504 Main by Holly Lefevre: stencils
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Showing posts with label stencils. Show all posts


"We LOVE School" Banner Tutorial

I am a little banner obsessed.
If I can make a banner for an occasion...I do.
Last week I had a small Back to School party 
and made this super cute "We {heart} School" banner for decoration.
It is pretty simple and has a rustic, vintage feel.
And I kind of love it!
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  • 7-8" strip of burlap (should be the width of the fabric). Each "flag" is about 6", so 7-8 should give you plenty of room to trace this and cut them out correctly.
  • 8 oz White Paint. I used DecoArt American Acrylic in White Wash (NOTE: This takes a lot of paint. the 2 oz. bottle may not get all your flags painted - my photo below shows a 2 oz. bottle, but I recommend more paint.I used over 3 2 oz. bottles)
  • 2 oz. Black Paint, I used DecoArt Americana Acrylic in Ebony
  • 2 oz. Red Paint I used DecoArt Americana Acrylic in Primary Red
  • Stencil for letters: I used DecoArt 3" Simple Script Alphabet
  • Paint Brush (I used an old cheapo paint brush for the burlap)
  • 1-2 smaller paint brushes for the letters and heart.
  • Hot glue/Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • 2 yards Heavy twine or jute

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Cut out 9 flags from the burlap.
  • To cut flags:
    • Make a simple template using a cardboard box (like a cereal box)
    • Draw a square, 4" wide and 6" long
    • At the bottom center (2" in from either side) measure up 2" on the center line.
    • Connect the bottom outside points to the 2" point you just marked.
    • Cut the flags.
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  • Protect your surface and layout the 9 flags.
  • Paint each flag. You may have to dab at the flags and brush to get the paint in the burlap. The finish is not "perfect." Let dry. You may want to pick them up after a few minutes to ensure they do not stick to the protective surface underneath (for example, some of the cardboard stuck to the back of my flags).
  • Optional: Once dry, if you want a more finished back as well, paint the back. Again, pick up the flags to ensure they do not stick to the protective surface underneath.
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  • Once dry, use the stencil and the black paint to add your words. With this size stencil and flag, the tops of my letters were about 1 " down from the top of the flag, and centered horizontally.
  • Hold down the stencil with your fingers and paint the individual stencils onto the flags.
  • For the heart I just drew a heart and transferred the outline to the flag, and painted it with red paint.
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  • Once all the flags are dry, line them up. They should be right next to one another with very little or no space between the flags.
  • Heat up the hot glue gun.
  • Cut a 72" length of rope/jute/twine.
  • Find the center of your rope and match it up with the center of the banner, so that you have enough rope left on each side to hang the banner.
  • Run a line of hot glue along the top edge of the banner/flags and press down the rope into the hot glue (The banners are pretty stiff after painting...sewing is possible, but VERY difficult).
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All done!
A cutie-patootie banner to celebrate Back to school!

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My kiddos have already started school...what about yours?

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre


Inspired Bulletin Board

I have always loved to surround myself with picture and trinkets that inspire me,
make me smile or giggle, or that I just simply like.
I have always had a bulletin board in my room or home.
I consider it to by my ever-evolving mood board.

So, my other 3 bulletin board are full or kid stuff,
household stuff, funny stuff, but I wanted a board just for me!
One full of my favorite things to inspire me and only me!

You can stylize the board any way you want...here is what I did.
  • Bulletin Board, any size you desire ( got mine for about $6 at Walmart)
  • Pretty paper to decorate the frame...from Aaron Brothers. They have an amazing selection of single sheet (oversized) decorative papers...LOVE!
  • Paint in your choice of colors. I used DecoArt: Spice Pink, Grey Sky
  • Stencils: I used DecoArt alphabet script and polka dot accent
  • Decoupage medium such as Mod Podge

  • Stencil Brush
  • Paint Brush (for decoupage)
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Masking tape or blue painters tape (I used masking tape, but next time I will use the painters tape. The masking tape may stick too much and pull some of the cork off...the painters tape is much more gentle.
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife

Accents (optional)
  • Lace/small fabric trim
  • Large pearls
  • Tim Holtz Metal Corners (purchased at Aaron Brothers)

(You can stencil the bulletin board first or you can do the frame first...there is not advantage or disadvantage to either way...you just need to wait for things to be dry) 

  • STEP 1: Start in one corner (makes it easy to keep level and line up) with the polka dots and begin stenciling with the Grey Sky and a stencil brush. I made a frame (of sorts) on each side of the bulletin board, just as wide as the stencil.
  • Step 2: Find the center of the board, horizontally and vertically and then determine the placement for your letters/words based on the center and how many letters are in your words. Use Painters tape (or eyeball it) to mark when the words are so they will be level.
  • Step 3: Line up your stencil and start painting using a stencil brush. I used Spice Pink and Grey Sky for the words I chose.

  • Step 4: Cut your over sized paper into 2" strips (you may need them to be wider depending on the size of your frame) 
  • Step 5: Apply decoupage on one portion of the frame at a time and line up strips of paper with inner edge of the frame. Press down and if necessary, use the edge of a craft knife or knife  to tuck in the edge between the frame and cork. Wrap the paper around the back side of the frame and trim with craft knife.
  • Step 6: Continue to apply the strips of paper until the frame is covered. Depending on the size of the frame, you may need to overlap paper edges. At the corners, fold matching edges into 45 degree angled to miter the corners and match them up.  
  • Step 7: Once all the paper is place, use the decoupage and coat the entire top of the frame with 2 coats, letting dry between coats.

  • Step 8: Add embellishments as you desire. I used some small. 1/4" crochet trim I had, large pearls and the metal corners from Tim Holtz to dress up my board. Just a little Gorilla Glue and we are good to go!

Now add your favorite things and be inspired!

How do you stay inspired?
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disclosure: at various times some of these items were provided to me by the companies. I have fulfilled those posting obligations and now as using them because they are awesome.


DIY! Museum Style Fossil Art

But it is one of my favorite projects ever!
I originally came up with this idea last year for my sons room.
I find it very hard to find sophisticated decor for boys,
especially growing boys, and it was time to update his room.

But quite honestly this art can go anywhere!
I even had one friend fooled...
she thought I bought this at a museum store!


(repeat this same process for as many canvases as you want to make)
  • Cover work area (and work outside during the spray painting process).
  • Paint canvas all over with the Krylon webbing. Let dry.
  • Paint canvas all over including the sides with the Krylon Brushed Metallic Paint. Let dry. It dries really quickly.
  • I sprayed a light coating of the Krylon Webbing Spray all over the canvas - this was for texture. Let dry.
  • Repeat the Krylon Brushed Metallic Spray Paint process, covering canvas completely.
  • Spray Krylon Webbing Spray in black all over the canvas again, lightly. Let dry.
  • Once dry, come back and "hit" the canvas again with the webbing spray in certain areas - you want it to look natural and there is no rhyme or reason - it is supposed to look like a rock. Let dry.
 (top with stain, bottom without)

  • Stain/Antique the canvas at this point (OPTIONAL). Mix equal parts Asphaltum Acrylic Paint and Staining and Antiquing Medium together; paint on canvas; wipe off.
  • Place the Ammonite stencil on the canvas and position to your liking. For the Ammonite, I choose to place it centered on the canvas. (I taped my stencil down carefully by wrapping ape around the sides of the canvas and securing on the bottom)
  • Mix together DecoArt American Acrylic in Asphaltum with a a little Acrylic in Ebony (optional). Then mix equal parts Thickening Medium to the paint mixture. Mix well. The thickening medium is great because it gives some weight and heft to the acrylic paint and makes the design stand out from the background. LOVE it - try it and have fun, you will too...better yet you buy a small bottle (about $2.50) and you can add it to any acrylic paint in equal parts to create this effect.
  • Use the palette knife or credit card to apply the paint over the stencil - swipe it in long motions. Be careful not to press too hard on the canvas (it is fabric)....I did and it caused some paint to get under the stencil which actually does not bother me - I actually like it for this project but on others you may not want that.
  • Carefully lift stencil off canvas when you have covered your area. Wash stencil with soap and water.
  • For the trilobite canvas, I used the same technique as above, but placed a trilobite on each side at different heights and then placed one in the middle, slightly off center (I did not want it "perfect")

I also did this canvas first, using the white webbing spray and a larger canvas. I sprayed some of the white webbing on the canvas first - prior to spray painting, and then continued to layer spray paint and webbing. I applied the staining/antiquing medium and finished it off with a light spray of Krylon webbing.

Easy-Peasy really cool looking museum style art! 

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