Print out this page. Regular paper is swell. All
of our stencils will fit on a 8.5” x 11” sheet, unless
noted otherwise. If you want a bigger stencil (and we approve), you
up the image
at a copy store.
Best) We recommend that you print out the image on regular
paper and then laminate it. (Your local copy store can do this.)
Lamination makes the stencil strong and it's easy to cut.
Second Best) You can print onto regular copier paper and, using
spray-adhesive, glue it onto cardstock, posterboard or a thin cardboard.
Third Best) At a copy store, there is a ‘transparency’ stock
that works pretty well. It cuts easy but it is not stiff. (You’d
need to tape it to a wall. Not good for a quick dodge.
3. CUT IT
You could use a chainsaw but it’s easiest to use an exacto-type knife,
the one that looks like a metal pencil with a sharp blade on the end. This
is best for detail and curves. Go slow. Be safe. Put something underneath
the stencil so you don’t cut up your laptop lid or the dining
4. SPRAY IT
First) Make sure no one is looking.
Second) Use a matte spray paint because glossy will glare out and
reflect (unless that’s part of the design.) You can also
use spray chalk.
Third) Hold the stencil flat to the surface. (Tape it, if you have
Fourth) Spray it. Slow and easy is best.
Obey local laws. Be considerate of others. Make art.