How to Make Stencils With a Wood Burner

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How to Make Stencils With a Wood Burner
Create your own stencils using a fine-tipped wood burner. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Stencils can be used on fabric, paintable wallpaper or directly on walls to add a touch of charm to any room. Making your own stencils allows you to control the size and shape of the finished design; you can use whatever image or design you'd like to enhance your home. All the supplies you need to make stencils with a wood burner can be found at a craft store, including the wood burner itself.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Image to make into a stencil
  • Glass sheet (larger than finished stencil)
  • Mylar sheet
  • Masking tape
  • Wood burner outfitted with fine tip

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  1. 1

    Place the image you want to turn into a stencil on a flat work surface with the right side facing up.

  2. 2

    Top the image with a sheet of glass.

  3. 3

    Place the Mylar sheet on top of the glass and tape the edges in place.

  4. 4

    Turn on the wood burner and wait for it to get hot. Some brands have a light indicating when it is ready to use, while others do not.

  5. 5

    Trace around the edges of the design with the wood burner. You should be able to see the design through the glass. Slowly trace the entire design, and then lift away the cut-out portion. The remaining piece of Mylar is your stencil.

  6. 6

    Use the tip pf the wood burner to refine any jagged edges, and then remove the tape from the stencil and use as desired.

Tips and warnings

  • If you can't find Mylar, you can use quilter's template plastic instead.
  • The glass that comes inside a ready-made frame makes a great surface for this project.
  • Stencil design ideas can be found in design books, colouring books and online.
  • Keep your stencil simple for best results. Too many cuts will render the stencil ineffective.
  • The wood burner gets hot; don't touch the working tip with your fingers.
  • Don't attempt a complex design without mastering the technique first.
  • Don't leave a hot wood burner unattended.

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