Stencil Ideas

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:

A Pillow Buzzing with Stenciled BEE-uty


Susan of Living Rich on Less shared the most adorable springtime DIY project on her blog last month using Royal Design Studio’s Beehive Allover Furniture Stencil. We loved her project so much that we HAD to share it with all of you stencil lovers.


So, let's jump right in. First, the supplies you will need for this project:

Royal Design Studio’s Beehive Allover Furniture Stencil

Royal Stencil Cremes: Bronze Age and Pearl Oyster

Stencil Brush

Fabric for stenciling on. Susan used a cream-colored curtain that she bought from a yard sale.

Gold-colored Acrylic Paint for the bees

Beige-colored Acrylic Paint for the honeycomb

A textile medium




Susan started off by cutting two 22” squares, one each for the front and the back of the pillow, out of a yard sale curtain she already had. To prepare the paint for stenciling, she mixed two parts of the beige paint with one part of the textile medium. She recommends using the textile medium as it facilitates easy transfer of the paint onto the fabric. After ensuring the stencil was properly positioned and taped onto the fabric, she used a stencil brush to stencil the beehive pattern onto the pillow. For those of you new to the stenciling process, be sure to check out our various Stencil Basics posts

Once the honeycomb pattern was stenciled on the entire surface of the fabric, she let it dry for a few hours before she could start off with the bees. For the bees, Susan chose to use two different colored Stencil Cremes. First, she taped off the wings so that she could just stencil the body and the legs of the bees with the Bronze Age Stencil Crème. After all the bees were complete, she taped off the body in order to paint just the wings with the Pearl Oyster Stencil Crème.




For the final touches, Susan hand painted the yellow stripes on each of the bees and voila! The most adorable springtime DIY project was all ready to be flaunted and be complimented! Be sure to check out the Beehive Stenciled Pillow post on Susan's beautiful blog for more details.

Tell us, in your comments below, about some fun stencil projects you are doing this season to decorate your homes. We would love to hear from you and share your projects with our readers!


If you are looking for more DIY ideas to stencil your pillows, check out these posts:

Fabric Stencil How-to: Lace Pillow

Stencil How-to” DIT Stenciled Pillows with our African Protea Stencil

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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4 Ways to Use Stencil Crèmes for Fun Easter Eggs


Let’s face it – dying eggs has been done. After all, food dye only comes in so many colors! If you are looking for something new this Easter, or if you want to create a beautiful centerpiece for your Easter table, we have four ways to use our Royal Design Stencil Crèmes to make truly beautiful Easter Eggs!



Shimmering Metallic Eggs

A beautiful egg starts with a great foundation. After your eggs are hard-boiled, start with painting the eggs with one of our Royal Design Stencil Crèmes and a small brush, like our  3/8” stencil brush. To get an even color, two coats of stencil crème will be needed. Make sure to allow a few minutes to dry between coats. Once the second coat is dry, you can either admire the sheen and be done or try our other techniques to add even more individuality to your eggs.



Color blocking

Another easy and fast way to custom decorate your Easter eggs is color blocking, once your base color is dry you can use painters tape to tape around one side of the egg and paint the other half with a contrasting color. This color blocking technique will give a modern look to your Easter decorations. Again, it may take a couple of coats to get an even look.



Stencil Crèmes + a Sharpie

Sharpies are an easy way to add flourishes to your eggs. This will work best once the stencil cream is dry. Simply use a Sharpie to doodle different symbols on the eggs, we used the classic black Sharpie, but you can also use the colored ones or even the metallic ones.



Embellishing + Stencil Crèmes

To make your Easter eggs sparkle, we suggest adding some jewels! Our neighborhood craft store had a brand that had the adhesives attached to the back, but you can also use a hot glue gun or any type of cold cement to apply them.

Do you have any other decorative ideas for eggs that we didn’t mention here? We’d love to hear them in the Comments below! 

How to Stencil a Professional Looking Ceiling Detail


Painted detailing around a formal dining room chandelier is, in a word, stunning! But if, like me, you don’t happen to have the cash to commission a professional artist to add one for you, you may be feeling like it’s not possible. Luckily, you can easily recreate the look all by yourself using a stencil, a little bit of paint and a couple of hours during your next free weekend!




First, it’s best to start with a clean surface, so take a damp rag to the section of ceiling you plan to stencil. Next, go ahead and remove the chandelier before getting started. You don’t need to unwire the entire thing - Just unscrew the decorative cap.

Next up, take your stencil outside to a well-ventilated area and spray the underside generously with spray adhesive. Let the glue set for about 5 minutes. This allows the adhesive to get more tacky than sticky. 

Using a step ladder (and a friend on the opposite end), gently maneuver your stencil into place. Once the stencil is where you’d like it to be, press firmly across the entire surface so that it sticks to the ceiling. Lengths of painters tape cut to size pressed around the edges will also ensure that your stencil doesn’t move during painting.

Before getting your paint ready, use a pencil to put tick marks on the ceiling. There are two tiny triangles built into the stencil on either end that, once marked, will allow you to line up the other half of the stencil during the second phase of the project.

Pour a small portion of the Royal Stencil Creme Paint onto your paper plate, and then dab the Stencil Brush into it, being careful not to overload the bristles with paint. Remove any extra on a paper towel, and then start working your way across the stencil, using a dabbing motion. I did two coats, allowing for about 20 minutes of dry time in between. Gently peel the stencil from the wall after the second coat is finished, wipe off any extra paint and set the stencil aside.





After the first half has dried completely (usually within an hour), position the stencil on the other half of the chandelier using the tick marks made earlier to line it up. Then simply repeat the painting steps explained before.

Once the second half has gotten its two coats and the stencil has been removed, let the paint dry for another hour. Put your chandelier back in place, clean and store your supplies and then step back and enjoy your beautiful new hand-painted ceiling detail!





Carrie Waller is a freelance writer, designer and stylist living in Lynchburg, Virginia. For a real-time rehash of her DIY home renovation projects, visit her blog Dream Green DIY.

Hometalk Giveaway is Perfect for a Mom and her Princess

Do you remember our cool ‘Girl bedrooms inspired by Disney’s Frozen’ post? Well, it caught the eye of our friends at Hometalk. They are giving away the most delightful items to invigorate your home with color this Spring and invited us to join in the fun! 



Details on the Giveaway: For a chance to win our premium stencil kit, all you need to do to enter is to follow Royal Design Studio on Hometalk. It is that simple! The last day to enter is Saturday, April 12th by midnight, so don't wait too long!  


Girl Bedroom Stencil Frozen


Details of our Prize: We are giving away a premium stencil kit so you can replicate both girl bedrooms (see above) featured in our ‘Frozen’ post! The kit includes the Starry Moroccan Night Stencil, Large Flourish Allover Stencil, Royal Blue 2oz. Stencil Crème, Peacock Fancy 2oz. Stencil Crème, 1” stencil brush and our 1½” stencil brush!  Valued at $175, this fun kit could be all yours for FREE!


Think of all the magic you will create for your little princess just for following Royal Design Studio on Hometalk!  For more details, see Hometalk’s Giveaway Post. Good luck!

How to Stencil a Recessed Furniture Panel: the Easy Way!

Furniture painting can be a super fun and rewarding project, as well as a great opportunity to incorporate a variety of stencils from Royal Design Studio. Here in our studio, we love transforming inexpensive thrift store furniture finds into little showpieces for our many patterns.



Furniture panels, such as those found on doors or the sides of furniture, are an obvious place to stencil a small allover pattern, but if the area is recessed, it can be challenging to get the pattern to stencil cleanly into the sides and corners. As we were stenciling this small side table recently with patterns from our latest Indian Stencils Collection, we thought we should share the easy way we stenciled the side panels with our Jali Allover Indian Furniture Stencil.



The side panel was painted with Chalk Paint® in a custom peacock blue color that was created using 2 parts Provence Chalk Paint to 1 part Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint. Gold is a perfect color to complement a rich color like this. We mixed custom metallic gold shade by combining 2 parts Bright Gold Stencil Creme with 1 part Antique Gold Stencil Creme.

The easiest way to stencil a recessed panel is to simply create a "frame" for it that finishes off the side edges cleanly. This can easily be done with tape! We first measured in a half inch from the edges, marked the lines, applied Painter's Tape to the outside of the lines and burnished it down.

When stenciling an allover stencil pattern in a panel area you will want to center the pattern nicely so that the pattern finishes the same way on each side, and at the top and bottom. A super easy way to find the center of a small square or rectangle is to run your ruler from corner to corner and use it to mark an "x" in the middle.

Then, place the center of one of your repeating stencil elements over your center "x".



Stenciling with our Royal Stencil Creme paints is super fast and easy because the paint glides on easily and covers SO well!

As you get to the edges of the panel with your stencil, simply push the mylar into the corner and stencil the pattern just over the edge of the tape. Having the tape "frame" there keeps you from having to push the stencil into the very edge.

After repeating the stencil all over in the panel, remove the tape and reposition it so that it is now on the inside of the line you drew, covering the area you just stenciled. Add additional tape around the edges of panel to protect the surrounding areas. In this case, it is the pink areas.

You can paint with Royal Stencil Cremes too! We love the Pointed Sash Brushes for furniture painting, but any good brush will do. Simply paint on a thin layer or two of your gold paint mix using long strokes.

Pull the tape and you have a perfectly stenciled recessed panel: the EASY way!



Here's a peek at the top of the table which features two other Indian Stencil Patterns: Kamal Lotus Flower and a sweet, small border from the Sari Border Series. The Indian Stencils lend themselves to experimenting with bright color combinations.

In addition to the lovely peacock blue color, we custom-mixed Chalk Paint® decorative paint to make the pink and orange colors as well.

  • Pink Color: Equal parts Emperor's Silk, Barcelona Orange, Arles, Old White
  • Orange Color: 2 parts English Yellow, 1 part Barcelona Orange

Check out these other Stencil How-to's that feature Chalk Paint® on furniture!

A Chic and Welcoming Stenciled Foyer Entry

Creating a warm, beckoning foyer is essential for greeting guests and welcoming them into your home. It's also important to design an inviting entry that makes you happy to be home! Pam from Simple Details recently found herself using one of our stencils to add great presence to her "boring" entrance and we were charmed by how she designed and transformed a small space with big stencil style. Read on!
Creating an Inviting Foyer Entry | Stencil Project
Cheetah Spots Stencil by Royal Design Studio
Stenciling a Wall for an Inviting Foyer Entry | Royal Design Studio
Pam had a small problem -- actually, it was a 4.5' x 4.5' foyer problem. "It was barely big enough to turn around... since there wasn't any possibility of even a teeny piece of furniture or art, I had the small wall area... and decided to be daring," she explains. She was inspired by a stenciled fabric project by The Hunted Interior and chose the Cheetah Spots Wall Stencil to add chic panache to her walls. 
Create a Welcoming Entry with Stencils | Cheetah Spots Stencil | Project by Simple Details
One big stenciling tip that she shared was that she 'customized' the stencil by taping up the spots to give them a more irregular shape and once she stenciled the wall with a stencil brush and our Flat Black Stencil Creme, she went back to fill in some of the open spots to make it a tighter pattern. Stencils are truly incredibly versatile!  


"My favorite part is that our new entry is so unexpected and a bit sassy," Pam enthuses. We agree - and we love the little twist she gave our stencil design! Be sure not to miss her DIY Stenciled Wallpaper Project Tutorial for all the details.  Now what about you?  Make the most of your foyer by considering the style of your home and choose your colors and stencil pattern accordingly - and remember to have fun, too. You never get a second chance to make a memorable first impression! 


More Welcoming Stencil Ideas for Your Home...

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Closets with Chic Stencil Style

Stylish and Welcoming Stenciled Doors