Crafts, Fall, Halloween

Pumpkin Carving Stencils

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3 Piece Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencil Set
3 Piece Halloween Pumpkin Carving Stencil Set

Repositionable Spray Adhesive
Repositionable Spray Adhesive

Cat Stencil
Black Cat Stencil by Crafty Stencils

Bat Stencil
Bat Craft Stencil

Spider Stencil
Spider Stencil by Crafty Stencils

Repositionable Spray Adhesive
Repositionable Spray Adhesive

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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, Summer

DIY Lemon Botanical Decor

Try making this lemon stenciled canvas to brighten up your kitchen this summer! This stencil is apart of our unique Farmhouse Antique line! You can check out the rest of our farmhouse inspired stencils here.

For this project you will need:

  • The Lemon Botanical craft stencil, found here
  • Flat Bristle Stencil Brush, you should have one for each color, found here
  • Repositionable Spray Adhesive, found here
  • Acrylic Paint (we used black, cadmium yellow, primary yellow, and forest green), found here
  • Painters tape, found here

Lets get crafting!

If you have followed these blogs you may have guessed that the first step is to spray the back of your stencil with adhesive, and you would be right. Make sure to let the adhesive dry before pressing the stencil into the center of your canvas. Then use painters tape to tape around the edges of the stencil, also tape off the tops of the lemons so you don’t accidentally get green paint on that part!

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Next squeeze out a bit of the forest green paint onto a paper plate, you don’t need a lot. Coat your bristles with the green paint then swirl off the excess onto a paper towel until the bristles feel dry to the touch. Now you can start lightly swirling the paint through the stencil. Apply multiple light coats until you are happy with the opacity. Paint both the leaves at the top and the little accents by the lettering, green.

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Next paint the lemon part of the stencil with cadmium yellow and primary yellow. Layer the colors to add depth! In the images below, we pealed back the stencil to show the difference between just using the primary yellow, and layering the cadmium yellow on top.

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Lastly, paint the lettering with black, using the same dry brush technique. If you are worried about accidentally painting the wrong area, feel free to tape off sections for the best result.

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Voila! The perfect craft to brighten up your day!Lemon Canvas 1

If you like this craft or get the chance to make it, 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

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:

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!