Can you use Cricut vinyl in a Silhouette machine?

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Silhouette owners often ask the question, “Can you use Cricut vinyl in a Silhouette?” The easy answer to this question is yes. If you happen to see a great deal on Cricut vinyl but are wondering if it’s compatible with your Cameo or Portrait cutter, you don’t have to worry; Silhouette vinyl cutters are versatile enough to cut almost every type of vinyl, including vinyl sold under the Cricut brand.

Cricut vinyl comes in three broad categories:

  • iron-on vinyl (HTV or heat transfer vinyl)
  • permanent vinyl
  • removable vinyl

These types of vinyl are widely used by crafters, as well as sign makers, T-shirt designers and stencil buffs. Cricut sells these types of vinyl in sheets or rolls sized for their machines.

Cricut sells a wide variety of vinyl finishes and textures in matte or glossy, including:

  • holographic
  • metallic
  • shimmer
  • brushed
  • frosted
  • patterned
  • foil
  • glitter
  • mesh


Cricut 12” rolls or sheets fit perfectly in the Silhouette Cameo 4. If you have a Silhouette Portrait 2, however, there are no Cricut vinyl options sized to fit a nine-inch feed. Cricut does sell “smart vinyl” for their new portable Cricut Joy machine that is 5.5” wide, and that Portrait 2 cuts that vinyl (even without a mat).

If you have purchased a new Cameo Plus or Cameo Pro, you might be out of luck. Cricut does not sell vinyl in 15” or 20” widths, but you can still cut the 12” Cricut vinyl in these wider machines.

If you are shopping for vinyl and can’t see what you want from Cricut or Silhouette, many crafters and makers swear by these vinyl brands for their projects:

  • Oracal 651 (permanent vinyl)
  • Oracal 631 (removable vinyl)
  • Siser easy weed (HTV vinyl for T-shirts)
  • GreenStar Indoor Vinyl
  • Color Theory heat transfer vinyl

If you are considering a craft cutter for your own projects but are stuck on the fence deciding between Cricut and Silhouette, read our head-to-head breakdown here.


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