How to Stencil Books and a Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway

I have been crocheting up a storm lately!  So I thought this would be a great time to give my poor tired fingers a rest from crocheting and use them for some painting instead.

The very kind folks a Cutting Edge Stencils sent me a stencil so I could play around for a while.  While I wait to finish my BIG wall sized project I thought I would share with you how to do some small crafts even with a wall  stencil.  I choose the Parsley Bloom Wall Kit, the kit comes with two stencils one large and one really large. Today I am using the smaller of the two stencils.

I kept trying to think of something fun to stencil on. I just happen LOVE to read and have a few old books on my mantel for decoration and thought I could do something with them.  A note about the books, one I got in a garage sale and the others the library was giving away because they were old and worn out.  I checked they are not valuable, I don’t usually condone defacing books but these books wouldn’t get any use any other way.

I tried to use my stencil a while ago and it was a huge fail.  I thought I could jump right in and not read anything first, bad idea.  I found their tutorials and instructions very helpful, turns out that I needed some spray adhesive.  Cutting Edge recommends Elmer’s spray adhesive, that is what I used, and it worked fantastically.  I didn’t have hardly any bleed through on uneven surfaces.

First step is to spray some adhesive on the back of your stencil and wait for it to get tacky {just a couple of seconds}.  Then apply it to where you want your stencil to be.  I put some tape over the spots I didn’t want paint to get on the book.

Then take your stencil brush and dab away with the paint of your choice.  I used an acrylic paint in Wicker White.  It’s so easy even little hands can help out.

I’m not sure if it was the heat, wind, or the books themselves, but the paint dried very fast.  Peal off the stencil and your done.  Easy Peasy!

We did three books in about 20 very relaxed minutes.  I wasn’t overly concerned with coverage because I wanted kind of a worn look.

Because these were so easy I had time to finish another project with the same stencil.
If you have an old piece of wood, or canvas laying around it’s so simple.  I started with a cheap canvas print we had laying around.

I painted over the print with some metallic spray paint.  You can still see a little bit of the outline of where I tried a different technique with the stencil.  {trust me this way works better}

Then spray your adhesive all over the back of your stencil.  Get pretty good coverage but don’t put a ton on.

When the paint is dry, stick it to the canvas.  As you can see by all the different colors, the stencil is re-usable.

Press it firmly on to the canvas, you want a good seal.  The take your Ivory spray paint and spray away.  Peal off the stencil and your done.

I am LOVING the way all the projects turned out.

You do know what comes next right?  That’s right, the wonderfully kind people at Cutting Edge Stencils are giving away a stencil to one very lucky ready.  You get to choose the stencil you want up to a $50 value. Trust me, it’s hard to choose!


  1. I love the zinnia stencil!

  2. I love the books and the canvas! So pretty!

    I’d love one of the tree stencils…I think it would look cute in my son’s room!!

  3. All over paisley stencil

  4. I love the dancing butterflies stencil. Thanks!

  5. I like the Casablanca stencil!

  6. i love the dandelion

  7. Love the Casablanca. Thanks for the chance to Win!

  8. I love the damask!

  9. I love the bird and butterfly section, but it would be hard to narrow it down to just one, lol. Love your projects.

  10. awesome idea to stencil the books, very posh! 🙂 I’m your newest follower!

  11. What a different use of stencils – I love how they turned out!

  12. Birds on a Branch Wall Stencil

  13. Wow! So simple and so beautiful! I really love that stencil. I can totally see them on the cover of a journal and giving it as a gift. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I’m going to enter right now 🙂 -Sarah

  14. Love, love, love stencils! It’s a big help for us “not as creative types” 😉 Thanks for such a GREAT giveaway!!

  15. Great craft. New follower from the Creative Blog Hop.

  16. it’s hard to choose
    but i love the floral stencils best!


  17. I like the Marrakech Trellis Allover Stencil – so cool.

  18. Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. says:

    Love how those books turned out! So cool!

  19. Natural-Nesters says:

    I like the Birch Tree Stencils!

  20. Oh I love any stencil you have on here and would love to be the winner. I have some beautiful projects in mind!

  21. I like the new paisly design

  22. Hi Kadie,
    I LOVE the Spring Songbird stencil. It’s my style and my colors. Thanks for this awesome opportunity.

  23. Zinnia Grande is my fave, but I also like the dandelion and the birds on a branch.

  24. LOVE the way your books turned out! So pretty!

    Great giveaway too! I love anything with trees and branches and I spotted all kinds over there… 🙂

  25. I’ve been checking out that Shipibo stencil, thinking that it would look look really great on the dresser I want to turn into a buffet. Just a few days ago, however, I came across the Casablanca stencil pattern and LOVE it too. Decisions, decisions. 🙂 Thanks for this chance to win!

  26. These stencils are beautiful. It is too hard to pick just one. I love the peony kit.

  27. I like the Casablanca Allover Stencil.

  28. I love the Rabat Allover Stencil.

  29. I like the large tree nursery stencil.

  30. I love the Casablanca craft stencil!

  31. I love the damask stencils!

  32. Stencils are so fun and the uses are endless!!!! 🙂

  33. zinnia stencil

  34. Hello! My favorite stencil you can see in action right here:

    Yes, that’s right…that’s my blog, not the Cutting Edge Stencil site. Cause after entering (and not winning) another giveaway of theirs I bought that for our home. Never thought of trying it on books! There’s lot of other stencils there I love, so I’m entering again. And if Cutting Edge Stencils is looking for more bloggers to host giveaways, I’d be more than happy to. I had a really good experience with them.

  35. Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects says:

    Kadie, I love this stencil choice! Those books turned out adorable!

  36. I love the Sakura and Butterflies Wall Stencil

  37. I like the Sakura and Birds Wall Stencil.

  38. I like the Zagora stencil

  39. Indian Inlay Furniture Stencil 🙂

  40. I love the nadya stencil

  41. I like the vision craft stencil


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