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How to Stencil Kids' Rooms

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


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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