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.

Koozie 8 Swirl the paint off your brush

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, 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!

Watch the full craft video here:

Victorian Tile Mixed Media Stencil

Acrylic Paint

All other accessories!

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, Home Decor

DIY Antique Farmhouse Dairy Box

Do you love antique, farmhouse style crafts as much as we do? If you said yes, this is the project for you!

For this project you will need:

  • Farm Fresh Milk Craft Stencil, found here
  • Stencil Paint Brush, found here
  • Black Acrylic Paint, found here
  • Spray adhesive, found here
  • Painters Tape, found here
  • Fine Sand Paper
  • Paper towel and plate

Lets get started!

First paint your entire box with chalk- finish paint. Once the box is covered, and has dried completely, distress the surface with fine sand paper, to give the box an antique look. Then wipe off any dust with a damp paper towel.

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Now you can spray the back side of your stencil with adhesive. Make sure you hold the can 8-12 inches away from the stencil, then let it dry for about 30 seconds. Then you can press your stencil into the box, using a ruler to make sure your stencil is centered. Tape around the edges with painters tape to make sure that paint doesn’t get outside of the stencil.

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Now that your box is ready to be painted, squeeze out a bit of paint onto a paper plate, you don’t need a lot of paint. Load your brush with paint, then swirl off most of the paint into a paper towel, until the bristles feel dry to touch. Then you can start lightly swirling the paint through the stencil. It is much better to apply many thin layers of paint than one thick layer. This prevents the paint from bleeding out of the stencil or building up along the edges.

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Once you are happy with the opacity of the paint, peel off of your stencil and enjoy!Farmhouse Box 19

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

Have fun crafting and let your creativity shine!

You can watch the full craft video here: