The Makery

First Timer’s Guide: Silhouette Cameo

What is it?

The Silhouette Cameo is an electronic cutting and drawing machine. Using a connected computer, it uses a small blade to cut a design you created on the computer out of some material sent into the machine. It cuts paper, cardstock, vinyl, and fabric.

There are two models in the Makery:

Both models will do the basics, but the Silhouette Cameo 3 includes a few new features that make it more unique than the previous model.

What can I do?

What do I need?

  • A Design
  • Some Material to cut/print (See Below)
  • Anywhere from 10 minutes for a small design to several hours for a larger/more detailed design.
  • The library currently does not sell materials to use with the Silhouette.
  • There is no cost to use the machine.

What materials can I use?

Material must fit within the size of the work area:

  • Width: 12 inches maximum
  • Length: 10 feet (120 inches) maximum

Common materials include:

  • Cardstock (adhesive, chalkboard, and regular)
  • Vinyl (printable, adhesive, matte, glossy, stencil, and regular)
  • Heat Transfer
  • Plastic Shrink Paper
  • Temporary Tattoo Paper
  • Fabric
  • Vellum

Silhouette has a great supply of materials you can purchase for use. Find a current catalog list here, but you can also purchase non-silhouette brand materials elsewhere (see below)

Where Can I Buy Materials?



Elmhurst Public Library does not endorse nor profit from these links. These are suggestions of where you can purchase items to use in the Makery but are by no means an exhaustive list.