I really like using chargers for projects because they are very inexpensive and look great with vinyl. I like that they are round instead of the typical rectangle shaped sign.  But, sometimes, the metallic look isn’t the look I’m going for. Did you know you can paint chargers?  Well, you can! I’ve done it here, here, and here. And, I did it again today with this patriotic themed charger.

Free Patriotic SVG Cut File for Silhouette, Cricut, and more.

 

 

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Here is you need:
– Paint (Beige, Brown, Red, and Blue,)
– Sandpaper
– Paintbrushes
– Plastic Charger
– Vinyl (any color will work)
– Transfer Tape
– Electronic cutter (cricut explore, silhouette or other cutter)
– Weeding tool
– Cut File (see below)
– Ribbon for bow and glue (Optional)

Here is what you do:
1. Lightly sand the charger to remove some of the finish. This will help the paint stick. Paint it beige (or whatever color you want) and let dry.

Free Patriotic SVG Cut File for Silhouette, Cricut, and more.
2. After the paint has dried it’s time to distress. I used brown paint and an cheap bristle paint brush.
Free Patriotic SVG Cut File for Silhouette, Cricut, and more.
3. Dip the brush in brown paint and then wipe most of the paint off on a paper towel.  Then, lightly drag the paintbrush across the charger from one side to the other.  Alternate dragging from left to right and right to left until you get a distressed look you like.Free Patriotic SVG Cut File for Silhouette, Cricut, and more.
4. While the paint is drying, cut out a vinyl stencil.  I sized the design to 8.2″ x 8.3″.  I also added a 9″ circle around the entire design to make it easy to align on the charger.  Weed away excess vinyl and apply transfer tape.Free Patriotic SVG Cut File for Silhouette, Cricut, and more.
5. Apply the vinyl to the charger.Free Patriotic SVG Cut File for Silhouette, Cricut, and more.

6. Paint a light coat of beige over the vinyl stencil to help minimize bleeding.

Free Patriotic SVG Cut File for Silhouette, Cricut, and more.

7. Fill in the design with red and blue paint.

Free Patriotic SVG Cut File for Silhouette, Cricut, and more.

8. Let paint dry to the touch, then carefully remove the vinyl.

Free Patriotic SVG Cut File for Silhouette, Cricut, and more.

9. Glue on a decorative box, if desired.

Free Patriotic SVG Cut File for Silhouette, Cricut, and more.

Display on a decorative plate stand.

Free Patriotic SVG Cut File for Silhouette, Cricut, and more.

I love how it turned out!

Free Patriotic SVG Cut File for Silhouette, Cricut, and more.

Want to make your own?  Download the free cut file below.

In case you’re new here…

I love making digital cutter files and each week I love to share them with you!  This free download will be available through 7/14/17 and is for personal use only. You can purchase the file with a Commercial License from my shop. Here is this week’s freebie. Enjoy!

Free Patriotic SVG Cut File for Silhouette, Cricut, and more.

 

Sorry, this download is no longer available for free.  It is now available for purchase in my shop.

2 comments on “Stenciled Patriotic Charger Tutorial and Free SVG cut file”

  1. Angie, you are an amazing designer!!! Thank you for this beautiful file and tutorial. I really love this design and am looking forward to making a plate for a few gifts (plus one for me 🙂 )

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