Make a Stenciled Frame

February 12th, 2013 posted by Amanda Formaro

Here’s a fun project that a teenager can make for one of their friends. Frames make wonderful gifts for birthdays and holidays, and using these pre-shaped stencils makes it even easier.

Supplies you will need to make this frame:

DecoArt Dots stencil DecoArt Friends stencil Tape Wooden 4″x6″ frame to match stencil Acrylic paint: purple, white, pink, light green Sponge applicators or stencil pouncers Clear acrylic sealer (gloss) Black Sharpie Photo

If you make this project

we’d love to see it! Just send your photos and comments to the editor and it may get published on our Facebook fan page ! Paint the frame, front and back, with purple paint. Let dry completely. On the “Friends” stencil, cover the areas close to the word “friends” with tape so that the paint doesn’t get through those areas. Place the “Friends” stencil on top of the painted frame. I secured mine to the side with a little tape. Dip applicator in white paint and pounce off the excess paint onto a paper towel. Hold the stencil down with your fingers and pounce applicator onto the stencil. When stenciling, remember to pounce your applicator straight up and down and not at an angle. Pouncing at an angle can cause the paint to get under the stencil. When finished, lift the stencil off the frame and wait for the wait paint to dry before moving on to the next step. To add the polka dots, place the “Dots” stencil on top of the frame. You will be able to see the word “friends” that you just added through the dot stencil, which will keep you from accidentally painting a dot over the letters. Use the pink, white and light green paint to add the polka dots using the same stencil method as above. Allow all the paint to dry, then outline the letters and the dots with a black Sharpie. Leave for about half an hour, just to make sure the marker has dried. Spray or coat with a gloss sealer.

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