One-Time Use Vinyl Stencils

January 28th, 2011

We have been making Custom Lettering Stencils for years.  Today it’s not just custom lettering!  You want designs with style!  So we’ve expanded and will be adding 100’s of new designs cut as one-time use vinyl stencils.  Vinyl stencils make beautiful and affordable focal points for any room and the possibilities are endless. 

How To Apply

Complete instructions follow.  In this example, we will assume you are going to center the design on the wall. Measure the wall and divide by two.  Lightly mark the center line with a pencil.   Position the marked center line of the  stencil on this mark.  If your stencil is cut in sections, be sure the stencil pieces butt against each other.  For horizontal placement, use a level and the lines marked on the sides of the stencil.  To hold the stencil in place, tape across the top edge with low-tack painters tape (usually blue.)  The stencil is a sandwich of three layers.  Once the stencil is in place flip it up so you are looking at the back as shown at right.

Carefully pull off the back layer as shown making sure you do not remove the letter centers (a, b, d, e, g, o, p, & q), as they need to stay in place.  Don’t panic if any pieces are left on the backing paper.  Simply remove the centers one at a time, turn over and place back in the appropriate space or letter.

Once the backing is removed, hold the stencil in each of the bottom corners and carefully fold down to the wall.  Firmly press the stencil to the wall (we’ve used a wall scraper, but a credit card will work just fine) making sure it is securely attached.

Next, remove the top layer called transfer tape.  Again, you will want to make sure that the letter centers remain in place on the wall and are not removed with the transfer tape.  If removed simply position back in the proper letter.  The remaining layer is the stencil.  Make sure it is lying flat to the wall surface.  

We recommend you place blue painters tape over the sections that butt up to one another to insure that no paint seeps in where a gap may be present.  Use painter’s tape to protect the outside edges as well.

General Stencil Instructions

Loading the brush – Use craft acrylic paint and apply a quarter size dab of paint onto a Styrofoam plate.  Dip your stencil brush straight down into the paint.  Using a circular motion, rub the brush on a double layer of Bounty® paper towel folded in half.  Continue until all the wet paint is off the brush.  Look at the bristles of the brush.  If you see wet paint, you will need to rub some more.  The brush should look dry.  Stenciling is a dry brush technique.  Too much paint and it will seep under the stencil.  Remember when stenciling, you will waste more paint than you will use.   

Applying the paint – Keep the brush perpendicular to the surface and either tap/pounce or swirl the surface of the stencil.  In most cases you will simply fill in each letter with paint.  If you wish to shade the edges, use a smaller stencil brush and a complimentary or darker color and just hug or tickle the edges of the stencil.   A sample will be included with your stencil for you to practice your technique. 

Once the stenciling and shading are complete, gently remove the stencil.  We recommend you pull the stencil material at an angle working from a top corner to the opposite lower corner.  The stencil material cannot be replaced once removed.  It will most likely tear or stretch when being removed.   This is why it is a one-time use stencil.

Almost Done!

The last step is to gently lift off the letter centers using tweezers, a pin or a craft knife. 


If you stenciled letters, unlike a traditional stencil, these will look like you hand-painted each one on the wall.  With vinyl stencils, the possibilities go far beyond quotes on the wall.  They truly are

. . . another easy way to decorate with paint!

If you prefer not to use paint, choose Vinyl Wall Decals . . . designs that stick.

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