Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Stencil your own Window Treatments

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If you read my post here, you'll know that I recently tried to make my own stencil....yeah, it didn't turn out so good :(

My lovely sponsor, Cutting Edge Stencils, generously offered to let me try out any stencil from their site.  

I chose the Parsley Blooms.
I wanted something not geometrical, and not too floral....

I loved that it came in two sizes.  The biggest stencil was 20" across, and the smaller one was 15" across.  

Perfect for drapes!

I started out with some plain white drapes from IKEA.  They were only $20 for two 98" panels

Do you know how expensive window treatments are?  
This was a steal worth driving an hour for!

I used my stencils, some plain old acrylic paint, and stencil brushes.

Steps to stenciling your own Window Treatments!

1.  Carefully tape your window treatment to a large open area so you can stencil the whole thing all at once.
(don't mind the wrinkly-ness.  I ironed it a little before stenciling....)

2.  Decide how you want to position your stencil. 
I used a little blue painters tape to hold my stencil in place.

3.  Using a roller brush (loaded with paint but not dripping), roll right over that stencil!

Carefully peel back your stencil to see your fantastic result!

I was worried at this point-I was CONVINCED that the paint was going to bleed underneath the stencil.  I was so happy that it didn't!

4.  Repeat a million times, until you cover your window treatment with as much design as you want.
FYI-Even after repeated use on two panels, I never had trouble with paint bleeding underneath the stencil.

5.  Go back over your treatment with the stencil in another color, if you like.
I wanted a two tone look, so I went with a lighter shade of purple for my second stencil.

I let the stencils overlap in a few areas; I liked the way it looked.

Don't you love how crisp the design is?  These stencils really are great!

My one word of caution: put something under your window treatment while you stencil it....the paint went right through my drapes, and on to my tile floor!

My hubby came home and was like "why is our floor painted purple??!"  All it took was a little elbow grease and water to get it up!

Now, would you like to see the finished product?

Close up of the design:

I think they turned out lovely!

They are bright, and a little on the modern side.  It goes well with the rest of the nursery!


  1. Very cool Sarah! I love seeing all the amazing projects that you come up with!

  2. These are lovely! I just painted strips on some I made from IKEA sheets! lol I want to try stenciling next. Great job! I would love it you would share these at my link party! http://usandthem1971.blogspot.com/2011/05/link-party-3.html Chris

  3. I love the design you used...so cute! I'm glad that you were able to get it up off your floor..as cute as it looks on your drapes I'm not it would have worked as well on the floor...heheee

  4. that looks fantastic! the perfect colors you wanted, and you are right-really crisp! i would definitely try this and not feel like i spent a lot if it was a "fail."

  5. How clever is that! I am so impressed. They look absolutely professional!

  6. Those are so cute! And thanks for the tip on the IKEA window treatments. I may just have to run out and get some now.

  7. Ooooh, wonderful! I LOVE how they came out! That stencil is great, and the colors you used are so cute, too. I love it!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  8. Those turned out adorable! They look perfect in there!

  9. Beautiful! You never cease to amaze me at your creativity and talent!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  10. Great idea... it turned out stunning too :) Wanna come decorate my master bedroom ?

  11. Very cool! These look great!

  12. I LOVE THOSE!! Seriously awesome! Great idea

  13. the drapes are BEAUTIFUL! I would have never thought to try that! she has the prettiest room! love the colors!!!

  14. How did you DO that!?
    So talented! ;)


  15. Oh I love this idea. The drapes hanging in my bedroom currently are very boring and I had been brainstorming ways to jazz them up. This could work. TY for sharing!

  16. This is my first visit, and I LOVE these curtains. I think I'll throw together a couple out of some muslin I have laying around, and then stamp away! Thanks for the idea!

  17. Wowzers! It looks so professional. I might have the courage to try this because you make it look so easy.

  18. Stunning! great job. they look very professional.

  19. Those are just fabulous! Can't wait to try this!
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  20. This is gorgeous and clever and creative and cool! Gotta try it for my 7 windows! Thanks for the how to.

  21. Your drapes turned out wonderfully! I love how versatile stencils can be. That design you chose is really pretty.

  22. BEAUTIFUL! I will have to try that!!

  23. just beautiful :)


  24. those turned out great. i would have never thought to use a stencil on fabric (im not all innovative and crafty which is why i stalk blogs)you could do so many things. im thinking table cloth and napkins... oh man you got my wheels a turnin!

    thanks for sharing.

  25. Beautiful! Ilove that stencil! Thanks for linking to Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I'll be featuring this.

  26. oh my heck those are so pretty. Great job. I pinned them in my pinterest for the future thank you for sharing. I need to go to IKEA tomorrow!!!
    I am visiting from the Fun to craft linky party. Come and say hi I love visitors and I am doing a really fun giveaway next week so come back and check it out.

    A Mommy's Life....with a touch of Yellow

  27. What fun curtains for a nursery! I'm putting them in the SPOTLIGHT at the PoPP. Thanks for linking up.

  28. These are incredible! I am in complete and total awe.

  29. What a great idea! They turned out wonderfully.

  30. Absolutely beautiful! I've been looking for something to jazz up my plain living room curtains I made, and this would be perfect! Thanks!

  31. Gorgeous!! I love the colors you chose!

  32. omg. this is so cool. thanks for sharing. beyond glad I found your blog. I'm a new follower, I hope you will as well. I started my blog a little over 2 months ago. It's all about celebrity fashion from the point of view of an LA stylist. Stop by to see multiple post a day on all the latest celebrity fashion news. Would love your support. xoxo


  33. I love your blog! You have such amazing ideas and great tutorials! I'm getting ready to spray paint a chest for my little boy's room and I'm going to attempt to use your instructions that I found on your blog. We'll see what happens!!!

  34. Sarah - The curtains are beautiful - fantastic job. The purple design against the white is so pretty! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this Sunday. Have a wonderful week.
    ~ Stephanie Lynn

  35. These. Are. Gorgeous!! And super easy! AND frugal!! Aaah!! I am in love! I had to share over here http://www.apurposedrivenhome.com/?p=1650 Thanks so much for sharing this great tutorial!! :)

  36. OMG!!!!!!! I've been looking for some Linda Barker drapes and they only sell them in the UK. I checked out some of the stencils at cutting endge stencils and I think I found the perfect one! THANKS so much for the demo. I'm definitely making my own!

  37. did you use a fabric medium to add with your paint? I am attempting this next week and want to make sure I get all the materials I need. Thanks!!

  38. Just curious...does the paint last if you need to wash the curtains? Does it fade or bleed? Love the idea so much! Thanks for sharing!

  39. The curtain are beautiful..I like the colour you choose.

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