Who says Halloween is only for kids? I absolutely adore Halloween and trick or treating in the harbor with my little boys, but I also like to celebrate too. I thought it would be fun to have a grown up Halloween party! So before you put on your costume, let’s stencil a “grown up” Halloween tablescape!
The look I was going for was a chic, black and white haunted celebration. Here’s what you need for this easy and fun stenciled DIY:
- Diana Lace Stencil from Royal Design Studio
- Bird Tile Halloween Stencil from Royal Design Studio
- Stencil Brushes from Royal Design Studio
- Flat Black Royal Stencil Creme from Royal Design Studio
- Cotton Table Cloth (mine was from Home Goods), you could also use drop cloth from the hardware store
- White Cotton Napkins
- Plenty of Paper Towels
- Delicate surface tape to secure stencil
Wash and iron your tablecloth and napkins before beginning.
The Lace Stenciled Tablecloth
Cover your surface with craft paper, to protect it, and spread your tablecloth out. Place the Diana Lace Doily Stencil in random spots all over your tablecloth. To stencil, blot the brush on paper towels to remove excess Royal Stencil Crème after loading it with paint. Then move your brush around the stencil in a swirling motion. Removing excess paint prevents bleeding under the stencil.
You could stop with just the random doilies over the whole cloth or, like me, you could overlap this pattern. I wanted a layered, haunted spooky look. To layer the stencil, use parts of the lace stencil (inner section only, or up to middle) and layer over already stenciled areas. Vary the pressure on your stencil brush and amount of paint to create different intensities of color.
This lace stencil also includes a silhouette shape of the stencil which could be used to create a hard stenciled edge, but I liked the look of the blurred edge.
The Bat Napkins
Again, cover your surface. I used wax paper under the napkins to protect my surface.
Position your stencil on the napkin. There are so many possibilities with the bird tile stencil. You could do stencil a border, or you could repeat the stencil to create an allover pattern on the whole napkin, but I decided to do just the middle section.
Secure the stencil in place with delicate surface tape. Stencil using the same “dry brush” method used for the tablecloth. These napkins take no time at all!
Once the napkins and tablecloth are dry, iron them with a dry iron on a cotton setting. A hot iron will heat set the stenciled design in place, and keep the pattern from fading when washing.
These stencils are perfect for setting the Halloween mood with style. The Diana Lace Doily Stencil is reminiscent of spider webs while the bird tile looks just like bats flying through the night’s sky! To further enhance the mood, I paired this tablescape with sparkling pumpkins, spooky candles and the odd crow.
Iced cupcakes, chilled Moscow Mules and caramel apples are all ready! Wish you could stop by for our grown up Halloween Party! Wishing you all a Happy Halloween and hope you got some creative inspiration from this how to stencil post!