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How to Stencil the Easy Way

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How To Stencil – Get Started

Stenciled tray
Just Peachy
Painting is the quickest and easiest way to renovate shabby furniture and accessories. You can add a little stenciled decoration and give it a completely new look. This wooden tray was painted bright red before being stenciled with a peach design. But you can use spray paints or a tiny dab of paint on an almost dry brush, the design can be finished in less than an hour. When you’re working with more than one color, try out your ideas on a piece of card first. These peaches are painted in pink, peach, white and blue – an unlikely combination that gives them a realistic bloom.


This is how to stencil the easy way. For your first attempt at stenciling, choose a project that is small and unlikely to cause grief if it doesn’t turn out well, but will be attractive enough to show off if it does; a little tray would be an ideal starting point.

Hard surfaces are easier to work on than fabrics, so try decorating the door of a bedside cupboard, a wooden chair seat or the top of an occasional table. A tiny border would make a wide picture frame more distinctive and an unlovely wooden clock case would look much more elegant if it were outlined with a fine rope border, using a stencil, especially if it was painted in gold.

How to Stencil the house number on the front door or a child’s name on his or her bedroom door. Monogram cushions, headboards, furniture, toy boxes and any other personal pieces with initials and a date – a wedding or christening would be ideal.

When you’re ready to try fabric stenciling, start with a cushion cover and progress to pelmets, tie-backs and window blinds.

Once you master the basic techniques, you can experiment with the effects that different surfaces produce, even obscuring clear glass by stenciling it with a design in clear matt varnish.


Here are a few items that will get you stenciling in no time.


Bow-tie stencil
Bow Tie
For your first attempt at stenciling, look for a small design that can be painted in a single color and used in a number of ways. This bow is a good choice.
Repeated at random or in a regular arrangement it forms a pretty all-over pattern, but it would look just as good used as a border or alone.
Stenciling a wooden floor is a major venture but, with a smaller motif, it can be tackled a little at a time. If you’d prefer to see a complete job finished quickly, try a smaller project like the footstool here, which was transformed into a parcel by stenciling the bow with ribbon strands.


Reference: The Country Look—Decor & Crafts


4 Responses

  1. Derek

    I am not an artist, but I want to do something radical with my home office and use red and orange and yellow on the walls with some sort of design, not just stripes. Any ideas?

  2. […] It is a craft that can be enjoyed at every level, from grand schemes designed and executed by skilled painters, to simple, inexpensive motifs that can be used to brighten up the bathroom or the kitchen on a wet Saturday afternoon. See our page “Stenciling-Getting Started” […]

  3. Janek

    You need a formwork to build your peace sign on to. I suggest you use some thin galvanized wire to make your peace sign and then build up the papier mache on to that.

  4. lets roll

    I’m a peace signal freak plus I wanna create a peace signal utilizing paper mache nevertheless I’m not certain how to commence it…I tried google nevertheless it didnt do me any wise…PLEASE aid!!

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