Stencils are one of the best tools that you can use for crafting because they’re easy and you can do so many great things with them. Once you have a stencil, you can reuse it over and over for making furniture, cards, t-shirts and all sorts of other amazing things. The possibilities are endless really, but these are some of the best things that you can do with a stencil.
1. Painting Feature Walls.
When you are painting your house, you could go for a plain magnolia on all of the walls, but that’s boring. If you want to make your house more unique and exciting, you should consider adding a feature wall instead. It really brings the room to life and creates a bit of variety instead of having all of the walls painted in the same color. People often use wallpaper to create a feature wall but if you want to make your own custom design, you could use some stencils as well. If you are painting with stencils on an outside wall, the easiest way to do it is by using spray paint, however, that’s not good if you are inside. For interior walls, you can just use the same emulsion that you would normally use. Simply paint the base color on the wall and let it dry, then cut out your stencils and stick them onto the wall so you can paint over them. It’s important that they are stuck firmly on the wall and there are no gaps, so the design has clear edges and the paint doesn’t bleed over.
2. Decorating Wooden Furniture.
If you are upcycling wooden furniture, you may be looking for some simple ways to make the design more interesting and modern, and stencils are a great way to do that. You can use whatever stencil design you like, but letter designs work particularly well. The only problem is, painting a stencil on wood can be difficult and you may get a lot of paint bleeding outside the lines, so it’s important that you perfect the technique on a few practice pieces before attempting to stencil your furniture.
3. Designing Tattoos.
This one is something that you may not have considered, but stencils aren’t just used for decorating your house. If you like tattoos and you want to try your hand at designing your own, you can use a tattoo stencil printer to create some designs. Once you have drawn them out, you can easily print them directly from a computer or phone, so you can turn any image you like into a great tattoo stencil.
4. Making T-Shirts.
If tattoos are not your thing, why not try designing your own t-shirts instead? There are a lot of ways to make custom t-shirts like screen printing or heat transfers, but the easiest way is to use a stencil and some fabric paint. You can get some great spray fabric paints for easy application, just make sure to use a spray adhesive to stick the stencil down so you can avoid bleeding.
These are just a few of the amazing projects that you can do with a few simple stencils and some paint.