what metals engrave with a Cricut Maker

The Best Tools and Supplies for Engraving with Your Cricut

The Cricut Engraving Tool allows you to do all kinds of projects with your Cricut Maker that you may never have dreamed are possible. It can engrave acrylic, wood, and my favorite, metals. I love engraving metals SO much, I just spent the summer writing a book all about it. And in the process of experimenting and crafting, I discovered what I think are the best tools and supplies for engraving with your Cricut Maker.

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Holiday photo frame ornaments

Holiday Maker Fest is Coming with a New Engraving Workshop

The holidays are one of my favorite times of year! A big part of how I celebrate is to create Christmas craft projects. They’re always a little more glitter and sparkle in my work. And after the year we’ve had, making this holiday season even more special is important to me. Here on Well Crafted Studio I do my best to make sure you can celebrate the season creatively, with projects that you’ll love to make and love to give.

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Because don’t we all wish it was easier to find awesome holiday ideas in one easy place? It often takes so much time to find just the right craft or decoration to help bring the perfect look to your house while still keeping everything organized. Or at least quasi-organized!

Wouldn’t it be nice to curl up with some of the most creative names in crafting and learn how to pull off an amazing holiday centerpiece, sure to wow everyone who sees the photos?

Well, I’m teaming up with 40 other creative and talented crafters and we are all SO EXCITED to share our crafts and the ideas we’ve learned along the way about organizing and decorating for the holiday season.

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Glitter Stickers for Halloween with snarky seasonal sayings.

How to Make Glitter Stickers with Cricut App

Have you seen the new printable Glitter Sticker Paper from Silhouette? It’s a white sticker paper that well… glitters. I was curious what this paper looked like once we printed on it so I brewed up some fun and spooky gnome stickers on Procreate to test with it. Then I used my iPad and Cricut Design Space Mobile to print and cut them with my Cricut machine. If you read below you’ll find out how to make our own custom material setting in Cricut Design Space and how to upload, print and cut these stickers on an iPad. So read on and figure out how to make glitter stickers with an iPad and a Cricut!

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what metals engrave with a Cricut Maker

14 Surprising Metals You can Engrave with the Cricut Maker!

It’s curious. If you look on the official Cricut website and read all about the Cricut Engraving Tool it only says it can engrave two metals. If you look at the Cricut Material Settings you’ll find six metal options are given. I wanted to figure out EXACTLY what metals you can engrave with the Cricut Engraving Tool. Through testing, I came up with a list of 14 metals you can engrave with a Cricut Maker. I also discovered that there is a way to determine the hardness of each metal and find it’s equivalent Material Setting!

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Engraved Spoon Bookmarks | How to Use the Cricut Maker to Engrave Spoons | Use the Cricut Engraving Tip to Make Spoon Bookmarks

How to Engrave Spoon Bookmarks with a Cricut Maker

It may be the mad scientist in me, but I love to experiment with art and craft supplies. “Will it blend?” sort of questions are totally my jam. But instead of throwing sneakers in a Vitamix for fun, it’s more along the lines of what bonds metal and wood or what paint adheres to plastic. Adhesives? Love them. “What if” and “what’s possible” are two of my favorite questions to ask. So when the Engraving Tool came out for the Cricut Maker, my mad scientist took over. The results? This tutorial, How to Engrave Spoon Bookmarks with a Cricut Maker is one of my experiments with alternative engraving surfaces. I hope you’re as amazed as I am and as excited by the possibilities! No Cricut? No problem- you can use the same metal stamping techniques from my last project post, How to Make Key Necklaces to create these bookmarks I have a photo of how that looks at the bottom of this post.

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How to Cut Leather to Make a Fall Leaf Garland

How to Make a Leather Leaf Garland with a Cricut

Fall seems to hit all the senses, doesn’t it? The colors are brilliant, the crunch of the leaves underfoot is lovely, and the woodsy smell of bonfires and fireplaces starts to scent the air. When I think of fall, I think of crisp days and a walk through the woods. When I think of fall projects, I think of burnt oranges, rust reds, and golden yellows. I also think of textures like leather and jute. This project tutorial for how to make a leather leaf garland with a Cricut hits all the right notes for me. The shape, the materials, the colors are perfect for autumn. And it’s extremely easy to make either with or without a cutting machine!

The video below will show you how to cut the leather with a Cricut machine and then use a sewing machine to sew it. The instructions for how to cut the leather leaves without a cutting machine are in the written tutorial below the video. Once you cut the leaves you can stop there and use the leaves to add small fall touches to your home as they are. Or you can try the super simple sewing technique I demonstrate in the video to make the garland! It not only makes this project easy and fun to make, but I also feel super cool whenever I use it.

And did I mention these were SUPER SIMPLE and EASY? Even if you have NO sewing experience- you can make this garland. 🙂

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Turn a Handwritten Recipe into a Flour Sack Towel

How to Turn a Handwritten Recipe into a Tea Towel for a Heartfelt Gift

It’s a fact universally acknowledged that things that were once treasured should be upcycled. Old books are friends that need to be saved, old silverware needs me to turn it into jewelry, and yes, handwritten recipes really beg to become tea towels, aprons, casserole dishes, and pendants. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use a handwritten recipe to create a tea towel. But it doesn’t have to be a recipe that you use. It can be a signature, a marriage certificate, a love letter, birth certificate, adoption certificate, or notice of draft. There are all kinds of things that are now ephemera that we can salvage and treasure in our crafts. What do you have that you can use?

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Tutorial to teach how to clean up a handwritten recipe with Magic Eraser

How to Clean Up the Background of a Handwritten Recipe for Crafting with Magic Eraser

When we create something that has personal meaning for us, it’s well, more meaningful. Letters, signatures, and lately, handwritten recipes really add a vintage, heirloom feel to our crafts. I love the look when I first saw it but wanted to use recipes that are meaningful to me and to my family. So I played around with different methods and found my favorite. But first, to craft with an old recipe, you need to have a cut file of the recipe and to get that you have to clean up the background of your image. Many of the old recipes are faded in areas, with writing that is hard to see or that trails off. Because I plan to use my Cricut Maker to craft with the designs, I tried using Cricut Design Space to process the image. And although it is possible to clean them up using that program, it isn’t easy. So below I show you how to use the app Magic Eraser to quickly and easily clean up your recipes. Once you know how to clean up the background of a handwritten recipe the projects you can create with it are some of the most meaningful you’ll ever make. In my next tutorial, I show you how to create a tea towel or apron using a the family recipe I clean up in this tutorial. So check back, or better yet, subscribe with your email to get notified of new tutorials or subscribe on YouTube and turn on the bell icon to get notified of new videos! Enjoy!

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16 tips using the cricut engraving tool on servers

My Best 16 Tips for Engraving with a Cricut Maker

I love my Cricut Maker. In fact, I may even luuuvvv it. This one machine cuts fabric, paper, and vinyl. It also cuts wood, chipboard, leather, and even acrylic. It does other things as well, like engrave metal. What makes it even more amazing is all the insanely cool things people are making with it. And my absolute favorite thing to see are examples of people using the techniques I’ve taught on this blog. Engraved pie and cake servers and spatulas are showing up in Facebook Groups and Instagram. But in the groups, I also read comments from people that seem frustrated by the process. So for all those who will love engraving but don’t know it yet- and may feel frustrated- these are my 16 best tips for engraving serving ware with a Cricut Maker.

The Five Most Common Engraving Challenges 

  1. Sourcing Quality but Inexpensive Blanks
  2. Choosing a Design that Fits the Blank
  3. No Idea of How to Test the Designs
  4. Difficulty Positioning and Sizing the Design
  5. Getting a Deep Enough Engraving

This post and the video I made for it will walk you through the solutions I’ve found for these different problems. Some are super simple, some may seem obvious. But, all of them will make engraving with your Cricut Maker easier, and you’ll have better results. Win!

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Layered egg mandalas

How to Make a Layered Mandala for Spring + a Layered Easter Egg Design Too

Crafting for the holidays and seasons is one of my favorite ways to feel inspired. But I LOVE challenges too! And both of these led me to make a layered mandala egg. When I checked my texts yesterday morning I saw this from my friend Amy- “Hey! Wake up! Jennifer Maker wants you to make an egg mandala today.” Me- “What? Me?” Amy- “Yes you”.

It was a little out of the blue. But it was a legit challenge. Jennifer Maker planned to post a video tutorial on an egg mandala today and saw an awesome egg mandala design that my friend Maggie had posted in her Facebook group. SO TODAY she’s linking to BOTH Maggie’s Layered Egg Mandala and my mandala designs. Seriously, amazing. Which gives you the combined opportunity to make FOUR different layered designs.

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