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How To Make Wall Stencils

Do you want to stencil words on your wall? Learn how to make wall stencils in this simple step by step tutorial. The wall stencil design in this laundry room turns out SO good!

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Ever since I made our initial design plans for our laundry room, I’ve been day dreaming about this wall stencil design. I envisioned this drop dead gorgeous farmhouse sink and black faucet with a fun and unique stenciled design on the faux brick wall.

And you know what…. after months of dreaming about it. I finally made it happen and you know what it took me? About 1-2 hours of time and some simple supplies that I already had on hand…yep that’s right, I spent ZERO dollars make this wall stencil design happen. I think I deserve to give myself a pat on the back, don’t ya think?

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Creating your own stencils with a cutting machine, like a Silhouette or Cricut, is one of the best ways to add unique and fun decor to your home! Whether you’re making labels for the spice cabinet organization or making your own DIY farmhouse sign, there is SO much you can do with these machines. And making stencils is JUST scratching the surface!

Today I’m going to show you the SUPER simple steps that go into how to make wall stencils, but these instructions could really be used for any type of stencil you wanted to make with the Silhouette Cameo. I use the same process everytime… When I am making wood signs with these stencils, I also incorporate this simple hack for preventing bleeding under the stencil too! It’s a total game changer for wood signs.

A person sticking wall stencils to a white wall with text saying 7 steps to making your own wall stencils

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Materials for wall stencil design:

Contact paper / shelf liner

Black acrylic craft paint

Silhouette Cameo (or another cutting machine)

Level

Stencil Paint Brush

Shows the words Wash and Dry laundry service on a computer screen
Shows the lay out for cutting out wall stencils for the text of Wash and Dry Laundry Service on the computer screen

Design your custom stencil with Silhouette Studio.

Since I was using my Silhouette Cameo, I created the stencil with Silhouette Studio – which is really pretty easy to use. I couldn’t find a free font that I loved, so I purchased this one on Creative Market. It seriously only took me about 3 or 4 minutes to design this custom stencil.

shows the machine silhouette cameo that cuts out the stencils

Cut stencil out.

I have ALWAYS used contact paper to make my stencils, which is a great budget friendly alternative to vinyl.

Cut settings for kiss cut on Cameo with contact paper:

  • Material: New Material
  • Action: Cut
  • Tool: AutoBlade
  • Cut Edge
  • Blade Height (dial): 1
  • Force: 8
  • Passes: 1
  • Speed: 8
  • These settings are for not using a cutting mat
  • Note: always do a test first when trying new settings or materials
A hand is peeling off letter from the stencil cut out from a white contact paper

Weed stencil (remove letters).

Next you want to “weed” the stencil, which sounds kind of silly. But it’s just removing the letters on the stencil, so you’re just left with the negative space.

A pair of scissors are cutting out some letters from white contact paper

Cut each word individually.

Since my stencil design didn’t fit on the 12 inch wide (which is the max width on the Cameo), so I maneuvered each word around within the cutting area. Once it’s all cut out, I just cut each word up individually and rearrange them on the wall.

If your stencil design was smaller and you could fit it 12 inches wide, this step wouldn’t be necessary.

A person sticking the adhesive wall stencils to a while wall over a sink

Put stencil on wall.

Peel off the back on the contact paper and press it onto the wall. Be sure that it is level as you apply. Use your palm to press hard, especially on the edges of the stencil to prevent bleeding.

The W from a wall stencil is being painted black onto a white wall

Paint over stencil.

Using a stencil brush and just simple craft paint, dap the paint over the stencil without brushing. This helps prevent bleeding under the stencil. Also be sure you don’t have very much paint on your brush at all. You want to do very light coats!

I only did one coat and intentionally left it kind of splotchy so it would look old, like it was fading off.

Remove stencil.

As you as you are done painting, remove the stencils carefully. You don’t want to wait until it is dry. You will need to wait for it to by dry to the touch to remove the middles of the letters – like the middle of the A, D, &, etc.

Farmhouse laundry room with white walls and farmhouse sink with writing on the walls that says wash and dry laundry service above farmhouse sink

Ta DA! It was seriously SOOOO easy to make these wall stencils – it probably took me an hour or two tops.

side view of the white walls with black writing that says laundry service
Farmhouse laundry room showing faux brick wall, white farmhouse sink with black faucet, folding counter over washing machine, industrial floating shelves and stenciled quote on the wall above sink

It makes SUCH a big difference in the room, doesn’t it?

A view of the white faux brick wall and farmhouse shelves with black writing from the wall stencil that says wash and dry laundry service

I just LOVE how it turned out…seems like the perfect finishing touch for this little area in our laundry room!

A face on view in a modern farmhouse laundry room with white walls and farmhouse sink with writing above on the walls that says wash and dry laundry service

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How To Make Wall Stencils

How To Make Wall Stencils

Yield: 1 Wall Stencil
Active Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10
Do you want to stencil words on your wall? Learn how to make wall stencils in this simple step by step tutorial. The wall stencil design in this laundry room turns out SO good!

Materials

Instructions

  1. Design your custom stencil with Silhouette Studio.
  2. Cut stencil out.
  3. Weed stencil (remove letters).
  4. Cut each word individually.
  5. Put stencil on wall.
  6. Paint over stencil.
  7. Remove stencil.

Notes

CUT SETTINGS FOR KISS CUT ON CAMEO WITH CONTACT PAPER:

  • Material: New Material
  • Action: Cut
  • Tool: AutoBlade
  • Cut Edge
  • Blade Height (dial): 1
  • Force: 8
  • Passes: 1
  • Speed: 8
  • These settings are for not using a cutting mat
  • Note: always do a test first when trying new settings or materials

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