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How to make a circle stencil

Updated April 17, 2017

Stencils can be used for a wide variety of projects. You can use a stencil to help you paint a design on a wall, to draw a picture or even to decorate a cake. You can purchase stencils in all different shapes at your local craft store, but they can be rather expensive. You can make your own stencils at home with some supplies from your local craft store.

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  1. Find a circular item to trace that will give you the size circle you want. For small circles, you can use coins; for larger circles, you can use cups or bowls.

  2. Lay the circular object on top of the clear plastic sheet.

  3. Trace around the object with the dry-erase marker.

  4. Lay your clear plastic sheet on a cutting mat.

  5. Cut out the circle you traced with a craft knife in one fluid motion to make it as round as possible.

  6. Lift the clear plastic sheet, and remove the circle that you cut out.

  7. Tip

    You can use a light-grade sandpaper to smooth out your circle stencil if your cuts aren’t as smooth as you like. You can use one clear plastic sheet to make circle stencils in several sizes. Cut all of the different-sized circles from one sheet, and use the sheet as your stencil to save on storage space. You can use repositionable spray adhesive to make your stencil tacky so that it doesn’t move when you use it. Use a thin piece of cardboard, such as a file folder, to make your stencil if you don’t have a clear plastic sheet. The clear plastic sheet is preferable so that you can see exactly where you are placing your circle on your project.

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Things You'll Need

  • Clear plastic overhead projector sheet
  • Craft knife
  • Dry-erase marker
  • Circular item
  • Cutting mat

About the Author

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.

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