Hi there! Looking to add some character to your mantel, or perhaps your antique booth? Farmhouse buntings can be a quick and easy way to accomplish this, but they’ll be even more unique if you decorate them with your own handmade stencil.
Using regular old plastic packaging, today I’m going to teach you how to make your own stencil! You can use it in a variety of ways, but I used mine to create a spring bunting.
It fits right in with my neutral mantel. [Read more about this Winter Mantel, and how I painted the vintage mirror and used an antique French door for the backdrop.]
Over the years, I’ve experimented with making stencils out of various materials. When I taught art for several years, I had my classes make them out of paper plates (elementary school) and acetate, available on rolls in hardware stores, (middle school).
Materials to Make Your Own Stencil
Today, I’m going to show you how to make them out of the thin, clear plastic that you can find as packaging, often for baked goods in the grocery store. I’ll be using a piece that I cut from a container that once held Christmas decorations.
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Draw the Design for Your Stencil
I decided that I wanted to make a spring bunting with a special stenciled accent: a bird. You want to first draw a rough sketch and then begin to separate it into pieces for stenciling.
Next, outline your drawing with a Sharpie to make it stand out for cutting.
Cut Out Your Stencil Design
Cover the drawing with the plastic and tape to my mat to hold it in place.
Cut out each part of the stencil with your craft knife.
Use Your Stencil
Once you’ve cut out all the parts of the stencil, your ready to use it! Here’s a short video I shot on stenciling basics.
I made my spring bunting out of vintage music paper, so I stenciled my bird onto that.
That said, I wasn’t in love with that particular bird, so I decided to create another, simpler one.
You can right click on the photo of either bird design and save it to your photos if you’d like to use either of them as a guide.
I’m much happier with this design!
I added him, as you can see, to a simple spring bunting.
The original stencil was a touch bigger than I bargained for; this one is smaller and cuter.
I hope you had fun learning how to make your own stencil–happy spring!
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