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Printable Stencil Designs

Updated on September 7, 2014

Printable Stencils for Crafts and Home Décor

Whether you're decorating a room or an object, like a bird house or a chair, printable stencil designs let you add an extra design element and bit of flair.

Some of the stencil designs shown here have a child theme suitable for use in a child's room or to decorate a toy box or other object. Other stencils I've found would be perfect for stenciling a border around a room or to use to stencil a wood floor.

When you paint a stencil either at the top border of a room or as a chair-rail design, it is so much easier to "remove" when you're tired of it. Wallpaper is more expensive to buy in the first place and is also much harder to take down. With a painted stencil, you can paint right over the stencil when you want a change.

Painted crafts have a more finished professional look when a stencil is used, unless you're an artist. I'm not an artist, so I use stencils.

To print this cowboy printable stencil, visit The Graphics Fairy.

Make your own stencils with an acetate "box" or sleeve and an Xacto knife.
Make your own stencils with an acetate "box" or sleeve and an Xacto knife.

How to Make Printable Stencil Patterns

It's easy!

The best way to use printable stencils is to print the stencil design on acetate paper. Acetate is a plastic-type sheet that holds up well to paint.

You can also print the stencil on plain paper and take the paper stencil to the copy shop to print it on acetate paper. Another option is to print the stencil on paper and trace it onto acetate paper.

Next, take a sharp craft or graphics knife--an Xacto knife works great--and place the stencil on a self-healing mat or other surface that won't get damaged (or you don't mind getting damaged!) and that won't damage your knife. Tape the stencil down to hold it in place.

Cut away the portions of the stencil that will end up being the design on the object or wall. The cut away portion will be the stencil design that you will paint onto an object or wall.

Begin by cutting out the largest pieces. Make firm cuts but stop before you need to to ensure you don't cut more of the stencil away than you want to. Practice on another piece of acetate if needed to get the feel for it. Continue cutting out the parts of the stencil till the complete image is removed that will be the stencil image to be painted.

Use scissors if needed in corners and tight spots for clean lines on your stencils.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

When you print these stencils,

use heavy card stock or

acetate film paper (preferred).

This way they'll hold up when you

paint on top of them. And they wipe clean.

Use Blue Painter's Tape - to Hold the Stencil in Place

This blue tape sticks in place but also removes easily when you need to move a stencil. I've used the same stencil to add a border or chair rail around a room. Affixing the stencil with blue tape keeps it in place while you paint then makes life easier when it's time to move it to the next spot.

Stencil Tools - Acetate paper, Xacto knife, self-healing mat

To make your own stencils, you'll need heavy paper. Acetate paper works best. You'll also need an Xacto knife to cut out the stencil design. Be sure to cut on a self-healing mat or surface that will not dull your blade or be damaged when cutting.

BEWARE: Cutting stencils is not a job for children.

GRAFIX GRP-P05CV0912 Lay Clear Plastic Film 25 Sheet Pad, 9" x 12" x .005"
GRAFIX GRP-P05CV0912 Lay Clear Plastic Film 25 Sheet Pad, 9" x 12" x .005"

Use acetate paper to make stencils sturdy and wipable!

Xacto X5282 Basic Knife Set
Xacto X5282 Basic Knife Set

Cut out all your stencils from simple to intricate with the right Xacto knives.


Fashion Frog Fun Stencils for Craft Projects - Click a small image to enlarge it. Visit the Fashion Frog Web site (link provided above).

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Hand print stencil. Poppy stencil to print. Source:  Fashion FrogPrintable stencil -- cute frog! Source:  Fashion FrogDoodle design printable stencil.Source: Fashion FrogPaisley stencil. Source: Fashion Frog
Hand print stencil.
Hand print stencil. | Source
Poppy stencil to print. Source:  Fashion Frog
Poppy stencil to print. Source: Fashion Frog
Printable stencil -- cute frog! Source:  Fashion Frog
Printable stencil -- cute frog! Source: Fashion Frog
Doodle design printable stencil.Source: Fashion Frog
Doodle design printable stencil.Source: Fashion Frog
Paisley stencil. Source: Fashion Frog
Paisley stencil. Source: Fashion Frog

Be sure to change the size of your stencil before printing it, as needed.

If you're printing on acetate paper, do a dry run by printing the stencil on plain paper first to see if it's the right size.

Stencils for Walls - Click a small image to enlarge it. Visit the Stencil Ease Web site (link above) to print these stencil patterns.

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Printable tulip stencil. Printable stencil of dragonfly. Source:  Stencil EaseButterfly printable stencil. Source:  Stencil EaseFloral swirl stencil. Source:  Stencil Ease
Printable tulip stencil.
Printable tulip stencil. | Source
Printable stencil of dragonfly. Source:  Stencil Ease
Printable stencil of dragonfly. Source: Stencil Ease
Butterfly printable stencil. Source:  Stencil Ease
Butterfly printable stencil. Source: Stencil Ease
Floral swirl stencil. Source:  Stencil Ease
Floral swirl stencil. Source: Stencil Ease

Wall Stencils -- Traditional Designs

DecoArt TS04-B Texture Stencils by Tracy Moreau, Brocade and Berry Borders
DecoArt TS04-B Texture Stencils by Tracy Moreau, Brocade and Berry Borders

Add a touch of Art Deco to your wall with these brocade stencils.


Removable Tape + Stencil

= Happy Painter

Use removable tape to hold stencils in place so you can move them around easily on the wall or object.

This is very handy when you are overlapping or butting the stencil design up against itself.

How to Make a Stencil on the Computer - With no printer, no less!

This is a 2-minute video that tells so much so quickly!

Alphabet Stencils and Letter Stencils

The ways to use letter and number stencils can boggle the mind. Here are just a few ideas:

~ Add your street number to the curb or mailbox.

~ Add your child's name to a toy box or tricycle.

~ Write a quote on the wall with stencils (much cheaper than those wall decals) and you can paint right over it!).

A design trick when using stencils is to tint the wall paint color with another color.

Then stencil using the mixture color. This gives a subtle stencil that isn't overpowering in the room.

Would You Rather Use Stencil Designs or Wall Decals?

Which do you prefer?

Stencil Brushes and Paint - Stenciling is fun and is a forgiving technique. Just wipe the paint away and go again if needed.

Decorative Stencils for Cooking and Baking - Decorate Cakes and Cupcakes with Stencils

Yes, stencils for cakes and cupcakes! Dress up your baked goods with intricate designs that are easy as pie!

Stencil Projects for Halloween - For Carving Pumpkins and Party Decorations

Using stencils for pumpkins helps you get a more polished look to your carving and Halloween decorating!

Affiliate Disclosure

This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

Let me know you dropped by to see the printable stencils.

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    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      5 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I would like to use the designs. It is fun and easy to do. Tried to add to the duel above but it wouldn't take.

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      5 years ago

      Commercial stencils are SOOOooooo expensive! Thanks for the resources for cheap!

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      5 years ago

      We just finished a remodel on the bathroom in WV - you've given me a great idea for decorating - the wall decals of course!

    • Rhonda Lytle profile image

      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      Stencils are so much fun and can be used on just about anything. Great collection you have here. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Cynthia Haltom profile image

      Cynthia Haltom 

      5 years ago from Diamondhead

      I have always liked stencils. They can be so decorative and very economical and really add a bit of pizzazz to a room.

    • LouisaDembul profile image


      5 years ago

      I'm planning on painting the children's room when winter is over, and I think I could use one of these printable stencils. Great advice on how to make it easier for me!

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      5 years ago

      Nice lense with great infor!

    • JuneNash profile image

      June Nash 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips on how to make my own stencils. My mind is now reeling with the possibilities!

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      6 years ago

      @mumsgather: Hi

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      6 years ago

      Hi I like toys

    • Melissa Miotke profile image

      Melissa Miotke 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Great stencil designs. Blessed!

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      John Dyhouse 

      6 years ago from UK

      I like your advice about keeping the stenciled pattern in subtle colours, very contrasting stencilcs spoil the effect in mu humble opinion. I don't use them often but we have simple star shapes stenciled around the walls in one room and it looks really good.

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      6 years ago

      I've never tried to do a stencil before but this certainly gives me some ideas.

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      6 years ago

      Great ideas! Nice lens!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      I have a nice collection of stencils, but have never made my own. Thanks for a thorough tutorial.

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      6 years ago

      never seen printable stencils anywhere before. really nice

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Never even thought about making my own stencil designs. What a great idea. Sprinkling angel blessings here.

    • Lenskeeper profile image


      6 years ago

      I like the idea of making your own stencils. They decorative..and cheap!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @SheGetsCreative: Great idea!

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Lee Hansen: Oh, how fun! Maybe you can write an article about that process!

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      I love stencils. I have all the gear and am tackling my living room floor this fall.

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I picked up a box of overhead transparencies at a garage sale a few years ago for 50 cents -- now I know exactly what they could be used for!

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      6 years ago

      I don't think I've seen printable stencils anywhere else and what a great idea. You say that you are not an artist but you certainly are artistic! I love your sticky note tips along the way, sharing what you've learned by trial and error.

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      6 years ago

      Very nice lens, well done! Squidlike

    • Zodiacimmortal profile image


      6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      oooh love the lavin house décor pic, too cool.

    • BestRatedStuff profile image


      6 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens, tips and designs.

    • MarcoG profile image


      6 years ago from Edinburgh

      A very inspiring lens!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Great Ideas!

    • kislanyk profile image


      6 years ago from Cyprus

      Some lovely designs here, but I'm partial to stencils anyway :)

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      6 years ago

      This is nice, thanks for sharing.

      A Squidoo Like for you :)

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Excellent tips. Thank you! You are so right about stencils being an easier option than wallpaper trim (when it is time to redecorate). Great idea, too, about using a subtle tint in the existing wall paint color. I have always liked the look of a stencil border. Appreciate the stencil website link.

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens. Love the tinting tip.

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Hadn't thought about printing out stencils to use, but it's a viable idea. Hmmmmm

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      6 years ago

      Another super fun lens! I am a "stencil hog" and have made my own with the "card stock" or hard paper! I love to make things, maybe someday I will put them to good use! Great lens! Bookmarked and Blessed!

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      6 years ago

      Some fun ideas here - great lens subject.

    • Leilani-m profile image


      6 years ago

      Love this, I love stenciling, it's a great way to fresh up interiors and give them personality :)

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      7 years ago

      These are really nice I like to use stencils in my paper card designs, really adds some style to each art piece.

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      Close2Art LM 

      7 years ago

      Stencils are fun to use over and over, great lens and some really neat stencils...:)RWJR

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      7 years ago

      so cute, im going to get some for my baby girl

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      7 years ago

      What a refreshing lens! I love the idea of creating my own stencils. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      Blue Wizard Stencil Design is great. It reminds me on Harry Potter movies :D

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      7 years ago

      Nice stencils. The holiday ones are really nice.

    • Ann Hinds profile image

      Ann Hinds 

      7 years ago from So Cal

      Great lens that I am adding to my Glass Wax lens for additional ideas for window decoration. Thanks


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