1. A plastic report cover from the dollar store
2. An X-Acto knife or similar blade knife
3. Printout of a pattern (click here for my downloadable pattern)
4. Painter's tape
5. Piece of cardboard to protect your table when cutting stencil
6. A stencil brush
7. Latex wall paint (I used 2 leftover pots of sample paint). If you're going to paint the treads then you'll need to use special floor paint.
8. Polyurethane (optional)
9. Small brush for touch-ups
10. Putty knife
11. Paper towels
1. Print out the free pattern.
2. Measure the height of your stair risers and cut the paper so that the height is 1" shorter than the height of your riser. Leave the width as it is.
3. Cut the report cover in half.
4. Place the printout face down on top of one the sheets you just cut. Tape down edges of paper to the plastic sheet and flip over so the pattern is visible underneath the plastic sheet.
5. With a piece of cardboard or cutting mat underneath the printout use your blade knife to cut out the pattern.
7. Remove the printout and trim the plastic stencil so that the height exactly matches the height of your riser.
9. Start with the top stair and move down. Use painter's tape to cover the area outside the riser. Press the tape down with a putty knife.
8. Starting at the far right, tape the stencil in place with painter's tape. Make sure the stencil is nice and flat against the riser.
9. Dab your stencil brush in paint, blot on a paper towel and dab on the paint.
10. When the entire area of the stencil has been painted, peel off the stencil and move it to the left. Match up the far right edge of the stencil with a previously painted spot and tape down the stencil.
11. Repeat steps #9 and #10 until the riser is complete.
12. Cover the risers with polyurethane to protect the stencil. Polyurethane on the treads can make your stairs slippery.
Free stencil pattern.