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Personalize your decor with a stencil

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Before you start creating your stencil, you should have a clear idea of the final image or shape that you want the stencil to be. It is also important to consider what the stencil is to be for and the size you’ll need. A smaller stencil should be simple, while a large stencil can have a little more detail.

 

Plan It Out

Start by drawing an initial sketch or trace an image that will become the stencil. Next, choose the type of stencil material you want to use. There are a variety of materials available, but this is the time to consider how much use the stencil will have. Cardboard or foam board are good for large, simple stencils, paper works for single-use stencilling on flat or rounded surfaces, poster board is ideal for flat or slightly rounded surfaces, and plastic is good for creating reusable stencils for flat or rounded surfaces.

 

How To Make A Stencil

Create a final image of your stencil shape that is clear, has clean lines and a good contrast. It is important that the image is clear to make it easy to cut out. If you’re drawing the image, clearly outline the areas that will be cut out for the stencil. Make sure you remember to define the edges and details for your image so that your stencil is accurate to your original drawing. If you decide to use a photograph or an online image, you’ll need to use a software program to adjust the contrast and brightness of your graphic. Next, attach the paper, drawing or stencil sketch to the stencil material with tape, spray adhesive or transfer using tracing paper. Finally, cut off the areas of your image using a sharp utility knife where you want the paint to appear. For designs with more than one colour, you must create different stencils for each colour.

 

How To Use A Stencil

Attach the stencil to your painting surface and make sure the stencil is lying flat on the surface. Tape and adhesive sprays are the most common attachment method. Now it’s time to apply the paint. Keep the application process fast so as not to cause paint to pool or puddle. After you’ve applied the paint, remove the stencil and inspect your work. You may want to touch up certain areas that are not well covered.

 

Stencil Inspiration

Get inspired to stencil your apartment’s décor by taking a look at some of these inventive DIYs.

 

Table

Give your old table a much-needed facelift with Design, Dining and Diapers’ DIY Honeycomb Side Table. In the place of normal stencils, this DIY opts for Scotchblue Tape.

 

Mirror

Your reflection shouldn’t be the only gorgeous thing about your mirror. Royal Design Studio’s Stenciled Mirror On the Wall and Dream A Little Bigger’s Ed Roth Stenciled Mirror are just two sources of stencil inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

 

Lamp

Lamps lighten up the room with their glow and their aesthetic appeal. The Home Stories A To Z’s DIY Lampshade will make it look like you spent a ton without spending a ton.
Give your apartment’s décor a new life with the help of your personalized array of stencils.