- Step 1: Choose a Pattern and Print It
Choose the stencils you want to use. Download and print the
pattern. There are three sets of festive window stencils from which to
choose. The first set includes a snowman, an angel, a plain bell,
and a bell with a ribbon. The second set has a Christmas tree, a
candle, a five-pointed star, and a six-pointed star. The third set
has snowman and matching scarf stencils in two sizes along with a
scarf stencil for the snowman from the first set. Tip: For small
children, pick the first set and have them make the plain bell.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
Step 2: Cut
Cut out the rectangle around each stencil. Be sure to make the
cuts straight and the corners square.
Cut the sponge into four to six pieces. Tip: The sponge will be easier to cut if it is damp.
- Step 3: Fold and Cut
Fold the rectangle in half on the dashed line. Be sure that the
printed stencil design is on the outside.
Cut the stencil on the pattern lines. Remember, you are cutting
away the center. Be careful not to cut through the frame of
the stencil. Carefully unfold the paper and flatten the crease with
your fingers. Save the cutout. It can be colored and glued to
a card, a placemat,
or even made into an ornament.
The same stencil can be used about three or four times. To make a longer-lasting stencil, use freezer paper or special stencil paper.
- Step 4: Prepare Paint and Window
Spread newspapers under the window you plan to decorate. This will protect the floor from any spills or drips.
Clean the window with a spray cleaner and let the glass dry.
Pour a small amount of water-based paint onto the plastic lid. Add a few drops of dishwashing detergent, and mix using
a paintbrush or a toothpick.
Poster paints and acrylic paints work well.
Wet the sponge pieces with water and wring them out as much as you can. The sponge just needs to be damp.
- Step 5: Stencil the Window
Place the stencil on the window where you want the design to be. Hold the stencil in place
with masking tape on each corner.
With a sponge piece, apply the paint mixture to the
stencil—use just a little paint at a time. Apply the paint using an up-and-down dabbing
motion. This is called stippling. Be sure to cover the entire cut-out area of the
stencil with paint, but don't go outside of the frame.
Loosen the tape and pull the stencil straight off. Let the paint dry
before doing the next stencil on this window.
Tips: After the paint has dried, use a small paintbrush to
add details to your stenciled design. Try things like adding a face to the
snowman, or a ribbon to the bell. You might also apply two or more
colors to one stencil. You could stipple the candle's flame with
yellow, the candle with red, and the candle holder with white. Use
your imagination and see what you can create!
- Step 6: Finish Up
When you are done with all of the stencils, wash the sponge, paintbrush, and lid with warm water. Pick up the newspapers protecting the floor
and discard them.
Now that you are done, stand back and admire your work. Don't forget to look at the
stenciled designs from outside, and especially enjoy how they look at night with a
light shining in the window and the drapes closed.