How to Make a Raised Plaster Stencil

Raised plaster stencils are used to create dimensional accents on walls and furniture. The stencil is secured to the surface, then a material, usually a wall compound or wood putty, is applied over the stencil with a putty knife. After the excess is smoothed away, the material is allowed to dry before painting. The dimensional effects of using raised plaster stencils changes plain walls and furniture to beautiful pieces that bring a room's decor to life.

Using raised plaster stencils creates beautiful faux designs.
  1. Place the design on the work surface and tape the plastic sheet on top of it. Make sure your design or plastic cannot shift.
  2. Trace the [stencil](https://homesteady.com/how-5159733-stencil.html) design onto the plastic using the permanent marker, allowing each area to dry before proceeding; this will prevent smearing the outline.
  3. Remove the design from under the plastic and re-secure the plastic to the work surface.
  4. Cut the design from the plastic along the drawn lines. Work with a slow and steady hand to prevent uneven or jagged lines.

Things You Will Need

  • Sheet of plywood or quilter's cutting mat
  • 14-mil Mylar plastic sheet
  • Stencil design
  • Masking tape
  • Fine tip permanent marker
  • Small artist's cutting knife


  • A small artist's cutting knife is similar to a box cutting knife but has a small blade. You can usually find them in an art supply store or craft store.
  • A stencil burner can be used instead of a knife. Use a sheet of glass as a work surface when using a stencil burner.


  • Be careful while cutting out your stencil to prevent any cuts while using a sharp blade.

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