Using Stencils to Decorate Your Walls

An attractive way to enhance bare walls is with stencils. This guide is about using stencils to decorate your walls.

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Using Stencils to Decorate Your Walls
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Raised Stenciling With SpackleDecorating a wall with joint compound and a stencil.

Approximate Time 4 hours

Supplies:

  • joint compound or Spackle
  • putty knife
  • blue tape for taping stencil
  • colorant (optional)
  • paint (optional)
  • stencil (I got mine from VictoriaLarsen.com)

Instructions:

  1. First, make sure wall is clean or painted the color you wish.
  2. Position the stencil to your taste.
  3. Decide if you want to use colorant to your joint compound or Spackle or if you want to paint it after it is done.
  4. If you wish to use the colorant, add it before you start.
  5. Using joint compound or Spackle and a putty knife, paste the compound through the holes of the stencil.
  6. Remove immediately, lifting straight up so not to damage the compound and then let dry completely.
  7. If you use paint, after it has dried completely, paint over the leaves.
  8. If you wish you may also glaze them.

Note: The stencil from VictoriaLarsen.com is a little thicker than the ones you buy in the craft store so that makes the design more raised. However, any stencil will work, it just won't have as much depth. In the picture you see, I used Spackle with white paint.

By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA

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I want to stencil words and phrases and my walls but, I'm not sure how to do this. Should I make my own stenils? Any suggestions or advice?

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For my kitchen cabinets where can I buy stencils?

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