Four Good Cricut Adhesive Options

Recently, someone e-mailed me with a question asking about the best methods for adhering their die cuts to their projects.  There are a lot of different Cricut adhesive options, and quite honestly, I use several different methods for getting the job done. 

Following are four of my favorite methods...

Zots Adhesive Dots:  Zots are acid free double-sided clear adhesive glue dots by Therm O Web that provide for an instant bond.  The standard Zots are paper thin, but they are also available in a 3-D version (fun for when you want to make your die cuts stand out a little!).  Zots come in a variety of sizes, and you can buy them either in a pack of singles or on a roll.

Clear Adhesive Runners:  Adhesive runners come in a variety of sizes and are made by several different manufacturers (Xyron and Scotch, for example). Many are acid-free and permanent.  They are very easy to work with, and they are refillable.  To use, hold the runner cartridge (usually at a 45 degree angle) to the surface.  Press the runner's tip onto the item.  Apply light pressure and slowly run adhesive across the surface.

Zig 2 Way Glue Pens: Zig 2 Way Glue Pens are another great Cricut adhesive option, especially for finely detailed pieces.  They are acid-free and are available in a variety of tips (my favorite for detailed pieces is the ballpoint tip).

Xyron Sticker Machines:  I could not complete this post without mentioning the Xyron sticker machines.  There are several different models, and I could probably spend several hours talking about each, but to make a long story short, the Xyron machines are another great option for quickly and easily applying a non-toxic, acid free adhesive to the back of your Cricut die cuts.

There you have it - four different Cricut adhesive options.  Of course, these are not the only ones.  If you use another method, we would love to hear it.  It's simple - just post a quick note below...


  1. what glue do i apply to very thin lettering, without making a mess

  2. Hi Pat, I would recommend either the clear adhesive runners or the zig 2 way glue – I have had good luck with both on finely detailed cutouts.

  3. Victoria says:

    How do I make the marks for the cuttings with the cricut expression, i.e. the Pooh Font images?

  4. Hi Victoria, I don’t really understand your question. Could you please give more details?

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