Over 50 Awesome DIY Stencil Decor Projects

50 Best DIY Stencil Decor Projects @savedbylovesI must admit that stencils are a part of my everyday life. They are particularly fun to use in mixed media projects and art journaling, but their role in DIY home decor is not to be underestimated. Today’s round-up proves just that with over 50 DIY stencil decor projects you can make. Walls, floors, headboards and more can be made fabulous with a little time, some paint and your favorite stencil! Enjoy.

Stenciled Burlap Bags Vase Wraps

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Hello! It’s Colleen and I’m back with a fun paint craft today. Are you a fan of burlap like I am? I saw these little burlap bags in that store that starts with Wal and ends with Mart and couldn’t resist them. A set of 3 for under $3? Oh yeah. I would’ve bought more but I had no idea what I was going to do with them.

They’re not quite large enough for wine bottles so that was out. They’d make cute party favors but I’m not throwing any parties. And I simply couldn’t wait for the holidays – although I did buy another set so I’d have them for Christmas presents.

They are the perfect size for canning jars. But who wants to cover up Mason jars, even with burlap? I just grabbed some regular ol’ jars, filled them with water, slipped them inside the burlap bags and made a cute burlap vase!

However the only thing cuter than burlap is painted burlap so let’s paint!



  • Burlap Bags (available at Walmart and craft stores)
  • Mod Podge peel ‘n stick stencils
  • Sharpie marker
  • Stencil Pouncer or foam brush
  • #8 paint brush
  • piece of cardboard to fit inside the bag
  • painter’s tape (optional)
  • wax paper (optional)


  • Folk Art Calypso Sky (for the dragonfly)
  • Folk Art Fresh Cut Grass
  • Folk Art Aqua (for the butterfly)


We’re going to start with stenciling the bags. Usually stenciling burlap is tricky because of the weave and the nubbiness. But Mod Podge just came out with a line of stencils that are self-adhesive that I just love.


These stencils adhere pretty well to the burlap but I found if you lay a piece of wax paper underneath the bag, when you lay the stencil over it, the edges will grab the wax paper and anchor the stencil so it won’t move. I also put some painter’s tape on both sides but that was to protect the burlap from over-stenciling.


After your stencil is placed, load your pouncer or foam brush with the green paint. Then tap it a few times on a paper towel or on your palette plate to ‘off-load’ some of the excess paint. This helps to prevent bleed-thru under the stencil.


Pounce in an up and down motion, making sure you have full coverage with the paint. Rather than pressing hard, tap lightly and repeat the application as needed. I found the coverage to be really good and only had to touch up a couple of areas with one application.


While the paint is still wet, carefully lift the stencil off, place it on the wax paper and wipe the paint off of both sides with a damp paper towel. Even though these stencils are self-adhesive, you can reuse them over and over again. Once the stencil is clean, place it back onto the mylar strip it comes with.


If you’re stenciling more than one bag, toss your foam pouncer (or brush) into a plastic baggy to keep it moist while you’re cleaning the stencil. If you put the foam into water, even with wringing it out thoroughly, you’ll still get an excess of air bubbles in the paint.

Stenciled Burlap Bags

Let the paint dry thoroughly and keep the cardboard inside the bag.

Now we’re going to draw a little dragonfly. If you don’t trust your freehand skills, you can grab a dragonfly pattern here that I drew. There is a butterfly pattern in there too. Since I draw a lot, I make quite a few patterns for my readers. But you can always find clip art on Google too or practice drawing your own. Yes! You can only get better, the more you practice!

draw dragonfly

Okay, to draw a simple dragonfly, start with a dot and a long oblong shape. That would be his head and his body.

Then draw two more elongated ovals, and then under those two more that are a little shorter.

Add a couple of antennae and you’ve just drawn a dragonfly!


Fill in the wings with Calypso Sky using the #8 brush, or any other brush you have on hand.

Allow the paint to dry and then go back over the outline with the Sharpie.


Next, go grab one of your clean jars and fill it with water.


Now I’m gonna share a top secret florist trick! Just kidding. I was a florist but I used floral tape, not scotch tape. (works about the same though, ha!) Criss cross some tape over the mouth of the jar, creating a gridwork. Then gather your flowers in one hand and when you have them arranged how you want, wrap a twisty-tie around the stems. Place the stems thru the centermost opening in the tape grid.

Ta da! You can arrange flowers now!


Then slip the jar with the flowers into your stenciled burlap bag.


Isn’t this a cute way to use some plain ol’ jars? They’d make a pretty gift too!

What else would you use these bags for? I’d love to hear your ideas too!

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today! I hope you’ll come visit me at Just Paint It too. You can also find me on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram. And of course, I’d love for you to drop by my Etsy and Zazzle stores.

I’ll see you next month!


Make a Stenciled Planter Box From Reclaimed Wood

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Blue Print Social for Ed Roth Stencil1 Stencils and FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint by Plaid Crafts.  All opinions are 100% mine and honest.

[pinit]Easy Rustic Planter DIY with @PlaidCrafts @savedbyloves[pinit]

Today’s project is a simple, inexpensive stenciled planter box made from reclaimed wood .  Use this rustic crate for house plants, flower bouquets, to display vintage bottles, candles and more!  I used FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint and an Ed Roth Stencil1 stencil with some scrap wood and chicken wire I had on hand to build this versatile rustic home accent.  Read on to find out how you can make your own version!

Rustic Home Decor Ideas


Ed Roth Stencils @PlaidCrafts

Scrap Wood

Chicken Wire

Metal Snips

Wood glue

Ed Roth Stencils

FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint

FolkArt Antiquing Medium

Foam Brush

Lint Free Cloth

Stencil brush

Masking Tape

Table Saw

Nailer or hammer and nails


How to build a scrap wood vintage crate

Cut wood for the bottom, 2 ends and divider of your crate.  I these all from the same piece of pallet wood.The two ends should be the same height, and the middle divider should be that height minus the thickness of the bottom piece.

Ryobi Airstrike Nailer

Attach the ends to the bottom as pictured, placing a strip of wood glue at the contact point before nailing together.  I used one inch brad nails with my nail gun.

How to make a reclaimed wood planter box

Attach the divider by flipping box over so that the bottom is up and nailing through the bottom into the divider so you are left with the above image.

Reclaimed wood projects to make

For the sides of the crate, I used a wood shim like scrap piece from my stash.  You could use paint stirrers or vintage yard sticks here too.  Cut four of them (2 for each side) the same length.  To get the length just hold the wood up to the crate with one edge flush and mark the other edge to cut.

How to use Nail Gun

Cut chicken wire with metal snips to same length and height as crate.  Put the wire in place and secure by nailing side planks in place over the top of the wire.

Ryobi Nailer

Repeat with the remaining side plank at the top, then flip the crate over and repeat on the other side.

Folk Art Antiquing Medium

Since all of my wood was random and mismatched, I decided to pull it together with FolkArt Antiquing Medium.  This stuff is super easy to use and I love the aged effect, on top of how it unifies the various wood pieces.

How to created aged wood effect

Apply the medium with a sponge brush in a few inch sections at a time, then wipe back with a lint free cloth until you get the desired effect.

Wipe back antiquing medium

If you find it too dark, use a damp cloth to remove more of the stain.

How to use stencils

Once that is dry, tape your stencil into place and apply the FolkArt Muti-Surface Paint using a stencil brush.

I found the stencil I tried easy to use.  The lines were crisp and there was no bleeding.

 The Ed Roth Stencil1 Stencils come in large formats that are ideal for walls, floors and furniture, and are made of durable, reusable mylar that is super easy to clean.  These stencils will be available at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores soon.
As for the paints, they work on any surface, are dishwasher safe and can be used indoor and outdoor.  I personally can’t wait to try them on glass so I am sure you will be seeing that around here in the near future!

Build a Rustic Planter Box

Once that is dry, you are ready to use your awesome handbuilt crate!  I went with ferns, but the customization options are endless.  Make it all you.

If you loved this project, you may want to fcheck out Plaid Crafts on FacebookTwitterYouTubePinterest, and Instagram or visit their blog, The Plaid Palette.

Want more projects with Ed Roth Stencil1 Stencils and FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint from your favorite bloggers?  Here you go…


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