How to Stencil and a Stencil GIVEAWAY

Happy {giveaway} Thursday! Today I am going to show you how to stencil AND giveaway a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils! Yay!! So check out the bookcase I stenciled in my craft room. It turned out gorgeous!

stenciled bookcase

I stenciled the back of my fabric bookcase {originally found on the side of the road!} and made it look stellar! I  used the Harlequin Trellis All  Over stencil made by Cutting Edge Stencils. And I think it turned out fantastic!


I stenciled a turquoise paint on the  back of the white book shelf. I wanted a hint of color so that it didn’t interfere with the colors of fabric I put in front of it.

Okay, are you ready to learn how to stencil? Here we go!

How to Stencil

Supplies: stencil, paint {i used craft paint}, dense foam roller, small paint brushes, repositional spray adhesive, paper towels/wet wipes {i highly recommend wet wipes!}, painters tape

stenciling tutorial

1. Make sure your surface is clean.

stencil tutorial

2. Spray one side of the stencil with spray adhesive. {you can find it in the adhesive section} Allow to dry for a few seconds and then place it on the surface you are stenciling and press it down. Cutting Edge Stencils has this handy stencil level that attaches to your stencil to help you keep it level. I did not use it because the my surface was so small, but on large projects like my craft room wall, this level would be very helpful!

how to stencil

3. Using the high density foam roller, apply paint to it and then remove the excess with a paper towel so that it is a dry brush. {err, foam roller} Basically, you want some paint on the roller, but you need to apply some pressure to get the paint out. This will help prevent leaks under the stencil.

4. Once you have covered all the open lines of the stencil, allow to dry. Then apply a second coat of paint {if needed}. But I’ve found that you usually do have to do 2 coats no matter what colors you’re using.

Stenciling the Edges


5. Cutting Edge stencils come with a small single stencil and top part stencil of your stencil design so you can do smaller areas and the tops easier. Along with the spray adhesive, I used painters tape to hold these smaller stencils in place because I had to bend them in order to stencil the corners.

6. As you can see, I did have some leakage under my stencils. Use the small brushes with the base color {in this case, white} for touch ups.

TRICK: Since I used craft paint, I was able to wipe off the turquoise paint leaks with wet wipes. I did not even use white paint for any touch ups. The craft paint was water soluble, so it was easy to get the excess paint off with a wet wipe. I found it worked best to do the “wet wipe touch ups” immediately after taking off the stencil, while the paint was still slightly damp. It wiped right off and was super easy!

I really like how Cutting Edge Stencils includes these smaller stencils with your larger stencil. They are super helpful and a lot easier to use than the larger one for small spots.

Check out the Cutting Edge Youtube channel for how to videos or their blog.

DIY stenciling

Cutting Edge Stencils are lighter weight than other stencils I’ve used. Which made it easier to bend when stenciling, but they also came rolled up in a ball from being shipped and I had to flatten them. So there is a give and take there.

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Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Cutting Edge Stencils. I received free product to try. I only promote high quality products that I think you’ll enjoy. All opinions are 100% mine. Please see my disclosure page for a complete statement. 

Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 201

    I’d stencil my dresser fronts in the guest room. :)

  2. 202
    Angie B

    I have always loved the look of stencils but have been afraid to try it. Thanks for showing step by step and giving us all the confidence to tackle a project like this!

  3. 203

    I’m going to stencil from craft room wall-I absolutely love yours!

  4. 204

    one wall in the master bedroom :)

  5. 205

    Really love the color that you chose for the back of your book case to show case off your fabrics when there is an open space to see the stencil work. It has been a while sense I have done any Stenciling. I have a small table I am planning on refurnishing and putting in our spare bedroom as a guest room if need be. I think I will try my hand and stenciling again thanks to your tutorial.

  6. 206
    carol garcia

    I would stencil my entry way. Great giveaway

  7. 207
    Lindsay F

    I’d like to stencil my bedroom wall above my sewing corner/ work desk.

  8. 208

    I’d like to stencil the wall in my room :)

  9. 209

    I have an old dresser that I would LOVE to turn into a buffet, and then stencil the top.

  10. 210
    Michelle Smith

    I’d love to stencil my bathroom wall!

  11. 211
    Andrea Beshuk

    i would love to stencil the ceiling in my mini-sized bathroom!

  12. 212

    I’d like to stencil the back of my bookshelf so I can use it as a stylish, “double-sided” room divider in my condo.

  13. 213

    So nice to see stenciling updated! In the 90s, my mom stenciled every room in our house. I’d love to do a stenciled wall with an iridescent shade of the wall color, so it creates a really subtle, modern effect. Inspiring fabric storage, too!

  14. 214

    The back — as in outside — of my bookshelf :)

  15. 215

    I would like to stencil my hallway wall.

  16. 216
    Kim C

    I’d love to stencil my dresser. It needs an upgrade.