How to Stencil Kids' Rooms


Decorating & Design

Stenciling is a quick and rewarding way to personalize your kids' rooms, whether they're budding scientists, gardeners, astronauts, or anything else.

Outer Space Wallpaper features rocket ships and planets.
Outer Space Wallpaper
is the perfect stencil
for little astronauts.

In the following pages, we offer nine ways to customize the walls in your rooms, and you can find hundreds of possible variations to make the exact look and feel that you want.

Learn how to stencil kids' rooms with the step-by-step instructions included on each article, along with stencils that you can download, tips and tricks, and helpful photos.

Get ready to unleash your creativity with the following stencil projects:

Teddy Bears Border is a visual lullaby for any baby's room. Learn how to stencil using teddy bears in this section.

Zinnia Garden Border makes a summery addition to cheer up any room. Add flowers to your wall with this creative stencil border.

Zoom Around the Room Border is the choice for race car drivers. We'll show you how to shift into drive with this fast and cool stencil border.

Baby Bear Border surrounds the room with soft and cuddly bears. Learn how to stencil the baby's room with this adorable stencil design.

Garden Wall Border is a whimsical and lively design, a vibrant pastoral. Stencil these designs onto your wall.

Rubber Duckie Shower Curtain is an excellent project for those new to stenciling. We'll teach you how to stencil these sweet rubber ducks.

Funky Flowers Cork Border makes an eye-catching and practical enhancement to any wall. Grow a garden on your wall.

Sweet Dreams Wall Border features soft clouds and leaping sheep. Learn how to create this sweet wall border.

Outer Space Wallpaper is a perfect fit for those who dream of rockets and trips to the stars. Stencil a trip to the moon with this design.

Begin with the stencil project that interests you most, or start with the first design. Learn how to stencil a Teddy Bears Border in the next section.

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How to Stencil a Teddy Bears Border

Buttons and bears dance on the moon, sending happy dreams and sweet slumber to your little one.

The Teddy Bears Border features happy bears.
Stencil the Teddy Bears Border.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 8 hours
Stencil Design: Download the Teddy Bears Border as a PDF.

What You'll Need

  • 4-inch sponge roller
  • Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint: Mello Yellow, White
  • Delta Stencil Paint Crème: Cape Cod Blue, Goldenrod Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Amber, Bark Brown, Garnet Red, True Blue, Garden Green, Basic Black
  • 3/4-inch stencil brush
  • 1/2-inch stencil brushes, 3
  • 1/4-inch stencil brushes, 5
  • Index cards

Instructions

Step One: Measure and mark a horizontal pencil line on the wall for the top edge of the border. Measure down 7-1/4 inches from this line, and mark another pencil line to hold the border. Use low-adhesive tape to mask the outside edges of the border. Use a sponge roller to apply an even coat of Mello Yellow to the border. Leave tape in place.

A sponge roller is the easiest way to lay the basecoat between the tape borders.
Use a sponge roller to apply a basecoat.

Step Two: Position the diamond stencil on the wall with the top and bottom corners touching each edge of the border and aligned vertically. Tape in place.

Trick of the Trade
Put tape all the way around the stencil to keep it secure while stenciling and to prevent paint from going where it doesn't belong.

Step Three: Using the sponge roller loaded with White, basecoat the diamond. Continue painting diamonds around the room, repositioning the stencil so the points of each diamond touch.

Step Four: Reposition the stencil on each diamond, and stencil with Cape Cod Blue, using the 3/4-inch brush and concentrating mainly on the edges.

Step Five: Adhere the moon stencil in the center of the first diamond. Stencil the moon White. Repeat in each diamond.

Step Six: Reposition the moon stencil in the first diamond. Stencil the moon Goldenrod Yellow with a 1/2-inch brush. Shade the outside edges with Yellow Ochre. Repeat in each diamond.

Step Seven: There are three different bear stencils. Position one on each moon, alternating them in whatever order you like. Stencil the bears Amber (except for the ears, feet, and muzzle) using a 1/2-inch brush, and shade with Bark Brown and a 1/4-inch brush.

Stencil the ears, feet, and muzzle Bark Brown. Stencil the hanging bears' bows Garnet Red, the sitting bears' bows True Blue, and the sleeping bears' bows Garden Green.

Use one of 3 bear stencils to decorate each of the moons.
Stencil the bears onto the moons.

NOTE: Cover the moon with its dropout to protect it while stenciling the hanging bear's arm. Remove the moon dropout to expose the bear's paw, and mask the rest of the arm with an index card while stenciling the hand. (You may want to cut the index card to fit first.)

Step Eight: Position the open-eye face overlay on the sitting and hanging bear, and the closed-eye overlay on the sleeping bear, and carefully stencil the eyes, nose, and mouth Basic Black.

Step Nine: Place the button stencil at the point where two diamonds meet. Stencil the button White. Reposition and stencil buttons between each diamond. By the time you've stenciled all the buttons, the ones you started with will be dry.

Starting at the beginning, reposition the stencil, and stencil the buttons Garnet Red, then shade lightly with Basic Black. Once the red buttons are dry, place the overlay detail on top, and stencil with Basic Black.

Teddy Bears Border Variations

Decorating a baby's room calls for all sorts of tiny touches. Just add these adorable bears to a chest of drawers, curtains, or cubbies. A simple moon with a cluster of buttons and a colorful ribbon may be all you need to embellish a toy chest or rocking chair. Whether you have a tiny nook or a wide-open wall to decorate, this design provides just the right touch of color and sweetness.

Colorful blocks add variation to the border.
Stencil variations can be used in many ways.

The next project adds brightness to any room. Learn how to stencil the Zinnia Garden Border in the following section.

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How to Stencil a Zinnia Garden Border

Sweet smiles bloom every day in this blissfully sunny summer garden designed for a princess.

The Zinnia Garden Border makes the floors come alive with flowers.
Stencil the Zinnia Garden Border.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time: 8 hours per wall
Stencil Design: Download the Zinnia Garden Border as a PDF.

What You'll Need

  • Light Ivory latex wall paint
  • 4-inch sponge roller
  • Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint: Mello Yellow
  • Delta Stencil Paint Crème: Cottage Blue, Navy Blue, Garden Green, Basic Black, Goldenrod Yellow, Amber, Coral, Garnet Red, Amethyst Purple, Paprika
  • 1/2-inch stencil brushes, 6
  • 1/4-inch stencil brushes, 4

Tricks of the Trade

To get the perfect colors for the wall, select your favorite craft paints and take them into a paint store, where you can have latex paint mixed for a perfect match.

To avoid painting a wrong stripe, put a small piece of tape in the stripes you will not paint.

Instructions

Step One: Basecoat the wall with satin- or eggshell-finish Light Ivory latex wall paint.

Step Two: To create 4-inch stripes around the room, use a plumb line or a level to extend lines from the ceiling to the floor at 4-inch intervals around the room. (Make sure the lines are four inches apart at both the ceiling and the floor.) Mask off both sides of every other stripe with tape.

Paint yellow stripes in between the tape markings, alternating each one.
Paint alternate vertical stripes to create the border.

Step Three: Use the sponge roller to roll Mello Yellow onto every other stripe. Be careful to stay within the taped area. Let dry.

Step Four: Make as many flowers as you like around the base of the wall, stenciling them at different heights and with different colors. Before you begin, plan your design and make a pencil mark to indicate the placement of each flower, varying flower placement so as not to create a pattern.

Step Five: Each flower has three overlays: Work with the overlay with the largest open areas first. Position this stencil on the wall, and tape it to secure. Mark the registration points. Stencil each zinnia in the same manner, referring to the chart on the next page for color. Apply the basecoat first, then shade with a darker value.

Petals: Stencil the basecoat darker toward the center and lighter at the tips with a 1/2-inch brush. Swirl on the darker shading with a 1/4-inch brush.
Center: Stencil color with a 1/2-inch brush, and shade along the left curve with a 1/4-inch brush.

Leaves: Stencil Garden Green with a 1/2-inch brush, making the color darker where each leaf emerges from the stem and along the bottom. Add a tiny bit of Basic Black shading with a 1/4-inch brush. Apply light tints of Paprika (1/2-inch brush) and Garnet Red (1/4-inch brush).

Step Six: Position the second overlay by matching the registration points. Tape it down securely, then stencil the petals as you did in step five. Stencil the stem Garden Green, adding a little Garnet Red at the point where the flower touches the stem.

If you've positioned the flower particularly high on the wall, the stem will not reach the baseboard. If this is the case, just slide the stencil down to fill the gap.

Step Seven: Position and tape the third overlay in place, and stencil the petals in the same manner as before. Stencil the vein lines Garden Green, and darken slightly with Garnet Red.

Step Eight: Before stenciling the bumblebees, decide where they will go and make a light pencil mark at each position. Vary their placement throughout the zinnias.

Step Nine: Adhere the first overlay (the one without wings) to the wall, and mark the registration points. Stencil with Basic Black.

Step Ten: Position and tape down the bumblebee overlay. Stencil the stripes Goldenrod Yellow (1/2-inch brush) and the wings, legs, and antennae Basic Black (1/2-inch brush). Apply paint sparingly to the wings so they look soft and a bit transparent. Shade the edges of the stripes with a small amount of Basic Black on a 1/4-inch brush. Repeat steps nine and ten for all bumblebees.

Flowers and bees line the walls, making a summery border.
The flowers and bees make a lively decoration.

Zinnia Color Palette

Blue Zinnia
Basecoat: Cottage Blue
Shading: Navy Blue
Center: Goldenrod Yellow
Center shading: Amber

Pink Zinnia
Basecoat: Coral
Shading: Garnet Red
Center: Goldenrod Yellow
Center shading: Amber
Yellow Zinnia
Basecoat: Goldenrod Yellow
Shading: Amber
Center: Garden Green
Center shading: Garnet Red

Purple Zinnia
Basecoat: Amethyst Purple
Shading: Basic Black
Center: Goldenrod Yellow
Center shading: Amber
Green Zinnia
Basecoat: Garden Green
Shading: Basic Black
Center: Coral
Center shading: Garnet Red
Orange Zinnia
Basecoat: Paprika
Shading: Amber
Center: Goldenrod Yellow
Center shading: Amber

Zinnia Garden Border Variations

Get out your paint set, because zinnias come in any color. And since they're the hardy variety, they bloom almost anywhere! Picture them on toy boxes, dresser drawers, or jewelry boxes.

Stencil just the petals on pine floors, or make a border of leaves along the edge of the ceiling. Try the bees and little button flowers in smaller places. Create borders and stripes to turn the room into a field of dreams.

Overlapping stems make a unique floral plaid print.
Overlapping stems make a unique floral plaid print.

Start your engines and race to the next project, the Zoom Around the Room Border. It's in the next section.

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How to Stencil a Zoom Around the Room Border

Girls and boys alike will give these sporty little cars the green light!

The Zoom Around the Room Border stencil adds colorful cars to the walls.
Stencil the Zoom Around the Room Border.

Skill level: Intermediate
Time needed: 10-16 hours, depending on room size
Stencil Design: Download the Zoom Around the Room Border as a PDF.

Instructions

Step One: To mark your border, measure and mark a horizontal pencil line on the wall for the top edge, locating it at whatever height you prefer. Measure down seven inches from this line, and mark another pencil line to hold the border. (Check both lines with a level.) Mask the outside edges of the border with painter's tape, then use a sponge roller to apply an even coat of white latex wall paint to the border. Let this basecoat dry, then begin stenciling.

Step Two: Stencil the road before you stencil the cars. Use only a very light coat of Silver -- if you apply too much paint, it will be visible under the cars. (You'll also use Silver paint when stenciling the car windows and the streetlight bases.)

Step Three: Stencil all of the cars with bright colors, and shade them with Basic Black. The yellow car is an exception -- you may want to shade it with Amber for a more subtle look.

The cars can be stenciled in any color and any direction.
Stencil the colorful cars in any direction.

Step Four: Position the traffic signal light anywhere, and as many times, as you wish. You may repeat it between every two cars to create a pattern or position it randomly wherever you like.

Step Five: Don't forget to add a striped yellow center line to keep the cars on the right side of the road.

Color Chat

Bright and bold is the name of the game in this cheery room. The wall border cars were stenciled with Delta Stencil Paint Crme in the following colors: Sunflower Yellow, Bright Green, Christmas Red, and True Blue. Shading was done with Basic Black and Amber Stencil Paint Crme.

The road sparkles with Silver Stencil Paint Crme. To stencil the storage bins, we switched to acrylic paint, using Delta Ceramcoat Yellow, Navy Blue, Jubilee Green, Opaque Red, Spice Brown, and Black.

Repeat any or all of these colors on the train table, or introduce a complementary color scheme, as we did. This table showcases Plaid FolkArt acrylic paint in Licorice, Lipstick Red, White, Butter Pecan, Asphaltum, Evergreen, and Blue Ribbon, as well as Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint in Cornsilk Yellow.

Blocks of color add variation to the border.
Blocks of color add variation to the border.

In the next section, you can cuddle up with the Baby Bear Border.

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How to Stencil a Baby Bear Border

These teddy bears couldn't be cuddlier. Stencil their friendly faces around the room for baby to enjoy.

Stencil the Baby Bear Border to make a beautiful addition to a kids room.
Stencil a Baby Bear Border.

Skill level: Intermediate
Time needed: 10-16 hours, depending on room size
Stencil design: Download the Baby Bear Border as a PDF.

Instructions

Step One: To position your border, measure and mark a horizontal pencil line on the wall for the top edge, locating it at whatever height you prefer. Measure down nine inches from this line, and mark another pencil line to hold the border. (Check both lines with a level.)

Mask the outside edges of the border with painter's tape, then use a sponge roller to apply an even coat of Seashell White paint to the border. Let dry completely.

Step Two: To stencil the stripes, position overlay one on the bottom edge of the border and tape in place. Place overlay two over it, and stencil the stripes green. Continue along the border, each time aligning the first stripe of overlay two next to the last stripe stenciled.

When you've finished the bottom edge, repeat along the top of the border. Add some shading along the wavy edge with more of the same green mix.

Step Three: Stenciling the bears' clothing a rainbow of colors adds extra oomph to the border. Vary the colors however you wish, without stenciling the same color side by side.

Colorful clothing makes the bears come to life.
Colorful clothing makes the bears come to life.

Step Four: As a final touch, scatter a few moons and stars around in the white space.

Stars sprinkled around the border bring it to life.
Sprinkling stars makes a lovely border.

Flowers abound in the next section, where you can learn to stencil a Garden Wall Border.

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How to Stencil a Garden Wall Border

Stencil a bright and whimsical garden on your walls, complete with beautiful birds and buzzing bees. Creating a field of dreams is easier than you think!

The Garden Wall Border features dozens of flowers and birds.
Stencil the Garden Wall Border.

Skill level: Intermediate
Time: 6-8 hours
Stencil design: Download the Garden Wall Border as a PDF.

What You'll Need

  • Yardstick
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • 1-inch-wide painter's tape
  • 4-inch sponge roller
  • Flat or semigloss white latex paint
  • DecoArt Americana acrylic paint: Hauser Light Green, True Red, True Blue, Burnt UmberDelta Ceramcoat acrylic paint: Medium Foliage Green, Blue Jay
  • Plaid Apple Barrel Colors acrylic paint: King's Gold
  • Plaid FolkArt acrylic paint: Barnwood
  • 1/4-inch stencil brushes, 7
  • 1/8-inch stencil brush

Instructions

Step One: Measure and mark a horizontal pencil line on the wall for the top edge of the border, locating it at whatever height you prefer. Measure down 8-1/2 inches from this line, and mark another pencil line to hold the border. (Check both lines with a level.)

Mask the outside edges of the border with painter's tape, then use a sponge roller to apply an even coat of white latex wall paint to the border. Leave tape in place.

Step Two: Center the large stencil vertically in the border at the left edge of the wall. Tape in place; mark registration points. Beginning at the left-hand side of the stencil, stencil the leaves and stems Hauser Light Green with a 1/4-inch brush.

Shade the tips and ends of the leaves and the tops and bottoms of the stems Medium Foliage Green with a 1/8-inch brush. Using the same brush and paint, stencil the dotted line at the bottom.

Stencil the stems of the flowers in green paint.
Stencil the stems of the flowers in green paint.

Step Three: Stencil the tulips True Red with a 1/4-inch brush, applying only a very light coat.

Step Four: Stencil the daisy, bird's legs, and bee's body King's Gold with a 1/4-inch brush.

Step Five: Stencil the remaining flower and the bee's wings Blue Jay with a 1/4-inch brush. (Apply paint sparingly so both the petals and wings look soft and a bit transparent.) Lightly shade around the edges of the bird's body with Barnwood on a 1/4-inch brush to give the bird a more dimensional look.

Step Six: With the first stencil still in place, position the stripe stencil over the first red tulip with the stripes pointing in the same direction as the tulip. Stencil stripes True Red with a 1/4-inch brush. Repeat on the second tulip. While you have True Red on the brush, add a touch of red shading on the base and tips of the daisy petals.

Use multiple shades of color on the flowers for a better look.
Add red to the tulips for a more deep, natural look.

Step Seven: Position the stripe stencil on the bird. Using a 1/4-inch brush, stencil stripes True Blue. Remove stripe stencil; leave the first stencil in place.

Step Eight: Center the checkerboard stencil over the blue flower. Stencil checkerboard True Blue. Remove checkerboard stencil; leave the first stencil in place.

Step Nine: Center the small circle stencil on the blue flower. Stencil King's Gold with a 1/4-inch brush; repeat for complete coverage.

Step Ten: Align the bee overlay, and stencil the bee's stripe, head, and antennae Burnt Umber with a 1/4-inch brush. Remove overlay.

Step Eleven: Align the bird's eye stencil. Stencil Burnt Umber with a 1/4-inch brush. Remove overlay.

Step Twelve: Remove the first stencil, and reposition it to the right of the first repeat with about one inch between the flowers just stenciled and the next one to be painted.

Step Thirteen: Repeat steps two through twelve across the border. Remove tape masking border.

Trick of the Trade
This stencil measures approximately 12 inches for each repeat, including about 3/4 inch on either side for spacing. Before you begin, figure out how many repeats will fit on your wall. Measure the wall, subtracting any space for doors and windows. If you have 120 inches, there will be ten repeats.

If you come up with a number that isn't divisible by 12, however, don't worry. Add or take away extra space between the repeats to make up the difference. There's enough space between the elements on this stencil to break up the design and go around corners or windows. Just stop, and continue on the other side.

Bright Ideas

Birds of a feather don't always flock together! There's no limit to the number of different designs you can make with this stencil.

  • For a more realistic, natural look, leave the striped and checked patterns off the birds and flowers and switch to a more subdued color palette.
  • Use the fabulous checkered and striped patterns as a background stencil for just about anything, or use them alone to add texture to a dresser drawer, a light-switch plate, or the edge of a cabinet.
  • This stencil has many fabulous elements. Any one of them singled out would make a fabulous focal point on its own. Try 1 or more of the flowers on a flowerpot; stencil a bird on the wall overlooking a window; add a cluster of cute little bumblebees encircling a ceiling fan; or trim the baseboard with a row of flowers.

You can stencil different patterns on the flowers and birds.
Stencil different patterns
to add a personal touch.

Get your feet wet in the next section, and learn how to stencil the Rubber Duckie Shower Curtain.

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How to Stencil a Rubber Duckie Shower Curtain

Create a big-time splash with this adorable shower curtain. Don't let its fabulous look deceive you -- it's a great beginner's project.

Stencil the Rubber Duckie Shower Curtain to add yellow ducks to your bathroom.
Stencil the Rubber Duckie Shower Curtain
for a bright and cheery look.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 2 hours
Stencil Design: Download the Rubber Duckie Shower Curtain as a PDF.

What You'll Need

  • Fabric shower curtain
  • Tape measure
  • Painter's tape
  • Fabric medium
  • DecoArt Americana acrylic paint: Cadmium Yellow, Neutral Grey, Cadmium Orange
  • Plaid FolkArt acrylic paint: Periwinkle
  • Stencil spray adhesive
  • 1-inch stencil brush
  • 3/8-inch stencil brushes, 3
  • Soft, clean cloth
  • Iron and ironing board

Instructions

Step One: Prewash and dry the curtain according to manufacturer's instructions.

Step Two: The ducks alternate in rows with the water splashes. There are approximately 14 inches between ducks both horizontally and vertically. Place a small piece of tape at these locations.

Use tape to outline space for the ducks.
Mark spaces for the ducks with tape.

Step Three: Follow manufacturer's instructions to add fabric medium to the paint.

Step Four: Center the duck stencil on a piece of tape from step two; remove tape. Stencil Cadmium Yellow with a 1-inch brush. Repeat at every tape mark, flipping the stencil over a few times for visual interest.

Step Five: Align the duck overlay; stencil the eyes and feathers Neutral Grey, the beak Cadmium Orange, and the water Periwinkle, all with 3/8-inch brushes. Repeat on all ducks.

Step Six: Center the water splash stencil between every two ducks, both horizontally and vertically, and stencil Periwinkle. Repeat across curtain.

Stencil the water splash between each pair of ducks.
Stencil the water splash between each pair of ducks.

Step Seven: Let dry. Place a clean cloth over the design, and run an iron over the cloth to heat-set the paint.

The next section will add a bold, hip, useful enhancement to kids' rooms. Learn to stencil the Funky Flowers Cork Border.

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How to Stencil a Funky Flowers Cork Border

These flowers have perennial appeal! This cork-square border is a pretty addition to a room as well as a practical place to store notes and memos.

The Funky Flowers Cork Border features bright and colorful patterns stenciled on a useful cork surface.
Get organized with this
Funky Flowers Cork Border stencil.

Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 15 minutes per tile
Stencil Design: Download the Funky Flowers Cork Border as a PDF.

What You'll Need

  • 6-inch-square corkboard tiles (quantity determined by size of room)
  • 4-inch foam roller
  • Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint: Crocus Yellow, Royal Fuchsia, Deep Lilac, Light Foliage Green, Apple Green, Purple, Pretty Pink, GP Purple, Dark Goldenrod
  • 5/8-inch stencil brushes, 3
  • 3/8-inch stencil brushes, 4
  • 1/4-inch stencil brushes, 2

Trick of the Trade
Corkboard is quite porous and will absorb a lot of paint, so apply as many coats of paint as needed to obtain the coverage you desire.

Instructions

Step One: Divide the corkboard tiles into three equal stacks. Using the foam roller, paint one stack Crocus Yellow, one stack Royal Fuchsia, and one stack Deep Lilac. Let dry.

Step Two: Start with the Crocus Yellow tiles. Center stencil A (base of flower) in the square; mark registration points. Using a 5/8-inch brush, stencil this shape Royal Fuchsia. Remove the stencil.

The flowers are first stenciled in fuchsia.
Stencil the flower in Royal Fuchsia.

Step Three: Align stencil B. Stencil the leaves Light Foliage Green with a 3/8-inch brush. Let dry. Highlight the top of the leaves with Apple Green on a 1/4-inch brush, and very lightly shade the base with Purple on a 1/4-inch brush. Stencil the swirl Pretty Pink with a 3/8-inch brush.

Stencil a swirl on each flower to make it more lively.
Stencil a swirl on top of each flower
and add shading to the leaves.

Step Four: Repeat steps two and three on the Royal Fuchsia tiles, substituting the following colors: The base of the flower is Purple; the swirl is GP Purple. The leaves remain the same.

Step Five: Repeat steps two and three on the Deep Lilac tiles, substituting the following colors: The base of the flower is Crocus Yellow; the swirl is Dark Goldenrod. The leaves remain the same.

You'll be on cloud nine when you see the results of the next project. Learn how to stencil the Sweet Dreams Wall Border in the next section.

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How to Stencil a Sweet Dreams Wall Border

Fluffy white clouds and colorful sheep stenciled on the walls of your nursery will lull your baby into sweet slumber.

The Sweet Dreams Wall Border stencil features clouds and leaping sheep.
Stencil the Sweet Dreams Wall Border.

Skill Level: Advanced beginner
Time: 6-8 hours
Stencil Design: Download the Sweet Dreams Wall Border as a PDF.

What You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Painter's tape
  • 4-inch sponge roller
  • Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint: Light Ivory, Pale Yellow, Village Green, Coastline Blue
  • Plaid FolkArt acrylic paint: Periwinkle, Baby Pink, Titanium White
  • 5/8-inch stencil brushes, 2
  • 3/4-inch stencil brushes, 6

Instructions

Step One: Measure and mark a horizontal pencil line on the wall for the top edge of the border, locating it at whatever height you prefer. Measure down 9-1/2 inches from this line, and mark another pencil line to hold the border. Mask the outside edges of the border with painter's tape. Use a sponge roller to apply an even coat of Light Ivory to the border. Remove tape.

Step Two: Starting at the far left side of the border, align the scallop stencil on the top edge; tape in place. Roll Light Ivory onto the scallops. Reposition the stencil, using the last scallop as a guide, and repeat across the border.

Step Three: Rotate the scallop stencil so top becomes bottom, and repeat step three across the bottom of the border.

Step Four: Position the "Sweet" stencil at the left edge of the border, about 1/2 inch from the top. Stencil Periwinkle with a 5/8-inch brush. Position the "Dreams" stencil 1-1/2 to 2 inches to the right of that; stencil Periwinkle with a 5/8-inch brush. Reposition the "Sweet" stencil at Sweet Dreams least three inches from the end of the first repeat. Repeat across the top edge of the border.

Stencil the words along the top of the border in periwinkle paint.
Stencil the words with periwinkle paint.

Step Five: Center the moon stencil between every repeat of "Sweet Dreams," and stencil Pale Yellow with a 5/8-inch brush.

Step Six: Beneath each "Sweet Dreams" repeat you'll stencil four sheep, placed at various heights and angled in different directions so they look as though they're leaping through the sky. (When positioning the sheep, leave areas of white space in which you'll stencil clouds in steps eight and nine.)

To stencil each sheep, position stencil S1; mark registration points. Using a different 3/4-inch brush for each color, stencil the sheep in the following order: Village Green, Baby Pink, Coastline Blue, Pale Yellow. Repeat across border.

Step Seven: Align stencil S2. Stencil the legs and face markings Periwinkle and the wooly detail Titanium White using two different 3/4-inch brushes. Repeat on all sheep.

Step Eight: Position stencil C1 in the empty spaces around the sheep; mark registration points. Stencil Coastline Blue with a 3/4-inch brush, applying paint extremely sparingly for a light, fluffy look. Repeat across border, stenciling two or three clouds for every 4 sheep.

Lightly stencil a few clouds near each group of sheep.
Use a light touch to stencil the clouds
near each trio of sheep.

Step Nine: Align stencil C2. Stencil Periwinkle with a 3/4-inch brush. Repeat on all clouds.

 

Tricks of the Trade

Don't worry if the space varies a bit between repeats across the wall; subtle differences lend homemade charm.

To get the perfect colors for the wall above and beneath the border, take your favorite craft paints with you to a hardware store or home center, where you can have latex paint mixed for a perfect match.

 

Bright Ideas
It's easy to make these stencils look great. Extend the charm with any of these variations...

  • For a homey touch, personalize the border by adding the baby's name.
  • Leave out the border behind the sheep, and stencil clouds and sheep directly onto a sky-blue background.
  • Stencil the clouds on the ceiling to give your baby something fun to look at before he or she drifts off to sleep.
Blast off to the next section, and learn to stencil Outer Space Wallpaper.

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How to Stencil an Outer Space Wallpaper

Faux wallpaper is a stellar way to liven up a room. And while this pattern may look complex, it's not rocket science!

The Outer Space Wallpaper features rockets and stars.
The Outer Space Wallpaper is out of this world.

Skill Level: Intermediate +
Time: 6-8 hours
Stencil Design: Download the Outer Space Wallpaper as a PDF.

What You'll Need

  • White latex paint
  • Paint roller
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • 1-inch-wide painter's tape
  • Sea sponge
  • Plaid FolkArt acrylic paint: Light Periwinkle, Light Gray, Tangerine, Autumn Leaves, School Bus Yellow, Hauser Light Green
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics acrylic paint: Shimmering Silver
  • 5/8-inch stencil brush
  • 1/2-inch stencil brushes, 3
  • 3/8-inch stencil brushes, 3

Instructions

Step One: Basecoat the wall with your favorite white latex paint. Let dry.

Step Two: To create the 6-inch blue squares, use pencil, level, tape measure, and 1-inch-wide painter's tape. Run a line of tape along the top edge of the baseboard. Measure up six inches, and make several pencil marks at this height along the wall. Run a horizontal line of tape here, checking with level. Repeat up the wall, measuring six inches up from the top of each line of tape.

Step Three: Measure and mark the horizontal center of the wall. Run a line of tape vertically at this point, centered on this mark. Place vertical lines of tape on both sides of the center line, measuring every 6 inches from the edge of the previous piece of tape to create 6-inch squares.

Use tape to carefully mark off 6-inch squares.
Mark off 6-inch squares with tape.

Step Four: Use a sea sponge to sponge-paint the squares in a checker-board pattern, sponging every other square Light Periwinkle. Let dry; remove all tape.

Step Five: Center stencil R1 in the top left white square with the nose pointing into the upper right corner. Mark registration points. Stencil the rocket body Shimmering Silver with a 5/8-inch brush, and stencil the exhaust Light Gray with a 1/2-inch brush.

Stencil the rockets in silver paint.
Stencil the rockets in silver paint.

Repeat in every white square, angling the rocket toward the upper right corner in the first and third rows and toward the upper left corner in the second and fourth rows.

Step Six: Align stencil R2, and stencil all openings Light Periwinkle with a 1/2-inch brush. Repeat on all rockets.

Step Seven: Align stencil R3. Stencil the flames Tangerine with a 3/8-inch brush, and shade the edges with Autumn Leaves on a 1/2-inch brush. Stencil the fins and porthole Autumn Leaves. Repeat on all rockets.

Step Eight: Stencil the planets, moons, and stars at the outside corners of each blue square so the moons and ringed planets alternate rows with the earth and stars. (See photo for more detail.) Stencil the moons and stars School Bus Yellow with a 3/8-inch brush.

For the ringed planet, stencil the circle Tangerine and the ring Autumn Leaves. Stencil Earth Hauser Light Green with a 3/8-inch brush and the ocean overlay Light Periwinkle.

Surround each square with planets and stars.
Surround each square with stars and planets.

Tricks of the Trade

Press the edges of the tape firmly to prevent paint from bleeding under.

Stencil all of the moons and stars before moving on to the planets so you don't have to clean your brushes after every stencil.

Bright Ideas

3...2...1...Blastoff! The number of variations for this stencil will send you over the moon! Piece together the rockets, moons, and planets in all kinds of configurations to fit your space.

  • What could be cooler than stenciling part of this design with glow-in-the-dark paint?
  • Leave out the sponge-painted squares, and group the stars, planets, and rockets together in a starry circle on the ceiling.
  • Try stenciling the smaller designs on drawer pulls or light-switch plates to add universal appeal everywhere you look.

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