We’re no strangers to stenciling ‘round these parts, and I thought it would be awesome to polish up and re-share this post from our archives on how to make your own stencil! It’s simple, fun and most importantly FAR CHEAPER than buying them online or at a store! We even have tons of inspiring stencil art, stencil designs and step-by-step tutorials to get your stenciling wheels turning! Check it:
Stencils are such an easy way to incorporate pattern and texture into your décor… whether it’s a piece of furniture, an accent wall, or your backsplash in your kitchen! And even the most novice DIYer can pull this off!
So let’s get to chatting about how to make your own stencil so you can get to the fun painting part!
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Supplies for Making your own Stencil
Save and open your image in a photo editing software. You want to crop to the edges of the repeating pattern, leaving a little extra around the edges so that you’ll be able to line it up easier with each pass of your stencil job.
Tape your printed copy onto the cutting surface, and tape the transparency down on top of it on the corners. Take your Xacto knife (with a brand new blade) and carefully start slicing away along your lines. No need to push very hard. It's such a smooth easy process… and it goes surprisingly FAST!!
Keep working your way around the stencil!
When you’re finished, peal up your paper and pull off all the pieces!
BOOM! This stencil cost you .89 cents and about 20 minutes of your time!
Now get to stenciling my friend!
How incredibly EASY?!? Right? Sure, there will be some touching up… but you'll have that no matter what when there's paint involved.
On this before/after pic below, we just took that paneling off, stenciled the back side, and put it back on backwards! SUCH A DIFFERENCE right?! (of course we changed the hardware and added doors, but that's not the point LOL)
Please make a stencil at your earliest convenience! It’s so rewarding, and turns out amazing! Infusing a little pattern or texture into a room brings so much personality and makes such a dramatically beautiful difference. And it’s CUSTOM! (so fancy)
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