Before I dive into teaching you how to make a diy stencil (a stupidly simple tutorial if I don’t mind saying so), I want to ask you to finish this famous movie quote in the comments below.
“Oh, look. Another glorious morning. ….. .. .…”
How To Make A Stencil & Easy Halloween Table Runner
As any Halloween enthusiast knows, if you’re truly going to be able to recreate the set of Hocus Pocus in your house (for nobody else but you), you have to start crafting early. That’s why I’m thrilled to partner with Design Bundles on this impressively easy project.
Normally Halloween posts aren’t actually that popular compared to my other content, but this year I no longer care. I’m embracing my weirdness and part of that goofiness is built upon a complete obsession with making props when I was younger.
I wasn’t just obsessed with dressing up, I also LOVED the fact that Halloween originated right here in Ireland. Just in case you are wondering, I’m based in the UK because Northern Ireland is part of Britain.
“Halloween came from the ancient Celtic festival Samhain. Samhain (pronounced sow-in) comes from old Irish and means ‘end of summer’. … The Celts believed that during the festival of Samhaim the veil between this world and the next world was particularly thin, allowing spirits to pass between the two worlds on this night.”Claddah Design
I wanted to make potion bottles, spell books, I basically wanted to recreate a set in my bedroom. Because it looked like a good time.
Turns out I’m 100% that witch even when I’m crying crazy. Love you LIzzo. 😉
Ok, let’s dive in!
This is probably going to one of the easiest “how to make a stencil” tutorials you are going to see. Why? Because I wanted to teach everyone how to make a stencil. Not just crafters who are privileged enough to own a Cricut.
Even with a Cricut, I find making a stencil incredibly difficult and it’s not Cricuts fault at all. I have a rare genetic disorder (read more about me here) which means I’m a bit like a marionette with 1 piece of thread to connect my joints instead of an entire interwoven network of connective tissue. That means I can dislocate anything at any time and it makes dealing with sturdy stencil material almost impossible.
Don’t get me wrong – if my husband is prepared to weed the stencil material for me from the cutting mat, I would use the Cricut stencil material all of the time. Because it’s the more environmentally friendly option, despite being plastic. It will last and can be passed on to other crafters. Unfortunately, he’s not always available for that, so this is my disabled lady alternative.
Watch The Video:
- Strip of fabric for your table cloth (linked shopping list)
- Popsicle Stick
- Spider Template (I got mine from Design Bundles)
- Black Paint
- Fabric Medium
- Stencil Brush
- Roll of clear packing team
- Small Embroidery Scissors (similar to nail scissors)
- Cardstock (to place under fabric when painting)
- DIsh or cardstock for mixing the paint and fabric medium
How To Make A DIY Stencil:
- Download and print your template half size. It’s an option available in your ‘Print settings’, it may appear as brochure depending on the program you use.
- Get a strip of packing tape and place it over the spiders - don’t cut out all of the spiders in this template, pick two or three if you like but I just used one type. Repeat until spiders are covered, then flip your page and repeat. Add another layer of tape if it feels like your paper is too flimsy. I used sturdy, high quality printer paper, so I only needed two layers front and back, which equated to 4 pieces of tape.
- Use your scissors to poke the spider you wish to cut and carefully cut out the black area. As you cut you will realise that the tape is added to ensure the spaces between the legs don’t bend back or get damaged.
How To Make A Halloween Table Runner:
- Press your fabric for the table runner, and use fabric starch if you’re having problems with creases. It’s great for your everyday ironing too. Lay your material flat on top of your surface and the cardstock you are using to protect the surface.
- Mix one part fabric medium to one part black paint, grab your stencil and lay flat on the material.
- I used a sponge at this point in the video but it wasn’t as effective as using a brush with flat stubby bristles. So put a little paint on the bristles and dab any excess off on a separate sheet of cardstock, then you can start dabbing over the stencil in an up and down motion.
- We can always add more light layers of paint. The danger of adding too much paint is that it gets underneath the stencil and ruins the piece.
- Now repeat!
- I ended up going in a bit of a swooping motion, like these little guys were clambering up the material but you can totally cover your material if you wish. It’s all personal preference.
- Once you’ve completed all of your spiders, allow the paint to dry. Most of it may have already dried by the time you have finished.
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Now you know exactly how to make a stencil and a creepy crawly Halloween table runner
It was easy right?
Don’t forget to finish this sentence below…
“Oh, look. Another glorious morning. …………”
If you know any other notable quotes, you can share those too. It’s a bit early to watch the movie but quotes are acceptable at this early stage in the season! Due to Global Warming I’m ever so slightly concerned that the green leaves are still going to be on the trees come Halloween and we’ll skip autumn altogether, or we’ll end up having our seasons in the wrong place. I need pumpkin spice, sweaters, coziness and falling leaves, then I know it’s time to watch Hocus Pocus.