10 Stencil ideas that take one hour or less

May 2, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. ET

Take your do-it-yourself idea to a whole new level with stencils. From furniture to Mason jars, you can turn anything pretty with just a stencil and paint. Here are some great stencil ideas and tutorials to transform your next project from boring to beautiful in 60 minutes or less.

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Word pillows

Stenciled word pillows

Photo credit: Wit & Whistle

Want a statement pillow for your couch? With the use of a fabric pen, a letter stencil, a blank pillow cover and your favorite quote, you can have your very own unique decor items within minutes. Update with each season or find something that will go year-round.

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Vanity tables

Stenciled vanity tables

Photo credit: LiveLoveDIY

Turn an old table new again with the use of a stencil and some paint. In this very easy tutorial, the blogger simply tapes the stencil to the freshly painted surface, allows it to dry and voilà — dinky vanity table turned fabulous!

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Lamps

Stenciled lamps

Photo credit: SimpleHome.Life

Created with the use of Photoshop and a Silhouette machine, this blogger made her very own unique triangle-stenciled lamp base. Painting in a neutral color scheme, this lamp can light up any room without a hitch.

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Coffee tables

Stenciled coffee table

Photo credit: Crafty Nest

It doesn't take much to transform your boring coffee tables into a statement piece for your home. Using butcher paper, bamboo, strong glue and handmade flowers (or printed ones if drawing isn't your strong suit), this is a simple project to add to this weekend's list.

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Rugs

Stenciled rugs

Photo credit: Days of Chalk and Chocolate

Don't shell out the extra cash for a fancy welcome mat when you can make your very own. Created using a modern designed stencil and good ol' fashioned paint, this rug went from super drab to fab in an instant.

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Design pillows

Stenciled design pillows

Photo credit: Tatertots & Jello

Martha does it again. Crafted using her brand of craft materials, this blogger simply rolled paint over the stencil and onto a pillowcase for a very inexpensive and trendy look for her throw pillows. Paint in a variety of colors to have on hand for an inexpensive decor change.

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Napkins

Stenciled napkins

Photo credit: Shannanigans

Remind your guests exactly what they came for by stenciling a few decorative napkins. Completed using a letter stencil and ink, this simple design makes a huge impact at the dinner table. These napkins also make great party favors or housewarming gifts.

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Coasters

Stenciled coaster

Photo credit: i heart nap time

Summer's around the corner, which means iced drinks and warm sunshine. Keep your table looking fresh with these handmade coasters. Made using tiles and vinyl-made stencils, these are cute and productive. Stack them on your table for instant flair.

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Jars

Stenciled jars

Photo credit: Carolyn's Homework

Jump on the Mason jar train by crafting a sexy decorative piece for your mantel. Rather than using the typical stencils found at your local craft store, this project uses lace. Place on your jar, spray-paint and dry — and you've got a fancy look for your home.

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Bags

Stenciled bags

Photo credit: Tidy Mom

An awesome gift idea for yourself or a friend, this canvas bag is personal and adorable. Crafted with a doily as the stencil, this is a pretty little bag to take to the grocery store or use for your plethora of craft items.

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