My sweet Mom surprised me last summer with a Cricut Explore! I haven’t done much paper crafting in the past, but I’ve found tons of uses for my Cricut from wood blocks, to iron on vinyl, to making the templates for my English paper piecing! It took me a while to work out how to get the right size/shape templates, so I wanted to write up a tutorial for anyone else who would like to do this! I include directions for hexagons, diamonds, squares, pentagons, and octagons below!
– Hexagon Tutorial –
Note: You will need a Cricut that interfaces with the online Cricut Design Studio- not one of the older models with the cartridges. If you have an older model that uses Cricut Craft Studio program, I made a similar guide which you can find here! (Note: You can only make hexagon, squares, and diamonds in this program. Also the holes cannot be added- but you can add them with a hole punch after!)
Tip: You can click on the images to open them in a new window for a closer view!
Open the Cricut Design Studio & start a new project.
Click “Insert Shapes” and select a hexagon.
I like to add a hole in my templates for easy template removal. To do this, Click “Insert Shapes” again and select the circle. Click on the circle to adjust your circle size. I usually make mine around 0.4in.
Click and drag your circle to the middle of your hexagon.
Select the circle then hold the “Shift” key and select the hexagon. Click on the “Layers” tab in the sidebar and then click “Slice”. This cuts the circle out of your hexagon for you.
Select the circle in the middle and press delete on your keyboard. Select the circle and click delete a second time. You are now left with your hexagon template!
Adjust your hexagon width to your desired size per the table below. The height will update automatically!
Select your hexagon and click “Copy” then “Paste” until you have your desired amount of hexagons. No need to organize them in this view, Cricut will move them automatically when you go to cut.
When you are ready to cut, click “Cut” and follow the Cricut directions for making your cut. I like to use office supply cardstock for my templates. For mine, I set my Cricut halfway between “Light Cardstock” and “Cardstock”. Cut out your shapes and remove from your Cricut mat! You are all finished!
– Diamond Tutorial –
Follow the same steps as above, but inserting a diamond instead of a hexagon.
Click on the diamond and click “edit”. Then, click on the lock symbol next to the sizes. This will allow you to change the diamond proportions.
Use the size tables below to determine the right width & height for the size & shape diamonds you want!
– Square Tutorial –
Follow the same directions as hexagons but choose square.
For the size, use the side length you want for both the width and height.
– Pentagon Tutorial –
Follow the same steps as above, but inserting a pentagon instead of a hexagon.
Then use the size tables below to determine the right height. The width will update automatically!
– Octagon Tutorial –
Follow the same steps as above, but inserting a octagon instead of a hexagon.
Then use the size tables below to determine the right width. The height will update automatically!
I hope this helps! If you have any questions, let me know!