Thursday, September 22, 2016

DIY Stenciled Crate

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If you read my recent post about Haven Conference, you know that I brought a ton of goodies home with me.  I have been trying to figure out how to put everything to good use.  My Cricut Air came with a pack of tools that I needed storage for.  The little, square crate I got from Crates & Pallet was the perfect size!

I decided to customize it using a stencil I made with my Cricut and paint from Deco Art. Since I am still learning how to use my machine, I chose a simple diamond shape design and printed it on vinyl so I could stick it on the wood and paint around it.  I actually printed out the word "Tools" as well and intended on stenciling it on, but ripped the vinyl in the process of weeding it.(#newbiefail)

I placed the vinyl diamond shapes on the crate and then applied two coats of paint, letting it dry in between.  I used Frosted Glass by Art Deco, which is a lovely grayish, teal.

Once the paint was mostly dry, I removed the vinyl stencils.  You can see it seeped under a little and did not leave a clean edge on two of the shapes.  I used my dremmel tool to sand the paint off, but managed to gouge the wood a little, but after using a sanding block, you can hardly tell!

Even though it is not perfect, I wanted to show you the possibilities using the Cricut.  I now have a cute and customized crate to hold my Cricut tools.

What projects have you made using Cricut stencils?

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  1. This is too cute! I love the little crate - I could totally use one for all my paint brushes. I guess I just need to bite the bullet and get a Cricut!

  2. This turned out so cute! I need to do this to store my cutting machine tools. Genius idea! I was getting paint under my stencils, too, until I heard to paint a tiny bit of ModPodge around the stencil and let it dry before painting. Your crate looks great, and now I know what to do with mine! Thanks for a great idea!

    1. Oh thank you for the tip Robin! Also, someone told me to use a sponge tip brush instead of a regular one to control the amount of paint.


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