Stencils are a fun way to bring energy to a plain old—well—anything: furniture, clothes, a wall—you name it, stencils can make it lively. With some stylish Handmade Charlotte stencils (available at Michaels stores), your favorite colors of multisurface FolkArt paint, and almost no effort at all, you can transform a worn-out belonging into a new and inspired treasure. We’ve seen lots of amazing new creations lately, too, and thought we’d round up 10 of the best to help inspire your next craft. So without further adieu, here they are!
1. Hand-Sewn Planters
This summer we ran our Handmade Charlotte Family Craft Challenge and the results were truly awesome. Our superstar judges selected cute felt badges as the grand-prize winner, a leather gift tag as the first runner-up, and these stenciled felt plant holders by Sarah Ladato as the second runner-up. Love!
2. Pajama & Blanket Set
When it comes to stenciling with fabric, the possibilities are endless. Our star stencils are a great way to jazz up and customize kiddo pajamas.
3. DIY Merrymaker Party Dress
tutorial available via Handmade Charlotte
Another great fabric stenciling project, using our Pattern & Party stencil sets, is our DIY Merrymaker Party Dress. One of our all-time favs. Little girls will spin and twirl their way to any festive occasion wearing this.
4. DIY Chevron Stencil Makeover
via A Bubbly Life
A best-of list wouldn’t be complete without a chevron pattern. Who knew it could be so easy to transform an ordinary stool into a stylish accessory? The bright colors really make this work.
5. DIY Stenciled Cup & Napkin Project
What’s great about this project, besides the fact that it yields a stylish cup and napkin set, is that it shows how versatile FolkArt paints can be—use the paints on glass (go ahead, they’re dishwasher safe!) or fabric.
6. Handmade Charlotte Plushy Floor Pillows
via Paint Me Plaid
These floor pillows are a fun and easy-to-make project we featured here on Paint Me Plaid this summer. It’s one of our favorites worth revisiting, particularly now, because they make great gifts. Almost everyone could use a cushy seat this season!
7. DIY Gift Tote
via All For The Boys
These rocketship-stenciled totes make a great birthday party favor, holiday gift bag, or even play oom organizer. This tutorial includes some great tips for stenciling on fabric, too!
8. DIY Cupcake Cuteness Containers
via A Pretty Life
This jar-lid project is worth including not only because it’s a super simple way to give a sweet gift, but also because it shows how a simple application can pay off big. Stencil any jar lid with your favorite shape or pattern and put a yummy treat inside!
9. DIY Stenciled Suitcase
via Holy Craft
Another favorite is this upcycled vintage suitcase painted with our Over the Moon stencil. Almost any kiddo would love being gifted a personalized suitcase for overnight visits with grandma or sleepovers with friends.
10. DIY Cloud Room
Stencil projects can be subtle and small scale or bold and room transforming, and no one proves the latter more than Mermag. A simple cloud pattern transformed her kiddos’ room into a magical place that inspires sweet dreams.