Monday, February 24, 2014

Make a reusable wall stencil for .50cents

I have never been big on wall stencils...
I think the main reason is that I am not patient enough to do an entire wall, and not as a perfectionist to make sure everything looks straight and...perfect.
But I have a friend who wanted to do some stenciling.
She didn't wanted to pay the price for the stencil she liked...a whopping $45.
Yes, apparently some stencils are pretty expensive. $45 for a square piece of plastic.
So, I made a very similar stencil on the computer,
printed out in sections,
taped it together and 
cut out the design using cardstock paper.
Then the fun part began.
***so far, the project was practically free 
(minus ink fro printer and paper)***
I found this flexible chopping mats at the $tree.
The package comes with 2 in it, making it .50 each.
I cut out the design with an x-acto knife,
and I went over it two time.
***I used a couple of flat cardboard boxes 
to protect the work surface***
The first time to score the plastic, the second time to actually cut through it.

And here is how it came out.
She now has a reusable stencil for .50cents, that's a saving of $44.50

Stay Frugal,

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Linda said...

That is amazingly CLEVER!!! Looking forward to seeing the wall when she's done!! I cannot even imagine a wall here at home that would 'empty' enough to stencil! HOWEVER - I AM going to paint our closet sliding doors! Now THAT'S a idea - I could stencil them!!

Junkchiccottage said...

What a great copy and homemade stencil. What a great savings too. Awesome.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Daniela,
Wow, using those chopping mats is such a clever idea! With some work but you make an awful lot of money per hour, compared to that $ 45.00 price tag.
You for sure have smiles coming down from heaven!

NanaDiana said...

GREAT job, Dani. WOW!!! That is labor intensive but LOOK at the savings. I like letter stenciling but I am like you---too much of a perfectionist to want to do a whole wall with stenciling a real "pattern". xo Diana

Something Nice and Pretty said...

You are a genius Danilla, a lot of savings there with that stencil!

Kelly said...

It's hard to believe that some stencils cost so much money. Yours turned out great! Are you going to use it somewhere now?

Carla from The River said...

Looking forward to the next step. :-)
I must say you do amaze me. And I thank you for teaching me so many new ways to be frugal.
Thank You!

td said...

this is your best post EVER!!I've been so wanting to do this and the cutting mat idea is brilliant. thank you!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

OMGoodness...I so need to try this.


Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Now that is some news I can use! I have never had much luck with an exacto knife, thanks for the tip on scoring first. Bet I can do it now. Very clever and I love a good money saving idea!

Heather @ The Beating Hearth said...

Thanks so much for saying to score it first! I have never attempted something like this, but would love to add a little decorative touch to the girls room! Great tips1