How to Cut Mats for a Silhouette

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How to Cut Mats for a Silhouette
The plastic sheets used in stencil-making are ideal cutting mats. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Die-cutting machines, such as the Silhouette, take the hard work out of cutting intricate embellishment shapes for scrapbooks, greeting cards or other crafting projects. The sticky mats that hold the paper still while it is cut eventually wear out or lose their stickiness and need replacing. Silhouette cutting mats can be expensive, especially if your machine gets a lot of use, but it's possible to cut costs by making your own. Another advantage in making your own Silhouette cut mats is that you can cut the mat to the length you like, making it possible to create longer die-cut designs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Plastic stencil sheet
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Masking tape
  • Re-positionable spray adhesive

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut the stencil sheet to measure 9-by-13 inches.

  2. 2

    Mask 1/4 inch down the long sides of the plastic sheet.

  3. 3

    Spray the adhesive over the surface of the plastic sheet using light sweeping motions. Allow to dry for a few minutes then spray a second coat.

  4. 4

    Remove the masking tape.

Tips and warnings

  • If the mat is too sticky, dab the surface with a lint-free cloth a few times to remove excess glue.
  • You can make longer mats if you prefer.
  • Use only spray adhesive that is re-positionable.
  • Use spray adhesives in a well-ventilated area to avoid breathing in fumes.

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