DIY Stencil

Recently, I gave a little face-lift to one of our old outdoorsy tables using this store-bought stencil.

As always I was in a hurry to complete the makeover… I didn’t even bother to sand or prime the old table. Honestly, I love the old grainy, chippy look of the table. The end result was not bad… I liked how the quick makeover with a stencil added some colour to our verandah.

I wanted to use this same stencil to add a white border to this pillar… do check out this fun recycling project.

Till this saintly looking fella decided to chew it away! By the way, he only looks that way…he isn’t one!

And thus the need and urgency to create my stencil. I googled on my tablet, for motifs/images and found a similar one!

And a few more nice ones!

I saved them on my tab and went looking for acetate sheets in my craft stash… which, unfortunately, were over.  So, I started looking for replacements… a thick talc sheet, plastic dining mat…or a file separator! The thick, almost transparent plastic separator sheet was as good as an acetate sheet, in fact better!

Here is how I made my DIY stencil-

Place the transparent acetate sheet (in my case, I used the file separator) on the image to be traced… I placed mine on the tablet and traced the motif using a permanent marker.

It was a little tricky as tracing with a pen led to the touch screen responding to it! But I got the hang of tracing it off the tablet screen. Timing saving trick!

Using a precision knife cutout the insides of the design/motif and the stencil is ready!

All done…in less than half an hour. I am thinking, why not a few more!


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14 thoughts on “DIY Stencil

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  2. Loved the ombre shade and the color combination 🙂 I have always wanted to do a makeover to my home ( a govt qtr!) but the whole house design and color is so off ( orange n white!) I was thinking on making my own stencil with moroccan motif and DIY a painted wall. Any tips?

    • I am glad you liked the post Angela! And I think the Moroccan themed stencils are a great idea , more so as the most of the Govt. accommodation that I have come across is in white finished interiors. The Moroccan themed colours would come out quite nice on the white base. Let me know once you are finished with your theme, would love a peek!

  3. Wow, this is such a neat idea. Thankyou for sharing. 🙂 (New reader and a newbie craft blogger too). Looking forward to catching up on your posts.

  4. This is beautiful!! such a wonderful idea to make your own stencil. I’ve bought a precision knife too. I want to make a stencil for my blog name, but have been struggling with carving out small letters from plastic. I will give it another try. Any tips ?

    • Thanks Ranjitha! Try using old newspapers (at least two set of newspapers) underneath your project, as your base, when cutting with precision knife. It helps as the tip of the knife doesn’t slip.

  5. It looks so so pretty! No need of tablecloths, I hate them anyway.
    Would love to try this. Did you paint it white or was it that way?

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