Make Your Own Stencil

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Introduction: Make Your Own Stencil

Make a stencil to spray paint your...whatever onto anything without a fancy shmancy laser cutter!

What you'll need:

A printed out image
A Box Cutter
Foamboard/Cardboard
Sandpaper
Toothpicks
Hot Glue Gun
Duct tape (of course)
Spray Paint
Latex Gloves

Also, my image is relatively simple, but if you want to use one with spereate objects, use this tutorial with mine.

Oh, and this is my first instructable, so be constructive, but not too harsh.

Step 1: Preparation

Gather your supplies.
Print out whatever image you want to use, and tape it to the foam board.

Step 2: Cutting

The first thing you'll want to do is use your knife to poke holes through the image every 3/4 cm or so. Then take off the paper [or leave it on, doesn't really matter] and connect the dots with your knife, don't worry about small mistakes, we'll fix these later. Then pop out the shape of your image.

Step 3: Sand and Glue

Now get your sand paper and sand along the inside of your stencil to smooth out the inside. If any curves are straight, you can cut more now as well.

Use your hot glue gun to make the inside of the stencil extra smooth. Draw a thick line, then use your tooth pick to spread smooth.

Also use tooth picks to reinforce any delicate parts, or parts the fell off while sanding. Youll notice I had to reattach part of my W.

Sorry for the blurry image.

Step 4: Test It Out

So take it outside, and try it on a scrap piece of paper. Look at imperfections, and add glue/sand as needed. Also, to deal with over spray try some of these ideas (please comment on your own ideas)

Add a few layers of duct tape to the back for some padding
Hold the foam board extra tight to the peper
Use glue to make a thick line along the border to catch overspray.

Again, this is handmade, so there will always be some.

Step 5: PAINT!!!

Now go around and paint everything you own!

Im lucky enough that I can make my initials with just one letter.

It looks like there is more over spray then there was, I did that to make it look cooler (IMO)

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    very helpful article thanks for a lot....

    but there is one more question: How to print stencil when the letters are very big?

    Who has a same problem I recomend to use poster softwere for printing a large stencils. Then I was making stencil like at the article

    I have also used frisket on walls for my bigger stencils. it hold them in place, completely blocks paint leak-through and the best part for me is- you can cut while it's on the wall and it doesn't stick permanently and you can move it around and re-use it.

    It looks like your using Styrofoam, and I used cardboard and instead of glue i taped the insides and it worked just as good. Thanks.

    Hi, I was going to paint a hot air balloon on the wall of my room (possibly in the corner, so a stencil might not work). I was wondering if you have any ideas of how I could do this in a relatively short time frame. Thanks.

    You could also use 3m spray adhesive on the back of your stencil so its sticks or if you want to put your stencil on the wall without holding it and getting paint on your hands

    wow I dont have a glue gun ,what am I soupost to do?

    they have one at joannes that I bought for I think 5 bucks and hundred pack glue sticks. ^o^

    I am looking to make a stencil to put a somewhat complicated logo onto a presentation folder. The logo involves words and a mask - pretty intricate and lots of curves - not sure the foam board idea will work, any other suggestions?

    Acetate sheets work pretty well. They're the transparencies used on overhead projectors.