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DIY Stripe Stencil

Today I’m going to show how to make an easy DIY Stripe Stencil for cookie and cake decorating. Let’s get started.

Stencil cut out from a card stock paper on a cutting board.

HOW TO MAKE STRIPE COOKIE DECORATING STENCIL

Stencils for cookie decorating are usually made from a thin plastic material (mylar). These plastic sheet stencils can be used to airbrush and they can also be used with royal icing. And they can be washed and reused many times.

That being said if you need a stencil for airbrushing and can’t get your hands on mylar stencil material you can also use card stock. I have done so many times in the past.

To cut out stencils you can use Stencil Cutting Machine or an exacto knife. Today I’m going to use an exacto knife to make an airbrushing stencil for cookie decorating.

STEP 1 – MATERIALS TO MAKE STENCILS

  • Card Stock (sep 1) – is easily obtained, fairly easy to cut thru with an exacto knife, cheap but not as durable as plastic sheet. Card stock can’t be washed and can’t be used for stenciling with royal icing.
  • Mylar Sheet (step 2) – it’s harder to find in stores, usually has to be ordered online. It’s harder to cut thru with an exacto knife. It’s very durable and can be used over an over even with royal icing. Plastic stencils can be washed. Mylar sheets (0.4 to 0.6 MIL) can be used with stencil cutting machines.
Showing materials used to make stencils. Plastic and paper.

STEP 2 – USE LINED PAPER

Staple lined paper onto a card stock sheet. This will prevent template lined paper from shifting.

Stapling lined paper onto a card stock paper.

STEP 3 – DRAW A STENCIL FRAME

Most cookie decorating stencils are 6×6 inch in size. Some can be a little larger. I made my stencil 6×6 inch.

Start by drawing a 6×6 frame with about 1/2 to 3/4 inch border.

Using a ruler to draw a stencil frame.
Lined paper with a frame drawing.

STEP 4 – CUT OUT STENCIL WITH AN EXACTO KNIFE

Place a card stock stapled with a lined paper onto a cutting board. Then with a ruler and an exacto knife cut straight lines through the card stock paper.Be sure to follow the lined paper stripe margins, (step 1-2). Once you have all the lines within the stencil frame cut you can start removing every other stripe. Cut out every other stripe, (step 3-6).

TIP : To prevent papers from shifting while cutting the stripes out you can also tape the papers onto a work surface. And additionally place an non-slip liner underneath the cutting board.

Cutting through lined paper and card stock with an exacto knife.
Showing strips of paper cut out.

STEP 5 – CUT OUT STENCIL

Cut out stencil using a frame outline.

Cutting out out stencil frame with scissors.

STEP 6 – HOW TO STABILIZE A STENCIL FOR AIRBRUSHING

To airbrush cookies using a stencil it’s best to stabilize stencil so it doesn’t move while you airbrush.

  • To stabilize a stencil you can use :
  • Stencil holder
  • Magnets
Stencil secured with magnets and stencil secured with a stencil holder.

STENCIL HOLDER

There are number of stencil holders you can use with stencils. Be sure to check the tools section at the bottom of the post.

Placing a card stock stencil into a stencil holder.

MAGNETS

And what if you don’t have a stencil holder? You can always use magnets instead.

Placing magnets on each corner of the stencil.

STEP 8 – HOW TO USE A STRIPE STENCIL TO AIRBRUSH

Here are several projects where I used card stock stripe stencil to create airbrushed pattern :

Airbrushing a cookie with a stripe stencil.

TO MAKE A STRIPE STENCIL YOU NEED

  • TOOLS
  • Video Tutorial with narration
  • Find all the tools you in my Amazon Shop
  • Card Stock
  • Mylar Sheets (0.4 – 0.6 Mil, 0.6 are thicker than 0.4 Mil)
  • Lined Paper
  • Ruler, Exacto Knife, Pencil
  • Stapler or a tape
  • Cutting board – to protect work surface
  • There are several stencil holders on the market : Sugarbelle, Stencil Genie or Sweet Stencil Holder
  • Magnets
  • Stencil Cutting Machine
Cut out stencils on a kitchen counter.

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