Stenciled Curtains & Giveaway

This is a project that I has been in the works for ages! Do you know how good it feels to finally complete a project like that? And to love the results?

How to Stencil Curtains

Stencils are very trendy lately and I keep seeing stenciled things all over the internet and Pinterest and loving the results. When I wanted to make curtains for my kitchen and couldn’t find any fabric the color I was looking for (turquoise!), I started to toy with the idea of stenciling some.

I’ll admit-I was scared to try this. I wasn’t sure they would turn out all that great. So I kept my expectations low. But I really love how they turned out. Every time I walk through my kitchen I smile.

I actually used a tablecloth to make mine. Budget friendly? Yes, very! The tablecloth was from Target and cost like $17 and made both panels of curtains. But in the end I did have to add some drapery lining to them to prevent light from coming through them. So, it was a little trickier than anticipated. But, it worked in the end and that’s what counts right?

Ready to make some DIY stencil curtains of your own?

What You Need:

  • A stencil. Mine is the Rabat Allover from Cutting Edge Stencils.
  • Curtains to stencil. Like I said, mine were a tablecloth. I stenciled it, cut if in half, added drapery lining to the back and hemmed it. Want to take an easier route? Buy curtain panels.
  • Acrylic paint (It took me about 8 bottles to stencil the whole thing. Buy 9-10 just to be on the safe side.)
  • Fabric medium-about 4 bottles. Mix this with your paint since you are stenciling fabric. This can be found at the craft store near the acrylic paint.
  • Dense Foam Roller
  • Painters tape
  • Plastic or something to put under your fabric while stenciling it

DIY Stenciled Curtains:

Start off by spreading your plastic under where you will be stenciling.

Lay out your fabric or curtains and tape it down with painters tape all the way around the edge. Pull it nice and tight and smooth as you tape it down.

Watch this How To Video from Cutting Edge before you start to stencil. It will teach you the basics.

You may want to browse the other How To Videos before starting as well. They are quite helpful.

Line your stencil up in the top corner of your fabric. Tape it in place with painter’s tape all the way around.

In a paper cup mix your acrylic paint with your fabric medium. It’s supposed to be 1 part fabric medium to 2 parts acrylic paint.

Pour a little of your paint/fabric medium onto your paper plate and roll your brush in it. Roll until it is nice and even. Then roll your brush off a little on some paper towel.

Begin to roll all over the stencil. Use plenty of pressure to get the paint on there. Make sure to roll and roll and roll (and reload with paint as needed) until it is all very evenly covered.

When you have filled in that whole section, lift your stencil and move it to the next spot, overlapping with the part you already painted so that you are sure it is aligned properly (see the how to videos).

Just keep going until the whole thing is filled. Then let it dry.

I managed to pull it off, but I made a few mistakes and learned a lot in the process. Things that will help you when you start stenciling curtains of your own (or anything on fabric).

So, let me give you a few stenciling tips:

  1. Before you start, put down something under where you will be painting. (This of course if you are stenciling on fabric like I was.) This may seem like an obvious step. I didn’t do it. There was a lot of clean up. I would suggest some sort of plastic spread under your fabric that you are stenciling.
  2. Tape down your fabric with painter’s tape all the way around your piece of fabric. Get your fabric nice and tight. Then, put painter’s tape on all 4 edges of your stencil too to keep it nice and flat and prevent it from moving while you are stenciling.
  3. One thing that the How To Videos teach you is to roll your roller in the paint and then roll it off on paper towel so that it looks dry and doesn’t have a ton of paint on it. Do this. It’s important and prevents paint from getting where you don’t want it.
  4. Make sure to really get everything painted evenly before you move your stencil to the next spot. With fabric it’s going to take quite a bit of effort to cover it all. Just keep doing it until it is covered.
  5. Clean everything up as soon as possible-while it’s still wet. It is VERY hard to get the dried paint off of things. Baby wipes help.

OK, now what are you going to stencil? Cutting Edge Stencils is giving away 1 stencil valued up to $50 to one of my readers. I hope it’s you!

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  1. Amy Reed says

    The curtains look fabulous! I love the idea of stenciling fabric for curtains especially with home interior fabrics being so costly!

  2. says

    So I’m about to do my curtains also and can’t quite figure this out :) Do you put the stencil down, paint it, wait for it to dry THEN move it? Or do you move it while it’s wet? If so doesn’t it smear the paint everywhere? And how do you tape it down if the paint is still wet? Sorry, I’m terrified of ruining the whole thing! Haha! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

    • Amber says

      No, you really do move it while it’s still wet. I was totally nervous too but it was fine. I did practice a little on a scrap piece of fabric first and I recommend that. Learn what you are doing before you mess up your curtains. I’ll tell you, it was a lot of work but everyday I look at my curtains and smile. I love them!

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