Wall stencils are all the rage right now, and why not? They’re 99.9% dummy proof.
If you’ve ever tried to DIY and failed miserably, applying a wall stencil is a sure fire way to give your crafty self an ego boost. Look at this woman, care of Cutting Edge Stencils.
That looks totally DIY-able, doesn’t it? From what I can tell, she:
1.) Purchased a set of stencils from people that actually know what they’re doing, i.e. Cutting Edge or Stencil 1. (To ensure success, splurge on the more expensive pre-cut ones. Otherwise you’re going to have to use an actual craft knife.)
2.) Applied a base color, patiently allowing it to dry overnight (FYI, impatience has felled every DIY project I’ve ever attempted.)
3.) Measured (like, with a ruler or tape measure, imagine that!) the wall to determine how many times the stencil should be repeated. Here’s another tip: don’t guess-timate. Try marking each spot with a pencil.
4.) Attached the stencil to the wall.
5.) Poured a small amount of paint – not all of it – into a saucer.
6.) Picked up a small roller and painted.
If you can master the six steps above, just imagine the possibilities. You could stencil yourself an aviary:
A harem straight out of Marrakech:
A butterfly zoo:
Perhaps even a real zoo, not that butterflies in and of themselves aren’t thrilling:
A disco for your baby:
A half-price chandelier:
A coat rack:
You could even stencil a (bath)Room of Your Own:
That, dear friends, is crafty rebellion.
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