How to Stencil With Chalk

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Stenciling is a cheap and efficient way to decorate that involves applying paint or chalk over the top of a pattern. Stencils are created by cutting out a printed or drawn pattern from a template made of paper or cardboard. Stenciling with chalk should be done on a flat surface, such as a sidewalk or a wall. You can stencil with chalk by first drawing or printing the stencil design that will be used.

Things You'll Need

  • Crushed sidewalk chalk
  • Bucket
  • 4-inch roller
  • Stencils
  • Utility knife
  • Bottle of spray adhesive
  • Masking tape
  • Rag or towel
  • Mallet or small stone
  • Cut out the stencil design using a utility knife, if it was drawn or printed on a piece of paper.

  • Place pieces of the same color of sidewalk chalk in a bucket and crush these into a powder. You will need a heavy object, such as a small mallet or stone, to crush the chalk.

  • Clean the area with a rag or towel so that it is free of leaves and dirt, or the stencil will not stick properly.

  • Place the stencil on the ground or wall where you want to apply the chalk. You can use pieces of masking tape to keep the stencil on the side of a wall.

  • Spray the area to be stenciled with the bottle of spray adhesive. The spray adhesive will help adhere the chalk to the wall or sidewalk surface.

  • Cover the 4-inch roller completely with the crushed sidewalk chalk.

  • Apply the chalk to the stencil with the roller.

  • Remove the stencil and blow away any excess chalk.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stencils can also be purchased that are made of plastic and can be reused.
  • You can purchase sidewalk chalk from any arts and crafts or toy stores.
  • Chalk will wash off the wall or sidewalk the next time it rains.
  • Applying too much pressure with the roller may bend the paper and ruin the look of the stencil.

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