Crafts, Christmas, Winter, Home Decor

DIY Stenciled Reindeer Burlap Table Runner

Crafting a DIY Stenciled Reindeer Burlap Table Runner is the perfect touch to your Christmas decor repertoire. All you need is a length of burlap from your craft store, 1 or 2 Reindeer craft stencils by My Crafty Stencils, and the tools below.

In this tutorial we used:

Reindeer Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2OyhZuV

Stencil Brush – https://bit.ly/2F8va61

Repositionable Spray Adhesive – https://bit.ly/2yFQoBK

Frog Tape Painter’s Tape – https://bit.ly/2OtyDkb

Self-Healing Cutting Mat – https://bit.ly/2zC1Df4

Americana Acrylic Paint – https://bit.ly/2F9zNNt

Americana Matte Finish Acrylic Sealer – https://bit.ly/2PG5lyv

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Burlap can but a bit unruly when it comes right off the bolt so expect it to be somewhat wrinkled. These wrinkles will come right out with the highest heat and steam settings on your iron. Start by figuring out how long you want your runner to be either by measuring or eyeballing it. Once you know your dimensions it is time to start the tricky part. Burlap is a woven material making it somewhat easy to unravel. This makes it a tricky material to use if not treated to prevent fraying over time. We will show you how to keep your burlap from fraying at the end but for now we want to take advantage of the fray. Identify the strand that you wish to cut along then work it out of the weave by snipping and teasing out the length of fiber. Once you have removed a single strand, cut along where the fiber you removed was. After this point you must be careful not to unravel your material along the edges as you stencil.

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Once you have cut out a nice rectangular section of the burlap for your runner you should get it into position to stencil. Do this by folding the length of the runner in half to find the middle line. On either side of the center line we will be stenciling our first two repeats with the same stencil. You will space them out equal distance from each other along the center line. Use Spray Repositionable Adhesive on the back of your stencil then give it 30-60 seconds to become tacky before pressing it in place on the surface of the burlap. We slipped a Self-Healing Cutting Mat that had been coated in Spray Repositionable Adhesive to keep the burlap from sliding as you stencil but to also prevent paint from going through the burlap to the other side of the runner. You could also spray a piece of cardboard to keep the burlap still as you stencil without letting the paint seep. Before getting your paint ready, use Frog Tape Painter’s Tape around the edges of the stencil to keep paint from going over the edges of the stencil.

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For this project we used Americana Acrylic Paint. We used Burnt Umber brown for the Reindeer and Titanium White for the falling snow. For smaller craft stencils you want to be sure that the stencil brush you get is not too big for the design. We used a 1/2″ stencil brush which is pretty much the largest brush I could use for a project this size. Swirl the stencil brush into your paint, then swirl the excess paint off in order to appropriately use the dry brush technique. Stenciling onto fabrics can be more forgiving than stenciling onto a flat surface in terms of paint build & bleeding but these mess-ups can still happen. To prevent this you must be sure that your stencil brush does not feel wet to the touch before swirling paint into your design. Rather than use several repeats, we swirled our dry stencil brush through the design until we achieved full coverage. You may wish to stencil a second coat onto the design after the first for maximum color. After stenciling the reindeer fully we prepared a second stencil brush with Americana Titanium White paint, swirled off the excess, then swirled through each snowflake onto the burlap. Be careful not to accidentally swirl white onto your reindeer or brown into your snow.

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Now it’s time to break out the ruler. Flip to the other half of your runner then measure how far apart they will be spaced. We went with 6 centimeters apart per repeat. Rather than measure from the edge of the stencil we chose to measure between two elements of the design. Space the stencil apart six centimeters then repeat the design. For the rest of the runner we will continue spacing our reindeer six centimeters apart. We want our reindeer to face different directions. While you can measure and leave space to clean your stencil to paint the opposite side, for the interest of time we chose to use a second reindeer craft stencil to stencil the reverse of the design. Use Spray Repositionable Adhesive on the back of your second stencil, measure the design 6 centimeters from the last position, and paint the design.

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For this project we stenciled 14 repeats of this stencil up and down our stenciled burlap table runner. Be sure that each time you move the stencil to the next position that you are moving the craft mat or cardboard beneath it as well. You don’t want paint seeping through the burlap to the other half of your craft. Once you have completed your repeats, spray the edges & surface of the runner with a couple of coats of Americana Acrylic Spray Sealant. This Acrylics Craft finish will keep the edges of your burlap table runner from fraying. Be sure to use your Americana Acrylic Craft Sealant in a well ventilated area. Now your craft is ready to dress up your table for the Christmas Season!

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Crafts, Home Decor

Stenciled Bakery Sign with Reclaimed Wood

For this project we show you how to transform planks of reclaimed wood into a handmade, stenciled bakery sign with that antique farmhouse style. All of the tools used in this tutorial are linked below and can be found at https://www.mycraftystencils.com/

Bakery Sign Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2O3yiiI

Repositionable Spray Adhesive – https://bit.ly/2AqkprG

Americana Black Acrylic Paint – https://bit.ly/2POD1GS

Stencil Brush – https://bit.ly/2z4zu0a

Frog Tape Painter’s Tape – https://bit.ly/2OtyDkb

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The first thing you’ll want to do is to craft your wood sign. Get some planks of reclaimed wood that are roughly the same length and width. Lay these planks together and cut an another plank of wood in half. Lay these two cut piece of wood across the back and hammer finishing nails through the back into the planks that will be the front of your sign. Be sure that you don’t hammer the nails all the way through your sign. Once the nails stick into the plank, hammer the backs of the nails sideways. Flip the sign over then sand using fine grit sandpaper on the front and edges before stenciling. This will help to give the surface legs so that paint will stick better.

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After sanding, wipe off any dust then spray repositionable spray adhesive on the back of your stencil. Wait 30-60 seconds before pressing it to the center of your project. After waiting, press the stencil to the center of the sign being sure that all of the stencil details are lying flat to the surface. Once in place, use Frog Tape painter’s tape around the edges to mask off the design from the project.

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Now get some black Americana Acrylic Paint and put a bit onto a paper plate. Swirl the paint into the bristles of your stencil brush, then dry the bristles on a piece of paper towel. The paint brush should feel dry to the touch. Gently swirl the brush through the holes in the design being sure that the paint is being applied in a very light coat. To stencil correctly you need to use the dry brush technique and build up the color in several light coats.

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Once it starts to get hard to stencil paint onto the design, swirl some more Americana Acrylic Paint into your stencil brush then dry the bristles off onto paper towel. Anytime you need more paint be sure that you dry the bristles off before swirling it through the stencil design. To completely color between the spaces in the stencils you will want to stencil directly onto the edges of the design. The Repositionable Spray Adhesive should hold the stencil in place.

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One you have full coverage, gently peel back your stencil to reveal the pattern beneath. If anywhere looks like it could use more paint then reapply to stencil back over the design and continue stenciling. Otherwise, peel off the stencil. For the last step we nailed a small piece of wood with a 45 degree angle cut into the top at a kickstand to hold up the sign. That’s all there is to it! For more information check out the video below!

Crafts, Home Decor, Summer

Welcome Home, Golden Pineapple

Welcome! To another My Crafty Stencils tutorial!

Today we will explain how to use our Welcome Home Craft Stencil onto piece of canvas paper to create a framed wall accent. For this craft we could not resist the glimmer of Glorious Gold Americana acrylic paint. In addition to this liquid gold you will also need:

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Start off by spraying the back of your stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive. The spray should be used 8″-12″ away from your stencil to very lightly coat the back. Put the stencil down, spray side up, for 30-60 seconds to allow it to dry and become tacky. If you use your sprayed stencil too soon the adhesive will bond to your project.

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After you let the spray rest for a minute the back should be lightly tacky. The tacky adhesive will keep the stencil details flush to your project while stenciling but will easily peel off to reveal the design beneath. Put your stencil on your project and adjust it to find the center with a ruler before pressing it to the surface. Make sure that all the little details are pressed into place.

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Once your stencil is in place, use Frog Tape to keep your stencil brush from wandering off the edges of the stencil onto your project. You want to be sure that you are only painting through the holes of the stencil design.

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Take your bottle of Glorious Gold acrylic paint and distribute a small amount onto your paper plate palette. When stenciling a little paint goes a long way. Swirl your stencil brush in the paint until the bristles soak up the paint. In stenciling this is known as loading your brush. Once loaded with paint you will want to unload it by swirling the excess off onto a paper towel. This may seem counterproductive but it is this dry brush technique that you should use to successfully stencil.

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This next step is known as the dab test. This is how you know you have the right amount of pain on your stencil brush. To do the dab, take your unloaded stencil brush and dab it on a piece of paper or paper plate. Next, drag your finger over the dab. If the dab drags and smudges you should unload more paint off of your brush and try again. Once your finger can pass over the dab without smudging your bush should be dry enough to stencil. It takes a few light coats of paint to stencil properly, but it is worth it to not have paint bleed underneath the stencil onto your project.

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After these necessary preparations you should be ready to stencil. Using the dry brush technique, swirl your color through the holes in the design. By stenciling lightly you will create crisp edges in your design. These light coats will help you to shade your stencil in order to create the illusion of depth. Try stenciling the stencil lighter in the center than the edges for a classic stenciled look.

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After about 3-4 coats of light stenciling you should reach full coverage. Try not to rush it! There is nothing worse than globbing excessive paint onto your stencil. Nothing good will come of this. Earlier in this post I mentioned paint bleeding into the design. Paint bleed is the enemy of stenciling. This is what happens should your brush ever feel wet to the touch with paint. Even with repositionable spray if you use too much paint it will inevitably turn the crisp lines of the design into a blurry mess. The dry brush technique and stenciling go hand in hand!

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Crafts, Home Decor

Repainted & Stenciled Vintage Farmhouse Tile Coffee Table

Have an old table in need of a new life? If so, this project is for you! Even if you don’t have an old table they are pretty easy to find! All you need is:

  • Vintage Farmhouse Stencil
  • Low grit sand paper
  • Stencil paint brush
  • Foam paint roller
  • Painters tape
  • Chalk paint, we used white and French linen.

You can find these items at mycraftystencils.com

Lets get started!

First rough up the surface of your table with sand paper. You want to remove the glossy finish so that the paint can stick to the table! Once the table is sanded, wipe off the dust with a damp towel. Now use a paint roller to paint the entire table with white chalk paint.

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Then spray the backside of your stencil with adhesive and let it dry completely.

Use a ruler to find the middle of the table and mark it with tape. Then place the middle of the stencil on that point, making sure it is square. Once the stencil is placed well, tape the sides with painters tape.

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Now you are ready to paint! poor some French Linen chalk paint onto a paper plate and load a paint roller with paint. Roll a lot of it off onto a paper towel, this will help prevent the paint from bleeding out of the stencil. Then lightly roll the paint through the stencil. Apply many light coats of paint, this will prevent the paint from bleeding. Once painted, move the stencil and repeat!

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Now you can place the stencil over the areas you already painted, and go over the thin spots with a stencil brush. Make sure to use the dry brush technique, if you are new to these, just read back a few posts to learn what that is!

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If you enjoyed this project please share it with us! We are @MyCraftyStencils!

Have fun crafting and let your creativity shine!

Watch the full craft video here:

Crafts, Home Decor, Seasonal, Summer

DIY Antique Farmhouse Lemonade Tray

Welcome back stencilers! Today we will show you how to make this Lemonade Tray using a stencil from our Antique Farmhouse Collection.

For this project you will need:

  • “Ice Cold Lemonade” Sign Stencil, found here
  • Spray adhesive, found here
  • Stencil Paint Brush, found here
  • Acrylic Paint. We used Cadmium Yellow, Primary Yellow, Forest Green, white and Black, found here
  • Painters tape, found here

Let’s get started!

Like all of our crafts, start off by spraying the backside of your stencil with adhesive. Then press your stencil into the tray, once the adhesive has dried. Tape along the edges of your stencil then tape off any part that you don’t want to paint white.

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Use the dry brush technique to paint the lemons and leaves with white paint. If you are new to these blogs and don’t know what the dress brush technique is, it is explained in previous blogs:-).

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Now you can paint the leaves with forest green and the lemons with cadmium and primary yellow.

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Lastly paint the lettering with black, making sure to tape off any areas you may accidentally get black paint on.

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Voila! Now you have the perfect summer time tray!

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Watch the full craft video here:

If you get the chance to try this craft, feel free to share it with us! We are @MyCraftyStencils!

Have fun crafting, and let your creativity shine!

Crafts, Home Decor, Seasonal, Summer

DIY Cinder Block Planter

Let’s enjoy summer by doing some outdoor crafts! This is the perfect way to get outside, and transform an old cinder block into a planter! You could even have a group of friends over for a little summer crafting party!

Lets get started!

For this project you will need:

  • Patio paint, found here
  • Peacock Stencil, found here
  • Lotus Mandala 1 Stencil, found here
  • Lotus Mandala 2 Stencil, found here
  • Bohemian Mandala Stencil, found here
  • White Bristle Stencil Brush, found here

Let’s get crafting!

First, thoroughly scrub your your cinder block with a stiff-bristles brush, to get rid of any debris. Then rise your  block off with water and let it dry completely. Its really important to prepare your surface well, because it gives the rest of the project a good base.

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Once your block is dry, use a foam roller to paint your block with cloud white patio paint. Once the block is covered, let the paint dry completely.

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Spray the back side of one of your mandala stencils with spray adhesive. Once the adhesive has dried, press it into the cinder block. You want to place it in the center of one of the halves. Then tape around the edges with painters tape to make sure you paint within the stencil.

Use a paper plate as a pallet and squeeze  out some of the fiesta yellow patio paint. Load up your brush with paint then unload it onto a paper towel, until the bristles feel dry to the touch. Then start swirling the paint through your stencil.

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Start overlapping, and layering colors the colors, making sure to use a different brush for each color.

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Repeat this process with the rest of the Mandala stencils!

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Now you can paint the other surfaces with the peacock stencil! Just follow the same steps, and use the same color scheme. Re-position the stencil to cover areas that are blank, taping off the areas that are  already painted. Just continue to move the stencil until you are happy!

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Voila! Now you have a planter all your friends will be jealous of 😉

Once the paint has dried, you can fill these planters with soil and plants!Cinderblock 37

If you enjoyed this craft or get the chance to make it yourself, please share, we would love to see your projects! We are @MyCraftyStencils

Have fun Crafting and let your creativity shine!

Here’s the full craft video:

Crafts, Home Decor

DIY Farmhouse Galvanized Tub

This is the perfect craft to get through this heat wave! Once you’re done, fill it with ice and the refreshment of your choice… perfect for any summer party.

For this project you will need:

  • A galvanized tub
  • A Farmhouse stencil, found here
  • Acrylic Paint, we used black , found here
  • Spray adhesive, found here
  • Stencil paint brush, found here, the 7/16″ would be perfect for this!
  • Paper plate, and paper towel

Let’s get started!

First spray the back side of your stencil with adhesive. Make sure you hold the can about 8-12 inches away, and give it a moment to dry so it feels tacky. Then press your stencil into the tub. Since the surface is uneven, only worry about pressing a section at a time into the tub.

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Then squeeze out your paint onto a paper plate or make shift pallet, you won’t need a lot of paint. Coat your brush with paint, then swirl and dab most of it off into a paper towel, so that the bristles feel dry  to touch. If there is too much paint on your brush, the paint could bleed out of the stencil or build up around the edges. Once your brush feels dry, you can start stippling, or bouncing the bristles up and down, through the stencil. This will take multiple thin coats so be patient 🙂

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Once you are happy with the opacity of the paint, peel off the stencil and enjoy!

If you get the chance to try this craft out please share it with us! We are @MyCraftyStencils!

Have fun crafting and let your creativity shine!

Watch the full craft video here:

Crafts, Seasonal, Summer

DIY Honeycomb Flower Pot

This flower pot will BEE perfect for your next summer craft 😉

We are going to show you how to make this project on two different sized pots, featuring our new Mini Craft Stencil line, and the full sized version too!

For this project you will need:

  • Honey Comb Craft Stencil, found here
  • Honey Comb Mini Craft Stencil, found here
  • Acrylic paint, we used Cadmium Yellow and Metallic Gold, found here
  • Spray adhesive, found here
  • Painters tape, found here
  • Stencil paint brush, 7/16″ or 3/8″ brush is perfect, found here
  • Other materials include a regular paint brush, paper towels, and a paper plate (or a makeshift pallet)

Let’s get crafting!

First, paint your flowerpots with Cadmium Yellow acrylic paint. You want t cover the entire pot, so that you can’t see the clay through the paint. We use a painters brush that we had laying around; so before you buy a brand new brush, look around and I’m sure you’ll find something. You don’t need anything fancy!

 

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If you get the chance to make these flower pots, please share it with us, we would love to see! We are @MyCraftyStencils!

Check out the full craft video here:

Have fun crafting and let your creativity shine!

 

Crafts, Home Decor

DIY Antique Farmhouse Laundry Bin

Try making this “Farmhouse” inspired laundry bin to organize all of your laundering supplies!

For this project you will need:

  • Wooden crate, ours was painted white
  • “Laundry, the Never Ending Cycle” craft stencil found here
  • Acrylic paint, we used black paint found here
  • Spray Adhesive found here
  • Stencil paint brush found here
  • Painters tape, we used frog tape found here

Let’s get started!

Before you start stenciling, make sure that your box is dust-free by wiping it down with a damp paper towel.

Now you can spray the back of your stencil with adhesive. If the adhesive pools at all, simply press your stencil into a piece of paper and peel it off. You can use a ruler to center your stencil before firmly pressing your stencil into your box.

 

 

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Next tape down the sides of the stencil with painters tape. This makes sure that you don’t, accidentally, paint outside of the stencil.

 

 

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We decided to use black acrylic paint because it works so well with the white, wooden box. If you have a different color box, feel free to experiment a little! After you load the brush with paint, swirl off most of the paint into a paper towel, until the bristles feel dry to touch. If there is too much paint on the brush, the paint will pool along the edges of the stencil, and can bleed out of the stencil. So, be patient and apply multiple thin coats!

 

 

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Start swirling the paint through the stencil, patience is key! We ended up taping the middle part of the stencil off, to make sure we didn’t accidentally paint through the wrong part of the stencil.

 

 

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Since part of the design was in between two of the boards, we simply moved the stencil down after the “Laundry” part was completely painted. Next we taped off parts of the stencil that we may accidentally paint through. Now just continue to swirl the paint through the stencil, making sure the brush feels dry to touch.

 

 

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There you have it! A DIY, farmhouse inspired, bin to store all of your laundering needs!

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If you get the chance to make this, please share it with us! We are @MyCraftyStencils!

Have fun crafting and let your creativity shine!

You can watch the full craft video here:

 

 

4th of July, Crafts, Father's Day, Summer

Hats Off for Father’s Day!

Koozie Hats & Ties

Hats off to Dad for Father’s Day! Set aside the macaroni sculptures this year & try dressing up a set of DIY beverage Koozies with My Crafty Stencil’s fancy hats & bow ties craft stencils. For this project you will need:

Americana Acrylic Paint Colors

All of the tools can be found on www.mycraftystencils.com.

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Start off by spraying the back of your stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive and waiting 30-60 seconds or longer to become tacky before attaching it to your Koozie. After waiting, press your stencil flat to the center on the surface of your koozie. Next you will want to prepare your paint.

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For this project we used 4 colors of Americana Paint: Primary Blue, Santa Red, Olive Green, & Pumpkin. On a paper plate, separately mix each of these four colors with Americana Fabric Painting Medium. The ratio is 2:1 Acrylic Paint to Fabric Painting Medium. Mix in the medium using a different, clean stencil brush for each new color.

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After mixing fabric medium into each color, swirl the excess paint off each brush onto paper towel. Always load you brush with paint then unload the excess paint onto paper towel. When you stencil your stencil brush should feel nearly dry to the touch each time you paint.

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Swirl your dry brush through the stencil design so that the color builds gradually. If you do not use a brush that is nearly dry to the touch the paint will bleed underneath the stencil or build on the edges. These are the reasons why using the proper dry brush painting technique is a stenciling essential.

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Once you have swirled a few coats of color through your design you should reach full coverage. I found it took me 2-3 coats for the darker colors and 3-4 coats for the lighter colors. As soon as you’re satisfied with the color, remove the stencil before the paint dries completely (although it should be pretty close to dry using the right technique). Repeat for each koozie and each design until you have stenciled them all.

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At this point we have our base coat down but the design is still looking a little plain. Once the paint is dry you can add additional details with other stencils or masking the current design. For the hats, cut a piece of painters tape so that only the brim is exposed. Pick out a secondary color and lightly shade over the brim so that the first coat just barely pokes through. This undertone helps to break up the pattern so you can easily tell that it’s a hat.

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This is your chance to personalize the project with any details you want. For the bow ties I decided to add fun dots using the Orbs Mixed Media Craft Stencil. To mask off any dots that would go outside of the bow tie I used the bow tie stencil on top of the orbs stencil. This kept my orbs within the shape of each style of bow tie.

 

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Crafts, Home Decor

DIY Fruit Crate

Need a fruit basket? Try making this Fresh Fruit Crate instead!

For this project you will need:

  • Wooden crate
  • Custom “Fresh Fruit” stencil. It is really easy to customize stencils! Click here for more details!
  • Spray adhesive found here
  • Acrylic paint, we used the colors: white wash, drift wood and buttermilk. Those can be found here

Lets get started!Start off by spraying the back of your stencil with spray adhesive. Then place your stencil onto your crate, making sure it is centered. Once your stencil is centered, firmly press it into your crate.

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Mix together all three colors of paint to get an off white-taupe color. This color combination worked really well with the color of crate we found, however a different combination may work better for a different wood color. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

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Once you coat your brush with paint, swirl off the excess into a paper towel, making sure the bristles feel dry to touch. This makes sure the paint doesn’t bleed out of the stencil. Once the bristles feel dry, you can start lightly swirling the paint through your stencil. Be patient, It’ll take a few coats. Once you are happy with the opacity of the paint, peel off your stencil and admire your work!

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We hope you enjoy this project, if you get the chance to test it out for yourself please let us know! We are @MyCraftyStencils on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Have fun crafting and let your creativity shine!

Watch the full craft video here:

Crafts, Home Decor, Summer

DIY Nautical Tissue Box

Try vamping up a plain tissue box with these sea life stencils!

For this project you will need:

  • Wood tissue box (You could find this at Home Goods, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, really any store with a “Home” section)
  • Coarse sand paper
  • Sea life stencils: coraldolphins
  • Acrylic Paints (Driftwood, Slate Grey, Zinc, & Titanium White): here
  • Other accessories needed are: Spray AdhesivePainters tapeStencil paint brushes

Let’s get started!

First, use the coarse sand paper to sand off the glossy finish on the tissue box. If you don’t sand it the paint won’t be able to stick to the tissue box. Once you’ve sanded the box, wipe off the dust with a damp cloth.

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Use the painters tape to protect the edges of the tissue box. Then you can start painting the sides with acrylic paint! We used the colors driftwood, slate and zinc for the sides.

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Then spray the back side of your coral stencil with spray adhesive. Then press the stencil into your box! Use one part of the stencil for each side(see pictures below). Next, coat your brush with titanium white acrylic paint, dab off the excess and start swirling your paint through the stencil. Once one side is painted, peal off your stencil and move onto the next side! If you are worried about painting through part of the stencil that you don’t want to, simply use the frog tape to tape it off!

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Once you’re done painting, peel off the tape and enjoy!

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Voila!

If you get the chance to make this please share it with us! We are @MyCraftyStencils.

Have fun, and let your creativity shine!

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You can watch the full craft video here!

 

Crafts, Home Decor, Spring, Summer

DIY Aged Stencil Clay Pot

Try making this aged pot for  your summer flowers with a simple stencil and a sponge!

For this project you’ll need:

  • Clay pot
  • Plastic bag
  • Acrylic Paint(White Wash, Antique White, Light Buttermilk, Shale Green, Forest Green, Hauser Dark Green)
  • Sponge
  • Coarse Sand Paper
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Painters tape

Let’s get started!

First mix together the white wash, antique white, and light buttermilk acrylic paints for an off white color. Then use a crumpled up plastic bag to smear the paint onto the flower pot.

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Use a sponge to lightly dab on the different colors of green, to give a mossy effect! It is better to paint multiple tin coats of paint than one thick coat. It helps controlling the color! Then sponge on a little bit of white paint.

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Let the paint dry, then sand off the top layers of paint. This gives the pot an antique, mossy look.

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Now, spray your stencil with reposotionable adhesive, and press it into your pot. Then tape down the edges of your stencil with painters tape to make sure you only paint through your stencil.

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Mix up a bit more of the off white paint. Dip your sponge into the paint, then dab off the excess into an paper towel. Then lightly dab the paint through your stencil. You may want some green peaking though, so paint lightly! Once you are happy, peel off the stencil and move it to another spot on the pot and repeat! Work your way around the flower pot until your design goes all the way around.

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Now you have a great, antique, mossy looking flower pot to spruce up your garden!

If you try this craft please share it with us @MyCraftyStencils!

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Victorian Tile Mixed Media Stencil

Acrylic Paint

All other accessories!

Crafts, Fashion, Home Decor

DIY Monogramed Napkins

Want to try embellishing a set of napkins you have lying around? Try making these!

What you will need:

  • A set of napkins
  • The Simple Victorian craft stencil here
  • Assorted Plaques 2 craft stencil here
  • Simple Script letter stencil here
  • Fabric medium for acrylic paint here
  • Acrylic paint (We used White and Burnt Umber) here
  • Spray Adhesive here
  • Stencil Paint Brushes here

Lets get started!

First spray the back side of your Simple Victorian stencil with spray adhesive. If the adhesive pools up in a area, simply press your stencil into a piece of paper and peel it off. Then press your stencil firmly into your napkin.

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Now mix your white acrylic paint  with your fabric medium; you will need twice as much paint as you will fabric medium. Once they are well mixed, swirl your brush into a paper towel to remove excess paint. Your brush should feel dry to touch. This helps the paint from bleeding out of your stencil, or pooling up along the edges, giving you a cleaner finish!

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Now you can start painting! Simply swirl the paint through the stencil. It will take multiple coats, about 5-7. Be patient and use the dry brush method, your end product will be much better! Once you are happy, peel off the stencil!

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Follow the same steps for the next napkin! Simply spray the back of your stencil with adhesive, press it into your napkin and start painting, using a “dry” paint brush. For the background of the monogram you want the white paint to be opaque as possible, so you may have to apply many coats 🙂

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Once you’ve sprayed the backside of your lettering stencil, press it firmly onto your napkin. It’s easiest to stencil the middle letter first, so that your monogram is right in the middle.

Then you can mix your acrylic paint with half as much fabric medium.

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After drying your brush on a paper towel, start swirling your paint through your stencil. You can either use a small paint brush, or use painters tape to tape around the letter, to make sure you don’t accidentally get paint on the wrong part of the napkin. Once you are happy with the opacity of the letter, peel of the stencil and repeat with the rest of your letters!

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If you get the chance to make these, please share it with us! We are @MyCraftyStencils on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Have fun crafting and let your creativity shine!

Watch the full craft video here:

Crafts, Easter, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Spring, Summer

DIY Pastel Watercolor Flowers

You know what they say…”April showers bring May flowers”. In that spirit try making your very own pastel watercolor flowers!

For this project you will need:

  • Abstract Flowers Mixed Media Stencil
  • Spray adhesive
  • Set of  Chalk Pastels
  • Card or some sort of paper(Basically any piece of paper will work)
  • Water
  • Paint brushes

First spray the back of your stencil with spray adhesive.  Once the adhesive has dried, it should only take a few seconds, press your stencil into your paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you can start painting! First wet your brush then swirl it into the pastel color that you want. Then dry off the excess water, and start swirling the color through your stencil!

 

 

 

 

Add whatever colors you want, have fun with it! You can mix colors, layer them to get a marbled affect or use a monochrome color scheme. There aren’t any wrong ways to paint this!

 

 

 

 

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If your paper is bigger than the stencil, you can easily peel your stencil off, and re-position it. One of the flowers in the middle of the paper looked like it was chopped in half, so when we moved the stencil, we made sure to complete the flower:)

 

 

 

 

Now you have a beautiful painting of flowers! You can put this on the front of a card, for a beautiful hand made card. You could also stencil on a quote or leave it as is, because it is beautiful!

Purdy Fleurs numero 1

Check out the full craft video here!

If you try out this project, please share it with us! We are @MyCraftyStencils

Have fun and let your creativity shine!

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Crafts, Fashion, Home Decor

DIY Oven Mitts

Want to give your special someone a cute, and a bit sassy, gift this year? Try making these “I Kiss Better than I Cook” oven mitts!

For this project you will need:

-Oven Mitts. Look for mitts without a pattern, and with out a whole lot of texture. This just makes it much easier to stencil. We found these at Home Goods!

-A “I Kiss Better than I Cook” stencil

-Fabric Medium for acrylic paint.

-Acrylic paint. We use Payne Grey, but choose a color that works well with your oven mitts!

-Frog Tape

-Spray Adhessive

-Stencil paint brush

-Cardboard

Let’s get started!

First spray the back of your stencil with spray adhesive. If it pools in any spots just press the stencil onto a scratch piece of paper or paper towel, and peel it off.

Then cut a piece of cardboard out to fit snugly inside the mitts. After the cardboard is cut to size spray it with spray adhesive and insert it into the mitt.

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Once your mitt is ready to paint, mix your acrylic paint with the fabric medium. The ratio is 2:1 paint to medium. SCR0202 3SCR0202 4SCR0202 6 Press

Next press your stencil into the oven mitt. Then coat your brush with your mixed paint, and swirl your brush into a paper towel until the bristles feel dry to the touch.  Now simply swirl the bristles through the stencil to apply the paint. This will take many coats, I think we used 10 or 11. If you have too much paint on your brush it can bleed out and make your finished mitt look sloppy, so be patient!SCR0202 9 It takes time

Once your are all done painting, peel off your stencil, and pull out the cardboard insert. SCR0202 11 cardboard

If you get the chance to make these, we would love to see! You can share your projects with us @MyCraftyStencils on facebook, twitter, and instagram!

Watch the full craft video!

Materials:

Stencil

All accessories needed can be found here

Acrylic paint

Fabric medium

Spray adhesive

Paint brushes

Crafts, Home Decor, Mother's Day, Spring

“Every Mom is a Queen” Tray

Make your Mom feel special on her mothers day by serving her breakfast in bed on a homemade tray!

For this project you will need:

-A wooden board

-Drawer handles( to make the handles of your tray)

-A drill and screw driver

-Spray adhesive

-Acrylic paint, we used burnt umber, black and metallic gold

-Frog tape, or any other painters tape

Let’s get crafting!

Tray 2 Drill

First measure where you need to drill holes in the board for your handles. Remember the old saying “measure twice, cut once”? The same applies here!

Once you know where to drill your holes choose a bit that is a tad smaller than your screws and drill holes to use to secure your handles. Once you’ve drilled your holes, use a screw driver to screw in your handles!

Ta Da! You’ve just made a homemade tray!Tray 3 Handled

Next spray the back side of your stencil with spray adhesive. Tray 4 Spray Adhesive

Once the adhesive has dried and feels tacky to the touch press it into the center of your tray. Tray 6 Press your stencil to the tray

To make sure you don’t accidentally paint the tray outside of your stencil, tape down the edges of your stencil with some frog tape. Tray 7 Get TapeTray 8 Mask your stencil with tape

Time to mix your paint! Start by squeezing a dollop of each color onto a paper plate. Then pull a bit of each color to the center, with a paint brush, swirling them together. Tray 9 Mix your paint colors

Once you are happy with the color, swirl your paint brush into a paper towel until your brush feels dry to touch.  This prevents the paint from bleeding out of the stencil, resulting in a cleaner finish. Tray 10 Dry your brush

Once your brush is dry enough, start swirling the paint into the board. Tray 11 Begin Swirling paint lightly onto your tray

It’ll take multiple coats so be patient! Also, with each coat its okay to switch up the color a bit. I put a layer of just metallic gold under the top layer to give it a bit more sheen. Tray 11 Continue swirling on light coats of paint

Once you are happy with the opacity of your paint, you can peel up a corner of your stencil to check, peel off your tape and stencil!Tray 12 Peel back your stencil

Now you can make your mom feel special on mothers day!

Watch the full video here:

Materials:

Every mom is a queen stencil

Find all accessories needed here

Acrylic Paint, we used Burnt Umber, Black and Metallic Gold

Spray Adhesive

Frog Tape

Stenciling Paint Brush

4th of July, Crafts, Home Decor

Under a Night Sky

Wish you could lie under a clear night sky? Try making this instead!19 After flicking flecks of silver & gold you should have a perfect starry night

For this project you will need:

-A Night Sky Stencil

-A gyrocut, its basically a small knife on a swivel

-Spray adhesive

-Acrylic paint, we used metallic silver and gold, dark and light blue, white, yellow, orange and red or dark orange

-Squeeze glue, we used Elmers Glue-All

-two pieces of black paper that are the same size

-One piece of printer paper

-Paint brushes, at least one for the paint and one for the glue but it is easier with a few more for paint so that you don’t have to clean them after each color

-a pen or pencil

-Self healing cutting mat

Lets get started!

1 Trace

First, spray the back of your stencil with spray adhesive. Once it has dried press your stencil onto the back side of one of your black pieces of paper. Then using a pen or pencil trace the outline of your stencil. Depending on the size of paper used you may need to move your paper around to fit in the sun, moo, and stars.  Once you are happy with your design, peal off the stencil.

Before you can start cutting out your stencil you will need to spray your cutting mat with spray adhesive so that your paper doesn’t move around while you try to cut it. I didn’t believe it would make a difference and I was proven very wrong, so please trust me that this is necessary!

2 Gyrp vut your collage

Now that your mat is nice and tacky  you can start cutting out your design. To get the best results make sure you hold your gyro cut at a 90 degree angle  to the paper, and press it firmly into the paper. If you have never used a gyro cut before test it out a bit on a piece of scrap paper to get comfortable with it!3 peel out the pieces

After you’ve finished cutting, poke out the paper and clean up the edges if needed!

Now for the painting…

This idea came out of a paper mache technique that basically layers acrylic paint and glue to form cracks in the top layer of paint.

4 Paint Silver & Gold

First paint your base layer of acrylic. We chose to use metallic paint. For the sun we used metallic gold, for the moon metallic silver and a combination of the two for the stars. There are no wrong choices so have fun with it! 5 Silver & Gold Paint Mix6 Next get your school glue

7 Paint the glue over the still wet paint

Next apply a coat of glue on top of the acryllic. 8 Paint on top of the still wet paint

Finally apply your top coat of paint. For the sun we used a combination of red orange, orange and yellow. But again do whatever you want for these colors!9 Paint yellow on next

For the stars portion we used a combination of yellow and white.10 Paint on your blues & Purps

And lastly for the moon we used a combination of dark blue, purple and light blue. 11 Next cut many random circles with your gyrocut

Let your paint dry completely, this may take 20-25 minutes because there is so much on there.  Once your paint has dried, press the paper onto your tacky mat, and start cutting out the different colors. You could cut them into strips, or squares, but we chose ovals. Again do whatever you fancy!12 Using the Repositionable spray adhesive put the circles down in the shape of the pattern

Before you start gluing the cut out paper onto the back piece of paper make sure you know where the sun, moon and stars will be by placing the top piece of paper on and marking that with a pen or pencil.

Next spray your back piece of paper with a generous amount of spray adhesive and start pressing the cut-out paper into it. Just to make sure you are placing the colors “correctly” test it out occasionally by placing your top paper over  to make sure the colors are showing through the right holes. 13 Fill in the sheet of paper

Once you are all done filling your colors in spray the back side of your top paper with a generous amount of spray adhesive and press it onto the colorful paper while it is still wet. 14 Press the cut out stencil design to the surface

Ta-daaaaa!

15 Put your collage on scrap paper16 Get your silver metallic paint17 Gold Paint

To make this project even cooler flick some metallic silver and gold paint onto your final piece with a paint brush. If you use your finger to flick the paint where you want, it shouldn’t make a huge mess but to be safe, protect your work surface!18 Get some paint on your bristles & Jackson Pollock up your collage

Now you can show off your homemade astrological piece of art and impress all of your friends!19 After flicking flecks of silver & gold you should have a perfect starry night

 

Materials Needed:

Night Sky Stencil

All tools, paints and other accessories needed can be found here. Individual links posted below!

Gyro Cut Tool

Cutting Mat

Spray Adhesive

Acrylic Paint

Fabric Medium

Frog Tape

Crafts, Home Decor, Seasonal, Spring, Summer

Farm Fresh Flowers Sign

Want to make this DIY farmhouse, rustic style sign to spruce up your spring? 13 Fresh flower pic

Read on to see how to make it!

For this project you will need:

-A wooden sign, we got ours at Walmart in the craft aisle!

-The “Fresh Market Flowers” stencil

-Spray adhesive

-Frog tape, or regular painters tape

-Stenciling paint brush

-Paper plate and towels

-Acrylic paint, we chose to use the colors black, burnt umber, and metallic gold

Let’s get started!

First spray the backside of your stencil with the spray adhesive. If it pools in areas just press the sticky side of your stencil onto a piece of paper and peal it off. Then press your stencil onto your wood board, if it isn’t centered just peal it off and reposition your stencil. Next tape around the boarder of the stencil with frog tape to prevent getting paint on the rest of the board.

Now its time to mix your paint, so just squeeze a dollop of each of the paints onto a paper plate and swirl them together until you get the color you want. If you aren’t sure, just test a bit of it on the back of your board!8 After mixing paint wipe excess off fresh flowers

To apply the paint to the board, swirl your brush into the paint, swirl the bristles into the paper towel until the bristles feel  dry to the touch. Then just swirl the paint through the stencil onto your wooden board. Apply many thin coats of paint until you get the opacity you would like!

Now just peal off the tape and stencil and enjoy!

Have fun crafting and let your creativity shine!

Watch the full craft video here:

Here are the links to all the materials we used:

Fresh Market Flowers stencil

Frog Tape

Stenciling paint brushes

Spray adhesive

Acrylic paint

Crafts, Easter, Home Decor, Spring

Cottontail

Cozy up this spring with this adorable DIY pillow!

For this project you will need a sham pillow that you can take the cover off, we got ours at Home Goods. Being able to take the cover off is so important because it enables you to stencil the pillow case neatly. You will also need a stencil, we chose the Cottontail Trading Stencil. I absolutely love the combination of fonts used in this stencil, especially with the simply bunny graphic.

cottontail trading

See what I mean?

For paint color we chose to use black. The black paint perfectly contrasts the cream pillow. You will need fabric medium to mix with the acrylic paint to turn the acrylic paint into fabric paint.  

Additional materials needed:

-Stencil paint brushes   

*I used a 5/16” brush to stencil the letters, and a 3/16” brush to stencil the bunny. I used a smaller brush on the bunny because it helped fine tune the amount of paint I put on but you can use the same brush for all of it.

-Cardboard

*very helpful, provides a solid surface to stencil on while keeping fabric from moving.

-Spray adhesive

*both to spray the cardboard insert and the stencil

-Painters tape

*tape down edges of stencil and  bunny, so no paint gets onto the rest of the pillow.

Let’s get started!

First cut your cardboard so it will easily fit inside your pillowcase, make sure that your cardboard is at least as big as your stencil. Then spray  the cardboard and back of your stencil with spray adhesive. Make sure that your pillow is far enough away that it won’t get any spray adhesive on it, who wants a sticky pillow. 

 

 

Now, insert the cardboard into the pillow case once the pillow is removed. Make sure to center your cardboard and press the pillowcase into it so that the pillow case lays flat, stuck to the cardboard inside. Press your stencil into your pillowcase, on top of the cardboard. Now use the painters tape, we used frog tape, to tape down the edges of the stencil and the bunny, the painters tape makes sure that you don’t get paint accidentally on the rest of the pillow.4 Press stencil and fabric flat against cardboard

Before you can paint you need to mix the acrylic paint with the fabric medium (2:1 acrylic to fabric medium). Now that your paint is mixed simply coat your brush in paint, then dab and swirl the excess onto a paper towel until the brush feels dry to the touch. This is incredibly important when stenciling onto fabric, preventing the paint from bleeding out of the stencil, and the paint from building up around the edges. Since all the letters are the same color I used a bit bigger of a brush to speed up the process, but you must be patient and careful. To get the best result apply many, incredibly thin coats of paint. For the letters I applied 10-15 thin coats until the lettering was close to solid black. However for the bunny I only applied paint until  the bunny had a dappled grey color. To paint the pillow swirl the paintbrush bristles into the fabric, this forces the paint into the fibers of the cloth. When painting the bunny I switched to a small brush so I could easily paint the bunny in an uneven, faded way.  I wanted the back of the bunny and the tips of the ears to be a dark blackish grey, and the belly to be a light, softer grey. 

 

 

Once everything is painted and has dried, peel off the stencil and tape, remove the cardboard insert,  pop the pillow back inside and enjoy your cozy new pillow!12 Cotton Tail Pillow Finished

If you make this pillow feel free to share photos of it with us on social media, we would love to see your wonderful designs! We are @MyCraftysStencils on facebook, twitter, and instagram!

Have fun crafting, and let your creativity shine!

Check out the full craft video here!

 

Here are the links to all the materials we used in this video:

Cottontail Trading Stencil

Stenciling paint brushes

Fabric Medium

Acrylic Paint

Spray Adhesive

Crafts, Easter, Home Decor, Spring

Easter Egg Mason Jars

I love mason jars, you love mason jars, everyone loves mason jars…..

….So lets get crafting with them!

We really wanted to create a whimsical, fun Easter project, showcasing this really cute Easter egg stencil. Then we saw on pintrest a jar filled to the brim with colorful Easter themed candy. So we decided to do the same thing and just decorate the jar as well!

So lets get to it!

For this project you will need: 3( or as many as you would like) medium sized mason jars. We found some that didn’t have any branding on the sides. You will also need white chalk finish paint, stencil paint brushes(much easier if you have one for each color), acrylic paint, acrylic spray finisher, painters tape (we used frog tape), spray adhesive,  a paper towel and a paper plate.

For this project we chose to use 5 different colors of acrylic paint each mixed with metallic silver or gold. the metallic mixed in makes the eggs stand out really well against the jar. We used baby pink, baby blue,  mint julep green, primary yellow mixed with white, and lilac.

Lets get crafting!

First paint your mason jars with the white chalk finish paint(regular white acrylic paint will also work). Then let your jars dry completely. While you wait, prepare your stencil by spraying the back with spray adhesive. You can also mix your paints at this time. We chose to mix the purple, pink, yellow and green with metallic gold and the blue with metallic silver but you can’t go wrong so have fun with it!

 

 

 

Once your jars are dry grab your first one and place the stencil on it and tape down the edges with frog tape.5 Using Frog tape

Pick your first color, swirl your brush into the paint and then onto a paper towel until your brush feels dry to the touch. This ensures that your paint stays in the stencil and doesn’t bleed out of it. Then just stipple the paint through the stencil onto the jar!

*Stippling is simply bouncing the bristles up  and down to apply the paint. 

When one egg is painted on move onto the next one with your next color!7 Use a different brush (or brush end) for different colors

When you are done painting one jar peel off the stencil, place it on the next jar and repeat!8 Full coverage, peel off

Once all of your jars have been painted, let them dry completely then spray them with the matte acrylic finisher to make sure your wonderful design doesn’t chip off.

9 Stencil a few dozen eggs!

Now all you have to is enjoy them! You can fill them with festive candy, pop an electric tea candle inside and use them as candle holders, or use them as a vase to put lovely flower inside! The possibilities are endless so if you try it please send us a picture, we would love to see your projects! We are @MyCraftyStencils on instagram, facebook and twitter!

Happy Easter and let your creativity shine!

Watch the full project video!

 

Products we used in this project:

Easter Egg Craft Stencil

Acrylic paint

Frog tape

Spray adhesive

Stencil paint brushes

Matte spray acrylic finisher

 

Crafts, Home Decor, St Patrick's Day

Field of Clover Mason Jar

A few weeks ago I was wandering through Home Goods trying to find inspiration for my next project with a friend. We stumbled upon these adorable mason jars that were coated in a white enamel.  We instantly fell in love with them and knew we had to use them for a craft. With St. Patty’s Day around the corner we decided to break these jars out and decorate them with a adorable shamrock clover stencil. foc

For this project you will need a coated mason jar, acrylic paint (we chose forest green), stenciling paint brush, spray adhesive, paper plate, paper napkin, and your “Field of Clover” stencil! You may also need a spray acrylic finisher, to prevent your design from chipping off. Links to the materials we used will be at the very bottom of this post!

Let’s get crafting!

Make sure that your jar and stencil are dust-free by wiping them down with a damp cloth, this will help you get the best end result. Then spray the back side of the stencil with spray adhesive. This will make sure your stencil doesn’t move around while you are painting.  Press your sticky stencil onto your mason jar where you want to paint clovers. We moved our stencil around quite a bit to paint clovers that face different directions. It’s okay if your stencil doesn’t cover the whole jar, that’s the beauty of using the            repositionable spray adhesive, you can reposition it! Next squeeze out a dollop of paint onto your paper plate and swirl your paint brush into it. Then, dry off the paint brush by swirling and dabbing it onto a paper towel.2 Put in place

*The dry brush technique ensures that your paint won’t seep out of the stencil, bleeding onto the rest of  your project. It also prevents the paint from building up along the edges of your stencil. 

Once your brush is dry enough that barely any paint comes off when your dab it on a paper towel, start stippling the paint through the stencil.5 Stipple

*Stippling is just bouncing the bristles up and down to apply the paint through the stencil.

We chose to only apply one thin coat to have a translucent coat of paint for the shamrocks instead of opaque ones. This just makes the design more subtle and simple than bold. However there is no wrong way so have fun with it, and make it your own! Once your jar is covered with shamrocks peel off your stencil and spray your jar with an acrylic finisher to ensure your festive design doesn’t chip away.7 Done

These fun and festive jars can be used as a vase, cute pencil holder, cup, you name it!

*To make sure it is food safe make sure to was it thoroughly with warm water and soap. 

If you try out this project feel free to share it with us on social media! We would love to see all of your wonderful projects! We are @MyCraftyStencils on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

Have fun crafting and let your creativity shine!

Watch the full video tutorial 🙂

Materials we used:

Field of Clover Stencil

Acrylic Paint, we used Forest Green

Stencil brushes, the 7/16″ or 3/8″ brush would be perfect for this project!

Spray adhesive, it is essential!

Acrylic finisher, to make sure your lovely design doesn’t chip off. I recommend the gloss finish, the matte would work as well.

Painters tape. It is not essential but it is very helpful.

Crafts, Fashion, St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day Stenciled Tshirt

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Here’s a project I have been quite excited for. Have you ever needed a custom tshirt for yourself or a group? Here’s an awesome way to replicate a pattern on as many tees that you need! All you’ll need is a stencil from MyCraftyStencils.com , a 3/8” Stencil Brush, a can of Repositionable Spray Adhesive, Acrylic Paint, & Americana Fabric Painting Medium. You will also need a flat piece of cardboard that will fit inside your shirt, which you may have on hand.

2.5 Spray Adhesive Cardboard

Start off by applying a light coat of Repositionable Spray Adhesive to one side of a piece of cardboard. Wait 30 seconds for the spray adhesive to become tacky then slip the cardboard into the shirt with the tacky side against the front. It is important that your shirt lies flat to the cardboard with no wrinkles. Don’t stretch the fabric of your shirt when smoothing it out or else your design will become warped once it is no longer being stretched.

3 Spray Adhesive Stencil

As always, apply a coat of Repositionable Spray Adhesive to the back of your stencil. Then give the stencil about 30 seconds to become tacky before sticking it to your project. This is the same spray adhesive used on the cardboard.

4 Press the stencil flat to the smoothed out tshirt

Next you will want to line your stencil up in the center of your shirt. You could measure out the exact center of your shirt… but I chose to eyeball it for the sake of simplicity.

5 Kelly Green Paint

Now you’ll want to select your paint color. I went with Kelly Green, the classic green color of the lush landscapes and rolling hills of Ireland. It is no coincidence that Kelly happens to be a popular surname in Ireland which this paint owes its title. You’ll want a little squirt of paint on your palette. Quick note, you can use anything for a palette. I often use the mylar circle pictured above, which is cut from our stencil material. I have also used paper plates, cardboard, card stock, and even a sheet of paper in a pinch. As long as your palette is durable enough for you to swirl paint onto your brush you can’t go wrong. Go ahead and improvise! A sheet of aluminum foil or wax paper would work fine I’d imagine.

6 Fabric Medium

After getting your paint you will want to mix it 2:1 with Americana Fabric Painting Medium. That’s twice as much acrylic paint to fabric painting medium.

7 Mix in medium 2 to 1

Squirt about have as much fabric medium as there is paint onto your palette, then completely mix it in with your brush. Once again, I choose to eyeball it. If you want to measure it out maybe consider disposable plastic spoonfuls.

8 Swirl paint throught he holes in your stencil

Once you have mixed the fabric medium into your paint, dry off the bristles of your brush. It is vital to use the dry brush technique for nice clean edges on your design. This means that your brush should be dry to the touch each time you stencil. To achieve this you must swirl the paint onto your stencil brush from the palette. After loading your brush, swirl the paint off the brush onto a piece of paper until the color that is coming off appears more as a shade of green than full on green.

Stenciling your shirt will take some time so be patient while swirling paint onto your tshirt. The color should start out faint but then get built up as you swirl more and more paint onto your shirt. When the paint seems to stop coloring your shirt, load up the brush again, wipe it off dry, and then continue swirling until your color is saturated.

9 Peel off the stencil

After about 3-4 light coats of swirled paint the color is perfect and the lines on the lettering is nice and crisp!

11 Use painters Tape to mask off the sides

This shirt needs a little something extra so I’ve decided to border the letters using some clovers from the Field of Clover stencil arranged in a square around the main design. Just because the clovers are haphazard on the stencil doesn’t mean I can’t isolate the design for my own creative purposes. To do this I masked off the clovers too close to the ones I’m stenciling to keep my brush from straying.

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Now that’s one lucky tshirt! It’s important to note that if you want to wash your shirt in the future you’ll want to wash it before stenciling. After painting it with the fabric medium you’ll want to let the paint cure for 24-48 hours before washing it. That’s all there is to it!

Get ready for St Patrick’s Day by letting your creativity shine!

Here are links to all of the tools used in this tutorial.

https://mycraftystencils.com/collections/st-patricks-day-craft-stencils/products/kiss-me-im-irish-craft-stencil-by-crafty-stencils

https://mycraftystencils.com/collections/paints/products/americana-acrylic-paint

https://mycraftystencils.com/collections/brushes/products/white-bristle-stencil-brush

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Crafts, Valentine's day, Winter

Handmade Valentine Hearts

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Here is your 2 week reminder that Valentine’s Day is only 2 weeks away! Instead of facing your loved one with a hastily bought card and chocolates like last year, why not put in the effort to make your own homemade card? Make your mother proud. All it takes is a stencil brush, some Repositionable Spray Adhesive, & a stencil

1 Start by cutting out a paper heart

Start by cutting out a paper heart. In case it has been a while all you do is fold a piece of paper in half, draw a half-heart guideline on the crease, and cut just inside of the line so that it doesn’t end up on your project. Trim off any rough or straight edges so that your card has the proper curves.

2 Mix your paint and load your brush

Once you cut your heart out you’ll want to figure out how much room your message will take up. I was able to approximate the space I would need by moving the stencil to where each letter would go. After you figure out where to put your message you’ll want to prepare your stencil.

First, apply the back of your stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive from 6-8 inches away. Give the adhesive 30 seconds to become tacky before pressing to the surface of your project.

Next, squeeze a small amount of acrylic paint onto a paper plate and swirl your stencil brush in it as though you were swirling onto paper. This will store the paint in the bristles. Once you swirl paint onto your brush, swirl it off onto paper towel until your brush feels dry to the touch. This may seem counter intuitive but this step serves an important purpose.

When stenciling you must use a “dry brush”  technique because you want to build color up gradually. If you use too much paint it will “bleed” underneath the edges of your stencil causing the design to look sloppy, blurry, or unclear. Another problem you may encounter if your brush is too wet with paint is a build-up at the edge of the stencil design. When this happens your paint will gain an undesirable textured look that does not look flush against your project.

Less is more when it comes to stenciling. Your color should be built up slowly until you reach the color you desire. Be patient and don’t use a wet brush or the result will be disastrous.

3 Stencil a light coat through your stencil

As I stencil lettering, I try to plan out where each will go in advance. Sometimes you can get away with eyeballing the position of the lettering but you may want to use a straight line for extra precision. Since this stencil is somewhat transparent I was able to line letters up just fine.

4 Mask the edge of your stencil from your project

For any letters that come close to the edge of the stencil you may want to take precaution. Since the letter E is on an outside edge of the stencil I used a piece of paper towel as a mask to swirl paint through the design without the getting paint where it shouldn’t go. I swirl the paint brush right up onto the paper towel to get complete coverage in your letters.

5 Stencil with a clean brush with white paint

Since stenciling uses the dry brush technique you won’t have to wait long for the paint to dry. You should be able to paint another coat a few seconds after the first one as long as your brush is dry to the touch. If your brush is wet with paint then you have a recipe for bleeding or build up. Anytime you’re stenciling you’ll want to use your paint sparingly.

6 That's all it takes to stencil your message

Since the different colors of paint dry to the stencil while you work you’ll be able to paint on your stencil different colors. As long as you are using a clean stencil brush for each color you shouldn’t encounter any unintentional color blends. I was able to stencil the white letters after stenciling the red & blue. That being said, paints varies by manufacturer so unless you are using Americana Acrylic Paint I cannot verify this to be sure. See how nice the lettering came out? Not a touch of color in the white.

7 Stencil the other side of your valentine and you're done

Make sure that the other side of your card isn’t too basic by covering it in… hearts! My favorite part about the Love Craft Stencil 3 pack is the variety of hearts that come with it. Don’t feel limited to how the hearts appear on the stencil. Rearrange them and put hearts wherever your heart desires!

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You don’t have to stop here either, there are so many great ways to use these stencils. Try putting hearts on a heart-shaped box of chocolates, Valentines for school, on the bathroom mirror, or so much more! Make sure everyone you ❤ are seeing hearts this Valentines Day with My Crafty Stencils!

Check out the video tutorial below!

Crafts, Home Decor, Valentine's day, Winter

Paper Hearts Stencil

With Valentines Day coming up I found myself in search of just the right design to apply to some makeshift craft ideas I’ve had bouncing around in my head. Originally I was considering stenciling some of these cute hearts onto a box of Chocolate hearts but then I realized my significant other wouldn’t want to hold onto an empty chocolate heart. I got to thinking and found myself with the perfect craft for Valentines Day so my sweetie can see the hearts I see around them everyday. Just a few squirts of paint and half an hour later I turned a $15 mirror into a priceless token of my affection!

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Now I am no expert at stenciling but I think this came out marvelously! About a year ago I had no idea that there were specific brushes meant for stenciling but after some instruction I learned everything I needed to shed my amateur stenciling status. Now I’ll share with you the pointers that took my stencil game to the next level!

5 Protect any surfaces that won't be painted

The first step is to protect any surface that you don’t want to get any paint on. For this project I masked off the mirror. Using frog tape should help keep any paper you use for masking in place.

6 Use spray adhesive on the bak of your stencil about 6-8 inches away

Next, you’ll want to apply a light coat of Repositionable Spray Adhesive holding the can 6-8 inches from the back of your stencil. Before applying the stencil to your project you’ll want to allow the adhesive to become tacky, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

8 Get your first paint color

After you’ve pressed your stencil into position on your project, prepare your first color of paint by squirting a tiny amount onto a paper plate, palette, or other surface for paint. I’m using a circle of mylar, the same material used to make these stencils. I’m using Americana Acrylic Paint.

9 Wipe most of the paint off your stencilbrush

Now this may be counter-intuitive but you must believe me. A little paint goes a very long way when stenciling. This is what I struggled with most of all when I first started out. If you use too much paint, it will seep underneath the edges of your stencil and result in a blurry mess at the end. Using too little paint is not a problem you will have. The proper technique is to swirl paint into your brush, then wipe most of it off onto a paper towel. Your stencil brush should feel dry to the touch after this step. An important rule for stenciling well is to stencil with a “dry” brush.

10 Stipple or swirl in your first color

The color you want will likely not appear after your first coat. Using this technique you’ll need to use multiple coats until you are satisfied. After the second and third coat you should be reach your desired color. Since each coat of paint is so light they should dry quickly between coats. To apply the paint you’ll want to stipple the paint by bouncing your stencil brush on the design, or you’ll want to swirl the paint over your pattern.

12 Try using a variety of colors that complement eachother

I try to use colors that complement each other as I stencil. I like painting thing symmetrically but you may want to try something different by swirling in random colors here and there, it’s up to you!

13 Stencil right up onto the tape that masks your project

Some elements of the design come close to the edge of the stencil so I used some Frog Tape to protect the project. I ended up stenciling right on top of the tape; had it not been there I would have painted outside of the stencil onto my mirror!

17 Use an acrylic finish to finalize your project and mask off the mirror

For the last step I applied a coat of American Acrylic Sealer. This protects the paint from getting scratched off. Acrylic Sealant helps to make your project last while also giving it a uniform finish.

18 And now your project is complete

And that’s all there is to it! Let your creativity shine!

See the whole tutorial in the video below:

Crafts, Fall, Home Decor, Thanksgiving

Burned in Design with Stencils

In this tutorial we create a unique serving tray with a burned in design using our Fall Leaves Craft Stencil and our heated cutting tool. Get inspired or follow along, the tools in this tutorial are all available on our site https://www.mycraftystencils.com/

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Start by spraying the back of your stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive and allow it 30 seconds to become tacky before pressing it to the surface of your project. Once in place, trace the design using a pencil. Once finished, remove the stencil.

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Next, take your heated cutting tool and turn the temperature up all the way. Once heated begin burning along the pencil lines with the tip of the tool. Go over the lines several times without adding too much pressure with the tip in a smooth motion.

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Burn along the pencil lines for the entire design before going back to make less defined lines darker. Finish burning in the design before washing it off with soap and water.

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Once you’ve cleaned off your wooden serving tray you can impress everyone at your next social gathering. Serve appetizers to your guests or put it on display in your hutch. For more instruction check out our video tutorial here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tikjPO2P9xU

All the tools used in this tutorial are listed below!

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Fall Leaves Craft Stencil
Fall Leaves Craft Stencil by Crafty Stencils

Repositionable Spray Adhesive
Repositionable Spray Adhesive

Heated Cutting Tool
Stencil Cutting Tool

Crafts, Fall, Home Decor, Thanksgiving

Eat Drink And Be Thankful Fall Craft

Hello and welcome to another My Crafty Stencils tutorial! In this post we will show you a quick and easy way to turn an ordinary piece of wood into a centerpiece welcoming guest to your home this fall. Everything used in this tutorial can be found on https://www.mycraftystencils.com/

Eat, Drink, & Be Thankful Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2RPXDjz
Repositionable Spray Adhesive – https://bit.ly/2yFQoBK
Americana Glorious Gold Acrylic Paint – https://bit.ly/2yIMU1p
Black Bristle Stencil Brush – https://bit.ly/2ErZ5WD
Frog Tape Painter’s Tape – https://bit.ly/2OtyDkb

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Start out by putting your clean piece of wood on your table. Take your stencil and use repositionable spray adhesive on the back then give it 30-60 seconds to become tacky before applying to your surface. Be sure to press all the details flush to the project. The Repositionable Spray Adhesive will hold the fine details of the stencil in place. Use painter’s tape on the outside edges of your stencil to mask off the edges of your project.

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Next, put some Americana Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint onto a paper plate. Swirl your flat-tipped stencil brush into the paint being sure to take the paint up into the bristles. Then swirl the stencil brush into a paper towel until the brush feels dry to the touch.

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Once your brush is dry, swirl your brush through the stencil design onto your project. For this project we left a little too much paint on the brush when we went to stencil. The color should not be quite as dark as this when you first start swirling. Go back and swirl the paint off your brush onto paper towel until it feels dry to the touch then get back to stenciling. If you leave too much paint on your brush the paint will build in the edges of the design or worse, bleed beneath the design creating a blurry mess.

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Continue stenciling light coats of Americana Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint until you reach full coverage. This should take 2-3 coats of paint and sometimes even 4! The slower you build up your color the better your design should come out.

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The last step is to gently peel your stencil from the project surface. We hope this tutorial has been informative! For more details watch the video tutorial below!

Let your creativity shine with My Crafty Stencils!

Crafts, Fall, Halloween

Pumpkin Carving Stencils

In this tutorial we’ll show you just how to trace these stencil designs on your Jack-O-Lanterns to make carving intricate designs a cinch. All you’ll need is a can of repositionable spray adhesive, a marker, and our carving stencils for your pumpkin. Before you get started we recommend leaving your pumpkin inside for a few hours so that the pumpkin guts aren’t cold while you remove them. Gut your pumpkin before getting started. Links for the supplies are provided at the end.

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Start by spraying the back of your stencil with repositionable spray adhesive from about 6-8 inches away and allow the spray adhesive 30 seconds to become tacky before pressing to the surface of your pumpkin.

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Put your stencil into position and use your free hand to hold the stencil in place as you trace the design with a permanent marker. The spray will help keep the design in place but you will need to use your hand to move the stencil to make sure the design looks right. This is to be expected as you transfer a 2 dimensional design onto a 3 dimensional object.

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After transferring the design, cut it out using a pumpkin carving tool. Clean out the inside of the cut area and put the lid back on your pumpkin!

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Repeat the process with your next design by spraying the back of your stencil with repositionable spray adhesive, trace the design, and cut along the traced lines. As you trace, remember to move the stencil so that the lines of the 2d design meet in the right places on the globular shape of the pumpkin.

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Finally, repeat the process once again with the spider. This is the trickiest design because the spider legs are narrow and close together. As you trace with a permanent marker remember to move the stencil so that the design elements end up in the right places. The tricky part is carving as you must work slowly & carefully so that you don’t inadvertently snap off thinner sections of pumpkin around the spider legs.

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Upon completion, stick a candle into your pumpkins and turn out the lights! Your Jack-O-Lanterns will be the talk of the town! For more instruction check out our video here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZhhdtI50pA

Let your creativity shine with https://www.mycraftystencils.com/
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3 Piece Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencil Set
3 Piece Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencil Set

Repositionable Spray Adhesive
Repositionable Spray Adhesive

Cat Stencil
Black Cat Stencil by Crafty Stencils

Bat Stencil
Bat Craft Stencil

Spider Stencil
Spider Stencil by Crafty Stencils

Repositionable Spray Adhesive
Repositionable Spray Adhesive