DIY Magazine Stencil Three-Peat!

DIY Stencil projects on fabric and furniture


Receiving the Winter 2012 Issue of Do it Yourself Magazine by Better Homes and Gardens was an incredible surprise and pleasure!  It was the third time Royal Design Studio stencils have been featured in DIY stencil projects for the magazine-and their team always come up with super cute and creative ideas!

 Stencils on floors and walls

The first time, they stenciled a floor with a fab turquoise and white “lace” pattern using our Skylar’s Lace Floral stencil. For the second magazine feature, they created a bright, happy wall stencil project with our Berry Romantic Allover Stencil – and it ended up making the cover!

Not only did we make the cover this time again (WOOT), our very versatile Small Ribbon Damask stencil from the Allover Damask Stencils Collection was featured in two stencil projects – stenciled bed linens and a pretty painted chest of drawers. The projects really highlight how you can take one stencil and create multiple looks over a variety of surfaces.

Fabric and furniture stencil projects


The pretty fuschia bed linens were stenciled with an acrylic fabric paint that was a few shades lighter for a lovely tone-on-tone look. Stenciling fabric is super easy and satisfying. We have some terrific tips for fabric stenciling, as well as tutorials on stenciling fabrics as varied as pillow covers and floorcloths in our How to Stencil Fabric area here on the website.


The dresser body has a deep turquoise color and the base and the drawers reflect a shaded ombre feel. The full details for this stenciled furniture project are in the magazine-but notice here that they stenciled partial designs on the drawer edges for a particularly balanced feel. This is also a great way to get the look of a LOT of pattern, and a similar treatment was done in this other Ribbon Damask furniture stencil project from Martha Stewart Living.

Houndstooth wall stencil project


Another fab idea we spotted in the issue is a stunning wall featuring an over-sized houndstooth pattern in two closely related shades of blue. Large graphic designs are both fun and daring –  and really wonderful in the right space!  The houndstooth pattern is offered in the magazine for you to cut your own stencil, but, seriously, it's just SO much easier to buy the stencil! Our Houndstooth Allover Wall Stencil is very economical and can make creating a similar wall an easy peasy stencil project! 

The crisp white, simple slipcovered chair is the perfect accent in front of such a bold wall-but wait-do you see it! Another geometric stencil pattern, our Circling Allover Elements Wall Stencil, softens the look just a little while adding a colorful accent that ties into the gilded desk. Details, details!! Don't forget the details!


The Ribbon Damask has received so much attention and continues to be one of our more popular stencil patterns.  We love seeing such creative uses with this original design!  We suggest that you run to your nearest bookstore or home center to snag your copy of DIY Magazine’s Winter 2012 issue – it is chock-full of great projects and the copies are going fast! 

We love to share our love of stenciling and beautiful projects – and we thank DIY Magazine for helping us do both! For more stencil LOVE please check out these links!


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