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How to Make a Stencil

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Have you ever wanted to make a custom stencil but didn’t know how? Wonder no more! It’s so easy to make a stencil. Let me show you how!

How to make your own stencil pin image with a baseball stencil on top of a wooden background.

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I love being able to create my own stencil to make any type of decor my heart desires! This process is so easy to use and you can make one time stencils to use for any project.

Curio cabinet filled with art supplies with a baseball and lets play ball artwork on top.

All you need is a computer, printer, paper, and scissors. It’s so easy to do!

How to Make a Stencil

I’m going to show you how to do this in Photoshop, but you can also do it in Canva or PicMonkey. If there’s enough interest I’ll make a tutorial for one of the free programs too!

It’s really easy to make any wording you want or any image. But you should always check that you have permission to use the image if you chose to use images.

I like to get my images from places like: PixelScrapper, TheHungryJPEG, or search for free use photos.

Football on a white background on a computer screen.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is measure the spot you want to put a stencil. You’ll make that your canvas size in Photoshop.

Properties window in Photoshop that shows 35 in wide by 6 in high

Then you can put whatever you want into that canvas. Make sure it’s centered and get it looking exactly as you want.

Export that image, then open up an 8.5×11 canvas. Import the image you exported and make it the original size. Now export again and print!

Once you print it out on cardstock or regular paper and then cut your image or text. Position it on your sign and then trace and paint!

Basketball stencil on a wood background

It’s so easy to do! Watch the video below for the full tutorial.

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How to Make a Stencil

How to Make a Stencil

An easy way to make a stencil using things you probably already have a home for little to no money!

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $0


  1. Measure the object your want to put the stencil on.
  2. Open Photoshop, create a new canvas the size of the object you just measured.
  3. Write your text or drag in an image that you want to use. Size it correctly for your canvas.
  4. Once everything is exactly as you want, export.
  5. Open a new canvas sized at 8.5x11 (or 11x8.5).
  6. Import in the image you exported, make sure it's the original size. Export and print.
  7. Cut your image/text out. And now you have a stencil!

I’ve used this process to make so many stencils! From the numbers on my growth chart DIY to personalized gifts to home decor.

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