When I received the new Cricut Maker, leather was one of the materials I was most excited about using. There’s something so cool about making a craft with leather at home. It’s just one of those materials that is sturdy and feels like a real store bought item when you’re finished. Today I am going to show you how to make keychains using your Cricut. These DIY monogram keychains would make great bridesmaids gifts. Everyone needs a keychain, making this personalized gift both thoughtful and useful! Read on below to learn how to make keychains for your bridesmaids.
Supplies You Will Need:
To make these keychains you will need to first download a monogram font. I purchased this monogram font from etsy. Rather than a traditional writing font, each letter is an individual svg file. To use, simply upload the monogram font to Design Space and arrange the letters to create your monograms. (I promise this sounds harder than it is.) Once you have your monograms ready use the shape tool to draw a rectangle connecting each letter. (seen below in orange) Next create a copy of your monogram and flip it vertically. Then use the shape tool to create a rectangle connecting the two monograms. Weld all of this together. Once your monograms are created it is time to get cutting! I highly suggest making a test cut on cardstock first to make sure your monograms are perfect. Once you are ready to cut leather with your Cricut Maker follow the steps below for success!
How To Cut Leather With Cricut Maker
There are a few simple steps you need to follow for success cutting leather with your Cricut Maker.
- Make sure to use the purple strong grip mat whenever cutting real leather.
- Move the white Cricut wheels off to the right side. The leather is thick and these could create a dent in your fabric.
- Cut your leather down so it is only 11″ wide. Remember how we moved our wheels over? Cutting your leather down allows space for the Cricut to seamlessly roll under the wheels we’ve moved.
- Select the pressure of your blade based on the thickness of your leather. Design Space gives you the option of default, more, or less pressure. I found the most success with more pressure for real leather.
- Real leather can be cut with the fine point blade (that comes with your machine) but I highly suggest using the deep point blade.
Once you have successfully cut your monogram keychains with your Cricut machine remove them from the grip mat.Feed your DIY monogram keychain through a jump ring. Make sure to keep the soft side on top.Use a thin paint brush to apply leather glue to one side of your leather keychain. Align your monograms so the two halves meet. Place your keychain under a book or heavy object for two hours to set.One the glue has dried your monogram keychains are finished and ready to be gifted!