Saturday, December 10, 2011

Stencil It

With so many of us pulling in the purse strings in the last year, we have to get creative to make things special, especially at this time of year! One way of adding interest to anything thats plain is stencilling.  The great thing about it is it can apply to so many things....
The most obvious is on your walls, but rather than stencilling a few things here and there, create your own wallpaper by designing a repeat pattern.....
Or create a wall calender in your office space with some number stencils....
 
And why not extend it to furniture which you've customised? A couple of old chairs from the flea market with a bit of sanding and a detail with a stencil will give a lovely rustic feel....
 On a smaller scale, its a lovely idea to stencil designs onto cakes and other food, its so easy to make your own stencils for this kind of thing too - and you can do it with food colouring or with icing sugar...
And to save you a few pounds on gift wrapping this Christmas, just buy plain brown or white paper, and then decorate with your own stencil designs! Anything from letters as in the pic below, or snowflakes, stars, trees will look fab!
If you fancy trying a bit of stencilling, check out Stencil it - the latest book from The Stencil Library founder Helen Morris.  lots of lovely ideas, plus it includes 20 stencils that you can use!
More info on the book here
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