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Learn how to create a custom stencil with your Cricut Maker
Hello, friends! I’ve got a fun new makeover to share with you today! I gave our basement bathroom floor a much needed refresh with paint and stencils I made with my Cricut Maker and I’m sharing how simple it is to do this project and others like it. You won’t believe how this floor looked before. The new look really gives the space an updated look and no saws or grout were required!
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I love the fact that I can use my Cricut Maker to cut virtually any design I want, in the size that I need. The sky is the limit on design choices. And that’s a good thing! Especially for this stenciled tile floor project.
And with the Cricut Maker, you can cut over 300 different materials ranging from delicate materials like crepe paper, and fabric, and thicker materials like chip board, balsa wood, and leather. It’s very easy to set up and if you’re a DIY’er, you can get started on your projects quickly.
How to Make a Custom Stencil with a Cricut Maker
This project could be completed over a weekend if you don’t have other obligations. There are multiple layers and you must allow for drying time for each layer. I strongly recommend cutting multiple stencils for this project to help speed up the time needed for completion.
Using the Cricut Maker, you can do endless DIY projects like this one as well as use the machine to draw, score, deboss, engrave, as well as create wavy lines and perforated lines. It’s definitely worth the investment because of all of the potential DIY projects you can do with it.
- Cricut Maker
- Fresh Fine Point Blade – especially if you’re cutting mulitple stencils (highly recommended)
- Cutting Mat or Long Cutting Mat
- Cricut Brayer
- Tile Design from Cricut Design Space
- Mylar (if you’re only using the stencil one time on a small project, I recommend Cricut Stencil Vinyl.)
- Repositionable Spray Adhesive
- Primer, Paint, Acrylic Clear Finish
- Paint Brush, Roller, Pan, and Pole
- Painter’s Tape
- A boatload of patience
How to Make a Stencil with a Cricut
1. Choose your stencil pattern
There are dozens of great tile stencil images available in Cricut Design Space. You can choose one of those and adjust it to the size you need for your project. For my project, I used #M2358107 as the design. I determined how many of the tiles I wanted and calculated the stencil size accordingly. Cricut Design Space is available on both desktop and mobile so you have the ability to design and make projects quickly and easily from anywhere in your home.
Note – You can also import designs into the Cricut Design Space if you want to.
2. Cut Your Stencils
Note – You can do this project without a Cricut Maker by using a TrueControl knife and self-healing mat. You’ll need to print the design on paper and place the paper underneath the mylar, then carefully cut the design.
Since I needed to reuse my stencil multiple times, I used 6 mil mylar for this project. It’s thick enough that it won’t tear when you remove it from the floor surface, but can still be cut nicely with your Cricut Maker. *Tip – Using a Long Cutting Mat will allow you to cut 2 stencils at a time.
Be sure your machine has a Fresh Fine Point Blade so you’ll get clean cuts. And making multiple stencils will really speed up the process on this project. I used 6 stencils on my floor stenciling project.
Note – If you’re only going to be using the stencil one time, I recommend the Cricut Stencil Vinyl.
3. Clean the floor and tape off the edges
While your stencils are being cut, thoroughly clean the floor and tape around the edges.
4. Apply Primer
A bonding or high adhesion primer will be best for this stenciled floor project over a linoleum surface. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for best results. Allow to dry completely.
I tinted my primer so it could be used as the base coat for the project.
5. Stencil the Floor
- After your stencils are cut, you’ll need to weed out the parts you don’t need and remove them from the cutting mat.
- Then apply repositionable spray adhesive to the back of your stencils and place on the floor.
- Roll over the stencils with a Cricut Brayer to make sure all areas are adhered to the floor.
- Tape the edges to prevent paint from going where you don’t want it to go.
- Repeat the process until the entire floor is stenciled, allowing each area to dry before taping over it.
7. Apply Clear Coat
I recommend applying at least 2 coats of a clear acrylic for durability. Oil-based polyurethane or other clear products will often have an amber or yellow tint, so stay away from those.
8. Enjoy your “new” floor!
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If you like this Cricut project, you might also be interested in these:
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