Learn to Slice, and Then Slice Confidently!
This tutorial is going to be a 2-for-1. First, I will show you how to use the slice feature (or slice tool) in Cricut Design Space. Then, we will apply your newfound knowledge to make our own custom cupcake picks!
Cute, right? They took literally about 30 minutes, start to finish, so not bad at all! Think about all of the custom ninja-turtle-lego-unicorn-minecraft-superhero picks you could make for birthday parties! 🙂
The truth is, once you know how to slice in Design Space, you have the ability to make custom whatevers! Even these, for example, could have easily been printed on sticky paper and turned into stickers. I’m telling you, slicing is where it’s at.
If you’re already an accomplished slicer, and just want to do custom cupcake picks, you can skip down a few sections, or straight to the video tutorial at the bottom.
Slice, Slice, Baby!
I couldn’t help myself. If you’ve read my blog long enough, or seen any of my shop products, you’ll know how much I enjoy word play. If this is your first time here, welcome, and this is normal. 🙂
The slice feature in Cricut Design Space is one of the little tools at the bottom right of your project page. It’s the tool I use most often, and the one I think is the most versatile.
Think of the slice feature as your virtual scissors…let me show you what to do.
THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPAL OF THE SLICE FEATURE IS THAT YOU CAN ONLY SLICE 2 THINGS. I’m putting that in caps because it’s super-important. It’s so important that when you forget, it doesn’t work at all.
So, I start my tutorial with 2 shapes, a circle and a square. I grabbed them from the “shapes” section of the menu bar on the left.
Those Are the Basics, But Here's the Thing That Always Trips Me Up
If I take that circle and put a score line in the middle, is it still one shape?
Let’s try to slice these 2 shapes. It’s the same 2 shapes we sliced before…and that worked fine.
Move it into position, highlight both shapes, and go down to your slice button.
THE SCORE LINE IS ANOTHER “THING”. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made this mistake.
If you want to cut these shapes now, you need to remove the score line, slice them, and then put the score line back.
He was not invited to the party, just like the little grey circle. So sad.
Now That You Know How to Slice, Let's Make Custom Cupcake Picks!
I’m always looking for ways to use my Cricut to do the hard work for me, and this is a great example of something I wouldn’t want to cut by hand. I HATE cutting circles. Even when you think you got it right, you don’t got it right. 🙂 But we are going to make some circular custom cupcake picks, since I think that’s the most standard cupcake pick shape.
Start By Selecting Your Custom Item/Image
What’s going on your custom cupcake pick? A picture? Sometone’s name? An important date? Whatever it is, grab them and put them somewhere you can easily find them on your computer.
I chose to use 12 pictures of my son. Since I had a dozen cupcakes, I used a picture from each month of the year to decorate cupcakes for my husband’s birthday.
Get Your Items/Images into Design Space
Slice Your Cupcake Pick Shape With Your Image
Don't Forget About the Back of Your Custom Picks!
It’s easy to get excited about all of your custom shapes, but don’t neglect to consider the back before you move to the cutting portion.
This is a good time to duplicate some more of those circles to make sure you have enough circle backs to match your circle fronts. 🙂
Cut Out Your Pieces and Assemble!
When you hit “make it”, Cricut will load all of the images onto a printable page for you. Print that out and let the machine do that hard cutting-of-circles!
And select some paper to cut out your plain circles…
Just Add Cupcakes...
You did it! You made some adorable custome cupcake picks and now you get to decorate!
Materials used for this project are listed below. Some links are affiliate links, and if you make a purchase through one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. If you do, thank you in advance for your support of this blog.
I use a cardstock paper for heavyweight projects like this. My favorite inexpensive option is this Neenah paper from Amazon.
The flat-topped wooden picks are also from Amazon, you can find them here. As of the time I’m writing this blog post, they’re about $5 for 100. 🙂
My favorite glue and other favorite papercraft resources can be found on my resources page!