10 Free Cricut Wood Project Ideas (With Vinyl + Without)


If you are looking for some new and creative ways to experiment with your Cricut then you are in the right place! 

Learn how to start making some awesome and fun Cricut wood projects to spruce up your home decor, use as gifts for friends and family or even sell at craft shows or online!

With everything from cute wooden signs, picture frames, plant markers and so much more, you will be able to find something fun and easy to start making wood crafts with your cricut!

8 Free Cricut Wood Projects With Vinyl

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We have found some awesome Cricut projects with wood that are great for any home crafter to create using their Cricut. There is a wood project idea for Cricut for everyone!

We will start off with simple wood with vinyl projects, which means that these projects include Cricut Explore Air 2 wood projects, Cricut Joy wood projects, and Maker projects because all three machines can cut vinyl which can then be transferred to a wood surface.

For those looking for Cricut wood cutting projects, you will find a list of those after this first list.

Here is our list of wood projects for Cricut machines.

1. DIY Growth Chart


Looking for some Cricut Maker wood projects?

Using a piece of pine, some wood stain, and a Cricut Maker, learn just how simple it is to make this personalized woodworking project.

Of course, you could easily complete this project with a Cricut Explore (or even the Cricut Joy) as well.

All you need is a piece of wood, a wood stain, and some vinyl. Wondering which vinyl to use on wood? This project uses premium Cricut vinyl.

You can find the tutorial with all the info on how to make a DIY Growth Chart here.

2. Rustic Wood Frame

Looking for some free Cricut wood projects with vinyl?

This rustic wood frame is great for parents, grandparents, friends, or just about anyone that is simply blessed. Look no more for an easy DIY wall art gift!

The trick is to find an interesting piece of wood, then all you need to do is to transfer some vinyl with some transfer tape onto the wood surface.

Find the step-by-step tutorial on how to create this rustic wood frame here.

3. Farmhouse Inspired DIY Round Wood Sign


Can you make wood signs with a Cricut? Well yes, you can!

You’ll love adding these versatile signs to your everyday decor! These farmhouse-inspired round wood signs are made using a Cricut cutting machine and some permanent vinyl.

This home sign will look amazing on your front porch!

Create this farmhouse-inspired DIY round wood sign by following the instructions on the Sustain My Craft Habit blog.

4. DIY Watercolor Cricut Picture Frame Idea

These pretty DIY watercolor wooden picture frames make a fantastic homemade gift idea! Watercolor frames are quick, easy, and perfect for all occasions! 

Find all the info that you will need about how to recreate these watercolor picture frames here.

5. Countdown Wooden Block Calendar

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This wooden block countdown calendar is so much fun to make and easy to use. You can use it for anything you are counting down to like vacations, Christmas, or a new baby!

Grab the step-by-step info on the Gingerbread House blog here.

6. DIY Mini Cricut Cutting Board Idea


Make this cute mini cutting board with a free fall SVG file to display in your kitchen or on a farmhouse-tiered tray! This Fall Cricut craft is super easy, so it’s also a great fall craft to make and sell! 

This is one of my favorite wood Cricut Maker projects, but again you can very easily use an Explore or Joy machine to recreate this as well.

Click here to find the instructions on how to make a DIY mini-cutting board.

7. DIY Bathroom Sign


Make your own silly and cute bathroom sign using your Cricut EasyPress and wood scraps.

Create your own DIY bathroom sign by following the instructions on Sustain My Craft Habit.

8. Wooden Cricut Place Settings

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Looking for a fun way to create place settings? These wooden place settings can be used all year round and are great for family meals at Christmas!

Grab all the info about how to make these place settings here.

3 Cricut Wood Cutting Projects

And for those who are more interested in learning how to cut wood with a Cricut Maker or Maker 3, here are some wood cutting tutorials (including wood veneer cricut projects) for you.

1. Wood Veneer Floral Wreath


Let’s step it up by creating some Cricut wood-cutting projects. It’s so easy to cut the wood veneer flowers and you will love the look of this three-dimensional floral wreath in neutral tones!

Find the full tutorial here.

2. DIY Wood Veneer Cricut Garden Markers


These DIY wood veneer plant markers are easy to make with a Cricut machine and add a cute and colorful element to a pot or garden.

You can find the tutorial for these DIY Garden signs on Duke and Duchesses website.

3. DIY Wooden Coasters

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Here is a great Cricut basswood project for you. Did you know you could cut your own coasters? How cool is that!

In this tutorial, you will learn how to cut basswood on a Cricut Maker or Maker 3. How to stain your wood as well as how to glue it together and seal it with resin.

This project is easy to make but does require a fair dose of patience. You can find the Cricut Design Space project link plus the full tutorial on Crafting In The Rain.

Tips for Cutting Wood On A Cricut Machine

A Cricut Maker machine is primarily designed for cutting paper and vinyl, but it can also cut thin wood materials such as balsa wood, basswood, and thin plywood.

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Here are some tips for cutting wood on a Cricut:

  1. Choose the right type of wood: As mentioned, the Cricut can only cut thin wood materials. The recommended thickness is 1/16 inch to 1/8 inch. Make sure to use high-quality, low-density wood like balsa or basswood.
  2. Use a strong grip mat: A strong grip mat (the purple mat) is essential when cutting wood on a Cricut. It will provide a strong hold on the wood, preventing it from slipping during the cutting process.
  3. Use masking tape: We really need the wood to stay secure on the mat, so I like to use masking tape around the edges.
  4. Move the white wheels: There are little white wheels on your roller, you need to move these all the way to the right.
  5. Adjust the blade depth: Make sure to adjust the blade depth according to the thickness of the wood you are using. You can do this by turning the dial on the machine.
  6. Test cut first: Before cutting your design, it is always a good idea to do a test cut on a small piece of wood.
  7. Check the cut: Before you release the wood, make sure to check whether it has cut through. There is a good chance that you will need to do another cut or 20 before it has managed to cut all the way through.
  8. Avoid intricate cuts: While the Cricut can cut intricate designs, it is best to avoid overly complex designs when cutting wood. Stick to simple shapes and designs to ensure a clean and accurate cut.

By following these tips, you can successfully cut wood on a Cricut and create beautiful, personalized wooden Cricut projects.

FAQs About Cricut Maker Wood Projects

Here are some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Cricut wood craft ideas.

1. What can you make out of wood with Cricut?

With a Cricut, you can create intricate designs and cutouts on wood to make a variety of DIY Cricut wood crafts, such as signs, home decor, cake toppers, garden markers, puzzles, letters, ornaments, and even jewelry.

You can also engrave wood using a special engraving tip on the Cricut Maker.

2. Can Cricut engrave wood?

Yes, Cricut Maker and Maker 3 can engrave wood using a special engraving tip. It's important to note that the Cricut Maker is designed to engrave on thin wood sheets, such as balsa wood or basswood, and may not work as well on thicker wood materials.

3. How thick wood can Cricut cut?

The Cricut Maker and Maker 3 can cut basswood and balsa wood up to 3/32″ thick with the Cricut Knife Blade.

It's important to note that the hardness and density of the wood can impact the ability of the machine to cut through it cleanly, so always do a test cut first.

4. What blade do I need for Cricut maker to cut wood?

To cut wood with the Cricut Maker or Maker 3, you'll need to use the Knife Blade, which is specifically designed to cut through thicker and denser materials like wood, leather, and matboard.

5. Can Cricut cut wood veneer?

Yes, the Cricut can cut wood veneer. However, it's important to note that not all Cricut machines are capable of cutting wood veneer.

The Cricut Maker and Maker 3 are the only machines in the Cricut lineup that is able to cut wood veneer, thanks to its Adaptive Tool System and the ability to use the Knife Blade.

6. What is the best Cricut machine for wood projects?

The best Cricut machine for wood projects is the Cricut Maker and Maker 3. The Cricut Maker machines are versatile cutting machines that can cut wood with a knife blade.

7. What wood can I use with Cricut Maker?

The Cricut Maker and Maker 3 can be used to cut and engrave a variety of wood materials, including:

Basswood: A lightweight and versatile wood that is easy to cut and can be stained or painted to create a finished look.

Balsa wood: A soft and lightweight wood that is easy to cut and ideal for creating 3D structures and models.

Thin plywood: The Cricut Maker can cut through thin plywood sheets, but thicker plywood may be too dense for the machine to cut effectively.

Veneer: The Cricut Maker can cut through wood veneer sheets, which are thin slices of wood that are often used for decorative purposes.

It's important to note that the thickness and hardness of the wood can impact the quality and outcome of the cut or engraving, so it's recommended to perform test cuts on a small piece of wood before attempting a larger project.

Final Thoughts On Cricut Wood Project Ideas

Cricut wood projects can be a great way to add a personal touch and unique flair to any home.

Whether you’re looking for something simple like Cricut cutting boards or more intricate such as wooden flowers, the possibilities are endless when it comes to crafting with your Cricut machine.

With some imagination and creativity, you can create stunning pieces of art that will last for years!

So if you’ve been thinking about trying out new ways to make beautiful things from wood, I hope our list of Cricut machine wood projects has inspired you to get started.

Charlene loves making craft projects with her Cricut machines. She uses the Cricut Maker and Explore machines as well as heat presses (Minipress, larger auto heat press, and mug press) when crafting. She has created many different items including customized t-shirts, infusible ink mugs, cosmetic bags, totes, gift cards, and stickers! She loves the creativity that crafting brings and sharing that with everyone.

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