Design-minded but lack the skills to draw freehand? Stencils are here for you. Even the most artistically challenged can bring projects to life with the help of stencils.

Not just for signs or walls anymore, the technique can upgrade furniture or accents and add a new touch of style to a space. Down below are a few brilliant ideas that use stencils to add spark to your home décor.

  1. Pillows

    stencil pillowSchool of Decorating

    You’ll have to make your own stencil with this project, but you will look at freezer paper in a whole new light once you start decking these cute pillows out. School of Decorating rocked it with paper and paint.

  2. Lampshades

    stencil lampshadeMartha Stewart

    Did you know you could customize your light fixtures? This project from Martha Stewart will have your shades popping. Upcycle what you have or buy a few drum shades and wrap them up in stenciled glamour!

  3. Floors

    stencil floorLivin the Life of Riley

    I want to try this one! Don’t bother retiling your floors with what’s sitting on store shelves. Pick out your own paint colors, choose a stencil, and make your own flooring design!

  4. Dresser

    stencil lace dresserCrafting in the Rain

    Remix a dresser using a beautiful lace stencil like the one used by Crafting in the Rain. Mix it up by incorporating stencil details on the top, sides, or drawers of your furniture piece!

  5. Curtains

    stencil curtainsDecor Adventures

    Have you ever seen window panels that you love, but fall right out of love after seeing the price tag? Make your own pretty stenciled window dressings like the talented Jessica of Décor Adventures.

  6. Rug

    stenciled outdoor rugEveryday Dishes

    You can keep your stenciling simple with spray paint like this project from Everyday Dishes or you can create a rug design with acrylic paint. That’s right. Here’s an example of an outdoor rug, but you can bring the outdoors indoors too! Check your local home improvement store for inexpensive door mats or rugs.

  7. Mirror

    stenciled mirrorDream a Little Bigger

    Add some elegance to your space with a decorative mirror. Allison at Dream a Little Bigger grabbed a $5 mirror and turned it into an artsy piece. You can buy a new one or buy used from a thrift store or flea market.

  8. Headboard

    stencil headboardInfarrantly Creative

    Rest your head peacefully with a cushy, self-designed headboard. Paint your own stenciled pattern onto an upholstered headboard with this DIY tutorial from Infarrantly Creative.

  9. Tea Towels

    stenciled tea towelsNo. 2 Pencil

    Tea towels make great gifts but they’re also useful in the kitchen. This cute tea towel idea from No. 2 Pencil’s blog has a vintage vibe, and it’s awesome that they are machine washable too.

  10. Coffee Table

    stencil tableinstone09

    You can follow this YouTube tutorial from Phil Peel to spruce up any table with stencil work. Watch as he makes over a coffee table using a lacy stencil made of fabric!

  11. Staircase

    stencil stair riserHeart Work Organizing

    Betcha you’ve never seen a staircase like this in anyone’s house! If you have the time and elbow grease, knock out this project seen on the Heart Work Organizing blog. Transform your porch steps or indoor stair risers into something eye catching (and low maintenance) with this stencil endeavor.


Jump into the DIY jungle without worrying about being an illustrator by getting with the magic of stencils. If you’re unsure, you can always test your designs out on paper first. Get creative!

What do you think of these stencil projects? Which ones would you try for your own home? Tell us in the comments!