- Acrylic craft paints
- Computer and printer
- Cardstock paper
- Craft knife or Exacto knife
How to Make Your Own Sign Stencils
Cute signs are everywhere these days, right?
Rather than buying something ready made and impersonal from a store, here's how you can make your own adorable sign with DIY stencils. (No special cutting machines required!)
For more inspiration, be sure to check out all the cute sign projects on my website.
I started with a sign board that I picked up at Goodwill. I knew I could paint over this one, and it only cost a few dollars. You can also buy sign boards new at any craft store. You'll be overwhelmed by the selection!
Other supplies you will need are:
Paint the sign board background any color you like.
I started with a dark brown, but ended up switching to cream as the project developed. It turned out I liked how the stencil shapes looked better as a dark color painted over a light color.
I was making a sign for my kitchen, and decided to include a teapot and teacup in my design. You can choose anything you like. It's your sign!
Do an internet image search for whatever item you want to paint on your sign. I find it helps to add "clip art" and "silhouette" to the search terms. The search will return more basic shapes that are perfect for turning into stencils.
Once you find an image you like, download it and print it onto card stock. You can adjust the printing scale, to change the size as needed.
Then, get out your cutting board and craft knife, and simply cut around the outline of the shape.
Once you've cut out the design, apply small pieces of double-stick tape to the back of the stencil. You'll want to cut tiny pieces to stick to even those delicate strips. If your stencil isn't stuck down well, paint will get underneath, and then you'll be sad.
CRAZY TIP: I stick both sides of the tape to my pants before I put it onto the stencil. That way, it picks up a little bit of lint and is less sticky. Then it's easier to remove the stencil later, without damaging the paint on your sign.
Position the stencil where you want it on your sign, and stick it down.
Use a small brush with just a little bit of paint on it to fill in your design. Make sure it completely dries before you try to remove the stencil, or you could smear it.
I painted a two coats of varnish over my finished sign, to help protect the surface, and give it a little shine.
Here's what mine looks like finished. I'd love to see how yours turns out!
And if you like this sign...
...you're absolutely going to love this one!
Check out the full tutorial plus a free template! at the link below:
- Sign board (Goodwill or craft store)
- Acrylic craft paints
- Paint brush
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!Go