Stencil Painting

Mia's stencil painting project is lots of fun and a great way to get the kids painting. I have included a stencil template for you to print out and use.

These creative paint ideas are lots of fun and will hopefully keep the kids occupied for ages.

This template gives you 4 great shapes in 3 different sizes. Our clear instructions will show you how to make your own templates too.

stencil painting spirals

Materials and Equipment

For Painting....

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Paint brush or rags

For Template....

  • Template
  • Card
  • Knife

Stencil Template

Download the template below by clicking on the thumbnail. All my templates are PDF files as they are easy to use and print.

You will need acrobat reader installed on your computer to view and print these templates. You can download it for free by clicking on the adobe reader button on the right.

Printing the Template

Most printers will allow you to print directly on to thin card. If you are using patterned card make sure that you print on the plain side. If your printer will only allow you to print on paper then there are a couple of different ways to transfer the template to card.

One way is to glue the paper template to the card you can use any type of glue suitable for paper. Spread the glue thinly across the card then lower the paper on top. Smooth out carefully removing any air bubbles. Make sure the glue is completely dry before cutting.

The other way will only work if you are printing a template that is easy to reproduce. Secure the paper to the card with tape, using a pencil and ruler if drawing straight lines, go over the lines on the template. Press hard enough to mark the card but not so hard you make holes in the paper.

Mia's Top Tip

This is a great project to do outside on a sunny day.

The paintings will dry quickly in the sun and the kids can make as much mess as they like without a big clean-up job.

We have added red circles to our painting by dipping the end of a straw into red paint.

You can transfer the template to plastic to make your stencils last longer.

Cut the shapes out of the card carefully so you can use the cut out and the card.

The card itself will give you a stencil like I have used in the tutorial below. The cut out will give you a block out stencil. The card will block the paint so you will get an outline of the shape.

Stencil Painting Tutorial



Place an absorbent cloth onto a plate.

Add a little water to the plate then put the paint onto the cloth. This will stop the acrylic paint from drying out too quickly.

Apply paint to the rag or paint brush.


Place your stencil onto your paper where you want to paint. Hold the stencil still whilst you apply the paint.

Lift the stencil directly up from the paper being careful not to smudge the paint.

Leave to dry, if you are using acrylic paints this won't take long.

Move the Stencil along to where you want the next pattern and repeat the above instructions. Continue until the paper is covered.




Using a drinking straw dip one end into your paint.

Gently dab the end of the straw onto the paper leaving circle shapes.

Experiment with other items to see what shapes you can get.

Mia’s Craft Ideas

You can decorate your own pyramid paperweights using this technique.

If you have done your stencil painting on paper but would like to make it into a pyramid it's easy.

Glue your stenciled paper onto a piece of card.

If the card warps, once the glue is dry place it beneath a pile of books or something heavy to flatten them.

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