Saturday, July 16, 2011

Do you like to paint signs? Do you have lots of stencils? I have 100's of stencils and thought it was about THYME I come up with a better storage system

I have lots of stencils for signs

I used to store them in cardboad mailing tubes
such as these that I cut to size.
I would put 3 stencils per tube
separated by a sheet of paper in between
and roll them together and put them in the tube

I then typed and printed labels for the stencils
  put them in draws
 it was becoming impossible to find a stencil quickly
because I have such a large inventory

There is a large support beam down the middle of my studio
I took a wood closet rod, painted it BLACK
hung it between the 2 posts
this space is about 90" wide

I found these metal shower rings
so I used a regular paper hole punch and
punched a hole in the end of each stencil
hung them

I have hung them by catagories
ie: Spring, Summer, Holidays etc.
I will make labeled separators

I will be able to have double rods
so LOTS of stencil storage!

Here is a
New England sign I painted
Living in New England

is my favorite THYME of year!

I can now quickly get out all my fall stencils for signs

get to work!


  1. I love your painting space. I put my table into my basement room, so I can start using that room to paint and keep the cats off of things;)


  2. Lynn, What a great idea! I love your craft space! Thanks for sharing!

  3. oh I love this idea. I have tons of stencils and they are all in a drawer, trying to find one is nearly impossible. Thanks so much for this idea.

  4. Love your creating space!
    I also have tons of stencils, I have the small block stencils in folders that are labeled and stored in a clear plastic file folder and the longer stencils I have in larger clear boxes but is hard to find a stencil. What a great idea to hang them. Thanks for sharing.
    Prim Blessings


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Lynn Barbadora @ Painting Thyme Needfuls

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