Using your Knife Blade on the Cricut Maker is a game-changer. Learn how easy it is to create a wooden cake topper out of basswood below. This post contains affiliate links, thank you for your support.
First of all, this princess party turned out better than I could have imagined and it was all made easier with my Cricut Maker. Learn how to cut wood with your Cricut Maker and what wood is best to use when using your Cricut Knife Blade.
Supplies for Princess Cake Topper
- 1/16″ Basswood
- Mod Podge or Xyron Creative Station
- Cricut Design Space File
- Cricut Maker
- Cricut Knife Blade
What kind of wood can I cut with the Cricut Knife Blade?
You can cut any wood that is 2.6mm thick. I recommend using basswood that is 1/16″ or 3/32″ wide. If you cut balsa wood the passes are not as many with the knife blade but you have a very fragile piece of wood. The best wood for your Cricut cake topper would be something sturdy.
What wood should I use for a wooden Cricut DIY cake topper?
I would 100% use basswood. It will hold up far better than balsa wood. It gives you a sturdy wooden cake topper that can be reused if you store it properly. You can also layer the basswood and make it thicker and sturdy.
What adhesive should I use with my wooden Cricut DIY cake topper?
I really like Aileens Wood Glue to layer the basswood together. You can use binder clips or even quilting binding clips to press it together while it dries. Or even easier, use a heavy book. The only thing that would concern me there is maybe glue can be pressed out and can adhere your wooden cake topper to the book.
For this particular DIY cake topper, I used my Xyron Creative Station and it worked well. It is not sealed on top of the paper so you're more prone to grease spots if you do it this way.
Can I cut intricate images with the Cricut Knife Blade?
The recommended smallest area you should cut is about the size of a pencil eraser and don't go thinner than the width of a pencil. I have tried to cut really intricate settings and it either split the wood or would break as I was removing it from the mat.
Should I remove small inner images as I cut with my Cricut Knife Blade?
If you remove the small areas that are lifting as you cut your images, it will throw the cut out of sync. It will begin to cut areas a bit off of the actual cut line because it doesn't have a surface holding it in-place like before. Some of the smaller intricate pieces will pop up as your cutting but I would only recommend removing it if it's getting in the way of the blade and stopping the cut.
How can I make my homemade DIY cake topper food safe?
Many sealants are only labeled food-safe after going through a rigorous FDA approval. I would recommend using Mod Podge because it is non-toxic but it is not declared food-safe. Most craft supplies are not food safe. But since you don't actually want it to get on your food, I'd cover the stakes of your cake topper with some cling film after you've applied your Mod Podge.
If you don't want to seal it, go ahead. Just stick the wood straight into the cake and call it good. I would only recommend sealing it if you painted or stained it and planned to reuse it.
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