diy stencil

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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How to jazz up your walls on a budget

Staying at a Defence Base is definitely fun… open areas, lush greenery (or should I say forest), no city noise, no pollution, huge lawns, kitchen gardens with huge bungalows! You can decorate the place allotted to you to your heart’s content but can’t make any structural changes for obvious reason… it’s not your property. Looking at the same old crème/white wall can be really boring and drab (as most houses are painted that way by the defence agencies).

I devised an easy solution to jazz up my walls on a budget… I cut out easy stencils to do murals on my walls! Once the 2/3 year tenure was over, we would repaint them creme…so that no one cribbed or complained. Although no one ever did!

A mural is a great way to fill your room with color and energy at a low-cost. You may think how is one supposed to paint a huge wall? Let me share a sneaky trick, for my easy -peasy stencils, that will have your friends and family going ga-ga over your larger-than-life artwork.

First choose your theme, pictures and colour scheme by browsing the internet. Simply pick one that you want to see in your home. Take a printout of the desired picture on an OHP/ Acetate sheet and  cut it out as a stencil for your painting/mural project! Now use these stencils as templates in laying out the details of your wall painting… first try it out on the floor.
Click here to see how I make my stencils.
Don’t worry if you make mistakes, you can easily correct them even on the walls.

In these photos, I did my daughter’s room with her favourites…butterflies, rainbow and sweet peas. And I co ordinate all of it to already existing colours in her room (curtains, upholstery etc). My daughter and I made the butterflies with craft paper, punched it, embellished and used a double-sided tape to give the butterflies 3 D effect on the walls.

You can jazz up your walls on a budget with a brilliantly bold statement of colours, textured paints and rollers, the choices are endless if you are the brave, adventurous kinds and willing to experiment and if you know you won’t get a dressing down for ruining the walls! That would be the worst case scenario…but you can always repaint your walls with any base colour! Here are some more pictures

How have you turned your boring wall into a story to share? I would love to see your ideas.

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