DIY Stencil Upgrades For Textiles

Anything that can spice up the ordinary without breaking the bank is extra appealing to me these days, so its only natural that stencils have reentered my life with gusto. Like all good things, stencils run the risk of being overdone— think heart and vine borders in pastel sponge-painted kitchens— but in limited applications they're magic!

• The talented Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home is always impressing us with her DIY spirit and incredible eye for seeing the potential in the ordinary. She created a canopy for her baby's room using drop cloth, a stencil, and leftover wall paint. The pattern brings a heavy dose of sophistication to a room that's usually known for its saccharin qualities.

• White pillows have their place, but I'm hungry for a little pattern in my pillows and these easy spray paint and stencil paint is a great quick fix. For more details check out Country Living's article.

• Plain window treatments, from roller shades to panels, are some of the best pieces to update. For instructions for window panels check out Homemade by Jill's blog, and for instructions on creating stenciled roller shades, check out Martha Stewart's site.

• Lampshades are another item that can stand a little punch without appearing overdone. Woman's Day has simple, straight forward instructions for achieving the look.

What are your favorite stencil sources?

(Images: 1: Pure Style Home, 2: Country Living, 3: Henny Donovan Motif, 4: Homemade by Jill, 5. Martha Stewart, 6. Woman's Day)