Inexpensive Dollar Store Stencil

4 Materials
1 Hour

In an attempt to give an old piece new life, I wanted to add some stencil designs to an old dresser that I picked up a number of years ago from a damaged freight store.

Dollar Store Supplies

If you have ever shopped for stencils, you know that they can get quite expensive. Well as the self proclaimed Queen of the “Land o' Cheapskate” I declare, ”Ain't nobody got time for that!" With that said, I decided to see what I could come up with as a stencil on my own.

My first stop is nearly always the Dollar Tree... aka Mi Casa #2. You will be surprised how many odds and ends you can find there. Even when you go in to purchase one item you will nearly always end up walking out with 7 bags jammed with goodies. It happens to me ALL the time!

Well once again, this trip to the Dollar Tree did not disappoint. I found exactly what I needed to create a great stencil design. I found some paper plate holders that had a starburst design that would work great for a stencil. I also knew that I needed a sponge to distribute the paint onto the stencil/piece.

Simply cut out the middle section of the plate.

I started by removing the brim of the plate which would facilitate the placement of my stencil on the piece, in addition to making it easier to place numerous stencils at the same time.

Cut the sponge up

I also cut the sponge into smaller pieces in order to make the paint application easier.

After a coat of paint to select areas of the exterior.

I also decided to add the same cream color to the sides of the dresser.

Tape the stencils onto your piece in the desired design/layout and start dabbing with the paint!

The final step is to dab the stencil with a LIGHTLY painted coated sponge square. You do not want the paint to bleed under the stencil, so "lightly coated" is the key!


I feel that the addition of the stencils really set this piece apart!!! I am super satisfied with the final product!


Look around at your local dollar store and see what unconventional items you can use for your next project!

Suggested materials:
  • Plastic plates   (Dollar Tree)
  • Sponge   (Dollar Tree)
  • Paint   (Walmart)
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  • Paige Mull Paige Mull on Apr 26, 2020

    Hello Friend! What a great idea! I’ve even taken those vinyl three ring book binders (the thin plastic like ones) and cut my own stencils with those when I didn’t have one but had a beautiful stamp instead. Just stamp the vinyl/plastic and cut it out! Works really well. Thanks for sharing your idea! ❤️💜💚

  • Tina Tina on Aug 26, 2020

    Damn, you’re clever! Love!

    • Nicole Juarez DIY Nicole Juarez DIY on Aug 26, 2020

      Thank you... I guess it’s more of....Every so often a blind hog finds an acorn! 😂 🙃