Cardboard Stencil Tutorial and Free Template

I've been playing around with stencils since posting my Stenciled Watercolors Tutorial.  In fact,  I ventured to make my own stencil out of cardboard.

 Here's what I ended up with... I love this one!  It's so happy and flowery :)

Watercolor Stencil Art

Want to make one of your own?  Just keep reading, follow my little tutorial and take advantage of a little freebie too!

Cardboard Stencil Tutorial 

Flower Stencil


  • cereal box
  • exacto knife
  • cutting matt
  • scissors
  • scotch tape
  • paper cutting template of your choosing, or you can use mine- just click on the link below!

Step 1:  Print out the template and tape it to the back side of an opened-up, flattened cereal box.  I trimmed around my template a bit to make it fit better.  Lay it on top of the cutting matt.

Step 2:  Using the exacto knife,  cut around the edges of the template.  You have to press pretty hard with the knife to get through the cardboard, so you may have sore fingers afterwards, like me.

Step 3:  Punch out the cut-out sections.  Your stencil should look like this....

Watercolor Stencil Art

All done.... now go and use your stencil for whatever crafty projects you have planned :)

tip:  You can try laminating your stencil if you want to use it with watercolors like I did.  I couldn't fit it in my laminator, so I covered it in packing tape.  Not that professional-looking, but hey, it works!


  1. I love, love, love your watercolor stencils! When I saw your elephant last week, it's all I could think about for a while. I finally gave in an bought some watercolors for my kids to try it. I didn't have stencils, but used cookie cutters instead. It was so much fun! I'll post about it on my blog next week.

  2. Cool! I love that flower. Ahhh, summer!

  3. so nice of you Your flower looks like a happy dancing flower to me ! I love it
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  4. Love your watercolor technique, love the flower design, love the DIY idea.

  5. Great idea! I love the flower stencil you did. The color is gorgeous! My favorite flower is a tiger lily and it kind or reminds me of one

  6. This is really cool! Thanks for sharing your idea. Seems pretty simple to try!

  7. I love what you did with a simple cereal box! I have seen so many stencils in blog land lately and have to jump into the fun too-- now I know how to do it, thanks!
    Found you through Somewhat Simple's link up.
    Holly from

  8. Very pretty! I am visiting you via the party at Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

  9. Gorgeous! I love this idea. The sore fingers were worth it. :)

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  11. I printed this out. I can't wait to make things with my new FREE stencil. thank you very much

  12. Hi. This is an old!!! method to water proof cardboard stencils. You paint the cardboard with linseed oil which you can usually get from hardware stores & art supply shops. It not only waterproofs the cardboard it strengthens it as well.

  13. It also had a very cool effect if you put it on a cotton shirt and spray it with chlorine (plant spray or old deodorant bottle)! Nice natural looking stencil this one.. I might use it as inspiration! :) Thx!

  14. I love all of your work. You are so kind to share your talents. Thank you.