Making Stenciled Artwork

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July 4, 2019

Stencil "Home" Art - finished artworkDo you subscribe to any magazines? I received a San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyle magazine and they have beautiful photos in it. The front and back cover of this magazine is printed on quality glossy paper. I wanted to recycle the back photo, so I turned this into wall art for display. I like to switch up my home decor and this is my current piece I have on the wall. What's great about this project is that - it is free and can be made with supplies you have at home.


You can apply this same concept to other words, like a name, phrase (married, engaged, hope, love, blessed, etc.), number, etc. and do this to a different picture or as a collage to make the word/phrase/number pop out!

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • magazine
  • ruler
  • X-acto knife
  • scissors
  • printer
  • glue stick
  • picture frame
  • cardstock paper
  • clips
Stencil "Home" Art - supplies


  1. Go on Microsoft Word, or any processing program and type out the phrase/word you would like to cut out. I wanted HOME as mine so I printed that out (or you could draw/freehand cut your words out yourself if you'd like.)
  2. Clip your word paper (home) to your cardstock paper.
  3. Stencil "Home" Art -clip the word print out to the cardstock
  4. Since my letters were mostly straight, you can use a ruler as a guide to help you cut them out with an X-acto knife. I was not able to completely cut through the print out and the cardstock. So where the cardstock was only scored I traced over the initial cut.
  5. Stencil "Home" Art - use a ruler for helping to cut along the straight parts of the letters on the printout
    Stencil "Home" Art - ruler below the letter M

  6. Once traced, you may have to go over and carefully cut to remove each letter. Now your template is completed.
  7. Stencil "Home" Art - where the cardstock was only scored trace the word onto the cardboard
    Stencil "Home" Art - cut out letters to create your template
  8. Flip through your magazine and by trial/error test to decide which image you would like best paired with your word. Here are some examples:
  9. Stencil "Home" Art - place the template over several images to find the best one
    Stencil "Home" Art - another example
  10. Ultimately, I went with the back cover. Cut it out larger than your word and glue.
  11. Stencil "Home" Art - cut the image out larger than your word
    Stencil "Home" Art - glue the image to the back of the cardstock
  12. Make sure your paper fits your frame, if not cut to size and it's ready to frame!
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