Where We Met Map: Cricut and Laser Craft Tutorial for a DIY Gift

Created on:

February 28, 2023

Updated on:

February 8, 2024

Written by Kelsey Sergi

Capture special moments and create a unique memento with this DIY Craft Tutorial: "Where We Met" using Cricut or a Laser! Learn how to make a map of all the places that meant something special, to celebrate your time together.

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If you want to see the full two part tutorial please check out my YouTube videos below! In part one we will work together to create the SVG file for the project and in part two we will execute the project with both a Cricut and with an xTool M1 hybrid laser.

SVG Tutorial:

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Cricut and xTool Tutorial:

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Materials and Tools:

Before you begin, make sure you have all the necessary materials at hand. Plus, a graphics program such as Inkscape, and either a Cricut machine or a Laser engraver. I also show in the tutorial how to use procreate to create the map. You will also want to gather the map photo. I got mine off of google maps simply by researching the name of our first date.

For Cricut you will need:

  • A wood sign - you can grab one at the Dollar tree in any shape technically and make the map into a heart or into a square but I used a laser to cut a small circle. ANY wood shape should work as long as you can use a heat gun and torch marker. I used 3mm basswood. You can try these circular signs or Basswood Sheets.
  • Heat Gun
  • Torch Marker.
  • Removable Vinyl - I used Cricut brand because I just wanted to get rid of it but any removable vinyl should do the same!
  • Cricut heat mat or anything to prevent heat from melting your table if its plastic!
  • Plus transfer tape, squeegee, and weeding tool.

For lasers:

Just the basswood sheets, wood glue, and some paint!! I have the xTool M1 hybrid laser and you can shop here and check out more about the xTool in this blog post!

Create the Digital Image for Your Map.

drawing a map on procreate to create a cricut and laser craft project

To begin, you will need to open up a graphics program and create the digital image for your map. In my YouTube tutorial you will see how to create the map image on both Procreate for iPad and within Inkscape. If you are new to SVG designing make sure to check out my Youtube Inkscape 101 playlist and my blogs on Inkscape. You'll start by finding and importing a  map of the place you want to replicate. You'll go through with lines to create the major streets and roads and mark your location with a heart. Make sure to save your file as an SVG to upload to Cricut Design Space or your Laser Software.

Cut Out the Vinyl for Your Map and Torch on Cricut or Send to Your Laser.

using a torch marker on a vinyl stencil

If you are using a Cricut, select vinyl as your material and be sure to weed out the streets and not the other way around. We are essentially creating a stencil. After it's weeded out you will use transfer tape to move the stencil over to your wooden sign. Remove the transfer tape, and go in with your scorch marker. Go lightly with this to avoid bleeding. Remove the vinyl stencil with a weeding tool. Then pop on your heat gun - I went with the higher setting and moved constantly over the image.

an xtool laser cutting and engraving basswood

For a laser machine, you can use a variety of materials including different woods, leathers, and acrylics. Follow all safety instructions for these machines and the directions since all lasers are different. For my xTool I used my 3mm basswood standard setting on triangular prisms. It took around 35 minutes to complete the project with the laser.

Paint Your Heart or Apply Vinyl

finished where we met map with cricut

For Cricut, I used a small permanent vinyl heart to mark our spot and for my laser I cut a wood heart and painted it with acrylic paint. You can do anything you would like for this! I love this gift because it can be so personal. Where you met, where you got married, where got your dog! Endless possibilities! It's a great gift to give to someone you really care for.

finished where we met map with xtool

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Kelsey Sergi - the owner and crafter at Dinosaur Mama.

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