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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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2008


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

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

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

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

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