I love stencils and I’m so glad that there are cutting machines available that make cutting stencils at home easy. I use the Cricut machine to cut stencils and it works so great. Since I cut stencils all the time using my Cricut and I thought I would make a Supply List for Making Stencils with a Cricut Explore.
Supply List for Making Stencils with a Cricut Explore:
I have a Cricut Explore One and it works great for cutting stencils! I would say that if I were going to switch my machine for a new one it would have to be for the Cricut Explore Air 2 or the Cricut Maker. But as of right now the Cricut Explore One is awesome and serves my stencil cutting needs very well.
SHOW-OFFS Stencils Blanks
It’s no secret that I love, love, love the SHOW-OFFS Stencil Blanks for making stencils. They are economical, reusable, durable and easy to cut. I wrote a tutorial specifically on cutting the SHOW-OFFS Stencil Blanks if you’re interested in checking that out.
I prefer using the 12″x24″ Cricut mat because the stencil blanks I use are 18″ long and fit on the longer mat. The Cricut machine comes with a 12″x12″ mat but to be honest I rarely use it unless I am cutting stencil blank scraps.
I did invest in the Scraper set with the scraper and spatula. I use the scraper all the time to get the stencil remnants off the mats after the stencil has been taken off.
I love creating stencil designs and when I do I usually use a stencil font set called the Tingler Duo and I love it! I also use regular fonts that I make into stencil fonts and wrote a tutorial on that process of keeping the middle of letters from falling out when it comes to making stencils. I have also put together a collection of fantastic stencil fonts for making stencils.
There are also pre-made stencil designs like the ones found in my Resource Library that I design or ones found on other blogs, or sites like Creative Market or Etsy. If you’re interested in designing your own stencils, I wrote a tutorial on designing stencils for cutting on the Cricut.
I hope this Supply List for Making Stencils with a Cricut Explore comes in handy whether you’re just starting out cutting your own stencils or if you’ve been making stencils for quite a while.
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A little about the stencil and printable designs on Repurposing Junkie:
I started using stencils on furniture in 2015. I had given a white table a makeover, and painted it orange to be an accent table in the living room. Even with the bright color, the table was missing something. I applied a stencil that I had bought at one of my favorite craft stores to the table to give it that something extra and sure enough it really made the table stand out.
After seeing the transformation the table took by adding the stenciled flowers, I was hooked on stenciling. I loved how adding just a bit of detail made the piece stand out and took it to a whole new level.
Adding this detail and seeing the results was all I needed to be convinced that stenciling was the way to go, and thus began my love for all things stencil.
I love how a stencil design can add detail and beauty to furniture,wall art, clothes, mugs and other accessories, walls, floors and so many other things.
It’s fantastic how easy it is to make something beautiful become exquisite and eye catching just by adding a stencil overlay.
After stenciling for a while, I started designing my own stencils in 2016 to cut on my awesome Cricut Explore. It took some time and learning but it was so rewarding being able to cut my own custom designs right in my home.
I went on to write some tutorials on cutting stencils using the Cricut machine:
–How to Make Extra Large Stencil Oversize Stencils in Cricut Design Space Using the Meeting and Overlapping Methods
I also wrote a few tutorials on designing your own stencils and the tools needed to create and make stencils using the Cricut:
Creating Stencil and Printable Designs:
After getting comfortable with cutting stencils on the Cricut and learning how to create my own stencil designs, I began offering stencil cut files for free on my blog and in my Etsy shop.
I have since closed up my Etsy shop and opened a new shop, that offers a variety of cut files that can be made into stencils.
In my shop, I offer stencil cut files which are great for wall and furniture embellishments. I also have a lot of monogram/alphabet stencil cut files for personalization projects. Plus lots more stencil cut file designs to check out in my shop, and plenty more to come.
I design all the stencil cut files and printables that I offer on my blog, and in my shop, using my own hand drawn elements, or fonts that can be found on my resource page, or a combination of both.
I have found a passion for design and strive to create unique and fun designs that can be used in a variety of settings, such as home decor, furniture, wall art, fashion design, accessory items, and so much more.
My eye has always been drawn to the details, patterns, and embellishments in such things as home decor and clothing, so it’s a real joy for me to become part of the design process of such things.
Stencils are a great and easy way to add that something special to a piece whether it’s repurposed furniture or wall art or a brand new canvas or wall.
I share on my blog how I’ve transformed repurposed pieces using stencils:
I like to add stencils to furniture and wall art pieces.
Some of my favorite stencil projects include refinishing a curbside table, upcycling a piece of canvas wall art, and making an extra large stenciled wall art piece, just to name a few of my favorite stencil projects.
I also have some repurposing projects that I hope are fun and inspiring. I love taking old “junk” and turning it into something completely different:
You can check out the repurposing projects here. I have several projects using ceiling fan parts, spindles, old frames, plaques, and furniture.
Some of my favorite repurposing projects are the ceiling fan blades to airplane repurpose, the angels made from hinges and spindle parts, and transforming a kitchen table using stencils, and these are just a few of my favorite repurposing projects.
I sincerely hope you enjoy the projects, tutorials, stencil cut files and printables offered on my blog, in my Resource Library. If you have any questions concerning the tutorials, stencil cut files, printables an/or projects found on my blog, you can contact me here.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope you take your time and look around, and I hope you find the blog posts, projects, tutorials, stencil cut files and printables resources to be useful and helpful in your DIY projects.