How to Make Letter Stencils for Wooden Signs

What You'll Need
Frosted plastic sheet of appropriate size
Exacto knife
Cutting board or glass sheet
Sketching pencil
Spray paint
Face mask

Wooden signs are used to display messages that can be read clearly and easily. The text on a sign needs to be attractive in order to catch the eye of the reader. Keep in mind that making your own stencil is always a better idea because it allows you to be creative and add a personal touch to the sign. To learn how to print letters on wooden signs, follow the article below.

Step 1 – Take Appropriate Precautions

An exacto knife has a very sharp and thin blade that allows precision cutting. Use this knife with extreme caution to avoid injuries. Always work in a well lit and ventilated area and work table. Always wear a facemask while using the spray paint to avoid allergic reactions or airway irritation.

Step 2 – Printing the Design

Next, use photo editing software to print out a sample design on a paper. Once your design in printed, you can place the photocopied paper on a cutting board. Place over it the frosted plastic sheet of the required size. Tape the sides of the frosted plastic sheet to the sides of the table so that it is stable and doesn’t budge during the sketching process.

Use a thick lead, sketching pencil to sketch on the lines visible through the plastic sheet. Move from sketching the longest line to drawing the finer details as present on the printed sheet of paper. If you wish to make a larger stencil, visit a photocopier to get a magnified copy of the design. It is recommended that you work carefully and sharpen the pencil frequently to obtain an accurate sketch.

Step 3 – Cutting the Stencil

This step demands concentration and skill. Use an exacto knife to cut out the stencil, according to the design on the plastic. For cutting hollow patterns, make sure to leave bridges between the adjacent letters or images to ensure an accurate stencil. Replace the knife if it becomes blunt, otherwise the stencil will lack quality. Keep an extra sheet of frosted plastic to use a replacement if you make a mistake while cutting.

Step 4 – Painting the Stencil

After the stencil has been completely cut, put it against the wooden sign in the correct orientation. Then, spray paint your color, but be sure to keep the can 12 inches away from the stencil. This will take care of dripping paint and will help it to dry quickly. Taping the stencil to the signpost is a good technique to ensure that the stencil doesn’t shift while painting. Remember to remove the stencil only after the paint has dried, this will ensure that the paint is not smudged and that the finish shows quality. If you clean off the stencil immediately after use, and store it properly, you can always reuse the stencil can be used for other projects, or even for re-painting the same sign if it fades over time.