The opportunity fell into my lap just recently to do face painting at parties. It's super fun, and lets me be creative for a couple of hours on the weekend. The thing that got me to considering using some stencils this last weekend was that I had close to thirty kids to paint in about two hours. That's a lot of kids. And it's a lot of wiggles!
Using a couple of stencils could come in handy for some of the smaller details, or as a good starting point to speed up the process. Deciding to make them myself was mostly a time and money saving idea. I wanted to save myself the time and money I'd spend on ordering and waiting for stencils to arrive, so I decided to make some myself. And it's easier than you'd think!
All you need is:
a plastic milk jug
a permanent marker
The first thing you want to do is wash and dry an empty gallon milk jug. Once that is done, using a good pair of kitchen scissors, I cut out the flat surfaces of the jug.
Next, pick out and print a couple of patterns to copy for your stencil. Or you can also make up your own! Trace them onto your plastic.
Go slow, and take your time. There will be little raw edges when you are done, with little splinters of plastic. A trick I learned, after a little trial and error with using the stencil right away, is that if you take a lighter and very lightly go around the raw edges they will shrink up and smooth out! Be careful, though, because you don't want to melt your stencil into deformity. The picture below was before I melted and smoothed the edges.
So now I have all sorts of cool stencils to use on the job! And it only cost me some free time. You could use a hole punch to put holes and hang them off a ring to keep them all together as well.
Another great way to get a few different stencils without having to do the cutting process would be to use a few crafting punches. You can buy them from Michael's and other craft stores in a variety of shapes and sizes. I used a butterfly and a couple of other shaped punches that I had in my art supplies and made a few of my own that way. Super fast and easy!
This would also work great to create a stencil for painting a room or furniture. The possibilities are limitless!