DIY Cardboard chest part 4 – Using a stencil

Back at it again with more chest related business. While the chest looked nice on its own, I wanted to make it even prettier. It needs to stand out, you know? So I figured I’d go the extra mile and add a lovely stencilled image on the top. It needs a pretty tree, and a simple landscape, something that can be added nice a quick with a stencil!

So this week, I figure I’d go over a few tips when it comes to stencilling. Nothing too fancy, just little ideas that might help you paint a pretty design on your chest, or anywhere else for that matter! These are simply the steps I used to get the lovely pattern, and I might explore other stencilling techniques in the future.

If you want to see more of this project, then I recommend this tag right here. You can see the process from simple box to where we are now. Feel free to try your hand at making your own cute cardboard chest! For more paper crafts, check out this tag here!

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Using a stencil

Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: ♥♡♡♡♡

Quick walk through on using a stencil when painting.


  • Paper
  • Washi Tape


  • Craft knife OR scissors
  • Paint
  • (Optional) Tweezers
  • (Optional) Metallic gel pen


  1. Find the silhouette you want to stencil onto your box. Make sure it isn't too complex. I recommend googling for some good silhouette shapes, or have a hand at drawing your own.
  2. Cut out your silhouette. Use scissors if your shape is less complex. If you're sure you want to do a complex shape, then you need a craft knife for this step.
  3. After that, lay down your stencil where you want it to be on your box. Try to lay it as flat as possible, but don't worry if it won't stay in place.
  4. Add a border with washi tape. The washi tape should stick down the top and bottom of your stencil, and give you a nice space to paint within.
  5. Paint! Carefully go over your painting area with a white base coat. Be sure to cover the outside of your stencil, as the base coat will help it stick down during the painting process. Once the base coat is dry, paint whatever you want!
  6. When the paint is fully dry, carefully remove the washi tape and the stencil. If you find the stencil hard to remove, then using tweezers can help lift it from the paint.
  7. (Optional) Add a clear border using a metallic gel pen. These pens are vibrant, and you can make your stencil image really pop!


If you're going to use tweezers, be extremely careful! I found the tweezers would sometimes break the paint under my stencil, and I had to go back with some brown paint to make the design look clean. Take your time when removing the stencil, there's no rush!

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