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Handwritten Recipe Gifts with a Cricut!

Make sentimental gifts that will bring someone joy for birthdays, weddings, Christmas, etc. A Cricut handwritten recipe gift will be cherished for years to come!

I watched my mother run her fingers over the familiar handwriting, tears welling up in her eyes. I’d found one of Grandma’s old recipes and transferred it as a present for my mother, and she was visibly overcome with emotion.

Giving sentimental gifts will mean more than any store-bought give ever will. Those gifts will not get tossed out when the next great thing comes out. They will be cherished for a lifetime.

My Grandmother made a huge impact on my life and the lives of everyone in our family.  We learned so much about unconditional love, helping others, and baking from her! 

So, when I happened upon her handwritten recipe card of one of my favorite desserts, I knew I had to do something special with it.

old apple crisp recipe

As it happens, I was walking through the Dollar Tree the next day and I spotted these nice looking oven mitts.  Light bulb moment!!

I love using Dollar Tree items with my Cricut machine! They have some great items just waiting to be personalized.

red pot holders from Dollar tree

I came home and got busy.  This is what I came up with, and it turned out better than I had imagined.

sentimental gifts old recipe on oven mitt

I was able to upload her handwriting into Cricut Design Space and cut out iron-on vinyl with it.  You could also transfer the handwritten recipe to a plate using the same method and adhesive vinyl.

Materials Needed for DIY Oven Mitt

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Directions For Sentimental Gifts:  How to Upload Handwriting to Cricut

I found an app that has changed my life!!  Well, maybe not quite that dramatic, but it definitely has changed my crafting life!

Enter Adobe Capture CC … have you heard of it??  I read about it somewhere, so of course, had to try it and worked wonders.

Since this part would be very hard to describe, I made a video of how to use the app to upload the recipe to Cricut Design Space.  Make sure to turn on the volume on and watch it at the top or side of the post.

If you do better with written directions, there will be a printable card at the bottom of the post!

So, once the handwritten recipe file is cleaned up, upload it to Cricut Design Space.  It uploads perfectly! No need to do anymore cleaning up!

(Update: CDS has released a new remove background feature that might be able to clean up the text if you have Cricut Access. I don’t have access to it, so I don’t know for sure!)

screenshot of uploading cricut handwritten recipe to design space
screenshot of cds handwritten recipe

Save it and add it to your canvas.  Size it to fit the oven mitt.  Hit “Make it”.  Make sure to check the mirror setting on the preview screen.

Place some HTV shiny side down on a cutting mat.  Set the cut to iron-on vinyl and go.  (Watch my cutting and weeding HTV video tutorial here if you  need additional help.)

Pro Tip:  For small font like this, I always make sure my blade is sharp.  Poking it into a ball of aluminum foil does the trick!

Now, I’m not going to lie… weeding this was not easy.  Old script font has a lot of little pieces. 

Crank up Alexa, roll up your leaves, take a shot… well, that might or might not help!  But anyway, devote some time to it.

weeding small iron-on vinyl

I find it easiest to pull the excess HTV off at an almost 180-degree angle.

You made it through the hardest step! Take a breath…

Applying HTV to Oven Mitt

Then apply the HTV to the oven mitt with a heat press, EasyPress or iron.  If you need additional help with a heat press, read all about using a heat press here.

using power press heat press
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Peel off the plastic backing, sit back, and admire your work!

removing plastic backing from HTV

I have to say, this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever made!  Knowing my Mom (or a family member) will always have my Grandmother’s writing at her fingertips makes my heart happy.

family recipe transferred to oven mitt with iron-on vinyl

I might have to make a few more of these sentimental gifts to give to my whole family! 

If you’d like even more unique gift ideas, check out sentimental gift ideas from around the blogosphere.

And if you are a fan of DIY handwriting gifts, you might like these other Cricut handwritten gift ideas:

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If you need some more inspiration on other gift items you can make with a Cricut, feel free to browse my Ultimate Resource of Cricut Ideas or additional gift ideas.  If you have those hard to shop for teenagers, check out my list of gifts that your kids will cherish.

Here are the printable instructions!

Yield: 1 cherished gift!

How to Apply Handwritten Font to an Oven Mitt

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Create a unique and sentimental gift my adding an old hand written recipe to an oven mitt. Cricut handwritten recipe gifts are so fun and cherished!

Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $2



  1. Open Adobe Capture app on smartphone.
  2. Use the shapes tab. Get image centered in view and use slider to get rid of all background noise.
  3. Crop if needed.
  4. Click Refine tab. Click down on brush. Use finger to remove any extra black spots.
  5. Click Smooth tab and make sure the bottom button says On.
  6. Once it's complete, click arrow button. Save to phone.
  7. On main screen, click on image. Click on share function, then Export As, Then SVG.
  8. Export SVG to somewhere you can access it with Cricut Design Space.
  9. Open CDS. Upload image.
  10. Size to fit oven mitt.
  11. Cut it out on mirror setting of heat transfer vinyl. (Place HTV shiny side down on mat)
  12. Weed out extra vinyl.
  13. Apply to oven mitt with heat press or iron.
  14. Enjoy the look on the recipient's face when they realize what it is!


The weeding can be a bit tedious if you have a lot of script font, but it's worth it!

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  1. This is such a sweet gift idea!

  2. Diana says:

    Amy Thankyou do much for putting this tutorial together. it is exactly what I needed! I have a Brother Scan n Cut so I am hoping I can produce the same results. I have 2 recipes I want to print for sure. I can’t wait to get started. Your instructions and video are amazing, and perfect timing !
    Thankyou again for taking the time to share your creativity and expertise.
    Happy 2020!

    Diana Ryan

  3. Suzanne Krom says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview; your comment will be visible after it has been approved.
    Hi Amy! I am following the directions above for Adobe Capture and all is well until I get to “click the arrow button” I am unable to save the image to my phone in order to export it as an SVG after cleaning it up. Is there a trick to this that I’m missing? I would be soooo appreciative if you could help me please! Thank you so much! Suzanne K
  4. Sarah Clemons says:
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    Hi! I started making this project and the adobe capture worked great! But when I put it in Cricut design space and click “make it” then all the words get jumbled around and don’t stay in the right places for the recipe. Is there any way to keep everything together? Thank you!
  5. Sarah Clemons says:
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    Hi! I started making this and adobe capture worked great! The Cricut design space jumbled all of my words around when I clicked “make it” though. Is there any way to keep it all together and readable? Thank you!
  6. Beth says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I was able to make a special gift for my cousin who lost her mother.
    It is my favorite thing I’ve ever created.

  7. Sherry Clement says:

    Love all these! So fun!! Thanks for the ideas! 🙂

  8. Shari says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview; your comment will be visible after it has been approved.
    I can not get it to open on my computer – I emailed it to myself and downloaded to my computer so I could drop into CDS. What am I doing wrong?
  9. Shari says:
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    Please disreguard – I played with it and figured it out – need to be sure to export not save, yes you did say that. Cant wait to see finished product – thank you so much
  10. Patty Van Asdlan says:
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    I wasn’t able to find Adobe Capture CC on my iPhone 🙁
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  12. Abbey says:

    Did you have any issues with losing periods/i dots/commas during cutting? I’ve tried several times and mine are getting pulled out and lost during cutting. Some I can find, some I cannot. I tried putting in a new blade, but no luck 🙁 I’m going to try adjusting my pressure settings (if that’s a thing) next.

  13. Rhiannon says:

    I don’t see a link to the video anywhere! Where is it? I would love to make this for my mom for Christmas. 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

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