How to Make Stenciled Letters

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How to Make Stenciled Letters
You can make your own letter stencils of any size or style. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

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

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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

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