Did you know you can use your Cricut machine to create your own stencils? This is one of the things I use my Cricut for the most. One of the reasons is because I have an Etsy shop but I have also found that I love using it for my own personal projects, and in my own personal decor. So let me teach you how to make stencils with Cricut.
Supplies Needed to Make Cricut Stencils
- Piece of wood
- Cricut stencil material
- Cricut machine
- Weeding tool
- Matte sealer
Cricut has their own stencil material which I like to use for this. It’s not as sticky as regular vinyl, and I like this because it does not ruin any type of stained or painted surface where you are applying your stencil.
To show you how this works I am going to create a simple sign to show you how the stencil material works. I decided to make a sign for our One Room Challenge laundry room makeover. I grabbed a piece of wood from my stash and I just went on to Cricut Design Space and chose one of their designs that I wanted to paint onto this piece of wood.
I chose the dimensions to fit the sign. With this stencil material you don’t have to mirror it and just use the vinyl setting on your Cricut machine. When weeding the stencil you will be weeding opposite of what you normally would think you do, because with normal vinyl, you weed the excess.
Once the weeding is done you will use transfer paper to attach to the stencil in order to transfer it over to your surface. As you can see I did paint my surface black and sealed it with a matte sealer first. I seal it before because it will help the stencil material to stick better to the surface.
I used my scraper to get the stencil stuck on the surface and make sure it’s snug on there. I like to use a chalk/clay paint from Country Chic Paint. It has the matte look when dry. I used a sponge brush to apply the paint.
I did have some issues with the stencil wanting to lift up in some areas where the design was thinner so I did get some paint leaking but I just touched this up once I removed the stencil. I also applied another coat of sealer after this so that the entire surface was sealed well.
And now I have a beautiful design made with my Cricut using the Cricut stencil material.
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