Everything You Need to Know to Start Engraving with a Cricut in 2021

You bought the Cricut Engraving Tool or someone gave it to you, but you have NO IDEA where to even begin to figure out how to start engraving with a Cricut machine. OR you saw some super cool engraving projects on Facebook or Pinterest and are wondering how the heck they did that with a Cricut. Now you have questions about engraving with a Cricut that you’d like to find answers to but don’t want to spend all your time googling answers. In this post, I took the most common questions that I’m asked in FB groups, in comments, or in emails and answered them. If you get to the end of it and have more questions, please feel free to comment below or contact me. I’d love to help you start engraving with a Cricut!

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Cricut Engraved Photo Cards for Christmas

How to Make a Cricut Engraved Photo Card

Yes, there’s the food, the gifts, and the Christmas Carols, but what I like best about the season is the Christmas crafting. This year, I actually started working on this Holiday MakerFest Christmas project in July. I knew what I wanted the final products to be, but I had no idea how to get there. So it was weeks of testing and failing and developing new techniques. That crazy rollercoaster experience you get as you’re inventing something new. BUT, I was able to come out on the other side with THREE amazing new projects. I plan to publish all three projects as tutorials here, but I really recommend you go grab your free ticket for the workshop. Then you can watch how I make a Cricut engraved photo card for Christmas!

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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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How to Make a Pumpkin Throw Pillow

How to Make a Stitched Pumpkin Throw Pillow

With fall it’s easy to run for the maple leaf reds, the golden yellows, and the burnt oranges when decorating your home. But sometimes less is more. Without the bright colors, the imagery of fall can really stand out. This stitched pumpkin pillow is all neutrals and perfectly complements the farmhouse trend. Better than being trendy, is how extremely simple this is to make. You don’t need mad sewing skills to make one of these pillows. In fact, the messy stitching only adds to the handmade look. The materials are easy to find and inexpensive, and if you don’t have a sewing machine, you can either skip that step altogether or add hand stitching.

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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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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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Lucky Day! DIY Leprechaun Stickers to Print and Cut

Legend says Leprechauns are little fairies who earned their pot of gold by working as cobblers. They look a lot like gnomes to me though. So I did a little digging this week to find a connection, and I’ve concluded there are similarities between gnomes and leprechauns that can’t be ignored. For instance, both are small, mischievous creatures who are rarely seen and are portrayed as little guardian figures. Gnomes are thought to be protecting woodland animals, gardens, and the land. Leprechauns guard their pot of gold and their freedom. They’re also both super cute and I have a lot of fun drawing them. Which is lucky for you because you can make these DIY Leprechaun stickers at home with just a printer and a Cricut (or a pair of scissors).

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DIY Gnome Valentine Cards with a Cricut

How to Make DIY Gnome Valentine Cards

They’re JUST SO CUTE! I know, I said the same thing about the Cabbage Patch Kids and Care Bears in the ’80s. And again, about the characters in Disney movies in the 1990s (Chip, baby Simba, and Flounder were all adorbs). And I might have said it about Japanese Anime characters in the 2000s along with any and all baby animals. But, there’s just something about Gnomes right now. They’re cute and cuddly but just gruff enough that you want to hold them in your hand and squeeze them. (A little like Grumpy Smurf, now that I think about it.) So, when Valentine’s rolled around this year, I gave my Christmas Gnomes a Vday makeover. Last week I posted about my Valentine’s Gnome Stickers and this week I have this tutorial on how to make DIY Gnome Valentine Cards!

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