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Make a DIY Towel Hook Board with Cricut Stencil Vinyl

Jun 13 2017 Liz Call

This post contains affiliate links which mean I make a little something when you purchase through the link, with no additional cost to you.

This cute DIY towel hook board was really easy to make with some Cricut stencil vinyl and a free hand lettered cut file.

This cute DIY towel hook board was really easy to make with some Cricut stencil vinyl and a free hand lettered cut file.

We are moving into the summer months which in AZ means pool time!!  It also means a mess of wet swim suits and beach towels laying all over my master bathroom and tub.  I don’t know why this always seems to happen, but it drives me nuts!  This summer I decided I didn’t want to see that happen.  It was time all the wet suits and towels had a space of their own.  This DIY towel hook board is my solution to our problem.  And I knew it would be easy to make, using my Cricut Explore Air 2.

To get started on this project I had to upload my own image into Cricut Design Space.  Once Cricut Design Space is open, click on upload image on the left hand side.  Click on browse image and find the Splish Splash hand lettered free cut file (see download below).  Select the design and insert the image into Design Space.  Turn off any layers that are not necessary by clicking the eye icons on the right side.  Once you have done that, resize the image to fit on a 12 x 24 Cricut cutting mat.  I didn’t make it too tall, maybe 7 or 8 inches tall.  I wanted to be able to add hooks onto the bottom of the board.  Then click select all and click weld in the upper right.  Then click the green go button.

For this project I decided to use Cricut stencil vinyl.  I have used regular indoor vinyl in the past to make a stencil with Cricut, but I thought I’d try the vinyl that was intended for creating stencils when making this project.  I put the stencil vinyl down on the cutting mat and loaded the mat into the Cricut Explore Air 2.  Turn the dial to custom and and then choose vinyl stencil to create a kiss cut on the thin stencil vinyl.

Once the vinyl is cut, unload the mat and remove the vinyl from the mat.  Take a weeding tool and remove the letters from the stencil.  Once all the letters and water splashes have been removed, cover the stencil with transfer tape.

This cute DIY towel hook board was really easy to make with some Cricut stencil vinyl and a free hand lettered cut file.

I bought a 12 inch wide and 1 inch thick pine board at the hardware store.  I had them cut it to 28 inches in length to create my DIY towel hook board.  I painted the board with some white paint and let it dry.  I peeled off the back of the stencil vinyl and laid it on to the painted board.  My favorite part about the stencil vinyl is the grid.  It made lining up my stencil on the board super easy.  A lot more easy than using regular vinyl.  Once my stencil was down and all the air bubbles smoothed out, I removed the transfer tape.  I do find this to be a difficult task sometimes.  I just go slow, make sure all the insides of my letters stay down and do the best I can.  Luckily for me, I’m not a perfectionist and think flaws give a project character.:)

This cute DIY towel hook board was really easy to make with some Cricut stencil vinyl and a free hand lettered cut file.

I painted the stencil will regular craft paint in my favorite colors.  I did 2 quick coats and then, before the paint is completely dry, I removed the stencil.

This cute DIY towel hook board was really easy to make with some Cricut stencil vinyl and a free hand lettered cut file.

I decided on the phrase splish splash so that this DIY towel hook board could be used in a bathroom.  I think it would be a super cute addition to any water closet.

This cute DIY towel hook board was really easy to make with some Cricut stencil vinyl and a free hand lettered cut file.

I used a piece of sandpaper to sand down some edges and to give it a little character.  Then we added some hooks for hanging towels and swim suits.

This cute DIY towel hook board was really easy to make with some Cricut stencil vinyl and a free hand lettered cut file.

You can create this DIY towel hook board with your Cricut Explore Air 2 and the free cut file below.  This is for personal use only.  To download the cut file, just click the download below and unzip the file.

Splish Splash Cut File

We added some saw hooks to the back of the board so that we could hang it in our garage.  Because we don’t have a pool, I decided to hang it right by the door into our house from the garage.  It makes it easy for the kids to hang their beach towels up as soon as we get home from swim lessons or swimming with friends.  Then they can grab their towel off the hook as we head out for another swim party.

This cute DIY towel hook board was really easy to make with some Cricut stencil vinyl and a free hand lettered cut file.

The kids are super excited to start using our new towel hook board, and I am so looking forward to the mess of towels and suits leaving my bathroom!  It’s a total win win!  So where will this splish splash board end up at your house?

Happy Crafting!

Liz

This cute DIY towel hook board was really easy to make with some Cricut stencil vinyl and a free hand lettered cut file.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

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