Stencil Ideas - Wall Stencils

Rockin' a Space with the Rockin' Roses Damask Stencil



Bring the beauty of a rose garden indoors! Flower damask stencils from Royal Design Studio are all the rage and their patterns can range from sophisticated to whimsical to contemporary and modern - perfect for any stylish vibe your home has. Our Allover Floral Stencils Collection has a few popular patterns, but one of the most versatile is the Rockin' Roses Damask Stencil. It has a classic and yet oh-so-fresh spin and it's allover design is a great alternative to wallpaper. We're sharing some of our favorite projects from our friends and we hope they inspire you to look at your walls, ceilings, furniture and other surfaces with a renewed eye for florals!



The vibrant Angie from Angie's Roost had been drooling over our stencils for months when she decided to try stenciling an nook in her master bedroom.  Armed with the Rockin' Roses Damask Stencil, the Copper Kettle Stencil Creme and a stencil brush, she tackled this sweet beauty for one Sunday afternoon. Aren't her results so, so lovely? Catch all her tips and tricks in her stenciled wall post.



Want to stencil a glam wall? Sharon from Lillikoi Joy went from functional to fantastique when she decided to stencil her closet walls. She used the Bright Gold Stencil Creme for her project and says, "This paint is really creamy and doesn't leave much residue on the stencil so it doesn't gunk up on the stencil or on the edges like other paints. J'adore the metallic shimmer to it." Thanks Sharon -- we adore YOUR project right back!



Things look positively sunny in this bath!  Decorative painter Joannie Wooder used a warm yellow color and glitter on her bath countertops while stenciling with the Rockin' Roses Damask Stencil. Good prepwork and protective topcoats are the key to maintain this beautiful stenciled countertop finish.



We LOVE this nursery with the wall stenciled with our Rockin' Roses Damask Stencil.  We spied it in the fab Paula and Erika Stencil Shop.



Decorative artist Joannie Wooder of Olde World Finishes used a unique stenciled twist on her client's bath walls. After stenciling the allover design on the walls, she came back and added a single embossed and textured red rose with metallic plaster.  Lovely!



Beth and Nick are the dynamic and creative force behind Sawdust & Embryos. They envisioned a unique and wonderful stenciled patchwork wall for their girls' room and one of the stencils used was the Rockin' Roses Damask stenciled in a cheerful orange color.  The other stencil patterns used were the Small Spanish Lace Furniture Stencil, the Small Margarita Lace Furniture Stencil, the Teardrop Trellis Bari J. Stencil, and also the Small Step Up Triangles Stencil.  Click over to their blog to see their fab stencil how-to.


A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose, right? Not when you're using our Rockin' Roses Damask Stencil! The beautiful and unique stencil pattern will be sure to make your surfaces stand apart - and that's always a great result! Don't miss our Nature, Fruit, & Floral Stencils for more floral designs!


Love the Rockin' Roses Damask Stencil? Here are some MORE fab projects!

Modern and Chic Stenciled Polka Dot Fold Over Clutch DIY


Melissa of Polka Dot Chair shares some of the most adorable DIY projects on her blog. One such tutorial she recently posted was that of a Fold Over DIY Clutch using our fun Polka Party Stencil. This project can be quite easy and fun both at the same time, especially if you have access to a sewing machine.

Let’s take a look at what you’ll need for creating your own chic and fun polka dot clutch.




Royal Design Studios, Medium Polka Party Stencil

Foam roller brush and tray

Paints: Metallic Paint or Royal Design Studio’s Stencil Cremes,

Fabric Painting Medium

Types of Fabrics: 2- 13” x 13” pieces of cream fabric- get lighter than a denim fabric, but heavier than quilting cotton, 2- 13” x 13″ pieces of fabric for the lining, 2- 13” x 13” pieces of fusible fleece, 2- pieces of leather 3” x 13” - something lightweight - I used lambskin, 2- 3”x2” pieces of fabric for zipper tabs

Melissa also recommends using 2 pieces of 13” x 13” shape flex to press onto the inner side of the clutch – she didn’t use these this time but if she was to make this clutch again, she would.

9” metal zipper

Leather Needle

Types of thread: Heavy Duty Thread, Regular Thread

Spray Adhesive


Step 1: Stenciling the fabric.




To stencil the fabric, mix 1 bottle of metallic gold acrylic paint with one bottle of Fabric Painting Medium.

Spray the back of the stencil with repositionable adhesive spray to make sure the stencil doesn’t move while applying the paint. Place the stencil on top of your fabric while ensuring that the two are lined up the way you’d want to see the pattern on the finished product.

Be sure to off-load excess paint from the foam roller before you start stenciling on the fabric. If you want a darker shade, you can layer up the paint in a similar fashion till you like the shade of the polka dots. 

Let both the stenciled fabric pieces dry well and then set the paint with a dry iron. If desired, apply Shape Flex to the wrong side of these two pieces.


Step 2: Attaching the Leather Part and Rounding the Bottom Edges.



Using binding clips, attach a 3” x 13” piece of leather to your stenciled fabric aligning its bottom edge with the stenciled fabric. 

Using a leather needle and a heavy duty thread in your sewing machine (leaving a standard thread in the bobbin), stitch the leather trim piece individually to each side of the stenciled fabric. 



Now using a CD, round the bottom corners of the pouch on both sides of the clutch. 

Repeat the process for the clutch lining fabrics as well (as shown being cut out in the image above).

Apply the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the two clutch lining pieces.


Step 3: Zip it up



Next, for the zipper, fold the 3” x 2” pieces of the lining fabric into half, parallel to the 2” side. Place the raw edges of the zipper in between this folded lining fabric and pin along its edges. To make it easy to understand, Melissa compares the folded fabric to an alligator who is chomping onto the ends of a zipper. Repeat the same for the other end of the zipper. 

Stitch along the side of the fabric closest to the zipper. Trim the excess fabric to flush with the zipper.



Now, pin the zipper to the outer edge of the stenciled fabric away from the leather edge. Make sure that the right side of the zipper is facing the inner side of the stenciled fabric, the side that will eventually be on the inner side of the finished clutch. Center the zipper on the clutch piece as the length of the zipper will be smaller than the length of the clutch.

The next step would be to pin the fabric lining such that it covers the zipper's fabric. Be sure to make the right side of the lining to face the wrong side of the zipper. Replace the leather needle with a regular needle back in your machine and use a standard thread to stitch the zipper in place.

Repeat for other side of the zipper.


Step 4: Finally, stitch up along the perimeter.



Flip the fabric inside out with the lining facing downwards and press the seams away from the zipper. First, stitch along both sides of the zipper and then unzip it.

Pin the two clutch flaps together with the right sides facing each other (the lining fabric will be outside at this point). Pin the two lining pieces together. Stitch around the perimeter, with a 1/2” seam allowance on all sides.

Once stitched on all sides, turn the clutch inside out through the zipper opening and ta-da! Your fabulous clutch is ready for you to show off!

For a detailed version of the steps, be sure to visit Melissa’s blog post Polka Dot Folded Clutch Tutorial



We hope you will try out the above tutorial soon! If you are looking for more fabric stenciling inspiration, you might also want to check out the following:

  1. Fabric Stenciling Get Edgy
  2. Stylishly Stenciled Fabric Pillows
  3. Stencil How to: Burlap Table Runner

Stenciled to Style Raven+Lily’s Flagship Store



Back in March, we headed out to Austin, Texas for a paint out and fundraiser for our friends at Raven + Lily, at their flagship store. Thanks to the amazing and generous volunteers who helped us during the paint out that the store now looks beyond stunning with its beautifully stenciled floors and walls. Here's sharing a few pictures of the elegant and tastefully decorated store that exudes its unique, eclectic and worldly charm. 



For those of you who don’t know much about Raven + Lily yet, it was founded by Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin, who share a close friendship and passion for ethical design and fashion. This company was created as a platform to utilize those passions to alleviate poverty among marginalized women. They currently help employ women from Ethiopia, India, Cambodia, Kenya and USA to make beautiful products. Raven + Lily is committed to providing products that are made by hand, fairly traded and eco-friendly.



Royal Design Studio offers a designer stencil collection that is inspired from Raven+Lily’s chic design aesthetic. And like all of Raven + Lily products, this stencil collection also has a positive impact on the lives of marginalized women and children around the globe. 20% of the net sales of this stencil collection is donated to Raven + Lily's charity of choice: the Tirzah International initiatives in Africa. All the stencils used for this storefront in Texas are picked from the beautiful Raven+Lily Stencil collection!




We also customized a Modello mural filled with tribal patterns and an inspiring nature setting for their studio in addition to the stenciled showroom floor, and custom stenciled wall treatments all over the store. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Raven+Lily at the opening of their first physical location and for their awesome work of empowering women across the globe through design! Be sure to check out Raven + Lily's website and online shop for beautiful jewelry, accessories, apparel and for more info on their work!

DIY Stencil Décor For Your Next Fiesta!


Whenever a stretch of roadway is bedecked with lines of bright and colorful paper cutouts, you can expect to come across a fiesta somewhere nearby. Papel Picado is an enchanting and popular Mexican art form with its roots in the country’s ancient cultures that lends a festive feel to any place.



Traditionally, papel picado is made from folded and scissor snipped geometric pieces of bright and colorful tissue paper. These are glued side by side on a long piece of string measured to needed length. Quick, economical and pretty all at once!

Skilled craftsmen use awls, chisels and special cutting blades to render more intricate designs. Working over a basic pattern, they cut through as many as 50 sheets of tissue paper at a time. The design, often laid out over a delicate window pane background, may include figures such as flowers, foliage, birds, angels, crosses, skeletons and historic figures, as well as words or phrases associated with specific holidays. Borders may be straight, scalloped, zig-zagged or fringed. Each design is a unique and complex work of art requiring a keen ability to envision the use of negative space.

All that sounds really cool and fun, but doesn’t it also sound like a LOT of work requiring finesse and expertise to achieve a desired level of intricacy? It did to us, so we decided to simply do what we do best. Stencil our own papel picado! You can easily make your own papel picado that can look as awesome and intricate with half the effort and time. So are you ready to see how? Let’s jump right in.



Supplies you will need to make your own papel picado:


Step 1: Start by cutting a few square pieces of canvas fabric or art paper. The size of these will depend on the size of the papel picado you want. Once you have deiced on a size, cut the fabric or paper a couple inches bigger so you have enough space to work with. We used fabric for this project.

Step 2: Use spray adhesive to keep your stencil in place on the fabric and make sure at least one edge of the stencil is completely inside of the fabric. Be sure to leave a 1” or ½” border on all sides before you start stenciling.

Step 3: After stenciling with a chalk paint, use painter’s tape to create straight edges on three sides of the circular pattern of the Doily stencil. Again, use chalk paint to paint on the outer edge of the taped area in order to create a defined rectangular or square border on the three sides of the papel picado.

Step 4: Allow the paint to dry and then cut along the edge of the pattern leaving an approx. ¼ inch border. To complete the banner, use hot glue to attach various different colored panels to a long piece of jute twine.

Ta-da! Your own fabulous papel picado is ready to be put up and be complimented! 



Now how about adding your own handmade table napkins using our Talavera Tile Stencils to this very authentic décor. The steps for these are also very simple and quick. Let’s take a look. 



Supplies you will need to make your own Talavera Tile Table napkins:


Lay the napkins over a flat surface and using a stencil adhesive, place the stencil on one of the corners of the napkin. For the stencil itself, use one color of the chalk paint for the bird’s body and another contrasting color of your choice to stencil the accents and details. 



Mix and match the colors to make each of the napkins look different and unique. Voila! Your napkins are ready to go perfectly with your colorful table setting.

We hope you enjoyed the easy tutorials for a fun and colorful fiesta with family and friends. If you are looking for more fabric stenciling DIY ideas, be sure to check out the following links:

 Wish you all a very Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Spring Parties with Stencils!


Now that Spring is officially here, we can turn our attention to the events and gatherings that bring us closer to our family and friends! One of the best party decorating ideas is to use Royal Design Studio stencils to customize nearly every aspect of your decor. Tables, flooring, backdrops and even gifts can be stenciled for that extra handmade touch for your guests. Let's take a look at some ideas from our friends and get ready to boogie on down to fantastic stenciled party decor ideas!


Stenciled Tablecloth for Baby Shower | Royal Design Studio Stencils

Small Moorish Trellis Stencil 

Decorate a Baby Shower with Stencils | Royal Design Studio

Eastern Tile Wall Stencil


Creative customer Regina Garay knows her way around stencils and decorative finishes and when it came time to plan her sister's baby shower, she knew her fave stencils would come in handy.  First, she used the Small Moorish Trellis Stencil to add pattern to the tablecloth for the gift table. "I took a plain Jane tablecloth and with the Bright Gold Stencil Creme and a stencil brush, I quickly stenciled the design. Took me no time at all - and what a difference it made!'.  Next, she created cupcake holders with clear plastic plates and plastic martini cups.  "By flipping the plate over on its back, we positioned various different stencils and spray painted the backs. The effect was a lovely frosted look on the front. It kept the plate a perfectly fine surface to put food on. We glued the martini cups to the bottom of the plates and voila! Instant patterned cupcake stands. All the guests flipped - we made a few Royal Design Studio fans that day!"


Stenciled Flooring for a Wedding | Royal Design Studio

Large Florence Tile Wall Stencil


Know who else is a fan?  Martha Stewart.  She said "I do!" to our stencils when creating an aisle runner for a lovely outdoor wedding ceremony.  The Large Florence Tile Wall Stencil from the Tile Stencils Collection was stenciled onto a creamy linen with ultramarine and cobalt blue acrylic paints. This beautiful stenciled fabric project was also featured in Martha Stewart Weddings.


Stenciled Tablecloth with the Hollywood Squares Stencil by Royal Design Studio | Spring Party Ideas with Stencils

Hollywood Squares Stencil


Heidi of the events blog, Parties for Pennies, also stenciled a tablecloth for a baby shower she was organizing. She loved the contemporary stylings of the Hollywood Squares Stencil from the Allover Modern Stencils Collection and used a sweet lavender color on a $3.99 IKEA twin sheet. "I LOVE how it turned out. That’s exactly what I wanted for the baby shower," Heidi shares. Be sure to see her full Stenciled Tablecloth How-to on her blog!


Stencil Ideas for Parties, Weddings & Events | Royal Design Studio

Step Up Triangles Stencil


Wedding bells were ringing for one of our own here at Royal Design Studio, and she chose the festive and modern Step Up Triangles Stencil for her wedding photo booth backdrop! Doesn't it look fun?? Our little wedding favor for YOU is the complete tutorial on creating this fab DIY Photo Booth Backdrop.


Stenciled Gift Ideas from Royal Design Studio

Small Polka Party Furniture Stencil


Melissa from the Polka Dot Chair suggested using stencils to create unique ways to gift wrap a present, like this gorgeous gold stenciled hatbox above. She used the Antique Gold Stencil Creme and the Small Polka Party Furniture Stencil to great effect! Vary the stencils and colors to create your own stenciled gift wrap, too!


We hope you've enjoyed these inspiring stencil projects to create your own custom party decor and gifts! We'd love to see and feature YOUR stencil ideas, too, so be sure to send them in! If you're looking for even more inspiration, be sure to follow both our Pinterest and Facebook fan page where we share daily pattern and design ideas!


Party On! Here are more Hip & Happy Stencils to Help You Decorate!

A Fun And Easy Stenciled Canvas Art DIY


Art not only makes any space interesting, but is also a critical aspect of home décor. You might have noticed that almost every room we see in those pretty home décor magazines, have one or the other form of art pieces that complete the room.

Angela of Life in Velvet shared some cool DIY ideas last month, that she did, to brighten up her living room and make it ready for spring. Be sure to check her blog post on Ringing in Spring 2014 Home Tour to see how, just by adding a few accents she gave the whole room a fresh new look.

One of the accents she added to this room was a DIY stenciled canvas, the steps of which were shared by her on My Crafty spot as a guest blogger. Here is a quick recap of the DIY that shows how to create your own customized stenciled canvas art without spending a lot of money. 



Supplies you will need:

Royal Design Studio’s Get Ziggy With it Stencil

Royal Design Studio’s Stencil Crème

Stencil Brush

Canvas in the size of your choice

Craft paint

Paint Brush




To begin with, Angela painted a canvas with random lines and colors that went with her current living room set up. You can go with any color combination, pattern or even chose solid colors to paint on the canvas. Just keep in mind that this stencil pattern is going to cover most of your original canvas art. Only parts of it will peep from in-between the pattern. So, don’t be scared to have some fun and let that brush roll!



Once the paint on the canvas was dry, she taped the stencil in place on top of her canvas painting. She made sure, before starting to stencil, to offload most of the stencil crème or paint from the stencil brush onto a paper towel. This is important for the paint to not smudge or bleed under the stencil. For best results, she recommends moving the brush in a circular motion over the stencil pattern.



Angela repeated the process until the entire canvas surface was covered. She made sure to give a few minutes of drying time before repositioning the stencil on the remaining part of the canvas. To create a little more interest, she went on to add an additional accent color simply by carefully placing the stencil over the existing pattern. 



We think this is a great way to brighten up any room while creating a customized art work that will look more than professional in your home! Be sure to visit the DIY Stenciled Canvas Art on My Crafty Spot for more details on this project and also check out their several other cool craft projects. And, if you happen to create any fun stencil projects of your own, be sure to share the pictures with us!

Indian Stencils DIY Projects on Paint + Pattern

Last month Paint + Pattern featured art, crafts and architecture from the beautiful country of India, while we at Royal Design Studio launched a new and gorgeous Indian Stencils Collection.

Our talented contributors, Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky and Deb Trombley of India pied-a-terre, used some of these new stencil patterns to share a few amazing DIY’s with our readers. Here is a quick look at their creative ideas that came through the prettiest tables, powder room ceilings, nooks, and doors created by them. 


Debbie has a knack with upcycling things that can be easily found around the house,  at small local businesses or from discounted craft markets. To decorate this metal riser she found at a local importer, she used our Small Paisleys Furniture stencil along with various colors of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The best part about this project is that it is well suited for a beginner as well as a pro. To learn more about how you can create your own metal or wooden stools, see the full DIY post - A Chalk Paint® Project Served Up with Stencils.



In another project, Debbie shares how you can Brighten Up A Bathroom With Ceiling Stenciling. It’s a great DIY project that anyone can easily use to decorate bathroom spaces in their own homes and add some pizzazz. For this project she used our specially customized 3” stencil brush, Pearl Oyster Stencil Crème and the lovely Indian Paisley Damask Stencil from the new India Stencil Collection. 



If you are looking to take up something big and bold, Deb’s two part project of Transforming a Closet space into an Exotic Reading Nook might just be the right one for you. Part 1 of this DIY covers the process of stenciling the wooden bench while Part 2 shows how you can stencil on a silk fabric using Royal Stencil Cremes. She picked an assortment of Indian and Moroccan stencils including the Rani Paisley Damask Stencil and the Taj Tile Border Stencil to complete this project. If you have such extra spaces and corners in your house, check out the full DIY to get ideas as to how you could make best use of those unused areas. 



And just like her, if your house too revels in exotic décor, this Inspired by Saris: A Shimmery DIY Stenciled Door might be a great source of inspiration to decorate plain doors. For this project, Deb used a variety of patterns from our new India Stencil Collection along with various colors of the Royal Stencil Cremes. Be sure to check out the entire post to learn how she got the door to look so pretty and unique!



Last but certainly not the least, we at Royal Design Studio just love the intricate patterns of henna. For the sake of variety and fun, we conjured up a little project in our studio using something besides our stencils. We wanted to play with the beautiful henna patterns of India so we did a DIY Henna-Inspired Shirts with Tee Juice Pens project. It actually turned out to be a great discovery to transform plain T-shirts into something beautiful and exotic! See how easy it is to make simple tee's look great through this DIY. 


If you relished our Indian stencil designs in the DIY’s above, you might also like:

Wonderful Wall Motif Stencil Ideas


Stencils are the chameleons of the design world - they easily adapt to any decor style, color scheme and pattern placement. One of the most versatile ways to use a stencil is as a Wall Motif. A Wall Motif is a singular stencil treatment that can be organically placed in any pattern designation and is adaptable to any surface. Create stencil art with single accents or stenciled randomly across a wall to create an allover stencil pattern - the beauty is that you decide the pattern placement and finish! Royal Design Studio has a Wall Art & Motif Stencils Collection as well as many other stencils that would work perfectly as well. Let's take a look at a few inspiring projects with wall motifs!


Random Motif Stencil Placement on Feature Wall | Wall Motif Ideas by Royal Design Studio
Victoria Lace Doily Stencil | Wall Motif Stencil Ideas
A stenciled spot motif stencil finish is perfect for feature accent walls, furniture, flooring, fabrics and more!  You can repeat to create an allover pattern stencil design and if creating a random design, you can cluster the pattern as well as stencil a single design in another - all on the same wall! 
Allover Stenciled Wall Motif Ideas | Royal Design Studio
Wall Motif Ideas by Royal Design Studio
Stenciling with Multiple Colors | Stenciled Wall Motif Ideas

The patterns also look great stenciled in different paint colors using our stencil brushes and stencil cremes as well as combining it with decorative paint treatments! We share a great tip for using either pieces of tape or stenciled proofs on paper to lay out your wall motif stencil design on the wall starting to stencil in the Stencil How To: Create a Drop Shadow Effect for a Crowning Touch. If you cut the tape the same size as the stencil, you can easily fine tune the placement of your pattern before you start, ensuring stencil success!


Stenciled Wall Motif Ideas | Royal Design Studio
Stenciled Focal Points on Furniture | Stencil Motif Ideas
Wall and Furniture Stencil Motifs | Royal Design Studio Stencil Ideas


Whether using a one layer or multi-layered design, a stencil offers multiple pattern possibilities to create creative yet structured custom wallpaper looks or as a strong singular focal point. Even if using a pattern from the Allover Damask Stencils Collection, you can use one of the single designs within the repeat pattern to create a random motif as well. All the stencils are multi-purpose and enable anyone to become highly skilled at adapting the patterns to fit the right project time and again. We hope we've inspired your creativity today. Be sure to send in those amazing stencil projects to us!


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