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Despite having a very long list of things to tackle and rooms to paint inside of our house, the recent bout of sunshine has had me looking longingly at the garden. A couple more degrees and it will be time to dust off the hammock. I cannot wait. So this week, instead of using the Cricut Maker for cute accessories for the home, I’ve been working on a couple of projects more suited to the outdoors. Specifically, plant identifiers and customised melamine mugs for the boys in my life.
I’ve been wanting to come up with a good project to try out the Cricut Maker knife blade since it first arrived but couldn’t think of anything we needed made from balsa or thin strips of wood. However, a few days ago, scouring the garden centre rails for plant identifiers not made of plastic, I had a lightbulb moment. Why not make my own?
Searching through the available shapes on Design Space, I couldn’t find one that worked so I created my own by simply joining a rectangle and a triangle together - I’m not one for overcomplicating matters. I chose a handwritten-style font to write the names of herbs and plants - making sure to select ‘draw’ as opposed to ‘cut’ - and then overlaid them on to the shapes.
After a quick jiggle of the positioning on the cutting mat, and popping both the pen and the knife blade in to position, I was ready to press cut.
However, I then decided to read the advice about using balsa wood and Cricut recommend taping it down on the mat with masking tape in order to stop it from moving around during the cutting process. Luckily, I had some and quickly taped down one side of the wood.
Look! Not too shabby for a first attempt, right? The knife blade cut right through the balsa wood without any issue at all and I love the swirly writing. Much better than the plastic plant identifiers, don’t you think?
And here they are being put to use, mainly for tomatoes because we have A LOT of tomato seeds to sow. But, we will be planting a greater variety of things over the next few weeks.
Because tea breaks are essential when spending time planting or out in the garden, I decided to make cute mugs for my boys - the big one and the little two. I used the Cricut Sans font to type out ‘Gardener In Chief’ and ‘Gardener In Training’ and cut them out of premium outdoor black vinyl.
Weeding the letters was a dream and it was so quick and easy to transfer them on to the mugs. I love them. What do you think?
I hope you’re enjoying my Cricut Maker posts. I absolutely adore the machine and love dreaming up new things to make. If you have any suggestions for projects or would like to know anything about Cricut and the Cricut Maker, do let me know. I’m always happy to help or answer questions.