How-To DIY Winter Stencil Painting

Christina from My Petite Joys is sharing a super easy stencil painting project that is easy to do indoors during the winter.

The Inspiration

I was at my local Marshalls and came across an ornate white blackboard frame for about $20. I liked the frame a lot, and the size was perfect for the large space above my bed that I had been looking to fill. For its size the frame is super affordable — google large, ornate frames and you’ll be surprised by how expensive they are. So I snatched this one up quickly and let it sit for months until I decided what I wanted to do with it. I don’t have an original photo of the frame but it looked exactly like this.

Next I needed to figure out what I wanted to put in the frame. After a lot of “Pinteresting” I decided on flowers, but didn’t trust myself to paint them free hand. If you lack drawing experience with paint don’t panic – all you need are stencils! That’s the secret of this project. Here’s how I did it – it’s so easy!

Stencil Painting Materials


  1. Gather your paint. I didn’t need much paint, so to save money I went to Home Depot and bought a $3 sample size jar of Behr paint in Bleached Denim (ugly name, but pretty color) and a basic white.
  2. Tape off all the edges of the frame so you don’t get paint on the frame.
  3. Use the paint roller going from the center out and apply your background color of choice. For the areas closer to the frame use the brush. Use a dabbing motion to avoid paint streaks.
  4. Wait a full 24 hours for your background color to dry.
  5. Once dry, place your stencils where you desire and secure with painter’s tape. This ensures the stencils don’t move around when you’re painting.
  6. Using the paintbrush, gently dab on the white paint until you create the design of your choice. Make sure not to press too hard or the paint will spill underneath the stencil. Instead do lighter coats until your white paint color is opaque.
  7. Wait to remove the stencil until you’ve let the paint dry a bit. If you don’t it might smudge.
  8. Enjoy your masterpiece!

Here is the final product — it hangs above our bed and provides a nice focal point for the room. It’s the easiest project for just under $30!

Christina has always felt like an old soul and is a lover of tradition and all things vintage. A typical Libra, she loves beauty and is always trying to balance her love of cozy nights at home with her adventurous spirit (23 countries and counting). By day she works for an international accounting firm. By night she works on her blog, My Petite Joys. On her site, you’ll find her featuring topics on travel (near and far), baking adventures, crafting, and thoughts on life’s simple joys. She lives in Chicago with her husband and high school sweet heart Ted.  In her spare time she enjoys bookmaking, watching documentaries, and yoga.

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