Did you know that cutting wood veneer with a Cricut was possible? What if I told you that you can cut it on the Cricut Explore or the Cricut Maker? You read that right! You can cut these thin real wood pieces with the deep point blade so that makes it compatible with the Cricut Explore as well. Your project possibilities just got a little wider! You can also see our guide on cutting thicker wood with your Maker if you need it.
Wood Veneer Details
First, let’s discuss what exactly wood veneer is and the type you will need for cutting on your Cricut machine.
What is a wood veneer?
A veneer is really thin (a little thicker than paper) wood that is used to accent a project. It is not meant to be for anything structural. But if you are looking for wood accents or decorations, this stuff cuts like a dream and may be just what you are looking for.
Where do you purchase veneer that cuts on a Cricut?
In my experiments, I am using all wood veneer products directly from Cricut. They have maple, cherry, and walnut. You can see the full selection here. You can try other brands but you may need to experiment with the settings. Every wood veneer is different and therefore may need a slightly different cut.
Supplies needed to cut wood veneer:
- Wood veneer (I am using the Cricut brand)
- Strong grip mat
- Cricut Explore or Maker
- Deep point blade
- Cut file (you can find the one I am using here but any will work)
- Painter’s tape
- Wood glue and panel if you are making the art piece
Cutting Wood Veneer with a Cricut
If you would like to just see the entire process, you can just watch the video below where I explain everything.
Can’t watch the video or missed some of the steps? You can also follow along with our instructions below.
- Add your wood veneer sheet to a strong grip Cricut mat. This process is the same no matter if you are using the Explore or the Maker. Press the sheet down well with a brayer and add painter's tape all the way around the outside edge so that it is secure. The wood grain should go along the mat.
- Then add the deep point blade to whichever machine you are using. NOTE: You DO NOT have to move the white star wheels to cut this material.
- Pull up your cut file in Cricut Design Space and cut with your machine. Pick "natural wood veneer" from the custom materials list. This will run over the material four times to cut so it will take a while. I like to check my cut before removing it from the machine. To do this, pull up a corner of a cut piece with a weeding tool. If it lifts easily, eject the mat from your machine. If it does not, hit the "C" button to cut again.
- Next, you will need to remove the material from your mat. I just pulled away the outer piece as it was scrap.
- Then flip the project over and remove the mat from your piece. Use the tweezers to gently pull the pieces away from the mat as you go.
- Remove any small bits from the inside of your design. Then you have a wood veneer piece that can be used on a wide variety of craft projects.
- I used some wood glue to attach my piece to the front of a wood panel for a quick and easy wall art piece.
You can make this project on either a Cricut Explore or a Cricut Maker. I experimented with both machines.
Wood Veneer Machine Settings
I found that the natural wood veneer setting was best but it cut into my mat. So, with my second piece, I actually removed the material after 3 passes instead of allowing it to cut 4. This resulted in some areas not being cut all the way through and I had to use a craft knife to complete some cuts. I actually prefer the 4 passes even though my mat life will be reduced but you can experiment with both.
All wood veneers are different. You may find that the different types of wood cut differently. Also, if you use a different brand, you may find that fewer or more passes are needed. You may need to experiment to get it just right for the wood veneer you are using.
What to Make
So, what will you use wood veneer to make? There are so many options and so little time! I love the simple wall art pieces that I was able to create by cutting wood veneer on a Cricut.
I also found these other projects that you might try with wood veneer:
You can start simple then work your way up to more complicated projects. The sky is really the limit with this material.
Plus the cuts are really great. I love it when they are nice and crisp!
I will say for things like earrings, you will need to cut several layers and glue them together. This material is SUPER thin and one layer will not hold up all by itself. Here we added the thin layer to a strong wood panel so it is secure.
So, what will you make with this material? Will you try cutting wood veneer with a Cricut?
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