Introduction: Make Your Own Stencils

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My mother recently asked me if I could make her a stencil for our local town's senior citizen center. Apparently crime in on the rise in small town America and Seniors are an easy target.

So I decided to document the easy steps and share it with the insructables community.

If you can trace you can make a stencil.

Step 1: Design Your Stencil

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Using a computer design and print your desired stencil.

Or draw it yourself if your are more skilled than me.

*This paper will be destroyed so don't use something you are attached to.

Step 2: Gather Your Tools

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You will need:

a cutting tool
cutting may
tape
your stencil design printed
and your stencil medium

At the craft store the stencil medium is a sticky paper or a flimsy plastic, which is fine for one time use but if your are making something to last get something thicker.
* Pictured is the stuff I found.

Step 3: Tape Your Stencil

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Lay down your cutting mat.

Lay down your stencil design.

Lay your stencil medium over it and center your design.

Tape it down so it is secure.

Step 4: Cut

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Using your cutting tool simply graced the outline of your design.

Step 5: Untape

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Remove the tape and you are all done. You have a Stencil that you made.

Step 6: *WARNING

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Take breaks.

The harder the plastic of your stencil medium, the harder on your fingers.

Step 7: Use It

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Here I used it with orange spray paint to help protect the chairs so often targeted by small town thieves.

Comments

MichiganDave (author)2016-08-14

Good for you! I hope it works, and your instructions will assist those doing this task whilst still learning such things.

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