Why We Bought the Cricut Maker // Cut Wood and More!

Why We Bought the Cricut Maker // Cut Wood and More!


(scratching) (spraying) – Welcome to DIY for Homeowners by Mother Daughter Projects. I’m Steph. – I’m Vicki. – And today we are just gonna chat. We are actually here in my
Lego room slash craft closet. We actually made this about two years ago. We haven’t filmed in here
since and I feel like, why haven’t we? We are today. And today we’re gonna talk
about the Cricut Maker, and you may be saying, what is that? Well, Cricut is actually a brand and they make a lot of
different machines and products, and their machines normally for cutting different materials, like vinyl or paper. And the Maker, well,
that’s a little special. So let’s ask our little
assistant here what that is. (beep) – What year did the Cricut Maker come out? – [Alexa] Here’s something
I found from the article “Cricut” on Wikepedia. The Cricut Maker is a new line
released on August 20, 2017, designed to cut thicker
materials such as balsa wood, basswood, non-bonded
fabric, leather, and felt. – Well, you know what sold us on this machine was it cuts wood. – It actually cuts over 300 materials, which was very intriguing to us. And that’s what this is right here. This it the Cricut Maker. And I’ll open it up so you can kind of see what it looks like here. So we bought this back in December, and to go back two years, we actually became familiar
with it two years ago. We saw that they released it, and we were very curious about it because we’re not super crafty people, but we like the idea of all the different materials you can cut with it, because it reminded us of,
like a very simple CNC machine. And if you don’t know
what CNC machines are, it’s basically like a machine
that has router attached and a computer that tells that router how to cut something out. And it’s really cool and there’s a lot of cool stuff like that in our space, but we weren’t ready for that. And the Cricut Maker
seemed like a good way to get familiar with that without having to invest in like a huge CNC machine. And so we were curious about it, but I have experience with another brand of these kind of machines in the past. It was not a good experience. It didn’t work well, it was hard to cut. It was very frustrating. And so that was what I was thinking. Oh, it’s probably not gonna work. – Well, we actually became
familiar with Cricut, the brand, probably maybe four years ago? Four or five years ago. – Mhmm. – We’d gone to a conference and I actually took a class on it,
because I was, you know, I knew about these machines,
never had touched one. I thought, “Well, let me just
take the class”, so I did. It was not a good experience. (laughing) It was not, they did not
set me up for success. I found it very frustrating. It wasn’t the machine, I
don’t know what it was. But I like the end
results but it was like, I don’t know if that’s
something I want to do because it felt like
the learning curve on it was really, really high. – Yeah. So both of us had two negative experiences with machines like this, and so that’s why we never got one. But then just recently, both of us had independently thought, “Let’s
just buy it, let’s do it”. – Let’s just go for it, let’s just do it. – And so, Mom actually said it out loud, she said, “Hey, I think,
you know, we might want “to buy the Cricut Maker”, and I was like, “Yes, me too,
I’ve been think about that”, but I wasn’t sure if you wanted to get one because of your experience. And so we both decided, let’s do it. We bought it, and right
away the set up process was really straightforward. They set us up for success, right away. Plugged it into the computer, and Mom actually thought she was gonna take lead on this product. (laughing) – Didn’t happen, didn’t happen. – Yeah, so usually one of
us takes lead on a new tool and like you’re the scroll saw. – Yeah.
– That’s a good example. – I was the first one to use it, and I continue to use it,
she has not touched it. And I sort of feel that way about this. She has learned to do
it, she’s mastered it, and it’s like, why do I need to learn it? When if I have an idea
I can say, “Hey, Steph, “you know, this is what I
want, will you do that?”. – Yeah, and also I’ve
had a lot of fun with it. It’s been a lot of fun, I boughten a lot of different materials to try out, and I’ve tried a lot of different things. I’ve actually made this right here out of chipboard, which is
basically like cardboard. And I just wanted to
kind of try and see how that worked and by doing that cut. And then also this just silly little… – Castle
– castle here out of chipboard, by
doing that I realized that the thicker materials
take a lot longer to cut, which is not a huge deal but it took about three hours to make this. And so by doing the test cuts, and of kind of test things, I can learn what takes longer, things I need to plan, how I need to plan it. But I just kind of set it up and then I can watch TV and let it run. It’s very neat, it’s very
precise too, which is nice. But every time I make a cut, I learn something new. – Mhmm. – And this actually here, my name “Steph”, you can see in this footage, this morning I was actually cutting this out of the front cover
of a notebook that I had. I was gonna throw that cover away, and I was like, “Wait!
I love this purple”, and so I just cut out
my name really easily. And it’s just neat to experiment with different materials. Here you can see I made,
the very first project I made was a vinyl cutout
for Max’s food dish. I was adding a little part to it and so I was like, “Oh,
this would be cute”. And then, I’m running
with that See Mac theme. (laughing) And so you can see that and
see Mac, well, you know. I added an emoji there. And I’m gonna do a “See Mac Run” and “See Mac Sleep”
which could be anywhere in my house, see Mac sleep,
that’s what she does. But I’ve also made this right here. This is actually, so in my family, we call Starbucks, “Starboooks”, and the story for that- – It’s a long story that
started when you were all… – It’s a cute story, it’s a cute story. But I used balsa wood right
here to cut out the letters, and the big circle is actually a big piece of vinyl, glitter vinyl. And so it’s balsa wood and I attached it just to regular plywood. And you can see, I was able to do- And then the Starbucks logo
was made out of green vinyl. So I was able to do a lot of
materials in this one piece. And I’m also excited to
try out, we’ve gotten it, but we haven’t tried it out yet, there is some wood veneer here that I’ve gotten from Cricut. Walnut, cherry and… Wooh!
(both laughing) And maple, so I’m
excited to try those out. We also got, this is
stencil vinyl so this is like if I wanted to cut a stencil out and then we want to
attach it to wood or… – We could use it for our scroll saw. You could make a design that you want and put it on your wood,
just run the scroll saw. Because you’d do that normally. – Yeah. – You put down a piece of vinyl and then your cutout,
what you’re gonna design, and this is all in one step. – Yeah. – So that has applications for using it on another machine. – And so we’ll show you ways to use it, things that it can do. We actually are gonna use it, I’ve already used it in a project that we’re gonna be sharing. It’s literally right next to me. (laughing) We’re gonna share that probably next week, and you’ll see how I got to use it there, and I was very happy with the clean lines and really nice, precise cuts that I was able to do with the machine and not have to do by hand. – Let’s talk a little bit about supplies – Yes. – Because you showed several things and they’re all Cricut branded, but what have you found out about other kinds of vinyl and materials? – Yeah, so there’s a lot of companies that make things that
work with the Cricut, so that was one of my concerns. One of my concerns was, you know, once we buy the Cricut we’re gonna have to buy all the their Cricut products. We’re gonna be in their little ecosystem and we’re not gonna be
able to cut anything else. Well, that’s not the case. There’s a lot of brands that
make other brands of vinyl and we’ve tried different brands. They all work well, they cut well. There’s presets in the softwares that comes with the Cricut. Free software, super easy to use. Like no learning curve at all. And you can cut other things,
you can cut other vinyl, other brands of vinyl. Like I said, I cut my
name out of just cardboard that I had leftover, I was
gonna throw away or recycle, and I was able to cut that on here. And the software’s super intuitive to use, and you can move around, like my name, I needed it in the certain purple square on the front cover of the book, because there was only like
a certain place I needed it. I was able to move that in
the software really easily, tell it where I want it to cut, and it did exactly that. All my hesitations that I had, like none of those were true. This has been great. We’ve definitely bought a
lot of stuff from Cricut, because that was one thing we learned is the best place to buy Cricut products was from www.cricut.com. – Www.cricut.com! – Lots of good deals. They have everything available there so we have actually
bought a lot from there. We’ve gone through our local craft stores and Jo-Ann’s, Michaels, – Hobby Lobby
– and Hobby Lobby. My favorite was Michaels’ selection, just gotta put that out
there, in our local area. That might be different in other areas. But they ever have a big Cricut banner. I was very impressed. And they had these,
this was the only place that I saw the actual extra materials, they had it at Michaels. So I was impressed, but they all had it and they all has some kind
of selection which was nice. I also want to show you over here I’ve actually put together a Cricut cart. And so for me, I wanted to have
quick access to the Cricut. If I wanted make something,
I wanted to be able to have it right at the ready. So I had this cart
sitting in my living room that I could just plug
right in to my computer if I need to print something, if I want to cut something out. And this is actually an Ikea cart that I just put the Cricut on top and then I have two bins below where I can keep other materials and then I can keep vinyl materials. And then I have little magnetic hangers that I got from Harbor Freight that I hang some other supplies on. – As Steph said, she’s tested
a lot of different materials and I think that’s one of the things that people maybe get a little discouraged because you may test something and it may not turn out and you have to throw it away. But I think that’s part of the learning – Yeah. – is to go ahead and jump in there, experiment with you materials. Find out what works, what doesn’t work. And one of the things we’ve
found out that works sometimes and doesn’t work sometimes
is working with wood. Now, we found out that the
wood has to be absolutely flat. So here you can see it
adhered beautifully. On this side, not so much because there’s a little
bit of curve to this. And same thing here, this
went on beautifully back here. We probably used too much
heat, got some wrinkling. – My goal is really to find the best way of attaching vinyl or heat
transfer vinyl to wood. And so that’s what all of
this kind of testing was. We did try engraving aluminum. This is anodized aluminum? – I guess. – It has color on it, and
that worked really well. I just got it, it was a little off-center. But we’ve found things
that we’re just trying to test materials, we don’t know exactly what application we’re gonna use them for but we like to kind of
try them out and see- – So that’ll be ready for
when we want to use them. – So yeah, they’re ready
when we need to use it. And then every time I do something I learn some kind of new skill, a new way of removing the
extra materials from things. So if they’re something that you’ve been curious about the Cricut Maker, that you wanted to see
if something would work or anything like that, let
us know in the comments. We’re not gonna overwhelm
you with Cricut projects but we’ll probably incorporate
them here and there depending on if it makes sense for what we’re working on. Thank you for joining us. If you have any questions
let us know below, and if you’d like to support us, please give us a thumbs-up on this video. And leave us a comment,
let us know what you think. Do you want to see more Cricut stuff? Do you want to know more about it? Let us know. (giggling) All right, see you next time. – Bye.
– Bye. (beep) And today we’re just gonna chat with you, we’re just gonna talk. I was gonna say talk,
and then I said chat, and then it sounded all weird. Talk-chat. That’s not a thing. Okay. (clapping) (beep) (relaxing music)

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