If even the smallest thing happened I was pissed off beyond all comprehension. Call it hormones or whatever you want but angry me was simmering.

Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that I had tried a bazillion freaking times to make a cut with my Silhouette and things absolutely refused to work out for me. I don’t know how many times I cut the same thing over and over and over again. I thought that perhaps it was my blade so I ordered a new on on Amazon Prime and waited two days to get back after it. But things didn’t get any better and my pissiness from two days prior came back with a vengeance.

So next I went on to Amazon to order a new mat. My mats are pretty old, after all, and it’s probably time to go for new ones. Now I had just gotten a 12 x 24 inch mat but I didn’t want to use it since the thing I was cutting was only about 6×6.

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Save money by using a Cricut Mat in a Silhouette Cameo! Seriously... they tend to run HALF of the price and work just as well if not better!

I hop online and get things in my cart all ready to go when I notice that one of the recommended items are Cricut mats. Well, I don’t have a Cricut so that won’t work! Or will it? I noticed there was a staggering difference in price between the Cricut and Silhouette versions of mats. At the time two Cricut mats were $12 or one Silhouette mat was $11. Ain’t that some crap? Before I even thought about it too much I ordered the two pack of Cricut mats and called it a day.

And I guess that by the title and all that you’ve guessed that it worked out for me and I saved money. Both of which are true, but it just so happens that in my few cuts I’ve made so far, I PREFER the Cricut mats! And using a Cricut Mat in a Silhouette Cameo is no sweat!

You can get TWO Cricut Mats for around $12 at Amazon OR you can get one for around the same price! Let’s save some money, shall we folks?

Save money by using a Cricut Mat in a Silhouette Cameo! Seriously... they tend to run HALF of the price and work just as well if not better!

Now before you go nuts and throw your Silhouette mats out of the window, you’ll need one to trim down your Cricut mat to fit. So whoa there! Place your Silhouette mat on top of the Cricut.

Save money by using a Cricut Mat in a Silhouette Cameo! Seriously... they tend to run HALF of the price and work just as well if not better!

We’re gong to align the sticky area from both of the mats so they  match as perfectly as we can swing it. See here? They don’t match at all but that’s just so you can see the edges of both! The Silhouette mat has strong black lines and the Cricut dotted white lines (underneath).

Save money by using a Cricut Mat in a Silhouette Cameo! Seriously... they tend to run HALF of the price and work just as well if not better!

Using a marker trace around the Silhouette mat.

Save money by using a Cricut Mat in a Silhouette Cameo! Seriously... they tend to run HALF of the price and work just as well if not better!

Use scissors to trim. Bing, bang, boom and you’re using a Cricut Mat in a Silhouette and saving half the price while you’re at it!

Save money by using a Cricut Mat in a Silhouette Cameo! Seriously... they tend to run HALF of the price and work just as well if not better!

Now I’ve used my mat several times and the first time I just went after it without trimming it up. The sticky area is just off enough that it can mess things up for you so I really recommend trimming it down. The Cricut mat seems to be thicker which I worried would be a problem, but so far it only seems to be a benefit. The mat has more of a “self healing” feel to it which makes it seem like it might even last longer in the end.

Normally a purist, I never would have tried crossing brands like this, but in the end I’m so glad I did. I’m much happier with the mats and I’m way happier with the cost! Happy cutting :)

Comments (7)

  • Bernice

    September 10, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Awesome tip! I’ve had some issues with my Sillhouette’s “self-healing”–it’s not healing. I’ll definitely have to check out these cricket mats!

  • Rachel

    January 13, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    My mother received a cricut mat free and gave it to me. When my silhouette mat was done I started using the cricut mat. It is thicker and I thought that would be a problem but it actually seems to make my cuts much cleaner, smoother and better. I actually prefer the cricut mat. Guess which one I reordered when it was time for new mats. You guessed it! 2 Cricut mats for $12 on Amazon.

  • jAMIELYNNE

    December 23, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Hello Lady, I also am now using the cricut matt in my silhouette, and I like it better than silhouetts matts, thank you very much for this tip!~!!

  • Danielle

    January 3, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    you are brilliant!!! bThanks for the awesome tip!!!

  • Casey Wallace

    December 30, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Thanks for the tip! My hubby bought me a Cricut mat for Christmas and I have a Silhouette! Now I do not have to worry about returning it to the store (and have him try to find the receipt!). Thanks again.

  • Justin

    November 23, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    I just bought 6 12 x24 mats for $17.99 at Michaels!!

    1. Allison Murray

      November 28, 2017 at 10:32 AM

      Nice!

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