How to Create a Stencil in an Easy Way

This post was last updated on July 29th, 2022 at 06:45 am

These days you get plenty of beautiful readymade stencils in the market, but sometimes it is impossible to find the exact one that we have in our mind.

Perhaps you wish to create a tailored stencil for wedding embellishments. Or maybe you want to try out a stunning stenciled floor that you have seen in a magazine. Or perhaps you have a unique idea in your head. Whatever may be the project, creating a stencil having the exact design pattern of your choice is actually easy.

Materials needed

  • Stencil blank
  • Marker
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • A printout of the design of your choice
  • Tape

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The process of making the stencil

Choosing the design

When selecting a stencil design, it’s good to look for something that is not too intricate. Pick a pattern that has lots of distinct lines as stencils with this type of pattern are easier to use. Often ornate and elaborate details are lost during the process.

You must also know that a stencil will only give you the outline of a pattern. It’s quite impossible to include any inside detailing.

Printing the design

Once you have decided on the design, printing it out would be the next thing to do. Make sure to print it in the exact same size you wish your completed stencil to be. Take the help of book covers, magazines, or even photographs to find a unique design for stenciling.

And if you are not sure, you always have the option of ordering custom stencils for your project. To know more, you can visit @stencilmepretty.

Cutting the stencil

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Place the plastic (stencil blank) over the printed design. Avoid placing it too close to the plastic’s edge. We are emphasizing this because having a little excess plastic at the edges can prevent you from accidentally putting paint where it’s not needed.

Take a tape and use it to attach the design to the plastic to prevent it from moving out of place while you work. Once done; start tracing the pattern onto the plastic with gentle hands.

Do not forget to place the cutting mat underneath the plastic, as you may end up carving out the design on your tabletop. Use a sharp craft knife so that you can shape the plastic with ease. It will help you to acquire clean stencil outlines.

Stencils with repeated designs

If you are keen on making a stencil design that you are going to repeat a number of times on a huge surface area like the floor or the wall, adding registration marks will immensely simplify the stenciling process.

Registration marks are nothing but guide marks that assist in the stencil alignment to obtain a flawless repeating pattern. You can add them to your design easily.

After you have traced the whole pattern onto the plastic, shift your paper design to the place where it will begin again and will get repeated. Trace some of the stencil’s lines or elements on the plastic. Then, cut them out.

Now, while stenciling, you will be able to align these elements with the completed part. It will help you to obtain a properly aligned, straight, and spaced pattern.


And you have your stencil ready to be used to create a new floor or wall of your choice.

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