How To Create a Vinyl Stencil (without a fancy machine!)

I’m popping in today to share a quick and easy DIY with you.  I shared an awesome embossed chalkboard yesterday, but while making it, I realized that I had never shared my cheap and easy trick for making a custom stencil.  I’m telling you, you’ll never guess what I used.

Awesome tutorial to make your own custom stencil in minutes | maisondepax.com

I know there are some amazing machines out there that cut gorgeous, custom stencils of all types… but what if you only need it once every few months?  Or you just don’t have it in the budget right now?  Never fear, I’m here to tell you how to create a vinyl stencil.  The secret?  Shelf liner.

Yep, normal old shelf liner, like this.

If you’re an artist, you can simply draw your gorgeous image, cut, and use.  But if you’re artistically challenged like me, you can print an image out from your computer.  Then use a pen to trace the edges with very firm pressure.

Awesome tutorial to make your own custom stencil in minutes | maisondepax.com

The pen will leave an impression in the shelf paper as you can see here (I traced the P, but the laurel wreath is merely an impression).

Awesome tutorial to make your own custom stencil in minutes | maisondepax.com

Then use your utility knife to cut out the image.  Don’t forget to place it on cardboard or some other surface you won’t damage.

Awesome tutorial to make your own custom stencil in minutes | maisondepax.com

After that, peel off the back…

Awesome tutorial to make your own custom stencil in minutes | maisondepax.com

And place the stencil.

Awesome tutorial to make your own custom stencil in minutes | maisondepax.com

That’s it!  You can see for this one that the precision wasn’t perfect.  I could have been more careful, but it didn’t matter for this particular project.  Close was good enough, and I therefore managed to create this stencil in about 5 minutes.

Awesome tutorial to make your own custom stencil in minutes | maisondepax.com

What do you think, could you do it?

Awesome tutorial to make your own custom stencil in minutes | maisondepax.com

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Comments

  1. What a fantastic idea Rachel!!!..Need to add the shelf paper to my craft room supplies!…Love the stencil!…Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Thank you Rachel and Happy Valentines Day.

  3. wow, great idea Rachel! Thanks~

  4. Thanks for the tutorial. I bet you could etch on glass with this technique too.

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