Silkscreen mesh reusable cookie decorating stencils make your cookie project easy and quick.
The silkscreen mesh accommodates fine details and small text. If you haven’t tried these yet, you’re really missing out. It opens up a whole new world of cookie and cake decorating. Even better, each stencil can be used over and over and over again! I wanted to make cookies for a coworker and what better cookie than a Frederick Tower cookie! I used the same cut file that I used in the glass etching tutorial.
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Why a mesh stencil, anyway?
By using fine meshed silk-screen, portions of which are blocked out to prevent icing from flowing through, you can achieve far more detail in your design. Those portions are blocked out by using HTV vinyl (Heat Transfer Vinyl.) Actually, regular vinyl would work also…I just prefer working with the HTV. Icing then gets smeared through the open part of the screen to leave behind a pattern. If you’ve ever used vinyl to apply to a t-shirt, it’s the same process here, but just with silkscreen.
The use of a screen allows any pattern to be transferred, whereas with an acetate stencil, all of the acetate pieces that remain must somehow interconnect or the stencil will fall apart. Such as the inside of the letter “O.”
Here’s the step-by-step for the making the cookie mesh stencil
Step 1 Size your pattern to your cookie size
Change the size of your stencil pattern to fit the cookie size.
Step 2 Cut your vinyl
Then, cut out the file on HTV. I use the awesome Silhouette Cameo to cut my vinyl, but any of the cutting machines are excellent, too.
Step 3 Weed your design
Weed your design, that is, remove the parts that you want to show through and form the image.
Step 4 Iron the HTV design onto your mesh
Now, simply iron the htv onto the mesh and you’re done! That’s it! It’s the easiest mesh stencil in the world to make!
Again, the beauty of a cookie mesh stencil as opposed to a regular acrylic stencil is the level of detail you can achieve. Look at all those tower windows! No way I could’ve done that with a regular stencil, with all the bridges needed to hold the small pieces in places.
Side note: I learned how to create cut files from pictures and clip art by taking Jennifer Maker’s course “A Cut Above.” Her unique teaching style opened up so much for me – I can now create or modify any cut file I want. And you don’t need Silhouette to do so. It works for any machine.
Why to use a silkscreen stencil instead of a plastic stencil?
Silkscreens have cleaner results with less underspray. They are also used if you want the full image/lettering as it doesnt need bridging. With regular stencils, you need to bridge your letter and images to create gaps so they dont fall off. Also, with a silkscreen cookie stencil, there are no plastic edges to get bent.
How long does the cookie stencil last?
Forever, if you take care of them. Gently hand wash and let air dry or pat dry with a kitchen towel. Just don’t soak them in water. I’ve used some of mine hundreds of times.
Now, how to USE the cookie mesh stencil!
You’ve made your custom mesh stencil. So, now let’s talk about how to use it. First, flood your cookie and let it dry overnight. The royal icing needs to be complete dry! Here’s my blank cookie with dried blue royal icing. My black icing is in the bowl ready to be applied.
Lay your stencil on top of the cookie. I just held mine in place with my left hand.
Spread the royal icing on top of the stencil. Don’t try to force it into the mesh, but rather gently scrape it using just a couple of passes. Any more than that and it may start to bleed.
Gently lift the stencil. Be careful to lift up straight so as not to smear the icing.
Here’s an even easier way to use the stencil:
And there’s your stenciled cookie!
I then piped a border around the edges for the final touch.
About the icing
The consistency of the icing is crucial. If it is too thin, it will bleed and look messy. Too thick and it won’t pass through the silkscreen easily. It does take a time or two to practice. Practice on parchment paper so you don’t waste the cookies!
If your icing is too thick, simply add a TEENSY bit of water to your icing and mix well. If it is too thin, add a bit of powdered sugar and mix well.
A few final tips
After 10 cookies or so, you may need to rinse the stencil under lukewarm water, then pat dry with a kitchen towel.
Suggested heat press setting for ironing the HTV to the silkscreen.
265 degrees for 30 seconds. Peel cold.
And here’s the final stenciled cookie. What will YOU make?
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