My friend Carole asked me to join her and a great group of creative bloggers, to create a project using Christmas stencils. There are so many to choose from, but after searching for quite a while I picked this one from The Stencilsmith.
Decorating with Christmas Stencils
Carole has so many great projects that she has made using stencils, however, I’m not the best at stenciling. Still, I do love the look, and thought it would be fun to add something new to our Christmas decor.
While visiting my daughters in Ohio, we went to a couple of thrift stores. I found this old slate welcome sign for $3.99, and thought it would work great for this project.
First I painted over the original design with ordinary black craft paint.
Since the stencil I bought did not cover the whole slate, I added this cute bird and garland at the top.
You can easily transfer an image like this by using white chalk on the back of the image, and tracing on the front with a pencil. Then just fill in with more craft paint. Once it’s dry, you can wipe away any residual chalk with a damp towel.
I actually bought a new set of stencil brushes for this project. In addition, I made sure I sprayed the stencil with a little adhesive to hold it in place. In the past, I have had some bleed through, but this time I am super happy with how it turned out. Once it was dry I sprayed the whole thing with a polyurethane spray, to protect it from the elements.
Now it’s hanging on the side of our front door for all our guests to see.
Don’t forget to stop by and see what my friends have created.