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DIY: A Charming Stencil Project for Your Walls

Give a new meaning to the word “wallflower”

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Do your plain walls look a little boring? A pattern will surely liven up your space. A dainty cherry blossom pattern is simple enough for beginners. Paint a branch or two to climb up a corner or trail down from the ceiling, or be daring and paint an entire tree. 

How long will it take to complete the project: 3 to 5 hours depending on pattern coverage

Materials:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Stencil brush (available at craft stores)
  • Cartolina or board paper
  • Cutter
  • Double-sided tape or masking tape

Crafts by Angeli Sobrepena. Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Prepare the pattern.

1. Scan or photocopy your pattern. Enlarge it to your desired size. See sample patterns for inspiration.

2. Print the stencils on board paper or cartolina.

Tip

Cut out the shaded portions of the stencil with a cutter. Always cut towards you and not away from you.

After preparing the pattern, wipe clean the surface of your wall.

Secure the pattern.

Attach the branch stencils to the wall using folded masking tape. Make sure that no part of the stencil is raised. Use tape that doesn't leave any residue.

Choose your colors.

Use a dry stencil brush to paint your pattern. Dip the tip of the brush into the paint, making sure that only a small amount of paint is on the brush tip. Blot off excess paint on a piece of tissue until almost no paint is left on the brush (applying too much paint will result in smudged edges).

Use circular strokes.

Hold the brush like a pencil, with the bristles flat on the surface of the wall. Apply paint with circular strokes, painting the edges first and moving towards the center of the motif.

Work on the flowers after the branches.

You may peel off the branch stencils slowly after the paint has dried. Attach the flower stencils to your desired spots and repeat steps 1 to 4.

Finished project.
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