Learn how to easily make Cricut magnets with printable magnetic sheets, a printer, and your Cricut. Cute Bitmjoi magnet and more!
Now that I can actually use magnets on the front of my refrigerator again, I have been having fun making cute magnets to put all over it!
I made magnets years ago for my son’s first birthday party as Thank You cards but this is my first time using my Cricut to cut them out!
In just a few minutes I made some bitmoji magnets, a dirty/clean dishwasher magnet, a scripture magnet, and a photo magnet.
This is also a great project to make for party favors, save the date reminders, co-workers, stocking stuffers, and really a cute little gift for anyone!
Tips for Making Printable Magnets
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You really only need printable magnetic sheets for this project and a printer that can handle thicker paper. I am using these matte magnet sheets that are specific for an inkjet printer and an HP Officejet Pro Printer. These magnetic sheets are perfect for crafts!
Printable magnetic sheets are kind of like printable vinyl, but one side is magnetic. You’ll print on the white side of the magnetic paper.
I am using my Cricut to cut the printable magnet sheets, but you could also cut them with scissors if you don’t have a Cricut. Both the Cricut Maker family and Cricut Explore family machines will cut a magnet sheet.
I just used my fine point blade since that is what Cricut Design Space directed me to do. The magnet paper sheets are pretty thin since they have to go through a printer.
If you are using thicker magnetic sheets (the Cricut Maker can handle up to 1.0 mm thick magnetic sheet) then you might need to insert a deep cut blade.
This site is great to check out what the best printer settings for magnet sheets are.
First I’m going to walk you through how to design DIY bitmoji magnets in Cricut Design Space and then we’ll go over creating your own magnet with images in Design Space, then printing and cutting!
How to Design Bitmoji Magnets
Bitmoji magnets are super easy to make and perfect to put around your classroom or in your kid’s room to let them know you are always thinking of them! These would be the same steps to use if you wanted to make photo magnets.
I walk through all the steps on how to upload a bitmoji into Cricut Design Space from the app and laptop in my YouTube video below. But for this written tutorial, I’m only going over uploading to a desktop.
I am a google fan so I always save anything I design on my phone to my Google Photos so I can access them on my computer.
Also, if you want to use the offset feature, it’s only available on the desktop version. I don’t have an iPhone so I’m not sure if it’s available on the iOS app or not!
Once I’ve selected the bitmoji I want to use and uploaded it into my Google photos, I open up Google photos on my laptop and download the image.
The next step is to open up Cricut Design Space and select New Project. Click on the Upload button on the left menu and Upload on the next screen.
Browse your computer and insert the downloaded bitmoji file.
Click on Complex image type and then continue.
If you want the image to be cut out as a square you can skip this step. I wanted just the picture, so I used the Select tool to erase the white background. Simply click on the white part and it will turn into a checkerboard.
Click continue and then on the next screen click on Save As Print then Cut.
Continue and insert image you’ve uploaded onto the canvas.
Now you have the option of adding a border to the magnet image. I added a border to one of my bitmoji magnet images.
Click on the Offset button on the top and use the slider to select the size of the outline you want.
Then change the color of the shadow layer if you want by clicking on the colored box next to the Operations menu. I changed it to white.
Super important: Select both shadow layer and image (click and then drag your mouse over both) and click on FLATTEN on the bottom right.
Now follow all the same directions in the card below to print and cut out your magnets. And make sure to watch the full video tutorial at the bottom of the card for all these steps in action!
- Find an image or phrase cut file you want to make into a magnet within Cricut Access or upload a photo or image of your own and insert it onto canvas in Cricut Design Space.
- Change the file to Print Then Cut Standard under the Operation tab.
- To add a border around the image, use the offset function. Click on Offset, then change the size to how you like it.
- Change the color of the shadow image to the color you want it to be. I changed mine to white.
- Select both shadow layer and image and click on FLATTEN. This is important for printing!
- Once you have all the magnets you want to make, click on Make It. Design Space will automatically place them with a black border around on an 8.5x11 inch size on the Prepare screen.
- Click Continue to cut screen. Click Send to Printer. LEAVE BLEED ON.
- I like to use my System Dialog settings. Once I select the printer I am using from the drop down, I turn on the system Dialog and change Paper to HP Matte Presentation Paper and Quality to Best.
- Make sure to know how your printer prints. My Officejet flips the paper over so I inserted the magnetic sheet in my tray with the magnet side up (white paper side down).
- I then changed my printer settings to Thick Paper.
- Select material on your Cricut. The magnetic sheets I am using are 12 mil or .305 mm thick. For the Cricut Maker family, I typed magnetic into the search bar and selected Printable Magnetic Sheet. If you have a Cricut Explore Air, select Magnet Sheet, adhesive-backed (.35mm).
- Place the printed magnetic sheet on a clean green cutting mat, lining it up with the left corner. I always like to use a brayer to make sure it's stuck well!
- Load into your Cricut machine and click the blinking Go button.
- Once the Cricut is done cutting, I like to pull up the sheet to make sure it cut through before I hit the unload button. You'll probably need to push a finger down on the side of the image while you are pulling the sheet to release the cut.
- If it's fully cut, unload your cutting mat and peel the extra magnetic sheet off the mat. Then remove your brand new custom magnets!
- Stick to the refrigerator or any other metal in your house or at school!
For specific steps on how to upload Bitmojis to use for magnets, see further instructions in post.
These magnets are not intended for outdoor use. The color will run if they get wet since they are inkjet.
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I hope this helped in getting you started with making magnets with your Cricut! If you love your Cricut as much as I do, make sure to check out all my other Cricut tutorials.
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