Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for Christmas decorating without guilt! And of course, around here, that means lots of new holiday door hangers. As you know, stencils are one of my favorite tools for personalizing my painted crafts with a professional touch.
Of course, you can buy some of my favorite stencils right here in my shop. But, if you want to really create unique DIY projects, you can create your own at home with your Cricut! Here are some of the SVG stencil files that I have in my shop to give you an idea of the many options.
When creating your own stencils for painting, it can be difficult to figure out exactly which material is best to use. I have tried a couple of different kinds and have found that some are definitely better than others!
When looking for material to make stencils, you need to keep in mind that you want something with durability, that is easy to clean and easy to cut. Most people use clear plastic mylar to make their stencils.
You can get mylar in a variety of thicknesses. I have tried the 4mm thickness and found it very easy to cut with my Cricut in just one pass. However, the thinness of this material makes it difficult to clean. I was not able to scrub it very well without fear of ripping the material. I do not believe stencils made with this material will hold up in the long haul.
The stencils that I create need to be durable enough to withstand many uses at paint parties throughout the year. If you are just creating the stencils to use at home yourself and have had difficulty cutting the thicker material, the you may wish to use 4 mm. I would just advise that you wash it as soon as you can after using it to keep from having to do any scrubbing. As you can see, once the paint has dried, sometimes you have to do a deep scrub!
My preferred thickness is 7.5mm. When cutting it on my Cricut, I use a deep cut blade and set my blade depth to max, pressure setting to max and multi cut twice. This way, it cuts all the way through the material. If my blade is getting dull, I may even have to multi-cut three times.
I prefer not to use anything thicker than 7.5 mm. I’m fairly certain that my Cricut would not be able to cut anything thicker. Also, the thicker the stencil material, the more likely you are going to have paint bleeding underneath the pattern.
To keep your stencils neatly stored, you can use a portfolio like the one from Filexec on the right. Just make sure that your stencils are clean and dry before you store them!
If you’re looking for more tips about some of my other favorite DIY materials, take a look at my resource page where I’ve listed almost all of my favorite tools that I use to create my painted wood signs. And don’t forget to check out my top tips for painting with stencils, too, and my Painter’s Clubhouse if you’re interested in joining a monthly group to learn new painting techniques! Happy stenciling, friends!