How To Make Your Own Wall Stencil.

by Caitlin W.

Are you dying to add a splash of excitement to your drab walls? Maybe your bathroom’s interior needs a bit of a revamp. Well, that’s just what you’re able to do with a few simple tools and a creative attitude.

Making your own wall stencil can be rewarding and fun, and will allow you to refresh the theme of your house without a large scale remodel. 

So, how do you do it? Let’s take a look at these quick and easy steps. 

Step 1: Tools

To get started making your own wall stencils, you will need the right tools. These include, cardboard or paper, some clear or opaque sheets of thick plastic (you could use file covers), a ruler, a pencil or pen, a craft knife and a permanent marker. Make sure you do this in an adequately lit room, without any little kiddies running around. This is a ‘how to make your own wall stencil guide’, not a ‘how to rush to the hospital in a panic’ guide. 

Step 2: Planning

Get your pen or pencil out and decide on how big you want your stencil to be and what shape. You can go for almost anything. If you’re looking for symmetry you might want to print a template off the internet. Great ideas for stencil patterns include: hearts, clubs, spades, diamonds and sunbursts. For children’s rooms you could go with something even more fun, like butterflies or dolphins. 

Use your ruler to plot out the height and width of your stencil, then draw the pattern itself with a pencil. Go over this with a pen. 

Step 3: Rendering

In the next step, you’ll want to go over your pattern in permanent marker. The thicker your lines, the better. You want them to be totally visible when you enter the cutting stage. It’s okay to be a little bit messy here, as long as you stick to the line of the actual pattern, you should be fine when you do make your first incision. 

Step 4: Cutting Out

Now, gently layer your plastic sheet over your paper, and attach it firmly with some sticky tape. This will ensure that your template doesn’t slide around while you’re trying to cut out the shape. When it’s firmly attached, gently but firmly press your craft knife’s blade into the plastic and trace the outline of your pattern with a steady hand. Try to go for one fluid motion. If you can’t, take a break every now and again, but be sure to mark your place with the knife, exactly where you left off. 
Take care whilst handling this mini-weapon. Craft knives can be dangerously sharp and might slip easily, especially if you apply to much pressure. Try to avoid angular cuts, unless your pattern calls for them. 

Step 5: Painting

Once your stencil is cut out, you can get to painting. Spray-painting is pretty quick and can be done with relative ease. But be sure your newly completed stencil is level and parallel to the floor when you’re applying your paint. You can have real fun with the painting: choose bright colours for your fun stencil design. 

That’s all it takes! Making your own stencil is as easy as these five steps. So, don’t be afraid to experiment with different shapes, sizes and designs. Make more than one and you could find yourself thoroughly addicted to this fun and flashy design technique. 

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