The handmade details of knitting, crocheting, and weaving can be time-consuming, especially for large areas like an entire wall covering. Instead, you can use our Macrame Knots Wall Stencil to create the same texture-inspired look. But what if you wanted the REAL DEAL with texture that you can touch? You CAN stencil a wall that feels as pretty as it looks by embossing the wall design with joint compound!
Click play and watch this DIY stencil tutorial to see how to emboss wall designs from our Woven Textures Stencil Spotlight Collection with joint compound, and take your texture stencils to the next level.
Step 1: Before using the stencil embossing technique with plaster, you will need to mark the repeat of the stencil on the wall using paint. This is recommended so that you can align and repeat your stencil perfectly while embossing. Center and secure the stencil on the wall with a bubble level and painter’s tape. Load and offload the stencil brush with white paint.
Step 2: Stencil only the registration elements that are needed to mark where the stencil design repeats. The instruction sheet included with your stencil shows where to find these registration elements. Move and secure the stencil to its next repeat by aligning it with the registration marks that you just painted.
Step 3: Repeat Step 2 until the wall is completely stenciled with only the registration elements.
Step 4: To begin using the stencil embossing technique, use the painted registration marks to line up the stencil on the wall and secure with painter’s tape.
Step 5: Use a trowel at a low angle to apply a thin and even layer of premixed joint compound through the stencil design. Carefully remove the stencil and use the trowel to remove the excess plaster from the stencil on a flat, covered surface. Wipe the back of the stencil clean with a damp cloth.
Step 6: Skip one repeat and align the stencil with the next set of registration marks and repeat Step 4 and 5 until every other repeat on the wall is embossed with joint compound.
Step 7: Once the joint compound is dry to the touch, return to the repeats that you skipped over and repeat Step 4 and 5 until the entire wall is embossed. Allow to dry completely overnight.
Step 8: Use a medium-grit sanding block to remove any uneven areas and ridges on the embossed design. Then use a soft, natural bristle brush and damp towel to remove the sanding dust.
Enjoy your easy and beautiful custom textured wall finish! We love pairing this DIY macrame wall decor with a calming neutral color palette to create the perfect bohemian style interior. Looking for more Stencil Techniques like this? Check out these other stencil ideas and tutorials: