Do-It-Yourself Alphabet Stencils

by Destri on January 4, 2010

Have you tried to find stencils for the alphabet lately?  I have….and I didn’t have much luck.  I am currently working on a little project that required me to cut out little tiny letters. I looked everywhere; I found a generic set at a craft store that didn’t have the style I was looking for and then I found a set at Wal-mart that were too big.

I have seen where people have blown up letters from free font sites and printed those out to use as a stencil, but I don’t have a printer right now.  And no, Santa didn’t bring me a Cricut for Christmas, so I had to get creative.

Now I know this isn’t rocket science, and I am sure if I googled it I am not the first one to have thought of it.  But it was nothing short of an epiphany for me in that  moment, so we’re going make as if this was a breakthrough in the crafting world.  Sound good?

DIY Stencils for the Alphabet

Supplies:

  • Magazine(s)
  • Exacto knife

If you need it heavy duty:

  • Card stock (I used last years calendar)
  • Craft spray adhesive

Flip through your magazine and find the font style you are looking for.  Keep in mind that a magazine will generally use the same font throughout for it’s headlines.  I used the latest Country Living Magazine, and it was perfect.  Every headline was pretty much the same size, I literally could have had the whole alphabet if needed.  They also had quite a few drop caps that were bigger that will come in handy.

Tear out the page(s) and if you are needing a stiffer stencil take and attach to a heavy piece of paper using spray adhesive.  Now just place over a surface you can cut on and carefully cut out the letter.  That’s it!  You could even cut out shapes, and designs, and…well you get the idea.

I would have put up some pictures of the project, but it’s kind of a surprise, so you will just have to check back to see that one!

So now is when you indulge me and tell me you think I am the craftiest gal you have met today.

That would totally make my day.

Speaking of making my day….

We’ve been blabbed about.  In a good way too.  The cute girls over at Blabbing about Blogs are featuring The Mother Huddle today!  How fun is that?!  Thanks ladies!!

This project was linked to the Diy day on A Soft Place To Land,  and Today’s Creative Blog Get You Craft On event, go see all the fun stuff!

p.s.  We have received all of your fun submissions and as soon as they fit the content we will be putting you in the spotlight!

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

micah January 4, 2010 at 9:11 am

You truly are the craftiest gal I have encountered today:) But I have question…How in the world do you work those exacto knives? Is there some secret I am missing? Cause my projects look like they have been chewed on and spit out by the time I am finished with my cutting…I usually am sweating and a wreck and it looks like I rushed through it…Please someone help me…So this gal can get her craft on:)

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Destri January 4, 2010 at 9:16 am

funny you should ask that….
I found that if I use my cutting mat that I use to cut fabric (the green ones) it worked alot better, so make sure you are on a good surface for working.
Next I would make sure that you press the blade down rather than drag the blade, which may cause tearing. Also it worked better when I did adhere the paper to a thicker one with the spray adhesive, I got a cleaner line.
Hope that helps!!
If you come upon any other ways to best use them, let us know!

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Kendal Hall January 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Martha Stewart watch out!

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Destri January 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Kendal….your not supposed to make it obvious that I am paying you to leave flattery comments…;)
Your sweet….checks in the mail…

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Maria January 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm

I have this aunt that is like a crafting genius and is really good at finding uses for things you would normally throw away. She uses that plastic piece that comes in the bacon package (after she washes it really well, of course) to make stencils. You could put the magazine or whatever you are using over that and then put it ontop of a safe mat, such as the green fabric cutting type and cut it right out of the plastic and the paper at the same time.

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Amy January 4, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Hey!
Thanks for stopping by the other day. Oh, please oh please cut some of those for me. LOL
You are talking to a girl with NO paitence here!
I’m inspired to try a little harder now!
~Amy

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Destri January 4, 2010 at 11:31 pm

It really was easy! Much easier than fighting traffic, carrying a one year old and chasing the three year old around the store, only to leave empty handed….much easier!

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candace January 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Well aren’t you becoming quite the crafty-cathy (you know… chatty-cathy’s much younger, much cuter sister with oodles of talent and far less sweat drops!)

I think I may try out my luck with this.
Been wanting to spruce up an old shelf, or make a number collage.

Look out magazine basket, mama’s got her exacto knife..and she’s a comin’ for ya!

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Destri January 4, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Crafty-Cathy…that has a ring to it.
Are you going to share your project? With us? Please?

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Suzanne January 5, 2010 at 7:14 am

Destri you are amazing! I think I would have went to the store or choose a different project. I really think I need to chang my segments to the easiest way to do a project because that is totally me. Thanks for taking up my posting for tha last few weeks, my family visit was great!

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Destri January 5, 2010 at 8:07 am

That’s the thing, I did go to the store…you can’t find them!!!! I seriously could only find the two sets…
You’re welcome! Glad you had fun!

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Jileen January 5, 2010 at 8:02 pm

Destri – can’t wait to see the surprise that you used the letters for – because I am seriously amazed. You have patience, girl!

Here’s a question – I have a really cool glass bottle. Does TMH have any fabulous ideas I can do with it? I love checking on you girls each day – wonderful stuff!

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Destri January 5, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I have an idea…why don’t you send us a picture of said bottle and then we can give you all sorts of ideas, we could even call on the creative blog world to help with that! That would be fun!! Send some pics!!!!

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Lori January 6, 2010 at 5:33 am

What a great idea. I have a project for which I will need letter stencils and have been putting it off at the thought of spending money for the stencil. Now…I just need to look through my mags!
Stopped by from ASPTL DIY day

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Destri January 6, 2010 at 8:00 am

Please come and show it off! We would love to see it!!!
Thanks for stopping by, look forward to seeing you around!

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Kimm at REINVENTED January 6, 2010 at 6:53 am

I think that this IS a breakthrough in the crafting world! What a great way to find cool fonts. And using the calendar page is sheer genius! Thanks for passing on your idea.

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Destri January 6, 2010 at 8:14 am

Kimm!!!! I am so glad you left a comment, I love you site, fun stuff over there! I love that you got a sewing machine for Christmas….I hope you join me on saturdays!!

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Virg January 6, 2010 at 8:16 am

This is brilliant and inspiring! Now to find a project to use it on….

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Mama to 3 Blessings - Our Hoemschool Blog January 6, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Aweome idea! I am going to do this for my son that I homeschool.
Thank you!
Nicole

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Melissa January 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Cute idea! Would work great for his phonics!

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Fine Craft Guild January 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Let me tell you that you are the craftiest gal, and that I can’t believe you are writing about tiny letters today. I am just posting an article (for tomorrow the 11th at crack of dawn) on how to make tiny inspirational quotes letter garlands for Martin Luther King’s Day. …. Yes, I’m featuring a tiny ‘I have a Dream’ garland.. It’s adorable. What quote are you going to make??? I’m curious… Let me know…

Anyhow, I have links in the bottom of that article to both stamps and stencils alphabet sets, for those ocassions that you want to have a pro set handy to whip up a saying in no time.

Hope this helps.

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Destri January 10, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Thank you, I seriously looked everywhere! Will be checking out your fun stuff in the morning!

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