How to Make Camo Stencils

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Things You'll Need

  • Camouflage clip art

  • Printer

  • Acetate paper

  • Cardboard

  • Craft knife

Stencils are used to trace images and letters with exact precision. They are useful for reproducing images quickly and accurately and greatly aid those of us who are not artistically talented but are artistically inclined. They are used for a variety of projects, including transferring camouflage designs onto boats. You can buy camo stencils for your project at a variety of merchants, or you can easily make camo stencils yourself for little cost and completely customized to suit your preference.


Step 1

Locate camouflage clip art either on an image editing program that you have or on the Internet. Create your own if you wish by utilizing the tools within your image editing software to draw camouflage patterns.

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Step 2

Print the camouflage pattern on acetate paper and allow the ink to dry completely for approximately 10 minutes before proceeding.

Step 3

Place the camo stencil on a piece of cardboard and use a craft knife to cut away the section of the stencil which you will trace or paint.


A simple camouflage pattern with more space between each line will be easier to cut into a suitable camo stencil although you can use a more detailed pattern that will take more intricate cutting.


Beware of smudging the ink on the acetate paper by touching it before it is completely dry.


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