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Stenciled Roller Shade

Vines traced from an Early American stencil wind down a pale-gray roller shade in four columns that mirror one another.




  • Roller shade
  • Vine stencil
  • Ruler
  • Drafting tape
  • Pencil
  • Small sheet of glass (palette)
  • Palette knife
  • 5 to 7 ounces acrylic paint in white
  • Natural sea sponge


  1. Step 1

    Measure widths of roller shade and stencil using ruler. Determine how many stencil repetitions will fit across shade, leaving even spaces between each column and on outer edges.

  2. Step 2

    Using strips of drafting tape, block off measured space between each column and on outer edges. The stencil should fit snugly into columns.

  3. Step 3

    Place stencil in far-left column, shifting it 1 to 2 inches below shade's bottom edge for a wraparound effect. Using pencil, mark the registration holes at stencil's top edge (pencil marks can be erased once paint is dry).

  4. Step 4

    Prepare palette with paint. Use sponge to apply paint to stencil. Let dry 2 to 3 minutes.

  5. Step 5


    Shift stencil up, aligning it with registration holes and marking new ones. Paint as in step 2. Repeat until column is complete.

  6. Step 6

    Repeat steps 1 to 3 for remaining columns, flipping stencil over (make sure reverse is dry) so adjacent motifs mirror each other.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2008



Reviews (1)

  • mrs p 17 Apr, 2014

    Absolutely love stenciled roller shade - 265252 - featured in September 2008 issue. Where/ how can I purchase that stencil? thanks! mrs p