We just love Cricut engraving projects but this one just blew us out of the water! Did you know that your Cricut Maker can engrave on metal? It’s true. We know some Cricut owners get intimidated by the idea of metal engraving, but this tutorial is going to show you just how easy it is to do.
We’ll give you a step-by-step tutorial and our best Cricut hacks on how to engrave metal with Cricut. This opens up so many craft project possibilities! Our engraved metal spatula makes a perfect handmade gift for anyone who loves to grill!
How to Engrave a Metal Spatula
- Cricut Maker 3: https://amzn.to/357R2c9 (can also use a Cricut Maker)
- Our Favorite Weeding Tool: https://amzn.to/3pwnJc2
- StrongGrip Cutting Mat
- Engraving Blade: https://amzn.to/3p93VNu (adaptive tool)
- Fine Point Blade: https://amzn.to/3vfXJqG
- Cricut TrueControl Knife
- Cricut Mini Easy Press: https://amzn.to/3H7bzhn
- Painters Tape: https://amzn.to/3LUUsDi
- Spatula: https://www.dollartree.com/cooking-co…
- Oven Mitt: https://www.dollartree.com/home-colle…
- Cut file for engraving: King of the Grill
- Cut files for oven mitt: Grill Master, Grill Chill and Refill, Grill
Working in Design Space –
2 – You need to manipulate the cut file a bit so that it’s ready to use for Cricut engraving.
3 – Begin by clicking the eye icon to hide the blue layer (the grill).
4 – With the image selected, go to Operation. Change from Basic Cut to Engrave. Size your design as needed to fit your spatula. Ours was 2 by 2.5 inches. When engraving, we want it to go through the process 3 times, so duplicate your file so you have 3 copies.
5- Select all 3 of your images and choose Align, Center. Then, select Attach.
Engraving the spatula –
6 – Click Make It. Move the design to line it up with the placement of that part of the spatula on the mat. We lined ours up between the 5 and 7 inch marks. Be sure to rotate it.
7 – Select your materials – in this case, stainless steel. Place the metal spatula on the cutting mat and secure with painters’ tape.
8 – Put the engraving tool in clamp B. Move the rollers over out of the way.
9 – Load the mat into the Cricut machine. Support the handle of the spatula with your hand as it engraves. Remove the mat once the engraving is complete.
Making the oven mitt –
10 – Using the 3 different cut files, assemble your design for the oven mitt. Size to fit the mitt.
11 – Use the color sync function to change the whole design to one color so it will all cut out on one mat. Press Make It.
12 – Since we’re using iron-on vinyl for this, be sure to mirror your design.
13 – Move the design elements to make it easier to line them up with the pieces of HTV. Connect to your Cricut and choose your material.
14 – Place the vinyl on the mat according to the layout in Design Space. Refer to the grid measurements to line them up perfectly. Load the mat into your machine. Replace the engraving tool with the fine point blade and cut out your vinyl.
15 – Use your TrueControl Knife to cut away the excess vinyl. Weed the cut vinyl. Place the pieces on the oven mitt to get a feel for where you want them. Use the EasyPress to heat and adhere them in place.
16 – To assemble your gift, put some seasoning mix in a cellophane bag and secure with ribbon. Place that and the spatula inside the oven mitt. Wouldn’t this make a great Father’s Day gift?