I love creating party decor and so when Cricut released the Knife Blade, I knew I had to make myself a Cricut cake topper. We put together an Outer Space Party to celebrate my nephew turning 11. See how easy it is to make your own cake topper with Cricut.
I have loved the versatility that my Cricut Maker has given me and I especially love creating things that I normally would buy but wasn't the aesthetic I was looking for. I'm able to make my own pretty fast and to me, it's more practical because I have everything I need here at home.
Supplies for your Cricut Cake Topper
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Knife Blade
- Cricut Strong Grip Mat
- Masking Tape
- 3/32″ Basswood
- Glitter Cardstock
- Orange Cardstock
- My Minds Eye Blast Off Cardstock
- Cricut Design Space File.
How to make a cake topper with your Cricut
You're going to, first of all, need a Cricut Maker. Cricut released their Maker's in August 2017 at a party that was beyond all parties. They have since been released in a few different colors like blush and blue but my trusty champagne color is perfect and gets the job done.
Begin by securing your 3/32″ basswood to a strong grip mat. I use some painters tape or masking tape to hold it on there securely. When you use the Cricut Knife Blade, you want to be sure that your project will not shift as your cutting. The tape helps prevent that. Next, load in your Cricut mat into the Cricut Maker.
Send your Cricut Design Space file to cut and choose basswood from the menu of materials and then it'll show you to load your Knife Blade and select go.
Can I use Bluetooth with the Cricut Knife Blade?
Yes, but it's a little tricky. Cricut recommends using the USB cable to hook from a desktop to your Cricut Maker to avoid a call that can interrupt or even a game that can interrupt your cut. This is why the Knife Blade is not available on their mobile app. See below.
I use Bluetooth to my Cricut Maker because my desktop computer is in the hallway and my Maker is in my bedroom and a hassle to move each time. I have only had one issue where it thought my Cricut was done but it was just a long pause so I had unloaded it and it wasn't cut all the way through.
Can I Use My Phone with the Cricut Knife Blade?
No, which is a total bummer. You can use your bluetooth from your computer above but it can have the problem of disconnecting while your cutting an object that has a long cut time. This is the same reason why you cannot use your mobile phone or tablet while using the Cricut Knife Blade.
Don't think that you cannot ever use Bluetooth with your Cricut Knife Blade, you can but there are risks involved so be aware of that.
What kind of adhesive can I use with Cricut Chipboard and Wood?
You have two choices but you cannot mix the two. You can use a dry adhesive like a Xyron Creative Station or a wet adhesive like Mod Podge. This method is mainly for the Cricut Chipboard but it's a rule I follow so I don't ruin other projects.
I prefer to use my Xyron Creative Station with Cricut Chipboard or with any wood cutouts. It won't leave a sheen or brushstrokes on my project and keep my Cricut cake topper clean.
How long does the Cricut Knife Blade cut for?
This really depends on your design. I can cut a circle in a matter of 3 minutes because it has that one line to follow and it doesn't need to lift up and rotate the blade. My spaceship Cricut cake topper and stars took about 65 minutes.
Because it can take up to 5-6 hours to cut something, this is also why Cricut tells you to use the USB cord. Believe it or not, this cut was pretty fast and so I didn't need to lug my Maker near my computer to be sure it wouldn't cancel or shut down on me.
After I cut all the pieces for my wooden Cricut cake topper, I cut the same images out of cute outer space cardstock from My Minds Eye along with some glitter cardstock and orange cardstock for the mini window. Run them through my Xyron Creative Station and began adhering them to the wood.
I used this same method of making the window float as I did on these 3D rockets. Lay the thread on the back of the silver glitter cardstock and then adhered that as my first layer of the wooden Cricut cake topper. Then lay the second layer of the printed cardstock.
For my wooden stars, I did the same thing. Just lay the glitter cardstock over the wooden Cricut cake topper and set it aside.
How to make an Outer Space Cake
You're going to need an 8″ hemisphere cake pan and any cake mix you like. Bake the cake according to package instructions and then allow it to cool completely.
I then took some black gel food coloring and added a small amount to my white frosting. Frost your cake and then you're going to want to stick some black candy melts to resemble the craters on the moon.
Place your Cricut Cake Toppers into the cake and serve. What child isn't going to love this space party?
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