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How To Design Your Own Paint Stencil

Home DIY May 12, 2021

I’ve wanted to paint with stencils for ages but have generally been underwhelmed by the stencil options out there. After a bit of research I realised I could make my own custom ones using my Cricut Maker! I mean, is there anything this machine can’t do?

Here is a quick tutorial on how to create your own stencils for painting projects. If used gently, these stencils can be used over and over. I recently used a scallop stencil to create this upcycled outdoor table and I can’t wait to try more stencils in upcoming projects.


You Need

  • Cricut Maker
  • Cricut Stencil Material
  • Standard grip mat
  • Painting supplies and item to paint

How To

  1. Measure what you plan to paint so you can design a pattern that fits.
  2. Using the Cricut Design Space app, choose or design your pattern. I used the canvas to create an arched design by repeating the shape over and over.
  3. Lay a piece of Cricut stencil material onto the grip mat and press down to remove any bubbles.
  4. Insert the mat into the machine and press make it on the Design Space app.
  5. Once the machine is finished cutting, remove the stencil from the mat, and then remove the negative space of the stencil.
  6. Take the backing of the stencil off and lay it down on the item you want to paint.
  7. Go over the stencil first in your base colour (if you have one) and then do two coats of your stencil’s main colour.
  8. Remove the stencil while it’s still tacky, and then repeat the pattern. I like to cut two stencils and alternate, letting one stencil dry while I use the other.



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