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.
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.
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).
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.
After that, peel off the back…
And place the stencil.
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.
What do you think, could you do it?
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