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Acrylic Engraving using a Cricut Maker!

Did you know that with the new engraving tip that acrylic engraving with the Cricut Maker is possible? It is quick and easy and makes cool decor!

Have you tried engraving with your Cricut Maker yet?  With the release of the engraving tip, making a cool light up acrylic sign is quick and cheap!

Awhile back I made a fun engraved teacher sign but I really wanted to try and make an acrylic sign that lights up.  I figured Christmas was the best time to try it since I love all sorts of lit up DIY Christmas decor.

engraving acrylic pinterest

In all honesty, this project did not end up perfect by any means.  Sometimes projects don’t turn out how you planned, but that’s ok!  It happens to all of us and I have had to learn to accept that fact and embrace it.

Engraving acrylic with the Cricut was easy peasy it was cutting the acrylic to fit in the light-up base that I had issues with.  I’ll get into that later…

Can the Cricut Engrave Acrylic?

Yes! With the Cricut Maker you can engrave 1 mm and 2 mm thicker. Any thicker and it won’t fit under the roller, I tried!  Unfortunately, you can’t cut acrylic with the Cricut Maker but acrylic engraving works perfectly!

The nice thing about using your Cricut Maker is that you can design anything and have it engraved on an acrylic sheet.  And it engraves pretty quickly.  It doesn’t do a bunch of passes like cutting through thick materials.

So let me show you how easy engraving acrylic is!

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Materials Needed for Light Up Acrylic Sign

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Designing in Cricut Design Space

If you’d like to use this Christmas image I used you can find my project here.  Or you can insert whatever image you want.

Once you insert an image, click on it, and then select “engrave” under linetype drop-down.

engraving with cricut

Size it to fit your acrylic.  Mine is about 7.5 inches wide by 9 inches tall.  Click Make It.

In the prepare screen, you need to move the image so it will be centered on the acrylic sheet on your mat.


I centered my acrylic sheet so it was in between the 2″ line and 10″ line on the mat and 1″ inch down.  Note:  My engraving did not come out exactly centered.  It’s hard to tell unless you are Type A like me, but some machines cut slightly to one side from the preview screen.

Preparing for Acrylic Engraving

Remove one of the plastic backing sheets from the acrylic.  Leave the backing on one side and place that side down on a stronggrip mat.  Leave the plastic on so the acrylic doesn’t get all sticky from the mat!  Tape down all 4 sides.

engraving acrylic

Move the white rollers on the Cricut Maker to the edges.  (Make sure to watch the video at the top or side to see all these steps in action!).  Load the engraving tip #41 and the mat when CDS prompts you.

engraving acrylic
engraving acrylic

Press the flashing C button and let the Cricut Maker engrave away!

acrylic engraving
acrylic engraving

When it’s done, upload the mat, remove the painter’s tape and gently wipe away the debris.

How Do You Cut Acrylic?

So this is the part that didn’t go well… womp, womp…  Since I wanted this 8×10 sheet to fit into a 3-inch slit in a light-up base I needed to cut two sections of the bottom off. 

I first tried to use a glass cutter but that didn’t work.  It made some indentation, so I’m not sure if this was part of my problem when I finally cut it.

Then I bought a plexiglass jigsaw blade and planned on using that.  I read to tape around the part you’re cutting to prevent splitting.  Then I measured!

acrylic engraving

The base’s slit was 1/2 inch deep so I measured a centered 3 inch wide section at the bottom of my acrylic sheet that was 1/2 inch tall.

acrylic engraving
light up acrylic sign
light up acrylic sign

I secured the acrylic sheet to a table and used my jigsaw to cut the two sections.

And crack it went!!  I think I did a couple of things wrong.  First, I’m not sure if the previous indentations caused it to bust early.  Second, the very bottom is hard to cut when the other side it not secured.  If it was secure on both sides, maybe it would have worked better.

So, it cracked a bit!  Not enough that glue didn’t fix.  I grabbed my tacky glue and glued the section that broke and it stands up in the base just fine.  Granted you can see the cut in the bottom, but it’s really only up for a month and it’s not too bad.

acrylic engraving with cricut
light up acrylic sign base

So if you have tips on cutting acrylic, I’d love to hear them!!

I just found some 3×3 acrylic sheets on Amazon so I will do my next engraving acrylic project with those.

acrylic engraving with cricut

But it still stands up and I love how it lights up!

acrylic engraving with cricut

If I figure out how to cut acrylic better, I’ll let you know!

You can always paint the back as I did on this acrylic sign made with the Maker blades.

acrylic engraving

If you’d like to save this idea for later, simply hover over the top left of the image below and PIN It now!

acrylic engraving pinterest

Thanks for stopping by and have a creative day,

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Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

The only stands ive seen are 5mm deep slits. Did you have to do anything to make the 2mm acrylic stand up or did it just work?

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Tuesday 8th of June 2021

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Friday 8th of January 2021

For the painted sign, did you use the Cricut markers to have the machine draw on the acrylic?


Tuesday 7th of January 2020

I’m not sure what kind of blade you used so I apologize in advance if you have already tried what I am about to suggest.

I have had decent luck using jigsaw blades made for cutting fine/thin metal. I know they sell blades to cut acrylic but the blades for thin metal are much easier for me to find at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

And if at all possible, make sure the acrylic is supported on both sides of the cut. For straight cuts, I lay my acrylic on top of a board that has a slit cut in the board. I make sure the cut I want to make on the acrylic lines up with the slit in the board and then I clamp it and cut it.

I hope this helps.

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Tuesday 14th of January 2020

Thank you for this! I will definitely try it! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to