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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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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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

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, 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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Have fun crafting and let your creativity shine!

Watch the full craft video here: