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diy project: botanical stencils

by The BBB Craft Sisters

From growing up in Oregon, we are used to drizzly, wet springs (and winters and falls . . . ), and with those come rainy-day craft projects. This April, we’ve had a bit of a “rain, rain go away” feeling, but we know that in just a few weeks, we can expect sunshine and May flowers.

To celebrate the beginnings of spring, and to keep us busy while things are especially drippy outdoors, we made table linens using botanical stencils inspired by the first buds of spring. You can liven up any plain napkins you have or stencil onto a vintage tablecloth or table runner. This takes a bit of X-Acto knife precision and patience, but the sky is the limit on what you can stencil!  — bbbcraft sisters

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  • painter’s drop cloth, canvas, napkins, vintage tablecloth
  • paint (we used Benjamin Moore’s sample tubs, available at hardware stores)
  • thick paper or thin cardboard
  • cutting mat
  • X-Acto knife
  • foam brush
  • scissors
  • stencil template


1. Choose a cloth item you want to embellish with a stencil. We used a painter’s drop cloth to make a table cloth, table runners and coasters. We also used plain white cotton napkins.

2. Draw your design. Very simple, graphic images tend to work best. More intricate designs are harder to cut and don’t translate to a stencil as cleanly.

3. Using an X-Acto knife, cut out the design so that negative space is left where the design once was. This is the stencil.

4. Place the stencil on the napkin or canvas in the location you want the print.

5. Using the foam brush dipped in paint, gently pat the canvas inside the stencil. Make sure the paint looks even before removing the stencil.

6. Remove the stencil and let dry. We stenciled napkins to match the runner, and we did a tablecloth stenciled with bright green grass.

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