Our top 10 DIY Home Decor Projects


Excited to start your next stencil DIY project? Need some inspiration? Check out our favorite DIY home decor projects, get inspired and start customizing your home!

1. Bouquet Pillow: Perfect for your living room, office or bedroom!

2. Accent Walls:  Give your room a fresh look!

3. Dining Set: For a pop of color in your dining room.

4. Forrest Mural: Great way to customize your hallway.

5. Floor Mat: Greet all your friends with this awesome mat!

6. Placemat: Perfect fora table in any room in the house or in your deck!

7. To-do Chalkboard: To stay productive!

8. Cherry Blossom Bulletin Board: Give your office a unique look.

9. Geometric Star Tray: To hold all the little items you love in your room.

10. Customized Lamp: Make your own vintage inspired lamp.



Stencil1 and A Little Craft In Your Day

Courtney and Tanner from A Little Craft In Your Day customized their bedroom walls using our Product of the Year 11 x 11 Repeat Pattern Stencils. Courtney used our 3 Mum stencil and Tanner used our Arrows stencil. Both their rooms look great!

Check out their video and their step by step guide.






Stencil1 at West Elm Market



We are so excited to announce  West Elm market has picked up our Product of the Year Repeat Pattern stencils! Come to the launch party event where we will demo various ways to use the stencils in home decor and to keep it crafty, we will also be hosting a DIY event where you get to make stenciled cards with our smaller sized geometric pattern stencils.

More information to come!

Saturday May 9th
1:00 – 4:00 pm
West Elm MARKET in Brooklyn, NY

Market Brklyn
50 Washington St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 522-3498

RSVP today!


Stencil1 Pinterest Contest



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3. Pin your favorite 3 (or more!) items from the Stencil1 gallery

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GQ Curates Gap Event & Stencil1 Paints the New Khaki

GQ asked me to do 8 custom paintings for a GAP event they were curating for a San Francisco location. They wanted stencil paintings of San Francisco imagery and the canvas was to be Gap’s new khakis. This is a dreamy project for me not only because of the client but also because I used to live in San Francisco and have a big place in my heart for this city and because I often paint on tarps, see some of my art below.




So painting I can handle, but deconstructing and then reconstructing the khakis to be canvases, not my expertise. Enter Saira Huff. Designer and Super Seamstress to the rescue! A friend connected us and we clicked, she got exactly how the canvases should look. Hints of pant elements, not too much, use of the inner materials a bit, all just spot on. Check out her new store if you are in Brooklyn for vintage and custom finds.



Pants before



Saira with pants after or canvas



a shot from Saira’s shop, Vintage Punk relics, custom work, go check it out

I then started planning which stencils will go with which color khaki/canvas as well as how I can incorporate some layering and pattern into the pieces. I wanted the pattern involved as SF has so much life and history and the unique people that inhabit the city provide it so much influence and culture.




I used my new stencil brushes for the job, so excited to have designed these quality brushes!


As soon as I set up to start painting (I paint larger paintings on the floor), Larry has to be involved. Faithful assistant…




Scallop patterns for sea and air…


I use a variety of brushes when I make a painting to get different textures into the piece…



After I layer some pattern in, I like to paint a loose silhouette layer. This will get a more defined stencil detail layer over it but here’s where I add movement and some energy to the piece. In this case, the power of the cityscape within the charming SF landscape.


Then the detail gets painted in…


And here it is stretched…


Painting the Painted Ladies was fun too, I love the old Victorians on San Francisco.



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Stretching canvas and stapling it is pretty satisfying…



Then they were done!  Shipped off to San Francisco, my second home, for a fun time with GQ and the Gap!



And here are images from the Gap event sent to me by my friend Katie Elks and my brother Charles.

I like how the Gap displayed the art in the midst of the khakis.

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GAP GQ 074

GAP GQ 064








Patterned T

Patterns are a big source of inspiration for our stencil designs. One of the best things about our Product of the Year 11 x 11 Repeat Pattern Stencils is their versatility. They are great for stenciling walls but can also be used for a lot of other things, including making awesome t-shirts! Choose a stencil, grab some paint, and make a one of a kind t-shirt.

Things you’ll need to make this shirt:  Stencil1 Staggered Triangle Stencil, Tulip Soft Fabric Paint, a t-shirt, a cardboard insert, brushes, painter’s tape (optional).


Step 1: We stenciled this shirt twice because we wanted a symmetrical look. Start by placing the stencil on either the left or right side of the shirt. You can use painter’s tape to secure the edges of the stencil. This will also help you avoid painting over the edges. Since you will only be stenciling the shirt twice, you can simply align the rectangles to continue the pattern. However, you can use the registration marks by putting a pice of tape underneath the corners of the stencil and filling in the triangles with a pencil.


Step 2: Start stenciling by painting with a dry-brush technique. This means using very little paint and adding several layers. We wanted a distressed look so we didn’t add a lot of layers of paint.




Step 3: Once you are done stenciling this side, lift the stencil and allow the paint to dry to touch. Shift the stencil to the other side and align it with the registration marks or the triangles on the side you already stenciled. Repeat step 2.

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Step 3: Once you are done, allow the paint to fully dry and heat seal it by ironing the shirt (you can use a piece of cloth in between the shirt and your iron to protect your iron). Snap a picture of it and share it with us @Stencil1