3 Unique Ideas for DIY Picture Frames Using Craft Stencils

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The perfect craft project is right in front of your eyes and it’s screaming “Stencil Me!” In this video, Cutting Edge Stencils shows you step by step (in this detailed tutorial) on how to stencil wood picture frames. Stenciling projects are the perfect DIY craft for all ages! Whether your old or young, stenciling is super EASY & FUN. It is also a great way for friends and family to spend time together creating something they can share for years! Bring an old frame or piece of furniture to life with a new paint job and trendy stencil design. Upcycling cheap garage sale finds is a great way to save money & transform vintage pieces into something custom designed and super stylish! Cutting Edge Stencils loves finding inspiration from Pinterest and famous home decor magazines. The three stencil patterns we decided to paint on our wooden frames came straight from 2019 hottest home decor trends. Not only are our stencil deigns super trendy, the paint colors we chose also play a crucial part in the design! We decided to go with a timeless black & white combination.

Let’s get started!! Follow along with the video above! First step is to take your frame and remove anything that will interfere with your stenciling project!

Sand down your wooden surface with 120 to 220 grit sand paper. You will want to do this until the original clear coat and stain disappear. Remember to dust and wipe down the frame with a damp rag before moving on!

Take a chip brush and water based wood stain and apply the stain in the same direction as the wood grain. We recommend water based because the dry time is faster and the cleanup is much easier! Plus it’s better for the environment!

Apply spray adhesive to the back of your stencil to reduce your chances of bleed! Pour a small amount onto a trailer plate and take your 1/2″ Professional stencil brush and dip the tip into the paint. Swirl the brush around on a paper towel, working the paint into the bristles. Offload any excess paint onto a paper towel.

Now its time to fill in your stencil pattern!

On to our next frame! We want to have the pattern going in two different directions, so we are going to tape off the inner miters. Place the stencil vertically on the frame. Fill in every other shape with both colors. Once dry, remove the blue tape from the frame and place it on the other side of the miter. Now place the stencil on the wooden frame, but facing the other direction and repeat the same stenciling process.

On to our last stencil – the Shipibo Page Stencil! Just place the entire stencil over the frame and customize it to your liking!

To protect our frames from any kind of damage, we are going to seal it with a water based polyurethane. Evenly load a two-inch dense foam roller and roll on two coats.

Finally, add your adorable home photo’s and decorate your home with these DIY picture frames!

DIY home decor using old picture frames


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