Crafts, Spring, Home Decor

Home Sweet Home Stenciled Fabric Placemat

Adorn your plain placemats with a Home Sweet Home stencil design from My Crafty Stencils! Stenciling onto fabric is an easy way to add some color to your decor. You will need the following tools:

Home Sweet Home Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2SPJqTA

Americana Fabric Painting Medium – https://bit.ly/2DKkc4p

Americana Avocado Acrylic Paint – https://bit.ly/2TIZ6Z0

Americana Hauser Medium Green Acrylic Paint – https://bit.ly/2CgdYah

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

White Bristle Stencil Brush – https://bit.ly/2M75Hd9

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

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

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Start by spraying the back of your stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive. Use the repositionable spray adhesive from about 8-12 inches away to for a few seconds. Give the spray 30 seconds to become tacky before using your stencil on the surface of your project.

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Put your stencil on the approximate center of the placemat then use a ruler to center it. Measure how far the stencil is from the edges of the placemat then press it to the surface when it is centered. Use Frog Tape painters tape around the edges of the stencil to keep from stenciling outside of the design. When painting with different colors, determine which element you will be painting first. Let’s start with the lettering. Mask the other elements of the design like the vine and flowers.

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Mix Americana Hauser Medium Green with Americana Fabric Medium using your stencil brush. Once the fabric paint is mixed, swirl the excess paint off of your brush onto a piece of paper towel. The stencil brush should feel about dry to the touch before you begin painting the design.

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Take your time as you swirl the stencil brush through the letters of the stencil design. Stenciling a surface is different from painting because applying the paint is a more gradual process. This is to prevent excess paint from seeping beneath the details of the stencil. Paint seeping beneath the stencil is a process known as bleeding. It takes a few light coats of paint to completely fill in the design. Swirl in the paint until you reach the desired color and fill.

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Now mask off the the lettering and flowers to stencil the vines of the design. Mix Americana Avocado acrylic paint with Americana Fabric Painting Medium using a fresh stencil brush. Swirl the excess paint onto paper towel and swirl the paint through the design. We did not mask the buds of the design to stencil up to the base of each flower with the smaller stencil brush. Just the same as the lettering, swirl and build the color of the design until you reach full coverage.

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Remove the Frog Tape from the flowers to stencil them. The color we want to use is a toned down Americana Melon acrylic paint. To do this we will be using a tiny drop of black acrylic paint. The tiniest drop of black goes a long way. Swirl the paint color together before mixing the paint into the Americana Fabric Medium. After mixing the paint, swirl the excess off onto a piece of paper towel, and stencil the buds & flowers onto the placemat.

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This design can be replicated on all of your placemats by repeating the steps. Now you have the tools to make a matching set!

If you enjoyed this project visit https://www.mycraftystencils.com/ and check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial! Let your creativity shine!

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Crafts

DIY Football Fan Pennant Flags and Silverware Caddy

Attention Super Bowl fans, set your party up right with these decorating tips! In this quick tutorial we show you how to make a fancy set of mini pennant flags and a silverware caddy for your upcoming football party. In this tutorial you will need:

Football Field Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2Qn16Ej

Game Day Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2R80bwH

Touchdown and Tailgates Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2SAWSLh

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

Americana Acrylic Craft Paint – https://bit.ly/2TTMkrH

White Bristle Stencil Brush – https://bit.ly/2TqY2bY

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

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

Gyro-Cut Craft Cutting Tool – https://bit.ly/2BW0Ois

You will also need construction paper, an empty six pack box, a ruler, craft glue, and string or twine.

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Start out by folding your construction paper in half. Using a pencil, lightly mark every three inches along the folded edge. Turn your folded piece of paper around and mark every three inches on the other side in the middle of the marks on the folded edge.

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Place your ruler so that the edge connects the marks on either side. Using your Gyro-Cut, cut along the ruler to cut out your triangle pennant flags. You will end up with 4 folded triangles and 8 loose triangles. The Gyro-Cut works well for this project since it easily cuts along the edge of the ruler in a straight line. For this project we will only need the folded triangles for the pennant flag.

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First up is the football field craft stencil. Start by spraying the back of your stencil with repositionable spray adhesive and letting it set for about 30 seconds before pressing the design to the center of the flag. Take your stencil brush and swirl it into white acrylic paint. Once your brush is loaded with paint, swirl the excess off onto a piece of paper towel. The bristles of your brush should feel somewhat dry to the touch before you begin stenciling. This keeps excess paint from bleeding beneath the edges of the design. Swirl the paint through until the color is fully saturated on the surface of the construction paper. Gently peel the stencil off the surface of your pennant flag and stencil the next section of the stencil onto the next pennant flag. Once you stencil the fronts of each flag, stencil the back of each pennant flag as well.

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With each pennant flag stenciled it is time to attach them to a string. On the inside of the fold, put craft glue along the edge of the triangle and place your string along the inside edge of the fold. Fold the paper over the string and press one side to the glued side. Do this for each pennant flag so that they are evenly spaced along your twine or string. With your pennant flags in place you are ready to stencil your silverware caddy.

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For the silverware caddy we will be stenciling onto precut pieces of construction paper cut to the dimensions of the empty six pack box. Spray the back of your stencil with repositionable spray adhesive and give it 30 seconds to become tacky before pressing it to the surface of the paper. Mask off the words with Frog Tape Painters tape so that you will be able to stencil them in a different color. Swirl your stencil brush into your yellow Americana Acrylic paint and swirl the excess off onto a piece of paper towel. Now lightly swirl the paint through the stencil until the color is saturated. Next, mask off the yellow goal post so you can stencil the letters in black. For every new color of paint you will need to use a clean stencil brush. Once you have finished painting the stencil design, peel it off the surface of the paper and move on to the next section of the design.

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Once you stencil each of the four sides of your drinking caddy you are ready to attach the sheets to the sides of the empty six pack box. Use craft glue along the edges on the back of each sheet before pressing them into position. Give your new silverware caddy some time to dry before use!

If you enjoyed this tutorial please visit https://www.mycraftystencils.com/ and check out the video below for a step by step guide!

Crafts, New Years, Winter

Decorative Art New Years Eve Invitations

Now is the time of year to send out invitations to everyone you will be ringing in the new year with this New Years Eve! These decorative art stencils from My Crafty Stencils are perfect for invitations, cards, and fliers. Below are the tools needed for this project;

Champagne First Resolutions Later Stencil – https://bit.ly/2PbEdmu

Drink Champagne & Dance On The Table Stencil – https://bit.ly/2TWX8oY

Kiss Me at Midnight Stencil – https://bit.ly/2E5vZv0

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

Americana Acrylic Craft Paints – https://bit.ly/2TTMkrH

Black Bristle Stencil Brush – https://bit.ly/2ErZ5WD

Frog Tape Painters Tape – https://bit.ly/2OtyDkb

You will also need Black Cardstock, Clear Elmer’s Glue, a plain brush, and assorted glitters.

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We’ll be starting with our Drink Champagne and Dance on the Table Craft Stencil. Use your Spray Repositionable Adhesive on the back of your stencil and give it 30-60 seconds to become tacky. Fold your black card stock in half for your card. Stick the stencil to the card front and center. With your stencil in place, distribute some Titanium White Americana acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Take your stencil brush and swirl it into the paint to load the bristles, then swirl the excess paint off onto a paper towel. The bristles of your brush should feel dry to the touch before you start swirling Titanium White into the design. We want to build the white slowly in 2-3 coats.

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Finish stenciling the white lettering and put some Americana Shimmering Silver acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Swirl a new stencil brush into the paint and excess off onto the paper towel. Once your stencil brush is dry to the touch, swirl the silver through the embellishments at the top and bottom of the stencil. After 2-3 coats the silver should be filled in completely. At this point the white lettering will be dry. Take a normal, small paint brush and paint a thin layer of Clear Elmer’s Glue through the stencil. Lift the stencil and sprinkle the glue in glitter. Shake off the glitter onto a piece of paper to put back into the glitter container. Set your glittered card to the side to dry while you stencil your next card.

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Next we’ll use the Champagne First Resolutions Later stencil design. Use your Spray Repositionable Adhesive on the back of your stencil and press it to the center of your card. With your stencil in place, distribute some Glorious Gold Americana Acrylic Paint onto a paper plate. Load the bristles of your stencils then swirl the excess onto paper towel. Swirl the gold acrylic paint through the stencil until you reach full coverage. For this card, shade the edges of the larger letters with black acrylic paint. Paint the clear craft glue through the stencil, lift it off, and cover the glue in gold glitter!

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For the Kiss me at Midnight stencil we used shimmering silver on the clocks, glorious gold on the fireworks, and a romantic Napa Red on kiss. Try using Frog Tape painters tape to keep paint from going outside of your design. On this last card we painted the clear craft glue on heavy, then sprinkled on the glitter before lifting the stencil. They all came out great! We have several decorative stencils to choose from in our decorative New Years Eve stencils. They work amazing for invitations, wall art, or fliers for big New Years Eve events. The only limit to these stencils is your creativity!

Visit https://www.mycraftystencils.com/ to browse more of our products and check out the video below for step by step instructions!

Christmas, Crafts, Winter

Card Making with Sleigh Ride Holiday Craft Stencils

Season’s greetings! It’s the time of year to stencil your greeting cards and holiday party invitations before your hands get too cold. Card making is easy with our Sleigh Ride Holiday Craft Stencils. Make a unique copy for everyone on the guest list for your next party. For this project you will need:

Sleigh Rides Craft Stencil – https://bit.ly/2DDPWJs
Repositionable Spray Adhesive – https://bit.ly/2yFQoBK
Stencil Brushes – https://bit.ly/2z8MYsm
Frog Tape Painter’s Tape – https://bit.ly/2OtyDkb
Americana Acrylic Paints:
Burnt Umber – https://bit.ly/2F9zNNt
Mississippi Mud – https://bit.ly/2OJpZJg
Forest Green – https://bit.ly/2zcS1YK

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The first step in card making with craft stencils is to spray the back of your stencil with Spray Repositionable Adhesive. Hold the can 8″-12″ away to spray a light coat of spray repositionable adhesive on the back of your stencil. Give the spray about 30-60 seconds to dry and become tacky. The adhesive on the back of your stencil should be sticky to the touch but not wet. If you spray too much adhesive on the back your stencil may rip or tear the paper. Try pressing the stencil to a flat surface like a table top or piece of paper then peeling it off to help make your stencil a little less tacky. Once you have prepared your stencil with repositionable spray adhesive you’re ready to place your stencil onto your card. We’ll be stenciling a portrait card but this technique works for landscape cards as well. If there are any stencil details near the edges of the stencil you will want to border your stencil with Frog Tape Painter’s Tape to keep paint off the edges of your card.

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With your stencil details pressed to the card you are ready to start adding color. We will be using 3 different colors which means you will need 3 different stencil brushes (or two double sided stencil brushes). The plan is to use Burnt Umber for the letters, Mississippi Mud for the antlers & arrows, and Forest Green for the pine tree. To do multiple repeats of a multi color design you will need to distribute each of your 3 colors of acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Stencil one color at a time starting with the green since there are less green elements in this design. Swirl your stencil brush into your green acrylic paint, then swirl the excess paint onto a paper towel until your brush feels dry to the touch. Using the dry brush technique your paint won’t bleed beneath the edges of your stencil. Without swirling paint into the antlers, swirl your green acrylic paint through the pine tree until you get full coverage. Once you stencil all the green elements of your design set your stencil brush aside for later.

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The next color you should stencil are the letters Burnt Umber since the letters aren’t too close to the green pine tree and dots. There shouldn’t really be any wet paint on your stencil or paper but by waiting to stencil near the green you reduce the risk of paint mixing into your other colors. Swirl your brush into your Dark Chocolate acrylic paint then swirl the excess paint onto a paper towel. With your brush dry begin swirling the color into the letters of your stencil. You may need to do 1-2 swirling passes over the letters. If you find it difficult to stencil the letters without going into surrounding design elements use Frog Tape to mask them off. Once you finish stenciling the letters, set your stencil brush aside to stencil the next design element.

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We saved the antlers and arrows for last since they are close to other parts of the design. You may find it helpful to mask off the letters with Frog Tape Painter’s Tape to prevent your brush from going into other elements of the design. With the letters masked off you can start swirling Mississippi Mud acrylic paint into your last fresh stencil brush. Once your brush is coated in paint, dry the bristles by swirling them off onto paper towel, then swirl the paint through the antlers and arrows in the design. After 1-2 passes with the swirling technique you should have full coverage. It is important to note that if you have too much paint on your brush you will end up getting too much build on the edges of the stencil. Gently peel your stencil off the surface of your card. Now you know how to replicate the card design with three different paint colors.

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Take your stencil and press it to the surface of your next card. Repeat the steps for the first card by swirling each color through your stencil one at a time. You may not need to load your brush with paint between cards because less is more when it comes to stenciling. Use Frog Tape Painter’s Tape to isolate design elements when you find yourself stenciling in any tight places. Another option is to stencil your cards in a single color but we prefer the flare of multiple colors working together. Once all of your cards are stenciled they should already feel dry to the touch. Write in your season’s greetings and send out your homemade cards to friends and family. They won’t believe you took the time to paint your holiday cards, but the joke is on them since you had help from My Crafty Stencils.

To browse our product visit us at https://www.mycraftystencils.com/ and for more information check out the video below!

Christmas, Crafts, Home Decor, Winter

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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Thanks for checking out this tutorial! Be sure to subscribe and like for more My Crafty Stencil tutorials. For more information please visit https://www.mycraftystencils.com/ and check out the video below!

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, 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