Tips to Stencil your Wall Border


Decorating your house wall using stencil can add a more unique appearance to the room and it is as simple as counting numbers. If you do not know how to do it, you can simply do some research through the internet or by reading books related to stencil that you can purchase from arts and craft stores as well as from the library. The information will definitely assist you in choosing the type of pattern that you want to apply to your wall. It is not a difficult task for you to stencil a wall border because it only requires you to use very few items. Furthermore, the steps involved completing the task is really easy and very straightforward. In terms of time requires to finished the task will depend on type of pattern you choose, the wall size that you decide to stencil, plus also your skill in painting the stencil. Below are some tips that you could take note in order to use a stencil for creating an attractive wall border within your home.

To stencil the wall border, you need:

  • 1/4-inch stencil brushes
  • 1/8-inch stencil brush
  • Flat or semi gloss white latex paint
  • DecoArt Americana acrylic paint (such as Hauser Light Green, True Red, True Blue, Burnt UmberDelta)
  • Ceramcoat acrylic paint (such as Medium Foliage Green, Blue Jay)
  • Plaid Apple Barrel Colors acrylic paint (such as King’s Gold)
  • Plaid FolkArt acrylic paint (such as Barnwood)
  • Paint roller
  • Level
  • Yardstick
  • Pencil
  • 1-inch-wide painter’s tape
  • 4-inch sponge roller

Stencil Your Wall Border

Tips to Stencil Your Wall Border

  • The first thing that you need to do is to wash the wall before you stencil it with your wall border.
    • Once you finished washing the wall, allow it to dry thoroughly before affixing the stencil using a masking tape onto the wall in the location that you required by starting from either end of the wall.
    • In order to maintain s straight line all across your wall, you should use the level.
  • Most stencils are designed with 12 inches in length that includes at least 3/4 inch on either side for extra spacing.
    • You need to decide how many repeats that you need to use for your wall.
    • Make sure that you measure the wall that you want to stencil and also subtracting any space used for doors and windows. If the length that you have accumulates to 120 inches, you need to do ten repeats of the stencil.
    • If you problems dividing the repeats, you can simply add or make do of the extra spacing between each of the repeats in order to make up the difference.
  • The next step is for you to load the paint roller with the paint that you have chosen. Make sure that you use moderate amount of the paint before you start to roll the paint starting from the stencil’s outer edge right to the center.

Remember not to overload your roller or brush with the paint because it will definitely seep under the stencil. In order to paint rough edges, you need to use small brush.

  • Then, the stencil should be lifted straight up from the wall.
    • Make sure that you do not slide it to other direction when lifting the stencil.
    • After that, you should clean any of the paint left at the back of your stencil and make sure that it dries completely.


  • All of the three steps mentioned above must be repeated across the width of every wall.
    • If you choose a single-color pattern, it will be much faster for you to complete the task. However, if you are using a multicolored pattern, you need to allow the paint to dry thoroughly before you can proceed with the second color.

Please take note that for a multicolor pattern, you should start with the first step followed by the second color required in the pattern. Then, you need to continue by following through all of the above steps for each of the additional color according to the pattern that you have chosen. Make sure that you let them dry completely in between of every color that you have applied until you managed to complete the entire pattern f the stencil.

  • You must be careful of excess paint that might get out of the stencil that faces the wall.
    • Always ensure to check the stencil before placing it on new area of your wall in order to avoid unwanted or unattractive results.

    Always remember that whenever you want to stencil your wall border,

    • You need to consider testing the stencil with the color that you have chosen on any piece of paper. After that, you should affix the paper on the wall so that you would be able to view it whether it is suitable or not.
    • Always make use of different brush for every color that you want to use. If you only have one brush, you need to thoroughly clean the brush whenever you want to change the colors of your pattern.
    • If you have checkered and striped patterns, you can use it as your background stencil. This type of designs would be able to compliment any other pattern or even to use them as it is enabling you to add texture to a dresser drawer, a light-switch plate as well as your cabinet’s edge.
    • Certain type of stencils can be used as fabulous elements on its own. For example, you can create one or more flower designs on a flowerpot or stenciling a bird on your wall that faces the window of your house; paint clusters of small bumblebees that circles around your ceiling fan; or even create a baseboard along with a row of flowers.

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