How to Make a Stencil on Clothing





Introduction: How to Make a Stencil on Clothing

This is my first instructable rate it and give me feedback.

Step 1: Getting Supplies

Alrighty now what you'll need for this simple build is an x-acto knife, some cardboard (mine is a cinnamon toast crunch box), a pen, a pencil, and some pins or tape whichever you prefer.

Step 2: Getting Started

Now, what I have very roughly drawn is an acoustic guitar, I didn't want to take too much time making a really detailed stencil, so bear with me. And put your sketch on the brown side if you're using a cereal box.

Step 3: Cutting It Out

with the x acto knife "carefully" cut out you're stencil,if you look closely I cut myself a bit. Ouch!

Step 4: What It Sould Look Like

Again this is definately not a good stencil, but you do need to choose which side is going to be painted, and which side will be left alone, I left the neck and soundhole alone

Step 5: Layout You're Image

Be sure that when you are laying out your stencil that is the way you want it, because after you spray it it is permanant. Also secure your stencil to the artical of clothing with either you're pins or tape. If you are using tape be sure to put the tape under the pieces of cardboard so that they don't show up.

Step 6: How It Should Turn Out

I made this shirt using the same method about a week ago, it's not the best design ever, but it looks pretty cool, and hey it's more or less free

Step 7: Make It Comfortable

in short to make it soft, iron it with a paper towel to guard the iron from spray paint residue, wash it twice on the hottest setting there is on your washer, and then put it in the dryer on the highest, longest, and hottest setting, after pulling it out of there then you are done



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    16 Discussions

    I found 14 x 11in sheets of thin craft foam at the hobby store that I use for my stencils. They cut very easily but are durable for at multiple uses as long as you keep them flat when storing. Just print your design, tape it to the foam, and cut it out with an x-acto.

    Like bignothing says, go with freezer paper. It's much easier to cut and stays put perfectly. Printer paper with spray mount works great as well and lets you print designs from a computer.

    Stick with spraypaint if you really want to, but you should check out fabric paint. A small jar costs less than a can of spraypaint, feels better, and provides more control. Check out some of these.

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    yeah, i got some of that setacolor by pebeo a while ago and it works great

    If you're not gonna put in any effort, then neither will I.

    my bad, i was looking at the lumiere and neopaque paints more than the setacolor

    For crisper lines/more detail, try using freezer paper:
    It also makes working with islands (like the soundhole on your guitar stencil) much easier.

    Thanks for the tips for making them comfy, I have a few shirts that just are too layered with acrylic to wear alone, hopefully this will rescue a few of them.


    11 years ago

    More detail on the painting step. I did this about 3 months ago and the paint bled through the shirt fabric. Did you do layers or was it a specific type of paint or shirt? Or maybe you just have better luck than me. Otherwise, I like the "making it comfortable" instructions the best.

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    My affect has nothing to do with luck, just slip a piece of newspaper that is roughlt the size of the shirt, and paint away.

    The stencil thing is pretty obvious. The same as you would make any stencil but thetips on making it comfortable are cool.

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