DIY Stencil Generator

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DIY Stencil Generator
Stencils are any easy way to reproduce images. (no cycling and skating sign stencilled on a pavement image by Stephen Gibson from

Stencils are useful craft and decorating tools that help to produce uniform images on wide-ranging items from the walls of a home to T-shirts. Stencils are readily available from craft stores and online suppliers, but they can be expensive. There are also websites that will generate stencil images from the uploaded photographs of users, but, with access to a black-and-white photocopying machine, the savvy crafter can make her own unique stencils, using photos and images that are special to her.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Mylar
  • Craft knife
  • Fine-pint permanent marker

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  1. 1

    Select a photograph or picture that you think will make a good stencil. Choose a picture that is fairly simple and does not have too much detail.

  2. 2

    Photocopy the picture. Turn the photocopier's brightness setting to dark. Keep adjusting the setting until your photocopy is nothing more than a black and white image with no shades of grey in between. This will be the basis for your stencil.

  3. 3

    Place the picture on your work surface and place a sheet of Mylar or stencil plastic over it. Pin them down onto the work surface to stop them from moving. Trace around the black images with a fine-point permanent marker.

  4. 4

    Take a sharp craft knife and cut around the marker lines you traced. Remove these pieces from the Mylar. You will now have a Mylar sheet into which you have cut your stencil image.

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