Cutting Wood with Cricut Maker

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I made these cute cactus earrings using my Cricut Maker and rotary knife blade and thought I’d share the tutorial with everyone.

I actually didn’t use the Cricut brand wood sheets. I couldn’t find any so I had to figure it out on my own with these craft wood sheets I had around.

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I would do this again. It takes a LONG time for the Cricut to cut these wood sheets and the sawdust kind of gets everywhere.

Plus, most things I could make with wood, I could just make with Chipboard or leather.

In any case, if you’re set on cutting wood with your Cricut, here’s my thoughts…

Materials for Cutting Wood with the Cricut

Wood – I know there’s a setting for 2.4mm balsa wood on the Cricut but I would stick closer to 1mm or less. You will have to do the cut so many more times with the Cricut, you might as well just order the finished product from Amazon and it would get here faster.

Rotary Knife Blade – You could use the deep point blade but I really wouldn’t recommend it. It just doesn’t have enough power and agility.

Standard Grip or stronger mat – I know you are supposed to use the Strong Grip mat but I didn’t have one so I just used the Standard grip with some masking tape and it was fine.

Masking Tape – you need to tape down the edges of the wood.

Tips for Cricut wood cutting

Tape down the wood on all sides.

You will not get a chance to redo this after the cutting process starts so do it well the first time.

Settings for use on the Cricut

There are multiple setting options. I tried all of them. Even for the thinnest of wood, I had to use the maximum setting which was Balsawood 2.4mm.

Even then, I had to run it 3 times to cut through a 1.5mm sheet. Each run cuts 7 times. That’s a lot of cutting.

Be sure to clean up the sawdust in between the runs. I just use the masking tape and sweep up the crumbs.

I would consider filing down the edges with some sandpaper afterward.

If you are interested in this cactus SVG template or any of my other earring templates, they are available for free in my resource library.

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