Chalk Stencils – make your own!

Chalk Stencils – make your own!

Creating Chalk-Art Stencils by Hand

Step 1: Gather the Materials

Cutting Mat – a plastic or rubber pad that protects the table surface below it.

Laminated Paper – Print out the images and get them laminated at a print shop or warehouse stationary
Recycle Plastic – if you have a steady hand, use an old stationary L-folder or piece of thin flat plastic (its best to re-use stuff if you can).

Craft Knife – Use a sharp craft knife. Avoid cutting yourself!

Marker – A permanent maker can be very handy.

Liquid chalk – see recipe at the bottom of the page.

Step 2: The Design

Make Your Own DIY Chalk Stencils or make your own! 

Step 3: Cut the Stencil

If using recycled plastic, print out the design and put it under the plastic. Then trace your design onto the plastic.


If you have laminated a print out – you are all good to go.

BEFORE YOU CUT, there’s one more decision to make. You have to decide what parts of the stencil you actually want to cut out. Remember, whatever you cut out will show the chalk, and whatever you don’t cut out will be blank.

Do you want the #makeitlegal words to be coloured, or a coloured surround with #makeitlegal words uncoloured?
If you can’t decide, we recommend cutting out the words, leaving a big area uncut, which will make the stencil stronger.

Once you have decided what to cut, its cutting time!

Push the blade (at an angle) into the paper or plastic, then pull slowly towards you, with the straight side of the blade facing away.

Step 4: Chalk Art Away!

Make the chalk paste (recipe below) and dab it onto the stencil.

Note: Chalk art is NOT vandalism as long as you don’t do any permanent damage. On streets and walls, it will wash away leaving no damage.

Make Your Own DIY Chalk Paints


Coloured chalk (sidewalk chalk works great)

Cheese grater


Liquid hand sanitizer

 Paintbrush, or paint dabber (a wad of fabric balled together will do)

How to Make Liquid Chalk

First, grate your chalk into very small, fine bits using your cheese grater.

Next, mix in a little bit of hand sanitizer.

Keep mixing it in slowly until it turns into the consistency of cake batter. Mix well.

Applying Your Liquid Chalk

Apply your stencil to your chalkboard, pavement or wall – stick it down with tape.

Brush or dab on the DIY liquid paste.

Press edges of stencil down firmly as you fill in.

Peel the stencil off carefully and go again!



Alternative Method (thanks to Noel!)

Use a yoga mat!
These are cheap to buy and is the perfect stencil material.
You draw out your design in sharpie directly onto the yoga mate or use temporary glue to attach printed designs.
The design is then cut out using either a sharp craft knife or box cutter to cut the sections you want out and when done remove the paper and glue.

There are also other ways to make the chalk paint: magic bullet mixers are great and you can add the solvent of choice.
Another novel option is to use the spray you use to water proof fabric on a dry surface, then in the rain the stencil shows up, and disappears when it dries. They last a while too, and is eventually broken down by foot traffic. People tend to look down more in the rain, so its the perfect time to get in there face.

Another bonus of the yoga mats is you can make multiple stencils for more than one colour and the stencils roll nicely when not needed.

If you know of a laser cutter you may even be able to get some commercial stencils cut. it can easily be cut between two 3mm sheets of custom wood to keep it flat, bonus is you then have wood stencils too.