Make Wooden Bookmarks: How to Cut Wood Veneer on a Cricut

Instructions

STEP 1: GET MY FREE WOODEN BOOKMARKS FILE

First, download Design #319, which is my free Wooden Bookmarks SVG/DXF/PDF from my free resource library. If you’re going to cut it on your cutting machine, upload the file to your design software. This is what the Wooden Bookmarks SVG file looks like in Cricut Design Space.

Wooden Bookmark SVG cut file in Cricut Design Space

Tip: If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.

STEP 2: CUT THE DESIGN

In Design Space, hide any bookmark layers that you do not want to make by clicking the eye icon for that design. I am going to cut all my designs along with some blank bookmarks in a different veneer finish.

Hiding layers in Cricut Design Space when making wooden bookmarks

The fun part is how you can add your own designs and images to these bookmarks. For example, to add a name to this blank bookmark, begin by clicking Ungroup in the upper right corner so you can work with these bookmarks individually.

Now click on Text over on the left, type in a name, choose a font for it — I’m using Tingler Script — and then move it over onto your bookmark.

Adding text to a wooden bookmark in Cricut Design Space

You can rotate it to match the bookmark by using the rotate handle in the lower right corner of the text — if you hold down the shift key as you rotate, it’ll rotate into a straight position.

Rotating the text into position on the wooden bookmark

Now select both the bookmark and text by clicking and dragging around it — you can see just those two are now selected by their highlights in the layer panel on the right — and click the Attach button at the bottom right. Attaching them together means they’ll cut out together in these same positions, and then cut the name right out of the bookmark! So cool!

Read More :   Cricut Expression vs Silhouette SD

Attaching the name to the bookmark in Cricut Design Space

When you’re ready, click Make It in the upper right corner.

If prompted, click “On Mat” and select “Done.”. You will only see this screen if you are using a Cricut Maker 3.

If you have a Maker 3 click on mat for my wooden bookmarks project

Click “Browse All Materials” to set your base material.

Click on Browse All Materials for my Wooden Bookmarks project

Enter veneer in the search field and hit enter. Select Natural Wood Veneer and then click “Done.”

Search for and select veneer for my Wooden Bookmarks project

Change the cutting pressure to “More.”

Select more pressure for my Wooden Bookmarks project

Apply a sheet of wood veneer on your StrongGrip cutting mat. Make sure the grain of the wood is going top to bottom (vertical).

Place a sheet of veneer onto a mat for my wooden bookmarks project

Use a brayer to make sure the veneer is securely stuck to the mat.

Use a brayer to flatten the veneer to the machine mat for my wooden bookmarks project

Finish by applying painter’s tape on all four sides of the veneer to prevent it from slipping.

Tape all four sides of the veneer for my wooden bookmarks project

Insert your Deep-Point Blade into your machine.

Make sure to insert the deep point blade to cut the veneer for my wooden bookmarks project

Load your mat and begin cutting.

Click the button to insert your mat into the machine for my wooden bookmarks project

Click the button to begin cutting the veneer for my wooden bookmarks project

Remove the painter’s tape from all four sides of the veneer when your cut is complete. Sometimes I use a weeding tool to help lift the end of the painter’s tape.

Remove the tape from the veneer after cutting for my wooden bookmarks project

Flip the mat over and carefully roll the mat away from the veneer to release the bookmarks.

Flip your cutting mat over and peel back away from the veneer to remove it for my wooden bookmarks project

Use a spatula tool to help release the pieces from the mat.

Use a scraper tool to help remove the veneer from the cutting mat for my wooden bookmarks project

The spatula tool is also great at removing those tiny pieces from the mat.

Use a scraper tool to help remove the veneer from the cutting mat for my wooden bookmarks project

Remove any painter’s tape that may remain on the bookmark pieces.

Remove excess painter's tape from the veneer for my wooden bookmarks project

Use a standard nail file or a piece of 220 grit sand paper to smooth the edges of the bookmarks, if necessary.

Use a nail file or sand paper to smooth the edges of the bookmark for my wooden bookmarks project

A small needle file or sand paper is helpful to sand the inner edges of the bookmark.

Use a file or sandpaper to smooth the inside of the cuts for my wooden bookmarks project

I use a weeding tool to remove small parts from the cut pieces.

Read More :   35 Rare Photos of Queen Elizabeth Young

Use a weeding tool to help remove small pieces of veneer for my wooden bookmarks project

A TrueControl Knife Blade is helpful to cut out pieces that need extra help separating from the veneer.

Use a knife blade to remobe stubborn pieces from the veneer for my wooden bookmarks project

STEP 3: ASSEMBLE THE WOODEN BOOKMARKS

I am going to show you a couple different ways that I assembled my wooden bookmarks. Let’s make my “read” bookmark design first. For this I am using the design with the book design at the bottom along with the word “read”.

Add super glue to the back of the word read.

Add super glue to the back of the word read for my wooden bookmarks project

Press the word read to the book design bookmark.

Place read onto the bookmark for my wooden bookmarks project

I used a moist baby wipe to press the word onto the bookmark and remove excess glue. You can also use a moist (not wet) piece of paper towel.

Use a baby wipe of moist paper towel to remove any super glue for my wooden bookmarks project

For the next wooden bookmark, I am using the flower piece that was cut from the flower bookmark design. Add super glue to the back of the flower.

Add super glue to the back of the book mark piece for my wooden bookmarks project

Press the flower piece onto a blank bookmark.

Place the flower cut out onto a blank bookmark for my wooden bookmarks project

Blot the flower with a baby wipe or moist paper towel to press it onto the bookmark and remove excess glue.

Blot the bookmark with a baby wipe of a moist paper towel to remove excess glue for my wooden bookmarks project

Next, I am going to create a bookmark using a blank bookmark along with my hearts bookmark design. Add super glue to the back of the heart bookmark.

Add glue to the back of the bookmark design for my wooden bookmarks project

Place the heart bookmark on top of the blank bookmark. Align eyelet holes and edges.

Place the bookmark design onto a blank bookmark for my wooden bookmarks project

Continue pressing the two pieces together.

Press the two pieces of veneer together for my wooden bookmarks project

Blot with a baby wipe or moist paper towel to remove excess glue. Continue pressing the two pieces together for a couple minutes so the glue has time to dry.

Use a baby wipe or moist paper towel to wipe excess glue for my wooden bookmarks project

You can get creative by combining different cut pieces to a blank bookmark. Let’s make a bookmark with the dolphin piece and some hearts. Because these pieces are tiny, I am using tweezers to hold the pieces as I apply glue to the back.

Read More :   Who Was Uncle Dickie in 'The Crown'?

Use tweezers for small pieces and add glue for my wooden bookmarks project

Next I am gluing some random heart pieces above the dolphin. Again, using my tweezers to hold the piece while adding glue and to place it onto the blank bookmark.

Use tweezers to place small pieces on a blank bookmark for my wooden bookmarks project

I used the end of my tweezers to press the tiny heart pieces down for a minute while the glue dried. Use a baby wipe or moist paper towel to remove any excess glue.

Use tweezers to place small pieces on a blank bookmark for my wooden bookmarks project

I think this looks cute. Time to add some ribbon.

This is what my bookmark looks like using the dolphin and heart pieces from my wooden bookmarks project

Using Water-Based Glue

Although I am using super glue for the assembly, you could use a water-based craft glue like Aleene’s Tacky Glue. The image below shows how the veneer bends when I used a water-based adhesive. This doesn’t mean you cannot use this type of glue. I simply flattened the bookmark by pressing it overnight under a few heavy books.

I do not recommend using a water-based adhesive for this project as it will warp the veneer for my wooden bookmarks project

STEP 4: ADD RIBBON

Use the eyelet hole for a tassel, bow, ribbon, etc. You can purchase pre-made tassels, but I used organza and grosgrain ribbons for mine. Measure and cut the ribbon one and one-half to twice the length of the bookmark (about 10-15″).

Measure approximately two lengths of the bookmark for the ribbon tassel for my wooden bookmarks project

Fold the ribbon in half and push the folded end of the ribbon through the eyelet hole.

Fold the ribbon in half and insert into the eyelet hole for my wooden bookmarks project

Slide the tail ends of the ribbon through the opening of the ribbon that you slid through the eyelet hole and pull tight. If the tails are too long, trim with scissors.

Pull the ribbon tails through the loop for my wooden bookmarks project

This is what the ribbon looks like on my read bookmark for my wooden bookmarks project

For this bookmark, instead of leaving the tails, I created a bow using organza ribbon.

Make a bow instead of a tassle for my wooden bookmarks project

To protect the tail ends of the ribbon from fraying, you can add Fray Check.

Use fray block to the ends of the ribbon to help prevent unraveling for my wooden bookmarks project

STEP 5: SHOW IT OFF

Below are several different bookmarks that I had fun making using my wooden bookmark designs and different finishes of veneer. I hope you have fun creating your bookmarks.

These are what some of my finished bookmarks look like from my Wooden Bookmarks project

This is what one of my bookmarks looks like from my Wooden Bookmarks project

This is a variety of ways you can assemble your wooden bookmarks

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Back to top button