Silver Birches Allover Stencil
This birch forest stencil is an elegant and calming pattern option for walls. Find out about the calming effect tree images have on the psyche on our Community page.
SIZE: Stencil measures 19 x 44 inches. Lines up to itself vertically.
- Made of 11-mil strong plastic
- Every stencil order comes with detailed STENCILING INSTRUCTIONS/TECHNIQUES and a FREE mini stencil!
STENCILS ARE REUSABLE and REVERSIBLE
Our stencils can be used over and over, re-positioned and reversed, making them much more versatile than vinyl decals or wallpaper.
REPEATING PATTERN STENCILS
Because our stencils are durable and reusable, you may only need one to stencil a whole wall, or even an entire room! This birch stencil lines up to itself vertically. You can decide whether or not to stagger the design (starting your second horizontal row in the center of the stencil instead of the top).
We use a very strong (11-mil) clear plastic for our stencils. It is durable, can be cleaned (this is easiest while paint is still somewhat wet) and can be stored for future use.
You do not need to be “artistic” (although, we believe everyone is an artist) to stencil. It can be done by just about anyone. Simply follow the instructions and you’ll see how easy it is. You can also browse through our online tutorials for extra help. You can email or call us as well.
EASY to FIX/TOUCH UP
Human error is a factor in any wall decor project, but stencils are an easier fix than wallpaper or decals. Decals cannot be removed and reused. Nor can a strip of wallpaper. Stencils, however, can be touched up easily with a little paint. If you don’t like the position of your stencil, you can simply paint over it and reuse the stencil in a new spot.
Stencils do not require tedious steps for removal, unlike decals and wallpaper. When you’re ready for a new look, simply apply a fresh coat of paint.
Stencils are inexpensive! Vinyl decals can end up costing hundreds of dollars if you want more than one branch, for instance. Wallpaper can cost thousands! Our average price for a stencil is about $40 and it can be reused/reversed over and over!
BASIC STEPS for STENCILING
1. Affix the stencil to your wall with either spray adhesive or painter’s tape. Spray adhesive is recommended for beginners – it results in fewer leak spots. Most “All Purpose” or “Low Tack” spray adhesives work just fine (available at most hardware and craft stores – brands like 3M and Elmer’s). You will only need to re-spray the stencil once every several applications. Just don’t spray indoors without a drop cloth (it can leave a sticky film on your floor). It’s best to spray outside, if possible.
4. Carefully remove your stencil from the wall. You can do this while paint is still wet. It will be easier to clean up any leak spots with a q-tip before the paint dries completely.
* More detailed instructions are included with every order.
STENCILS HAVE MANY USES
Stencils can be used for more applications than just walls. Try stenciling your floor, ceiling, wooden furniture, upholstered furniture, drapes, pillow shams, exterior walls, etc.
Stenciling fabric is lots of fun! We have stenciled drapes, pillow shams, rugs and more. For fabric, use spray adhesive on your stencil. You’ll want to secure your fabric to your worktable with masking tape. PAINT – you can either use fabric paint (Jacquard brand has many good choices) or you can add a fabric medium to regular acrylic paint (Liquitex makes a good one). Use a stencil brush to dab in your color(s). You will want to follow the instructions on whichever paint you use, but generally, you should use an iron to heat-set your paint. Home dryer machines usually do not get hot enough to set paint. It’s best to let your stenciled fabric air cure for about a week before ironing. Then, place a sheet of aluminum on your ironing board, fabric on top with the painted side down and iron each section for about 15-25 seconds. Use the highest temperature possible for the type of fabric you’ve painted.
For textured walls (with mild texture like orange peel, not extreme like popcorn), you can still use stencils. It is advisable, however, to use a stencil brush, not a roller. Rollers will most likely cause unwanted paint leakage – unless you’re doing a very faded look using almost no paint. With a brush, though, you can stencil easily without leaks. The key is to have a near dry brush. Dab off most of the paint on paper towels before going to the wall. Use the dabbing method perpendicular to the wall. It is very important that you do not use a swiping motion. You can even test your technique on a hidden area of your wall with the free mini stencil before doing your large stencil. In any case, it is absolutely possible to stencil mildly textured walls.
Our stencil company was created by Cate Tinsley in 2010. Olive Leaf Stencils has been dedicated to providing stencil designs that stand apart from the usual, generic-looking stencils found at craft stores. Our stencils are created from Cate’s original, freehand drawings, which makes them unique. Cate is a painter/fine artist from New York and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Stenciling is also one of her passions and she hopes that, with the help of her stencils, everyone is inspired to tap their inner artists.