Materials for Stenciling

One of my favorite things to do in my crafting projects is stenciling. With a Cricut machine, I have the flexibility to create almost anything…But I still had difficulty if the stencil was made out of paper or plastic material. The stencil would always move or shift or the paint would bleed. My projects would be ruined or just look “off”/wrong.

I started to cut out stencils using an indoor vinyl material. The outcome and the ease of the project was a game changer. The stencil placement is easier, the stencil doesn’t move and the stencil creates clean lines with no paint bleeding.

An indoor vinyl is slightly more expensive then regular paper but it is always easy to find good deals on Amazon. I would rather spend a little more to have to the project look good then skimp on materials for a project that doesn’t look right.


Stencil Project

Till we meet again,

Anne at Annie’s Bug Blog



DIY Mason Jar Sign

I tell you…. I am ready for Spring. March is here and Mother Nature keeps giving us small glimpses of Spring only to take it away from us. Grrrrrrrr.

When dreaming of Spring, I see vibrant flowers and mason jars filled my mommy lemonade. This is the inspiration for my sign and my hope that Spring is near.

To make this sign, I used:

  • Common wood
  • Brad nails
  • Stain
  • Cricut machine (Don’t have a craft machine, I can help. Visit my etsy store**)
  • Indoor Vinyl
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Glue Gun
  • Fake flowers from a dollar store

I used common wood for a lot of my projects. It’s cheap, light and easy to cut. I cut three 3.5 in x 12 in boards and nailed them together using a scrap piece along the back side of the sign.

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I stained the board using General Finishes Java gel stain (seriously the best stain on the market. Super easy to use and dries quickly. I don’t get paid to say it either! ha!). Rub the stain in and let it dry.

Next, I cut a mason jar silhouette using my Cricut machine (my most favorite crafting item…Not paid to say that either!) with an indoor vinyl. I use an acrylic white paint on the mason jar stencil. After I let the paint dry,the jar looked incomplete to me so I decided to add text inside of the jar. A simple “Home Sweet Home” is always a welcome/popular sight!


After letting the paint dry, I used the hot glue to place some flowers to the top of the jar. Any color will do. Just a splash of spring flowers to create texture to the sign and give it a POP!

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This sign is already being sent off to a home but need to make at least one more for myself. It turned out so sweet and springy!

**I did update my Etsy shop for this stencil and much more. Custom orders are welcome. Click on link.

Until we meet again,

Anne from Annie’s Bug Blog




Pallet Sign

Oh Pallet, How I love thee so. I love seeing pallet projects on Facebook and Pinterest. A girlfriend contact me and asked if I could make a pallet sign……AND I jumped right on it. I couldn’t find a pallet that was the exact right size and length but just only meant I had to get a little creative!

Below is a picture of the pallet mid-way through the process (excuse the toy army guys scattered on the floor…’s just how we roll in our house).

Half way palletI used my cricut machine  to cut out the simple font letters/saying with vinyl material. When stenciling, I like to use a vinyl material because it is sticky and doesn’t move around on me. I used a classic white chalk paint for the letters and used a bright blue acrylic paint for the heart.

I cut off the top two rows of the pallet to make it the desired size and not so long. Then, I made 3 cuts in between the vertical posts. I inserted leftover/scrap common wood to create the shelving (ALWAYS KEEP SCRAPS..never know when you can use it again). I nailed the shelving down with nail brads.

It’s simple project that took very little time but makes a big statement!


finished palletTill we meet again,

Anne from Annie’s Bug Blog

Stenciled Monogram

My friends are putting the finishing touches on the nursery for their little bundle of joy. They bought a cute frame and lined the back with a burlap material. It was super cute! They came to me for a swirly monogram stencil and I was so excited to try to do a new stencil….. and I went straight to Pinterest. There are many different ways to monogram and many free fonts to choose from.  The free font I picked is listed here.

After downloading the free font, I uploaded the monogram image to my Circuit Design Studio and cut the stencil out with vinyl. Once the vinyl was cut, I put on transfer tape on top. With the swirly lines, it is so important to use transfer tape to ensure correct placement. Please do not try to do it by hand!! It will only cause headaches, frustrations and more work. Plus, the grid of the transfer tape is sooooooo helpful with placement.


The monogram was then painted on to the burlap backing with acrylic paint. The best tool to use for painting on a fabric that can bleed easily is to use a cheapy sponge. Make sure to use very little paint on the sponge and paint in thin layers with the paint completely drying in between coats.

They did all the hard work and the end result is amazing!! This would also be perfect for any baby shower or birthdays too… I think all girls are a sucker for a good monogram. But now, I can’t wait to do one for myself!

MonogramTill we meet again,

Anne from Annie’s Bug Blog

How to Make a Wooden Sign with Stencils

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Making a stenciled wood sign is one of my favorite crafts. It’s a great way to decorate a space or to give as a gift. I have a Cricut Machine which allows me to create and upload my own images but stencils can also be purchased through many retail stores, such as Michael, Joann’s, Wal-Mart,, etc. I will show you how easy it is to make!!

What you need:

  • wood board (this is cheapy wood from Lowe’s. Pallet wood is another great option)
  • Stencil
  • Paint or stain for the wood board, option if you want to leave the wood as is
  • Acrylic paint for the stencil (I used the cheapy stuff from Wal-Mart)
  • paint brush and sponge/small precision brush

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Paint or stain the board and sand any rough edges for a clean, fresh look.

After the paint or stain is dry,  lay the stencil flat on the board. When using a cricut vinyl stencil, the stencil is sticky and clings to the board to lessen the chance of the paint bleeding or the stencil moving. If you are using a store bought plastic stencil, tape the stencil to the board so it doesn’t move on you.

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Use a brush or small precision brush to dab with a thin layer acrylic paint (lots of color choices out there and in small, cheap bottles).

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After drying, remove the stencil and you are done!!!

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Option, add brad nails or backs of the wood if you want to hang the sign. Another option, seal with a thin layer of a polyurethane if it will be for outside use.

Contact me if you are needing specific stencils. I can upload and/or create mine with my Cricut Machine with ease!


Anne from Annie’s Bug Blog

Wreath/Weclome Post

One of my favorite recent projects has been a wreath post that I turned into a welcome post. I was inspired to do this project from what I saw at a  BIG local craft fair. This is a fairly simple project (majority of the materials bought at Lowe’s) and cost a grand total of $15-$20.

I bought a wooden porch post from Lowe’s for around $10. The post was fairly long but I trimmed off the bottom to the make it into a height of my liking.  No measuring but just eye balled. Next is the base of the post…I did this twice because my first base was too small and the post would have blown over or easily knocked over. CRASH! The correct measurement of the top part of base is a 6 in square and the bottom part of base is 10 in square.

After attaching the base with 4 in nails and screw driver (and I always add some wood glue for extra strength), it’s time to spray paint! I used a high gloss black for this one and gave it a couple of coats. Once dried, I attached a small hook from Lowe’s with two small nails and a screw driver.

Now to add the sign or wreath.. I have both on in this pic.Top Black post

I used a rectangle chalk board sign with a burlap string from Wal-Mart.  I spray painted it with white so it will be a bright contrast against the black of the post. Next is my favorite part….I made a vinyl stencil of the “Welcome” text with my Cricut machine (one of my most favorite items I own). After painting “Welcome” with black acrylic paint, I applied a coat of a clear sealer to give this sign a little protection since it will be outside. I super glued a little bedazzle with some left over metal flowers found on (always keep your left over crafting scraps…never know when they will be handy!). My mother in law also added a cute little wreath around it which I think it gives an even more character/cuteness.

This is a fun craft to try. It’s easy, cheap and fairly quick. Letting the spray paint dry and cutting the base was the longest part. I really encourage a beginner and moderate to do this! You can really do it!

Till we meet again,

Anne from Annie’s Bug Blog

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