Christmas With Stencils: Warm Wishes on Slate

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

A group of creative bloggers are sharing their holiday crafts and decor by using Christmas stencils. A great way to decorate for this festive season.

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.


Carole from Garden Up Green

Karen  from To Work with my hands

Jane from Grit Antiques

Meredith from The Pallette Muse

Jemma from At Home with Jemma


About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. I love the idea of using a slate and that stencil is awesome! This just looks so festive and the simplicity is wonderful. Thanks for joining us love working with you Patti.

  2. Oh Patti, I am in love with your Slate Christmas Sign. That Red Bird just made it Pop. Great Job. You aren’t going to believe this, but my Husband just brought home an arm full of Slate last night. He knows I like to make things too. Especially Painted things. I am so excited, does it show? I even have a whole gallon of Black Chalk Paint that I mixed up for my projects. Glad you e-mailed me so I didn’t miss this. Thanks I am also glad you made a list of the other Ladies so I can visit their Sites too. See you soon, Donna

  3. So very pretty. The words are beautiful and the littlle red bird is perfect.

  4. Good Morning Patti,
    I adore your slate Christmas sign and this stencil is gorgeous.
    What a wonderful way to incorporate Christmas decorating into your home.
    I so enjoy working with you on these creative projects.
    You always inspired me.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  5. This is such a fun idea and I love the quote you chose. I always wondered how people get those perfect chalk board designs, thanks for sharing! And that little bird is just the perfect touch!

  6. I so love how you took a thrifted piece and turned it into something so gorgeous for Christmas! I get just giddy when something old and tired gets all dressed up and given new usefulness like this. You did a fabulous job!

    The stencil is great, and I love that word-block style. I have yet to find a spray adhesive locally, and am sure it would make my stencil efforts easier. What brand/retailer did you use?

    It’s always a joy doing a project with you, Patti. This one is yet another! 🙂

    • Hi Karen,

      I feel the same way about you.

      Regarding the adhesive I simply used Elmer’s multipurpose spray adhesive. I bought it at our local hardware store. It’s a little on the strong side but maybe that’s a good thing.
      Thanks for stopping by,

  7. oh, my…I love that you used slate! It is awesome and my wheels are turning…I’ll be looking for slate…Lol! The stencil is also perfect and the little bird makes it pop. My mom & I love birds!

    I’ve loved this project…thank you for the inspiration!

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday, xo

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