Wednesday, January 27, 2016

DIY Welcome Pineapple Stencil

Last year, in early Spring I was inspired to stencil a pineapple on our front step. Why you may ask? Well, there's a house around the corner from us where the owner stenciled (or stamped) the word "Welcome" in a few different languages on her steps leading up to her front door. Charming, innovative, creative don't even begin to describe how cool this looks. Not wanting to lift the idea, plus we live in a registered antique home (circa 1664), I opted for the early American Pineapple graphic that was a symbol colonists used to welcome visitors, to stencil on our brownstone step.

I couldn't find a pineapple stencil to purchase online, but did find a crude silhouette image (free clipart, public domain) that I downloaded and cleaned up by hand. I re-scanned and finished sharpening the image in Photoshop. I printed the pineapple out on card stock, ran it through my laminator, and with a sharp Xacto knife cut the black image out. Laminating the pineapple made the used stencil durable should I need it again, and it stood up to being pressed against a rough stone step.

I used an outdoor acrylic paint purchased at a big box store that can be applied to a variety of surfaces and with a small brush carefully dabbed or “stenciled” the image to the front step facing our street. If you want a go at this project for your home’s front step, simply download the Pineapple art to create your own stencil. This is a great and fairly easy way to update a very old tradition used to welcome visitors to one’s abode.

Pineapple Stencil

Suzanne Urban of Smirking Goddess and Suzanne Urban on Etsy. Illustrator, graphic designer and gag writer, she combines her talents to produce unique products featuring her home-brewed sense of humor. Fervently committed to her witty muse, Suzanne creates from her cozy studio housed in an eclectically furnished antique home where she resides with husband, Malti-Poo and Calico cat.
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