- stencil blanks
- pencil or pen
- cookie cutters
- piece of glass
- heat tool with stencil/tapered point
- An 8 1/2 x 11 piece of glass from an unused picture frame makes a good sized work surface for this project. For safety's sake, be sure to tape the edges of your piece of glass so there's no chance of cutting yourself.
- Stencil blanks can be found at the craft store in the same area with home decor stencils.
- Look for heat tools in the wood working and wood burning supply section. There are a variety of heat tools; make sure the one you purchase gets hot enough for creating stencils, it should specify in the description.
Next, place your stencil blank on the piece of glass; the glass protects your work surface from being burned when you cut your your stencils with the heat tool. If you are using a blank piece of paper to help you see your pencil lines, place it UNDER the glass, not between the glass and the stencil blank.
Give your heat tool a few minutes to warm up. You may want to practice on a piece of stencil blank to get used to the speed with which you need to work. If you work too slow, you might melt too big of a section; too fast, you may not completely perforate the blank or you may accidentally slip past your reference lines, creating jagged lines.
When you are ready, firmly and carefully follow your pencil lines with the tapered point of the heat tool all the way around your shape. You may find it is easier to pull the tapered point towards your rather than push it away from you.
Turn off your tool and safely set aside. Remove the perforated shapes from your stencil sheet and cut your new stencils off the sheet. Be sure to leave an inch border (or more) around them for stability. Your new stencil is complete, easy as that!
Use your stencil for scrapbooking or art journaling. Or use it to create home decor projects like trinket boxes, seasonal "Welcome" signs, primatives, and more.
Here's how I used mine--
What will you create?