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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wood Hedgehog Place Cards and Cupcake Stand

{Cutting balsa wood with Cricut Explore}
I received a machine to participate in this contest, but all opinions are my own. Some links may be affiliate.

-->>If you think these guys are really cute, would you click here and repin please? Thanks!! 

Our Team 10 picked the theme Into the Woods for the Celebration category this month. We all had such good ideas! I had a lot of fun coming up with these two projects so let me show them off to you. I'll also include some tips for cutting wood with the Cricut.

First up are the little hedgehog cut outs. I cut them from balsa wood and added names in black vinyl to make them place markers at a party table (or how cute would these be at Thanksgiving!)

Next I made a tree cupcake stand. I designed the two base pieces to slide together, and cut those and the circle top from balsa wood. The green "treetop" is cardstock.

Hot glue was the best way to attach the cardstock, and then the circle to the base too.

Here are some tips for cutting wood with your Cricut.

1-Not all balsa wood is exactly the same (they could be slightly different thicknesses, more soft or brittle) so unfortunately you may have to tweak settings on each new piece you cut. So do a test cut on new pieces.

2- However, here are some good starting points. I made a custom setting and used a Deep Blade, Pressure 200 points, and multi cut 3. Less pressure and more multi cuts generally work better (a real hard pressure is more likely to split the wood.)

3-Cuts that go exactly perpendicular to the grain tend to break the wood also. If your image has straight lines, try to rotate it on the mat a bit so the blade is going diagonally through grain. Curves seem to cut beautifully.

4Mirror your image before you cut it! The little plastic rings on the roller of the machine leave track marks on the wood, so you want to be able to flip the wood over when you're done cutting.

5-Balsa wood can be found at Michaels in their model building aisle. I used 1/16th but the 3/32 size would probably cut nicely too... Just might need another multi cut.

What it boils down to is that I love cutting wood with my Cricut and there are so many possibilities!

So first off, I hope I've answered some questions you might have about cutting wood with the Cricut Explore. But mostly I'd love to hear what you think of my hedgehogs and cupcake tree.

Thanks for reading! And I hope you'll try using wood in your Cricut too! (then tell me about it so you can show off :)

NOW...some exciting news for YOU!

Cricut has just announced the second phase of the Cricut - I Made It!  contest and this time they’re awarding one winner their own Make it Now project line to be sold in Cricut Design Space™!
To help create your line, Cricut will fly you to their headquarters in Salt Lake City to work side-by-side with their design team.  Then you and a guest will enjoy an all-expense paid stay at the Grand America Hotel – a luxury resort in Salt Lake City, home to the best skiing in the world.

The winner will be featured on Cricut.com and every time a Cricut user purchases your project, you’ll earn money. Cricut will even help with your publicity.
To enter the Cricut - I Made It! contest, all you need is a photo of an original project. You can upload up to five photos (which can be five individual projects or multiple photos of one project).

You have until September 30th to enter.  What are you waiting for? It’s time you Made It big! Head to cricut.com to enter today.

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  1. I do not use a cricut but have heard of them. I had no idea you could cut wood with them! Cute ideas!

  2. I love your hedgehogs. Super cute. I like the cricut too and hopefully I'll pick one up soon. : )

  3. How adorable!! Love the hedgehogs!! They are so cute!!

  4. I love Your charming Cupcake Stand.Its really distinctive Cupcake Stand and also very attractive to all. may I know more details about Circut ?
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  5. so cute. I can't even believe you did this with your cricut!

  6. Oh my gosh... HEDGEHOGS!!! Squeee!!!

  7. How cool, I had no idea you could use balsa wood in a cricut, your hedgehogs are darling! :)

  8. This whole cutting wood thing is really making me think I need a Cricut. These are ADORABLE, Steph!

  9. I love these. I never thought about using balsa wood in my electronic cutter! My head is spinning with ideas now.

  10. I think I need a Cricut! These are too cute.

  11. So cute!!! What a great idea for a party :)

  12. Cutest little hedgehog ever! Love him! Thank you for sharing with at The Caffeinated Crafters Link Party this week

  13. Omg! These are the cutest!!! Would you consider selling me some?