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How to Cut Wood On a Cricut Explore or Maker | Wood Veneer Bookmarks!

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Did you know that you can cut wood on your Cricut? Yes, the Cricut Makers can do it, but even the Cricut Explore cutting machines can cut wood. You just need to use the right wood and the right blade. I’m going to show you exactly how to do that in this video tutorial. And to demonstrate, we’re going to make some super cool wooden bookmarks using wood veneer, which is the easiest wood to cut and where I recommend beginners start!

Topics covered in this tutorial:
0:00 – Introduction
0:35 – The right wood to cut on a Cricut
1:45 – The right blade to cut wood
3:31 – The right mat to cut wood
5:17 – Step 1: Get the Wood Bookmarks Design
6:10 – Step 2: Cut Wood On Your Cricut
11:18 – Step 3: Assemble Your Wood Bookmarks
14:25 – Step 4: Add Ribbon
15:25 – Step 5: The Finished Project


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* Wood veneer — I used Cricut Natural Wood Veneer, Cherry, Maple & Walnut (Two (2) sheets/pack, 12″ x 12″) – https://amzn.to/2WCGKiW
* Ribbon — I used 1/4″ Organza Ribbon (10-15″ for each bookmark and 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon (10-15″ for each bookmark) – https://amzn.to/30F21r8 and https://amzn.to/3rOKYie
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* A method to cut your wood veneer – I used the original Cricut Maker at https://amzn.to/2ZE1Ewr but you can also use the original Cricut Maker 3 or any thing in the Cricut Explore Family
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The best wood to use in a Cricut cutting machine is SUPER THIN wood. That means things like wood veneer or very soft and thin woods like basswood and balsawood. And here’s the important part — the wood needs to be 1/16th of an inch or LESS in thickness. That’s 1.5 mm or less. This is really quite thin!

Now basswood and balsawood are pretty light-colored woods, so if you want a different look than that, go for wood veeners. You can get wood veneers in a wide range of finishes and wood veneers the easiest woods to cut. Veneer will also give you the sharpest cuts. I made these bookmarks from different wood veneers! And they turned out SO good.

Whatever you do, do NOT use plywood in your Cricut, even if it is one-sixteenth of an inch think — it will not work well, and you’ll waste material and time.

To show you how to cut wood, I’m going to use Cricut Natural Wood Veneer in Maple and Walnut and make these gorgeous wooden bookmarks!

The right blade for cutting wood veneer like this is the Deep Point Blade that comes in a black housing like shown below. They don’t come default with any Cricut cutting machines, so you’ll need to get it separately. You may see it called a Deep Cut blade, but so long as it is in this black housing, it’s the same blade. The Deep point blade has a steeper blade angle (60 degrees vs 45 degrees for the other fine point blades) and harder, more durable steel.


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Introduction: PixelBytes (my child!)
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Videography: Jennifer Marx on a Panasonic Lumix FZ-1000 DSLR 4K camera
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