Making Cricut Stencil Designs and Magnets

Your die cuts look great in your scrapbooks and on your handmade cards, but what if you could use them in your home, by making stencils for decorating your walls and accent furniture pieces  Guess what - you can!  All you need is the Cuttables Cricut Stencil material.

The stencil material comes in sheets of 12" x 24" and is backed with repositionable adhesive.

If the idea of making your own stencils using your Cricut machine appeals to you, you may be interested to know you can also use it to cut your own magnets.  The Cuttables Cricut magnet material is available in sheets of 12"x 12", and is perfect for making cheery magnets for your fridge, your home office, even your car!

Both require the use of the deep cut blade and housing (and of course, your machine), but this is an easy project that is loads of fun...


  1. I am trying to make stencils using the Cricut Expressions. I am wanting reuseable stencils possibly made from Mylar. I would like to use these stencils to paint on furniture and boards – I am having a hard time figuring out what cartridge I need to purchase. Currently the way I have been told does not leave a useable stencil when you peel off the letters – like with e and B or b the inside of the letters are missing. Do you have any idea if this machine will do what I am looking for???? Thanks for you help!!

  2. Ialso have the same question!! Please help!!

  3. Hi Wendy and Holly,

    You can do this, but you will need to look for a font that is embedded in a shape to be used as your stencil. Many of the font cartridges have this as a creative feature. I have used both DonJuan and A Child’s Year as paint stencils, but I know there are many others that can be used this way too…

  4. Do you need a special blade and/or mat to cut the heavier material used for stencils?

  5. I haven’t purchased the machine yet because I want to be sure I can cut paint stencils with it also for Primitive boards and signs. I am not sure I understand how to know which font cartridge will have it embedded in a shape. Thanks so much.

  6. Michelle says:

    I have the same concern as Michie~ I have purchased the Cricut and several cartridges, but i do not understand how to make the stencils. I feel like I am missing details. I have tried cutting the stencil on carstock and that doesn’t work when you try to paint over it. I tried buying transparecies. That didn’t work either. Someone told me to use contact paper and put contact paper on the cutting board. I think that suggestion will just stick to my board. I don’t know how to make this. I am wanting to make stecils that I can use over and over to paint on items that I was purchasing for my home, but am determined to now make and save money. I do not want to use the vinyl to place a saying on my wall, but maybe that is waht I am suppose to buy to make a stencil I could repeatedly paint on? Any suggestions? medwards15291 [at]…

  7. Michelle, mylar is the best material to use for stencils, because they can be used over and over again. I am looking into getting a cricut machine to make the stencils myself for my signs. I have bought them up until now and they are all made of mylar and are easy to use over and over again. I’m not sure where the best place to buy the mylar is though, I’m still trying to figure that one out. If anyone has any suggestions that would be great. Thanks…..

  8. ok im very new to this. I want to make a stencil that saws “Kawasaki” so i type it out and press cut. It cuts the paper and i unload the paper. When i peel my paper off, the letters look great but when i use the “left-over” (the outside of the paper that was cut away) as my stencil the “a” center is missing and when i go to paint it, it looks like blob with a hook on the top. HOW DO I FIX THIS!!!!

  9. Hi Amanda, What are you painting? If it’s a wall and you have the original paint color (not the stencil color), you can fill in the center of the “a”.

  10. I want reusable stencils for glass etching. Can I use contact paper for this?

  11. I know vinyl works, but I have not tried it with contact paper. If anyone else has, please let Carol know your experiences – thanks!

  12. I also just got my Cricut E yesterday in hopes of making stencils to use for glass etching. I am having the same problem as everyone else on this. After I cut the letters out…am I supposed to “weed it” BEFORE I put on the transfer paper or put it on the transfer paper first and THEN weed it? I also tried doing some snowflakes…and they turned out terrible! I am thinking I have to weed it first….then put on the transfer paper to keep everything in place and THEN put it on the glass. Is that correct? I also wanted to know if I am supposed to cut through the backing with the cricut or just “kiss” it. If I kiss it, then when I use the transfer paper…the vinyl has no backing to it. It’s sticky, and if I don’t want to use it immediately, I don’t know how to preserve it for later. Only other thing I can think of is to cut a rectangle or circle while it is on the mat and let the transfer paper pick up the entire shape. Suggestions? Thanks in advance for any pointers.

  13. Hi, I purchased the cricut for use in making stencils to use for stenciling saying on boards. BUT, So far I have not found a font that can be used. The trouble is letters like b and e. The center piece comes out and does not make for a good stencil. Any ideas?

  14. 1.) Cut stencil..cut through the Vinyl ( or contact paper) AND the backing.
    2.) Weed – In the case of a stencil-remove the design from the larger piece of vinyl. Your design should be the void or holes in your stencil.
    3.) Use transfer tape over entire stencil.
    4.) Peel off the BACKING from the stencil…center, level and stick it to your substrate (whatever you are putting your design on)
    5.) Now remove the transfer tape from the FRONT.
    6.) Your design will be ready for you to paint , etch, etc.

    Once your design is complete,dry, cleaned so forth…remove the stencil and your design will be left on your substrate!

    NOTE: Use an adequate piece of vinyl, not something TOO big for your item I.E. If you are cutting letters that fit in a 2×6 space…use a 3×7 piece of vinyl. Otherwise you will be wasting LOTS of transfer tape.

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