DIY Storage Bin Stenciling

What You'll Need

  • Acetate or stencil paper for making the stencils
  • Heavy cardboard or cutting mat to use as a cutting surface
  • Permanent marker
  • Utility knife
  • Inks
  • Old plate
  • Masking tape
  • Stencil brush or sponge


  • Print out the design and trace it with your marker onto the clear acetate paper
  • Use a knife to cut out your designs
  • Pour a small amount of paint onto an old plate
  • Place your stencil on top of your material. Secure the stencil to the material using masking tape so it will not move during the printing operation
  • Dab an even amount of ink on the stencil. Applying several thin layers of ink yields a better result than using too much ink at one time
  • If you are printing more than one color, print all of your designs in one color, and let the print dry before changing stencils. It is easier to use a separate brush or sponge for each color.