DIY Personalized School Supplies

A quick and easy way to make school more fun!

I love personalized school supplies, but I hate spending a lot of money. I think I’d love a vinyl cutting machine, but the upfront costs and the knowledge I’d have to keep buying vinyl make me hesitant to commit. So, when I heard about Stencil Stop, I must admit, my curiosity was piqued.

Stencil Stop is a small stencil company offering a variety of collegiate and state stencils. I’m not super interested in sports, but love my state emblem and flag, so I was thrilled to find them in the catalog. What appealed to me the most, however, is the “Design Your Own” stencil option. I quickly designed my own monogram using Adobe Illustrator, saved it as a jpeg and uploaded it to their site. They promptly provided the finished product. Looking back, I probably would have made it smaller, but the quality is great!

Once my stencils arrived, I started personalizing my binder.

Step 1

I opted for a layered look. First, I taped the state outline stencil onto my binder and spray painted it with blue. I did quick, light layers, allowing a few minutes of drying time between layers. I allowed the state to dry completely before moving on to Step 2.

Step 2

Next, I taped down the monogram stencil. In hindsight, I should have avoided taping on top of the paint. Removing the tape pulled off a teeny bit of the first layer of paint.

Step 3

I applied light layers of paint with a sponge brush. Blobbing too much on there will cause the paint to get under the stencil. Allowing a few minutes of dry time between layers, I then reapplied until I was happy with the look. Spray paint would have worked well here, too, but I used what I had on hand.

The finished product is so cute! I was a little sloppy with my stenciling, but I was able to easily correct it with a paint pen.

The stencils are great quality and can be used over and over! I’m already thinking of future projects and gifts for my South Carolina family and friends! Pin this post to save the idea for later!

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