If you’re like me, you saved up for a long time to get the new Cricut Maker. I had the Explore, and loved it, too, but wanted more. With the Cricut Maker, I can cut almost any medium and make hundreds of different craft projects.
While it had almost everything, I was a bit upset that I could only use certain pens in the adapter. I had to figure out what I could do to fix that!
I looked around online and found a bunch of different options that could help, but they were way too expensive. Somebody was selling something on Etsy, that they had made with a 3D printer, another one had Washi tape around it to make it pretty, and was selling for over $25 each. Ummmm…no!! If you’re like me, you don’t care if it looks good, you just want to get the job done! I decided to try and make something like I saw online by myself…and ended up saving a LOT of money!! Keep reading, and see how you can make one for yourself to use. Let me know what you think in the comments below, and please be sure to share if you know someone who might benefit from this.
Cricut Maker Write Adapter
1/2″ PVC Tube (usually only sold in long pcs)
Sandpaper and/or File
Drill with 11/64″ bit
#10 Thumb Screw (24 x 1/2″)
Instructions for the Cricut Maker Adapter:
Start by measuring exactly one and five sixteenths inches (1 5/16″) in length on the PVC pipe and mark with your marker. Using a handsaw, cut the PVC at your mark. You’re already telling your Cricut who’s boss!!
Using your drill and an 11/64″ bit, drill a hole about 1/8-1/4″ from the top of one side. This will allow a place to insert the #10 thumb screw.
Insert the screw into the drilled hole, and turn it a few times to get the threads started in the pipe.
Next, using some sandpaper, sand the edges of the pipe where you cut it, to remove any pieces that are hanging. When that’s done, using the sandpaper or a file, sand the opposite edge of where you inserted the thumb screw to make the rounded edge a bit more flat. Don’t take off too much, since that can take away from the pipe being sturdy. This step helps the pipe sit in the Cricut Maker adapter, and be able to go up and down as needed, without getting caught on the machine.
Now you can insert the PVC into the Cricut Maker adapter. To do this, open up the side where the pen adapter is already. Place your thumb underneath the adapter (pen side – not blade!!!) and apply pressure upwards while pushing down on the clamp. This will allow for that one to pop out. Insert your PVC adapter into that side until snug, and then close the clamp. When you’re ready to use it, put a Popsicle sticker under where the pen will be, insert your desired pen until it touches the stick, and then tighten the thumb screw to hold it securely. Don’t tighten too much, or you will crack the pen case.
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