How to Cut Out a Halftone Stencil

Written by anne wilson
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to Cut Out a Halftone Stencil
Halftone designs and artwork can be accomplished at home using a do-it-yourself halftone stencil. (halftone pattern, dots image by Suto Norbert from

A halftone stencil is one that creates small dots or lines so that once paint is applied over the stencil and the stencil is lifted away, an image appears that is hazy or nondescript up close, but as you step away the image is visible. Halftone stencilling is commonly used in screen printing T-shirts or art on canvas. It is typically achieved through laser-cut templates with one colour applied to the design at a time. Use a cardboard sheet and hole punchers to create your halftone stencil.

Skill level:

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Halftone design (to copy)
  • Tape
  • Cardboard sheets
  • Hand hole puncher

Show MoreHide


  1. 1

    Look for a halftone design made out of small circles that you would like to copy for your halftone stencil and use as a pattern to cut out your stencil design. Or, design your own halftone design on a piece of paper.

  2. 2

    Create a halftone stencil for each colour of your halftone design. You will do one colour at a time to achieve one cohesive design with multiple layers of colours. Lay the design down over the cardboard and tape it down on the edges so it won't move around.

  3. 3

    Mark the holes in your pattern that you want to be all one colour so you know which holes to cut out for your first stencil. Your design pattern may already have differently coloured holes on it; if so, choose which colour you would like to cut out first.

  4. 4

    Punch out the circles using your pattern and a hand hole puncher.

  5. 5

    Cut out additional stencils for the remaining colours of your design following steps 3 and 4.

Tips and warnings

  • For a design with differently sized circles, select hole punchers in a variety of sizes.
  • Choose hole punchers with a vertical handle. Those with grip handles may not be able to reach all the way to the centre of your stencil design.

Don't Miss

  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.