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How to Make Cricut Larger than Mat Characters Mickey & Minnie!

Learn how to make a large Mickey Mouse cut out with larger than mat Cricut techniques. Perfect for Mickey Mouse party decorations!

It’s funny that when I started using my first Cricut machine (like 8 years ago!), I made mainly papercrafts.  I stocked up on cardstock every time there was a good sale and made a ton of cards, banners, Valentine’s, and signs.  

Then I discovered vinyl – all kinds – adhesive, stencil, iron-on and fell in love with making signs and clothing.  But for some reason, I have been enjoying getting back into paper crafting and I’m getting addicted again!

My latest project, I have to admit makes me smile every time I see one of them (my dogs do not share the same feeling!).  Yes, I said “them”! 

That’s four 30″ tall Cricut larger than mat Disney characters and today I’m showing you how to make a larger than mat project with a Cricut!

cricut larger than mat characters

I’ve had all sorts of fun putting together a Mickey Mouse cut out along with some of his friends.  These fun, cheap, and cute characters would be perfect for Mickey Mouse party decorations, decorating a room, putting together a preschool or classroom, or simply because you are a Disney lover!

If you are needing a full detailed video tutorial on how I designed this larger than mat Mickey in Cricut Design Space make sure to scroll down to check out my 20 minutes full YouTube video. 

If you are more familiar with Cricut Design Space, I also made a 4 minute sped up video to give you the gist of it.  

Materials Needed for Mickey Mouse Cut Out

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  • cardstock – I used a bunch of Cricut cardstock that they had sent me.
  • Tape Glider or glue stick
  • Cricut cutting machine – always check prices between Cricut.com and Amazon (click links to compare!)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Cricut mats – I used 12×12 and 12×24
  • Foam boards – I bought mine at the Dollar Tree
  • Cricut self-healing mat and TrueControl Knife blade

You can shop for all Cricut products at Cricut.com!

cricut mickey mouse cut out

If you don’t have a Cricut and wondering what it is, make sure to check out my Ultimate Guide of Cricut Ideas and my What is a Cricut Maker post that will tell you all about it.

Larger Than Mat Designing in Cricut Design Space

The secret to making a larger than mat Mickey Mouse DIY is cutting the large pieces into pieces that will fit on a 12×12 or 12×24 inch mat and then taping them together.  Some of the smaller layers will cut out fine, but the shadow layer and some of the bigger pieces will need to be sliced to fit on a mat.

I had purchased the Mickey and Friends cartridge years ago, so I had all of these SVG file images. You might be able to purchase them separately in Cricut Design Space itself.  Search Mickey Mouse in the images search bar.

mickey mouse cricut

They’ve added and deleted a few of their Disney images, so I can’t guarantee these specific ones will be on there.  But make sure to check Etsy out!  I’m sure they have a ton of different ones to choose from.

But the good news is that you can use these steps on any image you have!

As I mentioned above, make sure to watch my full video tutorial with a detailed walkthrough of CDS below.

Once you open a new canvas, insert a character and size it to however big you want.  Since I am adding a foam board on the back of mine that is 30 inches tall, I sized mine to a little less than 30 inches.

 Ungroup the image and pull aside any of the images that are less than 11.5×11.5 inches if using a 12×12 mat or 11.5×23.5 if using a 12×24 mat.  Cricut will not cut to the full 12 inches, only to 11.5.

Click on the “shape” tab on the left.  Click on the square.  Size it to 11.5 x 23.5 inches so that it represents a 12×24 cutting mat. 

You will be taping the back sides of the cardstock together, but the key is to try and minimize the connecting tape line.  Try to slice the images in an area that will be covered up by a top layer.

Put the rectangle over the image where you want it cut.  Click on the rectangle, hold down the Shift key on your keyboard, and then click on the shadow layer.  This will put a box around both of them.  Now click on “slice”. Remember you can only slice two layers at once!

larger than mat mickey

Move aside the sliced image that you need.  There will be a second copy that was sliced from the rectangle. 

You can weld the piece and rectangle back together to give you a solid rectangle again or delete both pieces and insert a new rectangle.  (I explain this all in the video if it seems confusing!)

larger than mat mickey

Repeat again until you have sections that are all smaller than 11.5×23.5 inches.

larger than mat mickey
larger than mat mickey

Once you have all of your pieces, click “Make It”.  On the preview screen of the mats, you can always try to rotate the images to see if you can fit them on a 12×12 piece of cardstock (less taping!)

Take for example this screen.  CDS put it so that the image went down to the 13 inch line.

rotating in cricut design space

Click on the image, and then click on the rotate button on the top right.  Rotate it and move it in until it’s above the 12-inch line.  Again all of this I show you in the video.

cardboard cutouts cheap

Click continue and select 80lb Cardstock as your material.  

Cutting Out Your Mickey Mouse DIY

So, now it’s time to cut out all the pieces to the Mickey Mouse cut out. 

To save time taping later, I taped two pieces of 12×12 pieces of cardstock together before I put them on the 12×24 mat. To save time, you can always use 12×24 cardstock.

taping cardstock together for bigger than mat cricut cut out
diy standees cricut

Once it’s taped, smooth it down on your mat.

cardstock on cricut mat

Load the mat into the Cricut when you are prompted to do so.  The Cricut will stop in between mats prompting you to unload the mat. 

Then CDS will show you which mat and color it will cut out next.

diy mickey mouse

Remove all the excess cardstock from the mat and then remove the cut-out shapes.

mickey mouse diy

Putting Together Life Size Mickey Mouse

Once you have all the pieces, it’s time to start assembling the bigger than mat Cricut Mickey Mouse cut out. 

Some of your large pieces will already be taped on the back because you taped them before you cut.  Match up the pieces and tape the backside together of the rest of the shadow layer.

larger than mat cricut
mickey mouse diy

Turn over the shadow layer and lay down where all the pieces go on the front side.  Make sure to lay them out before you start taping, in case you have one turned the wrong way.

mickey mouse diy
mickey mouse diy

Once they are all laid down, remove one, flip it over, apply tape or glue (I love my tape glider for this!) to the backside and then set it back into place.

taping larger than mat cricut project together
mickey mouse cricut diy

Continue until you have all your pieces glued down.  Isn’t the life-size Mickey Mouse so cute??  

mickey mouse first birthday

Now, you can stop here and just hang the Cricut cut out on a wall but I wanted the Mickey Mouse cut out to stand up on the floor so I did a few extra easy steps.

I also made a bunch of larger than mat Minecraft characters to decorate my son’s Minecraft themed bedroom.

DIY Large Minecraft Characters

How to Make Cricut Larger than Mat Characters Video Tutorial


 

Mickey Mouse DIY Standees

For the last part of this post I’m going to show you how to make a foam board stand up so you can put these large Cricut Disney characters anywhere!

I used a piece of foam board from the Dollar Tree but you could probably also use cardboard.  I placed the paper Mickey Mouse cut out on top of the board and traced around him with a pencil.

mickey mouse first birthday cut out tracing

Then I cut inside the lines so that it’s a little bit smaller.  I tried to use scissors but it wasn’t very easy.  TrueControl knife blade and self-healing mat to the rescue!  It worked like a charm!

cutting foam board

Place the foam board on top of the self-healing mat and cut around the pencil lines.  It doesn’t need to be pretty by any means.  No one will see the backside.  It’s only needed to help Mickey Mouse stand up.

slicing stand up out of foam board

Punch out the cut piece.  If any part gets stuck, just cut it again.

life size mickey mouse
life size mickey mouse out of foam board

Apply tape or glue to the backside of the paper Mickey Mouse and set it on top of the foam board.

making larger than mat cricut character stand up
making life size mickey mouse stand up

If there’s any foam sticking out, turn it over and carefully trim it off.

life size mickey mouse

To make the foam board stand up, I cut a long piece of foam board that was about 3 inches wide. 

Fold over the top 3-4 inches (do not break all the way through).  Glue it to the foam backing and you’re done! 

how to make large cut out stand up with foam board
mickey mouse cut out cricut

It’s not the sturdiest stand but it works!  You could always glue two pieces together to make it sturdier. 

Make a Minnie Mouse cut out the same way and any other Disney character you love!

mickey mouse cut out with cricut and foam board

You are all set with Mickey Mouse party decorations or room decor with these cute Cricut larger than mat characters.

cricut larger than mat characters

Here they are next to a fabric Disney tumbler I made to show you how tall the Disney cut outs are!

how to make larger than mat projects with cricut

This was the first project that my boys even commented on and said how cute they were.  My son said we should decorate them for every holiday, so maybe you’ll see more posts with them in it!

diy mickey mouse with cricut

I do believe the Minnie Mouse cut out is my favorite!  Which one is your favorite?

minnie mouse cricut larger than mat tutorial
cricut larger than mat pin
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You can use the larger than mat Cricut technique to make characters even bigger too!

Here are some printable directions.

mickey mouse cut out

How to Make a Cheap and Large Mickey Mouse Cut Out!

Yield: 1 cutout
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

Make your own Mickey Mouse cut out with a Cricut and cardstock. Perfect for Mickey Mouse party decorations or bedroom decor.

Materials

Tools

Instructions

1. Use the larger than mat technique in Cricut Design Space. Insert an 11.5 in x 23.5 in rectangle.

2. Ungroup the character image and move aside all the layers that are smaller than 11.5 x 23.5. Put the rectangle behind the shadow layer and slice the sections by clicking on the rectangle, holding down the Ctrl or Command key and clicking the image so they are all in a box. Click the slice button.

3. Repeat the same steps until all the pieces are smaller than 11.5 x 23.5.

4. Tape two 12x12 pieces of cardstock together for the larger images. Place the taped cardstock tape side down on a 12x24 inch mat.

5. Cut all the pieces out.

6. Start assembling. Tape the shadow layer together on the backside.

7. Lay all of the pieces where they go. Use a tape glider or glue stick to glue all pieces in place.

8. If you want to make it stand up, place Mickey on a foam board and trace around.

9. I used the TrueControl knife to cut the foam board. Cut about 1/2 inch inside the outline.

10. Glue Mickey to the cut-out foam board.

11. Cut a 3-inch wide strip of foam board. Bend the top 4 inches of the foam board and glue it to the back of the foam board.

Notes

See post for a full video tutorial of all steps. Repeat all steps to make more characters!

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Brenliniqua pierre louis

Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

Hi I’m trying to make a Mickey Mouse but where I see you sized him to be 20” by 27.89 my design space says it’s too large and won’t allow me to slice it. Is there a way that I can get around this? Please help

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