Raised Stencil With Bondo!


I started playing around with raised bondo stencils because I dont care for wood appliques. I want a more authentic raised detail and something that wont come off over time.
raised stencil with bondo, crafts, painted furniture
I first tape the stencil to the surface.
raised stencil with bondo, crafts, painted furniture
I mix up my bondo (which can be bought at any Auto part store) with the hardener. Each can comes with a small tube.
raised stencil with bondo, crafts, painted furniture
Once it's mixed well, you have to work quickly. Start from the outside and work your way in. Being very careful not to lift the stencil.
raised stencil with bondo, crafts, painted furniture
Practice on sample boards like this to get a feel for when you should lift the stencil. Wait to long and it sticks to the stencil. It's all trial and error.
raised stencil with bondo, crafts, painted furniture
Lift straight up...
raised stencil with bondo, crafts, painted furniture
Before the bondo sets, I use a razor to remove the edges.
raised stencil with bondo, crafts, painted furniture
Sand with a fine sanding block to the as smooth as you like.
raised stencil with bondo, crafts, painted furniture
Painted and sealed!
raised stencil with bondo, crafts, painted furniture
Texture love!
raised stencil with bondo, crafts, painted furniture
Now I know many use other products but I've tried them and none can hold up like bondo. I love the look it gives.
raised stencil with bondo, crafts, painted furniture
Here's another bondo raised stencil.
raised stencil with bondo, crafts, painted furniture
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  • Cri9179558
    on Feb 3, 2018

    I have done this a few times using drywall mud. I cheated with the stencil by using needle and thread secured to the stencil to lift it. I have also made faux (mini) brick walls, as legs for a pallet desk I made, and am thinking of using Glaze coat to seal them?
    Yours are beautiful, did use use a piece of wood as the base, and what do you seal it with?

  • Barbara
    on Feb 14, 2018

    Does anyone know if I can use tile grout with the stencils to get a similar effect? I have almost a full bag left over!

    • Girls Build Club
      on May 25, 2018

      I'm thinking tile grout would work except that if you have the sanded kind it might be a bit more coarse than bondo. Tile grout is very adhesive, so it should stick pretty well to most surfaces... However, if you're putting it on a glossy surface, just make sure to scuff it up with some sandpaper first to make sure it adheres well. I saw a recipe on Pinterest once for making chalk paint with tile grout. So that's another option for all your leftover grout! :) Good luck to you!


  • Tobi Wyszomirski
    on Dec 31, 2018

    How about using plaster of Paris? I have a lot of it.

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  • Dee
    on Oct 23, 2018

    FAB-A-LICIOUS!!!!!

  • Hb
    7 days ago

    Great idea but , you can do the same thing mixing white glue with premixed drywall compound . A little less toxic .

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