Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette

Everyone knows I love stencils, especially when it’s something that will add a stylish ‘pop’ to a room in my home! I’ve done doors, walls, beds and more. This week I got to learn how to Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette!

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I love using my Silhouette Cameo often, but mostly have used it for vinyl and cutting out shapes or designs. Like, a LOT! But the Silhouette has so many more options, and I was so excited to try something new with it, and was pleasantly surprised!

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Since we have a bunch of family coming this weekend, I wanted to make the house a bit more…presentable. We’ve lived in our home a year now, yet I only have a handful of decorations up. My kitchen is especially bland…nice and clean…but bland. I wanted a cute little pop of color, and decided a crisp red apple design on our pantry door was just the ticket!

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Of course, I wasn’t about to paint any sort of design free-hand because my drawing skills are…well..non-existent! This was the perfect project to try out my new stenciling material. Woot Woot!

One of my favorite things about Silhouette is that the program is super easy to use, yet can do so many different things! Their online shape/design store has pretty much anything you could want. I found the perfect apple shape for my pantry, along with a swirly leaf design. I laid it out nicely in the program….

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….then just select the ‘Stencil’ material to get your cutting settings. It’s great at telling you what level to put your blade at, so it’s the perfect depth for whatever material thickness.

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Load your stencil material into your Silhouette machine, then hit ‘CUT’. Away it goes cutting out your stencils perfectly!

Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette / by Busy Mom's Helper #stencils #silhouette #painting #decor

Once it’s cut out, remove the cut-out shapes. It’ll leave you with your perfect-edged stencil!

Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette / by Busy Mom's Helper #stencils #silhouette #painting #decor

Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette / by Busy Mom's Helper #stencils #silhouette #painting #decor

Now, did you know that Silhouette’s stencil material is adhesive? Well, it is! No trying to tape your stencil to your surface and hoping it stays on. Just peel the stencil off the backing, and apply it firmly and smoothly to your desired area.

Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette / by Busy Mom's Helper #stencils #silhouette #painting #decor

Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette / by Busy Mom's Helper #stencils #silhouette #painting #decor

See? It stays on securely so your hands are more free for the actual painting. Love it! Next comes the fun part…painting!

Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette / by Busy Mom's Helper #stencils #silhouette #painting #decor

Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette / by Busy Mom's Helper #stencils #silhouette #painting #decor

I even did a spot using the inverse of the stencil, for a fun little ‘outline’ instead of a filled in shape.

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Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette / by Busy Mom's Helper #stencils #silhouette #painting #decor

Allow the paint to dry, then carefully peel off the stencil. Guess what? It’s reusable! Just make sure to store it with the backing so it doesn’t get all dirty or bent funny.

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Look at how it turned out on my pantry door!

Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette / by Busy Mom's Helper #stencils #silhouette #painting #decor

Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette / by Busy Mom's Helper #stencils #silhouette #painting #decor

Seriously, I’m loving how easy this was to use!

Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette / by Busy Mom's Helper #stencils #silhouette #painting #decor

Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette / by Busy Mom's Helper #stencils #silhouette #painting #decor

And the inverse stenciled shapes? So fun and spunky! They did bleed a bit because the wall is very rough and bumpy, so just keep that in mind when choosing your area for a stencil.

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My kitchen now has some pretty colors, and it only took me less than an hour from design to finish! I can’t wait to do more stencils with Silhouette, perhaps next time a border for one of our rooms, or maybe even some accents for a gallery wall! The possibilities are endless!

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Check out these other fabulous projects using my Silhouette Cameo!

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Make Your Own Stencils with Silhouette / by Busy Mom's Helper #stencils #silhouette #painting #decor

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