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QR codes are 2-dimensional barcodes that can store quite a bit of information, like website addresses and SMS messages. Best of all they can be easily scanned by any smartphone with one of dozens of free QR scanning apps.

I've seen several methods for creating spray paint stencils of QR codes that require CAD software and CNC routers. I've come up with a much simpler method you can do in a couple of hours.

Step 1: Assemble Your Parts And Tools

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Here's what you'll need:

1. Fence wire (or chicken wire) with square holes.
  • You can find this kind of fence wire at most any hardware store. It's sold cheap and by the foot. The size of the square holes range anywhere from 1/16" up to 1/2", allowing you to make many different QR code stencils in many different sizes. In this instructable I'm using 1/4" fencing.

2. Masking tape (the wider the better)

3. Xacto knife (#11 blades recommended)

3. Pliers for cutting wire (the smaller the better)

4. Two sharpies of different colors.

5. Black spray paint
carpespasm2 years ago
That kind of wire is called "hardware cloth". Very original idea!
RangerJ2 years ago
Excellent idea for marking tools and equipment with your name, address, etc. It would also appear to be a good way of recording passwords or lock combinations, etc.

It never ceases to amaze me the clever things people post on this website!
useraaaaa2 years ago
GoodAsh03 (author)  MoustacheCat2 years ago
Thanks a lot.