DIY Wall/Project Stencil

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DIY wall stencil tutorialThere are tons of fabulous stenciled wall ideas out there right now, and an abundance of wall stencils available for purchase. I searched everywhere for a stencil to match a vision in my head for this nook in my Mom’s workroom {see the whole room HERE}, but just couldn’t see paying $40+ (with shipping) for such a small space.

DIY wall stencil

So, I decided I didn’t have much to lose, and figured I could at least try to make my own.  While I was waiting for the workroom paint to be mixed at Benjamin Moore, I saw these heavy duty sheets of paper (I think they are designed for sampling paint?). They were like a plastic poster board and cost just $3.95. I grabbed one, thinking at that price it couldn’t hurt to try it.  And, I figured if it worked, I wouldn’t have to wait for a stencil to be shipped as our time in town to work on the project was getting tight.

It worked out GREAT.

First I printed an image off my computer. To make it the size I wanted, I drew beyond what printed out on 8.5×11 paper freehand, which worked out fine. FYI: You will want to chose a very simple design if you try to make your own, or you will drive yourself nuts cutting it out.

Using an exacto knife, I cut the image out with the print as a guide on the top of the plastic posterboard.  I found I had to turn it over are re-cut from the bottom in order to cut all the way through the thick vinyl. I found it cut best if you used the knife at an angle instead of straight on. Go slowly, and be very, very careful.

Then I (or I should say Terry) stenciled the space just as you would with a ready-made stencil.

Because I only used half the posterboard (so actually the cost is about $2 a stencil! bargain 🙂 I used the leftover to create a design for this little pot I have had forever, and to use as a second example.

I used the same technique, printing off a design, then overlaying it on the plastic/paper and cutting it out.

While this isn’t 100% perfect, the little pot is so much more interesting now? And the design possiblities are endless.

Have you stenciled anything creative lately?

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. This came out wonderful. Wish I were that good with an exacto knife. lol Thanks for sharing!

  2. LOL, when you said little “pot”, I thought you meant little “spot”. Reading on, I found it really was a little pot! You’re so inventive. Love the wall stencil and the colors.

    Keep writing…

  3. That’s such a great idea. I spent $40 on a stencil that looked smaller online. Once I got it I realized it was way too big for the space. I’m going to try out your method so I know that it’s the right size. Yours looks great btw.

  4. Michele Webb says

    Found you on Debbie-Doo’s pinning on pinterest party! LOVE your mom’s craft room makeover!! It’s FANTASTIC! I will be beginning a craft room project by making over my college aged daughter’s bedroom soon! So, I am collecting pictures and yours are a FABULOUS addition to my inspiration board!

    Regarding the homemade stencils, if you know of anyone who works in a hospital or doctor’s office where they still use old-fashioned x-rays (not the digital only ones), the plastic x-ray material is PERFECT for making stencils! I have used them several times! Happy crafting! I am looking forward to seeing more of your site!!

    • What a great idea! Who knew Xray material? Great reuse/repurpose idea. I can’t wait to see your craft room makeover!

  5. Grace Johnson says

    I love the color you used, can you share the name of it please?

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