How Do You Make Your Own Replacement Mats for Die Cutting Machines?
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Did you know it’s easy to make your own replacement mats for your Cricut,Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Explore, Eclips and other electronic cutting machines?
The cost of a new Cricut mat isn’t too bad (pack of 2 mats for 7.95 at Amazon)- but the price of a new QuicKutz Cutting Mats for Silhouette is hefty- about 25.00 at my LSS and pack of 2 at Amazon is about $30.00 .
It is easy to make your own mat. If you prefer to just try and find a cheap replacement mat, the best price I have found for new mats. I also have had great success buying the Cricut 12 by 24-Inch and cutting in half – so you end up with four 12×12 inch mats for under 15 bucks.
How to Make Your Own Cutting Mats
To make your own mats you need a few household items- some you may already have:
Adhesive ( See 2 options below)
Masking or Painters tape
Permanent marker ( for drawing on measurements)
A lot of people use flexible cutting mats for the kitchen found at dollar stores. You can often find some in similar material sold as a craft mat or flexible thin cutting board. You need to get a sheet that will end up being at least 9×13. (it can be longer). If you can get sheets with a grid even better.
Other things to use- stencil material, quilting template.
OPTION ONE ADHESIVE – Using Xyron to Make Your own Cutting mat
If you have a Xryon 900 Xyron 900 this is perfect. You MUST
use the Reposition-able Xyron Cartridge however or it will be too sticky. Some people are able to do this without using the machine. If you can get the cartridge cheap then worth a try. I tried this method and prefer one below. The tack last longer and can be refreshed easily.
OPTION TWO- With Spray on Adhesive (My Recommendation)
An Adhesive Spray, This MUST be repositionable.
A good choice is Krylon Repositionable Adhesive Spray. You can also use a Quilt Basting Spray 12 oz. You can find this at Wal-mart or Michael’s, etc. the brand is not important- just make sure it is repositionable. It will not work if you get permanent adhesive. The can last a long time. Be careful of nozzle drying up between uses.
You need Masking tape or painters tape.
You use this along the edges of your mat before you put on the adhesive spray so it does not cover the whole sheet- you need non-sticky areas along edges of the mat so rollers on your machine can grip.
So, use your tape along the long edges and cover about a 1/4 inch on each side all the way around. You want this masked and protected so it is not sticky when you spray. You will remove when dry.
If you use the spray, then go OUTSIDE to spray (fumes) if you are pregnant get someone else to do it. Do a couple of light coatings rather than one heavy coating. You can also add a bit more later to freshen if needed.
If you are using your Xyron. Put on your tape and run through machine or use cartridge.
Peel off you tape and you will have your mat! The mat is probably a little too sticky. I use a lint free cloth to dab on it a bit to rid of excess. A cotton t-shirt or washcloth is fine. Just dab all over newly sticky mat. If it’s too sticky your paper will tear instead of lift off.
Use your ruler and marker to mark gridlines if you like. (I rarely bother)
Have you made your own mat for your Silhouette Cameo or KNK machine? Let me know how it went!