Regarded by many as the first day of the Christmas shopping season, Black Friday falls on the 25th November this year, and it's a great chance to find yourself a bargain die-cutting machine deal! Whether you're looking to buy your first die-cutting machine or upgrade to a new model, it's always good to save where you can (so you can buy more stash!).


We've rounded up some of our favourite deals and retailers, so scroll down for some stash boosting die-cutting offers.

If you love a bargain, you might also want to check out best sewing machine deals, best yarn deals and best Etsy Black Friday deals.

So take a browse below, and find yourself a die-cutting bargain to suit your crafting needs...

Best Black Friday die-cutting machine deals for 2023

Cricut Explore Air 2 (RRP £259.99)

Cricut Explore Air 2

The Explore Air 2 edition of the Cricut Explore Air is currently on sale on Amazon with a tempting 23% off. Cut 100 materials – everything from cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on to a range of speciality materials. This is a machine only deal, but it comes with the 12" x 12" cutting mat, fine point pen, premium fine-point blade and housing in the box.

Sizzix Big Shot (RRP £126.99)

Sizzix Bog Shot - Black Friday Deal on Amazon

If you're looking for a cheap die-cutting machine that's sturdy and does the job time after time, then this is it. For almost half the RRP, this is a great deal on Amazon and one that is unlikely to be around for long. Read our review of the Sizzix Big Shot.

Sizzix Bigshot Foldaway Machine (RRP £169.99)

Sizzix big shot foldaway machine

Offering many of the same features provided by the Sizzix Big Shot, but in a convenient, foldaway design! Perfect for small craft spaces! Buy from The Works and enjoy a 24% reduction.

Cricut Maker (RRP £299.99)

Cricut Maker Machine - Champagne - Black Friday Deal

We love our Cricut machines. They are so user friendly, the software is easy to use and they open up a whole world of possibilities. They are definitely a considered purchase, so if you are thinking about getting one, now is the time! While 17% is not the biggest of reductions, anyone who uses Cricut knows that they don't skimp on quality and every little saving helps. If you've had your eye on this machine for a while, there's still time to make a saving!

New to the craft of die-cutting? Check out our beginner's guide: What is a die-cutting machine?

Cricut Maker 3 (RRP £429.99)

Cricut Maker 3

For a newer model, check out this Black Friday deal from Very. The Cricut Maker 3 is the brand's most powerful smart cutting machine which can cut over 3oo materials. You can also engrave and deboss, so you can go wild with your creativity!

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Sizzix Big Shot Plus (RRP £166.99)

Sizzix Big Shot Plus A4 - Amazon

It’s everything makers love about the Big Shot Plus machine, but with the versatility of working with the smallest Thinlits to A4-wide plastic-backed dies and embossing tools. This portable roller machine cuts and embosses a multitude of materials, from cardstock and vellum to leather and mat board, catering for makers of all abilities and a variety of project types. Now on Amazon with a whopping 43% off!

Sizzix Big Shot Plus starter kit (RRP £229.99)

Sizzix Big Shot Plus starter kit

With an A4 aperture, this machine enables you to use larger materials and dies to create bigger papercraft projects as well as quilting and appliqué projects. It has a sturdy construction and the Big Shot family are some of the best-loved die-cutting machines in the craft community, and what's more you can currently enjoy a 46% reduction!

Sizzix Big Shot Express (RRP £195.99)

Sizzix Big Shot Express - Amazon

Leave the crank behind with this electric die cutting machine, making this the perfect tool for a range of creative pursuits for everyone from the beginner to expert. You can save over £62 on this Sizzix Big Shot Express now at Amazon.

Sizzix Sidekick (RRP £51.99)

Sizzix Sidekick - Amazon

This bundle contains the Sidekick machine (in white), a pair of aqua cutting plates, an embossing pad, 6 framelits dies, 2 thinlits dies, 2 small textured impressions embossing folders and 7 stamps! It's only got a mini aperture for feeding your dies through, but for the price, this is a great deal.

Gemini Midi Manual Die Cutting & Embossing Machine (RRP £69.99)

purple and white die cutting machine

Gemini's core machines are electric, but the manual mini is one of the best die cutting machines to buy if you're starting out in papercraft. It typically costs less than £30, which is hard to argue with, and the bijou cutting plates can accommodate mini dies and embossing folders up to 3 inches wide. This will work fine for lots of small decorative dies, including many that you get with card making magazines, but the aperture is too small to work with A5 embossing folders, and you certainly won't be able to get a card blank through this machine.

We recommend this for card makers taking their first steps into the hobby, or for kids who like cardmaking as it's small, light, portable and easy to use. But don't expect it to do too much. It will barely take up any space on your craft desk, however, so could be good to keep on hand for cutting quick flourishes and it is adorably dinky to have on display!

For more on die-cutting machines, read our review of the Cricut Explore Air 2 digital cutting machine.

Where to find Black Friday die-cutting machine deals

When it comes to crafty discounts, these retailers have pulled out the big guns in the past...

Best Black Friday deals in die-cutting

Craft Clearance

Craft Clearance is a UK based online store, with huge discounts of up to 75% off top brands and crafting essentials. They stock a lot of the biggest names in the crafting industry, including Creative Expressions, Heartfelt Creations, Spellbinders, Ranger, Tim Holtz, Craft Consortium and many more! Everything is shipped by Royal Mail, and they even give you free postage over £25, so it's a great place to stock up at, frankly, ridiculous prices. We love it.

Browse the Craft Clearance website

Create and Craft

You can expect big names in the papercraft and card making industry, as well as essential items. We are keeping our fingers crossed that they will be offering a healthy selection of Black Friday bundles.

Browse top deals in the Create and Craft clearance


More and more independent sellers are offering their own sales, and you can also find a lot of Black Friday deals on Etsy. You can find most Black Friday offers here, or try checking out your favourite independent papercraft retailers pages. If it's unique, hand made gifts that you're after - Etsy is a great place to look. And as a bonus, you'll be supporting independent creatives and artists. Read more on the Etsy Black Friday sales here.


If you've ever been to the papercraft clearance shelves instore in Hobbycraft, you'll know that there are fantastic savings to be had. Lots of stash goes for 50p, so if you're passing a store - it's definitely worth checking out. But even if you don't want to head outside, there are plenty of deals to be had in the clearance section of their website, including dies, stickers, paper pads, tools and more. Hobbycraft's Black Friday deals usually start sometime the week before, until sometime the week after - so there will be plenty of time to decide on what to buy, and if previous years are anything to go by, we are expecting deals up to 50% off.

Browse the Hobbycraft clearance sale


Spellbinders has a clearance section of their website which is well worth a browse. Stock is limited, but there are some real bargains to be had, and it's a great place to check out if you're a fan of the brand and the high-quality manufacturing we have come to expect from Spellbinders.

Browse the Spellbinders sale


If you're after bargains, Tonic has a huge selection in their warehouse clearance sale. It's hard to imagine there would be better deals during the Black Friday sales, although it is likely they will add more selection. You can save up to 70% on lots of different craft products, including glitter, cardstock, mousse, speciality paper, die sets and stamp sets!

Browse the Tonic studios warehouse clearance sale

You can also read our guides on the best sewing machines for beginners, the best computerised sewing machines and the best printers for card making.


Main image by Freestocks


Holly SpannerStaff Writer, BBC Science Focus

Holly is the staff writer at BBC Science Focus, and specialises in astronomy. Before joining the team she was a geoenvironmental consultant and holds an MSc in Geoscience (distinction) from UCL.

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