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How To Make A Stencil Without A Fancy Machine

How To Make A Stencil Without A Fancy Machine

How To Make A Stencil Without A Fancy Machine

Instead of buying an expensive & overly hyped-up fancy machine, I figured out how to make a stencil using supplies in my DIY stash. I thrifted this really cool piece of art from the ReStore for only $4.00! The only problem is that this thrift store art blended in a little too well with the guest bathroom’s walls. 

how to make a stencil to update thrift store art

My solution was to add a custom stencil with a cheeky phrase for a bright pop of color. The metallic silvers & textures of the canvas really caught my eye & I wanted as much of the original canvas to show through as possible. I decided to use a “reverse painting technique” from my previous DIY pop art projects with letter stencils. 

  • You can see the painting technique I used in my DIY pop art here, here & here. 

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Supplies You’ll Need To Make A Stencil

… no fancy machine required! 🙂 

paint crisp lines with a stencil

HOW TO MAKE A CUSTOM STENCIL – TUTORIAL

STEP ONE 

  • I used a pre-loaded Microsoft font, AR Christy in the size 310, in landscape mode to create my large letter stencils. 
  • If you want to use a custom paid font, The Hungry JPeg has beautiful fonts. 
  • Download your free Bonus Guide to learn how to download & use a paid font.

how to make a font stencil using microsoft word

 

TIP:

  • If you want your letter stencils to be bigger, break the word into more than 1 document  {like I did with “beaches!”}

STEP TWO

Print your phrase, quote or saying onto sticker paper

TIPS:

  • With most printers, the sticker side should be face down before loading into your printer.  
  • I highly recommend using HP Instant Ink. It has saved us so much money! 

create letter stencils with sticker paper

STEP THREE

Carefully cut out the letters with an x-acto knife. In less than a half hour, I cut out of the the letters. 

cut out stencils

STEP FIVE

Stick the sticker paper to your canvas & start painting. 

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TIPS:

  • If you don’t like the layout, the sticker paper peels off the canvas with ease. 
  • It’s more difficult to peel off & re-position if the sticker paper overlaps each other. 

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After 4 coats of paint & allowing it to dry overnight, I removed the sticker paper to reveal clean & crisp painted letters.

Creating this custom stencil with sticker paper was the perfect way to give this canvas a pop of color. This thrifted art canvas now looks so good hanging in our guest bathroom. 

make your own stencil to update thrift store art

STEP SIX – OPTIONAL

The frame of this canvas art was beat-up & looked shabby. I primed it 1 coat of this primer & 10 coats of this silver metallic spray paint. Yes, it took 10 coats… because I have no patience… 

spray paint primer

I was too impatient to wait for warmer weather to spray paint, so I had some crackling issues to fix.

thrift store frame makeover

Thrift Store Frame Makeover: Before & After

TIPS:

  • Using sawhorses makes painting items like this so much easier. 
  • If your spray paint crackles, leave it alone to dry overnight. 
  • Lightly sand the troubled areas with an ultra-fine sand paper.
  • Wipe the area with a tack cloth to remove the sanding dust & continue spray painting as normal.  

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CREATE YOUR OWN STENCILS FOR CUSTOMIZED ART 

I love when I try a new DIY project & it turns out even better than I imagined. Thankfully I did a  preliminary test & figured out how to prevent the paint from bleeding. I hesitated to test the sticker stencils out first, but if I hadn’t, the really cool art canvas would have been fucked up. 

 

SEAS THE DAY, BEACHES!

LOVE, PEACE & HAPPINESS, 

HIPPIE & SPARKY

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