DIY Stencil Alphabet Art

by Destri on October 17, 2011

I am just putting the final touches on Eleni’s room and I can’t wait to show you how it all came together.  I have taken it slowly, finishing a project at a time, and then just living with it for a bit before deciding on the next.  It has made it a much more enjoyable experience verses my usual let’s see if I can pull this all together within a weekend without a wink of sleep method :).  I like the end result better than any room I have ever worked in too.  It feels collected and added to over time.  Some things match, some don’t, but all in all – I think it all fits together perfectly.

Stencil Alphabet Art

I wanted to share one of my favorite projects from the room to date for the readers that missed it back in January on Design Mom.  It’s quick and easy and you only need a few supplies to pull it off; don’t worry, there’s no stenciling involved.  I use fabric or paper and spray paint.  Spray paint therapy is the best :)…catch me after the jump for the full tutorial!

How To Make Personalized Alphabet Art

Diy Stencil Alphabet Tutorial


The best part of this project is that you can customize it to match the room it will be used in.  You can make it for a boy or a girl, and you can use fabric or paper.


  • alphabet stencil (here is the exact one I bought)
  • spray paint (use bright white if you have a white mat)
  • scrap fabric or paper for the letters – you can even use one sheet
  • glue stick
  • frame



Start with a clean stencil.  Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be limited to just the alphabet, there are a lot of fun stencils that this project would be fun for.

Spray paint in box

I like to put anything I am spray painting in a box if I can, it helps to contain the mess to the box, and I don’t have to worry about anything blowing onto the wet paint.  I did multiple light layers of paint until I reached the coverage I liked.  Let the paint dry in between coats.

Fabric on stencil

Once the stencil has dried, turn it over and glue on the paper or fabric.  You could even use one large sheet of paper (little hounds tooth would be so cute!) or fabric.  I had little swatches of fabric that I cut to fit over the letters.  Just put a little glue around the letter, then stick on the fabric or paper then rub to seal.

Front side

That’s it!  Now how is that for easy?

Just frame it and you have a piece of personal art to hang.  So many possibilities with this one!

Thanks for stopping in friends, hope everyone had a great weekend.  Keep on the lookout for the finished room, I should be able to post it soon!

You can find all the tutorials from Eleni’s room including the toddlers bench, bedding and more.


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Ihilani October 17, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Oh my gosh I love this sooooo much! My kind of project! Completely fool proof. I especially love the idea of spraying into a box because I was doing some spray painting last week and was amazed at how many bugs are actually in the air because they all got stuck to what I was painting.


Kim October 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Genius!!!!! I love this idea.


Kelley October 18, 2011 at 5:14 am

Oh my gosh how I wish I had a little one to make this for! I will have to make it as a baby shower gift until I am blessed with grandkids! Destri your ideas are amazing!!


Destri October 18, 2011 at 6:06 am

Well now, if I could only start my day with lovely comments like that every morning :) Thanks Kelley!


Jennifer October 19, 2011 at 6:45 am

This is genius and ADORABLE! I’ll be working on one of these this weekend FOR SURE!


Lyndsey October 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Absolutely love this. Can’t wait to do it with my friends who *think* they’re not crafty! Thanks for an easy, fun, beautiful project!


Heather October 21, 2011 at 6:00 am

Love it! Super easy and cute.


courtney October 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Totally loving this idea — thanks for the inspiration!


Priscila October 31, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Wow! This came out great and it’s so easy too! I came over from the linky party at Skip to my Lou!

Priscila @


Carolyn - homework November 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Absolutely genius. I first thought you cut out all the fabric letters. So smart! I would love for you to add this to my Inspiration Board {link party}. My readers would love this idea!
carolyn – homework


Destri November 3, 2011 at 4:32 am

Thanks Carolyn!


Ashley November 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Awesome scrap buster! I never would have thought of this…Love it! thanks for sharing!!


Destri November 3, 2011 at 4:18 am

Thanks Ashley!


Natasha November 2, 2011 at 3:37 am

love this and so easy to make,

would love it if you could share this on my link party – Serenity Saturday at

Natasha xxx


Lidia November 17, 2011 at 12:38 am

Such a GORGEOUS idea!! Have already whipped one up within a couple of days of seeing it..a nice easy project to do even with 4 kids under 5 running around the house ;) can i ask where you got your stencil from? I found it really hard to find one but managed to get one that has 4 rows of letters instead of 5 like yours so mine sits more of a landscape print instead of portrait like yours. I thought it would be easy to find a whole range of alphabet stencils but it wasn’t!
Thanks for sharing!
Lidia :)


Trina@CraftAnyway! December 1, 2011 at 11:47 am

I *love* this idea. I just made one for my best friend who’s due to have a baby boy in February. I wrote about it on my blog today if you’d like to check it out…


Jilly December 14, 2011 at 10:34 am

Thats really clever and so nice!! Thanks for sharing! Merry christmas x x


Ashely March 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Where did you buy your stencil from? I tried 5 different places and haven’t found on like it yet. I love this idea so much and my friend birthday is coming up soon and she is pregnant so I thought it would make a great gift.


Destri March 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Hi Ashley,

I bought mine at Hobby Lobby and the last time I was there they did still have some. I usually can find them in Helvetica on Amazon but pulled up nothing tonight. Then I hopped on the Hobby Lobby website and found it, yay! Here is the link:

I don’t know where you live but if there is any amount of humidity make sure to do a thin coat of the spray primer before the spray paint, and let all the layers dry in between pretty well. If you have any questions let me know!



Mari May 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I absolutely adore this and want to make one for my friend and I who are both expecting but can’t find a stencil I like at all in the UK, going to search all my local craft stores tomorrow. Thanks for sharing, love your ideas.x


Destri May 3, 2012 at 4:29 am

Thanks Mari, and congratulations! I don’t know what your style is but I took the liberty to find you a few options:

This is a fun new one I have never seen:
Here is a simple Times version:–Times-Alphabet/dp/B0018BXTO4/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1336044145&sr=8-13
And here is the actual one I used, but their international shipping looks a little complicated:

Hope this helps, let me know if I can help anymore!


mai May 6, 2012 at 12:17 am

thanks so much will look into them all tomorrow on my day off x


Erin September 7, 2012 at 8:54 am

Love it! I saw this idea on Design Mom while searching the internet for “DIY nursery art”. I made a couple of them immediately (well, as soon I got some supplies) and they are hanging in my soon to be baby boy’s nursery. I would like to share my photo (as requested on the DM website) but cannot figure out where or how to do that?


Destri September 7, 2012 at 9:40 am

Hi Erin, I would love to see them! Just send them to destri at
And congrats on the baby boy!


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