How to: stencil on screen

This a very simple project that just about anyone can do! There are many tips and tutorials out there on how to stencil on screen doors, this one: How to paint on window screen from Prodigal Pieces is AWESOME. Ever since I finished building, hanging and finally finishing our screen door that hides our closet/wood shed under our staircase (in our kitchen) I’ve been thinking about adding a stencil on screen! I’m not really crafty and, god knows, I am NO artist so this whole project had my hands shaking. I figured if I screwed it up though I would just have to paint the entire screen white!

How to stencil on a screen, DIY on a red screen door

I started by printing out what I wanted on just basic 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Then I started with a pair of scissors and immediately went to a razor blade to cut it all out. I put a piece of scrap wood under the page so I wouldn’t do any harm with the razor.

How to stencil on a screen, DIY on a red screen door

From there I covered the entire backside of the stencil with my elmers glue stick and stuck it to the front of the door. NOTE: This didn’t work very well, I ending up adding tape in all the places I possibly could because it really felt like it was going to fall off at any second! I did very little actual “brushing” instead I dry dabbed the paint on VERY gently and just worked my way through it while holding my breath. In some instances the paint got on the screen a little heavy, I let it dry then just went back with the tip of the razor blade.

How to stencil on a screen, DIY on a red screen door

You can see after I removed the stencil (immediately after finishing) that it needed some serious touching up which was no big deal. I used a water based flat white paint so it came off and allowed me to tighten all of the letters up quite a bit. Is it perfect? By no means! But I think it turned out rather cute!

How to stencil on a screen, DIY on a red screen door

Besides adding the stencil I also added a hook for the apron that I was given as a gift for Christmas! I found that adding a stencil on screen is not a terribly difficult project and I bet just about anyone could do it!

How to stencil on a screen, DIY on a red screen door

How to stencil on a screen, DIY on a red screen door

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