- Stencil (hand-drawn or digitally printed on computer paper, cut with X-Acto knife)
- Unfinished wood item (plaque, jewelry box, etc.)
- Wood stain of chosen color
- Varnish of chosen finish
- Sponge and paint brushes
- Soft cloth rags
Let's make a one-of-a-kind gift!
Step 1: Prepare your stencil
Step 2: Place stencil
Depending on the intricacy of your design, you could also use some sort of adhesive paper, or even just tape!
Step 3: Fill in stencil with wood glue
If you end up using a paper stencil, be careful with the direction you pull the brush as not to force glue underneath it. Also, the glue is thick and dries fast and the paper will start to curl, so work quickly!
Step 4: Fill in the details
If you don't have any fine details, you could add to your design free-hand! I decided to add a border to my plaque. Don't worry too much if the glue looks uneven in places as long as all of the wood you do not want to stain is adequately covered.
Let your glue dry completely.