Introduction: Make Your Own Stencil

About: I enjoy photography, horticulture and carpentry, and am almost always doing something relating to of those things.

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
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)