DIY Punk Stencils

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DIY Punk Stencils
If this guy makes DIY punk stencils, you should, too. (punk guy in London image by Jerome Dancette from

In the 1970s, up-and-coming punk bands would use stencils to spray paint their logos onto posters, T-shirts and even the occasional building. The punk scene is known for its DIY approach to music, fashion and life in general. It makes sense, then, to carry on that tradition by creating DIY stencils for punk bands, old and new. Use stencils to customise different items and you'll take satisfaction in knowing you're doing it old school, like your punk forefathers and mothers before you.

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Things you need

  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Fine point permanent marker
  • Sheet of cardboard, 8 inches by 10 inches
  • Photocopy of punk logo
  • Craft knife
  • Spray paint

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  1. 1

    Photocopy the logo of your choice in black and white. The objective is to get the lines of the logo as clear as possible so it will be easy to trace.

  2. 2

    Lay the photocopy on a table and place a sheet of tracing paper over it. Use a pencil to trace the logo onto the tracing paper. Pay attention to the lines of the logo, as those will be the lines which show up best in a spray painted stencil. Remove the photocopy from under the tracing paper and set aside.

  3. 3

    Place the piece of cardboard under the tracing paper so that the logo is centred in the middle of the sheet. It is important to have extra cardboard around the stencil to make sure the spray paint doesn't go where you do not want it to go when you use the stencil. Copy over the lines of the traced copy of the logo again with a pencil, pressing down hard so that the lines transfer onto the cardboard.

  4. 4

    Remove the tracing paper. Copy over the indented lines for the logo with a fine point permanent marker so that you can see them clearly.

  5. 5

    Cut the logo out of the cardboard using a craft knife. The stencil is now ready to use.

Tips and warnings

  • Try using your stencil to spray paint the logo onto a V-neck men's undershirt or a canvas messenger bag for punk fashion accessories.
  • You can make smaller stencils and spray paint logos onto reclaimed fabric to make cool punk patches you can give to your friends or sell online.
  • Don't forget, even with a dope logo, no punk look is complete without an abundance of safety pins.
  • To make a more durable stencil for mass production, use aluminium for your stencil base and cut out the logo with tin snips.
  • Children should be supervised while using spray paint and craft knives.

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