One of the things that made me want a Cricut Maker was the Knife Blade. This innovative new blade allows at home crafters to cut materials as thick as chipboard and balsa wood! This was my first project with the knife blade and I was surprised how easy it was to use with relatively no learning curve.
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One of the things I was most excited to experiment with when the Cricut Knife Blade came out was chipboard. It is more heavy duty than a lot of other cutting materials, allowing you to make things that are really going to last. Since this was my first time using chipboard on my Maker, I made a variety of ornaments to see how intricate the knife blade can cut. It did even the little tiny hole for the ornament hanger beautifully!
Simply add the ornaments to your mat and resize them to your desired size. The ornaments seemed to cut best at about 3 inches tall but also did well at 2 inches tall.
Secure your chipboard to a heavy grip mat. I also secured the chipboard with a few small strips of duct tape. I knew that the material would need many passes and I didn’t want to risk the chipboard moving. Before you load the chipboard into your machine, slide the white grips on the machine all the way to the sides.
Set your material to heavy chipboard and let it go. For the bigger shapes, the machine finished in about an hour. When I did tiny shapes, there were so many details it took almost five, but it was worth the wait. Here is what they looked like right off of the cutting mat.
Harry Potter Wrapping Paper Ornaments
You will need:
- Chipboard Ornaments
- Harry Potter Wrapping paper
- Mod Podge
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To spruce the ornaments up a little bit, I first gave each of them a coat of paint. Make sure to paint both sides equally well since ornaments shift on the tree.
Once they are all painted, cut out images from wrapping paper of your choice. I found this darling Chibi Harry Potter paper at the dollar store! Cut out designs from your favorite shows and Mod Podge them onto the top of the ornaments or in the case of the ornaments with the large circle opening, behind the opening.
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We may all sorts of different ornaments but my personal favorite were the Harry Potter ones. My younger daughter loved the Paw Patrol wrapping paper ornaments!
What would you make with a Cricut Maker and knife blade?