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How to Make Stenciled Letters

A computer and printer can help you create your own professional looking stencils. The wide availability of word processing fonts gives you a large variety of letter style and size options. The stencilled letters can be used to add monograms to the inside covers of books or to add poetic phrases to a hallway wall. Children, who will need the aid of adult to create the stencil, will find many creative uses for a stencil that features the letters of their name.

Determine the style and size font of the completed letter stencil on your computer's word processor. Print out only the letters needed for the completed stencil design, leaving at least 1 inch between each letter on the computer paper.

Cover the letters with the sheet of Mylar, with the rough side facing up. Trace the letters with a pencil on the Mylar. Remove the paper.

Place the Mylar sheet on the cutting board. Cut through the outside edges of all the letters carefully with the craft knife to make the stencil.

Place the stencil on a sheet of newspaper. Add a small amount of paint to the pouncing paintbrush. Push the paint through the stencil to the newspaper to practice making the completed stencilled letterers.

Attach the stencil to the object to be stencilled with the painter's tape. Use the pouncing paintbrush to make the stencilled letters. Remove the stencil immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Mylar sheet
  • Craft knife
  • Wooden cutting board
  • Painters tape
  • Acrylic paint
  • Pouncing paintbrush
  • Newspaper
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About the Author

Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of Spectacularstrolls.com, an online business of self-guided walking tours.