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Colonial America Crafts – Stenciling

October 30, 2010
Classic pineapple stencil used as a sign of hospitality in colonial times.

The classic pineapple was used in stenciling as a sign of hospitality in colonial times.


The Art of Stenciling

Paint was scarce in colonial times. Stenciling was a way to decorate bare walls and furniture that didn’t require much paint. The pineapple was a traditional symbol of colonial hospitality.

Materials needed:

  • Colonial pineapple pattern[filebase:file:file=98:tpl=simple]
  • paper plate for the paint
  • scissors
  • sponge -cut into 2 for 2 colors or 4 for 4 colors
  • masking tape
  • paint
  • paper or surface to paint onto


  • Print out the stencil or have your child make their own design.
  • Have them cut out the stencil pattern. Remind them to be careful when cutting out small areas. Then discard the cut out pieces.
  • Tape the stencil in the middle of a piece of paper or wherever they would like the stencil to be with masking tape. The stencil needs to lay flat.
  • Put a quarter-size amount of paint on a paper plate.
  • Give your  child a sponge to dip into the paint. Show them how to dab the sponge in the paint.
  • Them can dab the sponge in the paint then on the stencil until the area is filled in.  They need to be careful not to have too much paint on the sponge or it will drip down under the stencil.
  • Let the stencil dry completely before they use another color but it doesn’t take too long.
  • When they starts with a new color, use a different sponge.
  • When the painting is finished, allow it to dry completely before removing the tape and the stencil.



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