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Stunning Home Decor for Cheap with Stencils

Get beautiful, custom home decor for practically nothing with these four easy DIY stencil projects. Use these modern stylish stencils to update and customize furniture, glassware, tablecloths and even plates!

These aren't the tacky stencils of yesteryear - today's stencils are stunningly stylish, the perfect tool for revamping and redecorating. From glassware to tableware and even furniture, turn heads in your home with a simple stencil.

"I think stenciling is one of the easiest craft projects I've tried," says DIY Diva Tamika Fletcher.

You can buy stencils in stores and online, or find them free on the web and make your own with Wax-O stencil paper and an exacto knife. Here are four easy DIY projects you can do at home to transform plain items into stunning, custom-made home decorations.

Stencilled Address Stool

Materials:

  • exacto knife
  • wax-o paper stencil paper
  • stencilling surface like a stool
  • spray paint
  • spray adhesive
  • painter's tape
  • clear polyurethane spray
1. Print the address to the building on another sheet of regular paper.

2. Place the printed image under a piece of wax-o paper and use painters tape to hold it in place. Make sure you can see your image through the wax paper.

3. Use an exacto knife to cut out the image from the wax paper.

4. Lightly sand the top of the stool.

6. Add spray adhesive to the back of the stencil.

7. Use painter's tape on the edge of the stencil and cover the rest of the surface of the stool with tape.

8. Lightly apply a coat or two of spray paint. Let dry about 10 minutes.

9. Peel off the tape and stencil.

10. Lightly cover the top of the stool with polyurethane spray.

Glass Etching Stencils

Materials:

  • etching cream
  • glass surface for decorating, such as a glass bottle or jar
  • stencil stickers
  • gloves
1. Put on your gloves. Etching cream is made with a strong acidic chemical that can be dangerous, to be sure to wear your gloves during this entire project.

2. Clean the glass surface.

3. Stick the stencil stickers in place.

4. Add a thick layer of etching cream, covering the pattern completely.

5. Let it sit for 60 seconds and then rinse it under water.

6. Peel the stencil off.

These stencils are reusable so put them back on the paper and use them a few more times before tossing Tamika used the same etching cream on glass bottles. She used custom patterns with a silk-screen stencil.

Stencilled Fabric

Tamika used two colors to create an ombre effect on the corner of this plain white tablecloth.

Materials:

  • fabric surface, such as atablecloth
  • silk-screen stencils
  • acrylic paint
  • sponge
1. Put the stencil on the corner of the table cloth or anywhere you want it on your fabric.

2. Add the paint to the sponge and sponge the patterned area of the stencil.

3. Let it dry for about 10 minutes before removing the stencil.

Stencilled Plate

Materials:

  • plates
  • glass paint such as Martha Stewart's Glass gloss craft paint
  • sponge
  • silk screen stencils
1. Clean the plate.

2. Put the stencil in the desired location and press with a clean sponge to make sure the stencil is stuck in place.

3. Add the paint to the sponge and the sponge to the plate. You want a lot of paint on the sponge.

4. Wipe the paint on the stencil design, trying not to lift the stencil.

5. Then go back and sponge it on for texture.

6. Let it dry before removing the stencil.

For more from Tamika, visit naturalresourcessalon.com.
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