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What NOT To Use When Stenciling on Wood

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Silhouette Challenge time!! Are you ready for this? (Cue Jock Jams)

This month’s challenge was home decor with virtual bonus points and high fives for those who aim to complete the bonus challenge of tackling wood!!

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There is a reason wood was the BONUS challenge...

What NOT to Use When Stenciling on Wood

This venture was a… ummm… learning experience.

This is what NOT to do in order to have a successful project:

  1. Contact Paper does not stick well to the wood (even after being painted first)
  2. Stencil Vinyl did not stick well to the wood either, but it was better than the contact paper.
  3. Do NOT use old paints. I am trying to diminish my stash of paints, but the 8-month-old paint didn't quite work. It was rather lumpy and bumpy.
  4. Do not try to paint Matte Acrylic and then Metalic Acrylic on top with the final layer Matte Acrylic.

I am a firm believer that you learn more from mistakes and failures than you do successes. If I only told  you about my successful projects that wouldn't be NEARLY as fun. Maybe what I am really looking for is some awesome tips and ideas to be left in the comment section below so that I can have more success next time!

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Here is how it all went down!

Materials I Used:

  • Assorted Acrylic Paints
  • Wooden Sign (This method can be used with any base really)
  • Stencil Vinyl (Or Oracal 631 Vinyl to get a better seal)
  • Silhouette Machine (or other Craft/Die Cutter)
  • Spray Acrylic or Other sealants
  • Jute Twine
  • Staple gun and staples

Prep and paint your surface.

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While that is drying, cut your design out and prep that for transfer. I made my design using Picmonkey. It's a really great free photo editing program that is web based.

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Once your base surface is dry, transfer your stencil to your base. Make sure to paint a thin layer of your base coat around the edges of your stencil so that if bleeding occurs it will be minimal.

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Remove the pieces as you are ready to paint them to reduce the chance of accidentally painting in the wrong part with the wrong color. Allow to dry partially and then carefully peel off (you can wait until it is completely dry, but you may see some pulling of the paint). After removing all of your stencils, allow your sign to dry completely.

What NOT To Use When Stenciling on Wood
What NOT to Use When Stenciling on Wood

Since my sign is actually a 10 x 10 wooden “canvas” and not an actual sign, I had to add the additional hanging piece which was easy peasy. Cut the twine to the length you want your sign to hang (I just eyeballed it) and then tie a knot in one end. Staple right above the knot. I did this to help prevent the twine from sliding out. Repeat this step on the other end of the twine

What NOT to Use When Stenciling on Wood

Seal with spray acrylic to prevent the paint from chipping, unless you are going for a distressed matte look. Hang and enjoy!

What NOT to Use When Stenciling on Wood

Personally, I think my door sign turned out quite nice even if there was a little bit of bleeding.

Have you ever tried using a stencil on wood? What tips do you have that made your project go smoothly?

Hit me up on Twitter or Instagram and show me your work. Be sure to use #GetCrafty!

Want even more Silhouette Inspiration? Check out these projects from my friends in the Silhouette Challenge Facebook Group! If you have any spare wood lying around (for those of you who keep random pallets in your backyard), a total of 12 of us tackled the wooden bonus this month!!! So without further ado...