DIY Stained Stenciled Gift Box Tutorial for Mother's Day Gifting

DIY Stained Stenciled Gift Box Tutorial for Mother's Day Gifting
Looking for a creative and meaningful Mother's Day gift? Why not try making a DIY stained and stenciled gift box? This gift idea is both elegant and unique, and can be personalized with your mom's favorite colors and designs. In this tutorial, we'll guide you through the steps to make your own DIY stained and stenciled gift box for Mother's Day. This gift is sure to show your mom how much you care, and will be a cherished keepsake for years to come. So, let's get started and create a special gift for your mom!

What do you need?

  • Wooden Box 

  • Mod Podge

  • Vinyl (Color doesn’t matter)

  • Transfer Tape

  • Weeding Tool

  • Paint Brush and Rag

  • Application Tool

  • Stain

  • Cutting Mat

  • Electronic cutter (cricut explore, silhouette or other cutter)

  • Cut File 

What do you have to do?

  • Start by opening the design in your software program.  Size the design to fit on the side of your box.  Add a rectangle around the design to create a stencil. Make the rectangle the same size as the box side.  This will help you put the stencil on straight.  Then, cut the design out of vinyl and weed away the negative space.

  • Cut a piece of transfer tape just a little larger than your design.  Place it over the vinyl and rub over the tape with an application tool.  Trim off the excess transfer tape.

  • Flip the design over and pull off the vinyl backing.

  • Place the vinyl stencil on the wood box.  Match up the straight edge of the stencil with the straight edge of the box.  Rub over the design again to get it to stick to the wood.


  • Carefully remove the transfer tape and rub over the design one more time.  You want to make sure the vinyl is sticking to the wood.

  • Paint on 2 thin layers of Mod Podge.  Let the Mod Podge dry between coats. The Modge Podge will block the stain from getting on the design.

  • Once the 2nd coat has dried, pull off the vinyl stencil.  Use a weeding tool to remove the centers of the letters.

  • You’ll be able to faintly see the design on the wood box.

  • Get your staining supplies ready.  You’ll need to do the next steps as quickly as possible.  You’ll need your stain, paintbrush, rag, and gloves.  Now, it’s time to stain!  Quickly brush on enough stain to cover the side of the box.

  • As soon as the side is covered with stain, grab your rag and quickly remove as much excess stain as possible.  The quicker you can remove the stain, the better.  The longer it stays on, the more bleeding you’ll have.  Even going quick, you’ll probably still have a little bleeding, but it should only be a tiny bit.  Once the side is stained, you can finish staining the rest of the box.

  • Once the stain has dried, you can fill the box with all kinds of special treats!  What do you think?  Have you ever stenciled with stain before? I hope you give it a try.

We hope our article on creating a DIY Stained Stenciled Gift Box has been helpful in inspiring you to create a meaningful Mother's Day gift for your mom. If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and loved ones so they too can create a unique and special gift for their moms. Remember, the best gifts are those that come from the heart and show how much we care for those we love. Happy crafting! 


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