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How To Make Reusable Stencils With A Cricut Joy

Today we are going to test out mylar stencil material and make some reusable stencils with the Cricut Joy! Tips and ideas for how to use this little cutting machine to make big art!

How To Make Reusable Stencils With A Cricut Joy

My Cricut Joy Story

I don't know about you, but I always like to know about the person I am reading about! So here is my Cricut Joy story!I have been a graphic artist since about 2001 and spend A LOT of time on the computer blogging and making pretty pictures.

So when I heard about a cutting machine that worked from the internet, I was NOT INTERESTED! I didn't need to spend anymore time on the computer… my art was my escape from the computer!

But then Cricut came out with a dinky little machine that was SIMPLE to use and I thought, THIS I can get behind!

Cruicut Joy In My Ikea Craft Room

See that little teal thing in the top left corner of my bookcase? That is how big the Joy is… I keep it right beside me so I can yank it down and use it at a moments notice!

Full Reusable Stencils On The Cricut Joy Tutorial

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Cricut Joy Reusable Stencil FAQs

I had so many questions before I made these stencils! Here are things I wondered about beforehand!

How Heavy Are These Stencils?

The mylar that is recommended for the Joy is 4 mil, meaning it is pretty thin. I would say these are MUCH lighter than pre-made stencils, but because they are thin plastic you can use them over and over again.

How Intricate Can You Make Your Design?

I made some stencil designs that were super fine and intricate and they “worked”. That said, knowing what I know now, I would make fewer cuts and leave more of the plastic whole in the 6.5″X4.5″ shape to make make the stencils more robust.

Where Can You Get Stencil Designs To Load Into Cricut Design Space?

You can make super easy shape stencils with the design space. If you want something more complex I tend to go to Creative Market and look for SVG files. SVG files are just a kind of file that the design space uses (like .doc files are Word Document files)

How Have My Stencils Held Up?

I have used my stencils (and the cut out masks) quite a few times and they are holding up well! The mylar is a plastic so unless you melt it or tear it, it should outlast you.

How Does The Cricut Joy Cut Out The Stencil?

The Joy makes repeated cuts in the plastic. Sometimes big sweeping arcs and sometimes just a quick little slash.

Pro tip… you might want to make two cuts using the same pattern so make sure it goes all the way through the plastic!

Step By Step Guide To Making Reusable Stencils

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How To Make Reusable Stencils On The Cricut Joy Cutting Machine

Make Mylar Stencils On Cricut Joy Cutting Machine

Tips and ideas for how to use the Cricut Joy cutting machine to make reusable stencils for art journals or mixed media art projects.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $10



  1. Purchase mylar plastic sheets to use for your stencils

    Pick Mylar 4 Mil Sheets
  2. Cut sheets to 6.5"X4.5" to fit on the Cricut Joy cutting mat

    Cut mylar sheets to size
  3. Place mylar sheet on the Cricut Joy cutting mat

  4. Open Cricut design space and select your design

    Make Mylar Stencils On Cricut Joy Cutting Machine
  5. Select your material (I choose heavy cardstock)

  6. Load your cutting mat in

  7. Click Go

    Click go in design space
  8. Cricut Joy will cut out your stencil

    Cricut Joy will cut out stencil
How To Make Reusable Stencils With A Cricut Joy

Mary Alice Cain

Thursday 18th of May 2023

Hi, Tara, I purchased my Cricut Joy, tested it, and I am still looking for some help making a stencil of my original line drawing. I have a jpeg image of the design, and I loaded it into the design space. I even got the image on the grid, but the red exclamation point tells me I can go no further. I think I'm stuck. Any suggestions....?

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