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Deck The Halls with Stencil1 Ornament Kits


Seasons Greetings crafters! I’m back with another fun project tutorial for Stencil1! This festive holiday project is made possible by the new Traditional Ornament Kit from Stencil1! This beautiful and highly customizable kit features blank ornaments that support a very worthy cause. Each set of eco-friendly ornaments is crafted sustainably by a company that rehabilitates and enables its workers formerly suffering from addiction, providing them with shelter and jobs!


For this set I worked with the Traditional Ornament Kit, but you could also make a set with the Geometric Ornament Kit! Stencil1 also sells the stand alone Ornament Shapes, cool Swallow Ornaments, and a beautiful Swallow Ornament Kit that would make a great early Christmas present for the crafter in your life! Click HERE to check out the complete assortment of kits from Stencil1! But back to the project at hand…


I began by applying a base coat of acrylic craft paint to both sides of the 6 included ornaments shapes in some festive holiday colors…IMG_2486 IMG_2491

Once the base coat was dry, I busted out the included set of 4 different stencils, 3 of which feature multiple stencil designs on one stencil! If you do the math, that adds up to a TON of different stencil design combination possibilities! Did I mention that math is not my thing?IMG_2495

For the red Christmas ball ornament, I topped the base coat with a generous helping of shiny red glitter applied with ordinary school glue.IMG_2498

Handy Hint! Work atop a coffee filter to easily collect the excess glitter and redirect it back into the jar!IMG_2499 IMG_2501

I set it aside to dry and repeated this step on both sides. I also glittered the two skinny ornaments with the same technique. IMG_2502

Then I was ready to begin embellishing the gold reindeer! I used a metal scraper (you could also use a palette knife) to apply thick texture medium to the ornament. For this one I chose the included Stripes stencil as it evokes a swift sense of movement to the reindeer, like racing stripes!IMG_2505 IMG_2506 IMG_2509 IMG_2510

While the racing reindeer was drying, I set to work on embellishing the red ball ornament. I mixed up some gold paint with the texture medium and applied it to the ornament, this time with the Ornaments stencil. IMG_2514 IMG_2516

Then I applied a layer of thick rustic gold glitter to the design as shown…IMG_2517 IMG_2520 IMG_2522

While that piece was drying, I added texture medium to the tapered bulb ornament this time using a different design from the same Ornaments stencil. IMG_2526 IMG_2529

Then I was ready to trim the tree! The tree ornament that is! For this one, I stenciled a layer of contrasting red paint onto the tree with the String of Dots stencil. IMG_2531

Then without moving the stencil, I applied a layer of school glue on top of the paint and then topped that with some bright chunky red glitter!IMG_2532

This technique made my tree look like it was adorned with little shiny red ornaments!IMG_2534

I also added some white textured stars to the wavy thin ornament with the included Star Rows stencil. Then I added more of the rustic gold glitter to one of the skinny ornaments using the Stripes stencil.


To add a luxe touch, I used a dry brush technique to accent the edges of the green ornaments with antique gold craft paint.


To add a sparkly touch of bling for the holiday season, I accented the reindeer and one of the skinny ornaments with gold adhesive rhinestones. I used the stencils as a handy guide for evenly positioning the bling. IMG_2540

The only reason I stopped was because I ran out of room to embellish! I had so much fun decorating these blank ornaments with Stencil1‘s trendy yet timeless designs! And all the while I was thinking about the very noble cause behind the manufacture of these beautiful blank holiday canvasses! Here are some close ups of the finished products…

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And here’s a shot of the complete set featuring a variety of dimensional embellishment techniques!IMG_2574

I highly recommend Stencil1’s Ornament Kits! They are perfect for crafting in groups, crafting with kids, solo crafting or for giving as an early Christmas gift to the crafter in your life! Display your finished pieces on the Christmas tree, on a wreath, or as a special gift tag for an ultra luxurious presentation of a wrapped gift, or dangling from a gift bag! You could even stick one to a mailed greeting card for a 3D and functional touch! The creative possibilities are truly endless!

Day of the Dead La Calavera TShirt with Stencil1

Greetings fellow stencil enthusiasts! Today I am super excited to share a new project that I recently created with Stencil1 for Dia de Los Muertos!

Calavera Tshirt

I absolutely LOVE all of Stencil1’s creative and stylish stencils, but this La Calavera stencil with the sombrero is one of my absolute favorites! I embellished a plain black t-shirt with fabric paint and glitter and then added these adorable studs and pom poms to the sombrero brim – a fun little detail that takes this wearable art project deep into the KITSCH zone!

Enjoy this new project tutorial showing you how to recreate this festive Day of the Dead t-shirt at home!

What’s Needed:

  • Pre-Washed Plain T-Shirt (or you can add this design to a Tote Bag or Throw Pillow)
  • Stencil1 La Calavera Stencil
  • Fabric Paint in 2 Colors
  • Fabric Glue
  • Stenciling Paint Brush
  • Embroidery Thread & Needle
  • Sewing Thread & Needle
  • Studs
  • Glitter
  • Masking Tape
  • Ruler
  • Stick Pins
  • Craft Mat

Gather up all your supplies.


Place a craft mat inside the t-shirt to prevent the fabric paint from bleeding though to the other side.


Position the stencil in place with masking tape, using a ruler to center the design.


Carefully stencil the base color of the design onto the shirt.


Allow paint to dry and then accent the design with an additional color to add interest.


For a super snazzy skull adhere coordinating glitter to the accent color with fabric glue.


Then carefully remove the stencil and allow the design to dry. Take a moment now to clean your stencil and admire your awesome stenciled design!


Now you are ready to embellish!


Roll up the sleeves of the t-shirt and secure the rolls in place with some stick pins.


With some coordinating embroidery thread, whip stitch the sleeves for an added homemade design accent.


Then you’re ready to apply the pom poms to the brim of the sombrereo. Stitch each individual pom pom in place and then secure them each with a drop of fabric glue. You’re going to want this piece to be made well to withstand all the wild Day of the Dead parties you’ll be attending!


If glitter and pom poms, just aren’t enough bling for you, then go all out and…


Add some STUDS!


Alternate studs and pom poms along the brim of the sombrero! Set aside to dry and then go out and rock your La Calavera t-shirt in style!


Feel free put your own spin on this project by adding beads, bling or switching up the stitching on the sleeves! You can use these same techniques on all sorts of creative projects with your favorite Stencil1 stencils! Their diverse assortment of designs are super inspiring, and it’s so EASY to create great projects with awesome Stencil1 stencils! The creative possibilities are truly endless!

In addition to Day of the Dead, Stencil1 also has you covered for HALLOWEEN! Click HERE for some more spooky stenciled inspiration!

Be sure to visit Stencil1 online today to shop their extensive collection of stylish designs for your next DIY project!

Stencil1 Nautical Headboard Project

Headboard Primary ImageGreetings DIY enthusiasts! Today I am super excited to share this fun tutorial of a custom headboard that I created with amazingly cool stencils from Stencil1!

 Stencil1 was founded by the brilliant street artist Ed Roth, a pioneer in the new stencil and DIY movement. Ed recently brought Brooklyn to Paris in the first ever Brooklyn Pop Up Shop at Le Bon Marche. In other news Stencil1 was voted the 2015 Product of the Year in Home Design! Check it out!

 “If Martha Stewart and Banksy had a love child, it would be Stencil1.” — Brain Pickings

Deck out your beach house, or simply bring the beach to your house with this fun nautical headboard project! Relax year round in the cool ocean inspired surroundings, complete with whales, octopus, weathered wood and nautical rope detailing. Perfect for dreaming about the deep blue sea!

What’s Needed:


1) I created this embellished headboard using two leftover wooden construction scaffolds. I left the two pieces separate for ease of mounting and also in case they someday would be used for two twin beds. You could also create this same look using scrap plywood, pallets, crates or by simply nailing together some wooden boards.

IMG_17042) Whitewash the wooden headboard pieces with a mixture of white acrylic paint and water. This technique gives the boards a nice bleached, beach, weathered look. IMG_17073) Then you are ready to begin the stenciling process. Choose some acrylic paint in cool shades of grey, green, blue and an unexpected pop of orange. To accent this design I chose the cheerful Whale and Octopus Stencil1 stencils! I love them because they are unisex and appeal to people of all ages! IMG_17104) Tape the stencil in position and get started stenciling the aquatic designs onto the headboard. IMG_17125) Use a stiff stippling brush to carefully apply the intricate designs to your headboard. IMG_17166) Once you are done, lift the stencil up to reveal the beautiful design! IMG_17257) Continue the process of adorning your headboard with beautiful aquatic creatures. IMG_17298) For and extra weathered look, use a dry brush technique to add more depth and dimension to your stenciled images in a contrasting color. IMG_17349) Once your stenciling is complete you are ready to add the nautical rope detailing! Simply staple the rope in a winding curving pattern, to the areas between your stenciled designs. IMG_178310) Once you’ve added the rope, you are ready to mount the headboard to the wall behind your bed!

Here are some pictures of the final product in the room and some close ups of the aquatic details! I absolutely love the way this project came out. The Stencil1 stencils made this project super easy and stylish! Be sure to visit Stencil1 online to shop from their wide assortment of innovative stencils for your next DIY home décor project! The creative possibilities are endless! IMG_1795 IMG_1796 IMG_1799