Thousands of crafters are making ear savers to protect the ears of people who are wearing masks up to 14 hours a day. Plastic ear savers are easy to make and can be disinfected with a wipe.
Learn how to customize plastic ear savers with icons or text in Cricut Design Space.
Here are a few examples of ear savers I’ve created. (You can download them all from the Free Files Folder.)
Each one is specially made so that nothing in the middle is lost.
See how the pill bottle outline has a gap in it?
Without that gap in the outline, the entire center of the bottle would fall out… including the cross.
I’ll show you how to prevent this below.
All of the above SVG files are available to download from my Free Files Folder.
Amanda made this for her dad, who owns a tool store.
She also customized ear savers for a friend who is an esthetician with her spa’s name.
How to make customized ear savers using your Cricut or electronic cutting machine
1) Download the ear saver file from my Free Files Folder. It’s called “Plain Mask Strap Ear Saver with Four Style Options.” (You will need to have the magic word. You can sign up to get it at the bottom of the post.)
2) Save the ZIP file to your computer.
3) Open the ZIP file and save the SVG file to your computer.
4) Find the logo that you want to use and save it to your computer. If possible, download an SVG or a PNG with a transparent background. If you need to use a JPG, you will need to remove the white area around it when you upload the file (and that can get messy.)
(Please do not use designs that you do not have the right to. For example, if you see an image on Etsy that you like, and you do a print-screen and “clean it up”…. that is actually stealing the artist’s work. DON’T DO THAT. Just buy it.)
5) Upload both the ear Saver SVG file and the logo or image to Design Space. Insert both of them into a new project.
6) UnGroup the Ear Saver SVG.
7) Hide or delete the ear saver styles that you aren’t using.
8) Change your logo or icon to a contrasting color that is easy to see. (I used red in the example.)
9) Change the ear saver to gray (just so you can see the cut on the screen after it’s attached.)
10) Move the icon to the top layer. You can either use the Arrange button, or drag the layers in the panel on the right.
11) Arrange the icon over the ear saver and resize it as needed. Leave plenty of space between the edges for stability.
12) Select both layers. Click on the Attach button.
It’s ready to cut!
What if your icon has a cut out in the middle?
If you tried to cut out the image below, the entire middle would fall out. There isn’t anything holding the star in place. Here’s how to fix that.
You can use the same method for text, such as O, D, P, R, etc. I teach you how in the next section.
1) UnGroup it. You can see the star and badge shape are separate.
2) Select the badge shape and the ear saver. Click on the Slice Button.
3) Delete the two shapes that you have sliced, leaving the ear saver with a shape in the middle.
4) (Skip this step if you just have one layer that is the ear saver now.) Move the second part of the design to the top layer. Select both layers, and Slice again. Delete the extra cutouts. You should now have just one layer.
In the image above, the middle will fall out if it cuts like this. We are going to add to the design so that it doesn’t.
5) Add a square to the design. Resize it to cover the outside line.
6) Duplicate the square and put it on the other side.
7) Select all of the layers and click on the Weld button.
In this case, the star is going to cut like an outline, both on the outside and inside. That would make extra cuts which are unnecessary and the small bits of plastic could jam the machine.
8) To get rid of the middle, simply use the Contour button.
9) Click on the star to hide it.
10) Double check that we don’t have any hanging pieces that will fall out. Good?
Yes! The ear saver is ready to cut.
Can I cut custom text on the ear savers?
Of course! It’s really similar to the above process.
We need to make sure the middle of letters like O, P, D, and R don’t fall out.
1) Type your text and arrange it on the ear saver.
2) Weld the text.
(This allows you to slice it all at once, instead of letter by letter.)
3) Select both layers and click on Slice. Delete the two slices.
4) Add a square shape.
5) Stretch and resize the square over each letter that needs part of the gap filled.
6) Select all of the layers.
7) Click on the Weld button.
8) It’s ready to cut.
It doesn’t matter how you have your rectangles laid out; they just need to attach the center in some manner.
Remember to do a test cut if this is your first ear saver, or if you are using a new material!
DO NOT load a full mat of the design and expect it to cut perfectly without testing it! Plastic is difficult to cut, and we are all cutting different materials with different blades.
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