Scroll Saw + Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Wood Shape Tutorial

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If you are a member of the Cutting for Business Insider’s Club on Facebook, you may remember that I got a scroll saw for Christmas. I’ve used it several times and feel that I am comfortable enough with it to write a tutorial today!

What is a Scroll Saw?

A scroll saw looks similar to a long arm sewing machine. It has a fixed blade that makes intricate cuts. The process of cutting wood is similar to sewing because you move the wood around to cut it on the blade.

My Scroll Saw

Santa brought me an inexpensive scroll saw with the promise that if I use and master it – it will be upgraded. Probably a good idea, because sometimes I am convinced that I need things and when I get them – I barely use them! (Anyone else?!) Here’s a picture of my scroll saw and a link to purchase it.

Scroll Saw + Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore Wood Shape Tutorial - Mason jar project - by cuttingforbusiness.com

Wood Shape Scroll Saw Tutorial

Supplies Needed

Prep work before the tutorial begins: Cut all shapes with your Silhouette or Cricut. For this project, I cut the mason jar shape in scrap cardstock and the text and heart in adhesive vinyl.

Scroll Saw + Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Wood Shape Tutorial - Mason jar project - by cuttingforbusiness.com

  1. Using a pencil, trace around your shape to create a line to follow when cutting. Scroll Saw + Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore Wood Shape Tutorial - Mason jar project - by cuttingforbusiness.com
  2. Cut the wood shape out using your scroll saw. Scroll Saw + Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore Wood Shape Tutorial - Mason jar project - by cuttingforbusiness.com You’ll see in this photo that I’m using my hands to guide the wood along my pencil line: Scroll Saw + Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore Wood Shape Tutorial - Mason jar project - by cuttingforbusiness.com
  3. Sand the edges of the wood shape. My cuts were pretty smooth, so I sanded it by hand. Scroll Saw + Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore Wood Shape Tutorial - Mason jar project - by cuttingforbusiness.com
  4. Brush off all the sawdust and paint your wood shape as desired. Scroll Saw + Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore Wood Shape Tutorial - Mason jar project - by cuttingforbusiness.com
  5. Add vinyl or paint the text onto your shape.Scroll Saw + Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore Wood Shape Tutorial - Mason jar project - by cuttingforbusiness.com
  6. Add some twine to finish off your wood mason jar. I also drilled holes in the top and strung twine through as a hanger.Scroll Saw + Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Explore Wood Shape Tutorial - Mason jar project - by cuttingforbusiness.com

If you are interested, here is a picture of another cut on my scroll saw. To cut the insides of the letters, I first drilled a large hole then put the blade through the hole and cut.

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Download the cut files I used in this tutorial at this link.

If you’ve purchased my book, 15 Parties to Host with Your Silhouette or Cricut, you could easily use this tutorial during a party!

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16 thoughts on “Scroll Saw + Silhouette Cameo or Cricut Wood Shape Tutorial”

  1. Well Done Christine I too got a scroll saw for Christmas!!!! I also bought in Lots of Extra Blades (just in-case Ha ha) Ive found that there is a Blade for every thickness of wood and if you use the Right one You dont need to sand…At first I followed very very basic “instructions” off the internet And I Glued down my stencil Then cut around and Inside And then I sanded the Paper off (Phew that took a while) Why oh why did I not think of Drawing around (Duh!)… Im waiting for the weather to improve so I can go and cut some more … Ive been cutting out “Stencils” on my Year old Cameo.. (IM still coming to terms with… ) Im beginning to Love them Both … Ive not master’d cutting Vinyl yet As its Not that Readily available around here in the UK … Happy Crafting xx looking forward to see More Tuts …

      1. yes tracing is much more easier Thank you.. I got a bit more adventurist just after xmas and cut a penguin shape with a smaller penguin shape inside it…. pity I only cut it in rough old recycled wood… cant wait to cut more things when the weather improves but next time I will only use good wood….combining the cameo and the scroll saw is like a marriage made in heaven xx

  2. Omg! Hi I took your class at Ats in November and am a big fan. I also got a blade runner saw for Xmas! Think I might should have chosen the scroll instead, but same idea as you to make shapes and hope to do monograms! Keep the tutorials coming! Thanks!

  3. I also added a scroll saw to my craft room last fall. I’ve not played with it too much because I think I’m letting it intimidate me a little. I think it’s time to start, though. Maybe I’ll try this project this weekend! Thanks for your post about it!

  4. Ladies and their tools! Yes, Christine my hubby got me something similar to a Dremel tool for jewelry etc…and it sat for many a Christmas after till this last year I was making toys for our cat by drilling holes in dowel rods! Hubby though has a scroll saw already mounted on a table. When it gets warmer here in Ohio, I will have to break it out and give it a whirl! Thanks for the post and inspiration!

  5. This might be a dumb question, but how noisy is the scroll saw when cutting your wood? I live in apartment and don’t like my neighbors looking to see what I am doing?

  6. Hi Christine,
    I have a few tools I’ve purchased and not used. My excuse is time. I also get intimidated- but I want to ‘be half way good at the start’ so I pulled out my scroll saw. I need to cut some stars. To my dismay, there wasn’t an instruction manual. Not even a sheet to tell you how to change blades, or change the table slope. The stars will be cut in 3/4 in pine. Any advice.

    1. Don’t feel bad Maryann, my scroll saw didn’t come with instructions either! I’d recommend you cut a star in paper and trace it onto your wood in pencil. Then, trace your pencil line with the scroll saw.

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