How To Make A Stencil With A Printable with Video

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Can’t find the stencil you want? Today I am sharing how to make a stencil design with a printable. Making stencils for diy stenciling is an easy and inexpensive project and a great way to personalize so many things.

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Here's a table I picked up on Facebook Marketplace. I thought it would need some work but the table was actually in great shape and from Pier One Imports. The main color was green and it had some gold trim. My daughter was heading off to college and the school colors happened to be green and gold.

Here’s a table I picked up on Facebook Marketplace. I thought it would need some work but the table was actually in great shape and from Pier One Imports. The main color was green and it had some gold trim. My daughter was heading off to college and the school colors happened to be green and gold. Let’s get started with this simple craft.

How To Make A Stencil With A Printable Video

I cleaned the table from top to bottom with Krud Kutter. This would also prepare the top for stenciling.

I cleaned the table from top to bottom with Krud Kutter. This would also prepare the top for stenciling.

I went online looking for something that would help me stencil this table with Colorado State University. I found this Halloween pumpkin carving of Cam the Ram. I printed it out on card stock, and cut out the shaded areas.

I went online looking for something that would help me stencil this table with Colorado State University. I found this Halloween pumpkin carving of Cam the Ram. I printed it out on card stock (you could also use cardboard, a cricut machine, etc), and cut out the shaded areas. You can do this on a cutting mat with a sharp knife or fine-point blade.

Card stock is one of the best stencil materials for making your own stencil. This is most appropriate for a one-time use stencil. Another good stencil material is a plastic sheet and this is great for reusable stencils.

I used Folk Art stencil tape to hold the printable stencil onto the table.

I used Folk Art stencil tape to hold the printable stencil onto the table.

I used white Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint and my Plaid stencil brush. I dipped the stencil brush into the paint, then off loaded as much of the paint as possible to prevent bleeding under the stencil. I then tapped the stencil brush onto the table.

I used white Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint and my Plaid stencil brush. I dipped the stencil brush into the paint, then off loaded as much of the paint as possible to prevent bleeding under the stencil. I then tapped the stencil brush onto the table. You can also use a sponge brush if you don’t have a stencil brush.

When I was done stenciling I peeled the stencil off the table and let the paint dry.

When I was done stenciling I peeled the stencil off the table and let the paint dry.

After the paint dried I use Folk Art Home Decor Varnish to protect the table top. I placed 2 coats onto the table following the back of the bottle apply and dry times.

After the paint dried I use Folk Art Home Decor Varnish to protect the table top. I placed 2 coats onto the table following the back of the bottle apply.

I let everything dry and cure according to the bottle instructions.

I let everything dry and cure according to the bottle instructions.

I'm thrilled with how the table turned out, and my daughter loves it.

I’m thrilled with how the table turned out, and my daughter loves it.

Today I am sharing how to stencil with a printable.  Can't find the stencil you want?

If you could make a custom stencil for a table, what would it be? Drop the answer in the comments please.

Now you could do this with a cricut machine, and that could get really expensive. You’d need cricut stencil vinyl, the cricut explore air or cricut maker machine, cricut scraper, scraper tool, weedling tool, svg file, tranfer tape … this gets really expensive.

This is much easier! You could use stencil adhesive spray if you’d like to help hold the stencil in place. Did you know you can stencil on fabric? You can create a t-shirt, bag or even add it to a serving tray. You can stencil with a sharpie marker. So many options, and you can watch my video tutorial next on my YouTube channel.

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22 Comments

  1. What a clever and cool idea to make your very own stencils. Never thought to make one this way. The table turned out lovely and I’m sure your daughter loves the motif!

    1. Thank you so much Gail, I’m thrilled to learn you can pretty much make any stencil you want this way. Wonderful crafting with you.

  2. I do love printables and this is a great use for one. Your table should be a pleaser at college.

    1. Thank you so much Carol, it was so nice to be able to get exactly what you want. I know she might not get to show it off this year… but in the future she will.

  3. Your daughter’s friends will be envious of her custom-made table! It turned out great using the printable. Hello, palm to face, I never thought to use a kitchen cutting board for crafts, like I saw in your video! I always drag out an old, gigantic fabric cutting mat. Not anymore!

    1. Thank you so much Allyson, and oh my gosh – love that! I’m so thrilled that the cutting board will help you with crafting in the future too.

  4. The table looks great. I love making my own stencils. I’m sure your daughter will love it for years to come.

    1. Thank you so much Jenny, and sounds like I could learn a few tips from you on how to make more stencils.

  5. Oh, had I time and LOTS of patience, and very steady hands, I’d LOVE to stencil an astrology chart (BLANK, please!!! Filled out would be too, TOO busy!) onto a round table top. Just for fun.

    1. I love that idea Bek – thank you so much for sharing!

  6. The table looks great, Chas. I love that you gave it some personality with the stencil.

    1. Thank you so much Beverly, my daughter absolutely loves it.

  7. I love how you make your own stencils Chas! This table turned out beautifully. Thank you for sharing with Charming Homes and Gardens!

    1. Thank you so much Kim. My daughter is loving the table (it’s our alma mater too so of course we like it too)

  8. What a great addition to our linky party! We are so happy to have you!

    1. Thank you so much Meg, thanks for a great party.

  9. Very cool! Your daughter must be so pleased! I will feature this on this week’s Creative Compulsions.

    Michelle
    mybijoulifeonline.com

    1. You are so sweet Michelle, thank you so much for the feature and hosting a great party!

  10. Marilyn Lesniak says:

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    1. Thank you so much Marilyn, I appreciate it!

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