Wednesday, November 6, 2019

5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Maker

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.




I have had my Cricut Maker for about a year now and have used it for a variety of projects. If you are considering upgrading from the Explore series or buying a Maker, this post is a must read! Even though there are a thousand reasons I love my Cricut Maker, I am sharing my top five with you today!

5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Maker with Acrylic sign tutorial

Features of the Cricut Maker


  • Cuts 300+ materials, from the most delicate fabric and paper to matboard and leather
  • Compatible with Knife Blade for thicker materials up to 2.4 mm (sold separately)
  • Compatible with QuickSwap™ tools to quickly switch between scoring, engraving, debossing, and other decorative effects (sold separately)
  • Bluetooth® wireless technology
  • Fast Mode for up to 2X faster cutting and writing

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5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Maker with Acrylic sign tutorial

5 Things I Love Most About My Cricut Maker


1: DIY Graphic Tees


Graphic tees are so on trend right now, and I can easily make my own. I also make matching custom yoga tanks for my team of teachers at the YMCA when we have special events. Cricut Design Space has thousands of images or you can upload your own!

5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Maker with Acrylic sign tutorial

2: Custom Gifts


Nothing beats a personalized gift, but monogramming and personalization can be expensive. Cricut Maker makes it easy to customize gifts with vinyl or by using the new debossing and engraving tools. I love to make baby onesies and bibs using the theme of the shower or nursery.

5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Maker with Acrylic sign tutorial
3: Holiday/Party Decor


It gets expensive buying decorations for every season and holiday, so I frequently make my own. I have made bats out of card stock, custom door mats using vinyl, Christmas ornaments out of faux leather, felt flowers for a Fall wreath, and banners for the mantel. I also made many of the decorations for my son's graduation party, including the cake topper.

5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Maker with Acrylic sign tutorial


4: DIY Jewelry


I am sure you have seen all the leather earrings and bracelets all over Etsy and Instagram. Its easy to make your own with faux or real leather with the help of the Knife Blade on the Maker. You can even take your jewelry to the next level and add embellishments with iron on vinyl or an engraved design.

5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Maker with Acrylic sign tutorial


5: Home Decor


I saved the best for last! Why buy, when you can DIY? I have made many wooden signs, wall hangings, and wreaths using the Cricut Maker. You can either cut stencils out of vinyl and use them on wood for a hand painted look or use iron on vinyl to adhere the design right onto the wood, felt, or canvas. With the addition of the Engraving tip, you can make a modern acrylic sign, which is my most recent project.

5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Maker with Acrylic sign tutorial

5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Maker with Acrylic sign tutorial


Supplies Needed for Acrylic Sign


8 1/2 x 11 Acrylic panel
Masking/Painters Tape
Dry erase marker or paint (optional)

Start by removing the protective film from both sides of the acrylic panel and tape it down to a StrongGrip mat. This keeps the material from sliding around during the cutting process. Insert the Engraving tip into the right side housing. I had not done this yet in the picture below and the DesignSpace software reminded me before I started cutting. I am glad it is smarter than I am!

5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Maker with Acrylic sign tutorial

Make sure your design is going to be centered on your panel. You can move it around on the screen before beginning your cut.

5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Maker with Acrylic sign tutorial

Once the engraving has completed, remove the tape from the panel and use it to dab up the little pieces of plastic left from the engraving. You could also use a small brush or clean rag.

5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Maker with Acrylic sign tutorial

If you want the engraving to show up a little more, you can take a dry erase marker and trace the lines, wiping off the excess or you could paint the back of the panel.

5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Maker with Acrylic sign tutorial

I think the engraving tip is my new favorite Maker tool and I will definitely be using it for gifts this Christmas! I am trying to decide how to display this one. I can either make a wooden stand for it to sit in, place it in a frame (in place of the glass,) or drill holes in the corners and hang it. What do you think??

5 Reasons I Love My Cricut Maker with Acrylic sign tutorial

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