Create a tropical cake stencil with the Cricut Maker 3

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If you’ve watched my channel for a while you will know I love using my Cricut cutting machine to create custom cake toppers, but there is so much more you can use it for. I’m so excited as this weeks video is sponsored by Cricut and I’ll be showing you how you can make your own stencils using the Cricut Maker 3.

I’ll then be showing you how you can use these stencils to create a totally tropical 2 tier cake. The cake is airbrushed to give blended tropical colours then finished off with gumpaste tropical flowers.

Please note some of the items in this post have been gifted. Also some of the links within this post are affiliate links. If you click the link and purchase any item through that link, I will receive a small commission from the website but this does NOT add any additional costs to you.

Using acetate to create your own tropical stencils using the cricut maker 3

Click below to watch step by step how to make this tropical themed cake ⇩

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The Tropical Cake

Before we jump into how to make the stencils lets first talk about the cake. For this tutorial I used 2 dummy cakes just for the demonstration. I have a 5 inch dummy cake on the top and a 7 inch dummy cake on the bottom. You can find a tutorial here to show you how to stack your own cakes here.

The cakes were covered in white fondant before being airbrushed using the Kroma Kolor airbrush colour. By airbrushing the cake you are able to blend the different shades together, but make sure you cover you work surface and use some card or a board behind your cake as airbrush colour can go everywhere. You’ll see in the video I even covered my turn table in cling film.

Tropical themed cake tutorial

Creating your own stencils – The Cricut Design Space

Whether you’re cutting a cake toppers, stencils, packaging or stickers the first place to start is The Cricut Design Space. This is where you’re able to layout your design, ready to cut using your Cricut.

For my stencils I created a tropical Hibiscus design using an image which is available within the Design Space. I have the Cricut access plan which allows you access to thousands of free designs, if you don’t have this the images may come with a small fee, but you can also create your stencils by uploading your own images or even using text.

Custom stencils in the Cricut design space

In the video you’ll see I create 2 different kinds of stencil. A single flower stencil and also a stencil I could wrap around my cake. If you’re wondering the little circles at the side were holes so I could push in pins to hold it against my cake.

Cutting the stencils

For the stencils I used the Cricut acetate. A clear plastic which is flexible and jut the right thickness for stencils.

cutting acetate stencils using the cricut maker 3

The acetate is cut using the fine point blade, and although I used my Cricut Maker 3 you can also use the machines in their Explore range too.

If you’re looking to purchase a Cricut machine they have different machines available and I’ll put links to their website here so you can compare the different materials each machine cuts and work out which machine best suits the projects you want to make. Cricut UK Shop:

cutting acetate stencils using the cricut maker 3

The key to choosing images or designs that will work as stencils is to make sure the images are made up of individual separate shapes. You want to make sure that their isn’t a shape within a shape as when this is cut out you will only be left with the outer outline. This sounds complicated, but in the video I go through how to prepare any shape and make sure it works as a stencil.

cutting acetate stencils using the cricut maker 3

Using Stencils on a cake

Once the stencils were created I used Royal Icing to add the design onto the cake. Using a spatula to spread the Royal Icing over the plastic, smoothing it out, before pealing it away to reveal the pretty hibiscus flowers. Stencils are perfect to use for a cake covered in fondant, but you can also use them on buttercream cakes too.

Using stencils on a cake

I had so much fun creating the stencils for this cake and using them as part as this tropical themed cake. I really hope you’ll find this tutorial useful whether you’re looking for new projects to make with your Cricut or maybe your thinking about getting one yourself.

I have to say a massive thank you to Cricut for sponsoring this weeks tutorial on my YouTube channel.

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cricut maker 3

Tools I used

I have put a list below showing all the tools that I used throughout this video or if you would like to see all my favourite cake decorating tools just click here:

Cricut Maker 3:
Cricut Essential Tool Kit:
Cricut Acetate:
Cricut Standard Grip Mat:
Airbrush Machine:
Kroma Kolor Airbrush colours:
Turn Table:

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creating stencils with cricut

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