Do-It-Yourself Word Stencils

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Stencils help to make letter size and style uniform throughout several uses.
Stencils help to make letter size and style uniform throughout several uses. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Adding a word or phrase to an art project or home decor item is simpler when you have a stencil. While letter stencils are widely available, it can be difficult to space them correctly each time you use them. Instead, create a stencil of a specific word from card stock, which is heavier than regular paper. Word stencils can be used to add a decorative repeated border on walls, to make up posters and for painted-on signs.

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting board
  • Card stock
  • Thick chiseled-edge marker
  • Masking tape
  • Craft knife

Clear off an old table that you don't mind damaging or place a cutting board on a sturdy counter top or table.

Write the word you are making a stencil of with a thick, chiseled-edge marker on a piece of card stock. The thickness of the marker will make the letters thick enough to cut out to create a stencil.

Tape the edges of the card stock to the surface you are working on with masking tape.

Cut along the outside edges of the letters in the word with a craft knife. For the letters a, b, d, e, g, o, p or q, leave a strip of card stock connected between the center of the letter and the edge of the paper around the letter. This will leave the center of the letter blank when you use the stencil.

Pull the letters out along the cut edges. Pull slowly to avoid ripping the stencil if some of the cuts did not go through the card stock completely. If you find that you have some pieces that are still stuck to the stencil, use the craft knife to cut them free.

Remove the tape from the card stock carefully to avoid ripping the stencil. The stencil can now be used to transfer the word onto any surface with markers, paint or other media.

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