Wood isn’t the most popular material for crafting and DIY projects. And that’s a shame, because there are so many beautiful things you can make with it.
Fortunately, the Cricut Maker is here to help you in your crafty endeavors!
Not every Cricut machine is strong enough to cut wood. But the Cricut Maker and Cricut Maker 3 can cut through thin sheets of basswood and balsa wood by using the Knife blade.
Keep in mind that the standard Maker and Maker 3 only come with a Fine Point blade, so you’ll have to buy the Knife blade separately.
Also, if you don’t have any suitable wooden sheets, then you can buy them from the link below. If you buy them directly from the Cricut Store, you can be sure that they are thin enough for your Maker to cut.
Fortunately, not every project on this list requires cutting the wood. So if you have one of the other Cricut machines, you can still try out some of these ideas.
So let’s get crafting!
1. Wooden coasters
Making your own coasters is always an easy DIY project, no matter what materials you work with. And wooden coasters are no exception to that rule.
These coasters are super easy to make with your Cricut Maker. Simply choose a design and let the Maker do all the hard work for you.
And since you don’t have to saw it by hand, you can go for some more complex shapes as well.
These coasters can also be a great gift for friends or family members. Just let the Cricut maker cut the wood into the favorite animal, food, or shape of your friend/relative.
2. Wooden earrings
When thinking of earrings, wood is probably not the first thing that comes to your mind. But don’t worry. You can turn wood into the coolest earrings ever!
Let yourself be inspired by the nearly endless earrings you can find on Google to come up with your own design.
Can you imagine yourself wearing one of these beautiful earrings?!
Of course, working with wood isn’t the same as working with plastic or metal. So don’t try to cut earrings with too many small details, since the wood might chip sometimes.
3. Wooden bookmarks
If you or one of your dear ones loves to read, you can try making some of these wooden bookmarks.
Most bookmarks you can find in the store are long and rectangular in shape. But since you will be cutting the wood yourself, you can go for any shape you want.
Why not make a heart-shaped bookmark for your romantic novels, and a rocket-shaped one for your sci-fi books?
After you have cut out the shape you want, there are many ways to further personalize your bookmark. But I’ll go into more details about that later!
4. Wooden gift tags
Do you have any birthdays or holidays coming up? Making personalized gift tags can be a great way to show how much you care.
After all, in a lot of cases the presentation is almost just as important as the gift itself.
Of course, you could make these gift tags even without a Cricut relatively easily. But using a cutting machine will save you a ton of time if you have to make several of them. And you can be use that each of them has a clean edge!
Don’t forget to write a name on the tag afterwards! You can use paint markers for this, or use your Cricut again to cut out the name in vinyl.
5. Wooden ornaments
Creating wooden ornaments is a great way to decorate your house for the season.
It doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas, Easter, or Halloween. Placing a few of these throughout the house is a great way to get into the festive spirit.
You can really make it as simple or complex as you want it to be. Just to get you started, here are a few ideas: snow crystals or gingerbread cookies for Christmas, a skull or pumpkin for Halloween, a baby bunny or chicken for spring, etc.
For the next 5 DIY projects, you won’t have to cut the wood yourself. Instead, you’ll be decorating the wood by using your Cricut. So for these project ideas, you can use any of the Cricut machines.
6. Wooden signs
If you have any wooden plaque or boards with a smooth surface, you easily decorate it with iron-on vinyl!
You can use your Cricut to cut a vinyl pattern and heat transfer it to the wood.
This is a great and fast way to make your own signs or home decoration.
Just keep in mind that the vinyl normally sticks best to smooth but unfinished wood. If the wood has been sealed, the vinyl might not stick very well.
7. Kitchen decoration
Here is a fun way to decorate your kitchen that you could even do with your kids.
Find a wooden base and use your Cricut to cut out lots of vinyl designs and/or stickers. Then place them on the board however you like.
It’s almost like making a moodboard for your kitchen!
8. Wooden cutting board
If you don’t have any vinyl available, you could use paper and make stencils with your Cricut.
After preparing your stencils, you can then easily paint exactly what you want on your wood.
Of course, you’ll have to make sure that you are using paint or paint markers that actually work on wood.
And if you want to make a personalized cutting board this way, make sure that whatever paint you are using is food-safe or use an appropriate sealing agent.
9. Modern wall art
If you have tried to decorate several wooden pieces with vinyl or through stencils, you can try to take it to the next level!
This wall art idea is easy to make, but would look good in almost any home.
You’ll need multiple flat wooden blocks and your Cricut to make HTV vinyl or stencils for painting.
Sticking to a black and white colors scheme is always a safe bet when it comes to modern art. But if your room needs some color, go ahead and include all the colors from the rainbow.
10. Burned wood
The last but definitely not least Cricut wood project is to burn wood.
Of course, the Cricut can’t burn wood directly. So you’ll need to get your hands on some ammonium chloride and a heat gun.
Start off by using your Cricut to make a stencil out of vinyl. Then firmly attach it to the wood and apply a thin layer of the ammonium chloride solution on the wood.
After the solution has dried, you can remove the vinyl stencil and use the heat gun.
This will trigger a reaction between the ammonium chloride and wood, which will create the burned effect. Pretty neat, right!?
I put this project at the bottom of the list because it requires some extra crafting tools/supplies. But if you have the chance to try this one out, I would highly recommend it!
More project ideas!
I hope you liked these 10 wood project ideas for your Cricut. Of course, wood is only one of the many materials you can cut with your Cricut.
There are many other Cricut projects left to try. So if you want to continue crafting with your Cricut, read the following articles: