Monday, October 15, 2012

stenciled curtains - tutorial

Thank you guys for your comments on the stenciled curtains!  Here's the tutorial on how I made the stencil and then used it to create my new favorite curtains.
 
 
 
What you'll need:
 
  • fabric or pre-sewn curtains (I used pre-sewn curtains from Target found here, $35 for the pair)
  • paint and roller (I used Martha Stewart Zinc)
  • stencil paper (found mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • print out of pattern
  • pencil
  • Xacto knife
  •  clear packing tape (if taping two pieces of stencil paper together)
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How to do it:
 
STEP ONE:  Print out the pattern you are wanting to stencil.  I found a pillow with a print I liked online, but wanted the print to be much larger.  I enlarged the image and had it printed out on several sheets and taped them together.
 

 
STEP TWO:  Place the stencil paper on top of your image.  Use a pencil to trace the pattern onto the paper.  Mark the areas you don't want to keep when cutting out the stencil.  Note:  I taped two pieces of stencil paper together using clear packing tape for a larger stencil.
 

 
STEP THREE:  Carefully cut out your stencil using an Xacto knife on a protected surface.  Make sure you leave yourself a boarder around all edges of your stencil so it stays together.
 

 
STEP FOUR:  Time for painting!  Lay out your fabric or curtains onto a safe, flat surface (I placed trash bags in between my wood floors and the curtains.  Place your stencil on top of the curtain and start rolling on your paint.  Start off with a light layer of paint and build up once you find the right amount.  Too much paint on the roller can cause paint to seep under the stencil.
 
 
STEP FIVE:  Carefully lift up your stencil and reposition.  Keep on painting!  If you get a little off centered like I did along the side, you can always go back and touch up those sections later.
 
 
STEP 6:  Let your fabric dry completely before moving, and then enjoy your completely custom pattern!
 
 

 
I did end up switching out the silver grommets for black in order to match the curtain rod.  I just flipped the curtains upside down, turning the old grommets under to make a new bottom hem, and then added new black grommets.
 
 
 
I'm pretty thrilled with the result.  Even more thrilled that I got the exact pattern I wanted, but couldn't find anywhere.  Well, I'm sure I could have found something similar.  It would have just cost me an arm and a leg.  Now go find a pattern you love and make yourself something fun!
 

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37 comments:

  1. loooooove!!! They turned out so great!

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  2. These look amazing! Awesome job! I'd love for you to share them at my link party!!

    Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

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  3. Great job on the curtains! I love the pattern and the color!

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  4. really love these and the great tutorial.. I'd love for you to post this project on my new link party! Impatiently Crafted Sundays ;) http://impatientlycrafty.com/2012/10/13/craft-link-up-impatiently-crafted-sundays/

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  5. so smart- they really did turn out amazingly!

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  6. These are incredible and so gorgeous!! I've already added them to my next 'Melt My Butter' post! This room is perfection!

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  7. what a fantastic tutorial. Your curtains are amazing! I would buy those in any store!

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  8. Those are beautiful. I love the color and the pattern. You did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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  9. Great tutuorial! I love the color scheme

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  10. Awesome!!! Really great tutorial:) I shared Halloween Chalk Board at this party. Following you now. Follow me too at www.sewsweetvintage.com and share a Facebook page like there:) I have a give away under "vintage chenille pumpkin" on my blog too!!!!

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  11. Thanks for the tutorial! They look absolutely amazing!

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  12. Wow, that is amazing! I'm not sure I have the patience to cut all that detail out like you did, but it sure looks worth it.

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  13. wow, they sooo good. I was just thinking this morning of making my own stencil paper and a wood burning tool.
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  14. So cool!! I'd love for you to link this up to Do Something Crafty Friday: http://seevanessacraft.com/2012/10/do-something-crafty-62/

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  15. I don't believe these curtains are stenciled! Great tutorial! Pining!

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  16. Wow, those are really great. I would not have had the patience to cut all those zig zag edges. The curtains look so good.

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  17. looks great! how long did it take to paint the two panels?

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  18. Extremely impressive. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  19. Gorgeous! I can't get over how beautiful they are. Great job, Shelley!!

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  20. Those look fabulous!! Love the little zebra stuffy too! :) Pinned!
    Jenn

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  21. Came over from a linky party! You did a great job with this, I love the pattern, esp how the lines are not sharp but jagged! so cute! I am your newest follower!

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  22. Wowwww! That is amazing, just stunning, I am so impressed. You did a great job, now following!

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  23. Love it! Thanks for sharing! New Follower! -Kennesha

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  24. Featuring YOU today! Thanks so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @ GingerSnapCrafts.com

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  25. WOW, these look amazing! I love the graphic you chose, very cool. :)

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  26. They look awesome!! Found you featured over at 30days handmade! I'm pinning this one for keeps :)

    -Fotini { http://glamorousbride.blogspot.com }

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    1. Also, I noticed you changed the chrome curtain holes to a bronze, I need to do this to mine, how did you do it?!

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  27. Hot bananas those are STUNNING!!!!! So well done.

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  28. The stenciled curatisn tutorial shown here is wonderful. Have a look at it

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  29. I can't even believe that is painted!! That looks so great!! I love that you made the stencil. I need to do that sometime.

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  30. These curtains are just spectacular!. What did you use for stencil paper?

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  31. Oh just saw it was from Hobby Lobby. I love the pattern you picked!

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